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  •  Dr Ibrahim Oloriegbe the Chairman Senate Committee on Health says National Assembly NASS is committed to achieving Universal Health Coverage UCH by supporting a Legal Framework on State Health Insurance Scheme UHC is the ability of people and communities to use promotive preventive curative rehabilitative and palliative health services they need while also ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship Oloriegbe made this known at the launch of Nigeria 2020 The Year of the Nurse and Midwife on Wednesday at Gwagwalada FCT organised by Nigerian Nurses Charitable Association UK NNCAUK Represented by Mr Tajudeen Arowolo his Senior Legislative Aide Oloriegbe said that NASS had passed the National Health Insurance Commission Bill adding that we are working to put the country on the path of achieving UHC which means we do not only need to spend more on health but to spend better on it Lawmakers have huge task toward ensuring that existing policy on health such as the Basic Health Care Provision Fund BHCPF is implemented in such a way that would be of benefit to the poor There had been subsequent appropriation for BHCPF in addition to appropriation for Equity Fund in many states he said In his remarks Dr Olorunimbe Mamora Minister for State for Health said the declaration of 2020 by World Health Organisation WHO as Year of Nurses and Midwives was timely Mamora who was represented by Dr Bola Olowu the Director of Diaspora Department Federal Ministry of Health said that the declaration was significant when considered in the context of strengthening nursing and midwifery for efficient UHC To live up to this expectation members of this noble profession need to carry out detailed self assessment and chart a more progressive path for the profession he said In her address Mrs Abike Dabiri Erewa the Chairman Chief Executive Officer Nigerians in Diaspora Commission NiDCOM said Nigerian medical practitioners were the best in the world She added that Nigerians are hardworking and the best in the world a country of talented people whether we are here or in Diaspora According to her medical practitioners both at home and abroad collaborate to contribute their quota to support the efforts of Federal Government In his remarks Mr Faruk Abubakar the Secretary General Registrar Midwifery Council of Nigeria said the council was working toward building the capacity of nurses and midwives in the country Abubakar said one of the challenges in the profession was the concentration of nurses in cities while rural areas were abandoned He added that the council was working on a policy to recruit indigenes from rural areas and be deployed there to ensure balance in the number of nurses and midwives in the country Ms Wendy Olayiwola Odutola the President of NNCAUK said the association would help in building capacity of some selected nurses in the country starting from the FCT Olayiwola said that some members of the association were in Nigeria to exchange knowledge and to transfer skills to their counterpart She noted that it was also an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and successes of the professionals and also proffer solutions to their challenges The theme of the ceremony is Nurses and Midwives Time for Turnaround The event was organised by NNCAUK in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Health NiDCOM and University of Abuja Teaching Hospital No fewer than 200 nurses and midwifery leaders attended the ceremony Edited By Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu
    NASS committed to achieving Universal Health Coverage — Oloriegbe
     Dr Ibrahim Oloriegbe the Chairman Senate Committee on Health says National Assembly NASS is committed to achieving Universal Health Coverage UCH by supporting a Legal Framework on State Health Insurance Scheme UHC is the ability of people and communities to use promotive preventive curative rehabilitative and palliative health services they need while also ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship Oloriegbe made this known at the launch of Nigeria 2020 The Year of the Nurse and Midwife on Wednesday at Gwagwalada FCT organised by Nigerian Nurses Charitable Association UK NNCAUK Represented by Mr Tajudeen Arowolo his Senior Legislative Aide Oloriegbe said that NASS had passed the National Health Insurance Commission Bill adding that we are working to put the country on the path of achieving UHC which means we do not only need to spend more on health but to spend better on it Lawmakers have huge task toward ensuring that existing policy on health such as the Basic Health Care Provision Fund BHCPF is implemented in such a way that would be of benefit to the poor There had been subsequent appropriation for BHCPF in addition to appropriation for Equity Fund in many states he said In his remarks Dr Olorunimbe Mamora Minister for State for Health said the declaration of 2020 by World Health Organisation WHO as Year of Nurses and Midwives was timely Mamora who was represented by Dr Bola Olowu the Director of Diaspora Department Federal Ministry of Health said that the declaration was significant when considered in the context of strengthening nursing and midwifery for efficient UHC To live up to this expectation members of this noble profession need to carry out detailed self assessment and chart a more progressive path for the profession he said In her address Mrs Abike Dabiri Erewa the Chairman Chief Executive Officer Nigerians in Diaspora Commission NiDCOM said Nigerian medical practitioners were the best in the world She added that Nigerians are hardworking and the best in the world a country of talented people whether we are here or in Diaspora According to her medical practitioners both at home and abroad collaborate to contribute their quota to support the efforts of Federal Government In his remarks Mr Faruk Abubakar the Secretary General Registrar Midwifery Council of Nigeria said the council was working toward building the capacity of nurses and midwives in the country Abubakar said one of the challenges in the profession was the concentration of nurses in cities while rural areas were abandoned He added that the council was working on a policy to recruit indigenes from rural areas and be deployed there to ensure balance in the number of nurses and midwives in the country Ms Wendy Olayiwola Odutola the President of NNCAUK said the association would help in building capacity of some selected nurses in the country starting from the FCT Olayiwola said that some members of the association were in Nigeria to exchange knowledge and to transfer skills to their counterpart She noted that it was also an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and successes of the professionals and also proffer solutions to their challenges The theme of the ceremony is Nurses and Midwives Time for Turnaround The event was organised by NNCAUK in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Health NiDCOM and University of Abuja Teaching Hospital No fewer than 200 nurses and midwifery leaders attended the ceremony Edited By Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu
    NASS committed to achieving Universal Health Coverage — Oloriegbe
    Health3 years ago

    NASS committed to achieving Universal Health Coverage — Oloriegbe

    Dr Ibrahim Oloriegbe, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, says National Assembly (NASS) is committed to achieving Universal Health Coverage (UCH) by supporting a Legal Framework on State Health Insurance Scheme.

    UHC is the ability of people and communities to use promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative health services they need while also ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship.

    Oloriegbe made this known at the launch of “Nigeria 2020: The Year of the Nurse and Midwife” on Wednesday at Gwagwalada, FCT, organised by Nigerian Nurses Charitable Association- UK (NNCAUK).

    Represented by Mr Tajudeen Arowolo, his Senior Legislative Aide, Oloriegbe said that NASS had passed the National Health Insurance Commission Bill, adding that “we are working to put the country on the path of achieving UHC, which means we do not only need to spend more on health, but to spend better on it.

    “Lawmakers have huge task toward ensuring that existing policy on health, such as the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) is implemented in such a way that would be of benefit to the poor.

    “There had been subsequent appropriation for BHCPF in addition to appropriation for Equity Fund in many states,’’ he said.

    In his remarks, Dr Olorunimbe Mamora, Minister for State for Health, said the declaration of 2020 by World Health Organisation (WHO) as Year of Nurses and Midwives was timely.

    Mamora, who was represented by Dr Bola Olowu, the Director of Diaspora Department, Federal Ministry of Health, said that the declaration was significant when considered in the context of strengthening nursing and midwifery for efficient UHC.

    “To live up to this expectation, members of this noble profession need to carry out detailed self-assessment and chart a more progressive path for the profession,’’ he said.

    In her address, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), said Nigerian medical practitioners were the best in the world.

    She added that “Nigerians are hardworking, and the best in the world: a country of talented people whether we are here or in Diaspora.”

    According to her, medical practitioners both at home and abroad collaborate to contribute their quota to support the efforts of Federal Government.

    In his remarks, Mr Faruk Abubakar, the Secretary General/ Registrar, Midwifery Council of Nigeria, said the council was working toward building the capacity of nurses and midwives in the country.

    Abubakar said one of the challenges in the profession was the concentration of nurses in cities, while rural areas were abandoned.

    He added that the council was working on a policy to recruit indigenes from rural areas and be deployed there to ensure balance in the number of nurses and midwives in the country.

    Ms Wendy Olayiwola-Odutola, the President of NNCAUK, said the association would help in building capacity of some selected nurses in the country, starting from the FCT.

    Olayiwola said that some members of the association were in Nigeria to exchange knowledge and to transfer skills to their counterpart.

    She noted that it was also an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and successes of the professionals and also proffer solutions to their challenges.

    The theme of the ceremony is “Nurses and Midwives: Time for Turnaround.”

    The event was organised by NNCAUK in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Health, NiDCOM and University of Abuja Teaching Hospital.

    No fewer than 200 nurses and midwifery leaders attended the ceremony.


    Edited By: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu

     

  •  The Senate is making efforts to draft and pass a bill for the establishment of National Agency for the Control of Hepatitis NACH Chairman Senate Committee on Health Dr Ibrahim Oloriegbe said He made the disclosure at the 5th edition of Mike Omotosho Annual Lecture with the theme Achieveing Zero Hepatitis held on Tuesday in Abuja Hepatitis refers to an inflammatory condition of the liver commonly caused by viral infection but there are other possible causes of the disease These include autoimmune hepatitis and hepatitis that occurs as secondary result of medications drugs toxins and alcohol The chairman therefore stressed the need for increased awareness to educate Nigerians on the need to go for screening and for early medication He said the Senate is taking steps to totally eradicate Hepatitis in the country According to him five health committees in the Senate and House of Representatives had earlier formulated the Legislative Health Agenda as regards an innovative approach to set the direction for legislative contribution to healthcare reform in the country He explained that the establishment of NACH would help to halt the transmission and eradicate Hepatitis in the country before 2030 He reiterated the determination of the Senate to stop the transmission of viral hepatitis and to make it to assume front burner position in public health disease control efforts like the control of HIV He said we shall work to draft and pass the bill for the establishment of National Agency for the Control of Hepatitis in Nigeria The committee chairman noted that the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly NASS would ensure the review and passage of the National Blood Transfusion Bill which would enhance safety of transfused blood in patients He explained that because blood transfusion is one of the common modes of transmission of viral hepatitis in Nigeria we are going to ensure the review and passage of this bill This will ensure enhanced safety of transfused blood and emergency medical surgical obstetric and gynaecological outcomes in Nigeria Oloriegbe noted that other areas that would be pursued to ensure health policy reforms and attainment of Universal Health Coverage include National Health Insurance Commission Bill State Health Insurance Scheme SHIS Others are National Health Act NAFDAC Amendment Bill and Internally Generated Revenue IGR of tertiary health institutions bill On his part the Convener of the event Dr Mike Omotosho a Pharmacist and Philanthropist said it was necessary to educate Nigerians about the dangers of the disease He said it was sad that a huge number of Nigerians were living with the disease but were not aware noting that Hepatitis is a silent killer with mundane and similar symptoms as ordinary flu worst still there may not be symptoms at all Omotosho who is also the President of the Nigerian Hepatitis Zero Commission says the responsibility of the commission is to ensure zero transmission of the disease in Nigeria by 2030 He emphasised the need for Nigerians to get talking get tested get vaccinated and get treated Dr Austin Uhumwangho a Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist University of Abuja Teaching Hospital Gwagwalada also stressed the need for Nigerians to know their Hepatitis status to prevent complications Uhumwangho said that symptoms of the disease were usually minimal until it gets to a devastating stage affecting the liver and causing other complications Dr Chizoba Wonodi the Country Director International Vaccine Access Centre said that Hepatitis B is vaccine preventable while Hepatitis C can be cured and urged all to go for screening for early detection and treatment She emphasised that the vaccine would help to ensure a hepatitis free society and other complications like liver cancer that might arise from it Nigeria News Agency reports that participants at the lecture availed themselves of the free screening and vaccines for Hepatitis B and C Edited by Remi Koleoso Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu
    Senate proposes establishment of National Agency for Control of Hepatitis
     The Senate is making efforts to draft and pass a bill for the establishment of National Agency for the Control of Hepatitis NACH Chairman Senate Committee on Health Dr Ibrahim Oloriegbe said He made the disclosure at the 5th edition of Mike Omotosho Annual Lecture with the theme Achieveing Zero Hepatitis held on Tuesday in Abuja Hepatitis refers to an inflammatory condition of the liver commonly caused by viral infection but there are other possible causes of the disease These include autoimmune hepatitis and hepatitis that occurs as secondary result of medications drugs toxins and alcohol The chairman therefore stressed the need for increased awareness to educate Nigerians on the need to go for screening and for early medication He said the Senate is taking steps to totally eradicate Hepatitis in the country According to him five health committees in the Senate and House of Representatives had earlier formulated the Legislative Health Agenda as regards an innovative approach to set the direction for legislative contribution to healthcare reform in the country He explained that the establishment of NACH would help to halt the transmission and eradicate Hepatitis in the country before 2030 He reiterated the determination of the Senate to stop the transmission of viral hepatitis and to make it to assume front burner position in public health disease control efforts like the control of HIV He said we shall work to draft and pass the bill for the establishment of National Agency for the Control of Hepatitis in Nigeria The committee chairman noted that the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly NASS would ensure the review and passage of the National Blood Transfusion Bill which would enhance safety of transfused blood in patients He explained that because blood transfusion is one of the common modes of transmission of viral hepatitis in Nigeria we are going to ensure the review and passage of this bill This will ensure enhanced safety of transfused blood and emergency medical surgical obstetric and gynaecological outcomes in Nigeria Oloriegbe noted that other areas that would be pursued to ensure health policy reforms and attainment of Universal Health Coverage include National Health Insurance Commission Bill State Health Insurance Scheme SHIS Others are National Health Act NAFDAC Amendment Bill and Internally Generated Revenue IGR of tertiary health institutions bill On his part the Convener of the event Dr Mike Omotosho a Pharmacist and Philanthropist said it was necessary to educate Nigerians about the dangers of the disease He said it was sad that a huge number of Nigerians were living with the disease but were not aware noting that Hepatitis is a silent killer with mundane and similar symptoms as ordinary flu worst still there may not be symptoms at all Omotosho who is also the President of the Nigerian Hepatitis Zero Commission says the responsibility of the commission is to ensure zero transmission of the disease in Nigeria by 2030 He emphasised the need for Nigerians to get talking get tested get vaccinated and get treated Dr Austin Uhumwangho a Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist University of Abuja Teaching Hospital Gwagwalada also stressed the need for Nigerians to know their Hepatitis status to prevent complications Uhumwangho said that symptoms of the disease were usually minimal until it gets to a devastating stage affecting the liver and causing other complications Dr Chizoba Wonodi the Country Director International Vaccine Access Centre said that Hepatitis B is vaccine preventable while Hepatitis C can be cured and urged all to go for screening for early detection and treatment She emphasised that the vaccine would help to ensure a hepatitis free society and other complications like liver cancer that might arise from it Nigeria News Agency reports that participants at the lecture availed themselves of the free screening and vaccines for Hepatitis B and C Edited by Remi Koleoso Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu
    Senate proposes establishment of National Agency for Control of Hepatitis
    Health3 years ago

    Senate proposes establishment of National Agency for Control of Hepatitis

    The Senate is making efforts to draft and pass a bill for the establishment of National Agency for the Control of Hepatitis (NACH), Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Dr Ibrahim Oloriegbe, said.He made the disclosure at the 5th edition of Mike Omotosho Annual Lecture with the theme “Achieveing Zero Hepatitis” held on Tuesday in Abuja.Hepatitis refers to an inflammatory condition of the liver, commonly caused by viral infection, but there are other possible causes of the disease.These include autoimmune hepatitis and hepatitis that occurs as secondary result of medications, drugs, toxins, and alcohol.The chairman, therefore, stressed the need for increased awareness to educate Nigerians on the need to go for screening and for early medication.He said “the Senate is taking steps to totally eradicate Hepatitis in the country.”According to him, five health committees in the Senate and House of Representatives had earlier formulated the Legislative Health Agenda as regards an innovative approach to set the direction for legislative contribution to healthcare reform in the country.He explained that the establishment of NACH would help to halt the transmission and eradicate Hepatitis in the country before 2030.He reiterated the determination of the Senate to stop the transmission of viral hepatitis and to make it to assume front burner position in public health disease control efforts like the control of HIV.He said “we shall work to draft and pass the bill for the establishment of National Agency for the Control of Hepatitis in Nigeria.”The committee chairman noted that the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly (NASS) would ensure the review and passage of the National Blood Transfusion Bill, which would enhance safety of transfused blood in patients.He explained that “because blood transfusion is one of the common modes of transmission of viral hepatitis in Nigeria, we are going to ensure the review and passage of this bill.“This will ensure enhanced safety of transfused blood and emergency medical, surgical, obstetric and gynaecological outcomes in Nigeria.”Oloriegbe noted that other areas that would be pursued to ensure health policy reforms and attainment of Universal Health Coverage include; National Health Insurance Commission Bill, State Health Insurance Scheme (SHIS).Others are; National Health Act, NAFDAC Amendment Bill and Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of tertiary health institutions bill.On his part, the Convener of the event, Dr Mike Omotosho, a Pharmacist and Philanthropist, said it was necessary to educate Nigerians about the dangers of the disease.He said it was sad that a huge number of Nigerians were living with the disease but were not aware, noting that “Hepatitis is a silent killer with mundane and similar symptoms as ordinary flu, worst still there may not be symptoms at all.’’Omotosho, who is also the President of the Nigerian Hepatitis Zero Commission, says the responsibility of the commission is to ensure zero transmission of the disease in Nigeria by 2030.He emphasised the need for Nigerians to “get talking, get tested, get vaccinated and get treated.’’Dr Austin Uhumwangho, a Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital Gwagwalada, also stressed the need for Nigerians to know their Hepatitis status to prevent complications.Uhumwangho said that “symptoms of the disease were usually minimal, until it gets to a devastating stage, affecting the liver and causing other complications.”Dr Chizoba Wonodi, the Country Director, International Vaccine Access Centre, said that Hepatitis B is vaccine-preventable, while Hepatitis C can be cured, and urged all to go for screening for early detection and treatment.She emphasised that the vaccine would help to ensure a hepatitis-free society and other complications like liver cancer that might arise from it.Nigeria News Agency reports that participants at the lecture availed themselves of the free screening and vaccines for Hepatitis B and C.Edited by: Remi Koleoso/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu

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