By Gistflash News
Sept 4, 2021
Akeem Busari, the Head Coach of Gateway United Football Club of Abeokuta on Friday said the super Eagles deserve plaudits for putting up a brilliant performance in their group C opening game in the ongoing world cup qualifier.
Busari told the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) in an interview that the Super Eagles winning was a great achievement and also charged the super Eagles players to maintain the greater heights they have embarked on.
Busari said that the super Eagles played the theLone Star in their opening Qatar 1022 World cup qualifiers at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in lagos with fewer fans as only 5,000 fans were allowed by the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF).
He described the feat as a plus adding that “the Sports body’s adherence to COVID-19 protocol is also a relief”.
According to him, it is necessary to always strive to protect the hard-earned players’ trust.
“Trust in the Super Eagles Player is what gives them authoritative voice.
“I applaud the players for their hard work and dedication
“The players should consolidate on their achievements and build on the foundation that they have laid down today,” he said.
The coach observed that the team have better picture of better future and structure “that will ensure that we continue to dominate in football and play the kind of footballs that our fans know us for.
“I would like us to win more.”
He added that the next game against Cape Verde “is going to be a tough one. Remember about eight regulars of Super Eagles won’t be available due to COVID-19 restrictions.
“However, I think the worst result will be a draw.
“The introduction of new players is justified.”
He also stressed that the Coach of Super Eagles must carefully consider the timing of substitution to successfully influence a game’s result.
He should think twice about substituting players late in the second half when the productivity of their goal scorers will be at its height.
NAN reports that Eagles will travel to face Cape Verde on Tuesday for Qatar 2022 world cup second game qualifier.
NAN recalls that the Super Eagles have qualified for sixth world cup finals and are keen to make their fourth successive appearance.
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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