As the fight to prevent the rampaging Coronavirus from infecting Rivers people continues, part of the measures adopted by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in reaching out to communities has so far not experienced any notable challenges.
The Lead Coordinator for the State Rapid Response Team for COVID-19, Mr Modekai Ifemide Olowole, who made this known after a recent routine assessment of performance of the Rapid Response Team on sensitization in Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt LGAs stated that the compliance level has been encouraging.
Olowole, who credited the success recoded so far to the existing mechanism in place, explained that the sensitisation team of the Rapid Response Team (RRT) works with Institutions on ground , adding that: ‘We have come together to offer our support.
“What we did was to sensitise the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to know how they can engage the communities in whatever they are doing.
“If while doing that they need some support from us, we have a Rapid Response Team (RRT) that are working on ground. They have mobility, they have everything,” he said.
According to him, each time any of the Civil Society Organisations has palliatives for instance, to give to members of any community, they use the opportunity to make presentations on COVID-19 preventive measures.
The RRT, sponsored by UNICEF in collaboration with the Rivers State Ministry of Health, and the Rivers State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), he said, decided to adopt the method, knowing that many people in the communities are more bothered by how to overcome hunger than COVID-19.
“If you look at it economically, everybody is hungry. If you go to a community and tell them you want to sensitise them on how to wish hands, they will tell you they are hungry,” he said.
This, he explained further, is part of what Risk Communication entails, and is the platform through which UNICEF aims to support the state.
“UNICEF’s aim is to support the state wherever they are working to pilot a model that is of international best practices and present to the state. That is what we’re doing now,” he said.
By: Sogbeba Dokubo
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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