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.
Shaibu Relocates Office Out Of Edo Govt House
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.
NARD SET TO CALL OF STRIKE AFTER SENATE’S INTERVENTION
••• 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.
Nigerian-Made Noodles Safe To Eat, Says NAFDAC
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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