I Love My People, I Have No Intentions Of Promoting Tobacco-Olamide

Singer and songwriter Olamide has responded to the news that went viral on Friday saying he was promoting tobacco in his music video.

The rapper took to his Twitter page on Tuesday and he cleared the air.

He said, “No intentions of promoting tobacco to get people killed, I love my people, I love my country, one love, one Nigeria #ClearTheAir 🇳🇬Oya Wo.”

This is in response to the post the Ministry of Health had on their page on Friday calling out the artiste that his music video contained scenes that violated the Tobacco Control Act 2015 and that it encouraged second-hand smoking.

However, Olamide and the Ministry of Health had a conversation which hence led to Olamide’s post.

In response to Olamide’s post, The Ministry of Health appreciated the rapper’s response and also stated that  It is not in their mandate to ban music.

“Thank you rapper Olamide for your response. We respect this heart for the health of the people and your fans. Responsibility!

“We are in the business of public health promotion. It is not in our mandate to ban music. We thank Olamide for his cooperation. One Nigeria.”

The reports which have now be declared false claimed that Davido’s ‘Fall’ and ‘If’ remix with R Kelly,Olamide’s ‘Wavy Level ‘and ‘Wo’, 9ice’s ‘Living Things’ were banned.

Olamide’s ‘Wo’ Video Violates Tobacco Act – Ministry Of Health

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The Federal Ministry of Health has warned Nigerians to be cautious of the health hazards contained in Olamide’s new music video ‘Wo’.

The Ministry said on its twitter handle on Friday that the video promotes a dangerous habit that encourages second-hand smoking.

They said the video, which was recently released by the YBNL boss, also contains practices accompanied with risks of cancers, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.

According to the Ministry, the video contains scenes that violate the Tobacco Control Act 2015.

Federal Secretariat Fire Did Not Affect Offices – Ministry

The fire which caused panic at the Federal Secretariat in Abuja on Saturday was limited to a small section of the third floor of a wing of the complex, the Federal Ministry of Health has said.

Witnesses had suggested that the fire affected more than one floor of the complex, which houses major government offices and ministries, and that it mainly affected the section occupied by the health ministry.

But the Ministry said in a statement by its Director, Media and Public Relations, Federal Boade Akinola, that it was limited to a corridor.

“There was no damage to any government property neither did it affect any of the offices in the building,” the ministry said.

According to the statement, the fire was caused by an electric spark from cables and wires fire on the corridor of the third floor, Wing B of the ministry’s headquarters.

It added that after the fire started, “The private security outfit in charge of the premises swung into action and also contacted the fire service which responded immediately and put off the fire.”

A spokesperson for the Federal Fire Service said the agency received an alert 30 minutes after the fire started and its men were able to stop the fire from spreading.

No casualty was recorded in the fire.

Ogun Govt. Warns Applicants Into School Of Nursing Against Fraudsters

Ogun, NLC, TUCThe Ogun State Government, has called on all candidates seeking admission into the state’s owned school of Nursing for the 2017/2018 academic session, to visit the State Ministry of Health, Department of Nursing Services, Room 104, New Secretariat, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta for admission procedures.

This is in effect is to save them from falling victims of fraudsters and admission racketeering.

In a statement signed by the State Commissioner for Health, Mr Babatunde Ipaye,  the warning became imperative for the prospective candidates in order not to fall victims of fraudsters while seeking for admission into the School of Nursing both online registration and hard copy documentation of application procedures.

According to the statement, all interested candidates must at least possess five (5) O’level credits in not more than two sittings including English language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, while candidates awaiting result can also apply.

The statement also had it that, applicants are expected to have a functional E-mail address as application closes on Wednesday, June 30, 2017.

However, a Computer Base Test (CBT) Examination for all successful candidates will come up on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at the School of Nursing (SON), Idi-Aba Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital by 8:00am.

Meningitis Outbreak: Borno Investigates Patient Down With Symptoms

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Signs of Meningitis is manifesting on a patient in a government hospital in Askira Uba Local Government Area of Borno state.

The State Ministry of Health said even though the patient is stable, examinations are being conducted on the patient to ascertain the particular meningitis type.

The Ministry of Health Commissioner, Dr. Haruna Mshelia said the state has been on red alert even before the Uba case was reported.

“The state is conducting immunization with the meningitis ‘A’ vaccine in 10 newly liberated LGAS that were not fully captured during the main ‘A’ vaccination campaign in 2012/13, with 350, 000 already immunized while the immunization is still ongoing to cover all children that needs to be covered.” Mshelia stated.

Meanwhile, Askira Uba Local Government is not part of the 10 LGAS where the latest immunization is taking place.

“As we speak now we have a suspected case of meningitis in Askira Uba Local Government; investigation is ongoing to find out if its the usual ‘A’ type or the ‘C’ type”, the commissioner revealed.

Mshelia further said in order to ensure that the state is ready to respond to any outbreak, “Bearing in mind that we share borders with Niger Republic and the increased population movement and large concentration of IDP in camps, we have convened an emergency meeting with all health partners.”

Nasarawa Govt. To Partner Nurses, Midwives On Service Delivery

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The Nasarawa state Ministry of Health has taken steps to ensure standard practice in the nursing and midwifery profession.

Consequently, the management said it has concluded arrangement with the State chapter of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN), to organise a one week intensive mandatory continuing professional development program, workshop for practitioners.

A statement in Lafia signed by the Ministry’s Director of Nursing Services, Alabere Bawa, indicated that the week-long symposium would serve as an avenue for renewal of practicing licenses and is expected to update practitioners with current trends and ways to enhance service delivery.

The statement calls on all nurses and midwives in the state to converge on Monday April 3, for the commencement of the training program.

Nasarawa Govt. Set To Curtail Meningitis Outbreak

The Nasarawa state government says plans are underway to vaccinate residents against cerebral spinal meningitis.

The Director of Public Health of the Ministry of Health, Doc. Ibrahim Adamu, revealed this in an interview in Lafia, the state capital.

Meningitis, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), is a bacterial infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord which has swept across 26 countries in sub-Sahara Africa, killing and disabling young people annually or cause severe cerebral brain damage before hours.

In Nigeria, the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that the disease has claimed more than 300 lives in Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina and Niger states.

During a visit to the Ministry of Health to ascertain level of preparedness towards curtailing eventual outbreak of the disease in the state, Dr. Adamu said, “We are making contact with the CDC to be able to procure vaccines that will immunise citizens of Nasarawa state”

He noted that the Ministry in the last three years had embarked on awareness campaigns and immunisation exercise as precautionary measures against an outbreak of the disease, stating that there is no case of cerebral spinal meningitis recorded so far in the state.

He then used the medium to appeal to the people of the state to avoid overcrowded spots, sleep in ventilated rooms and seek medical attention whenever they feel unusual.

“It affects usually young adults and people that leave in a very poor ventilated environment”, he noted.

On the part of residents, they urged the government to create more awareness on the dangers of the disease.

They also called on Abuja Electricity Distribution Company to make it available in order to control the hot weather being experienced.

“We need light, because in Lafia we have problem of that especially this our school environment.

“We hardly see light and that is causing a lot of sicknesses to the students.

“My appeal to the government, is to try to ensure stable electricity supply to all especially in Lafia where the heat is really intense”

Health Workers Threaten Strike Over Poor Working Conditions

Health Workers, NUAHP, StrikeThe Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) has threatened to embark on a nationwide strike next week over the poor working conditions in government hospitals.

The union gave the warning on Tuesday through its president, Mr Ogbonna Chimela.

Speaking to reporters during a protest to the Ministry of Health in Abuja, Mr Chimela noted that efforts to address the issues with the ministry have yielded no positive result.

Apart from the issues of salaries structure, promotion and infrastructure, the union also called on the government to probe corruption cases in government hospitals.

They said that the cases of corruption have led most of the facilities to operate without drugs for patients.

Fake Doctor Nabbed For Carrying Out Illegal Abortion

Fake Doctor Nabbed For Carrying Out Illegal AbortionA fake doctor who allegedly performed an illegal abortion of a six month pregnancy in Akute, Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State has been arrested.

The crime was uncovered by a supervisory team of the State Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) while monitoring the level of compliance of the re-validation and registration exercise of health facilities in the State.

Chairman of NANNM, Roseline Solarin who disclosed this during an interview added that the fake doctor was also discovered to have organised a graduation ceremony for a fake nurse.

She, however reiterated the readiness of the professional body to lead the fight against quackery in the health sector.

“This particular suspect conducted a graduation ceremony for a fake nurse. Let me assure that the NANNM is now fully ready to cooperate with the State Government in the fight against quackery in the State health sector.

Any nurses or doctor found practicing without the prerequisite certificate would be arrested and prosecuted” Solarin said.

While commending the state government for taking bold steps in fighting quackery in the health sector, Solarin lamented that fake doctors and nurses are gradually taking over the profession but  warned that anyone caught practicing without the prerequisite certificate would be prosecuted and shown the way out of the system.

Reacting to the development, the
declared that government was ready to combat quackery in the health sector to a standstill, expressing regret that a large number of unsuspecting members of the public had been victims of this practice

Ipaye declared that the state would not be a comfort zone for quack health personnel, warning that any health facility caught operating with fake documents or not having the new approved signboards by the state government would be dealt with in accordance with the laws of the state.

“I want to urge members of the public to always patronize approved health facilities that have signboards with the new colour and coded number, which can offer them better and qualitative health care services.

”The Governor has mandated officials of the Ministry to arrest and prosecute anyone found operating facilities with fake documents” Ipaye said.

To send the right signal in this direction, over 60 illegal health facilities were shut down in different parts of the state during similar monitoring exercises in 2016.

2017 Budget: House Decries Low Allocation To Health Sector

House of Representatives, Health, 2017 budgetThe House of Representatives has faulted the allocation of 304 billion naira to the health sector in the 2017 budget.

The Chairman of House Committee on Health Services, Chike Okafor, expressed his disapproval for the allocation on Monday at the National Assembly in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The lawmaker was speaking at a meeting of lawmakers, health workers and representatives of donor agencies, where they discussed how to ensure the speedy revitalisation of primary healthcare centres across Nigeria.

Representative Okafor said that the funds allocated to the Ministry of Health would not in any way address the needs in the sector.

He highlighted the Federal Government’s revitalisation programme of about 1,000 primary healthcare centres as one of the needs in the sector.

Meanwhile, the Country Representative of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr. Wondimagegnehu Alemu, and the Deputy Director of Family Health Department at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Ovuoraye John, commended the revitalisation programme.

They stated that the programme would address the challenges of manpower and equipment faced by the centres.

The experts, however, said that the programme must be backed by support from both the Federal Government and international agencies.

Other participants noted that although there was 80% improvement in terms of capital expenditure of the 2017 budget compared to that of 2016, the proposed health budget was cumulatively lower than that of 2016 due to naira devaluation.

Plateau State Records Four Deaths From Lassa Fever

Lassa Fever, Plateau StatePlateau State has recorded cases of Lassa fever disease at two hospitals in Jos, the state’s capital.

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kamshak Kunden, said four deaths were recorded from five reported cases of the disease which occurred in January.

He revealed that three deaths were recorded at the Jos University Teaching Hospital while the other patient died at the Bingham Teaching Hospital, all in Jos.

Dr. Kunden attributed the high mortality rate to late presentation of patients to healthcare facilities.

He explained that Lassa fever is best managed when patients start taking the drug within the first week of contracting the disease.

The Commissioner stated further that getting the drug to manage the disease was difficult as it was not sold in the open market.

He said that the Ministry of Health had commenced sensitisation in the 17 local government areas of the state, to enlighten the people on how to prevent the disease.

Kogi Govt. To Commence Free Primary Health Care Service

Kogi Govt. Uncovers 18,471 Ghost WorkersThe Kogi state government has said it would commence a week-long free primary health care service, for pregnant women and children who are between 6 and 59 months in the state.

This was disclosed by the Nutrition Officer, Mr Bolarinwa Ogundusi, in Lokoja, the state capital, while addressing some health officials from the 21 local government area in the state.

He said the training is to enhance the capability of the state health officers in order to enable them perform well in their areas of specialization.

At the end of the programme, participants are expected to train other health workers back in their various localities so as to enhance their knowledge for improved productivity.

Mr Ogundusi also noted that the programme is meant for the implementation of the planned Maternal and Neo-natal Child Health Week (MNCHW), at the community level in the state.

”The Maternal And Newborn Child Health Week is scheduled to hold from January 16 to January 20, in all the 717 designated facilities across the 21 local government areas in the state.”

According to him it would involve Vitamin A supplementation, mental valine vaccine, immunization, family planning, deworming and Mid-Upper Arm Circumfrence (MUAC) screening.

Other aspects would include: malaria and net distribution, antenatal care, (HIV/AIDS) testing and counselling among others”.

Meanwhile, experts described Valine as a crystalline essential Amino Acid and one of the building blocks of plants and animal protein.

”In addition, the week-long programme would help us to know if children are being adequately nourished and to also get the percentage of children that are malnourished.

“This will enable us to treat the malnourished and make sure that every child in the state is taken care of nutritionally and otherwise,” he stated.