Ex-Health Minister’s Son Regains Freedom

Dayo Adewole, the son of the immediate past Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, who was abducted on Tuesday has regained his freedom.

Details about his release are still sketchy, but it comes a day after he was abducted from his farm which is situated at Iroko, near Fiditi in Afijio Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday.

He and his employees had been on the farm when the mask-wearing gunmen invaded it and whisked him away, through the neighbouring village.

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One of his workers had raised the alarm, alerting villagers who quickly sent local hunters after the kidnappers.

Although the hunters found the car used by the kidnappers, neither Dayo nor any of the abductors were found with the police also launching a hunt for the criminals after being informed.

Ex-Health Minister’s Son Kidnapped

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The son of the immediate past Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has been kidnapped.

The Oyo State Police commissioner Shina Olukolu confirmed to Channels Television that Dayo Adewole was kidnapped in Oyo State.

The kidnappers are reported to have waylaid Dayo and some of his staff at his farm situated at Iroko near Fiditi in Afijio Local Government Area of the state.

The kidnappers wore facial masks to hide their identity and took away Dayo, escaping through the neighbouring village.

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One of Dayo’s workers then raised the alarm and alerted the villagers who quickly sent local hunters after the kidnappers. The hunters found the car used by the kidnappers but neither Dayo nor any of the abductors were found.

The village head, Oniroko of Iroko made a phone call on a radio program and alerted the public.

Police Commissioner in the state disclosed the three suspects have been arrested among which is Dayo’s domestic staff.

Police officers have since commenced investigations and are on the trial of Dayo’s kidnappers.

No contact has been made yet by the kidnappers with the family.

SERAP Asks Health Minister To Account For Spending On LUTH, Other Hospitals

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The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has sent a Freedom of Information request to the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, asking him to urgently provide information about details of actual spending of allocations to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, (LUTH).

SERAP also asked the health minister to provide details of spending of allocations to 20 other federal teaching hospitals and 20 Federal Medical Centres across the country, for the period covering 2010 to 2017.

In a statement on Sunday by its Deputy Director, Timothy Adewale, SERAP said, “The information should include details of spending on specific projects and facilities at LUTH and other teaching hospitals and medical centres under the direct control of the Ministry of Health”.

The FOI request read in part: “As trustee of public funds, your Ministry has a legal duty to render account on the specific details of spending of capital allocations to LUTH and other teaching hospitals and medical centres under the direct control of the Ministry to the beneficiaries (Nigerians) of the trust, if and when called upon to do so. Any failure or refusal to render account will also be clearly inconsistent with the attitude of a government that has repeatedly expressed commitment to the fight against corruption, and to transparency and accountability.

“As a key agency of government, the Ministry of Health has a sacred duty to ensure that the country’s allocations to the health sector are used solely to achieve adequate access to health care services for all Nigerians and residents.

“This implies providing strong leadership in the efforts to curb public sector corruption, mismanagement and neglect, and to honour Freedom of Information requests on the spending of allocations to LUTH and other teaching hospitals and medical centres across the country.”

It explained that despite huge budgetary allocations, many of the teaching hospitals and medical centres under the direct control of the Ministry had been left to fall apart with many lacking some basic amenities.

The agency further stated that “ordinary Nigerians have derived appallingly little benefit from all of the allocations, in terms of access to basic healthcare, showing a failure to respect and ensure the right to health and human dignity in the country.”

It, therefore, stated that details of the spending on health care facilities should be provided within seven days, failure of which the agency would take appropriate legal actions to compel the Minister to comply with the request.

SERAP said the disclosure of the information requested will give it (SERAP), as well as the general public, a true picture of how the allocations to LUTH and the other hospitals were spent to improve medical facilities and infrastructure in the hospitals.

FG Approves N6.06trn For Comprehensive Healthcare Plan

FG Approves N6.06trn For Comprehensive Healthcare Plan

 

The Federal Government has approved the sum of N6.07 trillion for a comprehensive healthcare plan in the country.

Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, disclosed this to State House correspondents on Wednesday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

“The entire projects meant for over five years will cost us over N6.071 trillion and we believe that if this funding is done, if the plans are implemented faithfully, we will achieve a 31 per cent reduction in maternal mortality,” he said.

“We will achieve 33 per cent reduction in horizontal mortality and we will achieve under five per cent mortality reduction of 29 per cent,” the minister revealed, adding, “We are quite confident that this plan will usher Nigeria into a new era and Council in its wisdom, approved this plan for implementation.”

Professor Adewole revealed that 38.2 per cent of the sum was earmarked for human resources for a period of five years, that is between 2018 and 2022.

He added that 34 per cent was earmarked for medical supplies while seven per cent was allocated for infrastructural development.

The minister explained that following the approval, the Federal Government would ask the states to commence implementation.

He said the government would also seek the support of the National Economic Council (NEC) and the Nigeria Governors’ Forum to ensure the plan was faithfully implemented.

Professor Adewole recalled a previous attempt to come up with a plan between 2010 and 2015, saying it had 52 targets.

According to him, the government was only able to achieve two of the targets and spent a long time to put the second plan in place.

“So, it took us about two years to get this second plan done. It involves all states of the federation. It includes the Federal Capital Territory, and our development partners participated in the presentation and the approval of the plan,” the minister said.

He added, “The plan was approved at the National Council on Health meeting that took place in Kano on 21st of June, 2018. The plan essentially has five strategic pillars and 15 priority areas.

“The five strategic pillars include: enabling environment for our attainment of health sector good, increased utilisation of essential package of healthcare services, strengthening our health system, and protection from health emergencies as well as health financing.”

Adewole said the new plan has 15 thematic areas, 48 strategic objectives, and 282 interventions which he said would improve healthcare delivery in the nation.

The fund was approved at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting which held inside the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo presided over today’s FEC meeting in the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari who is out of the country.

Also present is the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, as well as the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita.

Ministers absent at the meeting are Kemi Adeosun, (finance), Chibuike Amaechi (transportation), and Geoffrey Onyeama (foreign affairs).

Obstetric Fistula: FG Set To Treat 400,000 Patients

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The Federal Government said it has concluded plans to carry out free obstetric fistula repairs on identified 400, 000 patients, with a view to alleviating the sufferings of women afflicted by the ailment.

The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, who made the disclosure in Osun State, described obstetric fistula, a child birth injury peculiar to underage girls, as an indicator of poverty and lack of ignorance.

The minister disclosed this on Thursday at the official commissioning of a one-week pooled obstetric fistula repairs at the Wesley Guild Hospital Complex, Ilesa.

He noted that the Federal Government has resolved that the fistula repairs would be done by trained surgeons in all the teaching hospitals in the country.

“We need to close the tab and carry out a backlog of about 300,000 to 400,000 fistula repairs so that sufferers of this debilitating condition can get a reprieve,” said Professor Adewole.

He noted that investment in health gives much return that other sectors, adding: “President Muhammadu Buhari led administration would make fistula repair one of its cardinal points, like other serious disease such as cancer and diabetes”.

 

On his part, the country director for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Fistula Care Plus, Iyeme Ifem, highlighted the mandates of the agency in the operations.

He said: “Our mandate from the U.S. government is to carry our fistula repairs on about 250,000 sufferers and we have been able to repair about 6,000 cases per year”.

“US/USAID is funding the project to ensure that we meet the target of carrying out repairs on as many women as possible. We are only facing some challenges on post operational care of women after repairs in hospital wards,” Ifem added.

In his remark, the Chief Medical Director of Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex (OAUTHC), Professor Victor Adetiloye noted that Wesley Guild Hospital needed the intervention of the government.

“From inception, Wesley Guild Hospital has been operating as a primary, secondary and tertiary hospital. Bringing these free fistula repair surgeries here has brought succour to indigent patients suffering from the disease”.

Adetiloye said that the obstetric fistula repair programme was key to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Five.

He, however, urged the minister to help in the training and mentoring of the medical professionals that would be involved in carrying out the operations.

Health Minister Suspends Eight Top NHIS Officials

Health Minister Suspends Eight Top NHIS Officials
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The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has approved the suspension of eight top officials of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

The suspension, according to a statement by the ministry, is in furtherance to the activities of the investigative panel of inquiry as well as the desire to have an uninterrupted and robust investigation of all petitions against some officials of the NHIS.

The statement which was issued on Monday added that the petitions included security reports on maladministration and mismanagement by officials of the scheme.

The affected officers are Olufemi Akingbade (General Manager, Zonal Coordinator South-South Zone); John Okon (General Manager, Finance Account); and Yusuf Fatika (General Manager, Human Resources and Administration).

Also suspended are Shehu Adamu (Assistant General Manager, Audit); Vincent Mamdam (Assistant General Manager, Head Insurance) and Safiyanu Attah (Senior Assistant Officer, Marketing).

Others are Owen Udo Udoma (Senior Manager, Contribution Management) and Innocent Abbah (Senior Assistant Officer, Planning Research and Monitoring).

Professor Adewole urged the panel to “remain focused, fair and transparent” in the discharge of its duties in spite of the sensation the development has generated.

The Acting Executive Secretary of NHIS, Attahiru Ibrahim has been directed to ensure the immediate implementation of the suspension order.

NHIS Should Be A Regulator, Not An Operator – Health Minister

NHIS, Isaac Adewole

The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole says the Federal Government is planning to review the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

The minister made the disclosure during an exclusive interview on Channels Television’s magazine programme, Dateline Abuja.

He explained that the scheme would be reviewed to be a regulator as well as strengthened to check the Health Management Organisations (HMOs) across the country.

Professor Adewole noted that the HMOs would face prosecution if found culpable for withholding monies meant for hospitals and enrollees.

He added that state governments would also be encouraged to develop their own health insurance scheme.

FG Vows To Tackle Menace Of Drug Abuse

FG Vows To Tackle Menace Of Drug Abuse
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The Federal Government has vowed to tackle the menace of drug abuse and trafficking of illicit drugs in Nigeria, in order to secure the future of the nation’s youths.

The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole stated this on Tuesday at the grand finale for the commemoration of the 2017 International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Abuja.

He expressed the government’s readiness to tackle the menace through the enforcement of the national drug master plan.

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The minister noted that government remains committed to supporting persons who are dependent on drugs to overcome the challenge.

He also reiterated the support of the government for the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and other agencies saddled with the responsibility of law enforcement.

Also speaking at the event, the Deputy Governor of Kano State, Professor Hafiz Abubakar decried the increasing cases of drug abuse by children of wealthy people.

On his part, Chairman of the NDLEA, Mohammed Abdallah highlighted how the problem can be addressed while a consultant psychiatrist, Dr. Vincent Udenze further explained how to combat the menace in the country.

Nigeria Not Fully Prepared For Emergencies – Health Minister

The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole says Nigeria is not fully prepared for health emergencies.

Professor Adewole said this at the closing ceremony of the Joint External Evaluation of Nigeria’s health regulations in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Addressing an audience at the event, he said: “You look at how prepared you are for emergencies and the answer is simple, we are not yet there. We must not leave it to God we must leave it to humans, this is a situation where we must take charge of our destiny”.

The minister stressed the need for a stronger synergy among government agencies to strengthen disease surveillance and control across Nigeria.

Health Minister Meets With Freed Chibok Girls

Health Minister Meets With Freed Chibok GirlsThe Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has met with the 82 Chibok schoolgirls recently freed from Boko Haram captivity.

The Minister who arrived at the premises of the Department of State Services (DSS) in Abuja, along with some top officials of the ministry, was ushered into the hall where the girls were seated.

Officials of the DSS, however barred journalists from covering the meeting, just as Professor Adewole refused to speak to reporters after the meeting.

Sources at the Ministry of Health said the visit was to assess the health status of the girls and ascertain what medical help they needed.

The meeting came barely 24 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari received the 82 Chibok schoolgirls at the Presidential Villa.

The President’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, said the schoolgirls were released after months of negotiations.

They are part of the over 200 girls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents from the Government Secondary School in Chibok, a community in Borno State in April 2014.

U.S. Supports Nigeria With $300m To Fight Malaria

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Nigeria may have recorded remarkable success in its fight against malaria, more still needs to be done to completely end the disease.

The United States Government has announced a $300 million commitment towards achieving this, while asking government to increase efforts in eliminating the disease.

The Deputy Chief of Missions at the U.S. Embassy, David Young, noted that ending malaria in Nigeria would prevent over 80 million illnesses and more than 300,000 related deaths each year.

He further stressed the need for both Federal and State governments to develop the primary healthcare through significant funding.

in their separate remarks, Malaria Ambassador and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulazeez Yari, as well as the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, disclosed how far they have been working to intervene, especially with funds from donor agencies.

They promised to ensure transparency and accountability in projects geared towards a reduction of the malaria scourge.

“All pregnant women are being given the needs and drugs for free in all State Government-owned hospitals and other health facilities.

“I will like to assure that Zamfara State government will continue to sustain the fight against malaria,” Governor Yari said.

“We will account for every Kobo, Naira and Dollar that you give to us. Take malaria out of the table, room, environment, this country; many things will change, and maternal mortality and under-five mortality will significantly improve.

“The contribution of the workforce to economic development will also significantly change,” Professor Adewole also said.

Health Minister Reveals Plans To Drive Sector With ICT

Isaac-AdewoleThe Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has described the lack of accurate data for disease outbreaks across the country as one major challenge the sector is grappling with.

He made the remarks at a meeting to inaugurate the National E-health Committee in Abuja.

According to him, the 13-man committee which he heads alongside his colleague at the Ministry of Communications, would work to improve access to Healthcare delivery even among rural dwellers.

The two ministers said that the E-health initiative of the Federal Government would leverage on the access and use of mobile phones and other related information communication technologies in the country.

They further explained that the initiative would both reduce the time a patient spends trying to get medical assistance and assist government get accurate data during disease outbreaks.