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  •  The Kaduna State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency Kaduna RUWASSA has taken steps to strengthen partnership with Civil Society Organisations and media in the implementation of Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH programmes The partnership is to also ensure effective implementation of the Partnership for Expanded Water Supply Sanitation and Hygiene P WASH programme in the state The National Programme Coordinator P WASH Mrs Jummai Wakaso stated this in Kaduna on Thursday during a meeting with CSOs and journalists to strengthen partnership and collaboration for the project Wakaso who was represented by Mr Magaji Abubakar Chief Water Engineer of the programme explained that P WASH was a 15 year programme designed to improve rural water supply sanitation and hygiene She explained that the national multi sectoral collaborative programme inaugurated in 2016 was being driven by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources toward achieving SDGs 6 1 and 6 2 She said that the main objective was to prioritize the achievement of 100 per cent access to water supply and improved sanitation by 2030 in rural areas The coordinator said that the expected outcome was for all rural inhabitants to have access to safe and sustainable water and improved sanitation and hand washing facilities The programme is based on a counterpart machine grant between the Federal and States government where the federal government provides the same amount a state government provides for the programme The pilot programme has been successfully completed in Kano and Ogun states with the rehabilitation upgrade and construction of 738 water supply facilities in eight local government areas After the pilot the programme was scaled up to the remaining states and 34 states have indicated interest out of which 19 states were currently implementing the programme According to her the ability of Nigeria to increase access to water supply and sanitation depends largely on a systematic and holistic approach that coordinates all stakeholders inputs Also speaking the P WASH Communication Consultant Mr Umar Bari said that improved relationships among RUWASSA CSOs and media would improve rural WASH coverage and services in the state Bari explained that the objective of the meeting was to explore how best to strengthen partnership among various stakeholders to improve WASH services in rural communities This is in line with the objective of the programme which is to strengthen partnership across rural WASH sub sector to ensure federal government work with the state government towards achieving SDGs We strongly feel that RUWASSA should not be left alone to deliver the programme there is the need for CSOs to help strengthen policy advocacy and accountability in the WASH sector There is also the need for the media to help create the needed awareness and community mobilization to ensure a robust community participation in the programme he said Mr Haliru Birninyero Deputy Director Sanitation Kaduna RUWASSA said that the programme began with two LGAs namely Giwa and Kachia adding that plans have been concluded to scale up to additional three LGAs On his part Rev Kuzasuwat Peter State Coordinator Society for Water and Sanitation NEWSAN welcomed the development describing partnership with stakeholders as key to the success of the programme Peter said that the organisation was ready to partner with Kaduna RUWASSA in ensuring the goal of the programme was achieved Also Mr Emmanuel Bonet Executive Director AID Foundation suggested the establishment of an accountability mechanism to strengthen transparency and accountability in the WASH sector NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kaduna rural agency, CSOs, media partner for effective implementation of P-WASH programme
     The Kaduna State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency Kaduna RUWASSA has taken steps to strengthen partnership with Civil Society Organisations and media in the implementation of Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH programmes The partnership is to also ensure effective implementation of the Partnership for Expanded Water Supply Sanitation and Hygiene P WASH programme in the state The National Programme Coordinator P WASH Mrs Jummai Wakaso stated this in Kaduna on Thursday during a meeting with CSOs and journalists to strengthen partnership and collaboration for the project Wakaso who was represented by Mr Magaji Abubakar Chief Water Engineer of the programme explained that P WASH was a 15 year programme designed to improve rural water supply sanitation and hygiene She explained that the national multi sectoral collaborative programme inaugurated in 2016 was being driven by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources toward achieving SDGs 6 1 and 6 2 She said that the main objective was to prioritize the achievement of 100 per cent access to water supply and improved sanitation by 2030 in rural areas The coordinator said that the expected outcome was for all rural inhabitants to have access to safe and sustainable water and improved sanitation and hand washing facilities The programme is based on a counterpart machine grant between the Federal and States government where the federal government provides the same amount a state government provides for the programme The pilot programme has been successfully completed in Kano and Ogun states with the rehabilitation upgrade and construction of 738 water supply facilities in eight local government areas After the pilot the programme was scaled up to the remaining states and 34 states have indicated interest out of which 19 states were currently implementing the programme According to her the ability of Nigeria to increase access to water supply and sanitation depends largely on a systematic and holistic approach that coordinates all stakeholders inputs Also speaking the P WASH Communication Consultant Mr Umar Bari said that improved relationships among RUWASSA CSOs and media would improve rural WASH coverage and services in the state Bari explained that the objective of the meeting was to explore how best to strengthen partnership among various stakeholders to improve WASH services in rural communities This is in line with the objective of the programme which is to strengthen partnership across rural WASH sub sector to ensure federal government work with the state government towards achieving SDGs We strongly feel that RUWASSA should not be left alone to deliver the programme there is the need for CSOs to help strengthen policy advocacy and accountability in the WASH sector There is also the need for the media to help create the needed awareness and community mobilization to ensure a robust community participation in the programme he said Mr Haliru Birninyero Deputy Director Sanitation Kaduna RUWASSA said that the programme began with two LGAs namely Giwa and Kachia adding that plans have been concluded to scale up to additional three LGAs On his part Rev Kuzasuwat Peter State Coordinator Society for Water and Sanitation NEWSAN welcomed the development describing partnership with stakeholders as key to the success of the programme Peter said that the organisation was ready to partner with Kaduna RUWASSA in ensuring the goal of the programme was achieved Also Mr Emmanuel Bonet Executive Director AID Foundation suggested the establishment of an accountability mechanism to strengthen transparency and accountability in the WASH sector NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kaduna rural agency, CSOs, media partner for effective implementation of P-WASH programme
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    Kaduna rural agency, CSOs, media partner for effective implementation of P-WASH programme

    The Kaduna State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (Kaduna RUWASSA) has taken steps to strengthen partnership with Civil Society Organisations and media in the implementation of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) programmes.

    The partnership is to also ensure effective implementation of the Partnership for Expanded Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (P-WASH) programme in the state.

    The National Programme Coordinator, P-WASH, Mrs Jummai Wakaso, stated this in Kaduna on Thursday during a meeting with CSOs and journalists to strengthen partnership and collaboration for the project.

    Wakaso, who was represented by Mr Magaji Abubakar, Chief Water Engineer of the programme, explained that P-WASH was a 15-year programme designed to improve rural water supply sanitation and hygiene.

    She explained that the national multi-sectoral collaborative programme inaugurated in 2016 was being driven by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources toward achieving SDGs 6.1 and 6.2. She said that the main objective was to prioritize the achievement of 100 per cent access to water supply and improved sanitation by 2030 in rural areas.

    The coordinator said that the expected outcome was for all rural inhabitants to have access to safe and sustainable water and improved sanitation and hand washing facilities.

    “The programme is based on a counterpart machine grant between the Federal and States government, where the federal government provides the same amount a state government provides for the programme.

    “The pilot programme has been successfully completed in Kano and Ogun states with the rehabilitation, upgrade, and construction of 738 water supply facilities in eight local government areas.

    “After the pilot, the programme was scaled up to the remaining states and 34 states have indicated interest out of which 19 states were currently implementing the programme.

    According to her, the ability of Nigeria to increase access to water supply and sanitation depends largely on a systematic and holistic approach that coordinates all stakeholders’ inputs.

    Also speaking, the P-WASH Communication Consultant, Mr Umar Bari, said that improved relationships among RUWASSA, CSOs and media would improve rural WASH coverage and services in the state.

    Bari explained that the objective of the meeting was to explore how best to strengthen partnership among various stakeholders to improve WASH services in rural communities.

    “This is in line with the objective of the programme which is to strengthen partnership across rural WASH sub-sector, to ensure federal government work with the state government towards achieving SDGs. “We strongly feel that RUWASSA should not be left alone to deliver the programme; there is the need for CSOs to help strengthen policy advocacy and accountability in the WASH sector.

    “There is also the need for the media to help create the needed awareness and community mobilization to ensure a robust community participation in the programme,” he said.

    Mr Haliru Birninyero, Deputy Director Sanitation, Kaduna RUWASSA), said that the programme began with two LGAs namely Giwa and Kachia, adding that plans have been concluded to scale up to additional three LGAs. On his part, Rev. Kuzasuwat Peter, State Coordinator, Society for Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN) welcomed the development, describing partnership with stakeholders as “key” to the success of the programme.

    Peter said that the organisation was ready to partner with Kaduna RUWASSA in ensuring the goal of the programme was achieved.

    Also, Mr Emmanuel Bonet, Executive Director, AID Foundation suggested the establishment of an accountability mechanism to strengthen transparency and accountability in the WASH sector.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Gombe State Agency for the Control of AIDs GOMSACA has constituted a Gender and Human Rights State Response Team to curb rights violations of People Living With PLWHA The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the committee members include legal practitioners security agents human rights organisations PLWHAs and the media among others Addressing members of the committee after its inauguration Dr Suraj Abdulkarim The Project Manager of GOMSACA said Gombe was among the 17 states selected to constitute the committee based on its ranking by the National body Abdulkarim explained that the committee s mandate was to proffer realistic solutions to the current rising cases of human rights violations particularly those of PLWHAs Speaking to NAN shortly after the ceremony the project manager said Gombe State had made significant improvement compared to the beginning of the epidemic when people living with the virus were dying without medical assistance Because of the efforts by Gombe State Government and Partners the prevalent rate of the virus has dropped from eight per cent to 1 1 per cent he said According to him if the current efforts are sustained will one day become history Abdulkarim said to achieve this goal the agency had successfully placed about 23 000 people living with on treatment across 24 comprehensive health facilities in the state He noted that this number constituted about 95 per cent of the total umber of PLWHAs in the state Another significant achievement according to him is the attainment of the viral suppression level of 90 per cent of PLWHAs on treatment The viral suppression level is when the virus will not be seen in the blood and people can have sex with them without getting infected he explained Abdulkarim however enumerated some challenges mostly funding that were hindering success of the war against the disease According to him partners attention has tilted to trending health issues such as COVID 19 Diabetes and others stressing the need for domestic funding for the treatment of PLWHAs He expressed fear that if their treatment was not sustained Gombe State might revert to status quo of alarming rate of He listed other challenges to include the increasing number of orphans and vulnerable children as well as getting access to adolescents especially those out school to sensitise them on NAN also reports that issues raised during the committee s deliberations include the need for a medical support fund survivors of rape Others include Gender Human Rights Education effective coordination and provision of data management systems NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Rights violations: Gombe AIDS agency constitutes response team 
     The Gombe State Agency for the Control of AIDs GOMSACA has constituted a Gender and Human Rights State Response Team to curb rights violations of People Living With PLWHA The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the committee members include legal practitioners security agents human rights organisations PLWHAs and the media among others Addressing members of the committee after its inauguration Dr Suraj Abdulkarim The Project Manager of GOMSACA said Gombe was among the 17 states selected to constitute the committee based on its ranking by the National body Abdulkarim explained that the committee s mandate was to proffer realistic solutions to the current rising cases of human rights violations particularly those of PLWHAs Speaking to NAN shortly after the ceremony the project manager said Gombe State had made significant improvement compared to the beginning of the epidemic when people living with the virus were dying without medical assistance Because of the efforts by Gombe State Government and Partners the prevalent rate of the virus has dropped from eight per cent to 1 1 per cent he said According to him if the current efforts are sustained will one day become history Abdulkarim said to achieve this goal the agency had successfully placed about 23 000 people living with on treatment across 24 comprehensive health facilities in the state He noted that this number constituted about 95 per cent of the total umber of PLWHAs in the state Another significant achievement according to him is the attainment of the viral suppression level of 90 per cent of PLWHAs on treatment The viral suppression level is when the virus will not be seen in the blood and people can have sex with them without getting infected he explained Abdulkarim however enumerated some challenges mostly funding that were hindering success of the war against the disease According to him partners attention has tilted to trending health issues such as COVID 19 Diabetes and others stressing the need for domestic funding for the treatment of PLWHAs He expressed fear that if their treatment was not sustained Gombe State might revert to status quo of alarming rate of He listed other challenges to include the increasing number of orphans and vulnerable children as well as getting access to adolescents especially those out school to sensitise them on NAN also reports that issues raised during the committee s deliberations include the need for a medical support fund survivors of rape Others include Gender Human Rights Education effective coordination and provision of data management systems NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Rights violations: Gombe AIDS agency constitutes response team 
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    Rights violations: Gombe AIDS agency constitutes response team 

    The Gombe State Agency for the Control of AIDs (GOMSACA), has constituted a Gender and Human Rights State Response Team, to curb rights violations of People Living With (PLWHA).

    The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the committee members include legal practitioners, security agents, human rights organisations, PLWHAs and the media among others.

    Addressing members of the committee after its inauguration, Dr Suraj Abdulkarim, The Project Manager of  GOMSACA, said Gombe was among the 17 states selected to constitute the committee, based on its ranking by the National body.

    Abdulkarim explained that the committee’s mandate was to proffer realistic solutions to the current rising cases of human rights violations, particularly those of PLWHAs. Speaking to NAN shortly after the ceremony, the project manager said Gombe State had made significant improvement, compared to the beginning of the epidemic, when people living with the virus were dying without medical assistance.

    “Because of the efforts by Gombe State Government and Partners, the prevalent rate of the virus has dropped from eight per cent to 1.1 per cent,” he said.

    According to him, if the current efforts are sustained, will one day become history.

    Abdulkarim said to achieve this goal, the agency had successfully placed about 23,000 people living with ,  on treatment across 24 comprehensive health facilities in the state.

    He noted that this number constituted about 95 per cent of the total umber of PLWHAs in the state.

    Another significant achievement, according to him, is the attainment of the viral suppression level of 90 per cent of PLWHAs on treatment.

    “The viral suppression level is when the virus will not be seen in the blood, and people can have sex with them without getting infected,” he explained.

    Abdulkarim, however, enumerated some challenges, mostly funding, that were hindering success of the war against the disease.

    According to him, partners’ attention has tilted to trending health issues such as COVID-19, Diabetes and others, stressing the need for domestic funding for the treatment of PLWHAs. He expressed fear that if their treatment was not sustained, Gombe State might revert to status quo of alarming rate of .

    He listed other challenges to include the increasing number of orphans and vulnerable children; as well as getting access to adolescents, especially those out school, to sensitise them on .

    NAN also reports that issues raised during the committee’s deliberations include the need for a medical support fund survivors of rape.

    Others include Gender Human Rights Education, effective coordination and provision of data management systems.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  More than 65 000 young women accessed contraceptives in Delta in the last six months Dr Jude Winful Orieke Permanent Secretary Delta State Primary Health Care Development Agency DSPHCDA made this known in Asaba on Monday at an event to mark the 2022 World Contraception Day Between January and June 2022 65 737 people of reproductive age accessed contraceptives in Delta Out of this number 36 237 were new acceptors while 29 500 persons came for revisits he said The WHO set aside Sept 26 of every year the World Contraception Day to improve awareness of all contraceptive methods available It is to enable young people to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health Dr Winful Orieke said the Day had earlier been established by the United Nations Population Fund UNFPA in 2007 and adopted by governments of nations that of Nigeria as an annual event He stressed that access to contraceptives would reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies stave off HIV and AIDs and other sexually transmitted in young women He said the 2022 Day centred on improving awareness of the importance of contraceptives use by people of reproductive age The goal is that every pregnancy is intentional desirable and safe Contraception allows people of reproductive age to plan child bearing It helps in the prevention of unplanned pregnancies among teenage girls and help girls to stay in school work and gain social and economic empowerment It ensures sustainable progress in the fight against and other sexually transmitted diseases he said The permanent secretary said that marking the day helped in the promotion of informed decision making by women and girls about their sexual and reproductive health It is worthy of note to re emphasis that women and girls deserve access to quality and accurate information on safe effective affordable and acceptable contraception of choice Delta government is committed to a further reduction of its maternal mortality ratio from 576 per 100 000 live births in year 2022 to less than 70 per 100 000 live births by 2030 he said Winful Orieke was represented by the Director Community Health Services Dr Paul Yinkore NewsSourceCredit NAN
    65,000 women access contraceptives in Delta in 6 months
     More than 65 000 young women accessed contraceptives in Delta in the last six months Dr Jude Winful Orieke Permanent Secretary Delta State Primary Health Care Development Agency DSPHCDA made this known in Asaba on Monday at an event to mark the 2022 World Contraception Day Between January and June 2022 65 737 people of reproductive age accessed contraceptives in Delta Out of this number 36 237 were new acceptors while 29 500 persons came for revisits he said The WHO set aside Sept 26 of every year the World Contraception Day to improve awareness of all contraceptive methods available It is to enable young people to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health Dr Winful Orieke said the Day had earlier been established by the United Nations Population Fund UNFPA in 2007 and adopted by governments of nations that of Nigeria as an annual event He stressed that access to contraceptives would reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies stave off HIV and AIDs and other sexually transmitted in young women He said the 2022 Day centred on improving awareness of the importance of contraceptives use by people of reproductive age The goal is that every pregnancy is intentional desirable and safe Contraception allows people of reproductive age to plan child bearing It helps in the prevention of unplanned pregnancies among teenage girls and help girls to stay in school work and gain social and economic empowerment It ensures sustainable progress in the fight against and other sexually transmitted diseases he said The permanent secretary said that marking the day helped in the promotion of informed decision making by women and girls about their sexual and reproductive health It is worthy of note to re emphasis that women and girls deserve access to quality and accurate information on safe effective affordable and acceptable contraception of choice Delta government is committed to a further reduction of its maternal mortality ratio from 576 per 100 000 live births in year 2022 to less than 70 per 100 000 live births by 2030 he said Winful Orieke was represented by the Director Community Health Services Dr Paul Yinkore NewsSourceCredit NAN
    65,000 women access contraceptives in Delta in 6 months
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    65,000 women access contraceptives in Delta in 6 months

    More than 65,000 young women accessed contraceptives in Delta in the last six months.

    Dr Jude Winful-Orieke, Permanent Secretary, Delta State Primary Health Care Development Agency (DSPHCDA), made this known in Asaba on Monday at an event to mark the 2022 World Contraception Day. “Between January and June 2022, 65,737 people of reproductive age accessed contraceptives in Delta.

    “Out of this number, 36,237 were new acceptors, while 29,500 persons came for revisits,’’ he said.

    The WHO set aside Sept. 26 of every year the World Contraception Day to improve awareness of all contraceptive methods available.

    It is to enable young people to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health.

    Dr Winful-Orieke said the Day had earlier been established by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in 2007 and adopted by governments of nations that of Nigeria as an annual event.

    He stressed that access to contraceptives would reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies, stave off HIV and AIDs and other sexually transmitted in young women.

    He said the 2022 Day centred on improving awareness of the importance of contraceptives use by people of reproductive age.

    “The goal is that every pregnancy is intentional, desirable and safe.

    Contraception allows people of reproductive age to plan child bearing “It helps in the prevention of unplanned pregnancies among teenage girls and help girls to stay in school, work and gain social and economic empowerment.

    “It ensures sustainable progress in the fight against and other sexually transmitted diseases,’’ he said.

    The permanent secretary said that marking the day helped in the promotion of informed decision-making by women and girls about their sexual and reproductive health.

    “It is worthy of note to re-emphasis that women and girls deserve access to quality and accurate information on safe, effective, affordable and acceptable contraception of choice.

    “Delta government is committed to a further reduction of its maternal mortality ratio from 576 per 100,000 live births in year 2022 to less than 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030,’’ he said.

    Winful-Orieke was represented by the Director, Community Health Services, Dr Paul Yinkore.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Mrs Hanifa Hamza the Kwara Coordinator National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA has assured Nigerians of enough vaccines against COVID 19 pandemic Hamza stated this on Wednesday at a stakeholders training organised by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC National Agency for the Control of AIDs NACA and the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC in Ilorin The programme was organised to scale up awareness campaign on why more Nigerians have to get vaccinated as the virus was still in existence Hamza spoke on the topic Preventive Measures Overview of COVID 19 vaccination in Nigeria The NPHCDA coordinator explained that the virus was real and still around adding that since many people are not tested it is difficult to say it has gone We need to know our status as well as protect ourselves she said According to her I am a survivor of COVID 19 infection hence the need for Nigerians to adequately protect themselves through test and vaccination She reiterated that the vaccine was available in medical centres and not harmful and advised participants to spread the news and not the virus Hamza stated that the agency has the mandate to help Kwara Government to vaccinate 70 per cent of her population between August and October adding that this will ensure adequate protection and stronger immunity COVID 19 transmission is crazy Please don t relax it has come to stay like catarr or malaria take precautions don t joke with your hands sanitiser vitamin C and eat balanced diet regularly use your nose and booster dose she advised Mrs Jessica Akinrongbe the Senior Emergency Response Officer NCDC Abuja noted that Nigerians especially men below age 60 have to take precautionary measures and prepare to attack the viral infection In her paper presentation entitled Overview of COVID 19 Epidemiology Akinrongbe stated that COVID 19 is airborne disease and it is difficult to control According to her men are highly prone to contact the virus than women and that other people who have one ailment such as diabetes pneumonia and the likes are also vulnerable She said that people have to get tested routinely and not until when they become sick before going for test Akinrongbe reaffirmed that COVID 19 still persist even though not as severe as before and urged people to protect themselves against virus and prepare to maintain good health NewsSourceCredit NAN
    COVID-19: NPHCDA assures Nigerians of enough vaccines
     Mrs Hanifa Hamza the Kwara Coordinator National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA has assured Nigerians of enough vaccines against COVID 19 pandemic Hamza stated this on Wednesday at a stakeholders training organised by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC National Agency for the Control of AIDs NACA and the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC in Ilorin The programme was organised to scale up awareness campaign on why more Nigerians have to get vaccinated as the virus was still in existence Hamza spoke on the topic Preventive Measures Overview of COVID 19 vaccination in Nigeria The NPHCDA coordinator explained that the virus was real and still around adding that since many people are not tested it is difficult to say it has gone We need to know our status as well as protect ourselves she said According to her I am a survivor of COVID 19 infection hence the need for Nigerians to adequately protect themselves through test and vaccination She reiterated that the vaccine was available in medical centres and not harmful and advised participants to spread the news and not the virus Hamza stated that the agency has the mandate to help Kwara Government to vaccinate 70 per cent of her population between August and October adding that this will ensure adequate protection and stronger immunity COVID 19 transmission is crazy Please don t relax it has come to stay like catarr or malaria take precautions don t joke with your hands sanitiser vitamin C and eat balanced diet regularly use your nose and booster dose she advised Mrs Jessica Akinrongbe the Senior Emergency Response Officer NCDC Abuja noted that Nigerians especially men below age 60 have to take precautionary measures and prepare to attack the viral infection In her paper presentation entitled Overview of COVID 19 Epidemiology Akinrongbe stated that COVID 19 is airborne disease and it is difficult to control According to her men are highly prone to contact the virus than women and that other people who have one ailment such as diabetes pneumonia and the likes are also vulnerable She said that people have to get tested routinely and not until when they become sick before going for test Akinrongbe reaffirmed that COVID 19 still persist even though not as severe as before and urged people to protect themselves against virus and prepare to maintain good health NewsSourceCredit NAN
    COVID-19: NPHCDA assures Nigerians of enough vaccines
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    COVID-19: NPHCDA assures Nigerians of enough vaccines

    Mrs Hanifa Hamza, the Kwara Coordinator,  National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), has assured Nigerians of enough vaccines against COVID-19 pandemic.

    Hamza stated this on Wednesday at a stakeholders’ training organised by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), National Agency for the Control of AIDs (NACA) and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), in Ilorin.

    The programme was organised to scale up awareness campaign on why more Nigerians have to get vaccinated as the virus was still in existence.

    Hamza spoke on the topic: “Preventive Measures: Overview of COVID-19 vaccination in Nigeria”.

    The NPHCDA coordinator explained that the virus was real and still around, adding that since many people are not tested, it is difficult to say it has gone.

    ”We need to know our status as well as protect ourselves,” she said.

    According to her, I am a survivor of COVID-19 infection, hence the need for Nigerians to adequately protect themselves through test and vaccination.

    She reiterated that the vaccine was available in medical centres and not harmful, and advised participants to spread the news and not the virus.

    Hamza stated that the agency has the mandate to help Kwara Government to vaccinate 70 per cent of her population between August and October, adding that this will ensure adequate protection and stronger immunity.

    “COVID-19 transmission is crazy.

    Please don’t relax, it has come to stay like catarr or malaria; take precautions, don’t joke with your hands sanitiser, vitamin C and eat balanced diet regularly, use your nose and booster dose,” she advised.

    Mrs Jessica Akinrongbe, the Senior Emergency Response Officer, NCDC Abuja, noted that Nigerians, especially men below age 60, have to take precautionary measures and prepare to attack the viral infection.

    In her paper presentation entitled: “Overview of COVID-19 Epidemiology”, Akinrongbe stated that COVID-19 is airborne disease and it is difficult to control.

    According to her, men are highly prone to contact the virus than women, and that other people who have one ailment such as diabetes, pneumonia and the likes are also vulnerable.

    She said that people have to get tested routinely and not until when they become sick before going for test.

    Akinrongbe reaffirmed that COVID-19 still persist even though not as severe as before, and urged people to protect themselves against virus and prepare to maintain good health.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The National Agency for the Control of AIDS NACA and critical stakeholders have urged religious leaders to champion the campaign on discrimination and stigma against Persons Living with PLWHAs Mr Tobias John Zonal Coordinator North East NACA made the call in Abuja on Wednesday at a stakeholders dialogue The dialogue was aimed setting the agenda for faith based consultations on stigma and Human Rights in HIV John called on faith based organisations to rise to the occasion in reorienting their congregants on discrimination and stigma against people living with According to him it is through faith and teaching that behavioural changes can be achieved He said that discrimination and stigma were capable of impending progress made in mitigating the impact and spread of in the country Prof Muslih Yahaya Executive Secretary Muslim Ummah South West Nigeria condemned what he described as mutual suspicion and self righteousness among the citizenry Yahaya urged religious leaders to use their platforms to emphasise things that unite the country rather than things that divide it He advised against passing judgement on persons especially those living with Yahaya advised Nigerians to jettison stereotypes particularly those based on tribes and religion He reiterated his confidence in the capacity of faith based groups to change the narrative on stigma and discrimination Ms Amber Erinunwinhe Executive Secretary Nigerian Network of Religious Leaders Living or Personally Affected by NINERELA said that the group intends to develop a roadmap on how to reduce discrimination and stigma Erinunwinhe said that the agenda would tackle issues around prevention treatment and viral suppression She cautioned against violating human rights through stigma and discrimination Mr Temitope Fashola Country Director Christian AID said love remains the central message of every religion Fashola said that love is paramount in the fight against discrimination and stigma against people living with because God created all with love NewsSourceCredit NAN
    HIV/AIDS: NACA, stakeholders task religious leaders on stigma, discrimination
     The National Agency for the Control of AIDS NACA and critical stakeholders have urged religious leaders to champion the campaign on discrimination and stigma against Persons Living with PLWHAs Mr Tobias John Zonal Coordinator North East NACA made the call in Abuja on Wednesday at a stakeholders dialogue The dialogue was aimed setting the agenda for faith based consultations on stigma and Human Rights in HIV John called on faith based organisations to rise to the occasion in reorienting their congregants on discrimination and stigma against people living with According to him it is through faith and teaching that behavioural changes can be achieved He said that discrimination and stigma were capable of impending progress made in mitigating the impact and spread of in the country Prof Muslih Yahaya Executive Secretary Muslim Ummah South West Nigeria condemned what he described as mutual suspicion and self righteousness among the citizenry Yahaya urged religious leaders to use their platforms to emphasise things that unite the country rather than things that divide it He advised against passing judgement on persons especially those living with Yahaya advised Nigerians to jettison stereotypes particularly those based on tribes and religion He reiterated his confidence in the capacity of faith based groups to change the narrative on stigma and discrimination Ms Amber Erinunwinhe Executive Secretary Nigerian Network of Religious Leaders Living or Personally Affected by NINERELA said that the group intends to develop a roadmap on how to reduce discrimination and stigma Erinunwinhe said that the agenda would tackle issues around prevention treatment and viral suppression She cautioned against violating human rights through stigma and discrimination Mr Temitope Fashola Country Director Christian AID said love remains the central message of every religion Fashola said that love is paramount in the fight against discrimination and stigma against people living with because God created all with love NewsSourceCredit NAN
    HIV/AIDS: NACA, stakeholders task religious leaders on stigma, discrimination
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    HIV/AIDS: NACA, stakeholders task religious leaders on stigma, discrimination

    The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and critical stakeholders have urged religious leaders to champion the campaign on discrimination and stigma against Persons Living with (PLWHAs).

    Mr Tobias John, Zonal Coordinator, North East, NACA made the call in Abuja on Wednesday at a stakeholders dialogue.

    The dialogue was aimed setting the agenda for faith-based consultations on stigma and Human Rights in HIV.

    John called on faith-based organisations to rise to the occasion in reorienting their congregants on discrimination and stigma against people living with

    According to him, it is through faith and teaching that behavioural changes can be achieved.

    He said that discrimination and stigma were capable of impending progress made in mitigating the impact and spread of in the country.

    Prof. Muslih Yahaya, Executive Secretary, Muslim Ummah, South West, Nigeria condemned what he described as `mutual suspicion` and `self- righteousness` among the citizenry.

    Yahaya urged religious leaders to use their platforms to emphasise things that unite the country rather than things that divide it.

    He advised against passing judgement on persons especially those living with .

    Yahaya advised Nigerians to jettison stereotypes, particularly those based on tribes and religion.

    He reiterated his confidence in the capacity of faith-based groups to change the narrative on stigma and discrimination.

    Ms Amber Erinunwinhe, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Network of Religious Leaders Living or Personally Affected by (NINERELA+) said that the group intends to develop a roadmap on how to reduce discrimination and stigma.

    Erinunwinhe said that the agenda would tackle issues around prevention treatment and viral suppression.

    She cautioned against violating human rights through stigma and discrimination.

    Mr Temitope Fashola, Country Director, Christian AID, said love remains the central message of every religion.

    Fashola said that love is paramount in the fight against discrimination and stigma against people living with because God created all with love.

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  •  The health sector will not suffer budget cuts Uganda s development partners have reiterated In a meeting with the Health Committee partners including the World Health Organization WHO USAID the Clinton Health Care Initiative and UK AID told lawmakers that despite the funding challenges created by the COVID 19 pandemic the group of international organizations the bodies will stay the course The assurance was in response to concerns raised by Members of Parliament during their Thursday 10 February 2022 meeting in Parliament that partners were likely to withdraw or significantly reduce financial support to the health sector USAID s Andrew Kyambadde said that they had reached an agreement with the Ministry of Finance this year as it does annually to cover certain funding gaps and that there was no plan to withhold funding However he said We put an emphasis on internal financing an issue that has been ongoing The country must be prepared to meet and increase its expectations of financing the health sector adding that donors will not always come due to many unforeseen circumstances Christabel Abewe a WHO health economist noted that plans to reduce or cut funding are communicated in advance by partners and follow a chain of bureaucracy He added that a process is being followed to establish the preparation of the sector to transform itself to self sustainability Key funding projects have to be assessed to see if they can survive on their own without support which in this case hasn t been done yet he said Abewe added Key areas such as malaria immunization and HIV AIDS get almost 90 per cent of their funding from partners so withdrawing would be detrimental to the sector The chairman of the committee Dr Charles Ayume responded by saying that although the Government is expected to increase its contribution to the sector it is doing its best to use the resources it has to fund the sector We ask that you bear with us because we have to spread our funds to aspects of the health sector to achieve simultaneous progress We cannot increase teams without human resources so the transition is gradual he added Vice President Hon Yoweri Ssebikaali said he was glad the partners did not cut funding because the health sector had been further constrained by the COVID 19 pandemic Ssebikaaii asked the health partners to find a solution for access to health care especially among the rural population as the National Health Insurance scheme seemed to be a failure In response Abewe said that they are reworking the National Health Insurance Bill with all stakeholders before it is brought back to Parliament nbsp
    Uganda: Partners pledge to carry on health sector support
     The health sector will not suffer budget cuts Uganda s development partners have reiterated In a meeting with the Health Committee partners including the World Health Organization WHO USAID the Clinton Health Care Initiative and UK AID told lawmakers that despite the funding challenges created by the COVID 19 pandemic the group of international organizations the bodies will stay the course The assurance was in response to concerns raised by Members of Parliament during their Thursday 10 February 2022 meeting in Parliament that partners were likely to withdraw or significantly reduce financial support to the health sector USAID s Andrew Kyambadde said that they had reached an agreement with the Ministry of Finance this year as it does annually to cover certain funding gaps and that there was no plan to withhold funding However he said We put an emphasis on internal financing an issue that has been ongoing The country must be prepared to meet and increase its expectations of financing the health sector adding that donors will not always come due to many unforeseen circumstances Christabel Abewe a WHO health economist noted that plans to reduce or cut funding are communicated in advance by partners and follow a chain of bureaucracy He added that a process is being followed to establish the preparation of the sector to transform itself to self sustainability Key funding projects have to be assessed to see if they can survive on their own without support which in this case hasn t been done yet he said Abewe added Key areas such as malaria immunization and HIV AIDS get almost 90 per cent of their funding from partners so withdrawing would be detrimental to the sector The chairman of the committee Dr Charles Ayume responded by saying that although the Government is expected to increase its contribution to the sector it is doing its best to use the resources it has to fund the sector We ask that you bear with us because we have to spread our funds to aspects of the health sector to achieve simultaneous progress We cannot increase teams without human resources so the transition is gradual he added Vice President Hon Yoweri Ssebikaali said he was glad the partners did not cut funding because the health sector had been further constrained by the COVID 19 pandemic Ssebikaaii asked the health partners to find a solution for access to health care especially among the rural population as the National Health Insurance scheme seemed to be a failure In response Abewe said that they are reworking the National Health Insurance Bill with all stakeholders before it is brought back to Parliament nbsp
    Uganda: Partners pledge to carry on health sector support
    Africa10 months ago

    Uganda: Partners pledge to carry on health sector support

    The health sector will not suffer budget cuts, Uganda's development partners have reiterated.In a meeting with the Health Committee, partners including the World Health Organization (WHO), USAID, the Clinton Health Care Initiative and UK AID told lawmakers that despite the funding challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the group of international organizations the bodies will stay the course.The assurance was in response to concerns raised by Members of Parliament during their Thursday 10 February 2022 meeting in Parliament that partners were likely to withdraw or significantly reduce financial support to the health sector.USAID's Andrew Kyambadde said that they had reached an agreement with the Ministry of Finance this year, as it does annually, to cover certain funding gaps and that there was no plan to withhold funding.However, he said, “We put an emphasis on internal financing, an issue that has been ongoing. The country must be prepared to meet and increase its expectations of financing the health sector”, adding that donors will not always come due to many unforeseen circumstances.Christabel Abewe, a WHO health economist, noted that plans to reduce or cut funding are communicated in advance by partners and follow a chain of bureaucracy.He added that a process is being followed to establish the preparation of the sector to transform itself to self-sustainability. “Key funding projects have to be assessed to see if they can survive on their own without support, which in this case hasn't been done yet,” he said.Abewe added: "Key areas such as malaria, immunization and HIV/AIDS get almost 90 per cent of their funding from partners, so withdrawing would be detrimental to the sector."The chairman of the committee, Dr. Charles Ayume, responded by saying that although the Government is expected to increase its contribution to the sector, it is doing its best to use the resources it has to fund the sector.“We ask that you bear with us because we have to spread our funds to aspects of the health sector to achieve simultaneous progress; We cannot increase teams without human resources, so the transition is gradual”, he added.Vice President Hon Yoweri Ssebikaali said he was glad the partners did not cut funding because the health sector had been further constrained by the COVID-19 pandemic.Ssebikaaii asked the health partners to find a solution for access to health care, especially among the rural population, as the National Health Insurance scheme seemed to be a failure.In response, Abewe said that they are reworking the National Health Insurance Bill with all stakeholders before it is brought back to Parliament. 

  •   Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is expected to attend the Young CEO Summit and Honors Show on February 17 in Abuja A statement released Monday in Abuja Media Strategy Official ACCI said that Osinbajo would be the guest of honor in his capacity as an enterprising ambassador with a passion for youth development in Nigeria The Young CEOs is the fourth ACCI membership category inaugurated by Dr Al Mujtaba Abubakar in May 2020 It is designed to empower young entrepreneurs to be innovative resilient and energetic in expanding various sectors of the economy through mentoring and networking Young CEOs Chairman Fife Banks said the annual Summit and Honors which seeks to host more than 500 young entrepreneurs would set the course for developing shared and sustainable prosperity in the fourth industrial revolution According to Banks this is now being accelerated by the global pandemic and the acceleration of exponential technologies In a nation with a high rate of youth unemployment multidimensional poverty and all kinds of mostly perpetrated social vices having a crop of young people who are striving daily to create value adding change is a blessing Although he acknowledged that many liked that young people create the Future he said enough of loving them it s time to finance them Given strategic and sustainable support the young CEOs will deliver the desired economic future for Nigeria said Banks The event to be chaired by Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare will be co chaired by Industry Trade and Investment Otunba Niyi Adebayo Notable topics to be discussed by the speakers panelists include the African Continental Free Trade Agreement AfCFTA technology policy and leadership Nigerians who have contributed to the development and empowerment of youth will receive awards in conjunction with the launch of the Young CEOs Africa Investors Dealroom AID ACCI Young CEOs AID mission is to create a true platform to expand and empower Nigerians in particular the Abuja startup ecosystem which invests in youth led socio economic innovations and entrepreneurial projects Keep reading Source NAN
    Osinbajo to attend Young CEOs summit – ACCI
      Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is expected to attend the Young CEO Summit and Honors Show on February 17 in Abuja A statement released Monday in Abuja Media Strategy Official ACCI said that Osinbajo would be the guest of honor in his capacity as an enterprising ambassador with a passion for youth development in Nigeria The Young CEOs is the fourth ACCI membership category inaugurated by Dr Al Mujtaba Abubakar in May 2020 It is designed to empower young entrepreneurs to be innovative resilient and energetic in expanding various sectors of the economy through mentoring and networking Young CEOs Chairman Fife Banks said the annual Summit and Honors which seeks to host more than 500 young entrepreneurs would set the course for developing shared and sustainable prosperity in the fourth industrial revolution According to Banks this is now being accelerated by the global pandemic and the acceleration of exponential technologies In a nation with a high rate of youth unemployment multidimensional poverty and all kinds of mostly perpetrated social vices having a crop of young people who are striving daily to create value adding change is a blessing Although he acknowledged that many liked that young people create the Future he said enough of loving them it s time to finance them Given strategic and sustainable support the young CEOs will deliver the desired economic future for Nigeria said Banks The event to be chaired by Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare will be co chaired by Industry Trade and Investment Otunba Niyi Adebayo Notable topics to be discussed by the speakers panelists include the African Continental Free Trade Agreement AfCFTA technology policy and leadership Nigerians who have contributed to the development and empowerment of youth will receive awards in conjunction with the launch of the Young CEOs Africa Investors Dealroom AID ACCI Young CEOs AID mission is to create a true platform to expand and empower Nigerians in particular the Abuja startup ecosystem which invests in youth led socio economic innovations and entrepreneurial projects Keep reading Source NAN
    Osinbajo to attend Young CEOs summit – ACCI
    Economy10 months ago

    Osinbajo to attend Young CEOs summit – ACCI

    Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is expected to attend the Young CEO Summit and Honors Show on February 17 in Abuja.

    A statement released Monday in Abuja, Media/Strategy Official, ACCI, said that Osinbajo would be the guest of honor in his capacity as an enterprising ambassador with a passion for youth development in Nigeria.

    The Young CEOs is the fourth ACCI membership category inaugurated by Dr. Al-Mujtaba Abubakar in May 2020.

    It is designed to empower young entrepreneurs to be innovative, resilient and energetic in expanding various sectors of the economy through mentoring and networking.

    Young CEOs Chairman Fife Banks said the annual Summit and Honors, which seeks to host more than 500 young entrepreneurs, would set the course for developing shared and sustainable prosperity in the fourth industrial revolution.

    According to Banks, this is now being accelerated by the global pandemic and the acceleration of exponential technologies.

    “In a nation with a high rate of youth unemployment, multidimensional poverty, and all kinds of mostly perpetrated social vices, having a crop of young people who are striving daily to create value-adding change is a blessing.”

    Although he acknowledged that many liked that young people create the Future, he said, “enough of loving them, it's time to finance them.

    “Given strategic and sustainable support, the young CEOs will deliver the desired economic future for Nigeria,” said Banks.

    The event to be chaired by Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, will be co-chaired by Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo.

    Notable topics to be discussed by the speakers/panelists include the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), technology, policy, and leadership.

    Nigerians who have contributed to the development and empowerment of youth will receive awards in conjunction with the launch of the Young CEOs Africa Investors Dealroom (AID).

    ACCI Young CEOs' AID mission is to create a true platform to expand and empower Nigerians, in particular the Abuja startup ecosystem, which invests in youth-led socio-economic innovations and entrepreneurial projects.

    Keep reading

    Source: NAN

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