The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has flagged off Nigeria’s Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent and Elderly Health Plus Nutrition (RMNCAEH+N) Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Coordination Platform in Abuja.
Speaking at a Press Briefing on Friday, 9th October, 2020 at the Federal Ministry of Health Headquarters, Dr Ehanire said the Platform is part of Federal Government’s strategy towards realizing the Sustainable Development Goals and attainment of Universal Health Coverage. Healso announced that the platform would be launched on Monday 12th of October, 2020 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.
The Minister explained that the platform which has the motto: partnering for wellbeing of women, children, adolescents, and the elderly, encapsulates the core values that drive Universal Health Coverage, with the aim of leaving no one behind.
Dr. Ehanire noted that the Issues that confront the health of the Family in Nigeria are multidimensional and thus, require an integrated, multi-sectoral approach as no one institution can handle the task. To this end, he informed that the multi-stakeholder coordination platform aims to harness the relative strengths of the diverse stakeholders and create opportunities to pull resources together in order to maximize outcomes for attainment of the shared vision for Nigerians, particularly the vulnerable population.
Further, the Minister lamented over the poor status of Nigeria’s health indices. According to him: “Our health indices are unacceptably poor, with a maternal mortality ratio of 512 per 1,000 live births, under-five mortality rate of 132 per 1,000 live births and neonatal mortality rate of 39 per 1000 live births.”
He however admitted that the present administration has made remarkable progress towards improvement of child survival and safe motherhood. This he said, was achieved through the provision of ready-to-use therapeutic food and sustaining FP2020 commitments to ensure availability of family planning services to women of reproductive age amongst other things.
Dr. Ehanire added that making the National Health Act and the Basic Health Care Provision Fund operational will greatly improve access to quality health care for the vulnerable, particularly at the primary healthcare level.
He expressed optimism that the birth of the RMNCAEH+N Platform would bring to actualization, President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision towards improving the health of the vulnerable populace.
In his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mr. Abdulaziz Mashi Abdullahi noted that the partnership aims at addressing the multi-pronged issues affecting the attainment of the Universal Health Care Coverage in Nigeria.
Mr. Abdulaziz M. Abdullahi also pointed out that the Platform which commences with the commemoration of the high level advocacy event would bring RMNCAEH+N issues to the front burner of political and societal agenda.
He highlighted the membership of the platform to include: Governments, parliamentarians, media, regulatory bodies, philanthropists and donors, development organizations, academia and professional bodies, pressure groups, traditional and religious institutions, private sector, women groups, civil society among others.
In a comment, the Executive Director, National Primary Health Development Agency (NPHIS), Dr. Faisal Shuaib pointed out that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected both the resources and physical space of every economy, making it difficult to attain the Universal Health Coverage and as such, he describes the RMNCAEH+N platform as seeking to provide opportunity for Stakeholders to converge and brainstorm, to explore strategies that will guarantee enhance an efficient health care delivery for Nigerians.
“Part of Universal Health Care; RMNCAEH+N is very essential and it is very important that at this point of our lives when resources and the physical space has been confiscated by COVID-19 pandemic that we can now look inwards and look for how we can reduce waste.”
Shuaib further posited that “Iit is not the question of asking for more money for the health sector but more health for the money that has been provided.” While acknowledging the role of the Media in driving the implementation of the RMNCAEH+N strategies, he appealed to them to spread the news across all levels of the society focusing on health promotion, disease prevention and management to ensure that people are rehabilitated.
Remember there’s a God of second chance” – Ooni tells inmates during visit to Kuje Correctional Centre
The Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on Tuesday, kickstarted his annual coronation anniversary with a humanitarian visit to the Kuje Correctional facility in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory.
According to Director of Media & Public Affairs, Ooni’s Palace, Otunba Moses Olafare, the monarch told the inmates to always remember that God created everyone and that he’ss the God of second chance.
Ooni Ogunwusi was on an official duty in the F.C.T. when he decided to visit inmates at the facility for a programme organized by Hopes Alive Initiative (HAI) under his Chairmanship to motivate those who are often ignored by the society.
Addressing the gathering of inmates and prison’s officials after being welcomed into the facility by officers of the Nigeria Correctional Service, Ooni Ogunwusi who was flanked by his Queen & Deputy Convener of Hopes Alive Initiative HAI Olori Temitope Enitan-Ogunwusi, explained that the best part of human life is the one spent to serve others particularly the poor and vulnerable individuals.
“We should always remember that God created all of us and that is the God of second chance, we have seen in this country from prison to presidency, right from prison all the way to become the president of this country.
“So please do not write off yourselves, whatever the situation you might have found yourselves here remember that their is a God of second chance.
“I am here to tell you that there is a life after here, it does not end here and that is why you all must see this current phase of your life as a learning stage for the lessons with which you will live for life after here.
“I have not come here to tell you that it is not difficult but I am here to tell you that it is possible for you all to be better and be amongst the best members of the larger Nigerian society when you eventually leave here.”
Highpoint of the event was when five (5) inmates were freed after fulfilling all requirements including payment of bail/fines through the assistance of the HAI, with a promise to keep an eye on them and also empowering them in the trade they learned while in the Correctional Centre.
Other event earmarked for the Ooni Ogunwusi’s coronation anniversary is the Staff Appreciation Night during which all staff members (Traditional and Official) working with His Imperial Majesty will be honoured and gifted series of items including cars for the best performing ones.
In the same vein, parts of the statement said the Palace is not unaware of false, malicious and misleading reportage particularly by some unprofessional bloggers and armchair journalists about the event which does not tally with the event or any of its realities.
“These purveyors of fake news who are bent on blackmailing top personalities for income (Online traffic), prominence or whatever reasons predetermined by them wrote nonsense from the figment of their imagination and got it circulated by armchair (lazy) journalists with no regard for principles, laws and ethics of the prestigious pen profession.”
The Ooni’s Hopes Alive Initiative (HAI) has in the last five years engaged in the charity work which targets to give hope to the hopeless and vulnerable members of the society. Ooni Ogunwusi through the NGO has donated befitting homes to the orphanage and destitute, water borehole facilities to several market’s across the South West in Nigeria, educational materials to several schools in the country.
Osun NUJ to hold commendation service on Friday in honour of late Adesunmbo Abioye
The Nigeria Union of Journalists,Osun State Council will on Friday hold a Commendation Service in honour of late Bishop-Elect, Adesunmbo Samson Abioye.
A statement by the Chairman of the union,Comrade Wasiu Ajadosu and Secretary,Comrade Adeyemi Aboderin indicate that the service will hold at NUJ Press Centre, Iwo /Ibadan Road,Osogbo by nine in the morning.
The statement calls on members of the union,friends and associates of the deceased to be part of the ceremony.
Late Bishop-Elect, Adesunmbo Samson Abioye was a former Secretary of NUJ,Osun State Council.
IPOB/ESN Commander Killed As Police Raid Terrorists’ Camp In Imo
The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has said that the second in command of an outlawed Eastern Security Network (ESN) Commander, Ebube Virus, has been killed in a fierce gun battle.
The deceased suspect was on the Imo State Police Command’s wanted list due to his nefarious activities in the Aboh Mbaise area of the State.
The Commissioner of Police, Imo State Command, CP Aboki Danjuma, disclosed this in a statement issued by the Police spokesman, Henry Okoye, on Tuesday.
According to the CP, “Following the confessions made by the suspected IPOB/ESN Terrorist allegedly involved in the killing of DPO Ahiazu Mbaise and other dastardly acts in the Mbaise axis, operatives of the Command’s Anti-Kidnapping squad led by CSP Oladimeji Odeyeyiwa on Monday 4th of December, 2023 stormed the criminal hideout of a deadly IPOB/ESN Terrorist Syndicate led by Ebube Virus and Ishaka, at Umuogu Amuzu in Aboh-Mbaise LGA of Imo State and dislodged the terrorists.
“In the process, a ferocious battle broke out between the terrorists and the combat-ready Police agents, neutralizing the Second in Command Ebube Virus, who is well-known on the Command’s wanted list due to their nefarious actions in the Mbaise axis. Others who had been shot at had escaped. From the neutralized terrorist, one AK-47 rifle with 19 rounds of live ammunition was found.
“An operation is underway to find additional fugitive suspects and bring them to justice.”
While praising the brave officers for their unwavering efforts in the fight against all violent crimes in the State, CP Danjuma affirmed the Command’s commitment to working with other security agencies with the aim of restoring peace in the state.
CP Danjuma called on Imo residents to support the Police and other sister security agencies with timely and actionable information that will assist in the crusade against terrorism in the state.
He encouraged owners of hospitals and first-aid outlets to report any person seen with or treating gunshot injuries to the nearest Police Station.
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