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NAN bags award for supporting hepatitis eradication campaign



NAN bags award for supporting hepatitis eradication campaign

The Global Hepatitis Eradication Initiative Commission, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has invested “The Most Supportive Media House for Hepatitis Eradication in Nigeria” on the Nigeria News Agency

The award is announced in a statement signed by the President of the Nigeria Commission, Dr Mike Omotosho, and made available to newsmen on Monday in Abuja.

The organisation said that NAN deserved the award given the strong presence and unwavering support, while the agency has also proven itself as a strong and consistent voice in the struggle to the cause of hepatitis eradication in Nigeria.

It said that the commission is present in 115 countries around the world, including Nigeria where the project is being driven by the Hepatitis Zero Nigerian Commission in collaboration with Rotary.

The commission also announced in the statement the 2020 annual stakeholders lecture scheduled for Abuja on Jan. 14, where issues that would warrant achieving zero hepatitis for Nigeria would be discussed.

“This year, the Hepatitis Zero Nigeria Commission is collaborating with the Mike Omotosho Foundation, an indigenous humanitarian, philanthropic and non-governmental organisation to tackle the menace of hepatitis head on, via the platform of the 5th Mike Omotosho annual lecture.

“The event seeks to put the spotlight on the troubling issue of hepatitis prevalence in Nigeria through stakeholders from relevant spheres such as the World Health Organisation, National Orientation Agency and National Primary Health Care Development Agency.

“Others are Women Advocates for Vaccine Access and National Centre for Disease Control shall be on ground to proffer pragmatic solutions to the fundamental challenges of providing broader access to universal health services with regards to this silent killer, already ravaging our nation,’’it said.

According to the statement, there will also be the unveiling of the world’s smallest book on hepatitis at the event titled: “Achieving Zero Hepatitis” and it will culminate with free hepatitis screening and access to subsidised vaccinations.

Edited by: Remi Koleoso/Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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Stakeholders highlight advantages of exclusive breastfeeding



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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Eid-el-Kabir -NGO distributes palliatives to FCT residents 



Rosula Foundation, an NGO, on Friday distributed palliatives to some residents of Lugbe community in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), to mark Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

Ms Modupe Olatobosun, Head of the foundation told the News Agency of Nigeria during the distribution that the gesture was to put smile on faces of the needy.

NAN reports that items distributed by the NGO include rice, beans,  semovita, spaghetti amongst others.

Olatobosun said the foundation felt that as Muslims celebrated the Eid-el-Kabir, there could be people that would not have anything to eat, so it decided to reach out to them.

“We can not feed the whole nation but we are giving the little we can to sustain them in this festive period.

“We are also appealing to other well meaning Nigerians to reach out to those who are unable to feed, no matter how little,”she said.

Olatobosun said that so far, the foundation had reached out to 18 communities in the FCT and planned to visit other states soon.

According to her, the foundation has been reaching out to the needy in the society, adding that the COVID-19 pandemic made them more prominent.

She said that the foundation’s gesture  was in three stages – empowerment, education where they give out scholarship and humanitarian services.

Some of the beneficiaries told NAN that they were grateful for the gesture as it would go a long way to ease their suffering.

Mr Samuel Luka, a beneficiary thanked the foundation, noting that efforts to reach out to them on such special day was impressive.

Luka appealed to the government and other Nigerians to do same by reaching out to the poor.

Also, Mrs Helen Eze, another beneficiary  thanked the foundation for reaching out to them as the palliative would assist in feeding her family.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)

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Group pledges to support law enforcement agencies in fight against trafficking



The Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in Nigeria (A-TIPSOM) has pledged continuous support to the law enforcement agencies in the of fight against human trafficking in the country.

Mr Rafael-Rios Molina, Team leader of A-TIPSOM Nigeria, gave the pledged in a statement on Thursday in Abuja to mark the 2020 International Day for World Human Trafficking Day.

Molina said that the group would support the law enforcement agencies as first responders in the fight against human trafficking, which include the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons.

He also said the group would support other agencies like the Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Police Force and Civil Society Organisations to intensify the fight against trafficking of women and children.

According to him, human trafficking leaves no country untouched as it affects most parts of the world today particularly women, girls, children and youth, hence the need to give the support.

“This year’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons focus is on first responders: law enforcement officers, NGO staff, social workers, advocates, counselors, healthcare professionals among others.

“As COVID-19 pandemic has put the world under enormous strain, affecting the lives of everyone, trafficked persons and first responders are among the most affected group of people.

“It has made the fight against human trafficking more difficult, putting victims at greater risk of exploitation.

“The role of first responders in identifying, supporting, counseling, and seeking justice for victims is paramount in tackling human trafficking especially during this difficult times,” he said.

Molina, however, said that the first responders were great anti-human trafficking soldiers as they were sacrificing a lot to protect the vulnerable.

He therefore, said that there was urgent need to equip and support the people who were at the frontline of fighting the menace.

He also said that there was need to increase and improve their services while they also protect themselves from COVID-19 pandemic.

Molina said that A-TIPSOM, was a project funded by the European Union and implemented by Spanish Public Foundation (FIIAPP) and had been working together with Nigeria.

He added that, the organization was providing support to these government agencies to intensify the fight against trafficking.

The team leader also noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has uttered the way the first responders work and that the group has continued to support them with palliatives to assist their work in providing quality services to trafficked persons.

“A-TIPSOM believes that a global problem like trafficking in persons needs a global solution, and first responders need to be equipped.

“For that goal, we will keep working together with key stakeholders and partners to support first responders, and increasing awareness on trafficking in persons,’’ he said.

He called on relevant stakeholders, private sectors, community groups and individuals to work together in the fight against the heinous crime of human trafficking.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 2020 World Human Trafficking Day falls on July 30.

Edited By: Joan Nwagwu/Isaac Aregbesola (NAN)

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Eid el-Kabir: Foundation donates foodstuff to vulnerable persons in Sokoto



No fewer than 3,000 vulnerable persons received food stuff

and cash donations in Sokoto on Thursday by the Attahiru Bafarawa Foundation, an NGO, for the

Friday  Eid- el-Kabir celebrations.

Also called Eid al-Adha or festival of sacrifice, Eid el-Kabir is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year.

It honors the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son, Ismael, as an act of obedience to God’s command.

The Federal Government has, therefore, declared July 30 and July 31, 2020 for Muslims in the country to join the world in celebrating Eid el-Kabir.

At the launch of the food items/cash distribution in Sokoto, the foundation’s Programme Officer, Alhaji Yusuf Abubakar, said that the items would be given to groups of less privileged persons, remand homes, orphanages and custodian centres.

Abubakar said that the gesture was part of the foundation’s support to vulnerable people “so that they would also celebrate and enjoy the sallah”.

He added that the founder of the organisation, former governor of Sokoto State, considers such act as a social responsibility to cater for the less privileged persons at a time like this.

 He urged other well to do people, as well as those with sufficient means of income to contribute part of their earnings to helping indigent persons.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that items donated include bags of rice, vegetable oil and cash.

Some of the beneficiaries, Malama A’ishatu Adamu, Ruqayyaty Bello, Yusha’u Tangaza and Abubakar Aminu, thanked the foundation for the gesturr.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)

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