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HIV/AIDS: 2,681 Screened, 11 Test Positive In Rivers Community

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Out of a total of 2,681 persons screened for HIV in Ogbogoro community in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, 11 turned out positive.
This is the result of a recent series of tests carried out by the Social Behavioural Change Communication (SBCC) of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) in collaboration with the Senator representing Rivers/East Senatorial zone, Senator Andrew Uchendu, during a free medical outreach and HIV/AIDS awareness campaign.
The programme, which was originally targeted at screening 3000 persons in the area, according to Mr Etubi Ugbeede Abraham, the representative of the implementing partner, Geomaldany Nigeria Limited, turned out to be successful in terms of achieving its goals and objectives.
In an exclusive interview with Mr Abraham, he stated that the programme achieved its four key goals and objectives.
The goals and objectives are to promote communities level awareness of HIV/AIDS, provide preventive messages to members of the public, expand access to HIV testing services and to link positive persons to care and support services.
According to him, at the end of the exercise “a large number of clients from surrounding communities were attended to, and got to ascertain their HIV status, newly diagnosed clients were referred to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) through community health monitoring persons.
“Furthermore these clients had the opportunity to know the position of their vital signs register complaints, and received medical diagnosis and treatment/free drugs; he said.
Abraham explained that Ogbogoro communities was selected for the exercise by stakeholders based on availability of good community health centres for referrals, as well as promotion of HIV prevention awareness among the teeming population.

 

Sogbeba Dokubo

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World Sight Day: 250 Benefit From Free Eye Screening, Medication

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As part of events marking the 2019 World Sight Day (WSD), the International Association of Lions Clubs, District 404-A2, Nigeria, Region 6 Screened 250 persons in Port Harcourt.
The exercise, which witnessed free eye screening, treatment and medication for indigent persons in Rivers State, was part of the clubs’ contribution to society.
Making this know in a post-screening interview, the Region Secretary, Lion Sarah Walter George said all the 250 persons screened had one from of eye problem or the other.
“Some of the problems such as inflammation in the eyes only required administering of eye drops and other medications for a given period, depending on the case. The more serious cases were referred”, she said.
Lion George continued that the focus on embarking on the eye screening was necessitated by the fact that many individuals are not aware that even when they can see, they still need to go for eye test.
“Now, all the 250 persons tested had eye challenges, which they would not have known if this exercise had not taken place”, she said.
George, who represented the Region Chairman, Lion Rodney Ambaiowei, therefore, used the opportunity to call on people to go for regular eye checks to avoid going blind gradually.
Also speaking, one of the doctors involved in the screening exercise, Dr Usiaphre Eloho Evonny, stated that most of the cases screened were refractive.
According to her, “some people cannot read, while some can’t see from far or near, and there were cases of cataract that requires surgery.
She further stated that as at press time, there were over 100 refractive cases diagnosed.
Highlights of the occasion was the distribution of eye glasses and drugs to cases that required it.
A total of seven lions clubs in the region collaborated in the exercise, which took place at the Abali Park, Port Harcourt.
They are PHC Crystal Lions, PHC new Garden City Lion Club, Nigeria Delta, Lions Club, PHC Pearl Lions Club, PHC Omega Lions Club, PHC Metro Lions Club, and Bonny Island Lions Club.

 

Sogbeba Dokubo

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NMA Wants FG To Include Unknown Patients In NHIS

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has urged the Federal Government to evolve a policy that will include the care of unknown patients in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
Chairman, Lagos State Chapter of NMA, Dr Saliu Oseni, made the call in a statement in commemoration of the 2019 Physicians’ Week yesterday in Lagos.
The Physicians’ Week is an annual event of the association that holds nationwide between October 14 and October 19.
Oseni said that the state chapter would hold a scientific conference on October 16 with the theme: “Care of the Unknown Patient: Policy Overview and Review.”
He decried the absence of an existing policy in the care of unknown patients which had denied such patients easy access to qualitative health care in private and public hospitals.
“We know that a lot of these patients are brought to the hospital by good Samaritans who are not expected to be responsible for the bills incurred after treatment.
“A lot of these cases are victims of road traffic accidents; consequently access to care might be delayed as the provider is worried about who pays the bills.
“This means even where there is a private hospital close by, access to care may not be guaranteed,” he said.

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Breast Cancer: MWAN Calls For Regular Screening

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Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Rivers State Chapter, has urged females to get vaccinated against Human Papilloma Virus, an organism that causes cervical cancer.
The President of MWAN, Rivers State Chapter, Dr. Ibimonye Porbeni, who stated this during a Breast Cancer Awareness Walk in Port Harcourt, stressed that early stage diagnose of cervical, prostrate and breast cancer can be cured.
Dr Porbeni noted that breast cancer is the commonest and major public health problem affecting women worldwide followed by cancer of the cervix.
She stated that young girls from nine years and above need to vaccinate themselves  against the Human Papilloma Virus as they can also be affected.
“The Human Papilloma Virus vaccine is gotten in University Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, and Medical Women Center, Port Harcourt. Young girls of nine years and above can actually vaccinate themselves against the virus”, she said.
According to her, when vaccinated three times, young girls can actually be protected from the virus, while older women have to do Pap smear once a year, and visit a gynecologist to be examined,
She further advised men to start prostrate cancer screening early from age of thirty-five (35) years as it is commonly seen in older men.
Porbeni however, urged women to go for Mammography examination on the breast in Medical Women Center for early screening.
Also speaking, Dr. Rosemary Ogu, Obstetrician Gynecologist, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, urged women to conduct self breast examination to prevent and ensure no negative changes in breast size or shape, lumps or thickening within the breast.

 

Iragunima Benice

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