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Body Initiates Support For Mental Health Programme

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A global public health group, comprising NGOs, teachers, counsellors and other stakeholders in the health sector, has launched a five-year initiative to support governments, agencies and policy makers to enable them prioritise mental health re-education, promotion and implementation of policies with the objective of achieving a healthy mental state and well-being for citizens.
Organised by Vortex Global Consultancy, London, the group made up of nearly 40 stakeholders held a two-day virtual conference, recently, to discuss the modalities of how to mainstream mental health services, especially in low and medium income countries.
Addressing the conference, a Consultant at Vortex Global Consultancy, Ms Blessing Esekie, regretted that mental health has not been prioritised in developing countries in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) era, while institutionalisation of the mentally ill is still being prioritised over community efforts in promoting their well-being.
Ms Esekie noted a lack of emphasis on community involvement and mental health education in Primary Health Care facilities, adding that mental health is still largely unaddressed while misconceptions have been allowed to persist and stereotypes have reduced health seeking behaviour.
She therefore urged all those who work at enforcing policies within countries, societies and organisations to give premium attention to the effects of what they have in their policies about mental well-being and motivate communities with re-education and promotional activities that are part of free basic healthcare.
In his own address, a child and youth security advocate from Nigeria’s South Western Region, Mr Kolawole Adewole, who gave a presentations on the importance and current state of adolescent mental health, emphasised many facets of this major global health concern, including drug abuse, suicide, unemployment, poverty and a shortage of basic primary healthcare services in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Also making a presentation on Mental Health in the Workplaces and Educational Institutions, a London based clerical physiologist, Dr Nancy Nsia, underscored the value of mental health services and policies in workplace and educational institutions as mental health problems adversely affect companies and their workers.
According to Dr Nsia, who is assisting minority ethnic groups in gaining access to culturally specific psychological therapies, children and adolescents who face socio-economic disadvantage such as poverty or lack of sufficient health or social services are more likely, to develop mental health problems but however lamented that attempts to address the mental health needs of children and adolescents have remained a neglected issue.
In his contribution, a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Hull and Associate Lecturer at the University of Sunderland in London, Dr Franklin Onwukwugha, discussed the gaps that existed in developing countries according to the World Health Organisation(WHO) mental health related date, identified a lack of community empowerment to handle mental education and care, and emphasised the need to incorporate mental health policies into the health programmes of developing countries.

By: Opaka Dokubo

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LG Boss’ Strides In Security, Welfare Excite Group

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The Bangha Development Committee, has expressed delight in what it describes as the “proactive and simultaneous actions” taken by Khana Local Government Area Chairman, Dr. Thomas Bariere, to tackle insecurity and attending to the needs of the people of the area.
The Bangha Development Committee, led by its Chairman, Prof. Don M. Baridam made the commendation when the group paid a visit to the Chairman of Khana Local Government Council.
The Bangha apex development group explained that the developmental strides already initiated by the Thomas-led administration had demonstrated his preparedness and strong will to tackle the myriads of problems confronting the area.
The group however, enjoined the Chairman to look into certain salient issues affecting the people of Bangha and beyond especially in the area of security, employment, electricity, primary health care and basic education amongst others.
The Tide reports that Bangha Development Committee is a rebranded version of the erstwhile Bangha Leadership Forum, which had been in existence over the years and which contributed in no small measures to the development of the entire Kingdom. Its scope and effect have been reinvigorated, in line with contemporary realities.
On his part, the Local Government Chairman, Dr Thomas Bariere expressed his appreciation to the leadership of the forum for the visit,
He assured that his administration would partner with the forum to ensure that lasting peace returned to Bangha Kingdom and Khana at large.
The council boss also stated that council would look into all issues raised by the forum and act within it means in actualizing them while promising to reconstruct the Dumua market which will serve as one of the economic hubs in Khana.

By: Theresa Frederick & Wokoma Emmanuel

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Association Extols Media Role In Business, Maritime Success

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The Chairman, Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA),Onne Chapter, Mr Mike Ebeatu, has said that the media is key to any successful business including that of the maritime industry.
Ebeatu said this during an interactive session with members of the Maritime Energy Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MEMPON) who paid a courtesy visit on him at Onne in Eleme Local Government Area recently.
He pointed out that synergy with the media would encourage maximum productivity.
According to the ANLCA boss, the maritime industry in Lagos State was flourishing its closeness with the Media.
“The West has been able to harness the power of the media to their advantage, why should the case be different in the South or East “, he said.
To drive home his point, he promised his guests of a partnership deal so far as they would be committed to the tenets of the partnership.
Ebeatu highlighted some of the advantages of cordial relationship with the media, which included effective information dissemination, image laundering and productivity.
“We are prepared to work with MEMPON. The President should also be reached on the MEMPON forthcoming seminar/award. On our part as a chapter,we can also work it out and participate”, he said.
He also described the role the Lagos Media play in supporting operations at the ports as an ideal relationship.
”The congestion and insecurity in Lagos are played down by the media there, while the positive sides are hyped, because of the mutual relationships that exist between the media and industry players in the west. It is what you present that is accepted,” he said.
The Chairman, however, reiterated that his doors were open for members of MEMPON, who he described as seasoned journalists.
Meanwhile, President of MEMPON Amb. Ralph John had told the ANLCA Chairman that they were in his office to felicitate with him on his emergence as chairman of Onne Chapter of ANLCA and to express MEMPON’s willingness to partner with him and his team.
John who went memory lane , recalled how most members of the Group have reported the maritime industry faithfully and effectively over the years.
“MEMPON will partner with you professionally as media practitioners, having been duly registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) to carry out its functions,” he said.
The President also used the forum to intimate his host about its upcoming event in November, and the need to be in attendance.

By: King Onunwor

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Philanthropist Tasks Orashi Region On NiMet Warnings

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Humanitarian award winner, Prince Kelvin Umejuru, has charged residents in the flood-prone Orashi region, comprising Ahoada East, Ahoada West, Abua/Odual and Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Areas of the State, not to ignore the recent warnings by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) and the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) that the region was among other parts of the country at the risk of experiencing high probability of flood due to ongoing rainfalls and increased global warming.
The youthful philanthropist, who gave the charge in an interview with journalists at the Port Harcourt International Airport at the weekend, lamented that the debilitating flooding of 2012 and 2019 in Orashi region and other parts of the state, were still fresh in mind, adding that a repeat would have disastrous consequences.
The Managing Director of EN Global Nigeria Limited, Port Harcourt who recently bagged the prestigious Golden Heart Award from Smart News Network (SNN), regretted that flooding incidents were manifesting just as predicted by the NiMet and NIHSA because people failed to heed the warnings issued by the Agency before the onset of flooding season in the country.
Prince Umejuru said the situation called for collaborative efforts by residents across the Orashi region to ensure that they are not caught up by the impending flood disaster while also advising that their gutters and other water channels should be regularly cleared of wastes.
He said the warning became necessary as residents often times fail to adhere to environmental rules by not throwing garbage into the gutters and other waterways, as these would impede the free flow of water.
“The flood disaster which devastated several parts of the State in 2012 and years after, is still very fresh in mind and should serve as a wakeup call for all residents in the Orashi region to take appropriate steps to avoid a repeat”, Prince Umejuru advised.
The youthful philanthropist further enjoined Orashi people to see themselves as partners in the crusade for a clean and healthy Rivers State, urging them to play pivotal role by ensuring the implementation of government’s policies and programmes.
He appealed to them to make it a routine exercise to constantly clear the rivers of water hyacinths, also known to be hampering the free flow of waters in the coast lines.

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