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Ministry Set To Rid PH Of Chronically Ill Persons

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All is now set for the commencement of evacuating chronically ill persons from the streets of Port Harcourt following the launch of fund raising for the activity.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Tide shortly after the recent fund-raising ceremony organized by the “Strategic Committee For the Eradication of the Chronically ill On the Road, the state Commissioner for Social Welfare and Rehabilitation, Mrs Inime Ifeyinwa Aguma said everything has been put in place for the take off of the programme.
“The ministry is up to the task of evacuating all the chronically ill persons from the streets despite the challenges that hamper the pace of evacuating them from the streets.
All hands are on deck to see to the end of chronically ill persons being paraded on our streets”, the commissioner said.
Represented by the Head of the Fostering/Adoption Department of the Ministry, Mrs Gladys Jumbo, the commissioner stated that all necessary facilities have been put in place to accommodate the chronically ill persons.
Also speaking, the Ag Director of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Barr. Young Ayo-Tamuno, stated that modalities have been put in place to ensure sustainability of the project.
“Firstly, to sustain a programme like this, you need a legal framework. This has been done”, he said.
Barr. Ayo-Tamuno further explained that another factor that would enhance sustainability of the project is that it relies on public/private partnership, with the involvement of notable Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs).
The MDAs, he said, include the Ministries of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation and Health, Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent De Paul, Catholic Diocese of Port Harcourt, NOA, NUJ and Civil Defence.
The NOA boss noted that although the legal framework is still on-going at the State House of Assembly, there are indications that it will come through.
“With the fund raising haven been done, we believe that all is set to go on full scale to rid Port Harcourt streets of the chronically ill.
The project is a brainchild of the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent De Paul, aimed at intervening and alleviating the plight of vulnerable persons, particularly, the chronically ill.
It is a public/ private partnership that stated on the 12th of February, 2016.
Earlier in his speech, the chairman of the occasion, Sir Davies Okarenu lauded all partners at the occasion and urged them to put their resources together to check the trend of chronically ill persons in Rivers State.
Sir Okarenu, who was represented by the former NOA Director, Mr Oliver Wolugbom noted that the objective of the committee was to sensitise the public on the menace of parading chronically ill persons on the roads/highways, to ensure that chronically ill persons are given medical care, rehabilitated, and re-integrated into the society etc.

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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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