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Kogi to establish model health centers in 21 LG

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Kogi to establish model health centers in 21 LG

By John Akubo

The Kogi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (KSPHCDA), has said it will establish a model health centre in each of the 21 local government areas of the state to improve healthcare delivery at the grassroots.

The Executive Director of the agency made the disclosure recently at a press conference to keep the public abreast of the activities of his agencies and efforts to improve the fortunes of the primary healthcare system in the state.

Dr Yakubu said that in an effort to reposition the primary healthcare system in the state and make it more effective, an executive bill for the take off of the Primary Health Care Under One Roof (PHCUOR) has been sent to the state assembly for passage.

He said when the PHCUOR becomes effective, it will bring all primary healthcare departments of local governments under the control of the agency for purpose of ensuring a single line of authority, better coordination, efficiency and effectiveness in healthcare delivery.

Yakubu commended governor Yahaya Bello for repositioning the primary healthcare development agency in the state with the composition of a board for the agency in October last year.

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Sanitation: 22 persons arrested for violating environmental laws in Nasarawa

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Sanitation: 22 persons arrested for violating environmental laws in Nasarawa

From Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia

At least twenty two persons have been apprehended for allegedly violating the Nasarawa state environmental sanitation laws.

The Chief Environmental Officer in the state, Mr. Abubakar Mohammed made the disclosure shortly after this month exercise on Saturday, in the state capital.

He said the victims were arrested within Lafia metropolis.

According to him, the 22 violators arrested would pay different fines based on their offences, raging from N5000 to 10,000 respectively.

“We arrested 22 offenders who committed different kinds of offences and their fines range from N5,000 to N 10,000.”

He explained that the offenders have already been handed over for prosecution by the environmental mobile courts set up to prosecute violators.

“This month’s sanitation exercise took another dimension as we deployed our sanitation officers to the hinterland for a house to house monitoring.”

He, added that the state will continue to deploy drastic measures to ensure strict enforcement of the state Environmental sanitation Laws to avert environmental disasters across the 13 local government areas of the state.

He attributed most of the environmental disasters in the state to human factors, particularly building on waterways, indiscriminate dumping of refuse and other activities that pose great danger to the environment.

The environmental officer admonished all the residents of the state to desist from indiscriminate waste disposal, warning them to always clean their surrounding’s as a priority.
He noted that the state government would continue to strengthen all the environmental mobile courts set up to prosecute offenders for optimal results.

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World Malaria Day: PMI to distribute 1.6 million mosquito treated nets in Nasarawa

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World Malaria Day: PMI to distribute 1.6 million mosquito treated nets in Nasarawa

From Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia

Nasarawa state Government is set to receive about 1.6 million mosquito treated nets from Presidential Mosquito Initiative (PMI) for onward distribution across the 13 local government areas and 18 development areas of the state.

The state commissioner of Health, Pharmacist Ahmed Yahaya made the disclosure in an exclusive interview with the NationalUpdate to mark 2021 World Malaria day in Lafia on Friday.

He said that the burden of the menace has reduced consistency over the years from 6% to 30%, adding that it is now 13% when compared to the 6+1 North central states.

According to the health commissioner, it is the second lowest burden of malaria.

Speaking on this year’s theme “Zero Malaria-Draw line Against Malaria” with the slongan “Stand up-Take Action”, Yahaya revealed that they have over 150, 000 mosquito net in stock.

His words: “Between last year and this year we had a stock that will last for 2 years so what they did last year was to monitor the usage of what they had distributed about two years ago.”

He, however, stated that what they distributed last time would last till 2021, noting that the one they have distributed would expire by the end of this year.

“We are expecting the Presidential Malaria Initiative to give us about 1.6 million mosquito treated nets this year which will be distributed from September upwards,” he added.

He said the state government through the state ministry of health and the State Malaria Elimination Programme would not rest on its oars to ensure that the menace is reduce to zero level.

He urged the citizens of the state to always sleep in a treated mosquito net adding that it would go a long way in contributing their quota to making the state a Malaria free state.

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Orthopedic Hospital Dekina bill, scales second reading

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Orthopedic Hospital Dekina bill, scales second reading

A Bill seeking to amend the Orthopedic Hospital Management Board Act to provide for the establishment of Orthopedic Hospital Dekina, for specialized Orthopedic treatment to complement Kogi State University Teaching Hospital, Anyigba has scale seconnd reading in the senate

The Bill which was read for the first time at the Hallowed chamber on Wednesday, 7th October 2020 is sponsored by
Sen Isah Jibrin (Echocho)

Senator Jibrin in his lead debate on the bill, explained that Kogi East Senatorial District where the Hospital is proposed to be sited, is made up of nine (9) local Government Areas (Ankpa, Olamaboro, Ofu Dekina, Bassa, Igalamela, Idah Omala and Ibaji).
He estimated the population to be over 2,000,000, adding that with the increasing incidence of road traffic accidents, the need for orthopedic Hospital is highly imperative, he clarified.

“Kogi East like many others in the North Central geopolitical zone, is primarily an agrarian economy. The nature of the occupation of the people entails Orthopedic hazards, especially as it relates to Palm fruits harvests, forestry, and similar activities”, Echocho said.

Stressing the need for the Establishment of the Orthopedic Hospital in Dekina, he pointed out the challenges and complications associated with traditional bone setting, that has little or no knowledge of anatomy, physiology, or radiology.

This he said, has brought about limb and life threatening complications.

Sen Isah Jibrin, while urging his Distinguished colleagues to support the second reading of the Bill, noted that the establishment of the Hospital will cater for the orthopedic health needs of the people of the District and Kogi state generally, as well as some of the neighboring States in Nigeria.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan refferred the bill to the Senate committee on Health to report back to the senate in four weeks.

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