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Nigeria: Global Fund Increases Allocation To Tackle Malaria, Others

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The First Vice Chairperson Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM), Global Fund (GF), Mrs Maureen Onyia-Ekwuazi, says the fund has increased allocation coming to Nigeria to tackle Malaria, HIV and Malaria by 30 per cent in the next three years (2021-2021)
Onyia-Ekwuazi told newsmen in Abuja that Global Fund increased the allocation due to safeguard policy introduced by CCM to ensure transparency in the implementation of the grant.
According to her, the policy would ensure accountability and transparency in the implementation of programmes and projects toward reducing the burden of the three diseases in the country.
She said that Nigeria was applying for 890 million dollars grant from Global Fund to reduce the burden of HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria from 2021 to 2023.
She added that Nigeria was implementing programmes worth 620 million dollars grant from 2018 to 2020 for Malaria, TB and HIV and it would end in December.
“We are in the process of renewing the grant, which will run from 2021 to 2023; we are trying to see if we can apply at the end of March”, he stated.
“Global Fund takes a lot of process, if we apply in March and we are favoured, will not have funding gap.
“There are three windows to apply for the grant; first widow is in March, second is middle of the year and the last is end of the year.
“If we delay in processing it, we will have funding gap and we are trying our best not to experience that.”
According to her, not all current allocation (620 million dollars) for 2018 to 2020 has been released and whatever is left will be transferred to make up for the current grant.
Onyia-Ekwuazi, who is a representative of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) at CCM Nigeria, said CCM had been working with Global Fund to ensure smooth implementation of the grant in the country.
CCM Nigeria, the custodian of Global Fund (GF) grant, is a body of representatives of government, bilateral and multilateral organisations, civil society organisations, patients, communities, private sector and academia.
The mandate of CCM is to oversee the delivery of Global Fund for HIV, Tuberculosis, Malaria and Resilient Sustainable Systems for Health (RSSH) grant.
Malaria has the highest allocation of 417. 8 million dollars, followed by HIV with 329.1 million dollars and Tuberculosis (TB) 143.5 million dollars, while RSSH will take 10 per cent from each allocation from the 890 million dollars.
On donor fatigue, the official said the volume of grant coming from donor partners had declined because Nigeria had moved from low income country to middle income country.

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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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