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Okowa Tasks FG On Malaria Elimination

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Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has urged all stakeholders in the health sector to make greater efforts to enable Nigeria to achieve universal health coverage and eliminate malaria by 2020.
Okowa made the call in Asaba on Tuesday when the Minister for Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole and some stakeholders in the health sector paid him an advocacy visit.
He said that to achieve the target by year 2020, all stakeholders including global health partners should support government’s efforts and programmes impacting positively on the people.
He lauded the Federal Government for initiating the Roll Back Malaria programme and expressed delight that his Delta State had been included as one of the pilot states for the project.
He pledged his administration’s readiness to collaborate with the Federal Government in the fight against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.
“I am glad that Delta State is one of the states chosen for this programme, we are interested in the improvement of the health of our people.
“And we will collaborate with the Federal Government, and the global partners to ensure that the programme succeed as it will impact positively on the health of our people.
“We need to take the advocacy to the grassroots; we will mobilise the traditional rulers, community leaders and other stakeholders in the communities to ensure the success of the programme for our people.
“This programme in addition to our Contributory Health Scheme will help in the achievement of universal health coverage and delivery for our people,” the governor said.
He said that the commencement of the distribution of Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLIN) in the state would be on June 7.
Okowa advised the government to take a critical look at the country’s high population and develop programmes aimed at checking population explosion in order to achieve universal health aims and objectives.
Earlier, the minister of health, who was represented by Dr Evelyn Ngige, Team leader, Roll Back Malaria programme, said that they were on an advocacy visit to the governor in furtherance of the malaria programme and the distribution of insecticidal nets.
He said that Delta had been chosen among other states for the pilot porgramme for the elimination of malaria by the year 2020.
The minister called for counterpart funding and other logistics support for the success of the programme in the state.
Malaria causes an estimated 300 to 500 million acute cases per year. Malaria is a disease of young and the poor, many of them children who live with no easy access to health service.
The goal of Roll Back Malaria programme is a significant reduction – ideally halving within ten years – in the global burden of disease associated with malaria.
The purpose of the programme is to create an environment that helps countries develop policies and implement relevant elements of RBM strategy.
There are six elements to roll back malaria. They are: early detection of malaria illness; rapid treatment of those who are ill; multiple means for preventing infection; strengthening of health sector and intersectoral activities; a powerful sustained social involvement and movement; focused research for new tools and better implementation. New tools are available to combat malaria.

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Council Chairman’s Wife Tasks Women On Breast Feeding

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The wife of Chairman of Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area of Rivers State, pastor (Mrs)Jemima Victor, says exclusive breast feeding of children will impact in the  development of their intelligence quotient and enhance their educational growth.
She stated this in an interview with The Tide on the sidelines of the flagging- off of Breast Feeding campaign programme in Ogu, head quarters of the local government recently and assured that the campaign would be a continuous programme in the area until the women are acquainted and adapt with the practice.
She averred that exclusive breast feeding was crucial for growth and development of every child, adding that  it was key for  mothers and women  to breastfeed their children .
The Ogu/Bolo first lady opined that when the babies are breastfed with the right milk, they would be able to develop the right features God deposited in them and with a right character and attitude.
She attributed the various social vices  happening in the society today as to lack of intimacy between mother and child during the infancy stage, adding that breast feeding will bridge such gap between mother and child at the developing stage of every child.
“When you give a child the natural milk which is gotten from the woman’s breast milk, you get the best from such child. Let us stop giving our babies chemicals and  animal milk, it will make them manifest characters like  animals when they grow,” she said.
Let us breastfeed our children so that we can have generations that have been fed well and not with cow milk”, she stated.
The  Ogu first lady, was decorated with the champion of nutrition  breast-feeding of the local government area during  the programme by the representative of the Permanent Secretary, state primary health care board at the occasion .
She assured that the award would spur her tocontinue to support and sustain the breastfeeding campaign and awareness in the area, even as she called on women in the local government area to embrace the practice for the betterment of the society.
Also speaking, the Medical Health Officer in the local government area, Dr (Mrs) Loliya Koko advised women to ensure the breastfeeding of their new born babies exclusively within the first six months without water and artificial milk, adding that it will save them from infections and diseases.
She thanked the wife of the council chairman for ensuring the success of the programme in the area.

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Breast Implants’ll Not Prevent Sagging – Obstetrician

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An Abuja – based Obstetrician, Dr Dauda Adekunle, has advised women who intend to go for breast implants that breast augmentation would not prevent their breast from sagging.
Adekunle gave the advice in interview with newsmen last Monday in Abuja.
According to him, women who believe breast  augmentation will correct sagging breast should have a rethink, because they will also need a breast lift in addition to the breast augmentation.
“You might need additional surgery after breast implant removal. If you decide to have your implants removed, you might need a breast lift or other corrective surgery to help restore your breasts’ appearance,” he said.
He said that breast implants were not guaranteed to last a lifetime, stating that the average life span of an implant was 10 years.
“Implant rupture is a possibility, also, your breasts will continue to age, and factors such as weight gain or weight loss might change the way your breasts look,” he said.
The obstetrician also stressed that these issues would likely lead to more surgeries.
“You might need an MRI scan, which is a recommended routine monitoring with MRI after three years”, he noted.

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WHO Considers Two Of Four Ebola Drugs More Effective

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) considers two of four Ebola treatment drugs have been determined “more effective” than the others and will be the only ones used on patients going forward, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced.
WHO announced in a statement that two of the four Ebola treatment drugs were determined more effective in treating patients than others in a trial which began as part of the emergency response in the Democratic Republic of Congo on November 20, 2018.
The trial was called the Pamoja Tulinde Maisha study.
ZMapp, remdesivir, mAb114 and REGN-EB3 were the four drugs used in the trials. During trials, REGN-EB3 and mAb114 were determined to be more effective in treating Ebola than the other two, and will be the only two used going forward, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases announced in a statement.
As part of an emergency response team in the Congo, the “Together Save Lives” trial was done with a collaboration of organisations, including the Congo’s National Institute for Biomedical Research, the Ministry of Health, the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the Alliance for International Medical Action and other organisations.
Although the final analysis of data will be completed in late September or early October of this year, the NIAID said the effectiveness of REGN-EB3 and mAb114 was “compelling enough to recommend and implement” the changes immediately.

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