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The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has reiterated the importance of good health of citizens to development, saying that it is integral to its mandate to facilitate regional sustainable development.

Speaking at the flag-off of the distribution of vaccines, cold chains and other related medical equipment to all the nine states of the Niger Delta region at the Rivers State Primary Health Care Management Board, Port Harcourt, the NDDC Interim Administrator, Mr. Efiong Akwa, stated that “no community, country or society can fully realize its potential and promise, unless the best of its public health system, as well as the health of its people, is protected and promoted.”

He said that the typhoid vaccines were very important for safeguarding the health of the people of the Niger Delta region in particular and Nigerians, in general.

Akwa noted: “In the year 2020, the World Health Organization, WHO, reported that the number of persons who died as a result of typhoid fever and hepatitis were in excess of 4.5 million people. That is why as an interventionist agency we have decided to contribute in this aspect of the lives of the people.”

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The NDDC Chief Executive Officer stated that in pursuit of its mandate, the Commission had continued “to support the Niger Delta states in their drive to address the health concerns and interests of the people of the region.”

According to him, the Commission is distributing vaccines that are relevant in addressing vaccines-preventable diseases of public health importance in the region such as the Hepatitis B and Typhoid vaccines.

He stressed: “The vaccines are free of charge and we have sufficient stock to go round the states.”

Akwa thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for facilitating the procurement and distribution of the medical items by authorising the release of funds to the NDDC. He also commended the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, for directing the Commission to pay special attention to health matters.

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He remarked that the Commission recently concluded a quick-impact intervention programme of vaccination against Cholera in Rivers, Bayelsa and Delta States and areas prone to flooding and outbreaks of cholera during the rainy season.

Akwa noted: “With the availability of vaccines comes the need for their proper preservation and storage. This underpins the commissions efforts at strengthening regional cold chain facilities for vaccine preservation through the donation of Porka Walk-in Cold Rooms and Solar Direct-drive Refrigerators in the Niger Delta states.”

The donation of these items are aimed at augmenting existing provisions, and further addressing the challenges of vaccine wastages from inadequate preservation and storage conditions in the region.

Receiving the vaccines and equipment, the Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Prof Princewill Chike, thanked the NDDC for what he described as a laudable programme for the health sector.

He said: “The vaccines and cold chain equipment are very important for the health of our people. The vaccines are meant to make people well and the Rivers State Government does not play with health matters. We all recognise the fact that health is wealth.”

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The health commissioner advised the NDDC to always liaise with the State Government so as not to duplicate efforts in the sector, urging the Commission not to relent in assisting in the health sector. We have medical schools and teaching hospitals, we will like the NDDC to also contribute to the growth of these institutions, he said.

Giving details of the medical equipment, the NDDC Director Health and Social Services, Engr. Ukeme Nkamare, said the items included Porka walk-in cold rooms, solar direct drive refrigerators, healthcare waste incinerators, among others.

In addition to these items, he said that the Commission also donated 54 Rapid Test machines for COVID-19; PCR Machines (fast accurate compact machines) with accessories, laptops for analysis, hand sanitizers, Personal Protection Equipment, PPE and Lassa fever kits to the nine states.

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Akeredolu: 124,817 Pregnant Women Living With HIV In Ondo

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Ondo Government, yesterday, said no fewer than 124,817 pregnant women have tested positive for HIV between 2017 till date in the state.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu disclosed this at the launch of HIV Treatment Surge campaign in the state organized by APIN Public Health Initiatives in collaboration with CDC Nigeria and United States government. He said out of the infected pregnant women, 926 have accessed elimination of Mother-To-Child-Transmission of the disease..

He expressed the readiness of his administration to rid the state of HIV/AIDS.

The governor, represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mrs Oladunni Odu said the launch of HIV treatment surge campaign was another first of its kind in the state.

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The governor also disclosed that almost two million condom caplets had been distributed in the state since 2017 till date.

“Our government places premium on improved living standard of our people, where they live, work and play. It is our avowed determination to put a stop to all forms of preventable morbidity and mortality.

“The HIV pandemic requires us to open our eyes and not dismiss HIV infection as someone else issue. It requires us to open our arms to people living with HIV and give them our solidarity and support. I call on all international partners, Civil Society Organizations, religious bodies and other stakeholders to continue to join hands with government in order to achieve the ultimate goal.

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“As a people-oriented government, we shall continue to provide the enabling social and policy environment to facilitate HIV/AIDS intervention programmes,” he added.

U.S Consul General in Nigeria, Claire Pierangelo said the programme is helping to identify people living with HIV and place those identified on free life-saving treatment.

Pierangelo urged the Ondo State government to eliminate all fees charged by healthcare facilities for nonessential services.

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The National Association of Resident Doctors has suspended its ten days old strike.

The National President of the Association, Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, confirmed this in a chat with Vanguard on Saturday.

He said the strike was suspended due to their responsibility to Nigerians and that the Federal government had met some of their demands.

According to him, the strike was suspended after a series of long hours of meetings with various stakeholders in the health sector.

“We have suspended the strike to show our patriotism to Nigerians. The government has met some of our demands and they have assured us that all our needs will be met. We are working on a press statement to that effect.

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“Tomorrow we will be having a press conference,” he stated.

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“Who Marriage Help?” Uche Ogbodo Advises Unmarried Women

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“Who Marriage Help?” Uche Ogbodo Asks As She Advices Unmarried Women Above 30 To Have Their Kids Rather Than Abort.

In A Lengthy Video Posted To Her IG, The Actress Spoke About Her First Pregnancy At 27 And Her Current One Now That She’s 34.

She Said She Doesn’t Regret Having Her First Child, Who Is Now 6, Or This One She’s Pregnant With.

She Added That Abortion Is Against Her Beliefs As A Catholic, Then Said It’s Silly For A Woman Above 30 To Have An Abortion Because She’s Waiting For Marriage.

She Advised Women To Have Their Kids, Rather Than Wait Till They Are No Longer Fertile Because They Want To Get Married First.

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She Went On To Reveal That Marriage Doesn’t Favour Everyone And Gave An Example With An Old Acquaintance Who No Longer Looks Beautiful Since She Got Married.

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