Tobacco Free Campaign Launches ADs
Tobacco Free Campaign: Nigerian Government Launches 2 Powerful Ads targeting second-hand smokers and raising cancer awareness (WATCH)
The Federal Ministry of Health has released two sets of public service advertising targeting second hand smokers. The advert narrates that about 10% of the 6 million annual tobacco-related deaths are those of people who do not directly smoke a cigarette or use tobacco.
The first video shows people moving on as others smoke in prohibited public places and it ended with a poignant message “Tobacco Kills. Pay Attention! Don’t trivialize second-hand smoke.” The second video is about how tobacco exposes individuals to harmful diseases such as lung cancer over time. A wheezing sound could be overheard which fades gradually till the hospital life support beep. It says Tobacco is the major cause of all cancer and that it kills but only a matter of time.
Data from Nigeria’s 2012 Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) show that 4.5 million adults in Nigeria (5.6%) currently use tobacco products out of which 4.1 million are men and almost 0.5 million women. In addition, 6.4 million adults (29.3%) are exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke when visiting restaurants, hotels and other public settings. Of the adults surveyed, 82.4% believe that smoking causes serious illness.
“Tell those people who are smoking it is dangerous. Tell the next person that is smoking in the vehicle or other public place that it is illegal,” Health Minister, Prof. Adewole remarked during the launching of the #TobaccoFreeNigeria communications campaign.
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EBOLA OUTBREAK IN CENTRAL AFRICA: HEALTH MINISTER CALLS FOR HEIGHTENED VIGILANCE
The Honorable Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole has called for heightened vigilance and intensified awareness efforts on the symptoms of hemorrhagic fevers.
The Minister noted that health care providers and the general public must immediately report any sign of illness to the public health officials immediately.
The Federal Government in response to the announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO) on confirmed cases of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has directed Port Health officials to step up inspection activities and to report any sick person or suspects to ensure that the State Epidemiologist in the states where there are present is immediately alerted and relevant tests conducted.
The Symptoms to look out for include; fever, fatigue, weakness dizziness and muscle aches. Patients with more severe cases show bleeding under the skin, internal organs or even from bodily orifices like mouth, ears, and the ears.
Nigerians are urged not to panic as the Nigeria Center for Disease Control is on ground and equipped to secure the health of citizens. The agency has for a while now, been strengthening states capacities to detect, manage and respond to hemorrhagic fevers including Lassa fever. He called on states to begin social mobilization and media awareness efforts via TV, Radio, Print and Social Media. Prof. Adewole also charged state health ministries to strengthen their supervision services and escalate any incident appropriately.
The Health minister directs all Nigerian health workers to maintain a high index of suspicion by screening all fevers for Ebola and other hemorrhagic fevers
Similarly, the minister encourages members of the public to observe a high level of personal hygiene which includes regular hand washing and to also report all cases of fever to the nearest health facility.
Nigeria Presents Success On Polio, UHC To World Leaders At WHA
The Honorable Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has informed global leaders of Nigeria’s response to the outbreak of the 4 cases of Wild Polio Virus (WPV) in areas affected by the Boko Haram insurgency last year. The Minister announced that Nigeria is yet to record any new case in over 270 days, since August 21st 2016.
Adewole, who delivered an address on behalf of Nigeria at the 70th World Health Assembly at the United Nations building in Geneva, explained that the country immediately declared the polio outbreak a national public health emergency. In his words, "In curtailing the spread of WPV1 across our borders, there has been a robust international outbreak response and enhanced surveillance activities which include high level coordination with countries of the Lake Chad Region, implementation of high quality rounds and vaccination of high risk populations during in-between rounds activities and re-activation of RI services in newly liberated areas” The Minister acknowledging the Nigerian Military, noted, "through innovative collaboration with the Military, we gained access to fragile secured territories.”
The Minister assured that the current momentum will be sustained for as long as it takes to be certified polio free and beyond.
Adewole, in his remarks also discussed Nigeria’s progress towards achieving Universal Health Coverage, he said that the agenda would be driven by the one Primary Healthcare Center (PHC) per ward programme of the Muhammadu Buhari administration. To this end, he said that the country had begun the operationalization of the National Health Act which specifies that "all Nigerians shall be entitled to a Basic Minimum Package of Health Services.”
The Minister also discussed the country’s Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) efforts, Accelerated TB Case Finding and ongoing Humanitarian response in the Northeast of Nigeria.
Professor Adewole appreciated the outgoing WHO President, Dr. Margaret Chan for her support for Africa in troubled times.
The outgoing president, Dr. Chan, thanked the health ministers and international partners for their support during her tenure. She charged them to continue to put the people first. "Behind every number is a person who defines our common humanity and deserves our compassion, especially when suffering or premature death can be prevented,” she said.
MINISTER CHARGES HEALTH RECORD OFFICERS TO EMBRACE ICT IN RECORD MANAGEMENT
The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has called on Record Officers across the country to embrace the use of Information Communication Technology in record management as their role is indispensable to the attainment of Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria.
The Minister made this call in Abuja, at the 2017 Annual National Conference/Workshop of Association of Health Records Practitioners of Nigeria (AHRPN).
He explained that the theme of the Conference: ‘’The Role of Health Records Practitioners in re-positioning Primary Health Care Delivery System in Nigeria’’ was apt noting that the workshop would not just appraise known functions of health records Practitioners-Collection, Collation, Analysis, Storage and Presentation of health data, but also strive to add value by laying the structure for healthcare planning and resource allocation in the healthcare sector.
He said: ‘’your role as practitioners in this sector is therefore critical in our nation’s effort to rebuild the healthcare system’’.
He noted that increasing demand for detailed and reliable data, achieving health records management manually has become a daunting task adding that they should avail themselves of digital health information technology revolution which has no doubt changed health records management practice.
In his words: ‘’As there is clearly no alternative to embracing technology, I shall be looking forward to seeing health records managers at various levels of the health delivery system striving to ensure that Electronic Medical Records Software Solutions(EMRSS) are deployed at their facilities, to migrate from paper based health records keeping to electronic health records management’’.
In her remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Binta Bello Adamu, who was represented by her Senior Technical Assistant, Dr. Saidu Ahmed said that healthcare facilities across the country must imbibe the ‘’Change begins with me mantra’’ by ensuring that health records departments are restructured, better equipped and well positioned to face the enormous and crucial challenges of health data administration and management.
To this end, she said that the Health Records Officers Registration Board of Nigeria must collaborate with Healthcare facilities and agencies to encourage and ensure the conversion from paper-based to paper-less records through the deployment of Electronic Health Records (EHR) so as to guarantee data integrity and to make the process of data and records retrieval easy for both patients and service providers.
Earlier, in his remarks, Alh. Ibrahim Muhammad Mami, the Registrar/CEO Health Records Officers Registration Board of Nigeria (HRORRBN), expressed worry that inter-professional rivalry in the health sector has adversely affected healthcare delivery in the country, adding that all health professionals should close ranks and work as a team to deliver quality healthcare services to Nigerians.
While bemoaning that there is no scheme of service for health record officers in the Civil Service, he called on the National Assembly to fast track the revision of the act that established the association to pave way for their placement in the Scheme of Service.
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