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Road Safety Corps Subjects Bayelsa Drivers to Medical Checkup




  • The medical outreach of the Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC) has been commended by the state chairman of Nigerian Union of Road Transport Workers,  comrade Erebo Thankgod. According to him, the programme was very encouraging since it would enable the drivers to take care of their health issues.
  • The chairman made the commendation when the FRSC medical team carried out checkup and eye tests for drivers and workers in the motor park.
  • ” Without Road Safety Corps, there is no Union and without Union, no Road Safety,” he stated.
  • He said, the programme has afforded the drivers the opportunity to know their medical status even as he regretted the low turn our of drivers at the programme.
  • “Most drivers are not here and they are supposed to know that checking their health often is a good thing for them”,he said.


Stop Taking Unprescribed Drugs, Lawmaker Advises Nigerians




Hon. Amos Magaji, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Health Institutions, has advised Nigerians to always seek medical advice from experts before taking drugs for ailments.

Magaji made the call while speaking with newsmen, on the sidelines of the Committee’s visit to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) on its oversight function.

He said that there was an increase in cases of renal and liver problems in the country, adding that the cause of this had been attributed to indiscriminate consumption of unrecommended drugs by the people.

“Many Nigerians are used to taking different types of drugs including “Agbo” (local herbs) and other drugs not prescribed by medical experts without thinking of their effects.

“This is why cases of renal and liver diseases are becoming rampant among our people.

“Nigerians should desist from taking unprescribed drugs, they should seek medical advice from experts before they take drugs, when they are sick,” he said.

The lawmaker also cautioned against taking drugs that are very cheap which are bought from roadside health vendors, adding that they should take prescriptions from experts and renowned pharmacies in the country.

He observed that though people are complaining of high cost of drugs in the country, but it was better to take expensive drugs than to take cheap drugs that could send one to an early grave.

The health committee chairman also advised Nigerians to always do periodic health checks to know their health status, saying that they should not wait until the time that they are sick before conducting health checks.

He also urged them to do the checks either in hospital or at approved laboratories.

Magaji said: “People should develop the culture of periodic health checks. They should not wait until the time they are sick before going to the hospital.

“They should go to the Radiology Department to know the condition of their body system. This will also assist doctors to know their health status when they get to the hospital.”

According to Magaji, health for all is possible if certain things are done for the nation’s health facilities, and government takes action to improve the performance of the National Health insurance Scheme.

“The government should increase capitation of the National Health Insurance. As at present, the National Health Insurance covers below 20 percent of the people.

“It should be increased to about 80%, because you cannot have health for all if people are still paying from their pocket,” he said.

Magaji said that from the oversight function conducted at UITH, the committee discovered that the capital component given to the hospital in the 2022/2023 budget was too low.

He noted that the hospital’s budget for capital projects was below N1 billion as against the recurrent of N14 billion.

According to him, with this oversight function, the committee’s assessment is that the capital allocation for the hospital is too low.

“If we want to reverse the medical tourism in this country, we have to develop infrastructure and replace key equipment in our hospitals and there should be change of attitude of our medical professionals,” he said.

He said that the committee would work towards increasing capital budgetary allocation to health institutions in the 2025 budget.

In his comments, Prof. Abdullahi Yusuf, the Chief Medical Director of UITH, appreciated the committee for its visit, stating that the committee should ensure that medical tourism was reduced to the minimum.

Yusuf said that the health committee met with the management of the hospital and offered useful advice.

He explained that some challenges facing the hospital included poor power supply, high cost of diesel and shortage of funds. (NAN)

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Over 180,000 HIV Patients Accessing Free Life-saving Antiretroviral Treatment in Benue – Gov. Alia




From Attah Ede, Makurdi 

Benue State Governor, Rev Fr. Hyacinth Alia, on Tuesday, said that over 180,000 people living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus(HIV), are accessing life-saving antiretroviral treatment (ART) across 264 public, private, and faith-based health facilities in the 23 local government areas of the state.

He noted that women living with HIV has giving birth to about 8,000 HIV-negative babies annually through the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) program for pregnant-positive women in the state.


Governor Alia who disclosed this while commissioning molecular laboratory at the federal medical centre Makurdi, said this was made possible by the support of US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).


He lamented that the Nigeria AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS), 2018, shown Benue State has an HIV prevalence of 4.3%, the second-highest in Nigeria thereby placing Benue on the path to HIV epidemic control.

The Governor noted that in the past two decades, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC), Nigeria has supported the Benue state government with funding from the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through APIN Public Health Initiatives and other implementing partners to respond to the HIV epidemic. 

According to him, “the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) program for pregnant-positive women in the state has made it possible for the birth of about 8,000 HIV-negative babies annually by women living with HIV providing a window of hope for an HIV-free generation. 

“This strong partnership between the government and PEPFAR has turned the tide against the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the state. HIV/AIDS which was before now a major cause of death with significant socioeconomic impacts in communities has been transformed into a managed chronic disease with Benue at the threshold of meeting the global target of ending the HIV epidemic by 2030. 

“The program deployed and installed information technology equipment to capacitate 65 high-volume treatment sites, 22 supported community-based organizations, the state Ministry of Health, and the State Agency for HIV/AIDS Control to participate in weekly telemedicine/teleconferencing led by the Federal Ministry of Health to improve the skills of healthcare providers to manage a range of chronic medical conditions including HIV/AIDS”, the Governor stated.

Governor Alia commended APIN Public Health Initiatives, US CDC, PEPFAR and all partners involved in bringing this project to fruition and appreciated the past and present leadership of the Federal Medical Center, Makurdi for providing the infrastructure for the placement of molecular laboratory equipment. 

He assured that his administration remain committed to leaving no one behind in the pursuit of health equity and justice and would continuously harness the power of science, innovation and compassion to build a brighter tomorrow for generations to come. 

Governor Alia further reiterated his government’s commitment to sustaining the HIV response in the state through the financing of the HIV response, public health infrastructural development and support for PLWHIV, Children orphaned and made vulnerable by HIV and other vulnerable populations for improved quality of life.

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Radda Releases N10bn to 34 LGAs for Health Centres




Katsina State Governor, Dikko Radda has released over N10 billion to chairmen of the 34 local government areas of the state to build primary health centres.

The governor said this during an interactive session with journalists on Monday in Katsina, saying that three primary health centres would be constructed in each council area.

He added that “when I became the governor, I talked about the World Health Organisation’s resolution on the need to have functional primary health centres in rural areas that can work 24 hours.

“The aim is to reduce child and maternal mortality and other difficulties faced by rural people whenever they are sick.

“If we have functional healthcare facilities in rural areas, even a woman in labour can be attended to by a professional health worker at any time.

“And if there is a need to take her to a secondary healthcare facility, the centre should have an ambulance that can convey her there.”

According to him, there should also be accommodation for health workers, enough drugs, constant/potable water, and electricity supply, among others.

Radda revealed that the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) would provide those institutions with running costs, from N250,000 to N400,000.

“This fund is enough for the running of daily activities of the centres. But we cannot benefit from the fund until we have fully functional healthcare centres.

“If we have functional primary health centres in rural areas, it will assist in decongesting hospitals in urban areas, and the health level of the people will improve.

“The only challenge we are going to face is staffing, because we have shortages of staff to man these centres. To recruit health workers is not easy now, but we will do that in due course.

“However, we have over 5,000 casual staff and if we were to confirm them, their salaries would double that of the over 7,000 teachers recently recruited.

“This is because the salary of some health workers is almost triple that of teachers.

“That’s the challenge now, but in spite of that, we will recruit health workers in due course.

“Before the end of the year, we’ll make sure that no fewer than 361 functional primary health care centres are provided in the state.”

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