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Over 1,000 Benefit As Ear Care Centre Takes 2-day Medical Outreach To Kaduna Communities

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The National Ear Care Centre Kaduna has on Thursday November 10, concluded a two-day 2021 Free Medical Outreach in two communities in Kaduna metropolis.

The communities are Rigasa, Igabi Local Government Area held on Wednesday and Kakuri Gwari in Kaduna South LGA held on Thursday.

At Rigasa on Wednesday, the outreach which was held at the LEA Primary School Lokoja Road, had about 500 patients as beneficiaries.

In Kakuri Gwari, the Primary Healthcare Centre venue, saw hundreds flood the area, even before the arrival of the Ear Centre team.

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The intervention also included tests and treatment for malaria, typhoid, blood pressure and sugar level.

Dr. Muhamad Sani Consultant ENT Surgeon and leader of the team, told newsmen in Kakuri on Thursday, that the outreach is an annual ritual of the centre.

Over 1,000 Benefit As Ear Care Centre Takes 2-day Medical Outreach To Kaduna Communities

“We are here for a free medical outreach, a programmer the centre undertakes annually in areas where there are no medical facilities and residents are low income earners, to benefit from ENT diagnosis and treatment.

“Our aim is to provide awareness and provide on the site treatment for minor ailments and in all, we are targeting no fewer than 1,000 beneficiaries,” he said.

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Speaking further, he explained that besides their core areas, they included other ailments that are prevalent in communities visited.

“When you go to the area, you find several ilneses due to the tropical nature.

“We provided test kits for malaria and blood sugar, in addition to ENT consultancy for free,” he added.

He explained that they have up to 50 personnel, including doctors, nurses, audiologist and medical health record personnel on ground, in ensuring its success.

He advised the general public to take care of their health by preventing issues that lead to complications.

“It’s important for people to know they should avoid loud noise and self medication, which lead to hearing loss,” he advised.

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A beneficiary, Miss Ruth Peter, a secondary school student, said that she was grateful for the gesture.

“I have been experiencing hearing loss for a while, which is affecting my studies, with what they have done for me, already I am feeling better,” she said.

It was gathered that the medical outreach was solely financed by federal government, through Ear Care Centre.

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The Federal Government has approved booster shots of the COVID vaccine for Nigerians who are fully vaccinated.

This was disclosed on Friday in a statement by Mohammad Ohitoto, spokesman for the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).

According to the statement, eligible Nigerians are to visit health centres and mass vaccination sites from December 10 to get their booster dose.

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The ultrastructural morphology exhibited by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China, is seen in an illustration released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. January 29, 2020. Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM/CDC/Handout via REUTERS

Zimbabwe reported a sharp rise in coronavirus infections Friday despite measures to stem the spread of the virus, a day after it identified its first case of the new Omicron variant.

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It announced 1 042 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, compared to just around 20 two weeks ago.

Covid19: Zimbabwe’s cases spike despite strict measures

After South Africa alerted the world to the new strain of Covid last week, dozens of countries imposed travel bans on southern Africa, including Zimbabwe.

South Africa led a chorus of criticism over the bans, but Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa instead imposed his own restrictions.

On Tuesday, he required a 10-day quarantine for all arrivals in the country, extended a night-time curfew, and required proof of vaccination to visit bars or clubs.

But one case of Omicron was confirmed Thursday, and infections are soaring.

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The country has limited health surveillance systems, and the huge jump in cases has alarmed authorities.

Zimbabwe has reported 136 379 Covid-19 infections since March 2020, including 4 707 deaths.

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4,531 Sex Workers Undergo HIV Treatment, Counseling In Ogun

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The Ogun State Agency for the Control of AIDS has said 4,531 female sex workers have undergone HIV/AIDS testing and counselling in the state.

The agency also said it has been going to correctional facilities in the state to test inmates for HIV and counsel them on the prevention of the disease.

The Executive Secretary of OGSACA, Kehinde Fatungase, said this on Monday at a briefing to mark the 2021 World AIDS Day in Abeokuta.

Fatungase said, “25,554 out of 38,093 estimated numbers of people living with HIV/AIDS in the state are currently receiving treatment while 25,136 are on antiretroviral therapy. 4,531 female sex workers have undergone HIV/AIDS testing and counselling in the state.”

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He noted that the state was embarking on aggressive community testing, counselling and campaign to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS by 95 per cent by 2030.

Fatungase, however, attributed low level of literacy, poverty, drug abuse and gender-based violence, as factors contributing to the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the state.

The Executive Secretary of OGSACA who spoke on the theme of the event, ‘End Inequalities, End Pandemic, End AIDS,’ disclosed that the anti-stigma bill for people living with HIV/AIDS when passed into law would not only protect the rights of HIV/AIDS patients but also reduce discrimination against them.

4,531 Sex Workers Undergo HIV Treatment, Counseling In Ogun

He said it was unfortunate that the stigmatisation against people living with HIV/AIDS had made the campaign against the spread of the disease difficult.

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“Division, disparity and disregard for human rights are among the failures that allowed HIV to become and remain a global health crisis.

“The medicine, information and prevention tools are simply not reaching the people who need them most. We need a new approach that reduces the inequalities that drive the AIDS epidemic and puts people at the centre, prioritising human rights, respect and dignity,” Fatungase said.

The South-West Coordinator of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, Ronke Adeoye disclosed that Ogun State had 1.6 per cent, the highest prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS among the states in the region.

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