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Growth rate of index of 8 core industries declines by 15 pct in June

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Growth rate of index of 8 core industries declines by 15 pct in June

The growth rate of index of eight core industries for June 2020 in India declined by 15 percent in the wake of nationwide lockdown that was imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19, data revealed by India’s federal ministry of commerce and industry Friday said.


This is the fourth consecutive contraction in the eight key infrastructure sectors of the economy.

“The growth rate of index of eight core industries for June 2020 declined by 15.0 percent (provisional) compared to decline of 22.0 percent (revised) in the previous month of May 2020. Its cumulative growth during April to June, 2020-21 was minus 24.6 percent,” a statement issued by the ministry said.

The decline is attributed to the loss in production Coal, Cement, Steel, Natural Gas, Refinery, Crude Oil and electricity due to the lockdown. Only fertilisers recorded positive growth.

According to the ministry, the final growth rate of index of eight core industries for March 2020 is revised at minus 8.6 percent.

The eight core industries comprise 40.27 percent of the weight of items included in the Index of Industrial Production (IIP).

A nationwide lockdown imposed on March 25 is underway in India to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. The move has badly hit the Indian economy and resulted in the loss of jobs.

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Delta Govt trains teachers ahead of schools’ resumption

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In preparation for the resumption of schools, the Delta Government on Monday begun sensitisation programme for teachers in Ika North-East Local Government Area.


Mr Innocent Ezeamaiwe, member, Ika North-East Rapid Response Team for COVID-19, said the training was geared toward equipping the teachers with necessary information on COVID-19, and how to manage the pandemic.

Ezeamaiwe said that the exercise was part of the state government’s initiative on the basic procedures for handling the pandemic in schools.

“The objective is to ensure the safety of teachers and students when we reopened the schools.

“The students and teachers are expected to adhere strictly to the laid down precautionary measures,” he said.

Ezeamaiwe also urged teachers and parents not to be afraid of the school reopening, assuring them that the state government was working out the modalities to perfect the whole process.

He urged teachers to be good ambassadors, by observing and adhering strictly to the guidelines on the prevention of Coronavirus pandemic.

In his remarks, Christopher Ekamagule, the Education Secretary, Local Education Authority, Ika North-East, commended the state government for its decision to reopen schools.

Ekamagule said that the students could no longer afford to wait at home.

He urged participants to maximise the opportunity, adding that victory over the pandemic was becoming stronger.

The training exercise took place in three centres – Owa Oyibu Secondary School; Akumazi Umuocha Secondary School and Ika Grammar school.

Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

 

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Health experts and other stakeholders on Monday, urged Nigerian mothers to practise a minimum of six months exclusive breastfeeding of infants to enable them to grow into strong and healthy adults.


The experts made the call in a webinar organised by Alive and Thrive (A&T), an NGO, to commemorate the World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) 2020.

Alive and Thrive is a global nutrition initiative to save lives, prevent illness and ensure healthy growth and development through improved maternal nutrition, breastfeeding and complementary feeding practice.

Dr Victor Ajieroh of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, said the 2020 world breastfeeding week was remarkable and dwelt on the importance of breastfeeding to the environment.

He said that there was the need for countries to promote exclusive and optimal breastfeeding as a way of protecting the planet.

“It is a great pleasure for the Gates Foundation, working with the government of Nigeria, to support, protect and promote breastfeeding in Nigeria as part of the commemoration of the WBW.

“Two things are remarkable and noteworthy about this year’s celebration. The first is the theme that is connected to sustainable development.

“The COVID-19 pandemic with its associated disruptions and impact on life is another factor that necessitates us to support mothers with the right information on breastfeeding,’’ he said.

Ajieroh said that the present rate of exclusive breastfeeding in Nigeria stood at 29 per cent, and expressed optimism that achieving the target of 50 per cent by 2025 was feasible.

Dr Simeon Nanama of UNICEF noted that the 2020 world breastfeeding week came at a time when the world faced the challenges of climate and the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said that the theme of the 2020 commemoration “Support Breastfeeding for a Healthier Planet,’’ was relevant in highlighting those global challenges.

“The theme, “Support Breastfeeding for a Healthier Planet’’ is remarkable because it is coming at a time when the world faces two major challenges, climate change and the VOVID-19 pandemic.

“It  shows the important role breastfeeding can play in solving these global challenges .

“It is cheering to note that Nigeria has made steady progress in exclusive breastfeeding, having moved from 17 per cent to 29 per cent in the last few years.

“The 50 per cent target for 2025 is achievable,’’ he said.

The Director of Family Health at the Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Salma Anas-Kolo, said that women that exclusively breastfed their children were contributing to a healthy environment.

She said that exclusive breastfeeding of infants for the first six months played a major role in raising a crop of intelligent youths that would provide purposeful leadership in future.

Anas-Kolo called on all women and men to continue to support and promote exclusive breastfeeding through advocacy and sensitisation.

Dr Uche Ralph-Opara of Alive and Thrive said that the organisation had, in the last few years, supported some states in Nigeria through survey to establish the status of exclusive  breastfeeding.

She said that findings showed that many mothers believed that due to hot weather, their infants needed to supplement breast milk with some quantity of water.

“The breast milk contains 80 per cent water, so the infants can get all the water they require at any point in time from breast milk,’’ she said.

The webinar drew participants from the academia, NGOs, government and other stakeholders.

WBW is a global campaign to raise awareness and galvanise action on themes related to breastfeeding.

It is celebrated between August 1 and August 7 every year in commemoration of the 1990 Innocent Declaration.

In line with this year’s theme of the event, WHO and UNICEF have called on governments to protect and promote women’s access to skilled breastfeeding counseling.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

 

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Mrs Ugwuanyi wants families, LGs to support exclusive breastfeeding

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Wife of Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, Mrs Monica Ugwuanyi, has called for the support families, friends and local government authorities, in the area of exclusive breastfeeding for babies.


Mrs Ugwuanyi made the appeal in a virtual internet video message, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria , on Monday in Enugu.

The message was to commemorate this year’s “World Breastfeeding Week”, which holds between Aug.1 and Aug. 7.

According to her, there is need for mothers, fathers and wives of local government chairmen, to join in the renewed call for appropriate feeding for newborns and infants, and support nursing mothers in any way they can.

“A warm chain of support from us all will create an enabling environment that empowers all mothers to breastfeed optimally for a healthier planet.

“I pledge to bridge the gap for the survival of our children within the state.

“This appropriate feeding for newborns and infants, which is uncompromising exclusive breastfeeding, is also one pathway to mitigate environmental degradation,’’ she said.

Mrs Ugwuanyi also stressed the importance of early initiation of breastfeeding of children within the first one hour of birth, and exclusively for six months.

“Also introduction of solid food after six months to complement continuous exclusive breastfeeding, meant to last for two years of age or beyond,’’ she said.

The governor’s wife noted that mothers’ breast milk contained antibodies that helped babies fight viruses and bacteria, as well as lowered babies’ risk of having asthma or allergies.

“It also provides the ideal nutrition for the babies and makes them smarter.

“Babies, who are exclusively breastfed for six months without a formula, have fewer ear infections, respiratory illness and diarrhea,’’ she added.

She also enumerated some negative consequences of inadequate breastfeeding on malnourished children, especially when they become adults, to include stunting and likely suffering of chronic diseases.

“Inadequate breastfeeding and its attendant infant malnutrition can make populations vulnerable to pandemics such as the novel COVID-19 currently ravaging the world,’’ Mrs Ugwuanyi said.

NAN reports that the theme of this year’s World Breastfeeding Week is: “Support Breastfeeding for a Healthier Planet’’.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)

 

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PCN seals 808 illegal pharmaceutical premises — Registrar

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Dr Elijah Mohammed, Registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) says the council has sealed 808 illegal pharmaceutical premises during the month of July.


Mohammed made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja, while giving an update of the council’s activities in July.

He said that out of the 1,179 pharmaceutical premises inspected by the council’s enforcement team, 740 illegal medicines shops and 68 illegal pharmacies were sealed.

“In the month of July, the enforcement team of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria visited Kwara and Ogun states in line with its mandate to sanitise the healthcare environment of our dear country.

“A total of 1,179 pharmaceutical premises were inspected during the visits and at the end of the visit, 808 premises were sealed including 740 illegal medicines shops and 68 illegal pharmacies,” Mohammed said.

The registrar expressed dismay over the uncontrolled proliferation of online pharmacies in the country.

He, however, cautioned people who engaged in the sales and promotion of medicines online to visit their PCN state offices to register the online pharmacies latest Aug. 31.

According to him, the minimum requirement for an online pharmacy is its direct affiliation to a registered physical brick and mortar pharmacy.

“Failure to do so will lead to the pulling down of such portals and subsequent prosecution.

“These include full-fledged online pharmacy websites, stores hosted on all purpose e-commerce sites and also those practiced on social media handles.

“Colleagues are encouraged to report erring online pharmacies to this email address [email protected],’’ he said.

Mohammed promised that the council was poised to deliver its full mandate especially as it concerned investigation and discipline of professional misconduct among players in the pharmaceutical.

The registrar also encouraged all frontline pharmacists to adhere to the strictest guideline for self-protection in a bid to eradicate COVID-19 virus in the shortest possible time.

He urged pharmacists not to let down their guards, noting that the virus infection rate was still on the increase.

“As lockdowns and restrictions are gradually relaxed across the country, I implore all colleagues not to let down their guards as we know that the virus infection rate is not slowing down.

“We commiserate with the families of colleagues who have died in the line of duty while we pray for the quick recovery of colleagues who are currently undergoing treatment,” he added.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Ekemini Ladejobi (NAN)

 

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