LAGOS EMPLOYS 400 HEALTH WORKERS…        To Engage Over 1500 More  

27/09/21

DANIELS. G.O

Photo Caption

Dr. Atinuke Onayiga

Chairman, Lagos State Health Service Commission

PRESS RELEASE

LAGOS EMPLOYS 400 HEALTH WORKERS

· To Engage Over 1500 More

Over 400 health workers comprising: Consultants, Medical Officers, Dental Officers, Medical House Officers, Pharmacists, Pharmacy technicians, Nurses, Nurse Interns, Dietitians, Physiotherapist, Radiographers, Optometrist, Medical Laboratory Scientist, Medical Laboratory Technician, Dental Therapist, Dental Technologists, Medical Health Records Officers, Medical Engineers, Pharmacy Interns, Physiotherapy Interns, Radiographer Intern, Medical Laboratory Scientist Interns, have been employed by the Lagos State Government to fill existing vacancies in state-owned secondary health facilities between last quarter of 2020 and the second quarter of 2021.

The Chairman, Lagos State Health Service Commission, Dr. Atinuke Onayiga disclosed this today after reviewing the report of the ongoing recruitment exercise currently being coordinated by the Health Service Commission.

She noted that the engagement of the health care workers is part of the current administration’s strategy to improve human resources for health towards the provision of qualitative healthcare delivery in Lagos State.

Onayiga further stated that the recruitment of the health workers was conducted consequent to the approval of the Governor and in line with the exit replacement and human resource policy of the State government.

She said: “The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu places priority on human resources for health, human capital development, and medical infrastructural development as a means of achieving the Health and Environment mandate of the THEMES agenda.

“The Lagos State Health Service Commission in alignment with the THEMES agenda is doing everything within its capacity to ensure optimal human resource provision to the public health sector.

“This, we will vigorously pursue until we attain an equitable distribution of human resources in our health facilities which will ensure improved access to qualitative and efficient health service delivery. It should reduce waiting time and improve the overall patient experience in our health facilities in line with our mandate”.

Onayiga noted that with the increased investment in health over the years, especially in human resources, human capacity development, medical infrastructure and implementation of the Lagos State Health Insurance Scheme, the commitment of the Sanwo-Olu led administration to the attainment of universal health coverage has been further affirmed.

“This ultimately, will halt the trend of brain drain of the health professionals and attract medical tourism to Lagos State”, she added.

Signed

Tunbosun Ogunbanwo

Director, Public Affairs

Lagos State Ministry of Health

27th September, 2021

FG Moves To improve Trade Relations With Iran

24/09/21

DANIELS G.O

PRESS RELEASE

FG moves to increase trade relations with Iran
…as Iran considers direct shipping, flight to Nigeria

The Federal Government, has called for the deepening of trade relations between Nigeria and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, made the call during a bilateral meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, on the sidelines of the ongoing 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, United States.

Onyeama reminded the Iranian Foreign Minister that Nigeria and Iran have excellent relations, saying that Nigeria will be very happy under the cooperation and engagement of Amir-Abdollahian to improve even more, the relationship between both countries.

Onyeama further said Nigeria appreciates the certain intricacies of international financial systems and some of the obstacles.

Amir-Abdollahian said envoys of both countries, with a great deal of hard work and focus and in all seriousness, were pursuing the further development of the relationship between Nigeria and Iran.

He added that exchanges between both countries were testament to the fact that both countries were very serious and focused and motivated to improve relations.

He added that both countries have very high capacities for mutual cooperation. But the level of trade and collaboration and cooperation between the two countries is not at the satisfactory level, particularly at the level of political cooperation.

Amir-Abdollahian further said in order to realise the desired higher volume and commercial trade between both countries, Iran is seeking and studying how to best establish direct shipping route from Iran to Nigeria.

He said Iran had no issues or challenges whatsoever in completely removing any type of obstacle that may hamper the progress of trade between both countries.

The Iranian Foreign Minister also said in the beginning, Iran can do its very best where it is needed in order to remove or lessen any restricted duties that may exist and subsequently, Iran is ready and very much willing to best analyse on how to go swiftly about the removal of such duties that exist between both countries.

Amir-Abdollahian disclosed that Iranian-based Mahan Airlines is fully willing, ready and capable to establish direct flights route from Tehran to Lagos.

NATIONAL CONSULTATIVE FRONT AND THEIR TAKE ON MALAFIA’S DEATH

19/09 /21

DANIELS G. O

PRESS STATEMENT

Mailafia: The Exit of A Titan

…..Leaders of Conscience, NCFront, Mourn the Passing of Obadiah Mailafia, To investigate his death

National Leaders of Conscience under the auspices of the National Consultative Front, NCFront, an emergent political movement of a group of eminent leaders of thought working towards the emergence of a new Nigeria that works for all by 2023 wish to express deep shock and sadness over the passing of our associate and founding member of the Front, Dr Obadiah Mailafia, former presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress, ADC in the 2019 general elections in Nigeria

It will be recalled that Mailafia until his unbelievable demise today was a member of the National Steering Council and the North Central Facilitator of the NCFront, who raised the bar of commitment to the tasks of the movement, constantly advocating a fair, just and equitable governance of Nigeria therefore becoming a Frontline member of the National Constitutional Dialogue Committee initiated by the movement to stem the heightening constitutional crisis and political agitations and insecurity traceable to the inherent flaws and pit falls of the Nigerian Constitution foisted on the country by the Nigerian military at the outset of current troubled democracy in 1999

In demonstration of his huge commitment to the movement, Obadiah Mailafia last week gave a positive feedback to the National Secretariat of the NCFront on a tactical task given to him by the movement towards ensuring cohesion and stability in the North Central and Middle Belt region ahead of the people’s constitutional dialogue in the region, showing no sign of illness.

Memories of his various endeavors and contributions will be remembered and honoured by the NCFront during the 2nd National Rescue Summit being planned by the NCFront to commemorate Nigeria’s 61st Independence Anniversary on 1st October, 2021

The movement however wishes to condole and commiserate with the family of its departed Leader, Obadiah Mailafia, praying for the repose of his soul and fortitude and strength for members of his family and promising investigation into his sudden death

As an indomitable Icon of the NCFront rescue mission, Dr Obadiah Mailafia will be greatly missed by the leadership of the NCFront, which include, Rt Hon Ghali Umar Na’aba, Prof Pat Utomi, Prof Atahiru Jega, Dr Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, Dr Hakeem Baba Ahmed, Dr Tokunbo Awolowo Dosunmu, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, Dr Mike Ozekhome, SAN, Mallam Bello Falalu, Prof Kingsley Moghalu, Hadjia Najatu Mohammed, Hon Nkoyo Toyo, Dr Usman Bugaje, Dr Olu Agunloye, Rev Father George Ehusani, Engr Buba Galadima, Mr Femi Fálànà, SAN, Dr Tanko Yunusa, Chief Raph Okey Nwosu, Senator Shehu Sanni, Prof Chidi Odinkalu, Dr Bilikisu Magoro, Barr Dan Nwanyawu, Arc Ezekiel Nyak Etok, Dr Aisha Lemu, Prof Anthony Kila, Dr Olu Wilson Usim, Alhaji Shettimah Yerima, Dr Chris Ekiyor, High Chief Peter Ameh, Barr Promise Adewusi, Dr Timi Koripamo Agary, Comrade Joe Ajaegbo, Barr Toyin Tokuta, Chief Precious Elekima, Dr Sam Amadi, Prof Remi Sonaiya, Mallam Nasir Kura, Hon Mrs Janet Adeyemi, Ogbeni Lanre Banjo, Barr Adewole Adebayo, ACG Wakili, Dr Gbenga Adeoye, Alhaji Hamisu San Turaki, Mrs Habiba Balogun, Lady Ann Kio Briggs, Mr Segun Osinowo, Barr Eze Onyekpere, Comrade Kassim Balarabe Musa, Che Olawale Okunniyi, National Scribe, among others

Signed
Amb (Ms) Rukaiya Muhammad
For NCFront, National Secretariat,
0818 845 1511
Utako, Abuja

HEALTH WORKERS RECRUITMENT EXERCISE: NO ROOM FOR QUACKS – LASG – Warns Unqualified Candidates to Stay Clear of Exercise

16/09/21

DANIELS G.O

HEALTH SERVICE COMMISSION

PRESS RELEASE

Lagos State Government has warned quacks and unqualified applicants to stay clear of the on-going health workers recruitment exercise being conducted by the Health Service Commission or risk arrest and possible jail term.

The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Health Service Commission, Dr. Muyiwa Eniayewun who made this known today after meeting with some shortlisted candidates ahead of their Computer Based Test at a CBT centre in Maryland, Lagos said that due diligence and investigation would be conducted on the application and credentials of all applicants at every stage of the exercise stressing that only qualified candidates would be employed.

He said: “The health sector is a sensitive sector where we cater for lives, as such, we have no tolerance for quackery and malpractices where human lives are involved.

“Any candidates who applied for any of the advertised positions and hoping to get employed to the State public service with fake, forged or doctored credentials should rethink their decision and opt out now while they can or risk being caught and made to face the law.

“Even after this exercise, we will continue with our due diligence for shortlisted and employed candidates; this, we have been doing in collaboration with all the health professionals bodies and associations including through our regulatory agencies”.

Eniayewun also disclosed that the Health Service Commission in partnership with various health professional bodies and associations is currently carrying out professional staff audit and verification exercise for all health workers in the State Government employment as part of its zero tolerance for quackery and malpractices.

He noted that the exercise which has been ongoing for a while has been largely successful with reassuring results that has helped to restore citizens’ confidence in the public health sector.

He disclosed that the State Government through the professional audit and verification exercise recently uncovered and arrested an employee, Olufunke Adegbenro who was employed as a nurse and deployed to Isolo General Hospital three months ago by the Health Service Commission.

He explained that Adegbenro was caught during one of the audit and verification exercises carried out by HSC in partnership with National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives.

“Adegbenro has been practicing with fake certificates and professional license. She forged a Bachelor of Nursing degree from Ladoke Akintola University Ogbomosho, a National Youth Service discharge certificate, a registered Nurse Certificate and practicing license of Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.

“Her appointment has been terminated and she has been handed over to the Nigeria Police Force for further investigation and prosecution. We hope this will serve as a deterrent to other quacks”, Eniayewun said.

While assuring that the Health Service Commission will continue to ensure that only qualified human resources are employed and deployed to state-owned health facilities, the Permanent Secretary said government will not relent in its efforts of providing quality health care services to teeming Lagosians through highly motivated professionals.

“There is no hiding place for quacks and unqualified health workers in Lagos State, we are more determined now more than ever to fish and flush them out”, he said.

Signed

Tunbosun Ogunbanwo

Director, Public Affairs

Ministry of Health

16th September, 2021

NEGLECTED TROPICAL DISEASES: LAGOS TO SCALE UP INTERVENTION IN ENDEMIC LGAs & WARDS – ABAYOMI

15/09/21

DANIELS G .O

PRESS RELEASE

NEGLECTED TROPICAL DISEASES: LAGOS TO SCALE UP INTERVENTION IN ENDEMIC LGAs & WARDS – ABAYOMI

Lagos State Government is set to scale up interventions for endemic Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) especially Schistosomiasis and soil –transmitted helminth in local government and wards with prevalence of the diseases, the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi has said.

Abayomi who made this known today at a Data Dissemination Workshop on Schistosomiasis Implementation in Lagos State organized by Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with Lagos State Ministry of Health and a non-governmental organization Mission to Save the Helpless (MITOSATH), noted that interventions aimed at the control and elimination of NTDs will be accorded the priority it deserves as part of the State government’s disease surveillance control programme and policies.

The Commissioner who was represented by the Director, Epidemiology, Biosecurity and Global Health, Dr. Ismail Abdul-Salam explained that adequate budgetary provision has been made for various NTDs activities outlined for implementation by the Neglected Tropical Disease Unit of the State Ministry of Health as part of the scale up of interventions.

He said: “The Lagos State Government is giving priority, support and consideration to the control and elimination of NTDs, the headship of the State Ministry of Health and Primary Health Care Board are passionate about the control of NTDs and we are now more committed to ensuring that we achieve reasonable control in record time.

“We know that Lagos State has a high prevalence of some Neglected Tropical Diseases especially Schistosomiasis in some of our local government areas. We have several diseases on the list of NTDs and the level of endemicity varies from one LGA to another.

“The bone of contention for this particular dissemination is the intervention that we implemented in year 2019 against Schistosomiasis in about seven LGAs in the state and we had a very good therapeutic coverage of about 87% and we need to disseminate these data to stakeholders, so that going forward, we can improve on the implementation that we had in respect to mass administration of medicines against Schistosomiasis and other NTDs.

“We are glad that we are able to achieve 87% therapeutic coverage of mass administration of medicines against schistosomiasis.This would not have been possible without the support of the Federal Ministry of Health through the National Programme on NTD and active collaboration of MITOSATH and other partners including the World Health Organization (WHO)”.

While expressing satisfaction at the successful implementation of the 2019 Mass Administration of Medicines against Schistosomiasis sponsored by MITOSATH and WHO, Abayomi noted that late commencement of NTDs interventions in Lagos has not deterred the State government from showing exemplary leadership to other states in this regard.

He stated that the State government has taken a cue from lessons learnt from the 2019 Mass Administration of Medicines against Schistosomiasis to rejig interventions targeted at control and elimination Neglected Tropical Diseases in Lagos.

The Commissioner appealed to partners to support the State government in the drive towards the control of NTDs by targeting identified gaps in various NTDs interventions for effective strategic and effective implementation.

“NTDs are common in environments where there are issues of water, this is why sanitation and hygiene is very important. These are issues that if taken care of, we will have a much reduced prevalence of NTDs.

“That is why going beyond the Ministry of Health, other line ministries and MDAs like Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, Local Government and Community Affairs and Ministry of Education and Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation are involved in our interventions because some the interventions are carried out for school age children at the ward and community level”, Abayomi said.

Earlier in her remarks, the Executive Director of MITOSATH, Dr. Fransisca Olamiju stated that Lagos State is the first State in Nigeria to implement Mass Administration of Medicines against Schistosomiasis using ward level strategy stressing that the strategy has been found to be very effective.

“We were worried initially that Lagos State is coming into the NTDs Mass Administration of Medicines late but when the State stepped in, they showed that in anything they do, they excel beautifully” she said.

According to her, the dissemination workshop has afforded various NTD stakeholders and partners the opportunity to share the knowledge, best practices, and lessons learnt from implementation of Mass Administration of Medicines in Lagos State.

Olamiju added that the implementation of Mass Administration of Medicines afforded the State government and implementing partners to introduce ward level strategy interventions which has been found to be successful for immunization programmes and other health interventions alongside the LGA based intervention.

“So based on the advice we got from WHO and the Federal Ministry of Health, we started to use ward based strategy. Today, Lagos is getting an outstanding performance award for achieving a therapeutic coverage of close to 87%. This goes to show that the ward based strategy intervention is effective. So it is something exciting for us and we are happy also because the partners that funded the campaign are also here to celebrate this success”, she said.

While noting that another campaign for Mass Administration of Medicines against Schistosomiasis would soon commence in some endemic wards in Lagos State, the Executive Director posited that safe water, good sanitation and hygiene especially proper and regular hand washing practice including putting an end to open defecation is vital to eliminating Schistosomiasis.

Olamiju appealed for a private sector engagement for the elimination of the disease adding that they should always remember that there is NTD burden in Lagos as they look at their corporate social responsibility.

Representative of the World Health Organization, Dr. Sulaiman Aliyu stated that WHO remains committed to providing free medicines for the treatment of Neglected Tropical diseases as its usual practice.

“The World Health Organization is committed to providing all the medicines. Year after year WHO facilitates the donation of millions of tablets for the Neglected Tropical Diseases” He said.

Signed

Tunbosun Ogunbanwo

Director, Public Affairs

15th September, 2021

Photo Caption

Picture 1: National Coordinator, NTDs, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Nse Akpan presenting an Outstanding Performance Award to the Director, Epidemiology, Biosecurity and Global Health, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Ismail Abdul-Salam in recognition of Lagos State implementation of Ward level Schistosomiasis Mass Administration of Medicines, with them is the Executive Director MITOSATH, Dr. Francisca Olamiju (left) during the Dissemination of Data for Schistosomiasis and Soil Transmitted Helminthes in Lagos State.

Picture 2: From L-R: National Professional Officer, WHO, Dr. Suleiman Aliyu; Director, Epidemiology, Biosecurity and Global Health, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Ismail Abdul-Salam; National Coordinator, NTDs, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Nse Akpan and the Executive Director MITOSATH, Dr. Francisca Olamiju at the Dissemination of Data for Schistosomiasis and Soil Transmitted Helminthes in Lagos State.

Picture 7: National Coordinator, NTDs, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Nse Akpan presenting an Outstanding Performance Award to the Director, Epidemiology, Biosecurity and Global Health, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Ismail Abdul-Salam in recognition of Lagos State implementation of Ward level Schistosomiasis Mass Administration of Medicines, with them is the Executive Director MITOSATH, Dr. Francisca Olamiju (left) during the Dissemination of Data for Schistosomiasis and Soil Transmitted Helminthes in Lagos State.

*EKWUEME’S WIFE ASSURED UNFLINCHING SUPPORT TO SOLUDO’S ELECTORAL VICTORY*

14/09/21

By Okey Emmanuel

*EKWUEME’S WIFE ASSURED UNFLINCHING SUPPORT TO SOLUDO’S ELECTORAL VICTORY*
*- Receives Soludo’s Media Team in Her Home*

By Okey Emmanuel

Chief Mrs Ifeoma Ekwueme, the wife of late political sage and former Vice President of Nigeria, Chief Alex Ekwueme, has assured Soludo’s campaign team of total and unflinching support in their bid to deliver massive victory for the APGA flag bearer in the Anambra November 6 gubernatorial election.

Mrs Ekwueme gave this promise when some members of Cee Cee Soludo Media team paid her a courtesy call in her home in Okoh, Orumba North LGA.

The team was led by Joe Anatune, Onwa n’Awa, who is the APGA Flag bearer’s Chief Media Strategist for the Anambra gubernatorial election.

The team used the opportunity to present some campaign materials to her, including some quantities of Cee Cee Soludo campaign posters.

Mrs Ekwueme, who has not hidden her love and full support for the former CBN governor’s gubernatorial ambition, heartily received the team on September 13, 2021. She promised to assist in her best possible ways to see that the APGA flag bearer wins the heart and votes of the members of her constituency, especially the grassroot.

Reporting on the outcome of the meeting, Chief Joe Anatune said that it was very fruitful.
“We really tapped from the rich experience of the wife of the late political sage. Her advice and encouragements are heartwarming as she availed us a number of strategic moves necessary to deliver overwhelming victory for Soludo”.

Other members of the media team were Christian Aburime, Mazi Ejimofor, Amb. Izuchukwu Adichie and Okey Emmanuel.

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US-CDC Trains 40 Public Health Officials in Nigeria on Emergency Response Lagos––The United States

13/09/21

DANIELS G. O

PRESS RELEASE

Lagos–

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC) on Monday kicked off a two-week capacity building program in Lagos for Nigerian experts on public health emergency response.

The training seeks to certify the first cohort of 40 participants drawn from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), state-level ministries of health, the Nigeria Public Health Emergency Mement Professional Certification (PHEM PC).

According to the US-CDC Nigeria Country Director Mary Boyd, “the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic illustrates now more than ever the importance of ensuring the public health and health care systems, can adequately prevent, respond to, and recover from health emergencies, particularly those whose scale, timing, or unpredictability threatens to overwhelm routine capabilities.”

The PHEM PC training, a first of its kind in Nigeria, adapted from US-CDC Atlanta, equips emergency managers, incident managers, state epidemiologists, first responders, watch managers, and other public health experts with the knowledge, competencies and skill sets they need to respond to public health emergencies.

During the intensive program, participants will receive specialized training in crisis and emergency risk communication as well as public health emergency management functions and operations.

The PHEM training is part of the U.S. Government’s efforts to support pandemic preparedness globally. US-CDC, NCDC, and Georgetown University are collaborating to deliver this training.

In 2019, Nigeria became a Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) partner country committed to achieving GHSA 2024 targets and International Health Regulations (IHR) requirements.

US-CDC supports the Government of Nigeria (GON) to achieve these targets by strengthening workforce development, surveillance, emergency response, and laboratory capacity among other areas.

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THE SOLUDO BRAND COMMUNITY IS GROWING IN GEOMETRIC PROPORTION*

11/09/21

*Joe C. Anatune*
Anatune writes from Awa

*THE SOLUDO BRAND COMMUNITY IS GROWING IN GEOMETRIC PROPORTION*

Let me shoot straight from the hip. Like him or hate him, Soludo is the most preferred and popular politician in Anambra today if truth must be told. Forget about those who spew their closeness to the grassroots or federal might as sobriquet to gain undue and unearned advantages when their actions have never impacted on the masses.

The membership of the Soludo Brand Community (SBC) cuts across all demographics; men, women, boys, girls, artisans, professionals, traders, farmers, etc. They are united by an Anambra that will be profitable to invest in, conducive and safe to live in, attractive to work in, gainful to learn in and exciting to relax or enjoy in.

The underlying factors that propel the rapid expansion of the SBC are not far-fetched. One: We are living in difficult times. This is no time for a learner on the job. The handouts from Abuja are getting smaller and smaller. To make progress, we need somebody with disruptive ideas. Two: It is imperative that we consolidate on the stellar achievements of APGA governments in the State. We can’t go back to Egypt. Three: We need somebody with the appeal or name that can galvanize Ndi Anambra to invest massively in our homeland. Four: Soludo is known by the profundities of his ideas for development. Five: He is not going to begin learning on the job as he has the experience to hit the ground running from day one.

Soludo is one of the most sought-after prodigious thinkers and exceptional doers of our time. He has local, national and international clout to pull strings for the State and for our people. He has done great things in similar, very tough circumstances for the world and Nigeria, so his records speak eloquently for him.

This is his time, a time when his person and ideas are most relevant. These explain why people are making enormous sacrifices of their time, their talents and their treasures to ensure he becomes their next Governor.

And as the Chief Marketing Officer of the Anambra destination branding as Governor, he will galvanize our people to transform our State to a more livable and more prosperous homeland.

Be of good cheer!!

*Joe C. Anatune*
Anatune writes from Awa