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Commissioner Tasks Rivers People On HIV/AIDS Control

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As the world commemorates the 2021 World AIDS Day (WAD) today, the Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Princewill Chike, has called on Rivers people to support efforts being made by the State Government towards checking the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the State.
Making the call today in his WAD message, the Commissioner emphasized on the need for everyone to be involved at their various levels.
“I urge you to be an advocate of HIV Preventive behaviour in your respective communities and institutions: avoid risky sexual behaviour and encourage pregnant women to register at the health facility nearest to them for antenatal care.
“I call on all citizens of Rivers State to rally in confronting the inequalities that drive AIDS and to reach people who are currently not receiving essential HIV services. Let us all support Government efforts to achieve an epidemic control of HIV in our state and the world at large”, he said.
He noted that like the Federal Government, the Rivers State Government has recorded notable progress in checking the pandemic.
“Over the last few years, Nigeria in general, and Rivers State, in particular, has recorded significant progress in the war against HIV/AIDS. A recalibration of the HIV epidemic showed a significant decline in the HIV prevalence from 5.8% in 2001 to 1.3% in 2018.
“Presently in Nigeria, it is estimated that 1.7 million people live with HIV in Nigeria of which 90% are aware of their HIV status, 96% are on treatment, and 84% are virally suppressed.
“Despite the challenges and impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the HIV program in Rivers State continued to record greater successes in identification, diagnosis, treatment, care and support for those in need of these services.
The State Health Boss used the opportunity to highlight some of the efforts of the State Government to strengthen the health sector.
“As we mark this day here in Rivers State, it is pertinent to underscore the huge efforts by Government to strengthen health care delivery frameworks for better service delivery.
“His Excellency, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has shown tremendous commitment in actualizing the NEW Rivers vision of repositioning health sector to meet international best standards.
“The establishment of the State owned Medical School at the Rivers State University, completion of the mother and child hospital, ongoing Renal center and the Peter Odili Cancer and Cardiovascular disease diagnostic and treatment center in Port Harcourt are eloquent testimonies of the giant strides of the Governor of Rivers State in raising the standards of health service delivery”.
According to the Commissioner, the State has made significant progress in confronting HIV/AIDS epidemic in the state by identifying people living with HIV/AIDS, putting them on treatment and ensuring that they are able to live normal lives by achieving viral suppression.
“This has been made possible through innovative user-fee waiver by His Excellency, the acquisition of multiple diagnostic and monitoring equipment, community models of HIV service delivery and differentiated model of care that enables the tailoring of treatment services to patient’s convenience”, he said.
Also, as part of on-going programs and highlights for the World AIDS day commemoration, he explained, the State AIDS & STIs Control Program in collaboration with its supporting partners have already embarked on massive case finding and linkage to care for identified positive persons in all the Local Government areas of the State.
“Achieving an HIV free generation is a task that this administration is proud to pursue. Working together in solidarity, we are right on track to ending the HIV/ AIDS epidemic, and building a healthier, safer world for all of us”, he concluded.
The theme for this year’s commemoration of WAD is “End Inequality, End AIDS through Sustainable HIV Financing”.

By: Sogbeba Dokubo

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Nwanosike Intervenes In SIAT Dispute …Makes Peace Among Warring Factions

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The misunderstanding between the Barrister Wilkinson Aaron Anujum-led faction and Mr. Hyacinth Amadi-led faction of Siat Landlord Association, Elele Estate has come to an end, as the Chairman of Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, Engr Samuel Nwanosike, has made peace among the two factions.
Recall that members of the association few weeks ago brought their misunderstanding before the Ikwerre Council Chairman for settlement after all efforts for reconciliation proved abortive.
Siat Nigeria Limited, Elele Estate, comprises of 11 communities spanning Emuoha Local Government Area, Ikwerre Local Government Area, and Ahoada East Local Government Area, with the office situated in Elele-Alimini, Emuoha LGA.
Among the contending issues the Council Chairman resolved were: that both factions should sheathe their swords for the interest of peace and benefit of the host communities and harmonious co-existence with the Management of Siat Nigeria Limited;
That the tenure of Barrister W. A. Anujem-led Executive will be completed and another election conducted to usher in new executive;
That Siat Landlord Association is free to have any number of patrons and grand patrons it wishes to have; that the faction of Mr. Hyacinth Amadi should work with the Executive of Barrister W. A. Anujem in producing the correct measurement of the number of hectares of land acquired by the Management of Siat Nigeria Limited, in order to enable the company pay land rate;
That the agitation of Mr. Hyacinth Amadi-led faction for the removal of the Public Relations Manager of Siat Nigeria Limited, Mr. Lucky Ezihuo, should be dropped with immediate effect in the interest of Rivers people, particularly host communities;
That the Management of Siat Nigeria Limited should review its relationship approach with the host communities and respect their diverse interests and peculiarities;
That Siat Nigeria Limited should set up a mediation and conciliation team to mediate amongst members of the host communities and the company; and that all parties are to work collectively for common goal of attracting development in their various communities through Siat Nigeria Limited.
The resolution, which was read by the Legal Adviser of Ikwerre Local Government Council, Barrister Kposoruchi Wobodo, was accepted by both warring factions and copies of the verdict issued to the Management of Siat Nigeria Limited, host communities and security agencies.

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RSG Hails APHN On HealthCare Delivery

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The Rivers State Government has commended the Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria (APHPN) for the support and synergy it gives towards health care delivery in the state.
Speaking at the 39th Annual General Meeting of the APHPN held in Port Harcourt, the Permanent Secretary, speaking through Dr. Golden Owhonda, described public health physicians as the backbone of the health care in the state.
He gave plaudits to APHPN over the synergy and support, saying they have been at the frontline in the fight against disease and ailments, urging them not to relent.
In his goodwill message, Permanent Secretary of the State Primary Health Care Management Board, Dr Agiriye Harry, admitted the importance of public health physicians.
He said, “a lot of the practising physicians come under primary health” , hence he enjoined the organisers to ensure that the conference proffers practicable solutions to health care delivery in the country.
Chairman of the occasion, Dr. Promise Abua, described public health physicians as “the life of public health care.”
Dr. Abua expressed gladness that 10 years later has found Port Harcourt worthy to host the body’s annual conference, as he challenged them to ensure that they evolve to meet the new challenges in the industry.
National President of APHPN, Prof. Esara, encouraged participants to utilise the conference to arm themselves with latest knowledge and techniques which the conference provides.
On his part, Chairman of the Local Organising Committee, Prof. Daprim Ogaji, while welcoming participants, said the theme of the conference, “Public Health Practice: New Opportunities”, is key transforming health care provision.
He assured that the conference affords experts to cross fertilize ideas on burning health issues, and therefore enjoined members to exploit the opportunity.

By; Kevin Nengia

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Evo King Lauds Wike Over Conference Organisation

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The Eze Oha Evo III, HM King Leslie N Eke JP, Eze Gbakagbaka, has lauded the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, over what he tagged timely response to the yearnings of Rivers people.
Eke said this when he spoke with newsmen during the Conference organised by the State Government christened: “Deepening The Democratic Culture And Institutions For Sustainable Development And Security In Nigeria”, in Port Harcourt.
The Evo King said the Conference was timely considering the electioneering period and the current insecurity in the nation.
According to him, the Conference has given the people an insight over understanding the principle of democracy and its workings.
He praised Governor Wike over the event and called on the people to ensure that all that was revealed by the paper presenters were put in practice.
“The Rivers State Governor, Ezenwo Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, is so gifted that he does things in line with the happenings of the time. I can liken him to the Children of Issachar in the Bible who excelled more than others because of their knowledge of the times and season”, he said.
The Monarch stated that democratic government must be practiced devoid of any form of military or any other style of governance in order to achieve its core mandate.
He expressed satisfaction over the move by the Rivers State Government, saying such ought to be emulated by others, if the people were prepared to follow up on the words and letters of democracy.
On former President Olusegun Obasanjo who visited the state for the purpose of the Conference, he said it was to prove its importance and why the people must key in to it.
He recalled that Obasanjo, who has served both as Military and Civilian Head of State of the country, has a better bite of what its challenges are.
Still on OBJ’s visit, he stated that there was nothing political about it and urged the people to be prepared to learn from those who have been trusted and proven in governance.
“Part of the challenges we have in this side of the helmisphre is that we do not know how to celebrate people. That is why we don’t have regard for our leaders. We must try to jettison such attitude in order to make room for excellence”, he said.
He also lauded all who contributed to the success of the event and prayed God to always give them the needed wisdom to enable them execute similar project for the state and in people in the future.

By: King Onunwor

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