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RSG Committed To Polio Eradication – Dep Gov

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Sequel to the flag-off of the March 2017 round of National Immunization Plus Days (NIPDS) Exercise in Rivers State, the Deputy Governor , Dr Ipalibo Harry-Banigo, has assured on the commitment of the state  government to end polio in Rivers State.
The Deputy Governor who made the pronouncement on Monday at the Model Health Centre, Churchill, during the flag-off of the NIDPs, stated  that it is for this reason the state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, among other things acknowledged the convergence of the Health Care Centre across the Local Government Areas under the Rivers Primary Health Care Management Board.
“I want to assure our partners, the people of Rivers State, and Nigeria that Rivers State is going to take back  its number one position in Universal Child Immunisation.
“His Excellency, Governor Wike, gave approval for the otherwise defunct state taskforce on Immunization to be resuscitated. That is why we are here today to observe the NIDPs first round.
“This is all because of the unprecedented commitment of a governor who cares for his people… This immunization must reach every child.
“We must revive all the schools, we are going to involve all the religious houses, private schools must also be included, and every child must be  reached and immunised,” she said.
In an interview with newsmen at the occasion, the Permanent Secretary, RSPHCMB, Dr  Agiriye Harry had revealed that a lot of awareness creation efforts had been made towards ensuring a greater reach of the populace  for the immunization exercise.
“For the past three weeks, there have been constant Jingle on Radio, but the work is not just ours to do, everybody needs to be involved in it”, he said.
Dr Harry further stated that in order to ensure wide coverage of the immunization exercise, emphasis was laid on reaching the identified eleven hard to reach areas of the state.
He however noted that the key  challenge experienced by the Board in carrying out its duties effectively had  been how to  discipline staff and prioritization of posting and Local Government Health Workers.
“Now that the government has made RSPHCMB to oversee the performance of healthcare workers, it will be easier to check their execesses”, he said.
On her part, the representative of World Health Organisation (WHO), Pharm Chineniye Okafor noted that while the world is close to eradicating polio, Nigeria is among countries currently lagging behind.

 

Sogbeba Dokubo

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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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