The Subsidy Reinvest
ment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) has commenced a four-day free rural medical outreach in Ebonyi to improve the healthcare service in the area.
SURE-P National Prevention Focal Person for HIV and AIDS programme, Dr Uduak Essen, said in Afikpo North local government area of the state that the programme was to create free health care access in rural communities.
“The free medical outreach is the whole compliment of healthcare services of SURE-P with the whole medical personnel involved.
“During services we render test for blood sugar, blood pressure and other medical care such as HIV and AIDS status.
“The people are also counselled on how to live a healthy life, and prescriptions are made and drugs administered at the pharmacy point,” she said.
Essen said SURE-P was sponsoring the entire programme in collaboration with the National Agency for Control of AIDS (NACA).
“This programme is the phase two and is simultaneously holding in Nasarawa, Sokoto and Edo states while in the phase one, six states benefitted from it,’’ she said.
She listed others to include the FCT, Niger, Bayelsa, Delta, Enugu and Anambra states.
The Caretaker Committee Chairman for Afikpo North Local Governement Council,Mr Anthony Ekoh, commended the Federal Government for initiating the scheme.
Represented by Mr Sylvanus Nnachi, Head of the council’s Administration, Ekoh enjoined the people to take advantage of the free medical programme to improve on their health.
“This programme is an indication of the present administration of President Goodluck Jonathan to better the living condition of the people,’’ he said.
Mr Philip Ivoke, the Executive Director, Initiative for Health Awareness and Care, said that the programme was one of the new strategies the federal government had adopted to improve the lives of the citizenry.
“Before now what we normally do is that we would be at the top, make initiations and bring programmes to the grassroots without getting the real stakeholders involved.
“So this partnership is done to ensure that the critical stakeholders, which is the civil society, are part and parcel of implementing this programme.
“What we have done is that we have taken a step further in engaging all the local NGOs to support this programme,” he said.
He noted that the data collected during the outreach throughout the federation on HIV and AIDs would be used as part of the national survey to generate a verifiable data for the disease.
Some of the beneficiaries, Madam Felicia Ibenwa and Mr Emmanuel Ajukah, expressed happiness with the programme and solicited for its sustenance.
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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