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Rivers Health Summit Poised To Promote Wike’s Milestones

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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

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Association Denies Members’ Involvement In Hard, Fake Drugs

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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

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FG To Prosecute Food Vendors Using PCBs

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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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World Food Day: WHO Tasks Govt On Food Safety Policies

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As the United Nations marked the fourth global World Food Safety Day yesterday, the World Health Organisation has called on various governments to evolve policies that will encourage food safety.
In a statement to mark the 20220 World Food Days WHO drew attention on the need to mobilise action to prevent, detect and manage food borne risks and improve human health.
This year’s World Food Safety Day has as its theme, “Safer Food, better Health.”
The body said safe food is essential to human health and well-being and is one of the most critical guarantors for good health.
It listed the benefits of safe food to include improved nutrition and reduced absenteeism in schools and in the workplace.
According to WHO, food borne diseases affect one in 10 people worldwide each year. There are over 200 of these diseases, ranging from diarrhoea to cancers.
The United Nations General Assembly established World Food Safety Day in 2018 to raise awareness on this important issue.
WHO and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) jointly facilitate the observance of World Food Safety Day, in collaboration with member states and other stakeholders.
WHO therefore implored players in the agro sectors to compel policymakers on the need to support measures that would strengthen national food safety systems and ensure they comply with food safety standards, as well as engage in multi-sectoral collaboration at the local, national, regional and global levels.
It insisted that food businesses must comply with international food standards and engage employees, suppliers and other stakeholders to grow and develop a food safety culture.

By: Kevin Nengia

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