​With United Nations prediction that antibiotic resistance could kill 10 million people every year by 2050 if nothing is done, experts have warned that 90 percent of antibiotics use is unnecessary. SUMMIT: From left – Haitian-American physician, Dr. Nadine Regis; Dr. Yoav Golan; Convener/Founder, Global Infectious Diseases Initiative, Dr Folarin Olubowale and Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, during the Infectious Diseases Summit in Lagos recently. The warning is coming on the heels of the pledged by  193 UN member states to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR), that has been described as one of the major health challenges currently.

Handing down the warning in Lagos, an Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases expert, Dr. Yoav Golan cautioned Nigerians on antibiotics intake as too much of it can cause more harm than good. Golan who is also a clinical research fellow at the Tufts medical Centre, Boston, spoke in Lagos at the first Inaugural Lecture/dinner of the Global Infectious Diseases Initiative in collaboration with College of Medicine, University of Lagos, UNILAG. According to him, it’s not ideal to take antibiotics without prescription from a qualified healthcare provider who should authoritatively give reasons why it should be taken for an ailment.

Lamenting that in most countries, antibiotics are over prescribed by medical doctors, he noted that “if patients are aware that antibiotics can harm them more than help them, if they have a growing infection they would not ask the doctor to giving them antibiotic.” He noted that when antibiotic is abused, it could lead to resistance.  “Antibiotic abuse also has its side effects, a lot of antibiotics cause diarrhoea, allergic reactions, and if you deal with such antibiotics then you will be exposed to much more risk than benefits.”

According to him, health education should be adopted at the national level so as to first educate the health providers. Speaking, the Deputy Vice Chancellor Development Services, UNILAG, Prof.  Folasade Ogunsola while giving update on Tropical Infectious Disease, particularly on recent outbreaks like Ebola, regretted that Nigerians are not cautious of infectious diseases even as she decried underperformance on the part of health practitioners. She further lamented that Nigerians are the cause of the infectious disease problems due to the fact that majority are not hygiene cultured.

“Most of the problems we have today are problems of hygiene. “Not taking good water, defecating and urinating everywhere, thereby disseminating infections. A lot of the diseases we have can be directly link to our house most especially kitchen, they are not secured.”

The Convener of the event who doubles as the Chief Executive Officer, Global Infectious Diseases Initiative, Dr. Folarin Olubowale who spoke on  how to address infectious diseases in Nigeria said the event was organised to awaken the consciousness of Nigerians as well as collaborate with physicians on how to improve the knowledge of Nigerians on on infectious diseases. He said the Summit was to encourage upcoming physicians who are also interested in possible scholarship programmes and conferences abroad.  “I want to be able to go into partnership with  institutions to establish a centre of excellence which will become a referral centre in Africa.

​This is a 6 months community project which is designed to be implemented in a mutual participation of the community stakeholders and RHEMN organization.

The project package provides basic healthcare services at the community level with active participation of the community members.

Services:

1. Immunization services

2. antenatal services

3. Access to basic obstetric emergency services

4. Environmental sanitation

5. Health education

6. Access to Family Planning services
Sample details of this project can be found here Mambilla Citizens Funded Free Healthcare Project proposal

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Summary

Following the communal conflict on the Mambilla plateau which erupted on 17/06/17 leading to loss of lives and properties across several communities as well as displacement of about 8385 persons according to the independent assessment report. Rural Health Mission Nigeria in c

ollaboration with Mambilla Plateau citizens (Mambilla Plateau Legacy Group) launched a fundraising campaign to support the victims of the crisis. RHEMN team was immediately deployed to assess the most immediate needs of the victims which informed the first batch intervention that took place on 29/06/17 exactly seven days after lunching the fundraising campaign. The relief materials was procured and distributed directly to victims in the camps and the affected communities and where there are no identified camps, it was done house-to-house.

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First Batch Report on humanitarian intervention on mambilla plateau