Dame Patience Urges Cross River Women To Support Jonathan

Dame Patience JonathanIn continuation of the nationwide campaign by the People’s Democratic Party, Nigeria’s First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan has said that the candidature of President Goodluck Jonathan remains the only genuine one that can foster the speedy development of the country judging by his track records even in the midst of challenges.

According to her, no administration in the history of the country has also impacted on the lives of women both nationally and internationally.

A gesture which according to her deserves accolade.

The President’s wife was speaking at the 6,000 seating capacity ultra-modern Township Stadium at Ikom Local Government Area of Cross River State in a nationwide women rally to solicit votes for her husband ahead of next month’s election.

Party supporters from across the 18 local government of Cross River State, wives of Cross River and Akwa Ibom State governors, Obioma Liyel-Imoke, Ekaette Godswill Akpabio, political appointees, aspirants, as well as the host governor Liyel Imoke gathered at the venue to welcome the First Lady.

Following the commissioning, PDP Party stalwarts took turns to highlight President Jonathan’s achievement during his first tenure in office which sprang through all facet of the economy

Addressing the gathering, the President’s wife enjoined all Nigerian women and eligible voters not to be cajoled by those who claim to be agents of change because when they were in office, they did not implement the change they are now canvassing for.

Doctors Call For More Efforts In Tackling Pneumonia

Osahon Enebulele.
The National President of the Nigeria Medical Association, Osahon Enabulele

Medical practitioners in Nigeria have called for the introduction of the pneumonia vaccine into the routine immunization schedule for children to reduce the death of children under the age of five caused by the pneumonia virus.

The call comes as Nigeria  joins the world to mark the World Pneumonia Day.

The president of the Nigeria Medical Association, Dr. Osahon Enabulele, said that intervention mechanisms at the primary prevention level remained the key to fight the scourge.

He said that the cost of the vaccine at the moment makes it impossible for many families to afford it.

Dr. Enabulele stressed that the issue of cost of vaccine underscores the need for the speedy passage of the National Healthcare Bill currently awaiting the National Assembly’s deliberation. The passage of the bill, he said, would give Nigerians physical and financial access to healthcare.

In Cross River State, the State government has reiterated its commitment to the complete eradication of pneumonia in the state.

The disease has been identified as one of the major infant killer diseases, accounting for 17 per cent of the deaths of children under the age of five.

To this end, the wife of the state governor Obioma Liyel Imoke, through her pet project, ‘Breath of Life’ joined other states across the globe in a road walk to mark the day and also create awareness of the damage caused by pneumonia and offer preventive measures.

The advocacy walk led by the Breath of Life initiator started at 8miles in Calabar and passed through major streets.

The participants distributed stickers and other materials to mothers along the streets and market on the need to adopt pneumonia preventive measures.

With the theme, ‘Innovating To Fight Child Pneumonia’, the walk terminated at a religious institution which had religious leaders, school children, traditional rulers and parents all determined to join hands with the government in fighting the scourge.

Obioma Imoke identified measures that must be adopted by individuals as well as the civil society in helping government achieve zero tolerance rate of the disease.

The President of the CRS chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Emeritus Arch Bishop Joseph Edra Ukpo, promised to take the message of the deadly disease around all churches across the state.

With this assurance, it is hoped that positive results would be achieved in making Cross River State a state free of pneumonia.

Kate Henshaw Presents Book To Mrs. Imoke

Nollywood actress, Kate Henshaw has presented her Pictorial autobiography titled ‘Kate Henshaw: The World of an Actress, My Story’ to the wife of the Cross River State Governor, Mrs. Obioma Liyel-Imoke.

Making the presentation at Mrs. Imoke’s office in Calabar, Kate disclosed that the 360-page book is her contribution to efforts aimed at supporting certain charities.

According to her, part of the proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to charities and most especially little Miss. Kiki whom she said was born without a skull and presently on admission at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the United States of America.

The governor’s wife who promised to support Kate Henshaw’s course also called on the public to contribute to Kate’s humanitarian gesture by buying a copy of the book which is currently on sale in the open market.