BY ANKELI EMMANUEL, No fewer than 25 million Nigerian children will never get to start school in their entire live, United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has observed. UNICEF, further decried that, northern part of the country ranked high in states that are taken the issue of education very serious. Speaking in Kaduna state at the 2017 National Enrolment Drive Planning Meeting with journalists, UNICEF said it will soon organize a zonal confrence on out of school children in the North Eastern Nigeria. Making her presentation,  UNICEF  Education Specialists, Azuka Menkiti, said an estimated 18.6 million girls in Nigeria are not in school. She added that, out of the 10.5 million out of school children in Nigeria, over 9 million of them are in Qu'ranic education. "Girls in Northern Nigeria are the first to be excluded from education." While insisting that, education is a legal and moral inherent entitlement for everybody, Azuka stressed that only consistent advocacy...
by Sunday Isuwa, Abuja The United Kingdom (UK) yesterday said it has earmarked £100 million for the immunization of 135 million children in Nigeria from now to 2020. According to the UK, the gesture is part of the final global push to eliminate polio around the world for good. The International Development Secretary, Priti Patel, said Polio was wiped out in the UK in the 1980s, adding that there are more than 100,000 British survivors today. He said, “Globally, the wild poliovirus still exists in Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan, with eight new cases this year. It is likely that the last new case of polio will be diagnosed this year, paving the way for the world to be certified polio-free in 2020, Patel said while announcing UK support to lead the last push needed to end polio in a statement. “This will immunise 45 million children against the disease each year until 2020 -...
Hon Bassey Eko Ewa represents Abi/ Yakurr constituency of Cross River State and in this interview with RUTH CHOJI, the lawmaker stated that the PDP should not punish members of the Sheriff’s faction of the party because party politics is all about family. He also spoke on some other national issues. Even though the PDP crises has been resolved, some Nigerians are skeptic that the convention could spark up a new one, what do you think? I am happy that both factions have come together to see the need to move the party forward. A democracy without opposition is no democracy. Opposition gives strength and makes democracy to work and PDP, having been in power for 16years, has more experience in moving this country. The party in government for two years have done nothing to show Nigerians that they are ready to remain in power or they even have a blue...
FG Tasks Journalists On Breastfeeding Interventions         …As Aisha Buhari Advocates Day-care, Breastfeeding Section  BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, The federal government has urged Journalists to join in the campaign to educate women on breastfeeding. Speaking during a media dialogue in Ibadan, the Assistant Director, Child Rights Information Bureau (CRIB) of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Mr Olumide Osanyinpeju Said while breastfeeding is best for child survival and development, the federal government alone cannot impress the ideas on mothers. He further called on stakeholders, Community mobilizers, relevant agencies and facilitators to join in the campaign on exclusive breastfeeding in Nigeria. “There is need for all to rise up for the propagation, as early breastfeeding can make the difference between life and death. As you know, government alone cannot fight this cause, hence, the need to collaborate with Agencies, NGOs and other Line Partners and Organizations to advocate on how best to address the issue,”...
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE …As Aisha Buhari Advocates Day-care, Breastfeeding Section The federal government has urged Journalists to join in the campaign to educate women on breastfeeding. Speaking during a media dialogue in Ibadan, the Assistant Director, Child Rights Information Bureau (CRIB) of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Mr Olumide Osanyinpeju said while breastfeeding is best for child survival and development, the federal government alone cannot impress the ideas on mothers. He further called on stakeholders, Community mobilizers, relevant agencies and facilitators to join in the campaign on exclusive breastfeeding in Nigeria. “There is need for all to rise up for the propagation, as early breastfeeding can make the difference between life and death. As you know, government alone cannot fight this cause, hence, the need to collaborate with Agencies, NGOs and other Line Partners and Organizations to advocate on how best to address the issue,” he added. Meanwhile, the wife of the President,...
By DOYIN OJOSIPE, Abuja The Association of Health Records Practitioners of Nigeria (AHRPN) has advised that professional health record officials be engaged in health facilities to ensure quality record keeping. The association made the appeal to the federal government and chief medical directors (CMDs) of private and public hospitals at a press briefing in Abuja. They also noted that the professionals are valuable partners in the delivery of healthcare in the country. “We call on the minister for Heath to mandate state ministries of health to engage the services of health records professionals at various levels of Healthcare service delivery. Speaking, the president, AHRPN, Barrister Nwani Jerry said the absence of professional health record officials had contributed to inappropriate documentation of health situations at the hospitals and in the country, adding that this has in turn hampered proper policy making and interventions. Lamenting the bastardisation of the profession, Jerry said many healthcare facilities have failed...
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, Abuja Following the outbreak of diarrhoea in Lagos due to flood, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has rolled out some precautionary measures to avoid outbreak of any other epidemic. In a statement issued at the weekend, the NCDC reiterated earlier warnings by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) that there will be flood in 30 states and 100 local government areas of the country, especially the high flood risk areas. The statement reads in part, “To reduce the spread of infectious diseases such as cholera, dysentery, typhoid fever and poliomyelitis; and vector-borne diseases such as malaria and yellow fever during flooding, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) advises that precautionary measures should be taken, and offers the following advice to Nigerians; “Do not drink flood water, or use it to wash dishes, brush teeth, or wash/prepare food; Communities should ensure chlorination of the public source of water supply;...
BY DONATUS NADI, The Nasarawa state government on Thursday has called on communities across the state to embrace family planning services so as to reduce maternal mortality rate for the overall development of the state.   Dr.Daniel Iya, the state commissioner of Health made the call in Lafia during  a presentation of finalized Nasarawa state  Costed Implementation Plan(CIP)  for Family Planning organized by the state Ministry of Health in collaboration with Pathfinder International, an NGO.   LEADERSHIP reports that the meeting was a stakeholders engagement which brought together health experts, stakeholders from various ministries, agencies, the media, civil society, members  of state assembly, NGO’s among others.   Iya said that the meeting was organized in order to encourage communities to embrace family planning in order to reduce maternal and child mortality rate among women for the overall development of the country.   “Every body is aware that Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura  has done well and is still doing his best in improving on the health status and well being of the people...
BY OBIEJESI PAMELA The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC) has refuted the claim by the Senate that banned anti-malarial drugs are in circulation in the country. Briefing newsmen on Tuesday in Lagos, NAFDAC Acting DG, Dr Yetunde Oni, explained that, the said banned drugs are oral Mono-therapies which are no longer in use. In her words “we want to douse the tension, and correct the misinformation on the social and mainstream media about the 42 anti-malarial medicines purportedly banned by the European Union but allegedly in circulation in the country. “It is pertinent to mention that the allegedly banned ant-imalarial medicines are oral Monotherapies containing single active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) such as Artesunate as contained in Arinate tablet. “Others are Amodiaquine as contained in Camoquine, Dihydroartemisinin contained in Daraprim tablet”. Oni added that the recommended antimalarial medicines for the treatment of malaria in Nigeria are the Artemisin Combination Therapies (ACTs), which...
By Tunde Oguntola The federal government has assured that it will set mechanism in motion to ensure timely distribution of Standard Treatment Guidelines (STG) and National Essential Medicines List (EML), in line with international best practices, to all relevant stakeholders in the health sector. The minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole who stated this at the launching of the second edition of the National Standard Treatment Guidelines (STG) and the sixth edition of the National Essential Medicines List (EML), described the documents as the core documents in the health sector of every country. Prof. Adewole who explained that the goal of the documents “is in line with National Drug Policy” said the documents will be used for: “Procurement of medicines and their use in the public sector, prescribing medicines in the public health sector, medicines information to healthcare providers, re-imbursement of medicines in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and reference standard...