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Foundation moves to infuse anti-breast, anti-cervical cancer programs into NYSC scheme

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Onyebuchi Chris Ifediora, (OCI) Foundation, is organising a one-day consultation and planning meeting/seminar for the National Youths Service Corps, (NYSC)and relevant stakeholders on anti-breast and anti-cervical cancer programme.

This is coming ahead of a grand national launch of the foundation in early 2022.

The foundation is at the forefront of an advocacy to introduce anti-breast and anti-cervical cancer programs into the regular activities of the NYSCs orientation program across the country.

Açcording to a statement that was jointly signed by the President of OCI Foundation, Alhaji Abdullahi Aliyu Rufai and the chairman of the Local Organising Committee, (LOC), Professor Chris Ifediora, “The seminar is part of the strategic effort to orientate all partners in the Arm Our Youths (ArOY) Health Campaign project.”

It added that the ArOY campaign also aims to include preventive teachings into the academic curriculum of all senior secondary schools in all of Nigeria’s 36 states and the FCT by 2025.

The statement indicated that the NYSC delegates from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT) are being expected at the event, which will hold on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at the Chelsea Hotel, Abuja.

“The internationally-endorsed ArOY Health Campaign is a novel, Harvard-endorsed, WHO-supported and evidence-based health promotion initiative of the OCI Foundation, which seeks to introduce anti-breast and anti-cervical cancer programs into the regular activities of the NYSCs orientation activities across Nigeria,” it stated

The statement added that the seminar, which would have opening and technical sessions, is being sponsored by the OCI Foundation, an international (Nigerian-Australian) NGO committed to the promotion of health, education and social welfare for Nigerians.

It also pointed out that the NYSC and the Nigerian Cancer Society, NCS) are official partners for the event, which has the support of the Sweet Home Africa Humanitarian Foundation, (SHAHF).

The Director General of the NYSC, Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, is expected as the chief host of the event with other guests drawn from the Nigerian Presidency, the Honourable Ministers of Women Affairs, Health and Education.

Others the statement listed are the House Committee Chairman on Healthcare Services, as well as the members of the “First Ladies Against Cancer, (FLAC)”, which is a group of Eight Nigerian first ladies united in the fight against cancer.

Also expected are the DG of the National Orientation Agency, (NOA) representatives of the WHO, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and the FCT Primary Health Care Board (FCT-PHCB).

Serving corps members and officers of the NYSC from all the 36 states and the FCT, along with officers from the NYSCs National Headquarters in Abuja, will also be in attendance as well as the leaders of the NCS, OCI Foundation, partner NGOs, groups and individuals.

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Nasarawa govt moves to clamp down on communities notorious for open defecation

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From Abel Daniel Lafia

The Nasarawa State Government has indicated that it would soon deal decisively with some of the communities in Lafia that are notorious in the practice of open defecation.
Permanent Secretary Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources
Mr, Aliyu Agwai, made the threat during the inspection of November sanitation exercise.

He said it is unfortunate that some people still defecate openly against the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Agwai said the state is already enforcing the executive order 009 signed by President Muhammadu Buhari on November 2019 to end open defecation by 2025 in the country.

On refuge dumping, the PS said the ministry has 64 refuse collection points in Lafia the state capital alone where personnel go to evacuate refuge on daily basis.

He called on residents of the state to patronise private refuse evacuation companies or dump their refuse at the collection points.

On the general assessment of November sanitation exercise, the PS commended residents for the level of compliance.

He therefore urged the public to sustain the compliance and continue to maintain personal and public hygiene to guard against outbreak of diseases.

Meanwhile, A mobile court, handling environment-related cases, has prosecuted 52 persons for alleged violation of environmental sanitation laws in Lafia.

The Prosecutor, Mr Abubakar Mohammed, who is also a Chief Environment Officer, told the court that the suspects were transacting their private businesses while the sanitation exercise was in progress.

Mohammed said that the offences violated Section 9(2), of the State Environmental Sanitation Law.

He urged the court to sanction the culprits accordingly to serve as deterrent to others.

The Judge, Mr Abdullahi Lande, convicted and sentenced them to between six weeks to six months imprisonment each with option of fine of between N5,000 to N50,000.

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Jigawa Gov threatens to lockdown the State over apathy to COVID-19 vaccine

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By Ahmed Rufa’i, Dutse

Governor Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State has threatened another round of lockdown if people in the state reject Covid-19 vaccine or continue to spread unfounded rumors against the vaccine.

Abubakar issued the threat in his speech while flagging off the COVID-19 mass vaccination exercise campaign held in Kiyawa local government area of the state

Governor Abubakar promised to resist any attempt to make the State experience another round of the scourge like Spain and other foreign countries where the scourge of the disease resurfaced as a result of public negligence.

The Governor assured the people of the state that, the vaccine is effective and safe for protecting the human life from the deadly virus.

He however charged local government chairmen, traditional leaders to ensure maximum campaign and enforcement of the vaccination in their areas.

The Governor said he will not mind imposing the lockdown in the state rather than allow the social and economic consequences to befall everyone in the state if the vaccination coverage remains poor

In his speech at the occasion the Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaiba, said, the Federal Government is committed to ensuring 111million Nigerians representing 70 of eligible persons received the vaccination before the end of 2022.

Mr Shuaibu who was represented by Dr Kabir Mohammed, the North West Zonal Director of the agency expressed concern over the poor vaccination coverage In Jigawa state saying that, “A total of 122,200 people have received first doses, while only 53,751 received second doses, this figure is not encouraging” he declared

According to him, in Jigawa state, over 1.8 million eligible people are expected to receive the vaccine”.

In his speech the Emir of Dutse, Dr Nuhu Muhammad, who was represented by Senior Councillor Alhaji Basiru Muhammad Sunusi urged the people of the state to come out in their numbers to receive the vaccine saying that he has taken his own and he is now healthier and hearty

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NYSC gives back to host communities in Niger through medical outreach

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The National youth service Corp (NYSC) members who are medical doctors in Niger state have embarked on a medical outreach and sensitization program in health related issues in some communities in Niger State.

The Corps medical personnel have so far given maximum attention to health related issues within the last one week in selected communities of Paikoro Local Government Area of Niger State as part of the NYSC corporate social responsibility to their host communities.
The state coordinator of NYSC In Niger State, Mrs Fumilayo Ajayi pointed out that NYSC Health Initiative For Rural Dwellers (HIRD), was one of the numerous ways that NYSC makes positive impact in their host community.
This she said they do to bring about grassroots development.
She explained that the Corp medical consultation brought the outreach to the community to give them the needed medical attention adding that it will have direct impact on their health.
She disclosed that the medical outreach will among others, check the health status of the community members particularly the pregnant women, the aged and children against malaria, high blood pressure and other health challenges.
Mrs Ajayi said the HIRD is a nation wide medical program embarked upon by the NYSC to sensitize the people on their health status and to donate and to prescribe the necessary medication.
She commended the management of the Paikoro local government area for providing an enabling environment for the program.
The chairman Paikoro Local Government Area in Niger State, Mr Yuhana Auta commended NYSC for chosing Paikoro local Government for the outreach.
The chairman who was represented by the director health services in the Local Government Mr. Abel Ogah described the medical outreach as unique and commended the medical personnel of the NYSC for their efforts in bringing the outreach to Paikoro local government area.

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