The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has flagged off at two centres in Yobe State free medical outreach for 2021 for the less privileged who are in need of treatment for some medical conditions but for which they could not afford the cost.
Lawan flagged off the event both at the Specialist Hospital Gashua on Saturday to cover three Local Government Areas(Bade, Jakusko and Yusufari) and also at the Federal Medical Center, Nguru on Sunday to cover the remaining three Local Government Areas(Nguru, Karasuwa and Machina) that make up the Yobe North Senatorial District.
Also on Sunday, the Senate President flagged off free Mass Animal Vaccination for Cattle, Sheep and Goats at Gajammu village, Nguru.
The medical/surgical outreach and animal vaccination were both started in 2017 and have become an annual event.
The medical outreach includes free surgical screening, eye surgeries and free eye glasses, treatment for hernia, fibroids and other gynecological related ailments.
Speaking at the flag off ceremony at the Gashua Center, the Senate President said the event which was the fourth in the series was part of his modest contributions to the society.
Lawan said the Medical Outreach was organised jointly between his Foundation, Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan(SAIL) Foundation and Yobe State Ministry of Health, the Federal Ministry of Health and in partnership with medical doctors who are serving in the Specialist Hospital, Gashua and Federal Medical Center, Nguru.
Lawan said “in life, we are supposed to give back to society when we are privileged and when we are serving.
“I consider this as part of my little contributions to the society and this foundation(SAIL), by the Grace of God, will continue to do this even when I’m not serving.
“So it is my special way of saying that I know some people cannot afford the treatment especially the eye sight where surgeries are carried out, glasses are given and some treatment are also given to those who need of treatment.
“Also we intervene in the area of fibroids, in the area of hernia and so on and so forth and I believe that this is an intervention that goes a long way in giving respite, in giving some reliefs to people who suffer from these ailments and most of these ailments are suffered by people who are not able to treat themselves because they lack the wherewithal to treat themselves.
“So we always feel that when we do this we are doing the right thing even though in a little way. This year by the Grace of God, being the fourth, we are going to see additional treatment for people who are suffering from the ailments that we are intervening.”
The Senate President challenged the medical outreach team to conduct researches to see which other ailments or deseases that needed intervention next year.
“We don’t pray that people should have deseases but when it happens, let’s know which areas appear prevalent so that next year we can add to our areas of intervention by the Grace of God,” Lawan said.
The Senate President also announced plan to construct an Intensive Care Unit at the Specialist Hospital Gashua next year so that the facility could be readily made available to those who would need of it.
“We will do that because we believe there is need for Intensive Care Unit so that when people are in need of it, they shouldn’t be left out and allowed to suffer,” Lawan said.
He also charged the medical team to do a constant follow up on the patients to determine the efficacy of the various interventions.
“These surgeries, for those that have already been treated, it’s an opportunity for us to also test on the efficacy of what we do. I have heard many stories of people who have gotten reliefs as a result of our Intervention.
“I pray that the level of efficacy, if it is not 100 percent, we should be aiming at that because it is not enough just to carry out the surgeries but after the surgeries, how many have recovered their sight and I’m sure many have recovered their sight but we should follow up on those we operated upon to see how they recuperate from the surgeries,” Lawan said.
Speaking on Sunday at the Federal Medical Center, Nguru, the Medical Director, Dr. Abubakar Muhammad Musa said several patients who are suffering from different types of diseases that require surgeries are expected to benefit from the medical intervention.
He said the programme covers three major surgical specialities: General surgery, Gynaecology and Ophthalmology.
“I want to assure you that our team of qualified medical personnel are prepared and ready to offer the highest level of qualitative care to the patients all through till they fully recuperate.
“So far, nearly 75 percent of the targeted surgeries have been done and the general mood is of happiness and satisfaction,” Dr. Musa said.
Also while at Nguru, the Senate President commissioned a Skill Acquisition Center named after him and it was handed over to the management of the College of Education and Legal Studies, Nguru.
Just like the one commissioned in Gashua on Saturday, the Center which was facilitated by the Senate President was constructed by the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals.
Bauchi Blasphemy: We ‘ll not accept this brutal way of murder – CAN
Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria ( CAN) in Kaduna State, Rev.Joseph John Hayab has raised concern over the allegation of blasphemy in Bauchi, saying the challenge now is for Government authorities and security agencies to act fast to address abuse of the constitution before it leads to a more serious conflict that can not be handled.
He said in a statement on Saturday, that allegations of blasphemy have now become the new excuse by fundamentalists in Northern Nigeria to kill the remnant that bandits and terrorists have not yet killed.
“How can you justify the period of what happened in Sokoto, the allegation in Borno, the fake allegation on Babachir Lawal by one northern actor who we have on record how he made blasphemous remarks about
Jesus Christ but quickly went and brought it down on the internet to cover himself before coming out to falsely accused Babachir Lawal the former SGF and today we are seeing another carnage in Bauchi under the excuse of blasphemy, “He said.
“We know and have evidence of how some of these allegations of blasphemy are false and just for blackmail or settling scores with perceived enemies or well-mannered young girls who have refused sexual advances by the opposite sex from another religion.”
“We are also aware of how fanatics have in the past raised lies in the name of blasphemy.”
“CAN wonder if the recent sermons we are getting from some Islamic clerics on what the Holy Quran says about what should be done if anyone is accused of blasphemy is unpopular amongst followers?”
“The challenge now is for Government authorities and security agencies to act fast to address this abuse of our constitution before it leads to a more serious conflict that can not be handled.”
“Nigeria Christians most especially those of Northern extraction have for ages exhibited tolerance despite many provocations and lack of reciprocation of our love and friendship but these new tactics for killing our people from any and every accusation of blasphemy are unacceptable to CAN and all Christian faithful.
We will not accept this brutal way of murder and inhuman treatment of our followers to continue.”
“Government and security agencies should come out to enforce the law on every murderer hiding under religion.
We will also wish to appeal to Christian leaders and parents to guide their children to resist any ungodly provocation that will make them says things that blood-thisty fundamentalist can easily use to kill them.”
“CAN is appealing to religious leaders from both religious divides to intensify teachings about the evil of taking the laws into one hand and killing another person for whatever reason.
Allege offenders should be reported to security agencies or taken to any competent court of law for judiciary pronouncement.
Nigeria is not a banana republic but a nation we believe should be governed by the rule of law,” he said.
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LAGOS EXPLAINS OKADA CLAMPDOWN
Lagos State Government has described the ongoing enforcement of restrictions on the operations of commercial motorcycles, popularly called okada, in certain parts of the State as a necessary step to curb their indiscipline, save lives and improve security.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, spoke on Channels TV Sunrise Daily about the new enforcement order given by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the backlash recorded in a part of the State.
According to Omotoso, the resurgence of Okada operations and acts of indiscipline being exhibited by riders have become a serious source of concern as many people have lost their limbs and lives through Okada accidents.
His words: “Our doctors are complaining that more and more people are coming with Okada-related emergency. About 1,712 accidents have been recorded in Lagos in the first quarter of this year. Out of this figure, about 45 percent; to be precise, 767 of the accidents were caused by Okada. And it is shocking to know that about 54 percent of the victims are between the ages of 30 and 39. These are our able-bodied young people who are getting cut down like that all because they mounted okada.”
Attributing the high fatality rate of riders and passengers to plying about 500 highways, major roads and bridges, which the Road Traffic Law prohibited, Omotoso affirmed that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s order was to reinforce the law and give the riders an opportunity to move out and find some other things to do.
He said: “There is a Law that lists all the routes commercial motorcycles are restricted from plying. The Law is still there; it has not been repealed. So, the enforcement is not new and it is going to continue as the June 1st deadline stands.”
Describing as unfortunate the insecurity in some parts of the country that has forced many people to migrate to Lagos to make ends meet by riding Okada, the Commissioner explained that the development led to complaints from residents who have expressed their rejection of okada.
“Lagosians are worried about the mystery of Okada; they don’t know where they come from; the riders are unknown; they don’t even have number plates. They don’t come for LASRRA registration, so we can’t account for them,” he said.
Speaking further, the Commissioner described the approach to the renewed enforcement as well planned and strategic because the State expected the kind of backlash the exercise has generated, but assured all that it was an experience the law enforcement agents were used to.
On possible increase in crime rate, following the enforcement, Omotoso said “everything the law enforcement agencies need in terms of equipment, welfare and encouragement would be provided for them to step up enforcement and security of lives and property.”
The Commissioner expressed the determination of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to ensure full enforcement and allayed fears that the government would want to go back because of politics.
He said: “Mr. Governor is a man of integrity; he is a man of his words. He is going to ensure that whatever it takes to enforce the law will be done. We have been encouraged by Lagosians who have seen the danger and who feel that moving with Okada from one place to another because it is very fast cannot be compared to the security threat they pose. The goal is to have a Lagos without motorcycles because there is no megacity in the world that you go to and find this kind of mode of transportation.
“It is also preposterous for anybody to say for our votes come and mess up Lagos. No, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor, is not going to do that. This is the last time we are going to have this as the bikes are being crushed to show people that we are very serious, and communicate to those bringing them in, that enough is enough.”
Omotoso advised okada riders to look for something else to do as there are so many opportunities in Lagos for anyone who wants to stay in Lagos and wants to be law-abiding.
“You should go and collect your LASRRA card and be an official resident of Lagos and find something to do. Artisans who left their jobs to ride Okada should find a reason now to go back to their jobs,” he said.
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