BYSACA Gets NACA Outstanding Award

The Bayelsa State Agency for the Control of AIDS, BYSACA has received an award in recognition of its outstanding performance to institutional systems strengthening and growth of the Bayelsa State HIV response.

 

Permanent Secretary, BYSACA, Dr Oluwatoyin Azebi who received the award during the NACA South-South Zonal Office ceremony held in Port Harcourt the Rivers State capital expressed appreciation to the NACA South-South Zone.

 

Dr Azebi noted that the award which serves as a recognition of the achievement of BYSACA would be a motivation for the management and staff of the agency to put in more effort to sustain the coordination of HIV services in the state.

 

She commended NACA South-South Zone for providing assistance to BYSACA in the strategic coordination of policies and programs for HIV activities in the South-South.

 

In her response, South-South Zonal Coordinator, Dr Uduak Daniel said BYSACA under the leadership of Dr. Azebi has recorded huge success in the fight against HIV/AIDS hence the award is well deserving of the agency.

 

Also speaking, Chairperson of the Bayelsa HIV Media Advocacy Group, Mrs Ebizimo Oroyi commended all staff of BYSACA for their hardwork, dedication and commitment in ensuring that the agency carry out it’s duties effectively.

 

The event was well attended by top government functionaries in Rivers State, the media and all management staff from the State Agencies for the Control of AIDS, SACAs in Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross Rivers, Edo, Delta and Rivers States.

NCDC announces five additional COVID-19 deaths, 176 new infections


The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has registered five more COVID-19 deaths and additional 176 new infections in 11 states and the FCT.

The NCDC made this known on its website on Saturday.

It says the 176 new cases reported on Friday indicate a decrease from the 247 cases posted on Thursday.

It noted that the country’s total infections from the pandemic stood at 210,136, while the fatality toll stood at 2,855.

The NCDC said that a total of 198,117 Nigerians had received treatment and had been discharged from hospitals since the start of the pandemic in 2020.

The public health agency noted that the FCT topped the infection chart on Friday with 73 cases, while Plateau came next with 25 cases.

The agency stated that they were followed by Rivers in the South-South with 20 cases, while Kano State in the Northwest recorded 18 cases.

Lagos State, the epicentre of the infection recorded 15 cases, while Bauchi State in the Northeast recorded nine cases.

Others are Osun and Ekiti states in the Southwest that recorded eight cases and three cases respectively, while, Edo in the South-South recorded a single case.

Bayelsa, Niger and Sokoto states recorded a single case each also.

The NCDC added that the country’s active cases stood at 9,164 as at Oct. 22.

The agency stated also that more than three million samples had been tested out of the nation’s estimated 200 million population.

Abusive use of antibiotic causes offensive vaginal odour – gyneacologist


A gyneacologist, Dr Prosper Igboeli, has advised women to shun the abuse of antibiotic drugs for their own health benefit.

Igboeli gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja

Igboeli, Managing Director of Mand M Hospital, Fertility and IVF Centre, said that such practices contribute to major causes of offensive vaginal odour.

The medical expert said that women, who stopped the use of oral contraceptive, also experience increased vaginal discharge.

According to him, increased vaginal discharge has been recorded against women who stopped the use of the oral contraceptive.

“They have undergone some course of antibiotics and contracted venereal diseases following unprotected and unsafe sexual practices,” he said.

Igboeli explained that some women used to have an over growth of yeast after they finish antibiotic treatment which is called yeast infection.

He disclosed that “such actions happens because the antibiotic kills the lactobacillus that stabilises the environment of the vagina.

“It is actually the abuse that causes some of this thing, normal vaginal discharge is usually white while yellow or green discharge means infectious process.

“This is usually associated with an offensive or unpleasant odour.”

He said though it was a natural behavior to have a small amount of vaginal discharge in any mature woman.

“The vaginal wall itself secretes some discharge, which such discharge contains glycogen (sugars) which are broken down to lactic acid.

“Poor hygiene of the vagina can also result in vaginal odor,’’ Igboeli said.

He said the most notorious virus are yeast infections (moniliasis) and trichomonas vaginalis, a flagyllate and advised women for high personal hygiene.

The doctor said that other infections like herpes progenitalis can cause severe abnormalities even on the unborn babies apart from causing severe lesions and discomfort to the mother.

Igboeli said that vaginal discharge with offensive odor can cause a husband not to engage in sexual activities with the wife, which may trigger marital crisis.

He urged women to make themselves presentable through cleanliness and avoidance of infections through safe sexual practices with use of condoms to prevent infections.

According to him, it has been observed that many women use different creams to enhance sexual experience .

He said that these vaginal lubricants influence sperm mobility and viability.

Kafanchan assault referral Centre records 77 cases in September – Manager


The Salama Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Kafanchan, Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State, recorded 77 cases in September, the Centre Manager, Mrs Grace Abbin, has said.

Abbin told our correspondent, on Friday, in Kafanchan, that out of the number, five were rape cases while 72 others were cases of physical and emotional violence.

She decried the culture of silence in sexual assault cases, noting that relatives of perpetrators and victims always tried to frustrate the cases.

“We are particular about the best interest of the victims. In many rape cases, you find relatives and community leaders trying to silence the victim.

“You will see a father who has probably been bought by relatives of the perpetrator coming to say they have forgiven the perpetrator.

“They forget that rape is a case against the state, not even against an individual.

“People are more concerned about the perpetrators. Nobody seems to care about the victims and the after effects of the abuse on them,” she added

The centre Manager called for greater synergy between the center and security agencies, the media and religious leaders in breaking the culture of silence over sexual assault cases.

“We are looking to break the culture of silence that is really affecting us in our society.

“And to do that, we need more support and cooperation of all stakeholders, otherwise this will continue,” she said

She advised victims to always report to the Centre, within three days of being abused, to enable medical experts extract key ingredients needed to prosecute offenders.

Our correspondent reports that the Centre is one of four in the state where victims of rape and other gender-based violence are given counseling, medical and optional legal interventions.

Kaduna State Govt. treats 12,251 malnourished children Official


The Kaduna State Government says it has treated no fewer than 12,251 malnourished children between January and August 2021.

The State Nutrition Officer, Mrs Ramatu Musa, disclosed this on Saturday in Zaria at the end of a two-day third quarter review meeting with Local Government Nutrition Focal Persons (NFPs).

Musa said that the figure was out of the 24,548 admitted at various Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) sites across the state.

She explained that out of the 24,548 children, 16,358 were new admissions, while 8,190 were spillover of untreated cases from 2020.

She also said that 46 children died from the deficiency condition within the period, indicating a significant reduction from the 124 deaths recorded between January and September of 2020.

She said that to manage the situation, government increased the number of local governments providing CMAM services from two in 2017 to 16 in 2021.

She added that the state currently had 82 Primary Health Centres providing outpatient therapeutic programmes to treat severe acute malnourished children with 17 secondary health facilities as stabilisation centres.

Mr Umar Bambale, the Project Manager, Kaduna State Nutrition Emergency Action Plan (KADENAP), said that the government and its partners were investing more on Community – Infant and Young Child Feeding (C-IYCF) practices.

Bambale noted that “C-IYCF is a preventive approach that promotes adequate child nutrition in the first 1,000 days of life.”

He said that so far, a total of 558 health care providers and 1,156 community volunteers were trained on C-IYCF services in 22 local government areas of the state, with only one outstanding area.

He also explained that through support groups, the community volunteers would educate and enlighten mothers and caregivers on optimal C-IYCF practices for a strong growth and healthy development of infants and young children.

“After educating the parents and caregivers, community volunteers who are linked to health facilities will mobilise the caregivers to demand for nutrition services in health centres and refer malnourished children for treatment.

“Also, 100 health facilities across the state are providing maternal, infant, and young child nutrition services, community maternal, infant and young child nutrition services are being provided at the 255 wards in the state”, he said.

The project manager urged parents and caregivers to embrace C-IYCF practices as cost-effective nutrition intervention and visit health centres to access nutrition services.

Dr Zainab Muhammad-Idris, the Project Coordinator, Accelerating Nutrition Result in Nigeria (ANRiN), explained that there was general improvement in the activities of the local government nutrition focal persons.

Muhammad-Idris noted that there was significant improvement in presentation of performance, challenges and issues that required advocacy, particularly funding.

“Malnutrition prevention activities in the local governments are also picking up with a lot of C-IYCF promotion activities being implemented by the nutrition focal persons.

“This is quite encouraging, and we are hoping that with continued support, the NFPs will do better and record more results in the fourth quarter”, she said.

Mrs Chinwe Ezeife, the Nutrition Specialist, UNICEF Kaduna, who supported the review meeting, also commended the NFPs for efforts in supporting the implementation of preventive and curative services in the local government areas.

“Lessons were learnt from their presentations, and we have discussed ways toward addressing key challenges and identified key priority areas for the 2022 Annual Operational Plan.

“However, delay in the release of approved funds had affected the implementation of some planned activities by the nutrition focal persons.

“We are hoping that this will be addressed so that more activities will be implemented in the fourth quarter,” Ezeife told our correspondent

NAFDAC gears up to tackle substandard packaged water in Kaduna –official


The National Agency for Food, Drug and Administration (NAFDAC) says it will intensify efforts at tackling issues of substandard packaged water in Kaduna, according to the agency’s state coordinator, Nasiru Mato.
Mato told our correspondet in an interview on Friday, in Kaduna, that the problem was to be blamed on some manufacturers operating without good manufacturing equipment.
“We have observed some packaged water carelessly sold in the markets, in disregard to basic good manufacturing practices required to guarantee quality packaging.
“Those who do not comply with the specifications, will not be allowed to toy around with the health of consumers,” he said.
He added that the agency would continue its surveillance and routine checks, to ensure adherence by packaged water manufacturers in the state, urging residents to only drink packaged water that had a label and date on them.
In addition, Mato said that packaged water was only fit for consumption within two months of production, pointing out that the agency’s continuous efforts at updating manufacturers on critical aspects of good manufacturing and sanitation had been very useful in making them maintain standards.
“We will also remain steadfast in advising the manufacturers on post-production handling of the products”, he said.
He added that the rise in temperature in the country, because of the impending dry season, could mean more demand for water in the coming days, so the agency would intensify its monitoring to ensure hygienic packaged water for citizens to consume.
“NAFDAC in Kaduna will continue to work around the clock, to ensure that manufacturers of regulated products in the state do their businesses in compliance with laid down standards, procedures and requirements.
” If there are any major or critical lapses and violations, which tend to compromise standards of product quality, then we will have no option but to apply the appropriate sanctions,” he said.

NAFDAC cautions consumers on dietary product


The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has implored consumers to stop using Miss Slim dietary supplement products.
The agency gave the caution in a public alert with number 032/2021, issued by the Director General, Prof. Moji Adeyeye in Abuja on Tuesday.
It noted that the agency had been informed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that “Palisades Park, NJ, HIS is voluntarily recalling all lots and all presentations of the products.
“Palisades Park HIS issued this voluntary recall of Miss Slim of both 10 count and 30 count capsules due to the presence of undeclared Sibutramine in the product.
“The presence of Sibutramine in Miss Slim renders it an unapproved drug for which safety and efficacy has not been established and therefore subject to a recall.
“Products containing Sibutramine pose a threat to consumers because it is known to substantially increase blood pressure.

“Sibutramine may also present significant risk for patients with history of Coronary Artery Disease, Congestive Heart Failure, Arrhythmia or Stroke.
“The product is sold online at missslimusa.com,” the alert disclosed.

NAFDAC, therefore, implored consumers to stop the purchase and use of Miss Slim, adding that “members of the public in possession of the product are to handover to the nearest NAFDAC office.”

The agency also called on patients to contact their physicians or healthcare providers if they have experienced any problems that may be related to using the product.

It encouraged healthcare professionals, consumers and patients to report any adverse events related to the use of the product to the nearest NAFDAC office.

It urged the public to report any adverse effect to NAFDAC PRASCOR (20543 TOLLS FREE from all networks) or via pharmacovigilance@nafdac.gov.ng.
The public are also advised to make their report through E-reporting platforms available on NAFDAC website or via the Med- safety application available for download on android and IOS stores.

NGO provides medical treatment for 10,000 people in Bauchi

 

 

A Bauchi state-based NGO, Mayaka Health and Education Mobilisation Association (MAHEMA), has provided medical assistance to no fewer than 10,000 patients in two years.

Alhaji Aminu Abubakar, the Director-General of the association, made this known in an interview with our correspondent on Monday.

The people, Abubakar said, were treated for high blood pressure, diabetes, hernia, malaria and eye diseases.

He said that of the figure, 350 patients were treated for eye diseases, adding that while some were operated on, others were given eye glasses and drugs.

“The treatments were conducted during   our medical outreaches across the 20 local government areas of the state,’’ he said.

He added that the eye treatment was conducted in collaboration with a Saudi Arabian Makkah eye hospital based in the Bauchi.

Abubakar said the NGO also conducted a two-week campaign to sensitise the people to the importance of sleeping inside mosquito nets to prevent malaria.

“We visited no fewer than 60 selected village markets during the sensitisation campaign,’’ he said.

Abubakar said that during the period, the group trained no fewer than 700 youth on different vocational skills, including leather work, carpentry, tailoring, bead making and construction of aluminum doors and windows.

“This  is part of our economic empowerment drive towards job creation and poverty alleviation,’’ he added.

The director-general also said that the NGO distributed food stuffs across some selected rural communities as part of its humanitarian services to the people.

According to him, the initiative is not aimed at promoting the political ambition of a particular aspirant or political party as our group has no connection with any political group.

Our correspondent reports that MAHEMA has been working with some international donor agencies like UNICEF and Centre for Emergency Diseases Control (CEDIA) in providing humanitarian services.

Covid19 origin tracing: Issues of science should not be politicized

 

By Prof Tomori

A prominent Nigerian virologist and Chairman, Expert review Committee on COVID-19 Professor Oyewole Tomori, has said that Covid 19 origin tracing should not be politicized.

In a chat with with newsmen on the likely origin of the virus and the controversies it has generated, the renowned virologist and pioneer Vice Chancellor of Redeemer University noted that it would be difficult to say in specific terms the origin of the virus

” it’s difficult to say, what we know scientifically is that either ways there are possibilities and evidence of human relationship with animals causing infection. It is also possible that an error can be made and it can result from that, however nobody has any concrete evidence that this is what happened that’s the way to look at it.

Scientifically no body or country has presented any evidence to tell us the origin of the virus.

In the real sence we do know that the Americans have been working with China in Wuhan lab, they have been doing collaborative work in the Wuhan lab with funding by the Americans for a long time then suddenly you are backing out and heaping the blame on China and calling for more investigation and demonizing WHO as not credible”

I believe the prevailing lab lick theory should be discarded for now until there is solid and empirical evidence, but if it must be pursued then it should be global and led by WHO without pressures from the US. There are over 200 labs spread across the world conducting researches with corona viruses.

However, the lab leak theory has been dismissed by most mainstresm scientists as a fringe conspiracy theory being promoted my the American government.

In any case if the US is insisting that it is investigating the Wuhan lab in China as the source of the lick or as a larger biological weapons programme by the Chinese, the Americans should come clean and also grant access into one of its own high tech biological research lab located at Fort Detrick, Maryland which is known as the center of the US biological weapons programme and has been known for conducting researches with corona viruses.

 

Prof Tomori noted that issues of science should not be overtly politicized but based on concrete scientific evidence.

“That is how America went to Iraq with allegations of weapons of mass destruction and destroyed the country without finding anything

We can see how they hurriedly left Afghanistan, what were they doing there for twenty years? The US has a history of looking for scapegoats for its own failures.

 

Prof Tomori also spoke on the hoarding of COVID-19 vaccines by some Western nations describing it as “shortsightedness” noting that no country can be free of the virus until all countries are free

 

“it is shortsightedness on their side to do what they are doing and is capable of prolonging the pandemic” He said.

Using polio as an example he said that although most Western countries have been free of the disease for many years they are still vaccinating against it because of it existence in third world countries

“take polio as a good example, most parts of the Western world have been free of polio for the last ten to twenty years but they are still vaccinating against polio because third world countries are not free and can still spread it to them. They have not learnt from that message, that until all of us are free they are not free they think they are responsible to only their own people”.

Enugu State opens COVID-19 vaccination centres in major markets, malls

 Enugu State Government says it has opened additional COVID-19 vaccination centres in major markets, shopping malls and public places.

These are additional to the more than 100 conventional vaccination centres previously opened in the state.

Dr George Ugwu, Executive Secretary, Enugu State Primary Health Care Development Agency (ENS-PHCDA) told our correspondent in Enugu on Saturday that the move was to make COVID-19 vaccination centres more accessible for residents.

Ugwu said that having more vaccination centres would help the state to achieve its target of getting every eligible resident vaccinated against the pandemic.

According to him, centres have been opened in major markets like Ogbette Market and Kenyatta Market in Enugu; at Shoprite and SPAR malls as well as other designated public places notwithstanding the 100 vaccination centres already available.

“Another thing we will do differently this time, which came as a result of challenges in the first phase, is that of increased advocacy and public sensitisation.

“We have planned to officially communicate and use various grassroots leaders, traditional, religious and opinion leaders, to press home the message of the need for the vaccination, its safety and efficacy.

“We are desirous to go to the hinterland and check all falsehoods and unfounded information militating against the people to freely get vaccinated, especially in the rural areas.

“Our teams will be visiting worship centres, community meetings and other public gatherings to sensitise our people on the need to receive their COVID-19 vaccination for the protection of all,’’ he said.

The executive secretary noted that the agency had created special mobile vaccination teams that would cover groups that needed to be vaccinated.

“We are ready to make the sacrifice and send our special mobile vaccination teams to groups such as military and Para-military organisations among others to ensure reach and accessibility for them,’’ he said.

Ugwu lauded the state government for being supportive in all programmes on COVID-19 vaccination, especially in the installation and maintenance of cold chain equipment, accessories and logistics to ensure 24-hourly power supply.

The executive secretary also called on all eligible citizens and residents of Enugu State (18 years and above) to get vaccinated.

“COVID-19 vaccines are safe, secure and meant to protect everyone,’’ he stressed.

Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi flagged off COVID-19 second batch vaccination at the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Enugu, on Aug. 26

The state has received 5,012 doses of Modena vaccine and additional 13,416 doses of Astra Zeneca vaccines. It is expecting an additional 60,000 doses of Modena vaccine.

A total of 1,200 health workers have been specially trained to vaccinate people in the second phase of the exercise.

NAN recalls that Enugu State already exhausted the 65,410 doses Astra Zeneca vaccines supplied by the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency in March, 2021.