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Aisha Buhari provides free medical services for 3,000 patients in Zamfara



The wife of the President, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, through her NGO “Future Assured Initiative”, on Thursday flagged off her free medical services for 3,000 women, children and the aged in Zamfara.

Aisha Buhari, who was represented by the Coordinator of the project, Mrs Zuwaira Gambo, said in Gusau that the project was aimed at providing free and improved health services for the vulnerable groups.

She said that is was also aimed at assisting the Federal Government in addressing the health problems affecting women and children.

The 3,000 beneficiaries of the prgramme were from the 14 local government areas of the state.

She commended the efforts of the wife of the state Governor, Hajiya Asma’u Abdul’aziz-Yari and the state Ministry of Health for their support to the programme.

She urged the beneficiaries to cooperate with health personnel in the state to ensure the success of the programme.

The wife of the president said the NGO had launched similar programme in other states across the country.

Hajiya Abdul’aziz-Yari thanked the wife of the president for initiating the project, saying that it would assist the people of the state.

In his remarks, the state Commissioner of Health, Alhaji Sulaiman Gummi, also thanked Buhari for her intervention, describing it as timely and a welcome development.

Gummi said the state government in collaboration with some development partners had been making efforts to improve health care delivery in the state.

The free medical outreach would provide assistance to patients with high blood pressure, eye problems, diabetes and children in need of de-worming.

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FCT Dept. engages area councils, states on primary healthcare



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By Jessica Dogo

The Save One Million Lives Programme for Results (SOMLforR) will engage FCT area councils and states in providing healthcare services to Nigerians in 2019.

SOMLforR is a subsidiary of the FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS).

The Programme Manager, SOMLforR, Mr Samson Eriba, stated this on Friday at the end of a five days training on capacity building for ISS in Mararaba, Nasarawa State.

He said SOMLforR would give quality services at its primary healthcare facilities through an Integrated Supportive Supervision (ISS) by using area councils and the states.

Eriba said that SOMLforR resolved at the meeting to engage area councils and states’ supportive supervisions to enhance the activities of the primary healthcare.

He explained that the state level ISS would be quarterly and the area councils’ bi-Monthly.

“We have come up with key resolutions on how to improve quality of services at our primary health facilities through integrated supportive supervision.

“We reviewed and updated the checklist to accommodate more programme indicators; we resolved to have area councils and state level supportive supervisions.

“State level ISS will be quarterly while Area Council teams will be bi-monthly. These are to be imputed into the 2019 work plan and commence implementation,’’ he said.

He, however, stated that the unit was faced with challenges such as lack of vehicles for movement and access during operations.

According to him, other challenges includes difficult terrains that make communities hard to reach and inadequate human resources to provide services.

“We are forced to engage community volunteers and mentor mothers to promote Ante Natal Care and Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission (ANC/PMTCT) Services,’’ Eriba said.

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6-week-old baby miraculously survives Ebola in Congo



Six Week Old Baby Survive Ebola

Six Week Old Baby Survive Ebola

A six-week-old child simply called baby Benedicte has survived deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo.

The six-week-old infant has been dubbed “a miracle’’ by Congo’s Ministry of Health for surviving Ebola which she caught as a newborn.

“The little girl is called Benedicte and she was born on Oct. 31, so she’s about one and a half months old,’’ Jessica Ilunga, a spokesperson for the ministry told dpa on Friday.

Sadly, Benedicte’s mother died during childbirth while also infected with Ebola which has so far killed more than 300 people in eastern Congo.

Benedicte received 24-hour care throughout her hospitalisation and is the youngest person to recover from the virus in this outbreak, the ministry said.

She is now home with her father and aunt.

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Association advocates introduction of health tax to fund healthcare



The National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Federal Health Institutions Sector, has suggested the introduction of health tax to cushion the current funding gap in the health sector.

Mr Wale Olatunde, the National Chairman of the association, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the on-going annual national conference of the association in Abuja.

The theme of the conference is: “Clinical Utilisation and Application of Nursing Models/Theories for Effective Nursing Practice”.

Olatunde who likened the health tax to Value Added Tax (VAT) and Education Tax emphasised that through such measures, all factories within the country would be made to pay one per cent of their annual profits.

This will aid in funding the sector to enhance the system.

The chairman said that globally, governments alone do not fund the health system.

According to him, ensuring robust funding of the sector will require the commitment of certain percentage of philanthropists and factories’ annual profits.

He said that lack of adequate funding is a major contributor to the poor health indices in the country.

Olatunde explained that every occupation and even industry has its own health challenges on the populace, citing examples of cement and motorcycle riding occupation.

“By providing motorcycles to the masses, politicians should make provisions for orthopaadic hospital.

“This is because riding motorcycles, popularly known as `okada’, can expose them to a lot of accidents which will require emergency care.’’

Olatunde said: “Also, cement factory can predispose the citizens to upper respiratory tract infections among others.

“However, donating just a percentage of annual profit declaration to health care will not be out of place.’’

According to him, such tax will be used to fund and improve healthcare system to ensure availability, affordability and accessibility by all.

“We are suggesting at least one per cent of annual profits of factories.

“If we do and manage it effectively in the next four years, most of our health systems would have been transformed in terms of making them functional,’’ he said.

Olatunde further appealed to philanthropists to dedicate one or two per cent of their wealth to healthier care in order to cater for the health needs of the poor.

According to him, some people must be prepared to help others and there is need to understand that in assisting others, we are assisting ourselves.

He emphasised that by investing in the health of the poor, one is indirectly investing in one’s health.

According to him, the reality now is that government cannot fund the healthcare; all over the world philanthropists come up with policies to finance their health.h

“We must understand that if an epidemic broke out, it does not know the rich from the poor person like Ebola and Lassa Fever, it does not respect your social status or class.

“We are appealing to individuals to take a percentage or two from their wealth and commit it to an aspect of healthcare delivery.

“Like the HIV, Roll Back Malaria and others which some group tookt upon themselves to bear the financial burden,” he said.

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