As the Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week (MNCHW), an immunisation programme of the Rivers State Government and partner agency, commenced on Monday, June 18, 2012, the National Orientation Agency (NOA), has called on traditional rulers and women to avail themselves the opportunity it provides.
The state Director, NOA, Andy Nweke, made this call at the palace of the paramount ruler of Obeakpu, in Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Chief Nweke said the MNCHW which is a programme of the state government and United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF), was designed to last one week and its expected to administer vaccines to children from 0-five years and women of child bearing age 15-49 years and called on the traditional rulers to encourage the subjects particularly women and fathers to accept the immunisation and properly use the health facilities provided by the state government.
He noted that if they would compliment governments efforts in ensuring adequate healthcare for the people by utilising the facilities, government would be encouraged to do and warned them against vandalism.
He also encouraged them to report any health worker who did not report for duty or any other misdemeanour to his office and propriate disciplinary measures would be taken against such through the state Ministry of Health.
The paramount ruler, His Royal Highness, Eze S. N. Nweke (JP), who was represented by the secretary of the Obeakpu Council of Chiefs, Chief Godwin Igwe, thanked the NOA boss and his team for the visit and promised that they would ensure proper use of the health facilities in their community and encourage the immunisation of their children.
In her address to the women, the state Social Mobilisation Officer (SMO), Ministry of Health, Doris Nria, told them that refusal to use the health facilities could lead to fatalities and decay and stressed that it was important that they patronise the health facilities.
Mrs Nria explained that the MNCH Week is loaded with 12 interventions including vaccination of children, 0-five years against disease such as tuberculosis, whooping cough, poliomyelitis, hepatitis, B, HIB, measles, tatanus and yellow fever.
According to her, there would also be free distribution of vitamin-A anti-malarial, de-worming, folate and iron drugs and Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) while women of child bearing age would be given tetanus vaccine as well as health talk.
She encouraged them to visit a health centre or temporary fixed post closest to them to receive the vaccines.
On her part, Deputy Director, Health Education and Community Mobilisation, Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency, Charity Blakk, talked to the women on personal hygiene and proper hand washing methods as well as proper waste disposal methods.
Mrs. Blakk told them they must wash their hands with soup or as after handling fasces, visiting the toilet, returning from the farm or a visit, before and after handling food.
She also advised that where a water cistern toilet was not available, they could dig a pit and cover the feaces with ash to help prevent flies from perching on them and spreading diseases.
In his remarks, Director Public Enlightenment Rivers State Ministry of Information, Paulinus Nsirim, stated that the MNCH Week, was a bi-annual programme approved by the National Council of Health, Asaba-capital of Delta State, and thanked the Rivers State Government for taking the issue of health seriously.
HIV: FG Restates Commitment To Prevent HIV Among Adolescents
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.
Doctor Warns Against Indiscriminate Use Of Contraceptives
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”.
Covid-19: NCDC Records 213 New Infections, Two Deaths
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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