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World Diabetes Day: NGO provides free medicare to Abuja residents

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World Diabetes Day: NGO provides free medicare to Abuja residents

Hayok Medicare, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) on Thursday rendered free medical services to some residents of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to mark World Diabetes Day.


Dr. Oluyombo Peter, the Director of the NGO,  told Nigeria News Agency in Abuja that the gesture was to create awareness on non-communicable diseases like diabetes and hypertension.

The UN passed a resolution to designate Nov. 14 as World Diabetes Day on Dec. 20, 2006, to raise awareness on diabetes, its prevention, and complications and the care that people with the condition need.

Beneficiaries of the free medical services at Jabi Central Motor Park in Abuja were mostly drivers, passengers, and artisans.

Peter said 70 percent of global death was as a result of non-communicable diseases, hence the need to pay attention to them.

He said the free healthcare services at the park took place concurrently at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

He explained that virtually in every household, there would be either diabetes patient or hypertension sometimes unknowingly to those suffering from the diseases.

He identified quality diets as one of the major ways to prevent the ailments, disclosing that screening high blood pressure, blood sugar level, temperature and weight with a view to offering treatment were necessary.

One of the beneficiaries who gave his name as David Apata thanked the organisation for the gesture.

Apata said he didn’t go for any medical check-up for more than five years.

Another beneficiary, Ado Bello, told NAN that because of his busy job, he only went for a medical check-up once in a year.

Edited by Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu

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COVID-19: NGO donates protective equipment to hospitals in Kogi

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An NGO, Centre for Integrated Health Programmes (CIHP), has donated


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to hospitals across the 21 local government areas of Kogi as measures

against COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr Akpa Patrick, the State Programme Director of CIHP, handed over

the PPEs to Dr Usman Zakari, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Kogi Hospitals Management Board (KHMB) in Lokoja.

According to him, CIHP is a United States-funded NGO, through the Centre for Disease Control Atlanta, which has been supporting

the provision of comprehensive high-quality, family focused services to patients, including adults and children.

Patrick said “we are currently in about four states in Nigeria, including Kogi.

“We have been on ground since 2007, supporting the state to cater for the treatment, care and support people living with

.”

He noted that the NGO had earlier donated PPEs such as overall wears, spraying machines to hospitals and isolation centres

in April, saying “this was the second tranche of the donation.

“We did the first donation in April and we are donating the second tranche today in our bid to prevent infections among

healthcare workers, especially those at the frontline in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is no more history, it has become a new normal with us and across the world.”

The CIHP programme director noted that aside supporting the primary, secondary and tertiary public healthcare facilities,

the NGO had also been supporting private and faith-based hospitals in Kogi.

He added that “we are hoping that as soon as these PPEs are exhausted, we will supply more to hospitals.”

The KHMB chief medical director commended the NGO for the gesture, saying ”everywhere in the world, healthcare

workers are those in the frontline in the fight against the deadly virus.”

He said CIHP had been supporting hospitals in Kogi with logistics, medical equipment and everything around ,

tuberculosis and sometimes malaria.

‘He added that CIHP brought many PPEs to hospitals in Kogi for frontline health workers; they have donated before, and they are donating again.

“The management of KHMB is receiving the equipment on behalf of the state government for onward distribution to hospitals across

the 21 local government areas.”

Items donated included hand gloves, N-95 respirators, surgical face masks, hand sanitisers, and sodium hypochloride used as disinfectants.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)

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School feeding programme gulps over N500m during Lockdown – Minister

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The Federal Government expended about N523.3 million on school feeding programme during the lockdown against the coronavirus pandemic.


The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development (MHADMSD), Sadiya Farouq, announced this at the Presidential Taskforce briefing on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja.

Farouk made the revelation against the rumours and speculations going around one of our key interventions of the government – the Home Grown School Feeding Programme.

She said that the programmed was modified and implemented in three states following a March 29th, Presidential directive.

“It is critical at this juncture to provide details that will help puncture the tissue of lies being peddled in the public space.

“The provision of ‘Take Home Rations’, under the modified Home Grown School Feeding programme, was not a sole initiative of the MHADMSD.

“The ministry, in obeying the Presidential directive, went into consultations with state governments through the state Governor’s Forum, following which it was resolved that ‘take-home rations’, remained the most viable option for feeding children during the lockdown.

“So, it was a joint resolution of the ministry and the state governments to give out take-home rations.

“The stakeholders also resolved that we would start with the FCT, Lagos and Ogun states, as pilot cases,’’ the minister said.

According to her, each takes home ration was valued at N4,200 and that the figure was arrived at with proper consultation.

The minister said that the figure generated from statistics provided by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and the Central bank of Nigeria (CBN)

“According to statistics from the NBS and CBN, a typical household in Nigeria has 5.6 to six members in its household, with three to four dependents.

“So, each household is assumed to have three children.

“Based on the original design of the Home Grown School Feeding programme, long before it was domiciled in the ministry, every child on the programme receives a meal a day.

“The meal costs N70 per child.

“When you take 20 school days per month, it means a child eats food worth N1,400 per month.

“Three children would then eat food worth N4,200 per month and that was how we arrived at the cost of the ‘take-home ration’.

“The agreement was that the federal government will provide the funding while the states will implement.

“To ensure transparency in the process, we partnered with the World Food Programme (WFP) as technical partners.’’

She said that her ministry invited government agencies like the EFCC, CCB, ICPC, DSS and some NGOs to monitor the process.

“TrackaNG monitored and gave daily updates validating the programme.

“In the FCT, 29,609 households were impacted, 37,589 households in Lagos and 60,391 in Ogun, making a total of 124,589 households impacted between May 14, and July 6.

“If 124,589 households received take-home rations valued at N4,200, the amount will be N523,273,800.

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Stakeholders highlight advantages of exclusive breastfeeding

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

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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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