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Anniversary: NAF offers free medical services to community in Sokoto

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Anniversary: NAF offers free medical services to community in Sokoto

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Abuja, April 28, 2019 The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Sunday began a free medical outreach for rural dwellers in Madorawa Community, a suburb of Sokoto, to commemorate its 55th anniversary.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the medical outreach was part of activities lined up to mark the NAF day scheduled to hold from April 27 to April 29.

Speaking at the event, the Commander of 119 Composite Group Sokoto, Group Cpt. Adamu Garba, expressed delight for being part of the medical services in the community.

Garba said that the exercise was part of Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar’s efforts toward enhancing community relations through providing humanitarian services.

He also commended Abubakar for uplifting 119 forward operation base Sokoto to composite group for enhanced services.

He said Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacists, Laboratory Scientists and other auxiliary health workers would provide their respective services to beneficiaries free of charge throughout the exercise.

He added that drugs, eye glasses and other consumables would also be distributed to beneficiaries free.

According to him, free HIV test will also be conducted along with screening for eye ailments, hepatitis, malaria, diabetes and others while required treatments and drugs will be administered.

He disclosed that no fewer than 5,000 people were being targeted on the free exercise and urged the people to take advantage of the outreach to know and improve their health status.

The Commander said the event signified the NAF commitment toward improving civil and military relationship.

“Today’s event signifies our commitment towards improving our civil-military relationships. It is usually said that a healthy nation is a wealthy nation.

“This medical outreach will in no small way contribute to the health of this community as some screening exercises such as sugar, hepatitis and HIV tests will be done along with the general medical examinations to beneficiaries.

“The exercise will also feature distribution of mosquito nets as well as free eyeglasses and dental checks.

“Madorawa community was selected because NAF sets to construct Barrack near the settlement; this will be a beginning of moves to facilitate cordial relationship with community members,” he said.

He told the villagers that the health professionals at the event were ready to assist them with their health concerns.

He said those requiring further treatment such as surgery would be referred to nearby hospitals for such treatment.

Earlier, the Village Head, Alhaji Umaru Magajin-Madorawa, thanked the NAF for conducting the outreach in his community noting that it would surely enhance peoples’ wellbeing.

He said the traditional ward head, Muhammadu Harande and the District Head, Alhaji Aliyu Danisa, expressed their gratitude as they also thanked NAF for the support.

He also advised members of the community to take advantage of the outreach.

Some of the beneficiaries, Mr Lubabatu Bello, Mr Modu Amadu and Mr Muhammadu Bello, who spoke to NNN, expressed happiness for the free medical services.

The beneficiaries described the gesture as a lifeline to them as some of them got eye glasses free which could have cost them a lot of money as treatment expenses.

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NMA lauds Gov. Ganduje for appointing 4 medical doctors as Commissioners

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The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has commended Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State for appointing four medical doctors in his cabinet as commissioners.

This was contained in a statement by Abba Anwar, the Chief Press Secretary to Ganduje and issued to newsmen in Kano on Friday.

According to Anwar, NMA President, Dr Francis Faduyile gave the commendation while presenting an Award of Excellence to Ganduje after the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the association tagged “Kano 2019”.

“Ganduje is an achiever in the overall health sector, who agrees to enlist the sector among key top most priority areas of his administration.

“Permit me to congratulate Kano state for its various positive contributions to commerce and agriculture in the country over the years, and the contributions of the he governor towards effective healthcare delivery in the state.

“I also want to congratulate the governor for appointing four medical doctors in his cabinet as commissioners. I believe our members will greatly contribute to the success of the administration,” faduyile said.

The NMA president, said part of the reasons for the special award to the governor, included his unflinching support and concern for the health care delivery system.

He also commended Ganduje for completing the Ultra Modern Specialist Hospitals of Khalifa Isyaku Rabiu Paediatric Hospital, Zoo road and Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital, Giginyu.

In his response, the governor appreciated the association for choosing Kano state to host the NEC meeting.

“We are doing our best to strengthen our health care delivery system in the state. That is why we allocated 16 per cent of our budget to the healthcare sector, “ Ganduje said.

Some of the dignitaries at the event were Dr Tanko Yusuf-Sununu, Chairman House Committee on Health, and Dr Nasir Gwarzo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health.

Edited by: Chioma Ugboma/Ali Baba-Inuwa

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Aisha Buhari urges governors’ wives to advance community health

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Aisha Buhari Foundation (ABF) under the aegis of Future Assured programme has urged  wives of Governors to actively encourage community health in their respective states.

Buhari also urged them to encourage their husbands to invest more in health care services.

Wife of the President made the call in her speech, read by Hajiya Bilkisu Halilu, on Friday in Abakaliki during her visit to the state for a mission outreach organised by the foundation.

Mrs Buhari said that upgrading community health would ensure better healthcare in facilities, adding that her outreach programmes were aligned with her vision of assuring health and well-being of communities in the country.

She said that food items and packs of provisions presented at Mile Four Maternity Hospital and Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital (AE-FETH) both in Abakaliki were for patients at the hospitals as part of the foundation’s vision of support.

“It gives me pleasure to be in Ebonyi for a mercy mission outreach organised by Aisha Buhari Foundation under the future assured programme as a gift for the benefit of people in the hospital.

“I call on governors’ wives to promote community health in their respective states for better life and well-being of people,” Mrs Buhari said.

She, however, commended Gov. David Umahi on the attention being given to health care in the state and his wife for being a pillar of support for the women.

Hajiya Mariam Hadi, leader of the delegation appreciated the hospitality witnessed in the state while she commended the numerous achievements made in the state.

Mrs Rachael Umahi, while commending the delegation and the kind gesture from the  Buhari Foundation, expressed satisfaction with her encouragements to the state that had been regular.

“I am delighted over your frequent support given to patients in the state and assure more upgrade in healthcare services, ” Umahi said

Dr Emeka Ogah, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of AE-FETH, said the governor and wife had been supportive in offsetting medical bills of indigent patients as well as procurement of equipments and vehicles for the hospital.

Ogah who was represented by the Chairman, Medical Advisory Council (CMAC) of AE-FETH, Dr Robinson Onoh, said  the visit of the foundation was unique as it aimed at giving attention to patients in the state.

“For us, the visit to the hospital and gift to patients is unique. We appreciate her coming and support,” Ogah said.

The Hospital Administrator of the Mile Four Maternity Hospital, Sister Charity Munonye, commended the advocacy of the foundation and its support.

Munonye explained that since 1946 the hospital had been focused mainly on health care of mothers’ and children’s well-being and other services rendered for humanity.

She also applauded  numerous supports from the governor’s wife project, Family Succour and Upliftment Foundation, in upgrading and advancing the  well-being of people in the state.

“We have been looking forward to her coming because she has  been coming to the hospital with support,” Munonye said.

Edited by: Chioma Ugboma/Donald Ugwu

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Abia Assembly pledges legislative support to universal health coverage

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The Abia House of Assembly has expressed its readiness to ensure that the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) becomes functional in the state through effective legislation.

Mr Stanley Nwabuisi, Chairman, House Committee on Health and Women Affairs, made the assertion on Friday at a press conference held at the assembly complex in Umuahia to commemorate the 2019 Universal Health Coverage Day.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the event, which is celebrated annually on December 12, aims to raise awareness on the need for strong and resilient health system and universal health coverage with multi-stakeholder partners.

He said that the universal health coverage would help to ensure that people had access to health care they needed without suffering financial hardship.

Nwabuisi, who described health as a foundational investment in human capital and economic growth, pledged the Seventh Assembly’s resolve to ensure the success of UHC in the state through its legislation and oversight.

The lawmaker, representing Ikwuano State Constituency, said the house was committed to performing its statutory responsibility by creating a strong enabling regulatory and legal environment responsive to people’s needs.

Also, the House Committee Chairman on Appropriation, Mr Kennedy Njoku, described the issue of health as very important, not only to the state but the entire nation.

Njoku gave the assurance that his committee would give priority attention to the health sector with respect to funding during the consideration of the 2020 Appropriation Bill.

Earlier, Mr Sebastine Ikejide, the Team Leader of Health Policy Plus in Abia, said that their mandate was to support the state government to carry out the necessary reforms in the health sector to the hinterlands.

(Edited by: Chidi Opara/Sam Oditah)

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NYSC to consider amputee member for Presidential Award

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The Director General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim says the scheme may consider a serving corps member who lost his limb for Presidential Award.

Ibrahim disclosed this on Friday when he led other officials of the NYSC to visit the corps member, Mr Nuruddeen Tahir at his family house in Gwarzo in Kano state.

According to him, the award will give the corps member the opportunity to get automatic employment with Federal Government.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Tahir was involved in an auto crash on his way back home after the 2019 Batch B stream ll orientation course in Taraba resulting in the amputation of his right arm.

Tahir had ealier lost his left arm to a grinding machine at the age of 16.

The DG said that the NYSC had also paid N32 million to provide artificial limbs for the corps member.

He added that the artificial limps would enable him do things like writing and lifting of objects without problem.

Also speaking, the father of the 27 year old corps member, Alhaji Dahiru Dalhatu expressed gratitude for the gesture.

Dalhatu also commended the NYSC for paying for the replacement of his son’s limbs.

NAN further reports that the doctor who was expected to administer the limbs, Dr Rufus Arumugam, said an order had already been placed for the artificial limbs in Scotland.

Arumugam added that the limbs would be delivered in a few days.

According to him, the limbs would come with remote control which would be used to move the hands based on what actions the patient wants to perform.

Edited by: Dorcas Jonah/Ali Baba-Inuwa

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Psychiatrist suggests measures to reduce stress, depression, suicide

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A Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Olurotimi Coker, on Friday called on Nigerians and the Federal Government to adopt measures to reduce  stress and depression to avoid suicides and other outcomes.

“There is  the need for Nigeria to pay more attention to mental health through a signed bill; the mental health budget should also be increased.

“Adequate medication, as well as family, psychological, financial and environmental support should also be in place, because these are pathways to recovery for every individual with mental challenge.

“Again, measures for psychological first aid, as advocated by the World Health Organisation, should be in place,” Coker, who works at the Lagos State University College of Medicine, said in Lagos.

The medical expert  spoke with the Nigeria News Agency.

He said that there was the need for the Federal Government to provide more  social amenities to reduce stress and depression among Nigerians.

According to him, suicide and other outcomes of mental ill-health are in the increase among  Nigerians.

Coker said that Nigerians were facing some socioeconomic challenges that included business failures, high cost of living, poverty and lack of  basic amenities.

“This is taking a toll on the mental health of Nigerians; it makes people vulnerable to suicidal tendencies, aggression, violence, indiscipline, corruption and other anti-social behaviours.

“The statistics may not be there, but by observations, people are bottling up their emotions and challenges instead of speaking out.

“There is need for people to speak out; let us not be intimidated and bottle up our anxieties, challenges and frustrations.

“We should learn to share our worries, speak out and seek help, because a problem shared is half-solved,”  he advised.

The  psychiatrist also said that there was the need to identify individual stressors to deal with  among the day-to-day stressors of life, adding that it was important for people to engage in activities that would modulate stress.

“These positive activities include exercise, sporting activities, acquiring additional skills, hobbies such as dancing, gardening, music, reading, story-telling and going on vacations,” he said.

Coker said that the first line for depression management  would be therapy and counselling from family members, friends, religious leaders and medical experts.

According to him, an individual should not to wait until he or she is battered, injured or gets nearer  to committing suicide, before seeking help.

Edited by: Victor Asije/Ijeoma Popoola

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