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MALARIA: Makinde Flags-Off Distribution Of 5m Insecticide-Treated Nets Across 33 LGs

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…. says govt ‘ll continue to deliver affordable, qualitative healthcare for residents
… ‘We’ll restore Oyo as Mecca of Health care services’

 

Oyo State Governor ‘Seyi Makinde, on Monday, kick-started the distribution of five Million insecticide-treated nets to people across the 33 local governments of the state.

 

 

He also explained that his administration will continue to deliver accessible, affordable, and qualitative healthcare for all indigines and residents of the state, adding that his administration is committed to improving access to health care delivery by providing functional primary health care centre in each of the 351 electoral wards of the state.

 

 

Makinde, who was represented at the eve.t by the Deputy Chief of Staff, Hon. Abdul-mojeed Mogbonjubola, said that the distribution process of the nets will increase awareness of communities on the appropriate knowledge, attitude and skills in preventing malaria caused by mosquito bites.

 

 

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the  governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the governor as declaring at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, venue of the event  that the state will equally improve the health of mothers and children by reducing morbidity and mortality across communities.

 

He said: “Ladies and Gentlemen, I stand here today to flag off the distribution of five million insecticide-treated nets that will be distributed across all the 33 Local Government Areas of the State. My presence at this occasion underscores the importance this administration has for the health and well-being of the people of the state.

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“Malaria is still a public health challenge in Nigeria and Oyo State. It seriously challenges the health care needs of women and children in our communities, especially at the grassroots. This net distribution process is expected to increase awareness of communities on the appropriate knowledge, attitude and skills in preventing malaria caused by mosquito bites. This will further improve the health of mothers and children by reducing morbidity and mortality across communities.”

 

 

He assured that his administration will continue to provide accessible, affordable and qualitative healthcare for all, especially children and women, saying that “we cannot fold our arms and bury our heads in the sand without acknowledging the sheer magnitude of weak health systems has thrust on the public.

 

 

“It is for this reason that the state deemed it necessary to put in place different health intervention which is free and assessable to the grassroots. Such intervention includes improving access to health care delivery by providing one primary health care centre per ward, improving human resources for health and providing community health insurance services Also, free education is provided by our College of Nursing and Midwifery,” he added.

 

 

The governor emphasized that his administration, in a bid to ensure that health services in the state are evidence-based, community data capturing is now electronic to ensure all grassroots households are captured and have access to health care services.

 

 

While explaining that distribution of the nets will prevent malaria, reduce the burden of malaria on the economy of the state and health care systems, he reassured that the state will intensify efforts in improving the healthcare-seeking behavior of the populace and give the right message and information needed on the use of insecticide-treated nets.

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He added:
“The focus of the state government in health care service delivery is in partnership for sustainability. It is in this wise, that this administration will continue to reach out to development partners, well-meaning organizations and notable individuals within and outside the country for partnership and collaboration to implement programmes and projects that will improve the health status of the people.

 

 

“In attaining this goal, I am pleased to state here that the Oyo State Ministry of Health, Health Insurance Agency and the State Primary Health Care Board, in collaboration with our colleges are working to ensure universal health coverage at a cost-effective and sustainable way.”

 

 

He thanked the institutions that partnered with the state including USAID, PMI, GHSC-PSM, & Break Through Action-Nigeria,  for collaborating and supporting malaria activities in Oyo State hence making the net distribution possible.

 

 

“This partnership has bought us together today to flag off this round of free net distribution that is conducted every four years, the last round was in 2016. The USAID partners (PMI, GHSC-PSM, & Break Through Action-Nigeria) supporting malaria activities in Oyo State have collaborated with the state to make this net distribution possible.

 

 

“This support is appreciated as it actually goes beyond net distribution to diagnoses and treatment of malaria.”

 

 

“Let me make it clear that it is the goal of this administration to leave a befitting legacy in the area of health care. I recall the days when Ibadan and indeed Oyo State was a Mecca of sorts for health care services. Esteemed guest pacesetters we intend to bring those days back.”

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Speaking earlier, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Health, Dr. Funmi Salami, said that the government embarked on an advocacy drive in the media through the airing of jingles for the populace to be aware of distribution periods and benefits of making use of insecticide treated  mosquito nets in their households.

 

 

She added that field workers were also engaged for the house-to-house campaign for the distribution of letters to residents, which, according to her, would enable identified people to benefit from the laudable project.

 

 

In her goodwill message, Ag Resident Adviser, USAID, Celeste Carr, admonished health workers in the state to educate pregnant women continually on the benefits they stand to derive in making use of insecticide mosquito nets at all times.

 

 

She noted that her organization pays special attention to the health status of pregnant women and children under the age of five, hence, the need for every household to key into activities that would promote healthy living in the community.

 

 

Carr, thereafter, commended the Oyo State Government for various health initiatives and its dedication to the launch of state-wide distribution of 5million insecticide mosquito nets across the state.

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Doctors Without Borders Spends N17.7b On Vulnerable Nigerians -Official

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The Head of Mission, Doctors without Boarder, Mr Syed Tirima has said that the not-for-profit organisation has expended N17.7billion on humanitarian services to vulnerable Nigerians.

 

 

Speaking during a visit to the Minister of Police Affairs,Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi, Tirima revealed that the group has been around since 1996, rendering medical support to all the geopolitical zones of the country.

 

 

According to a statement on Friday by the ministry spokesman, Bolaji Kazeem, titled, ‘Dingyadi canvasses medical support for police,’ Tirima enumerated some of the group’s activities to include free medical services to pediatrics, maternity interventions, primary health care for displaced persons, medical care for lassa fever patients, provision of clinical equipment to some hospitals, and food/nutritional support as well as support to the ministry of health through the provision of response services, especially during the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

 

 

In his response, the Minister of Police Affairs, Dingyadi sought medical support for police officers and their children from the Doctors without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres to enable them to discharge their duty efficiently.

 

 

The minister stated that the police are vulnerable people who had lost many officers in the course of protecting the citizens and needed the support of everybody, including Doctors without Borders.

 

 

 

“I believe that you are aware that the police are one of the most vulnerable security services in the country. We have lost so many and many officers had been affected with injury. As partners in progress, we do hope you can extend some of the services to police hospitals in the country,” the minister reportedly stated.

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He recalled the activities of the group while he was the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health in Sokoto state years back, and thanked the organization for promoting local content through the employment of over 90 per cent of Nigerians as staff of the organisation.

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Striking Resident Doctors Reject FG’s New MoU

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The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has rejected the new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) the Federal Government presented to the union.

 

 

NARD National President Okhuaihesuyi Uyilawa said this while addressing reporters at the end of a closed-door meeting with the Federal Government and other relevant stakeholders yesterday in Abuja.

 

 

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) led the striking doctors to a meeting summoned at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari to resolve the current strike by doctors across the country.

 

 

NAN recalls that the resident doctors embarked on an indefinite strike on August 1 to press home the issues of agitation amongst their members.

 

 

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Labour and Employment Minister Chris Ngige had, on August 13, handed over the trade dispute between the government and NARD to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria for adjudication.

 

 

 

Uyilawa said NARD refused to sign the MoU that was brokered by its parent body, the NMA, and the Federal Government due to an undisclosed clause.

 

 

 

“We rejected the MoU. We didn’t sign it because we feel we are being punished for the failures of those in government,” he said.

 

 

 

The NARD president said the nationwide strike would continue and that the union members would proceed with the court case.

 

 

 

He added that NARD leadership has to present the new MoU to its members before he could sign the document.

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Ngige said all other unions in the negotiation, including the NMA and the Medical and Dental Consultants of Nigeria (MDCN), have signed the new agreement.

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Alpha Mead To Boost Access To Healthcare With Modular Healthcare Facility

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 To accelerate access to quality healthcare for all Nigerians, Alpha Mead Healthcare Management Services, a subsidiary of the Alpha Mead Group will on Wednesday, June 23, launch a state-of-the-art Modular Healthcare Facility (MHF) at the Gbagada General Hospital, Gbagada, Lagos.

 

 

“The MHF is a customised, mobility-enhanced, prefabricated portacabin with detachable modules equipped with state-of-the-art clinical and diagnostic equipment that is designed to take quality healthcare services to the doorstep of all Nigerians”, said Femi Akintunde, Group Managing Director, Alpha Mead Group.

 

 

Speaking on Wednesday, June 16 at a media interaction ahead of the launch of the MHF, Akintunde, an Engineer, explained that after a successful pilot of the company’s foray into Healthcare at Gbagada General Hospital, and Lagos University Teaching (LUTH), the need to make quality healthcare accessible to more Nigeria became even more pressing.

 

 

“So we went back to the drawing board. We noted that some of the issues slowing down the government and private sector programmes in making healthcare accessible for all are; how long it takes to set up a healthcare facility, inadequate amount of healthcare workers, lack of the required equipment and sometimes; even the terrain or location where these healthcare facilities will be constructed”

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“To address these issues, we came up with the Modular Healthcare Facility (MHF). The whole idea of the MHF is to aggressively drive the penetration of healthcare facilities in Nigeria by reducing the construction timeline of a healthcare facility to less than 30 days – saving the time lost to design, construction, equipment installation and commissioning of regular brick and mortar healthcare facilities, which sometimes run into years”.

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He noted that to address the issue of inadequate medical practitioners, particularly doctors in the rural areas or crisis zones, the MHF was designed to leverage technology to connect patients with medical doctors anywhere through its telemedicine facilities.

 

 

According to him, the MHF provides the right healthcare equipment that meets the minimum standard for each class of the healthcare segment – primary, secondary and tertiary and reduces the dependency of the healthcare facility on public utility by running on efficient and clean utility systems such as solar power, bio-digester sewage system, etc.

 

 

In his presentation, Kunle Omidiora, Managing Director, Alpha Mead Healthcare & Management Services (AMHS), the subsidiary of Alpha Mead promoting the MHF said the product is coming to bridge the widening gap in access to quality healthcare in Nigeria.

 

Omidiora commented: “from whatever lens one chooses to view the challenges with the healthcare sector in Nigeria today; whether financial, personnel, equipment, systems or technologies; the biggest challenge with Nigeria’s healthcare sector is that of access to quality healthcare”.

 

 

“This challenge is costing our nation a great deal. For example, a USAID report noted that Nigeria shoulders up to 10% of the global disease burden. The report noted further that this situation is caused by lack of access to quality healthcare facilities and workers, particularly in the rural areas”.

 

 

He further noted that the challenge can be further put in context when squared against 2019 data from Nigeria Health Facility Register (NHFR).

 

 

“According to the report, Nigeria has 40,345 registered hospitals and clinics to serve the 201 million population. This simply implies that one healthcare facility is responsible for an estimated five million Nigerians”, Omidiora explained.

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“The problem is even more compounded with data from WHO report revealing that only a quarter of Nigeria’s primary healthcare facilities have more than 25% of the minimum equipment package. One, therefore, does not need to wonder why Nigeria loses over 1 billion dollars to medical tourism, has one of the world highest infant mortality rates, and why prevalence of medical errors in Nigeria is on the rise”.

 

 

He explained that this huge gap is what the MHF intends to bridge; noting that the MHF is equipped with Radiology Information System, Picture Archiving Communication System (RISPACS), Enterprise Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Telehealth infrastructure for real-time reporting of investigation and remote consultation.

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