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Health Care :1,100 residents of Enugu community benefit from free medicare, others

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The Open Hands Amazing Charitable Organisation Incorporated, an Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), on Sunday provided over 1,100 residents of Egede community in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State with free medical treatment.

The free medical outreach covered blood pressure and sugar test, malaria laboratory test, eye check, free 200 eye glasses, medical consultation and advice, free drugs and other free medical consumables.

The event also featured donation of cash grants to 50 less privileged, disabled and aged people within the community and a free sumptuous meal for everybody that attended the outreach.

Speaking, the Founder of the organization, Dr Magdalene Agada, said that the gesture was a way of giving back to the society as God in His infinite mercies had been gracious to her and her family.

Agada said that the outreach was a big relief to the residents due to the high cost of medicare as well as the long strike embarked upon by medical professionals in the country.

“I am fulfilled as the organization is imparting on thousands of lives and the good people of Egede came out in their large numbers to embrace the gesture that will go a long way to strengthen their health and well-being.

“The organization will continue to holistically support communities and individuals in improving their health, nutritional dietary content and financially support the less privileged, the disabled, aged among others,” she said.

Agada thanked leaders of Egede community, Saint Vincent De Paul Society of St Cyril Catholic Parish, Egede, and its priest as well as medical volunteers of Open Hands Amazing Charitable Organisation for their support leading to the success of the medical outreach.

Mr Joseph Nwabueze, leader of Saint Vincent De Paul Society at the Parish, thanked the organization for coming to deliver quality healthcare at the doorstep of Egede people “at no cost”.

“We do not have silver or gold to give in exchange; but as a society and Church, we will continue to pray for the continuous success of the organisation and its founder, Dr Agada,” Nwabueze, whose society helped in mobilising the people, said.

Dr Kingsley Okonta, the Head of the medical team, said that the predominant illnesses diagnosed among residents of Egede community included diabetes, high blood pressure and malaria.

“These illnesses can be traced to the kind of food they eat, sedentary life-style and the environment. We have advised the residents to eat less starchy foods; move around and exercise often and get their houses well-netted and sleep under insecticide mosquito treated nets.

“We also made referrals for those with complicated eye challenges, which our medical team cannot solve instantly,” he said.

A beneficiary of the outreach, Mrs Edith Okeke, who was given an eye drop and a pair of eye glasses, appreciated the orgainsation for giving her what was beyond her reach financially.

“The eye drop and reading glasses I got free might be nothing less than about N30,000. I am happy and I pray God to continue to bless Open Hands Amazing Charitable Oraginisation,” Okeke said.

Another beneficiary, Pa Joel Onwuka, who received drugs for rheumatism, thanked the organization for the free drugs that would ensure that his leg joint pains would be a thing of the past.

One of the beneficiaries of the free cash grant, Ma Bridget Ugwu, 80, prayed God to bless and replenish the pocket of the founder of the NGO for her kind gesture.

The Open Hands Amazing Charitable Organisation Incorporated partnered with Saint Vincent De Paul Society of St. Cyril Catholic Parish, Egede, and the Egede Medical Group to organise the free medical outreach. (NAN)

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Shaibu Relocates Office Out Of Edo Govt House

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The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shuaibu has commenced the relocation of his office to an area outside the vicinity of the Government House.

The development follows last of Shuaibu’s suit filed at the Federal High Court to stop alleged plots by week’s withdrawal   the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, to remove him from office.

The new office is situated at No. 7, Dennis Osadebey Avenue, close to the Government House.

Sources close to the deputy governor said  that a letter was sent by the Head of Service to the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Deputy Governor instructing her to supervise the movement of civil servants and files to the new office.

It was also gathered that the new office is not habitable as there is no electricity, is waterlogged, and the office spaces are significantly small.

The state government had however insisted that the deputy governor’s new office is within the confines of the area designated as the Government House.

 

 

 

 

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NARD SET TO CALL OF STRIKE AFTER SENATE’S INTERVENTION

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••• Cancels Planned National Protest

Striking members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) are set to call off their two week old strike after a closed door meeting with Principal Officers of the Senate on Tuesday.

Adressing the media shortly after the closed door meeting with President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio and other Principal Officers of the Senate, National President of the association, Dr Emeka Innocent Orji, stated “we had a very fruitful meeting with the Senate led by the President of the Senate and from our discussions with them, we are very hopeful that when we table our discussions today before the NEC, something positive would come out.

“From our interaction with the President of the Senate and the practical demonstration he did before us today, we are very confident that there would be light at the end of the tunnel in the next 24 hours.

“Because of the intervention of the President of the Senate, who is the number three citizen and the assurance he has given us, our planned national protest has been cancelled while the decision on the ongoing strike would be taken as soon we meet, he assured.

Speaking in the same vein, Senator Akpabio, thanked the medical doctors for honoring the Senate by calling off their planned national protest and also working towards calling off the strike.

According to him, ” I thank you onbehalf of the Senate for honoring us with your decision not only to cancel the planned public protest, but to also call off the strike in the interest of the suffering masses.

“Your demands are well noted and let me assure you that as soon as a Minister in charge of Health is appointed, the Senate will work with him or her to expeditiously adress all your grievances. The President Bola Tinubu-led administration is Doctors friendly and that explains the large number of medical practitioners he has appointed into his cabinet.

“Strike by medical practitioners should not be allowed even for a day because of the impacts it creates in the polity and that is why the Senate is determined to ensure through interactions and consultation with relevant offices, amicable settlement of the impasse is reached,” he stated.

President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio (3rd from left), Dr Emeka Innocent Orji (middle) Senate Leader, Michael Opeyemi Bamidele and Senator Ireti Kingibe (first from right)after a meeting with national officers of NARD in the office the President of the Senate on Tuesday.

 

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Nigerian-Made Noodles Safe To Eat, Says NAFDAC

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The agency re-assured the public that it is proactive and committed to protecting the health of the public.

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has certified noodles manufactured in Nigeria, saying they are safe for consumption.

The confirmation followed the Agency’s investigation into the presence of ethylene oxide or its metabolite in noodles or their seasonings.

This was made known by the Director General of NAFDAC, Prof Moji Adeyeye, during a press briefing in Lagos on Thursday.

She noted that ethylene oxide or its derivative was not found in any of the instant noodles produced in Nigeria and their seasonings which make them safe for consumption.

The NAFDAC boss also declared that the level of mycotoxin and the heavy metals were within the internationally acceptable limit.

“Therefore, the noodles made in Nigeria are very safe to eat,” she stated.

Giving account of how the sampling of the noodles was conducted, she said, “Samples of chicken flavoured instant noodles of various brands (and the seasonings) were drawn from the production facilities across the country.

“This was to ensure that the investigation was robust, covering other instant noodles brands manufactured in Nigeria, besides Indomie, the implicated brand.

“The Post Marketing Surveillance Division also visited markets/retail outlets in the major cities of Lagos, Abuja, and Kano and drew samples of instant noodles for laboratory analysis.

“The market visits served as surveillance for the presence of the Taiwan and Malaysian special chicken noodles in the Nigerian market.

“The samples drawn from production facilities and trade were properly packaged and delivered in good condition to our Central Laboratory, Oshodi, Lagos, where analytical activities commenced immediately in accordance with international standards and methods of analysis.”

For the sampling, a total of 114 samples of instant noodles and the seasonings were received, the NAFDAC DG stated.

The agency re-assured the public that it is proactive and committed to protecting the health of the public.

 

 

 

 

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