Kogi flags off Health Insurance Scheme
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has inaugurated the Kogi state health insurance scheme in a bit to meet up with the universal health coverage in year 2030.
Bello who was represented by his deputy, Chief Edward Onoja at the innauguration ceremony said he signed the bill establishing the agency in April 2019 as a positive move to making health care delivery services available to the people.
In his remarks, the Commissioner of Health in the state, Dr. Haruna Audu Saka thanked the governor for being sensitive to the health needs of the people. He charged the inaugurated staff members of the agency to be proactive in their activities at all times.
Chairman Kogi state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Onu Edoka declared that the workers in the state are prepared to key into the health scheme.
He however appealed to the governor to stop percentage payments of salaries to enable workers key into the scheme with ease.
The Executive Secretary of Kogi state Health Insurance agency. Dr. Adekunle Aladare thanked the governor for appointing him as the pioneer Executive Secretary of the agency. He assured the governor of his commitment to positively steer the ship of the agency.
World Blood Donation Day: Hematologist tasks Nigerians on voluntary donations
As the world celebrates the world Blood Donation Day, people with good health have been called upon to donate blood in order to support vulnerable patients in need of blood to survive.
The Chairman and Founder, Leukemia Care Plus Initiative and Head of Hematology department of the Federal Medical Centre Keffi, Dr Ukoma Chikadibia made the appeal while speaking with newsmen on Saturday in Keffi.
He stated that donation of blood had become imperative with a view to saving the lives of many patients.
Dr Chikadibia noted that most of the people that were in need of blood donation included pregnant women at their delivery stages, accident victims and people suffering from other forms of diseases.
He indicated that other categories of patients who needed blood donation included those to undergo surgeries, transplant, among others, while stressing the need for people to make voluntary blood donations.
The chairman noted that since Nigeria was recording a rise in the maternal mortality rate, the need to rescue the lives of pregnant women in their stages of deliveries became imperative.
“With the growing wave of maternal mortality rate in Nigeria, the need to save the lives of our pregnant mothers through the provision of enough blood whenever they are in need becomes important.
Dr Chikadibia noted that in order to encourage people to voluntarily donate blood to save other people’s lives, the foundation was seeking support and collaboration with the traditional rulers, community and religions leaders.
He stated that the negative insinuation that Hospitals sold blood donated for the care of vulnerable patients was wrong, saying that what the patients or their relatives paid for was the cost of testing, preservations and other sundry issues.
The founder stressed that no hospital sold blood, saying that no one had the capacity to buy blood in view of its importance to the life of human beings.
He therefore assured that every blood donated would be given out free to those in need, adding that fees they collected were for other services not for the blood provided.
Chikadibia appealed to the Federal government to build and equip modern or state of the art diagnostic centres for the screening of cancer of the blood throughout the country.
He assured that on their part they are working hard to upgrade their laboratory and provide more fridges to preserve the blood donated.
Chikadibia appealed to the people to see blood donation as an important service to humanity, while assuring that before any blood is collected, it is usually thoroughly screened against all forms of diseases like HIV, Hepatitis B and C, among others.
Also speaking, the Emir of Keffi, Dr Shehu Yamusa, commended them on their consistence in educating the people on the importance of blood donation, while pledging his support for them to achieve their goals.
Prof Adagiri applauds GYB for giving state Specialist hospital facelift
Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Kogi state Specialist Hospital, Lokoja, Professor Adagiri Yahaya has commended Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State for transforming and giving a facelift to the Hospital
Prof Adagiri gave the indication while speaking to newsmen in his office in Lokoja recently, suggesting that the edifice upon completion will add value to the aesthetic outlook of the state capital.
The CMD said he took over the mantle of leadership at the health facility during the peak of the COVID-19 lockdown, when the hospital was not operating at a full scale with meagre income.
He lauded the timely intervention of the state Governor which has almost normalise the activities.
According to him, the Governor had made the hospital management system easy and hitch free through the implementation of the NHIS and the COMMESS 2014, salary scheme which has seen to the welfare and prompt payment of staff salaries.
He indicated that the hospital currently has very reliable water and electricity supply which were not quite the situation prior to the intervention of the State Governor.
Adagiri expressed his profound gratitude to the Governor for accepting to revamp the hospital to reflect the true image of a specialist hospital.
The Chief Medical Director prayed God to enable the Governor do more exploits.
Senate passes bill that amends the Orthopedic Hospital Management Board Act 2004
The Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to amend the Orthopedic Hospital Management Board Act 2004.
The passage of the bill followed the consideration of a report by the Committee on Health (Secondary and Tertiary).
Chairman of the Committee, Senator Yahaya Oloriegbe (APC, Kwara Central), in his presentation, noted that “the country is plagued with poverty and an exceedingly high burden of disease.”
According to the lawmaker, Orthopedics such as musculoskeletal disorders, spine disease, cancers, tumours and congenital defects are suffered by many citizens without adequate care.
“Orthopedics is a specialized area of medicine concerned with the musculoskeletal system responsible for many important functions including joint replacements, fractures, joint pains, sports injuries, arthritis and other injuries and conditions”, Oloriegbe explained.
He stressed that by locating the Federal Orthopedic Hospital in Kuta, Niger State, its presence would bring healthcare closer to residents of densely populated urban and rural communities at reduced costs.
He added that the hospital when established, would provide services such as diagnosis and treatment from traumatic events such as accidental falls, car accidents, sports injuries and other emergencies.
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