NO.DTS 0977: HEALTH COMMISSIONER DISPELS CASE OF MONKEY POX IN DELTA
NO.DTS 0978: DTSG COMMENCES PHASED RENOVATION OF STATE HOSPITALS;SAYS 100 PHCS DESIGNATED FOR DSCHIS, CENTRAL HOSPITAL ASABA TO BE READY BY YEAR ENDING; NURSING SCHOOL AGBOR UPGRADED TO ACCOMMODATE MORE STUDENTS
NO.DTS 0979: JOB CREATION OFFICE, ONE OF THE GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS OF GOVERNOR OKOWA, SAYS EMU
NO.DTS 0980: WE HAVE 2,203 POLITICAL APPOINTEES IN DELTA – EDEVBIE
NO.DTS 0981: WARRI NORTH PDP CHAIRMAN DONATES BOOKS TO PUPILS TO BOOST EDUCATION
EDITOR: OYOWE CHURCHILL
NO.DTS 0977: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2017
HEALTH COMMISSIONER DISPELS CASE OF MONKEY POX IN DELTA
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Nicholas Azinge, gave the clarification today while briefing the press on the readiness of the State Government to manage possible outbreak of the disease.
Dr Azinge, accompanied by the Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah who coordinated the briefing, disclosed that 10 suspected cases had been recorded in the country, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), but said while investigation was still ongoing, non had been confirmed to be Monkey Pox except one case in Bayelsa.
While saying that the disease had no treatment and vaccine, Dr Azinge sued for calm among residents in the State, stating that the death rate was much lower than Lassa fever or Meningitis.
The Commissioner debunked an earlier report on a national television station quoting him to have confirmed three Monkey Pox cases in the State and clarified that they were mere rashes that had no relationship with Monkey Pox.
He listed the causal animals to include monkey, rats, squirrels and other bush animals, explaining that the disease could spread from animal to animal, animal to humans and human to human
Explaining that the symptoms ranged from fever and headache in the early stage to appearance of fierce-looking boils, first from the face to the palm and sole, similar to that of small pox, Dr Azinge however said that the disease was self limiting and had very low death rate.
He said if the normal safety precautions and management were maintained, infected patients would recover with time, stressing that there was need for residents to observe general hygiene, wash hand regularly with soap and desist from bush meat or handle with care and cook them thoroughly to kill the virus causing the disease.
On measures so far taken to tackle possible outbreak and management of infected persons, the Commissioner disclosed that his Ministry had place its Disease Surveillance and Notification Officers in the 25 Local Government Areas on red alert, adding that sensitization and training of health workers had also commenced on the need for them to observe universal precautionary measures.
Other measures, according to the Commissioner included placing the State Rapid Response Team was also on red alert, awareness creation through the local media houses and regular maintenance of border patrol of neighbouring to forestall any infiltration of suspected and infected persons.
Speaking on the three suspected cases, Dr Azinge said, “The suspected cases are doing well, we will not disclose their location in order not to cause unnecessary panic and for confidentiality of the patients”, adding, “Two of the suspected persons are couple while the third lives alone and said he had no contact with animals or any infected person.”
He assured residents of the State not to exercise fear, saying, “Monkey Pox is not a deadly disease, it is only scary.”
On the rumour that some people were forcing children to take the Monkey Pox vaccine, Dr Azinge said, “There is no vaccine for Monkey Pox, it is possible to give vaccine on it.”
NO.DTS 0978: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2017
DTSG COMMENCES PHASED RENOVATION OF STATE HOSPITALS,
…. SAYS 100 PHCS DESIGNATED FOR DSCHIS,
…CENTRAL HOSPITAL ASABA TO BE READY BY YEAR ENDING
…NURSING SCHOOL AGBOR UPGRADED TO ACCOMMODATE MORE STUDENTS
The State Government said it has commenced the phased renovation of hospitals in the State.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Nicholas Azinge, gave the insight today while briefing the press on the readiness of the State Government to manage possible outbreak of the Monkey Pox disease and sundry issues affecting his Ministry.
Dr Azinge, accompanied by the Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah who coordinated the briefing, said the renovation exercise was meant to make the facilities maintain standards in healthcare delivery.
He listed facilities that have received attention to include hospitals in Patani, Abavo, Oriagbene, Orerokpe and Oghara, saying while Bomadi was already receiving attention, those Umunede, Sapele, Warri would benefit in the next stage of renovation exercise.
According to Dr Azinge, the motive was to attend to three hospitals in each of the senatorial districts, expressing optimism that in no distant time the 63 secondary health facilities in the State would all be given facelift.
CENTRAL HOSPITAL ASABA
On the delay in completing the Central Hospital, Asaba, the Commissioner revealed that 75 percent of work had been done so far, saying even though the Contracting Firm, Dew Projects promised to deliver the job by November, his Ministry was going the extra mile to tidy up its legal end to hold the firm to truly deliver the project before the end of 2017.
He denied insinuations that the pace of the project was slow saying the job was being completed in phases as scheduled, adding that for the last two certificates raised by the firm, the State Government had paid the sum of N416 million.
CONTRIBUTORY HEALTH SCHEME
The Health Commissioner disclosed that in order to kick start the operations of the Delta State Contributory Health Scheme, 100 primary health centres out of the 449 in the State had been designated for special attention to meet standard required.
He said out of the N6.6 billion allocated to his Ministry in the 2018 Budget Proposal presented recently by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to the State House of Assembly, N1 billion was set aside for the implementation of Contributory Health Scheme.
The Commissioner said so far, 44, 445 children had been registered under the scheme, saying the under and maternal health programmes of the State Government had been integrated fully into the Scheme.
He stated that registration of public servants in State was ongoing but clarified that only one person would have the contribution deducted from his or her salary where both husband and wife happened to be working for the State Government, adding that whatever deductions made in error would be refunded.
PRIMARY HEALTH CENTRES
Dr Azinge announced that the State Government has embraced the Under-One-Roof Primary Health Care programme of the Federal Government.
He explained that the programme involved developing, equipping and staffing 100 PHCs in the State to uniform standard to enhance their operations and service delivery.
On why government had not attended to some PHCs, he said the Primary Health Care Centres were under the control of the Local Government Councils but said the State Government intervened in building them and thereafter hand over to the Councils.
The Commissioner stated that the State Government had also been involved in the upgrade of facilities at the three nursing schools in the State.
He said the Nursing School recently received accreditation from the Nursing Council of Nigeria to admit 75 students yearly assuring that increment in the admission capacity of Nursing Schools in Warri and Eku was being work on.
The Commissioner said that the increment would further accommodate the increasing number of qualified persons seeking admission to study nursing in the State Schools of Nursing.
NO.DTS 0979: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2017
JOB CREATION OFFICE, ONE OF THE GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS OF GOVERNOR OKOWA, SAYS EMU
Delta State Commissioner for Economic Planning, Dr Kingsley Emu has said, establishing the Job Creation Office is one of the greatest achievements of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration.
Addressing Journalists in a 2018 budget break-down in Asaba, Dr Emu observed that the greatest threat to Nigeria was the teeming number of youths, including graduates who were jobless, noting that with the Job Creation Office, Governor Okowa’s administration had ensured that most Deltans were not only engaged but became employers of labour.
The Commissioner briefed the press with his Information and Finance counterparts, Mr Patrick Ukah and Olorogun David Edevbie respectively.
According to the Commissioner, “Through the Job Creation Office, a lot of persons have become employers of labour, and we cannot quantify the benefits of having a healthy and working population.”
“We are here to sufficiently inform you about the 2018 budget which has been presented to the Delta State House of Assembly; the budget as crafted, provides for how to manage the activities of government throughout the year,” he said, adding, “the sum of N147, 487, 809, 897 which is 49.48 per cent of the budget will be spent on recurrent while capital expenditure will take the sum of N150, 590, 669, 000 billion which is 50.52 per cent of the budget.”
He disclosed that under recurrent expenditure, personnel cost will be N64, 352, 187, 136, overhead costs – N46, 837, 529, 552; consolidated revenue fund – N36, 298, 093, 210 stating that as it concerns capital expenditure, economic will gulp N37, 952, 119, 208; social – N28, 694, 720, 207, environmental – N35, 251, 858, 990; general administration – N17, 691, 970, 595; DESOPADEC – N28 Billion; contingency fund – N3 Billion.
On the sources of revenue to finance the proposed budget, Dr Emu said the sum of N1, 194, 460, 212 will be raised from the internally generated revenue; statutory allocation N18, 056, 627, 329; value added tax – N251, 745, 067 and other capital receipts – N37, 893, 899, 556.
Olorogun Edevbie at the briefing threw light on the Paris Club refund received by the Delta State government saying, “We received N33.5 Billion being the total amount refunded, N7 Billion of that sum belong to the local government councils which we gave to them, N13 Billion was spent on capital projects while N12.3 Billion was spend on salaries and pensions.”
NO.DTS 0980: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2017
WE HAVE 2,203 POLITICAL APPOINTEES IN DELTA – EDEVBIE
Delta State Commissioner for Finance, Olorogun David Edevbie has debunked claims that political appointees are more than civil servants in the state.
In a press briefing for the break-down of the 2018 budget proposal which was recently sent to the Delta State House of Assembly by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Olorogun Edevbie said that the Delta State Government had 2, 203 political appointees with the sum of N382 million as salary while the state had 45, 000 public servants that gulps N4.5 billion monthly as salary.
“I find it funny when some persons say that political appointees are more than civil servants in the state, we are running an open-door policy, the state has 2, 203 political appointees and 45, 000 civil servants,” the Commissioner said.
The Commissioner who briefed the press with his Information and Economic Planning counterparts, Mr Patrick Ukah and Dr Kingsley Emu respectively, urged Deltans to always verify their information.
On the debt profile of the Delta State Government, Olorogun Edevbie said, “About N100 billion are owed contractors, though, no one is happy about the situation, His Excellency, Dr Okowa has approved that contractors, especially, those whose money are not much should be paid.”
He also answered questions concerning contractors whose jobs were terminated because of their incompetence, stating, “We are aware that it is not enough to determine a contract and re-award same to a more competent contractor; such contractor deserves to be prosecuted and blacklisted but, you know in Nigeria, people will always intervene when such happens; we must give the Governor Okowa’s administration credit for insisting that the right thing be done, if you are not competent as a contractor, the contract will be given to a more competent one and you know it takes a lot for certain decisions to be taken, this is my own personal opinion.”
On the issue of the Asaba/Okpanam road, Olorogun Edevbie disclosed that the contract passed through due process and it was not done to favour certain individuals, disclosing that the contractor handling the project had been mobilised to go back to site.
“I am very sure that the contractor in charge of the Asaba/Okpanam road project is not acting as a front for government, the job was awarded because, the company has executed similar projects in other parts of the country; just few days ago, we mobilised him to go back to site and I am very confident that in the next few days, work will recommence on the project,” he said.
NO.DTS 0981: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2017
WARRI NORTH PDP CHAIRMAN DONATES BOOKS TO PUPILS TO BOOST EDUCATION
PDP Chairman Warri North Local Government Area, Hon. Isaac Wilkie, has donated free notebooks to public primary schools in the Council Area as part of his contribution to boost education in the State.
Presenting the notebooks to the Education Secretary, Warri North Local Government Area, Comrade Emmanuel Ogbaro at Ojomba Primary school, Koko where it was flagged off, Hon Wilkie said it was a privilege to donate to the primary schools in the area and be of help to the educational system, saying that with the support the children would go places.
Hon Wilkie charged the pupils to make judicious use of the notebooks and be committed to their studies so as to come out in flying colours.
He noted that the Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, had done so much in the education sector, saying, “As an individual this gesture is my own support to grow education in this area as government alone cannot do it all.”
Receiving the books, the Education Secretary in the Local Government Area, Comrade Emmanuel Ogbaro, commended Hon Wilkie for the kind gesture, describing him as a chairman with a difference, saying that this was the first of its kind in the Local Government Area.
Comrade Ogbaro promised to give out the notebooks to pupils in various schools in the Local Government Area, even as he used the opportunity to call on well meaning Nigerians to emulate the PDP chairman and contribute their quota to the educational development of the children in Warri North and the nation in general.