Victims of human trafficking ‘ll get free medical care – NMA
By Gistflash News
July 30, 2021
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) says it will offer free medical evaluation and care to victims of human trafficking to aid their quick recovery and reintegration into society.
The NMA Chairman in Lagos State, Dr Adetunji Adenekan, made the disclosure in his goodwill message at an event to commemorate
the 2021 World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.
The World Day Against Trafficking in Persons is celebrated annually on July 30 to raise awareness about human trafficking and
has “Victims’ Voices Lead the Way” as this year’s theme.
Adenekan said that NMA had recognised that the scourge of human trafficking had both social and health effects on victims.
He listed depression, diminished self-worth, selective mutism, suicidal ideation, sexually transmitted diseases and physical disabilities as some common medical challenges faced by victims of trafficking.
He added that “in the last couple of months, we worked directly with victims of trafficking, rendered psychosocial support and other medical services to survivors.
“We also partnered WOTCLEF to help victims get financial support for business startup,” he said.
According to him, Lagos State serves as a source, transit and destination route for most of the traffickers.
“Women and girls are mostly affected, having been recruited from rural communities and taken into forced prostitution in urban areas.
“Underage boys and girls are also taken from rural communities within and outside the state to prime locations where they are made to serve as domestic helps, vendors and even beggars.
“Being a state with numerous points of entry and exit, traffickers often transit through Lagos State while also getting victims from the state.
“In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, economic hardship worsened and this indirectly increased the number of persons trafficked within and outside Nigeria.”
He noted that the medical challenges of the victims and the economic effect of the evil of human trafficking in the state necessitated the need to raise awareness against human trafficking in the society.
Adenekan said that to mark the day, NMA partnered the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF) to raise public awareness.
He said the one-week activities in commemoration of the day also had the Network Against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL) as a partner.
“We hope that through these activities, more people will become aware that we still have people who deal in human trafficking and they use various schemes including job offers in foreign countries.
“Our aim is also to encourage the public to be watchful and promptly report suspected cases of trafficking to NAPTIP, so that victims can get help early enough,” he stressed.
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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