Recently, a national
emergency which threw everyone everywhere in the country and the world at large into a pandemonium arose in Nigeria, when a foreigher, Dr Patrick Sawyer, who was sick from the Ebola Virus infection entered into the country and infected some of the people who came in contact with him with the Ebola virus.
The Federal Government of Nigeria labeled it National Emergency while World Health Organisation (WHO), declared it an International Public Health RISK.
Against this back drop measures were taken to combat the viral disease and a cross section of Nigerians resident in Port Harcourt Speak on how well the government handled the matter.
The Co-ordinator, Centre,’ for the Treatment of Cancer University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), and lecturer, Prof. Rollings Jamabo, in reacting to the situation, said, “the government in Nigeria has done tremendously were in containing the disease, I give them kudos”.
Also responding, National President, Resident Doctors Association of Nigeria, Dr. Prince Dan-Jumbo, stated that the fight against Ebola was one fight Nigerians fought in unism. According to him, “that is one area Nigerians have worked in unism, the Ebola fight was an all for all fight.
The Nigerian government, that is, the federal and Rivers State Governments have performed credibly and for that, I give them a plus.”
Another respondent, a government functionary who prefers not to be mentioned, in his response, said the kind of responsibility government displayed against Ebola was nothing short of love for its people.
He expressed regrets that some people had unequivocally stated that the Ebola thing was political, that it was a ploy by government to score cheap political point.
“That is rather unfortunate,” he said, adding, “ a whole lot of partner organizations, including World Health Organisation, Centre for Disease Control, Doctors without Borders, United Nations Economic Organisation among others were involved in the fight against Ebola in Nigeria, it could not have been a ploy to score cheap political point If these groups who sent across to Nigeria nothing less than three personnel each were involved.”
In his response, Mr Temple Emmanuel, a resident of one of the thickly populated areas in Port Harcourt, UPE Sand-Field, Borikiri, Stated “this is one time I am very happy with government, if the fight against Ebola was not intense and it was allowed to spread, families will be dying in their numbers given the living conditions we have in this town especially this sand field and other water front areas.
“We thank God for our government, they fought hard and Ebola has gone, since 1976, about 3,000 persons have died in Liberia, here it would have been one million within the first three months, thank God for our government,’ says Ida’ala Brown, and automechanic based at Ikoku spear parts market, mile 3, Port Harcourt.
The Rivers State government, through the state commissioner for Health, Dr Tamunoiyoriari Parker, declares that presently, the state recorded only one fatality while there are no fresh infections.
HIV: FG Restates Commitment To Prevent HIV Among Adolescents
The Federal Government yesterday restated its commitment to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among adolescents in the country.
The Ministry of Health in collaboration with NACA, UNFPA, UNICEF, launched a document on prevention of HIV in Abuja.
The document is integrated into three titles; “The HIV Investment Case for Adolescents and Young People (2021-2025), The National Condom Operational Plan (2021-2025) and National Condom and Lubricants Quantification (2021-2025).”
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Sen. Yahaya Oloriegbe, identified condom as key in the prevention of the spread of HIV among young people.
Oloruigbe, who commended the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and partners for the effort, called for local production of condoms.
“We need to look inwards by encouraging local manufacturing of condoms in view of government’s dwindling resources, as well as breaking away from over dependence on international donors,” he said.
The Director General of NACA, Dr Gambo Aliyu,asserted the agency’s success in the containment of HIV through prevention and treatment responses.
Aliyu said that the country was committed to achieving the 2030 target of 95-95-95 through collaboration with stakeholders by investing in adolescents.
He added, “we have made huge success when it comes to treatment and prevention with drastic reduction in transmission.”
The NACA boss however affirmed the belief of the agency in using the document to achieve the 95-95-95 target for 2030.
Mrs Zainab Garba of the Federal Ministry of Health commended NACA for launching the document, saying it would enhance young people’s access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights.
Garba reiterated the importance of condom in reducing the spread of HIV and maternal deaths among young people, saying it was key in preventing all manners of sexually transmitted infections.
Doctor Warns Against Indiscriminate Use Of Contraceptives
A medical expert, Dr Umar Musa, on Monday warned women against indiscriminate use of contraceptives.
Dr Musa, President, Kaduna State Resident Doctors Association, gave the advice when he spoke with newsmen in Kaduna, noted the indiscriminate consumption of contraceptives to ward off unwanted pregnancies and cautioned that while they could forestall unwanted pregnancies, contraceptives were not antidotes for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
He said there was a particular contraceptive pill in hot demand, but also cautioned that its indiscriminate consumption could delay conception or damage the uterus.
“Too much of this contraceptive will weaken the wall of the womb and damage the uterus which will cause miscarriages in the future.
“There are lots of risks associated with the constant use of this drug. Most ladies consume contraceptives in clinically unsafe ways.
“They use these drugs without knowing the way they interact with the body system and forgetting that people react to drugs in different ways,’’ he said.
Musa also advocated tighter restrictions on the sale of contraceptives and suggested that the use of condoms was an option to stave off unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.
“While a condom may look like a major inconvenience and a fun killer for many, it would protect one from sexually transmitted diseases and prevent pregnancy”.
Covid-19: NCDC Records 213 New Infections, Two Deaths
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) recorded 213 additional new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 171, 324, as of July 26, 2021.
The NCDC disclosed this on its official Twitter handle yesterday morning.
The health agency also stated that it recorded two Covid-19 related deaths on Monday, while additional nine people recovered from the virus, as of July 26, 2021.
It added that the new infections were recorded in 12 states, namely: Lagos-157, Rivers-20, Plateau-12, Enugu-6, Oyo-6, Gombe-3, Bauchi-2, Imo-2, Kaduna-2, Edo-1, Ekiti-1, and Ogun-1.
It noted that since the outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease in the country on February 27, 2020, a total of 2,134 persons lost their lives, while 164,798 recovered from the virus and discharged from health centres across the country.
NCDC added that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 2, had continued to coordinate the national response activities.
It stated that the country tested more than 2.4 million samples for the virus and had detected 10 Covid-19 Delta variant, recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a variant of concern, given its increased transmissibility.
The variant had been detected in over 100 countries and may spread further.
The variant has also been linked to a surge in cases in countries where it is the dominant strain in circulation. There are ongoing studies to understand the impact of the variant on existing vaccines and therapeutics.
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