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Healthcare: Board Woos Firms …Tasks Coys On CSR, PPP

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The Rivers State Primary
Health Care Management Board (RSPHCMB), has called on multinational companies operating within the state to deliver on their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to their host communities by partnering with the board in making healthcare service delivery easily accessible and affordable to members of the communities.
Chairman of the Board, Prof. Princewill Chike who made the call at the Obio Cottage Hospital during the inspection of health facilities under the board said the Public Private Partnership (PPP) programme remained the sure way to achieving the goal of effective healthcare delivery in the state.
Chike maintained that should the multinationals partner with the board at the community level as part of their corporate social responsibility, it would not only place the organisations in good books of the people but also reduce violence resulting to health challenges in the state.
Chike who stated that the visit was necessitated by the peaceful protest by Rumukwurushi Community to the Rumukwurushi Health Centre to demand on explanation on the workability of the Community Health Insurance Scheme (CHIS), explained that the state needed a realistic approach to the health needs of the people, saying “the way to go now in terms of health care service is the Health Insurance Scheme where the people are to pay a token to get care”.
While commending the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) on its partnership with the Obio Cottage Hospital and Rumukwurushi Model Primary Health Centre and the Medicines Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Boarder) on partnership with the Orogbum Health Centre where they are building capacity on the sexually abused victims, Chike called on other multinationals including the private sector to join hands in ensuring that every resident of the state has an accessible and affordable health care service.
The Permanent Secretary of the board, Dr. Minima Harry who noted the gains of the CHIS urged the people to embrace the scheme stating that the free medical care programme was no longer realistic given the present economic situation of the state.
Harry said “I will meet with the Rumukwurushi Community on advocacy to encourage them to enroll in the scheme because it has proven to be efficient in Obio Cottage Hospital and the board will love to replicate the scheme in other health facilities across the state. I also call on other corporate organisations to partner with the board for an effective health care delivery”.
Also speaking, the SPDC representative, Dr. Akin Fajola noted that the Obio Cottage Hospital was the state health facility supported by the SPDC to provide health care to the communities around, revealing that since the introduction of the CHIS at the health centre, the facility has attracted more patients from the state and beyond.
The Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Umejiego Chidozie said the hospital records about 100 patients and 300 deliveries every month giving credence to the support by the SPDC.
Chidozie further revealed that the facility has 115 staff with 12 doctors and operates for 24 hours with support from the local government, state government and Non-governmental organisations like the Rotary Club of Trans-Amadi.

 

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World Sight Day: 250 Benefit From Free Eye Screening, Medication

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As part of events marking the 2019 World Sight Day (WSD), the International Association of Lions Clubs, District 404-A2, Nigeria, Region 6 Screened 250 persons in Port Harcourt.
The exercise, which witnessed free eye screening, treatment and medication for indigent persons in Rivers State, was part of the clubs’ contribution to society.
Making this know in a post-screening interview, the Region Secretary, Lion Sarah Walter George said all the 250 persons screened had one from of eye problem or the other.
“Some of the problems such as inflammation in the eyes only required administering of eye drops and other medications for a given period, depending on the case. The more serious cases were referred”, she said.
Lion George continued that the focus on embarking on the eye screening was necessitated by the fact that many individuals are not aware that even when they can see, they still need to go for eye test.
“Now, all the 250 persons tested had eye challenges, which they would not have known if this exercise had not taken place”, she said.
George, who represented the Region Chairman, Lion Rodney Ambaiowei, therefore, used the opportunity to call on people to go for regular eye checks to avoid going blind gradually.
Also speaking, one of the doctors involved in the screening exercise, Dr Usiaphre Eloho Evonny, stated that most of the cases screened were refractive.
According to her, “some people cannot read, while some can’t see from far or near, and there were cases of cataract that requires surgery.
She further stated that as at press time, there were over 100 refractive cases diagnosed.
Highlights of the occasion was the distribution of eye glasses and drugs to cases that required it.
A total of seven lions clubs in the region collaborated in the exercise, which took place at the Abali Park, Port Harcourt.
They are PHC Crystal Lions, PHC new Garden City Lion Club, Nigeria Delta, Lions Club, PHC Pearl Lions Club, PHC Omega Lions Club, PHC Metro Lions Club, and Bonny Island Lions Club.

 

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NMA Wants FG To Include Unknown Patients In NHIS

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has urged the Federal Government to evolve a policy that will include the care of unknown patients in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
Chairman, Lagos State Chapter of NMA, Dr Saliu Oseni, made the call in a statement in commemoration of the 2019 Physicians’ Week yesterday in Lagos.
The Physicians’ Week is an annual event of the association that holds nationwide between October 14 and October 19.
Oseni said that the state chapter would hold a scientific conference on October 16 with the theme: “Care of the Unknown Patient: Policy Overview and Review.”
He decried the absence of an existing policy in the care of unknown patients which had denied such patients easy access to qualitative health care in private and public hospitals.
“We know that a lot of these patients are brought to the hospital by good Samaritans who are not expected to be responsible for the bills incurred after treatment.
“A lot of these cases are victims of road traffic accidents; consequently access to care might be delayed as the provider is worried about who pays the bills.
“This means even where there is a private hospital close by, access to care may not be guaranteed,” he said.

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Breast Cancer: MWAN Calls For Regular Screening

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Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Rivers State Chapter, has urged females to get vaccinated against Human Papilloma Virus, an organism that causes cervical cancer.
The President of MWAN, Rivers State Chapter, Dr. Ibimonye Porbeni, who stated this during a Breast Cancer Awareness Walk in Port Harcourt, stressed that early stage diagnose of cervical, prostrate and breast cancer can be cured.
Dr Porbeni noted that breast cancer is the commonest and major public health problem affecting women worldwide followed by cancer of the cervix.
She stated that young girls from nine years and above need to vaccinate themselves  against the Human Papilloma Virus as they can also be affected.
“The Human Papilloma Virus vaccine is gotten in University Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, and Medical Women Center, Port Harcourt. Young girls of nine years and above can actually vaccinate themselves against the virus”, she said.
According to her, when vaccinated three times, young girls can actually be protected from the virus, while older women have to do Pap smear once a year, and visit a gynecologist to be examined,
She further advised men to start prostrate cancer screening early from age of thirty-five (35) years as it is commonly seen in older men.
Porbeni however, urged women to go for Mammography examination on the breast in Medical Women Center for early screening.
Also speaking, Dr. Rosemary Ogu, Obstetrician Gynecologist, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, urged women to conduct self breast examination to prevent and ensure no negative changes in breast size or shape, lumps or thickening within the breast.

 

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