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Director Cautions On Use Of Health Facilities

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The Primary Healthcare Services of Rivers State Ministry of Health, has appealed to residents of the state to always ensure proper use of facilities at the primary healthcare centre.

The Director, Primary Healthcare Services of Rivers State Ministry of Health, Dr Akuro Okujagu, made the call at the end of a week-long Maternal and New born Child Health and National Immunisation Day Plus, exercise in the state.

Dr Okujagu stated that although the turnout of people during the exercise was impressive, the residents of the state still need a change of behaviour towards the utilisation of the newly built Primary Health Centres (PHCs) to access the services provided there.

He explained that the major challenges facing the health centre was for people to change their behaviour and access the facilities, adding that the state government has built and equipped the health centres with medical personnel ready to provide health services to the residents of the state.

The Primary Health Care boss, explained that the objective of the exercise was to create awareness for people to access the healthcare facilities and interventions, and described the exercise as successful as it was evident in the turn out at the various posts set up for the exercise.

On the shortage of interventions, which included vaccines, malaria and deworming drugs, long-lasting insecticide nets, Oral Rehydration Solutions among others, the director said it was deliberate, to check their administration and for purposes of accountability.

According to him, “they were not given at one time. This was done to check administration of the interventions. We need some level of accountability. Interventions were given as they were exhausted at the various local government areas.”

In some local government areas visited by The Tide some people complained of inadequate financial support from local government councils, the difficult terrains, poor staff moral as a result of difference in salary structure.

At Akuku-Toru LGA the medical officer in-charge, Dr Nduye Briggs, said although the turn out was impressive, adding that it would have been better if the reverine areas were accessible.

“The terrain is very difficult, if we had a boat we would definitely not complain. Some of those fishing settlements are even more populated than the communities,” he lamented while appealing on authorities to improve on the exercise.

In the same vein the medical officer in charge of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni LGA, Dr Nyarawo Ekanem, commended the donor agencies for their support, stressing that the major problems faced by the team was to have the local government councils to actually see the need to make primary healthcare their responsibility.

According to him, health service delivery would improve if the health worker were constantly being trained and retrained.

The exercise, which started simulteously in the 23 local government areas of the state on Monday, July 13, 2011 and ended June 20, also featured issuance of Birth Certificates by National Population Commission (NPC).

At Chuku Ama, Ogu/Bolo LGA, the NPC official explained that people from 1988 to date would be issued birth certificates after registration while those born from 1989 downwards would be given birth attestation certificates.

The NPC officer at Omoku, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni, Ordu Innocent, said the exercise would help the commission keep accurate data of children of various age range in a particular LGA or locality and also help ease admission processes into schools and endeavours.

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Commissioner Lauds Navy On Covid-19 Containment

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Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Prof Princewill Chike, has lauded efforts made so far by the Naval Command at Borokiri, Port Harcourt, towards checking the trend of the Covid-19 pandemic in the State.
Making the commendation recently when the naval medical team paid him a courtesy call in his office, the commissioner stated that the state government and Rivers people appreciate the fact that the naval health facility is made accessable to people living in their environment and beyond.
“The  Rivers State Government appreciates all your effort aimed at curbing the spread of the Corona Virus in line with your corporate social responsibility for host communities in the state by making your (health) facility accessible”, he said.
Prof Chike continued that, “the job of every health personnel is humanitarian. Lives of citizens of our country are paramount and should therefore not be compromised”.
While assuring that the state government is doing everything possible to fight the spread of the pandemic, the commissioner stated that he’ll personally pay occasional visits to the naval healthcare facility, and also assured of the preparedness of the state ministry of health to partner with other private healthcare delivery services.
“The State Ministry of Health (MOH) is committed in partnering with other private health facilities in the state to curb the spread of the ravaging pandemic”, he said.
Speaking earlier, the Commander, Naval Medical Centre Borikiri, Navy Captain U. O. Nzeribe-Agbangwu, said the navy health services were not restrained to its personnel but extended to other individuals who need to access the facility for heart care. 
The commander said, “over 70 percent of our patients are civilians, and, in line with our corporate social responsibility, we constructed a borehole for supply of water to the host community”.
Nzeribe-Agbangwu also expressed satisfaction over the support the Naval healthcare facility got from the ministry in the heat of the pandemic in 2020.

By: Sogbeba Dokubo

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Covid-19: Pregnant Woman, 15 Others Die In Edo

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The Edo State Government has confirmed the death of a 33-year-old pregnant woman at Stella Obasanjo Hospital in Benin and 15 other persons across other Covid-19 facilities.
Head of the state’s Coronavirus Case Management, Dr Ebomwonyi Osagie, who disclosed this at the daily press briefing on the virus, however, said that the victims were not vaccinated.
“This particular patient came in and died about three hours after presentation at the Stella Obasanjo Hospital; late presentation is a major issue in managing crisis.
“She is about 28 weeks pregnant, already having pre-eclampsia, so, the debate is actually if it is the pre-eclampsia that killed her or Covid-19.
“The woman has Covid-19, which pushed her more toward developing pre-eclampsia and then death. Some other women have pre-eclampsia and are successfully managed.
“Late presentation is an issue, because the patient died three hours after presentation, which means that there is little that would have been done to manage the situation, so, we are appealing to private hospitals to let patients go very early for treatment.
“So far, a total of 537 samples were collected, with a total of 1,004 confirmed cases, 103 recovered and were discharged and 16 deaths recorded within 48hours.
“We have 70 people in admission, 296 people in home care, 344 discharged and 50 deaths, since the outbreak of the pandemic,” Osagie said.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Osamwonyi Irowa, said that the cases were rising, with more people being admitted, just as the state was recording very high mortality from COVID-19.
Irowa further said that vaccination was fighting the pandemic and appealed to residents to avail themselves the opportunity of taking COVID-19 vaccines made available by the Federal and state governments.

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Agency Trains 40 Health Officers On Emergency Response

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The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC) on Monday kicked off a two-week capacity building programme in Lagos for Nigerian experts on public health emergency response.
The training seeks to certify the first cohort of 40 participants drawn from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), state-level ministries of health, Nigeria Port Health Services, and  Nigerian military in the Public Health Emergency Management Professional Certification (PHEM PC).
The US-CDC Nigeria Country Director, Mary Boyd, said: “The devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic illustrates now more than ever the importance of ensuring the public health and health care systems can adequately prevent, respond to, and recover from health emergencies.
“Particularly those whose scale, timing, or unpredictability threatens to overwhelm routine capabilities,”  a statement by the mission in Lagos, quoted.
The Tide source reports that PHEM PC training, a first of its kind in Nigeria, adapted from US-CDC Atlanta, equips emergency managers, incident managers, state epidemiologists, first responders, watch managers, and other public health experts with the knowledge, competencies and skill sets they need to respond to public health emergencies.
During the intensive programme, participants will receive specialised training in crisis and emergency risk communication as well as public health emergency management functions and operations.
The PHEM training is part of the U.S. Government’s efforts to support pandemic preparedness globally.
The US-CDC, NCDC, and Georgetown University are collaborating to deliver this training.
In 2019, Nigeria became a Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) partner country committed to achieving GHSA 2024 targets and International Health Regulations (IHR) requirements.
US-CDC supports the Government of Nigeria (GON) to achieve these targets by strengthening workforce development, surveillance, emergency response, and laboratory capacity among other areas.

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