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COVID-19 vaccination: Senator Melaye challenges Buhari, cabinet to accept to be vaccinated before any Nigerian

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As senator Dino Melaye, marks his birthday anniversary today Thursday, January 7, 2021, he has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari and his Cabinet to show example by offering themselves to be vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine before any Nigerian

This was contained in a press release personaly signed by him as he marks the ocasion with a low-key celebration by family and friends in Nigeria and United Arab Emirates (UAE) in line with COVID-19 protocols.
In his words,
“Also, given the exigencies of the moment, I am using this occasion to call on President Muhammadu Buhari and his cabinet members to demonstrate exemplary leadership by accepting to be vaccinated with the much-anticipated COVID-19 vaccine before it will be administered on willing Nigerians.

“This is also another opportunity to remind  President Buhari of the nation’s teething problems and the need to overcome them in line with his campaign promises in 2015 and 2019 elections. Needless to mention insecurity, disunity and rising cost of living bedeviling Nigerians, among others. 
“Given the ‘new normal’ and in the spirit of the New Year 2021, I am bound to soberly reflect on God’s countless mercies over my life and my family members in the recent past particularly in the course of my political advocacy for a New Nigeria as a member of Nigeria’s highest legislative body from 2015 to 2019.

The Kogi State-born iconic politician and businessman said he will continue to serve the nation, inspire others and stand by the truth at all times irrespective whose ox is gored.
“While I will continue to follow my passion of serving the nation in any capacity I find myself, I will not stop inspiring the younger generation and women to take more interest in governance and nation-building.

“For the avoidance of doubt, I assure my supporters, admirers and all Nigerians of my continuous stand by the truth at all times and holding government accountable at all levels no matter whose ox is gored.

“Finally, I thank Nigerians both at home and abroad for the love shown me during my trying moments as a victim of police brutality, failed orchestrated recall exercise, which consumed millions of Kogi taxpayers’ money, outright stealing of my mandate at the 2019 elections, instigated mutiple court cases, assassination attempts, among others. I thank you all brethren.

“I pray that the Almighty God will grant me good health, strength and more wisdom to keep serving the country and humanity in the years to come.”

As senator Dino Melaye, marks his birthday anniversary today Thursday, January 7, 2021, he has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari and his Cabinet to show example by offering themselves to be vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine before any Nigerian

This was contained in a press release personaly signed by him as he marks the ocasion with a low-key celebration by family and friends in Nigeria and United Arab Emirates (UAE) in line with COVID-19 protocols.
In his words,
“Also, given the exigencies of the moment, I am using this occasion to call on President Muhammadu Buhari and his cabinet members to demonstrate exemplary leadership by accepting to be vaccinated with the much-anticipated COVID-19 vaccine before it will be administered on willing Nigerians.

“This is also another opportunity to remind  President Buhari of the nation’s teething problems and the need to overcome them in line with his campaign promises in 2015 and 2019 elections. Needless to mention insecurity, disunity and rising cost of living bedeviling Nigerians, among others. 
“Given the ‘new normal’ and in the spirit of the New Year 2021, I am bound to soberly reflect on God’s countless mercies over my life and my family members in the recent past particularly in the course of my political advocacy for a New Nigeria as a member of Nigeria’s highest legislative body from 2015 to 2019.

The Kogi State-born iconic politician and businessman said he will continue to serve the nation, inspire others and stand by the truth at all times irrespective whose ox is gored.
“While I will continue to follow my passion of serving the nation in any capacity I find myself, I will not stop inspiring the younger generation and women to take more interest in governance and nation-building.

“For the avoidance of doubt, I assure my supporters, admirers and all Nigerians of my continuous stand by the truth at all times and holding government accountable at all levels no matter whose ox is gored.

“Finally, I thank Nigerians both at home and abroad for the love shown me during my trying moments as a victim of police brutality, failed orchestrated recall exercise, which consumed millions of Kogi taxpayers’ money, outright stealing of my mandate at the 2019 elections, instigated mutiple court cases, assassination attempts, among others. I thank you all brethren.

“I pray that the Almighty God will grant me good health, strength and more wisdom to keep serving the country and humanity in the years to come.”

COVID-19 vaccination: Senator Melaye challenges Buhari, cabinet to accept to be vaccinated before any Nigeria

As senator Dino Melaye, marks his birthday anniversary today Thursday, January 7, 2021, he has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari and his Cabinet to show example by offering themselves to be vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine before any Nigerian

This was contained in a press release personaly signed by him as he marks the ocasion with a low-key celebration with family and friends in Nigeria and United Arab Emirates (UAE) in line with COVID-19 protocols.
In his words,
“Also, given the exigencies of the moment, I am using this occasion to call on President Muhammadu Buhari and his cabinet members to demonstrate exemplary leadership by accepting to be vaccinated with the much-anticipated COVID-19 vaccine before it will be administered on willing Nigerians.

“This is also another opportunity to remind  President Buhari of the nation’s teething problems and the need to overcome them in line with his campaign promises in 2015 and 2019 elections. Needless to mention insecurity, disunity and rising cost of living bedeviling Nigerians, among others. 
“Given the ‘new normal’ and in the spirit of the New Year 2021, I am bound to soberly reflect on God’s countless mercies over my life and my family members in the recent past particularly in the course of my political advocacy for a New Nigeria as a member of Nigeria’s highest legislative body from 2015 to 2019.

The Kogi State-born iconic politician and businessman said he will continue to serve the nation, inspire others and stand by the truth at all times irrespective whose ox is gored.
“While I will continue to follow my passion of serving the nation in any capacity I find myself, I will not stop inspiring the younger generation and women to take more interest in governance and nation-building.

“For the avoidance of doubt, I assure my supporters, admirers and all Nigerians of my continuous stand by the truth at all times and holding government accountable at all levels no matter whose ox is gored.

“Finally, I thank Nigerians both at home and abroad for the love shown me during my trying moments as a victim of police brutality, failed orchestrated recall exercise, which consumed millions of Kogi taxpayers’ money, outright stealing of my mandate at the 2019 elections, instigated mutiple court cases, assassination attempts, among others. I thank you all brethren.

“I pray that the Almighty God will grant me good health, strength and more wisdom to keep serving the country and humanity in the years to come.”

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At last resident doctors bow to pressure, suspend nationwide strike

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The National Association of Resident Doctors, (NARD) on Saturday suspended its 10 days old strike after sustained pressure mounted on them to shelve the strike by stakeholders.
The National President of the Association, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi said the strike was suspended after series of long hours of meetings with various stakeholders in the health sector.
He said based on their responsibility to Nigerians and the fact that the Federal government has met some of their demands they have no option but to call off the strike.

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Resident Doctors would account for the blood of any patient that dies on account of their ongoing strike action, says senate

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Resident Doctors would account for the blood of any patient that dies on account of their ongoing strike action, says senate

The Senate committee on health has faulted the strike action embarked upon by the resident Doctors which is having a telling effect on patients.

The chairman of the committee Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe said Nigerians would hold the resident doctors responsible for the blood of any patient that dies on account of their ongoing strike action.

Oloriegbe spoke at the public hearing  of the bill entitled  “Federal Medical Centre, Mubi, Adamawa State (Establishment) Bill, 2021” sponsored by Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed (Binani) 

According to him, the National Assembly made every effort to avert the doctors ongoing strike to no avail. 

“We had a marathon meeting just before Easter on March 21st specifically and we agreed on all the issues that were raised by the resident doctors.

He said there three Germain issues which included the payment of salary to house officers which as at that time they also agreed had been essentially been cleared which was the major reason they wanted to go on strike.

“The second one was what they claimed to be payment to local resident doctors, which was an aberration where there was not supposed to be local but the government agreed to commence payment which has started to be done.

“Those are the two critical ones that were germane most of the other issues that were raised were not even issues within the purview of the federal government because they were issues of state governments that owed salaries or something. 

He said they are issues that relate to things that were in 2014, 2015 which was as at that meeting, the Federal Ministry of Finance confirmed that a committee has been set up to look at the other aspects. 

“So we are surprised that the resident doctors went on strike. However, we are not reneging, my counterparts in the house of Representatives are meeting with the resident doctors.”

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World Health Day: Govt decries shortage of vaccines as communities groan over neglect n Nasarawa

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World Health Day: Govt decries shortage of vaccines as communities groan over neglect n Nasarawa

Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia

The Nassarawa State Government has raised the alarm over shortages of essential supplies of COVID-19 vaccines for its citizens who are yet to access the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination particularly the vulnerable persons in the state.

This state commissioner of health, Pharmacist Ahmed Baba-Yahaya made the disclosure during the World Health Day in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital on Wednesday.

According to him, “The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the light on the inequalities among the citizens amidst shortages of essential supplies, poor people have been pushed to the back of the queue in accessing COVID-19 test kits in the state.”

He continued: “There are several shades of inequalities, discrimination based on gender, place of residence, income, educational level, age, ethnicity and disability to disadvantage of the vulnerable populations across the state.”

He, however, emphasized that there was need to start to act on the social and economic determinations of the people, by working across sectors to improve living and working conditions, particularly the marginalized groups.

While reacting on the challenges being faced by the vulnerable persons in the state, he urged leaders at various levels to work together to address inequalities in their respective countries, specially on COVID-19 vaccines.

The commissioner of health also admonished pharmaceutical companies to expand their manufacturing capacity to overcome current supply shortages in the state, urging wealthy individuals to partner with the state government so that the most at risk populations in all countries could be protected.

Also residents in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital, Awe, Keana and Obi local government areas and others in the state have expressed worry over lack of access to COVID-19 test in their locality.

Narrating his ordeal, Mr. John Daniel, said they could not access the COVID-19 test in their community, owning to the fact that the health workers trained by the Primary Development Agency in charge of administering COVID-19 tests are focussing on tge rich in the state.

He said: “We are poor people. We have been relegatedto the background because we are not government workers.”

Also speaking to our correspondent, Ovey Timothy, said since the state government commenced the COVID-19 test the health workers have not be able to reach their community.

His words: “We are calling on the state government to urgently intervene and come to their rescue.”

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