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CSO Identifies poor funding as obstacle to ending global TB epidemic

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CSO Identifies poor funding as obstacle to ending global TB epidemic

By Friday Idachaba

Initiative for Grassroots Advancement (INGRA), a Kogi-based Civil Society Organisation (CSO) has identified poor funding as the major obstacle to efforts at ending the global Tuberculosis epidemic.

Mr Hamza Aliyu, Executive Director of INGRA disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen on Thursday in Lokoja as part of programmes to commemorate the 2021 World TB day.

Aliyu said that this year’s theme- “The Time is Ticking” was apt as it conveys the sense that the world is running out of time to act on the commitments to end TB made by global leaders.

According to him, it is especially critical now in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic that has put “End TB progress” at risk to ensure equitable access to prevention and care in line with World Health Organisation (WHO)’s drive towards achieving Universal Health Coverage.

He said that TB remained one of the world’s deadliest infectious killers adding that each day, nearly 4,000 persons lose their lives to TB and close to 28,000 people fall ill with this preventable and curable disease.

“Nigeria with an estimated prevalence of 616 cases per 100,000 ranks first in Africa, and fourth among the 22 high TB burden countries in the world, and no fewer than 460,000 cases of TB are reported annually in Nigeria,

Aliyu noted that global efforts to combat TB had saved an estimated 63 million lives since the year 2000 saying that Poor funding had been the lot of the initiatives to end the disease on the part of states.

He noted that almost 100 per cent of the TB Programme in Kogi State was donor funded and this causes concern for sustainability going forward.

The Executive Director revealed that four local governments in Kogi State had been identified as having high level of Tuberculosis outbreak in the state in spite of the fact that the disease was curable.

More worrisome,he said, was the increase in the prevalence of Multi-Drug Resistant TB (MDR-TB), especially in the Eastern Senatorial District (Ankpa, Dekina, Olamaboro, Ofu) since 2010.

He therefore, reiterated the need for improved budgetary allocation and actual fund releases to the State TB Programme as Counterpart funding has not been released in the past three years

Aliyu also called for improved and effective behaviour change communication efforts to provide capacity to citizens to make the desired sanitary behaviour and
mplementation of the New Direction Policy on Health. (NAN)

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At last resident doctors bow to pressure, suspend nationwide strike

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At last resident doctors bow to pressure, suspend nationwide strike

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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