As the world marks the World
Malaria Day, no fewer than 200-physically-challenged persons undertook free malaria diagnosis in Kaduna last Saturday.
A team of medical personnel from the School of Health Science, Kaduna, who visited the Destitute Home at Kaduna, housing over 200 street beggars, carried out the diagnosis.
The head of the delegation, Hajiya Maryam Abubakar, said the aim of the diagnosis was to eliminate the malaria virus from the home and its surrounding.
Abubakar said that the series of tests were freely conducted on the less-privileged living at the home to mark the international malaria day.
She added that to reduce the threat of malaria, particularly in the environment, inmates would be given free anti-malarial drugs and treated mosquito-nets.
Abubakar who said that mosquito-borne diseases were the major cause of illnesses and deaths worldwide, added that only advances in research findings and tools would help combat the scourge.
“This will also help in transforming how we combat other challenges like Zika virus, Black flies, Tse-tse flies and other dangerous flies surrounding our environment,” she said.
She said the disabled persons were particularly selected because of the challenges confronting them on a daily basis.
“We feel that they are the most neglected persons in the society and they do not usually go for any medical health diagnosis due to poverty and lack of awareness,” and I regret the low involvement of the government, the civil societies and non-governmental organisation toward the healthcare of the less privileged.
Speaking on the theme of the 2016 Malaria day, “End Malaria for Good”, Abubakar said that eliminating malaria would indeed make the world a better and a safer place for future generations.
“It will also enable millions of people to reach their full potentials and this will help the world in reducing all related diseases associated with dangerous flies surrounding our communities,” she said.
Responding on behalf of the destitute Mallam Muntari Saleh who is also the spokesman of Northern Blind Forum in Nigeria, described the visit and diagnosis as historic.
“This is the first time in the history of Nigeria for someone to think of diagnosing us over our health matters and counselling us on serious issues surrounding our lives.
“We have many children and women among us, but no one cares to know the health challenges disturbing our lives.
“We have been neglected in the society and this is why we are calling on the Federal Government, NGOs and the civil societies to help us out.
“We need them to educate and sensitise us on all issues relating to human development,” he said.
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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