Over a hundred people have benefited from a free medical test during the last yuletide season at The Redeemed Christian Church of God, The great turn around parish Igbogbo, ikorodu, Lagos.
The free healthcare service was co-sponsored by Impact Energy & Logistics Limited.
Impact Energy & logistics Limited was Established in 2012 to take advantage in Key sectors of the Nigerian Economy namely energy, petroleum and logistics.The company recently ventured into Agriculture,security services and general commercial
The Managing Director of the company, Mr. Dare Osamo said, the gesture was part of the company’s CSR in giving back to the society, “because the company believes it is one of the most effective ways it can reach back to the community drawing from it’s limited resources.
“The company organized the medical test on the firm belief that health is wealth, also considering that many people do not take their health seriously.”
Mr Dare Osamo urged the people to take seriously, instructions given them by medical experts at the free healthcare programme while also projecting that the company will embark on more Charity work in the year 2021.
The Pastorate of the church appreciated Impact Energy & logistics limited for the kind gesture and advised other corporate organization to emulate it.
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Doctors Without Borders Spends N17.7b On Vulnerable Nigerians -Official
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.
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.
Striking Resident Doctors Reject FG’s New MoU
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.
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.
MALARIA: Makinde Flags-Off Distribution Of 5m Insecticide-Treated Nets Across 33 LGs
…. 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.
“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.
“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.”
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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