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HIV/AIDS: Journalists Plan Awarenes Campaign

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Some journalists at the end of a workshop on Prevention of
Mother To Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV/AIDs on Tuesday promised to create
more awareness on mother to child transmission at the rural areas.

Publisher of Flashpoint newspapers in Delta State Mr David
Diai, told our correspondent   in Calabar
that there had been lack of information on the transmission, especially at the
rural areas.

“The country have not created more awareness on PMTCT
because the media has not lived up to its responsibility in that direction.

“Again, especially the media at the community level has to
be involved in creating awareness on the issue because women at the rural areas
needs correct information on mother to child prevention of HIV and AIDS,” he
said.

Diai promised to give maximum attention and also promote the
issue of HIV in his publication with more emphasis on mother to child
transmission.

According to him, he will ensure that community based
newspaper publishers form themselves into nucleus to promote PMTCT in order to
make the country have free HIV babies.

“I network with numerous community newspapers in my area,
the first thing to do is to give maximum attention and promotion to PMTCT in my
publication.

“I will also drive the process of making sure that the issue
that conscience PMTCT are reflected in all the newspapers that operate in my
network.”

Diai said the attention given to community based newspapers
and radio in the south was high and
called on the state government and media owners to propagate the issue
of mother and child transmission.

Mrs Ify Onyegbule, Presenter, Health and Wellness on Radio
Continental, Lagos said stigma was another issue hindering the fight against
HIV and AIDS in the country.

Onyegbule, who is also a producer of ‘ Woman of Substance’
said she would ensure that the issue of stigma was addressed in all her
programmes

“Although the issue of stigma is reducing but we need to do
more to help expectant mothers access the HIV treatment to have babies free of
the virus,” pointing out that  when the
stigma bill was passed,  it would enhance
the fight against the virus.

Mrs Tongnaan Bawa, Nigerian Newsday, Jos, said she had
learnt a lot about PMTCT during the workshop and was more determined to create
awareness on the issue.

Bawa said she would write more human interest stories on
babies that are born HIV free for others to learn, and called on the media to
ensure proper awareness  on the issue of
PMTCT as that would go a long way in the fight against HIV and AIDS in the
country.

The workshop was for the Journalists Alliance for Prevention
of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (JAP), an NGO in collaboration with
Child Right Information Bureau (CRIB) and UNICEF.

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Edo Varsity Donates Health Centre To Community

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The Edo State University, Uzairue has donated a primary health centre to Ivioghe community in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the project was inaugurated by the Deputy Governor of Edo, Philip Shaibu, on Tuesday.
Shaibu, who was represented by the Acting Chairman, Etsako East Local Government, Dr Samuel Mathew, praised the institution for initiating and funding the project.
“I am always overwhelmed when I see such gestures, an indication that the institution is thinking about the welfare of others,” he said.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Emmanuel Aluyor, said the comprehensive health centre is made up of consulting rooms, wards and other medical facilities to cater for patients.
“The medical and dental council, as part of the condition for the training of our medical students, stipulated that we establish a comprehensive health centre to be used for rural posting of our medical science students.
“This singular fact necessitated the establishment of this health centre today.
“I want to especially thank the host community and the Ivioghe community for donating the vast land this health centre is sited,” he said.
The VC disclosed that with the inauguration of the centre, the institution had commenced one week free medical care to take care of minor surgeries and treat patients from the host community and its environs.
“It gladdens my heart that the comprehensive heath centre recorded its first delivery of a bouncing baby just yesterday,” he said.
The President-General of Oghe Okughe Development Union, Dr Sunny Akhamiokhor, thanked the university for the gesture.
“I want to thank the management of Edo University Uzairue for the wise decision to site the health centre in our town.
“I want to assure you that our people shall give their maximum support and cooperation to staff and students that will be posted to the health centre,” he said.
He, however, called on the state government to deploy more teachers to the primary and secondary schools in the community.
Akhamiokhor assured that the community would continue to cooperate with the institution and the state government in order to attract more development to the community.

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Group Lauds Emmanuel For Entrenching Peace

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The National Chairman, Maintain Peace Movement (MPM), Mr Emmanuel Enoidem, has commended Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom for entrenching the peace culture in the state since he assumed office.
Enoidem made the commendation at the inauguration of the Steering Committee of the Federal Capital Territory Chapter of the group, held at Akwa Ibom House, on Monday in Abuja.
According to Enoidem, there is no fear of kidnappings, unlawful killings and other security challenges in the state.
“There is no gainsaying the fact that Gov. Emmanuel Udom has entrenched peace in Akwa Ibom and we will continue to support him by promoting peaceful coexistence in the state.”
He also applauded the governor for transforming the state from a Civil Service state to an industrial and economically viable entity.
Enoidem said the the governor, since assumption of office in 2015, initiated laudable projects that enhanced the infrastructure of state and encouraged the setting up of many industries.
Similarly, he hailed the governor for establishing the state-owned airline which had been defined in the nation’s aviation industry.
Earlier, the Liaison Officer, Akwa Ibom State, Abuja, Mr Edwin James, said Akwa Ibom under Gov. Emmanuel is enjoying so much peace, a condition that leads to sustainable development anywhere, anytime.
“I feel proud to see that Akwa lbom indigenes even in the diaspora also share the sentiment of Gov. Emmanuel in building a peaceful and united Akwa Ibom where development and investment can thrive and flourish.”
On his part, Mr Emmanuel Inyang, Special Assistant to Akwa Ibom Governor on Grassroots mobilisation in Abuja and 19 Northern States, said that the Governor, since assumption of office, has ensured that there is no discrimination in every segment of the state.
“So everybody now has that sense of belonging. He assented to a law which will treat anyone caught involved in any illegal group will be treated as a criminal.”
Also, the newly-inaugurated Coordinator of the FCT Chapter of MPM, Mr Usenekong Akpan, assured that the chapter would strive to promote the philosophy of the movement with a sense of commitment and total loyalty.
“It is expressly clear, that we have embraced the MPM philosophy with awesome joy and we are set to carry into our future this precious light of peace with common belief, purpose, passion, dedication and enthusiasm.”

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Edo NMA Appeals To Agrieved Health Workers To Assume Duty At Stella Obasanjo Hospital

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Edo State branch, has appealed to health workers in Central Hospital, Benin, who are temporarily relocated to Stella Obasanjo Hospital, Benin, to assume duty there.
The Chairman of the branch, Dr Harrison Omokhu, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday.
The Edo State Government has said that it has “relocated” and not “demolished” the over 100-year-old Central Hospital Benin, with a view to transforming it.
The affected health care workers have however kicked against their relocation to Stella Obasanjo Hospital, Benin.
Omokhu urged the affected workers to be patient with and partner the state government, pending when plans were made to build a new hospital.
“The siting of central hospital is strategic; the Executive Governor is well aware of these important facts.
“So I do not think His Excellency is moving the central hospital on a permanent basis.
“I think it’s a temporary thing to enable him to put more befitting structures on ground.
“Those buildings are very old and dilapidated and need urgent attention which I think the governor is doing,” he said.
Omokhua said that there was no new central hospital as speculated in some quarters, adding that the staff were only being relocated temporarily for work to be done in the hospital.
“I believe after that, they will be returned back. Not all the staff of the central hospital have been relocated.
“Departments like Obstetrics and Gynecology were not moved.
“Others have been relocated temporarily to the new hospital beside the central hospital – Edo Specialist Hospital and Stella Obasanjo Hospital – located off Sapele road,” he added.

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