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  •  India on Wednesday ordered Maiden Pharmaceutical Limited to stop manufacturing all drugs with immediate effect after the consumption of some drugs it manufactured killed many children in Gambia Health Minister of India s northern state of Haryana Anil Vij said the pharmaceutical company allegedly made defective cough syrups leading to the death of more than 60 children in the Gambia The minister said that as many as 12 flaws were found during a joint inspection conducted by federal and state drug departments at the pharmaceutical company A notice has been served to the pharma company directing that total production shall be stopped Vij said The pharma company had exported a variety of cough syrups to the Gambia where the deaths of infants were reported and subsequently the World Health Organization WHO issued product alerts about those cough syrups The WHO had linked four cough syrups Promethazine Oral Solution Kofexmalin Baby Cough Syrup Makoff Baby Cough Syrup and MaGrip N Cold Syrup manufactured by the pharma company with the deaths in the Gambia Samples of the drugs mentioned by the WHO of Sonipat s pharmaceuticals company were sent to the Central Drug Lab in Kolkata The reports are not in yet Action will be taken after that Vij told the press in Haryana He said that the federal government was gathering complete information NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Indian Govt orders pharma coy to stop production after kids’ deaths in Gambia
     India on Wednesday ordered Maiden Pharmaceutical Limited to stop manufacturing all drugs with immediate effect after the consumption of some drugs it manufactured killed many children in Gambia Health Minister of India s northern state of Haryana Anil Vij said the pharmaceutical company allegedly made defective cough syrups leading to the death of more than 60 children in the Gambia The minister said that as many as 12 flaws were found during a joint inspection conducted by federal and state drug departments at the pharmaceutical company A notice has been served to the pharma company directing that total production shall be stopped Vij said The pharma company had exported a variety of cough syrups to the Gambia where the deaths of infants were reported and subsequently the World Health Organization WHO issued product alerts about those cough syrups The WHO had linked four cough syrups Promethazine Oral Solution Kofexmalin Baby Cough Syrup Makoff Baby Cough Syrup and MaGrip N Cold Syrup manufactured by the pharma company with the deaths in the Gambia Samples of the drugs mentioned by the WHO of Sonipat s pharmaceuticals company were sent to the Central Drug Lab in Kolkata The reports are not in yet Action will be taken after that Vij told the press in Haryana He said that the federal government was gathering complete information NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Indian Govt orders pharma coy to stop production after kids’ deaths in Gambia
    Foreign2 months ago

    Indian Govt orders pharma coy to stop production after kids’ deaths in Gambia

    India on Wednesday ordered Maiden Pharmaceutical Limited to stop manufacturing all drugs with immediate effect after the consumption of some drugs it manufactured killed many children in Gambia.

    Health Minister of India’s northern state of Haryana, Anil Vij said the pharmaceutical company allegedly made defective cough syrups leading to the death of more than 60 children in the Gambia.

    The minister said that as many as 12 flaws were found during a joint inspection conducted by federal and state drug departments at the pharmaceutical company.

    “A notice has been served to the pharma company directing that total production shall be stopped,’’ Vij said.

    The pharma company had exported a variety of cough syrups to the Gambia where the deaths of infants were reported, and subsequently, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued product alerts about those cough syrups.

    The WHO had linked four cough syrups, Promethazine Oral Solution, Kofexmalin Baby Cough Syrup, Makoff Baby Cough Syrup and MaGrip N Cold Syrup manufactured by the pharma company with the deaths in the Gambia.

    “Samples of the drugs mentioned by the WHO of Sonipat’s pharmaceuticals company were sent to the Central Drug Lab in Kolkata.

    The reports are not in yet.

    Action will be taken after that,” Vij told the press in Haryana.

    He said that the federal government was gathering complete information.


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  •  The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC has said that measures have been put at various ports of entry into the country to prevent contaminated cough syrups NAFDAC Director General Prof Mojisola Adeyeye disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja at a news conference The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the agency had on Sunday issued an alert with No 0402022 about some contaminated cough syrups circulating in the Gambia NAN also reports that the syrups were identified as Promethazine Oral Solution Kofexmalin Baby Cough Syrup Makoff Baby Cough Syrup and Magrip N Cold Syrup The syrups were said to have been manufactured by an Indian company Maiden Pharmaceuticals and had failed to provide guarantees about the safety of the cough syrups Meanwhile the NAFDAC boss said that the agency had put appropriate measures at the various ports of entry to curtail the entry of these syrups into Nigeria She said that NAFDAC had activated its internal surveillance mechanisms to mop up these products from the supply chain pipeline if they were ever found Adeyeye said that as a member of the World Health Organisation WHO programme on International drug monitoring NAFDAC would leave no stone unturned in ensuring that these products did not cause harm to Nigerians She said that the cough syrups had killed 66 children in Gambia and that interviews conducted on the bereaved parents in the Gambia by health authorities and law enforcement agencies revealed how their children were not able to pass urine after taking the syrups Diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol are restricted chemicals which are toxic to humans when consumed and can prove fatal These chemicals are closely related in chemical structure to propylene glycol which is the right vehicle for use in the manufacture of paediatric syrups Poor quality control might have led to non detection of these dangerous products and hence the fatality we have on our hands in Gambia she dressed The NAFDAC boss however said that the four cough syrups in questions were not registered by the agency and called on Nigerians to be cautious She also implored importers distributors retailers and consumers to exercise vigilance within the supply chain to avoid importation distribution sales and use of the substandard cough syrups According to her all medical products must be obtained from suppliers adding that the product authenticity and physical condition should be carefully checked NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Contaminated cough syrups: We have measures to prevent entry into Nigeria- NAFDAC
     The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC has said that measures have been put at various ports of entry into the country to prevent contaminated cough syrups NAFDAC Director General Prof Mojisola Adeyeye disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja at a news conference The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the agency had on Sunday issued an alert with No 0402022 about some contaminated cough syrups circulating in the Gambia NAN also reports that the syrups were identified as Promethazine Oral Solution Kofexmalin Baby Cough Syrup Makoff Baby Cough Syrup and Magrip N Cold Syrup The syrups were said to have been manufactured by an Indian company Maiden Pharmaceuticals and had failed to provide guarantees about the safety of the cough syrups Meanwhile the NAFDAC boss said that the agency had put appropriate measures at the various ports of entry to curtail the entry of these syrups into Nigeria She said that NAFDAC had activated its internal surveillance mechanisms to mop up these products from the supply chain pipeline if they were ever found Adeyeye said that as a member of the World Health Organisation WHO programme on International drug monitoring NAFDAC would leave no stone unturned in ensuring that these products did not cause harm to Nigerians She said that the cough syrups had killed 66 children in Gambia and that interviews conducted on the bereaved parents in the Gambia by health authorities and law enforcement agencies revealed how their children were not able to pass urine after taking the syrups Diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol are restricted chemicals which are toxic to humans when consumed and can prove fatal These chemicals are closely related in chemical structure to propylene glycol which is the right vehicle for use in the manufacture of paediatric syrups Poor quality control might have led to non detection of these dangerous products and hence the fatality we have on our hands in Gambia she dressed The NAFDAC boss however said that the four cough syrups in questions were not registered by the agency and called on Nigerians to be cautious She also implored importers distributors retailers and consumers to exercise vigilance within the supply chain to avoid importation distribution sales and use of the substandard cough syrups According to her all medical products must be obtained from suppliers adding that the product authenticity and physical condition should be carefully checked NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Contaminated cough syrups: We have measures to prevent entry into Nigeria- NAFDAC
    General news2 months ago

    Contaminated cough syrups: We have measures to prevent entry into Nigeria- NAFDAC

    The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has said that measures have been put at various ports of entry into the country to prevent contaminated cough syrups.

    NAFDAC Director-General, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja at a news conference.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the agency had on Sunday, issued an alert with No. 0402022 about some contaminated cough syrups circulating in the Gambia.

    NAN also reports that the syrups were identified as Promethazine Oral Solution, Kofexmalin Baby Cough Syrup, Makoff Baby Cough Syrup and Magrip N Cold Syrup.

    The syrups were said to have been manufactured by an Indian company, Maiden Pharmaceuticals, and had failed to provide guarantees about the safety of the cough syrups.

    Meanwhile, the NAFDAC boss said that the agency had put appropriate measures at the various ports of entry to curtail the entry of these syrups into Nigeria.

    She said that NAFDAC had activated its internal surveillance mechanisms to mop up these products from the supply chain pipeline if they were ever found.

    Adeyeye said that as a member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) programme on International drug monitoring, NAFDAC would leave no stone unturned in ensuring that these products did not cause harm to Nigerians.

    She said that the cough syrups had killed 66 children in Gambia, and that interviews conducted on the bereaved parents in the Gambia by health authorities and law enforcement agencies revealed how their children were not able to pass urine after taking the syrups.

    “Diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol are restricted chemicals which are toxic to humans when consumed and can prove fatal.

    “These chemicals are closely related in chemical structure to propylene glycol which is the right vehicle for use in the manufacture of paediatric syrups.

    “Poor quality control might have led to non- detection of these dangerous products and hence the fatality we have on our hands in Gambia,” she dressedThe NAFDAC boss however said that the four cough syrups in questions were not registered by the agency and called on Nigerians to be cautious.

    She also implored importers, distributors, retailers and consumers to exercise vigilance within the supply chain to avoid importation, distribution, sales and use of the substandard cough syrups.

    According to her, all medical products must be obtained from suppliers, adding that the product authenticity and physical condition should be carefully checked.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Following the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC s alert to Nigerians on substandard cough syrups circulating in The Gambia the Ministry of Health Edo has advised residents to be vigilant In a public health notice by Prof Obehi Akoria Edo Commissioner for Health the ministry said that the World Health Organisation WHO issued a global over four medicines The medicines included Promethazine oral solution Kofexmalin Baby Cough Syrup Makoff Baby Cough Syrup and Magrip N Cough Syrup Akoria said These medicines are being investigated for links with acute kidney injury and over 66 deaths among children in the Gambia Laboratory analysis of samples of each of the four products confirms that they contain unacceptable quantities of diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol which are toxic to humans and may cause death Officers of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC will provide an update shortly All pharmaceutical outlets who may have these medicines in stock must dispose of them forthwith using the appropriate channels Please be vigilant DO NOT USE ANY OF THESE PRODUCTS NO BABY OR TODDLER SHOULD BE GIVEN COUGH OR COLD SYRUPS Please share this information as widely as possible Akoria cautioned The News Agency of Nigeria reports that healthcare providers and the public were notified of the death of 66 children in The Gambia following the use of the substandard cough syrups as reported by WHO in September 2022 It was said that the syrups might have been contaminated According to WHO the cough syrup was made by New Delhi based Maiden Pharmaceuticals NAN also reports that NAFDAC says laboratory analysis of samples of the four products confirms that they contain unacceptable amounts of diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol as contaminants Diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol are toxic to humans when consumed and can prove fatal Toxic effects can include abdominal pain vomiting diarrhoea inability to pass urine headache altered mental state and acute kidney injury which may lead to death The stated manufacturer of these products is Maiden Pharmaceuticals Limited Haryana India To date the stated manufacturer has not provided guarantees to WHO on the safety and quality of these products All the batches of these products listed above should be considered unsafe Prof Mojisola Adeyeye NAFDAC s D G had said www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Health Ministry alerts Edo residents to substandard paediatric cough syrups in Gambia
     Following the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC s alert to Nigerians on substandard cough syrups circulating in The Gambia the Ministry of Health Edo has advised residents to be vigilant In a public health notice by Prof Obehi Akoria Edo Commissioner for Health the ministry said that the World Health Organisation WHO issued a global over four medicines The medicines included Promethazine oral solution Kofexmalin Baby Cough Syrup Makoff Baby Cough Syrup and Magrip N Cough Syrup Akoria said These medicines are being investigated for links with acute kidney injury and over 66 deaths among children in the Gambia Laboratory analysis of samples of each of the four products confirms that they contain unacceptable quantities of diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol which are toxic to humans and may cause death Officers of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC will provide an update shortly All pharmaceutical outlets who may have these medicines in stock must dispose of them forthwith using the appropriate channels Please be vigilant DO NOT USE ANY OF THESE PRODUCTS NO BABY OR TODDLER SHOULD BE GIVEN COUGH OR COLD SYRUPS Please share this information as widely as possible Akoria cautioned The News Agency of Nigeria reports that healthcare providers and the public were notified of the death of 66 children in The Gambia following the use of the substandard cough syrups as reported by WHO in September 2022 It was said that the syrups might have been contaminated According to WHO the cough syrup was made by New Delhi based Maiden Pharmaceuticals NAN also reports that NAFDAC says laboratory analysis of samples of the four products confirms that they contain unacceptable amounts of diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol as contaminants Diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol are toxic to humans when consumed and can prove fatal Toxic effects can include abdominal pain vomiting diarrhoea inability to pass urine headache altered mental state and acute kidney injury which may lead to death The stated manufacturer of these products is Maiden Pharmaceuticals Limited Haryana India To date the stated manufacturer has not provided guarantees to WHO on the safety and quality of these products All the batches of these products listed above should be considered unsafe Prof Mojisola Adeyeye NAFDAC s D G had said www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Health Ministry alerts Edo residents to substandard paediatric cough syrups in Gambia
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    Health Ministry alerts Edo residents to substandard paediatric cough syrups in Gambia

    Following the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)’s alert to Nigerians on substandard cough syrups circulating in The Gambia, the Ministry of Health, Edo, has advised residents to be vigilant.

    In a public health notice by Prof. Obehi Akoria, Edo Commissioner for Health, the ministry said that the World Health Organisation (WHO) issued a global over  four  medicines.

    The medicines included Promethazine oral solution,  Kofexmalin Baby Cough Syrup, Makoff Baby Cough Syrup and  Magrip N Cough Syrup Akoria said: “ These medicines are being investigated for links with acute kidney injury and over 66 deaths among children in the Gambia.

    “Laboratory analysis of samples of each of the four products confirms that they contain unacceptable quantities of diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol which are toxic to humans and may cause death.

    “Officers of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) will provide an update shortly.  

    “All pharmaceutical outlets who may have these medicines in stock must dispose of them forthwith, using the appropriate channels .

    “Please be vigilant! 

    “DO NOT USE ANY OF THESE PRODUCTS.

    NO BABY OR TODDLER SHOULD BE GIVEN COUGH OR COLD SYRUPS. 

    “Please share this information as widely as possible,’’ Akoria cautioned.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that  healthcare providers and the public were notified of the death of 66 children in The Gambia, following the use of the  substandard cough syrups, as reported by WHO in September 2022. It was said that the syrups might have been contaminated.

    According to WHO, the cough syrup was made by New Delhi-based Maiden Pharmaceuticals.

    NAN also reports that NAFDAC says laboratory analysis of samples of the four products confirms that they contain unacceptable amounts of diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol as contaminants.

    “Diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol are toxic to humans when consumed and can prove fatal.

    “Toxic effects can include abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, inability to pass urine, headache, altered mental state and acute kidney injury, which may lead to death.

    “The stated manufacturer of these products is Maiden Pharmaceuticals Limited (Haryana, India).

    To date, the stated manufacturer has not provided guarantees to WHO on the safety and quality of these products.

    “All the batches of these products listed above should be considered unsafe,” Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, NAFDAC’s D-G had said.

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  •   Migrants in Libya who are forced to accept so called assisted returns to their countries of origin are often victims of widespread and systematic human rights violations and abuses under conditions that fall short of international human rights law and standards according to a UN report human rights report published on Tuesday This desperate situation requires all concerned to ensure that no migrant is forced to accept assisted return to an unsafe or untenable situation in their country of origin said the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights acting Nada Al Nashif Amid lack of protection inside and outside Libya migrants are subjected to poor treatment in an attempt to escape abusive conditions of detention threats of torture sexual violence enforced disappearance extortion and other abuses Together these conditions have created a coercive environment that is often incompatible with free choice the report states Reality check In principle assisted returns are voluntary However the report finds that in reality many migrants in Libya cannot really return in accordance with international human rights laws and standards including the principle of free prior and informed consent Many find they have no choice but to return to the same circumstances that made them leave their countries in the first place the report says Persistent Impacts Any migrant who is returned to a country that is experiencing adverse and structural factors that force people to leave their country of origin including human rights violations and abuses the adverse effects of climate change and the degradation environmental protection armed conflict persecution or a combination of these reasons may end up in an even more vulnerable situation than before warns the report Returnees also face additional personal financial and psychosocial burdens including as a result of the severe trauma they experienced in Libya In the absence of sustainable solutions to these problems migrants may feel compelled to leave again in even more precarious circumstances the report adds Beating People Like Animals It also contains testimonies from some of the 65 migrants interviewed by the UN Human Rights Office OHCHR who had recently been forcibly returned to The Gambia They took me to a prison But even then I didn t think about going back to Gambia They then entered the prison with a stick and beat people like animals Sometimes they took your money and good clothes They broke my teeth So I accepted the return said one of the migrants Another explained I had no chance to ask for protection in Libya or anywhere else They just offered me to go home Unsustainable situation Since 2015 more than 60 000 migrants in Libya have been repatriated through assisted return programs to different countries in Africa and Asia including at least 3 300 Gambians who have returned since 2017 Libya and the States involved they must take immediate action to urgently address this untenable and unconscionable situation Ms Al Nashif stressed adding that the Libyan authorities must put an immediate end to all violations and abuses of the rights of migrants The senior UN official argued that other states also have a responsibility to step up and provide more protection to migrants trapped in Libya by increasing safe and regular routes of admission to their territories
    United Nations (UN) human rights report details ‘unconscionable’ violations of migrants returning from Libya
      Migrants in Libya who are forced to accept so called assisted returns to their countries of origin are often victims of widespread and systematic human rights violations and abuses under conditions that fall short of international human rights law and standards according to a UN report human rights report published on Tuesday This desperate situation requires all concerned to ensure that no migrant is forced to accept assisted return to an unsafe or untenable situation in their country of origin said the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights acting Nada Al Nashif Amid lack of protection inside and outside Libya migrants are subjected to poor treatment in an attempt to escape abusive conditions of detention threats of torture sexual violence enforced disappearance extortion and other abuses Together these conditions have created a coercive environment that is often incompatible with free choice the report states Reality check In principle assisted returns are voluntary However the report finds that in reality many migrants in Libya cannot really return in accordance with international human rights laws and standards including the principle of free prior and informed consent Many find they have no choice but to return to the same circumstances that made them leave their countries in the first place the report says Persistent Impacts Any migrant who is returned to a country that is experiencing adverse and structural factors that force people to leave their country of origin including human rights violations and abuses the adverse effects of climate change and the degradation environmental protection armed conflict persecution or a combination of these reasons may end up in an even more vulnerable situation than before warns the report Returnees also face additional personal financial and psychosocial burdens including as a result of the severe trauma they experienced in Libya In the absence of sustainable solutions to these problems migrants may feel compelled to leave again in even more precarious circumstances the report adds Beating People Like Animals It also contains testimonies from some of the 65 migrants interviewed by the UN Human Rights Office OHCHR who had recently been forcibly returned to The Gambia They took me to a prison But even then I didn t think about going back to Gambia They then entered the prison with a stick and beat people like animals Sometimes they took your money and good clothes They broke my teeth So I accepted the return said one of the migrants Another explained I had no chance to ask for protection in Libya or anywhere else They just offered me to go home Unsustainable situation Since 2015 more than 60 000 migrants in Libya have been repatriated through assisted return programs to different countries in Africa and Asia including at least 3 300 Gambians who have returned since 2017 Libya and the States involved they must take immediate action to urgently address this untenable and unconscionable situation Ms Al Nashif stressed adding that the Libyan authorities must put an immediate end to all violations and abuses of the rights of migrants The senior UN official argued that other states also have a responsibility to step up and provide more protection to migrants trapped in Libya by increasing safe and regular routes of admission to their territories
    United Nations (UN) human rights report details ‘unconscionable’ violations of migrants returning from Libya
    Africa2 months ago

    United Nations (UN) human rights report details ‘unconscionable’ violations of migrants returning from Libya

    Migrants in Libya who are forced to accept so-called 'assisted returns' to their countries of origin are often victims of widespread and systematic human rights violations and abuses under conditions that fall short of international human rights law and standards.

    according to a UN report.

    human rights report published on Tuesday.

    "This desperate situation requires all concerned to ensure that no migrant is forced to accept assisted return to an unsafe or untenable situation in their country of origin," said the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

    acting, Nada Al-Nashif.

    Amid lack of protection inside and outside Libya, migrants are subjected to poor treatment in an attempt to escape abusive conditions of detention, threats of torture, sexual violence, enforced disappearance, extortion and other abuses.

    "Together, these conditions have created a coercive environment that is often incompatible with free choice," the report states.

    Reality check In principle, 'assisted returns' are voluntary.

    However, the report finds that, in reality, many migrants in Libya cannot really return in accordance with international human rights laws and standards, including the principle of free, prior and informed consent.

    Many find they have no choice but to return to the same circumstances that made them leave their countries in the first place, the report says.

    Persistent Impacts “Any migrant who is returned to a country that is experiencing adverse and structural factors that force people to leave their country of origin, including human rights violations and abuses, the adverse effects of climate change, and the degradation environmental protection, armed conflict, persecution, or a combination of these reasons, may end up in an even more vulnerable situation than before”, warns the report.

    Returnees also face additional personal, financial and psychosocial burdens, including as a result of the severe trauma they experienced in Libya.

    In the absence of sustainable solutions to these problems, migrants may feel compelled to leave again, in even more precarious circumstances, the report adds.

    'Beating People Like Animals' It also contains testimonies from some of the 65 migrants interviewed by the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) who had recently been forcibly returned to The Gambia.

    “They took me to a prison.

    But even then I didn't think about going back to Gambia.

    They then entered the prison with a stick and beat people like animals.

    Sometimes they took your money and good clothes.

    They broke my teeth.

    So, I accepted the return,” said one of the migrants.

    Another explained: “I had no chance to ask for protection in Libya or anywhere else.

    They just offered me to go home.” 'Unsustainable' situation Since 2015, more than 60,000 migrants in Libya have been repatriated through 'assisted return' programs to different countries in Africa and Asia, including at least 3,300 Gambians who have returned since 2017.

    “Libya and the States involved they must take immediate action to urgently address this untenable and unconscionable situation,” Ms. Al-Nashif stressed, adding that “the Libyan authorities must put an immediate end to all violations and abuses of the rights of migrants.” The senior UN official argued that other states also have a responsibility to "step up and provide more protection to migrants trapped in Libya by increasing safe and regular routes of admission to their territories."

  •   The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency T KA built a Medical Oxygen Generation Plant at Ndemban Hospital in Bakau The Gambia The plant which is the first of its kind in Gambian hospitals will cover the hospital s daily oxygen needs with its 100 cylinder daily oxygen generation capacity The inauguration ceremony of the Ndemban Hospital plant was attended by Dr Amadou Samateh Minister of Health of The Gambia Tolga Bermek Ambassador of the Republic of T rkiye in Banjul ule Bayar T KA Coordinator in The Gambia Ministry and Hospital officials and representatives of media organizations Patients will no longer need to travel to other countries for treatment In his speech at the ceremony Dr Amadou Samateh Minister of Health of The Gambia thanked T rkiye and T KA and stated that they would previously cover the oxygen needs of public hospitals by buying oxygen from private companies at a high cost Minister Samateh noted that the plant will help solve the oxygen shortage in the country and that patients will no longer need to travel to other countries for treatment In his speech Tolga Bermek Ambassador of the Republic of T rkiye in Banjul stated that relations between Gambia and T rkiye are getting stronger day by day and T rkiye is implementing projects in all fields in Gambia through T KA Bermek recalled T rkiye s great support for The Gambia during the COVID 19 pandemic and highlighted the importance of the new oxygen generation plant for the health sector ule Bayar T KA coordinator in The Gambia noted that they were happy to share T rkiye s technology and experience with the Gambian health sector through T KA The Gambian Ministry of Health needs to purchase oxygen from abroad at a very high cost as public hospitals in The Gambia do not have an adequate supply of medical oxygen to meet the needs of patients The plant built by T KA will save lives by generating oxygen which is critical in health services economically and sustainably under the Gambian Ministry of Health
    The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) built a medical oxygen generation plant in The Gambia
      The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency T KA built a Medical Oxygen Generation Plant at Ndemban Hospital in Bakau The Gambia The plant which is the first of its kind in Gambian hospitals will cover the hospital s daily oxygen needs with its 100 cylinder daily oxygen generation capacity The inauguration ceremony of the Ndemban Hospital plant was attended by Dr Amadou Samateh Minister of Health of The Gambia Tolga Bermek Ambassador of the Republic of T rkiye in Banjul ule Bayar T KA Coordinator in The Gambia Ministry and Hospital officials and representatives of media organizations Patients will no longer need to travel to other countries for treatment In his speech at the ceremony Dr Amadou Samateh Minister of Health of The Gambia thanked T rkiye and T KA and stated that they would previously cover the oxygen needs of public hospitals by buying oxygen from private companies at a high cost Minister Samateh noted that the plant will help solve the oxygen shortage in the country and that patients will no longer need to travel to other countries for treatment In his speech Tolga Bermek Ambassador of the Republic of T rkiye in Banjul stated that relations between Gambia and T rkiye are getting stronger day by day and T rkiye is implementing projects in all fields in Gambia through T KA Bermek recalled T rkiye s great support for The Gambia during the COVID 19 pandemic and highlighted the importance of the new oxygen generation plant for the health sector ule Bayar T KA coordinator in The Gambia noted that they were happy to share T rkiye s technology and experience with the Gambian health sector through T KA The Gambian Ministry of Health needs to purchase oxygen from abroad at a very high cost as public hospitals in The Gambia do not have an adequate supply of medical oxygen to meet the needs of patients The plant built by T KA will save lives by generating oxygen which is critical in health services economically and sustainably under the Gambian Ministry of Health
    The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) built a medical oxygen generation plant in The Gambia
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    The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) built a medical oxygen generation plant in The Gambia

    The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) built a Medical Oxygen Generation Plant at Ndemban Hospital in Bakau, The Gambia.

    The plant, which is the first of its kind in Gambian hospitals, will cover the hospital's daily oxygen needs with its 100-cylinder daily oxygen generation capacity.

    The inauguration ceremony of the Ndemban Hospital plant was attended by Dr. Amadou Samateh, Minister of Health of The Gambia; Tolga Bermek, Ambassador of the Republic of Türkiye in Banjul; Şule Bayar, TİKA Coordinator in The Gambia; Ministry and Hospital officials; and representatives of media organizations.

    Patients will no longer need to travel to other countries for treatment In his speech at the ceremony, Dr. Amadou Samateh, Minister of Health of The Gambia, thanked Türkiye and TİKA and stated that they would previously cover the oxygen needs of public hospitals by buying oxygen from private companies at a high cost.

    Minister Samateh noted that the plant will help solve the oxygen shortage in the country and that patients will no longer need to travel to other countries for treatment.

    In his speech, Tolga Bermek, Ambassador of the Republic of Türkiye in Banjul, stated that relations between Gambia and Türkiye are getting stronger day by day and Türkiye is implementing projects in all fields in Gambia through TİKA.

    Bermek recalled Türkiye's great support for The Gambia during the COVID-19 pandemic, and highlighted the importance of the new oxygen generation plant for the health sector.

    Şule Bayar, TİKA coordinator in The Gambia, noted that they were happy to share Türkiye's technology and experience with the Gambian health sector through TİKA.

    The Gambian Ministry of Health needs to purchase oxygen from abroad at a very high cost, as public hospitals in The Gambia do not have an adequate supply of medical oxygen to meet the needs of patients.

    The plant built by TİKA will save lives by generating oxygen, which is critical in health services, economically and sustainably under the Gambian Ministry of Health.

  •   The widespread and systematic human rights violations and abuses against migrants in Libya are compounded by the lack of protection pathways inside and outside the country which means that migrants are often forced to accept assisted return to their countries of origin in conditions that may not meet international human rights standards human rights laws and standards according to a UN human rights report released today Migrants are often forced to accept assisted return to escape abusive conditions of detention threats of torture ill treatment sexual violence enforced disappearance extortion and other human rights violations and abuses Together these conditions have created a coercive environment that is often incompatible with free choice The assisted returns are in principle voluntary However the report finds that in reality many migrants in Libya are unable to make a truly voluntary decision to return in accordance with international human rights law and standards including the principle of free prior and informed consent Many of them find they have no choice but to return to the very circumstances that made them leave their countries in the first place the report says Any migrant who is returned to a country that is experiencing adverse and structural factors that force people to leave their country of origin including human rights violations and abuses the adverse effects of climate change and environmental degradation armed conflicts persecution or a combination of these reasons you can end up in an even more vulnerable situation than before warns the report Returnees also face additional personal financial and psychosocial burdens including as a result of the severe trauma they experienced in Libya In the absence of sustainable solutions to these problems migrants may have to re migrate in even more precarious circumstances it adds The report contains testimonies from some of the 65 migrants interviewed by the UN Human Rights Office who had recently been forcibly returned to The Gambia They took me to a prison But even then I didn t think about going back to Gambia They then entered the prison with a stick and beat people like animals Sometimes they took your money and good clothes They broke my teeth So I accepted the return said one of the migrants I had no opportunity to ask for protection in Libya or anywhere else They just offered me to go home said another interviewee Since 2015 more than 60 000 migrants in Libya have been repatriated to different countries of origin in Africa and Asia through assisted return programs including at least 3 300 Gambians who have returned from Libya since 2017 Acting UN High Commissioner United Nations for Human Rights Nada Al Nashif said that Libya and the states concerned must take immediate action to urgently address this untenable and inconceivable situation The Libyan authorities must immediately put an end to all violations and abuses of migrants rights Other states also have a responsibility here they must step up and provide more protection to migrants trapped in Libya by increasing safe and regular routes of admission to their territories This desperate situation requires all concerned to ensure that no migrant is forced to accept assisted return to an unsafe or untenable situation in their country of origin Al Nashif added
    Libya: United Nations (UN) Human Rights Report Details Migrant Rights Violations Amid ‘Assisted Return’ Programs
      The widespread and systematic human rights violations and abuses against migrants in Libya are compounded by the lack of protection pathways inside and outside the country which means that migrants are often forced to accept assisted return to their countries of origin in conditions that may not meet international human rights standards human rights laws and standards according to a UN human rights report released today Migrants are often forced to accept assisted return to escape abusive conditions of detention threats of torture ill treatment sexual violence enforced disappearance extortion and other human rights violations and abuses Together these conditions have created a coercive environment that is often incompatible with free choice The assisted returns are in principle voluntary However the report finds that in reality many migrants in Libya are unable to make a truly voluntary decision to return in accordance with international human rights law and standards including the principle of free prior and informed consent Many of them find they have no choice but to return to the very circumstances that made them leave their countries in the first place the report says Any migrant who is returned to a country that is experiencing adverse and structural factors that force people to leave their country of origin including human rights violations and abuses the adverse effects of climate change and environmental degradation armed conflicts persecution or a combination of these reasons you can end up in an even more vulnerable situation than before warns the report Returnees also face additional personal financial and psychosocial burdens including as a result of the severe trauma they experienced in Libya In the absence of sustainable solutions to these problems migrants may have to re migrate in even more precarious circumstances it adds The report contains testimonies from some of the 65 migrants interviewed by the UN Human Rights Office who had recently been forcibly returned to The Gambia They took me to a prison But even then I didn t think about going back to Gambia They then entered the prison with a stick and beat people like animals Sometimes they took your money and good clothes They broke my teeth So I accepted the return said one of the migrants I had no opportunity to ask for protection in Libya or anywhere else They just offered me to go home said another interviewee Since 2015 more than 60 000 migrants in Libya have been repatriated to different countries of origin in Africa and Asia through assisted return programs including at least 3 300 Gambians who have returned from Libya since 2017 Acting UN High Commissioner United Nations for Human Rights Nada Al Nashif said that Libya and the states concerned must take immediate action to urgently address this untenable and inconceivable situation The Libyan authorities must immediately put an end to all violations and abuses of migrants rights Other states also have a responsibility here they must step up and provide more protection to migrants trapped in Libya by increasing safe and regular routes of admission to their territories This desperate situation requires all concerned to ensure that no migrant is forced to accept assisted return to an unsafe or untenable situation in their country of origin Al Nashif added
    Libya: United Nations (UN) Human Rights Report Details Migrant Rights Violations Amid ‘Assisted Return’ Programs
    Africa2 months ago

    Libya: United Nations (UN) Human Rights Report Details Migrant Rights Violations Amid ‘Assisted Return’ Programs

    The widespread and systematic human rights violations and abuses against migrants in Libya are compounded by the lack of protection pathways inside and outside the country, which means that migrants are often forced to accept "assisted return".

    " to their countries of origin in conditions that may not meet international human rights standards.

    human rights laws and standards, according to a UN human rights report released today.

    Migrants are often forced to accept assisted return to escape abusive conditions of detention, threats of torture, ill-treatment, sexual violence, enforced disappearance, extortion, and other human rights violations and abuses.

    .

    "Together, these conditions have created a coercive environment that is often incompatible with free choice."

    The 'assisted returns' are, in principle, voluntary.

    However, the report finds that, in reality, many migrants in Libya are unable to make a truly voluntary decision to return in accordance with international human rights law and standards, including the principle of free, prior and informed consent.

    Many of them find they have no choice but to return to the very circumstances that made them leave their countries in the first place, the report says.

    “Any migrant who is returned to a country that is experiencing adverse and structural factors that force people to leave their country of origin, including human rights violations and abuses, the adverse effects of climate change and environmental degradation, armed conflicts, persecution or a combination of these reasons, you can end up in an even more vulnerable situation than before”, warns the report.

    Returnees also face additional personal, financial and psychosocial burdens, including as a result of the severe trauma they experienced in Libya.

    In the absence of sustainable solutions to these problems, migrants may have to re-migrate in even more precarious circumstances, it adds.

    The report contains testimonies from some of the 65 migrants interviewed by the UN Human Rights Office who had recently been forcibly returned to The Gambia.

    “They took me to a prison.

    But even then I didn't think about going back to Gambia.

    They then entered the prison with a stick and beat people like animals.

    Sometimes they took your money and good clothes.

    They broke my teeth.

    So, I accepted the return,” said one of the migrants.

    “I had no opportunity to ask for protection in Libya or anywhere else.

    They just offered me to go home,” said another interviewee.

    Since 2015, more than 60,000 migrants in Libya have been repatriated to different countries of origin in Africa and Asia through "assisted return" programs, including at least 3,300 Gambians who have returned from Libya since 2017.

    Acting UN High Commissioner United Nations for Human Rights Nada Al-Nashif said that “Libya and the states concerned must take immediate action to urgently address this untenable and inconceivable situation.

    The Libyan authorities must immediately put an end to all violations and abuses of migrants' rights.

    Other states also have a responsibility here: they must step up and provide more protection to migrants trapped in Libya by increasing safe and regular routes of admission to their territories.” "This desperate situation requires all concerned to ensure that no migrant is forced to accept assisted return to an unsafe or untenable situation in their country of origin," Al-Nashif added.

  •  National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC has alerted Nigerians to substandard cough syrups circulating in The Gambia calling for vigilance The alert with No 0402022 signed by NAFDAC Director General Prof Mojisola Adeyeye was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja The statement identified the cough syrups as Promethazine Oral Solution Kofexmalin Baby Cough Syrup Makoff Baby Cough Syrup and Magrip N Cold Syrup saying that they might have been contaminated The director general in the statement also notified healthcare providers and the public of the death of 66 children in The Gambia following the use of the substandard cough syrups as reported by WHO in September 2022 According to her laboratory analysis of samples of the four products confirms that they contain unacceptable amounts of diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol as contaminants Diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol are toxic to humans when consumed and can prove fatal Toxic effects can include abdominal pain vomiting diarrhoea inability to pass urine headache altered mental state and acute kidney injury which may lead to death The stated manufacturer of these products is Maiden Pharmaceuticals Limited Haryana India To date the stated manufacturer has not provided guarantees to WHO on the safety and quality of these products All the batches of these products listed above should be considered unsafe Adeyeye said The director general added that the substandard products were unsafe and that their use especially in children might result in serious injury or death She said that the four products were already identified in The Gambia and might have been distributed through informal markets to other countries or regions According to her the products are not registered by NAFDAC and should therefore not be in circulation Adeyeye implored importers distributors retailers and consumers to exercise caution and vigilance within the supply chain to avoid the importation distribution sale and use of the substandard cough syrups She said that all medical products must be obtained from suppliers adding that their authenticity and physical condition must be carefully checked The director general also advised members of the public in possession of the listed products to discontinue their sale or use and submit their stock to the nearest NAFDAC office If you have these substandard products please do not use them If you or someone you know have used them or suffered any adverse you are advised to seek immediate medical advice from a qualified healthcare professional she said Adeyeye also encouraged healthcare professionals and consumers to report any suspicion of adverse drug reaction and substandard and falsified medicines to NAFDAC on 0800 162 3322 The public is also advised to report any incident through this email sf alert nafdac gov ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NAFDAC alerts Nigerians to substandard paediatric cough syrups circulating in Gambia
     National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC has alerted Nigerians to substandard cough syrups circulating in The Gambia calling for vigilance The alert with No 0402022 signed by NAFDAC Director General Prof Mojisola Adeyeye was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja The statement identified the cough syrups as Promethazine Oral Solution Kofexmalin Baby Cough Syrup Makoff Baby Cough Syrup and Magrip N Cold Syrup saying that they might have been contaminated The director general in the statement also notified healthcare providers and the public of the death of 66 children in The Gambia following the use of the substandard cough syrups as reported by WHO in September 2022 According to her laboratory analysis of samples of the four products confirms that they contain unacceptable amounts of diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol as contaminants Diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol are toxic to humans when consumed and can prove fatal Toxic effects can include abdominal pain vomiting diarrhoea inability to pass urine headache altered mental state and acute kidney injury which may lead to death The stated manufacturer of these products is Maiden Pharmaceuticals Limited Haryana India To date the stated manufacturer has not provided guarantees to WHO on the safety and quality of these products All the batches of these products listed above should be considered unsafe Adeyeye said The director general added that the substandard products were unsafe and that their use especially in children might result in serious injury or death She said that the four products were already identified in The Gambia and might have been distributed through informal markets to other countries or regions According to her the products are not registered by NAFDAC and should therefore not be in circulation Adeyeye implored importers distributors retailers and consumers to exercise caution and vigilance within the supply chain to avoid the importation distribution sale and use of the substandard cough syrups She said that all medical products must be obtained from suppliers adding that their authenticity and physical condition must be carefully checked The director general also advised members of the public in possession of the listed products to discontinue their sale or use and submit their stock to the nearest NAFDAC office If you have these substandard products please do not use them If you or someone you know have used them or suffered any adverse you are advised to seek immediate medical advice from a qualified healthcare professional she said Adeyeye also encouraged healthcare professionals and consumers to report any suspicion of adverse drug reaction and substandard and falsified medicines to NAFDAC on 0800 162 3322 The public is also advised to report any incident through this email sf alert nafdac gov ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NAFDAC alerts Nigerians to substandard paediatric cough syrups circulating in Gambia
    General news2 months ago

    NAFDAC alerts Nigerians to substandard paediatric cough syrups circulating in Gambia

    National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has alerted Nigerians to substandard cough syrups circulating in The Gambia, calling for vigilance.  

    The alert, with No. 0402022, signed by NAFDAC Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja.  

    The statement identified the cough syrups as Promethazine Oral Solution, Kofexmalin Baby Cough Syrup, Makoff Baby Cough Syrup and Magrip N Cold Syrup, saying that they might have been contaminated.  

    The director-general, in the statement, also notified healthcare providers and the public of the death of 66 children in The Gambia, following the use of the  substandard cough syrups, as reported by WHO in September 2022.   According to her, laboratory analysis of samples of the four products confirms that they contain unacceptable amounts of diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol as contaminants.  

    “Diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol are toxic to humans when consumed and can prove fatal.  

    “Toxic effects can include abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, inability to pass urine, headache, altered mental state and acute kidney injury, which may lead to death.  

    “The stated manufacturer of these products is Maiden Pharmaceuticals Limited (Haryana, India).

    To date, the stated manufacturer has not provided guarantees to WHO on the safety and quality of these products.  

    “All the batches of these products listed above should be considered unsafe,” Adeyeye said.  

    The director-general added that the substandard products were unsafe and that their use, especially in children, might result in serious injury or death.  

    She said that the four products were already identified in The Gambia and might have been distributed, through informal markets, to other countries or regions.  

    According to her, the products are not registered by NAFDAC and should, therefore, not be in circulation.  

    Adeyeye implored importers, distributors, retailers and consumers to exercise caution and vigilance within the supply chain to avoid the importation, distribution, sale and use of the substandard cough syrups.  

    She said that all medical products must be obtained from suppliers, adding that their authenticity and physical condition must be carefully checked.  

    The director-general also advised members of the public in possession of the listed products to discontinue their sale or use and submit their stock to the nearest NAFDAC office.  

    “If you have these substandard products, please do not use them.

    If you or someone you know have used them or suffered any adverse , you are advised to seek immediate medical advice from a qualified healthcare professional,” she said.  

    Adeyeye also encouraged healthcare professionals and consumers to report any suspicion of adverse drug reaction and substandard and falsified medicines to NAFDAC on 0800-162-3322. “The public is also advised to report any incident through this email: sf.

    alert@nafdac.

    gov.

    ng.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The products referred to in the WHO Medical Product Alert are not authorized for use in the UK and neither are the active ingredients used in any product authorized in the UK If you have purchased any of these cough syrups Promethazine Oral Solution Kofexmalin Baby Cough Syrup Makoff Baby Cough Syrup and Magrip N Cold Syrup in The Gambia or through informal routes do not use them These are low quality products that are not safe and their use especially on children can lead to serious injury or death If you are not sure check with your pharmacist If you or someone you know have used these products or experienced any side effects after use you are advised to seek immediate medical attention We strongly encourage anyone to report any suspected side effects associated with their cough syrup to us through our Yellow Card Scheme website
    Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) response to identified contaminated pediatric medicines in the World Health Organization (WHO) Africa region
      The products referred to in the WHO Medical Product Alert are not authorized for use in the UK and neither are the active ingredients used in any product authorized in the UK If you have purchased any of these cough syrups Promethazine Oral Solution Kofexmalin Baby Cough Syrup Makoff Baby Cough Syrup and Magrip N Cold Syrup in The Gambia or through informal routes do not use them These are low quality products that are not safe and their use especially on children can lead to serious injury or death If you are not sure check with your pharmacist If you or someone you know have used these products or experienced any side effects after use you are advised to seek immediate medical attention We strongly encourage anyone to report any suspected side effects associated with their cough syrup to us through our Yellow Card Scheme website
    Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) response to identified contaminated pediatric medicines in the World Health Organization (WHO) Africa region
    Africa2 months ago

    Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) response to identified contaminated pediatric medicines in the World Health Organization (WHO) Africa region

    The products referred to in the WHO Medical Product Alert are not authorized for use in the UK and neither are the active ingredients used in any product authorized in the UK.

    If you have purchased any of these cough syrups (Promethazine Oral Solution, Kofexmalin Baby Cough Syrup, Makoff Baby Cough Syrup, and Magrip N Cold Syrup) in The Gambia or through informal routes, do not use them.

    These are low-quality products that are not safe and their use, especially on children, can lead to serious injury or death.

    If you are not sure, check with your pharmacist.

    If you, or someone you know, have used these products or experienced any side effects after use, you are advised to seek immediate medical attention.

    We strongly encourage anyone to report any suspected side effects associated with their cough syrup to us through our Yellow Card Scheme website.

  •   The ECOWAS mission to the Republic of Niger from 25 to 30 September 2022 on migrants stuck in Niger en route to North Africa and Europe has concluded its deliberations Consequently the mission issued a series of recommendations to member states technical and financial partners as well as the ECOWAS Commission The mission delegation included Prof Fatou Sow Sarr ECOWAS Commissioner for Human Development and Social Affairs as Head of Mission representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the most affected Member States Guinea Nigeria Mali Senegal Ivory Coast Niger Burkina Faso Liberia Gambia Sierra Leone and Benin the ECOWAS Director of Humanitarian and Social Affairs Dr Sintiki Tarfa Ugbe experts from the ECOWAS Commission departments in charge Human Development and Social Affairs as well as Free Circulation While the Mission deplored the increasingly frequent mass deportations of ECOWAS citizens from the Maghreb particularly from Algeria to the territory of Niger the Mission underlined its commitment to uphold respect for migrants in accordance with international law through dialogue and in an environment of bilateral and multilateral cooperation The representatives of the Member States present together with the ECOWAS experts issued a recommendation to the authorities of the respective Member States to promote a legal environment conducive to the good governance of migration and strive to give a human face to the management of migration migration between the ECOWAS countries and the Maghreb They issued a further recommendation inviting and urging ECOWAS to join member states through its platform Migration Dialogue for West Africa MIDWA for concerted migration management with the Maghreb A subsequent recommendation to development partners involved in migration issues called for support for initiatives aimed at putting a human face on migration strengthening national and transnational collaboration between technical departments and collaboration with respective governments on actions humanitarian measures to facilitate the return and reintegration of migrants For the Maghreb countries and all other regions the mission recommended discouraging the forced return of people in need of protection Finally the mission participants praised the efforts of the Government of Niger humanitarian and development partners international organizations and Civil Society to receive deportees from the Maghreb At the end of the Niamey mission Professor Fatou Sow Sarr on Friday September 20 2022 met with the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management of Niger Mr Laouan Magagi the Minister of the Interior Mr Adamou Souley the Minister for Women s Affairs and Child Protection Mrs Allahoury Aminata Zourkaleini and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research Prof Ag Arya Moussa
    An Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) mission on the status of migrants trapped in Niger comes to an end
      The ECOWAS mission to the Republic of Niger from 25 to 30 September 2022 on migrants stuck in Niger en route to North Africa and Europe has concluded its deliberations Consequently the mission issued a series of recommendations to member states technical and financial partners as well as the ECOWAS Commission The mission delegation included Prof Fatou Sow Sarr ECOWAS Commissioner for Human Development and Social Affairs as Head of Mission representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the most affected Member States Guinea Nigeria Mali Senegal Ivory Coast Niger Burkina Faso Liberia Gambia Sierra Leone and Benin the ECOWAS Director of Humanitarian and Social Affairs Dr Sintiki Tarfa Ugbe experts from the ECOWAS Commission departments in charge Human Development and Social Affairs as well as Free Circulation While the Mission deplored the increasingly frequent mass deportations of ECOWAS citizens from the Maghreb particularly from Algeria to the territory of Niger the Mission underlined its commitment to uphold respect for migrants in accordance with international law through dialogue and in an environment of bilateral and multilateral cooperation The representatives of the Member States present together with the ECOWAS experts issued a recommendation to the authorities of the respective Member States to promote a legal environment conducive to the good governance of migration and strive to give a human face to the management of migration migration between the ECOWAS countries and the Maghreb They issued a further recommendation inviting and urging ECOWAS to join member states through its platform Migration Dialogue for West Africa MIDWA for concerted migration management with the Maghreb A subsequent recommendation to development partners involved in migration issues called for support for initiatives aimed at putting a human face on migration strengthening national and transnational collaboration between technical departments and collaboration with respective governments on actions humanitarian measures to facilitate the return and reintegration of migrants For the Maghreb countries and all other regions the mission recommended discouraging the forced return of people in need of protection Finally the mission participants praised the efforts of the Government of Niger humanitarian and development partners international organizations and Civil Society to receive deportees from the Maghreb At the end of the Niamey mission Professor Fatou Sow Sarr on Friday September 20 2022 met with the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management of Niger Mr Laouan Magagi the Minister of the Interior Mr Adamou Souley the Minister for Women s Affairs and Child Protection Mrs Allahoury Aminata Zourkaleini and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research Prof Ag Arya Moussa
    An Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) mission on the status of migrants trapped in Niger comes to an end
    Africa2 months ago

    An Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) mission on the status of migrants trapped in Niger comes to an end

    The ECOWAS mission to the Republic of Niger, from 25 to 30 September 2022, on migrants stuck in Niger en route to North Africa and Europe has concluded its deliberations.

    Consequently, the mission issued a series of recommendations to member states, technical and financial partners, as well as the ECOWAS Commission.

    The mission delegation included Prof. Fatou Sow Sarr, ECOWAS Commissioner for Human Development and Social Affairs, as Head of Mission, representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the most affected Member States (Guinea, Nigeria, Mali, Senegal , Ivory Coast, Niger, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Gambia, Sierra Leone and Benin), the ECOWAS Director of Humanitarian and Social Affairs, Dr. Sintiki Tarfa-Ugbe, experts from the ECOWAS Commission departments in charge Human Development and Social Affairs, as well as Free Circulation.

    While the Mission deplored the increasingly frequent mass deportations of ECOWAS citizens from the Maghreb, particularly from Algeria to the territory of Niger, the Mission underlined its commitment to uphold respect for migrants in accordance with international law through dialogue and in an environment of bilateral and multilateral cooperation.

    The representatives of the Member States present together with the ECOWAS experts issued a recommendation to the authorities of the respective Member States to promote a legal environment conducive to the good governance of migration and strive to give a human face to the management of migration.

    migration between the ECOWAS countries and the Maghreb.

    They issued a further recommendation inviting and urging ECOWAS to join member states through its platform, Migration Dialogue for West Africa (MIDWA), for concerted migration management with the Maghreb.

    A subsequent recommendation to development partners involved in migration issues called for support for initiatives aimed at putting a human face on migration, strengthening national and transnational collaboration between technical departments, and collaboration with respective governments on actions humanitarian measures to facilitate the return and reintegration of migrants.

    .

    For the Maghreb countries and all other regions, the mission recommended discouraging the forced return of people in need of protection.

    Finally, the mission participants praised the efforts of the Government of Niger, humanitarian and development partners, international organizations and Civil Society to receive deportees from the Maghreb.

    At the end of the Niamey mission, Professor Fatou Sow Sarr, on Friday, September 20, 2022, met with the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management of Niger, Mr. Laouan Magagi, the Minister of the Interior, Mr. Adamou Souley, the Minister for Women's Affairs and Child Protection.

    , Mrs. Allahoury Aminata Zourkaleini, and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, Prof. Ag Arya Moussa.

  •  The United Nations World Tourism Organisation UNWTO says its maiden conference on Linking Tourism Culture and the Creative Industries holding in Lagos will open new vistas in global tourism The Secretary General of UNWTO Mr Zurab Pololikashvili stated this in Arusha Tanzania at the 65th meeting of the Organisation s Regional Commission for Africa CAF The News Agency of Nigeria reports the international conference expected to attract delegates from166 UNWTO member countries will hold from Nov 14 to Nov 16 at the National Theatre Lagos UNWTO top officials and experts international organisations stakeholders from the public and private sector as well as civil society working on tourism cultural and the creative industries and the media are also expected to participate in the global conference Stressing the need why all CAF members should be at the conference Pololikashvili said it is the first time the UNWTO will be celebrating and exploring culture and creativity in its raw nature When we are talking about culture we are also talking about tourism We want to use the opportunity of this conference to come together to showcase what Nigeria and Africa in general has to offer to the world in terms of culture and creativity I am therefore calling on CAF members to priotise their attendance at the conference with the agenda of promoting African gastronomy he said Speaking in the same vein the Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the Lagos global conference is the first ever of its type by UNWTO What the UNWTO does is meetings of Commissions plenary sessions sub committee meetings But for the first time this conference is going to showcase the link between culture tourism and creative industry What we are going to have in Lagos is exhibition of gastronomy fashion music Nollywood Really it is the first in the annals of the UNWTO that we will have a global conference where very little time is devoted to plenary session but people are going to have time to see feel and taste culture and creativity he said Mohammed said he looked forward to receiving CAF and UNWTO members at large in Lagos Responding to the invitation extended to CAF the Chairman of the Commission and Minister of Tourism of Cote d Ivoire Mr Siandou Fofana expressed strong support for Nigeria He emphasised the immense contributions of Nigeria to CAF and the UNWTO at large stressing that their attendance at the conference is a pay back time The Gambia Minister of Culture and Tourism Hamat Bah specifically recalled the stabilising role Nigeria and its Minister Mohammed played in Chengdu China in 2017 when Africa was faced with a dilemma over succession to the UNWTO Secretary General seat He said Nigeria played the stabilising role when the organisation was at the verge of crisis of succession before the present Secretary General Pololikashvilli was elected for the first time NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lagos Confab to open new vistas in global tourism – UNWTO
     The United Nations World Tourism Organisation UNWTO says its maiden conference on Linking Tourism Culture and the Creative Industries holding in Lagos will open new vistas in global tourism The Secretary General of UNWTO Mr Zurab Pololikashvili stated this in Arusha Tanzania at the 65th meeting of the Organisation s Regional Commission for Africa CAF The News Agency of Nigeria reports the international conference expected to attract delegates from166 UNWTO member countries will hold from Nov 14 to Nov 16 at the National Theatre Lagos UNWTO top officials and experts international organisations stakeholders from the public and private sector as well as civil society working on tourism cultural and the creative industries and the media are also expected to participate in the global conference Stressing the need why all CAF members should be at the conference Pololikashvili said it is the first time the UNWTO will be celebrating and exploring culture and creativity in its raw nature When we are talking about culture we are also talking about tourism We want to use the opportunity of this conference to come together to showcase what Nigeria and Africa in general has to offer to the world in terms of culture and creativity I am therefore calling on CAF members to priotise their attendance at the conference with the agenda of promoting African gastronomy he said Speaking in the same vein the Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the Lagos global conference is the first ever of its type by UNWTO What the UNWTO does is meetings of Commissions plenary sessions sub committee meetings But for the first time this conference is going to showcase the link between culture tourism and creative industry What we are going to have in Lagos is exhibition of gastronomy fashion music Nollywood Really it is the first in the annals of the UNWTO that we will have a global conference where very little time is devoted to plenary session but people are going to have time to see feel and taste culture and creativity he said Mohammed said he looked forward to receiving CAF and UNWTO members at large in Lagos Responding to the invitation extended to CAF the Chairman of the Commission and Minister of Tourism of Cote d Ivoire Mr Siandou Fofana expressed strong support for Nigeria He emphasised the immense contributions of Nigeria to CAF and the UNWTO at large stressing that their attendance at the conference is a pay back time The Gambia Minister of Culture and Tourism Hamat Bah specifically recalled the stabilising role Nigeria and its Minister Mohammed played in Chengdu China in 2017 when Africa was faced with a dilemma over succession to the UNWTO Secretary General seat He said Nigeria played the stabilising role when the organisation was at the verge of crisis of succession before the present Secretary General Pololikashvilli was elected for the first time NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lagos Confab to open new vistas in global tourism – UNWTO
    Foreign2 months ago

    Lagos Confab to open new vistas in global tourism – UNWTO

    The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) says its maiden conference on “Linking Tourism, Culture and the Creative Industries’’ holding in Lagos will open new vistas in global tourism.

    The Secretary-General of UNWTO, Mr Zurab Pololikashvili, stated this in Arusha, Tanzania, at the 65th meeting of the Organisation’s Regional Commission for Africa (CAF).

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports the international conference expected to attract delegates from166 UNWTO member countries will hold from Nov. 14 to Nov. 16 at the National Theatre, Lagos.

    UNWTO top officials and experts, international organisations, stakeholders from the public and private sector as well as civil society working on tourism, cultural and the creative industries, and the media, are also expected to participate in the global conference.

    Stressing the need why all CAF members should be at the conference, Pololikashvili said “it is the first time the UNWTO will be celebrating and exploring culture and creativity in its raw nature.

    “When we are talking about culture, we are also talking about tourism “We want to use the opportunity of this conference to come together to showcase what Nigeria and Africa in general has to offer to the world in terms of culture and creativity.

    “I am, therefore calling on CAF members to priotise their attendance at the conference, with the agenda of promoting African gastronomy,’’ he said.

    Speaking in the same vein, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the Lagos global conference “ is the first ever of its type by UNWTO.

    “What the UNWTO does is meetings of Commissions, plenary sessions, sub-committee meetings.

    “But for the first time, this conference is going to showcase the link between culture, tourism and creative industry.

    “What we are going to have in Lagos, is exhibition of gastronomy, fashion, music, Nollywood.

    “Really, it is the first in the annals of the UNWTO that we will have a global conference where very little time is devoted to plenary session but people are going to have time to see, feel and taste culture and creativity,’’ he said.

    Mohammed said he looked forward to receiving CAF and UNWTO members at large in Lagos.

    Responding to the invitation extended to CAF, the Chairman of the Commission and Minister of Tourism of Cote d’Ivoire, Mr Siandou Fofana, expressed strong support for Nigeria He emphasised the immense contributions of Nigeria to CAF and the UNWTO, at large, stressing that their attendance at the conference is a pay back time.

    The Gambia Minister of Culture and Tourism, Hamat Bah, specifically recalled the stabilising  role Nigeria and its Minister, Mohammed played in Chengdu, China in 2017, when Africa was faced with a dilemma over succession to the UNWTO Secretary-General seat.

    He said Nigeria played the stabilising role when the organisation was at the verge of crisis of succession, before the present Secretary-General, Pololikashvilli, was elected for the first time.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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