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Nurses Want Adequate Vaccines In Health Centres

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The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), has urged the Federal Government to equip health facilities with adequate vaccines to help increase the rate of immunisation against vaccine-preventable diseases.
The association also advocated for compulsory immunisation of all health workers.
The  Chairman, NANNM, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Chapter, Mrs Oluyemisi Adelaja, made call in an interview with the newsmen  in Lagos, Monday.
Speaking against the backdrop of the  just concluded 2017 World Immunisation Week  a global public health campaign aimed at raising awareness on the importance of immunisation against vaccine-preventable diseases and its role in achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Adelaja  noted that  “Some of the vaccines used in the country were  expensive because they are imported.
“Government should resuscitate our research centers and fund them adequately; this way, they can do more research by using plants that are available in the country to invent vaccines.
“Such invented vaccines can be available, affordable and effective in combating these diseases.
“The funds allocated for vaccines by governments are not enough and the funds donated by NGOs are mismanaged by the people in charge; either by diverting the fund or procuring the ones that are almost expiring.
“Also, government at all levels should provide adequate protective medical consumables and gadgets to both federal and state hospitals, as well as primary health centres’’.
She said there was need to sensitise health officers on vaccines and immunisation, as well as get them to be immunised.
“Health workers should be adequately sensitised and be given necessary vaccination as at when due to protect them, their families and all citizens.
“They are on the field and are at risk of contracting diseases.
“Most of the health officers engaged for immunisation do not have adequate knowledge about the cold chain system and the importance of vaccines.
“They also lack the knowledge of maintenance of proper cold chain, thereby reducing the potency of the vaccines; this is majorly because quacks or incompetent staff are recruited to administer the vaccines.’’
Adelaja also condemned some unwholesome practices by some health officers.
She said “There are also sharp practices that need to be stopped; some health officers collect vaccines from health centres and sell to private hospitals.
“Some even hide somewhere to fill the forms with holding fake names and information which they present as the report or statistics.
“These have to be identified and addressed,’’ she said.
Also speaking,  Chairman of NANNM, Lagos State Chapter, Mr Olurotimi Awojide, said that the major challenges facing immunisation in Nigeria were misconceptions in some parts of the country.
According to him, most people were not well educated on the importance and need to be immunised.
While noting with dismay the practice of parents with their children and not presenting them for immunisation, Awojide said such ws negating the aim of  the immunisation which is  to ensure a global infection-free society, especially in children. said such was negating  such was “the aim of the immunisation which is  to ensure a global infection-free society, especially in children.
“Immunisation is a process of ensuring that children become resistant to infection agents which is usually achieved through the use of vaccines.
“Governments, especially our donors are trying their best to ensure that children are immunised against all childhood killer diseases.
“We still need more funds for the vaccines, competent staff and more awareness on the benefits of immunisation , especially in children.’’
Awojide appealed to health workers in charge of vaccination to always be guided by the ethics of the profession to achieve an infection-free society.
“I am appealing for this, based on unconfirmed anti-professional activities of some health workers.

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Commissioner Lauds Navy On Covid-19 Containment

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Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Prof Princewill Chike, has lauded efforts made so far by the Naval Command at Borokiri, Port Harcourt, towards checking the trend of the Covid-19 pandemic in the State.
Making the commendation recently when the naval medical team paid him a courtesy call in his office, the commissioner stated that the state government and Rivers people appreciate the fact that the naval health facility is made accessable to people living in their environment and beyond.
“The  Rivers State Government appreciates all your effort aimed at curbing the spread of the Corona Virus in line with your corporate social responsibility for host communities in the state by making your (health) facility accessible”, he said.
Prof Chike continued that, “the job of every health personnel is humanitarian. Lives of citizens of our country are paramount and should therefore not be compromised”.
While assuring that the state government is doing everything possible to fight the spread of the pandemic, the commissioner stated that he’ll personally pay occasional visits to the naval healthcare facility, and also assured of the preparedness of the state ministry of health to partner with other private healthcare delivery services.
“The State Ministry of Health (MOH) is committed in partnering with other private health facilities in the state to curb the spread of the ravaging pandemic”, he said.
Speaking earlier, the Commander, Naval Medical Centre Borikiri, Navy Captain U. O. Nzeribe-Agbangwu, said the navy health services were not restrained to its personnel but extended to other individuals who need to access the facility for heart care. 
The commander said, “over 70 percent of our patients are civilians, and, in line with our corporate social responsibility, we constructed a borehole for supply of water to the host community”.
Nzeribe-Agbangwu also expressed satisfaction over the support the Naval healthcare facility got from the ministry in the heat of the pandemic in 2020.

By: Sogbeba Dokubo

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Covid-19: Pregnant Woman, 15 Others Die In Edo

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The Edo State Government has confirmed the death of a 33-year-old pregnant woman at Stella Obasanjo Hospital in Benin and 15 other persons across other Covid-19 facilities.
Head of the state’s Coronavirus Case Management, Dr Ebomwonyi Osagie, who disclosed this at the daily press briefing on the virus, however, said that the victims were not vaccinated.
“This particular patient came in and died about three hours after presentation at the Stella Obasanjo Hospital; late presentation is a major issue in managing crisis.
“She is about 28 weeks pregnant, already having pre-eclampsia, so, the debate is actually if it is the pre-eclampsia that killed her or Covid-19.
“The woman has Covid-19, which pushed her more toward developing pre-eclampsia and then death. Some other women have pre-eclampsia and are successfully managed.
“Late presentation is an issue, because the patient died three hours after presentation, which means that there is little that would have been done to manage the situation, so, we are appealing to private hospitals to let patients go very early for treatment.
“So far, a total of 537 samples were collected, with a total of 1,004 confirmed cases, 103 recovered and were discharged and 16 deaths recorded within 48hours.
“We have 70 people in admission, 296 people in home care, 344 discharged and 50 deaths, since the outbreak of the pandemic,” Osagie said.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Osamwonyi Irowa, said that the cases were rising, with more people being admitted, just as the state was recording very high mortality from COVID-19.
Irowa further said that vaccination was fighting the pandemic and appealed to residents to avail themselves the opportunity of taking COVID-19 vaccines made available by the Federal and state governments.

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Agency Trains 40 Health Officers On Emergency Response

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The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC) on Monday kicked off a two-week capacity building programme in Lagos for Nigerian experts on public health emergency response.
The training seeks to certify the first cohort of 40 participants drawn from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), state-level ministries of health, Nigeria Port Health Services, and  Nigerian military in the Public Health Emergency Management Professional Certification (PHEM PC).
The US-CDC Nigeria Country Director, Mary Boyd, said: “The devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic illustrates now more than ever the importance of ensuring the public health and health care systems can adequately prevent, respond to, and recover from health emergencies.
“Particularly those whose scale, timing, or unpredictability threatens to overwhelm routine capabilities,”  a statement by the mission in Lagos, quoted.
The Tide source reports that PHEM PC training, a first of its kind in Nigeria, adapted from US-CDC Atlanta, equips emergency managers, incident managers, state epidemiologists, first responders, watch managers, and other public health experts with the knowledge, competencies and skill sets they need to respond to public health emergencies.
During the intensive programme, participants will receive specialised training in crisis and emergency risk communication as well as public health emergency management functions and operations.
The PHEM training is part of the U.S. Government’s efforts to support pandemic preparedness globally.
The US-CDC, NCDC, and Georgetown University are collaborating to deliver this training.
In 2019, Nigeria became a Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) partner country committed to achieving GHSA 2024 targets and International Health Regulations (IHR) requirements.
US-CDC supports the Government of Nigeria (GON) to achieve these targets by strengthening workforce development, surveillance, emergency response, and laboratory capacity among other areas.

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