The Rivers State Government has joined the rest of the World to commemorate the 2015 World Leprosy Day.
In an address made available to news men in Port Harcourt, Health Commissioner Dr. Tamunoiyoriari Parker said Leprosy is one of the oldest recorded diseases in the world caused by Mycobacterium leprae germ.
“It is a chronic infection that targets the nervous system, especially the nerves in the cooler parts of the body such as the hands, feet, and face,” he said.
According to the Commissioner, the earliest sign of leprosy is a light skin patch that usually has a loss of feeling adding that it can be transmitted from an infected person to his contacts through droplets.
The death of Late Mrs. Joy Uche Opusunju (Nee) Okogbue of Ministry of Information and Communications at the age of 58 years has been announced.
The announcement signed by Warisenibo Engr. Frederick G. Hebron Opusunju stated that there will be a Christian wake keeping at her husband’s compound, Chief Opusunju Dappa House on Friday January 30, 2015 at 7:pm .
According to the announcement her body will live Last Home Mortuary Ogale Eleme to her home town Epellema, Opobo in Opobo/Nkoro LGA, Rivers State on Saturday January 31, 2015 at 8.00 am with an open air service at 10:am to be followed by interment at 1.00 pm.
The Commissioner for Social welfare and Rehabilitation Hon. Joe Poroma has condemned the invasion and destruction of houses and properties of Kporghor community in Tai Local Government Area by the Wakama community of Ogu/Bolo Local Government in Rivers State.
Hon. Poroma made the condemnation recently in Borobara community where some of the displaced people of kporghor are taking refuge.
The Commissioner who sympathised with the IDPs, expressed shocked at the level of destruction describing the action as shameful, heart breaking and heartless.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Sports, Dr Emmanuel Alex-Hart has reaffirmed Government’s commitment to sports development at all levels in the State.
Dr. Alex-Hart said, the ministry will not relent on its role in sports and educational development of youths of the State since education is the bed rock for national development.
He stated this while receiving a first stroke outboard engine for use to ease the transportation needs of students and management of the Sports Institute Isaka, from Steag Encotec West Africa Ltd in his office recently.
Rivers State Head of Service, Barr Samuel LongJohn has charged newly appointed Permanent Secretaries to be humble, fair and firm in the discharge of their duties.
Barr LongJohn gave the charge recently while declaring open a five day Induction Course organized by his Office for newly appointed Permanent Secretaries in the State Civil Service.
He said the training was organized to acquaint them with the demand of their new office and to enable them carry out their functions optimally.
The Head of Service, who congratulated them on their appointments, assured them that the Coordinator of the programme and other Resource persons who are seasoned Civil Servants would impart the basic knowledge required of them.