FG Deploys Midwives To Primary Healthcare Centres Nationwide

Health, midwives FG Deploys Midwives To Primary Healthcare Centres Nationwide The Federal Government is deploying skilled midwives to Primary Healthcare Centers across the country to strengthen service delivery.

The Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, (NPHDA), Dr Emmanuel Odu, revealed this at the opening of a Midwives Service Orientation Scheme in Abuja.

Dr Odu said that the scheme is a year-long mandatory service for all graduates of nursing, which is aimed at improving their skills on key aspects of primary health.

This comes after series of meetings held by key stakeholders across the nation to discuss ways by which health systems can be improved especially in a critical time when the current economic recession is being experienced in Nigeria.

At such a time, it has become increasingly difficult for the less privileged and vulnerable members of the society to assess Primary Health Care services.

The Nigerian Medical Association recently staged a walk, demanding the implementation of the National Health Act, enacted in 2014.

The association says the passage into law has been stalled as a result of the non-nonchalant attitude of the Federal Government.

In a message from the President of Nigerian Medical Association, Professor Mike Ogirima, the Federal Government was urged to immediately start the operation of the National Health Act without further delay in order to address the numerous challenges of healthcare delivery to Nigerians.

Members of the Nigerian Medical Association, Plateau State Chapter, and Abia state, joined their counterparts across the nation in a nationwide walk to call on the government at all levels to implement the provisions of the National Health Act, 2014.

Health Care Delivery: Stakeholders Call For Accessibility

health careIdentifying the strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in the health care system, is one of the strategic plans aimed at improving the sector and making health care services very accessible to all citizens.

This was made known at forum held by stakeholders on health at the Micheal Okpara Auditorium, Umuahia, Abia State, to mark the physicians’ week.

However, those who spoke at the forum noted that monitoring, regulation and funding, play a critical role in tackling issues which has been considered as a key factor that can change the health care delivery in Nigeria.

However, efforts are being put in place to bridge the gap and minimize the emergency in health care, but may require the participation of all and sundry because the health sector needs a collective effort and strong partnership.

The stakeholders also believe that change in the health care delivery, may take a while because of corruption and the Nigeria system that permits compromise and allows citizens to seek alternative health care services.

Medical Association Tasks Govt. On Improved Healthcare Delivery

medical doctorsThe Nigerian Medical Association, Imo State Chapter, has urged both the Federal and State governments to be more committed to creating programmes and policies that would aid effective delivery of quality healthcare for the people.

The chairman of the association in Imo State, Dr. Darlington Akukwu, made the demand during the official flag-off of free medical outreach and services to the people of Ehime Mbano, Ihitte Uboma and Obowo Local Government area of Imo state.

While lauding the initiative by the government, the NMA chairman says it is necessary for the government to put in place a permanent structure that would enhance quality healthcare delivery.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Health, Isaac Oyewole, has said that the Federal Government, through the Millennium Development Goals office, have contributed meaningfully to ensuring quality healthcare delivery.

Over 3,000 indigenes of the area benefited from the free medical services, as about 200 health workers including doctors and nurses have been drafted to carry out this assignment.

The Minister, who was represented by a Director from the Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Christopher Ugboko, said the Federal Government through the Ministry of Health and the Millennium Development Goals office has done a lot in delivery quality healthcare to Nigerians even though the government will still do more for the people.

The government says ongoing discussion with the country director of UNICEF, shows that the agency is willing to partner with the Imo State government to ensure that the free medical outreach is replicated across the 27 local government areas of Imo state.

While commending the initiative, the NMA chairman urged the government to invest more in the health sector and put in place a permanent and lasting structure that would be to the benefit of the people.

Niger State Govt. Urges Residents To Be Vigilant During Yuletide

niger-state-yuletideNiger State Government has urged all the people of the state to strengthen their vigilance during this Christmas season and provide security agencies with information on any suspicious act, in order to have incident free celebrations in the state.

According to a statement from the Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism in the state, Mr Jonathan Vatsa, the government was always ready to leverage on the already established synergy with security organizations in the state to provide security, but the people have a role to play.

Mr Vatsa noted that though the state has always been peaceful, the people should not take any unusual occurrences and people around them for granted because those who want to breach the security of the state may want to hide under the Yuletide to commit crimes.

He stated that for the security agencies to effectively carry out their duties, the people must be ready to co-operate with them by providing the necessary information on undesirable elements and their acts in the state.

According to the Commissioner, apart from various development programmes, like boosting education, health care delivery, Agriculture, as well as women and youth empowerment and providing infrastructures, the administration of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello in the state takes the security of lives and property very seriously.

He added that “it is within the framework of the change agenda that the needed peaceful environment should be provided for development to thrive and we emphasized here that nothing will derail the present administration from ensuring that the people enjoy the outcome of the change they massively voted for”.

“We must expose the mischief makers and those who will want to deny us of the peace we all cherish by giving the security agencies the appropriate information. We should do that in good fate not by raising unnecessary alarms” Vatsa admonished the people of the state particularly and Nigerians in general.

Medical Practitioners Challenge Government On National Health Insurance

health careThe Nigerian Government has been challenged to evolve and expand an enduring policy framework on health care delivery as an impetus to the sustenance of other sectors of the nation’s economy, to reduce medical tourism and improve the health of the people.

The advice was contained in messages at the Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Ogun State chapter, held in Abeokuta, the state capital.

Medical practitioners asked government to improve on the National Health Insurance Scheme to ensure its spread across the nooks and crannies of the country.

They demanded more funding, modern equipment and necessary political will to drive the sector.

Representing the State Governor, the Deputy Governor, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, restated the commitment of the State Government towards improving the sector.

Mrs Onanuga said that the state had developed comprehensive strategies which include allocation of more funds, free community based health and maternity programmes, establishment of the emergency and ambulance service, all aimed at effectively developing the health sector.