Physicians Raise Alarm Over Increasing Disease Rate In Nigeria

Physicians Raise Alarm Over Increasing Disease Rate In NigeriaThe Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria has raised an alarm over increasing rate of Non-Communicable Diseases like diabetes, cancer and hypertension in the country.

The association stated this in Ado Ekiti at the 33rd National Scientific Conference and Annual General Meeting themed: Non-Communicable Disease Burden: Health System Preparedness in Nigeria.

Speaking at the opening, the Chairman, Local Organising Committee, Dr. Olusegun Elegbede, blamed this on change in lifestyle of people and the economic recession.

According to him, there is evidence that NCDs are undermining the attainment of Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals.

“There has been growing burden of NCD and the World Economic Forum has reported it as leading macro-economic risk at global level,” he said.

The National Chairman of APHPN, Professor T.M. Akande, said the conference offered another opportunity to network and rub minds on burning public health issues in Nigeria and the strategies for advancing public health practice in Nigeria.

In a paper entitled, “Nigerian Health System Response to the Emerging Epidemics of NCDs,” the Guest Speaker, Professor Olanipekun Alausa, said chronic NCDs have become more prominent causes of illness, disabilities and deaths.

“In addition, changes in lifestyles and in the environment have increased the morbidity and mortality rates due to NCDs,” he said.

Recommending solutions, Alausa called for the strengthening of health systems with appropriate technologies in tertiary institutions.

According to him, the cost of management must be made affordable and heavily subsidised by the government and other health agencies.

“Affected people with diagnosed NCDs should seek hospital patronage early and desist from consulting and seeking for traditional and religious solutions in the first instance.

“The government should come to the assistance of patients, rather than the patients begging for donations on television stations and social media,” he added.

Enugu Govt. Tasks Security Personnel On Counter Terrorism

Ugwuanyi Calls For Overhaul Of Electoral System, More CredibilityThe Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has called on security personnel and agencies in the state to take security workshops seriously in order to improve the fight against crime in the state.

Speaking at the national sensitisation workshop on the implementation of the National Counter Terrorism Strategy, the governor, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, G.O.C Ajah, said the training is coming at the right time when security issues are at the peak in the nation.

“I commend the Federal Government for this initiative aimed at sensitising the populace and more importantly, the security agencies on necessary counter terrorism strategies and proactive measures, as well as the need for building necessary capacity to enable us contain emerging security issues and challenges in the country”.

Furthermore, he expressed optimism that the training and enlightenment is generally the most fundamental weapon used in fighting insecurity thereby urging participants to ensure that lessons learned from it are well deployed.

“I urge all participants to approach the programme with due seriousness and commitment and to ensure that the lessons learned from it are fully utilised to enhance peace and security in the country”.

Archbishop Of Canterbury Visits President Buhari

buhari2The Archbishop of Canterbury and the most senior bishop in the Church of England, Hon. Justin Portal Welby (rtd), has visited Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, at the Abuja house in London.

The President confirmed the visit on Thursday in a tweet saying: “very pleased to welcome the Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, to Abuja House this afternoon”.

The President, who had been on vacation since January 23, has received quite a number of dignitaries since he extended his leave to take care of his health.

Those who have visited him include the Senate President, Dr. Bukola saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, APC Chairman, Chief John Oyegun and APC Leader, Senator Bola Tinubu.

The President had handed over to his Vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, before proceeding on leave.

Although the President had made several calls to some leaders back home, including the governors of Kano and Niger states, as well as former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon and former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, there have been calls for him to address Nigerians directly.

One of those who believe the President should address Nigerians from London, is a Professor of International Law and Jurisprudence at the University of Lagos, Akin Oyebode, who in an interview with Channels Television said that Nigerians have a right to know the whereabouts of their president and it would only be fair for him to address citizens in order to dispel rumors in the country about his health.