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NERICC set to address poor performance in routine immunization

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NERICC set to address poor performance in routine immunization

By John Akubo

The National Emergency Routine Immunization Coordination Centre (NERICC), Abuja,set to improve performance in routine immunization in some States that were lagging behind, Dr Daniel Ali, a Routine Immunisation Officer at the Centre has indicated.
He gave the indication yesterday after an advocacy meeting with the Chief of Staff to Kogi Government, Mr Edward Onoja, in Lokoja.
According to him, the centre was established two years ago when the Executive Director of National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), declared a state of emergency on routine immunisation due to its poor performance in some States including Kogi.
According to him,’We have been able to identify 18 States that have poor performance of routine immunisation, and we are trying to see how we can support them to really come up interms of performance, and Kogi is one of those States.
He appealed to Kogi Government to actively support routine immunisation activities in the state.
Dr. Ali harped on the importance of funding as being critical to carrying out all the activities involved in routine immunization, particularly to take the services to remote communities without health facilities.
“We want the state to also create more awareness among caregivers through the traditional institutions, and to take front seat in the leadership role,” Ali said.

“This is our second meeting with the CoS to present the issues that need to be looked into and address so that Kogi can be among those performing state in immunisation.”
He appointed the chief of Starf as Immunization Ambassador in Kogi, to encourage people to do everything to have their children vaccinated.
“We are very glad with what we heard today from the state government, and for being able to fulfil part of those promises made during the previous meeting,” Ali said.

In his response, Onoja assured the team of the government’s support and total commitment to getting Kogi children immunised against killer diseases.

The chief of staff also promised to encourage the Local Government Administrators to be actively involved in the routine immunization services in terms of moral, manpower and financial support.

He said that the issue of inadequate manpower and welfare of health workers raised by the team would be addressed by the government.

He promised to double check the unresolved issues on the payroll with the Head of Service for the workers that are off or on.

“On salaries, I am very much aware that salary matter at LG level in terms of what they get paid on a monthly basis has improved in this government vis-a- vis former governments.”

He said when the expected outstanding of N30 billion bailout that is due to Kogi is released it would go a long way to resolving some of the outsanding salaries to provide the needed motivation.

“We believe that when the money comes, the union, labour and those who are involved will sit together to appropriate it in such a manner that nobody will feel alienated.”

He expressed appreciation for the frank observation made by the team.

Onoja promised to work with the commissioner for health and other stakeholders to see how the bill on primary healthcare that had been passed by the House of Assembly could be expressly signed into law including the disability bill.

Ealier, Dr Abubakar Yakubu, Executive Director, Kogi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (KSPHCDA), said that the essence of the meeting was to appeal to stakeholders to get involved in state’s immunization activities.

”By tomorrow, we will also have a meeting with the Commissioner for Health to get his input.

“We have also selected some stakeholders in the state that we will talk to, so that their roles in the routine immunization can be moved beyond what is expected of them.

“We will soon achieve a very stable immunization program in the state.”

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Kogi earmarks N3bn for Nigeria-CARES implementation

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Kogi earmarks N3bn for Nigeria-CARES implementation

By Friday Idachaba

Kogi State Government has set aside over N3 billion to expand access to livelihood support and food security for the poor and the vulnerable under the Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus – Program for Results (Nigeria CARES).

Gov. Yahaya Bello disclosed this while declaring open a one-day Key Stakeholders Sensitisation and Training programme on Kogi State Government version of NG CARES Programme for Results at Government House, Lokoja on Thursday.

Bello who was represented by Dr Folashade Ayoad-Arike, Secretary to State Government (SSG), said the programme was divided into three areas including Basic Social Cash Transfer under Social Safety Network Program; FADAMA and SMEs.

Bello assured that the release of the earmarked N3 billion for the programme was been captured in the 2021 budget adding, “In Kogi, we do not believe in bureaucratic bottlenecks. We will make sure releases are made without undue bureaucracy.”

Also speaking, the state Commissioner of Finance, Budget and Economic Planning Asiwaju Asiru Idris (Mukadam), said KG CARES Programme for Results was aimed at mitigating the global effects of COVID-19 on the people and businesses in the State.

“As we know, Kogi State has no evidence of COVID-19. However, COVID-19 induced effects are very much with us, which have reduced our revenues and escalated inflation, thereby putting needless pressures on our people.

“In early 2020, the world started to witness huge disruptions over COVID-19 related issues. COVID forced lockdowns and restrictions across the globe and across sectors, which almost sniffed life out of humanity.

“Expectedly, this led to inability of businesses to cover their recurrent costs, leading to upsurge in unemployment, inflation, poverty and other disturbing social and economic indices” the Commissioner said.

In his keynote address, National Coordinator, Federal Project Suport Unit (FPSU) of Community and Social Development Project CSDP of the World Bank Dr Abdulkarim Obaje, commenced the Federal, State and the World Bank for rising to the challenge.

Obaje who represented by Mr Niyi Oduneye said that the second wave of the pandemic was more virulent and more dangerous than the first one adding that the rate at which it “operates and devastates” is far more than the first.

The state Head of Service (HOS) Mrs Deborah Ogunmola said COVID-19 had affected over 200 countries, territories and areas in the world destroying their economy, food security and livelihoods.

She said that the Pandemic also negatively impacted on livelihoods resulting in loss of wage/income, non-wage income in form of diaspora remittances from abroad, food insecurity as well as impact on household/micro enterprises.

General Manager Kogi State Community And Social Development Agency (KGCSDA), Mallam Momoh O. Dauda, the implementing agency of the programme said that programme was an initiative of the World Bank to assuage the effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on livelihoods.

“The world Bank is trying to assist in Nigeria and is giving a loan of about 170 million Dollars to all the states each state will be entitled to 20 million dollars while FCT will have 50 million dollars to quelch the effects of the covid-19”, Dauda added.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the key stakeholders invited for the meeting include top State Government officials, all the 21 Local Government Chairmen and their DLGs.

Others are the 21 Chairmen of Local Government Traditional Councils, Representatives of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), people living with disability, the media, the academics, among others. (NAN)

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Former military administrator dies of Coronavirus related complications

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Former military administrator of Benue and Kano States, Aminu Isa Kontagora has died of Coronavirus related complications on Sunday night, January 10, after a brief illness at an Abuja medical facility.
It was gathered that a close family member of the former military administrator announced his demise adding that Kontagora died of COVID-19 related complications.

The family source it was learned, said the former Nigerian governor will be buried today, Monday, January 11, in line with the Islamic injunction.
The late Colonel Aminu Isa Kontagora was born in 1956.
He was Administrator of Benue State, from August 1996 to August 1998 during the military regime of General Sani Abacha.
Late Kontagora was also the Administrator of Kano State from September 1998 to May 1999, under the transitional regime of General Abdulsalami Abubakar.
The former Nigerian governor handed over power to the then elected executive governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso on 29 May 1999.

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COVID-19 Vaccination: Atiku takes the lead

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COVID-19 Vaccination: Atiku takes the lead

Former Nigeria’s Vice President, Atiku Abubakar on Wednesday took the lead as one of the first Nigerians to have taken the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine in the United Arab Emirates.

This was confirmed in a retweet by a member of the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Media Team, Abdulrasheed Uba Sharada.

Bulama@Bulama8976His Excellency Atiku Abubakar GCON has become the first Nigerian to be given the Pfizer Covid-19 jab as part of a mass vaccination programme. Not even any member of PTF A True leader.. #AtikuKawai7:28 PM · Jan 6, 202152

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