By Gistflash News
Aug 6, 2021
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), says it will partner relevant stakeholders to strengthen enlightenment campaign on Breast Milk Substitute (BMS) Code.
The Kaduna State Coordinator of the agency, Nasiru Mato, stated this in Kaduna on Friday at a Policy Dialogue Webinar on Breastfeeding, organised to commemorate the 2021 World Breastfeeding Week.
The International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes is an international health policy framework for breastfeeding promotion, adopted by the World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization in 1981.
The webinar with the topic, “The Role of Stakeholders in Domestic Resource Mobilization for Optimal Breastfeeding and Nutrition Outcome in Kaduna State” was organised by the State Primary Health Care Development Board.
Mato explained that the code was designed to protect breastfeeding by checking unethical and aggressive marketing by manufacturers of BMS in selling their baby formulas, thereby discouraging breastfeeding practices.
He said one of the major challenges often encountered in the implementation of the BMS code in the state, was the unethical and aggressive practices and marketing by some manufacturers.
Mato stated that the State Government needed to provide logistic support to enable the enlightenment reach the hinterland.
According to him, NAFDAC takes issue of infant nutrition very serious.
“In Kaduna State, NAFDAC has continued to partner tirelessly with all critical stakeholders and development partners towards actualising this feat.
“We have continued to sustain broadband regulatory activities towards ensuring the realisation of this noble objective targeted at ensuring an optimal feeding of infants and young children,” Mato said.
The coordinator stressed the need for a behaviourial and attitudinal change by all, adding that “we all own this fight for a sustainable citizenry health”.
He urged citizens to maintain the tempo for the good of the state and the country at large.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of this year’s World Breastfeeding Week is, “Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility.”
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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