Medical practitioners pledge more access to quality healthcare
By Gistflash News
July 2, 2021
The Association of Catholic Medical Practitioners of Nigeria has pledged to ensure more people have access to quality healthcare in the country.
Mathew Ashikeni, the President of the association, said this on Friday at its 15th National Conference in Abuja.
The theme of the conference is: Universal Health Coverage (UCH) 2030 and Health Security: The role of Catholic Doctors.
Ashikeni, who said that the citizens needed quality healthcare, added that they would be given anywhere they live, work and irrespective of their social or economic status
He said that the association would ensure that the people did not suffer any financial hardship in the process.
According to him, the COVID-19 pandemic might have affected the progress towards UCH by 2030, hence, the need for government agencies concern to integrate the Catholic health institutions and other similar facilities.
This, he said, would complement each other in the provision of essential health facilities to all Nigerians.
“The Catholic health services are some of the best in the country and are widespread across the country, located in some of the best remotest parts of the country providing primary, secondary and specialist healthcare services,” he said.
According to him, there must be a deliberate effort in supporting the health institutions for synergy and the multiplier effects on the health of citizens without their suffering financial hardships.
He added that this was in consideration of the fact that out-of-pocket payment for healthcare accounts for as high as 76.6 per cent of total expenditure on health, with the poor suffering the most.
Sen Chukwuka Otase, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Primary Healthcare and Communicable Diseases, said that the major problems in the country remained primary healthcare.
He said that primary healthcare was fundamental, adding that if the country got it right, the citizenry would be better for it.
According to him, it is only the Catholic Doctors that still have their basis in the villages, they are there running the hospitals to ensure we have the UHC.
He pleaded with the Catholic Doctors to ensure that they always take the lead.
“It is always good to work our faith. If we preach and preach without a reproductive system that works for the country it will be in vain.
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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