Use digital advocacy to tackle societal ills, Enugu Govt. urges nation’s youths
By Gistflash News
Aug 15, 2021
The Enugu State Government has advised the youths to use digital advocacy and community engagement to tackle the rising rate of societal ills in the country.
Mr Elvis Obi-Nwankwo, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Innovation, Science and Technology, made the call on Sunday at a Youth Stakeholders Round-table to commemorate the 2021 International Youth Day in Enugu.
The theme of the meeting is “Roles of youth in creating an innovative community engagement in tackling climate crisis and promoting food security”.
Obi-Nwankwo said the only way youths could deal with the nation’s societal ills and make impact with limited resources was to embrace technological innovations.
“Youths must innovatively think on how to solve the challenge of climate change and food insecurity.
“We cannot continue to tackle them in the same old ways and expect new or better results.
“Youths must be able to think outside the box and come out with something new, such as smart innovation, to drive a change and solve societal ills.
“Where digital advocacy cannot penetrate, you do practical community engagement and if possible give them better alternative to counter the wrong way they have been doing things before now,” he said.
Also, the Executive Director of Heroine Women Foundation, Mrs Onyinye Mamah, said ditigal advocacy remained the surest and cheapest way to appeal and reorientate a lot of people against a particular societal ill.
“Collective digital advocacy on an issue can make much impact since with time the message will be imbibed and everybody would be saying the same thing concerning an issue and the change will certainly come,” Mamah said.
The President of Enugu State Young Farmers Association, Mr Kenneth Eze, said there were few youths engaged in agriculture, even with the food insecurity real in the country due to low productivity.
Eze said youths must arise through advocacy to encourage each other to take up all forms of agriculture, especially modern agriculture practices.
He said the measure would help in replacing the aging farmers in the country.
The Executive Director of Daniel Ukwu Leadership Foundation, Mr Daniel Ukwu, urged youths to take up the leadership challenge in the country by being innovative to drive a change.
“It is us (youths) that will make the needed change for our generation and that of our children to be better and be able to confront challenges of climate change and shortage of food being experienced.
“God will not come from heaven and effect a change here.
“We must think out how we will get out of the woods and get to the Promise Land, which is the hallmark of excellent leadership,” Ukwu said.
The event was jointly organised and supported by a coalition of non-governmental organisations in the state.
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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