Connect with us

Niger Delta

Delta Launches Measles Vaccination Campaign

Published

on

Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa has launched the 2022 State Integrated Measles Vaccine Campaign in Asaba, the State Capital.
The Governor also received the United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (USCDC) Award for exemplary leadership in healthcare financing at the occasion.
He recounted that the award entails Partnership for Sustainability Healthcare Financing which borders on Budgeting, Release and Expenditure, announced at the USCDC Biannual Programme Performance Review Meeting and 2022 End of Project Cycle Symposium held in Abuja.
Okowa commended World Health Organisation (WHO), the UN Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF), National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), and other partners for collaborating with the State Government to safeguard the health of children.
He said the launch of the campaign was a component strategy at sensitising mothers and caregivers the need to inoculate their children and wards aged between nine months and 59 months with the measles vaccine.
He explained that measles outbreak occur when there is high proportion of children with zero-dose immunisation.
“The objective of the immunisation is to increase population immunity, thereby reducing the risk of measles virus transmission and outbreak in communities.
“This, in addition to poor community and environmental hygiene practices, are risk factors for the disease.
“It is one of the diseases of great public health importance, thus requiring enormous collective efforts of individuals, households, health workers and various community-based organisations to ensure prevention, control and surveillance,” he said.
Okowa added that the State Government, through her policy of clean environment and tackling floods, had been constructing drainage systems across the landscape.
“I call on people of Delta to properly dispose their refuse and not dump them in the drains as this has serious health consequences for communities.
“Apart from worsening the flood situation in those areas, it will nurture more breeding sites for disease vectors.
I hereby admonish all of us to take responsibility for our personal and communal health”, the Governor urged.
He also called on mothers to come out massively with their children aged nine to 59 months and get them vaccinated against the deadly measles disease, irrespective of previous vaccination status at the various health facilities across the State.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Mordi Ononye, said measles is one of the vaccine- preventable diseases of childhood and accounts for large proportion of child deafness, blindness and death among under-five children.
He said the vaccination would be implemented in two phases for effective supervisory support by skilled health workers.

Continue Reading

Niger Delta

Eno Sacks Commissioner For Special Duties

Published

on

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Umo Eno has relieved the Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr Bassey Okon, of his appointment with immediate effect.
Secretary to the State Government, Mr Enobong Uwah, disclosed this in a statement in Uyo on Monday.
Uwah, who did not give reasons for the commissioner’s sack, directed him to hand over all state government properties in his possession to the Permanent Secretary.
He thanked the former commissioner for the period he served the state, and wished him well in his future endeavours.

Continue Reading

Niger Delta

Check Oil Pollution In N’Delta, Stakeholders Urge Oil Firms

Published

on

Stakeholders in host communities have demanded that oil companies be compelled to address adverse health impact of oil exploration in the Niger-Delta.
They made their position known on Monday during a public presentation of the research report on the impact of oil extraction on women’s health in Otuabagi community in Bayelsa.
The Tide’s source reports that Dr Emem Okon, Director, Kebetkache Women Development and Resource Centre, an NGO, championed the event.
The source also reports that Otuabagi Community within the Oloibiri District in present Ogbia Local Government Area is where crude oil was discovered in commercial quantity in Nigeria in 1956.
Okon said the report highlighted the adverse consequences of oil extraction which had profound negative impact on health and livelihood of women in Otuabagi community.
She said research revealed that several of the participants had hydrocarbons in their blood sample more than World Health Organisation (WHO) threshold and therefore demanded for compensation from oil companies and government.
“There is, therefore, a need to demand for compensation and restoration of polluted sites as well as health actions to keep us alive and to resist death, poverty and injustice”, she said.
She stated that the findings and data would serve as a tool for policy makers, community leaders and all those who strove for a more equitable and sustainable future.
Meanwhile, Dr Bieye Briggs, a public health physician and head of the research team, said from the findings of the report, it was revealed that there was very high and unacceptable level of exposure of the people to hydrocarbons.
Briggs advocated for the Federal Government to carry out health audit in Otuabagi community and other oil producing areas in the Niger-Delta region.
He explained that such audit was with a view to instituting intervention program to halt and reverse the impact of oil exploration.
Similarly, Chief Daniel Amangi, the traditional ruler of Otuabagi community, commended Kebetkache Women Development and Resource Centre for undertaking the project and urged the Federal Government to focus on developing the community.
Amangi also called for the immediate implementation of the recommendations of the research findings for the overall benefit of the people.
In the same vein, Alagoa Morris, a stakeholder, lamented that life expectancy was lower in the Niger-Delta region than in other parts of the country due to the hazards caused by oil exploration.
He called for compensation to be paid to host communities to ameliorate the health impact of oil extraction in the region.
The ceremony also featured a drama presentation by Otuabagi women and panel discussion on the findings of the report.

Continue Reading

Niger Delta

Court Orders AAU Graduate’s Car, iPhone’s Forfeiture To FG

Published

on

A Benin High Court on Monday ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to sell a Toyota Venza 2012 model, recovered from a graduate of Biochemistry from Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, Osadolor Edomwonyi.
The EFCC charged Edomwonyi with internet fraud.
Delivering judgment, Justice Efe Ikponmwonba, sentenced Edomwonyi to three years imprisonment.
The judge also ordered the forfeiture of an iPhone 13 Promax, recovered from the convict .
He also ordered that balances in his Opay account, Kids Bank account and Access Bank with which he was charged and convicted to the Federal Government through EFCC and the accounts be parmanently closed.
The convict prayed the court for a plea bargain agreement.
Ikponmwonba, however, gave him an option of fine in the sum of N100,000.
Earlier, the EFCC counsel, Mr I K Agwaisaid, said the convict committed an offence contrary to the provisions of Sections 6 and 8 (b) of the advance free fraud and other fraud-related offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.
The prosecutor said in a plea bargain agreement, Edomwonyi pleaded guilty to the one-count charge of possession of fraudulent documents.

Continue Reading

Trending