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Reps, NAFDAC lift ban on sale of sachet alcoholic beverages

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Reps, NAFDAC lift ban on sale of sachet alcoholic beverages

The House of Representatives and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) have decided to lift the ban on the sale and consumption of sachet alcoholic beverages in the country temporarily.

This decision will remain until the economy recovers fully. NAFDAC initially banned these beverages due to concerns about drug abuse, especially among young Nigerians.

On February 7, 2024, the House mandated its committee to investigate the ban.

The decision to lift the ban temporarily followed a meeting between the House Committee and NAFDAC officials, as announced by Deputy House spokesman Philip Agbese.

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He said, “We all agreed at the meeting that at a certain stage in history, we must move on with our counterparts across the globe. Nevertheless, at the moment, we agreed with NAFDAC that there would be a temporary lifting of the ban until the economy regains its strength.”

Speaking on how the decision was arrived at, Agbese who represents Ado/Ogbadigbo/Okpokwu Federal Constituency, Benue State, said, “We had engagements with stakeholders, including NAFDAC and the organised private sector involved. Resolutions were reached at that meeting based on the submissions made by the stakeholders, civil society organisations and other interested parties.

“Part of the recommendations before the parliament was that the ban was not timely given the current economic realities and coupled with the fact that the five-year moratorium granted by NAFDAC to the private sector, the advent of COVID-19 and other economic realities we are facing today did not permit the operators in the industry to comply with their terms.”

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Benue gov orders free delivery for pregnant women in PHCs

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Benue gov orders free delivery for pregnant women in PHCs

Benue state government has ordered that the delivery of new born babies in Primary Healthcare Centre, PHCs, in the state be free of charge even as it commenced the distribution of free delivery kits called Mama Kits to expectant mothers.

The Executive Secretary of the Benue State Primary Health Care Board, BSPHCB, Mrs. Grace Wende made this known in Makurdi at a one day review meeting of health stakeholders and development partners at the Local Government level.

She said the meeting was aimed at reviewing and restrategizing on programmes and interventions in order to improve Maternal and Child Health Services and all the Health Care services in the various Local Government Areas, LGAs.

According to her, “the meeting is an intensive and integrated review meeting. Integrated in the sense that we are talking about all the activities being handled at the Local Government Health Authority. We want to know what we are doing well and what we are not doing well in order to correct all the errors.

“After this meeting so much will come forth because so much investment is going on to the various LGAs. We have the Investment Fund by the Impact Project supporting the Primary Health Care Board, by the World Bank.

“This investment Fund was given to us last year and we started last year. We are going to provide this to all the PHC per Council Ward. That is the Basic Healthcare Provision Facilities that are being supported by the Federal Government. The Federal Government has the Renewed Hope to ensure that all Primary Health Care, PHC, facilities are viable.

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“We are on the verge of revitalising all the PHC in the 276 Wards in Benue State. Everything is set, we are improving on the buildings and provide accommodation for the officers in charge so that they can provide 24 hours service to the people of Benue State across the 276 Council Wards of the state.

“We are supporting the PHCs. They are simultaneously receiving basic equipment. They are receiving delivery beds and equipment and the focus is on reducing Maternal and Child mortality in Benue.

“In fact it is not only in Benue because the Federal Government is insisting that we improve all the indices across the country and here in Benue we are doing just that.

“That was why I was completely shocked when I read somewhere that PHCs in Benue are not working. Those behind that fake news were obviously out to do mischief to tarnish the image of a government that has been doing so much in the health sector.

“In Benue today we have insisted that delivery is free of charge in all PHC. We are also giving out free Mama kits. We are providing it at all PHCs to be given free to every pregnant woman who comes to deliver. These are things they collect money for, but the Benue state Government is giving it free of charge to all PHCs for distribution to expectant mothers.

“We are doing so much through Governor Hyacinth Alia who has not relented in his support to ensure that our people enjoy quality Healthcare services.”

The Project Manager Impact Project,
Dr. Energy Ochai, explained that “the review meeting is geared towards analysing basically the activities that take place at the LGAs and the PHC facilities.

“This is with regards to their Immunisation activities, the services they render at the PHCs also in regards to deliveries that are ongoing at the PHCs and other technical and administrative issues.

“Generally we are taking a look at the investments that have gone into improving the structures of the PHCs in Benue state. We are taking a look at the result that we have gotten from the investment that have gone in there. Some of the results are encouraging while some of them show that we need to do a lot better.”

Declaring the meeting open earlier, the Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Yanmar Ortese who noted the importance of the meeting pointed out that though the first quarter statistics showed a decline in health outcomes in the state “there is great improvement in quarter two data.”

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Lagos needs 30,000 medical doctors – Health Commissioner

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, has revealed a critical shortage in the state’s healthcare system, stating that Lagos needs 30,000 medical doctors to meet its healthcare needs. Speaking at the 2024 Clean-Air Forum in Lagos on Wednesday, Abayomi highlighted the severe understaffing and its impact on the healthcare system.

“The dearth of medical doctors in Lagos has overstretched the available officials, making it challenging to bridge the gap in the available doctor-to-patient ratio,” Abayomi stated, pointing out that the scarcity of medical professionals has led to an overworked and overstretched workforce. He noted that “brain drain has significantly contributed to this personnel deficit.”

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Abayomi emphasized the urgent need for inter-agency collaborations to address the crisis, particularly given Lagos’ annual population growth rate of 6-8%. He mentioned that this rapid growth poses significant challenges, including a complex tuberculosis index, which the state is actively working to address.

The commissioner also stressed the importance of promoting air quality and halting environmental pollution, calling for collaborative efforts from various agencies. “We will continue to support every effort to improve air quality, reduce airborne and waterborne diseases, and enhance the health and well-being of residents,” he assured.

In response to concerns about the shortage of bed spaces in state health centres, Abayomi said, “We are working to address this issue by constructing modern facilities and establishing a medical research institution, which will bridge the gap within 18 months and provide improved services to the public.”

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Gov Otti opens OSSAP-SDG-built multipurpose hospital in Abia

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Ania State Governor, Alex Otti (third left), SSA to the President on SDGs, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire (second left), and others during the inauguration of multipurpose hospital

Gov Otti opens OSSAP-SDG-built multipurpose hospital in Abia

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Governor of Abia State, Alex Otti, has inaugurated a 100-Bed Mother and Child Centre, a multipurpose hospital built by the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (OSSAP-SDGs) in Ugwunabo, Abia State.

The governor, speaking at the event on Wednesday, commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for siting the hospital in Abia State.

Otti promised that the facility would be judiciously used, adding that the state was planning to establish a medical village that would put an end to people travelling abroad for medical issues.

He hailed Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, for her tireless efforts in achieving SDGs.

He pledged the support of Abians for the SDGs’ office and President Tinubu.

Princess Orelope-Adefulire thanked President Tinubu for his sterling leadership and commitment to working closely with sub-national governments to deliver key interventions and fast-track the achievement of the SDGs in Nigeria.

“I would like to most sincerely thank Governor Otti for his unwavering commitment to the socio-economic transformation of Abia State and our collective desire to achieve the SDGs in Nigeria,” she said.

According to her, the SDGs are a universal call to action to end poverty, safeguard the planet and ensure all people enjoy peace and prosperity by the year 2030.

She stressed that the SDGs could not be achieved with standalone policies and programmes.

“They must be carefully integrated into our medium and long-term national and sub-national development policies and plans.

“It is in recognition of this that we are supporting the 36 states and the FCT on SDG-based Development Planning.

“In line with President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda, we are committed to prioritizing key interventions with multiplier effects on multi-dimensional poverty, such as basic healthcare, vocational skills development and education provisioning.

“With COVID-19 pandemic challenging our healthcare system, strategic interventions, such as the Mother and Child Centre, have become imperative.”

The SSA to the President explained that the 100-Bed Mother and Child Centre (MCC) is equipped with state-or-the-art facilities.

She said, “They include among others two operating theatres, recovery rooms; private and general wards, scanning room, consultation rooms and laboratory.

Others are ultra-scan machine, vacuum extractor delivery set, and an emergency cart with full complements. The MCC is directly linked to the achievement of SDG-3 on ‘Quality Health and Well-being for all’, as well as other cross-cutting SDGs.

“OSSAP-SDGs has worked tirelessly to construct and furnish this state-of-the-art facility as a strategic tool for healthcare service provisioning in the state.

“It is therefore expected that the state and local governments will make judicious use of the facilities in a sustainable way for the benefit of our mothers and children.

“Let me conclude by encouraging us to make this Mother and Child Centre a beacon of hope and a testament to our collective dedication to building healthier and more prosperous communities. May it serve as a reminder that by investing in maternal and child health, we invest in the very foundation of our society’s well-being. Together, let us continue to strive for excellence in healthcare delivery and create a future where every mother and child can thrive.

“I would like to reaffirm our commitment to the achievement of the SDGs by the year 2030. We will continue to prioritize interventions with potential impact on the lives of the poor and vulnerable members of our society so that no ‘Nigerian is left behind’.”

The OSSAP-SDGs also organised a sensitization and advocacy programme for major stakeholders in the state on the acceleration of the SDGs.

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