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ICRC Trains Public Health Workers On Trauma Mgt

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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in collaboration with the Rivers State Hospitals Management Board, yesterday, began three-day training on trauma management for nearly 20 healthcare professionals from civil and military hospitals in Port Harcourt.
The training, which includes both theory and practical life-saving techniques of handling different types of trauma, aims to equip the selected healthcare staff with the most up-to-date skills in handling trauma patients.
It is the latest in the series of six trainings that the ICRC would organise for medical staff this year and facilitated by two experienced surgeons and trainers: Dr Iqbal Khurshid, from India and Dr Godfrey Onyedika, from Nigeria.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the training in Port Harcourt, ICRC’s Health Coordinator, Dr. Gabriel Mufuta Kankolongo, said: “Timely management of trauma patients can save lives and drastically reduce post-operations complications.
“The ICRC has accumulated years of experience in trauma case management working in different countries affected by armed conflict or violence. Through our cooperation with Nigerian health institutions, we aim to share this knowledge and enhance the skills of Nigerian civil and military health practitioners”, Khurshid said.
In his remarks, the ICRC Surgeon and Programme Facilitator, Dr Khurshid Iqbal stated that the 3-day training programme was designed to ensure that doctors and nurses from private, public and military hospitals get the basic knowledge on how to manage trauma patients in their immediate emergency rooms.
Iqbal noted that many factors such as conflicts, domestic violence, road traffic accidents, among others, were responsible for trauma.
He stressed that it was vital for doctors and nurses in the Rivers State to refresh their knowledge in best standard way to manage trauma patients, noting that there was need for collaboration with the Rivers State Government to do more in the area of training and retraining of healthcare staff.
He tasked the government to ensure that those working in the emergency trauma rooms were properly trained while also upgrading the needed equipment and infrastructure in the trauma rooms.
On his part, one of the beneficiaries from the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), Mr Nwankwo Iheanyi stated that the 3-day programme would equip them with the competence and capacity to improve in their areas of specialty.
Iheanyi noted that the programme would avail them the necessary awareness needed to reduce the high rate of trauma cases recorded thus far in the state, while commending ICRC for putting the training in place.
He appealed to the Rivers State Government to organize similar programmes to impact on its staff positively as well as save the lives of trauma patients.

 

Susan Serekara-Nwikhana & Richard Barine

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Pipelines Vandalism: NPDC Adopts Modern Technology To Monitor Facilities

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The Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (NPDC)/ND Western OML 34 Asset Management Team (AMT) says it has commenced the use of modern technology for effective monitoring of its facilities.
The company’s Manager in charge of Government, Community Relations and Security, Mr Sheidu Aiguedo, made the assertion at a media briefing in Warri.
Aiguedo decried the persistent attacks on the company’s facilities by miscreants, saying the company had lost several billions of naira to their illegal activities.
“We are employing the use of technology to enhance our monitoring capacity,” he said.
Aiguedo said activities of the oil thieves had caused serious disaster, adding that the company would continue to intensify awareness to its host communities on the dangers inherent in pipelines vandalism.
“The oil bunkerers are destroying our facilities, and their activities are also destroying the environment,” he said.
Aiguedo urged the Federal Government to apply “prevention, protection and prosecution” approaches as ways of curtailing oil theft in Delta.
He also advised the government to establish and increase its presence in the oil communities with a view to reducing theft in the area.

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Nigeria Has Really Favoured Lebanese Firms, Investors -Group

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The Lebanese Nigeria Initiatives (LNI) in Nigeria yesterday said that the country had over the past decades been a nation of blessings to Lebanese companies and investors.
LNI’s Secretary, Mr Ali Safiyyedine, made the disclosure in Lagos at a news conference to announce the organisation’s launch of its first Scholarships and Endowment Fund for young Nigerians.
Safiyyedine said that the organisation had opened an endowment fund in American University of Beirut for young Nigerians as a way of giving back to Nigeria.
“We would forever be grateful to Nigeria for what she had over these years done for us Lebanese.
“And as a way of giving back to this great country, we at LNI have decided to open an endowment fund for young Nigerians in American University of Beirut that will continue even after we are gone.
“So, we have after many interviews and tests, selected the first Nigerian, Mr Olubando Ajibola, as the distinguished young man embarking on this journey for his MBA in the American University of Beirut,” he said.
Safiyyedine said that the organisation came up with the initiative to enable Nigerians study in the university for their Post Graduate degree and come back to contribute to the development of their country.
The Consul General of Lebanon in Lagos, Mr Elias Nicolas, said that the gesture was a further demonstration of the Lebanese interest in the development of Nigerians.
According to him, the Lebanese community are always delighted in contributing to Nigeria’s economic and social development.
“We are very pleased to launch the LNI scholarship and endowment fund for Nigerians today. This will further strengthen our long existing friendly relations in the years ahead.
“The Lebanese community has always conceived itself as part of the social fabric of its host country, and this fund is another sign of its commitment to the educational upliftment of young Nigerians.
“I warmly congratulate the huge effort of LNI’s Chairman, Mr Faisal El-khalil and members of the board of trustees for this laudable initiative.
“Let me also congratulate Olubando Ajibola as the first Nigerian selected for this scholarship programme. We hope you will be an ambassador for promoting our two countries values and interest during your study,” he said.
Mr Olubando Ajibola, a graduate of Petroleum and Gas Engineering from the University of Lagos, commended LNI and its board of trustees for selecting him as the first Nigerian beneficiary of the fund.
Ajibola said he would focus his MBA study on data collection analysis that would help enhance business development in Nigeria in the future.

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Photographers Decry Effects Of Smartphones On Their Business

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Some photographers in Enugu State have cried out against the negative effects of smartphones and social media on their business.
Some of the photographers who spoke during the World Photography Day, yesterday, said they were doing other businesses to make ends meet.
They said that though they were proud to be photographers, they noted that the advent of smartphones and social media had affected their business negatively.
According to them, the business of photography is dwindling as most people prefer to use their phones to take pictures, especially ‘selfies’.
One of the photographers at University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Mr Moses Onyeneke, said; “I am proud to be a photographer but the advent of smartphones and social media have dealt a big blow to our business.
“People prefer using their smartphones to take photographs and post on social media instead of going to a photo studio.
“They don’t value hard copy photos anymore but it is the best, it lasts longer and can be used for remembrance purposes.
“Passport photographs are making waves more because people need it for various official engagements,’’ he said.
Another photographer, Mrs Lizzy Achuagu, decried the low patronage of still photographs, adding that before the advent of smartphones, she finished rolls of films in two days.
“People book you for their social occasions but these days, very few people need our service.
“In a month, you can be making more than N30,000 depending on the occasions you cover, but now, hardly do you make N10,000,” she said.
Some smartphones users that reacted to the celebration of the World Photography Day said that the use of hard copy photos was outdated.
They preferred using their smartphones because it was less expensive and stress-free when compared to using a photographer.
They noted that even when they used a photographer to take photos, they preferred to collect the soft copies rather than the hard copies.
One of the smartphone users, Mr Ugochukwu Okeke, said that using smartphones to take pictures was better, as it was faster and could be posted to the world at the press of a button.
“It can be used to send message immediately than hard copy photograph. It was seven to 10 years ago when smartphones were not really common that hard copies were valuable.

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