FEC Directs Education Minister To Review Schools Resumption Date

Schools resumptionThe Federal Executive Council (FEC) has asked the Minister of Education, Mr Ibrahim Shekarau, to review the directive given to schools over their resumption following the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Onyebuchi Chukwu, said this while updating journalists on the Federal Government’s handling of the Ebola Virus Disease.

According to him, schools resumption may be in September as the Federal Government has put all precautionary measures in place to check the spread of the virus.

He said that the Minister of Education would meet with all education commissioners in the country to arrive at the resumption date to be announced after the meeting.

Dr. Chukwu also dispelled rumours of the spread of the disease in Zaria, Abuja, Edo and Calabar, saying that only two cases of Ebola Virus Disease remain in the country,with one in Lagos and the other in Port Harcourt.

Residents Doctors’ Warning Strike Commences

Lagos_doctors_867855132Resident Doctors have commenced a 3-day warning strike across the country.

Patients at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, are stranded as the doctors there enforced the strike.

In Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, Resident Doctors of the Federal Medical Centre, Idi Aba joined their colleagues nationwide in the ongoing 3-day warning strike.

A visit to the hospital revealed that although the resident doctors have withdrawn their services as directed by the national body, the action seemed not to be having much impact as nurses and consultants attended to patients.

Attempts to speak with the union leaders and management of the hospital proved abortive as they said they were not willing to speak on this development.

In Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, the strike was in force also, but the Spokesperson of the National Hospital, Dr Tayo Haastrup, said that the welfare package of resident doctors can be negotiated with the Federal Government without putting the lives of teeming Nigerians at stake.

Resident Doctors at the Federal Medical Centre, in Owo, Ondo State also joined their counterparts across the country.

Channels Television was at the hospital to monitor the situation at the hospital. Though our crew was not allowed into the wards by the security officials at the hospital, there activities to indicate that other health workers in the hospital were at work.

We had an interview with the Chairman, Association of Resident Doctors in the hospital, Raymond Omotayo who highlighted the demands of the association from the federal government, noting that if the demands are not met by July 1, 2015, the Doctors will be forced to embark on an indefinite strike action.

All our efforts to speak with the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Femi Omotosho proved abortive as he was said to be out of the state and other senior officers in the hospital were not willing to speak to our correspondents.

Resident doctors in Rivers State were not left out in the strike as Channels Television visited the Braithwaithe Memorial Specialist Hospital in Port Harcourt, where patients were seen waiting to see doctors that were not available.


President Jonathan To Attend 22nd AU Summit In Addis Ababa

President Goodluck Jonathan will leave Abuja on Wednesday to attend the 22nd Summit of African Union Heads of State and Government, which begins in Addis Ababa on Thursday.

The African Union has declared 2014 as ‘The Year of Agriculture and Food Security in Africa’ and the 22nd summit of African Union Heads of State and Government will have “Transforming Africa’s Agriculture: Harnessing Opportunities for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Developmentas its theme.

According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Reuben Abati, President Jonathan and other participating Heads of State and Government will formally launch the ‘Year of Agriculture and Food Security in Africa’ which coincides with the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme.

They will also consider and adopt the reports of high-level committees on the Assessment of the African Standby Force and the Operationalization of the African Capacity for Immediate response to Crises, as well as the reports of other high-level committees on United Nations Reforms, the post-2015 Development Agenda, African Trade and Climate Change.

President Jonathan will be accompanied to the summit by Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, the Supervising Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Viola Onwuliri, the Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke, the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, the Minister of Water Resources, Mrs. Sarah Ochekpe, the Minister of Health, Dr. Onyebuchi Chukwu and the Supervising Minister of Environment, Mr. Darius Ishaku.

He will return to Abuja at the conclusion of the summit on Friday.

Polio Vaccination: FEC Warns Against Misleading Northern Nigerians

The Federal Executive Council says it will sanction any media organisation that is used anywhere in the country to incite the people especially northern Nigerians against polio vaccination.

The minister of health Dr Onyebuchi Chukwu said this while briefing state house correspondents after the presentation of his ministry’s score card in the past year.

The significance of the briefing according to him is that despite the challenges, the ministry achieved 90 per cent immunization coverage for polio in the country in the last year

He says security agencies have been detailed to provide adequate security to health workers and the clients to avoid a repeat of what happened in Kano.

Make nutrition part of the budget, Health Minister tells FG

The Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu has urged that the government that nutrition should be put in the budget line as part of their capital expenditures.

The minister, who pointed this out during the world breastfeeding week, called on Nigerians both in the private sectors to support mothers and care givers to achieve optimal practice in feeding infants and young children.

He said the support will be able to sustain our Millennium Development Goal(MDG) targets through this high-impact and low cost intervention.

Optimal breastfeeding includes exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of infant life, as recommended by the World Health Organization.

it is critical to prevent at least 13% of all child deaths—more than any other intervention to prevent deaths.
Continuing breastfeeding for up to two years, even when infants begin taking complementary foods, could also prevent an additional 6% of deaths.