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World Diabetes Day: Association urges mothers to prepare natural foods for families



World Diabetes Day: Association urges mothers to prepare natural foods for families

The Association of Nigerian Dietitians has urged mothers to prepare their own foods with necessary ingredients for their families to ensure healthy living.

Prof. Elizabeth Ngwu, the President of the association gave the advice while speaking on the 2019 World Diabetes Day on Thursday in Enugu.

Ngwu expressed worry that present day mothers no longer cook for their families rather they preferred processed foods to natural food.

“Unfortunately, many young women don’t have time to cook food; young mothers should learn to prepare foods for their families.

“It is not good for our children and that is why they develop all kinds of illness including diabetes. We should enrich our food with vegetables and fruits as well as grow our own gardens where we plant vegetables.

“Diabetes is a risk factor for kidney and liver failure,’’ she said.

She noted that confusion created by unregulated dietary information over the internet had necessitated the provision of evidence-based dietary information by Dietitians.

She said that Dietitian were recognized globally as Food and Nutrition professionals to protect the health of citizens.

In her welcome address, Dr Gloria Okafor, the Chairperson of the

Dietitian, Enugu State Chapter, said that the association had been sensitizing the general public on how people with diabetics could live a healthy life and how they could reduce the scourge.

“Diabetics is a public health problem affecting millions of Nigerians and we have been sensitizing the public on how to manage and prevent it,” she said.

Mrs Justina Olebu, the Vice-Chairperson of the association said that the theme for the 2019 World Diabetes Day ‘Family and Diabetes’ showed that many families all over had one or two people living with diabetes.

Olebu advised Nigerians to eat properly by consuming natural food than processed food prepared outside the homes.

She urged the public to carry out body exercise, eat well balanced meals with vegetable, adding that going for medical screening, checking for their sugar blood level were necessary.

Rev. Sister Mary Odinaka of the Mother of Christ Hospital, Enugu said that only 160 people turned out for the free medical diabetes screening conducted in the hospital.

Odinaka called on Nigerians not to over look medical screening, adding that it helped one to know his or her health status.

Mr Emma Ofor, one of the participants, who came for the free screening commended the association for screening the general public freely, saying it would have caused him much if it were to be in a hospital.

Edited by Maureen Atuonwu


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Facebook Launches “My Digital World” to meet literacy needs in Africa



Facebook says it has  launched  “My Digital World”, a programme designed to equip the youth and general public across Sub-Saharan Africa, including Nigeria with skills needed to navigate the digital world.

Facebook made the disclosure in a statement on Monday.

It said that “My Digital World” was a consolidation of all Facebook digital literacy programs including Safe Online with Facebook, Ilizwe Lam, and eZibo which would all be offered virtually this year to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The company said over the years, it had trained thousands of people on digital literacy skills.

It noted that this year it was prepared to train close to 20,000 participants across Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Zambia, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and Ethiopia on safe, responsible and beneficial usage of the digital platforms.

Commenting, Phil Oduor, Policy Programs Manager for Economic Impact and Digital Literacy, Facebook said: “We remain committed to equipping young people and the general public across Sub-Saharan Africa with the vital digital skills needed to navigate the digital world, especially during these pandemic.


Oduor said it had never been more important to invest and train communities, the next generation of leaders to better understand and utilise the power of digital tools to take full advantage of what the internet had to offer.


“The training is free and open to youths aged 13 years and above, and will also focus on teachers, parents and guardians.


“The sessions commence from today June 15 with the programme including up to 90-minutes Instructor-led live webinars featuring presentations, demos and virtual discussions.


“Also they will have access to digital marketing campaigns highlighting best practices, tips, quizzes and polls on digital literacy topics, with content delivered through Facebook and Instagram.


“Modules on online safety, privacy, news and media literacy, and digital citizenship citizenship would also be made available.


“Facebook is committed to the well-being of individuals and communities visiting its platforms, “Oduor said.


He said Facebook also invested in this initiative to build awareness on responsible online behaviour, critical thinking and understanding of social issues.


Oduor said Facebook had also instituted policies, tools, resources, partnerships, and programmes to help enable safe, responsible, and beneficial use of its platforms.


Edited By: Ekemini Ladejobi (NAN) 

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Israel observes World Blood Donor Day




Israeli volunteers donate blood in central Israeli city of Modiin, on June 14, 2020, the World Blood Donor Day. (Photo by Gil Cohen Magen/Xinhua)


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FBN Holdings wins World Finance best corporate governance award



FBN Holdings (FBNH) Plc, has won the 2020 Best Corporate Governance in Nigeria Award put in place by the World Finance.

Mr Urum Kalu Eke, FBNH Group Managing Director, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Lagos.

World Finance is renowned for its comprehensive coverage and analysis of the global financial services industry, international business, and the global economy.

Eke said: “FBN Holdings is winning this award for the second consecutive year on the back of its strong corporate governance practices and outstanding leadership in the Nigerian financial services industry.

“Winning the award in quick succession is a demonstration of not only the strength of our corporate governance practices but also its resilience.

“As a holding company, we emphasise the highest standards in corporate governance across all operating entities in our quest to deliver value to our numerous stakeholders.”

World Finance has been celebrating corporate achievements in the areas of corporate governance, innovation, and market leadership in the financial services sector across all the regions of the World in the past 13 years.

FBN Holdings is the non-operating financial holding company of one of the largest banking and financial services organisations in Africa.

It is a diversified financial services group that offers a broad range of products and services, including commercial banking, merchant banking and asset management and insurance to millions of customers.

It oversees business groups that collaborate to deliver innovative financial solutions.

The bank and the non-bank subsidiaries of the holding company operate in Nigeria, as well as through overseas branches, subsidiaries and representative offices across the world.

Edited By: Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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Zango Kataf Killings : Association calls on FG, State, to deploy more security personnel



The Bandiraku Fulbe Youth Association of Nigeria, Kaduna Chapter, on Sunday called on Federal and Kaduna State Governments to deploy more security personnel to Zango Kataf and  surrounding communities to control attacks on communities.

The Association’s Chairman, Mr  Abbas  Julde, made this call in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna.

According to him, Zango Kataf and surrounding communities are still under attack and many families are still trapped in villages, while those taking refuge in various bushes across the local government needs to be rescued.

“We urge the governments and well-meaning Non-Government Organisation to immediately mobilise resources and come to the aid of the victims of the attack.

”We also call on wealthy individuals to provide humanitarian services to displaced individuals, families and those who sustained injuries during the attack.

”Our  members should remain calm and law abiding and  cooperate with the relevant authorities in order to arrest the situation,” he said.

NAN recalled that the crisis started as a dispute between Atyap and Hausa farmers close to Zango town over a farmland.

The attacks and killings have continued sincd June 11, and many Fulbe communities and families are being subjected to violent attacks, he said.

Julde said: “so  far, we have received several distress calls and reports from numerous Fulbe individuals, families and communities recounting their ordeals, losses and deaths in the hands of their attackers.”

While the Association acknowledged the Government and Security agencies  efforts to calm the situation and rescue several individuals and families from the jaws of their

attackers, more needed to be done urgently, he added.

“We call on the government to deploy more security personnel to reinforce and compliment the ones already on ground who are apparently overwhelmed due to the

magnitude of the crises on ground.

“And the geographical size of the area coupled with the difficulty involved in accessing certain areas where attacks are still ongoing,” he said.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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