Kaduna Govt. To Train Midwives On Obstetric Scanning

kaduna_749193780The Kaduna state government is set to train midwives to operate obstetric scanning, in order to increase access to quality healthcare services to women and children.

The state Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Paul Dogo, made the announcement at the 14th Biennial Nursing Leaders Conference held in Kaduna.

He said the government is in strong partnership with development partners towards tackling the major causes of maternal and under five mortality, reduction of disease burden in the population and improving health status of all residents.

One of such programmes, according to the Commissioner is the revitalization of the Primary Healthcare system.

While calling on the leaders of the Nursing profession to peruse excellence, professionalism and development of nursing education and practice that will place them at par with their counterparts in the rest of the world; he cautioned them to ensure that they do not fail the next generation; saying “Pass on the Barton to them well”

“We have adopted the Primary Healthcare (PHC) per political ward strategy, and have therefore identified 255 PHCs that are currently undergoing expansion and renovation.

“Contracts have been awarded to GE Health to equip the 255 PHCs with equipment such as the V-Scan.

“Midwives will be trained to do obstetric scanning in order to increase access to quality healthcare services to our women and children.

“To consolidate the gains of our polio free status since November 2012, we are strengthening routine immunization across the State.

“The cold chain gap is being addressed, more cold stores have been built and other cold chain equipment such as the Solar direct driven refrigerators have been bought waiting to be deployed to all the 255 PHCs once the upgrade is completed.

“The Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital Kaduna has been given approval to recruit 160 Nurses and Ministry of Health to recruit 1000 Nurses and Midwives to ensure effective provision of health care in the State.

“To further reduce maternal mortality and morbidity in the state, the government has given approval for the re-introduction of community Midwifery and is working hard towards raising the accreditation status of our Colleges of Nursing and Midwifery, to increase skilled birth attendants in our clinics and hospitals,” the commissioner stated.
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Kaduna Partners With Bill Gates, China On Primary Healthcare, Agriculture

NPHCDA Decries Poor Primary Healthcare FundingThe Kaduna State Government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have signed an agreement that will strengthen Primary Health Care service delivery and polio eradication drive in the state.

At a meeting between the parties, Vice President of the Foundation, Mrs Melinda Gates, said the partnership was aimed at ensuring the total eradication of polio and other child killer diseases in Africa.

She assured Governor Nasir El-Rufai that the foundation was committed to helping Nigeria address the problems of maternal and child mortality through funding and technical support.

“This new strategic partnership on health and governance, will advance the implementation and transformation of primary health care system in Kaduna State and build upon ongoing support by the foundation for polio eradication, routine immunisation, family planning as well as maternal and child health services,” Mrs Gates said.

The Kaduna State Commissioner for Health, Dr Paul Dogo, told the Foundation that the state government was optimistic that the partnership would strengthen Primary Health Care in rural areas, to address the constant increase in mortality rates especially of mothers and children.

“The agreement underscores the present administration’s commitment to improving access to affordable and qualitative healthcare services to the people as well as reducing maternal and infant mortality rates in the state.

Kaduna, just like other states in Nigeria is faced with the challenges of lack of adequate healthcare facilities coupled with high rate if maternal and child deaths.

“With this partnership between the state government and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, it is expected that Primary Health Care Systems’ service delivery would be strengthened.

In another meeting with the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Zhou Pingjian, the state government established partnership with China in the area of agriculture.

The Chinese Ambassador assured the governor of his country’s determination to invest in the areas of Agriculture and manufacturing in Kaduna State.

He explained that his visit to the governor was to explore areas of collaboration between Kaduna State and the Republic of China.

The Ambassador told Channels Television that the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Government of the People’s Republic of China is committed in strengthening the longstanding bilateral relationship and cooperation between the two countries through huge investment in the manufacturing industry such as textile production and mechanised agriculture.

 

Kaduna, GE Sign Agreement To Equip Healthcare Facilities

lassa feverThe Kaduna State government and global corporate giant, General Electric have signed an agreement to equip 278 healthcare facilities across the state.

At a ceremony held to mark the commencement of the programme in the northern state, the President of GE Healthcare in charge of Africa, Farid Fezoua, said the essence was to create an innovative healthcare system that would reduce preventable child-maternal deaths in Kaduna State.

According to him, under the partnership, GE will equip 255 primary health centres with modern medical facilities along with 23 general hospitals across the state.

The company will also provide training for healthcare professionals and a three-year maintenance agreement for the equipment.

He said the training would cover technical and clinical skills while the equipment maintenance would be managed by strong local team of biomedical engineers.

Bringing the latest medical technologies to Kaduna, Mr Fezoua said the initiative would be implemented through a localised delivery model developed specifically for Kaduna State.

“The heart monitoring devices will address cardiovascular screening issues and improve the management of high blood pressure, cholesterol or high blood glucose. GE’s basic cardiac screening device connect hearts to digital ECG, helping clinicians test more patients in less time,” Mr Fezoua explained.

Mr Fezoua further told reporters that the scheme would include bringing four of the nine GE Healthcare technologies listed in the World Health Organizations Compendium of Innovative Technologies that will provide access to antenatal screenings, obstetric scanning, essential new born care, cardiac screening and anaesthesia.

The new multi-year partnership between the Kaduna State Ministry of Health and GE Healthcare is designed to expand primary and referral care services as well as building capacity at 255 primary healthcare centres and 23 secondary healthcare hospitals across the state.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai, who was represented at the event by his Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Paul Dogo, said the partnership with GE would help to improve standards of maternal and infant care, implant safer surgical standards and raise the capacity for disease prevention and infection control.

“The Kaduna State Government is seeking better health outcomes for its people. This partnership with GE will accelerate the development of our health facilities and equip them to deliver better services.

“The equipment, technologies and training our state is getting under this partnership will help to improve standards of maternal and infant care, implant safer surgical standards and raise our capacity for disease prevention and infection control,” he told reporters.

“The multi-year partnership between Kaduna State and GE will increase access to essential technologies for better maternal and infant care, heart screenings to tackle the rise of cardiovascular illnesses and improved care during surgeries,”

Other stakeholders at the event, including representatives of UNICEF and Kaduna State House of Assembly, commended the gesture by GE in boosting qualitative healthcare for citizens of the state and the assurance of its support towards achieving the state’s healthcare objective.

GE is a world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive.

Presently, GE Healthcare is partnering with the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health, the United States Agency for International Development and other stakeholders to create an innovative healthcare system that will reduce preventable child-maternal deaths in Nigeria.

The programme in Kaduna will deliver at least one refitted hospital in each of the 255 wards in the state.

Kaduna Targets Three Million Children For Polio Immunization

PolioThe Kaduna State Government has urged parents to present their children under the age of five for immunization against polio or face prosecution.

Speaking to Channels Television on the ongoing vaccination exercise, the State Commissioner for Health Services, Dr Paul Dogo, said that the door-to-door immunization campaign is aimed at ensuring that Kaduna is free from polio and other child killer diseases.

While reminding parents that the vaccination is compulsory, Dr Dogo emphasized that the aim is to ensure that at least three million children across the 23 local government areas of the state are immunized during the exercise.

He also said that a team had been deployed to work with officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps at partial roadblocks to vaccinate children on transit along the highways.

Kaduna state last recorded an outbreak of polio in 2012.

Since then, the state government had embarked on series of campaigns to ensure that the disease is completely wiped out of the state.

A major challenge being faced by health officials, however, is the unwillingness of some parents to allow their children to be immunized.

While commending parents, religious and traditional institutions in the state for their support in previous immunization campaigns, the Commissioner said that government would not tolerate a situation where the laxity of some parents expose their children to a bleak future.

Lassa Fever: Doctors Blame Negligence For Spread

Lassa feverMedical practitioners at the Lassa Fever Research Centre at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Edo State, have said that Lassa fever has been spreading in the country because authorities have not given the disease the attention it requires.

According to doctors at the institute, although Lassa fever is endemic in Nigeria, it has largely been ignored.

“Since 1969, Lassa fever became known as a clinical entity and now we are in 2016 many people are still not aware, the drugs are still largely unavailable, and vaccines are not available unlike other diseases that have had serious attention,” one of the doctors said.

Asides highlighting funding as a big challenge, the officials who conducted Channels Television round the foremost and only Lassa fever research institute in the country have asked the government to set up more diagnostic centres across the country.

“Since 2007, we have been making a case repeatedly for the establishment of centres of this nature in the other geopolitical zones or health zones in the country because Nigeria is a vast country.

“You don’t want a situation where patients with viral haemorrhagic fevers – Lassa fever are managed in ordinary wards and facilities. You want dedicated facilities for them.

“As we speak, sadly, I am not aware that these centre have attained any stage for replication elsewhere in the country,” said Professor George Akpede.

The idea for the Lassa Fever Research Centre in Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital was born after a family in Ekpoma, also in Edo State was almost wiped out by the disease.

The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Sylvannus Okogbenin, said that the disease was endemic in Ekpoma and many other communities in Edo State.

“We think it is endemic in Ekpoma. It may also be endemic in many other communities in Nigeria but if there is no index of suspicion or if tests have not been done in that community, you may not know what is causing the fevers and the deaths,” he said.

Since November 2015, 19 positive cases have been confirmed at the laboratory in the research centre.

The Edo State government has confirmed that one person has died from Lassa fever disease.

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Heregie Aihanuwa, said that the dead person was among the five persons that were brought to the Irrua Specialist Hospital for showing symptoms of Lassa fever disease.

Lassa Fever Leaves One Person Dead In Edo

lassa feverThe Edo State government has confirmed that one person has died from Lassa fever disease.

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Heregie Aihanuwa, said that the dead person was among the five persons that were brought to the Irrua Specialist Hospital for showing symptoms of Lassa fever disease.

Dr. Aihanuwa explained that three out of the six infected persons were treated and discharged, adding that the deceased victim did not report her sickness early enough.

According to the commissioner, all cases of Lassa fever are treated in isolation wards in specialized centres such as institute of Lassa fever research and control at the Irrua Specialist Hospital.

Doctors Blame Negligence For Spread

Meanwhile, medical practitioners at the Lassa Fever Research Centre at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital have said that disease has been spreading in the country because authorities have not given the disease the attention it requires.

Asides highlighting funding as a big challenge, the officials who conducted Channels Television round the foremost and only Lassa fever research institute in the country are asking the government to set up more diagnostic centres across the country.

“Since 2007, we have been making a case repeatedly for the establishment of centres of this nature in the other geopolitical zones or health zones in the country because Nigeria is a vast country.

“As we speak, sadly, I am not aware that these centre have attained any stage for replication elsewhere in the country,” said Professor George Akpede.

Lassa Fever: Kaduna Govt. Enlightens Residents On Personal, Environmental Hygiene

lassa feverThe Kaduna State Government says it has stepped up its surveillance system to prevent Lassa fever outbreak in the state.

The Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Health, Dr Paul Dogo, who announced this while briefing reporters, claimed that the state government has trained its health workers in all the 23 local governments on how to identify and report any suspected case of Lassa fever.

He said that the state government has also procured necessary equipment to help in early detection of the disease, as well as designated a facility to be used as an isolation centre should any case be recorded.

Dr Dogo advised residents to avoid contact with rats and observe good personal and environmental hygiene to prevent the spread of Lassa fever. He also admonished them to dispose their waste properly and clean the environment so that rats would not be attracted.

The Permanent Secretary also explained some of the early symptoms of the disease which occur within three weeks of coming in contact with the virus. They include fever, headache, chills, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, sore throat, backache, and joint pains.

He urged the public to report any case of the symptoms to the nearest health centre.

There have been reported cases of Lassa fever outbreak in some states such as Taraba, Niger, Nassarawa, Bauchi, Kano, Rivers and Edo, leaving some people dead and others hospitalised.