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Buhari Recommits To Improved Healthcare …Targets Rural Dwellers, Women, Children

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President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that his administration is committed to putting the health of Nigerians as a top priority with a more focus on the people living in the rural areas and the vulnerable population such as women, children under the age of five and the elderly.
President Buhari who made the assertion at the official flag off of the Primary Health Care Revitalisation Programme and Commissioning of the Kuchigoro Primary Health Care Centre, said this would be achieved in collaboration with national and international partners.
President Buhari said “I am aware that out of pocket payment for health constitute over 70 per cent of total health expenditure. This is more than the globally recommended 30-40 per cent.
However, only less than five per cent of the total population is covered by any kind of health insurance or risk protection mechanism which is against the recommended 90 per cent coverage by the World Health Organisation. Our vision is to reverse this unsatisfactory situation and better care for the poor and needy”.
“Our administration in recognition of this promised to revitalize one primary Health care centre in each of the political wards in the country. So far, we have commencd the revitqalisation of one primary health care in each senatorial zone in the country. Our vision is to revitalize 10,000 primary health care facilities in Nigeria using a phased approach. The first phase of this approach is what we are flagging off today. It will signal the revitalization of the first 109 primary healthcare facilities across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), he said.
While noting that the provision in the Natural Health Act, 2014 for the Basic Health Care Provision in the national Health Act, 2014 for the Basic Health Care Provision Fund was in the process if implementation, the president assured Nigerians that government would continue to ensure that great numbers of Nigerians have access to quality basic healthcare services.
He said “the provision of quality healthcare services will reverse the poor health indices in the country. I am hopeful that our women will no more be dying needlessly during child birth, our children will no more be dying needlessly as a result of vaccine preventable diseases or common ailment, access to healthcare will not be limited because of lack of money to pay”.

 

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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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