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RSG Partners Private Sector On Health

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Rivers State Government has reiterated its position on partnering with the private sector on health promotional activities in the state.

Giving the hint at the opening ceremony of Community Health Awareness Campaign organised by Total Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited (TENG) for Eneka and Rukpokwu communities, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, Rivers State recently, the state Commissioner for Health, Hon. Sampson Parker described the campaigns as a welcomed development, noting that government cannot do it alone.

Represented by the ministry’s Director of Environmental and Occupational Services, Dr N. C. T. Briggs, the commissioner stated that the involvement of communities in campaigns such as the health awareness campaigns was key.

He disclosed that the conditions for free medical services offered by the state government had changed, explaining that it takes just two passports and letter of identification from the person’s community to ascertain the person was from there.

The health awareness campaign was specifically for communities along the Obite-Ubewa-Rumuji (OUR) pipeline and the Northern Option Pipeline (NOPL) projects transversing through their land. The projects were initiated by the NNPC/TEPNG Joint Venture (JV) to support federal government’s plans to increase revenue from gas production and to utilise domestic gas for generation of electricity through the National Independent Power Project (NIPP).

The Deputy Managing Director, TEPNG, Mr Nicolas Brunet, said the OUR pipeline would support gas delivery to the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas plants in Bonny to increase export earnings from gas while NOPL would ensure gas delivery to the Independent Power Project at Alaoji in Abia State to improve electricity supply.

Brunet pointed out that the company’s sustainable development policy not only emphasis control and mitigation of the impact of the company’s operations on the people and environment but also supports the socio-economic development of the stakeholding communities.

Accordingly, he explained, the pre-Project Environmental Impact Assessment of the areas indicated the likelihood of potential increase in social vices during the pipeline construction and this informed the health awareness campaign.

“Consequently, the Impact Mitigation and Monitoring Plan was designed to include health enlightenment campaigns to educate and communicate the dangers inherent in risky social attitudes such as menace of risky sexual behaviours, heath effects of alcohol and drugs, hypertension and diabetes, and HIV/AIDS, among others.

According to him the campaigns would be carried out in 12 communities across the five local government areas of ONELGA, Ahoada East, Ikwerre, Obio/Akpor and Etche in Rivers State and Owaza in Abia State which lie among the pipeline right of way and those near the installations.

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Immunization: Sub-NIPDs Records Success In Rivers

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The four-day National Immunisation Plus Days (NIPDs) exercise in Rivers State has come to an end with a success rate of over 90 per cent.
Making this known to The Tide, the state Immunisation Officer, Rivers State Primary Health Care Management Board (RSPHCMB), Dr Joseph Urang, said from the commencement of the exercise, last Saturday to yesterday, health officials successfully immunized children at the designated areas in the state.
The designated areas were in 12 settlements in 12 wards of two Local Government Areas, Ahoada West and Obio/Akpor.
The settlements are Enito 2 (Emezi) Betterland (Joinkrama), Mbiama (Mbiama), Ulaubie (Ebiriba), Ugbatoanwhunig bko (Odioku) and Oshika (Upatabo), all in Ahoada West Local Government Area.
The other settlements in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area are: Utachay (Ob Ward I, Haastrup (Ob Ward II), Haruk road, Apostolic close (Obi Ward 12), Mgbuoshimini Water side (Ob Ward 10), Okoa Street (Ob Ward 13), and Rumuchinwo (Ob Ward 14).
Dr Urang stated that although some challenges aroused in the course of carrying out the immunization, but the experience in Christ Embassy church was unexpected.
“We had several challenges in churches and schools, but we were able to resolve all and successfully immunized targeted children.
But at Christ Embassy Church, particularly at Haastrup, in Orazi, we could not carry out the exercise because the authorities there said they would have to hear from their General Overseer first”, Urang said.
Earlier in an interactive session with the media, the Director, Community Health Services, RSPHCMB, Dr Isaac Opurum, stated that the sub-NIPDs was targeted at designated areas in which last year’s polio immunization recorded below 90 per cent coverage.
On his part, the coordinator, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Rivers State, Dr Imoh Ukpong explained that the sub-NIPDs was necessitated by the fact that some areas were not covered during last year’s NIPDs.
According to him, “reasons for low coverage may be due to flooding, high human traffic, logistical issues which may make it impossible for immunization commodities to go round.
The immunization exercise was targeted at children from 0-59 months.

 

Sogbeba Dokubo

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AGPMPN, AHAPN Want Health Reform, Industrial Harmony

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The Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria and the Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria have called for a health reform and industrial harmony.
The Chairman of the Lagos State Chapter of AGPMPN, Dr Tunji Akintade, in an interview with newsmen, said a reform of the health sector in Lagos State would address the challeges facing the state health insurance scheme.
“We got a letter in November from the Lagos State Government, which said they wanted to review the Lagos State Health Law. I believe this is long overdue. There is a need for health reform in the state and we commend the government for thinking in this direction.
“The content of the reform must come up with solutions that will address current issues relating to the state health insurance. The costing is abysmally low. We cannot price the health of the public service and the private sector together. The private sector has taxes and overhead costs to settle, while government cannot pay tax to itself,” he said.
Akintade also urged state government to make available a health bank to furnish and service health facilities in the state.
“Quality health delivery comes with a price. There must also be clarity and transparency in the system. We do not have a real system in the health sector and that is one of the problems of the health insurance scheme,” he added.
The National Chairman, AHAPN, Dr Kingsley Amibor, in a statement issued on Tuesday, called for industrial harmony in the health sector.
“We are collaborating with our parent body, the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, regulatory agencies like the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, as well as sister associations, such as the Nigerian Association of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists in the Americas, the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, the Nigerian Association of Industrial Pharmacists, the Nigerian Association of Pharmacists in Academia and several others to achieve our corporate goals.
“We are not at loggerheads with the government. We are ready to partner with any and all groups, including the media, that will assist us to achieve our goals.
“Based on the need to maintain transparency and integrity at all times, we did assure our members of an open door policy with accountability as our watchword.
“We have definitely made progress with our eight-point agenda. We are also working hard and fast towards the institutionalisation of pharmaceutical care in our hospitals. Our specialisation agenda is on course and our public enlightenment campaigns are equally on course,” Amibor said.
He added that the association’s efforts at integrating its members under one umbrella were also yielding positive results.

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FG To Select Teaching Hospital For Dutse Varsity

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Federal Government will select a teaching hospital for Federal University, Dutse (FUD), Jigawa State, the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire has said.
The minister made this known when he led a team from Federal Ministry of Health on a visit to the Jigawa State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Umar Namadi in Dutse on Monday.
He said “ we are here to assess two tertiary health facilities in Jigawa in a bid to recommend a befitting teaching hospital for Federal University, Dutse.
“We came with an open mind to select between the two tertiary health facilities of Rasheed Shekoni Specialist Hospital, Dutse and the Federal Medical Center, Burnin kudu,” he said.
Ehanire said that the selection was to enable medical students from FUD to acquire the prerequisite toward becoming health practitioners.
He added that “ whatever is the outcome of our assessment will be made known to Mr President for him to take final decision.
“However, by the grace of God, our recommendation will be in the best interest of both the university and the state.”
Earlier, the deputy governor said that the state government had handed over Rasheed Shekoni Specialist Hospital to the university to serve as its teaching hospital.
Namadi added that the state government was also working to ensure the provision of at least one functional secondary health facility in each of the 27 local government areas of the state.
The Emir of Dutse, Alhaji Nuhu Muhammad, urged the team to be fair in the selection, noting that “even though the two facilities are located within my emirate, I will plead with you to put into consideration the students who may be at the receiving end of your decision.”

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