Ex-Health Minister’s Son Kidnapped

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Isaac Adewole (File Photo)

 

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.

Northern State Governors, Monarchs Meet Over Meningitis Outbreak

Northern State Governors, Monarchs Meet Over Meningitis OutbreakAn emergency meeting of State Governors and traditional rulers of the 19 northern states of the country has been held in Kaduna State.

The meeting was convened on Tuesday to discuss ways of tackling the meningitis outbreak that has claimed over 400 lives across Nigeria, most of them from the region.

The meeting, which was organised by the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, and the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, seeks alternative ways of importing vaccines for the treatment of meningitis victims, and prevent further spread of the killer disease in the region.

Declaring the meeting open, the Sultan of Sokoto, who was represented by the Emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris, called on the Federal and State governments to ensure that appropriate measures are taken to strengthen primary healthcare system in the country.

He said the traditional rulers would support government’s effort in ensuring that the people get the needed medical attention to contain the spread of the disease.

“The traditional rulers of Nigeria, in coordination with stakeholders, will do all that is humanly possible to assist in ensuring that our people and members of communities are given the appropriate medical attention promptly, to avoid the outbreak of meningitis.

“Let me use this opportunity to call on the Federal, State and Local governments to put all hands on deck to ensure that appropriate measures are taken, to give the necessary prevention by way of immunisation and preventive drugs against the bacteria, so that our members of communities will be protected adequately,” the monarch said.

Nigeria Commits To Eliminating Tuberculosis By 2035

Nigeria Commits To Eliminating Tuberculosis By 2035The Federal Government has renewed its commitment to eliminating tuberculosis by year 2035, as part of efforts to ensure a healthy society.

The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, stated this on Friday at an event in Abuja to mark the World Tuberculosis Day.

Professor Adewole, who commemorated the day with the commissioning of a laboratory, stated government’s resolve to join the League of Nations without tuberculosis.

The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, also highlighted the successes recorded by government, in spite of the challenges of tuberculosis in Nigeria.

Health experts at the event, Ineke Huitema and Dr. Han Kang, stressed the need for a collective fight against the disease.

They also advised the public to visit the nearest health facility to get tested and treated for free.

Statistics from the World Health Organisation indicate an estimated 10.4 million new cases of tuberculosis worldwide in 2015.

A further breakdown reveals that of the estimated figure, 5.9 million (56%) are men, 3.5 million (34%) are women while 1.0 million (10%) are children. People living with HIV account for 1.2 million (11%) of all new tuberculosis cases.

In order of global ranking, countries with the highest burden of the disease are India, Indonesia, China, Nigeria, Pakistan and South Africa.

Experts say that with an estimated 1.4 million tuberculosis deaths in 2015, and an additional 0.4 million deaths resulting from the disease among people living with HIV, the disease appears to be advancing into an epidemic.

FG To Revitalise National Primary Healthcare

FG To Revitalise National Primary HealthcareThe Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to repositioning the health sector through the revitalisation of the primary healthcare system.

The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, stated this on Saturday at the launch of the National Primary Healthcare Supply Chain in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Professor Isaac Adewole said the revitalisation of the nation’s primary healthcare system was the only way for the Federal Government to deliver on its election campaign promise of affordable and accessible healthcare for all.

“The revitalisation exercise signifies a major commitment of Mr President to provide leadership in an effort to reposition the nation’s health system.

“Many of us who have been actively involved with the health system recognise that what we’ve practiced hitherto was an inverted pyramid with the tertiary healthcare system at the tip and the primary at the base.

“When the pyramid is inverted, it is not a stable pyramid and most Nigerians will access help by visiting the next or the most available tertiary institution and I did mention that this cannot stand.

“As part of efforts to revitalise the nation’s health system, we recognise clearly that repositioning the primary healthcare system is the way forward.

“It also enables us to translate the agenda of the APC administration; that manifesto simply stated accessible healthcare system within three to five kilometres radius with affordable healthcare to the people.

The Executive Director of National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, on his part commended the Federal Government’s plan.

Dr. Shuaib expressed optimism that the programme would accelerate the achievement of the Universal Health Coverage.

Nigeria To Get $600mn From Global Fund In Three Years

Nigerian Government Launches Action Plan Against PneumoniaAs part of efforts to strengthen health care services in Nigeria, the Federal Government is set to pay the sum of 10 million dollars as contribution to global fund in 2017.

The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewale, stated that Nigeria stands to benefit up to 600 million dollars from the global fund in three years.

He disclosed this during a budget defense before the House of Representatives Committee on Health.

Adewale also said that the 2016 budget puts into consideration provisions to solve the problem of malnutrition in the north-east and appealed to the lawmakers to facilitate the release of funds.

Okorocha Launches Emergency Rescue Health Centre In Imo

Rochas Okorocha, Imo, Health, The Imo State government has commissioned a 24-hour emergency response centre aimed at delivering quality healthcare to the people of the state.

Governor Rochas Okorocha explained that the gesture by the state government was to address the deficiencies in the health sector.

He added that it would also cater for the tough challenges faced by people with petty and immediate health issues before being referred to a bigger hospital for treatment.

The Governor enjoined the people of the state to take advantage of the newly commissioned facility.

He noted that his administration was committed to delivering quality and qualitative healthcare to the people of the state, saying it has been demonstrated in the building of 27 general hospitals across the state and the ‘health at your door step initiative’.

The launch comes few days after the state government floated a new airline for commercial purposes.

In her address, the state’s Commissioner for Health, Ngozi Njoku, revealed that the centre, which is located in the heart of Owerri, has state of the art medical facilities that can cater for immediate health challenges.

She said it also has a 24-hours rapid response telephone services and stationed ambulances to help discharge its primary duties as stipulated.

The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, who was a special guest at the event, commended the Imo State government for the development.

Professor Adewole described it as a laudable gesture that would add value to the healthcare delivery system in the state.

NAFDAC Laboratory Gets International Accreditation

NAFDAC, Drug MonitoringThe National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has received accreditation for the testing of raw materials at its Southeast Zonal Laboratory in Anambra State.

The accreditation certificates were presented to the agency by the International Organisation for Standards (ISO) and the International Electro-technical Commission (IEC).

Speaking during the auspicious event, the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, congratulated NAFDAC for the feat, but reminded the agency that the major challenge ahead was in maintaining the accreditation,

“It will be a major shame to lose it,” he warned.

Professor Adewole responded to issues concerning tariff paid on raw materials in the pharmaceutical sub-sector and maintained that he had taken up the issue to the Federal Government for immediate reappraisal to save the local industry.

The usually quiet premises of the South-east Zonal office of NAFDAC in Agulu, in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State came alive with sounds of music and presence of dignitaries from far and near including the Deputy Governor of the state, Dr. Nkem Okeke, the Minister of Health and the Director General of NAFDAC, Dr. Mrs. Yetunde Oni, among other important personalities.

They had gathered to witness the presentation of the certificates of accreditation for testing of raw materials in respect of 17025/2005 of the South-east Zonal NAFDAC Laboratory by the ANSI-ASQ International Accreditation Board.

The Acting Director General of NAFDAC told the gathering that the accreditation from the two bodies that promote standards globally would not only enable the laboratory to undertake multiple pharmaceutical testing tasks but stressed that it depicted that the South-east Zonal laboratory was competent and internationally recognised to produce valid and accurate results.

The representative of the Accreditation body, Dr. Jude Nwokike, pointed out that the feat achieved by NAFDAC was indicative of its competence in the pharmaceutical analytical process.

Rounding off the speeches, the Deputy Governor of Anambra State commended NAFDAC for efficient services, but decried the activities of fake drugs dealers and distributors in the state.

He highlighted the efforts of the state government in checking the menace.

The event is wrapped up with the presentation of the certificates to the Acting Director General of NAFDAC, an inspection tour of the Laboratory facility and a group photograph as a memoir of the special occasion.

Zero Hunger: Obasanjo Presents Strategy For Food Security

Zero Hunger: Obasanjo Presents Strategy To End HungerNigeria’s ex-president, Olusegun Obasanjo has urged the federal government to show stronger support for farmers and build stronger institutions to end hunger in the country by 2030.

He made the recommendation while speaking on the newly developed Zero Hunger strategic review report that the federal government would need to address the reality of increasing hunger among Nigerians by 2030.

The sixty page document, which was launched in Abuja to facilitate food security, reflects Nigerians’ perspectives on effective ways to halve the number of impoverished people.

In the last few years, Nigeria has developed a reputation for evolving bold ideas to boost agriculture in the country, many of which have ended as mere paper talk.

But according to Chief Obasanjo, the latest is not just another government initiative but one that would involve intense monitoring of states to ensure rapid productivity in agriculture.

The former president also listed other important areas as recommended in the Zero Hunger Strategic Review Report.

Working with the private sector to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 2, and find effective ways to beat poverty and malnutrition, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole said the country stands to lose over 5 million children to malnutrition in the northeast.

The promoters say the Zero Hunger road map, which has four states as pilot to monitor agricultural productivity, will be intensely monitored every six months.

NPHCDA Decries Poor Primary Healthcare Funding

NPHCDA Decries Poor Primary Healthcare FundingThe National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has blamed inadequate funding of the health sector on the poor primary healthcare services in Nigeria.

The Acting Director of NPHCDA, Emmanuel Odu, made the criticism at the 2016 annual primary healthcare lecture in Abuja, organised to discuss sustainable financing options for the sector.

Mr Odu stressed the effects of poor funding for the health sector on primary healthcare services in Nigeria, revealing that over 70% of Nigeria’s health funding comes from donor partners, tax revenues and ‘out of pocket’ spending by the individuals.

Also, a representative of the Northern Traditional Rulers at the forum and Emir of Jiwa, Idris Musa, explained how the lack of funding for primary healthcare had affected their communities.

The Director of Public Health at the Federal Ministry of Health, Evelin Ngige, who spoke on behalf the Minister of Health, confirmed the poor monetary allocation to the health sector.

She, however, assured the people of the government’s determination to provide more funding going forward.

The Global Vaccine Alliance, otherwise known as Gavi, has provided much funding for primary healthcare service in Nigeria.

The decision of the organisation to stop the funding of vaccines in Nigeria by 2017 has raised serious concern about how the Federal Government would make up for the funding gap that the exit of Gavi and other donor partners would create.

Out of the 6.08 trillion Naira 2016 budget, 221.7 was earmarked to fund the health sector.

This is a far cry from the 15% of Nigeria’s budget agreed by African leaders at the Abuja Declaration in 2001 to be committed to the health sector.

FG Launches Guidelines For HIV/AIDS Prevention

Nigerian Government Launches Action Plan Against PneumoniaThe Nigerian government has launched a national guideline for the treatment, prevention and care for people living with HIV/Aids in Nigeria as part of the activities to mark the 2016 World Aids Day.

The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole at a conference in Abuja, stated that the new guideline will provide the needed guide for government and development partners towards eliminating new infections.

For four days, representatives of the federal government, development partners in the health sector and networks of people living with HIV and Aids converged to celebrate the 2016 World Aids Day in the FCT.

The Minister of Health who represented President Muhammadu Buhari, gave the assurance that government would give more commitment to funding HIV prevention efforts while appealing for prudent use of resources.

“I am aware of the challenges that have risen in the last few years with regards to the delivery of HIV services in the country. I hereby reaffirm our commitment and ensure accountability and transparency in the HIV sector,” he stated.

He, however, advised that funds earmarked for the control and treatment of the virus must be used judiciously.

The Minister then proceeded to launch the national guideline for the treatment and control of HIV and Aids in Nigeria

Prior to this, the Country Director for the United States Centre for Disease Control, Hank Tomilinson, explained how much the American government has invested in treatment and care for HIV in Nigeria with the belief that more could be achieved.

“Nigeria has since 2003 received almost four billion US dollars to address HIV prevention in Nigeria. So far the results are encouraging but we are not satisfied,” he said.

FG Launches Guidelines For HIV/AIDS Prevention

Meanwhile, the Secretary of the Network of People Living With Aids in Nigeria (NEPWA), Abdulkadri Ibrahim, decried the lack of access to medications by his members

“We have less than one million that are having ARV treatment.  We have a long way to go. Nigeria accounts for 3.5 million people living with HIV/Aids in this country. We have to fast-track anti-retroviral therapy,” he urged.

The Director General of the National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA), Sani Aliyu, described the current status of the virus and the challenges he faces trying to control its spread.

“Almost one in ten people living with HIV globally are in Nigeria. About 600 people acquire the infection every day in our country.

“Now is the time to tackle the challenge of inadequate domestic funding, shrinking donor support, a weak health care support system and a poorly coordinated national response,” he said.

Nigeria recorded 250,000 new infections in 2015, raising the profile of the virus in Nigeria to 3.5 million people.

Only an estimated 800,000 of this population have access to medications.

Monarch Confirms Soldiers Deployment To Ekiti

Monarch, soldiers, EkitiThe Monarch in Ido-Ekiti, Ido-Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State, Oba Ayorinde Ilori-Faboro, has confirmed the deployment of armed soldiers to the community.

The deployment was made to quell worries about the incessant armed robbery attacks in the area.

The Olojudo of Ido-Ekiti said this became necessary because the police appeared to be losing the battle and the people of the community needed to be assured that they could sleep with their two eyes closed.

The Monarch made the statement at a press conference to herald a week-long of activities marking Ajodun Ido Ogaganmodu 2016, an annual event that brings indigenes together for community development.

He assured his subjects, expected to come from within and across the country, of security during the one week festival.

The event featured prayer sessions, inter school debates, a widows’ empowerment programme, marathon race, cultural competition, medical outreach, beauty pageant, football competition, fundraising, among others.

Oba Ayorinde said the attack on a police station by unknown gunmen, prompted him to request for soldiers who are complemented by riot policemen, local vigilance operatives and hunters, to ensure security of lives and property.

About 40 gunmen attacked the station, killing a police inspector.

The first class monarch called on indigenes of the town who had made their marks elsewhere, to come home and invest, for the community to witness more development.

He explained that the security challenges in his kingdom could be attributed to the expansion of the town and influx of more people, adding that the step to bring soldiers was not too much to give residents rest of mind.

“I went to the governor to tell him that the police were not up to the task and I requested for the deployment of soldiers to complement the police.

“We have soldiers in the town now, about 20 soldiers with patrol vehicles and 20 mobile policemen. We also have the Baruba people, local hunters and vigilantes patrolling the town, ” he explained.

The traditional ruler expressed confidence that the crisis that rocked the Federal Teaching Hospital located under his domain, would not recur as the panel raised by Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole had just submitted its report.

Health Minister Says $400m Polio Donor Funds Not Stolen

Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewale on polio donor fundsThe Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has denied reports that a $400 million donor funds meant to eradicate polio in Nigeria was stolen.

Professor Adewole dismissed the reports at a public hearing organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Health Services.

It was held to consider ways of revitalising the Primary Healthcare System and avert health crisis in Nigeria.

The public hearing was the opening of the ceremony that will hold for two days.

Addressing the lawmakers, the minister pointed out steps that must be taken to reverse the situation in the country’s health sector, emphasising the need for more funding.

The Chairman of the Committee, Honourable Chike Okafor, asked the executives to implement the National Health Act and ensure the funding of basic health care.

On his part, the Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, of the House and Chairman of the Committee said there was an urgent need to address the nations’ health situation.

Other members of the House Committee on Health Services, the wife of the Senate President, and other operators in the sector were present for the event.

It is expected that the forum would not only come up with practical and workable ways of enhancing the country’s Primary Healthcare System but will make sure it becomes a reality.