Prince Ned Nwoko Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation, says it is funding a group of scientists, researchers and advisers to develop an anti-malaria vaccine towards eradicating malaria in Africa.
The Chairman of the NGO, Prince Ned Nwoko, in an interview with newsmen in Abuja, explained that the vaccine is expected to boost immunity against malaria.
“There are different things we are working on, one of them is the research into the possibility of finding a vaccine, anti-malaria vaccine.
“This is where the strength of what we are doing lies, because my foundation is doing that anyway and we have a team of researchers and advisers put together already with a specific instruction, `discover a vaccine for malaria`.
“There are vaccines for many other ailments, from chickenpox to smallpox, polio, name them; so why not malaria?
“Everyone seems to have accepted that malaria is part of us, but it doesn’t have to be, so we need to get vaccine research going, which we are doing now’’.
Nwoko said that he visited the Antarctica in a quest to gather knowledge on the anti-malaria vaccine and also to create broader awareness for the project.
According to him, Antarctica houses a vast amount of scientists from diverse parts of the world including the US, UK, France, Germany, South Africa and India.
“Antarctica was a natural choice for two reasons, because it is an unknown place, it is far and a very extreme place, and I wanted to create awareness for this project, both for Nigerians and those outside Nigeria.
“I also knew that in this project we need scientists, we need researchers, and I knew there were science bases in Antarctica.
“There are 12 science research stations in Antarctica; American based, United Kingdom based, French, German, South African, Indian to mention a few, and I knew I had to meet with them.
“The most useful for my purpose were the Indian doctors/scientists because they also have malaria in their country, so my trip to Antarctica served its purpose of meeting with the scientists to discuss and also meet the people who will carry out the spraying,” he said.
Nwoko said just like any project that has to succeed needs a long and short term strategy, the Eradicating Malaria in Africa Project is not an exception.
Association Denies Members’ Involvement In Hard, Fake Drugs
National Association Of Patent and Proprietary Medicine Dealers (NAPPMED) has denied rumuors that its members are dealing on fake and hard drugs.
State President of the association, Warisenibo Cyril Pollyn, said this in an interview with newsmen in Port Harcourt, shortly after the association’s National Summit in Port Harcourt.
The summit, which took place at the convocation areana of the Rivers State University, has as its theme: Eradicating Malaria, the role of PPMVS.
Warisenibo Pollyn said the association has always trained its members to maintain the ethics of the profession noting that the members are doing well despite some challenges.
He also gave thanks to God for a successful summit in the State, despite the effort of some disgruntled members that wanted to disrupt it.
Also speaking, National President of the association, HRH, Joel Odoh said the event, which holds annually, provides opportunity for members to educate themselves as well as strategize for the betterment of the association.
He said that the 7th National summit has proved that NAPPMED cannot be left out in the eradication of malaria in the society and commended the Rivers State chapter for the success of the event.
The National President also advice the NAPPMED members in Rivers State to be united and focus to enable them achieve the desired objectives and commended members for the opportunity given him to serve them for the next three years promising not to disappoint.
By: Oribim Ibama
Rivers Health Summit Poised To Promote Wike’s Milestones
The upcoming Rivers State Joint Health Summit will promote milestones of Governor Nyesom Wike in the health sector and boost tourism, organisers have said.
Chairman of the Organising Committee, Mandah Chijioke, made clarification at the weekend in a chat with newsmen.
According to Dr Chijioke, the summit, which is expected to commence on 22nd of August, is a week-long event to showcase and brainstorm on health sector transformation with the aim to improve health services and accessibility to the public.
While lauding the state governor for some landmark achievements in the health sector, the chairman of the Rivers State Joint Health Summit stated that the Dr Peter Odili Cancer and Cadiovascular Disease Diagnostic Treatment Centre is one facility that stands the Wike administration apart as it would improve medical tourism and reduce fatalities from terminal diseases.
Aside that, he emphasised that the summit would also improve on emergency health care delivery as there would be training and display of modern up to date medical equipment.
During the summit, he hinted that stakeholders will confer on how best to address and tackle medical wastes and other health care challenges besetting the sector.
Futhermore, the summit is expected to provide platform for a joint health care effort in incoporating alternative health care methods with the aim of improving the life of the Nigerian public.
By: Kevin Nengia
FG To Prosecute Food Vendors Using PCBs
The Federal Government is making plans to prosecute users of PolyChlorinated Biphenyl (PCBs), popularly known as transformer oil, in frying “akara” (bean cake), plantain chips, chicken and other food items.
Prof. Babajide Alloy, a Consultant to the Federal Ministry of Environment, made the disclosure yesterday in an interview with newsmen on the sidelines of a workshop in Calabar.
According to him, the consumption of food prepared from the chemical substance will expose the public to cancers of the lungs, heart, kidney and liver diseases.
“For a long time, PCBs was the cooling liquid used in electricity transformers, until the world found out that this oil was toxic ,and is trying to phase it out
“Jail term awaits those caught using PCBs to fry akara, chicken and plantain chips at road side to sell to the public because the oil is toxic and carcinogenic.
“We found out that it is all over the place in Nigeria, dump-sites, and in old National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) compounds,” he said.
Alloy said a survey carried out by the ministry revealed that the oil was currently being used in making food like akara.
The consultant added that the unsuspecting public were being deceived by the likeness of the oil to the commonly used groundnut oil.
“Some food vendors now mix PCBs with groundnut oil to fry akara and sell to the general public.
“Of course, they may not know how hazardous what they are doing is. This exercise is to sensitise policy makers and everyone of this malaise.
“It is important to note that spillage of PCBs is always a danger when equipment is to be transported; it should, therefore, be transported only in sealed containers,” he said.
The workshop was organised for state councils, regulatory bodies, power operators and custom officers on application of PCBs regulations and guidelines for Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) of PCBs.
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