From Marcel Duru, Owerri
Imo state Primary Health Care Development Agency which oversees the smooth running of Primary Healthcare Centers and controls outbreak of diseases in rural areas has inaugurated a Social Mobilization Technical Committee.
The committee has the responsibility of overseeing the smooth running of the activities currently lined up for the agency.
Addressing members of the committee, the Executive Secretary of the Agency, Dr Uloma Evi- Parker said the team would be laying the blueprint for subsequent campaigns and activities of the agency, adding that the activities are basically on immunization and disease control.
Dr Uloma Evi-Parker noted that Imo was at risk of meningitis, a multi faceted infection, which thrives during dry season and heat periods.
She commended the Federal Government for the support to health care delivery in the country, disclosing that the support ensured the increase of measles vaccines to two doses for children from 15months to 23months as against the one dose given to children in 9months.
She, therefore, appealed for concerted efforts of the team in reaching out and sensitizing people in the rural communities of the state.
The team has the Executive Secretary of the Agency, Dr Evi- Paker as the Chairman and Director of Disease Control and Head of Immunization Unit state Ministry of Health, Dr Uchechukwu Odom as the vice chairman, the State Health officer,
Chinwe Abanobi is the Secretary while other members of the committee were drawn from MDAs, the traditional institution and the media.
Violet Igwe, Social Mobilisation and Technical Committee (SOMTEC) Desk Officer in the Ministry of Information, in a speech charged members of the committee to live up to expectations.
She said the sensitization activity should be given every seriousness it deserved.
In her remarks, Dr Odom Uchechukwu Head of Immunization Unit, said that the agency would be embarking on vaccination for the second dose of measles between 7th Oct to 13th Oct., while the house to house vaccination would take place in November.
He harped on the need for parents to always keep immunization cards safe for proper documentation.
Cross River Warns Residents about Suspected Outbreak of Haemorrhagic Fever
Cross River warned about a possible outbreak of viral haemorrhagic fever in old Ndebeji, in Akamkpa Local Government Area of the state on Saturday.
Viral haemorrhagic fever is any group of infectious diseases that interfere with the blood’s ability to clot.
They are spread by contact with infected animals, people or insects.
Commissioner for Health, Dr Henry Ayuk, said in Calabar that a suspected index case was currently being investigated in complete isolation at the Ndebeji healthcare centre.
He said he had directed the state’s epidemiologist and her team to work with the local government team to collect samples from suspected cases for diagnosis
“They will provide palliative case management and institutionalise adequate infection prevention and control in the facility.
“They will also work with community leaders to identify and restrict movements of known contacts till the sample results of the suspected index client are out and entrench risk communication in the community.
“I must note that cases are most likely to present early with fever, rash, body weakness, bleeding from body openings or may even be asymptomatic,’’ he said.
Dr Ayuk appealed to residents to avoid rodents and insect bites, adding that they should put on personal protective wears if they must come close to livestock, other animals and zoos. (NAN)
Lassa Fever Claims 10 Lives in Ebonyi
The Ebonyi Ministry of Health disclosed that Lassa Fever killed 10 persons in the state from Jan. 4 to Feb. 16, 2024.
The Disease Surveillance Notification Officer of the ministry, Mr Sampson Orogwu, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Abakaliki.
Orogwu stated that 25 persons were infected, including two healthcare workers.
He added that “16 out of the 25 infected persons are males, while nine are females.
“The dead include a pregnant woman and two children.
“The affected local government areas include: Onicha, Ikwo, Ezza North, Ebonyi, Izzi, Ohaukwu and Abakaliki with Hausa quarters and Nkaliki areas in Abakaliki recording the highest number of cases.
He, therefore, urged residents to report suspected cases to the ministry as treatment is free.
The State Epidemiologist, Dr Ogbonna Nwambeke, also in the statement, said the state government had been collaborating with relevant partners to check spread of the disease
He said “we call for the provision of logistics to increase surveillance and community engagement against risk factors.
“People are also advised to stop bush burning, avoid eating rats and not to touch any surface touched by an infected person.
“We also advise people to maintain high level of personal and environmental hygiene such as covering their food and utensils properly.
Nwambeke appreciated the state government’s provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to health workers at the National Obstetrics Fistula Centre to secure their lives and to save others.
Lassa fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic illness caused by Lassa virus, a member of the arenavirus family of viruses.
Humans usually become infected with Lassa virus through exposure to food or household items contaminated with urine or faeces of infected Mastomys rats.
It’s common in West Africa. Most people get mild symptoms, like fever and headache. (NAN)
Hospital Creates Toxicology Ward to Address Mental Health Issues in Kaduna
The Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Barnawa Kaduna said it has created a toxicology ward to address mental health issues in the state..
Its Medical Director, Aishatu Yusha’u-Armiya’u disclosed this on Sunday in Kaduna.
She said the ward allowed the separation of psychiatric patients diagnosed with various forms of psychiatric conditions from those with substance use disorder.
The medical director said, ” This permits the design of a clear plan for the management and rehabilitation of people with substance use disorder.”
NAN reports that a toxicology unit identifies, quantifies and determines the amount of) drugs, alcohols, and poison in biological samples such as blood, urine or tissue.
Yusha’u-Armiya’u added that drug information and pharmacovigilance units were also created in the Pharmacy Department.
” These units are responsible for the provision of drugs related information and creating awareness on the presence of dangerous and substandard pharmaceuticals to both staff and patients within the institution.
” The pharmacy department has been provided with a functional and equipped compounding unit which is responsible for the production of all the relevant consumables needed in the hospital.
“In my first year in the office, I ensured that all the consumables needed in the hospital were produced by the pharmacy department,” she said. (NAN)
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