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MORE AFRICAN COUNTRIES TO LICENSE EBOLA VACCINE…

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16/02/20

DANIELS G.O

Courtesy, Agencies News

Zambia, Ghana, Burundi And The Democratic Republic Of Congo have licensed Ervebo,an EBOLA Vaccine produced by Merck’s for use.

The Vaccine pre-qualified by the World Health Organization according to a press release is expected in additional Countries in the coming weeks.

By this latest development, the manufacturer is to distribute the Vaccine enmass to African Countries at risk of the disease outbreak

The Vaccine according to experts has shown to be safe and protective against the Zaire Strain of Ebola Virus.

The Vaccine is said to consist of a vesicular stomatitis Virus which is an animal virus that causes flu like illness in humans.

WANTED: STRUCTURED CONVERSATIONS ON EXPECTATIONS FROM SOLUDO (PART 1)*

Joe C. Anatune*
Writes from Awa

There is intense, healthy and variegated conversation among Ndi Anambra about what the Anambra State Governor-Elect, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo will bring to the table. However, what seems to be missing in the conversation is familiarity with or knowledge of his agenda as succinctly spelt out in “Soludo Solution: A People’s Manifesto For A Greater Anambra State.”

We believe that proper literature review of this document should be the foundational precursor in shaping public debate on the policy thrusts of the Governor-Elect. It is therefore desirable that all critical stakeholders should go through the document so that we can move from the known to the unknown. Anambra will certainly be better off when the conversation is structured.

For instance, at the celebration of the remarkable life and times of the mother of my friend and brother Christian Onyemelukwe on December 3, 2021 in Enugwu-Nanka, the conversation on the subject centred on the priority sector the incoming administration should focus on. Some said roads, some industrialisation, some education, others energy while others said health, especially now that the omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus is on the prowl. Anambra was here like an elephant being described from the angle each viewer saw it.

True, what is lacking in all the conversations is a central theme that drives the development agenda. The Manifesto document under reference has it and we think that understanding the overarching vision is imperative.

Yes, Soludo envisions a one-state Megacity that will be liveable and prosperous. Liveability is the underpinning concept here. A liveable city provides equitable access to the necessities of life such as housing, mobility, food, services, education and gainful employment. It affords all residents the opportunity to participate in the civic, economic and cultural life of the city. There are five key aspects of great livable cities namely, robust and complete neighbourhood, accessible and sustainable mobility, a diverse and resilient economy, vibrant public spaces and affordability. The city for instance should make walking a joy that is safe, comfortable and interesting. In short, a liveable city is a healthy city that promotes heath, well-being and equity.

The livability is the magnet that fascinates and attracts Ndi Anambra and the world to Anambra and engenders prosperity as people hardly invest in places where they can’t live. That’s why Soludo assures that as this grand vision is implemented, children born in Anambra will not have the lure to seek greener pastures elsewhere.

This is the game changer. Please read the manifesto and let the conversation begin as we get set to go forward together. http://www.thepeoplesmanifesto.ng

Be of good cheer!!

*Joe C. Anatune*
Writes from Awa

LAGOS TO HOLD A WEEKLONG FREE FAMILY HEALTH INTERVENTIONS

02/12/21

DANIELS. G.O

PRESS RELEASE

LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT

MINISTRY OF HEALTH

PRESS RELEASE

LAGOS TO HOLD A WEEKLONG FREE FAMILY HEALTH INTERVENTIONS

….Restates Commitment to Reduce Maternal and Child Deaths

In its continued quest to reduce maternal, infant and child mortality and promote optimal health for the entire family, the Lagos State Government has announced the commencement of the second round of 2021 Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (MNCAH) week; a week geared towards improving the health-seeking behaviour of all citizens.

According to a press statement issued by the State Ministry of Health, the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi announced that the MNCAH week is scheduled to hold between Monday 6th and Friday 10th December, 2021 in all the Primary Healthcare Centres and designated sites across the state including in 310 fixed posts, 376 temporary fixed posts and 752 mobile posts.

While noting that the MNCAH week will be flagged off by the First Lady of Lagos State, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-on Friday 3rdof December, 2021 at the Ikorodu Town hall, Abayomi listed the interventions to be provided during the weeklong health intervention to include; provision of vitamin A supplementation and malnutrition screening for children between the ages of 6 months to 59 months, deworming of children between the ages of 12 to 59 months, birth registration as well as HIV and Tuberculosis screening.

Others according to him are; counselling of caregivers on Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF), food demonstration classes for nursing mothers and caregivers, management of minor childhood illnesses such as malnutrition and malaria, family planning services for females and males, antenatal care, delivery, postnatal care and demonstration of hand washing techniques.

He said: “As part of the pre-implementation activities to enhance coordination and availability of essential supplies and program success, planning meetings have been held with officers from other line ministries including Information & Strategy, Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Education, Agriculture, Youth & Social Development, Economic Planning & Budget, State Universal Basic Education Board, Civic Engagement, Local Government & Community Affairs, Civil Society Organization, Development Partners and Community Leaders”.

The Commissioner added that a series of training have also been held to ensure that the over 4000 health workers and implementers involved in the exercise carry out their duties in line with the global best practices and objectives of the campaign.

Abayomi noted that the MNCAH week is an important week established in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health and other Development Partners to increase access to quality Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent healthcare services and improve the health-seeking behaviour of all citizens in the state.

“Customarily, it is implemented twice yearly and being the pioneering state, we have been consistent with this laudable initiative that has done nothing else but improve our health indices across the state especially with the under-five children and women.

“In addition to improving the health seeking behaviour of citizens, this program also promotes the reduction in the fragmentation of healthcare services especially at the primary level and improves the provision of healthcare services in an integrated manner which is more sustainable, efficient, impactful and cost-effective”, the commissioner explained.

He noted that maternal, infant and child deaths are largely preventable with improved health-seeking behaviours, access to timely healthcare, and provision of life-saving commodities which the weeklong MNCAH intervention seeks to achieve.

Abayomi added that the ministry of health has rolled out series of trainings on various maternal and child health interventions such as active management of the third stage of labour, essential newborn care, contraceptive logistics management system, integrated management of childhood illnesses to both public and private health providers in the state as part of the effort to develop the institutional capacity of the health care providers in the state.

He said that over 400 health workers have been exposed to these training geared towards improving the quality of maternal and child health services provided.

The Commissioner further explained that health interventions for adolescents especially in the area of reproductive health and psychosocial support have also been in the front burner of the ministry’s activities stressing that this is in a bid to ensure their protection and providing an enabling environment for their attaining their optimal potentials.

“At the moment, there are 13 state owned specialized centres that cater for the reproductive needs of the adolescents, whilst putting into consideration their conservative lifestyles. Six of these centres take care of the teenage moms in addition to the youth friendly services offered to adolescents”, he said.

Abayomi added that the state is also making concerted efforts towards the reductionof the stunting rate from the current 17 percent of under-five children to less than 10 percent. He noted the State government has built the capacity of healthcare providers at the local level on skills for the introduction of micronutrient powder to all under-five children in the state.

“The Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health plus Nutrition Week has come a long way in ensuring free access to high impact but low-cost promotive and preventive health interventions for the mothers, children, adolescents and women that will prevent the common causes of morbidity and mortality in these population groups”, he said.

The Commissioner enjoined citizens especially women of child bearing age, adolescent, nursing mothers and pregnant women to avail themselves of the cost effective health interventions provided during the week by visiting any of the PHCs and designated sites earmarked for the exercise.

Signed

Tunbosun Ogunbanwo

Director, Public Affairs

2nd December, 2021

REQUIEM FOR ELECTION RIGGERS AND THEIR HENCHMEN

02/12/21

Joe C. Anatune*
Writes from Awa

DANIELS G.O

*REQUIEM FOR ELECTION RIGGERS AND THEIR HENCHMEN*

The just concluded peaceful, free and fair governorship election in Anambra State has dealt deadly blows to professional election riggers and their henchmen. The newly introduced INEC Biometric Voters Accreditation System aka BVAS has put them out of job as all infamous election riggers that were gleefully purchased and celebrated as election winners by the myopic APC governorship candidate may have to refund their fees. The greater tragedy however, is that they are out of job and there is urgent need for them to learn new skills before they constitute security threats to the society. This is a national emergency. I will come back to that.

Three days before the November 6, 2021 election, I pulled up at Ufuma Junction in Orumba North Local Government Area, Anambra State. A squat bloke with the shoulder of a boxer and the feet of a midget lumbered towards me with four of his men, all red shot eyed – the manifest evidence of years of reefer’s addiction. I nearly jumped out of my skin but for the squat bloke who reassured me in a husky voice that “we are all together.” They said they could pull strings for me if I wanted. They named their fee and in order to convince me of their track record, mentioned some of their better known clients. Unimpressed and focused on the voters having their say, I told them no dice but paid for two cartons of beer for them and their other friends to possibly mitigate any ill feelings.

The assignments usually given to the henchmen above by their masters are intimidation of voters and election officers and the forceful hijacking of ballot boxes with a view to rewriting the results by the kingpins who often sit pretty in their houses or hotel rooms waiting for them to come back with the hijacked ballot boxes.

Unfortunately, INEC has busted their bubble and they are sulking. Their paymaster is sulking and curiously spewing to those who care to listen to stories about his alleged stolen mandate. We wonder which mandate they are referring to, when they couldn’t ‘conquer’ even one local government area for him.

The INEC BVAS is transparent and as simple as A, B, C, D. For the benefit of those who are yet to experience how it works, let me explain. The voter gets to his or her polling unit, blandishes the voter’s card to the INEC official who checks the name, number and photograph on the system. Once it jells, the voter moves to the next INEC staff for accreditation wherein the voter will be requested to manage a smile. Once this stage is successful, the voter can proceed to vote in the full glare of the agents of all the political parties. In addition, weeks before the election, INEC made available the updated voters’ register that has the same information of the name, photograph and registration number of voters in each ward and polling unit in Anambra State. The process gave all participants level playing ground but caught those tied to our ugly past unawares and pants down. They came to the election to exploit the weaknesses of the old Smart Card Reader (SCR) system but Prof. Yakubu and his team outsmarted their propensity to torpedo the will of the people.

The outcome accounts for the widespread jubilations and celebrations globally and what is today christened the oversized expectations from the winner, Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo who won in 19 out of 21 local government areas. Consequently, he will mount the saddle on March 17, 2022 without any moral or negative public perception encumbrances, and together with Ndi Anambra and friends of Ndi Anambra will begin the gritty and fascinating journey to a livable and prosperous homeland. He met the standard set by the INEC boss, Prof. Yakubu, who few days before the election, declared that, “The choice of the next Governor of Anambra State is in the hands of the eligible voters and their will must prevail.”

The people have spoken and their will, for sure, must prevail.

Be of good cheer!!

*Joe C. Anatune*
Writes from Awa

Lafenwa Market In Flames,Leaves Some People Dead

28 /11/21

DANIELS G.O

Lafenwa Market in Ogun State has gone up in Flames following a Petrol tanker that overturned in the area and spilled it content on road

The loaded tanker with Premium Motor Spirit popularly known as petrol had early this morning overturned and had started spilling its contents on the road.

The incident according to the information released by the Public Relations Officer, Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi, occurred around 4.45am at Oju Irin, Lafenwa in bound Rounder in Abeokuta.
He said trans-loading of the remaining content had commenced.

Akinbiyi had appealed to the general public, particularly the motoring public, domiciled or moving around the axis to remain calm and avoid scooping fuel to avert a fire outbreak.

He advised the motoring public going inward Rounder axis from Lafenwa, to make use f Olomore and Oke-Ata axis respectively as alternative routes, since traffic has been diverted towards that axis presently.

After Everyone had relaxed that the situation was under control, the Fire started that has burnt some people to Death

COVID-19 FOURTH WAVE: LAGOS SUSPENDS GREATER LAGOS FIESTA

21/11/21

DANIELS G. O

PRESS STATEMENT

COVID-19 FOURTH WAVE: LAGOS SUSPENDS GREATER LAGOS FIESTA

Enjoins Citizens Not To Let Down Their Guards
Just as Europe, the epi-centre of the COVID-19 pandemic, reintroduced restrictions to tackle the fourth wave of the pandemic, the Lagos State Government has considered it imperative to follow the latest proactive advice from health authorities to suspend all activities earlier announced for the Greater Lagos Fiesta 2021.

A release signed by the State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, said the decision to suspend the fiesta followed sound advisory from health authorities in respect of the mammoth crowd expected at some of the gatherings as well as the dangers associated with attendance by members of the Diaspora community, who may be returning from Europe and other parts of the world now experiencing the fourth wave.

Her words: “We have seen Germany, Austria, and Greece reintroduce restrictions to curtail the spread of the pandemic. Germany is particularly a country in Europe with many Nigerians, who typically return home for the Christmas holidays. This is what science enables us to predict to forestall the tragic experience of last December when scores of our citizens died during the pandemic around yuletide. Our emotions favour going ahead with the plans but we must, as a responsible government, submit our will to the predictive intelligence and overriding power of science”.

“The strategic intent of the State Government in wanting to hold the fiesta was to accelerate the process of reflating the economy of Lagos State by putting money in the hands of our people through the deluge of commercial activities planned to take place during the fiesta. But the imperatives of protecting the lives of our people clearly override all economic and commercial considerations”, she added.

Mrs. Akinbile-Yussuf expressed her profound appreciation to all the corporate sponsors who have so far indicated interest to support this year’s edition of the fiesta, saying, “we will not forget your rare demonstration of goodwill towards the administration of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu and, indeed, the people of Lagos State at a challenging time when businesses are battling with limited resources. You will remain our partners for this and similar initiatives that are in the works”.

The Commissioner, therefore, counselled event organisers and owners of event centres in the State with plans to host events in December to seek the guidance of the Lagos State Safety Commission, as well as the Ministry of Health, and enforce strict adherence to all COVID-19 health safety protocols.

LAGOS ENGAGES 135 PRIVATE HEALTH FACILITIES FOR COVID VACCINE ADMINISTRATION

21/11/21

DANIELS G.O

LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT

MINISTRY OF HEALTH

LAGOS ENGAGES 135 PRIVATE HEALTH FACILITIES FOR COVID VACCINE ADMINISTRATION

· As Public-Private Vaccination Sites Increases to 360

No fewer than 135 private health facilities have been enrolled into the Lagos State Government’s mass vaccination strategy targeted at vaccinating 4 million residents by December, 2021. This brings to 360, the number of public and private vaccination sites in Lagos.

The State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi who disclosed this at a news briefing at the weekend explained that the 360 vaccination sites, comprising the 135 private health facilities and 225 existing public vaccination sites have been earmarked for the mass vaccination campaign.

While noting that more private facilities would be added to the list, Abayomi said the enrolled private facilities were engaged after a rigorous selection and accreditation process that hinges on quality assurance, vaccine safety and follow-up care. He added that the list of accredited private and public facilities is available on the website of NPHCDA and official communication channels of the Lagos State Government.

According to the Commissioner, the State Government decided to partner with the private sector to rapidly ramp up COVID-19 vaccination in order to achieve herd immunity.

He noted that State government decided to leverage on both the strengths of the public and private sectors of the healthcare system with a full understanding that a substantial proportion of the population will need to be vaccinated to mitigate the impact of a fourth wave in Lagos and reduce the impact of the spread of the COVID-19 virus and prevent the re-emergence of the catastrophes witnessed during the previous waves of the pandemic.

He said: “The decision to leverage on the private sector is based solely on our resolve to include private health facilities and corporate institutions as additional sites for the COVID-19 vaccination administration. This is in furtherance of effort to increase the reach and access to the available vaccines provided through the generous contributions and donations by the Federal Government and our donors.

“By doing this, we are once again recognizing the impact of the collaboration between the public and private sector for healthcare and strengthening the link for far-reaching initiatives in the State.

“We also understand that there are citizens, who for personal reasons, would prefer to receive the vaccine at the comfort of a private facility. It is important that such citizens should not be deprived access to the vaccine especially as this negates the principle of vaccine equity. Therefore, the involvement of the private sector is important”.

Abayomi added that the Lagos State Government, through the Primary Health Care Board, does not have the capacity alone to ramp up vaccination to a massive level in such a short time and before the deadline without partnering with the private sector.

He explained that the inclusion of the private health facilities into the public private partnership is similar to the strategy deployed by the State for escalating COVID-19 testing which resulted in a dramatic increase in testing done in Lagos from an average of 200 a day to over 2,000 a day, culminating in a total of 800,000 tests in less than a year and Lagos State accounting for more than 30% alone of all COVID-19 PCR tests done in Nigeria.

“This demonstrates the power of public private partnerships, with the inclusion of the significant capacity of the private sector but the government retaining strict regulatory oversight and quality function”, he said.

The Commissioner averred that vaccinating four million residents with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, will bring the State closer to achieving the mandate of the Lagos State Governor to vaccinate 30% of the Lagos population within one year.

He added that this is a concerted effort to achieve the World Health Organization’s (WHO) target of vaccinating 40% of the world before the end of this year.

Abayomi noted that registration for vaccination at public and private health facilities will be done online on the website of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) –https://nphcda.vaccination.gov.ng

The Commissioner urged members of the public who wish to be vaccinated at any of the accredited public or private vaccination sites to visit the NPHCDA website to register and schedule their vaccination or register on arrival at any of the 360 public and private vaccination sites.

“It is imperative to emphasize that the vaccines administered in public facilities are free and would remain free to the public as they were contributed to us by the Federal Government and our donor partners, those wishing to receive the vaccines can register and visit any of the designated 225 government facilities and receive their dose totally free of charge.

“However, those that wish to receive the vaccines within the comforts of a private facility can do so at a minimal administrative cost of N6,000 for two doses which covers the cost that the private sector will incur to facilitate the administration of the vaccine which includes logistics, personnel, quality oversight, administrative and overhead costs.

“I wish to note that no one is compelled to receive their vaccines at any private facility as the vaccines in both are of the same quality and brand. We have also invested in training of our public personnel so that the customer experience in our public facilities would be matched equally with that of the private sector.

“It is important again to emphasize that the COVID vaccines donated to Lagos by the Federal Government is FREE and its administration comes at no cost to citizens who visit any of the designated public vaccination sites located across the 57 local government areas and local council development areas of the State. It is equally important to mention that our public and private vaccination sites have the capacity to effectively administer the COVID vaccines on any person who visits irrespective of class, social or religion inclination or tribe”, Abayomi said.

Signed

Tunbosun Ogunbanwo

Director, Public Affairs

21st November, 2021

LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT WARNS OF POSSIBLE 4TH WAVE OF COVID-19 INFECTION

21/11/21

DANIELS G.O

LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT

MINISTRY OF HEALTH

PRESS RELEASE

COVID19: LAGOS MOVES TO PREVENT, MITIGATE FOURTH WAVE

· Ramps Up Mass Vaccination Strategy

· Rejigs Strict Enforcement of COVID Regulations, Laws

· To Sanction Defaulters, Offenders

Lagos State Government has warned of a possible fourth wave of COVID-19 infection in the country, identifying; the volume of inbound passengers coming into the State for Christmas and New Year festivities, low vaccination and the anticipated social activities in the festive season as potential triggers.

The Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi who disclosed this today at a press briefing on the Lagos State COVID19 response and mass vaccination strategy, noted however that the Lagos State Government is currently implementing strategies to prevent and mitigate a possible fourth wave of COVID19 infection.

He explained that the State government is employing four pronged strategies including; vaccination strategy, testing strategy, management of inbound passengers of interest into the country and managing social events during the festive season to prevent and mitigate a potential fourth wave.

According to him, “we are ramping up the percentage of residents of Lagos vaccinated against COVID-19 from 1.6 % to 30% within one year. We are also improving our testing capacity and adding day two and day seven tests for passengers of interest from all countries.

“We are also rejigging enforcement of COVID-19 laws and guidelines and sanctioning defaulters through the Lagos State special offences mobile court. We are also poised to control the size of events, ensure those attending events are vaccinated and enforce adherence to other COVID-19 protocols”.

The Commissioner disclosed that Lagos currently has 2.67% of its population vaccinated with two doses of the COVID vaccines adding that the State hoped to administer eight million doses of COVID vaccines to four million people by the 25th of December this year.

Abayomi noted that the State Government as part of its vaccination campaign mandate and approach is partnering with the private sector to rapidly ramp up COVID19 vaccination stressing that the areas of collaboration include leveraging on the private sector resources on administration, logistics, distribution, pharmacovigilance and technology.

“About 360 health facilities have so far been identified for the administration of the COVID19 vaccines in this phase of our vaccination campaign and of this number, 225 are public facilities while 135 are private facilities”, he said.

The Commissioner explained that administration of COVID19 vaccines remain free in public health facilities noting however that citizens may be required to pay an administrative fee of N6,000 for two doses of the vaccines in private health facilities, providing citizens with a choice.

He noted that citizens who prefer to receive the COVID19 vaccines at the private health facilities are not paying for the vaccines but instead will be paying only an administrative charge to the private facilities for resources and technology deployed in the administration.

“Let me just for the point of clarity say that we are not charging for the vaccine; the vaccine has been given to us by the Federal Government free, We are just charging and covering the cost of the logistics and the overheads of the private sector that has been brought in under the oversight of the government to make sure that we increase the number of vaccination site across Lagos and make sure that every citizens of Lagos can easily access a location where they can get a free vaccine or modest fee for vaccine administration”, Abayomi said.

While noting that the waves of COVID19 experienced in Lagos State have been caused by seasonal increase and influx of inbound passengers from other countries into Lagos, the Commissioner disclosed that the State government is poised to strictly enforce the new international travel protocols and guidelines for vaccinated and unvaccinated inbound passengers.

Abayomi while explaining that the State government promulgated the Lagos State Infectious Disease Regulation 2020 and the Lagos State COVID-19 law of 2021 in response to the global pandemic, stated that prosecution of defaulters and erring citizens in mobile courts will be swift.

According to him, categories of possible offences spelt about by the COVID law and regulations include; failure to isolate as per guidelines, failure to present for COVID PCR testing on designated days, providing false information, presenting fake PCR or vaccination certificates, breaking the rules of social distancing at gatherings creating super spreader events and corporate entities undermining the integrity of the State response.

“Several individuals and organizations refuse to abide by the guidelines and the laws; these individuals and organizations have constituted themselves into public health risks to the citizens of the State and have also breached the extant laws governing the management of the pandemic in Lagos State. Prosecution of these defaulters in mobile courts will be swift”, Abayomi said.

Signed

Tunbosun Ogunbanwo

Director, Public Affairs

19th November, 2021

*ANAMBRA 2021: GALLANT ANAMBRA VOTERS HAVE RESTORED THE GLORY OF NDIGBO*

09/11/21

Joe C. Anatune*
Writes from Awa

DANIELS G.O

*ANAMBRA 2021: GALLANT ANAMBRA VOTERS HAVE RESTORED THE GLORY OF NDIGBO*

The famous Anambra Spirit of never say die was on full display on Saturday, November 6, 2021. Gallant Ndi Anambra did two fascinating things: one, they bought into Cee Cee Soludo’s grand vision of transforming Anambra into a liveable and prosperous smart Megacity and two, they stopped the rampaging renegades from conquering Igbo land for their paymasters. Yes, the election was consequential because taking over Anambra State is analogous to taking over the entire Igbo land. Their sponsored mission was to destroy the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), the fledging political vehicle with which Ndigbo can deploy to negotiate their place in Nigeria.

Notwithstanding the security challenges, the massive inducements by the renegades and the frustratingly slow INEC process, they patiently persevered to vote for APGA and Soludo. There were instances where wives defied their husbands and voted for APGA, daughters and sons looked their fathers or mothers eye ball to eye ball and said ‘NO’ to going with the rascals and the enemies of our people. By their actions, they truly demonstrated that ‘Anambra no be Uzodinma’s Imo’ and we have been informed that our brothers and sisters in the other Igbo states and indeed all over the world are cheering for this feat, which is psychologically uplifting. They have tamed the roaring lions and we won’t begrudge them if they take the glory. What a sweet victory against the deviants.

The fight to restore the respect and dignity of Ndigbo was ferocious but was won by a marketable candidate, dogged and vigilant electorate and an improved technology deployed by the electoral body. These torpedoed the now myopic electoral malpractices that the rascals used to destructively coast to victories in the past. Obviously, the times have changed, regarding both the electoral process and the voters’ behaviour and habits.

The reality is that they are our brothers and sisters that need rehabilitation. We believe that Soludo will give them soft landing so they can join him in making Anambra the preferred place to live happily, learn happily, work happily, invest happily and enjoy happily. We congratulate and commend all of us who stood up to be counted for the sweet victory. By jove, let’s celebrate!

Be of good cheer!!

*Joe C. Anatune*
Writes from Awa

400 PEOPLE TO BENEFIT FROM LAGOS’ FREE LIMB DEFORMITY REHABILITATIVE INTERVENTION

8/11/21

DANIELS G.O

LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT

MINISTRY OF HEALTH

PRESS RELEASE

400 PEOPLE TO BENEFIT FROM LAGOS’ FREE LIMB DEFORMITY REHABILITATIVE INTERVENTION

…80 Children to Benefit From Corrective Surgery Intervention

No fewer than 400 people will benefit from the latest phase of the Lagos State Government sponsored Free Limb Deformity Corrective Surgery and Rehabilitative Programme; an intervention programme targeted at rehabilitating people especially children with lower limb deformities such as rickets or blount diseases, and other lower limb deformities that affect their normal growth and function.

This was disclosed by the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Olusegun Ogboye during his visit to the screening site for the latest batch of beneficiaries at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital today.

According to him, the current phase of the exercise has recorded over 400 potential beneficiaries who will be screened over a period of two days when appropriate medical examinations will be conducted.

He explained during this current phase, 80 children will benefit from corrective surgical intervention while others will be offered physiotherapy, nutrition and health education as well as assistive mobility devices that will improve their health outcome.

Ogboye noted that the results of their examination will be reviewed by a team of specialists and then those that qualify for surgery will be booked for surgical intervention within the next 10 days adding that the process will be at no cost to the patients.

He said: “The process involves a screening where surgeons examine patients and select those eligible to benefit from surgery, and others that may benefit from assistive devices and other forms of physical rehabilitation.

“Those who pre-qualify for surgery then go through a series of diagnostic investigations including x-rays, and blood tests to check for the form of the bone malformation, calcium levels and other basic parameters. Patients are then offered surgery and kept overnight for observation”.

“This is supervised by our team of orthopedic surgeons, anesthetists, nurses, and other health professionals. After discharge, patients will come for follow-up visits at the clinic, and then also go through physiotherapy to ensure we get the best outcomes”, the Permanent Secretary added.

He noted that many of the limb deformities which can be corrected by surgery and rehabilitation, will improve the health status of the beneficiaries, as well as foster a sense of self-worth that would consequently increase their opportunity and capacity to be economically empowered to care for themselves, their families and contribute positively to the society at large.

“Through this program, beneficiaries can receive corrective surgery and rehabilitation that includes physiotherapy, assistive mobility devices that will improve their health outcome. This program often leads to improved mobility and health outcomes for the beneficiaries, and allows us to demonstrate our commitment as a State to develop our human capital and give our children a good platform to achieve their dreams and aspirations.

“The program also allows us to generate data to create other targeted disability intervention strategies to help more people that may have been disadvantaged health wise in one way or another”, Ogboye said.

Speaking in the same vein, the Coordinator of the Programme, Dr. Tolulope Ajomale noted that over 6,000 patients have benefitted from the programme since inception adding that the programme has evolved into a multidisciplinary surgical outreach program that explores surgical intervention, physiotherapy and assistive mobility devices that improve their health outcome.

He noted that the program which usually holds biannually was interrupted by the COVID19 pandemic stressing that the surgical and rehabilitative intervention programme has been rejigged to ameliorate the suffering of patients and their families.

Ajomale added that the massive turnout of potential beneficiaries at the screening exercise is an affirmation of the impact the programme has had on citizens who have benefitted from the programme. He disclosed that another screening exercise will be organized before the end of the year to expand the window for more potential beneficiaries.

Signed

Tunbosun Ogunbanwo

Director, Public Affairs

8th November, 2021

MORE VICTIMS RESCUED FROM LAGOS IKOYI COLLAPSED BUILDING,WHILE DEATH TOLL RISES TO 42

7/11/21

DANIELS G.O

AHMED BOLA TINUBU,GOVERNOR BABAJIDE SANWO-OLU,COMMISSIONER FOR HEALTH PROFESSOR AKIN ABAYOMI,AND PERM SEC LSMOH SEGUN OGBOYE AT THE RESCUE SITE YESTERDAY.

THE NUMBER OF RECOVERED BODIES FROM THE RUBBLE FOLLOWING MONDAY’ S BUILDING COLLAPSE INCIDENT ON GERRARD ROAD IKOYI LAGOS HAS RISEN TO FORTY TWO.

LAGOS STATE GOVERNOR, BABAJIDE SANWO-OLU WHILE GIVING AN UPDATE ON THE SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATION AT THE SCENE ON SATURDAY 6TH NOVEMBER 2021, EXPLAINED THAT ADDITIONAL SIX PERSONS WHO WERE EVACUATED ALIVE FROM THE COLLAPSED STRUCTURE ARE CURRENTLY RECEIVING TREATMENT AT THE POLICE HOSPITAL IN FALOMO, LAGOS BRINGING THE NUMBER TO FIFTEEN.

GOVERNOR SANWO-OLU WAS AT THE SITE IN COMPANY OF THE NATIONAL LEADER OF THE RULING ALL PROGRESSIVE CONGRESS (APC) BOLA AHMED TINUBU AND THE NASARAWA STATE GOVERNOR ABDULLAHI SULE AND A HOST OF OTHERS.

GOVERNOR SANWO-OLU DISCLOSED THAT FORTY TWO BODIES HAD BEEN RECOVERED FROM THE SITE AS AT 6PM SATURDAY, GIVING A CLEARER MANIFEST OF THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT WERE POSSIBLY AT THE CONSTRUCTION SITE BEFORE THE BUILDING CRUMBLED ON MONDAY

AMONG THE LATEST SURVIVORS ARE A 38 YEAR OLD WOMAN,GLORY SAMSON.OTHERS ARE NDAJOR AHMED,YUNUSA ABUBAKAR,AJIBOYE HABIB, JEREMIAH SAMSON WHO IS SAID TO BE IN COMA AND ONE MAN IDENTIFIED AS EMEM.

THE GOVERNOR SAID IDENTIFICATION OF THE BODIES BY RELATIVES HAD COMMENCED,ADDING THAT THE DNA EXAMINATION WAS BEING UNDERTAKEN ON SOME OF THE BODIES DIFFICULT TO BE IDENTIFIED BY THEIR FAMILIES.