PEOPLES DAILY, FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2013
FACA to sensitise traditional birth attendants on HIV By Adeola Tukuru with agency reports
he FCT Agency for the Control of AIDS (FACA) said it had plans to educate and sensitise traditional birth attendants on HIV testing and prevention. Dr Uche Okoro, Project Manager, FACA, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja that the exercise would be conducted in the six area councils of the FCT. Okoro said that the healthcare workers in the primary health care centres would be encouraged to identify with the traditional birth attendants in their wards.
This, he said, was to enable the health workers and the traditional birth attendants work together as partners, to ensure zero new infections and reduce maternal mortality. “We have been able to have a little mapping of traditional birth attendants in the six area councils. “We want to know how many of traditional birth attendants are in each ward, because we know many of them are available in these wards,” he said. Okoro said that the agency would find out the number of pregnant women, who patronised traditional birth
attendants. He said the agency planned to engage them, to ensure that every pregnant woman in their care attended ante-natal in the health centres. “Since, pregnant women still go to traditional birth attendants to deliver. “Ours is to see how we can collaborate with them to actually know those pregnant women that are at risk and what they should do. “Not only to prevent HIV, but to also prevent maternal deaths in that category of pregnant women,” he explained. Okoro said the agency’s major
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interest was to reduce maternal mortality rate which was very high in the country. He said the traditional birth attendants would be trained and educated on the necessary things they should know about HIV and AIDS. “Also for them to ensure that their clients go through HIV counselling and testing for their safety and that of their unborn babies,” he said. Okoro said the traditional birth attendants would be instructed to refer any pregnant woman that was HIV positive to primary health centres close to them.
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Gwagwalada chairman urges residents to embrace incoming administration By Adeola Tukuru
he Chairman, Gwagwalada Area Council , Alhaji Zakari Angulu,has called on residents to embrace the council’s incoming administration to enhance further development in the council. Angulu, the outgoing chairman of the council under the platform of ANPP stated this in Gwagwalada in an interview with newsmen shortly after ANPP stakeholders meeting in FCT. He faulted speculations that the incoming administration of the council led by Alhaji Jibril Abdullahi would not sustain the developments recorded by his administration. “The speculations that the council will not have a good
leader like Angulu is not true because the incoming administration is starting on a very good ground unlike what it was at the inception of our administration in 2007. “I want residents to have the belief that the incoming
government will perform much more than our administration. “They should ensure that they encourage the new person because if they already have the feelings that he will not perform, they will not be ready to go close to him by so doing will not be encourage
him,” he said. Angulu therefore called on residents to embrace the incoming government and should see the administration as a continuation of his administration since the two administrations were under the platform of ANPP.
Film producer urges agencies to adopt stringent measures on hawkers
n Abuja based film producer, Mr Basil Ngene, yesterday urged creative agencies in the country to adopt stringent measures to deal with hawkers who distributed films without licence. Ngene, who made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, said this was necessary if the fight against the sale of pirated and pornographic films in the country was to be won. He said that there were laws guiding the sale of films in the country, but that the hawkers failed to obey and were acting in an unprofessional manner. “This has stalled sustainable growth of the industry,” he said. Ngene said the hawkers went from door to door and streets to sell the films which were pirated and contained pornographic content. He also said that the unlicensed distributors were not members of any of the associations of movie marketers hence they used the liberty to commit the crime. He listed some of the associations to include Movie Marketers Association, and Licensed Distributors Association amongst others. “Film hawkers do not also allow licensed distributors to sell their films because they go from one street to the other selling pirated and pornographic films. “The importation of foreign films is also in the hands of these unlicensed distributors; that is why most of the films are pirated,” he said. Ngene explained that the fight against piracy and sale of pornographic films was one that needed collective effort by film makers, marketers, the public and creative agencies of government. “I am trying to make a formal presentation to the National Films and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) and the Nigeria Film Corporation (NFC). “This presentation is to enable them know the extent of damage these hawkers are causing the industry. He said this would go a long way in ridding the industry of some of the problems that bedevilled it. (NAN)
Community Health Practitioners elects officials By Usman Shuaibu
he National Association of Community Health Practitioners of Nigeria in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) chapter has elected its new officials to pilot the affairs of the association for Four years. Speaking to newsmen during the delegate conference, the second term chairman-elect of the association, comrade Elijah Alkali
Zakwoyi, said that his administration would carry every member of the association along in the scheme of things. He urged the executive members to join hands with him to move the association to a greater height for the benefit of all. He called on the government to provide enough fund for the community health practitioners to enable them to carry out their work effectively at the grassroots level.
He also urged the government to equip the clinics or dispensaries with the drugs to enable the people have access to the facilities at their disposal. The chairman appealed to government to recruit more of community health workers in order to arrest the present challenges faced by them in the rural areas. Zakwoyi, however, requested the government to send the
community health practitioners to school so as to update their knowledge and urged the government to pay their salaries as at when due. Responding, a community health practitioner from Kwali Area Council, Mr. Isyaku A. Yunusa Leda, urged the newly elected officials to provide a purposeful leadership capable of satisfying the aspirations of the members of the association at the grassroots.
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