A new report from the Sanctuary, on the trade in donkey skin, has exposed the previously unrecognized serious biosecurity risk posed by the industry. The Donkey Sanctuary, via its official website, said tests carried out on 108 donkey skin samples from a slaughterhouse in Kenya found carriers of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, including 44 samples positive for the methicillin-resistant strain (MRSA). . "Three S. aureus samples tested positive for PVL toxin, which is known to cause invasive necrotizing disease in humans." International Livestock Research Institute in Kenya (ILRI), Biosecurity risks and implications for human and animal health on a global scale have been revealed in the report. Resources Pan-African Donkey Conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on December 1-2. According to the report, zoonotic diseases are one of the biggest threats to public health worldwide and unhygienic slaughter methods in slaughterhouses are creating potentially devastating biosecurity hazards. He said the diseases identified in the samples taken at the Sanctuary pose a danger to human and equine health, even when transported over great distances. "S. aureus has the ability to survive long periods of transit on poorly preserved skins, which means it can infect humans and animals at the point of slaughter, as well as during transit and delivery to the destination country." African horse sickness (AHS) may be (cullicoides midge), which may have the potential to survive long voyages in shipping containers and infect new equine hosts upon arrival,” he explained that the international charity, The Donkey Sanctuary, has been working to eradicate the global trade in donkey skins results in suffering for donkeys and donkey-dependent communities on a devastating scale.He said the demand for donkey skins was fueled by ejiao, a traditional Chinese remedy believed to have properties “The huge number of donkeys involved the indiscriminate and often unhygienic slaughter, even of those that were sick, the disparate way the skins were they ship and transport, and the global nature of the trade, add to the high risk it poses to the production of ejiao that are contaminated with disease-causing agents,” she said. The report says that in addition to the health risk to humans and equines exposed to these pelts, the biosecurity implications for destination countries were considerable. “Diseases that are endemic in source countries may not be present at all in transit or destination countries, leading to potential disease outbreaks in local, virgin equines. populations," she explained. Ms Marianne Steele, chief executive of The Donkey Sanctuary, said there was evidence that the trade was “not humane, sustainable or safe and allowing it to continue, given the risks we have disclosed, is uswerable”. Steele said that while many may choose to steer clear of direct impacts on animals and people, she implored consumers, governments and the general public to become aware of the risks to animal and human health. The global trade in donkey skins must stop immediately. If nothing else, the recent lessons from COVID-19 and the current outbreak of bird flu should make us sit up and take note of the emerging threats posed by zoonotic diseases. “The trade currently operates without adequate veterinary and biosecurity protocols. The unregulated and clandestine nature of much of the trade also means that shipments are often untraceable and therefore contaminated skins cannot be traced. large groups of animals from different populations come together,” she said. According to her, most of the trade is based on illegal backyard slaughter, which increases the risk of donkey skins becoming contaminated or other infectious agents. When multiple species are slaughtered in the same location, there is an increased risk of cross contamination. “But even skins processed in licensed slaughterhouses are a biosecurity risk. All of the contaminated skin samples identified at Sanctuary originated from a licensed slaughterhouse in Kenya,” she explained. in China. “The Donkey Sanctuary calls on the governments of China, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Thailand to immediately stop the importation of donkey skins, and on the national governments of exporting countries to take immediate action to stop the skin trade. donkey,” she called. Dr Faith Burden, Executive Director of Equine Operations at The Donkey Sanctuary, said the findings throughout the report were shocking. Burden said the disease risks to animals and humans were obvious, with poor hygiene at all stages of trade. The lack of traceability and basic biosecurity should alarm anyone involved in the trade and puts people and animals in general at significant risk. "The skins tested came from a slaughter. I am sure that skins from other sources and on other countries and continents, if tested, could indicate the presence of other important pathogens such as glanders, equine influenza, and African swine fever." , said. Meanwhile, some public health experts reacting to the report in Nigeria said the country has one of the strictest bans on the export of donkey skins in the world, but The Donkey Sanctuary estimates there were still thousands of unlicensed slaughterhouses. operating in the country. They said up to a million donkeys are believed to be illegally slaughtered for the skins in the country each year, and these skins are then exported around the world, made more concerning by African horse sickness and equine influenza in the Nigerian donkey populations. .
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The Governor of Lagos State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, mourned the death of a member of the State Assembly, representing the Mushin II State constituency, Mr. Sobur Olawale.
Sanwo-Olu, in a condolence message delivered on Wednesday by Press Secretary Mr. Gboyega Akosile, described the lawmaker's death as shocking and a great loss to the state.
He sympathized with the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr. Mudashiru Obasa and state legislators, as well as family, friends and associates of the late Olawale, who collapsed to his death in Jos, Plateau State on Tuesday .
Olawale, until his death, was chairman of the House Committee on Local Government and Community Relations.
The governor said the late Olawale was a committed lawmaker and democrat, who passionately served his constituents and Lagos State until his sudden disappearance.
He urged people to see Olawale's death as Allah's will and take comfort from God for a good life past during his lifetime.
Sanwo-Olu also stood in solidarity with the people of the Mushin local government, the deceased constituencies and the leaders and members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state.
“The death of Brother Sobur Olayiwola Olawale is a great loss for the Lagos State House of Assembly and for the state as a whole. I'm sad
“He was a loyal party man and a committed Democrat and legislator. He died at a time when members of his constituency and indeed the whole of Lagos needed his services the most.
“There is no question that Br. Olawale would be missed, particularly his immediate constituents in the Mushin II State Constituency, whose lives he had positively impacted in so many ways while serving as a member of the State House of Assembly. of Lagos.
“I pray that Almighty God grants the soul of our beloved Sobur Olayiwola Olawale eternal rest in Aljannah Firdaus, and grants his immediate family, friends, associates and the Lagos State House of Assembly the strength to bear the loss. irreparable," he said.
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Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) management is working to restore power supply to Federal College of Education (FCE) Okene, Kogi.
AEDC's marketing director, Donald Etim, said in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday that both the company and the university were working together to resolve the issue.
He said AEDC gave a high premium to its clients and would never deliberately inflict pain or discomfort on them, as is speculated in some quarters.
”While the company acknowledges the existence of the complaint filed, the AEDC has since taken steps to quickly repair the damaged transformer, taking into account the sensitivity of FCE's role in the country.
”To date, both parties have been in constant communication on the progress made on the repairs, committing to complete the repairs within three weeks of the date of this publication.
“This is a case that we have taken very seriously. From the beginning, we broke the protocol and even labeled it as a top priority to resolve it,” he said.
Etim said it was pure mischief for someone to portray AEDC as an insensitive or unresponsive organization.
He said that AEDC will always strive to ensure that its clients get the best service that it can offer at any given time.
Etim said it was unfortunate that proper verification with the AEDC or school management on the issue was not carried out.
"AEDC reiterates its unwavering commitment to all of its clients and will not relent in ensuring that all of its clients receive timely service and are 100 percent satisfied," he said.
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The Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) has called for an increase in funding from one per cent to three per cent for the provision of basic healthcare in order to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, NGF Chairman and Governor of Sokoto State, made the call at a high-level forum on the SDG panel discussion on "Universal Coverage and Basic Health Fund" on the sidelines of the 28th Nigerian Economic Summit.
Tambuwal said that increased funding would ensure more Nigerians had access to healthcare services and would reduce the out-of-pocket burden for healthcare services.
“On financing, we have defended in this interactive session that, since the basic health provision fund law says that at least one percent must be allocated annually.
“We can trust that provision that says at least go up to two or three percent,” he said.
He pointed out that inadequate financing and human resources, as well as insecurity were the downfall for the effective implementation of the Basic Primary Health Care Fund (BPHC) in the country.
“That's another solution to funding constraints and then private sector participation in funding and all of the partners that are in health care should possibly provide some funding to the primary health care projects that we're doing. in all our states.
“Insecurity demands collective efforts as the federal government and states are doing everything they can to ensure we stem the tide, so it is an ongoing effort.
“We have to work hard to improve the packaging and well-being of our medical staff, both in the federal and state governments, so that we can stop the brain drain problem and challenge in Nigeria,” he said.
Speaking about the proposed state tax financing for health, Tambuwal assured that the issue will be brought up at the next meeting of the Economic Council for deliberation and possible outcomes.
“We will present it at the next meeting of the economic council that the president will preside over, where the minister will attend and all the state governors are expected to attend.
“And once we have the consensus from the governors and the NEC, we believe it will go into effect,” he said.
For her part, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, said that a framework had been designed to monitor and ensure accountability in the disbursement and utilization of HMOs from the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF). ).
“In order to isolate the Fund for Basic Medical Care, we have taken steps to place them in the front line category, which means that, on a constant basis, one percent was accumulated from the federal account to that fund.
“We want to make sure that what is provided is used and used correctly.
“For our part, we have committed to ensuring increased funding for the health sector, not only for the fund, but also for the public health sector in general.
“In the 2023 budget, the total aggregate budget for the Health sector is 8 percent,” he said.
In addition, Dr. Chris Isokpunwu, Director and Secretary of the Ministerial Oversight Committee (MOC), BHCPF, highlighted the need to block leaks and institutionalize accountability, as well as increase contributory funding for the BHCPF to 25 percent.
Isokpunwu revealed that according to available statistics, one trillion naira was needed annually to effectively cover basic health care for Nigerians.
“There are at least 86 million to 100 million Nigerians as each of our recipients will pay 12,000 naira per year for now.
“So if we have 86 million people on board at N12,000, that's about a trillion naira including operating cost and all of that per year, because the premium will pay for each of our recipients for one year.
“So every year we have to pay for those beneficiaries until they get out of poverty. The whole essence of this is to reduce the out-of-pocket expenses of Nigerians,” he said.
On counter-financing, Isokpunwu added that “states must demonstrate in their budgets that they have released an amount equal to 25 percent of what we have disbursed to them for primary health care and social health insurance services.
“Any state that has met that condition will appear to have met it and qualified for additional spending,” he said.
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The Lagos State Government, through the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA), on Tuesday supported 54 women-focused Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) with N250,000 grant each.Mrs Bolaji Dada, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Lagos, during the Grant-in-Aid presentation, said the gesture was to encourage NGOs whose area of focus deals with promoting and enhancing the affairs of women in the state.Dada reiterated the Lagos state government’s commitment and support to programmes that affect the lives and well-being of its citizenry.She said: “ Today, WAPA is extending our kind gesture and support to 54 women focused NGOs with a sum of N250, 000 each as ‘Grants-in Aid.“In 2021, a sum of N100,000 each was given to 25 women-focused NGOs that were outstanding in their performances towards alleviating the plights of women residents in Lagos State.“Having observed that most women-focused NGOs have judiciously utilised the funds they received last year in various capacities to the public, it behooves on us as a responsive government to continue to support more registered NGOs”.The commissioner said the 54 beneficiaries were selected out of the over 300 NGOs registered under WAPA, based on their work and commitment toward women empowerment.She, however, urged the NGOs to redouble their efforts by reaching out to more women through their various programmes.“Your progress on this journey of lending the Lagos women residents a voice is of paramount interest to us.“We want you to do more, that is why you are benefiting from this initiative.“Feel free to inform us on recommendations that will enhance a conducive livelihood for our women,” Dada said.Meanwhile, Mrs Adesola Olusoga-Bello, Vice-Coordinator of African Women Lawyers Association, Lagos Chapter, commended the Lagos state government for supporting female-focused NGOs through the grants.She said: “This is a laudable initiative coming from the Lagos state government through WAPA.“The state has always shown passion to things that are related to women and it is a good one that they are doing this through various NGOs,” she said
Mr. Cui Jianchun, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Nigeria, says that Nigeria needs a strong party to guide its development, just like the Communist Party of China (CCP).
Cui made this known in Abuja on Wednesday at a panel discussion on "The 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC): Outcomes and Importance for Nigeria and Africa."
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the roundtable was organized by China Studies in collaboration with the Chinese Embassy in Abuja.
Cui said China has been able to achieve its development breakthroughs and lift its more than 1.4 billion people out of poverty under the CPC's effective people's policy.
He said Nigeria could learn from China's philosophy and let the strong parties lead the country and ensure they implement their campaign manifestos for the good of the people and the development of the country.
“I have talked with the party leaders, we believe that the two major parties and the 18 parties can benefit from the 20th CPC National Congress. I have the opportunity to share the ideas.
“We really believe that the CPC can do a lot for party building in Nigeria because I believe that the party is not just about power, but about people.
“It is about development, it is about how to lead the nation to achieve the good vision.
“We will continue to share information next week. We think we need a strong party in Nigeria, we need a party to lead the nation.
“The Chinese philosophy is that the party is not just for the platform, the campaign manifesto, but more importantly, how we can implement the party manifesto.
"The Chinese lessons, the Chinese experience can be shared with the Nigerian side," Cui said.
Mr. Charles Onunaiju, Director of the Center for China Studies, said that Africa and Nigeria, to be specific, had greatly benefited from the Communist Party-led government in Africa.
Onunaiju said the completion of the Lekki deep-water port, which would make Nigeria a maritime hub in West Africa, was an initiative of China-Africa cooperation, especially since Nigeria engaged in the Belt and Loop Initiative. Route designed in 2013.
However, he said it was important for Nigeria to follow the example of the Chinese Communist Party and apply it to the Nigerian context, where political parties should focus on solving problems rather than partying.
“The most important thing for us, of course, we will always do it our way, we will put it in our own context.
“But I think that the general thing is that the congresses of the parties should be focused on solving problems. It shouldn't be jamborees.
“The party congress in China draws up a road map, it is not about the candidates wanting to be this, that they want to be that.
“These are the lessons of the Chinese Communist Party congress. Every time it is held, it is a sober organization, it is the most important political festival in China. It develops a new paradigm, new critical roadmaps on the way forward.
“You have to define the party congresses, what has been delivered, how our people are committed, are the most excluded people, are the most involved people, in what way can people be more involved.
“How can we assess how far we have come, what are the policy options we have implemented in the past, how has it impacted people?
“If you read the party general secretary, he catalogs everything that has been achieved, also outlines the challenges ahead, and then defines a roadmap.
“The platforms of the parties should be more adapted to the results, to the practical tangibles, these are the lessons from China, which also has many things in common with us, a developing country, from the third world to the first world.
“Forty-five years ago Nigeria was richer than China, today it is a different story. So we can do more so that our party congress is not just a party, our political party more than music.
“Let it be a defining framework to launch into the new phase of development,” Onunaiju said.
Also speaking, a former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani, said Nigeria needed to learn a lot from China, especially regular political party meetings to discuss successes, challenges and the way forward.
Sani also suggested that the Chinese government should create opportunities for Nigerian political leaders to participate in the CPC National Congress to learn from them and apply it to the Nigerian context.
reports that the 20th CPC National Congress was held from October 16 to 22 in Beijing, China.
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Benue Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Ushakuma Anenga, has warned against using herbal remedies to treat diabetes.
Anenga gave the advice on Wednesday in Makurdi during an awareness program to mark World Diabetes Day for Pensioners.
The event was organized by the NMA chapter, Society for Family Physicians and Medical Women Association of Nigeria.
He urged people with the condition to stick to their medications and maintain exercise diet in order to live long.
According to him, diabetes prevention starts from youth and warns against sedentary lifestyle and encourages people to maintain regular exercise.
Unenga also said that overeating, lack of exercise and excessive alcohol consumption are risk factors that predispose many people to diabetes.
The president of the state NMA said that people should monitor their health statistics, especially weight loss, to start an early treatment of diabetes.
He said diabetes treatment and control was too expensive for retirees with dwindling incomes and social networks.
Unenga said that social challenges such as insecurity, poverty and increased stress level increase blood pressure and stimulate blood sugar.
Diabetes specialist Dr. Barbara Akinbowa said Africa is expected to record the highest cases of diabetes between 2040 and 2050, ahead of Europe and the Americas which currently top the list.
Akinbowa also said that statistics from the International Diabetes Federation put seven out of 10 people over the age of 70 as diabetics worldwide.
He expressed concern that the African health system could be overwhelmed if steps are not taken to prevent the situation.
“We need to raise more awareness, we need to educate our people about this imminent danger so that we don't fall victim to it,” he added.
Akinbowa said that excessive consumption of processed foods in the name of westernization was the main cause of diabetes in addition to hereditary factors.
Therefore, he called for a return to traditional African foods to reduce the rate of diabetes on the continent.
Mr. Michael-Terngu Vembe, State Chairman of the Nigerian Pensioners Union, appealed to the state government to provide free medical treatment to pensioners with diabetes and hypertension.
He praised the organizers and said that more than 250 retirees have benefited from the awareness campaign.
Vembe requested the extension of the program to the three senatorial districts, so that more pensioners benefit.
Agishi Benjamin, a diabetic patient, said he has been with the disease for 19 years and has only survived thanks to proper nutrition and medication.
“The food is good, but don't eat more than the required amount.
“Diabetes is a deadly disease, but it kills faster depending on how you manage it,” he added.
Dan-Edwin Ter, another retiree who has had the condition for six years, said he is finding it difficult to obtain medication due to non-payment of his government pension arrears.
Ter said that he has been surviving thanks to the goodwill of friends, family and associates.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that in addition to raising diabetes awareness, organizers provided free treatment and donated test kits to retirees.
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Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has urged residents to resist any attempt to use religion to spread hatred and disunity.
Sanwo-Olu, represented before the State Government, Ms. Folashade Jaji, gave the advice on Wednesday in Ikeja, during the celebration of the International Day for Tolerance 2022.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the theme of the event was: "The role of religion in democratic governance in Nigeria."
He said that religion had an influence on democratic governance, especially in the socio-political ecosystem, as it was seen as a way of life and a moral compass by which all the faithful were bound to live.
According to him, ordinarily, the issue of religion in government should not be a cause for concern, since religions teach positive virtues such as love, honesty, integrity, transparency, responsibility, decency and respect.
“These virtues, if properly assimilated, will undoubtedly have a positive impact on governance, which will translate into greater well-being for people.
“However, it must become a matter of concern when religion becomes a tool in the hands of unscrupulous people to fan the embers of disunity and chaos in our society, to achieve a selfish end.
"We have a duty to resist any attempts to cause confusion, promote hatred and intolerance, because they are antithetical to the teachings of all religions and therefore counterproductive," he said.
The governor said that it was important that the neighbors continue along the path of mutual respect, in order to maintain the prevailing climate of peace, which was the basis of growth and development.
He praised religious leaders in Lagos state for their commitment to promoting religious tolerance, harmony and friendship across religious divisions.
Sanwo-Olu said the state government will remain impartial and protect the right of citizens to practice whatever religion they want.
“We will also remain committed to our promise to create equal opportunity for all citizens without discrimination based on religion, ethnicity, tribe, gender, or socioeconomic status.
“I urge all Lagos residents to uphold the spirit of tolerance, understanding and accommodation, for which Lagos is well known, especially as we prepare for another general election in 2023,” he said.
The wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Ms. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, said it had been sadly observed that the political landscape was turning toxic with hate speech, fake news and outright misinformation.
Sanwo-Olu, who represented Fashola, said this had resulted in insults, slander and all sorts of dangerous tactics and antics.
He urged political leaders to be tolerant of views seen as contrary to their beliefs and sociopolitical leanings, as stakeholders should learn to respect such opposing views.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Internal Affairs, Prince Anofiu Elegushi, said that tolerance is not just an ethical duty, but the political and legal necessity of individuals, religions, groups and the State.From left: The Lagos State Governor's Special Adviser on Islamic Religion, Alh. Abdulahi Jebe, Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Anofiu Elegushi, President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Lagos State Chapter, Bishop Stephen Adegbite and Special Adviser on Christian Religion, Most Reverend Bukola Adeleke during the Walk for Tolerance to commemorate the 2022 International Day for Tolerance held on Wednesday 16 November 2022 in Ikeja
Elegushi called on religious institutions to educate the population about their civic responsibilities.
“Our religious institutions have a great role to play in educating and enlightening the population regarding their civil responsibilities and obligations for national survival.
"Our pulpits must teach religious tolerance, respect for humanity and peace," he said.
In his lecture, Lagos State University Theology Professor Dapo Asaju urged Christian leaders to preach the plain truth and reverse the erosion of morality in society.
Furthermore, one of the imams of the Lagos Secretariat Mosque, Dr. Saeed Ahmad, reminded Muslims that righteousness, justice, fairness and piety remain the hallmarks of Islam.
Ahmad said that they should always remember that they were not only accountable to the government but also to God.
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The West African Civil Society Institute (WACSI) has called on Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to establish synergies to strengthen democracy, peace and security in the region.
The Institute's Executive Director, Ms. Afadzinu, made the call at its inauguration on Wednesday in Abuja.
Afadzinu said that the world is at a critical moment, especially in Africa's democratic path, so the role of civil society is even more necessary.
He said this was in response to post-COVID-19 challenges, the global economic crisis and the growing demand for more democracy dividends.
“The region is at a crossroads, and for Nigeria, the 2023 elections will be a key test of the strength of the country's democracy,” he added.
According to Afadzinu, Nigeria's position in African geopolitics could not be underestimated and a strong civil society in Nigeria was crucial.
However, he said that CSOs in Nigeria continued to face challenges such as technology access and affordability, cyber security, and declining donor funding, among others.
Afadzinu said, “This influenced our decision to establish a physical presence in Nigeria and Nigerian CSOs will now have greater and easier access to WACSI programs to improve their knowledge capacity and strengthen their institutions.
“This will allow them to strengthen their efficiency, effectiveness, influence, resilience and sustainability.
“The WACSI Node in Abuja will serve as a liaison office and connect different types of CSOs and their partners with the various service offerings provided by WACSI.”
Afadzinu said these included training, mentoring and coaching to build capacity in institutional governance and management of its operations.
It also includes providing a space for civil society actors to connect and strategize on development issues.
She said the official input from WACSI would help CSOS build the resources and infrastructure to support local philanthropy.
This is to allow them to raise resources to support development in addition to what partners would do.
Afadzinu said that work would be done around the politicization of CSOs in the sense of raising awareness about the notion that citizens have a voice in their government, political position, democracy and development.
“The social contract between citizens and government has weakened in many of our countries.
“We must, as citizens, start to question why this is the case and how we can resolve this situation in order to have the kind of development we want in West Africa,” he said.
Mr. Charles Abani, United Nations Coordinator, Republic of Ghana, encouraged CSOs in the region to work together and take advantage of WACSI programs to address the challenges in the region.
This, he said, was imperative to stabilize the region and work for sustainable development, peace and unity for the benefit of all.
“Digital transformation is huge, it is necessary to understand how to use technology to forge social cohesion instead of promoting hate speech and division,” he said.
Prof. Adebayo Olukoshi, Wits School of Governance, Johannesburg, South Africa, praised the initiative to strengthen CSOs in West Africa.
According to Olukoshi, CSOs have an important duty to reorganize and reorganize.
He said this is necessary in order to respond to the many discontents with democratization, which have been witnessed in the last two decades throughout the region.
Olukoshi called on electoral stakeholders in Nigeria to ensure that the 2023 elections cement the unity of the country.
He said that "the importance of Nigeria, not only in terms of its responsibility to its citizens, but also, to the rest of West and Central Africa in particular, is something that should be foremost in the minds of all political actors.
"They should not take actions or decisions that make Nigeria a problem for West Africa, instead of a beacon of hope for the sub-region."
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Oilserv Ltd., an integrated Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) company, and the Sir Emeka Okwuosa Foundation in association with the VOOM Foundation, USA, have broken a medical record by performing 24 open-heart surgeries in the country.
This is contained in a statement by the Chief Executive Officer, Oilserv Group, Dr. Emeka Okwusa, on Wednesday in Abuja.
Okwuosa said the surgeries were performed through Dame Irene Okwuosa Memorial Hospital, a multi-million dollar hospital that specializes in critical care management and automated surgical procedures.
He said that open-heart surgeries performed on adults and children at the hospital located in Oraifite, Anambra, were part of the company's Corporate Social Responsibility.
According to him, the feat is an improvement on the first 2022 medical fair held in May, where only eight open-heart surgeries were performed at no cost to patients and their guardians.
Okwuosa said the last medical fair and the second of the year was held between October 31 and November 11, with 45 doctors from the US and Sweden in attendance.
“It is worth noting that Nigeria performs 50 open heart surgeries in a year, but Dame Irene Okwuosa Memorial Hospital performed 24 open heart surgeries on 23 patients worth more than N180 million in just 10 days, 12 cardiac catheterizations and one pacemaker insertion.
“In addition, 348 general practice cases (with a focus on diabetes, arthritis and hypertension) were carried out at no cost to the beneficiaries,” he said.
Okwuosa said observers from the Federal Ministry of Health, the Nigerian Pediatric Association and the Nigerian Society of Pediatric Cardiology were on the ground to observe the proceedings.
“Having a hospital perform 24 open heart surgeries in two weeks is a significant feat that has never been recorded in the history of Nigeria and Africa in general.
“We believe in the power of humanity to solve any challenge and are driven by determination and passion to positively impact lives.
“Oilserv and the foundation's contribution to families, communities in Anambra and Nigeria as a whole aligns with our deep-seated commitment to positively impact lives and support the Federal Government of Nigeria,” added Okwuosa.
The foundation had also touched lives through poverty alleviation programs, capacity building, provision of basic services such as roads and water.
He also provided scholarships to people and improved the standard of living of people in the Oraifite community in Anambra and other neighboring communities and Nigeria in general.
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