The indispensable roles of health workers in the development of our society cannot be over emphasised. However, in a sermon on last Sunday tilted “Thus Far, The Lord Has Helped Me” (1 Sam 7:12), The Lord Bishop of the Diocese of Ikwerre, Rt. Rev. (Dr.) Blessing Enyinda noted that health workers contribute immensely in ensuring the good health and wealth of a nation because health is wealth. In the sermon at the thanksgiving ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of St. Luke’s Anglican Church Emohua in Emohua Local Government Area (EMOLGA), The Lord Bishop said the anniversary is dedicated to St. Luke the doctor and evangelist. He stressed that St Luke, one of the disciples of Jesus Christ was a Greek and gentile Christian who travelled round the world with St Paul preaching the gospel and attending to the sick with compassion and great care. Rt. Rev. Enyinda contended that St Luke also contributed in spreading the gospel through his publications such as St. Luke gospel and The Acts of the Apostles among others. He said Lukes evangelical and humanitarian services form part of our Christian faith. He stressed that “health workers should emulate the good example of St. Luke by showing compassion to their patients at all times because compassion is a good doctor’s medicine.” Speaking with The Weekend Tide shortly after the thanksgiving service, the Arch Deacon of Emohua Archdeaconry/Vicar of St Luke’s Anglican Church Emohua, Ven. Prof. W. O. Wotogbe-Weneka thanked God for the laudable achievements recorded in the church since 75 years ago, all due to the glory of God as well as to the efforts of dedicated members. The Vicar noted that the motto of St Luke’s is “to bring the gospel closer to the people” which the church has been doing over the years. He said the church which arrived 75 years ago has not only lived up to its spiritual expectations by establishing more Anglican church branches in Emohua, but had also lived up to the educational expectations of the people as the school that came with it (St. Luke’s Anglican school) Emohua has also produced many great men and women from within and beyond Emohua communities. Ven. (Prof.) Wotogbe Weneka stated that the church with a humble beginning as a single station 75 years ago metamorphosed to a district church in 1991 and by today it is Emohua Archdeaconry headquarters in the now Diocese of Ikwerre. He stressed that the way the church of Nigeria, Anglican communion is progressing in recent times one may not be surprised if the church advances to a Cathedral status in the near future. The chairman of the anniversary planning committee Sir (Dr) F. C. Obinna thanked members and other guests for their positive response which contributed greatly to the success of the event. He said “for the past 75 years we have not had the opportunity to celebrate earlier than now so the church decided to make it a special and memorable celebration and by all standards it turned out to be what we expected.” He noted that the church is growing from strength to strength, stressing that even some members who left the church for personal reasons are now coming back to the church. He said more members are expected to come back to the fold and the church is ever willing to accept them back. Sir (Dr) Obinna who is also one of the leading members of the church maintained that as a rural church money is always a problem but to the glory of God the church is moving forward.” We are moving towards expanding the church but, the priority now is to complete the church auditorium, and ceiling of the new churches at Mgbuetor, Isiodu, Rumuohia and Mgbritanwo,” he said. Among the activities that marked the five day anniversary celebrations include sensitisation of Emohua community, powerful crusade, gospel music fiesta, novelty football match, drama, film show and thanksgiving service.
Substance Abuse Becoming Thing Of Concern -Odu
Rivers State Deputy Governor, Prof. Ngozi Nma Odu, has lauded the important role pharmacists play in the wellbeing of the society.
Odu gave this commendation while playing host to members of Association of Lady Pharmacists of Nigeria, Rivers State Branch at the Government House in Port Harcourt, yesterday.
The deputy governor said while others are sleeping, pharmacists work hard “to ensure we all live in a better society, especially when you talk about the dangers of substance abuse.”
Odu stressed that, “It is really becoming a thing of great concern because of the level of children getting involved in this thing. It is even coming down to primary schools which now increases the burden of what you are doing, so we appreciate you for what you are doing for the society which we all are living in.”
The deputy governor extolled the lady pharmacists for the scholarship scheme they were sponsoring, noting that it was “amazing because when you change the narrative of somebody’s life, you become what they call a destiny helper.”
The deputy governor added, “So, for me, it is something I would encourage. Even the Bible says when you do it for them you have done unto God. It is a thing we get a lot of blessings out off, you may not see it now but some day it will definitely come.”
She expressed gratitude to them for their support for the Fubara-led administration which according to her has continued to spur them into action.
“Let me thank you for upholding the governor and myself in prayers, because without prayers we won’t be here, many people have prayed and God has heard, please do not stop, even for good governance, we need God to grant us the wisdom and knowledge of what to do”, she said.
In her remarks, Chairman of the Rivers State Branch of Association of Lady Pharmacists of Nigeria, Ebelechukwu Odom, said they were at the Government House to identify with the Governor Fubara-led administration in the ongoing restructuring of the state, and pledged their allegiance and unflinching support to the administration.
She assured that they would utilize the competences of Lady Pharmacists in Rivers State and synergize with partners for improvement in health, education, research development and socio-economic wellbeing of humanity through relevant and appropriate interventions, projects and programmes.
RSG Denies Rumours Of Cholera Outbreak In Soku
The Rivers State Government says it is not aware of any cholera outbreak in Soku community in the Akuku Toru Local Government Area of the State.
This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Port Harcourt by the State Ministry of Health.
According to the statement signed by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Adaeze Chidinma Oreh, the clarification was necessary following numerous enquiries from the media over a purported outbreak of cholera in Soku community.
The statement read in part, “The Rivers State Ministry of Health has received numerous enquiries from the Press regarding an alleged outbreak of cholera in Soku community in Akuku Toru Local Government Area.
“Public health teams dispatched to investigate these alleged cases and deaths have so far received no confirmation of such.”
While describing cholera as a waterborne infectious disease, the commissioner said that the disease is notifiable, warranting escalating reports from disease surveillance and notification officers at the community level.
The statement clarified that the ongoing medical outreach in Soku community is in no way related to any outbreak of cholera.
“Outreaches have always been a way of getting accessible health care to underserved and vulnerable population, however, all such outreach activities must be conducted with approval from and in collaboration with the State Ministry of Health and as such no entity should be conducting outreaches outside the coordination of the ministry”, it warned.
The ministry further said that all infectious diseases of this nature are reported, managed and escalated by the Rivers State Ministry of Health.
Dr. Oreh said the statement should serve as a strong warning to anyone conducting or planning health activities without due recourse to the Rivers State Ministry of Health.
She added that any such activities found to be carried out without the knowledge and clearance of the State Ministry of Health will be fully investigated and dealt with in order to ensure the protection of the lives of the people.
“Therefore, the general public and members of the Press are advised to disregard the rumours making the round on an ongoing outbreak of cholera and the death of some citizens of Soku community in Akuku Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State as it is presently unfounded, misguided and capable of causing panic amongst citizens and residents.
“The general public is thus urged to remain calm and rest assured that the Rivers State Ministry of Health will continue to be a veritable source of public health information in the state”, the statement concluded.
Bill On State Police Scales Second Reading
The House of Representatives, yesterday, passed for second reading a bill to provide for the establishment of state police in the country.
Sponsored by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Benjamin Kalu and 14 others, the bill seeks to alter the relevant Sections of the 1999 Constitution to pave the way for states to establish their own policing outfits.
As lawmakers took turns to contribute to the debate on the floor of the House during yesterday’s plenary, Kalu who stood in for the Speaker, Abbas Tajudeen, urged members to look beyond political ambitions and think about the safety of Nigerians and Nigeria.
Also speaking, Babajimi Benson (APC, Lagos) said, “It is the job of the police to maintain law and order. We have a population of over 200m people but we have a police strength that is less than 400,000. State Police should be created to address the internal security challenges of Nigeria.”
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