Mrs Saraki Visits Massey Hospital, Island Maternity

Mrs Saraki Vists Massey Hospital, Island MaternityThe Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari is also celebrating the Christmas day with a visit to some children’s hospital in Lagos state.

Mrs. Aisha Buhari, who was represented by the wife of the Senate President, Mrs Toyin Saraki paid a call to the Massey Street Children’s Hospital and the Island Maternity to see the patients.

Mrs Saraki, who applauded the efforts of the medical personnel, observed the poor quality of infrastructure in the hospitals.

She called on the federal government to revamp the health sector.

“I was sent here by Her Excellency, Mrs Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, who wishes to reach out to the unreached at this time of goodwill and cheer.

“What I saw was incredible. I saw children who were born at 500g and despite what looks like dilapidated surroundings, the clinical service was top notch.

“You will discover that our doctors in Nigeria are well trained, our midwives are very committed and our nurses are happy to be deployed under the right conditions.

“But they are working under difficult conditions. Conditions is more than salary.

“When you have a building where you are supposed to be moving children in crisis on stretchers but the corridors are too narrow to fit two stretchers, that is when I say the intellectual infrastructure begins to outstrip the physical infrastructure.

“I believe the federal government does have a commitment to strengthen health even though the budgetary allocation is much smaller than what most medics would applaud.

“I think it is the second lowest allocation in Nigeria but even with that, it would be good if we can start with the physical infrastructure,” she said.

Saraki’s Wife Seeks More Training For Health Workers

SarakiThe wife of Nigeria’s Senate President, Mrs Toyin Saraki, says the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations cannot be secured if there is no investment in the capacity of health workers.

Speaking at a National Health Workers’ Training in Abuja on Monday, Mrs Saraki, who is also the president of the Wellbeing Foundation, highlighted that health workers should be given priority because of the role they play in preventing maternal and child mortality.

Mrs Saraki added that proper training of health workers with the latest technology in the health sector would strengthen service delivery.

“Investing in the training and investing in bridging the data divide now to reach the very last mile, which is the expectant mother and her newborn child, is a far better investment that burying 111 Nigerian mothers that die every single day,” she stressed.

The wife of the Senate President further pointed out that the Sustainable Development Goals were within reach but stressed that they could not be secured without investment in the frontline health workers.

“They are best placed to ameliorate risk, prevent morbidity and mortality, provide much needed psycho-social counseling and contribute necessary data for crucial systemic change.

“It must start today and it should start with training our midwives and health workers,” she added.

Nigeria’s First Lady Decries Prevalence Of Female Genital Mutilation

Female Genital MutilationThe wife of the President of Nigeria, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has decried the prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Nigeria despite international and local efforts to end the practice.

Representing the President’s wife at the official launch of the United Nations support program to eliminate FGM in Abuja, the wife of the Vice President of Nigeria, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, called on women to support the global campaign to end FGM.

The Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Aisha Alhassan, also said that the practice was a violation of the fundamental human rights of women and girls, stressing that it should be discouraged.

In her speech, the wife of the Senate President, Mrs Toyin Saraki, asked the wives of governors and other politicians to domesticate the programme in their states.

The wife of the Ebonyi State Governor, Mrs Rachel Umahi, who spoke on behalf of other state governors’ wives at the forum, assured the public of their support to spread the campaign against Female Genital Mutilation.

At least 19 million girls have undergone FGM in Nigeria, although the practice is punishable by the provisions of the 2015 Violence against Persons Prohibition Act.

Kwara APC Says Mrs Saraki’s Invitation By EFCC Is Political

SarakiThe Kwara State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the invitation of the wife of the Senate President, Mrs Toyin Saraki, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Comission (EFCC) as politically motivated.

They claimed that the invitation was made in order to ruffle her husband.

While addressing Journalists on Monday, the state Chairman of the party, Balogun Fulani Ishola, wondered why the invitation was not done nearly five years after her husband had finished his tenure as the Governor of Kwara State.

‘Selective Justice’

Mr Ishola urged the anti-graft body to come out clean and not mix the crisis at the National Assembly, involving her husband, with her personal life.

The State’s APC said that it took the intervention of elders of the party to stop the women in the state from expressing their anger over what they termed ‘selective justice’.

However, Senators of a group called ‘Like Minds’ in a statement signed by Senator Dino Melaye, said although they did not want to make any hasty conclusion, they were surprised that about five years after Senator Saraki left the Kwara State Government House, the EFCC suddenly realised the need to invite the wife for questioning.

They urged the Commission to perform its lawful duties without any form of external control.