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DWAI launches glossary of sexual and reproductive health in sign language

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By Janet Samuel

In a move to bridge the communication gap that has prevented deaf women from accessing quality healthcare services, especially during pregnancy and childbirth, the Deaf Women Aloud Initiative (DWAI) has launch and unveiled Glossary for Sexual and Reproductive Health in Nigerian Sign language.

The Executive Director of the Initiative, Mrs. Helen Beyioku-Alase while commemorating the lnternational Human Rights Day launched a Glossary in Abuja on Thursday.
She decried the situation where sign language still remain one of the unofficial languages currently being used in Nigeria.

Alase said about 30 million Nigerians representing 15% of the population has at least one disability and over 10 million, representing 5% of the population are Deaf.

She said the publication and launch of the glossary would motivate healthcare institutions to sponsor and grant Health workers study leave to learn the skill of Sign language.

The DWAI Director called on all Nigerians, whether deaf, hard to hear or hearing would find the glossary useful and develop a Keen interest in learning sign language to make living conditions Better.

She explain that “Deaf women represent about half of the people who are deaf, hence the glossary could be more empowering and inclusive thereby providing Independence for women with hearing impairment when they access health care facilities.

“Being able to explain what is happening to them with or without n interpreter as they simply need to point to the particular health condition within the glossary.

”It is a beautiful innovative way of connecting the deaf women to their health service provider. A more sustainable way of bridging the communication gap than having an interpreter who may not always be there.

Mrs Alase urged the international community
, governments and non-government organizations to key into DWAI project to ensure full participation of persons with disabilities and sign-language.

She said when the Rights of the people living with disabilities are secured, they move closer to achieving the central promise of the 2030 Agenda to “Leave No One Behind.

Speaking  on the international Human Rights Day, the DWAI Director noted that the Day is to uphold the right in which everyone is entitled to as human beings, regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

With the Theme of Day, “Recover Better – Stand Up for Human Rights” Mrs Helen Beyioku-Alase said the Theme relates to the Covid-19 pandemic and focus on the need to build back better by ensuring Human Rights are central to recovery efforts.

“For deaf women, what way can we recover better but to stand up for the right of deaf women? This is why it gives me so much joy that DWAI is launching the first ever Glossary for Sexual and Reproductive Health in Nigerian Sign Language today.

“The vision of the glossary came eight years ago following my experience and that of other deaf women when we try to access sexual and Reproductive health services in language that we understand.
“Since this vision was birthed, bringing it to fruition has not been a walk in the park but the passion to stand up for our Rights have made it possible for us to hold this beautiful work in our hands today.

“It is my hope that this glossary will go a long way to bridging the communication gap between deaf women and health workers when they seek access to sexual and Reproductive Health services” she noted.

In her keynote address, “Access to Healthcare for Deaf Women, a Must for Successful Inclusive Society”
The former Country Director of lpas Nigeria, Dr. Nihinlola Mabogunje described the use of sign language interpreter for meetings in the workplace, to study or for visits to the family GP as unpaired.

According to her, incorporating sign language for future generations is for the benefit of those disabled but for Nigerians too is a step Federal Government should take for more inclusiveness.

“Deaf people around the world have found communication during Covid-19 times quite challenging. They had campaigned successfully for a more accessible world but covid-19 had brought with it access restrictions.

“Deaf people now have to use online meetings and lessons, study platforms but it was not designed with deaf people in mind thereby limiting their participation since the virtual platform do not enable deaf people and Sign language interpreters to see each other optimally, let alone lip read or watch signing” she stated.                

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Senate alters 26 year old law to give Lafia Teaching Hospital headway

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The Senate, Wednesday, commenced amendment to the University Teaching Hospitals (Reconstitution of Boards) Act 1985, to pave way for the Federal University of Lafia Teaching Hospital to have legal framework The move to amend the Principal Act in this direction came with the consideration of the University Teaching Hospitals (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which scaled second reading during plenary.  The bill was sponsored by Senator Umaru Tanko Al-Makura (APC, Nasarawa South). Leading debate on the bill, Al-Makura noted that the bill in particular seeks “to amend the University Teaching Hospitals (Reconstitution of Boards, Etc) Act No.10 1985 (In this Bill referred to as the “Principal Act”), to include an additional Teaching Hospital, the “Federal University Lafia Teaching Hospital” thereby giving full recognition to the Teaching Hospital sought to be included in the Principal Act through this Bill.” According to the lawmaker, the proposed amendment when passed, would complete all the required legislative enactments to bring the Federal University Lafia Teaching Hospital into full operation.  “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”, Al-Makura added.  The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, after the bill scaled second reading, referred same to the Committee on Health for further work. The Senator Yahaya Oloriegbe-led Committee is expected to report back within four (4) weeks.

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Nasarawa assembly considers report on bill to upgrade School of Nursing to College of Nursing and Midwifery

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Nasarawa assembly considers report on bill to upgrade School of Nursing to College of Nursing and Midwifery

From Daniel Abel, Lafia

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly, is to consider a report on a bill  for the upgrade of the state School of Nursing Lafia to College of Nursing and Midwifery.

The state lawmakers said the move became expedient and instructive in its bid to boost the health status of the people of the state.

The Speaker of the House of Assembly
made gave the indication after the Chairman,
House Committee on Health Hon Usman Labaran Shafa, presented the report of the Committee on a Bill for a Law to Establish the Nasarawa State College of Nursing and Midwifery and other related matters

The speaker indicated that the bill if finally passed into law, would improve on the general health standards of the people of the state as well as create employment in the state health sector and improve the manpower status of the sector.

The speaker scheduled deliberations on the report for 9th of March, 2021.

“9th of March, 2021 will be for deliberation on the Bill for a Law to Establish the Nasarawa State College of Nursing and Midwifery and for other related Matters Thereto” he said.

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

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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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