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FG To Take Emergency Actions On Water Crisis

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Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu says the ministry will declare national emergency actions to resolve the shortage of potable water across the country.
This decision was the thrust of the ministry’s national retreat on National Action Plan for the Revitalisation of Nigeria’s Water and Sanitation sector in Abuja, yesterday.
The minister said that the call became necessary following the result of the World Bank Diagnostic Report which raised a serious concern of decline in the quality and accessibility of water supply sector in the country.
He also expressed concern about pipe-borne water situation in the country, describing the situation as worrisome.
He noted that the proliferation of sachet and bottled-water factories around the country was an indication that there was a crisis in the sector.
“We are worried about the lack of potable water, even at this event; we see how bottled water is placed on every table.
“I remember when we attended the World Water Week in Stockholm, we were given empty water bottles when we registered, all you need to do was to open the taps around and fetch water to drink.
“This is why we can’t continue like this, it is a national emergency,’’ Adamu said.
According to him, without an action plan to revitalise the water sector, Nigeria may find it difficult to meet the Sustainable Development Goals on Water and Sanitation by 2030.
Adamu recalled that the National Council on Water Resources made recommendations in 2017on the need to pursue a strategy on deliberate repositioning of the water supply sector.
He said that the draft action plan proposed included the clarification of the roles of all stakeholders, continuous capacity building, regulation of informal players and improving strategies to increase access to water.
He said that the retreat was an opportunity for all stakeholders to seek ways to find lasting solutions to the current crisis in the water resources sector.
Director, Water Supply with the ministry, Mr Benson Ajisegiri, said the nation’s Action Plan for the Revitalisation of Nigeria’s Water and Sanitation sector was in crisis, with urban access to water declining from 32 per cent in 1990 to 10 per cent on 2015.
He said no fewer than 40 per cent of the water schemes was non-functional, with poor power supply, non-payment of water levies, lack of water governance and poor political will from leaders.
He said that it was saddening to note that state water agencies lacked political prioritisation and funding to maintain infrastructure and pay salaries, resulting in the abandonment of many water projects.

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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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