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Anaesthesia ’ll Help Reduce Mortality In Nigeria

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In order to reduce mortality, the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists in conjunction with the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland has trained over 48 specialist health workers from Rivers, Abia, Imo, Bayelsa, as well as Lagos and Kaduna States.
The training Coordinator, Dr. Rosemary Ogu, a consultant Obstetrician and  Gynaecologist at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital who disclosed this at a training recently in Port Harcourt, said that the programme was tailored towards improving the care of children and newborn babies.
Dr Ogu said that was the first time the course was taking place in Nigeria, stating that SAFE is an acronym for Safer Anaesthesia From Education.
She further disclosed that the Paediatric Anaesthesia Course in Nigeria, was aimed at reducing paediatric mortality.
According to her,  ’’ the training is supported by the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital and the University of Port Harcourt and is aimed towards ensuring better skills for service delivery.
Dr. Rosemary Ogu, who is also the facilitator of the initiative noted that the trained health workers consist of Anaesthesiologists, Surgeons and Pediatricians from different hospitals across the country, Nigeria.
“We have 48 participants from Abia, Bayelsa, Kaduna, Rivers, Lagos and Imo States. These participants come from different hospitals. They are being trained for enhanced skills in Paediatric Anaesthesia. The course is an intensive 3-day hands-on-training course which began on June 25th and ended 27th, 2019,  at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, Rivers State”, she said.
According to her, “ the course started with a Training of Trainers (ToT) who facilitated the course.. there were 18 facilitators”.
On her part, Professor Christie Mato, a consultant Anaesthetist and SAFE Course Coordinator disclosed that it has been documented that majority of under 5 mortality is in Sub-Saharan Africa

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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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