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JHPIEGO expends $1m on malaria in Ondo



Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu


The JHPIEGO, an affiliate of John Hopkins University, United States, says that it has spent nothing less than one million U.S. dollars in fighting malaria among women in Ondo State in the last three years.

The JHPIEGO’s Country Director, Dr Adetiloye Oniyire, stated this in Akure at the rounding-off of the organisation’s programme tagged: “Transforming Intermittent Preventive Treatment for Optimal Pregnancy (TIPTOP)”.

He said it was pertinent to note that over four million dollars was spent in Nigeria and out of it, one million dollars was spent in Ondo State.

Oniyire stated that the project called TIPTOP was to support women to have access to malaria treatments and drugs and  it was implemented in three states including  Niger, Ebonyi and Ondo.

“It is a three-year project and we are winding up now,” he said.

Oniyire noted that in the course of the project, the organisation renovated the Iwoye Basic Health Centre in Akure as well as renovated and equipped a mini laboratory at the Arakale Comprehensive Health Centre, Akure.

According to him, the TIPTOP also facilitates the maximum utilisation of maternal data record booklets, integrated health data management and others.

The country director tasked the state’s Ministry of Health to reach out to partners that could help the government achieve its goals in the sector and making the state healthy.

He promised that JHPIEGO would start another programme in April by providing qualitative family planning services to women.

In his speech, Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State noted that the overall aim of the project was to ensure that mothers and children are healthy, during and after delivery, thus reducing maternal and child mortality in the state.

Represented by the Secretary to the State Government ( SSG), Mrs Oladunni Odu, the governor said that the TIPTOP project had helped to build the capacity of health workers as well as the people of the state.

He added that the state had continued to experience low-birth-weight babies and rapid reduction of malaria infection among pregnant women.

According to the governor, the activities of JHPIEGO has built a stronger health care system in tandem with Item 5 of the Redeemed Agenda of the state government.

The governor assured that the legacies of the project would be sustained, while thanking JHPIEGO and other stakeholders including professional health workers in the state for their support towards the success of the project.

Similarly, the Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dr Banji Ajaka, appreciated JHPIEGO for its positive impacts in the state, describing its  project as a very huge one.

According to Ajaka, malaria is a great burden in Nigeria and indeed in Africa.

He added that malaria was responsible for one out of 10 deaths in the state and three out of 10 deaths in pregnant women.

According to him, malaria causes three out of 10 admissions in hospitals in Nigeria.

The commissioner commended the JHPIEGO for choosing the state to be one of the beneficiaries from the TIPTOP project.

The Permanent Secretary of the state’s Ministry of Health, Mrs Folukemi Aladenola, lauded the JHPIEGO’s project, TIPTOP, in the state, describing it as impactful and immense.

Aladenola promised that the state would consolidate on the gains of the project and improve in any area that the state had lacked.

According to her, the state will continue to work with the organisation in moving the sector forward and for betterment of the state.

Also, Dr Francis Akanbiemu, the Permanent Secretary of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA), showed his gratitude to the organisation for the great intervention in the state and for its support to the agency.

Akanbiemu noted that people of the state had benefitted directly from the project, saying that its effects were massive.

He said that the state would sustain the JHPIEGO’s projects, which he described as holistic and universal.

Mrs Olamide Falana, the Special Adviser on Gender to the State Governor, said that the intervention had worked positively in the state.

Falana stated that the TPTOP project would strengthen health sector and the community system in the state.

Dr Dele David, a representative of the World Health Organisation ( WHO) in the state, asked the state government to seek more partners to transform the sector and in making people’s lives better.

( NAN)

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Presidency lauds Oyetola for prioritising Osun people’s health 



Osun State Governor Gboyega Oyetola
Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola

As Oyetola inaugurates multiple state-of-the-art health facilities in Osun 

…says building healthy population nonnegotiable

The Presidency, on Wednesday, lauded Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun for prioritising the health of the people of the State.

Speaking at the inauguration of multiple state-of-the-art health facilities in the State, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, also commended the Governor for striving to build a healthy population.

She was in the State to join Governor Oyetola in inaugurating 100-bed Mother and Child Hospital; 80-bed Multipurpose Hospital, Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurial Centre and Transit Home and Vocational Centre for Abused Women and Girls.

She said the execution of the projects was in fulfilment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s promises to providing quality health service delivery for Nigerians particularly women and children.

“We are here to commission these projects that had been fully equipped for the benefit of the people of this community and the skill acquisition centre will in no doubt equip our people with requisite vocational rubrics to be self-sustaining and self-employed”, she added

Speaking while inaugurating the projects, Governor Oyetola said that his administration remains committed to the health and well-being of the people of the State.

The projects were facilitated by the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on the Sustainable Development Goals  in partnership with the State.

The Governor also lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for considering Osun as one of the beneficiary states of the projects.

Inaugurating the projects in Iragbiji and Osogbo, the state capital, Governor Oyetola said the multi-billion naira health facilities would in no doubt improve significantly, the quality of life of citizens of the State.

He noted that the facilities would serve as catalyst to building a virile economy for the people, adding that the projects are critical to the country’s strident efforts to meet the vision of SDGs.

According to him, the 80-bed and 100-bed state-of-the-art multipurpose hospitals, for instance, are another fitting and timely complement to the ongoing effort of our administration at transforming the health sector.

“You will recall that since we assumed office over three years ago, our State has witnessed unprecedented investment in the health sector in a manner that has placed us as a leading State in innovative and sustained health investment across the country.

“Among other strategic interventions in secondary and tertiary healthcare, we are particularly proud of the ripple impact being achieved among our citizens through the 332 Primary Healthcare Centres revitalised across the State.

“The choice of the health sector as one of the preeminent sectoral drivers in our administration owes itself to the conviction that we would only be able to build a truly- sustainably virile economy to the extent to which our people enjoy quality, accessible and affordable healthcare.

“It must also be mentioned that the second facility, the Abused Women Transit Home, is unique in its conception as a solution centre for providing succour to women who are victims of abuse. This sprawling centre is impressively equipped with multidimensional skills acquisition facility alongside a hostel catering for over 100 hundred people.

“It is another excellent addition of which I am immensely proud of, as it would further significantly boost the ongoing campaign against gender violence, ably led by my wife, the First Lady”, he added.

Speaking further, Governor Oyetola urged people of the host communities to take full ownership of the facilities and ensure that they are protected against any form of vandalism, saying this is the only way to show gratitude for the investment.

Earlier in his remarks, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on SDGs, Mr. Shittu Williams, described the projects as a dream come true, saying the people of the state stand to benefit largely from the services that the state-of-the-art facilities will be providing forthwith.

He said the actualisation of the projects in the State had put an end to the long agitations saying the facility would in no small measure further advance the course of quality healthcare delivery in Osun.

The Aragbiji of Iragbiji, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Ayotunde Olabomi, lauded the initiative saying the facilities would go a long way to complement the health interventions of the state government.

Oba Olabomi who expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the citing of the projects in Osun called on the people of the benefitting communities to patronize the facility and stop going to substandard health centres just as he assured of the readiness of his subjects to put the facilities into good use.

In his remarks, the Atoaja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, applauded Governor Oyetola for being committed to the socioeconomic and infrastructural development of the state.

Ataoja who described the edifice as a welcome development befitting the state capital said its establishment in the heart of the city would further enhance the health of the people particularly Osogbo residents.

“I am not a sycophant but I do appreciate good works, indeed, this edifice is good and magnificent. This is another great thing coming to the State capital and we are appreciative of this.

“I am speaking on behalf of the good people of Osogbo, our reverred sons and daughters that this edifice befits us as we are awaiting more to come. We must appreciate the administration of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola for his commitment to turn around the socio-economic fortunes of the state in the face of the visible economic reality on the nation’s economy”, he added.

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Senate passes bills to establish Medical Centres in four states, amend Teaching Hospitals Act



Senate in Session


The Senate, on Tuesday, passed four bills to establish Federal Medical Centres in four states of the federation.

The medical centers will be established in Osogbo, Osun State; Onitsha, Anambra State; Gada, Sokoto State; and Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, respectively.

The passage of the bills to establish the Medical Centres followed the consideration of four separate reports by the Committee on Health (Secondary and Tertiary).

Chairman of the Committee, Senator Yahaya Oloriegbe (APC, Kwara Central), in his presentations, said the Centres would be equipped with facilities for diagnostic treatment and rehabilitation at the tertiary levels.

According to him, they would also serve as Centres for training of health professionals and conduct advance health research.

In a related development, the Senate, on Tuesday, passed a bill to amend the Teaching Hospitals (Reconstitution of Boards, etc.) Act 2004.

Oloriegbe, in a separate presentation on a report by the Committee on Health (Secondary and Tertiary), explained that the amendment to the Teaching Hospitals Act, seeks to give full legislative recognition to the Federal University Lokoja Teaching Hospital.

“Mr. President and Distinguished Colleagues, every Institution needs to be backed by an enabling law.

“It is against this background that this bill is before the chamber.

“As at today, training facilities in the health sector are inadequate for the current population and projected population growth for Nigeria, currently out at 3 percent per annum.

“Therefore, establishing the Federal University Lokoja Teaching Hospital will address this gap among others”, Oloriegbe explained.

He added that the bill seeks to amend the First Schedule to the Principal Act to include the Federal University Lokoja Teaching Hospital.

“By this amendment, it creates a legal backing for the Federal University Lokoja Teaching Hospital”, he said.

The four bills to establish the Federal Medicam Centres, and the Bill to amend the Teaching Hospitals Act 2004, were all passed by the chamber during plenary, after a clause-by-clause consideration by the Committee of the Whole.




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Malaria Killed Over 602,000 People In Africa Last Year – WHO




No fewer than 602,000 people died of malaria across Africa last year, an official of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO’s Regional Director for (more…)

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