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RSG To Relocate School Of Nursing

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Governor Chibuike Amaechi has hinted of plans to relocate the school of Nursing to a permanent site at the old University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital in Port Harcourt.

Speaking at a Town Hall meeting with the people of Port Harcourt Local Government Area, Governor Amaechi also disclosed that the old UPTH Complex would also have a new hospital to be built by the state government in collaboration with the Niger Delta Developemnt Commission.

In another development, women in Rivers State have been charged to take the matter of their children health seriously.

President of the National Council of Women’s Societies (NCWS), Rivers State Chapter, Evelyn Nweke gave this charge in a goodwill message at the flag off of the second round of this year’s Maternal Newborn  and Child Health Week (MNCHW), at the Churchhill Model Health Care Centre, Port Harcourt.

Mrs Nweke also called on the Women to take advantage of health facilities provided by the state government and ensure that their children remain in good health.

She stated that immunisation was important in keeping children and women of child bearing age healthy, particularly in government’s policy on preventive health care delivery.

She emphasised the importance of immunisation in the prevention of childhood killer diseases and the preservation of the life of the mother during delivery.

She further said pregnant women owed it to their unborn babies   to register in a government approved health facility for proper advice and prompt medical attention.

She advised against patronage of prayer houses and other unhygienic places for delivery where they do not have the expertise to handle emergencies, noting that the government recognised health facilities have doctors and other professionals to cater for their needs.

Mrs Nweke said, immunisation was the legitimate right of under five children and insisted that mothers and care givers must take their children and wards for immunisation.

She also called on women to know their HIV status by going for screening for the virus, pointing out that being positive was not a death sentence and declared that help was available for people living with the virus through the state government and added that those who are negative could get tips on how to stay negative at government health facilities.

Other donors and partners were present at the ceremony while the state governor, Rt Hon Amaechi administered the pilot dose of vaccine to flag off the week, which is expected to run from November 26, 2012 to December 1, 2012.

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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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