Plough Back Into Your Host Communities Azinge Urges Business Organisations

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Nicholas Azinge has called on business organizations doing business in any part of the State to make deliberate efforts to plough back to society through corporate social responsibility activities.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Nicholas Azinge made this call yesterday during the celebration of the 2017 World Sight Day held at the Primary Health Care Centre, Ellu, Isoko South Local Government Area organized by the State Ministry of Health in collaboration with SEPLAT.

The Commissioner who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. (Mrs.) Minnie Oseji commended SEPLAT for organizing the free eye screening, and other free eye care including surgery for residents of Ellu community and its environs.

He said the World Sight Day is a special annual day of awareness that is celebrated around the world each year in order to focus on blindness and vision impairment created by the World Health Organization in collaboration with the International Agency for the Prevention of blindness.

Dr. Azinge explained that other measures which the State Government has made to curb the issue of blindness and other related eye issues in the state include recruitment of several eye health personnel such as ophthalmologists, optometrists, ophthalmic nurses and opticians to provide eye care services.

He said the Delta State Contributory Health Insurance Scheme which is being scaled up to provide health for all Deltans will reduce quackery and expand treatment for diseases such as hypertension and diabetes which are two major causes of blindness.

Speaking further, he said that through the efforts of the State Hospitals Management Board’s Branch of the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria, out-station Consultation is being carried out by Consultants including ophthalmologists from Zonal Hospitals at unit hospital, which not only provides services but on-the-job training of health workers as well.

Commissioner Azinge revealed that the Ministry is piloting a School Health Programme in Oshimili South LGA this year which involves free medical examination including visual screening of new school intakes of Primary Schools saying this will help to detect those who have visual impairment early so that appropriate treatment can be given. The school health programme hopefully will be scaled up to other LGAs next year.

The Commissioner used the celebration with the theme “make vision count” to advice Deltans and residents alike to as a matter of importance take care of their eyes by avoiding putting substances in their eyes without prescription from the Ophthalmologist and also have regular eye checkup from qualified eye health personnel.

Delta State Tightens Nuts On Monkeypox Outbreak

The Delta State Government has stated that it has put necessary machinery in place to ensure that the monkey pox outbreak in some states of the federation does not enter the state.

According to the State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, arrangements have been concluded with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control for the rapid transfer of samples collected from suspected cases for confirmation.

Mr. Ukah said that the state is maintaining constant border patrol of the three Local Government Areas, Patani, Bomadi and Burutu, that have common borders with Bayelsa State to forestall possible transfer of the disease into the state.

This is in addition to the disease outbreak prevention and case management materials that have been pre-positioned in the three Local Government Areas sharing common borders with Bayelsa State to forestall possible importation of the disease.

The Commissioner revealed that the State Rapid Response team have also been placed on Red Alert to respond to emergencies wherever they may occur in the state.

Mr. Ukah appealed to members of the general public not to panic as adequate arrangements have been made to prevent and curtail the outbreak of the disease in Delta State.

He advised persons living in the state to report any person having the signs and symptoms of the disease to the nearest health centre or hospital immediately while urging them to practice sanitary habits.

Embrace Dialogue Always –Ukah Advises Unionists

Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, has advised Unionists to always choose the path of dialogue instead of confrontation while making their demands.

The Commissioner stated this while playing host to the Executive of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Information Chapel in his Office.

Mr. Ukah observed that for Unions to achieve desired goals, it is necessary to employ the powerful tool of dialogue which can only be possible in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility, noting that the present government under the leadership of Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa will not toy with the welfare of workers in the State Civil Service.

In the same vein, he said that the Ministry of Information will always ensure that the welfare of staff is paramount.

The Commissioner, while urging the Union members to always put in their best, observed that that was the only way the workers would reciprocate the good gesture of the Governor concerning their welfare.

He reiterated that apart from the weigh-in allowance which the governor graciously approved for journalists, the governor recently approved some incentives to ensure that Information field Officers do their work with minimal discomfort.

While commending the way the Union members have been conducting themselves in recent times, he promised to look into their demands with a view to proffering solution to their needs where possible.

Earlier in his speech, the Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Information Chapel, Comrade Barry Toju informed the Commissioner that they came to see him with a view to building a more cordial relationship with the Commissioner and the Ministry and to also request the Ministry to look into the working conditions of the staff with a view to improve on it since the welfare of information Officers is key to service delivery.