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Jibril Charges Govt On Healthcare Delivery

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Mrs Sarah Jibril, a former PDP presidential aspirant, has appealed to the federal and state governments to improve the quality of healthcare for the Nigerian woman.

Speaking in Abuja on Sunday with newsmen, Jibril said the call was in view of the high rate of infant and maternal mortality in the country.

She said that in spite of the efforts by the various tiers of government, maternal and infant mortality had remained high in the country.

Jibril also regretted that many women and children in rural areas could not access healthcare services.

“Health is wealth and biologically women are the people who go through the transformation of the human species right from the womb.

“So, the health of women, particularly at the reproductive stage, must come as a very serious indispensable priority, not only at the federal level but also at the state and local government levels and even the private sector,’’ she said.

She stressed the need for the government to provide adequate facilities, manpower and other social amenities in terms of training and public enlightenment to promote the delivery of healthcare to women.

Jibril added that health workers and medical practitioners also had their roles to play in ensuring a quality service for safe delivery.

She said that health workers, including doctors, consultants, nurses and field workers, should be more interested in reducing the mortality rate than using their offices to acquire money from pregnant women.

“For those who are making money out of the project and are giving inadequate services, they are the saboteurs of our national development because when more women die, the children are not adequately catered for.

“This is why we have high mortality and high percentage of criminals.

“This makes total nonsense of the issue of child birth, of citizens’ development, and of population development,’’ she added.

The former aspirant noted that having the best set of mothers, best class of healthcare services, and best class of social institutions was the constitutional role of everybody, including the pregnant woman, her husband and the general public.

She said that while it was important for husbands to provide for their pregnant wives, it was also the responsibility of the woman to take good care of herself.

“Pregnant women must eat well in order not to endanger their lives and their husbands must treat them fine because when you have a frustrated, battered and unhappy woman, it affects the emotional development of the future and even the family environment,’’ Jibril said.

She urged all stakeholders, including the government, public and private institutions as well as individuals to perform their constitutional roles toward the provision and maintenance of im

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Immunization: Health Board Targets Rural Communities

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Towards ensuring that immunization campaign achieves its target of over 90 percent, the Rivers State Primary Health Care Management Board, says it has provided modalities for trained health care providers to reach the interiors of the state.
Making this known in an exclusive interview, the Health Education / Coordinator, Rivers State Social and Behavioural Change Communication Committee, Dr Daris Nria, said provisions have been made to take the free immunisation exercise to the rural areas of the state.
Because immunisation programe will be running concurrently in all the local government areas, and these areas will be empowered with boats or other means of transport, as well as logistics.
She used this opportunity to call on the public especially parents and women of child bearing age to avail themselves the opportunity of being immunized against tetanus and other diseases.
In another development, the Maternal and Neonatal Child Health (MNCH) Focal Person, Rivers State Primary Healthcare Management Board, Dr Emen-Jaja stated that the MNCH week slated to commence from 20th – 24th September will provide health care services for children under the age of five years, pregnant women as well as their spouses.
Such services, according to her, include administration of vitamin A, deworming exercise, nutritional screening, general health checks, child spacing and birth registration.
“Both women of reproductive age and their spouses who visit the health care centres would also have free services within the week.

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CSO Wants Cancer Treatment Centres In Rivers

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The Rivers State Chapter of the Civil Society organsation (CSO) has called on the state government to establish cancer treatment centres in the state to address the current growing cancer cases in the state.
Making the call recently, chairman of the organisation, Mr Dennis Otobo, said going by the status among the community of states in the country, Rivers State needs such centres in strategic areas of the state.
He stated that “going by the position of Rivers State among other states in the country, we are over due to have enough cancer treatment centres, especially considering the State Government’s focus on the health of her people”.
According to him, “taking some of our cancer patients to other neighbouring states does not tell well of our health services, no matter how we look at it.
“Government should establish cancer treatment centres in the state, at least a one hub treatment centre in each LGA”, he said.
Otobo explained that for now, about 99 per cent of treatments for cancer and related services are provided by donor agencies and patients are taken outside the state for treatment, which requires a lot of fund that is mostly not available.
“If government can provide cancer treatment centres in the state, it will not only lessen the impact of the ailment in the state but will also alleviate the suffering of patients who cannot afford going for treatment outside the state”, he said.

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To Much Salt Consumption, Bad For Kidney – Expert

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A Nephrologist, specialist in Kidney disease, Dr Manda David-West, says excessive salt consumption is one key cause of kidney disease.
Stating this in a recent interview, she said in-take of too much salt is capable of damaging one’s kidney, in addition to raising blood pressure.
“Too much salt can raise up the Blood Pressure (BP), and once the BP is raised, if you are not on medication, It can damage the kidney over time, she said.
In order to prevent this, Dr David West, who is a Consultant Nephrologist at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) called for limitation in salt in-take.
She further stated that to prevent kidney disease, there was the need to cut down on carbohydrate and callory intake, alongside checking food in-take capable of increasing chances of developing diabetes mellitus.
Dr David West continued that enough intake of fruits and vegetables, alongside exercises with a view to keep fit also prevents kidney diseases.
Contrary to wide spread belief that food supplements are good for the body, Dr David West said too much intake of food supplements is not good for the body.
Accroding to her, besides taking fruits and vegetables, “they should engage in daily exercise, try and keep fit and be active as much.
“Even (food) supplement has not been proven to be good to the kidney, especially when it is taken for a long time.

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