WHO revokes Mugabe’s goodwill ambassador appointment

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http://www.sgc.utoronto.ca/index4.php?cheap-essay-writing=essay-buy WHO revokes the appointment less than a week after including Mugabe in its league of ambassadors which drew attention of United Kingdom (UK) and other humanitarian organisations, warning that it could spell doom for the global agency.

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UK, Zimbabweans, others fault WHO on Mugabe’s goodwill ambassador choice

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go site The choice of Zimbabwe President, Robert Mugabe, as a World Health Organization (WHO) goodwill ambassador has been criticised by several organisations including the British government, describing the appointment as surprising and disappointing, considering his country’s rights record.

http://04.ma/?p=essay-writers-in-canada They however warned that the appointment of the 93-year-old as an ambassador of the global health agency could overshadow the organisation’s achievement recorded over the years.

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http://55cube.com/?p=how-to-write-essays-in-college Mugabe’s appointment as a goodwill ambassador, which came barely 24 hours ago, is to help tackle non-communicable diseases globally especially within Africa.

essay admissions university Apparently not satisfied by Mugabe’s appointment, the British government disclosed that it was all the more surprising given United State and European Union sanctions against him.

“We have registered our concerns with the agency’s director general. Although Mugabe will not have an executive role, his appointment risks overshadowing the work undertaken globally by the WHO on non-communicable diseases,” a spokesman disclosed.

The opposition in Zimbabwe and campaign groups also criticised the move, stressing that Zimbabwe’s health care system has collapsed, with staff often going without pay while medicines are in short supply.

US-based campaign group Human Rights Watch (HRW) said it was an embarrassment to give the ambassador role to Mugabe, because his utter mismanagement of the economy has devastated health services in the country.

A HRW’s official, Kenneth Roth, said the Zimbabwean appointment was a cause for concern because the president and some of his officials travel abroad for treatment.

Mugabe heard about his appointment while attending a conference held by the WHO, a UN agency, on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Montevideo, Uruguay.

He told delegates his country had adopted several strategies to combat the challenges presented by such diseases, which the WHO says kill about 40 million people a year and include cancers, respiratory diseases and diabetes.

“Zimbabwe has developed a national NCD policy, a palliative care policy, and has engaged United Nations agencies working in the country, to assist in the development of a cervical cancer prevention and control strategy,” Mugabe added.

But the president admitted that Zimbabwe was similar to other developing countries in that it was “hamstrung by a lack of adequate resources for executing programmes aimed at reducing NCDs and other health conditions afflicting the people”.

Borno shut school over Monkey pox virus rumour

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The Borno Government has announced closure of  37 public primary schools in Maiduguri after confusion and  pandemonium broke out in the schools over alleged vaccination against Monkey pox disease.

According to the government, closure of primary and post basic schools affected in the capital would continue until residents desist from causing panic in schools.

The Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Shettima Kullima, who made the announcement in an interview with newsmen on Thursday in Maiduguri, explained that the decision to close the schools followed confusion in the affected schools over  alleged administration of harmful monkey pox vaccines to the pupils.

Kullima dismissed allegation as  false and misleading, saying that the government has not embarked on vaccination of schools in the state.

“It is a rumour perpetrated by mischief-makers to disrupt peaceful learning environment in the schools. I was informed of the ugly scenario resulting to  the confusion. The schools were directed to close down until we address the issue. The State Health Management Development Agency confirmed that there was no such vaccination going on in our schools,” he added.

Kullima said that the Board would embark on sensitisation so as to raise  awareness in communities and  dispel the rumour that had crippled activities in schools.

Pandemonium erupted in schools when unverified  information filtered in, alleging that pupils would be immunised with vaccines contaminated with Monkey pox virus.

It was gathered after information filtered in, it spread widely in the state capital and many parents rushed to pick their children from  schools.

Scuffle ensued between parents and  teachers at Sanda Kyarimi, Gwange I and III Primary Schools, who closed their gates against parents who came to  take their children home.

A mother, Aisha Bala,  said she was told that some non -governmental organizations (NGOs) were allegedly administering ‘virus-contaminated vaccines’ on pupils.

“I am told that any child who receives the vaccine will die. I rushed to save my children from danger,” she said.

Another parent, BubaYusuf, said that he got a message on social media alerting parents to about  the purported ongoing Monkey pox immunisation, adding  that the message indicated that the harmful vaccines would be given to children in public primary schools.

Zainab Idris, a Primary-3 pupil, recounted that she heard other pupils shouting that vaccinators were in the school to administer deadly vaccines on them.

“There was screaming and everybody was running.  I rushed towards the gate and made my way out of the school”.

The situation  has since brought under control by members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) and security agents deployed

UNICEF reports drop on Sokoto’s out-of-school children table

By Abdulwheed Usamah,

United Nations Children Education Funds (UNICEF) has declared that number of out of school children in Sokoto State, which was reported to be highest in the country, had declined from 69 per cent in 2015 to 37 in 2017.

The UN agency tied the development to effort of the state government in area of sensitization of parents and the need to educate children in the in Sokoto, the complaince which  recorded the progression on the bdy table of out of school children beetween 2015 and 2017.

The outgoing Chief, Field Office, UNICEF’s Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi states, Muhammad Muhuiddin, has revealed Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) for 2016-2017 showed that Sokoto made appreciable progress, resulting in over 50 percent cut in the number.

Addressing gathering at a reception organised by the Sokoto state government to honor the Chief after completion of his tour of duty,  Muhuiddin said that the development was a huge recorded success of both of the state and the UNICEF and that commitments of stakeholders was helpful in achieving the progress from backwarness to the present state.

He added that the commitment shown by political leadership and technical teams set up by the state government to work with UNICEF and partners in various sectors for the children of Sokoto, was remarkable collaboration effort toward working on the rate of out of school children in the state.

“We have achieved significant changes in results, and I have to say, these changes are positive, and unique in Nigeria. It is always satisfying when you implement projects and see the results and the impact these results have made.

“Of special joy for me is the number of girls in schools at the moment. The other day, we inspected some projects in schools in Binji and in a class of 48 pupils, we saw 36 girls as against 12 boys. It was a good measure of the progress made and i urge you to sustain it,” he said.

Muhuiddin urged the government to do more especially in the area of routine immunisation, expressing that, plans put together would have positive impact in the next two to four years.

On his part, the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, commended Muhuiddin for the commitment, passion and dexterity showed during his stay in the state, adding that, the people of the Sokoto would not forget his inflence on lives of children at various schools.

“We will miss you. To us, you are a friend and reliable partner who took his job of saving humanity with all the seriousness it deserves. The people and government of Sokoto state wish you success in your future assignment in Calcutta, India,” he added.

In another development,  Sokoto state government director no fewer than 239 medical lab workers back to school to upgrade their knowledges and prepare them for professional licensing before been allowed to continue work under the state ministry of health.

Tambuwal, who spoke during visit of Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, to Sokoto on Tuesday, confirmed that the state had directed 239 lab workers, Ordinary National Diploma (OND) to undergo a year program at Sultan Abdulrahman School of Health Technology for knowledge and skill upgrade.

“We have sent 230 holders of Ordinary National Diploma (OND) who are presently working in our medical laboratories for a one year abridged program at the Sultan Abdulrahman School of Health Technology, Gwadabawa to update their knowledge and enable them write council examinations and become certified laboratory technicians.

“Our intention is not to remove any staff from our labs. We will give them the opportunity to certify themselves and meet the requirements of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria,” he added.

Aside, Tambuwal said that the state also took charge of National Blood Transfusion Centre in Sokoto and that its staff have been absorbed into the state civil service.

In addition to other measures, the governor disclosed that Sokoto  had also established a biomedical engineering complex fully equipped with biomedical equipment, library, workshop, fabrication and maintenance unit.

“The Sokoto state laboratory quality management task team has been inaugurated and is charged with the responsibility of ensuring quality in laboratory services and avpod false results that may endanger lives,” he added.

n his remarks, the Minister of State said hinted that he was in Sokoto to flag off the nationwide inspection of medical lab science equipment.

He said that the inspection was  important since medical lab science deals with clinical examination of patients hence the need to upgrade the service to tackle challenges for quality service delivery.


FG frees Lagos from Monkey pox virus affected states

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Barely a week after outbreak of Monkey pox virus was reported in Lagos state, the Federal government has however disclosed that samples collected from two suspected cases showed negatives.

The government hinted that only four cases have prove positive from samples collected and tested World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Laboratory in Dakar, Senegal.

Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, who disclosed outcome of test conducted on samples collected from allegedly infected patients at  a press briefing in Abuja on Monday, further disclosed that of the 31 earlier reported, the country only have 17 suspected cases reported from Yenagoa LGA in Bayelsa State.

“We have received laboratory confirmation for Monkeypox virus from three of these cases from the WHO Regional Laboratory in Dakar, Senegal. Samples from 12 other cases from Bayelsa were negative.

“With these results, four suspected Monkeypox outbreak in Yenagoa have been confirmed with laboratory evidence. The most likely source of infection is a primary zoonotic transmission, from an animal, with secondary person-to-person transmission.

“Since our initial announcement, a total of 43 other suspected cases have been reported from eight other States (Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ekiti, Lagos, Enugu, Nasarawa, Rivers, and FCT). Of these, four cases from Lagos have also been tested and confirmed to be negative for the Monkeypox virus.

“We expect that many of these cases being reported from other states in Nigeria are not caused by the Monkey pox virus, but we will continue to investigate all those cases that fit the case definition.

“Further laboratory tests using whole genome sequencing are being carried out by the Africa Centre for Genomics and Infectious Diseases in Redeemers University Ede, Ogun State,” he added.

Ogun teaching hospital generates N294m in 8 months

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The Chief Medical Director (CMD), Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Prof. Alfred Jaiyesimi, has disclosed that the hospital generated about N294 million as revenue between January and August.

According to him, the amount represented 23 percent increase in the hospital’s internally generated revenue as against last year’s earnings within period under review.

A breakdown of revenue generated by the health facility showed that the hospital generated about N288 million as earnings from medical services, N2 million from administration fees or charges and N277, 387 as contractor registration fees.

Also, about N218,000 was realised as earnings from use of its ambulance services and N687,000 as rent on government property under its purview.

Jaiyesimi, who disclosed the statistics during an oversight visit by the State House of Assembly Committee on Health to the hospital in Sagamu on Monday, said the hospital was also involved in training of medical students as well as interns from the Physiotherapy, Pharmacy and Medical Laboratory Science departments.

He stressed the need to improve on the hospital’s existing structures, equipment and personnel which could assist in improving healthcare delivery in the state.

“We need to purchase modern medical equipment in virtually all areas of the teaching hospital. There is also a need for six functional theatres.

“As a result, additional anaesthetic machines, ventilators and personnel will be required to cope with the volume of ever-increasing surgical services of the teaching hospital, including Obstetrics and Trauma emergencies.

“The building accommodating the accident and emergency unit is inadequate for the volume of services and we need to expand and equip the centre to provide excellent medical care for the citizenry.

“We also need training schools such as Post-Basic Nursing School, Medical Records to complete the activities of the teaching hospital,’’ the chief medical director added.

Responding, the House Committee Chairman, Akinpelu Aina, commended the hospital management for improving on its IGR, saying the OOUTH emergency unit also deserved commendation for efficient services.

Aina urged the teaching hospital to continue to provide qualitative services to the people, promising “the house of assembly will continue to make laws that will improve the hospital’s status.”

Japan discloses 5yrs nutrition plans for Abuja

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The Japanese government has concluded plans to commence a five years nutrition exercise for residents of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, aimed at tackling malnutrition cases within the territory.

According to Japan, the Technical Cooperation Project would help improve nutrition situation of rural residents through consumption of nutrition rich food.

Japan disclosed the plan during a bilateral discussion with Nigerian delegation led by Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, at the World Bank Group Headquarters in Washington D.C, United States.

Senior Vice President, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Hiroshi Kato, in a statement by Special Adviser, Media and Communications to the minister, Oluyinka Akintunde, who led the JICA delegation to the meeting, explained that the agency called for the Minister in order to review a proposal to support nutrition improvement in Nigeria and also appraise ongoing infrastructure projects as well as some projects in the pipeline.

“JICA is planning to implement the Technical Cooperation Project on capacity development for nutrition improvement in the Federal Capital Territory. This project has five years duration.

“The concept seeks to improve the nutrition situation of rural people in the FCT through dietary improvement and local production and local consumption of nutrition rich food,” Kato added.

It would be recalled that the Initiative for Food and Nutrition Security in Africa (IFNA), was launched in Nairobi in last year during the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development.

The IFNA, he noted, was created to help African Governments accelerate the implementation of their nutrition policies, and also to ensure integration of agriculture into nutrition actions at the local level.

On the power transmission project, Kato said JICA was working towards signing a loan agreement for the project by March 2019.

He expressed the agency’s interest in implementing a master plan study on National Power System Development, assuring the National Power System Development project would be a technical cooperation between Nigeria and JICA.

Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Finance (FMF), Mahmoud Isa-Dutse, who represented the Finance Minister, commended JICA for strengthening the bilateral relations between Nigeria and Japan.

He assured that Nigeria and the agency would continue to work harmoniously towards the realization of ongoing infrastructure projects in the power, water and road sectors as well as the rehabilitation of Jebba hydro power project.


Other members of the Nigerian delegation were Nigeria’s Alternate Executive Director at the World Bank, Haruna Mohammed and the Director of International Economic Relations Department of the FMF, Aliyu Ahmed.

WHO discloses terminal disease combat plans for Nigeria, est. 130 clinics

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has disclosed commitment to assist Nigeria combat polio and other child killer diseases, just as it disclosed that it had established no fewer than 130 mobile clinics.

WHO stated that it would work with its development partners to rehabilitate and upgrade health facilities ravaged by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno state.

The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Masthidisco Moeti, who disclosed the global agency’s plan during a press conference in Maiduguri on Saturday, said that the measure was to enhance quality healthcare delivery to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in liberated communities.


On the 130 mobile clinics, the director stressed that the motive was to enhance access to quality healthcare services and control spread of diseases.

“WHO is providing support to control malaria, cholera, measle, diarrhoea, polio and prevention of other child killer diseases. We are providing technical support and surveillance and conducted sensitisation activities to promote use of mosquito treated nets.

“The organisation is fully involved in various programmes designed to streamline support for the health needs of the people in the North-East,” she added.

The state governor, Kashim Shettima, lamented that the eight years of insurgency had negatively affected immunisation exercise in the state.

Shettima, who was represented by his deputy, Usman Durkwa, further reiterated commitment to polio eradication and improved healthcare delivery at the grassroots.

The governor lauded WHO intervention programmes, adding that the gesture will go a long to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity rate in the state.

Shettima disclosed that the government in collaboration with the organisation had conducted immunisation exercise to control cholera outbreak in the state.

“The immunisation exercise is successful in view of the support by the military, which enabled us to reach out to people in remote areas,” he added.

Reps order Presidential Villa clinic probe, seek upward review of minimum wage

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The House of Representatives has directed Committee on Health Services to investigate the alleged deplorable state of Presidential Villa Clinic, even as he asked President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Minister of Labour and Employment to commence the process of negotiating an upward review of the current minimum wage.

This was sequel to motions sponsored by Henry Archibong, entitled:’Need to investigate the Deplorable condition of the state clinic and the alleged deductions from the salaries and allowances of the medical staff’ and another moved by Peter Akpatason during plenary on Thursday.

The House unanimously voted in support of the investigation when the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, put the motion to a voice vote and directed the committee to report back within three weeks for further legislative action.

Probe of the health facility came barely days after wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, faulted planned privatisation of the centre when drugs and other needs were not available there.

Moving the motion, Archibong alleged that the clinic had, over the years, been receiving annual budgetary allocations to procure equipment that will enable it to function optimally.

He hinted that in 2015, 2016 and 2017 Appropriation Acts, the clinic was allocated the sums of N3.94 billion, N3.87 billion and N3.2 billion, respectively, for upgrading and provision of necessary drugs and equipment.

“In spite of those huge budgetary allocations, the clinic lacks necessary facilities such as syringes, drugs and equipment needed for saving lives,’’ the lawmaker added.

Archibong disclosed that medical doctors working at the clinic had expressed concern over alleged illegal deductions from their salaries and allowances by the management since April 2017 without any official communication for the action.

“I am aware that the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, complained publicly during a stakeholders’ meeting on Reproductive, Maternal, Nutrition, Child Advocacy and Health and Nutrition (RMNCAHN) at the State House of her inability to access health care needs at the clinic when she took ill recently, but was rather advised by the health providers to fly out of country for treatment.

“I acknowledge that her refusal to heed the advice of the health providers and insisting on obtaining medical care in Nigeria saved the country millions of dollars in foreign exchange and was also an act of patriotism and selflessness worthy of commendation,” he said.

It would be recalled that the State House Clinic was established to take care of the health needs of the President, the Vice-President, their family members as well as members of staff of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

On minimum wage, Dogara, mandated the Committee on Employment, Labour and Productivity to ensure implementation of the directive.

Earlier, Akpatason, in the motion, urged the Federal Government to hearken to calls for a review of the national minimum wage figure to avert the looming nationwide strike action threatened by workers.

“The Minimum Wage Act of 2011 set the lowest payable salary at ₦18,000, but the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), the National Employers Consultative Association (NECA) and the Federal Government have agreed to set up a joint review team to study and recommend an appropriate rate.

“Labour unions have submitted names of their nominees and have made several requests for commencement of the review process, but government is yet to respond positively to the requests,” he added.

Akpatason, while noting that payments of outstanding debts to contractors and arrears of salaries and pensions to workers had contributed to the reflation of the economy, said that an upward adjustment of the minimum wage would have similar positive effect on the economy.

The law maker told his colleagues that a combination of high inflation rates and the weak exchange value of the Naira had eroded the purchasing power of fixed income earners in the country.

“Such fixed income earners are the bread winners to millions of jobless Nigerians and the aged. A nationwide strike action embarked upon by workers at this time is capable of rolling back recent economic gains. Such strike could return the nation’s fragile economy into recession that will further exacerbate the suffering of the masses,” he explained.

Cholera kills 184 persons in Lagos, Kano, six other states

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The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has disclosed that atleast 184 persons died during cholera outbreaks recorded within the year in eight states.

According to the disease control agency, the affected states were  Zamfara, Kwara, Borno, Lagos, Oyo, Kebbi, Kaduna and Kano states.

NCDC’s disclosure came barely 24 hours after it announced the spread of Monkey pox virus to seven states after it outbreak last month in Bayelsa state.

The Surveillance Focal Person, NCDC, Nanpring Williams, disclosed number of deceased in the affected states at the Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sector Meeting, organised by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources in Abuja on Tuesday

Williams said that the National Cholera Situation Report indicated that there were 8,241 suspected cases of the disease in parts of the country.

She noted that the centre was executing the pilot phase of administering Oral Cholera Vaccine in Muna Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camp and entire Mafa Local Government Area in Borno, reaching no fewer than 34,815 persons.

She hinted that the centre was also conducting active surveillance and laboratory diagnosis, effective coordination and case-by-case management of cholera.

Williams said there were cases of water contamination in Kebbi through open defecation, adding that deliberate efforts were needed from all stakeholders to promote access to water and sanitation.

She, however, bemoaned the lack of coordination between the state ministries of health and the rural water supply and sanitation agencies, saying that the deficiency had been a major challenge to efforts to strengthen WASH activities in the country.

Deputy Director, WASH Response and Collaboration with Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Baba Galadima, underscored the need for effective collaboration among all stakeholders to reduce cholera outbreaks in parts of the country.

He said that the emergency response, an offshoot of the 2014 floods, was involved in the provision of emergency responses to displaced persons.

Galadima added that the Boko Haram insurgency also induced some humanitarian crises and the need to provide emergency aid to IDPs in the North East.

The director said that the ministry would sustain activities to promote hygiene practices, in collaboration with the state water supply agencies, by placing tangible emphasis on Community-Led Total Sanitation processes.

He noted that promoting hygiene practices in the country required collective efforts of all citizens, stressing that Federal Government and development partners could not handle it alone.