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AKSG INAUGURATES LONG LASTING INSECTICIDE NETS CAMPAIGN COORDINATING NETWORK (LCCN) FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF 2021 LLINS REPLACEMENT.

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As part of her commitment to roll back malaria and to attaining of Zero Malaria in the Health Sector, the Akwa Ibom State Government has officially commenced the implementation of 2021 Nets Campaign Coordinating Network (LCCN) for Long Lasting Insecticide Nets replacement.

The State Commissioner for Health, Prof Augustine Vincent Umoh, who performed the inauguration ceremony at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Health, stated that for a successful campaign they should follow the national guidelines as the coordinating body for the 2021 LLINs campaign which is why they are gathering here as stakeholders.

The Commissioner reiterated that, Malaria remains a public health concern both in Nigeria and the African region. And that Nigeria a lone contributed about 25% of malaria cases worldwide, which is the highest among the nineteenth Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Commissioner noted that, with these strategic measures of fighting malaria in the Country, this means it can be eliminated in Nigeria. Which also translate to the elimination of malaria in African Continent.

He said to reduce the burden of malaria in the Country the campaign team should emphasize the need to continue using of the Long Lasting Insecticide Nets (LLINs) which have been proven to be evidence based Anti-Malaria intervention.

The health boss, applauded the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Deacon Udom Gabriel Emmanuel for his development agenda on the health sector, he explained that the state in collaboration with the National Malaria Elimination Programme of the Federal Ministry of Health, President’s Malaria Initiative along side with other partners have concluded plans to distribute over 3.7 million LLINS. Which would be donated by “Against Malaria Foundation” a non-governmental organisation based in United kingdom to help achieve the Malaria Elimination goal of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

He urged the coordinating body to work out modalities to ensure that the project would be carryout successfully. And promised to chair the committee for effective delivery of the project for Akwa Ibom people.

Earlier the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Dr. Patrick Essiet in his welcome address averred that the use of LLINs is the standardize method has been adopted globally by the World Health Organization (WHO) and by the Federal Government for intervention process.
He explained that the need for replacement is because the efficacy of the LLINs reduces after 3-5 years.

He advocate for mass campaign to help in ensuring that every households are reach quickly within a short possible time. He however said the activity comes with its challenges of resource mobilization, security, logistics, health promotion and advocacy issues.

He thanked the LCCN for their fundamental role in ensuring that the activity is achieved so as to eradicate malaria in Akwa Ibom State.

Also in attendance were stakeholders from different sectors and NGOs.

Information Unit
Ministry of Health

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HOW A 29 YEAR OLD WANNA BE DOCTOR DEFRAUDS HIS MUM, OTHERS, BY CLAIMING TO BE A MEDICAL DOCTOR

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Police operatives in Akwa Ibom State have arrested a 29-year-old man, Samuel Isaac Jumbo, for allegedly defrauding his mother and unsuspecting members of the public by posing as a medical doctor.

It was gathered that the suspect was arrested following a tip-off on November 30, 2021, at an hotel in Nnung Oku village, Ibesikpo Asutan LGA.

The command’s spokesperson, Odiko Macdon, in a statement on Friday, December 3, said Jumbo claimed to be a Medical Doctor attached to the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH).

“During interrogation, the suspect confessed to the crime and stated that he is not a Medical Doctor as claimed. In his confessional statement, he stated that in 2015, he told his mother that he had gotten admission into the University of Lagos to study Medicine, since then, he has collected various sums of money from her.

He further stated that on 3/11/2021, he told his mother that he was going for National Youth Service ( NYSC ) at Rivers State and collected the sum of N200k for accommodation from her after she had bought a lot of household items for him.

He took the money and items, came down to Uyo, squandered it and continue to deceive unsuspecting members of the Public and the hotel management that he was a Medical Doctor.

To convince the public, he will dress up or carry his lab coat, use a bolt cab to UUTH Abak Road, after loitering around for a while, he goes back to his hotel room to continue his dubious activities.
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FORMER PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN COMMISSIONS 117 YEAR OLD AKWA IBOM HOSPITAL REMODELLED BY GOV. UDOM

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The dream of an improved healthcare delivery system for the people of Ikot Ekpene local government in Akwa Ibom State has finally been realised with the unveiling of a state of the arts modern secondary hospital and referral center for the area.

The 117 years old Ikot Ekpene General Hospital which had suffered years of neglect and dilapidation, was an eyesore until Governor Emmanuel commenced intervention exercise last year.

At the inauguration ceremony which attracted former President Goodluck Jonathan, Governor Udom Emmanuel assured the people of the state of his committment to the upgrading and reconstruction of healthcare facilities, security of lives and property and manpower development.

He said his administration believes that these three fundamental elements determine and shape the social contract and have tackled these crucial areas with “messianic zeal and the results are there for any discerning or dispassionate mind and eye to see.”

Governor Emmanuel, who was represented by his deputy, Mr Moses Ekpo, expressed gratitude to the former president for honouring his invite.

“We are grateful that President Jonathan, consented to helping commission the Phase 1 of our reconstructed General Hospital, Ikot Ekpene, which has facilities that are comparable to any such center, anywhere in the world.

“The commissioning of this General Hospital is a fulfilment of a campaign promise I made, to establish world class secondary health care facilities (general hospitals) in all Ten Federal Constituencies in the State.

“With today’s event, we have completed and commissioned to the glory of God, all but one, Ikot Abasi, which work is on-going”, he added.

He further said that his goal is to build a future for a new Akwa Ibom State, where industrialisation, infrastructure, human capital development, healthcare and soft infrastructure will put the state on the spotlight as a reference point on how to utilize the resources available to impact lives and create sustainable growth.

The former President of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Jonathan in his speech lauded the governor for completely redesigning the hospital as part of measures towards providing adequate health care delivery to Akwa Ibomites.

“I’m glad to be here at this time, It’s good we are partnering with NMA as the commence their health week.

“I commend the Governor for refurbishing this hospital and also the security aspect considering the state of security in the country today, the Covid-19 pandemic has also opened the eyes of people that health should not be taken for granted.

He also commended the leadership of Ikot Ekpene for been committed to the development of the area through their cooperation with the Government to protect these enormous projects.

The Commissioner for Health,Prof Augustine Umoh eulogised Governor Emmanuel for giving priority to the health sector while giving insight to facilities in the hospital.

He listed the components to include the newly constructed storey building administration block, emergency unit, out-patient department, more conducive environment, power infrastructure through provision of a new generator and solar energy machines, male wards, female wards, ultrasound, x-rays, pediatric unit, theatres, motorised beds, manpower of over 30 Doctors and still recruiting more.

In their messages of goodwill, the former Senator representing Ikot-Ekpene Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Senator Emmanuel Ibok Essien, and the House of Representatives Member for Ikot Ekpene Federal Constituency, Rt. Hon. Nsikak Ekong and the Chairman of Ikot Ekpene Local Government Council, Hon. Unyime Etim, took turns to eulogise Governor Emmanuel for transforming the once dilapidated hospital to world class standard and for the numerous projects scattered across the Iocal government area.

Hon Nsikak Ekong who recalled his ordeal at the General hospital years back said that when a leader loves his people, the outcome is sustainable development.

” I come from Ikot Ekpene and I know how bad this place was. I remember when my friend had an accident, the emergency unit was bad, if I had left him here, he would have died.

” Thank you for coming to our aid, we will support you till completion, I wish it was possible to do a third term, we would have wanted you to continue.

“When Covid-19 came, the whole country was locked down, most states where erecting tents as isolation centers, but you built a world class isolation center in six weeks.

” Few weeks ago , my aide who dropped me off at the airport was coughing and I asked him, what was wrong and he said he was sick, I told him to run a test and it came out positive, after spending days at a facility in Abuja and with his condition deteriorating, I had him relocated to Akwa Ibom and he was moved to the isolation center at Ituk Mbang and today , Itoro Ekpe is here with me healthy, You have done so much for us”, he said.

Also Speaking the President of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Innocent Ujah expressed excitement over the remodeled medical facility.

“We are here to mark the 2021 NMA Week, we are happy to be part of this process, building and ensuring our people get good medical facilities.
“I’m told that we have refurbished over eight hospitals and this is the ninth.

“We appreciate the people of Ikot Ekpene for their support and also the Former President for coming around. We are flagging off our week, and we are happy to be part of this event”, he added

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Patrick Eshiet, described Governor Emmanuel as a visionary leader, who has brought about enormous development and thanked God for the clement weather.

The Ikot Ekpene General Hospital was established in 1905 by the Methodist Church as a Health Post.

Media Unit,
Govt House, Uyo
Akwa Ibom State
12/10/10

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Soak Onions In Cold Water Overnight And Drink On An Empty Stomach And These Will Happen To You

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Today we bring to you an article on the health benefits of soaking onion in water and drinking same in an empty stomach.

Basically what we shall be doing here is discussing some major benefits of drinking soaked onions on an empty stomach.

To this effect, I made a list of how to go about the preparation, dosage and its health benefits. Please I urge you to pay close attention to the details in case you want to make it yourself.

Methods of Preparation

1. Slice a big onion with its bud into a container or cup.

2. Add cold water according to the quantity of the onions you slice.

3. Leave it open till the next day.

Dosage

a. Ensure you drink on an empty stomach before breakfast in the morning.

Health Benefits of Drinking Onions Water

1. The mixture aids in digestion

2. It improves your texture

3. It helps you to shed some pounds (weight loss).

4. If you have any eye problem of any sort, it reduces it.

5. The mixture helps and boost your immune system.

Packed With Nutrients. Onions are nutrient-dense, meaning they’re low in calories but high in vitamins and minerals. May Benefit Heart Health, Loaded With Antioxidants, Contain Cancer-Fighting Compounds, Help Control Blood Sugar, May Boost Bone Density, Have Antibacterial Properties, may Boost Digestive Health.

Furthermore, onions contain fiber and folic acid, a B vitamin that helps the body make healthy new cells. Onions are healthy whether they’re raw or cooked, though raw onions have higher levels of organic sulfur compounds that provide many benefits, according to the BBC.

No, onion alone won’t keep you in fine shape, but it will help. In addition to limiting your intake of fats and sugars, eating onions can get your blood sugar-and your weight-on the right track. So here is a simple, powerful health-enhancing recommendation: Eat an onion every day.

As any sulfur-rich ingredient, onions and garlic are very heating. They aggravate Pitta on both physical and emotional levels. For someone suffering from acid reflux, ulcers, colitis, heartburn, intestinal inflammation, skin rashes or redness, etc. eating these two substances will make him feel worse.

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