Doctors urge mothers to practice exclusive breastfeeding
By Gistflash News
Aug 5, 2021
Prof. Sa’ad Ahmed, the Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, Abuja, has advised mothers to practice exclusive breastfeeding to their newborn babies.
Ahmed gave the advice at the opening of the World Breastfeeding Week 2021, on Wednesday, in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the 2021 celebration is “Protect Breastfeeding: A shared responsibility.”
Ahmed was represented by the hospital Head of Clinical Services, Dr. Eziechila Joseph.
He said that the benefits of breastfeeding could never be overemphasised, adding that it was important to inculcate the habit of exclusive breastfeeding, because it was cheap and beneficial to babies.
“You don’t need to buy it in the market and with the economic situation, it is even better because God has endowed us with it.
“We have come today, to celebrate the world breastfeeding day and charge all and sundry to imbibe and teach the younger females, to see the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for six months,” Ahmed said.
The Local Organising Committee Chairperson, Dr. Eziechila Bessie, said that “every good house needed a solid foundation.
“Proper nutrition is the bedrock of raising a healthy child and consequently a healthy nation.”
Bessei said that the country was behind when it comes to child health indices.
“If we must attain sustainable development goals, with respect to reducing the neonatal, infant and under five mortality rates in our nation, then we must pay particular attention to breastfeeding and especially exclusive breastfeeding,” she said.
Similarly, the Director, Family Health Department, of the Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Salam Anas, said that breastfeeding was not only the responsibility of the mother, but partners, family members and health professionals all have roles to play.
She said that breastfeeding was an important public health issue because it promotes health, prevent diseases, help contribute to reducing health inequalities and save health services cost for countries.
Anas said that breastfeeding played an important role in prevention of all forms of childhood malnutrition including under nutrition, obesity, and micronutrient deficiencies.
She said that breast milk contains antibodies which help protect against many childhood illnesses.
A breastfeeding mother, Mrs Olarewaju Omolola, at the occasion, called on the government to extend maternity leave for new mothers.
She said that the four months were not enough to properly breastfeed a new baby and she urged the government to review the policy.
FG converts National Blood Service to commission
By Gistflash News
Sept 25, 2021
The Federal Government has established the National Blood Service Commission (NBSC) to replace the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) to coordinate, regulate and ensure the provision of safe, quality blood transfusion services.
This is contained in a statement by Abdullahi Haruna, the commission’s Head of Media and Publicity on Saturday, in Abuja.
It explained that the NBTS was formerly a unit under the Department of Hospital Services in the Federal Ministry of Health, which was passed by the National Assembly and assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari.
It also disclosed that Dr Omale Joseph-Amedu, the National Coordinator, would serve as the Acting Director-General of the commission in line with the provisions of the Act establishing the commission.
“Commission which has the statutory mandate to coordinate, regulate and ensure the provision of safe, quality blood transfusion services on a country- wide basis within the national health plan.
“Therefore, the commission is legally mandated to ensure proper compliance with the National Blood Service Guidelines and standards.
“It will also maintain a system of quality assurance at all levels of service, encourage research in all aspects of blood transfusion services and promote the rational use of blood, blood products and alternatives to blood where appropriate.
“The commission which takes effect immediately as National Blood Service Commission (NBSC) has communicated that its new name and status more aptly reflects the mandate of ensuring the availability of safe, quality and adequate blood services to all Nigerians,” it stated
UK donates 1.2m COVID-19 vaccines to Nigeria – Envoy
By Gistflash News
Sept 25, 2021
COVID-19: 4, 680,000 Nigerians vaccinated – NPHCDA
By Gistflash News
Sept 25, 2021
The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) says 4,680,000 Nigerians have so far been vaccinated against COVID-19 .
The Executive Director /Chief Executive Officer of the agency, Dr Faisal Shuaib, disclosed this during the South South zonal town hall meeting on COVID-19 vaccination on Saturday in Benin.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the town hall meeting was organised by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, in collaboration with NPHCDA and the Edo government.
Shuaib noted that out of the 4,680,000 million vaccinated Nigerians, about 1,865,127 were fully vaccinated with the two doses.
He stated that the figure was below the nation’s target ,adding that the threats posed by the virus could prevent the country from returning to normal living.
“I will like to encourage us to use our good offices to encourage eligible members of our community to visit the nearest designated health facility to receive the vaccine.
“All the vaccines are currently available in designated vaccination sites across the country and are safe and effective,” he said.
According to him, in the course of the next few weeks, NPHCDA plans to gradually involve the private sector as sites for COVID-19 vaccination.
Shuaib, however, disclosed that the Federal Government had set up a Joint Task Force on COVID-19 vaccine for monitoring and accountability in collaboration with the security agencies.
Earlier, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire said the town hall was organised to discuss COVID-19 vaccination, address mutual concerns and reach a consensus to ensure citizens were safe and protected against the deadly coronavirus.
Ehanire, said Nigeria had so far lost 2000 of her citizens to COVID-19, adding that the virus had also affected the nation’s GDP.
According to him ,the government needs to vaccinate 70 per cent of the population to effectively curb the spread of the virus.
“The way out off this is to get vaccinated because those who have taken the vaccine have full protection while the unvaccinated are exposed to danger,” he said
He disclosed that the Federal Government was working with the private sector for the production of vaccine in the country.
According to the minister, records have shown that over 90 per cent of deaths recorded from COVID-19 are from unvaccinated persons.
Also speaking, Gov. Godwin Obaseki said the state had so far vaccinated over 130,000 residents against the virus.
Represented by his Chief of Staff, Osaigbovo Iyokha, Obaseki said the state target was to vaccinate 60 per cent of the population.
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