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Expert Wants Transparency In Routine Immunisation

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Renowned pharmacy Technician in Rivers State, Mrs Edith Bapakaye has urged the authorities of National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and its partners on routine immunisation not to compromise on transparency, due process and merit as the overriding criteria for the engagement of consultants to improve routine immunisation in low performing states in Nigeria.
Bapakaye who gave the advice in Port Harcourt recently while speaking with The Tide on immunisation and other health related issues, revealed that although over 200 persons applied for the job, about 270 of them were shortlisted for the competency based test (CBT) while only 97 were invited for interview.
She explained that as parts of efforts to guarantee transparency and due process, development partners on routine immunisation, such as, World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations International Children Education Fund (UNICEF), European Union (EU) and United States Centre for Disease Control, among others should actively participate in the process which leads to the final selection of the successful candidates, stressing that there should be no room for apathy, sectionalism and nepotism.
She further emphasised on the role of the technical assistants, pointing out that they were being recruited essentially to facilitate delivery on the global target of the routine immunisation, which is put at 85 per cent, instead of the current unacceptable 40 per cent coverage as obtained in 2016 MICS/NICS surveys.
She said that the technical assistants who are expected to deploy innovative strategy, experience and expertise to improve on R1 in their states of posting should be evaluated quarterly based on specific performance indicators.
On the project funding, she appealed to World Bank, Global Alliance For Vaccine and Immunisation (GAVI) and other donor agencies to provide additional funding which would cover the cost of construction and renovation of cold chain facilities in these low poorly immunised states, such as, Lagos, Rivers, Kano and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Bapakaye expressed happiness with the backing the development, partners are giving to Nigeria to improve on the various child survival interventions for the Nigerian child and implored the international community not to leave any stone unturned to justify the confidence reposed in the present administration of NPHCDA.

 

Bethel Toby

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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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