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Nurses, Midwives Seek Special Salary to Meet UHC Goals




The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives has called on the Federal Government for a special salary for members to meet the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) goals.

The association’s National President, Micheal Nnachi made the call at the second day event to mark the 2021 International Nurses Week on Friday in Abuja.

The Week, which starts on May 6 every year will end on May 12.

It is to observe and spread awareness about the work of nurses around the world.

The theme of the week is: “Frontline Warriors”.

The annual event ends with the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale (May 12, 1820 – Aug.

13, 1910).

Nightingale, a British nurse, statistician, and social reformer was the foundational philosopher of modern nursing.

Nnachi said that nurses and other medical workers had worked in the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic by providing support to millions of Nigerians across the country.

He said that it was important to note that nurses and midwives constituted the bedrock of the Nigeria’s healthcare system.

“In spite of the passion and sacrifices of nurses and midwives in the delivery of quality health care, they have continued to face a lot of challenges.

“Recently, we have become endangered species.

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“Almost every day, we are faced with all forms of victimization. A nurse was kidnapped, alongside a medical doctor.

“And after payment of ransom they were released in Kaduna State,” he said.

According to him, the challenge of heavy work load still abound, poor welfare leading to brain drain.

Nnachi stressed that it was important that they were cared for and motivated because they had been exposed to huge risks such as managing the COVID-19 pandemic scourge.

“If the health sector is properly equipped and nurses are properly taken care of, then Nigerians can be served better.

“Nurses have demanded for a scheme of service for a long time yet no result.

“Nurses attend to several patients beyond the required work hour and often humiliated when mistake occur due to huge work pressure,” he said.

He called on the Federal Government to address the issue of insurance for nurses.

“If the issues of insurance is put to function it can help the incidence of disease risks while on duty,” he said.

Nnachi pledged nurses’ commitment to the service of humanity, adding that since nurses care, they deserved to be cared for.

Mrs Veronica Okolo, Director Nursing, Federal Ministry of Health said nurses and midwives had been relentless in the service to humanity in spite of poor remuneration.

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Okolo lauded Nigerian nurses for being outstanding within and outside the country.  (NAN)


COVID-19: NCDC Records lowest Infection Figure in More than 1 Year




The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said Nigeria recorded only seven additional Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections, the lowest daily figure recorded since April 15, 2020, when the country registered 11 cases.

The NCDC in an update posted on its website Monday morning, said the new infections had raised the country’s total infection tally to 167,066.

While some countries such as the United States, Brazil, and India are witnessing a resurgence of the virus, Nigeria has witnessed a massive reduction in the rate of infection from an average of more than 1,000 daily cases between December 2020 and February 2021, to less than 100 in the past month.

According to it, the seven additional cases were reported from only three states, namely: Lagos 3, Kwara 3, and Rivers 1.

“Today’s report includes 31 community recoveries from Lagos state managed in line with guidelines

“5 states with 0 cases reported, namely: Plateau, Nasarawa, Kano, Imo, and Sokoto,” it said.

The NCDC noted that Sunday became the tenth consecutive day that the country recorded zero fatality from the disease.

According to the agency, at least 3.8 million deaths have been registered globally due to the pandemic with the country taking a share of more than 2,000 deaths so far.

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It added that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 2, continues to coordinate the national response activities.

Statistics of COVID-19 in Nigeria sourced from the NCDC website indicate that 2,180,444 samples have been tested with 167,066 cases confirmed, 1,506 active cases, 163,463 discharged cases, and 2,117 deaths.

The five states with the highest number of cases are Lagos (59,260), FCT (19,874), Kaduna (9,107), Plateau (9,063), and Rivers (7,285). (NAN)

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House Committee Says no Scrapping of NYSC




The Chairman House Committee on Youth Development, Mr Yemi Adaramodu, has given assurance that the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme would not be scrapped.

Adaramodu gave the assurance at the unveiling of nine books on NYSC and a maiden NYSC film to commemorate the 48th anniversary of the scheme in Abuja on Thursday.

He said that sponsoring a bill on scraping the scheme should not rattle the agency because any member has the right to sponsor bill at the National Assembly.

“But the Speaker, the rest of us, the leadership of the house believe in the scheme and the scheme has come to stay in Nigeria.

“So the scheme is going nowhere, nobody is scrapping it.

“I want to tell you that we are behind you, we are with you, we are for you, once you see us here, you should know that we are together and we are fully with you.

“Mr Speaker even said that I should felicitate the D-G and his team for this task and that he is very interested in getting the books,” Adaramodu said.

Prof. Okpeh Okpeh, President, Historical Society of Nigeria, while reviewing the books, said that he particularly liked the one titled ‘NYSC (1973-2020):Emergence, Growth and Development.

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He said that this was because even with the poor reading culture of Nigerians the pictures that accompanied the write up  were sure to attract people and encaurage them to read.

Okpeh said that the scheme might not be putting money in the coffers of the Federal Government but the national integration it fosters can not be over emphasised.A

Gov. AbdullahiSule of Nasarawa State, who spoke in the same vain, said that he had headed many organisations that utilized the service of corps members, explaining that no amount of money can buy the unity that the scheme stood for.

While identifying with the virtues of the NYSC,  Sule said it remained the only successful indigenous institution that brought Nigerian youth together to appreciate their diversities.

Gen. Yakubu Gowon, a former Head of State and founder of the NYSC scheme, who joined the programme via Zoom, said it was the only scheme that can tell people how important and crucial they are to the national integration and unity of Nigeria.

Gowon said that 48 years was a long time and lauded the successive leadership of the scheme for their invaluable contributions that has kept the scheme growing from strength to strength.

Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, Director General of NYSC had earlier in his address of welcome, said that he believed that the documentation of the scheme’s activities will enrich the knowledge of Nigerians.

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*”This is based on my belief that such endeavour will enrich the knowledge of Nigerians and non- Nigerians about the scheme.

“It will thereby engender a greater appreciation of its relevance and numerous achievements,” he said.

Ibrahim said that the publications would be veritable reference tools for researchers in addition to inspiring more patriotic zeal in youths.

The books unveiled include NYSC (1973-2020) Emergence, Growth and Development; NYSC and National development; NYSC and Community development service in Nigeria.

Others are NYSC and election in Nigeria; NYSC and National integration; NYSC and Nigeria’s health sector; NYSC and the educational sector; NYSC and COVID-19 pandemic as well as NYSC and Skill acquisition and entrepreneurship development.

The maiden NYSC film titled ‘A call to service was among the things unveiled to mark the scheme’s 48th anniversary. (NAN)

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Nigeria Records 64 new COVID-19 Cases




Nigeria on Wednesday recorded 64 new cases of COVID-19 .

The new figure, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said, raised the total number of infections in the country to 166, 982.

The News Agency Of Nigeria(NAN), reports that Nigeria recorded 102 on Tuesday.

The agency said the 64 new cases were reported in 10 states.

These, the NCDC said are Yobe (18), Lagos (16), Delta (10), Katsina (seven), Gombe (five), Edo (two), Kano (two), Rivers (two), Kaduna (one), and Kwara (one).

The centre said that 2,180,444 people have so far been tested for COVID-19.

The NCDC also added that 69 people were discharged on Wednesday after recovering from the infection.

It said that 163,328 people have recovered from the virus.

The centre added that Nigeria recorded 2,117 deaths.

It added that  a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre, activated at Level II, continues to coordinate the national response activities. (NAN)

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