An indigene of Rivers State and Research Fellow at the Institute of Human Virology, Dr. Sally Nneoma Akarolo-Anthony, has won a Canadian Government grant for innovation in health.
The award is given by Grand Challenges Canada, a Canadian government funded agency which provides grant to 51 innovators in 18 developing countries to pursue bold, creative ideas to tackle health problems in these countries.
The Rivers State born contributed as Principal Investigator of the Active pair Study – a bold and innovative idea which involves the use of modern cell phone based technology and phone apps to combat obesity in Africa and the rest of the world.
Her creativity earned her a special place as she was selected amongst 250 applicants to receive an initial $100,000 grant which will enable her to develop these innovations. Subsequently, she is eligible for an additional scale-up funding of $1 million.
Before the award, the Ikwerre- born medical expert had been discovered by the Rivers State Government during which she was supported to study abroad.
A graduate of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and the London School of Tropical medicine and Hygiene, Dr Akarolo-Anthony is a Fogarty International Center/National Institutes of Health Research Trainee, working on developing tools for Nutrition Epidemiology research in Nigeria and is currently doing a post-doctoral at the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston Massachusetts, where she is studying the role of nutrition in non-communicable diseases, such as stroke.
WHO projects that globally by 2015 about 2.3 billion adults will be overweight; more than 700 million will be obese – an epidemic growing fastest in developing countries and leading to diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancers, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and stroke.
In Nigeria, where mobile phone use is now common (use in Nigeria rose almost 1,300% in 2010 – 11), health researchers led by Dr. Akarolo-Anthony will work with a high-tech firm to create a smart phone app to provide a virtual mentor and online buddy system.
Some functions of the app include computation of user’s metabolic rate and caloric requirement, offer healthy diet tips, estimation of daily calorie intake required to meet a weight-loss goal, and monitoring of change over time.
Immunization: Health Board Targets Rural Communities
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.
CSO Wants Cancer Treatment Centres In Rivers
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.
To Much Salt Consumption, Bad For Kidney – Expert
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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