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Stakeholders Identify Factors Inhibiting Immunization In Rivers

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In spite of successes recorded so far in immunization in Rivers State, there are indications that factors such as inadequate social mobilisation and poor community ownership of immunization process are among factors limiting the success of immunization in the state.
This was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of a two-day high level summit organised by the Rivers State Government and the State Primary Health Care Management Board, in collaboration with UNICEF, Rivers field office, on the challenges facing immunization delivery activities in Rivers State.
The communiqué also listed other challenges to immunization delivery to include inconsistent cold chain logistics, poor data management, inadequate capacity building and funding/training operations, as well as ineffective monitoring supervision and service delivery.
Others are manpower shortage and attrition, political commitment, access, and accountability.
For an effective and successful immunization in Rivers State, therefore, the communiqué recommends that the state government and health agencies and departments would need to encourage and support local governments to set up and sustain social mobilization committees.
Membership of such committees should be influential members of communities, who should be involved from the planning of immunization sessions and campaigns, in order to enhance ownership of the process.
To enhance the cold chain logistics, the communiqué called for the state Primary Health Care Management Board to regularly update the state cold chain inventory across all levels.
To ensure the entry of credible and reliable data, the communiqué stated that “it is imperative that repeated and regular training on District Health Information System (DHIS) be conducted for health staff across the board in public and private health facilities and institutions”.
Towards achieving adequate capacity building, funding and operations, it stated that health agencies should encourage and sustain the “peer-to-peer”.
(P2P) learning scheme for health facilities, which were instituted in 2016 by the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), across all health facilities (primary, secondary and tertiary) and also extend the learning curriculum beyond immunization topics.
In terms of monitoring supervision and service delivery, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), state government and partners “will need to be more robustly support supportive supervision activities”.
Again, while the state government should view the retention of capable staff as a priority, it “should promote adherence to progressive civil service rules and general orders at all levels of governance.
“Government ministries and agencies should ensure a sustained system of prompt payment of salaries, etc. This is believed to be the first and most basic incentive to a worker, or wage earner”.
The communiqué further recommended more political commitment below the level of the governor, and access should be created to all hard-to-reach areas of the LGAs, while a functional accountability frame work should also be put in place at all levels of immunization for both workers and policy makers.

 

By: Sogbeba Dokubo

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COVID-19: RCCE Coordinator Wants EOCs In Rivers LGAs

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Towards ensuring easy communication and information access on COVID-19 in Rivers State, the Lead Coordinator, Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE), Mr Mordecai Olowole, has called for the establishment of Emergency Operation Centres (EOCs) in all local government areas of the State.
Making the call during the flag-off of the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) Community Sensitisation and Engagement programme at the headquarters of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area (OBALGA), Mr Olowole emphasised the importance of domesticating EOCs up to the community level.
He stated that primarily, UNICEF, through the RCCE, has been canvassing the domestication of the State EOC. “The operations Centre is at the State level, but there’s nothing that stops every local government area from having its own under the leadership of the LGA”, he stated.
Addressing the OBALGA Chairman, Hon Solomon Eke, the RCCE Coordinator expressed the need for the Chairman to establish EOC in his domain to enhance communication on COVID-19.
He further urged the Chairman to also establish the LGA version of Risk Communication team “which will be doing advocacy continuously to support these ones (RCCE), so that at the end of the day, everything will be collaborating and complementing each other”.
Earlier in his address, the leader of the RCCE team to the LGA boss, Mr Napoleon Adah, had called for the support of the council in terms of security for members of CSOs assigned to carry out community sensitisation and engagement in the LGA.
“We want to crave your indulgence to assure us that as the teams go to their different locations, to carry out the sensitisation, you will be there to provide adequate security and necessary support”, he said.
In his response, Hon Eke assured the support of the LGA in all efforts to check the trend of COVID-19 in the LGA, noting that the security of members of CSOs carrying out their legitimate assigned duties are already in place.
While using the opportunity to state various efforts that have been put in place at the LGA in the fight against the pandemic, Eke urged the CSOs to explore the existing security and COVID-19 protocols to carry out their various responsibilities.
He said: “As the NGOs go round their jobs, the first point of call should be the paramount ruler of the community. He will call his executives,the CDC, youth bodies and women” to make it easier for them to carry out their functions.
The second port of call, he said, should be the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the area.

 

Sogbeba Dokubo

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Coronavirus Confirmed Cases Drop In Bayelsa …Now 42 As Opposed To 327

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The Bayelsa COVID-19
Task Force yesterday said that  the number of confirmed infections from  Coronavirus pandemic  in the state has dropped to 42 from the previous  327 cases.
The state Director of Public Health and a member of  the state COVID-19 Task Force Dr Jones Stowe, also told newsmen in Yenagoa that 264 persons had so far been discharged with 21 deaths recorded.
According to Stowe, as of Monday, July 27, we had  only 42 active cases now in our isolation centres at the Niger-Delta University Teaching Hospital and  the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Yenagoa.
“A total  of 264 persons have been  discharged, and unfortunately, we recorded 21 fatalities. However, the achievements were recorded  in the state due to the strictly adherence to the national protocols.
“We don’t do anything extraordinary. We just follow the national protocols for management and discharge of the patients, we have been tremendous in our response.
“We isolate as soon as diagnosis is made and start treatment immediately”, he said.
Stowe also urged the general public to continue to imbibe the regular and thorough hand washing with soap and water and the use of alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
”Always keep social distancing, at least two meters (six feet) distance between you and anyone. Avoid crowds. Always wear a face mask in any public place.
”Endeavour to practise good respiratory hygiene; when sneezing or coughing, cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve at the flexed elbow or with a tissue. Then dispose-off the used tissue safely, immediately.
”Exposed persons should stay at home if you feel unwell with symptoms like fever, cough, and difficulty in breathing and notify relevant authorities immediately,” the director advised.

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Managing Cold Naturally

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We are at the peak of the rainy season again with its accompanying cold, catarrh, cough and fever ailments.
As usual, many people will be battling with how to curb the challenge now worsened with the spread of Covid 19. In short, most of the symptoms of coronavirus like sneezing and coughing can be confusing and instil fear into some people this period.
The challenge is compounded by lifestyle especially for those who are used to sleeping in air-conditioned rooms and fans. These can compound our cold symptoms.
Other sources of cold in most homes and offices include tiles and poor aeration. The tiles are usually cold and exposure to them can increase cold in the body. Therefore one is advised to put on foot wears or stockings since our foot contact cold.
Poorly aerated homes can cause ailment. The body needs fresh air to function properly.  As the body becomes oxygenated it is able to withstand diseases. Poorly aerated homes can lead to fungus related like Catarrh, headaches and fever.
There are also some home remedies that would help you tackle common cold and cough this season. Besides treating common cold and cough effectively, these home remedies are also free from any side-effects. Below are some time tested remedies that will help you treat common cold and cough this season.
Ginger tea:
Ginger tea not only tastes good but also helps in treating common cold and cough. The tea helps in drying running and dripping nose, thus expelling phlegm from the respiratory tract. Among various health benefits of ginger, it is known to soothe common cold and speeds up the recovery process.
Mixture of lemon, cinnamon and honey:
Another effective home remedy for common cold and cough is a mixture of lemon, cinnamon and honey. This syrup effectively cures cold and cough.
How to make the syrup: In half spoon of honey, add a few drop of lemon and a pinch of cinnamon. Have this syrup twice a day to cure common cold and cough.
Drink luke-warm water often:
Drink luke-warm water frequently as it helps in fighting against common cold, cough and sore throat. Warm water reduces inflammation in the throat and helps in replenishing the fluids and infection out of the body.
Milk and turmeric:
An essential ingredient found in almost all Indian kitchens, turmeric has a strong antioxidant which helps in treating many health problems. Turmeric mixed in warm milk is a popular and effective way to fight against cold and cough. Drinking a glass of warm turmeric milk before sleeping helps in faster recovery from cold and cough.
Gargle with salt-water:
This is an age-old therapy that effectively treats cough and cold. Adding turmeric in this salt-water is also beneficial. Honey and brandy
Brandy is known to keep your chest warm as it increases body’s temperature and missing honey in brandy helps in fighting a cough. Just a teaspoon of brandy mixed with few drops of honey improves cough and common cold. Spiced tea.
Cloves, ginger and black pepper: While peparing your tea and this spiced tea is great for your health. These three ingredients play an important role in fighting a common cold and cough.
Honey, lime juice and warm water:
This is a perfect dose to improve digestion and for the circulation system. Adding honey to luke-lime water is the best solution in controlling common cold and cough.
Flaxseeds for cold and cough:
Flaxseeds are another effective remedy to cure common cold and cough. You can boil flaxseeds until it thickens and strain it. Add a few drops of lime juice and honey to it and consume the mixture for cold and cough relief. Ginger and salt
Cut ginger into small pieces and add salt to it. Chew these ginger pieces to fight cold, cough and a sore throat.
Sauté garlic:
Sauté a few garlic cloves in milk and consume this when warm. This can be a bitter concoction but has a great soothing impact for common cold and cough. Jaggery solution
Boil water with black pepper, cumin and jaggery to it. Consume this solution when warm and it will give you relief from chest congestion.
Carrot juice:
This uncommon home remedy is great to fight common cold and cough. It may sound strange but this interesting drink helps in relieving common cold and cough.

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