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NGO advocates provision of WASH facilities in schools, trains 300 girls on menstrual hygiene

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By Stephen Adeleye

A Non Governmental Organization (NGO), Heal For Africa Initiative, has urged government and other stakeholders to provide WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) facilities in public schools across the country.

Dr Kelechi Okoro, the Founder of the NGO, told newsmen at Al-Ansar Secondary School in Lokoja on Wednesday, that the call was part of activities to mark 2018 Menstrual Hygiene Day (MHD), celebrated annually on May 28.

According to her, universal, affordable and sustainable access to WASH is a key public health issue within international development and is the focus of Sustainable Development Goal 6.

She said that the WASH facilities in schools would enable girl child to stay comfortably well in school during their menstrual period, saying “a girl must not miss school because of her menstrual period.’’


The NGO also trained and empowered over 300 schoolgirls in Kogi on safe and healthy menstrual hygiene, and gave them free sanitary pads and personal hygiene products.

“This program is the official launch of Pay Attention To Her (PATH) project, aimed at promoting good menstrual hygiene and educating the public that menstruation is everybody’s business, and not just for female alone.

“We are here to educate and empower over 300 schoolgirls on good menstrual hygiene and give them free sanitary pads and hygiene products.

“We will also train the girls on how to make reusable pads from local materials, and teach them how to dispose the used pads.

“We need to let our girls know that whatever sanitary method they use while menstruating, must be hygienic, and that they should not feel ashamed during their Period,” Okoro said.

She also recommended that the Ministry of Agriculture to look into production of reusable biodegradable eco sanitary pads made from agricultural materials, saying it would be more hygienic, safer and affordable than the non-degradable ones.

“This sensitization and training is going to be a continuous program that will cover all schools in Kogi, Nigeria and Africa. We are positive that the PATH project is going to be a huge success.

“Period is a thing of pride, you don’t have to be ashamed of it, it is everybody’s business. We need everybody to show support for it, because it is important to health and nation building.

“We are talking about empowering a girl child through personal hygiene; it is not just about health but also about social development.

“We thank our partners from across Nigeria and beyond who had donated passionately through internet to support this initiative; we call for more support to reach out to more girl child.

The medical doctor, however advised Nigerians to shun archaic and religious beliefs that made women to feel they were unclean and unworthy when menstruating.

“Menstruation should not be something hidden or to be ashamed of, instead, the girls should be empowered with enough information and means to make their menstrual periods more hygienic and comfortable for them,” Okoro said.

In her remarks, Dr Folashade Ayoade, the Secretary to Kogi State Government (SSG), advised the schoolgirls to take care, take charge and practice all they have been taught during the training and study hard.

“Don’t allow any man or boy to buy you over with an Android phone or recharge card, study hard to be empowered, you must study harder to have the highest Degree in your academic.

“I feel so excited and proud of the initiator of this program because it is something that is worthy of teaching that our children need to know about,” she said.

Mrs Petra Onyegbule, the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of the NGO, said: “girl child are part of the society, they are a vocal group for the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development,

Onyegbule, who is also the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Yahaya Bello, advised the girls to know the purpose of their existence, and never allow anybody to put them down, stressing that they were unique and peculiar.

“We are all human beings and should not be ashamed when we made mistakes, there’s no shame in getting stained sometimes as a girl child during menstrual period.

“We must demystify menstrual period because ‘period is period’.

“Empowerment is not all about giving out money, it is about educating, sensitising, and enlightening a girl child to grow up and become an important personality in life.

“Empower a girl child to be well informed, bold, educated so as to become important personality in life,” she said.

Dr Ahmed Attah, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Health Matters, urged the girls to take the rare opportunity and utilize them, saying the should be courageous and hardworking in order to be successful in the society.

“The idea of giving this information on hygienic component of menstruation is laudable, and I think it is a thing they should hold on to and work with throughout their life and career,” Attah said.

One of the girls, Aishat Mohammed, said she was delighted about the empowerment program for the girl child, saying it has really broading her knowledge about menstrual hygiene.

“A very big thank you to the organiser of the training. For being part of this program today, I can boast that I now know more things about menstruation,” Aishat said.

Another girl, Mercy Sunday, said that the program was very interesting, saying “it has enlightened me to know who I am and how to maintain a good menstrual and personal hygiene, and develop my potentials as woman.”

The items distributed includes: Stationary, soaps and detergents, antiseptics, deodorants, tissue paper, sanitary pads, sucks, provisions, drinks, among others.

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Senate alters 26 year old law to give Lafia Teaching Hospital headway

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The Senate, Wednesday, commenced amendment to the University Teaching Hospitals (Reconstitution of Boards) Act 1985, to pave way for the Federal University of Lafia Teaching Hospital to have legal framework The move to amend the Principal Act in this direction came with the consideration of the University Teaching Hospitals (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which scaled second reading during plenary.  The bill was sponsored by Senator Umaru Tanko Al-Makura (APC, Nasarawa South). Leading debate on the bill, Al-Makura noted that the bill in particular seeks “to amend the University Teaching Hospitals (Reconstitution of Boards, Etc) Act No.10 1985 (In this Bill referred to as the “Principal Act”), to include an additional Teaching Hospital, the “Federal University Lafia Teaching Hospital” thereby giving full recognition to the Teaching Hospital sought to be included in the Principal Act through this Bill.” According to the lawmaker, the proposed amendment when passed, would complete all the required legislative enactments to bring the Federal University Lafia Teaching Hospital into full operation.  “I wish to state that in compliance with Order 77(3) of the Senate Standing Orders, 2015 as amended, this Bill when passed will have no immediate financial burden on the Federal Government treasury as the facilities for the immediate takeoff of the proposed Teaching Hospital for the Federal University, Lafia and its Management Board have been donated by the Nasarawa State Government”, Al-Makura added.  The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, after the bill scaled second reading, referred same to the Committee on Health for further work. The Senator Yahaya Oloriegbe-led Committee is expected to report back within four (4) weeks.

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Nasarawa assembly considers report on bill to upgrade School of Nursing to College of Nursing and Midwifery

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From Daniel Abel, Lafia

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly, is to consider a report on a bill  for the upgrade of the state School of Nursing Lafia to College of Nursing and Midwifery.

The state lawmakers said the move became expedient and instructive in its bid to boost the health status of the people of the state.

The Speaker of the House of Assembly
made gave the indication after the Chairman,
House Committee on Health Hon Usman Labaran Shafa, presented the report of the Committee on a Bill for a Law to Establish the Nasarawa State College of Nursing and Midwifery and other related matters

The speaker indicated that the bill if finally passed into law, would improve on the general health standards of the people of the state as well as create employment in the state health sector and improve the manpower status of the sector.

The speaker scheduled deliberations on the report for 9th of March, 2021.

“9th of March, 2021 will be for deliberation on the Bill for a Law to Establish the Nasarawa State College of Nursing and Midwifery and for other related Matters Thereto” he said.

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Ooni of Ife makes good his promise, delivers herbal therapy for COVID-19

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The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has delivered his promise to unveil herbal drugs for the treatment of Coronavirus.
In May 2020 the Nigerian first class monarch had announced that he had discovered the cure for coronavirus.
In a video he shared on his Facebook page at that time, the Oba showed some natural herbs that could cure Covid-19 and how people can use them.
The video got over 50 thousand views and over one thousand seven hundred shares and he took to the post that followed the video to say.

“To solve the ailment it is only through natural elements that we put together above all from nature which we have tested”

“I have used it and I also used it for some of the chronic Corona patients and they testified” he said.

He had at that time challenged all researchers both in Nigeria and in the globe to make the natural herbs into clinical medicine extract the vaccines from it.

The monarch while unveiling the herbal cure said the Federal Government is aware of the drug and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has approved it.

The drugs were researched and produced by Yem-Kem International Group under the leadership of Dr. Akintunde Ayeni in collaboration with Oba Ogunwusi’s outfit, Ooni Ojaja Global Outreach.

Speaking at the unveiling of the drugs, Ooni said “Today is a great day in the history of this great nation, I give kudos to the Minister of health, NAFDAC [director-general] and the presidency for the success of these products.”

“I want to announce to the whole world that there is a new phase in traditional medicine research. We have been on this research for some time. It’s 100 percent a private initiative and to the glory of God, NAFDAC gave us all approval last year September. And we ensure that the products were effective”.

“We have started using it for COVID-19 patients, including political office holders since last year September. Now we are very convinced that something very good is coming out of Nigeria.”

“I have been using this drug to boost my immunity. This is our own vaccine to combat covid-19”, Ooni said.

The Executive Chairman of Yem-Kem International, Dr. Akintunde Ayeni said the drugs would complement the efforts of the federal government to improve orthodox health-care services.

Ayeni said, “Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ooni, called me personally and sent some herbs to me to research upon.”

Ayeni said the drugs would take care of COVID-19 and that bitter leaf capsule was also produced for the treatment of diabetes and high blood pressure.

The drugs are Verozil, Bitter Leaf Capsule, Vision Pro and Rio Capsule
Speaking further, Ooni said it is a proven fact which is equally established by the World Health Organization that Africa and indeed Nigeria have the best herbs which could be used for vaccine production.

“We have worked with various stakeholders in the health sector including the NAFDAC, Federal and Osun State Ministries of Health, Standard Organization of Nigeria and many others who have been so supportive.

“To the glory of God, NAFDAC gave us all the approvals last September but I insisted that the products be packaged properly. To the glory of God, these products have been tested especially on thousands of COVID-19 patients including some in positions of authority who are currently free from the pandemic.

“We are not doing this in isolation and I am happy to inform you that the National Assembly is currently working on a bill of the Federal Executive Council, on medical research that is alternative to orthodox medicine which is the herbal medicine

“Now that we have gotten here, our focus is to employ one hundred thousand (100,000) youths within the next fifteen months. This will be achieved virtually,” the Ooni said.

Speaking on behalf of the Ogun health commissioner, Gbenga Adepoju, who is the Director of Public Health in the Ministry, pledged government’s support for the products, noting the country has what it takes to solve her problems.

In their separate speeches, NAFDAC’s Director of Public Affairs, Mr. Jimoh Abubakar and the representative of Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) Engineer Gideon Amosun, jointly declared the support of their organizations for the products as they commended Ooni for the medical breakthrough.

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