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Special Report: Achieving High Impact in Tuberculosis Control in Nigeria
February 11, 2014, 1:55 am
Filed under: health

Special Report Achieving High Impact in Tuberculosis Control in Nigeria

Experts are however of the opinion that with early detection and proper treatment most people with Tuberculosis will fully recover and millions of life saved

This special report examines the impact in the fight against Tuberculosis
With over two hundred new cases of Tuberculosis recorded in Nigeria ,as indicated by World Health Organization , it remains one of the countries with high burden of Tuberculosis, ranking 10th positions among 22 of such nations.

Through the combined activities of stakeholders working at the grassroots, coordination of the ministry of health and National TB leprosy control programme, the nation was able to detect and notify over 90 thousand TB patients.

Stakeholders, however, argued that if the battle against TB must be won, involvement of the community, participation and empowerment of volunteers at the grassroots must be given due consideration.

Dr Gidado Mustapha is the country representative KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation CARE 1 project in Nigeria; he speaks on the need to improve general health system, trace, detect TB patients in the community, and create awareness on signs and symptoms of TB for potential patient to know the service points

Another stakeholder on Tuberculosis Management , Dr Omoniyi Fadare of the World Health Organization, WHO , TB Care project in Nigeria, pointed out the need for those working on TB control to be innovative and involved all service providers in detection and referrals of cases of TB to service treatment centers

The TB Network Coordinator in Osun state Ms Ibiyemi Fakande and the team lead for HYGIEA foundation which consult on the implementation of the global fund project for Aids Tuberculosis and Malaria in Osun state Dr Francis Anyaji maintained that goal setting, team work and integrations of TB awareness activities into other programmes would provide a leverage for more results

Corroborating the submission of other respondents, the Executive Director PLAN Health Advocacy and Development Foundation, Ibadan Oyo State Mr. Obatunde Oladapo maintained that people in the community are best positioned to detect, referred and support TB patients, hence they must be empower with basic information that would make them effective.

Mr. Oladapo added these procedures would help the nation achieve the goal to halve TB prevalence and death by 2015



Nigeria Sets to Implement HIV Plan: Biomedical HIV Prevention Forum, Trancorp Hilton Abuja.
November 19, 2013, 3:16 pm
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The Federal Government says it has concluded arrangement to commence the implementation and trial of HIV vaccine plan.

The Process to be supervised by National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA, would ensure that all vaccines trials in the country are in accordance with Universal standard

The Minister of Health Professor Onyebuchi Chuckwu stated this at a two day Bio Medical Prevention Forum in Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.

The Biomedical HIV prevention forum which attracted participants from Australia, United State of America, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria is organised by the New HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Society (NHVMAS) and the World AIDS Campaign (WAC) – in collaboration with the Institute of Public Health (IPH), Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State.

Delivering a key note address, The Minister of Health expressed with delight that though progress has been made in the fight against the scourge in WHO African countries with decrease in new infection in twenty two countries and stability in eleven in line with MDG Six, Nigeria had stepped up activities in several areas including treatment, care, support service and research.
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Represented by the Director Centre for disease control in Nigeria, Dr Abdusalami Nasidi,  The minister of health acknowledged that Nigeria need to develop tropical microbicide, as well as support advances in technology including rolling out of vaccine policy in the country

In a special lecture a foremost African Scientist and Director CAPPRISA Professor Salim Abdool Kareem who affirmed that there was scientific evidence that microbicide tools could aid prevention of new HIV infection called on Nigeria government to step up action, evolve effective policy and provide fund for researchers in Nigeria to meet up with global challenge.
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In another contribution, One of the speakers from University of California, United States of America, professor Brandon Brown stressed the need for Nigeria to take pro active step by setting up research ethics committee in all institution.

In a submission, the Country Director Centre for Disease Control in Nigeria, Dr Okey Nwanyawu said Getting to Zero in a Biomedical way requires bold leadership, HIV counselling and testing and application of microbicides tools for the prevention of new HIV infection.

The pioneer chairman for Aids control in Nigeria Professor Etim Essien who was honoured at the event urged stakeholders to take advantage of the opportunities provided by advancement in science to reverse the scourge of the disease in the country.

The forum was also exploring approaches to articulate way forward for hiv prevention as highlighted by the by the recent African Union Abuja plus 12 summit.

TIMOTHY Bamidele.



German Social Worker, Provides support for Vulnerable Children in Nigeria

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Support for the Less privilege has been described as  a way to establish equitable social order in the society.

Hence, public spirited individuals and corporate organisations have been called upon to part with their resources to assist the vulnerable ones.

This call was made by social workers and those who benefited from the humanitarian services rendered by a German Volunteer, Giselar Jarrar during her short visit in Nigeria in Ilesa Osun.

This Special report examined the impact of services rendered by this Volunteer social worker from Germany, how she sourced and spent over one million naira to meet divers  needs of the vulnerable people.

Ms Gisela Jarrar Sixty years old and a retired  paeditrician nurse from Germany.

Narrating  her motivation in helping the less privileged, Gisela explained that it is in her make up to do services to the Vulnerable.

Her first visit to Nigeria was in 2011 as a volunteer for a local Non Governmental Organisation, Living Hope Care, in Ilesa, Osun State.

This trip made deep impression on her seeing the plight of vulnerable children.

In view of this, Gisela promised herself to go back to Germany to source to be able to meet some of this need.

True to her words she returned to Nigeria December last year, having raised seven thousand and five hundred euros,  private donations from friends, civil societies and church members.

Gisela explained how she expended the resources…

Aside her support for grip of Salvation, she also provided wheel chair for the  physically challenged, granted  scholarship for an indigent student and intervene to single handedly provide seven hundred thousand naira, being part of  money needed to carry out a surgical operation  for an indigent boy who is suffering from scalp tumour.

Some of the beneficiaries of Gisela Humanitarian work, Proprietress of Grip of Salvation, Mrs Felicia Odeyemi and Mr Olawepo Joseph who benefited from the surgical operations bare their minds on  the support they received  from this humanitarian worker.

Gisela Jarrar now back in Germany challenged Nigerians, regardless of financial status on the need to contribute their quota to support the less privilege saying it is a way to establish  equitable social order.

The social worker who described Nigerians as warm and friendly added that true service to God is indeed service to humanity.



Legal access should be encouraged in the protection of the child
May 5, 2013, 2:18 pm
Filed under: Orphan and Vulnerable Children | Tags: , ,

The Primary Consideration in all actions concerning Children whther undertaken by public or private social welfare institution, courts of law and administration, according to Convention on the rights of the Child requires that the best interest of the Child is the primary consideraton.

This report takes a look at ways abuse against the child can properly be protected through access to justice.

Many a times Children suffer all sorts of abuses including Sexual exploitation, Trafficking and sale, Harmful traditional practices,Violence, neglect and Child labour.

These abuses most times, escape the wrath of the law, thereby embolden the perpetrators and provide encouragement for others to inflict other abuses.

To check mate this trend stakeholders have called for measures that will promote the interest of the child on legal matters.

A Judge of the family court in Akwa Ibom State, Justice Joy Unwana expresses delight that though civil societies working on the Child Protection  are passionate about their work, they need ts o upgrade their knowledge on the framework of the law.

Another Legal practitioner of the Abia state Ministry of Justice and Chairperson of International Federation of women Lawyers, in the State, Barrister Chibuzor Ehiemere points out that security agencies have a lot to do to ensure that proper invetigation are carried out to prove cases beyond reasonable doubt.

In her submission, A member of the Osun state child protection network, Deputy Suprintendent of Police, Mrs Funke Fawole urges civil societies to network properly with security agencies and make use of help lines.

Mrs Fawole added that for access to Justice againt child abuse to be ahieved there was the needs prompt investigation.



Man aged 34, raped an 11 years old girl
April 27, 2013, 5:13 am
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A middle aged man, Nurudeen Alabeloye, aged thirty four has been reported to have defile an eleven years old girl in Ikire, Osun state.

The suspect, father of three, now in police net at the criminal Investigation Department in Osogbo, the Osun state capital is a native
of Ikire and a motor boy with a tipper driver.

Alabeloye allegedly committed the act when the teenager hawking petty stuff went to collect thirty naira owed her by the wife of the suspects.

Newsmen visited the defile child at the emergency unit of Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo where she is receiving treatment for vaginal laceration and second. degree assault files reports that the child is responding to treatment.

Narrating her ordeal in the hand of Nurudeen Alabeloye, the young girl in primary five in a public school in Osun state explained that after she collected thirty naira owes by the man’s wife, alabeloye demanded that she wanted to buy biscuits.

The young girl explained that after the transaction, she set to leave when Alabeloye grabbed her from the back and forcefully dragged her into a room where the man forced her way leading to profuse discharge of blood.

With the uncontrollable flow of blood the damage done on the teenager dawned on him and Alabeloye plotted a way to cover up by giving her a tin of milk and
Paracetamol.

As this effort proved abortive he tried a deal with a local hospital but the health officers in accessing the damage make referals to the state hospital in Ikire before she was eventually transfered to Ladoke Akintola Teaching Hospital Osogbo for proper treatment.

Speaking on the development, the mother of the defiled teenager explained that she was troubled when her girl did not show up on time until some neighour came to inform her that her daughter has been defiled.

The woman added that it took assistance of neighour to prevent the suspects from running away.

The suspect, Nurudeen Alabeloye who burst into tears when he was to be interviewed said it was a spell of evil forces.

Reacting to the incidence the Osun state Secretary Child Protection Network, Mrs Omolade Yesufu who described the incident as a callous one pointed out that justice must be allowed to take its full course.

She urged parents especially women to always be on guard.



Nigeria crucial to success of Child Protection Support Networks in Africa.
April 16, 2013, 4:30 pm
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Success of Nigeria in the protection of the child has been described as strategic to achievement of global benchmark for development.

A UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Ms Agnes Chan made this known in Lagos while addressing participants at the on going National planning meeting of Child Protection Network across the country.

Ms Chan who said Nigeria being the most populous country in Africa hold has crucial role to play to ensure that the the future of the chid is secure.

While commending stakeholders for building a frame work that will advance the interest of the child, Ms Chan assured the gathering that time and resources spent on the child will go along way to make a difference at making the child who they ought to be.

The over one hundred participants drawn from government, non governmental organisations and professional groups had earlier in the day deliberated on key issues roles of stakeholders and appropriate strategies to meet the Child need.

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Help line for Nigerian Child Underway
April 15, 2013, 7:32 pm
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A  National help line to protect the interest of the Nigeria child is under way.

The help line to be put in place with the partnership of Unicef Nigeria and Ministry of Communication will serve as rapid response on matters of Child protection.

Chief Protection Officer, Unicef Nigeria, Ms  Nzoriko Zumi made this known in Lagos at national meeting on the child Protection Network.

Addressing stakeholders from all the state of the federation, Ms Izumi stressed the need to evolve Strategies that will strengthen the operation of the network.

The Chief Unicef Officer pointed out the need for CPN members to  also fashion ways to overcome challenges of resource mobilisation.

In a remark the Acting Zonal Coordinator, National Human Rights Commission, kano Mrs Hanwa Jauro who noted that the commissioned is concerned about child rights urged stakeholders to influence policy makers to influence the adoption and implementation of Child Acts Rights.

Also sharing her experience Mrs Joy Unwana of the Akwa Ibom Ministry of Justice described CPN as a catalyst for the Protection of the Child saying with increased  capacity building members of the network across the nation  will  accomplish better  result.

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The three day meeting with stakeholders from different background and  professional groups in  attendance will reflect on the strategy of the moment with  view to taking Child protection Network across the Country to the next level.



ICT, Nigeria makes case for improved Bandwith service
April 5, 2013, 10:09 am
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Experts on Information Communication Technology  wants Federal government to scale up intervention in the sector so that the nation will full advantage of the digital age.

Though the nation has made leap in ICT, Stakeholders expressed worry over the poor level of bandwidth.

With the coming  of  GSM in  the country twelve  years ago, the nations socio -  economic life  has witnessed significant change and development.
     
Today the nation ranked 12th in the world with over 95 million mobile cellular penetration and, forty five million people have access to the internet.

In spite of this stride, the nation ranked 167, One of the lowest in internet host with a figure of over one thousand.

A communication expert, Mr Tayo Adewusi who described Nigeria as the fastest growing market in I CT expressed  the need for the nation to strive towards the attainment of efficient services.

In a separate interview, a space scientist, Miss Erinfolami Funmilayo who enumerated the advantages of technology to include better services in health, education, agriculture, communication and security also expressed displeasure that the nation was yet to get the best due to infrastructural challenges and non deployment of available facilities.

Another Osun state based I CT expert, Mr. Ani Samuel buttressed that though the nation was making progress, urgent effort was needed, at ensuring that the nation get the best deal

Corroborating the need for the country  to take its place in digital age, the Deputy Director, African Regional Center for Space Science and Technology Education, Ile -  Ife ,  Osun State, Mrs Lami Ali- Fadiora pointed out that government engaggement of private sector among other initiative will make a difference.

Available record from world bank indicates that expenditure in the Information Communication Technology in Nigeria,   stood at over 100 billion,  stakeholders uanimously agreed that more investment and sound regulation will fasttrack the country stride of becoming a full fledge  Information Society.



World Oral Health Day: Experts Task Regulatory agencies on Appropriate Fluoride in Tooth Paste.

World Oral Health Day.

As Nigerians join the rest of the world to mark the World Oral Health Day, Experts have called on regulatory agencies to ensure that tooth paste formula contained the appropriate  amount of fluoride necessary for the maintenance of healthy oral hygiene.

They also called for the adoption of healthy oral hygiene practices including use of fluoride containing tooth paste, brushing of teeth twice daily after breakfast and dinner, avoid intake of refined carbohydrate in between meals and at least once a year visit to dentist for medical check up.

This report looks at the significance of the day and oral hygiene to healthy living.

World Oral Health day is an annual celebration marked every twentieth of march to remind the citizens the critical role healthy teeth, gum, and mouth play in the health of the whole body.

The celebration also offer the dental and oral health community a platform for action to prevent epidemic of carries, gum diseases and tooth loss as well as the maintenance of solid dentition for life.

Speaking on the significance of the day, the vice dean faculty of dentistry, Obafemi Awolowo University,  Ile – Ife,  Dr. Ayodeji  Esan who noted that quality of life can not be separated from healthy oral hygiene expressed concern at the level of ignorance about oral diseases

Dr.  Ayodeji who stressed the need  for regular tooth brush using tooth paste that contained flouride however called on regulatory agencies to step up measures that will protect the citizens from sub standard oral hygiene products

In her contribution, a Child Dental Expert, at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Dr. Morenike Ukpong who also emphasised the importance of regular brushing of teeth said the faculty will use the occassion to provide free dental check up for the people.

Another expert, Dr. Eseoghene Efetie from Glaxo Smithklines, Lagos spoke on the need being for individual to accord priority in care of the mouth as it raises facial profile and physical well being.

The theme of this year Oral Health Day is healthy teeth  for healthy living.



Abstinence, a good option to avoid risk of HIV
February 12, 2013, 2:04 am
Filed under: health, Orphan and Vulnerable Children | Tags: , , ,

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Self discipline and practice of  abstinence have been identified as ways  to avoid risk associated with early sexual intercourse among the youths.

These risk includes,  unwanted pregnancy, abortion, distractions from academics, sexually transmitted diseases and HIV- AIDS·

This report look at benefits of abstinence in youths development.

Abstinence is refraining from or not engaging in any form of sexual intercourse.

It is said to be  natural, prevents unwanted pregnancy, STI’s and HIV/AIDS, and does not lead to abnormality of body function.

A social worker in Ilesa Osun State, Mr. Onibokun Alexandra  who noted that youths nowadays are faced with enormous challenges ranging from peer pressures, poverty and sexuality said the society is under moral obligation to show them the way.

Mr. Onibokun while stressing that there are other forms of protections including use of condoms, non sharing of sharp objects, pointed out that any  youth that yield to proper guidance stand the chance of  becoming  a well rounded, balanced and productive citizen.

A school teacher in Irepodun High School, in Erin Oke, Oriade Local Government of Osun state, Mr. Abimbola Olutayo
highlighted the advantages of abstinence especially when embraced by youths.
Two secondary school pupils who acknowledged that youths are vulnerable to infection of sexually transmitted diseases such  HIV due to their  adventurous nature  to seek new experiences, endorsed that doctrine of abstinence is the best bet for them.

The pupils however called for regular training in schools in  order to raise the level of awareness of  young ones on risk associated with early sexual intercourse as well as HIV-AIDS




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