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Results of Proactive Measures In Rivers Health Sector

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Infrastructural Development

As a result of the decay the administration met on ground, there has been and is still a lot of infrastructural development going on. These have been classified under Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Health Care.

Primary Health Care

The State Government has embarked on the construction of 160 New Primary Health Centres as the first step towards replacing the existing dilapidated ones and rebuilding the entire health system, the Major Contractor is Brunel Engineering Construction Company undertaking the construction of 105 of these Model Primary Health Centres. At present, the contractor is focused on delivery only 50 in the first phase. The other 55 is to be commenced in the second phase, So far, 65 of the New Primary Health Care Centres are completed, fully equipped and furnished. Seventeen (17) are above 90% completion, 24 are below 89% completion while 2 have not commenced.

Secondary Health Care

One of the major reasons for the failure of the Professor Olikoye Ransome-Kuti’s Primary Healthcare model was the non-availability of proper referral system and centres, in order that this administration does not have the same pitfalls, simultaneous arrangements have commenced to ensure massive renovations and/or complete rebuilding and re-equipping of the General Hospitals, Niger Hospital (now Prof. Kelsey Harrison’s Hospital), the Dental Hospital and the Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST) Medical Centre have been completely rebuilt.

Tertiary Health Care

The Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital (BMSH) is undergoing massive renovations, rebuilding and reequipping  the Radiology Department and the Clinical Laboratories have undergone massive retooling, with the Clinotech Group of Canada acting as technical partners, an ultra modern Modular Theatre Complex consisting of three operating suites, a laundry unit, sterilising unit and an oxygen manufacturing plant, with an adjoining intensive care unit has also been set up. This is equipped with the state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, we are preparing the BMSH to be the nucleus of our Teaching Hospital from which our Medical School will emerge, completion, furnishing and equipping of the Ancillary building, the Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte Hospital, is an ultra-specialist Hospital that would take care of most of the cases we now send abroad for treatment. Work has commenced on the project, a mother and child hospital, a Burns Centre and a Trauma Centre are other major health projects on the drawing board.

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HIV: FG Restates Commitment To Prevent HIV Among Adolescents

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The Federal Government yesterday restated its commitment to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among adolescents in the country.
The Ministry of Health in collaboration with NACA, UNFPA, UNICEF, launched a document on prevention of HIV in Abuja.
The document is integrated into three titles; “The HIV Investment Case for Adolescents and Young People (2021-2025), The National Condom Operational Plan (2021-2025) and National Condom and Lubricants Quantification (2021-2025).”
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Sen. Yahaya Oloriegbe, identified condom as key in the prevention of the spread of HIV among young people.
Oloruigbe, who commended the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and partners for the effort, called for local production of condoms.
“We need to look inwards by encouraging local manufacturing of condoms in view of government’s dwindling resources, as well as breaking away from over dependence on international donors,” he said.
The Director General of NACA, Dr Gambo Aliyu,asserted the agency’s success in the containment of HIV through prevention and treatment responses.
Aliyu said that the country was committed to achieving the 2030 target of 95-95-95 through collaboration with stakeholders by investing in adolescents.
He added, “we have made huge success when it comes to treatment and prevention with drastic reduction in transmission.”
The NACA boss however affirmed the belief of the agency in using the document to achieve the 95-95-95 target for 2030.
Mrs Zainab Garba of the Federal Ministry of Health commended NACA for launching the document, saying it would enhance young people’s access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights.
Garba reiterated the importance of condom in reducing the spread of HIV and maternal deaths among young people, saying it was key in preventing all manners of sexually transmitted infections.

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Doctor Warns Against Indiscriminate Use Of Contraceptives

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A medical expert, Dr Umar Musa, on Monday warned women against indiscriminate use of contraceptives.
Dr Musa, President, Kaduna State Resident Doctors Association, gave the advice when he spoke with newsmen in Kaduna, noted the indiscriminate consumption of contraceptives to ward off unwanted pregnancies and cautioned that while they could forestall unwanted pregnancies, contraceptives were not antidotes for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
He said there was a particular contraceptive pill in hot demand, but also cautioned that its indiscriminate consumption could delay conception or damage the uterus.
“Too much of this contraceptive will weaken the wall of the womb and damage the uterus which will cause miscarriages in the future.
“There are lots of risks associated with the constant use of this drug. Most ladies consume contraceptives in clinically unsafe ways.
“They use these drugs without knowing the way they interact with the body system and forgetting that people react to drugs in different ways,’’ he said.
Musa also advocated tighter restrictions on the sale of contraceptives and suggested that the use of condoms was an option to stave off unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.
“While a condom may look like a major inconvenience and a fun killer for many, it would protect one from sexually transmitted diseases and prevent pregnancy”.

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Covid-19: NCDC Records 213 New Infections, Two Deaths

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Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) recorded 213 additional new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 171, 324, as of July 26, 2021.
The NCDC disclosed this on its official Twitter handle yesterday morning.
The health agency also stated that it recorded two Covid-19 related deaths on Monday, while additional nine people recovered from the virus, as of July 26, 2021.
It added that the new infections were recorded in 12 states, namely: Lagos-157, Rivers-20, Plateau-12, Enugu-6, Oyo-6, Gombe-3, Bauchi-2, Imo-2, Kaduna-2, Edo-1, Ekiti-1, and Ogun-1.
It noted that since the outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease in the country on February 27, 2020, a total of 2,134 persons lost their lives, while 164,798 recovered from the virus and discharged from health centres across the country.
NCDC added that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 2, had continued to coordinate the national response activities.
It stated  that the country tested more than 2.4 million samples for the virus and had detected 10 Covid-19 Delta variant, recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a variant of concern, given its increased transmissibility.
The variant had been detected in over 100 countries and may spread further.
The variant has also been linked to a surge in cases in countries where it is the dominant strain in circulation. There are ongoing studies to understand the impact of the variant on existing vaccines and therapeutics.

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