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  •  Senate Committee on Diaspora Non Governmental Organisations and Civil Societies has tasked the Nigerians Diaspora Commission NiDCOM to be more innovative in its approach to its functions Chairman of the Committee Sen Ibrahim Oloriegbe gave the task while on oversight to the commission in Abuja on Thursday While reacting to the challenges faced by the commission Oloriegbe said that the commission needed to think out of the box to get a befitting building for its office News Agency of Nigeria recalls that NiDCOM was recently driven out of its office in Jabi Federal Capital Territory FCT but now has an office at the Federal Secretariat Oloriegbe said You need to think innovatively and not to think of getting government fund alone to do such a thing Based on budget I m sure one year budget cannot build you a house based on current situation we know there is no money Government can make a lot of contribution but you have a lot of partners including Nigerians in the diaspora they should be able to help out you are service provider to them he said The chairman said that for the commission to be able to realise its targets the commission needed business space He said that with a well designed business space the commission would be able to seek for resources to make it more effective On the proposed National Diaspora Policy he said that the committee would write the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be able to provide an update for the senate to fast track and make their own input Mrs Abike Dabiri Erewa Chief Executive Officer of the commission said that the national diaspora policy contained all the agencies the commission needed to partner with She said that in the policy virtually every ministry should have a diaspora desk Edited by Chioma Ugboma Sadiya Hamza
    Senate tasks NiDCOM on innovative approaches, policies
     Senate Committee on Diaspora Non Governmental Organisations and Civil Societies has tasked the Nigerians Diaspora Commission NiDCOM to be more innovative in its approach to its functions Chairman of the Committee Sen Ibrahim Oloriegbe gave the task while on oversight to the commission in Abuja on Thursday While reacting to the challenges faced by the commission Oloriegbe said that the commission needed to think out of the box to get a befitting building for its office News Agency of Nigeria recalls that NiDCOM was recently driven out of its office in Jabi Federal Capital Territory FCT but now has an office at the Federal Secretariat Oloriegbe said You need to think innovatively and not to think of getting government fund alone to do such a thing Based on budget I m sure one year budget cannot build you a house based on current situation we know there is no money Government can make a lot of contribution but you have a lot of partners including Nigerians in the diaspora they should be able to help out you are service provider to them he said The chairman said that for the commission to be able to realise its targets the commission needed business space He said that with a well designed business space the commission would be able to seek for resources to make it more effective On the proposed National Diaspora Policy he said that the committee would write the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be able to provide an update for the senate to fast track and make their own input Mrs Abike Dabiri Erewa Chief Executive Officer of the commission said that the national diaspora policy contained all the agencies the commission needed to partner with She said that in the policy virtually every ministry should have a diaspora desk Edited by Chioma Ugboma Sadiya Hamza
    Senate tasks NiDCOM on innovative approaches, policies
    Politics2 years ago

    Senate tasks NiDCOM on innovative approaches, policies

    Senate Committee on Diaspora, Non-Governmental Organisations and Civil Societies has tasked the Nigerians Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) to be more innovative in its approach to its functions.

    Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Ibrahim Oloriegbe,  gave the task while on oversight to the commission in Abuja on Thursday.

    While reacting to the challenges faced by the commission, Oloriegbe said that the commission needed to think out of the box to get a befitting building for its office.

    News Agency of Nigeria recalls  that NiDCOM was recently driven out of its office in Jabi, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) but now has an office at the Federal Secretariat.

    Oloriegbe said:  “You need to think innovatively and not to think of getting government fund alone to do such a thing.

    “Based on budget, I’m sure one year budget cannot build you a house based on current situation; we know there  is no money.

    “Government can make a lot of contribution but you have a lot of partners including,  Nigerians in the diaspora; they should be able to help out, you are service provider to them,” he said.

    The chairman said that for the commission to be able to realise its targets, the commission needed business space.

    He said that with a well designed business space, the commission would be able to seek for resources to make it more effective.

    On the proposed National Diaspora Policy, he said that the committee would write the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be able to provide an update for the senate to fast track and make  their own input.

    Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chief Executive Officer of the commission,  said that the national diaspora policy contained all the agencies the commission needed to partner with.

    She said that in the policy, virtually every ministry should have a diaspora desk.

    Edited by  Chioma Ugboma/Sadiya Hamza

     

  •  The Kwara government says it will collaborate with the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development NIPRD in the production of quality herbal medicine Gov AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq stated this in Ilorin at the opening ceremony of a three day training organised by the institute for traditional medical practitioners A statement issued by the state s Ministry of Health on Tuesday quoted AbdulRazaq as commending the pharmaceutical body for the training The governor said the organisation had played a vital role in the nation s health sector AbdulRasaq who said his administration would promote the production of herbal medicine in the state also gave an assurance of his government s readiness to partner with the institute on healthcare delivery The governor also called for a Nigerian formula for COVID 19 that would stem from Kwara as an offshoot of the Madagascar vaccine In his remarks the senator representing Kwara Central Dr Ibrahim Oloriegbe called for initiatives to ensure that the dividends of democracy were made to reach his constituents and the state The Commissioner for Health Dr Razaq Raji had earler called for the establishment of botanical gardens in different geo political zones of the country He commended Oloriegbe for his legislative support on the initiative Also speaking the Special Adviser to the Governor on Health Matters Prof Wale Suleiman emphasised the need to ensure the quality and efficacy of all preparations The Director General of NIPRD Dr Obi Adigwe on his part commended the governor for his proactiveness in the health sector especially his commitment to the fight against the COVID 19 in the state He said the outbreak of COVID 19 was an eye opener for Nigerians to pay attention to traditional medications Adigwe disclosed that the institute would soon open its branch in the state in the bid to commence the production of standardised herbal preparations According to him the training among other goals was to ensure that the personnel and the products being produced by traditional practitioners were of high quality Edited By Folasade Adeniran Mufutau Ojo NAN
    Kwara, NIPRD partner on herbal medicine production
     The Kwara government says it will collaborate with the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development NIPRD in the production of quality herbal medicine Gov AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq stated this in Ilorin at the opening ceremony of a three day training organised by the institute for traditional medical practitioners A statement issued by the state s Ministry of Health on Tuesday quoted AbdulRazaq as commending the pharmaceutical body for the training The governor said the organisation had played a vital role in the nation s health sector AbdulRasaq who said his administration would promote the production of herbal medicine in the state also gave an assurance of his government s readiness to partner with the institute on healthcare delivery The governor also called for a Nigerian formula for COVID 19 that would stem from Kwara as an offshoot of the Madagascar vaccine In his remarks the senator representing Kwara Central Dr Ibrahim Oloriegbe called for initiatives to ensure that the dividends of democracy were made to reach his constituents and the state The Commissioner for Health Dr Razaq Raji had earler called for the establishment of botanical gardens in different geo political zones of the country He commended Oloriegbe for his legislative support on the initiative Also speaking the Special Adviser to the Governor on Health Matters Prof Wale Suleiman emphasised the need to ensure the quality and efficacy of all preparations The Director General of NIPRD Dr Obi Adigwe on his part commended the governor for his proactiveness in the health sector especially his commitment to the fight against the COVID 19 in the state He said the outbreak of COVID 19 was an eye opener for Nigerians to pay attention to traditional medications Adigwe disclosed that the institute would soon open its branch in the state in the bid to commence the production of standardised herbal preparations According to him the training among other goals was to ensure that the personnel and the products being produced by traditional practitioners were of high quality Edited By Folasade Adeniran Mufutau Ojo NAN
    Kwara, NIPRD partner on herbal medicine production
    Health2 years ago

    Kwara, NIPRD partner on herbal medicine production

    The Kwara government says it will collaborate with the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) in the production of quality herbal medicine.

    Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq stated this in Ilorin at the opening ceremony of a three-day training organised by the institute for traditional medical practitioners.

    A statement issued by the state’s Ministry of Health on Tuesday quoted AbdulRazaq as commending the pharmaceutical body for the training.

    The governor said the organisation had played a vital role in the nation’s health sector.

    AbdulRasaq, who said his administration would promote the production of herbal medicine in the state, also gave an assurance of his government’s readiness to partner with the institute on healthcare delivery.

    The governor also called for a “Nigerian formula” for COVID-19 that would stem from Kwara as an offshoot of the Madagascar vaccine.

    In his remarks, the senator representing Kwara Central, Dr Ibrahim Oloriegbe, called for initiatives to ensure that the dividends of democracy were made to reach his constituents and the state.

    The Commissioner for Health, Dr Razaq Raji, had earler called for the establishment of botanical gardens in different geo-political zones of the country.

    He commended Oloriegbe for his legislative support on the initiative.

    Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Health Matters, Prof. Wale Suleiman, emphasised the need to ensure the quality and efficacy of all preparations.

    The Director-General of NIPRD, Dr Obi Adigwe, on his part, commended the governor for his proactiveness in the health sector, especially his commitment to the fight against the COVID-19 in the state.

    He said the outbreak of COVID-19 was an eye opener for Nigerians to pay attention to traditional medications.

    Adigwe disclosed that the institute would soon open its branch in the state in the bid to commence the production of standardised herbal preparations.

    According to him, the training, among other goals, was to ensure that the personnel and the products being produced by traditional practitioners were of high quality.

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    Edited By: Folasade Adeniran/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

  •  Wife of Kaduna State Governor Aisha El Rufai on Tuesday said the bill for Maternity and Paternity Leave for workers in the state would be ready by the end of 2020 El Rufai made this known at the Save the Children Nigeria World Breastfeeding Week Webinar on Innovative Strategies for Improving Breastfeeding and Nutrition in Nigeria She said that the bill was to be enacted to among other things encourage breastfeeding among working women and also make provisions for paternity leave so men could support their wives for exclusive feeding The bill will get a legal backing soon for effective implementation the zero draft will be presented to stakeholders for their input and hopefully by the first quarter of 2021 the bill should be ready for ascent Breast milk is the best nutritional choice for infants so supporting the practice of feeding babies only milk for the first six months of their lives will go a long way to make them grow healthy Kaduna state knows the importance of breast milk that is why it is introducing various policies and strategic documents developed to promote exclusive breastfeeding and improve nutrition of women and children in the state El Rufai urged governors and local governments chairmen wives to encourage exclusive breastfeeding among mothers to enhance infant s development She also urged the government to enact laws to support breastfeeding and promote breastfeeding campaign to achieve nutritional balance Also speaking Mr Ibrahim Oloriegbe Chairman Senate Health Secondary and Tertiary Committee said that the six months maternity bill at the Federal level had reached the third reading Oloriegbe said that the National Assembly was amending and introducing bills to enhance maternal and child health The lawmaker who encouraged stakeholders to promote breastfeeding and invest in it said it was also a way of human capital development Mr Innocent Ifedilichukwu Advocacy Campaign and Policy Manager Survive Programme Save the Children called on governments at all levels to increase funding for various nutrition programmes Ifedilichukwu said that nutrition was key to human development thus the need for government to build and equip cr ches in all offices so working mothers could be close to their babies for effective breastfeeding Ms Karina Lopez Nutrition Adviser Save the Children Nigeria said that mothers should be discouraged from feeding their babies with any form of liquid or solid except breast milk within the first months of their existence This Lopez said this would lead to good nutrition for healthy development of babies She said that the webinar was organised as part of activities to mark the 2020 World Breastfeeding Week with the theme Support Breastfeeding for a Healthier Planet Edited By Dorcas Jonah Isaac Aregbesola NAN
    Kaduna State maternity, paternity leave bill to be ready by end of 2020- El’Rufai’s wife
     Wife of Kaduna State Governor Aisha El Rufai on Tuesday said the bill for Maternity and Paternity Leave for workers in the state would be ready by the end of 2020 El Rufai made this known at the Save the Children Nigeria World Breastfeeding Week Webinar on Innovative Strategies for Improving Breastfeeding and Nutrition in Nigeria She said that the bill was to be enacted to among other things encourage breastfeeding among working women and also make provisions for paternity leave so men could support their wives for exclusive feeding The bill will get a legal backing soon for effective implementation the zero draft will be presented to stakeholders for their input and hopefully by the first quarter of 2021 the bill should be ready for ascent Breast milk is the best nutritional choice for infants so supporting the practice of feeding babies only milk for the first six months of their lives will go a long way to make them grow healthy Kaduna state knows the importance of breast milk that is why it is introducing various policies and strategic documents developed to promote exclusive breastfeeding and improve nutrition of women and children in the state El Rufai urged governors and local governments chairmen wives to encourage exclusive breastfeeding among mothers to enhance infant s development She also urged the government to enact laws to support breastfeeding and promote breastfeeding campaign to achieve nutritional balance Also speaking Mr Ibrahim Oloriegbe Chairman Senate Health Secondary and Tertiary Committee said that the six months maternity bill at the Federal level had reached the third reading Oloriegbe said that the National Assembly was amending and introducing bills to enhance maternal and child health The lawmaker who encouraged stakeholders to promote breastfeeding and invest in it said it was also a way of human capital development Mr Innocent Ifedilichukwu Advocacy Campaign and Policy Manager Survive Programme Save the Children called on governments at all levels to increase funding for various nutrition programmes Ifedilichukwu said that nutrition was key to human development thus the need for government to build and equip cr ches in all offices so working mothers could be close to their babies for effective breastfeeding Ms Karina Lopez Nutrition Adviser Save the Children Nigeria said that mothers should be discouraged from feeding their babies with any form of liquid or solid except breast milk within the first months of their existence This Lopez said this would lead to good nutrition for healthy development of babies She said that the webinar was organised as part of activities to mark the 2020 World Breastfeeding Week with the theme Support Breastfeeding for a Healthier Planet Edited By Dorcas Jonah Isaac Aregbesola NAN
    Kaduna State maternity, paternity leave bill to be ready by end of 2020- El’Rufai’s wife
    Health2 years ago

    Kaduna State maternity, paternity leave bill to be ready by end of 2020- El’Rufai’s wife

    Wife of Kaduna State Governor, Aisha El’Rufai, on Tuesday said the bill for Maternity and Paternity Leave for workers in the state would be ready by the end of 2020.

    El’Rufai made this known at the Save the Children Nigeria World Breastfeeding Week Webinar on Innovative Strategies for Improving Breastfeeding and Nutrition in Nigeria.

    She said that the bill was to be enacted to among other things encourage breastfeeding among working women and also make provisions for paternity leave so men could support their wives for exclusive feeding.

    “The bill will get a legal backing soon for effective implementation; the zero draft will be presented to stakeholders for their input and hopefully by the first quarter of 2021 the bill should be ready for ascent.

    “Breast milk is the best nutritional choice for infants so supporting the practice of feeding babies only milk for the first six months of their lives will go a long way to make them grow healthy.

    “ Kaduna state knows the importance of breast milk that is why it is introducing various policies and strategic documents developed to promote exclusive breastfeeding and improve nutrition of women and children in the state.’’

    El’Rufai urged governors’ and local governments chairmen’ wives to encourage exclusive breastfeeding among mothers to enhance infant’s development.

    She also urged the government to enact laws to support breastfeeding and promote breastfeeding campaign to achieve nutritional balance.

    Also speaking, Mr Ibrahim Oloriegbe, Chairman, Senate Health, Secondary and Tertiary Committee, said that the six months’ maternity bill at the Federal level had reached the third reading.

    Oloriegbe said that the National Assembly was amending and introducing bills to enhance maternal and child health.

    The lawmaker, who encouraged stakeholders to promote breastfeeding and invest in it, said it was also a way of human capital development.

    Mr Innocent Ifedilichukwu, Advocacy, Campaign and Policy Manager, Survive Programme, Save the Children, called on governments at all levels to increase funding for various nutrition programmes.

    Ifedilichukwu said that nutrition was key to human development thus the need for government to build and equip crèches in all offices so working mothers could be close to their babies for effective breastfeeding.

    Ms Karina Lopez, Nutrition Adviser, Save the Children Nigeria, said that mothers should be discouraged from feeding their babies with any form of liquid or solid except breast milk within the first months of their existence.

    This Lopez said this would lead to good nutrition for healthy development of babies.

    She said that the webinar was organised as part of activities to mark the 2020 World Breastfeeding Week with the theme “Support Breastfeeding for a Healthier Planet.’’


    Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Isaac Aregbesola (NAN)

  •  Chairman Senate Committee on Health Sen Ibrahim Oloriegbe APC Kwara on Tuesday said no Senator has tested positive for COVID 19 pandemic as being speculated in some sections of the media Oloriegbe made the disclosure at a news conference shortly after the Senate adjourned to April 7 due to the outbreak of COVID 19 pandemic The Senator said it was untrue that some Senators defied screening at the airport on arrival from foreign countries There was widespread information in some sections of the media in the country that about 10 senators who recently came back from countries affected by the COVID 19 refused to be tested According to Oloriegbe Nigeria Center for Diseases Control NCDC and security operatives at the airports have confirmed that no lawmaker refused to be subjected to COVID 19 test Describing as fake and misleading Oloriegbe said there was no letter addressed to Senate President Ahmad Lawan by Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari Abba Kyari that some lawmakers had refused to get tested at the airport He said contrary to reports that some Senators who returned from abroad had handshakes with their colleagues Oloriegbe said Since a week ago there was no form of handshaking in the Senate You should not follow fake news on the social media we saw the letter and it is fake No Senator has refused any test and since last week there was no handshaking in Senate The criteria for testing is that if you have symptoms or have contact you will be tested that is why the Senate want the Federal Government to expand the testing criteria but as at yesterday the NCDC has acquired more new testing kits The critical issue to us is about Nigerians not about Senators alone I can tell you that no Senator has tested positive to COVID 19 and none has also refused to be tested as being speculated Oloriegbe stated He said the Senate at its closed session had urged the Federal Government to provide fund to state governments to curtail the COVID 19 spread in the country Edited By Abiemwense Moru Ismail Abdulaziz NAN
    No Senator tested positive to Covid-19 -Sen. Oloriegbe
     Chairman Senate Committee on Health Sen Ibrahim Oloriegbe APC Kwara on Tuesday said no Senator has tested positive for COVID 19 pandemic as being speculated in some sections of the media Oloriegbe made the disclosure at a news conference shortly after the Senate adjourned to April 7 due to the outbreak of COVID 19 pandemic The Senator said it was untrue that some Senators defied screening at the airport on arrival from foreign countries There was widespread information in some sections of the media in the country that about 10 senators who recently came back from countries affected by the COVID 19 refused to be tested According to Oloriegbe Nigeria Center for Diseases Control NCDC and security operatives at the airports have confirmed that no lawmaker refused to be subjected to COVID 19 test Describing as fake and misleading Oloriegbe said there was no letter addressed to Senate President Ahmad Lawan by Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari Abba Kyari that some lawmakers had refused to get tested at the airport He said contrary to reports that some Senators who returned from abroad had handshakes with their colleagues Oloriegbe said Since a week ago there was no form of handshaking in the Senate You should not follow fake news on the social media we saw the letter and it is fake No Senator has refused any test and since last week there was no handshaking in Senate The criteria for testing is that if you have symptoms or have contact you will be tested that is why the Senate want the Federal Government to expand the testing criteria but as at yesterday the NCDC has acquired more new testing kits The critical issue to us is about Nigerians not about Senators alone I can tell you that no Senator has tested positive to COVID 19 and none has also refused to be tested as being speculated Oloriegbe stated He said the Senate at its closed session had urged the Federal Government to provide fund to state governments to curtail the COVID 19 spread in the country Edited By Abiemwense Moru Ismail Abdulaziz NAN
    No Senator tested positive to Covid-19 -Sen. Oloriegbe
    Politics3 years ago

    No Senator tested positive to Covid-19 -Sen. Oloriegbe

    Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Sen. Ibrahim Oloriegbe (APC-Kwara), on Tuesday said no Senator has tested positive for COVID-19 pandemic as being speculated in some sections of the media.

    Oloriegbe made the disclosure at a news conference shortly after the Senate adjourned to April 7 due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

    The Senator said it was untrue that some Senators defied screening at the airport on arrival from foreign countries.

    There was widespread information in some sections of the media in the country that about 10 senators, who recently came back from countries affected by the COVID-19 refused to be tested.

    According to Oloriegbe, Nigeria Center for Diseases Control (NCDC) and security operatives at the airports have confirmed that no lawmaker refused to be subjected to COVID-19 test.

    Describing as fake and misleading, Oloriegbe said there was no letter addressed to Senate President Ahmad Lawan by Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari that some lawmakers had refused to get tested at the airport.

    He said contrary to reports that some Senators who returned from abroad had handshakes with their colleagues, Oloriegbe said:

    “Since a week ago, there was no form of handshaking in the Senate.

    “You should not follow fake news on the social media, we saw the letter and it is fake.

    “No Senator has refused any test, and since last week, there was no handshaking in Senate.

    “The criteria for testing is that if you have symptoms or have contact, you will be tested, that is why the Senate want the Federal Government to expand the testing criteria but as at yesterday, the NCDC has acquired more new testing kits.

    “The critical issue to us is about Nigerians, not about Senators alone.

    “I can tell you that no Senator has tested positive to COVID-19 and none has also refused to be tested as being speculated,” Oloriegbe stated.

    He said the Senate, at its closed session, had urged the Federal Government to provide fund to state governments to curtail the COVID-19 spread in the country.


    Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Ismail Abdulaziz
    (NAN)

  •  The Chairman Senate Committee on Health Sen Ibrahim Oloriegbe APC Kwara on Tuesday said no Senator in the 9th Senate tested positive for COVID 19 pandemic as being speculated Oloriegbe made this known to newsmen shortly after the Senate adjourned to April 7 due to the outbreak of COVID 19 pandemic The chairman said it was untrue that some Senators defied screening at the airport on arrival from foreign countries There was widespread ispeculation in the country that about 10 senators who recently returned from countries affected by the COVID 19 refused to be tested According to Oloriegbe the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC and security operatives at the airports have confirmed that no lawmaker refused to be subjected to COVID 19 test Describing it as fake and misleading Oloriegbe said there was no letter addressed to the Senate President Ahmad Lawan by the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari Abba Kyari that some lawmakers had refused to get tested at the airport He said the purported letter was handiwork of mischief makers He said contrary to reports that some senators who returned from abroad had handshakes with their colleagues Oloriegbe said Since a week ago there was no form of handshaking in the Senate You should not follow fake news on the social media we saw the letter and it is fake No Senator has refused any test and since last week there was no handshaking in Senate The criteria for testing is that if you have symptoms or have contact you will be tested that is why the Senate want the Federal Government to expand the testing criteria but as at yesterday the NCDC has acquired more new testing kits The critical issue to us is about Nigerians not about Senators alone I can tell you that no Senator has tested positive to COVID 19 and none has also refused to be tested as being speculated Oloriegbe stated He said the Senate at its closed session had urged the Federal Government to provide fund to state governments to curtail the COVID 19 spread in the country Edited By Abiemwense Moru Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    COVID-19: No Senator tested positive, says Sen. Oloriegbe
     The Chairman Senate Committee on Health Sen Ibrahim Oloriegbe APC Kwara on Tuesday said no Senator in the 9th Senate tested positive for COVID 19 pandemic as being speculated Oloriegbe made this known to newsmen shortly after the Senate adjourned to April 7 due to the outbreak of COVID 19 pandemic The chairman said it was untrue that some Senators defied screening at the airport on arrival from foreign countries There was widespread ispeculation in the country that about 10 senators who recently returned from countries affected by the COVID 19 refused to be tested According to Oloriegbe the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC and security operatives at the airports have confirmed that no lawmaker refused to be subjected to COVID 19 test Describing it as fake and misleading Oloriegbe said there was no letter addressed to the Senate President Ahmad Lawan by the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari Abba Kyari that some lawmakers had refused to get tested at the airport He said the purported letter was handiwork of mischief makers He said contrary to reports that some senators who returned from abroad had handshakes with their colleagues Oloriegbe said Since a week ago there was no form of handshaking in the Senate You should not follow fake news on the social media we saw the letter and it is fake No Senator has refused any test and since last week there was no handshaking in Senate The criteria for testing is that if you have symptoms or have contact you will be tested that is why the Senate want the Federal Government to expand the testing criteria but as at yesterday the NCDC has acquired more new testing kits The critical issue to us is about Nigerians not about Senators alone I can tell you that no Senator has tested positive to COVID 19 and none has also refused to be tested as being speculated Oloriegbe stated He said the Senate at its closed session had urged the Federal Government to provide fund to state governments to curtail the COVID 19 spread in the country Edited By Abiemwense Moru Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    COVID-19: No Senator tested positive, says Sen. Oloriegbe
    Politics3 years ago

    COVID-19: No Senator tested positive, says Sen. Oloriegbe

    The Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Sen. Ibrahim Oloriegbe (APC-Kwara), on Tuesday said no Senator in the 9th Senate tested positive for COVID-19 pandemic as being speculated.

    Oloriegbe made this known to newsmen shortly after the Senate adjourned to April 7 due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

    The chairman said it was untrue that some Senators defied screening at the airport on arrival from foreign countries.

    There was widespread ispeculation in the country that about 10 senators, who recently returned from countries affected by the COVID-19, refused to be tested.

    According to Oloriegbe, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and security operatives at the airports have confirmed that no lawmaker refused to be subjected to COVID-19 test.

    Describing it as fake and misleading, Oloriegbe said there was no letter addressed to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, by the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, that some lawmakers had refused to get tested at the airport.

    He said the purported letter was handiwork of mischief makers.

    He said contrary to reports that some senators who returned from abroad had handshakes with their colleagues, Oloriegbe said: “Since a week ago, there was no form of handshaking in the Senate.

    “You should not follow fake news on the social media, we saw the letter and it is fake.

    “No Senator has refused any test, and since last week, there was no handshaking in Senate.

    “The criteria for testing is that if you have symptoms or have contact, you will be tested, that is why the Senate want the Federal Government to expand the testing criteria but as at yesterday, the NCDC has acquired more new testing kits.

    “The critical issue to us is about Nigerians, not about Senators alone.

    “I can tell you that no Senator has tested positive to COVID-19 and none has also refused to be tested as being speculated,” Oloriegbe stated.

    He said the Senate at its closed session, had urged the Federal Government to provide fund to state governments to curtail the COVID-19 spread in the country.


    Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Muhammad Suleiman Tola
    (NAN)

  •  The joint National Assembly NASS Committee on Health has pledged continuous support for the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC in its fight against counterfeit drugs Sen Ibrahim Oloriegbe the Senate Committee Chairman on Health and his counterpart Hon Yusuf Sununu Chairman House Committee on Healthcare Services made the commitment at the opening section of the 3rd African Medicine Quality Forum in Abuja on Tuesday The theme of the event is Perfect vision for quality medicines in Africa 2020 Oloriegbe said the quality of medicine used by the people to cure or manage ailments is important in the healthcare delivery system of any nation The senator representing Kwara central said that with unhealthy citizens no nation would be able to fully harvest her potentials He said the establishment of Africa Medicine Quality Forum AMQF as a continental organisation to pursue the eradication of substandard and falsified medicines is long awaited opportunity that we all must seize and make good use of He said the coming together of the medicine control laboratories of the national regulatory authority in Africa would ensure collaboration in fighting substandard and falsified medicines across Africa The importance of quality control testing laboratories cannot be over emphasised in the medicine supply chain from the manufacturing plant through the distribution network and finally to the patients Oloriegbe said He urged the agency to map out strategies for strengthening national quality control laboratories infrastructure and systems as it would help to inform and consistently regulate decisions in Africa He said that NASS would continue to provide necessary support for NAFDAC to attain the required world standard as a regulatory body Also Sununu said that good legal framework underpins the ability of a national regulatory authority to fulfill its mandate and regulatory functions that span medical products life cycle This according to Sununu include clinical trial oversights marketing authorisation and registration licensing and inspection of premises market surveillance among others He said that the lawmakers were committed to enacting laws and regulations that would ensure that only safe and efficacious medicine were available to citizens Edited By Celine Damilola Oyewole Felix Ajide
    Lawmakers pledge support for NAFDAC
     The joint National Assembly NASS Committee on Health has pledged continuous support for the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC in its fight against counterfeit drugs Sen Ibrahim Oloriegbe the Senate Committee Chairman on Health and his counterpart Hon Yusuf Sununu Chairman House Committee on Healthcare Services made the commitment at the opening section of the 3rd African Medicine Quality Forum in Abuja on Tuesday The theme of the event is Perfect vision for quality medicines in Africa 2020 Oloriegbe said the quality of medicine used by the people to cure or manage ailments is important in the healthcare delivery system of any nation The senator representing Kwara central said that with unhealthy citizens no nation would be able to fully harvest her potentials He said the establishment of Africa Medicine Quality Forum AMQF as a continental organisation to pursue the eradication of substandard and falsified medicines is long awaited opportunity that we all must seize and make good use of He said the coming together of the medicine control laboratories of the national regulatory authority in Africa would ensure collaboration in fighting substandard and falsified medicines across Africa The importance of quality control testing laboratories cannot be over emphasised in the medicine supply chain from the manufacturing plant through the distribution network and finally to the patients Oloriegbe said He urged the agency to map out strategies for strengthening national quality control laboratories infrastructure and systems as it would help to inform and consistently regulate decisions in Africa He said that NASS would continue to provide necessary support for NAFDAC to attain the required world standard as a regulatory body Also Sununu said that good legal framework underpins the ability of a national regulatory authority to fulfill its mandate and regulatory functions that span medical products life cycle This according to Sununu include clinical trial oversights marketing authorisation and registration licensing and inspection of premises market surveillance among others He said that the lawmakers were committed to enacting laws and regulations that would ensure that only safe and efficacious medicine were available to citizens Edited By Celine Damilola Oyewole Felix Ajide
    Lawmakers pledge support for NAFDAC
    Health3 years ago

    Lawmakers pledge support for NAFDAC

    The joint National Assembly (NASS) Committee on Health has pledged  continuous support for the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in its fight against counterfeit drugs.

    Sen. Ibrahim Oloriegbe, the Senate Committee Chairman on Health and his counterpart Hon. Yusuf Sununu, Chairman House Committee on Healthcare Services made the commitment at the opening section of the 3rd African Medicine Quality Forum in Abuja on Tuesday.

    The theme of the event is “Perfect vision for quality medicines in Africa 2020.”

    Oloriegbe said the quality of medicine used by the people to cure or manage ailments is important in the healthcare delivery system of any nation.

    The senator, representing Kwara central, said that with unhealthy citizens no nation would be able to fully harvest her potentials.

    He said the establishment of Africa Medicine Quality Forum (AMQF) as a continental organisation to pursue the eradication of substandard and falsified medicines is long awaited opportunity that we all must seize and make good use of.

    He said the coming together of the medicine control laboratories of the national regulatory authority in Africa would ensure collaboration in fighting substandard and falsified medicines across Africa.

    “The importance of quality control testing laboratories cannot be over emphasised in the medicine supply chain from the manufacturing plant, through the distribution network and finally to the patients,” Oloriegbe said.

    He urged the agency to map out strategies for strengthening national quality control laboratories infrastructure and systems as it would help to inform and consistently regulate decisions in Africa.

    He said that NASS would continue to provide necessary support for NAFDAC to attain the required world standard as a regulatory body.

    Also, Sununu said that good legal framework underpins the ability of a national regulatory authority to fulfill its mandate and regulatory functions that span medical products life cycle.

    This, according to Sununu, include: clinical trial, oversights, marketing authorisation and registration, licensing and inspection of premises, market surveillance among others.

    He said that the lawmakers were committed to enacting laws and regulations that would ensure that only safe and efficacious medicine were available to citizens.


    Edited By: Celine-Damilola Oyewole/Felix Ajide

  •  The Senate on Monday called for the provision of mandatory health insurance scheme for all categories of Nigerians The Chairman Senate Committee on Health Sen Ibrahim Oloriegbe made the call in Abuja at a one day public hearing to consider two health bills The bills are Bill for an Act to repeal the National Health Insurance Scheme NHIS Act 2004 and to enact the National Health Insurance Commission Bill 2019 The second bill is a Bill for an Act to provide for the Enhancement and Regulation of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Protect Persons with Mental Health Needs The bill also seeks for Establishment of National Commission for Mental and Substance Abuse Services for effective management of mental health in Nigeria and other related matters 2019 Oloriegbe noted that the current NHIS only provided for optional health insurance in the country He said countries that have made substantial progress toward universal health coverage did so because they made health insurance mandatory Oloriegbe however said making health insurance compulsory without sufficient arrangements to subsidise it would not work He said there was the need to make efforts to subsidise the payments of Nigerians who cannot afford the insurance premium The poverty rate in Nigeria is about 35 per cent of the population which translates to over 60 million Nigerians living below poverty line This group of people cannot afford insurance premium yet we cannot allow them to suffer for health Care services Oloriegbe said the proposed bill comprised nine parts and 79 clauses Highlights of the bill according to Oloriegbe includes the establishment of the National Health Insurance Commission governing council and its functions He said the bill provided for the types of health insurance schemes registration and Licences of various schemes and provision for Basic Health Care Provision Fund BHPF offences penalties and legal proceedings among others On National Mental Health Bill 2019 he said the bill was auspicious and appropriate for addressing the glowing number of suicide deaths in Nigeria He said it was unarguable that most of the suicides occur due to substance abuse mental balance and non availability of services to control the substance abuse He said the bill made up of 12 parts and 74 sections seeks to provide direction for coherent natural and unified response to challenges relating to delivery of mental health and substance abuse in Nigeria He also said the bill seeks to protect the rights and freedom of persons with mental ill health and substance use related disorders among others Stakeholders in the health sector that made submissions via their Memoranda commended the senate on its efforts to review the NHIS Act to provide universal health coverage for all Nigerians Present at the public hearing were representatives of the Nigerian Medical Association NMA Health Maintainance Organisations HMO Officials of Ministry of Health NHIS among others Edited By Abiemwense Moru Ekemini Ladejobi
    Senate calls for mandatory health insurance scheme for Nigerians
     The Senate on Monday called for the provision of mandatory health insurance scheme for all categories of Nigerians The Chairman Senate Committee on Health Sen Ibrahim Oloriegbe made the call in Abuja at a one day public hearing to consider two health bills The bills are Bill for an Act to repeal the National Health Insurance Scheme NHIS Act 2004 and to enact the National Health Insurance Commission Bill 2019 The second bill is a Bill for an Act to provide for the Enhancement and Regulation of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Protect Persons with Mental Health Needs The bill also seeks for Establishment of National Commission for Mental and Substance Abuse Services for effective management of mental health in Nigeria and other related matters 2019 Oloriegbe noted that the current NHIS only provided for optional health insurance in the country He said countries that have made substantial progress toward universal health coverage did so because they made health insurance mandatory Oloriegbe however said making health insurance compulsory without sufficient arrangements to subsidise it would not work He said there was the need to make efforts to subsidise the payments of Nigerians who cannot afford the insurance premium The poverty rate in Nigeria is about 35 per cent of the population which translates to over 60 million Nigerians living below poverty line This group of people cannot afford insurance premium yet we cannot allow them to suffer for health Care services Oloriegbe said the proposed bill comprised nine parts and 79 clauses Highlights of the bill according to Oloriegbe includes the establishment of the National Health Insurance Commission governing council and its functions He said the bill provided for the types of health insurance schemes registration and Licences of various schemes and provision for Basic Health Care Provision Fund BHPF offences penalties and legal proceedings among others On National Mental Health Bill 2019 he said the bill was auspicious and appropriate for addressing the glowing number of suicide deaths in Nigeria He said it was unarguable that most of the suicides occur due to substance abuse mental balance and non availability of services to control the substance abuse He said the bill made up of 12 parts and 74 sections seeks to provide direction for coherent natural and unified response to challenges relating to delivery of mental health and substance abuse in Nigeria He also said the bill seeks to protect the rights and freedom of persons with mental ill health and substance use related disorders among others Stakeholders in the health sector that made submissions via their Memoranda commended the senate on its efforts to review the NHIS Act to provide universal health coverage for all Nigerians Present at the public hearing were representatives of the Nigerian Medical Association NMA Health Maintainance Organisations HMO Officials of Ministry of Health NHIS among others Edited By Abiemwense Moru Ekemini Ladejobi
    Senate calls for mandatory health insurance scheme for Nigerians
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    Senate calls for mandatory health insurance scheme for Nigerians

    The Senate on Monday called for the provision of mandatory health insurance scheme for all categories of Nigerians.

    The Chairman, Senate Committee on Health Sen. Ibrahim Oloriegbe made the call in Abuja at a one-day public hearing to consider two health bills.

    The bills are Bill for an Act to repeal the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Act 2004, and to enact the National Health Insurance Commission Bill 2019.

    The second bill is a Bill for an Act to provide for the Enhancement and Regulation of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Protect Persons with Mental Health Needs.

    The bill also seeks for Establishment of National Commission for Mental and Substance Abuse Services for effective management of mental health in Nigeria and other related matters 2019.

    Oloriegbe noted that the current NHIS only provided for optional health insurance in the country.

    He said countries that have made substantial progress toward universal health coverage did so because they made health insurance mandatory.

    Oloriegbe, however, said making health insurance compulsory without sufficient arrangements to subsidise it would not work.

    He said there was the need to make efforts to subsidise the payments of Nigerians who cannot afford the insurance premium.

    “The poverty rate in Nigeria is about 35 per cent of the population which translates to over 60 million Nigerians living below poverty line.

    “This group of people cannot afford insurance premium, yet we cannot allow them to suffer for health Care services.”

    Oloriegbe said the proposed bill comprised nine parts and 79 clauses.

    Highlights of the bill according to Oloriegbe, includes the establishment of the National Health Insurance Commission, governing council and its functions.

    He said the bill provided for the types of health insurance schemes, registration and Licences of various schemes and provision for Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHPF), offences, penalties, and legal proceedings, among others.

    On National Mental Health Bill 2019, he said the bill was auspicious and appropriate for addressing the glowing number of suicide deaths in Nigeria.

    He said it was unarguable that most of the suicides occur due to substance abuse, mental balance and non-availability of services to control the substance abuse.

    He said the bill, made up of 12 parts and 74 sections seeks to provide direction for coherent, natural and unified response to challenges relating to delivery of mental health and substance abuse in Nigeria.

    He also said the bill seeks to protect the rights and freedom of persons with mental ill-health and substance use related disorders among others.

    Stakeholders in the health sector that made submissions via their Memoranda commended the senate on its efforts to review the NHIS Act to provide universal health coverage for all Nigerians.

    Present at the public hearing were representatives of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Health Maintainance Organisations (HMO), Officials of Ministry of Health, NHIS among others.


    Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Ekemini Ladejobi

     

  •  Sen Ibrahim Oloriegbe Chairman Senate Committee on Health has advocated for a special fund to prevent and contain disease outbreaks in the country Oloriegbe stated this on Wednesday in Abuja at a stakeholders breakfast meeting on the role of the legislature in funding epidemic preparedness in Nigeria organised by Nigeria Health Watch a Non governmental Advocacy Organisation He suggested that the special fund be sourced from both public and private sectors He said the fund should be made mandatory through legislation This fund should be referenced through legislation where both public and private sectors will contribute When epidemics happen they have devastating effects on the private sector as well They should not contribute through donation but through legislation that identifies certain sources of funds For example we should tax some percentage of the profit of key sectors that are usually affected by epidemics and such funds be added to the public funds the lawmaker said He said that the National Health Act currently included five per cent allocation for emergencies in the one per cent Consolidated Revenue Fund CRF in the Basic Health Care Provision Fund BHCPF but that it was not enough He said that the amount should be reviewed every five years Oloriegbe stated that one per cent of the CRF should also be put aside by State Governments in their budgets He also said that the BHCPF which provided for funding that should go to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC had yet to be implemented Besides the CRF funding for the BHCPF is also meant to come from donor partners We should also receive grants and donations because when a country is hit by an epidemic the whole world is affected Take for instance what is happening in China it is not only China that is affected but the entire world economy he said The lawmaker further said that Nigeria did not lack polices in tackling epidemics but what was lacking was implementation Sen Utazi Chukwuka Chairman Senate Committee on Primary Healthcare and Communicable Diseases said that even before the outbreak of the coronavirus the National Assembly had made up its mind to review the National Health Act Chukwuka said the reviewed act would increase funding for NCDC to adequately take care of disease outbreaks He said that with increased funding the NCDC would do more in the area of response and epidemic preparedness He said that the reviewed health act would ensure that primary health care was strengthened to take care of the health needs of Nigerians and help prevent disease outbreaks The chairman emphasised the need for a strong synergy between the federal state and local governments to contain outbreaks He assured the stakeholders that the National Assembly would work assiduously with the Federal Ministry of Health and NCDC to contain the coronavirus should it find its way into Nigeria According to him at the moment entry points were being well monitored to check those coming into Nigeria for potential cases of infectious diseases This is especially for people coming from China We will find out their health status which part of China they are coming from Anyone that has potential symptoms will be quarantined as a preventive measure he saidDr Ifeanyi Nsofor Director of Policy and Advocacy at Nigeria Health Watch who moderated the event said the PreventEpidemicsNaija meeting was very important and timely because of the coronavirus outbreak in the world and the Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria Nsofor stated that every country should have a vital interest in being prepared for epidemics Mrs Vivianne Ihekweazu Managing Director Nigeria Health Watch thanked the legislators for their suggestions on how to address epidemic preparedness in Nigeria Ihekweazu said that encouraging states to strengthen primary health care would significantly prevent outbreaks and when they occurred it would be easier to contain them with functional primary health centres Edited By Abdullahi Yusuf
    Coronavirus: Lawmaker wants special funding to prevent, contain disease outbreaks
     Sen Ibrahim Oloriegbe Chairman Senate Committee on Health has advocated for a special fund to prevent and contain disease outbreaks in the country Oloriegbe stated this on Wednesday in Abuja at a stakeholders breakfast meeting on the role of the legislature in funding epidemic preparedness in Nigeria organised by Nigeria Health Watch a Non governmental Advocacy Organisation He suggested that the special fund be sourced from both public and private sectors He said the fund should be made mandatory through legislation This fund should be referenced through legislation where both public and private sectors will contribute When epidemics happen they have devastating effects on the private sector as well They should not contribute through donation but through legislation that identifies certain sources of funds For example we should tax some percentage of the profit of key sectors that are usually affected by epidemics and such funds be added to the public funds the lawmaker said He said that the National Health Act currently included five per cent allocation for emergencies in the one per cent Consolidated Revenue Fund CRF in the Basic Health Care Provision Fund BHCPF but that it was not enough He said that the amount should be reviewed every five years Oloriegbe stated that one per cent of the CRF should also be put aside by State Governments in their budgets He also said that the BHCPF which provided for funding that should go to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC had yet to be implemented Besides the CRF funding for the BHCPF is also meant to come from donor partners We should also receive grants and donations because when a country is hit by an epidemic the whole world is affected Take for instance what is happening in China it is not only China that is affected but the entire world economy he said The lawmaker further said that Nigeria did not lack polices in tackling epidemics but what was lacking was implementation Sen Utazi Chukwuka Chairman Senate Committee on Primary Healthcare and Communicable Diseases said that even before the outbreak of the coronavirus the National Assembly had made up its mind to review the National Health Act Chukwuka said the reviewed act would increase funding for NCDC to adequately take care of disease outbreaks He said that with increased funding the NCDC would do more in the area of response and epidemic preparedness He said that the reviewed health act would ensure that primary health care was strengthened to take care of the health needs of Nigerians and help prevent disease outbreaks The chairman emphasised the need for a strong synergy between the federal state and local governments to contain outbreaks He assured the stakeholders that the National Assembly would work assiduously with the Federal Ministry of Health and NCDC to contain the coronavirus should it find its way into Nigeria According to him at the moment entry points were being well monitored to check those coming into Nigeria for potential cases of infectious diseases This is especially for people coming from China We will find out their health status which part of China they are coming from Anyone that has potential symptoms will be quarantined as a preventive measure he saidDr Ifeanyi Nsofor Director of Policy and Advocacy at Nigeria Health Watch who moderated the event said the PreventEpidemicsNaija meeting was very important and timely because of the coronavirus outbreak in the world and the Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria Nsofor stated that every country should have a vital interest in being prepared for epidemics Mrs Vivianne Ihekweazu Managing Director Nigeria Health Watch thanked the legislators for their suggestions on how to address epidemic preparedness in Nigeria Ihekweazu said that encouraging states to strengthen primary health care would significantly prevent outbreaks and when they occurred it would be easier to contain them with functional primary health centres Edited By Abdullahi Yusuf
    Coronavirus: Lawmaker wants special funding to prevent, contain disease outbreaks
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    Coronavirus: Lawmaker wants special funding to prevent, contain disease outbreaks

    Sen. Ibrahim Oloriegbe,  Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, has advocated for a special fund to prevent and contain disease outbreaks in the country.

    Oloriegbe stated this on Wednesday in Abuja at a stakeholders breakfast meeting  on the role of the legislature in funding epidemic preparedness in Nigeria, organised by Nigeria Health Watch, a Non-governmental Advocacy Organisation.

    He suggested that the special fund be sourced from both public and private sectors.

    He said the fund should be made mandatory through legislation.

    “This fund should be referenced through legislation where both public and private sectors will contribute.

    “When epidemics happen, they have devastating effects on the private sector as well.

    “They should not contribute through donation but through legislation that identifies certain sources of funds.

    “For example, we should tax some percentage of the profit  of key sectors that are usually affected by epidemics and such funds be added to the public funds,” the lawmaker said.

    He said that the National Health Act currently included five per cent allocation for emergencies in the one per cent Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) in the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) but that it was not enough.

    He said that the amount should be reviewed every five years.

    Oloriegbe stated that one per cent of the CRF should also be put aside by State Governments in their budgets.

    He also said that the BHCPF, which provided for funding that should go to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had yet to be implemented.

    Besides the CRF, funding for the BHCPF is also meant to come from donor partners.

    “We should also receive grants and donations because when a country is hit by an epidemic the whole world is affected.

    “Take for instance, what is happening in China,  it is not only China that is affected but the entire world economy,” he said.

    The lawmaker further said that Nigeria did not lack polices in tackling epidemics but what was lacking was implementation.

    Sen. Utazi Chukwuka, Chairman, Senate Committee on Primary Healthcare and Communicable Diseases, said that even before the outbreak of the coronavirus, the National Assembly had made up its mind to review the National Health Act.

    Chukwuka said the reviewed act would increase funding for NCDC to adequately take care of disease outbreaks.

    He said that with increased funding, the NCDC would do more in the area of response and epidemic preparedness.

    He said that the reviewed health act would ensure that primary health care was strengthened to take care of the health needs of Nigerians and help prevent disease outbreaks.

    The chairman emphasised the need for a strong synergy between the federal, state and local governments to contain outbreaks.

    He assured the stakeholders that the National Assembly would work assiduously with the Federal Ministry of Health and NCDC to contain the coronavirus, should it find its way into Nigeria.

    According to him, at the moment entry points  were being well monitored to check those coming into Nigeria for potential cases of infectious diseases.

    “This is especially for people coming from China.

    “We will find out their health status, which part of China they are coming from.

    “Anyone that has potential symptoms will be quarantined as a preventive measure,” he said

    Dr Ifeanyi Nsofor, Director of Policy and Advocacy at Nigeria Health Watch, who moderated the event, said  the “#PreventEpidemicsNaija” meeting was very important and timely because of the coronavirus outbreak in the world and the Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria.

    Nsofor stated that every country should have a vital interest in being prepared for epidemics.

    Mrs Vivianne Ihekweazu, Managing Director, Nigeria Health Watch, thanked the legislators for their suggestions on how to address epidemic preparedness in Nigeria.

    Ihekweazu said that encouraging states to strengthen primary health care would significantly prevent outbreaks and when they occurred, it would be easier to contain them with functional primary health centres.


    Edited By: Abdullahi Yusuf

  •  Senate president Ahmed Lawal has said that it was very necessary for Nigeria to pay special attention to the health sector to minimise health challenges confronting the nation Lawal spoke at the National Executive Council meeting of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors NARD on Thursday in Abuja He was represented by the Chairman Senate Committee on Health Dr Ibrahim Oloriegbe at the meeting that had the theme Implementation of the National Health Act The Bedrock for improving the Nigerian Heal Sector The call has become important because of the numerous health challenges facing the world at the moment So many diseases and so many viruses known and unknown are ravaging the people Nigerian doctors must work hard so as to become great example for their colleagues the world over he said He commended NARD for being consistent in holding its NEC meeting whose major focus is usually the improvement of the health sector Lawal assured the health practitioners of the required collaboration toward the immediate implementation of the Health Act urging them to hold tight to the professional ethics in the discharge of their duties The Minister of Health Dr Osaghie Ehanire in a remark called on health practitioners to mobilise health workers to take up the challenges in the health sector especially the primary health scheme Ehanire called on the health workers to join government in tackling the challenges saying that the effort to improve the health sector must be collective The efforts should not be left alone to the Ministry of Health and the government he said On the outbreak of lassa fever in the country and coronavirus in some other countries he said that there had been an improvement in managing lassa fever in the country Dr Osahon Enabulele President Commonwealth Medical Association in his keynote address said that the implementation of the NHA would lead to substantial Improvement in the health sector and also guarantee the health rights of Nigerians Enabulele added that the implementation would also help to improve the financing of the health care and the achievement of universal health coverage It will regulate and standardise the quality of health infrastructure and service Health human resources is still a major issue and now we have the issue of violence We still have other challenges like lack of political commitment poor funding poor budgetary allocation and poor regulations he lamented In his remarks Dr Aliyu Sokomba the President of NARD noted that the health practitioners had recently been faced with challenges especially the implementation of the national health act in view of poor health facilities We hope that this meeting will be impactful and herald the implementation of the national health act he said Dr Roland Aigbovo President Association of Resident Doctors ARD FCT chapter said that the ARD target was to achieve the universal health coverage and to push for the immediate implementation of the national health act He said that the implementation of the national health act would set standard for the delivery of universal health coverage Edited By Ephraims Sheyin
    Lawan: We must tackle challenges facing the health sector
     Senate president Ahmed Lawal has said that it was very necessary for Nigeria to pay special attention to the health sector to minimise health challenges confronting the nation Lawal spoke at the National Executive Council meeting of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors NARD on Thursday in Abuja He was represented by the Chairman Senate Committee on Health Dr Ibrahim Oloriegbe at the meeting that had the theme Implementation of the National Health Act The Bedrock for improving the Nigerian Heal Sector The call has become important because of the numerous health challenges facing the world at the moment So many diseases and so many viruses known and unknown are ravaging the people Nigerian doctors must work hard so as to become great example for their colleagues the world over he said He commended NARD for being consistent in holding its NEC meeting whose major focus is usually the improvement of the health sector Lawal assured the health practitioners of the required collaboration toward the immediate implementation of the Health Act urging them to hold tight to the professional ethics in the discharge of their duties The Minister of Health Dr Osaghie Ehanire in a remark called on health practitioners to mobilise health workers to take up the challenges in the health sector especially the primary health scheme Ehanire called on the health workers to join government in tackling the challenges saying that the effort to improve the health sector must be collective The efforts should not be left alone to the Ministry of Health and the government he said On the outbreak of lassa fever in the country and coronavirus in some other countries he said that there had been an improvement in managing lassa fever in the country Dr Osahon Enabulele President Commonwealth Medical Association in his keynote address said that the implementation of the NHA would lead to substantial Improvement in the health sector and also guarantee the health rights of Nigerians Enabulele added that the implementation would also help to improve the financing of the health care and the achievement of universal health coverage It will regulate and standardise the quality of health infrastructure and service Health human resources is still a major issue and now we have the issue of violence We still have other challenges like lack of political commitment poor funding poor budgetary allocation and poor regulations he lamented In his remarks Dr Aliyu Sokomba the President of NARD noted that the health practitioners had recently been faced with challenges especially the implementation of the national health act in view of poor health facilities We hope that this meeting will be impactful and herald the implementation of the national health act he said Dr Roland Aigbovo President Association of Resident Doctors ARD FCT chapter said that the ARD target was to achieve the universal health coverage and to push for the immediate implementation of the national health act He said that the implementation of the national health act would set standard for the delivery of universal health coverage Edited By Ephraims Sheyin
    Lawan: We must tackle challenges facing the health sector
    General news3 years ago

    Lawan: We must tackle challenges facing the health sector

    Senate president Ahmed Lawal has said that it was “very necessary” for Nigeria to pay special attention to the health sector to minimise health challenges confronting the nation.

     Lawal spoke at the National Executive Council meeting of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), on Thursday in Abuja.

    He was represented by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Dr Ibrahim Oloriegbe, at the meeting that had the theme: “Implementation of the National Health Act: The Bedrock for improving the Nigerian Heal Sector”.

    “The call has become important because of the numerous health challenges facing the world at the moment. So many diseases and so many viruses, known and unknown, are ravaging the people.

     “Nigerian doctors must work hard so as to become great example for their colleagues the world over,” he said.

    He commended NARD for being consistent in holding its NEC meeting whose major focus is usually the improvement of the health sector.

    Lawal assured the health practitioners of the required collaboration toward the immediate implementation of the Health Act, urging them to hold tight to the professional ethics in the discharge of their duties.

    The Minister of Health, Dr Osaghie Ehanire, in a remark, called on health practitioners to mobilise health workers to take up the challenges in the health sector, especially the primary health scheme.

    Ehanire called on the health workers to join government in tackling the challenges, saying that the effort to improve the health sector must be collective.

    “The efforts should not be left alone to the Ministry of Health and the government,” he said.

    On the outbreak of lassa fever in the country and coronavirus in some other countries, he said that there had been an improvement in managing lassa fever in the country.

    Dr Osahon Enabulele, President, Commonwealth Medical Association, in his keynote address, said that the implementation of the NHA would lead to substantial Improvement in the health sector and also guarantee the health rights of Nigerians.

    Enabulele added that the implementation would also help to improve the financing of the health care and the achievement of universal health coverage

    “It will regulate and standardise the quality of health infrastructure and service

    “Health human resources is still a major issue and now we have the issue of violence.

    “We still have other challenges like lack of political commitment, poor funding, poor budgetary allocation and poor regulations,” he lamented.

    In his remarks, Dr Aliyu Sokomba, the President of NARD, noted that the health practitioners had recently been faced with challenges, especially the implementation of the national health act in view of poor health facilities.

    “We hope that this meeting will be impactful and herald the implementation of the national health act,” he said.

    Dr Roland Aigbovo, President, Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), FCT chapter, said that the ARD target was to achieve the universal health coverage and to push for the immediate implementation of the national health act.

    He said that the implementation of the national health act would set standard for the delivery of universal health coverage.


    Edited By: Ephraims Sheyin

  •  The Minister of Health Dr Osaghie Ehanire has urged health workers in the country to rededicate themselves towards tackling challenges in the health sector Ehanire made the call at the National Executive Council meeting of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors NARD on Thursday in Abuja The theme of the meeting was Implementation of the National Health Act NHA The Bedrock for improving the Nigerian Health Sector NHS The minister also urged health workers to join hands with government in tackling challenges in the health sector The efforts should not be left alone to the Ministry of Health or government it should be a collective one he said Speaking on the outbreak of Lassa fever in the country Ehanire said that there had been improvements in management of the disease in the country President of the Senate Mr Ahmed Lawan assured that the National Assembly would collaborate with the Ministry to ensure immediate implementation of NHA Lawan represented by the Chairman Senate Committee on Health Dr Ibrahim Oloriegbe urged Nigerian doctors to work hard towards enhanced service delivery He commended NARD for being consistent in holding its NEC meeting which was aimed at improving the health sector Dr Osahon Enabulele President of Commonwealth Medical Association in his speech said the implementation of NHA would lead to substantial improvement in health sector and ensure the health rights of Nigerians Enabulele added that the implementation would also help to improve financing of health care services towards achieving universal health coverage It will regulate standardise the quality of health infrastructure and service Human health resources are still major issues and now we have the issue of violence We still have other challenges like lack of political commitment poor funding poor budgetary allocation and poor regulations he said Dr Aliyu Sokomba NARD President noted that health practitioners have been faced with challenges especially the implementation of the NHA which resulted in poor health facilities He called on stakeholders to see to the actualisation of healthcare workers benefits from life assurance scheme We hope that this meeting will be impactful which will herald the implementation of the National Health Act he said Edited By Kabir Muhammad Ali Baba Inuwa
    Minister tasks health workers on challenges in health sector
     The Minister of Health Dr Osaghie Ehanire has urged health workers in the country to rededicate themselves towards tackling challenges in the health sector Ehanire made the call at the National Executive Council meeting of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors NARD on Thursday in Abuja The theme of the meeting was Implementation of the National Health Act NHA The Bedrock for improving the Nigerian Health Sector NHS The minister also urged health workers to join hands with government in tackling challenges in the health sector The efforts should not be left alone to the Ministry of Health or government it should be a collective one he said Speaking on the outbreak of Lassa fever in the country Ehanire said that there had been improvements in management of the disease in the country President of the Senate Mr Ahmed Lawan assured that the National Assembly would collaborate with the Ministry to ensure immediate implementation of NHA Lawan represented by the Chairman Senate Committee on Health Dr Ibrahim Oloriegbe urged Nigerian doctors to work hard towards enhanced service delivery He commended NARD for being consistent in holding its NEC meeting which was aimed at improving the health sector Dr Osahon Enabulele President of Commonwealth Medical Association in his speech said the implementation of NHA would lead to substantial improvement in health sector and ensure the health rights of Nigerians Enabulele added that the implementation would also help to improve financing of health care services towards achieving universal health coverage It will regulate standardise the quality of health infrastructure and service Human health resources are still major issues and now we have the issue of violence We still have other challenges like lack of political commitment poor funding poor budgetary allocation and poor regulations he said Dr Aliyu Sokomba NARD President noted that health practitioners have been faced with challenges especially the implementation of the NHA which resulted in poor health facilities He called on stakeholders to see to the actualisation of healthcare workers benefits from life assurance scheme We hope that this meeting will be impactful which will herald the implementation of the National Health Act he said Edited By Kabir Muhammad Ali Baba Inuwa
    Minister tasks health workers on challenges in health sector
    Health3 years ago

    Minister tasks health workers on challenges in health sector

    The Minister of Health, Dr Osaghie Ehanire, has urged health workers in the country to rededicate themselves towards tackling challenges in the health sector.

    Ehanire made the call at the National Executive Council meeting of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), on Thursday in Abuja.

    The theme of the meeting was: “Implementation of the National Health Act (NHA): The Bedrock for improving the Nigerian Health Sector (NHS).’’

    The minister also urged health workers to join hands with government in tackling challenges in the health sector.

    “The efforts should not be left alone to the Ministry of Health or government, it should be a collective one,’’ he said.

    Speaking on the outbreak of Lassa fever in the country, Ehanire said that there had been improvements in management of the disease in the country.

    President of the Senate, Mr Ahmed Lawan, assured that the National Assembly would collaborate with the Ministry to ensure immediate implementation of NHA.

    Lawan, represented by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Dr Ibrahim Oloriegbe, urged Nigerian doctors to work hard towards enhanced service delivery.

    He commended NARD for being consistent in holding its NEC meeting which was aimed at improving the health sector.

    Dr Osahon Enabulele, President of Commonwealth Medical Association, in his speech said the implementation of NHA would lead to substantial improvement in health sector and ensure the health rights of Nigerians.

    Enabulele added that the implementation would also help to improve financing of health care services towards achieving universal health coverage.

    “It will regulate, standardise the quality of health infrastructure and service.

    “Human health resources are still major issues and now we have the issue of violence.

    “We still have other challenges like lack of political commitment, poor funding, poor budgetary allocation and poor regulations,’’ he said.

    Dr Aliyu Sokomba, NARD President, noted that health practitioners have been faced with challenges, especially the implementation of the NHA which resulted in poor health facilities.

    He called on stakeholders to see to the actualisation of healthcare workers benefits from life assurance scheme.

    “We hope that this meeting will be impactful which will herald the implementation of the National Health Act,” he said.


    Edited By: Kabir Muhammad/Ali Baba-Inuwa

     

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