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Rotary Club Donates Medical Equipment To Health Centres

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The Rotary Club of Nige
ria has donated scale, blood pressure and sugar level measuring apparatus, disinfectants, refrigerator and cotton wool, amongst others, to some primary health centres in Jos.
The District Governor of Rotary Club 9125, Dr Mike Omotosho, who made the donation last Friday, said it was to augment government’s efforts in improving health care delivery to ensure efficient productivity and accelerated development.
Omotosho said the items were donated at Dogon Agogo Primary Health Centres where they also conducted free medical check-up for the elderly.
Omotosho added that rotary club had been fervent in the eradication of polio and urged stakeholders to partner to ensure that the two years remaining for Nigeria to be declared polio-free, was achieved.
The governor commended the Jos Tin City Rotary club for producing six sign-boards on the campaign for ‘Peace’ crucial for meaningful development in the society.
President of Jos Tin City Rotary Club, Ms Priscillia Dewa, said the club conducted a needs assessment in Jos South and North to know what to provide for the selected health centers.
She said the club would continue to render community service to the people through their time, talent and treasure.
The community leader of Ibrahim Katsina ward, Malam Shehu Suleiman, who  expressed appreciation for the donation said the community was privileged to have two health centers that benefitted from their benevolence.
The donations were made to Primary Health Centers in Tudun Wada, Jos South, Dogon Agogo  Jos North, and Samantha Clinic  Jos North.
District 9125 Rotary club also donated medical sundries to Open Doors Special Education Center, a school for the intellectually impaired in Jos.

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Immunization: Health Board Targets Rural Communities

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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.

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CSO Wants Cancer Treatment Centres In Rivers

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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.

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To Much Salt Consumption, Bad For Kidney – Expert

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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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