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World Sickle Cell Day: SCSSN Advocates Policy Domestication

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Against the backdrop
that a national policy be made to ensure the knowledge of citizen’s genotype from birth as well as proper management of sickle cell disorder patients, the Sickle Cell Support Society of Nigeria (SCSSN) has said that what was needed was a policy domestication.
The Coordinator, SCSSN, Rivers State branch, Dr. Dorathy A. Okoh said there had been a handbook of policy on the standardize management of sickle cell disorder maintaining that should those policies be domesticated, the high rate of SCD would be reduced in the country.
In her words, “on the issue of policy, the policy is not the problem. Nigeria is good at making policy but has the problem of  actual implementation. Already there is a booklet or handbook of policies on a standardized management of SCD but they have not been domesticated. It behavoes us to have a focus in the pursuant of ending the sickle cell scourge in the country”.
Okoh who is also a Consultant Hematologist and the representative of the Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Theophilus Odagme at the programme to mark the 2016 World Sickle Cell Awareness Day noted that the fight against the SCD demands a concerted national sickle cell network of not just the government but well meaning Nigerians as well as multinationals.
The Rivers State SCSSN Coordinator stated that as parts of efforts to achieving this goal, the society has developed a platform that engaged in screening at the community level as well as health workers on the management of the SCD.
“Having been involved in the care and management of patients of sickle cell disorder and understanding their plights, we are aware that these people can be helped to live a normal life as much as possible by providing support. It is for this reason that the Sickle Cell Support Society of Nigeria was established as a non-profit and non-governmental organisation in Nigeria. It’s goal include providing support for those affected by mobilizing society to understand the disorder and serve as a forum for people with SCD to interact with one another, share experiences among themselves and the health care workers attending to the victims. We also call on the support of individuals, relatives of sickle cell patients, stakeholders and multinationals to partner with us in realizing the goal”.
This year’s theme was ‘Stop the Pain of Sickle Cell Anaemia; Know your Genotype’.
Highlights of the events include media, school and church awareness campaigns and lectures on the disorder and its management.

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HIV: FG Restates Commitment To Prevent HIV Among Adolescents

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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.

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Doctor Warns Against Indiscriminate Use Of Contraceptives

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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”.

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Covid-19: NCDC Records 213 New Infections, Two Deaths

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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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