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NGO Offers Support To HIV Positive Pregnant Women

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The Director, Rivers State Agency for HIV/AIDS, Dr Francis Naziga has expressed satisfaction over “Impact Project”, which he said would help pregnant women living with the disease.
Dr Naziga, who launched the Impact Project in Port Harcourt recently, said the programme would support the state which already has a robust health care programme.
He applauded the Dawn of Life (DOLF), a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), for winning the project as well as choosing Port Harcourt and Oyigbo local government areas of Rivers State for execution, and stressed the need for commitment to ensure the success of the project.
Naziga pleaded that, the programme should also be taken to the rural areas of the state before the end of the three years programme, saying  “with impact, we will make greater achievement before 2020.
“We will closely monitor Impact Project to be sure that the organizers will achieve their target before the programme ends in three years time”.
In her address, the Chief Executive Officer of DOLF, Mrs Uloma Akoma, who is also the Director of Impact Project, said the three years  programme was aimed at fishing out pregnant women with HIV/AIDS from the communities.
Akoma noted that, the women through the programme would access the needed help that will ensure the health of mother and child, thereby reducing mortality rate in the state.
The project co-ordinator, Impact Project, Mr Omini Patrick, said the three years programme would cover Rivers and Cross River State, adding that the founder, “V Healthcare from United Kingdom would supervise the project after one year of extensive work in the two states.
Patrick revealed that the objective of the project was to prevent new cases of infected children with HIV/AIDS and also see how their mothers could stay alive for them.
He maintained that the target time is year 2020, adding, “to achieve our aim we need to involve the community leaders, state and local government workers.”
In her contribution, Dr Vetty Agala from Rivers State Ministry of Health, who is also the secretary, Medical Women Association, said the state is working hard to ensure the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS.
Dr Agala also noted that, pregnant mothers that come for antenatal are tested, since the HIV positive ones access care, adding that health providers always want to make sure that people know their status.

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Council Chairman’s Wife Tasks Women On Breast Feeding

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The wife of Chairman of Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area of Rivers State, pastor (Mrs)Jemima Victor, says exclusive breast feeding of children will impact in the  development of their intelligence quotient and enhance their educational growth.
She stated this in an interview with The Tide on the sidelines of the flagging- off of Breast Feeding campaign programme in Ogu, head quarters of the local government recently and assured that the campaign would be a continuous programme in the area until the women are acquainted and adapt with the practice.
She averred that exclusive breast feeding was crucial for growth and development of every child, adding that  it was key for  mothers and women  to breastfeed their children .
The Ogu/Bolo first lady opined that when the babies are breastfed with the right milk, they would be able to develop the right features God deposited in them and with a right character and attitude.
She attributed the various social vices  happening in the society today as to lack of intimacy between mother and child during the infancy stage, adding that breast feeding will bridge such gap between mother and child at the developing stage of every child.
“When you give a child the natural milk which is gotten from the woman’s breast milk, you get the best from such child. Let us stop giving our babies chemicals and  animal milk, it will make them manifest characters like  animals when they grow,” she said.
Let us breastfeed our children so that we can have generations that have been fed well and not with cow milk”, she stated.
The  Ogu first lady, was decorated with the champion of nutrition  breast-feeding of the local government area during  the programme by the representative of the Permanent Secretary, state primary health care board at the occasion .
She assured that the award would spur her tocontinue to support and sustain the breastfeeding campaign and awareness in the area, even as she called on women in the local government area to embrace the practice for the betterment of the society.
Also speaking, the Medical Health Officer in the local government area, Dr (Mrs) Loliya Koko advised women to ensure the breastfeeding of their new born babies exclusively within the first six months without water and artificial milk, adding that it will save them from infections and diseases.
She thanked the wife of the council chairman for ensuring the success of the programme in the area.

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Breast Implants’ll Not Prevent Sagging – Obstetrician

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An Abuja – based Obstetrician, Dr Dauda Adekunle, has advised women who intend to go for breast implants that breast augmentation would not prevent their breast from sagging.
Adekunle gave the advice in interview with newsmen last Monday in Abuja.
According to him, women who believe breast  augmentation will correct sagging breast should have a rethink, because they will also need a breast lift in addition to the breast augmentation.
“You might need additional surgery after breast implant removal. If you decide to have your implants removed, you might need a breast lift or other corrective surgery to help restore your breasts’ appearance,” he said.
He said that breast implants were not guaranteed to last a lifetime, stating that the average life span of an implant was 10 years.
“Implant rupture is a possibility, also, your breasts will continue to age, and factors such as weight gain or weight loss might change the way your breasts look,” he said.
The obstetrician also stressed that these issues would likely lead to more surgeries.
“You might need an MRI scan, which is a recommended routine monitoring with MRI after three years”, he noted.

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WHO Considers Two Of Four Ebola Drugs More Effective

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) considers two of four Ebola treatment drugs have been determined “more effective” than the others and will be the only ones used on patients going forward, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced.
WHO announced in a statement that two of the four Ebola treatment drugs were determined more effective in treating patients than others in a trial which began as part of the emergency response in the Democratic Republic of Congo on November 20, 2018.
The trial was called the Pamoja Tulinde Maisha study.
ZMapp, remdesivir, mAb114 and REGN-EB3 were the four drugs used in the trials. During trials, REGN-EB3 and mAb114 were determined to be more effective in treating Ebola than the other two, and will be the only two used going forward, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases announced in a statement.
As part of an emergency response team in the Congo, the “Together Save Lives” trial was done with a collaboration of organisations, including the Congo’s National Institute for Biomedical Research, the Ministry of Health, the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the Alliance for International Medical Action and other organisations.
Although the final analysis of data will be completed in late September or early October of this year, the NIAID said the effectiveness of REGN-EB3 and mAb114 was “compelling enough to recommend and implement” the changes immediately.

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