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  •   By Eyong Ebai General Manager Sub Saharan Africa GE Healthcare www GEHealthcare in The tremendous commitment activity and positive results that have emerged from the Africa Health ExCon recently held in Cairo Egypt reflect a moment of opportunity broader as the stars align to drive the development of health care infrastructure in sub Saharan Africa At the event we saw the meeting of multilateral financing entities non profit organizations governments private health care providers groups of civil society and financial institutions with a shared vision and commitment to health care development on the continent That momentum is limiting headwinds from the Covid pandemic and government financial constraints global inflation logistics bottlenecks and complementing tailwinds found in tremendous financial commitments from development agencies Institutions such as the Islamic Development Bank the World Bank the African Development Bank and the African Export Import Bank have made significant allocations of concessional loans and grants amounting to billions of dollars to help expand healthcare infrastructure to communities around the world continent Government action At the same time government initiatives in key markets are expanding and some are already bearing fruit with the construction of intensive care units the development and renovation of secondary public hospitals and the construction of specialized hospitals This reflects a commitment to implementing a world class multi tier healthcare infrastructure across the public and private sectors This approach recognizes primary health care as the critical enabling platform for delivering better patient care Digitization Digitization is an exciting trend that is helping to expand access and quality of healthcare This has now gained much wider and faster acceptance as seen in the Covid era It s helping us communicate faster with clients which in turn means faster action on project approvals implementation and completion Even more importantly digitizing healthcare infrastructure means bringing expertise and resources to patients and communities that previously might not have had those resources available another important source of better patient outcomes in rural areas Cross Border Growth Another component of regional optimism is the rise of private health care groups looking to expand across borders We are seeing a proliferation of African healthcare groups bringing their expertise to other countries on the continent Companies from Egypt the GCC and South Africa are setting up new facilities or acquiring existing entities in countries such as Nigeria Uganda Rwanda Ghana Zambia and Kenya Localization Supports Healthcare Ambitions GE Healthcare is the only international provider of healthcare technology with a 50 year history and continent wide presence in Africa We are well positioned to support public and private sector clients as they complete their health care priorities With our local teams and decades of experience we understand the nuances challenges and solutions required to unlock and engage local and global healthcare ecosystems With more than 1 000 GE Healthcare employees on the continent and up to 95 of them from the local communities we serve we have a deeply localized ecosystem of sales managers field engineers and specialists working to world class standards world to provide technologies that help physicians identify diseases earlier and expand treatment options The result is faster diagnosis and treatment whether in district hospitals or specialized centers which translates into better outcomes and less intensive and more sustainable demand on health systems At the same time when needed we can leverage our global centers of excellence to access global experts Technological Leap An important aspect of this drive is that we have an opportunity to leapfrog health care technologies to reach more mature markets Rather than a step by step approach from X ray to MRI to CT to PET CT to on site cyclotrons countries in Africa can jump straight to the most advanced care technologies with all the benefits it offers patients and providers GEHC Supports the HC Ecosystem With all that is happening in the industry it is important to recognize both globally and in Africa that no one can build the future of healthcare alone GE Healthcare is helping customers bring together all the key players in the healthcare ecosystem including finance and development agencies commercial banks multi lateral financial institutions project managers architects contractors and technology providers This is crucial because while money is becoming more readily available connecting capital and providers remains a challenge We help by supporting suppliers with feasibility studies and business plans to make projects bankable Keeping the momentum going As the Africa Health ExCon showed this is a really exciting time to be in the health industry in Africa With all the key players from governments development banks private players and international technology providers like GE Healthcare working in the same direction the opportunity to transform healthcare in Africa has never been closer Let us build on the momentum of the Cairo event to provide healthcare infrastructure in Africa that can produce a brighter world for all its citizens
    The stars are aligned: now is the time to transform health care in sub-Saharan Africa (by Eyong Ebai)
      By Eyong Ebai General Manager Sub Saharan Africa GE Healthcare www GEHealthcare in The tremendous commitment activity and positive results that have emerged from the Africa Health ExCon recently held in Cairo Egypt reflect a moment of opportunity broader as the stars align to drive the development of health care infrastructure in sub Saharan Africa At the event we saw the meeting of multilateral financing entities non profit organizations governments private health care providers groups of civil society and financial institutions with a shared vision and commitment to health care development on the continent That momentum is limiting headwinds from the Covid pandemic and government financial constraints global inflation logistics bottlenecks and complementing tailwinds found in tremendous financial commitments from development agencies Institutions such as the Islamic Development Bank the World Bank the African Development Bank and the African Export Import Bank have made significant allocations of concessional loans and grants amounting to billions of dollars to help expand healthcare infrastructure to communities around the world continent Government action At the same time government initiatives in key markets are expanding and some are already bearing fruit with the construction of intensive care units the development and renovation of secondary public hospitals and the construction of specialized hospitals This reflects a commitment to implementing a world class multi tier healthcare infrastructure across the public and private sectors This approach recognizes primary health care as the critical enabling platform for delivering better patient care Digitization Digitization is an exciting trend that is helping to expand access and quality of healthcare This has now gained much wider and faster acceptance as seen in the Covid era It s helping us communicate faster with clients which in turn means faster action on project approvals implementation and completion Even more importantly digitizing healthcare infrastructure means bringing expertise and resources to patients and communities that previously might not have had those resources available another important source of better patient outcomes in rural areas Cross Border Growth Another component of regional optimism is the rise of private health care groups looking to expand across borders We are seeing a proliferation of African healthcare groups bringing their expertise to other countries on the continent Companies from Egypt the GCC and South Africa are setting up new facilities or acquiring existing entities in countries such as Nigeria Uganda Rwanda Ghana Zambia and Kenya Localization Supports Healthcare Ambitions GE Healthcare is the only international provider of healthcare technology with a 50 year history and continent wide presence in Africa We are well positioned to support public and private sector clients as they complete their health care priorities With our local teams and decades of experience we understand the nuances challenges and solutions required to unlock and engage local and global healthcare ecosystems With more than 1 000 GE Healthcare employees on the continent and up to 95 of them from the local communities we serve we have a deeply localized ecosystem of sales managers field engineers and specialists working to world class standards world to provide technologies that help physicians identify diseases earlier and expand treatment options The result is faster diagnosis and treatment whether in district hospitals or specialized centers which translates into better outcomes and less intensive and more sustainable demand on health systems At the same time when needed we can leverage our global centers of excellence to access global experts Technological Leap An important aspect of this drive is that we have an opportunity to leapfrog health care technologies to reach more mature markets Rather than a step by step approach from X ray to MRI to CT to PET CT to on site cyclotrons countries in Africa can jump straight to the most advanced care technologies with all the benefits it offers patients and providers GEHC Supports the HC Ecosystem With all that is happening in the industry it is important to recognize both globally and in Africa that no one can build the future of healthcare alone GE Healthcare is helping customers bring together all the key players in the healthcare ecosystem including finance and development agencies commercial banks multi lateral financial institutions project managers architects contractors and technology providers This is crucial because while money is becoming more readily available connecting capital and providers remains a challenge We help by supporting suppliers with feasibility studies and business plans to make projects bankable Keeping the momentum going As the Africa Health ExCon showed this is a really exciting time to be in the health industry in Africa With all the key players from governments development banks private players and international technology providers like GE Healthcare working in the same direction the opportunity to transform healthcare in Africa has never been closer Let us build on the momentum of the Cairo event to provide healthcare infrastructure in Africa that can produce a brighter world for all its citizens
    The stars are aligned: now is the time to transform health care in sub-Saharan Africa (by Eyong Ebai)
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    The stars are aligned: now is the time to transform health care in sub-Saharan Africa (by Eyong Ebai)

    By Eyong Ebai, General Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa, GE Healthcare (www.GEHealthcare.in) The tremendous commitment, activity, and positive results that have emerged from the Africa Health ExCon ​​recently held in Cairo, Egypt, reflect a moment of opportunity broader as the stars align to drive the development of health care infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa At the event, we saw the meeting of multilateral financing entities, non-profit organizations, governments, private health care providers, groups of civil society and financial institutions with a shared vision and commitment to health care.

    development on the continent.

    That momentum is limiting headwinds from the Covid pandemic and government financial constraints, global inflation, logistics bottlenecks, and complementing tailwinds found in tremendous financial commitments from development agencies.

    Institutions such as the Islamic Development Bank, the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the African Export-Import Bank have made significant allocations of concessional loans and grants, amounting to billions of dollars, to help expand healthcare infrastructure to communities around the world.

    continent.

    Government action At the same time, government initiatives in key markets are expanding, and some are already bearing fruit with the construction of intensive care units, the development and renovation of secondary public hospitals, and the construction of specialized hospitals.

    This reflects a commitment to implementing a world-class, multi-tier healthcare infrastructure across the public and private sectors.

    This approach recognizes primary health care as the critical enabling platform for delivering better patient care.

    Digitization Digitization is an exciting trend that is helping to expand access and quality of healthcare.

    This has now gained much wider and faster acceptance as seen in the Covid era.

    It's helping us communicate faster with clients, which in turn means faster action on project approvals, implementation and completion.

    Even more importantly, digitizing healthcare infrastructure means bringing expertise and resources to patients and communities that previously might not have had those resources available—another important source of better patient outcomes in rural areas.

    Cross-Border Growth Another component of regional optimism is the rise of private health care groups looking to expand across borders.

    We are seeing a proliferation of African healthcare groups bringing their expertise to other countries on the continent.

    Companies from Egypt, the GCC and South Africa are setting up new facilities or acquiring existing entities in countries such as Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, Ghana, Zambia and Kenya.

    Localization Supports Healthcare Ambitions GE Healthcare is the only international provider of healthcare technology with a 50-year history and continent-wide presence in Africa.

    We are well positioned to support public and private sector clients as they complete their health care priorities.

    With our local teams and decades of experience, we understand the nuances, challenges and solutions required to unlock and engage local and global healthcare ecosystems.

    With more than 1,000 GE Healthcare employees on the continent, and up to 95% of them from the local communities we serve, we have a deeply localized ecosystem of sales managers, field engineers, and specialists working to world-class standards.

    world to provide technologies that help physicians identify diseases earlier and expand treatment options.

    The result is faster diagnosis and treatment, whether in district hospitals or specialized centers, which translates into better outcomes and less intensive and more sustainable demand on health systems.

    At the same time, when needed, we can leverage our global centers of excellence to access global experts.

    Technological Leap An important aspect of this drive is that we have an opportunity to leapfrog health care technologies to reach more mature markets.

    Rather than a step-by-step approach from X-ray to MRI to CT to PET/CT to on-site cyclotrons, countries in Africa can jump straight to the most advanced care technologies, with all the benefits it offers, patients and providers .

    GEHC Supports the HC Ecosystem With all that is happening in the industry, it is important to recognize, both globally and in Africa, that no one can build the future of healthcare alone.

    GE Healthcare is helping customers bring together all the key players in the healthcare ecosystem, including finance and development agencies, commercial banks, multi-lateral financial institutions, project managers, architects, contractors and technology providers.

    This is crucial, because while money is becoming more readily available, connecting capital and providers remains a challenge.

    We help by supporting suppliers with feasibility studies and business plans to make projects bankable.

    Keeping the momentum going As the Africa Health ExCon ​​showed, this is a really exciting time to be in the health industry in Africa.

    With all the key players, from governments, development banks, private players and international technology providers like GE Healthcare, working in the same direction, the opportunity to transform healthcare in Africa has never been closer.

    Let us build on the momentum of the Cairo event to provide healthcare infrastructure in Africa that can produce a brighter world for all its citizens.

  •   Football Kings of West Coast Football Kings of West Coast By Chukwuemeka Opara News Agency of Nigeria Nigerian soccer fans direly needed succour when the Super Eagles bungled a veritable opportunity to appear in its seventh World Cup final in Qatar The Eagles disastrously drew 1 1 with the Black Stars of Ghana in Abuja on March 29 in one of the African playoffs for the November 2022 mundial The team had drawn 0 0 with the Ghanians four days earlier in Kumasi thereby eliminated on the infamous away goals rule The fans were aghast with those inside the Moshood Abiola Stadium Abuja going berserk They destroyed stadium facilities and anger was palpable across the nation After darkness comes light as the old adage goes But there seemed to be no light at the end of this tunnel The distraught fans needed succour The Eagles next engagements were two international friendlies against World Cup bound Mexico and Ecuador in the United States of America in May and AFCON 2023 qualifiers against Sierra Leone and Sao Tome in June There were however two sub regional youth competitions in between The West African Football Union WAFU Zone B U 17 and U 20 championships In this two competitions to be hosted in Niamey Niger Republic and Cape Coast Ghana respectively the two finalists would qualify for the African U 20 and U 17 championships in 2023 These were competitions of lesser magnitude but to an average Nigerian football fan every victory mattered The question sprouted Would the Flying Eagles and Golden Eaglets be ready The apprehension was somewhat confirmed The Flying Eagles only resumed camping with barely three weeks to the competition in May Coach Ladan Bosso hurriedly invited players to camp He lamented the shortness of the preparatory period but vowed to present a team which would spring surprises Coach Nduka Ugbade also lamented but made the same promise on the Golden Eaglets To the average Nigeria fan the preparatory period was too short for both teams to make impact The interest waned The Flying Eagles however kicked off the competition in Niamey with a 2 0 spanking of defending champions Ghana on May 8 The team drew 2 2 with Burkina Faso to qualify for the semi finals where it beat an enterprising Ivorian team 2 1 to qualify for the final This final qualification also earned it a berth at the African U 20 championships in Egypt in 2023 The team outclassed Benin Republic 3 1 in the final to win the competition The triumph took many fans by surprise Joy was restored even if on a minute scale The wish was for the Golden Eaglets to follow suit in June The joy could perhaps be restored in full The Eaglets fortunately took the cue and took the WAFU Zone B U 17 competition by storm The team on June 11 whitewashed hosts Ghana 4 2 It defeated Togo 3 1 to qualify for the semifinal where it humbled Cote d Ivoire 3 1 The team sensationally beat a stubborn Burkina Faso 2 1 in the final to win the competition Thus the new kings of the West African sub region football had emerged The News Agency of Nigeria sought the views of football fans in Ebonyi on both teams and steps to be taken by relevant authorities to ensure that the kingship extends to the African continent and perhaps the world Chaka Nweze Pioneer Secretary of the All Progressives Congress APC in Ebonyi congratulated the Golden Eaglets for the feat noting that they duly followed the footsteps of their immediate seniors the Flying Eagles Nweze also former Chairman of Ohaozara Local Goverment Area of the state said the victories of both teams showed that the astute can do spirit of Nigerians always stand them out among their peers Nweze said both teams showed astuteness in their resolve to win the competitions right from the preparations I watched the Flying Eagles training in Abuja before the competition Despite the short period of preparation they showed tenacity to succeed One could see aggression commitment and efficacy in their approach They dismembered teams they played in their trial matches The team continued from where it stopped at the competition proper and beat all opponents to emerge champions he said The soccer enthusiast said that the Golden Eaglets had a similar experience that was even more precarious Bosso had the luxury of picking more established players for the Flying Eagles but Ugbade had the challenge of raising a team from a pool of rookies who are in schools and academies Ugbade who captained the Eaglets to win the inaugural FIFA Kodak U 16 World Cup in 1985 also contended with the initial setback of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRI Most of his first team players reportedly failed the MRI scan and he had to raise a formidable team within such a short period he said The former Super Eagles fullback still raised a team which tore opponents to tatters in the trial matches and in the regional championship in Ghana Nweze noted He advised coaches of both teams to sustain such domineering posture when they compete at the CAF and world championships Brendan Okafor a football historian also commended both teams for their splendid performances at the sub regional competitions and urged them to follow the steps of their predecessors who reigned in the continent and in the world Okafor recalled that the national youth teams which dominated the sub region in respective competitions in the past also did so in continental and world competitions The Flying Eagles that won bronze at the World Youth Championship in 1985 were the best in the sub region and won the African Youth Championship The competition was then contested on a home and away basis The 1989 set to the competition also won the African championship then called the Tessema Cup and gallantly lost to Portugal in the final of the World Youth Championship in Saudi Arabia The 2005 set also conquered Africa en route another silver medal win at the World Youth Championship in Holland The Golden Eaglets squad that took the world by storm and won the inaugural FIFA U 16 World Cup in China in 1985 were the best in Africa So also were the squads which also conquered the world in Japan 1993 South Korea 2007 United Arab Emirates 2013 and Chile 2015 he said Okafor advised that just as the above mentioned successful teams the coaches should retain the bulk of the players who ruled the sub region We floundered in the past when teams were disbanded or their blending arrangements distorted before major competitions The Flying Eagles and Golden Eaglets coaches must had noticed areas of weakness and should strengthen the affected departments in their teams They must ensure that the players who would be drafted to fortify the teams are better than the ones they are replacing There should be no place for quota system in the set ups The best players no matter their geo political inclinations should be selected Undue interferences from political and related interests should be jettisoned he said Martin Agunanne former Rangers International Feeders team player praised the Nigerian Football Federation NFF for appointing experienced and competent coaches for both national teams Coach Ladan Bosso had garnered enough experience to assemble a formidable team Having failed with the Flying Eagles in 2007 and 2020 Bosso knew that this might be his last opportunity to impress as a national team handler He quickly set to work with the present team and with less than three weeks to the competition in Niger Republic produced a team that oozed talents from all departments Nduka Ugbade follows in the same streak He was an assistant to Manu Garba when the Eaglets conquered the world in 2013 He subsequently moved with Garba yet as assistant to the Flying Eagles in 2015 It is instructive to note that Emmanuel Amuneke who was also an assistant to Garba in 2013 went on to defend the title as the Eaglets head coach in 2015 he said Agunanne advised both coaches to monitor the players who ensured victories for their teams The period between these periods of conquests and the continental championships in 2023 is far and the players if not monitored might derail The players progress at their various clubs should be monitored to ensure that they stay fit and focused because the opposition at the continental championships would be tougher The coaches should be in steady contact with the various clubs where these players ply their trades to ensure they are ready to conquer Africa and the world The coaches should also use this free period to scout for players to fortify areas of deficiency and not to distort the laid down team building process he said Mrs Jane Ofoke a teacher and football enthusiast called for prayers and adequate support for both teams as they represent the hope of happiness Between the World Cup qualification ouster and the recent floundering of the Super Falcons in the recently concluded African Women Cup of Nations AWCON in Morocco football fans had been disillusioned over our teams performances Successes in the African U 20 and U 17 championships in 2023 will bring joy to Nigerians and keep the country in good stead of credible performances at both world championships The players need prayers to maintain their current form and be free from injuries The NFF and the sports ministry should adequately motivate the players and officials A situation where the Golden Eaglets were reportedly rewarded with N40 000 for their conquest in Ghana is appalling It will not motivate the players The only motivating factor to them will be to excel at the competitions to secure lucrative deals either at home or abroad The coaches of both teams should be sent to refresher courses abroad to gain more exposure and be in tune with modern dynamics of the game Redundancy will definitely affect their abilities to compete at the continental and world levels he said Unarguably with motivation the two teams will maintain their lead as the Football Kings of the West Coast NANFeatures If used please credit the writer as well as the News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Football Kings of West Coast
      Football Kings of West Coast Football Kings of West Coast By Chukwuemeka Opara News Agency of Nigeria Nigerian soccer fans direly needed succour when the Super Eagles bungled a veritable opportunity to appear in its seventh World Cup final in Qatar The Eagles disastrously drew 1 1 with the Black Stars of Ghana in Abuja on March 29 in one of the African playoffs for the November 2022 mundial The team had drawn 0 0 with the Ghanians four days earlier in Kumasi thereby eliminated on the infamous away goals rule The fans were aghast with those inside the Moshood Abiola Stadium Abuja going berserk They destroyed stadium facilities and anger was palpable across the nation After darkness comes light as the old adage goes But there seemed to be no light at the end of this tunnel The distraught fans needed succour The Eagles next engagements were two international friendlies against World Cup bound Mexico and Ecuador in the United States of America in May and AFCON 2023 qualifiers against Sierra Leone and Sao Tome in June There were however two sub regional youth competitions in between The West African Football Union WAFU Zone B U 17 and U 20 championships In this two competitions to be hosted in Niamey Niger Republic and Cape Coast Ghana respectively the two finalists would qualify for the African U 20 and U 17 championships in 2023 These were competitions of lesser magnitude but to an average Nigerian football fan every victory mattered The question sprouted Would the Flying Eagles and Golden Eaglets be ready The apprehension was somewhat confirmed The Flying Eagles only resumed camping with barely three weeks to the competition in May Coach Ladan Bosso hurriedly invited players to camp He lamented the shortness of the preparatory period but vowed to present a team which would spring surprises Coach Nduka Ugbade also lamented but made the same promise on the Golden Eaglets To the average Nigeria fan the preparatory period was too short for both teams to make impact The interest waned The Flying Eagles however kicked off the competition in Niamey with a 2 0 spanking of defending champions Ghana on May 8 The team drew 2 2 with Burkina Faso to qualify for the semi finals where it beat an enterprising Ivorian team 2 1 to qualify for the final This final qualification also earned it a berth at the African U 20 championships in Egypt in 2023 The team outclassed Benin Republic 3 1 in the final to win the competition The triumph took many fans by surprise Joy was restored even if on a minute scale The wish was for the Golden Eaglets to follow suit in June The joy could perhaps be restored in full The Eaglets fortunately took the cue and took the WAFU Zone B U 17 competition by storm The team on June 11 whitewashed hosts Ghana 4 2 It defeated Togo 3 1 to qualify for the semifinal where it humbled Cote d Ivoire 3 1 The team sensationally beat a stubborn Burkina Faso 2 1 in the final to win the competition Thus the new kings of the West African sub region football had emerged The News Agency of Nigeria sought the views of football fans in Ebonyi on both teams and steps to be taken by relevant authorities to ensure that the kingship extends to the African continent and perhaps the world Chaka Nweze Pioneer Secretary of the All Progressives Congress APC in Ebonyi congratulated the Golden Eaglets for the feat noting that they duly followed the footsteps of their immediate seniors the Flying Eagles Nweze also former Chairman of Ohaozara Local Goverment Area of the state said the victories of both teams showed that the astute can do spirit of Nigerians always stand them out among their peers Nweze said both teams showed astuteness in their resolve to win the competitions right from the preparations I watched the Flying Eagles training in Abuja before the competition Despite the short period of preparation they showed tenacity to succeed One could see aggression commitment and efficacy in their approach They dismembered teams they played in their trial matches The team continued from where it stopped at the competition proper and beat all opponents to emerge champions he said The soccer enthusiast said that the Golden Eaglets had a similar experience that was even more precarious Bosso had the luxury of picking more established players for the Flying Eagles but Ugbade had the challenge of raising a team from a pool of rookies who are in schools and academies Ugbade who captained the Eaglets to win the inaugural FIFA Kodak U 16 World Cup in 1985 also contended with the initial setback of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRI Most of his first team players reportedly failed the MRI scan and he had to raise a formidable team within such a short period he said The former Super Eagles fullback still raised a team which tore opponents to tatters in the trial matches and in the regional championship in Ghana Nweze noted He advised coaches of both teams to sustain such domineering posture when they compete at the CAF and world championships Brendan Okafor a football historian also commended both teams for their splendid performances at the sub regional competitions and urged them to follow the steps of their predecessors who reigned in the continent and in the world Okafor recalled that the national youth teams which dominated the sub region in respective competitions in the past also did so in continental and world competitions The Flying Eagles that won bronze at the World Youth Championship in 1985 were the best in the sub region and won the African Youth Championship The competition was then contested on a home and away basis The 1989 set to the competition also won the African championship then called the Tessema Cup and gallantly lost to Portugal in the final of the World Youth Championship in Saudi Arabia The 2005 set also conquered Africa en route another silver medal win at the World Youth Championship in Holland The Golden Eaglets squad that took the world by storm and won the inaugural FIFA U 16 World Cup in China in 1985 were the best in Africa So also were the squads which also conquered the world in Japan 1993 South Korea 2007 United Arab Emirates 2013 and Chile 2015 he said Okafor advised that just as the above mentioned successful teams the coaches should retain the bulk of the players who ruled the sub region We floundered in the past when teams were disbanded or their blending arrangements distorted before major competitions The Flying Eagles and Golden Eaglets coaches must had noticed areas of weakness and should strengthen the affected departments in their teams They must ensure that the players who would be drafted to fortify the teams are better than the ones they are replacing There should be no place for quota system in the set ups The best players no matter their geo political inclinations should be selected Undue interferences from political and related interests should be jettisoned he said Martin Agunanne former Rangers International Feeders team player praised the Nigerian Football Federation NFF for appointing experienced and competent coaches for both national teams Coach Ladan Bosso had garnered enough experience to assemble a formidable team Having failed with the Flying Eagles in 2007 and 2020 Bosso knew that this might be his last opportunity to impress as a national team handler He quickly set to work with the present team and with less than three weeks to the competition in Niger Republic produced a team that oozed talents from all departments Nduka Ugbade follows in the same streak He was an assistant to Manu Garba when the Eaglets conquered the world in 2013 He subsequently moved with Garba yet as assistant to the Flying Eagles in 2015 It is instructive to note that Emmanuel Amuneke who was also an assistant to Garba in 2013 went on to defend the title as the Eaglets head coach in 2015 he said Agunanne advised both coaches to monitor the players who ensured victories for their teams The period between these periods of conquests and the continental championships in 2023 is far and the players if not monitored might derail The players progress at their various clubs should be monitored to ensure that they stay fit and focused because the opposition at the continental championships would be tougher The coaches should be in steady contact with the various clubs where these players ply their trades to ensure they are ready to conquer Africa and the world The coaches should also use this free period to scout for players to fortify areas of deficiency and not to distort the laid down team building process he said Mrs Jane Ofoke a teacher and football enthusiast called for prayers and adequate support for both teams as they represent the hope of happiness Between the World Cup qualification ouster and the recent floundering of the Super Falcons in the recently concluded African Women Cup of Nations AWCON in Morocco football fans had been disillusioned over our teams performances Successes in the African U 20 and U 17 championships in 2023 will bring joy to Nigerians and keep the country in good stead of credible performances at both world championships The players need prayers to maintain their current form and be free from injuries The NFF and the sports ministry should adequately motivate the players and officials A situation where the Golden Eaglets were reportedly rewarded with N40 000 for their conquest in Ghana is appalling It will not motivate the players The only motivating factor to them will be to excel at the competitions to secure lucrative deals either at home or abroad The coaches of both teams should be sent to refresher courses abroad to gain more exposure and be in tune with modern dynamics of the game Redundancy will definitely affect their abilities to compete at the continental and world levels he said Unarguably with motivation the two teams will maintain their lead as the Football Kings of the West Coast NANFeatures If used please credit the writer as well as the News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Football Kings of West Coast
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    Football Kings of West Coast

    Football Kings of West Coast Football Kings of West Coast   By Chukwuemeka Opara, News Agency of Nigeria   Nigerian soccer fans direly needed succour when the Super Eagles, bungled a veritable opportunity to appear in its seventh World Cup final in Qatar.  

    The Eagles disastrously drew 1-1 with the Black Stars of Ghana in Abuja on March 29, in one of the African playoffs for the November, 2022 mundial.  

    The team had drawn 0-0 with the Ghanians four days earlier in Kumasi thereby eliminated on the infamous away goals rule.

    The fans were aghast, with those inside the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja, going berserk.

    They destroyed stadium facilities and anger was palpable across the nation.  

    After darkness comes light, as the old adage goes.

    But there seemed to be no light at the end of this tunnel.

    The distraught fans needed succour.

    The Eagles next engagements were two international friendlies against World Cup bound Mexico and Ecuador in the United States of America in May and AFCON 2023 qualifiers against Sierra Leone and Sao Tome in June.   There were however two sub-regional youth competitions in between: The West African Football Union (WAFU) Zone B, U-17 and U-20 championships.

    In this two competitions to be hosted in Niamey, Niger Republic and Cape Coast, Ghana respectively, the two finalists would qualify for the African U-20 and U-17 championships in 2023.   These were competitions of lesser magnitude, but to an average Nigerian football fan, every victory mattered.

    The question sprouted: Would the Flying Eagles and Golden Eaglets be ready?  

    The apprehension was somewhat confirmed.

    The Flying Eagles only resumed camping with barely three weeks to the competition in May.  Coach Ladan Bosso hurriedly invited players to camp.

    He lamented the shortness of the preparatory period, but vowed to present a team which would spring surprises.  

    Coach Nduka Ugbade, also lamented, but made the same promise on the Golden Eaglets.

    To the average Nigeria fan, the preparatory period was too short for both teams to make impact.

    The interest waned.  

    The Flying Eagles however, kicked off the competition in Niamey with a 2-0 spanking of defending champions Ghana on May 8. The team drew 2-2 with Burkina Faso to qualify for the semi-finals, where it beat an enterprising Ivorian team 2-1 to qualify for the final.

    This final qualification also earned it a berth at the African U-20 championships in Egypt in 2023. The team outclassed Benin Republic 3-1 in the final to win the competition.  

    The triumph took many fans by surprise.

    Joy was restored even if on a minute scale.

    The wish was for the Golden Eaglets to follow suit in June. The joy could perhaps be restored in full.  

    The Eaglets fortunately took the cue and took the WAFU Zone B, U-17 competition by storm.

    The team on June 11, whitewashed hosts Ghana 4-2. It defeated Togo 3-1 to qualify for the semifinal where it humbled Cote d’ Ivoire 3-1. The team sensationally beat a stubborn Burkina Faso 2-1 in the final to win the competition.  

    Thus, the new kings of the West African sub region football had emerged.  

    The News Agency of Nigeria sought the views of football fans in Ebonyi on both teams and steps to be taken by relevant authorities to ensure that the kingship extends to the African continent and perhaps, the world.  

    Chaka Nweze, Pioneer Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi congratulated the Golden Eaglets for the feat, noting that they duly followed the footsteps of their immediate seniors, the Flying Eagles.  

    Nweze, also former Chairman of Ohaozara Local Goverment Area of the state, said the victories of both teams showed that the astute ‘can do’ spirit of Nigerians always stand them out among their peers.  

    Nweze said both teams showed astuteness in their resolve to win the competitions right from the preparations.  

    “I watched the Flying Eagles training in Abuja before the competition.

    Despite the short period of preparation, they showed tenacity to succeed.

    One could see aggression, commitment and efficacy in their approach.  

    “They dismembered teams they played in their trial matches.

    The team continued from where it stopped at the competition proper and beat all opponents to emerge champions,” he said.  

    The soccer enthusiast said that the Golden Eaglets had a similar experience that was even more precarious.

    Bosso had the luxury of picking more established players for the Flying Eagles, but Ugbade had the challenge of raising a team from a pool of rookies who are in schools and academies.  

    “Ugbade who captained the Eaglets to win the inaugural FIFA Kodak U-16 World Cup in 1985, also contended with the initial setback of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).

    Most of his first team players reportedly failed the MRI scan and he had to raise a formidable team within such a short period,” he said.  

    The former Super Eagles fullback still raised a team which tore opponents to tatters in the trial matches and in the regional championship in Ghana, Nweze noted.  

    He advised coaches of both teams to sustain such domineering posture when they compete at the CAF and world championships.  

    Brendan Okafor, a football historian, also commended both teams for their splendid performances at the sub regional competitions and urged them to follow the steps of their predecessors who reigned in the continent and in the world.  

    Okafor recalled that the national youth teams which dominated the sub region in respective competitions in the past, also did so in continental and world competitions.  

    “The Flying Eagles that won bronze at the World Youth Championship in 1985 were the best in the sub region and won the African Youth Championship.  

    “The competition was then contested on a home and away basis.

    The 1989 set to the competition also won the African championship then called the ‘Tessema Cup’ and gallantly lost to Portugal in the final of the World Youth Championship in Saudi Arabia.  

    “The 2005 set also conquered Africa en route another silver medal win at the World Youth Championship in Holland.  

    “The Golden Eaglets squad that took the world by storm and won the inaugural FIFA U-16 World Cup in China in 1985 were the best in Africa.

    So also were the squads which also conquered the world in Japan 1993, South Korea 2007, United Arab Emirates 2013 and Chile 2015,” he said.  

    Okafor advised that just as the above mentioned successful teams, the coaches should retain the bulk of the players who ruled the sub region.  

    “We floundered in the past when teams were disbanded or their blending arrangements distorted before major competitions.  

    “The Flying Eagles and Golden Eaglets coaches must had noticed areas of weakness and should strengthen the affected departments in their teams.

    They must ensure that the players who would be drafted to fortify the teams are better than the ones they are replacing.  

    “There should be no place for quota system in the set-ups.

    The best players, no matter their geo-political inclinations should be selected.

    Undue interferences from political and related interests should be jettisoned,” he said.  

    Martin Agunanne, former Rangers International Feeders team player, praised the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) for appointing experienced and competent coaches for both national teams.  

    “Coach Ladan Bosso had garnered enough experience to assemble a formidable team.

    Having failed with the Flying Eagles in 2007 and 2020, Bosso knew that this might be his last opportunity to impress as a national team handler.  

    “He quickly set to work with the present team and with less than three weeks to the competition in Niger Republic, produced a team that oozed talents from all departments.  

    “Nduka Ugbade follows in the same streak.

    He was an assistant to Manu Garba when the Eaglets conquered the world in 2013.   “He subsequently moved with Garba yet as assistant to the Flying Eagles in 2015. It is instructive to note that Emmanuel Amuneke who was also an assistant to Garba in 2013, went on to defend the title as the Eaglets head coach in 2015,” he said.  

    Agunanne advised both coaches to monitor the players who ensured victories for their teams.  

    “The period between these periods of conquests and the continental championships in 2023 is far and the players if not monitored, might derail.  

    “The players’ progress at their various clubs should be monitored to ensure that they stay fit and focused because the opposition at the continental championships would be tougher.  

    “The coaches should be in steady contact with the various clubs where these players ply their trades to ensure they are ready to conquer Africa and the world.  

    “The coaches should also use this free period to scout for players to fortify areas of deficiency and not to distort the laid down team building process,” he said.  

    Mrs Jane Ofoke, a teacher and football enthusiast, called for prayers and adequate support for both teams as they represent the hope of happiness.  

    “Between the World Cup qualification ouster and the recent floundering of the Super Falcons in the recently concluded African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) in Morocco, football fans had been disillusioned over our teams’ performances.  

    “Successes in the African U-20 and U-17 championships in 2023 will bring joy to Nigerians and keep the country in good stead of credible performances at both world championships.

    The players need prayers to maintain their current form and be free from injuries.  

    “The NFF and the sports ministry should adequately motivate the players and officials.

    A situation where the Golden Eaglets were reportedly rewarded with N40, 000 for their conquest in Ghana is appalling.

    It will not motivate the players.  

    “The only motivating factor to them will be to excel at the competitions, to secure lucrative deals either at home or abroad.  

    “The coaches of both teams should be sent to refresher courses abroad to gain more exposure and be in tune with modern dynamics of the game.

    Redundancy will definitely affect their abilities to compete at the continental and world levels,” he said.

    Unarguably, with motivation, the two teams will maintain their lead as the Football Kings of the West Coast.

    (NANFeatures) ** If used, please credit the writer as well as the News Agency of Nigeria .


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The MEC Madoda Sambatha of the North West Department of Health recently provided an update on the achievements of the Section 100 1 b intervention that was evoked in the department on April 25 2018 The placement of the department under administration in terms of this section of the constitution of the Republic of South Africa was the result of a number of challenges experienced which affected the provision of efficient and adequate health services to the communities of the North West Province Reflecting on the achievements of the intervention MEC Sambatha indicated that key management vacancies had been filled and more than five thousand 5000 permanent front line staff had been appointed to improve the provision of quality health services to the citizens of the Northwest Many departmental officials were promoted to higher level positions which contributed to staff satisfaction stability and loyalty to the Department said MEC Sambatha The work environment has also stabilized and discipline is slowly returning to NWDoH in both the areas of financial misconduct and dereliction of duty added MEC Sambatha MEC Sambatha noted that the dismissal of the previous Head of Department was a strategic move that sent a strong message that public service laws and regulations must be respected and enforced This is how the intervention has directly benefited the inhabitants of the province The ratio of health professionals per 100 000 population increased making health facilities more responsive than in 2018 Operating theaters were repaired equipment purchased and specialists appointed This move resulted in a reduction in surgical delays at hospitals More MRIs were performed improving access to sophisticated diagnostic procedures The kidney unit in Klerksdorp Tshepong was upgraded to help the province get more people on kidney dialysis Orthopedic surgeons were appointed reducing the backlog of operations and reducing waiting periods for orthopedic operations An ophthalmologist was appointed at Mahikeng Hospital This specialist performed more than 200 cataract operations in less than two months after her appointment in 2019 restoring sight to our older generation Additional Internal Medicine specialists were appointed resulting in improved clinical management processes and the elimination of people in some of the larger hospitals sleeping on the floor while awaiting treatment These specialists led the management of COVID 19 in the seven large hospitals Other key appointments made to positively impact service delivery include obstetricians dermatologists pediatricians general surgeons psychologists audiology and speech therapists as well as family physicians Managers for Quality Assurance were appointed in the seven large hospitals and this gave further impetus to the quality improvement drive of the hospitals To support key clinical processes and ensure our facilities adhere to infection prevention and control principles additional administrative staff maintenance staff and cleaning staff have also been appointed Space in primary health care facilities has been improved through infrastructure projects The department has made further progress in addressing drug shortages at public health facilities The general availability of provincial medicines reached 81 according to the national essential list in the third quarter of 2021 2022 The availability of Antiretrovirals ARV and vaccines for the Expanded Program on Immunization has remained above 92 while drugs for Tuberculosis TB are above 82 highlighted the MEC Sambatha The Province will experience shortages of specific items from time to time when there is a national problem with that specific drug However information about a departmental process for filing general complaints is available from various health facilities Through this process people experiencing drug shortages may intensify their challenges if they believe they are not getting the cooperation of the health facilities they visit
    South Africa: North West Health gives update on achievements of the Section 100 (1) (b) intervention
      The MEC Madoda Sambatha of the North West Department of Health recently provided an update on the achievements of the Section 100 1 b intervention that was evoked in the department on April 25 2018 The placement of the department under administration in terms of this section of the constitution of the Republic of South Africa was the result of a number of challenges experienced which affected the provision of efficient and adequate health services to the communities of the North West Province Reflecting on the achievements of the intervention MEC Sambatha indicated that key management vacancies had been filled and more than five thousand 5000 permanent front line staff had been appointed to improve the provision of quality health services to the citizens of the Northwest Many departmental officials were promoted to higher level positions which contributed to staff satisfaction stability and loyalty to the Department said MEC Sambatha The work environment has also stabilized and discipline is slowly returning to NWDoH in both the areas of financial misconduct and dereliction of duty added MEC Sambatha MEC Sambatha noted that the dismissal of the previous Head of Department was a strategic move that sent a strong message that public service laws and regulations must be respected and enforced This is how the intervention has directly benefited the inhabitants of the province The ratio of health professionals per 100 000 population increased making health facilities more responsive than in 2018 Operating theaters were repaired equipment purchased and specialists appointed This move resulted in a reduction in surgical delays at hospitals More MRIs were performed improving access to sophisticated diagnostic procedures The kidney unit in Klerksdorp Tshepong was upgraded to help the province get more people on kidney dialysis Orthopedic surgeons were appointed reducing the backlog of operations and reducing waiting periods for orthopedic operations An ophthalmologist was appointed at Mahikeng Hospital This specialist performed more than 200 cataract operations in less than two months after her appointment in 2019 restoring sight to our older generation Additional Internal Medicine specialists were appointed resulting in improved clinical management processes and the elimination of people in some of the larger hospitals sleeping on the floor while awaiting treatment These specialists led the management of COVID 19 in the seven large hospitals Other key appointments made to positively impact service delivery include obstetricians dermatologists pediatricians general surgeons psychologists audiology and speech therapists as well as family physicians Managers for Quality Assurance were appointed in the seven large hospitals and this gave further impetus to the quality improvement drive of the hospitals To support key clinical processes and ensure our facilities adhere to infection prevention and control principles additional administrative staff maintenance staff and cleaning staff have also been appointed Space in primary health care facilities has been improved through infrastructure projects The department has made further progress in addressing drug shortages at public health facilities The general availability of provincial medicines reached 81 according to the national essential list in the third quarter of 2021 2022 The availability of Antiretrovirals ARV and vaccines for the Expanded Program on Immunization has remained above 92 while drugs for Tuberculosis TB are above 82 highlighted the MEC Sambatha The Province will experience shortages of specific items from time to time when there is a national problem with that specific drug However information about a departmental process for filing general complaints is available from various health facilities Through this process people experiencing drug shortages may intensify their challenges if they believe they are not getting the cooperation of the health facilities they visit
    South Africa: North West Health gives update on achievements of the Section 100 (1) (b) intervention
    Africa3 months ago

    South Africa: North West Health gives update on achievements of the Section 100 (1) (b) intervention

    The MEC Madoda Sambatha of the North West Department of Health recently provided an update on the achievements of the Section 100 (1) (b) intervention that was evoked in the department on April 25, 2018.

    The placement of the department under administration in terms of this section of the constitution of the Republic of South Africa was the result of a number of challenges experienced which affected the provision of efficient and adequate health services to the communities of the North West Province.

    Reflecting on the achievements of the intervention, MEC Sambatha indicated that key management vacancies had been filled and more than five thousand (5000) permanent front-line staff had been appointed to improve the provision of quality health services to the citizens of the Northwest. .

    “Many departmental officials were promoted to higher level positions, which contributed to staff satisfaction, stability and loyalty to the Department,” said MEC Sambatha.

    “The work environment has also stabilized and discipline is slowly returning to NWDoH in both the areas of financial misconduct and dereliction of duty,” added MEC Sambatha.

    MEC Sambatha noted that the dismissal of the previous Head of Department was a strategic move that sent a strong message that public service laws and regulations must be respected and enforced.

    This is how the intervention has directly benefited the inhabitants of the province:

    The ratio of health professionals per 100,000 population increased, making health facilities more responsive than in 2018. Operating theaters were repaired, equipment purchased, and specialists appointed. This move resulted in a reduction in surgical delays at hospitals. More MRIs were performed, improving access to sophisticated diagnostic procedures. The kidney unit in Klerksdorp-Tshepong was upgraded to help the province get more people on kidney dialysis. Orthopedic surgeons were appointed, reducing the backlog of operations and reducing waiting periods for orthopedic operations. An ophthalmologist was appointed at Mahikeng Hospital. This specialist performed more than 200 cataract operations in less than two months after her appointment in 2019, restoring sight to our older generation. Additional Internal Medicine specialists were appointed, resulting in improved clinical management processes and the elimination of people, in some of the larger hospitals, sleeping on the floor while awaiting treatment. These specialists led the management of COVID-19 in the seven large hospitals. Other key appointments made to positively impact service delivery include obstetricians, dermatologists, pediatricians, general surgeons, psychologists, audiology and speech therapists, as well as family physicians. Managers for Quality Assurance were appointed in the seven large hospitals and this gave further impetus to the quality improvement drive of the hospitals. To support key clinical processes and ensure our facilities adhere to infection prevention and control principles, additional administrative staff, maintenance staff, and cleaning staff have also been appointed. Space in primary health care facilities has been improved through infrastructure projects.

    The department has made further progress in addressing drug shortages at public health facilities.

    “The general availability of provincial medicines reached 81% according to the national essential list in the third quarter of 2021/2022. The availability of Antiretrovirals (ARV) and vaccines for the Expanded Program on Immunization has remained above 92%, while drugs for Tuberculosis (TB) are above 82%”, highlighted the MEC Sambatha.

    The Province will experience shortages of specific items from time to time when there is a national problem with that specific drug. However, information about a departmental process for filing general complaints is available from various health facilities. Through this process, people experiencing drug shortages may intensify their challenges if they believe they are not getting the cooperation of the health facilities they visit.

  •   The United States is extending punitive tariff waivers for some medical products from China for another six months the US Trade Representative announced Friday The import tariff exclusions which are set to expire on Tuesday cover 81 health care products needed to address the Covid 19 pandemic USTR said The waivers were first announced in December 2020 and were extended once in November Products on the list include pump bottles for hand sanitizer plastic containers for disinfectant wipes fingertip pulse oximeters blood pressure monitors MRI machines and X ray tables The US China trade conflict began when then President Donald Trump slapped tariffs on 350 billion worth of Chinese goods citing what he called unfair trade practices and theft of US technology and intellectual property With inflation at its highest level in more than four decades President Joe Biden is under pressure to end so called Section 301 tariffs many of which are due to expire in July USTR officials have said they are reaching out to the companies and the public to seek comment on whether to extend the rates Washington and Beijing in January 2020 signed a so called phase one trade agreement under which Beijing pledged to increase its purchases of US goods and services by at least 200 billion during 2020 and 2021 but the target was not met amid the Covid 19 pandemic
    US extending tariff exemptions on medical products from China
      The United States is extending punitive tariff waivers for some medical products from China for another six months the US Trade Representative announced Friday The import tariff exclusions which are set to expire on Tuesday cover 81 health care products needed to address the Covid 19 pandemic USTR said The waivers were first announced in December 2020 and were extended once in November Products on the list include pump bottles for hand sanitizer plastic containers for disinfectant wipes fingertip pulse oximeters blood pressure monitors MRI machines and X ray tables The US China trade conflict began when then President Donald Trump slapped tariffs on 350 billion worth of Chinese goods citing what he called unfair trade practices and theft of US technology and intellectual property With inflation at its highest level in more than four decades President Joe Biden is under pressure to end so called Section 301 tariffs many of which are due to expire in July USTR officials have said they are reaching out to the companies and the public to seek comment on whether to extend the rates Washington and Beijing in January 2020 signed a so called phase one trade agreement under which Beijing pledged to increase its purchases of US goods and services by at least 200 billion during 2020 and 2021 but the target was not met amid the Covid 19 pandemic
    US extending tariff exemptions on medical products from China
    Foreign4 months ago

    US extending tariff exemptions on medical products from China

    The United States is extending punitive tariff waivers for some medical products from China for another six months, the US Trade Representative announced Friday.

    The import tariff exclusions, which are set to expire on Tuesday, "cover 81 health care products needed to address the Covid-19 pandemic," USTR said.

    The waivers were first announced in December 2020 and were extended once in November.

    Products on the list include pump bottles for hand sanitizer, plastic containers for disinfectant wipes, fingertip pulse oximeters, blood pressure monitors, MRI machines and X-ray tables.

    The US-China trade conflict began when then-President Donald Trump slapped tariffs on $350 billion worth of Chinese goods, citing what he called unfair trade practices and theft of US technology and intellectual property.

    With inflation at its highest level in more than four decades, President Joe Biden is under pressure to end so-called "Section 301" tariffs, many of which are due to expire in July.

    USTR officials have said they are reaching out to the companies and the public to seek comment on whether to extend the rates.

    Washington and Beijing in January 2020 signed a so-called "phase one" trade agreement under which Beijing pledged to increase its purchases of US goods and services by at least $200 billion during 2020 and 2021, but the target was not met. amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

  •  Some experts and enrollees have called for a framework that would guarantee full implementation of the newly signed National Health Insurance Authority NHIA law by the Federal Government They made the call in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Lagos in reaction to the newly signed National Health Insurance Authority Act 2022 NAN recalls that President Muhammadu Buhari on May 19 signed into law the National Health Insurance Authority Act 2022 repealing thereby the National Health Insurance Scheme Act Cap N42 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 Buhari had said that a Vulnerable Group Fund would be set up to ensure coverage of 83 million poor Nigerians who could not afford to pay premiums as recommended by the Lancet Nigeria Commission He said that the Authority would collaborate with state government Health Insurance Schemes to accredit primary and secondary health facilities and enroll Nigerians into the scheme to ensure quality health care delivery Reacting to the new development a medical imaging scientist Dr Livinus Abonyi who lauded the Buhari for signing the Bill into law adding that health insurance was a desirable way to go Abonyi lecturer Department of Medical Radiography Faculty of Clinical Sciences College of Medicine University of Lagos said it was used in many countries to ensure that greater percentage of their population accessed health services According to him the effective implementation of the new health insurance law is the key to the law having the expected positive impact on the society Abonyi called for a review of the operations of the healthcare providers and Health Maintenance Organisations HMOs to ensure improvement in their services He said there was the need for adequate funding of healthcare providers and HMOs to enhance the quality of their service delivery The major challenge that will make the new health insurance system not to impact on the lives of the citizens is poor or lack of implementation of the law The country had series of commendable laws and policies in past but they failed due to poor implementation and lack of adequate monitoring If there can be a better framework for effective implementation of the new health insurance its positive impacts will be massive in the country Abonyi said A staff of Sunu Health an HMO Mr Godwin Ekanem said the newly signed health insurance Act was a welcome development Ekanem said that health insurance remained the only way to guarantee universal health coverage in the country He said with the provisions of the new health insurance vulnerable persons including those in the rural communities would now have access to health services He further said there was the need for enforcement of the law saying that adequate implementation will go a long way to reduce mortality rate while improving citizens health An enrollee of NHIA Mr Moses Omorogieva said national health insurance remained one of the government s initiatives that had greatly impacted his life Omorogieva also a journalist working at NAN said the programme helped him and his household accessed good number of healthcare services He however called for improvement in the quality of services and healthcare rendered under the programme He suggested expansion of the scope of the scheme to cover more ailments and drugs According to him improvement in the quality of services will not only attract more enrollees but also restore public confidence in the programme Some major ailments surgeries tests and medical investigations are not covered in the scheme Let the management of the system add ailments like cancer kidney diseases MRI scan among others to the package Ensuring availability of drugs is another important aspect because oftentimes sometimes if doctors prescribe say six drugs for a patient the healthcare provider ends up giving the patient only one The management of the system should understand that quality healthcare is not cheap Omorogieva said NAN
    Enrollees, experts seek full implementation of health insurance law
     Some experts and enrollees have called for a framework that would guarantee full implementation of the newly signed National Health Insurance Authority NHIA law by the Federal Government They made the call in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Lagos in reaction to the newly signed National Health Insurance Authority Act 2022 NAN recalls that President Muhammadu Buhari on May 19 signed into law the National Health Insurance Authority Act 2022 repealing thereby the National Health Insurance Scheme Act Cap N42 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 Buhari had said that a Vulnerable Group Fund would be set up to ensure coverage of 83 million poor Nigerians who could not afford to pay premiums as recommended by the Lancet Nigeria Commission He said that the Authority would collaborate with state government Health Insurance Schemes to accredit primary and secondary health facilities and enroll Nigerians into the scheme to ensure quality health care delivery Reacting to the new development a medical imaging scientist Dr Livinus Abonyi who lauded the Buhari for signing the Bill into law adding that health insurance was a desirable way to go Abonyi lecturer Department of Medical Radiography Faculty of Clinical Sciences College of Medicine University of Lagos said it was used in many countries to ensure that greater percentage of their population accessed health services According to him the effective implementation of the new health insurance law is the key to the law having the expected positive impact on the society Abonyi called for a review of the operations of the healthcare providers and Health Maintenance Organisations HMOs to ensure improvement in their services He said there was the need for adequate funding of healthcare providers and HMOs to enhance the quality of their service delivery The major challenge that will make the new health insurance system not to impact on the lives of the citizens is poor or lack of implementation of the law The country had series of commendable laws and policies in past but they failed due to poor implementation and lack of adequate monitoring If there can be a better framework for effective implementation of the new health insurance its positive impacts will be massive in the country Abonyi said A staff of Sunu Health an HMO Mr Godwin Ekanem said the newly signed health insurance Act was a welcome development Ekanem said that health insurance remained the only way to guarantee universal health coverage in the country He said with the provisions of the new health insurance vulnerable persons including those in the rural communities would now have access to health services He further said there was the need for enforcement of the law saying that adequate implementation will go a long way to reduce mortality rate while improving citizens health An enrollee of NHIA Mr Moses Omorogieva said national health insurance remained one of the government s initiatives that had greatly impacted his life Omorogieva also a journalist working at NAN said the programme helped him and his household accessed good number of healthcare services He however called for improvement in the quality of services and healthcare rendered under the programme He suggested expansion of the scope of the scheme to cover more ailments and drugs According to him improvement in the quality of services will not only attract more enrollees but also restore public confidence in the programme Some major ailments surgeries tests and medical investigations are not covered in the scheme Let the management of the system add ailments like cancer kidney diseases MRI scan among others to the package Ensuring availability of drugs is another important aspect because oftentimes sometimes if doctors prescribe say six drugs for a patient the healthcare provider ends up giving the patient only one The management of the system should understand that quality healthcare is not cheap Omorogieva said NAN
    Enrollees, experts seek full implementation of health insurance law
    General news4 months ago

    Enrollees, experts seek full implementation of health insurance law

    Some experts and enrollees have called for a framework that would guarantee full implementation of the newly signed National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) law by the Federal Government.

    They made the call in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Lagos in reaction to the newly signed National Health Insurance Authority Act 2022.

    NAN recalls that President Muhammadu Buhari on May 19 signed into law, the National Health Insurance Authority Act 2022, repealing thereby, the National Health Insurance Scheme Act, Cap N42, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

    Buhari had said that a Vulnerable Group Fund would be set up to ensure coverage of 83 million poor Nigerians who could not afford to pay premiums as recommended by the Lancet Nigeria Commission.

    He said that the Authority would collaborate with state government Health Insurance Schemes to accredit primary and secondary health facilities and enroll Nigerians into the scheme to ensure quality health care delivery.

    Reacting to the new development, a medical imaging scientist, Dr Livinus Abonyi, who lauded the Buhari for signing the Bill into law, adding that health insurance was a desirable “way to go”.

    Abonyi, lecturer, Department of Medical Radiography, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, said it was used in many countries to ensure that greater percentage of their population accessed health services.

    According to him, the effective implementation of the new health insurance law is the key to the law having the expected positive impact on the society.

    Abonyi called for a review of the operations of the healthcare providers and Health Maintenance Organisations (HMOs) to ensure improvement in their services.

    He said there was the need for adequate funding of healthcare providers and HMOs to enhance the quality of their service delivery.

    “The major challenge that will make the new health insurance system not to impact on the lives of the citizens is poor or lack of implementation of the law.

    “The country had series of commendable laws and policies in past but they failed due to poor implementation and lack of adequate monitoring.

    “If there can be a better framework for effective implementation of the new health insurance; its positive impacts will be massive in the country,” Abonyi said.

    A staff of Sunu Health, an HMO, Mr Godwin Ekanem, said the newly signed health insurance Act was a “welcome development”.

    Ekanem said that health insurance remained the only way to guarantee universal health coverage in the country.

    He said with the provisions of the new health insurance, vulnerable persons, including those in the rural communities, would now have access to health services.

    He further said there was the need for enforcement of the law, saying that adequate implementation will go a long way to reduce mortality rate, while improving citizens’ health.

    An enrollee of NHIA, Mr Moses Omorogieva, said national health insurance remained one of the government’s initiatives that had greatly impacted his life.

    Omorogieva, also a journalist working at NAN, said the programme helped him and his household accessed good number of healthcare services.

    He, however, called for improvement in the quality of services and healthcare rendered under the programme.

    He suggested expansion of the scope of the scheme to cover more ailments and drugs.

    According to him, improvement in the quality of services will not only attract more enrollees, but also restore public confidence in the programme.

    “Some major ailments, surgeries, tests and medical investigations are not covered in the scheme.

    “Let the management of the system add ailments like cancer, kidney diseases, MRI scan, among others to the package.

    “Ensuring availability of drugs is another important aspect because oftentimes, sometimes if doctors prescribe, say six drugs for a patient, the healthcare provider ends up giving the patient only one.

    “The management of the system should understand that quality healthcare is not cheap,” Omorogieva said

    (NAN)

  •  The heartbreaking case of a woman denied an abortion by four hospitals despite the fetus carrying an aggressive tumor has sparked protests for women s rights in largely Catholic Croatia Despite the procedure being legal in the European Union member Mirela Cavajda is now forced to have a termination in neighboring Slovenia The case comes amid a political firestorm in the United States over fears that abortion rights there will be undermined with the landmark Roe v Wade who guaranteed a woman s right to choose allegedly under threat from the Supreme Court Abortion is similarly contested in Croatia with religious groups failing to ban it five years ago and most gynecologists refusing to perform the procedure Cavajda was told in late April in her sixth month of pregnancy that her unborn child had an aggressive brain tumor Even if she survived the birth doctors said she would be like a vegetable she told reporters through tears I came home sat down and stared at the wall I made the decision in a second said the 39 year old who already has a son Emotional blackmail In Croatia abortion is legal until the 10th week of pregnancy It can then be done if the health of the mother or fetus is in serious danger as in Cavajda s case or because of rape or incest However four hospitals in the capital Zagreb refused to perform an abortion One doctor asked Cavajda if he would kill a two year old with a tumor while another labeled the procedure euthanasia Cavajda was also advised to cross the border into Slovenia where at least 10 Croatian women a year must go in similar situations However as fury over the case grew and an MRI scan showed the fetus s condition deteriorating a medical commission ruled that an abortion could be performed Abortion was legalized in Croatia in the 1950s and is regulated by a law passed in 1978 when it was still part of Yugoslavia But since independence in 1991 when the Catholic Church regained its political clout it has become more difficult to access with many doctors raising conscientious objections to terminations In fact almost 60 percent of gynecologists in public hospitals refuse to perform them on moral grounds In an emotional public letter also addressing her unborn baby whom she named Grga Cavajda said both the doctors and the system had let her down and prolonged her ordeal Waiting for Grga to die inside my womb or giving birth and watching him die would be pure sadism I would die with him he wrote Last week thousands of people protested across the Balkan country over the neglect of women s health issues under the call Enough Going backwards Dentist Sonja Kraljevic warned against the country going backwards telling AFP that women should have all the rights which they acquired a long time ago Branka Mrzic Jagatic whose advocacy group RODA helped organize the demonstrations said the case exposed that women s health care in our public health system has completely collapsed In 2019 the traditionally patriarchal Balkans were rocked by a tidal wave of MeToo revelations about verbal and physical violence against women in childbirth and at the hands of gynecologists RODA collected hundreds of testimonies about painful and humiliating experiences with childbirth abortion and other procedures after a former Croatian lawmaker spoke publicly about the harrowing treatment she received after a miscarriage At one of the protests last week a letter was read from a woman who suffered a terrible ordeal during an abortion due to fetal abnormalities A nurse told me to go to the bathroom and if I want an autopsy hold the fetus in my hands I saw it and held it in my hands she wrote Culture of death But with 80 percent Croatian Catholics the country is divided on abortion and its top court rejected a bid by church groups to ban it in 2017 Life is important I don t think we can interrupt it said Josipa Brajko one of thousands of people who joined the annual anti abortion March for Life in Zagreb over the weekend Its organizers want new legislation based on science and not on the ideology and culture of death Gynecologist Boris Ujevic told the crowd that he refuses to perform terminations because life must be respected and life is law But women s rights activists said women should be guaranteed access to all health services including abortion Although Croatia s Supreme Court has ruled that the 1978 law must be reviewed the ruling conservative government appears reluctant to address the thorny issue Meanwhile leftist parties are considering a referendum to enshrine the right to abortion in the country s constitution Cavajda is now going to terminate her pregnancy in Slovenia although the Croatian health system will cover the costs A Zagreb hospital said she refused to be induced in Croatia which would risk the baby dying after birth while in Slovenia the heart stops before the procedure
    ‘Enough!’ Abortion denial row sparks outcry in Croatia
     The heartbreaking case of a woman denied an abortion by four hospitals despite the fetus carrying an aggressive tumor has sparked protests for women s rights in largely Catholic Croatia Despite the procedure being legal in the European Union member Mirela Cavajda is now forced to have a termination in neighboring Slovenia The case comes amid a political firestorm in the United States over fears that abortion rights there will be undermined with the landmark Roe v Wade who guaranteed a woman s right to choose allegedly under threat from the Supreme Court Abortion is similarly contested in Croatia with religious groups failing to ban it five years ago and most gynecologists refusing to perform the procedure Cavajda was told in late April in her sixth month of pregnancy that her unborn child had an aggressive brain tumor Even if she survived the birth doctors said she would be like a vegetable she told reporters through tears I came home sat down and stared at the wall I made the decision in a second said the 39 year old who already has a son Emotional blackmail In Croatia abortion is legal until the 10th week of pregnancy It can then be done if the health of the mother or fetus is in serious danger as in Cavajda s case or because of rape or incest However four hospitals in the capital Zagreb refused to perform an abortion One doctor asked Cavajda if he would kill a two year old with a tumor while another labeled the procedure euthanasia Cavajda was also advised to cross the border into Slovenia where at least 10 Croatian women a year must go in similar situations However as fury over the case grew and an MRI scan showed the fetus s condition deteriorating a medical commission ruled that an abortion could be performed Abortion was legalized in Croatia in the 1950s and is regulated by a law passed in 1978 when it was still part of Yugoslavia But since independence in 1991 when the Catholic Church regained its political clout it has become more difficult to access with many doctors raising conscientious objections to terminations In fact almost 60 percent of gynecologists in public hospitals refuse to perform them on moral grounds In an emotional public letter also addressing her unborn baby whom she named Grga Cavajda said both the doctors and the system had let her down and prolonged her ordeal Waiting for Grga to die inside my womb or giving birth and watching him die would be pure sadism I would die with him he wrote Last week thousands of people protested across the Balkan country over the neglect of women s health issues under the call Enough Going backwards Dentist Sonja Kraljevic warned against the country going backwards telling AFP that women should have all the rights which they acquired a long time ago Branka Mrzic Jagatic whose advocacy group RODA helped organize the demonstrations said the case exposed that women s health care in our public health system has completely collapsed In 2019 the traditionally patriarchal Balkans were rocked by a tidal wave of MeToo revelations about verbal and physical violence against women in childbirth and at the hands of gynecologists RODA collected hundreds of testimonies about painful and humiliating experiences with childbirth abortion and other procedures after a former Croatian lawmaker spoke publicly about the harrowing treatment she received after a miscarriage At one of the protests last week a letter was read from a woman who suffered a terrible ordeal during an abortion due to fetal abnormalities A nurse told me to go to the bathroom and if I want an autopsy hold the fetus in my hands I saw it and held it in my hands she wrote Culture of death But with 80 percent Croatian Catholics the country is divided on abortion and its top court rejected a bid by church groups to ban it in 2017 Life is important I don t think we can interrupt it said Josipa Brajko one of thousands of people who joined the annual anti abortion March for Life in Zagreb over the weekend Its organizers want new legislation based on science and not on the ideology and culture of death Gynecologist Boris Ujevic told the crowd that he refuses to perform terminations because life must be respected and life is law But women s rights activists said women should be guaranteed access to all health services including abortion Although Croatia s Supreme Court has ruled that the 1978 law must be reviewed the ruling conservative government appears reluctant to address the thorny issue Meanwhile leftist parties are considering a referendum to enshrine the right to abortion in the country s constitution Cavajda is now going to terminate her pregnancy in Slovenia although the Croatian health system will cover the costs A Zagreb hospital said she refused to be induced in Croatia which would risk the baby dying after birth while in Slovenia the heart stops before the procedure
    ‘Enough!’ Abortion denial row sparks outcry in Croatia
    Foreign5 months ago

    ‘Enough!’ Abortion denial row sparks outcry in Croatia

    The heartbreaking case of a woman denied an abortion by four hospitals despite the fetus carrying an aggressive tumor has sparked protests for women's rights in largely Catholic Croatia.

    Despite the procedure being legal in the European Union member, Mirela Cavajda is now forced to have a termination in neighboring Slovenia.

    The case comes amid a political firestorm in the United States over fears that abortion rights there will be undermined, with the landmark Roe v. Wade who guaranteed a woman's right to choose, allegedly under threat from the Supreme Court.

    Abortion is similarly contested in Croatia, with religious groups failing to ban it five years ago and most gynecologists refusing to perform the procedure.

    Cavajda was told in late April, in her sixth month of pregnancy, that her unborn child had an aggressive brain tumor.

    Even if she survived the birth, doctors said "she would be like a vegetable," she told reporters through tears.

    “I came home, sat down and stared at the wall… I made the decision in a second,” said the 39-year-old, who already has a son.

    Emotional blackmail In Croatia, abortion is legal until the 10th week of pregnancy. It can then be done if the health of the mother or fetus is in serious danger—as in Cavajda's case—or because of rape or incest.

    However, four hospitals in the capital Zagreb refused to perform an abortion.

    One doctor asked Cavajda if he would "kill a two-year-old with a tumor", while another labeled the procedure "euthanasia".

    Cavajda was also advised to cross the border into Slovenia, where at least 10 Croatian women a year must go in similar situations.

    However, as fury over the case grew and an MRI scan showed the fetus's condition deteriorating, a medical commission ruled that an abortion could be performed.

    Abortion was legalized in Croatia in the 1950s and is regulated by a law passed in 1978 when it was still part of Yugoslavia. But since independence in 1991, when the Catholic Church regained its political clout, it has become more difficult to access, with many doctors raising "conscientious objections" to terminations.

    In fact, almost 60 percent of gynecologists in public hospitals refuse to perform them on moral grounds.

    In an emotional public letter, also addressing her unborn baby, whom she named Grga, Cavajda said both the doctors and the system had let her down and prolonged her ordeal.

    “Waiting for Grga to die inside my womb, (or) giving birth and watching him die… would be pure sadism.

    "I would die with him," he wrote.

    Last week, thousands of people protested across the Balkan country over the neglect of women's health issues under the call "Enough!"

    'Going backwards' Dentist Sonja Kraljevic warned against the country "going backwards", telling AFP that "women should have all (the rights)... which they acquired a long time ago".

    Branka Mrzic Jagatic, whose advocacy group RODA helped organize the demonstrations, said the "case exposed that women's health care in our public health system has completely collapsed."

    In 2019, the traditionally patriarchal Balkans were rocked by a tidal wave of #MeToo revelations about verbal and physical violence against women in childbirth and at the hands of gynecologists.

    RODA collected hundreds of testimonies about painful and humiliating experiences with childbirth, abortion and other procedures after a former Croatian lawmaker spoke publicly about the harrowing treatment she received after a miscarriage.

    At one of the protests last week, a letter was read from a woman who suffered a terrible ordeal during an abortion due to fetal abnormalities.

    “A nurse told me to go to the bathroom and if I want an autopsy, hold the fetus in my hands… I saw it and held it in my hands,” she wrote.

    'Culture of death' But with 80 percent Croatian Catholics, the country is divided on abortion and its top court rejected a bid by church groups to ban it in 2017.

    "Life is important, I don't think we can interrupt it," said Josipa Brajko, one of thousands of people who joined the annual anti-abortion "March for Life" in Zagreb over the weekend.

    Its organizers want new legislation "based on science and not on the ideology and culture of death."

    Gynecologist Boris Ujevic told the crowd that he refuses to perform terminations because "life must be respected and life is law."

    But women's rights activists said women should be guaranteed access to all health services, including abortion.

    Although Croatia's Supreme Court has ruled that the 1978 law must be reviewed, the ruling conservative government appears reluctant to address the thorny issue.

    Meanwhile, leftist parties are considering a referendum to enshrine the right to abortion in the country's constitution.

    Cavajda is now going to terminate her pregnancy in Slovenia, although the Croatian health system will cover the costs.

    A Zagreb hospital said she refused to be induced in Croatia, which would risk the baby dying after birth, while in Slovenia the heart stops before the procedure.

  •   Health CS Mutahi Kagwe says the government is taking a multisectoral approach in the fight against cancer Speaking in Naivasha at the close of the two day national cancer stakeholder retreat the Health CS said the health ministry is creating an enabling environment that will enable collaboration between the public sector faith based organizations and the private sector We want to create an equitable delivery of services but above all the way of managing health care We want collaboration rather than ownership Kagwe said The Health CS said the government has put in place a number of interventions to address existing gaps as it moves to improve the public sector s capacity to better address emerging health challenges especially the threat of cancer What I am doing is not new it is what you have always wanted to do We need to quickly get the basics right We are working to equip our hospitals so they can care for our cancer patients and avoid traveling abroad for treatment She told the forum But how are we going to manage cancer in terms of structures raised the CS Kagwe said deliberations such as those witnessed during the cancer task force retreat that brought together health ministry officials and stakeholders will help formulate policies that will address existing gaps The Health CS said that in addition to the team it was necessary to establish the necessary structures and human capital to ensure that the country has the best cancer care available anywhere in the world We are looking at the full scope from surveillance diagnosis and treatment What we have lacked in this country is vigilance and diagnosis We must also discuss lifestyles because if we manage to prevent this disease from attacking our people we will have reduced the burden of cancer He observed the CS According to the CS the launch of the Integrated Molecular Imaging Services at the Kenyatta University Teaching Referral and Research Hospital for cancer diagnosis and management has boosted the country s ability to detect treat and manage cancer to a brand new The facility is a state of the art PUBLIC IMIC and a first not only in Kenya but also in the region The IMIC center has a commercial cyclotron 2 PET CT a SPECT C machine 256 Slice CT and a 3 0 Tesla MRI Next month we are laying the foundation stone for a cancer center in Kisumu the Nakuru cancer center is ready for commissioning and the Garissa center will be next What we have done in the last three years has never been done before the CS informed the forum This even when he said that the investments made by the government must be accompanied by the necessary human skills Speaking at the same event NHIF CEO Peter Kamunyo said that the fund has since expanded the scope of its services in line with the UHC agenda Over the years we have continued to expand our benefits to ensure that as many Kenyans as possible benefit We continue to improve the cancer package that was first introduced in 2016 Kamunyo said Among the recommendations proposed during the forum included the need to develop a comprehensive care plan according to national cancer treatment protocols so that the NHIF covers it in full and is reimbursed at a standard rate in all facilities prioritize exemptions of taxes for cancer health products and technologies according to the Ministry of Health essential lists and establishment of more oncology programs as well as guidance on the scope of practice of the various oncology training programs in the country aligned to the strategic approach to cancer control for the country depending on the level of care Others include the amendment of the National Cancer Prevention and Control Act of 2012 and the development of regulations to make the Institute operational as well as offering free cancer screening tests and early diagnosis under UHC for priority cancers as well as the development of a policy for patient screening and eligibility caregivers visiting health centers and inpatients as part of a routine checkup The Cancer Task Force was constituted by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and the Chief Secretary for Health on May 10 2021 The task force is made up of seven members with Dr Mary Nyangasi and Dr Miriam Mutebi acting as co chairs Others are Dr Alfred Karagu who is the secretary of the working group Dr Loise Nyanjau Mr Benjamin Inoti and Mr Patrick Mathagu
    Kenya: Radical proposals as cancer stakeholders’ retreat closes
      Health CS Mutahi Kagwe says the government is taking a multisectoral approach in the fight against cancer Speaking in Naivasha at the close of the two day national cancer stakeholder retreat the Health CS said the health ministry is creating an enabling environment that will enable collaboration between the public sector faith based organizations and the private sector We want to create an equitable delivery of services but above all the way of managing health care We want collaboration rather than ownership Kagwe said The Health CS said the government has put in place a number of interventions to address existing gaps as it moves to improve the public sector s capacity to better address emerging health challenges especially the threat of cancer What I am doing is not new it is what you have always wanted to do We need to quickly get the basics right We are working to equip our hospitals so they can care for our cancer patients and avoid traveling abroad for treatment She told the forum But how are we going to manage cancer in terms of structures raised the CS Kagwe said deliberations such as those witnessed during the cancer task force retreat that brought together health ministry officials and stakeholders will help formulate policies that will address existing gaps The Health CS said that in addition to the team it was necessary to establish the necessary structures and human capital to ensure that the country has the best cancer care available anywhere in the world We are looking at the full scope from surveillance diagnosis and treatment What we have lacked in this country is vigilance and diagnosis We must also discuss lifestyles because if we manage to prevent this disease from attacking our people we will have reduced the burden of cancer He observed the CS According to the CS the launch of the Integrated Molecular Imaging Services at the Kenyatta University Teaching Referral and Research Hospital for cancer diagnosis and management has boosted the country s ability to detect treat and manage cancer to a brand new The facility is a state of the art PUBLIC IMIC and a first not only in Kenya but also in the region The IMIC center has a commercial cyclotron 2 PET CT a SPECT C machine 256 Slice CT and a 3 0 Tesla MRI Next month we are laying the foundation stone for a cancer center in Kisumu the Nakuru cancer center is ready for commissioning and the Garissa center will be next What we have done in the last three years has never been done before the CS informed the forum This even when he said that the investments made by the government must be accompanied by the necessary human skills Speaking at the same event NHIF CEO Peter Kamunyo said that the fund has since expanded the scope of its services in line with the UHC agenda Over the years we have continued to expand our benefits to ensure that as many Kenyans as possible benefit We continue to improve the cancer package that was first introduced in 2016 Kamunyo said Among the recommendations proposed during the forum included the need to develop a comprehensive care plan according to national cancer treatment protocols so that the NHIF covers it in full and is reimbursed at a standard rate in all facilities prioritize exemptions of taxes for cancer health products and technologies according to the Ministry of Health essential lists and establishment of more oncology programs as well as guidance on the scope of practice of the various oncology training programs in the country aligned to the strategic approach to cancer control for the country depending on the level of care Others include the amendment of the National Cancer Prevention and Control Act of 2012 and the development of regulations to make the Institute operational as well as offering free cancer screening tests and early diagnosis under UHC for priority cancers as well as the development of a policy for patient screening and eligibility caregivers visiting health centers and inpatients as part of a routine checkup The Cancer Task Force was constituted by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and the Chief Secretary for Health on May 10 2021 The task force is made up of seven members with Dr Mary Nyangasi and Dr Miriam Mutebi acting as co chairs Others are Dr Alfred Karagu who is the secretary of the working group Dr Loise Nyanjau Mr Benjamin Inoti and Mr Patrick Mathagu
    Kenya: Radical proposals as cancer stakeholders’ retreat closes
    Africa7 months ago

    Kenya: Radical proposals as cancer stakeholders’ retreat closes

    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe says the government is taking a multisectoral approach in the fight against cancer.

    Speaking in Naivasha at the close of the two-day national cancer stakeholder retreat, the Health CS said the health ministry is creating an enabling environment that will enable collaboration between the public sector, faith-based organizations and the private sector.

    “We want to create an equitable delivery of services, but above all, the way of managing health care. We want collaboration rather than ownership, Kagwe said.

    The Health CS said the government has put in place a number of interventions to address existing gaps as it moves to improve the public sector's capacity to better address emerging health challenges, especially the threat of cancer.

    “What I am doing is not new, it is what you have always wanted to do. We need to quickly get the basics right. We are working to equip our hospitals so they can care for our cancer patients and avoid traveling abroad for treatment. “She told the forum.

    “But how are we going to manage cancer in terms of structures?” raised the CS. Kagwe said deliberations such as those witnessed during the cancer task force retreat that brought together health ministry officials and stakeholders will help formulate policies that will address existing gaps.

    The Health CS said that in addition to the team, it was necessary to establish the necessary structures and human capital to ensure that the country has the best cancer care available anywhere in the world.

    “We are looking at the full scope, from surveillance, diagnosis and treatment. What we have lacked in this country is vigilance and diagnosis. We must also discuss lifestyles, because if we manage to prevent this disease from attacking our people, we will have reduced the burden of cancer”. He observed the CS.

    According to the CS, the launch of the Integrated Molecular Imaging Services at the Kenyatta University Teaching Referral and Research Hospital for cancer diagnosis and management has boosted the country's ability to detect, treat and manage cancer to a brand new. The facility is a state-of-the-art PUBLIC IMIC and a first not only in Kenya but also in the region. The IMIC center has a commercial cyclotron, 2 PET-CT, a SPECT-C machine, 256 Slice CT and a 3.0 Tesla MRI.

    “Next month, we are laying the foundation stone for a cancer center in Kisumu, the Nakuru cancer center is ready for commissioning, and the Garissa center will be next. What we have done in the last three years has never been done before”, the CS informed the forum.

    This even when he said that the investments made by the government must be accompanied by the necessary human skills.

    Speaking at the same event, NHIF CEO Peter Kamunyo said that the fund has since expanded the scope of its services in line with the UHC agenda.

    “Over the years, we have continued to expand our benefits to ensure that as many Kenyans as possible benefit. We continue to improve the cancer package that was first introduced in 2016.” Kamunyo said.

    Among the recommendations proposed during the forum included the need to develop a comprehensive care plan according to national cancer treatment protocols so that the NHIF covers it in full and is reimbursed at a standard rate in all facilities, prioritize exemptions of taxes for cancer health products and technologies according to the Ministry of Health. essential lists and establishment of more oncology programs, as well as guidance on the scope of practice of the various oncology training programs in the country aligned to the strategic approach to cancer control for the country, depending on the level of care. Others include the amendment of the National Cancer Prevention and Control Act of 2012 and the development of regulations to make the Institute operational, as well as offering free cancer screening tests and early diagnosis under UHC for priority cancers, as well as the development of a policy for patient screening and eligibility. caregivers visiting health centers and inpatients as part of a routine checkup.

    The Cancer Task Force was constituted by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and the Chief Secretary for Health on May 10, 2021. The task force is made up of seven members with Dr. Mary Nyangasi and Dr. Miriam Mutebi acting as co-chairs. Others are Dr. Alfred Karagu, who is the secretary of the working group, Dr. Loise Nyanjau, Mr. Benjamin Inoti, and Mr. Patrick Mathagu.

  •   We cannot focus on building new facilities alone without maintaining existing facilities KAMPALA Uganda January 20 2022 APO Group The Ministry of Health will acquire land throughout the country for the expansion of national referral hospitals and health training facilities The Minister of Health Dr Jane Aceng who appeared before the Health Committee to defend the proposals in the budget framework document 2022 2023 said that due to an increase in the demand for health services as a result of the growth of the population there is a need to expand health training institutions and reference hospitals He said that the reference hospitals serve the regions and the ministry is introducing services that are not available and expanding the infrastructure that is small which makes the acquisition of land necessary We are providing facilities with a development budget and they are encouraged to prioritize based on available resources and regional maintenance workshops are one of them Aceng said In addition he noted that the regional reference hospitals have been advised to prioritize expansions within the funds available under the remodeling project in a phased manner Dr Aceng said that as part of the expansion the ministry built staff accommodation a project that is still ongoing at the 124 Health Centers II that were upgraded in 2018 19 These received 150 million shs each for the construction of two bedroom staff houses he added Hon Yusuf Nsibambi FDC Mawokota South said the ministry needs to resolve some of the issues related to the land on which many of the hospitals are located In my previous job we realized that these hospitals are on untitled land and bordered by land grabbers who continue to encroach on the land he said Nsibambi advised that all hospitals such as the Mulago National Referral Hospital should survey their land and open boundaries to keep out invaders and establish more usable land The president of the Commission D Charles Ayume also asked the ministry to prioritize the allocation of resources to the rehabilitation and maintenance of health establishments and their equipment We can t focus on building new facilities alone without maintaining existing facilities There shouldn t be a situation where MRI scanners don t work for six months he added
    Health Ministry to expand training institutions and referral hospitals
      We cannot focus on building new facilities alone without maintaining existing facilities KAMPALA Uganda January 20 2022 APO Group The Ministry of Health will acquire land throughout the country for the expansion of national referral hospitals and health training facilities The Minister of Health Dr Jane Aceng who appeared before the Health Committee to defend the proposals in the budget framework document 2022 2023 said that due to an increase in the demand for health services as a result of the growth of the population there is a need to expand health training institutions and reference hospitals He said that the reference hospitals serve the regions and the ministry is introducing services that are not available and expanding the infrastructure that is small which makes the acquisition of land necessary We are providing facilities with a development budget and they are encouraged to prioritize based on available resources and regional maintenance workshops are one of them Aceng said In addition he noted that the regional reference hospitals have been advised to prioritize expansions within the funds available under the remodeling project in a phased manner Dr Aceng said that as part of the expansion the ministry built staff accommodation a project that is still ongoing at the 124 Health Centers II that were upgraded in 2018 19 These received 150 million shs each for the construction of two bedroom staff houses he added Hon Yusuf Nsibambi FDC Mawokota South said the ministry needs to resolve some of the issues related to the land on which many of the hospitals are located In my previous job we realized that these hospitals are on untitled land and bordered by land grabbers who continue to encroach on the land he said Nsibambi advised that all hospitals such as the Mulago National Referral Hospital should survey their land and open boundaries to keep out invaders and establish more usable land The president of the Commission D Charles Ayume also asked the ministry to prioritize the allocation of resources to the rehabilitation and maintenance of health establishments and their equipment We can t focus on building new facilities alone without maintaining existing facilities There shouldn t be a situation where MRI scanners don t work for six months he added
    Health Ministry to expand training institutions and referral hospitals
    Africa9 months ago

    Health Ministry to expand training institutions and referral hospitals

    We cannot focus on building new facilities alone without maintaining existing facilities.

    KAMPALA, Uganda, January 20, 2022/APO Group/ --

    The Ministry of Health will acquire land throughout the country for the expansion of national referral hospitals and health training facilities.

    The Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Aceng, who appeared before the Health Committee to defend the proposals in the budget framework document 2022/2023, said that due to an increase in the demand for health services as a result of the growth of the population, there is a need to expand health training institutions and reference hospitals.

    He said that the reference hospitals serve the regions and the ministry is introducing services that are not available and expanding the infrastructure that is small, which makes the acquisition of land necessary.

    “We are providing facilities with a development budget and they are encouraged to prioritize based on available resources, and regional maintenance workshops are one of them,” Aceng said.

    In addition, he noted that the regional reference hospitals have been advised to prioritize expansions within the funds available under the remodeling project in a phased manner.

    Dr. Aceng said that as part of the expansion, the ministry built staff accommodation, a project that is still ongoing at the 124 Health Centers II that were upgraded in 2018/19.

    "These received 150 million shs each for the construction of two-bedroom staff houses," he added.

    Hon Yusuf Nsibambi (FDC, Mawokota South) said the ministry needs to resolve some of the issues related to the land on which many of the hospitals are located.

    “In my previous job, we realized that these hospitals are on untitled land and bordered by land grabbers who continue to encroach on the land,” he said.

    Nsibambi advised that all hospitals, such as the Mulago National Referral Hospital, should survey their land and open boundaries to keep out invaders and establish more usable land.

    The president of the Commission, D. Charles Ayume, also asked the ministry to prioritize the allocation of resources to the rehabilitation and maintenance of health establishments and their equipment.

    “We can't focus on building new facilities alone without maintaining existing facilities; There shouldn't be a situation where MRI scanners don't work for six months," he added.

  •   Since hosting the nation s health policy makers for the 58th National Health Council in 2016 Sokoto State has been a thriving space for health reform and improved health facilities The inauguration of a multi million dollar Naira Sokoto State Advanced Medical Diagnostic Center in Farfaru marked the end of an eventful 2021 for Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and the project underscores the administration s dedication to revamp infrastructure and healthcare services throughout the state The diagnostic center was created to intervene in the provision of world class medical services in the state and has state of the art medical equipment and technologies to compete with some of the best in the world For a nation that relies heavily on medical tourism to some of the world s most expensive destinations the wisdom of making use of affordable first class medical services and facilities is a smart and timely investment especially now that the pandemic has taught Difficult lessons for policy makers in developing countries about dependence on foreign hospitals With units meeting diverse needs from radiology to dental care to cardiology the center benefits from high end equipment such as the Panscope MRI 0 3 tesla MRI the GE 16 Slice CT scanner the fluoroscopy machine the EEG machine and Ear Nose and Throat Workstation ENT complete ophthalmology hematology microbiology histopathology and chemical pathology equipment among others This ambitious project has fueled the record breaking passion for upgrading the Sokoto State University Teaching Hospital In late 2020 Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike formally laid the groundwork for the widely praised project for which the state government set aside a sum of 10 billion The State Health Commissioner Dr Muhammed Ali Inname had previously presented the project and stressed that the main objective of embarking on the megaproject was to build a world class university hospital based on the application of advanced technology and highly labor qualified to provide excellent services and train generations of physicians and healthcare personnel The goal Dr Inname stated was to project Nigeria and the West African region as a thriving hub for medical tourism Exceptionally Sokoto State University Teaching Hospital is designed to function as the largest in West Africa and boasts an impressive 1060 bed space The hospital is linked to three new 150 bed world class hospitals located in each of the state s senatorial districts which are located in Binji Sabon Birni and Tambuwal and would serve as an accessible center to refer patients from the areas rural Hospitals serve rural demographics that were previously at the mercy of primary health care centers or distant urban hospitals The organization and categorization of health services in the state has facilitated the delegation of responsibilities and the effectiveness of the reforms promoted by the state Upon assuming power for example Governor Tambuwal established the Sokoto State Contributory Health Care Management Agency SOCHEMA to drive efficiency in the health sector Such direction or organizational approach guides the implementation of the solutions proposed or studied While Sokoto s State Drug and Medical Supply Administration Agency SDMA spearheads the availability accessibility affordability and quality of essential drugs in the state to ensure the achievement of Universal Health Coverage and facilitate the drug supply system There is also the Sokoto State Vision Care Program which oversees eye care solutions and has performed surgeries on patients in rural communities in Sokoto State The program has performed vision correction surgery for 2 443 cataract patients along with 3 219 related eye surgeries The program has also led to the recruitment of a total of 59 853 individuals from various communities across the state The inspiring achievement of the TB Control Program which has demonstrated the state s commitment to preventing communicable diseases the Ministry of Health has led interventions such as annual medical campaigns to address tuberculosis hepatitis HIV AIDS and leprosy This would not have been possible without the training and retraining of LGA DSNOs and their assistants in the Outbreak Response Management Analysis and Regular Surveillance System SORMAS which was carried out in collaboration with the National Center for the Control of Sokoto s diseases The other notable interventions in the state include the sustained supply of albendazole drugs to health centers and schools for the treatment of worms the annual purchase and distribution of anti malaria drugs and the annual fumigation for malaria control Sokoto s state has been a place of hope for Noma patients who have undergone constructive surgeries and have also been patients with vesicovaginal fistula VVF The Maryam Abacha Hospital for Women and Children was established to treat cases of VFV and they have been drastically reduced due to intense public information about the causes of the health problem The State s efforts to combat VFV have been rated as the first in the country and recognized by the Federal Ministry of Health for the validity reliability timeliness precision integrity and integrity of the program s data management With 860 healthcare facilities across the state continuing to be rehabilitated expanded and equipped with advanced technologies it s easy to see how the state stood out even as the COVID 19 pandemic struck the country in the first quarter of 2020 The state prioritized the welfare of health workers and doubled their allowances for risks on an interim basis Governor Tambuwal s passion for healthcare is palpable and there could not have been better evidence of the state s healthcare infrastructure as much as the challenges posed by the COVID 19 pandemic which has overwhelmed healthcare facilities around the world With initiatives such as Healthcare Under One Roof and the Contributory Health Scheme Sokoto s journey to build and maintain model healthcare infrastructure and services is an applauded legacy Yahaya is a public affairs analyst and wrote from Gwarinpa Abuja
    FEATURE: Sokoto’s Health Infrastructure Roadmap, by Ibraheem Yahaya
      Since hosting the nation s health policy makers for the 58th National Health Council in 2016 Sokoto State has been a thriving space for health reform and improved health facilities The inauguration of a multi million dollar Naira Sokoto State Advanced Medical Diagnostic Center in Farfaru marked the end of an eventful 2021 for Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and the project underscores the administration s dedication to revamp infrastructure and healthcare services throughout the state The diagnostic center was created to intervene in the provision of world class medical services in the state and has state of the art medical equipment and technologies to compete with some of the best in the world For a nation that relies heavily on medical tourism to some of the world s most expensive destinations the wisdom of making use of affordable first class medical services and facilities is a smart and timely investment especially now that the pandemic has taught Difficult lessons for policy makers in developing countries about dependence on foreign hospitals With units meeting diverse needs from radiology to dental care to cardiology the center benefits from high end equipment such as the Panscope MRI 0 3 tesla MRI the GE 16 Slice CT scanner the fluoroscopy machine the EEG machine and Ear Nose and Throat Workstation ENT complete ophthalmology hematology microbiology histopathology and chemical pathology equipment among others This ambitious project has fueled the record breaking passion for upgrading the Sokoto State University Teaching Hospital In late 2020 Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike formally laid the groundwork for the widely praised project for which the state government set aside a sum of 10 billion The State Health Commissioner Dr Muhammed Ali Inname had previously presented the project and stressed that the main objective of embarking on the megaproject was to build a world class university hospital based on the application of advanced technology and highly labor qualified to provide excellent services and train generations of physicians and healthcare personnel The goal Dr Inname stated was to project Nigeria and the West African region as a thriving hub for medical tourism Exceptionally Sokoto State University Teaching Hospital is designed to function as the largest in West Africa and boasts an impressive 1060 bed space The hospital is linked to three new 150 bed world class hospitals located in each of the state s senatorial districts which are located in Binji Sabon Birni and Tambuwal and would serve as an accessible center to refer patients from the areas rural Hospitals serve rural demographics that were previously at the mercy of primary health care centers or distant urban hospitals The organization and categorization of health services in the state has facilitated the delegation of responsibilities and the effectiveness of the reforms promoted by the state Upon assuming power for example Governor Tambuwal established the Sokoto State Contributory Health Care Management Agency SOCHEMA to drive efficiency in the health sector Such direction or organizational approach guides the implementation of the solutions proposed or studied While Sokoto s State Drug and Medical Supply Administration Agency SDMA spearheads the availability accessibility affordability and quality of essential drugs in the state to ensure the achievement of Universal Health Coverage and facilitate the drug supply system There is also the Sokoto State Vision Care Program which oversees eye care solutions and has performed surgeries on patients in rural communities in Sokoto State The program has performed vision correction surgery for 2 443 cataract patients along with 3 219 related eye surgeries The program has also led to the recruitment of a total of 59 853 individuals from various communities across the state The inspiring achievement of the TB Control Program which has demonstrated the state s commitment to preventing communicable diseases the Ministry of Health has led interventions such as annual medical campaigns to address tuberculosis hepatitis HIV AIDS and leprosy This would not have been possible without the training and retraining of LGA DSNOs and their assistants in the Outbreak Response Management Analysis and Regular Surveillance System SORMAS which was carried out in collaboration with the National Center for the Control of Sokoto s diseases The other notable interventions in the state include the sustained supply of albendazole drugs to health centers and schools for the treatment of worms the annual purchase and distribution of anti malaria drugs and the annual fumigation for malaria control Sokoto s state has been a place of hope for Noma patients who have undergone constructive surgeries and have also been patients with vesicovaginal fistula VVF The Maryam Abacha Hospital for Women and Children was established to treat cases of VFV and they have been drastically reduced due to intense public information about the causes of the health problem The State s efforts to combat VFV have been rated as the first in the country and recognized by the Federal Ministry of Health for the validity reliability timeliness precision integrity and integrity of the program s data management With 860 healthcare facilities across the state continuing to be rehabilitated expanded and equipped with advanced technologies it s easy to see how the state stood out even as the COVID 19 pandemic struck the country in the first quarter of 2020 The state prioritized the welfare of health workers and doubled their allowances for risks on an interim basis Governor Tambuwal s passion for healthcare is palpable and there could not have been better evidence of the state s healthcare infrastructure as much as the challenges posed by the COVID 19 pandemic which has overwhelmed healthcare facilities around the world With initiatives such as Healthcare Under One Roof and the Contributory Health Scheme Sokoto s journey to build and maintain model healthcare infrastructure and services is an applauded legacy Yahaya is a public affairs analyst and wrote from Gwarinpa Abuja
    FEATURE: Sokoto’s Health Infrastructure Roadmap, by Ibraheem Yahaya
    Headlines9 months ago

    FEATURE: Sokoto’s Health Infrastructure Roadmap, by Ibraheem Yahaya

    Since hosting the nation's health policy makers for the 58th National Health Council in 2016, Sokoto State has been a thriving space for health reform and improved health facilities. The inauguration of a multi-million dollar Naira Sokoto State Advanced Medical Diagnostic Center in Farfaru marked the end of an eventful 2021 for Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, and the project underscores the administration's dedication to revamp infrastructure and healthcare services throughout the state.

    The diagnostic center was created to intervene in the provision of world-class medical services in the state and has state-of-the-art medical equipment and technologies to compete with some of the best in the world. For a nation that relies heavily on medical tourism to some of the world's most expensive destinations, the wisdom of making use of affordable, first-class medical services and facilities is a smart and timely investment, especially now that the pandemic has taught. Difficult lessons for policy makers in developing countries about dependence on foreign hospitals.

    With units meeting diverse needs, from radiology to dental care to cardiology, the center benefits from high-end equipment such as the Panscope MRI (0.3 tesla MRI), the GE 16 Slice CT scanner, the fluoroscopy machine. , the EEG machine and Ear Nose and Throat Workstation (ENT), complete ophthalmology, hematology, microbiology, histopathology and chemical pathology equipment, among others.

    This ambitious project has fueled the record-breaking passion for upgrading the Sokoto State University Teaching Hospital. In late 2020, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike formally laid the groundwork for the widely praised project for which the state government set aside a sum of $ 10 billion. The State Health Commissioner, Dr. Muhammed Ali Inname, had previously presented the project and stressed that the main objective of embarking on the megaproject was to build a world-class university hospital, based on the application of advanced technology and highly - labor qualified to provide excellent services and train generations of physicians and healthcare personnel. The goal, Dr. Inname stated, was to project Nigeria and the West African region as a thriving hub for medical tourism.

    Exceptionally, Sokoto State University Teaching Hospital is designed to function as the largest in West Africa and boasts an impressive 1060-bed space. The hospital is linked to three new 150-bed world-class hospitals located in each of the state's senatorial districts, which are located in Binji, Sabon Birni and Tambuwal, and would serve as an accessible center to refer patients from the areas rural. Hospitals serve rural demographics that were previously at the mercy of primary health care centers or distant urban hospitals.

    The organization and categorization of health services in the state has facilitated the delegation of responsibilities and the effectiveness of the reforms promoted by the state. Upon assuming power, for example, Governor Tambuwal established the Sokoto State Contributory Health Care Management Agency, SOCHEMA, to drive efficiency in the health sector. Such direction or organizational approach guides the implementation of the solutions proposed or studied.

    While Sokoto's State Drug and Medical Supply Administration Agency (SDMA) spearheads the availability, accessibility, affordability and quality of essential drugs in the state to ensure the achievement of Universal Health Coverage and facilitate the drug supply system There is also the Sokoto State Vision Care Program, which oversees eye care solutions and has performed surgeries on patients in rural communities in Sokoto State. The program has performed vision correction surgery for 2,443 cataract patients, along with 3,219 related eye surgeries. The program has also led to the recruitment of a total of 59,853 individuals from various communities across the state.

    The inspiring achievement of the TB Control Program, which has demonstrated the state's commitment to preventing communicable diseases, the Ministry of Health has led interventions such as annual medical campaigns to address tuberculosis, hepatitis, HIV / AIDS, and leprosy. This would not have been possible without the training and retraining of LGA DSNOs and their assistants in the Outbreak Response Management Analysis and Regular Surveillance System (SORMAS), which was carried out in collaboration with the National Center for the Control of Sokoto's diseases. The other notable interventions in the state include the sustained supply of albendazole drugs to health centers and schools for the treatment of worms, the annual purchase and distribution of anti-malaria drugs, and the annual fumigation for malaria control.

    Sokoto's state has been a place of hope for Noma patients, who have undergone constructive surgeries and have also been patients with vesicovaginal fistula (VVF). The Maryam Abacha Hospital for Women and Children was established to treat cases of VFV, and they have been drastically reduced due to intense public information about the causes of the health problem. The State's efforts to combat VFV have been rated as the first in the country and recognized by the Federal Ministry of Health for the validity, reliability, timeliness, precision, integrity, and integrity of the program's data management.

    With 860 healthcare facilities across the state, continuing to be rehabilitated, expanded, and equipped with advanced technologies, it's easy to see how the state stood out even as the COVID-19 pandemic struck the country in the first quarter of 2020. The state prioritized the welfare of health workers and doubled their allowances for risks on an interim basis.

    Governor Tambuwal's passion for healthcare is palpable, and there could not have been better evidence of the state's healthcare infrastructure as much as the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has overwhelmed healthcare facilities around the world. . With initiatives such as Healthcare Under One Roof and the Contributory Health Scheme, Sokoto's journey to build and maintain model healthcare infrastructure and services is an applauded legacy.

    Yahaya is a public affairs analyst and wrote from Gwarinpa, Abuja.

  •   The Federal Executive Council FEC has approved three contracts for the procurement of equipment for cancer management at the Federal Medical Centre Kastina and Usman Dan Fodiyo University Sokoto Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire briefed State House correspondents after a virtual FEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa Abuja He said FEC today considered three memos from the ministry of health all of them were in respect of procurement First was a memo from Federal Medical Centre Kastina for an Oncology and Radiotherapy Centre to be able to handle cancer cases The projected award was to a company for N1 23 billion with a completion period of 42 weeks Mr Ehanire said that the project would be executed by a Nigerian company According to him the second and third memos are for re equipping UDUS which is one of Nigeria s Centres of Excellence for managing cancer Their equipment is old and broken down the most important is the leading accelerator which is going to be replaced and the Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRI machine which will also be replaced The MRI machine at the cost of N440 4 million from the budget appropriation to replace the old dysfunctional one and the linear accelerator at 887 6 million from the Special Intervention Fund he said NAN
    FEC approves procurement of cancer equipment at Katsina FMC, Sokoto varsity
      The Federal Executive Council FEC has approved three contracts for the procurement of equipment for cancer management at the Federal Medical Centre Kastina and Usman Dan Fodiyo University Sokoto Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire briefed State House correspondents after a virtual FEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa Abuja He said FEC today considered three memos from the ministry of health all of them were in respect of procurement First was a memo from Federal Medical Centre Kastina for an Oncology and Radiotherapy Centre to be able to handle cancer cases The projected award was to a company for N1 23 billion with a completion period of 42 weeks Mr Ehanire said that the project would be executed by a Nigerian company According to him the second and third memos are for re equipping UDUS which is one of Nigeria s Centres of Excellence for managing cancer Their equipment is old and broken down the most important is the leading accelerator which is going to be replaced and the Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRI machine which will also be replaced The MRI machine at the cost of N440 4 million from the budget appropriation to replace the old dysfunctional one and the linear accelerator at 887 6 million from the Special Intervention Fund he said NAN
    FEC approves procurement of cancer equipment at Katsina FMC, Sokoto varsity
    Headlines11 months ago

    FEC approves procurement of cancer equipment at Katsina FMC, Sokoto varsity

    The Federal Executive Council, FEC, has approved three contracts for the procurement of equipment for cancer management at the Federal Medical Centre, Kastina and Usman Dan Fodiyo University, Sokoto.

    Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, briefed State House correspondents after a virtual FEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

    He said, “FEC today considered three memos from the ministry of health—all of them were in respect of procurement.

    “First was a memo from Federal Medical Centre, Kastina, for an Oncology and Radiotherapy Centre to be able to handle cancer cases.

    “The projected award was to a company for N1.23 billion with a completion period of 42 weeks.’’

    Mr Ehanire said that the project would be executed by a Nigerian company.

    According to him, the second and third memos are for re-equipping UDUS which is one of Nigeria’s Centres of Excellence for managing cancer.

    “Their equipment is old and broken down; the most important is the leading accelerator which is going to be replaced and the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine which will also be replaced.

    “The MRI machine at the cost of N440.4 million from the budget appropriation to replace the old dysfunctional one and the linear accelerator at 887.6 million from the Special Intervention Fund,’’ he said.

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