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In an atmosphere of intense praise And Worship to usher in God’s Presence in their midst,Reverend Mrs Shoke Mohammed, and convener “ADIHEALTH CARE INITIATIVE” And her group of Christian Believers at The Hour of Fruitfulness Fellowship always gather together on the third Saturday of every month to Give God Glory in Ajah area of Lagos State,Nigeria.
Their Gathering on 21st of May 2022 was unusually different as they delved into to a topical issue of Domestic violence now eating up the foundation of our society the homes.
With the theme “Domestic Violence Who is to be Blamed” Speakers were able to address the issue from different perspectives.
While Majority Blamed the home front and Parental Negligence in the up bringing of their Children,Moral decadence, Westernization, Drug Abuse, some attributed it to the prevailing Harsh Economic situation, Depression And wrong Choice Of Marriage Partners.
Before we get to their resolution, let’s look at the definition of Domestic Violence according to the united Nations.
The United Nations Describes Domestic Violence as a pattern of Behaviour in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain Power or control Over an intimate Partner.
Domestic Violence is not limited to Gender, Race ,Age or Religion.
It can come in physical form,Mental,Sexual or Economic In Nature.
Recognizing the signs of domestic abuse as outlined by the United Nations
Does your partner…
Embarrass you in front of your friends or make you feel like you are unable to Take decision
Use intimidation or Force to make you comply?
Tell you that you are nothing without them?
Treat you roughly,grab, push, pinch, shove or hit you
Call you several times a night or show up to make sure you are where you said you are?
Use drugs or alcohol as an excuse for saying hurtful things or abusing you?
Blame you for how they feel or act?
Pressure you sexually for things you aren’t ready for?
Make you feel like there is “no way out” of the relationship?
Prevent you from doing things you want – like spending time with friends or family?
Try to keep away from you after a fight or leave you somewhere after a fight to “teach you a lesson”?
Sometimes feel scared of how your partner may behave?
Constantly make excuses to other people for your partner’s behaviour?
Believe that you can help your partner change if only you changed something about yourself?
Try not to do anything that would cause conflict or make your partner angry?
Always do what your partner wants you to do instead of what you want?
Stay with your partner because you are afraid of what your partner would do if you broke up?
If any of these things are happening in your relationship, talk to someone. Without help, the abuse will continue. Making that first call to seek help is a courageous step.
Since the outbreak of covid-19 Pandemic in 2020 and the lock down,Nigeria has recorded More cases of Domestic Violence than Ever.
The recent Case that led to the death of Nigerian Gospel Singer Osinachi Nwachukwu was a big shocker to many and a trigger to unite in the Battle Against Domestic Violence in Nigeria.
Uniting to Achieve this set goal, Reverend Mrs Shoke Mohammad and her team of discussants believe there must be deliberate effort in prayers, Seeking the face of God and family approval in the choice of choosing a Partner, Mutual Respect between couples , total compliance to the Biblical injunction of Love And Submissiveness, the need for economic empowerment for married Couples And seeking Mental health Check when the need arises.
A Brief History Of Hour Of Fruitfulness Praise Fellowship And Adi Health Care Initiative.
Having Counselled a substantial number of Persons with Health,Financial Mental, Spiritual and other numerous Challenges, Rev Mrs Shoke Mohammed was led to set up The Hour offruitfulness praise Fellowship, an interdenominational fellowship to draw them closer to God who can do all things and bring light into every darkness to give them joy.
With the commencement of the fellowship, they started reaching out to communities so as to promote and care for their health, education, social and physical Needs According to Reverend Mrs Shoke,
“We started organizing programmes where they are taught healthy life style and how to prevent communicable diseases, how to manage stress without Drugs Abuse,How to
have good nutrition with less capital, how to draw up a scale of preference to manage their lives with little income and still be happy without stress.
As the programme began to expand,the need to set up Adi health care initiative which is a registered NGO became inevitable.
For More information on this Subject ,Counselling or how to access help concerning issues of Domestic Violence,Call Reverend Mrs Mohammed on 0803 420 2002.
The National Emergency Management Agency, Lagos state coordinator, Ibrahim Farinloye says three bodies have been recovered while one person rescued by the team of emergency responders in a 3 storey building still under construction located at Freeman street, Lagos Island collapsed under the heavy rain Saturday evening trapping unspecified numbers of persons under the rubble.
Recall that recently, a 2 storey building in Yaba axis of Lagos state collapsed with ten bodies recovered and over twenty persons sustaining various injuries .
The incessant cases of building collapse within Lagos metropolis has become a major cause for concern for many even as the state government in its response has internsified efforts to ensure that intergrity tests are carriedcout on buildings within the state .
LAGOS PARTNERS CSOs ON VOLUNTARY BLOOD DONATION, SAFE BLOOD TRANSFUSION
…..Tasks Stakeholders to Adopt Safe Blood Transfusion Strategies
……As LSBTS Commences Automation of Services
Lagos State Blood Transfusion Service (LSBTS) is partnering with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Lagos under the aegis of the Lagos State Civil Society Participation for Development (LACSOP) to increase advocacy for voluntary blood donation campaign and safe blood transfusion services in the State.
Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Blood Transfusion Service, Dr. Bodunrin Osikomaiya who disclosed this to newsmen after a stakeholders’ engagement held recently with various CSOs in Lagos noted that the partnership became necessary in view of the need to achieve the mandate of LSBTS to provide safe blood for transfusion purposes.
Osikomaiya explained that the Lagos State Blood Transfusion Service is saddled with the responsibility of regulating the whole process involved in the blood transfusion chain; from collection, screening, storage, transportation and transfusion of blood and blood products adding that the availability of healthy blood for clinical use is considered sacrosanct by the agency.
The Executive Secretary disclosed also that the LSBTS has concluded plans to commence automation of blood transfusion service processes including blood screening, storage, banking and transportation in order to ensure efficiency, speed and reliability in the blood transfusion chain. She added that this will also help ensure availability of safe blood for transfusion in Lagos State.
She said: “We are engaging Civil Society Organizations so that we can increase our service delivery. CSOs need to understand our mandate and modus operandi, we need their support to achieve goals of increasing voluntary blood donation, creating necessary awareness about the process involved in blood transfusion services and safety in line with international best practices”.
The Executive Secretary noted that the stakeholders’ engagement meeting with CSOs themed “Promoting a sustainable blood safety system” which was held at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industries Exhibition Centre in Alausa, Ikeja was geared towards educating and enlightening the CSOs about blood donation and transfusion services in Lagos as well as spurring opportunities, through suggestions, pledge and support for better service delivery by LSBTS.
“This stakeholders’ engagement with the CSOs was a no holds barred meeting that highlighted our success, challenges and opportunities. Through the engagement we were able to get objective criticism, suggestions, value driven ideas, support and pledges that would help us achieve our mandate. We will continue to engage the CSOs and alsowork closely with the private sector and other stakeholders to ensure availability of safe blood for transfusion in Lagos”, Osikomaiya said.
She expresses confidence that the productive stakeholders’ engagement with the CSOs will yield the desired results noting that through the civil societies, information and enlightenment on the processes involved in blood transfusion and safety including automation in blood banking services will become public knowledge propelling citizens to take informed action.
“We want the Civil Societies to know that they have the potential of increasing advocacy and awareness of safe blood and we are also ready to listen to what they have to say to us so that we can improve our service delivery’’. She noted.
Osikomaiya tasked all stakeholders and organisations involved in the provision of blood transfusion services to adopt, build and sustain quality services that will help ensure increased voluntary blood donation and availability of safe blood in Lagos State.
“I would also like to encourage citizens to voluntarily come out and donate blood. Blood donation is a selfless act that comes with lots of health and psychological benefits. Our blood donation centres located at General Hospitals are open to citizens who are willing to donate”, she said.
A Chief Medical Laboratory Scientist, Mr. Babatunde Okunnu, while presenting his paper on Blood Screening Processes urged all stakeholders in blood transfusion service provision to abide by the appropriate clinical use of blood and follow the basic requirements of blood transfusion.
Executive Director, Centre for 21stCentury Issues; a leading CSO, Ms. Titi Akosa commended the Lagos State Government for its efforts at ensuring safe blood transfusion services in Lagos and engaging the civil societies in the quest to achieve better blood transfusion service.
She affirmed that the stakeholders engagement has put CSOs in good stead to advocate and promote voluntary blood donation and safe blood transfusion services which will help save lives in times of emergencies.
BUHARI CONFERS NATIONAL PRODUCTIVITY MERIT AWARD ON LAGOS HEALTH COMMISSIONER
… Commissioner Dedicates Award to Mr. Governor, Health Workers, Lagosians
The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has confered the National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) Award on the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, in recognition of his high productivity, hard work and excellence, particularly in the fight against the global pandemic – COVID-19 – in Lagos and Nigeria.
Abayomi, who was honoured alongside the Secretary to the Federal Government, Mr. Boss Mustapha and the immediate past Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, in the NPOM Special COVID-19 award category received the award today during the 19th National Productivity Day (NPD) and Conferment of NPOM Award at the Banquet Hall, State House, Aso Rock Villa, Asokoro, Abuja.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, who conveyed notification of the award to Prof. Akin Abayomi via a letter titled Conferment of National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) Award and dated 4th May, 2022, explained that the NPOM award is an award of honour and dignity instituted by the Federal Government of Nigeria to recognise hard work and excellence.
While congratulating the Health Commissioner for the honour, Ngige noted that his recommendation was based on the report of the National Productivity Order of Merit Award Committee after a rigorous selection process.
The letter personally signed by the Minister reads in part, “The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR has approved the conferment of the National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) Award on you in recognition of high productivity, hard work and excellence.
“Your recommendation was based on the report of the National Productivity Order of Merit Award Committee after a rigorous selection process. The Award ceremony, which will be chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, has been scheduled to hold on 12th May, 2022 at the Banquet Hall, State House, Asokoro, Abuja at 9.00am.
“On behalf of the President and the entire people of Nigeria, I congratulate you on this honour conferred on you by the nation. Once again, do accept our congratulations and good wishes”.
Speaking after receiving the award, Abayomi thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, and the people of Nigeria for adjudging him worthy of national honours.
He noted that the purposeful leadership of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Incident Commander of the COVID-19 Response in Lagos, as well as the commitment of all health workers and the support of citizens earned him the award.
His words: “I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the President and the people of Nigeria for judging me worthy of this award and I would like to dedicate the award to Mr. Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, all healthcare workers, State and non-State actors and Lagosians for the remarkable role played by all in stemming the tide of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a win for us all”.
About 50 deserving individuals and organisations were conferred with the NPOM award in different categories for the years 2019 and 2020. The awardees were selected from different sectors including health, business, economy, and politics amongst others.
…Dedicates Award to Mr. Governor, Health Workers and Lagosians
The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR has approved the conferment of the National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) Award on the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi in recognition of his high productivity, hard work and excellence, particularly in the fight against the global pandemic – COVID-19 in Lagos and Nigeria.
Abayomi who would be honoured alongside the Secretary to the Federal Government, Mr. Boss Mustapha and the Immediate Past Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu in the NPOM Special COVID-19 award category is billed to receive the award today during the 19th National Productivity Day (NPD) and Conferment of NPOM Award at the Banquet Hall, State House, Aso Rock Villa, Asokoro, Abuja.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige who conveyed the notification of award to prof. Akin Abayomi via a letter titled Conferment of National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) Award and dated 4th May, 2022, explained that the NPOM award is an award of honour and dignity instituted by the Federal Government of Nigeria to recognize hard work and excellence.
While congratulating the health commissioner for the honour conferred by the nation, Ngige noted his recommendation was based on the report of the National Productivity Order of Merit Award Committee after a vigorous selection process.
The letter personally signed by the Minister reads in part, “The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR has approved the conferment of the National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) Award on you in recognition of his high productivity, hard work and excellence.
“Your recommendation was based on the report of the National Productivity Order of Merit Award Committee after a vigorous selection process. The Award ceremony which will be chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari has been scheduled to hold on 12th May, 2022 at the Banquet Hall, State House, Asokoro, Abuja at 9.00am.
“On behalf of the President and the entire people of Nigeria, I congratulate you on this honour conferred on you by the nation. Once again, do accept our congratulations and good wishes”.
Speaking in his office after receiving the award conferment notification, Abayomi thanked the President, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR and the people of Nigeria for adjudging him worthy of the national honours.
He noted he would not have been deserving of the award if not for the purposeful leadership exemplified by the Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu who is the Incident Commander of the COVID Response in Lagos, the dedication and commitment of all health workers and the cooperation and support of citizens during the response.
In his words: “I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the President and the people of Nigeria for judging me worthy of this award and I would like to dedicate the award to Mr. Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, all healthcare workers, state and non-state actors and Lagosians for the remarkable role played by all in stemming the tide of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a win for us all”.
About 50 deserving individuals and organizations are expected to be conferred with the NPOM award in different categories for the year 2019 and 2020. The awardees were selected from different sectors including health, business, economy, and politics amongst others.
CELEBRATING 70 YEARS IN A GODLY WAY @ MFM SOLUTION ZONAL HEADQUARTERS.
TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN, MUCH THEY SAY IS EXPECTED,SO IN APPRECIATION OF GOD’ S GRACE AND MERCY TO ATTAIN THE AGE OF SEVENTY ,MUMMY MOROHUNFOLA AYOADE DECIDED TO CELEBRATE IN GOD’S PRESENCE WITH HER FAMILY.
WHEN ASKED WHY THE CHOICE OF MFM SOLUTION BRANCH FOR THE CELEBRATION, SHE NARRATED HOW SHE HAD A STROKE ATTACK A FEW YEARS AGO AND FOUND HER WAY TO THE CHURCH, AND HOW THE WORDS OF FAITH FROM THE PRESIDING PASTOR LANRE ADEWOYE AND OTHER MINISTERS IN MFM CHANGED HER STORY TO TESTIMONY.
A NATIVE OF ILESHA OSUN STATE, MUMMY MOROHUNFOLA AYOADE RETIRED AS AN HEAD TEACHER AT ILAPO PRIMARY SCHOOL IN LAGOS STATE.
SHE IS CELEBRATED BY HER HUSBAND, CHILDREN AND GRAND CHILDREN AND THE ENTIRE CHURCH OF GOD
MUMMY MOROHUNFOLA AYOADE’S LIFE HAS BEEN THAT OF TESTIMONY GIVEN THE MANY CHALLENGES SHE HAS SURMOUNTED THROUGH THE GRACE OF GOD.
HER BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION IN THE CHURCH AND PRESENCE OF GOD PROVIDED AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ALTAR CALL ,THUS BRINGING MORE SOULS TO GOD ALMIGHTY.
LASAMBUS OFFICIALS RESCUES, DELIVERS A STRANDED PREGNANT WOMEN IN LABOUR
…As LASG Rejigs LASAMBUS for Prompt Medical Emergency Service Delivery
A stranded pregnant woman who fell into labour on a popular Lagos road has been delivered of a baby by a team of the Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS) officials.
The woman; 27 year old Shukarat Isa who resides at 30 Akin Akinsheyinwa Street, Awoyaya, Lagos and the baby, a male weighing 3.3kg, have since been taken to the Ikate health center for further care and management.
Speaking after receiving a report of the successful medical emergency response by the LASAMBUS team, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi explained that the incident occurred yesterday around the Law School Bus Stop; along the popular Ozumba Mbadiwe Road, Victoria Island.
According to him, “LASAMBUS received a distressed call of a pregnant woman in labour at 8.02am and promptly dispatched its closest response team to the venue of the incident. The team arrived at the scene, the Law School Bus stop, at 8:16 am, and quickly set parameters for the emergency response, helping the woman to deliver both the baby and the placenta”.
He added that the team cleaned up both baby and mother whilst observing basic medical emergency procedures on the spot before conveying them to the Ikate health centre for further management.
He said: “This is a typical case of an obstetric emergency which may arise at any time during pregnancy, labour and birth. The Lagos State Government realizing the pivotal role of prompt emergency response includingtransport of pregnant women during critical obstetric emergency in preventing maternal and child deathshas continued to expand its ambulance services to offer prompt emergency service to residents.
“We are happy that our investment and effort in overhauling the Lagos State Ambulance Service is yielding the desired results. News such as this are cheering and heartwarming as it adds up to improve our health indices and showcase our resolve to provide efficient and equitable service delivery to Lagosians”.
Speaking in the same vein, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health Dr. Olusegun Ogboye disclosed that the Governor Sanwo-Olu led administration is currently reviewing the performance of the ambulance service and currently implementing a strategic plan to significantly improve service delivery, response time and the quality of care delivered by the service to reduce morbidity and mortality from emergencies.
He added that the present administration has put words to action by commencing the overhauling of the ambulance service with newstate-of-the-art ambulances and equipment to further sharpen the operations of LASMABUS and comprehensive and continuous capacity development for staff of LASAMBUS for improved performance.
“With over 200 staff, 25 ambulance points and a fleet of ambulances strategically located across the State, the Lagos State Ambulance Service is poised toprovide prompt pre-hospital and emergency health care to Lagosians. Ours is a 24-hour medical emergency response service including weekends and public holidays”, Ogboye said.
Giving an account of the incident, the rescued woman,Shukarat Isa explained that she was in transit from Awoyaya in Ibeju-lekki local government area to Orile on a public bus when she went into labour.
In her words, “I was on a bus to Orile from Awoyaya, I fell into labour in the course of the journey and a man sitting beside me called the emergency number and requested help. The vehicle had a stop at the Law School Bus Stop for some passengers to disembark and this was where the LASAMBUS officials caught up with the vehicle and assisted with the delivery which was already in process.
“The team also assisted in cleaning me and my baby up before transporting us to Ikate health centre at Elegushi. At Ikate health centre, the nurses stayed with us and assisted with my admission and baby immunization before leaving. I have since been discharged and my baby and I are doing quite well. I would like to appreciate the medical team for their response and care, it means a lot to me and my family”
The LASAMBUS team that was involved in the life saving emergency service include; Oyekanmi Inumidun Ayomibo, an Assistant Chief Community Health Technician; Uthman Nofisat Afolashade, Higher Community Health Technician and Yusuf Olanrewaju Rahmon, the Ambulance pilot.