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2016 World Health Day

Oasis PHC in collaboration with Niger Delta University celebrated 2016 World Health Day on Thursday, 7 April 2016.

“Beat Diabetes out of Niger Delta University/Bayelsa State”



World Health Day (WHD) is celebrated annually on April 7, the day when the constitution of the World Health Organization (WHO) was ratified in 1948. Each year a theme is selected to draw attention to global and topical health issue. The theme for this year is Beat diabetes.Diabetes is preventable by simple measures and it is treatable. The main goals of WHD 2016 are to increase awareness about the disease, and to initiate specific actions to prevent and control the disease.

In the spirit of public-private partnership (PPP), the Niger Delta University collaborated with Oasis Public Health Consulting to celebrate the day. The event also coincided with the beginning of the funeral rites and was used to honour late D.S.P. Alamieyeseigha, the first civilian governor of Bayelsa State and the first visitor to the university.  As a way of domesticating the event, the theme of the day was modified to “Beat Diabetes out of Niger Delta University/Bayelsa State”

Two major activities were held on the day. First was a screening exercise, which took place at the Gloryland and College of Health Sciences campuses of the university. It was mainly planned for the university community but some members of Amassoma, the university host community, also benefitted from the screening. The people were screened for diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity. This lasted from morning, about 9.00am to about 2.00pm in the afternoon. About 400 staff, students and community members were screened. The second activity was a “town-and-gown” gathering which brought together people from academia and from non-academic organizations involved in health care delivery in the state. In attendance were the Chief Medical Director, Bayelsa State Hospitals Management Board, Dr. Leishman Kosipre; the Deputy State Epidemiologist, Dr. Neni Aworabhi, who represented the Permanent Secretary and the Director of Public Health, and other dignitaries.  The Bayelsa State Coordinator of World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Richard Koko delivered the keynote address for the event. The Acting Head of Department of Community Medicine, Dr. Abisoye Oyeyemi gave a lecture on Epidemiology and Control of Diabetes, while the Director of Health Services, NDU, Dr. Ebitimi Omu presented on Diagnosis and Treatment of Diabetes. The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Humphrey Ogoni, chaired the session. The event was hosted by the Provost of the College of health Sciences, Prof. Beledaunyo Fente.

2016 World Malaria Day

Oasis PHC in collaboration with Niger Delta University, Bayelsa State Malaria Elimination Programme and Rotary Club of Yenagoa celebrated 2016 World Malaria Day on Monday, 25 April 2016

“End malaria for good”



World Malaria Day (WMD) is an event celebrated annually and globally on April 25, its debut being in 2008. WMD was heralded by African Malaria Day (AMD), which was celebrated from 2001 -2007. The theme for 2016 WMD was “End malaria for good”

In the spirit of public-private partnership (PPP), the Niger Delta University collaborated with Oasis Public Health Consulting, Bayelsa State Malaria Elimination Programme and Rotary Club of Yenagoa to celebrate the day. The day was commemorated in Sampou, a community in Kolokuma/Opokuma local government area (LGA) of the state. The community serves as the rural posting site for the training of medical students and other health professionals in the statein the field of Community Medicine.

Activities carried out

  • Screening and treatment of common ailments – community members were screened and treated for malaria and other common ailments. Screening was also done for diabetes, hypertension and obesity
  • Deworming of children
  • Presentation of malaria situation in Bayelsa State by the State Malaria Elimination Programme Manager
  • Presentation of the findings of Needs Assessment and Community Survey
  • Distribution of long lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) and behavioural change communication (BCC) materials on malaria

Being the main celebration of WMD in the state, the event drew major stakeholders in malaria control from all parts of the state. In attendance, among others, were traditional rulers from Sampou and its environs, the head of department of health, Kolokuma/Opokuma LGA, who also represented the Chairman of the LGA; the State Malaria Elimination programme, who also represented the Director of Public Health and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health; the Provost of College of Health Sciences, who also represented the Vice Chancellor of Niger Delta University; the Dean of the Faculty of Clinical Sciences, staff of the department of Community Medicine, and medical students.

Results of the screening exercise

A total of 322 persons were screened and those that required treatment were treated.

Oasis outing at Springs Arts Festival

Oasis outing at Springs Arts Festival of Cedar Court British International School, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State on 22 March, 2016


Cedar Court British International School (CCBIS), Yenagoa, Bayelsa organizes a festival of arts annually in the springs term named Springs Arts Festival. It is a one-day event – a culmination of several weeks of preparations by students and teachers. The various art works they had made are showcased on the day. Parents, guardians, friends of the school and dignitaries in the society are invited to grace the occasion. The 2016 edition was held on Tuesday, 22 March 2016.

Oasis Public Health Consulting (Oasis PHC) partnered with the school to conduct a free screening exercise for the guests. Weight and height were measured to calculate body mass index (BMI) as a way of screening for obesity (a risk factor for many noncommunicable diseases); blood pressure was measured to screen for high blood pressure (a leading cause of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular morbidity and mortality), and blood sugar was measured to detect diabetes mellitus (a disease whose prevalence is on the rise globally). Those with normal values were encouraged to stay healthy, while counselling and referral were given to those with abnormal findings. Also on display at Oasis stand were family planning commodities and other products that improve women and men’s health.

Oasis PHC joins the world to commemorate 2016 World Hepatitis Day

Viral hepatitis affects 400 million people globally. Every year 6–10 million people are newly infected.

An estimated 95% of people with hepatitis do not know they are infected.

Over 90% of people with hepatitis C can be completely cured within 3–6 months.

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