The Borno Government says it has spent over
N8 billion on reconstruction and rehabilitation of health facilities
destroyed by the Boko Haram insurgents in the state.
Health sector is one of
the areas worst hit by the insurgency as the large scale destruction of
facilities has paralysed medical services in the
Statistics by the United Nation Office for Coordination of
Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) shows that 6.9 million people need
healthcare interventions in the North-East due to humanitarian crisis
caused by the Boko Haram insurgency.
According to the UN agency, a greater percentage of those in need are
in Borno, who cannot access quality healthcare services
especially in rural communities.
In an attempt to mitigate the effects and transform the sector, the
Borno Government in collaboration with the Federal Government and
development organisations embarked on massive reconstruction and
rehabilitation of projects to enhance healthcare delivery at the
The State Government had spent over N4 billion on procurement
of medical equipment and another N4 billion on rehabilitation of 248
health facilities ravaged by the terrorists.
The state Commissioner of Health, Mr Haruna Mishelia, said the insurgents
had destroyed over 80 per cent of healthcare facilities, including 19
General Hospitals, which he said, crippled healthcare delivery in
Mshelia, however, said that in spite of the security challenges posed by the
insurgency, the state government initiated viable projects designed to
reinvigorate the sector and enhance quality healthcare delivery to the
He said the projects were executed in the liberated
communities in the 27 local government areas in the past two years,
adding that rehabilitation and upgrading works on 19 general hospitals
were successfully completed.
The commissioner listed the projects to include the general hospitals in Guzamala, Rann, Chibok, Uba, Biu, Askira, Kwayar-Kusar, Mafa, and Dikwa general hospitals.
Others are: Mobbar; Shani, Marama, Munguno, Damboa, Ngala, Benisheikh,
Konduga, Ngarannam, Kaga, Gwoza and Kukawa general hospitals, adding that plans had
reached advanced stage for the establishment of 8 new general hospitals
in addition to the existing 24.
He said eight general hospitals had so far been equipped with modern
equipment to enhance their operations, and they included Maryam Abacha
Women and Children Hospital; Moloi, Shani, Biu, Benisheikh, Gubio,
Konduga and Dikwa general hospitals.
“Two other hospitals at Azare and Gajiram have been upgraded to 80-bed
Capacity, while work on a 250-bed capacity women and children Hospital
was completed,” he said.
Mshelia also disclosed that N4.2 billion was spent on procurement of
medical equipment such as radio diagnostic and scanning machines,
ethno-cardiographs, mammography and digital X-ray gadgets.
According to him, the equipment would be distributed to Accident and
Emergency (A&E) and Intensive Care Units in the hospitals.
On immunisation and disease control, the commissioner said over
N200 million was spent to replenish the paediatrics department at
Specialist Hospital, Maiduguri, as well as rehabilitation of the
Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHCDA) office.
He said the state government was collaborating with Bill and
Melinda Gates as well as Dangote Foundations to enhance routine
Under the partnership over $1 million dollars were spent
on rehabilitation and provision of medical equipment to 40 clinics.
Equally, about one million people were inoculated against cholera; 1.3
million children immunised against polio and measles; 888, 905
children and expectant mothers provided with free malaria drugs and
2.1 mosquito nets were distributed to households.
“Through our partnership, we are able to control outbreak of
epidemics such as cholera, meningitis and Hepatitis E,” Mshelia said.
He also disclosed that the state government was providing free drugs in
all the health facilities and had introduced integrated healthcare
services in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps.
He said the state government had recruited 100 doctors and awarded
scholarship to 60 female medical students to address the manpower
shortage in the health sector.
Statistics by the state Ministry of Health shows that there are 4,
800 health workers in the state, comprising 158 doctors; 1, 094
Nurses and Midwives; 29 laboratory scientists; 150 laboratory
Technicians; 250 community health attendants and 12 pharmacists.
Bitter leaf boosts fertility, fights prostate
Dr Grace Johnson, a specialist, has said bitter leaf works so well for fertility, and fights prostate cancer because its boost the functions of the reproductive system, balance hormones and help the ovary release healthy eggs.
Johnson, who is Food Nutritionist, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday, that the effect of bitter leaf ranges from specifically toning the reproductive organs and boosting overall health.
According to her, the problem with a lot of infertile patients is that they do not connect infertility with “fertile nutrition”.
“Good nutrition is considered to be the foundation of a healthy body. That is why a healthy ovary will only be found in a healthy body.
“When the ovary is healthy, it releases a healthy egg (ovum) which once fertilized, results in a healthy pregnancy and if all goes well, you will have a healthy child.
“Bitter leaf has a bitter taste and it is true that most people cannot withstand it but remember that the best of medicines comes with a bitter taste and bitter leaf is ranked high among them,’’ she said .
NAN reports that bitter leaf plant with leafy green vegetable and used in the form of vegetable eaten to promote and enhance the digestive tract to do job.
Johnson said “bitter leaf fight prostate cancer which is common among men who are over 40 years old and one of its known symptoms is difficult and painful urination.
“Bitter leaf is very good for this ailment. It increases the flow of urine and reduces the pain as well as regulates the spread of the cell.
“To fight prostate cancer with bitter leaf, just squeeze the fresh leaves in water and take a glassful four times daily while you constantly go for a checkup.
She added that bitter leaf also fight Insomnia, `insomnia is a condition that promotes habitual sleeplessness’.
Nutritionist, however, said that bitter leaf extract has been doing wonders for those suffering from sleeplessness by taking two glasses of bitter leaf solution every night and they would experience a calmness and sleep.
She said that almost everybody knows bitter leaf is a well-known remedy for stomachaches treating malaria, typhoid, diabetes, diarrhea, tuberculosis, gallstones, kidney disease, prevention of cancer and lowering of hypertension among others.
“It is important that bitter leaves should always be taken fresh in other to enjoy its miraculous health benefits,’’ Johnson said.
Without regular sex women risk mental disorder – Psychiatrist
A psychiatrist, Dr Maymunah Kadiri on Saturday advised married women to have regular sex with their spouses in order to prevent depression and gain happiness.
Depression is a common mental disorder that causes people to experience depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration.
Kadiri, the Medical Director of Pinnacle Medical Services gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
Pinnacle is a health and wellness centre for psychological, behavioral, and mental health related issues.
According to her, sex is not just to nourish a woman’s body, but it is also beneficial to her mental health.
“As women, there is need for us to make our spouses our best friends if we want to be mentally healthy.
“Studies have shown that women who have more active sex and in long term relationships were less likely to be depressed than women who went without sex.
“So, more sex is important and essential. It is a remedy to curing women from having persistent headache.
“Low sexual drive, which leads to depression, should be looked into. A woman can be depressed when that sexual drive that she used to have is no more there.
“Frequent active sex can play good roles toward women’s sense of well being and quality of life,’’ Kadiri said.
She explained that sex was not just for procreation and to have children, adding that it could create bonding, good companionship and sound sleep.
Kadiri, popularly called ‘celebrity shrink’, urged women dealing with depression to frequently indulge in sex, while boosting their self-esteem.
She also advised women who are over-weight to also involve in active sex, saying doing so will boost endorphins which are happy hormones.
“The happy hormones will make them lose some calories as well as sleep better.
”Orgasms trigger the release of endorphins which are happy hormones secreted by the brain that act as effective painkillers,’’ she said.
She added that sex was not only beneficial to the men, but especially to women because it was capable of freeing them from stress.
NGO Set to Launch a Cancer Trust Fund for Indegent Cancer Patients Treatment.
By Faith Ekeh Abuja
cancer organisation, Project Pink Blue (PPB) is set to launch a cancer trust fund to help make funds readily available for treatments of indigent cancer patients already signed up on their trust and website.
Speaking to newsmen during a ‘show love’ fundraising comedy and music show recently in Abuja, the founder, PPB, Runcie Chidebe, stated that the organisation hopes to achieve the target of raising the sum of 100 million naira that will be kept in a trust to cater for cancer patients already signed up on their trust and website with their consent.
According to him, “We are looking at how we can bring individuals and organisations together to collaborate and raise funds that will enable us attend to cancer patients on time and not have to wait for sometimes six months to source enough funds on the social media for their treatment”.
“The management of the funds that are are going to be raised here today is going to be very public and transparent so the sponsors can trust us to touch lives of these patients with these funds”, he added.
Also at the event, one of the fundraising partnering organisations and the coordinator of the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy, Chido Onumah, assured the general public on the judicious use of their funds for cancer patients treatment. In his words, ” We appreciate all those partnering in these fundraising. We want you to be rest assured that whatever penny that is raised here today will be transparently and judiciously managed in the treatment of these cancer patients”.
Also speaking at the event, the First Lady of Ondo State and the founder of the Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria, Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, stated education and awareness is at the foundation of the fight against cancer.
She further stated that you can beat cancer if you are adequately informed because she is also a survivor of breast cancer. In her words, “The first thing is to be aware and seek medical help on time. I am standing here to specifically say that you can beat cancer and specifically because I am a survivor of breast cancer”.
She urged everyone to join their voices in these fight against cancer. According to her, “We have to be our brothers and sisters keeper because you would never know the family cancer will knock at its door”.
Also speaking at the event, a veteran journalist and former broadcaster with the Nigerian Television Authority, Moji Makanjuola stressed that cancer is an epidemic that can happen to anybody and so should be given such attention.
She intimated that she is proud to have identified with PPB right from the beginning and after she lost her best friend and also an aunt to cancer.
“I cannot do any other thing for humanity than to be part of these course because these is all about humanity”, she added.
The fundraising featured and had in attendance, Alex Unusual of BBNaija as the host, Chidinma Ekile for music, Osama, Koboko master, Amb.Wahala, Ghana Must Go, Mc Tagwaye, Mc3310, McBob, Mc Ukodo for comedy, Annie Idibia as Nollywood actress, Adogah Moses and Friends for dance, CEOs like Payport and PlayNetwork Africa and the hosts of other celebrities.
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