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Childbirth: USAID Donates 10,000 Delivery kits to Ebonyi

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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has donated 10,000 “Mama Kits” (delivery kits) to Ebonyi Government.
The State Technical Director of the Integrated Health Programme (IHP) of USAID, Dr Oladipo Akinmade, presented the kits to the Executive Secretary, Ebonyi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (EBSPHCDA), Dr Alo Chimhurumnanya in Abakaliki on Thursday.


Akinmade said that the kits were for distribution across the 13 Local Government Areas of the state.
He said that the donation was part of the agency’s efforts to encourage more women to visit health facilities to be delivered.

“We have come to hand over the kits for pregnant women to ease the stress of their having to supply items for childbirth.
“The plan was to ensure extension services with ease.
“To aid such services, USAID has provided the needed support to the government through these items.

“There are difficulties faced by women during delivery, like providing sanitary pads, soaps and delivery mat, amongst others,” Akinmade said.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Daniel Umezuruike, thanked the USAID-IHP team for the donation and promised to distribute the items to the end users.
“It is a good one and this will go a long way to encourage mothers to give birth in the health facilities.
“This will help to improve the outcome of the pregnancies and child survival,” Umezuruike said.
He further said that having childbirth in health facilities would help to reduce maternal mortality in the state.
He said that although antenatal in various health facilities had improved “our women are still going to quacks for delivery, which is not good.
“We do not know their problem.
“They will register and attend antenatal but when it gets to the period of delivery, they will turn to traditional health attendants,” Umezuruike said.
He urged expectant mothers to embrace the culture of patronising healthcare facilities in the state. (NAN)

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Medical Workers Raise Concern over Lack of Access to Quality Healthcare in Nigeria 

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By Laide Akinboade 

 National President of the Medical and Health Workers Union, MHWUN, Biobelemoye Josiah, said it was imperative for the Federal Government to do more in Nigeria’s health sector to enable Nigerians to have access to quality health care services.

Expressing concern over the parlous state of the nation’s hospitals, Josiah noted that the union would soon commission a five-star ultra-modern specialist hospital in the country to show example to the government and appropriate authorities in how to run hospitals.

Josiah spoke in Ado-Ekiti during a leadership skill and innovation training organized for young members of the Union in Southwest Zone.

Speaking on the theme ‘Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating A world For All Ages’, the union boss, who was represented by the Vice Chairman, Mr Adebisi Olufemi said the programme was organised to expose the youths to contemporary ways to lead the future generations.

According to him,  “Our union is among the few that have profound respect for youths and we have encouraged our youths to participate in local and international programmes.

“It is important to note that elders have laid a good foundation for our union, we must ensure that we develop our youths to build on this solid foundation.

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“If you look at the health sector it is not encouraging, our concern is the future of our young ones, if the government can not fix our health system we wonder what will be the fate of our coming generations.

“We must be sincere, the Federal government is not doing badly in terms of workers’ welfare but the unfortunate thing is the attitude of some Governors.

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Yobe Establishes 4 Specialists, 8 General Hospitals – Official

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Yobe government says it has establishdd four specialists and eight general hospitals to enhance delivery of quality healthcare services at the grassroots.

The Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Lawan Gana stated this at a news conference on Tuesday in Damaturu.

He said four general hospitals had been upgraded to specialist facilities in Buni Yadi, Postiskum, Gashua and Geidam while Machina, Yusufari and Jaji Maji healthcare centres upgraded to general hospitals.

Others were Babbangida, Bara, Buni-Gari, Yunusari and Asibitin Malam Baba, Nguru.

Gana disclosed that a Special Baby Care unit had been set up at Specialist Hispital, Gashua, while 20-bed capacity isolation centres established at Potiskum, Gashua and Yunusari Specialist Hospitals.

The commissioner said the state government also upgraded the Emergency Paediatric Unit and Trauma Centre at Specialist Hospital, Damaturu as well as provision of modern equipment at general hospital Damagum, Buni Yadi, Gashua, Potiskum, among others.

He commended Gov. Mai Mala Buni for his commitment towards transforming healthcare services in the state. (NAN)

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PCN Destroy Drugs Worth over N100m

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By Yagana Ali, Yola.

The Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria (PCN) has destroyed illicit and expired drugs worth over 100 million Naira in Adamawa state.

The PCN Adamawa State Chairman Ibrahim Talba, while briefing newsmen, said the drugs were seized from stands across the state as part of the organization’s efforts to rid the state of expired and fake drugs.

“Members of the public should always check the expiration date on any medicine they are buying,” he advised.

Taliba also urged owners of pharmacies and patent medicine stores to stop displaying expired drugs on their stands.

The Deputy Speaker of Adamawa State House of Assembly, Hon. Pwamakino Mankendo, who represented the Speaker, Iya Abbas, supervised the destruction at kwanna ware, a suburb in Yola, the state capital.

The speaker commended the Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria, for not allowing these expired drugs to get back to the market, particularly in the rural areas.

He noted that “if these drugs get to the end users it will not only destroy the health of our people.”

Adamawa state National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Commander, Femi Agbolu who also spoke at the event said the drugs would be abused with concomitant adverse if allowed into society.

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