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NAFDAC Seeks support from NYSC for Promotion of Healthy living. 




By Evelyn Terseer, Abuja 
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has appealed for support from the National Youth Service Corps for the promotion of healthy living among Nigerians.

The Director General of NAFDAC, Prof (Mrs) Moji Adeyeye stated this yesterday in Abuja during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between NAFDAC and NYSC.

Adeyeye said that Corps Members’ presence in all the 774 Local Government Areas of the country would be a good driver of the initiative as they would serve as change agents to sensitize Nigerians on the dangers of drug abuse and expired drugs, especially at the grassroots. 
She disclosed that the agency’s mandate is to safeguard the health of Nigerians alongside the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
“The MSMEs are the ones that actually drive the economy and having NAFDAC Desks in the 774 Local Government Areas will bring NAFDAC closer to the people through the Corps Members”, She said.

The Director General of National Youth Service Corps, Major General Shuaibu Ibrahim who was represented by the Director, Legal Services, Barrister Ibrahim Ahmed Tijani promised the readiness of the Scheme to abide by the terms of the MoU.
In the statement by the Director, press and public relations Eddy Megwa, he commended NAFDAC for the initiative adding that Corps Members would be helpful in the collaboration, given the successes they have recorded in previous national assignments. 
Also speaking, the Director, Community Development Service and Special Projects, Alhaji Abdulrasaq Salawu said the programme was long overdue.
He added that Corps Members would always be ready to create awareness on government’s programmes and activities geared towards national development.

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World Health Assembly: Ehanire Reiterates FG’s Commitment to Health Security




Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, has reiterated Federal Government’s commitment to health security to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC), where individuals and communities will receive health services they need without suffering financial hardship.

The minister’s remark on the government’s position is in a statement issued by Mr Ahmadu Chindaya, the Deputy Director, Media and Public Relations in Abuja on Tuesday.

Chindaya said the minister reiterated Federal Government’s position during his presentation at the 75th World Health Assembly (WHA) which kicked off in Geneva, Switzerland on Sunday.

Ehanire said that the nation was increasingly recognising the strong and vibrant role Primary Health Care system play in achieving the objectives of public health security.

He added that “in spite of all odds and challenges, the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is committed to achieving remarkably in the area of public health.

According to him, the assembly is the first physical meeting since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, which invariably marks new confidence to resume work fully after learning vital lessons.

The World Health Assembly is the highest health body of experts and professionals charged with the responsibility of policy formulation, decisions and advice on health related matters for humanity.

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The meeting, which has “Health For Peace and Peace for Health” as its theme, focuses on major health issues, including the response to continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the global health for peace initiative.

This year’s WHA, the first of its kind held in Geneva, is being attended by delegates in person since the outbreak of the pandemic more than two years ago. (NAN)

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Menstrual Hygiene: MDAs Unveil Pad Banks for Emergency in Offices




Some Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the Federal Government on Monday unveiled pad banks to cater for cases of emergency within their work environment.

Mrs Pauline Tallen, Minister of Women Affairs disclosed this while meeting with the media, students and other stakeholders in Abuja, ahead of the 2022 World Menstrual Health and Hygiene Day, celebrated every May 28.

Tallen said the gesture was aimed at creating more awareness about menstrual hygiene, in line with the 2022 theme: Making Menstruation a Normal fact of life by 2030.

 “As the coordinating ministry and the National Secretariat for Menstrual Health and Hygiene Management, we have also made remarkable progress around menstrual health and hygiene management in Nigeria.

“It is worthy to mention that some ministries through advocacy, are unveiling their Pad Banks, to cater for cases of emergency within their work environment,” she said.

According to her, the MDAs include Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Water Resources, Agriculture and Rural Development, Interior, Youth and Sports Development and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) amongst others.

The minister, therefore, encouraged others, especially those in the private sector to emulate the gesture for the wellbeing  and convenience of women and young girls.

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“I therefore wish to use this opportunity to call on other MDAs and other stakeholders, including airlines, schools and security agencies to join in the campaign to make menstruation a normal pact of life, by setting up Pad Banks in their spaces.

“Together, if we strengthen our collaboration, existing structures to end violence against children, to secure a brighter future for our country will be sustained,” she said.

Ms Erika Godson, Deputy Country Representative, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), encouraged the public to see menstrual hygiene as essential for women and young girls.

On the issue of obstetrics fistula, Godson called on relevant stakeholders to improve quality of services in healthcare system.

“We encourage our healthcare system to improve the quality of services, so that women can deliver babies safely and not left with the issue of obstetrics fistula.

“This will put them in such discriminatory conditions, in which they cannot contribute meaningfully to the society,” she said.

Also speaking, Miss Latifat Kabir-Yahaya, a student, stressed the need for students to be able to access and afford sanitary pad at all times.

She said poor access to hygienic menstrual products and poor sanitation infrastructure undermined the educational opportunities, health and overall social status of women and girls.

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Similarly, Benjamin Ojionu, a student of Junior Secondary School, Garki, stressed the need to also educate the male-child, on issues affecting women and children.

He said more sensitisation would improve menstrual hygiene and prevent sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV).

Other highlights of the day included the distribution of sanitary pad to some FCT students. (NAN)

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Spain Donates 4.4m Doses of J&J COVID-19 Vaccines to Nigeria




The Government of Spain has donated 4,400,000 doses of Johnson and Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccines to Nigeria.

The Spanish Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Juan Sell, said during the handover of the vaccines to the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) on Tuesday in Abuja that “this is the largest COVID-19 donation to any African nation.

Sell said that the donation was in fulfilment of Spain’s commitment to supporting developing countries in ramping up vaccination against COVID-19.

He added that “in 2020, the world was faced with the challenge to develop an effective vaccine. In 2021, the challenge evolved to the production and distribution of the vaccines. Today in 2022, we need to put these vaccines within peoples’ reach.

“As we want to leave the acute phase of the pandemic behind, we cannot linger, and there are lessons to be learnt.

“One of the lessons is the need to improve global mechanisms for technology transfer to decentralise the production of health products in all regions, Africa in particular. And that is why Spain has joined the WHO Technology Access Group.

“And that is also why the EU launched Team Europe Initiative on manufacturing and access to vaccines, medicines and health technologies in Africa, with one billion euros, and that will benefit Nigeria.

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“We need to protect, safeguard and invest in health and health workers, and this is the effort line that Spain is co-leading in the framework of the Global Action Plan, and we have committed 300 million euros for further donations and projects to strengthen public health systems.”

Dr Faisal Shuaib, the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of NPHCDA, who received the donation on behalf of Federal Government, thanked the Spanish Government, saying the gesture came at a time when the country needed it most.

Shuaib used the opportunity to call on eligible Nigerians who were yet to be vaccinated to do so.

According to him, continued vaccination will create a scenario that will ensure that even when the virus continues to evolve, the severity of the disease will reduce over time as human immunity increases due to vaccination.

The EU Ambassador to Nigeria, WHO and UNICEF country representatives all commended Nigeria in its efforts to vaccinate eligible Nigerians. (NAN)

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