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NACA Undertakes HIV Service Delivery, Compliance Evaluation in Abia




The Servicom unit of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) on Wednesday embarked on a service delivery and compliance evualuation of HIV services in Abia.

The NACA team, joined by the Abia State Agency for Control of AIDS (SACA) and the State Project Implementation Unit (SPIU) team, visited different health facilities in the state.

They jointly checked the strength and gaps in service delivery, idenified the gaps in care giving and evualated clients’ satisfaction of services provided.
The facilities visited included the Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) unit at the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia and Daughters of Mary Mother of Mercy Hospital, Ahaeke, Umuahia amongst others.

Speaking to newsmen, Dr Stella Agbim, Head Servicom Unit, Special Duties, NACA said that the process was intended to boost service optimisation and client satisfaction.

Agbim said that the one-week exercise, which commenced on Monday in the state, was sequel to the agency’s commitment to maintain a vibrant and optimised service delivery.

She said that the objective was to ascertain the quality of service delivery in the treatment of HIV and assess equality and market related attributes associated with its treatment in the country.
According to her, the exercise is to help in documenting findings and make recommendations for improved and optimised service delivery in the country.

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Agbim said that Abia and Taraba were chosen as pilot states for the exercise that would be carried out across the country in 2021.
She expressed worry about the challenges of service delivery in Abia, given that the state facilities were on strike.

She said: “To this effect, NACA Servicom executed a planned Service Delivery and Compliance Evaluation of HIV Services in Abia and Taraba states to run in the same line.

“It is a general evaluation of service given, service uptake and service delivery.

“The team visiting the states evaluated selected NACA’s Comprehensive AIDS Programmes with States supported facilities in Abia and will do the same in Taraba as these states are used as pilot states for the evaluation.

Some members of the evaluation team were Dr Miriam Ezekwe, South East Zonal Co-ordinator, NACA; Nnenna Egwonwu, Senior Programme Manager, NACA and Dr Kelechi Omende, ART Focal Person, SPIU, among others.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Abia, with 2.1 per cent, is among the top 10 states with HIV prevalence in the country, according to the latest stastitics by NACA. (NAN


9mobile, MEDICAID Foundation Partner to Fight Against Cancer




In line with its commitment to supporting initiatives that promote health, one of Nigeria’s telecom giant, 9mobile, has  partnered  MEDICAID foundation on a 6km walk against cancer.

The walk, with theme as  “Walk Away Cancer”,  was put together to create awareness on the devastating effect of cancer and drum up support for the fight against the disease.

The event, which  took place in the central business district of Abuja, was also to highlight the role of early detection in saving lives, a statement on Wednesday said.

Speaking on the initiative, the convener, Dr Zainab Bagudu , who is the Chief Executive Officer of MEDICAID,  stated that the walk was put together as a gesture of support for those suffering from cancer.

Bagudu, who is the wife of the Governor of Kebbi, said: “The walk is also to create awareness about the disease.

“On the need for people to be  conscious of it and know how to be able to prevent and manage the disease.

“As an organisation, we have taken it upon ourselves to constantly show solidarity and encourage those affected to keep hope alive.

“Suffering from cancer is not the end of the world. And for everyone out there, we are saying that early detection goes a long way in saving lives,’’ she said.

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According to her,  self-awareness plays an important role in helping to prevent and manage the disease.

“It is true that there is no sure way to prevent every cancer.

“However, it has been estimated that more than 40 per cent of cancer deaths could be prevented if people knew what to do to reduce the chances.

“For example, avoiding tobacco, eating a healthy diet, exercising, avoid or limit alcohol intake. All of these come from self-awareness,” she said.

Commenting on the initiative, the Executive Director of Regulatory and Corporate Affairs, 9mobile, Abdulrahman Ado, who was represented at the occasion by the PR Lead, 9mobile, Chineze Amanfo, reiterated the company’s commitment to promoting the health of Nigerians.

“9mobile is proud to be associated with the ‘Walk Away Cancer’ initiative, championed by MEDICAID Foundation towards sensitizing and supporting people suffering from the disease.

“Health is one of the CSR pillars of 9mobile and as such we are always willing to collaborate with individuals and organisation on initiatives that promotes health.”

Also, Gov. Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi, urged the management of MEDICAID to continue to sustain the tempo.

He said: “I know this innovative and laudable initiative is already 13 years and still counting.

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“ I believe a lot more can still be done in sensitising people about the devastating effect of cancer in society.

“So, I am calling on other organisations as well as individuals to join in the fight against cancer,’’ he said. (NAN)

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COVID-19: Ihekweazu’s Performance During Pandemic Led to his Appointment – UN




The United Nation (UN) office in Nigeria, says that the exemplary leadership demonstrated by the Director General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, earned him the post of Assistant Director General of the Health Emergency Intelligence at the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Ihekweazu, who assumes duties at the WHO on November 1, 2021, steered Nigeria to a successful response to the enraging COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Erasmus Morah, of the UN system in Nigeria, said on Monday in Abuja, said Ihekweazu’s sterling performance has now been recognized not only in Africa but globally.

He was  speaking at an event to reflect on the NCDC’s transformation journey and the collaborative efforts that have contributed to the journey in the country.

In 2016, the NCDC began activities to develop a 2017–2021 strategic plan. This was approved and launched in 2017.

In the last five years, NCDC has worked to implement this plan and developed a strong National Public Health Institute (NPHI) for Nigeria.

This year marks five years since NCDC began its transformation journey. In addition, this year marks a transition in leadership following President Buhari’s approval of  Ihekweazu’s appointment as Assistant Director General at WHO and Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa’s appointment as the new Director General of NCDC.

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Morah said that the partnership between the UN Development System in Nigeria and the NCDC had shown that working together, there is almost nothing insurmountable.

“It is one of the critical factors for Ihekweazu’s appointment to the WHO. Achieving global and national health security has increasingly become complex especially as people get more interconnected and interdependent with people, goods and services,” he said.

The WHO Representative for Nigeria, Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo, said that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the need for countries to remain fully prepared to prevent and quickly contain such pandemics.

“COVID-19 has continued to be transmitted across countries,” he added.

According to Mulombo, Nigeria and many countries across the region appeared to have escaped the worst predicted catastrophe so far .

He noted that the NCDC played a critical role of putting into action a fully working government response and robust outbreak containment measures which helped to avert the catastrophe in the country.

He thanked the outgoing Director General for the cordial relationship that existed between the NCDC and the WHO under his leadership.

He, however, urged the incoming Director General to build on the NCDC five years legacy and put up an agenda for the next level efforts toward critical health security intervention, mainstreaming into the health delivery system that must be accelerated, efforts towards domestic funding and investment to advance the National Health security agenda and the global health security. (NAN)

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COVID-19 Third Wave: Lagos Records 288 Deaths — Official




 The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi says the state has recorded 288 deaths in the ongoing COVID-19 third wave.

The commissioner also said that the state had conducted 783,404 valid COVID-19 sample tests since the inception of the pandemic.

Abayomi made the disclosure on Monday through his Facebook account @Profakinolaabayomi, while giving the state’s COVID-19 update for Oct. 15.

The commissioner said that 73 per cent of the tests were conducted by accredited private COVID-19 laboratories, while 27 per cent were done by government owned laboratories.

According to him, the state recorded 24 new COVID-19 infections on the reported day, increasing the number of confirmed cases in the state to 77,377.

He said that 91 patients among those who had tested positive for the virus were transferred out of the country, while some were transferred to other states.

Abayomi said that 5,192 COVID-19 patients who had been successfully treated and recovered had been discharged from the state’s public and private care centres.

According to him, the state recorded 213 to 901 average daily infections between November and December, 2020, at the height of the second wave of the pandemic.

Abayomi noted that the bed occupancy rate had further declined to 10 per cent at the state’s public and private care centres.

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He said that the 11 activated care centres had 570 bed capacity, while 514 beds are available.

According to him, the average case positivity rate currently stood at 9.8 per cent, while its fatality rate is 0.85 per cent. (NAN)

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