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NMA Decries Delay in Doctors’ Salaries, Manpower Gaps in Kogi Health Sector




From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Kogi chapter, has decried the delays in payment of monthly salaries of doctors working with the tertiary hospitals such as Kogi State Specialist Hospital (KSSH) Lokoja and Prince Abubakar Audu Teaching Hospital Anyigba.

The NMA also expressed dismay over the human resource gaps in various health Institutions at all levels in the state.

The position of NMA was made known in a Communiqué issued at the end of its ordinary General meeting (OGM), with the theme: “Retire Early, Retire Ready”, held at Federal University Lokoja (FUL).

The communique, which was jointly signed by Kogi NMA Chairman and Secretary; Dr.

Baoku Olusola and Dr. Emmanuel B.J Kelvin respectively, was made available to journalists on Saturday in Lokoja.

According to the communique, the affected doctors are agitative and restive and hence calling on Kogi Government to prioritize the salaries of doctors and other health workers in the state.

The association also urged the state government to recruit more doctors, to fill up available gaps in various health institutions in the state.

The association further appealed to the Governor to approve and implement various welfare packages to doctors in the state, including but not limited to the new Hazard allowance.

The NMA, however commended the Governor  for the giant strides in the infrastructural investment in the health sector in various locations in the state.

They expressed their profound appreciation to God Almighty, Gov. Yahaya Bello (CON), and all the members of his cabinet.

The NMA also appealed to the Governor to support the three doctors in the state who are currently on sickbed.


Girl-child Education Instrumental to Reducing Gender-based Violence — Malala Fund




The Malala Fund says educating the girl-child is instrumental in reducing Gender-Based Violence in Nigeria

Ms Pearl Uzokwe, U.S. Board Member, Malala Fund, stated this in an interview on Friday in Lagos.

Uzokwe spoke against the background of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, an annual international campaign that runs from Nov.

25 to Dec. 10, Human Rights Day.

The week focuses on “raising awareness to the devastating impact that gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF) has on women and children, and the social fabric of our society”.

The theme of the week for 2023 is “Unite by 2030 to End Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG)”

Uzokwe said that the civil society remained power advocates and this is where the Malala Fund ‘where I sit on the board comes in.

“Our mission remains  `12 years of good quality education for the girl child’.

“We advocate for policy changes, invest in local education initiatives, and amplify the voices of girls around the world who are fighting for their right to education,” Uzokwe said.

She said that it was important to realise the intersectionality between gender -based violence against the girl-child and girl-child education.

According to her, it is a complex and critical one that involves the overlapping impact of various forms of discrimination and oppression.

“Gender-based violence without a doubt is a barrier to education. Coupled with that is the often cyclical relationship between GBV and lack of education.

“Girls who are denied education may face increased vulnerability to sexual violence due to limited opportunities, economic dependence etc.

“It is for reasons such as this, that Malala Fund which began its work in Nigeria in 2014, is committed to playing its part in reducing the seven million out-of-school girls in the country.

“To do that, hurdles including sexual violence, are part of the consideration,” Uzokwe said.

She noted that Malala Fund had invested more than $6.1 million in education work in Nigeria and in total awarded 52 grants.

She explained that the investment of the fund in Nigeria has impacted 14,000 children with direct services (such as school enrollment initiatives, advocacy trainings, and life skills trainings) and nearly six million children indirectly (through teacher trainings, policy change, and digital technology access).

“In Nigeria we currently fund 15 Education Champion organisations working directly at the grassroots.

“Helping to break barriers to education, including gender-based violence and two Girl Fellows, with a further three Fellows being brought on shortly,” Uzokwe said.

According to her, she is strong advocate for justice and the need for punitive measures in tackling the issues of GBV.

She said that legislations against GBV should be backed with enforcement to serve as a major deterrent.

“Our legal systems must become beacons of hope, not sources of further distress,” Uzokwe said.

She appealed to the private sector and corporate organisations to put in measures that would forestall the incidences of GBV whether at home or in public offices and spaces.

“The beauty of the work in this area is that each and everyone one of us can contribute to eliminating this. Our homes lay the foundation and the tone for what is acceptable in larger society.

“Let us train both boys and girls to truly respect and uphold the girl child and women.

“Fathers, I am specifically pleading and calling on you today as your urgent voices matter more than ever.

“A girl’s self-esteem is often times made or marred in equal proportion to the validation they get from their fathers.

“Don’t just think it, or spend your way to it…, actively speak it over those girl-children and build them up.

“For your sons, don’t just tell them how to treat women, but actively model it. Your example will outlive any words you use,” Uzokwe said.(NAN)

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Alumni Association Donates Solar System, Laptops to College of Nursing and Midwifery



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 An alumni association has donated a 3.5 KVA solar system and set of laptops to the library of Oyo State College of Nursing and Midwifery Eleiyele (OYSCONME) in Ibadan.

The college’s Set ‘M’ (1973-1977) Alumni Association made the donation on Friday in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of their members being admitted to the College.

Chairman of the set, Alhaji Babatunde Ola, said the donation was a token of appreciation to the college which had made them what they are today.

“It is also in a bid to give back to our alma mater,” he said.

Ola appreciated the college’s Provost, Dr Gbonjubola Owolabi, for her understanding and unending support for the association.

In his remarks, the Oyo State Commissioner for Health, Dr Oluwaserimi Ajetunmobi, appreciated the alumni association for its efforts towards moving the College forward.

“We thank you for your unflinching support at all times,” the Commissioner, who was represented by Owolabi, said.

He charged other sets of the college’s graduates to emulate the association’s kind gesture by giving back to their alma mater.

He pledged the state government’s unending support to the college and the entire health sector in the state.(NAN)

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NAFDAC Seals Drug Shops, Pharmacy for Selling Control Drugs




The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Thursday sealed two drug shops and a pharmacy at Idumota and Surulere areas of Lagos for selling unregistered and control drugs.

Reports says that the two shops sealed at Idumota are owned by Blue Choice Pharmaceutical Ltd.

, while the pharmacy in Surulere is owned by VaticanBell Pharmacy.

A mini drug warehouse owned by Global Oneword Healthcare Ltd. at Coker Villllage, Orile Iganmu, was  also sealed for not presenting its poison book.

Mr Afolabi Aderemi, a Deputy Director at the Investigation and Enforcement Directorate of NAFDAC, said the operation was carried out as a result of intelligence reports received about the shops.

Aderemi said: “ We are here today because we got a tip-off that control drugs are sold in these shops.

“By the virtue of International Convention, there are 71 drugs that ought not to be sold by individuals or pharmacies and we have evidence that these shops sealed up are into the illegal business.

“We are dealing with an organised crime here and NAFDAC is doing everything possible to discourage people from buying unregistered drug.”

He added that the owners of the sealed shops had been invited to NAFDAC office for more investigation.

Also speaking, a Clinical Pharmacist and a Deputy Director at NAFDAC Enforcement Directorate, Mr Devang Ugwu,  said control drugs fall under narcotic products which are in different schedules.

According to Ugwu, the Federal Ministry of Health is the only authorised body saddled with the responsibility of issuing the drugs to general medical store where pharmacies can get the products in a recorded form.

Meanwhile, Mr Innocent Ezennia, the first Vice-chairman, Lagos State Medicine Dealers Association, Island Zone, said the association would continue to work with NAFDAC.

“Raids and enforcement like these are very important to us, to sanitise our business area.

“We will always work with NAFDAC to make their job seamless whenever they come for raid or enforcement,” he said. (NAN)

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