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Discordant tunes as senate engages Executive over COVID-19 vaccines



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Discordant tunes as senate engagesExecutive over COVID-19 vaccines

President of the Senate has challenged the Federal Government to ensure thorough review of vaccines that should be procured for use in the country.
Lawan being sceptical about the readiness of the executive had convened an interface with relevant Government ministries and agencies to discuss and ascertain the level of preparedness by the Federal Government towards the purchase of the COVID-19 vaccine. 
The DG of NAFDAC Professor Mojisola Adeyeye said the agency as the regulator of drugs consumed by citizens would make sure vaccines acquired by the FG are safe.

According to Lawan, an engagement between the legislature and executive would evaluate and appraise government’s readiness to acquire the vaccine for administration to Nigerians across the country. 
“Essentially, we want you to tell us how we are going to be able to provide the vaccines in such a manner that the vaccines are not only acquired, but remain efficacious and effective, that they are not invalidated because of any challenge in the area of storage or during transportation. And we know ours is a very difficult and sometimes impossible environment. 
“Other countries have already started receiving the vaccines, even though I’m not sure if there’s any African country that has received. But if any African country should receive first, it should be Nigeria. 

“Alongside these, you should also give us an idea on how we are going to start the vaccination.
“We need to have the strategy of how we intend to do it, so that we don’t run into any chaos. 
“That means we need to continue to campaign for our people to continue to use face-masks and hand sanitizers as well as keep to social distancing.
“Because if we have the vaccine, it would take quite some time before everybody gets it. And before then, we should insist on the protocols because this is a matter of life and death,” Lawan said. 

The president of the senate’s position followed assurances given to the leadership of Senate, by the Minister of Health, that government is substantially ready for a successful COVID-19 vaccination of citizens.

The Minister explained that the government of Nigeria is in high level talks with multinational manufacturers and has trained staff as well as put the right cooling infrastructure in place to store the vaccines when they are acquired.

About 400 billion naira, according to the health Ministry, would be required to vaccinate 70% of Nigeria’s 211 million population.

156 billion naira would be needed in 2021 and 200 billion in 2022.

But the President of the Senate Ahmad Lawan, who says the National Assembly would support the funding demand, lead Senators in expressing strong doubts with the presentations of the officials from the Ministry of Health.

“I have not been convinced with your presentation that we are ready. You have to do much more to convince me that we are ready.

“This is a matter of life and death. In fact Iam a doubting Ahmad.”

Deputy President of the Senate also joined in saying, “Iam a doubting Omo-Agege”.
He expressed strong worry that the government so far has made preparations for only four cold chains for the vaccines, in Abuja, Kano, Enugu and Lagos and asked why the entire South South region is not included in the plan.

The DSP is worried that vaccines may lose efficacy on transit to the South South, charging NAFDAC to be sure citizens especially from the zone, do not end up being inoculated with bad vaccines that may do more harm than good.

The conversation was coming few hours after the National Assembly approved a 13.5 trillion Naira 2021 Nigeria Federal budget.

The NASS says it is expecting a supplementary budget proposal in January 2021, to cover the cost for COVID-19 vaccination.

The Minister has insisted that the country which has successfully fought polio, is using same cold chains to store the COVID vaccines and urged the Senate to have confidence in the plan for COVID vaccine campaign.

Ahmad Lawan on his part has also insisted the Minister gives list and location of all the infrastructure to be inspected.

In attendance were: Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed; Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire; Minister of State for Health, Sen. Dr. Olorunimbe Mamora; Director-General, Budget and National Planning, Ben Akabueze; Director-General, National Centre for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu; and Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

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Ooni of Ife makes good his promise, delivers herbal therapy for COVID-19




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Ooni of Ife makes good his promise, delivers herbal therapy for COVID-19

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has delivered his promise to unveil herbal drugs for the treatment of Coronavirus.
In May 2020 the Nigerian first class monarch had announced that he had discovered the cure for coronavirus.
In a video he shared on his Facebook page at that time, the Oba showed some natural herbs that could cure Covid-19 and how people can use them.
The video got over 50 thousand views and over one thousand seven hundred shares and he took to the post that followed the video to say.

“To solve the ailment it is only through natural elements that we put together above all from nature which we have tested”

“I have used it and I also used it for some of the chronic Corona patients and they testified” he said.

He had at that time challenged all researchers both in Nigeria and in the globe to make the natural herbs into clinical medicine extract the vaccines from it.

The monarch while unveiling the herbal cure said the Federal Government is aware of the drug and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has approved it.

The drugs were researched and produced by Yem-Kem International Group under the leadership of Dr. Akintunde Ayeni in collaboration with Oba Ogunwusi’s outfit, Ooni Ojaja Global Outreach.

Speaking at the unveiling of the drugs, Ooni said “Today is a great day in the history of this great nation, I give kudos to the Minister of health, NAFDAC [director-general] and the presidency for the success of these products.”

“I want to announce to the whole world that there is a new phase in traditional medicine research. We have been on this research for some time. It’s 100 percent a private initiative and to the glory of God, NAFDAC gave us all approval last year September. And we ensure that the products were effective”.

“We have started using it for COVID-19 patients, including political office holders since last year September. Now we are very convinced that something very good is coming out of Nigeria.”

“I have been using this drug to boost my immunity. This is our own vaccine to combat covid-19”, Ooni said.

The Executive Chairman of Yem-Kem International, Dr. Akintunde Ayeni said the drugs would complement the efforts of the federal government to improve orthodox health-care services.

Ayeni said, “Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ooni, called me personally and sent some herbs to me to research upon.”

Ayeni said the drugs would take care of COVID-19 and that bitter leaf capsule was also produced for the treatment of diabetes and high blood pressure.

The drugs are Verozil, Bitter Leaf Capsule, Vision Pro and Rio Capsule
Speaking further, Ooni said it is a proven fact which is equally established by the World Health Organization that Africa and indeed Nigeria have the best herbs which could be used for vaccine production.

“We have worked with various stakeholders in the health sector including the NAFDAC, Federal and Osun State Ministries of Health, Standard Organization of Nigeria and many others who have been so supportive.

“To the glory of God, NAFDAC gave us all the approvals last September but I insisted that the products be packaged properly. To the glory of God, these products have been tested especially on thousands of COVID-19 patients including some in positions of authority who are currently free from the pandemic.

“We are not doing this in isolation and I am happy to inform you that the National Assembly is currently working on a bill of the Federal Executive Council, on medical research that is alternative to orthodox medicine which is the herbal medicine

“Now that we have gotten here, our focus is to employ one hundred thousand (100,000) youths within the next fifteen months. This will be achieved virtually,” the Ooni said.

Speaking on behalf of the Ogun health commissioner, Gbenga Adepoju, who is the Director of Public Health in the Ministry, pledged government’s support for the products, noting the country has what it takes to solve her problems.

In their separate speeches, NAFDAC’s Director of Public Affairs, Mr. Jimoh Abubakar and the representative of Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) Engineer Gideon Amosun, jointly declared the support of their organizations for the products as they commended Ooni for the medical breakthrough.

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Challenges of COVID-19 Pandemic make Lafia Varsity Teaching Hospital expedient-Al-Makura




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Challenges of COVID-19 Pandemic make Lafia Varsity Teaching Hospital expedient-Al-Makura

The senator representing Nassarawa South Senator Al-Makura Umaru Tanko has indicated that the excruciating experience of the COVID-19 pandemic should be a catalyse for improved medical training and expansion of medical facilities.

To this end he canvassed for support from his colleague senators to give support the Federal University Lafia Teaching Hospital Bill, 2021 which he sponsored.
According to him,
“The objective of this Bill is to provide for the establishment of a Teaching Hospital for the Federal University Lafia and also provide for a Management Board for the Teaching Hospital sought to be established through this Bill.

“This is intended to facilitate the clinical training of medical students that will be of internationally acceptable standards by the University.
“It is on the basis of the foregoing that I urge my distinguished colleagues to support the passage of this simple but impactful amendment Bill.”
In his lead debate the senator
“This Bill should therefore be seen as another legislative response to our ongoing efforts to improve medical training, expand existing medical facilities and generally improve on healthcare service delivery across the three levels of public health service delivery in Nigeria against the backdrop of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

He said  the Federal University of Lafia (FULAFIA) has already set a College of Medicine in place and has gotten the approval of the National Universities Commission to admit medical students in the 2020/2021 academic session.
“In preparation for the take-off the Teaching Hospital which will be required clinical training of medical students of the University, the Nasarawa State Government has donated a newly built Hospital in Lafia  and also agreed to handover the Dalhatu Specialist Hospital ( DASH) to the University to be used as facilities for the take-off of the proposed Teaching Hospital in the interim.  

“This essence of this Bill is therefore to provide the legal framework for the operation of the proposed Teaching Hospital for clinical training of medical students of the College of Medicine, Federal University, Lafia.

He indicated that the teaching Hospital  when establishedis expected  not only serve as a training ground for medical students but also offer specialized tertiary healthcare services to patients within the State and indeed other patients referred to it from other parts of Nigeria.

According to him, the few Teaching Hospitals and other tertiary health centres within the North Central Zones are already overwhelmed by referrals for tertiary healthcare services.
“The proposed Teaching Hospital when established would therefore compliment specialized tertiary healthcare services offered by the few Teaching Hospitals within the North Central geopolitical zone such as the Jos University Teaching Hospital( JUTH).”

“I wish to state that in compliance with Order 77(3) of the Senate Standing Orders, 2015 as amended, this Bill when passed will have no immediate financial burden on the Federal Government treasury as the facilities for the immediate takeoff of the proposed Teaching Hospital for the Federal University, Lafia and its Management Board have been donated by the Nasarawa State Government.”

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Family planning: Report enumerates role of religious, traditional community leaders in awareness creation




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Family planning: Report enumerates role of religious, traditional community leaders in awareness creation

From Daniel Abel, Lafia

The prevalence and acceptability of Family planning in Nasarawa state had accounted for the sharp drop in maternal mortality and unplanned teenage/adult pregnancy a report has indicated

The report which was obtained from some primary health care centers in the state reveals that there is a downward trend in maternal mortality rate, adolescent unplanned pregnancy because awareness on the importance of family planning is on the increase.

The report indicated that efforts of the state ministry of health, non governmental organizations like the Society for Family health, the Change Initiative(TCI) are helping to expand awareness as well as the free supply of family planning commodities in primary health facilities across the state.

However, it pointed out that lots of efforts are required to drive the campaign down to prospective family planning beneficiaries particularly those who are still held bound by certain myths, religious inclinations and cultural barriers.

It stated that the traditional institution play a major role when its comes Information dissimilation and acceptability of policies and Interpretation to their subjects.

“Traditional rulers being the custodian of knowledge and tradition of communities and societies need to key in into the drive to create more awareness for prospective users of family planning practice.

“No community or society can afford to be left out in the use of family planning with its numerous advantages in the reproductive health.”

“In the same vane religious leaders who wants their congregations improve their reproductive health would not allow certain religious claims to stand as barriers in the use of family planning.

A healthy congregation the report said, will produce healthy worship while a sick and unhealthy congregation affect worship.
“A sick mother who do not have control of when and when not to take in, could affect the family worship.

It explained further that Community leaders are veritable tools for reaching citizens within the communities with Information that would better the health of members of such communities.

While lots of people share belief that family planning can lead to permanent barrenness, experts say such belief is not true because no family planning method is designed scientifically to create barrenness.

A family planning expert, Dr. Deborah Hassan said no family planning methods causes barrenness or childlessness adding that family planning can only help a woman to decide when to have a child and when not to have a child.

Dr. Deborah explained that family planning is a voluntary decision by informed individual or couple regarding when to start having children and how much time to give in between births.

She stated however that family planning promotes quality life for the users and the enter family.

“Family planning is affordable (Free), safe and effective way to have children when a coup wants to have them. It help couples who face fertility challenges to have children.
Continuing, Dr. Deborah indicated that,
“Family planning helps the women to rest between pregnancies in order to regain their health thereby reducing the risks of complications during or after pregnancies”,

Other benefits of family planning according the expert include; reduction of anxiety and stress from fear of pregnancies, quality breast feeding of children, proper attention to each child and ability to take good care of the family according to their economic ability.

“If our society must be healthy, awareness on family planning must be taken seriously by community, religious and traditional leaders even as the state government in collaboration with health partners such as Society for family health, The Challenge Initiatives (TCI) and the DEVCOM are on the frontline.”

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