250 babies born in Alimosho General Hospital monthly — Govt



The Lagos State Government says no fewer than 250 babies are born every month in Alimosho General Hospital, Igando.

The Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, announced this on Thursday during the inauguration of the 149-bed Maternal and Child Centre (MCC) in Igando, Alimosho Local Government Area.

Abayomi said that the hospital attended to 14,000 pregnant mothers and children per month and it performed 1,300 caesarean sections in 2018.

He said that the existing MCC had 70 beds, 44 cots and 10 incubators with the necessary support services.

According to him, the Alimosho Local Government is divided into six, Alimosho Local Government and five Local Community Development Areas (LCDAs).

”The Alimosho General Hospital and MCC serves the 3.5 million people of Alimosho and a total of six million from surrounding areas, which if you think about it, is bigger than many cities and even some countries in Africa and around the world.

”The hospital attends to an average of 45,000 patients a month across 14 different clinics and admits over 4,000 patients per year,” he said.

The commissioner said that delivery of qualitative and effective healthcare services to mothers and children and the population at large in response to the ever-increasing service demand of the teeming population in Lagos State was paramount to the present administration.

He said that the inaguration of the new MCC was another milestone at efforts towards improving the health indices of the citizens.

According to him, the MCC is geared at reducing to the barest minimum the unacceptably high morbidities and mortalities in pregnant women and children, especially children less than five years of age.

”While we are declaring zero tolerance on potholes and power outages, it is only natural that we also declare zero tolerance on unnecessary deaths in our pregnant mothers and children.

”The unfortunate causes of death in our children less than five years of age are Sickle Cell anaemia, malaria, chest infections and diarrhoeal diseases.

”The causes of death in new born are difficulty breathing, infections jaundice or yellow eyes, prematurity and birth defects. All of which are mostly preventable.

”So the existing facility has become grossly inadequate for the people of Alimosho and its environs.

”The addition of a new MCC will reduce our referrals to other health facilities and provide the much desperately needed space to treat our mothers and children.

For this we say thank you to the first Lady of Nigeria, Dr Mrs Aisha Buhari and Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire for making this possible,” he said.(NAN)


Edited by Kayode Olaitan


Report objectively to end GBV, experts task journalists



Dr Franca Attoh, an Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Lagos, has tasked journalists to focus and report objectively on issues bordering on Gender Based Violence (GBV), harmful practices in a bid to end the menace in the society.


Attoh gave the task while presenting a paper on Journalism, Development and Ethical Issues at four-day training on Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Lagos, themed, “Sensitive Reporting and Investigative Journalism.”


Nigeria News Agency reports that the training was organised by The UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation(UNESCO), under its Spotlight Initiative aimed at eliminating all forms of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG).

She listed the core values of good journalistic practice to include honesty, diligence, accountability, fairness, independence and objective in reportage.


The emergence of ethical journalism has become central to all newsrooms and it is the cornerstone of a new journalism that supports society’s development and the integrity of communication.


Therefore, journalism should be a veritable tool to impel development.


The duty of the journalist is to be the watch-dog that protects the citizenry from the antics of politicians.


He or she is the gate keeper and the conscience of the society by reporting the facts as they stand,’’ she said.


The don also stressed the need for the media to be up their game by concentrating more on investigative reportage, which she said would aide in fighting the scourge of harmful practices and GBV.


“Our goal is to report GBV in the best possible way and the methodology to deploy is investigative journalism.’’


Attoh also advised journalists to be inquisitive, factual have evidence and work within the ambits of law, while investigating any story, particularly on harmful practices and all forms of violence.


Similarly, Dr Sharon Omotoso, a lecturer on Gender Studies, University of Ibadan, while presenting on “Patriarchy, Exclusion and Sexist Practices’’ also advised media to use neutral terms and avoid assumptions about gender roles and stereotypes.


The media exposes how certain people, values and norms in the society are perceived. They are also capable of changing the views and perceptions of a society about a thing or a concept.


For the media to accurately mirror our society, to produce coverage that is complete and diverse, it is critical that the news reflect the world as seen through the eyes of women as well as men,’’ she said.


Dr Zubairu Attah, a Consultant and Specialist on Gender Issues, who presented paper entitled, “Situating Gender in the Context of Journalism and Development’’, emphasised the role of the media toward ending gender violence.


According to him, the media is also charged with the responsibility of promoting equality and inclusiveness in governance.


“It is a problem which we all must tackle as impact change champions who encourage and exhort the state and sections of society to address the inequalities and barriers that face our development.’’


NAN reports that 33 participants, drawn from each of the six geo-political zones from Adamawa, Lagos, Ebonyi, Cross River, Sokoto, and FCT among others are attending the workshop.

Edited by: Dada Ahmed

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Malaria: EU/UNICEF programme treats 16,992 children in Adamawa



No fewer than 16,992 children below the age of five were treated of malaria under the  Maternal, New-born and Child Health and Nutrition (MNCHN) project in Adamawa.

The Disease Surveillance and Notification Officer of Fufore Local Government Area, Mr Sa’id Umar, made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Fufore town.

Umar said the children located in hard to reach remote villages were attended to by Resource s) between 2018 and November 2019.

Umar said Fufore has 240 CORPs provided with the necessary training by the Adamawa State Primary Healthcare Agency for testing and managing mild malaria cases.

He said that the CORPs were always armed with malaria drugs, antibiotics and Oral Rehydration Solution to go round house-to-house in the remote areas identifying sick people particularly children.

They treat those with minor illness such as mild malaria, while those with more serious cases and those above five years including pregnant and nursing mothers were referred to the nearest primary healthcare centre.

Corps are also very useful in reporting any strange illness; for instance just recently one of the Corps drew my attention to a sick child with the symptoms of one of those children child diseases and we immediately went into action by collecting sample which has been sent for laboratory test,” Umar said.

While commending the effective role of the CORPs in helping to fight diseases in communities without access to health centres, Umar said that to make them more effective, the CORPs undergo quarterly training to enhance them and have supervisors who monitor them.

Speaking on the activities of CORPs in his community, the village Head of Nafori, Malam Jauro Nafori, said his people were happy and impressed with the role of CORPs in bringing healthcare to their doorsteps.

This programme gives us a sense of belonging and makes us feel the government really care about our healthcare,” Nafori said.

Modibbo Baraya of Janjanre village and Mr Babangida Liman of Mbewere village also lauded the CORP initiative, describing it as one of the most positive government steps in areas of healthcare delivery.

Malam Sa’adu Yuguda, a 28-year-old CORP in Mbewere village, said he has been a proud member of the CORPs for the past two years.

Edited by: Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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NGOs caution NPopC, others against birth registration extortion



Population opC), and relevant stakeholders, have been cautioned against extorting money from citizens during birth registration.

Community , and the Investigative , gave the warning on Monday in Abuja, in a joint news conference to mark the 2019 International Anti-Corruption Day.

Agbonsuremi ’s Executive Director, described birth registration as one of the biggest current corruption channel where ordinary Nigerians were made to pay to get their newborns registered in the country.

Birth registration is supposed to be free in Nigeria, and it is the responsibility of the NPopC to keep the birth record as it keeps death records, because both are important for national planning.

Corruption is a major problem facing Nigeria and it is robbing the citizens of the dividends of good governance,’’ he said.

He noted that birth registration of children in Nigeria had been low, in spite of the initiative introduced in 2012 by NPC with the support of United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) (Nigeria) to address the problem.

According to him, extortion of money by birth registration officials across the country has denied the country from registering a large number of births.

This he said had further hampered appropriate record keeping for actual number of births recorded in the country in a year.

He noted that with increasing demand for birth certificates for different purposes, many Nigerians had missed opportunities such as scholarships, oversea trips and admissions among others.

With this reality, parents are now eager to get their children registered but the exercise is marred by extortion and lack of adequate registration centres in rural areas.

It became worrisome when the officials saddled with the childbirth registration are those that are culpable of this crime in spite of the fact that registration is the first step towards recognising a child’s inalienable rights as a human being.

An investigation by the ICIR revealed that the task of documenting the birth of Nigerian babies has been taken over by touts and profiteers who collect dubious fees from unsuspecting parents,’’ he said.

He called on anti-graft agencies to beam their searchlights on the NPopC’s birth registration with a view to ending the corruption, sanitising the system, and prosecuting culpable officials.

He further said that UNICEF in a report titled “Good practices: Working towards free and universal birth registration’’ stated that costs related to fees had always been a barrier to increased birth registration.

He, however, said UNICEF recommended the prohibition of payment for birth registration in some countries such as Nigeria, Senegal and Rwanda among others.

The Executive Director urged the Federal Government to look into the recommendation.

PRIMORG is focused on advocating for good governance and accountability. It fights corruption generally, sensitises and mobilises citizens to participate wisely in government activities such as election.

Anti-Corruption Day is celebrated globally on Dec. 9, to tackle corruption in all fields of life.

Edited by: Nyisom Fiyigon Dore

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Scholars celebrate renowned medical expert, Ojengbede, at 70



Some scholars, on Monday, paid glowing tribute to a renowned obstetrics and gynaecology expert, Prof. Oladosu Ojengbede, for his numerous contributions to the advancement of women’s reproductive health.

The scholars, including a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Emeritus Prof Ayo Banjo and the incumbent VC, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, spoke at the valedictory service and 70th birthday celebration of Ojengbede.

Others were Prof. Oluwabunmi Olapade-College , Ibadan and Prof. Adesina Oladokun, Head, Department Obstetrics and Gynaecology, UCH.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the event was organised by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University College Hospital, Ibadan.

Banjo, who was the Chairman at the occasion, noted the impactful role the celebrator had played in contributing to knowledge.

Ojengbede had made immense contributions to the University College Hospital and University of Ibadan as well as to the world of scholarship.

We have all benefited from his gesture. I wish him many happy returns of the day,” he said.

In their separate remarks, Olayinka, Olapade-Olaopa and Oladokun noted the invaluable contributions of Ojengbede, both nationally and internationally, as well as how he had facilitated training and grants to the institutions.

In his lecture entitled: “Medical Sub-speciality Training: Opportunities for National Development and International Partnerships”, Dr Bolarinde Ola of Sheffield Teaching Hospital, United Kingdom, spoke on ways to improve medical training in Nigeria.

According to Ola, corruption, over-population and capital flight, which are the bane of quality healthcare in Nigeria, can be tackled with development in science and technology as well as human capital.

We can reverse brain drain, if opportunities are provided in Nigeria for training of health providers, increase earning power and job satisfaction.

Put innovation and entrepreneurship in place to drive development because when you increase people’s health, you increase their productivity,” he said.

In another lecture entitled: “Advances in Medical Sub-specialisation in Obstetrics and Gynaecology”, Medical , highlighted new technologies and methods of practising medicine in developed countries.

He noted that robotics and artificial intelligence had changed the narratives in medical practices, even though the traditional methods remained the backup in case of eventualities.

Joshua noted that minimal invasive approaches and the use of evidence- based practices had been incorporated into training and were helping quality healthcare delivery in developed countries.

In his response, Ojengbede, appreciated God for his achievements and thanked his teachers for their mentorship.

He urged people never to stop lending helping hands to the less-privileged ones and do good at all times.

The event featured the launching of a book entitled: “Grace Found Me” written by Ojengbede

NAN reports that Ojengbede, who bowed out of service after 35 years, had made his marks in the field of Obstetrics/Gynaecology, both nationally and internationally.

He is currently the director of Centre for Population and Reproductive Health, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan.

He has also engaged in research into a number of intervention studies for reducing maternal/neonatal morbidity and mortality, with the objective of identifying or developing best practices for replication.

Ojengbede has also actively pursued the development of training manuals in reproductive health for healthcare providers.

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Expert tasks FG on self-care training for leprosy victims



Dr Gabriel Adakole, an Abuja based Public Health expert, has urged the Federal Government to encourage self-care training for people affected by leprosy.

Adakole made call in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency , on Monday in Abuja.

He said government should also ensure that the stigmatisation of people with leprosy was tackled, as well as make sure they were empowered to stand up for their rights.

The expert said that the combination of a disease that had a debilitating effect on the body and stigma associated with it required a holistic approach.

He called on government to focus on the physical, social, spiritual and psychological needs of leprosy patients in the country.

Adakole who spoke further on the health, rehabilitation and disability care for leprous persons, noted that even after treatment the disease might have already caused permanent damage to their nerves.

As they no longer feel pain, they are usually at risk of injuring their hands and feet while completing daily tasks such as walking and cooking.

Government needs to design a programme to train people on self-care techniques that will help minimise the risk of injury, and promote the setting up of self-care groups in leprosy-affected communities.

Teach them how to inspect each other for injuries and encourage one another to treat their wounds, as well as on giving each other emotional support,” he said.

The health expert said that many people affected by the disease live in basic shelters with inadequate sanitation because of poverty and discrimination.

Often, they live as part of a leprosy-affected community set up because people with the disease were shunned by friends and neighbours,’’ he said.

Adakole advised the government to provide thousands of leprosy-affected families with improved housing and sanitation in the country.

He also advised the government to create opportunity for children and young people from leprosy-affected families to acquire basic education and improve their livelihood.

“Going to school will encourage them to achieve their full potential.

Leprosy is one of the world’s most stigmatised disease. It seems inconceivable that people affected by a mildly-infectious disease can become so marginalised in society,” he said.

The expert said that it was disheartening to note that leprosy could destroy job, education and marriage prospects of an entire family as a result of age-long stigma and misunderstanding surrounding the disease.

He decried a prevalent global myth that leprosy was a curse for something the victims had done wrong, either recently or in past life.

Edited by: Chinyere Bassey/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore

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Kwara govt gets pass mark from UNICEF over health spending



The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has commended the Kwara state government for spending over N92 million on health within the last six months.

Health Kaduna Field Office, gave the commendation on Monday in Ilorin at the 2019 End-Year Review and Planning meeting.

Tsofo said the amount spent by the government between May and November, was an improvement on the previous years’ expenditure on health in the state.

According to him, Kwara has surpassed many states that received more money than the state from the international children’s funding agency.

The UNICEF official explained that the money was specifically spent on campaigns on polio, measles and meningitis, which according to him are part of immunisation activities.

Tsofo, however, said that UNICEF spent N265 million on health activities in the state from January to December.

Edited by: Ismail Abdulaziz

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Red Cross trains 40 professionals on “health care in danger’’




Abuja, Dec. 9, 2019 International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Nigeria delegation says 40 healthcare

professionals benefitted from its two-day training of trainer workshop toward introducing “Health Care in Danger” into

Medical Tertiary Institutes in the country.

ICRC Deputy Head of Delegation in Nigeria, Dr Jean-Francois Quéguiner, made this known in a statement by ICRC

Public Relations Officer, Aliyu Dawobe, on Monday in Abuja.

Dawobe quoted Quéguiner as saying “during this workshop, we initiated a discussion about specific risks

healthcare workers face in armed conflict areas and other situations of violence.

We hope these discussions would serve to introduce comprehensive training modules on medical ethics.

“We also hope it would help to introduce rights and responsibilities of healthcare personnel in medical school

to deepen the knowledge of medical students.”

Quéguiner said that the workshop, organised in partnership with Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria,

took place in Abuja on Dec. 5 and Dec. 6.

He noted that the aim of the training was to discuss challenges preventing the teaching of medical ethics and the legal

framework protecting the wounded, sick, healthcare personnel and facilities and to identify how these challenges could be tackled.

According to him, Nigeria has witnessed incidents of damage and looting of healthcare facilities, attacks on patients and

healthcare workers and prevention of access to healthcare.

He said migration of qualified healthcare personnel from areas affected by armed conflicts was another serious issue affecting

access to health in some parts of the country.

Also in the statement, the ICRC indicated that it supported 80,000 Displaced s) in Benue with food.

According to the statement, the organisation is also carrying out a livestock deworming campaign for over 100,000 cattle and

other small ruminants belonging to pastoralist communities affected by violence.

We provided this assistance to alleviate the sufferings of people in conflict areas.

The humanitarian situation here is difficult, and the ICRC helps the most vulnerable communities,” it quoted Majid Bakhtiary, the Head of the ICRC sub-delegation in Jos as saying.

Bakhtiary said that the six weeks of deworming campaign which started on Nov. 12 in Awe, Keana and Nasarawa local government areas of Nasarawa State,

aimed at improving the health of the livestock.

Simultaneously, he said, ICRC also concluded food distribution in collaboration with Cross to some 80,000 people in

displacement camps in Guma and Makurdi local government areas of Benue.

In addition, he said, the ICRC in partnership with Department of Livestock and Veterinary Services in Plateau, trained 1,600 people, among

them NRCS volunteers, community animal health workers and community leaders.

The training covered basic animal disease and treatment, enabling participants to assist livestock herders in remote areas where veterinary

services were not available.

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Nasarawa Govt to boost fight against HIV with N1.8bn



The Nasarawa State Government says it will soon release N1.8 billion to boost the fight against in the state.

The state Commissioner for Health, Ahmed Yahaya, made this known on Monday at a five-day workshop on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Programme in Akwanga, Akwanga Local Government Area of the state.

Yahaya, represented by Ishaku Abari, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, said that arrangement had been concluded for the release of funds to sustain the tempo of the fight against the scourge.

Yahaya said that the fight against in the state was still largely donor-driven, hence the government’s determination to increase funding toward its sustenance when the donors eventually pull out.

He said that the ministry would liaise with the state Assembly Committee on Health with a view to ensuring allocation of funds to tackle the scourge.

Also, Dr Peter Attah, the Coordinator, State AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases Control Programme (SASCP), called for more government’s support to the programme for its sustenance beyond the donor funding.

Attah said that efforts of the team had yielded great results in reducing the prevalence rate of the disease in the state.

He added that as at June, no fewer than 60, 000 people were living with HIV and receiving treatments in various medical facilities across the state.

The commissioner expressed concern about the attitude of some people toward medical screening in order to know their health status and getting prompt treatment.

According to Attah, no fewer than 22, 000 people believed to be living with HIV have refused to make themselves available for testing so as to access treatment.

He appealed to members of the public to go for HIV testing to ascertain their health status, saying that those found to be positive would be place on treatment to prevent further spread of the virus.

Edited by: Joseph Edeh/Olagoke Olatoye

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HIV spread: Nasarawa health stakeholders call for enforcement of anti-stigma law



HIV spread: Nasarawa health stakeholders seek enforcement of anti-stigma law


Akwanga (Nasarawa State), Dec. 9, 2019 Stakeholders in Nasarawa State’s health sector have called on the state and local governments to curtail the spread of HIV and AIDS by enforcing anti-stigma law.

The stakeholders made the call at the opening of a five-day workshop on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) on Monday in Akwanga Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

Dr Ishaku Bako, a workshop facilitator, said the enforcement of the law would go a long way to end the spread and new HIV infections.

Bako explained that if stigmatisation against victims was eliminated, it would encourage those with the condition to avail themselves of the testing and treatment.

“One of the ways to stop the spread of HIV is for everybody who is yet to ascertain his/her status to avail himself/herself for testing and those found positive be placed on treatment.

“Efforts must be made to ensure that all pregnant women attend antenatal and deliver in the hospitals in order to prevent HIV infection through prevention of mother-to-child transmission,” he added.

On his parts, Alhassan Ibrahim, Director, Public Health, Ministry of Health, said the objective of the workshop was to review government’s performance in 2019 with the view to improving in the 2020 operational plan.

He said the prevalence of HIV scourge was reducing due to the supports from the various partners and efforts by the staff members of the health ministry.

He, therefore, expressed the determination of the medical team in the fight against HIV in the state to do their best to achieve the global target of eliminating the scourge by 2030.

Contributing, Mr Philip Lukoko, Nasarawa State Coordinator of the Network of People Living with HIV commanded the government and other development partners for assisting them to live a normal life in spite of their status.

He, however, noted that stigmatisation by medical personnel and the public was a serious impediment, saying many sufferers were shying away from testing and receiving treatment.

He, therefore, urged the public to help in curtailing the spread of HIV by desisting from discrimination against the sufferers.

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