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Buhari leaving legacy of quality health care delivery – Lai Mohammed

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Buhari leaving legacy of quality health care delivery – Lai Mohammed


The Federal Government says the President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration is leaving behind a legacy of quality health care delivery through the Universal Health Coverage.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this on Saturday at the inauguration of a 80-bed Mother and Child Hospital in his hometown, Oro, near Ilorin in Kwara.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the hospital, facilitated by the minister, was built by the Office of the Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

NAN also reports that another 40-bed hospital built in Igbaja town, also facilitated by the minister through the SDG Office was also inaugurated as part of the activities.

The inaugurations were parts of activities  lined-up for the 2023 Oro Day celebrations.

Mohammed said the Buhari administration was executing the universal health suffrage by expanding the net for those to be captured under the Health Insurance Programme.

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“The Basic Health Care Provision Fund is being operationalised to provide health care to poor and indigent Nigerians. We will ensure availability of basic minimum package of health services.

“This will ensure that at least 100,000,000 Nigerians will have health insurance coverage through public and private sources,” he said.

The minister disclosed that the federal government was partnering with the AFREXIM Bank to host the regional centre for health excellence in Abuja.

According to him, the groundbreaking has been done and the super hospital will be managed by the King’s College Hospital, London.

“The administration’s response to health emergencies has remained unprecedented particularly how we were able to contain the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

“Worthy of note is that under this administration, Nigeria has been certified Wild Polio Free,”  he said

On how Kwara had benefitted from the federal government’s health projects, Mohammed said no fewer than three of such hospitals and the facilities had been executed by the SDGs office in the state.

According to him, a 100-bed hospital equipped with state of the art facilities had been commissioned in Eiyenkorin, Asa Local Government Area to reduce maternal death, infant and neo-natal deaths.

The minister said the 80-bed hospital being inaugurated in Oro was equally equipped to promote the heath of mothers and children.

“It has a Theatre, Incubators, Ventilators, Phototherapy Machines, Patient Monitor, Children Beds, Examination beds, 100kva generator, Furnished and lit with solar street lights.

“This development is in line with PMB’s administration commitment to providing health facilities to cater for the needs of Nigerians.

“I am told that the SDGs Office commissioned over 35 of the 100 bed hospitals spread across the country.

“It also commissioned twenty 80-bed hospitals and numerous primary health centers across the country,” he said

Mohammed commended the SDGs Office for the giant strides it has recorded in the provision of social services across the country particularly in remote places.

The minister appreciated the  President for his numerous support to Kwara, particularly his community.

“Recall that some weeks ago, we were here to perform the groundbreaking for the construction of a power transmission sub-station.

“The network of roads constructed in Oro is also a testament of Mr President footprints in this community.

“I will urge you to continue to support the government to succeed and also to take advantage of the health facility to promote the health and well-being of mothers and children,” he said.

Speaking in the same veins, the state Governor,  AbdulRaheem AbdulRazaq, said history would not forget Buhari for the giant stride in health sector and infrastructure development across the country.

Represented by his Commissioner for Health, Dr Raji Razaq, the governor also thanked the minister for facilitating the projects and the SDG’s office for executing them.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDG, Princess Adejoke Adefulire, urged the residents to take possession of the hospital.

She also urged women in the community and environ to put them to use, reiterating that the hospitals were equipped with modern facility not only for women and children but also for men.

Adefulire reiterated the federal government’s commitment to delivering quality health care services to the citizens

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President Biden Tests Positive for COVID-19, Exhibits Mild Symptoms

U.S. President Joe Biden has tested positive for COVID-19, the White House announced on Thursday. According to Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre., Biden is fully vaccinated and boosted, and is currently experiencing mild symptoms.

The positive test result came after Biden attended an event in Nevada. Following this, he will return to his private residence in Delaware to self-isolate while continuing to perform all his presidential duties remotely.

Biden’s physician reported that the president displayed upper respiratory symptoms, including a runny nose and a cough, in the afternoon. Although the results of a PCR confirmation test are pending, Biden has already received his first dose of the COVID-19 drug Paxlovid.

This marks the second time Biden, 81, has tested positive for COVID-19; he experienced mild symptoms during his previous infection two years ago. Given his age, Biden is at a higher risk for severe illness from the virus.

This latest positive test comes amid increasing scrutiny of Biden’s mental acuity and physical health, raising concerns about his fitness to run for a second term in the upcoming November presidential elections.

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Abuja residents take preventive measures against cholera

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Abuja residents take preventive measures against cholera

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Some residents of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) say they are taking measures to avoid contracting cholera which is spreading in different parts of the country.

The residents, who spoke in separate interviews with newsmen on Saturday, said that proper hygiene was now paramount in their everyday life.

Media reports indicate that deaths from cholera outbreak in Lagos State has risen to 24 with 35 confirmed cases.

There also 417 suspected cases in 20 Local Government Areas of the state.

Mr Kunle Ashimi, the Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Ogun State, acknowledged the impact of cholera in 30 states in the country, according to media reports.

The FCT residents told NAN that they were paying extra attention to the sources of food they consume and taking extra measures to keep their environment clean.

Miss Kanayo Gift said she improve on her cleanliness, adding that “I know that cholera is caused by poor sanitation practices, so I ensure that I keep my surroundings clean.

“I dispose my garbage properly, and most importantly, I always make sure I wash my hands regularly.

According to her, she applies hand sanitizer on her hands when she is not at home and unable to wash them.

“I also ensure that my toilet is clean and hygienic”, Gift said.

Mrs Gladys Ohiwere, Assistant Head Mistress, Leadway Schools, said that they had put up safety guidelines for students to protect them from contracting cholera and other communicable diseases.

“We made sure there is tap water flowing around the school environment with soap for washing their hands.

“We also provided sanitizers to use on their hands properly. Whenever a pupil is going to the toilet we ensure a teacher is there to assist them.

“This is to ensure that they use the toilet properly and also make sure that they wash their hands afterwards.

She also told NAN that they strive to ensure that the students did not eat their food with unwashed hands.

Similarly, Mrs Loveth Ezeurike, a teacher at Ariella Ville Academy, said that the school management made sure its environment is clean at all times.

“The classrooms are thoroughly cleaned each day. This includes the student desks and floors. Students are encouraged to always wash their hands after their break time and before entering their respective classrooms.

She added that hand sanitisers have also been provided for every classroom.

“We have also informed parents to ensure their children are in good health before sending them to school” she said.

Malam Bala Musa, a fruit vendor, said usually he washed his fruits once but with the outbreak, he washes them twice with clean water before selling.

“There are some people who are not taking the outbreak of this disease seriously. As for me I will continue to keep my environment clean and maintain hygiene at all times.

I want to keep my customers and myself healthy”, Musa told NAN.

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Reps seek free medicare for pregnant women

The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to mandate public healthcare institutions to provide free medical treatment for pregnant women during and after delivery.

The call was sequel to the adoption of a motion by Rep. Mohammed Shehu (PDP-Bauchi) at plenary on Wednesday.

They also urged the ministry to implement routine checks to ensure continuity, compliance by medical personnel, and sustainability of childbirth processes.

Moving the motion, Shehu said that the government established public healthcare institutions to provide medical services to humanity.

He added that drugs were supplied to the institutions and equipped with modern medical facilities and charged with the responsibility of handling healthcare-related matters.

Shehu said though healthcare services were not restricted to pregnant women, efforts to encourage free treatment for expectant mothers have not been fully realised.

He said that giving the fertility statistics in the country, there was need for free medical treatment for pregnant women to boost the country’s fertility rate.

“Nigeria is grappling with high disease rates, resulting in an annual maternal mortality rate of expectant mothers and children due to pregnancy complications and the polio virus.

“Further aware that government requires public healthcare institutions to have medical professionals, give adequate attention to patients, including pregnant women, during childbirth to address complications and find permanent solutions.

“There is a need for the government to prioritise policy actions aimed at improving healthcare delivery systems, particularly for pregnant women, to alleviate their hardships and boost their confidence,” he said.

In his ruling, the Deputy Speaker, Rep. Benjamin Kalu mandated the Committee on Healthcare Services and Healthcare Institutions to liaise with the Minister of Health and Social Welfare to ensure compliance.

The committee is to report back within four weeks for further legislative action.

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