The Association of Civil Societies in Malaria Control, Immunisation and Nutrition (ACOMIN) has called on government and relevant stakeholders at all levels, including the media, to support CBOs working on the AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (ATM) project to ensure its success in selected five Local Government Areas of Rivers State.
Making the call recently at its 5th monthly media briefing, the State ACOMIN Chairman, Pastor John Ihua-Maduenyi, said this is to further enhance the successes recorded so far by the CBOs working on the project in the various LGAs.
“As a follow up, we call on the government and all relevant stakeholders at all levels to support the Community-Based Organisations (CBOs) implementing this (ATM) project in the State towards improving health outcomes”, he stated.
The ATM project, funded by Global Fund (GF), is aimed at identifying gaps in ATM in Primary Healthcare facilities in identified LGAs and make communities take ownership of the facilities by closing such gaps.
“The impact of COVID-19 on HIV, Tuberculosis, and Malaria could be minimised by maintaining these core services.
“A recent report from Global Fund highlights the urgent need to scale-up adaptive measures to continue HIV, TB and Malaria services, to ramp up delivery of critical supplies for COVID-19 response and prevent healthcare systems from collapse”, the ACOMIN boss said.
Ihua-Maduenyi disclosed that as part of national effort to address the ATM challenges in Nigeria, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) engaged ACOMIN, in collaboration with Network of People Living With HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN) and TB Network, under the Global Fund COVID-19RM/RSSH Grant to implement the Civil Society component of the project.
“The implementation of the grant has started in 18 Global Fund-supported states, namely: Ogun, Delta, Ekiti, Lagos, Cross River, Rivers, FCT, Edo, Anambra, Kaduna, Kano, Jigawa (C19RM), Nasarawa, Plateau, Jigawa (RSSH), Kwara, Ondo and Oyo. The project covers five LGAs in eache state. In Rivers State, the selected LGAs are PHALGA, Obio/Akpor, Eleme, Tai, and Khana”, he siad.
The challenges encountered in the health facilities during the implementation of the project in the five LGAs include: unavailability of malaria drugs and Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets (LLITN). Where they are available, the cost is beyond the reach of the poor.
There is inadequate medical personnel, especially in Tai and Khana LGAs, due to insecurity; there is lack of water and electricity in some of the facilities; and identified poor attitude of health workers towards patients.
Also noticed were inadequate or damaged seats for patients, especially in Ebubu Health Center and Elelenwo Model Primary Health Center (MPHC); lack of toilet facility in Millennium Health Center in Tai LGA, Ebubu Health Center in Eleme; and no staff quarters in Millennium Health Center.
Meanwhile, the ACOMIN boss noted, through advocacy to decision makers at the National, State, LGA, and community levels, that the community-centered initiative implemented by ACOMIN has yeilded some positive results.
They include: donation of seats and repair of damaged seats; repair of broken down power generators; donation of cartons of hand gloves, face masks, and surgical gowns at Ogale Health Center in Eleme; donation of Sumo pump for water supply at Bori PHC; and reconnection of electricity to MPHC facilities in Elelenwo and Bunu, in Tai LGA.
Others are: staffing of medical personnels (labouratory technicians) in MPHC Tai; repair of broken down gate; and improved relationship between health workers and patients.
Speaking at the occasion, the Programme Manager, Rivers State Agency for the Control of AIDS (RIVSACA), Dr. Francis Naaziga, commended the CBOs involved in the project, saying, “we commend all your efforts. However, there’s still plenty to be done”.
On her part, the Focal Person on HIV/AIDS at the Rivers State Primary Healthcare Management Board (RSPHCMB), Dr. Mekele Igwe, assured on the support of the Board.
By: Soibi Max-Alalibo
Monarch Hails Wike Over Landing Jetty Project Award
The Amanyanabo and Traditional Ruler of ancient Ele Kingdom in Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area of Rivers State, King Felix Tamunoseipiriala Okuru Apina VII, has stated the gratefulness of his people to the State Governor, Nyesom Wike.
He said the people of Ele community will continue to be grateful to the governor for graciously supporting their “illustrious” son, Barr Vincent Nemieboka, to become the chairman of the local government area, and approving the construction of a landing jetty in the area.
King Apina vii in a statement from the palace said the people of Ele kingdom have been given a sense of belonging by these gestures, because “it is first of its kind from any governor of the state”.
The monarch noted that for the governor to remember the community in his development plans, “the people are most grateful”, assuring him that they are fully mobilised and ready to exercise their franchise in the forthcoming elections for candidates that will have the interest of the community at heart.
On behalf of the Ele Divisional Council of Chiefs and the people of Ele Kingdom, he pledged their loyalty and support, stressing that construction of the landing jetty will in no small measure alleviate the untold suffering experienced during low tide.
He also noted that the jetty will encourage business boom in the area and further assured that all necessary co-operation will be given to the contractor when the project commences.
The first citizen of the community also lauded the Chairman of the Local Government Council, Barr Vincent Nemieboka, for the construction of a Health Centre and provision of a portable drinking water for the people.
This, he said, has given the people a sense of belonging, noting that Ele Community as one of the ancient nine clans of Okrika ethnic nationality, is in dire need of other developmental projects.
Tai LGA Flags Off Construction Of Corpers’ Lodge
The Tai local Government Area has flagged off the construction of an eighth bedroom corpers lodge at Botem Community in Tai local Government Area.
The lodge, according to the council Engineer, is made up of four rooms for male and four for female.
Flagging off the project on behalf of the council, Rivers State Commissioner for Transport, Dr.Jacobson Nbina, said the project, which was in line with the desires of the people, will help to improve education in the area.
Nbina, who is Chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Campaign Council, said the project has further increased the chances of the party’s victory in the forthcoming election in the area.
He urged the people to reciprocate the gesture by maintaining the facility when it is completed.
Meanwhile, the Senator representimg Rivers South East in the National Assembly, Senator Barinada Mpigi, has rated the Tai Local Government Council high in the execution of projects.
Speaking during a ward-to-ward and unit-to-unit campaign at Ward 8, Sime Tai, Mpigi said the Mbakpone administration has embarked on people-oriented projects across the LGAs.
He said the projects, which range from markets, water, roads, security, and others, have improved the living conditions of the people.
The Senator particularly commended the Chairman for the corpers’ lodge, stressing that it will help to boost education, not only in Botem, but that communities around the area will also benefit from the gesture.
Also speaking, Chairman of Tai Local Government Council, Hon.Mbakpone Okpe, said the project was in fulfilment of his electioneering promises to the community.
He said he told them to nominate a project and they nominated a corpers lodge.
Okpe said the project will be completed and commissioned within the next three months.
On the ward-to-ward and unit-to-unit campaigns, the council boss said so far four Wards have been visited in the area.
He said the campaign was to explain to the people the importance of voting for candidates of the PDP during the forthcoming elections.
The Tai Council boss also thanked the people for their massive turned out for the campaign.
Also speaking, the Member representing Tai in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon Matthew Dike, said the people of Tai are happy with the administration of Governor Ezenwo Nyesom Wike.
He said the people will reciprocate it by voting massively for candidates of the PDP during the election.
The campaign train visited wards one and eight.
By: John Bibor
‘Naira Redesign, Ill-Timed’
The Rivers State Chapter of the Nigerian Computer Society (NCS) has described as ill-timed the Naira redesign policy of the Federal Government.
The society also called for the establishment of a Ministry of Science And Technology in Rivers State.
Chairman of the Society, Dr. Legborsi Emmanuel, said this at the quarterly general meeting of the branch in Port Harcourt.
Emmanuel said the Naira redesign program is coming at a time when Nigerians are batlling with the fuel price hike.
“NCS supports cashless policy, but increasing the sufferings of the Nigerian masses at a time we are battling with fuel price hike by taking out the old notes when we do not have enough of the new notes in the commercial banks have ended up putting pressure on the good people of Nigeria”, he said.
According to him, the programm has further contributed towards the destruction of the falling economy that needed to be well protected by the Federal Government.
He said the situation will provide opportunity for all Ministries, Departments, and Agencies to integrate all their data and operate seamlessly in the state.
He described the theme of the meeting, which is, “The use of ICT As A tool For Social Re-Engineering And Economic Transformation of Nigeria”, and the lecture, as a call to duty.
Speaking on the topic, “The use of ICT As A tool for social Re-Engineering and Economic Transformation of Nigeria”, from Canada, through zoom, Mr. Oraye Franklin said the present administration in Rivers State should be commended for it’s information communications and Technology (ICT) policy.
He expressed the hope that incoming administrations will built upon it to further improve the sector.
Franklin said the deployment of ICT can be used to solve the multifaceted problems of Nigerians.
According to him, ICT can be used to address socio-economic problems of Nigerians, ranging from the health sector to a general improvement in the conditions of lives of the people.
He specifically said ICT has helped to check the spread of dieseas, thereby enhancing access to quality health care services.
He said the situation has allowed for greater transperancy In governance , improved productivity in public sector, and help farmers boost productivity.
He also stressed the need for both State and Federal Governments to support and encourage the development of the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with the view to expanding the economy.
The event also featured the presentation of the society’s 2023 budget.
By; John Bibor
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