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Expert Urges Effective Health Care To Meet MDGs

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A Director in the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCD), Dr. Mohd Addullahi , has said that only functional and effective primary health care (PHC) would guarantee the full realisation of the MDGs goals in the country.

Abdullahi, who made the assertion in an interview with the newsmen in Benin, Edo, said that “all MDGs are already in the domain of PHC system.

“And what that means is that if you improve on the PHC system so that it can deliver effective service equitable and responsive to the needs of the people, you are sure that you can attain all the MDGs goals.”

Addullahi explained that what needed to be done was to link the MDGs with PHC service delivery system.

He said: “MDGs are goals which require a system to actualise these goals. And fortunately, PHC has been around for some years now.

“Everything the MDGs are aiming at, are clearly enunciated in the PHC policy.

“And while the MDGs talk about poverty and hunger, the PHC talks about nutrition. You can see the linkage which the nutritional goal and PHC have been positing is the same as that the MDGs want to address.

“When you talk about MDG four and MDG five, it is about maternal and child health while the PHC is concerned about immunisation, maternal and child health, including family planning.

“You can clearly see that these goals have been enunciated in the PHC planning declaration.

The NPHCD director further said that all aspects of water, sanitation and environmental sustainability enshrined in the MDGs goals were clearly enunciated in the PHC policy.

“If you look at it in detail, what they mean by environmental sustainability, we are still talking about water and basic sanitation.

“If you talk about global partnership which MDGs is promoting, you will see things like essential drugs which can only be promoted through partnership: So, all MDGs are in the domain of PHC.

Abdullahi said that the PHC system, being the only declaration that had happened globally since 1978, “tries to address fairness, social justice and equity which had as its slogan health for all.

He, however, lamented that not much has been achieved since then, and attributed this to politics, policies and structural issues within the sector.

“There are lots of politics, policies and structural issues militating against the PHC success.

“If you look at Nigeria, we have a three-tier system which has been assigned to the three-tier administrative structure.

“The Federal which enjoys the biggest in terms of resources and capacity takes care of the tertiary health sector.

According to Abdullahi, the PHC is not just anything but a system that has its own skills and knowledge for its management.

“PHC has worked in China and Cuba and even in Africa, Ghana, where the health indicators have improved greatly.

“And if you go to Malawi and Rwanda, you will see that PHC is working very well.

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Edo 2024: Sen Okpebholo Promises Inclusive Govt

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The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, Sen. Monday Okpebholo, has said he will run an inclusive government when elected in the September 21 governorship election.
He stated this on the sideline of a flag-off of medical mission by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in Akamkpa, Cross River State on Monday.
The Senator, representing Edo Central in the 10th Assembly and a member of the Senate Committee on NDDC, also noted that he will adopt bottom-top approach in running the affairs of the state.
According to him, unlike what is currently obtainable in the governance of the state, his administration will be practically driven.
‘‘It will be a governance that the people can relate with, a true people’s government in the real sense”, he said.
The APC candidate, who bemoaned the lack of infrastructural development across the 18 Local Government Areas of Edo, promised to re-enact Adams Oshiomhole’s infrastructural revolution.
He said emergency would be declared on roads, schools and health infrastructure in the state.
“We are set for that. We will be taking a holistic approach to correct the decayed roads, schools and health infrastructure that have been left unattended to.
“If the Obaseki-led administration had built upon what the government of Adams Oshiomhole did, Edo would have been competing with a state like Lagos in terms of development.
“Our mission is to, from day one, hit the ground running and make Edo a better place.
‘‘A place we can actually call our own, a place that everybody will be happy to see”, he stated.
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UniCal Demonstration School Wins SAGE 2024 … To Represent Nigeria In Tokyo

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The University of Calabar International Demonstration Secondary School has won the 2024 edition of the Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE) competition.
By coming tops at the national competition, the School will represent Nigeria at the global level in Tokyo.
The school presented a solar-powered Chi ECOSOL Freeze Storage System, equiped with off-grid capacity for areas with limited or unreliable traditional electricity.
The system uses high efficiency cooling storage unit to preserve fresh produce and vegetables.
The Tide’s source reports that Federal Government Girls College (FGGC) Abuloma, finished second with a project on Bio Fortification of Cassava Flour at the finals held in Calabar.
The source also reports that FGGC Benin came third with their project on Tomato Powder.
It would be recalled that Nigeria has won 12 out of the 17 international SAGE completions held in different parts of the world after its premier edition in 2002 in America.
The theme for this year’s edition of the competition is: “Mobilising Education for Food Security”.
Speaking during the award ceremony on Monday in Calabar, Mr Peter Odey, the Cross River State Deputy Governor, said the theme for the 2024 edition of the competition was apt and well thought-out.
Represented by Hilary Bisong, the member representing Boki Constituency II at the State House of Assembly, Odey, said the theme touched on a major challenge in todays human society.
Noting the need for a multifaceted global campaign against hunger and food scarcity, he said, “nobody who has access to three square meals in a day will start thinking of crimes and violence.
“Our state has very fertile soil, the winning school has proffered solution to the challenge of food storage and preservation.
“For example, in Boki, we always have so much food after harvest, but a lot of the foods get wasted due to poor storage, so this project gives us a solution”.
Also speaking, the President, SAGE Nigeria, Mr Agwu Amogu, said the essence of the initiative was to make young people to become solution providers through entrepreneurship and community service.
Amogu stated further that the initiative had directly and indirectly impacted on no fewer than 200,000 people since 2005 when it took effect in Nigeria.
“Also, no fewer than 8,000 students have passed through the initiative, many of them have graduated, and are now alumni of SAGE.
“Our goal is to move the mindset of young Nigerians from entitlement to being solution and innovation providers.
“This new mindset will not only create jobs for them, it will even make them to become job creators and self-reliant”, he said.
On her part, 15 year old Miss Victory Idiku, the team lead of UniCal International Demonstration Secondary School, expressed her team’s joy after  wining the competition.
“It took us several weeks of research to create that innovative project, it also took a lot of hard work to effectively present it.
“We are happy to represent Nigeria at the global event in Tokyo, we promise to make our nation proud”, she said.
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Eid-el Kabir: NSCDC Mobilises 1,210 Personnel In Edo

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Edo Command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has deployed 1,210 personnel to ensure maximum security during the forthcoming Eid-el Kabir celebrations.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, Efosa Ogbebor, in a statement on Friday in Benin, said NSCDC would provide maximum security at various Eid praying grounds, palaces, monuments and recreational centres across the state during the festivities.
Ogbebor stated that the NSCDC Commandant in the state, Mr Gbenga Agun, assured residents of security of their lives and property before, during and after the festival.
“I have directed all commanders, heads of tactical units, Area Commanders and Divisional Officers to ensure smooth, crime-free and secure celebration before, during and after the Eid-el Kabir festival.
“The personnel deployed have been tasked with critical responsibilities of safeguarding national assets and infrastructure, a core mandate of the corps, protection of lives and property and crowd control, amongst others.
“NSCDC personnel will work in collaboration with other sister-agencies”, he said.
The NSCDC boss appealed to members of the public to give maximum cooperation to the personnel and support them with useful information about criminal elements.
The Commandant felicitated with all Muslims and wished them joyous Eid-el Kabir celebrations.

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