Nasarawa youths group supports conversion of FMC Keffi to teaching hospital
By Gistflash News
Aug 8, 2021
Coalition of youth organisations in Nasarawa State are in support of Federal Government’s proposed conversion of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Keffi to a teaching hospital for Federal University Lafia.
Malam Muhammad Lawal, Convener of the coalition and Leader of North Central, Arewa Youth Assembly for Good Leadership (AYAGL), made the declaration in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Minister of Health, Dr Osage Ehanire, recently disclosed Federal Government’s plan of upgrading FMC Keffi to a teaching hospital.
He stated that FMC Keffi have all the major equipment, personnel, medical experts and facilities that would facilitate a smooth take-off of the proposed teaching hospital.
Lawal added that FMC Keffi has facilities which would facilitate the clinical training of medical students in line with international standard to compete with their contemporaries worldwide.
He noted that the proposed teaching hospital in Keffi would cover for not only medical students but the dense population of Mararaba, Masaka and other communities in Karu Local Government as well as the country in general.
He said the decision of the Federal Government was well thought because the centre was strategically located in Keffi which serve as a gateway to the North East, a substantial part of the South East and the North Central.
“Most of Federal Government’s civil servants, who come from various states of the federation and reside in Masaka, Mararaba, Ado, and New Nyanya communities under Karu Local Government in Nasarawa, access medical services at FMC Keffi.
“We also observed that many of them who enrolled in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) use FMC Keffi as their health service provider.
“Therefore, the proposed upgrading of FMC Keffi to a teaching hospital for Federal University Lafia is a good decision that will benefit all Nigerians,” Lawal said.
He disclosed that already there was a call for the establishment of a National Trauma Centre at FMC Keffi to provide effective psychosocial support to the growing number of accident victims admitted at the centre.
“People traveling to Abuja from all the six states in the North East, South East and North Central passed through Keffi Highway and whenever they have an accident officials of Federal Road Safety Corps rush them to FMC Keffi.
“That’s why stakeholders are calling for the establishment of National Trauma Centre in Keffi to provide effective care for accident victims. Therefore, upgrading the FMC, Keffi to a teaching hospital will address that demand.”
Lawal, however, thanked the National Assembly, particularly Sen. Tanko Al-Makura, representing Nasarawa South Senatorial District, for sponsoring the bill seeking the establishment of Federal University Teaching Hospital Lafia.
The youth leader also thanked Nasarawa stakeholders who contributed either in joint capacity or individual capacity to actualise the establishment of Federal University Lafia teaching hospital.
The other members of the coalition are: African Visionary Leaders Association (AVILA), Partners for Nasarawa Youth Development (PANAYD) and Nasarawa Youth and Students Leaders Forum (NAYOSLF).
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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