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Six states to benefit from N23.3b UK malaria intervention project

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In a move to reduce Nigeria’s high malaria burden, the Department for International Development (DFID) is to invest £50 million (N23.376 billion) to support fund for malaria elimination in six states in the country.

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Chief Executive Officer of Malaria Consortium, Mr. Charles Nelson at the Start-up meeting and launch of support to National Malaria Programme-phase (SuNMaP 2) said that one hundred and sixty five local government areas in the six states of Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Lagos, and Yobe will benefit from project slated to last from December 2018 to September 2024.

He explained that the purpose of the project is to improve the planning, financing and delivery of sustainable and repicable pro-poor services for malaria in supported States and also have increased sustainable availability of antimalarial commodities, more efficient and equitable malaria prevention and treatment services delivery.

Nelson said the fund budgeted was to be spread around procurement, implementation activities and evaluation to understand the effectiveness of the programme. “There are clear targets within this for the states which we are working. The whole idea is to integrate malaria programme with everything else that goes on in health care because it is one of the most significant issue in health care. If we can reduce the burden of malaria significantly in the states, we see huge reduction in child mortality, which i think is critical. So for us it is about seeing first that no child die of malaria and then we can move towards elimination from the communities.”

Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole noted that in spite of the successes recorded in reduction in the prevalence of the disease, available evidences still show that malaria burden is still high in Nigeria.

The minister who was represented Mrs. Modupe Chukwuma disclosed that Nigeria still account for 25 per cent of malaria cases globally, adding that efforts to address the malaria burden in the country has been intensified since Nigeria committed to universal coverage of all priority intervention over the last decade.

According to him, the current programme was designed to achieve reduction of malaria burden through more efficient and effective use of available resources.“The main targets are reduction in all cause of under five mortality rate from 128 in 2013 to 85 by 22 and reduction in proportion of children aged 6-59 months infected with malaria parasites from 27 per cent in 2015 to 16 per cent by 2022.”While commending the development partners and global financing bodies for their support, he urged them not to stop supporting the country in her effort to eliminate the disease.

What are the Causes of Unemployment in Nigeria?

Unemployment is one of the major issues affecting Nigeria’s economy due to the fallout from the economic challenges. Nigeria currently are facing different aspect of unemployment which are frictional unemployment which is caused by industrial friction. There are jobs but people can’t fill them because they don’t have the skills or are unaware of the existence of the jobs. This occurs due to ignorance, immobility of labor, shortage of raw materials and even break down in machinery. There is also the residual unemployment that is caused by old age, physical or mental disability, irresponsible attitude towards the job and inadequate training.

Unemployment in Nigeria is also caused by structural unemployment which is caused by the shift in the county’s economy causing a mismatch between the skills required by employers and the skill proposed by employees. Cyclical unemployment also led to people not being employed because it is as a result of decrease in the demands for goods and services which often caused by the economy recession that forces companies to terminate a number of workers in order to reduce the costs.

The unemployment rate in Nigeria are caused mainly by the high and rapid growth in population, this is so because there have being an increase in the growth of the labor forces alongside with the inadequate supply of jobs. This rapid growth in population are coupled with rural urban migration which has led to the increase in cities thereby raising the level of unemployment.

Another key issue is poor leadership where by the government have failed to perform their constitutional duties which has resulted to the high level of unemployment. Most youth are graduates but because Nigeria lack quality education most employers now believe that Nigerian graduates are unemployable. The result of the educational program which usually include theories and lack of practical use of knowledge has led to unemployment because most tertiary educational courses lack entrepreneurial training.

Recession is another aspect that has led to unemployment in Nigerian due to the worsened decline in the country’s economy. A lot of people have been laid of work. While new jobs were not created and most companies laid of employees because they can’t afford a lot of workers and cause of this has made people became unemployed. The increasing rate of unemployment Nigeria has led to the adverse effects on both the economy and the society and such consequences are reduction in the output of goods and services, increased rural urban migration, high level of poverty, increase in the number of dependent people and high rate of crimes.

To overcome the crisis of unemployment in Nigeria, government must be effective in performing their duties, industrial friendly environment such as government should consider each sector of the economy and provide the necessary infrastructure and industrial friendly environment. Nigerians also needs to play their part in reducing the level of unemployment in the country by changing our attitude to the future of the country during the election and also understand our responsibilities. Unemployment can be reduced if only we take the right decisions.

INTERNATIONAL CONDOM DAY 2019 THEME: Safe Sex Practices

The international condom day is an informal holiday that seeks to promote the use of condoms as a means of avoiding unwanted pregnancies and sexual transmitted diseases or infections (STDs). Condoms are thin rubber covers that a man wear on his penis during sexual intercourse as a contraceptive or as protection against STIs. This year’s international condom day theme is about Safe Sex Practice which main aim is to reduce the spread of HIV through safe sex practices although many do not like the use of condoms, international condom day tries to place condoms as a healthy lifestyle choice.

International condom day is promoted by the AIDS Healthcare foundation in an effort to reduce the spread of HIV through safe sex practices.it has been an informal observance celebrated in conjunction with Valentine’s Day. Studies have shown that 65% of high school students will have engaged in sexual intercourse, and one in five sexually active teens will have had four or more sexual partners. This is why students need to know the importance of safe sex practices and should be advised about the various sexual transmitted disease out there. It is never too early to educate a child especially when you start noticing changes in them. This campaign helps not just adults but adolescents as well to know that Condoms are essential and should not be lacked at home or where ever you go because when the need arises it will be needed in order for you to avoid been infected.it has shown that condoms have helped to reduce the rate of HIV patients by the day. The purpose of this day international condom day, is to let individuals know the importance of condom and how it helps them from being infected by various sexual transmitted diseases. Save yourself today by practicing safe sex.

No More Doctors’ Strike Without Permission – NMA

The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has warned medical and health workers to desist from what it describes as indiscriminate and incessant resort to industrial action as a means of resolving disputes, saying the continuous use of strike will worsen the nation’s healthcare services. Addressing a news conference in Abuja on the outcome of the association’s national health summit, the President of the NMA, Dr Osahon Enabulele, said all affiliate groups, state and the Federal Capital Territory branch of the association must henceforth get the approval of the national body before embarking on any strike action. The association, however, added that unavoidable strike actions must conform to extant laws and the provisions of the code of medical ethics as any violation will be met with appropriate sanctions.
However,Dr. Enabulele also advised the leadership of the various health institutions to pro-actively prevent industrial actions in their institutions in order to strengthen the nation’s healthcare delivery system. Last year witnessed a number of industrial actions by doctors over wage demand in states such as Lagos, Edo and Delta.
The association further warned health practitioners who refer patients abroad through commissioned agents for reasons of financial returns to desist from such practice.

NAFDAC DG: No More Registration of Alcohol product in Sachets

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it will no longer approve new registration for alcohol packaged in sachets. Alcohol The Director-General, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, made this known on Tuesday in Ibadan at an interactive session with stakeholders in food and drugs manufacturing. The NAFDAC boss said that alcohol packaged in sachets had greatly contributed to increasing drug and alcohol abuse in society. Adeyeye said that the agency would also phase out the use of pet bottles used in the packaging of alcohol to address the increasing spate of abuse in the country

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 She said: “The agency remains undaunted in its efforts to reduce the incidence of substandard and falsified products as well as the smuggling and abuse of various products”. Adeyeye also said that in order to encourage local manufacture of herbal medicines, the agency was collaborating with traditional herbalists and researchers. “The agency is keen on having herbal medicines widely accepted as safe, hence we will continue to test them for clinical efficacy before giving full registration status. “We are also on a mission to turn herbal medicines into products that can be commercialised through collaboration between traditional herbalists and academic researchers. “In encouraging local manufacturing of medicines that are usually imported, the agency will enforce a five- year importation permit given to manufacturers with a mandate that they produce five years plan geared towards local manufacturing upon renewal. “In addition, the agency will also give five-year exclusive rights to companies to market their products without competition if they develop food and drugs that show demonstrable research and development innovation. “This development will be effective before the end of the first quarter of the year,” she said.

Childhood Cancer

In 9 months, my son took 19 pints of blood —Riskat Oshagbemi …I exhausted my savings, yet my daugther died — Cancer is a bully, worse than the playground bully. It does not only try to steal the children’s lunch money but also steals their future. No parent wants to hear, “your child has cancer”. It is simply terrifying. When cancer affects affects a child, no member of the family is spared. It used to be believed that cancer was a disease of the elderly. Sadly, every year, thousands of children in Nigeria are diagnosed with cancer. The truth is that many childhood cancers have an excellent prognosis when detected and diagnosed early, and properly treated. But, unfortunately the Nigerian story remains one of late detection, delay in presentation, and poor survival rate. Despite the burden of the disease, there is no supportive treatment plan for children with such terminal illness in Nigeria and worse still, the burden of treatment lies solely on the families of such patients. Mrs Riskat Oshagbemi; Mrs Chiamaka Obienu; Mrs Buki Oluwaojebi and Mrs. Eniola Adepitan Sharing their experiences with Good Health Weekly at the launch of “Childhood Cancer Handbook Series” written by The Dorcas Cancer Foundation, it was mixed feelings as mothers whose children lost the battle against cancer and those who managed to survive narrated their struggles, agonies and hopes. One of such mothers, Mrs. Riskat Titilayo Oshagbemi was in tears when she recounted her experience at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, after her son, Joshua, aged 10 years following his diagnosis with cancer of the kidneys. “Since his diagnosis in 2013, Joshua has had 11 cycles of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery. He has had fluid drained from his chest and more scans and tests than we can count but my son still keeps fighting.” Oshagbemi said in 2015, they spent eight months and 10 days on admission in the hospital and between August 2016 till date, Joshua had collected 19 pints of blood. “Aside from the stress of paying for the tests at one point and collecting the change the receipt at the other end, not to talk of moving from one ward to another and buying the drugs outside the hospital, I have sold all my belongings. “The only things I did not sell were those things which people were not ready to buy from me. Caring for him made me lose my business. His elder sister has been out of school for a year and a half, and Joshua himself was eager to return to school after three years,” she stated. Mrs. Obienu Chiamaka whose child, Emmanuel, was diagnosed with cancer at the age of four, recalled that when he began manifesting symptoms of kidney cancer, she didn’t take it serious because she never expected a little child wold have cancer. “I don’t know that children do have cancer, I thought it was a disease of the adult. When he fell down in school, he developed fever and then his temperature would go up in the evening and by morning it would come down”, she said Chiamaka said when he took him to a private hospital the doctor said it was infection and treated him but after some weeks the condition would resurface and would even become worse. “He could not eat and was unable to do things that he used to do. He was just lying down and started losing weight while his stomach was getting bigger. In December 2016 Emmanuel was diagnosed with kidney cancer and since then the battle for survival began. Thanks to Dorcas Cancer Foundation that assisted us financially, he is still alive. It is hell caring for a child with cancer.” While Joshua and Emmanuel are still alive, Dorcas was not so fortunate. Her mother, Mrs. Eriola Adepitan recalled how her daughter (Dorcas) battled with the scourge for three years before she lost the battle. “In 2012, she complained of pain in her leg after she returned from school and I didn’t take it serious but when her complaint was persistent, I took her to the hospital and after an x-ray, the doctor said she had bone cancer. She was given series of treatments including surgery on the right leg but despite these efforts, she died.” Also, Mrs Buki Oluwaojebi. mother of late Atinuke, recounted how she died. She said three-year-old Atinuke died in pains. “We spent so much money, sold all our properties and became almost impoverished. She was taken to India for bone marrow transplant but at the end she lost the battle. For over a year, it was like living in hell fighting cancer,” Buki lamented. “It all started with fever, and my mind didn’t go to cancer because I could not imagine anything more than malaria for a three- year- old baby. For two months of our consistent visits to the hospital, there was no concrete diagnosis so they placed her on antibiotics for another three weeks before she was later diagnosed at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH and our nightmares began.” Good Health Weekly also spoke to the Founder, The Dorcas Cancer Foundation, Dr. Adedayo Joseph who noted that Joshua and Emmanuel won the battle due to early medical intervention and support,. On the other hand, he explained that Richard, Aliyat, Timothy among others would have been alive too, if they received early treatment and care and support. Adebayo explained that the Foundation has produced three handbooks to create awareness about childhood cancer. “These books will go a long way into letting them know that they are not alone, and the Dorcas Cancer Foundation is rooting for them, until every single Nigerian child is no longer at risk of dying from childhood cancer.” In the view of a lecturer from the Department of Paediatrics at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Dr. Seye Akinsete, Nigeria still lags in cancer care, arguing that “we still have issues with manpower to provide care, the facilities in management are not available while there is need for robust health insurance”. Akinsete regretted that children continue to be at the disadvantage edge when it comes to cancer care. “The National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, includes breast cancer, prostate and cervical cancer but childhood cancer is not included. Between 30 to 40 percent of children with cancer has genetic predisposition and over time the environment works on it and it manifests. “If your child is having recurrent fever or is consistently treated for malaria or has swellings around the neck, among others, you need to seek medical evaluation,” he explained

Fall in Love Wisely, Share Love not HIV: Valentine 2019

Abuja, 11th February 2019:  The Director General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) Dr. Sani Aliyu wants to use this season of love to encourage Nigerians, especially young people, to know their HIV status. It is concerning that only one of six young people know their HIV status in this country. “Knowing your HIV status is important for your future health and that of your loved ones”

The DG noted that about one in seven young persons in Nigeria experience their first sexual contact by the age of 15 years. This, together with the practice of having multiple sexual partners increases HIV vulnerability among youths.  The DG states that “New HIV infection is currently highest among young people aged 15-24 years. It is important to reduce this worrying trend among Nigerian youths by encouraging faithful relationships for those who cannot abstain from sex, and the use of barrier protection such as condoms, which prevent Sexually Transmitted Diseases including HIV and unwanted pregnancies.”

This period is particularly noted for young people expressing their love for one another. The DG NACA urges Nigerians, especially the youths, to express love within the context of caring deeply for their loved ones and avoid risky behavior that will make them vulnerable to HIV/AIDS and other STDs.

The DG, Dr. Sani Aliyu stated that “As we express love on this day, remember to Love Wisely. As members of the wider society, your health and productivity is vital to the future of our country. So, I urge you to avoid risky behaviors as we commemorate Valentine’s Day. Love Wisely, Share Love not HIV. Get a HIV test today.”

Happy Valentine’s Day!

‘African cherry effective in the management of Weight loss, heart diseases’

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Experts in herbal medicine have said that the African cherry, known locally as Agbalumo or Udara, possesses certain properties that are effective in the prevention and management of diabetes and heart diseases.

According to expert, they described the fruit as a good source of calcium.

Calcium lends strength to the bones and teeth. It is recommended for pregnant women because it reduces salivation. It is also one of the best natural sources of vitamins A and C. In fact, the Vitamin C found in the pulp of the fruit is believed to be higher than the ascorbic content of orange and guava.

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“The African cherry also provides calories. This makes the fruit, which contains fibre and aids digestion, a good snack. It possesses antioxidant properties that give the body a better chance of fighting and avoiding heart diseases and cancer. The fruit is ideal for weight watchers.”

Stressing that the leaves of the African cherry contain hypoglycemic properties, which lower blood sugar and carry out anti-platelet activities. “The stem can be used as chewing stick as it contains anti-bacterial agents. It is also a natural remedy for toothache, diarrhea, constipation and indigestion.

“When boiled in water, the roots and barks are excellent remedies for cough, yellow fever, high blood pressure and diabetes. An infusion of the leaves can also be used to wash wounds, like a disinfectant.

“The fruit is excellent for maintaining a healthy metabolism, thus making it suitable for weight loss. It is unfortunate that after eating the pulp of the cherry fruit, we always throw away the skin. The skin should also be consumed.”

Father has no reason why he killed his sons and wife

Mr. Uwaila Idehen, who killed his 28- year- old wife, Maureen and two sons, has expressed regrets over his action.

His sons were Dereck ,3, and Desmond 2.

The 35-year-old Idehen, said the minor misunderstanding he had with his late wife had been resolved but he didn’t understand why he still killed them.

He spoke to newsmen when he was paraded at the headquarters of the Edo Police Command.

Uwaila, a tipper driver, said he has been married to his wife for ten years but he was still accused of infidelity.

His six- year- old daughter narrowly escaped death even though she was in the same room with her siblings and mother.

The victims were lying on the bed while the lucky daughter was sleeping on the ground when the father fired the fatal shot through a locked door.

A quarrel was said to have ensued on Sunday morning in which the woman reportedly told the suspect she would also date other men since her husband was unrepentant.

Uwaila drove out of the house and came back to kill his wife and sons.

According to him: “I don’t know what happened. I didn’t intend to do it. They are my lovely children. How can I lose two children at the same time?

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“We have been married for ten years. We have a minor issue. I do not know how the gun exploded. I bought the gun six years ago.

“Some boys that came to ransack my house took the bag containing the license for the gun.”

Police Commissioner, Hakeem Odumosun, said Idehen shot his victims with English- made doubled- barrelled gun over a mere misunderstanding.

Buhari Praised by Labour Union for not privatising health

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and its affiliate, the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), have commended President Muhammadu Buhari for not privatising the health sector. They condemned privatisation of the sector, saying it would lead to masses’ exploitation.

The leaderships of the two Unions, Ayuba Wabba and Biobelemoye Josiah, who expressed their concern at the recent 45th session of the MHWUN’s National Executive Council meeting in Abuja, urged health workers to unite for a common interest to resist the idea, described as anti-masses.

According to Wabba, anyone who says health care privatisation will better the sector is telling lies. ”Anybody that tells me that privatising the health care will make it better, it is false. What has become of the privitisation of the power sector? We have seen it as an exploitation. Nigerians have been crying to be given meters, but there is none. Not because meters cannot be provided, but they realised that once they provide meters, exploitation will end, estimated billing will end and citizens will drive the process; that is why up till now they have refused, despite the fact that it is a major component of the agreement of privisation,” Wabba said.

Josiah on his part, commended President Buhari, for refusing to privatise the healthcare system, even as he warned against fresh strike action. He called on the President to always listen to the other side of every story given to him by his aides. ”The truth of the matter is that, in the health sector, there has been deprivation. Seventy per cent of the healthcare professionals, their voices are not being heard. Their voices have been dominated,” he said.

The MHWUN President also hinted an impending strike action if the government continued to delay in addressing the demands of health workers, especially  Skipping arears. It, therefore, urged its members to prepare for an indefinite strike action to push home their demands.

He called on Nigerians to prepare their minds and bear with the workers when the time comes for the strike.

Speaking on why his group will resume the strike, he said the continous inability of the government to meet the demands of the health workers, especially the payment of areas skipping, will no longer be tolerated.

“Comrades, we have to prepare ourselves. We will no longer take that deceitful  story of there is no money.  At the appropriate time, we will come to you so that we will carry out destiny in our hands.

“We call on Nigerians to have that understanding with us when the time comes because if the same ministry can appropriate to pay illegal items to the medical doctors such as skipping arears.

“Another exposure of insincerity was that after paying the medical doctors skipping arears, which they were not supposed to benefit, they now went into the Federal Executive Council with a so-called white paper that skipping has been abrogated. Can FEC quash the ruling of any court?

“If we believe in the rule of law, they just have to pay us that money because they have paid those who are not entitled to it.

“Even when the Income and Wages Commission advised that these people are not entitled to this money, don’t pay them, the same government, the same ministry of health that said there is no money still went ahead to pay them.

“Unless we agree to take our destiny in our hands, nobody in that ministry will be human enough to give us what is due to us,” he said.

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Reacting to the fight against corruption by President Buhari-led administraion, Josiah said: “It is our view that corruption cannot be fought when injustice cannot be redressed.

He said: “Let me therefore, use this opportunity to call on the government to redesign the anti-corruption war to assume a holistic and down-to-the-grassroot approach, as well as support and protect those heeding the call to support and advance the fight.”

Speaking on his achievements within the past two years, he said: “Recall that in 2017, we performed the ground breaking ceremony of our Specialist Hospital project. I am happy to report to you that work has steadily progressed at the sight.

“We shall endeavour to make out time for an inspection visit to the sight in the course of our crowded programme. Our efforts at remodeling the fourth floor to suit the purpose it was meant to serve has reached 99 per cent completion with the delivery of a 550KVA plant that is expected to provide an uninterrupted power supply to the facility. You would agree with me that power supply is central to the success of any hospital facility.”

He, however, condemned the killing of health workers in the northeast by the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents, describing it as barbaric and satanic.

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