Discuss With The Director of Health, SUG Uniuyo about World Cancer Day

February 4: Cancer Day Awareness Campaign

All is now set for World Cancer Day Sensitization Awareness campaign organized by the Office of Health, Students’ Union Government to consolidate effort by the World Health Organization in the creation of awareness and advocacy of regular examination for early detection and possible treatment with the theme “We Can, I Can”.

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Comr Gabriel Eyo

In an interview with the Director of Health, Comrade Gabriel Eyo on Wednesday, said “the office of the director of health in collaboration with the three health related faculties; Faculties of Clinical Science, Basic Medical Science, and Pharmacy is doing a cancer awareness campaign”. He outlined events to mark World Cancer day to be “from 10am to 12pm there will representatives from each faculty on Uniuyo FM, discussing cancer and its effect on students. By 5pm, there will be candle light walk for those who have died of cancer as well as those who survived”. The walk which is to take center stage from the school’s environs through Ikpa Road, Ikot-Ekpene Road, and Abak Road, will come to a halt in the school’s annex field where the sky lantern will be lighted in honour of survivors and lost ones.

There are said to be over 200 different types of cancer including anal cancer, bladder cancer, bone cancer, cervical cancer, colon cancer, kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer amongst other. Cancer cells are characterized by their ability to divide rapidly and grow (angiogenesis) enabling their spread throughout the body through the blood or lymphatic system, destroying healthy tissue in the process (invasion). Cancer tissue are known to compete with normal tissues for nutrients, their continual proliferation starve normal tissue which consequently affect organs and system of the body in a long run leading to nutritive death.

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Comr. Gabriel Eyo further sited examples of students of the University of Uyo who have died of cancer hence the need for awareness. In his words, “Uniuyo have lost about two students for cancer both of which are Engineering students; one Mr. Idiana Etim who died of skin cancer and in 2013 Ms. Idara died of Leukemia”. The director further buttress the need for cancer awareness “cancer is fast growing in Nigeria, cancer of the prostrate kills faster than HIV or malaria in male and in female, breast cancer is the second largest killer of female in Nigeria.

It’s high time we bring to the knowledge of student this trend in the health sector most especially to give them preventive tips to enable them avoid these cancers

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Mr. Abasino Great, a member of Health Care Committee, office of the Director of Health, SUG lent his voice advocating for early detention through regular examination as the panacea of sudden death due to cancer. In his words “we need to be aware of these cancers and the need for regular checkup by visiting health care facilities.

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NIGERIA HEALTH NEWS

Buhari kicks off revitalisation of 10,000 primary health care centres

Source: The Guardian Newspaper By Chukwuma Muanya (Lagos), Emeka Anuforo, Terhemba Daka and Nkechi Onyediaka-Ugoeze (Abuja) | 11 January 2017

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As part of efforts to reverse the poor health indices and ensure universal health coverage in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari has kicked off the revitalisation of 10,000 primary healthcare centres (PHCs) nationwide, inaugurating Kuchigoro Clinic, Abuja, as a model.
In his address yesterday in Abuja, Buhari said: “The first phase of this approach is what we are kicking off today (yesterday). It signals the revitalisation of the first 109 PHC facilities across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).”
The President said the provision of quality healthcare service would reverse the poor health indices in the country.

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“I am hopeful that our women will no more be dying during childbirth; our children will no more be dying as a result of vaccine preventable diseases or common ailment and access to healthcare will not be limited due to lack of money,” he added.
Buhari noted that Kuchigoro Primary Health Care Centre was renovated to provide services at minimal little or no cost in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Federal Capital Development Administration (FCDA), University of Abuja Teaching Hospital and development partners, including General Electric and Sterling Bank.
He said the model would be replicated nationwide with slight modifications, adding: “I want to assure all Nigerians that government will continue to ensure access to quality basic health care services.”
Buhari went on: “My presence here today (yesterday) demonstrates our commitment to put the health of Nigerians as a top priority. Our goal of revitalising the PHCs is to ensure that quality basic healthcare service is delivered to majority of Nigerians irrespective of their location. We shall focus more on the people living in the rural areas and the vulnerable population in our society such as women, under-five children and the elderly in collaboration with national and international partners.”
The President explained that the move was in consonance with the agenda of his All Progressives Congress (APC) party geared at providing succor to the poor and the entire society.

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Lassa Fever Outbreak: 41 Nigerians killed in 10 states – Minister

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The federal government says Lassa fever has claimed 41 lives from 93 reported cases in 10 states of the country.
The federal government on Friday put the death toll at 40 out of 86 reported cases of Lassa fever outbreak in same 10 states.
The number of the suspected cases also rose from 86 last week to  93.

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The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, confirmed this in Abuja on Tuesday at a joint ministerial news conference on the update of the outbreak of the disease.
However, Mr. Adewole said there were no new confirmed cases or deaths in the last 48 hours.

He did not disclose the states from where another life was lost.
“In the last 48 hours, the government raised a four-man expert committee, chaired by Professor Michael Asuzu, to visit Kano, Niger and Bauchi, the three most endemic states.
“The committee will embark on a fact finding mission, assess the current situation, document response experiences, identify gaps and proffer recommendations on how to prevent future occurrences,” Mr. Adewole, a professor, said.
The minister assured the public the task of the committee was not to apportion blame but rather to document lessons learnt for better planning of an affective responsive.
According to Mr. Adewole, part of the long term response is to establish an inter-ministerial committee to deliver a final blow on Lassa fever and other related diseases.
The committee comprises the ministers of Education, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Environment, Information and Culture as well as Health.

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Mr. Adewole advised communities to improve on their hygiene, including food hygiene and food protection practices.
He also urged the public to avoid contact with rodents as well as food contaminated with rat’s secretions and excretions.
“Avoid drying food in the open and along roadsides. It is also important to cover all foods to prevent rodent contamination,” he said.
The minister said affected states had been advised to intensify awareness creation on the signs and symptoms of the disease.
According to him, the affected states are Bauchi, Nasarawa, Niger, Taraba, Kano, Rivers, Edo, Plateau, Gombe and Oyo.
“The public is hereby assured that government and other stakeholders are working tirelessly to address the outbreak and bring it to timely end,” said the minister.
He said the ministry had ordered for the immediate release of adequate quantities of “ribavirin”, the specific antiviral drug for Lassa fever, to the affected states for prompt treatment of cases.
Mr. Adewole said Nigeria had the capability to diagnose Lassa fever, adding that “all the cases reported so far were confirmed by our laboratories”.
The first case of the current outbreak was reported from Bauchi in November 2015.

Source: Nigeria Health Watch

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BLACK SATURDAY IN A’IBOM: A GLANCE AT ITS EMERGENCY RESPONSE.

Last week Saturday (10th December, 2016) was a day of state-wide mourning as a church building gave way during service killing over 200 worshippers as mentioned by sources. What would have been a political unrest was aviated by a said P.A who took the place of death of the number one person in the state-the Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel.

They had gathered like every other service day singing and praising God from a joyful heart before the unexpected happened. According to a survivor of the incident, as reported by Punch Newspaper Ng, stated that the building collapsed just immediately after a lead singer’s performance at the ordination of the presiding pastor of Reigner Bible Church, Bishop Elect Akan Weeks.
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My major concern for writing is the emergency response by the medical team and other relevant agencies in the state. Report have it that the Governor ordered cranes to move into the site to remove the collapsed building as police took charge of the scene endeavoring the safety and rescue of injured worshippers.

A journalist who spoke on radio this morning stated that the emergency response from medical team was quite poor calling it a wake-up call on the part of the government and individuals for preparedness and proper response. He further, spoke on the donation of blood (for injured persons) as not forth-coming due to poor awareness/publicity.

Akwa-Ibom state has a population of 5 million has over 50 primary health clinics is yet to attain the height of promptness in emergency situation (in my opinion). I join hundreds of health workers across the state to ask the government for more equipment, training and capacity development of health personnel. Furthermore, I call on individuals to be ready, when beckon upon for, blood donation leaving behind wrong perception to doing what’s right and needful.

I must at this point appreciate the state ministry of Health and the State government of Akwa-Ibom on their effort in improving the health status of her people especially at the Hands-Up for HIV campaign.

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TACKLING CORRUPTION-UNIUYO SEMINAR

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A round table seminar organized by the department of Economics, University of Uyo (uniuyo) tagged “Corruption in Nigeria” has come to an end on 27th of October, 2015 with many opinions proffered in tackling the corruption menace in Nigeria. The event which was championed by Dr Christopher Ekong, Ag. Head Department Economics and Chairman Seminar committee and Prof Imeh Ukpong, Dean Faculty of social science who chairman over the occasion started with the arrival of guest at 11am prompt. The program which featured paper presentation from various intellectuals and the table of academic doctors and professors had to its honour guest appearances outside the university included ICPC chairman,(Represented); Prof Akpan H. Ekpo; Prof Ahaziah who is the Co-coordinator Ritman university, Akwa-Ibom and host of others. Present at the occasion were Prof. Comfort Ekpo, Vice chancellor uniuyo (represented), Head of Departments, Deans, post graduate students, and the general uniuyo community students. During the paper presentation, questions such as what corruption is, causes and possible remedy were raised and tackled as every speaker had various angles to the topic ranging from Economic approach, structural and religious position, etc.
According to Prof Joe U. Umo who is from the department of Economic a uniuyo stated that corruption is at the core of the economy touching on scare resources with his Marshallian theory of demand and supply with
blunt edges to attain an equilibrium. Indicating that corruption is both historical and contextual, siting that economic meltdown as one of the cause of corruption. He furthermore highlighted the engine room of corruption to be poverty, unemployment which can be battled head to head by mass quality education, infrastructure, high productivity coupled with high wages stressing that corruption can be limited with strong laws. Concluding his presentation on corruption, he stated that the war on corruption is a titanic fight and the real war is on the economy. One notable speaker at the event was Prof Ahaziah Umanah who is the coordinator Ritman University brought his wealth of experience in religious matters to the fore as his submission on corruption was religious
based. Dressed in his religious attire representing the Catholic faith started by saying he is a social deviant and that corruption is ubiquitous. He defined corruption as “a social process within which human beings grow from good to bad”. He also hinted that corruption is behavioral retrogression. Highlighting major sector areas affected by corruption such as institution, family, politics, education, etc buttressing his point on corruption as ubiquitous.
As part of his submission on the remedy for corruption, he stressed the need for honesty, truth, morality and shame culture, i.e., the shameful feelings after an evil act has been committed, back in the society starting from the individual. Various contributions indicated that corruption as the abuse of power for personal gain which in the long run leads to ineffectiveness of the system, leads to frustration, inefficient activities. Submissions which was voiced by Prof Edet Akpakpan, department of Economics stated that deregulation polices as adopted by world bank could be used as well, self-disciple and courage to fight corruption should be imbibed by individuals while political will, dealing with real economic challenges and checkmating of agencies should be adopted by government parastatals. The Vice-Chancellor (represented) added that if corruption is evil, let’s fight cheap money since money is the root of all evil and leaders most show example. To round-up the event, questions were raised and answered appropriately and prayers were offered to God to close the occasion.

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Jeremiah Anietie