The Rotary Club of Port Harcourt Down Town District 9140 has donated hundreds of bottles of Benzyl Benzyl Benzodte drugs to the Port Harcourt maximum prison to assist the prison authorities in the fight against skin rashes among inmates of the prison.
The president of the club, Dr Tamuno Opubo Abiye who presented the drugs, during a visit to the prison, said that the gesture was part of the community service programme of the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt Down Town.
Dr Abiye also said that the club would soon embark on a medical outreach to the prison. While efforts will be made to reach out to the authorities to see to the decongestion of the prison.
Meanwhile, hundreds of inmates of the prison have been conferred with Ambassadors of Peace Awards by the Rotary club of Port Harcourt Down Town.
The club president said that the awards was inline with the rotary international theme for 2013 which is peace and conflict resolution.
He urged the prisoners to see peace as the only option for survival, contending that, as they regain their freedoms, they must spread the message of peace, wherever they find themselves .
Dr Abiye also counseled them not to see their present predicament as the end of life, as God Almighty can course people to remember them, but warned against further indulgement in acts that are not in conformity with peace and the love of Christ.
In his exhortation, Rotarian Chuku A. Blossom, urged the prison inmates to pray fervently for God’s mercy as they present predicament that may be as a result of spiritual manipulation.
Rotarian Blossom also urged them to avoid the guide rich syndrome that is pervading the society, stressing that a number of young people are today languishing in jail because of kidnapping for ransome and cultism.
In his speech, the Head of Protestant Group of Churches, Port Harcourt prison, who is also an inmate of the prison, Pastor Isaiah Gogo Kings, described the visit of the club to the prison as a manifestation of the fulfillment of God’s prophecy.
Pastor Kings who was a former police officer however said that most of the inmate are victim of a decaying society.
He stressed the need for the Rivers State Governor and the state Chief Judge to tamper Justice with mercy, by embarking on Jail delivery exercises to the prison.
Pastor Kings further decried the harsh bail conditions of some of the prison inmates and urged for public support.
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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