The National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) yesterday in Abuja reiterated its demand for a sustainable health allowance for members to boost commitment.
The Chairman of NANNM, FCT Council, Mrs Deborah Yusuf, made the demand after a road walk to commence the week-long activities for the 2021 International Nurses Week.
She said that as frontline health workers, nurses were prone to various diseases, hence the need for a sustainable health hazard allowance to ensure commitment.
According to her, some nurses lost their lives to Covid-19 in the FCT and in the country.
“This is the more reason why government needs to look into the demand of sustainable health hazard allowance.’’
Yusuf said that the road work was all about keeping the nurses fit to be able to withstand challenges in the nursing profession.
She reiterated the importance of exercise to the body, saying it would help the nurses to maintain healthy lifestyle “and come out of all medical challenges.
“We have decided that since we are the ones giving our clients information on their health, we need to live by example and that is the essence of this exercise, just to keep fit.
“We are ready to put in our best in the healthcare delivery system because as you know, nurses are always at the frontline and that is why we are here.”
The Technical Assistant to the FCT Minister, Malam Mohammed Bello, Titus Okoro, welcomed and appreciated the nurses during the walk to the FCT Administration (FCTA).
Okoro, who represented the minister, said that the FCTA was already looking into the nurses’ demand, as discussion about it had been on recently.
According to the minister, the FCTA is proud of the nurses in the way their association stands strong in spite of the Covid-19 challenges.
The Director, Nursing Services, FCT Hospital Management Board, Mrs Grace Eleri, also appreciated the nurses for the road walk, saying it showed the nurses were still focused without being mindful of the COVID-19 challenges.
Eleri, who was represented by the Deputy Director, Nursing Services, FCT Hospital Management Board, Mrs Oseni Bako, wished the association well in their discussions during the week-long programme.
Mr Ismail Bello, the acting General Secretary, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), appreciated the nurses for putting a comradeship status by embarking on the road walk.
Bello said that the nurses association was at the NLC office since NANNM was an affiliate of NLC, adding that the association was fully represented within the board of NLC.
“We have a lot of representation of nurses in NLC, this shows how important the association is, we understand the challenges nurses face, we will surely continue to work with you,” he said
Immunization: Health Board Targets Rural Communities
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.
CSO Wants Cancer Treatment Centres In Rivers
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.
To Much Salt Consumption, Bad For Kidney – Expert
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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