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CHOGM: Another opportunity to commit to healthcare – Saraki

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Mrs Toyin Saraki

Mrs Toyin Saraki


As the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) convenes to address shared global challenges, Mrs Toyin Saraki has called on Commonwealth leaders to commit to Universal Health Coverage and to place midwives at the heart of their health systems.

The summit theme ‘Towards a common future’ demonstrates a focus on building on the strengths of the Commonwealth to ensure it delivers a more prosperous, secure, sustainable and fair future for all its citizens.

Heads of Government will meet in London and Windsor, following the opening of the Commonwealth Youth Forum by Prince Harry and the opening of the Women’s Forum by the Commonwealth Secretary-General.

In a goodwill message to the Voices Together Forum – an event focused on ‘Women in Leadership’, she urged the heads of governments in commonwealth states to work towards actualizing universal health coverage in their countries.

“The meetings of Commonwealth Heads of Government this week present a historic opportunity to place Universal Health Coverage at the top of their policy agenda.”

“Full implementation of UHC will ensure that everyone has access to quality health services without facing financial hardship, irrespective of where they live or who they are.

“UHC not only provides ‘Health For All’ but also reduces poverty, drives economic growth and promotes gender equality.”

“It is only by strengthening primary health frontlines where the battle for lives and wellbeing are won and lost, that we can work to build the resilience to respond to global health security challenges, and deliver demographic dividend to commonwealth citizens, and all of humanity.”

“Leaders should therefore commit to putting midwives at the heart of improving our health systems.

“In many Commonwealth nations there is a serious lack of qualified midwives. At the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), midwives are key to our life-saving work, providing antenatal classes to a global standard and supporting women and their infants to stay alive and thrive.”

“I call on all leaders to adopt the Midwifery Services Framework (MSF) for Developing Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal and Newborn Health (SRMNH) Services by Midwives.

“This tool, developed by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and partners, supports the development and strengthening of midwifery services across all countries focusing on a quality midwifery workforce.”

Mrs Saraki is Founder-President of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), Special Adviser to the Independent Advisory Group (IAG) of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Office for Africa (AFRO), and Global Goodwill Ambassador for the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM). Mrs Saraki is also Chair of Nigeria’s Primary Health Care Revitalisation Support Group, which is co-chaired by House of Representatives members Hon Chike Okafor and Hon Mohammed Usman.

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FCTA expresses satisfaction over Yellow fever vaccination in Abuja

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has expressed satisfaction with the successes recorded in the ongoing Yellow fever preventive mass vaccination campaign in Abuja.
The Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), FCT, Malam Adamu Bappah, said this while monitoring the exercise at some of the vaccination points within Nyanya, Karu, Jikwoyi and Karshi axis of the FCT on Wednesday.

Bappah said that the exercise was well conducted with large turnout of people, which he described as `very encouraging’.

The scribe, however, enjoined residents to ensure that they received the vaccination, particularly those between the ages of nine months and 44 years.
He stressed the need for the eradication of yellow fever epidemic, adding that three confirmed cases had been reported so far in the FCT.

“The vaccination will cover duration of two streams, which the first stream was from Nov. 24 to Nov. 29, covering 35 wards in the territory.

“The second stream is from Nov. 30 to Dec. 7 covering 27 wards,” he said.
He noted that school premises, places of worship and hospitals were centres used for the mass vaccination.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that yellow fever preventive mass vaccination campaign had recently taken place at Dangaza Village under the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).

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Why Nigerian doctors are leaving Nigeria—NMA

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The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has attributed poor remuneration and inadequate health facilities as some of the major reasons for mass exodus of medical doctors.

Dr Ekpe Phillips, the FCT Chapter NMA Chairman, said this at the opening of the Annual Health Week of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) on Wednesday in Abuja.

Phillips described the pay package of doctors in Nigeria as poor, stressing the need for government to increase the remuneration of doctors to address the challenge.

He noted that many doctors who left the country to take up foreign appointment did so due to inadequate facilities among other factors.

He listed mass unemployment, lack of placement for residency faced by a high proportion of medical professionals in Nigeria as other factors.

Phillips said Nigeria is losing doctors to foreign countries, adding that Nigerian doctors are leaving the country for greener pastures and the workload is becoming too much on the doctors that stay.

“We hear doctors collapsing because the workload is too much because their colleagues have left to find a greener gesture.

“We have internal and international brain drain; Nigeria now has one doctor catering for 5,000 patients instead of one doctor to 600
patients.

“Brain drain is now becoming pandemic and sad news because government did not and still is not doing enough; there is no serious commitment to stemming this syndrome.

“Nigeria which was one of the richest 50 countries in the early 70s has metro greased to become one of the 25 poorest countries in the
World today,’’ he said.

Dr Michael Olarewaju, the President of Association of Residents Doctors, FCT chapter, said that brain drain was a massive problem to Nigeria’s health system.

He said that if the problem was not properly tackled in the next two to three years there would not be enough doctors to treat patients in the country.

He observed that initially the problem in the sector was strike by health workers “but now they are not going on strike but are exiting the country’’.

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Having a big butt might just be a life-saver

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A new study suggests that people of a healthy weight but with more fat in their hips, thighs and legs could be at a lower risk of strokes, diabetes and heart attacks.

Findings published in the journal Cell Research show that a lack of fat in the lower half of the body corresponds with an increased risk of mortality and/or cardiovascular disease.

But the findings do not apply to those who are overweight. The reason being that fat levels around the lungs and hearts of overweight people might already be too high.

Commenting on the findings, Dr Norbert Stefan, a diabetes specialist and lead author of the study, said that it’s better for people to be pear shaped than apple shaped if they are a healthy weight, as the hips and thighs provide “safe storage” for fat.

This is because the extra weight in thighs and hips is different from the fat stored deeper in the abdomen. Abdominal fat is more likely to release fatty acids into the blood, which can lead to diabetes, insulin resistance and high cholesterol.

And with all that talk of apples, pears and bums, here’s a peach that’s got the internet seriously losing its cool.

SOURCE: BBC

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