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LG electronics donate antibacterial air conditioners to Wuse Hospital

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By Mustapha Sumaila

The LG Electronics on Friday donated some antibacterial air conditioners known as Artcool Inverter to Wuse District Abuja.

Head of Corporate Marketing, LG Electronics Mr Hari Elluru, while donating the items to the Hospital in Abuja said the gesture was part of their Corporate Social Responsibility.

Elluru noted that his organisation was committed to contribute and give back to the society in order to impact on the lives of the people.

He said the donated items were new products expected to meet the needs of the health care system like Wuse hospital to enhance better health care services.

According to him, LG Artcool Ioniser feature has been proven to sterilise over 99 per cent of adhering bacteria within 60 minutes.

He added that the comprehensive auto cleaning function prevents the forming of bacteria and mold on the heat exchanger, thus provides a more pleasant and comfortable environment for the user.

In his remarks, the Medical Director of Wuse District Hospital, Dr Sa’ad Idris expressed delight for the kind gesture from LG electronics.

“We are proud to be the recipient of these distinctively designed air conditioners. We appreciate LG electronics for this generosity and goodwill to our community.

“The air-conditioning units will be installed in the wards and offices which previously had no cooling mechanism and this will greatly enhance the comfort of the patients as well as the staff” he said. (NAN)

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NAFDAC tags Drug hawkers as merchants of death

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has again condemn the activities of drug hawkers describing them as merchants of death.

The Director General of the agency, Prof. Mojisola Christianah Adeyeye, stated this at a sensitization campaign in Awka in Anambra state.

The Director General who was represented by the Director of Chemical Evaluation and Research, Pharmacist (Mrs) Ngozi Onuorah, warned members of the public to desist from buying drugs from hawkers.

She insisted that hawking of drugs is a misnomer, an aberration and illegality that should be resisted by all Nigerians.

According to her: “NAFDAC over the years has employed a multifaceted approach including enforcement activities and pharmacovigilance, carrying out raids, arresting people and prosecuting them, but the problem of drug hawking has not abated.

“That is why this time around we are intensifying public sensitization campaign trying to approach it from another perspective of equipping Nigerians with the right and appropriate information because knowledge is power.

“To that extent, in the last one and half month, NAFDAC has embarked on effective community sensitization, market to market including motor parks to take the campaign to the grassroots.”

The key objective of the campaign, according to Prof. Adeyeye, is to change the peoples behavior.

“Even though they say old habits die hard, but we believe that there are certain habits that are injurious to public health. So going to buy drugs from hawkers, is like the person literarily wants to kill him or herself.

“For instance, drugs are not article of trade like other commodities that people can hawk anyhow. No. It has to be stored under a particular storage condition and temperature and it has to be sold in licenced premises, pharmacies and patent medicines stores.

“It should not be hawked, it should not be traded in motor parks or buses, it should not be taken up and down by traders,” she reiterated.

She insisted that drug hawkers are merchants of death as she called on Nigerians to shun them and support NAFDAC in eliminating drug hawking.

The NAFDAC Director General further called on enlightened Nigerians to help in restraining the uneducated and unenlightened ones from dabbling in drug business as it is a no -go area for them.

While explaining the consequences of drug hawking, Prof. Adeyeye said: “If the drugs were efficacious originally, by the time they are being carried about under rain, heat of the sun and other poor storage conditions, they would have lost their potency, efficacy and safety such that over time they become outright poison which can damage vital organs of the body such as liver, kidney and ultimately lead to some terminal illnesses and even death.”

She, therefore, warned drug hawkers to desist from the business because, it attracts jail term of not less than two years.

“Nigerians should, therefore, join hands and shun them because if nobody patronises them, they will fizzle out. If there is no demand, there will be no market,” the NAFDAC Director General stressed

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VSF on COVID-19 Donates 13 passenger capacity elevator to FMOH

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The Victims Support Fund Taskforce on Covid-19 has commissioned and handed over a newly installed 13  passenger capacity elevator and UPS equipment to the Federal Ministry of Health on Tuesday.

For over twenty years the elevator in the Ministry has been faulty for workers to access the 11 storey ediffice

The Chairperson of the taskforce, Mrs. Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji said it is part of its effort to support the activities of the ministry during the Covid-19 Pandemic. 

“We are here today to support the initiatives of the FMOH as a sustainable long term intervention with an 11 floor coley elevator, world class standard, the kind of elevators you see in the world Bank, International Organizations, United Nations offices across the entire region is what we are donating to you this afternoon.

“In addition is a complete UPS equipment so that you will not experience what we see when Eletricity goes off in the building and human beinìgs are stock in the elevator.

“We don’t want people to die or get exhausted in the Ministry because you are working hard to save out country.”

“The Taskforce in September 2020 made an initial donation of ICT equipments and funds to the  Federal Ministry of Health; to support the Ministerial Expert Advisory Committee on the National Pandemic Action Plan, technology equipment, state-of-the-art video teleconferencing and surveillance facilities.

Others she said are infrastructure to support data collection, and the quality of human capacity within the ministry. 

“Victims Support Fund Taskforce on Covid-19 has completed the implementation of the first, second and third phases of its Covid-19 Emergency Intervention Programme, which involved the distribution of food, vmedical consumables and personal protective equipment’s (PPE’s) to nineteen (19) states across the six (6) geo-political zones of the country.

She said they also provided support and donations to the National Council for Women Societies (NCWS), National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

According to her other intervention by VSF included the Construction of Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities in fifty-four (54) schools in eighteen states (18) across the six (6) geo-political zones of Nigeria. 

“According to her, the Victims Support Fund Taskforce on Covid-19 was inaugurated by the Chairman of Victims Support Fund, Lt. Gen T Y Danjuma rtd, with a mandate to provide palliative measures to Internally Displaced Persons and other vulnerable groups around the country, as part of its contribution to national efforts in the fight against COVID-19.”

The Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire said for over 20 years the elevator had been faulty

“We have been working on the issue and the processes took long and did not materialise so we asked VSF to support with an elevator.

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FMSTI takes steps to tackle tropical deceases with production, distribution of rapid diagnostic kits

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To tackle tropical and other novel deceases like COVID-19, Ebola and others, the Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (FMSTI) is set to commence the production and distribution of rapid Diagnostic kits

To this end the Ministry reached an agreement with CLINOTECH Laboratory Limited on the production and distribution of Rapid Diagnostic test kits.

Recall that the Ebola Virus and the COVID-19 pandemic took the country by surprise as it was not prepared for the challenge posed by the diseases.

The agreement was signed on Monday between the Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Nigerian Institute of Laboratory Science Technology (NILST) and CLINOTECH Laboratory Ltd.

The Minister of State for Science, Technology and Innovation Barr. Mohamed Abdullahi, said the agreement was signed at a delicate time, especially when the global community is strengthening health care facilities and delivery.

He pledged the support of the Ministry to the agreement, adding that the agreement was of mutual benefits to all parties.

The Director General of Nigerian Institute of Laboratory Science Technology (NILST), Dr. Yemi Gbadegesin said the agreement reached was of mutual benefits to all parties involved. 

He said that NILST, will have the ability to develop reagents indigenously through the agreement reached, this he added will help fight diseases like Ebola and other tropical diseases.

Speaking earlier on behalf of CLINOTECH, Dr. Harrison Ofiyai, said the agreement will boost Nigeria’s capability to develop Rapid Diagnostic kits, thereby improving the technical know-how of Nigerian professionals 

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