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Minister Inaugurates 2nd Round Of Polio Vaccination In FCT



Minister Inaugurates 2nd Round Of Polio Vaccination In FCT-Crystal news

The FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu, on Monday, inaugurated the Federal Capital Territory Administration‘s second round of polio immunization in response to the recent outbreak of the virus in parts of the country.

The minister, who performed the exercise at the Area 2 Primary Healthcare Centre, Garki, Abuja, vaccinated two new born babies as the chief vaccinator.

She urged mothers to take the vaccination seriously, ensure proper hygiene and come out and vaccinate their babies to ensure the eradication of polio.

“We want the status to be maintained. I know mothers are the most excited people in the world, especially with a newborn babies. However, follow all the processes as directed by medical personnel.

”Also, be reminded that the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over, therefore keep observing all the protocols by wearing your face mask and keeping physical distancing.

”I am happy you are all wearing your face mask, keep doing that even in marketplaces,” Aliyu said.

She assured that the FCT would participate in the October National Immunization Plus Days when children below age five in the FCT and the 36 states of the federation would have another opportunity to be vaccinated with the potent novel oral polio vaccine.

Aliyu also commended the partner agencies including WHO and UNICEF for their support with logistics, in advocacy, communication and social mobilization, while charging the area councils to expand their reach.

Earlier, the Acting Secretary, FCT Primary Health Care Board, Dr Iwot Ndaeyo, said the first round was conducted in the five area councils of Abaji, Abuja Municipal, Bwari, Kuje and Kwali in August 2021.

According to him, FCT was due for the second round in the month of September 2021.
He stated that the first-round report showed Abaji, Kwali and Bwari area councils performed well and passed the end process evaluation at the first test.

“While Abuja Municipal and Kuje area councils had to undertake mop-up exercises to meet the required coverage and eventually passed the end process test,” the official said

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Sanwo-Olu Seeks Innovative Solutions For Cardiovascular Disease Patients



Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has tasked the Nigeria Cardiac Society, (NCS) to develop innovative solutions and reinvent methods to reach out to patients with cardiovascular diseases in Nigeria.

Sanwo-Olu, represented by Dr Olusegun Ogboye, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Lagos state, made the call at the 50th anniversary and scientific conference of the NCS in Lagos.

The theme of the conference was : “Delivering Cardiovascular Care in Emergency and Disaster Situations”.

”Science and technology has successfully made life easier and better through several inventions and innovations, such as telemedicine and use of artificial intelligence in the health sector.

“As we are aware, people with underlying health issues such as cardiovascular diseases, are more at risk of the severity of COVID-19 complications.

”The World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed in 2016 that non-communicable diseases are estimated to account for 29 per cent of all deaths in Nigeria.

”With cardiovascular diseases being responsible for 11 per cent of these deaths and also responsible for a high burden of morbidity and disability leading to strokes and others.

“These statistics serve as a pointer to the fact that cardiovascular diseases have somewhat dire consequences when not properly and closely monitored,” Sanwo-Olu said.

He said that in Lagos state telemedicine has been integrated into our health care system.
“It is one of the innovations we have embraced from the lessons COVID-19 has taught the world.

“I remain proud of all the great strides and achievements of the society, being the first cardiac society to perform an open heart surgery in black Africa.

“This society has contributed to manpower training in cardiovascular medicine and surgery,” Sanwo-Olu added.

Speaking, Dr Okechukwu Ogah, President, Nigerian Cardiac Society said there was a need to collaborate with basic, social and public health scientists in order to advance our research in common cardiovascular health conditions in the country.

Ogah said that in recent time there had been remarkable contributions of our members in the areas of congenital heart disease, hypertension, COVID-19 and other heart diseases.
“We are also working with the World Heart Federation(WHF) and Federal Ministry of Health in many areas to tame the growing burden of Non-communicable Diseases.

”It is no doubt that we are working in very difficult terrain at a time the world is bedeviled by a pandemic, “he said.

Oga noted that locally, they were facing a very disruptive health care system, massive migration of health workers, economic down turn, devaluation of our currency and high cost of drugs.

“We therefore, use this opportunity to call on our governments at all levels to look into the plights of our patients and those who provide the care.

”We thank all the public and private health institutions that have added value to the practice of cardiovascular medicine in Nigeria.

“At the founding of our society, there were very few human and material resources to take care of the cardiovascular needs of the country.

”Today cardiac care services are provided in many tertiary centres and private-owned super-specialty cardiac care services are springing up, but currently affordable to the rich in the country, “he said.

Sanwo-Olu Seeks Innovative Solutions For Cardiovascular Disease Patients

Oga called on the Federal and State Governments to embrace universal health coverage and provide the enabling legal framework and resources in Nigeria.

Also contributing, Prof. Amam Mbakwem, Chairman, Local Organising Committee of the conference said that the time was apt for us to deliberate on the best way to deliver cardiovascular care during these periods.

Mbakwem said that the level of environmental degradation, global warming, encroachment on the natural habitats of some of the hosts or carriers of these pathogens, no one was sure what happens next.

”However, come what may, we would innovate and look after our patients in a safe and effective manner.

“The problems of cardiovascular care delivery are magnified in our environment with very weak and fragile infrastructure and health systems.

”During this conference, we will take a critical look at how far we have come as a society as we attain the golden jubilee age.

“In this conference, we have three generations of cardiologists; founding fathers, the cardiovascular care professionals of today and our young fellows,” she said

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FIIAPP Appraises Nigerian Criminal Justice System



FIIAPP appraises Nigerian criminal justice system

The International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP) on Tuesday in Abuja began a two-day workshop for increased awareness on criminal justice for human trafficking.


FIIAPP is a Spanish public foundation that advocates Action against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (A-TIPSOM) in Nigeria, a project funded by the European Union (EU).


The workshop is themed: “Compounding crises and criminal justice in Nigeria collaborative approaches in dealing with new and emerging trends of TIPSOM”.


The A-TIPSOM team leader, Mr. Rafael-Rios Molina, stated that the workshop was organized for officers/stakeholders working on Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (TIP/SOM).


He said that the workshop was put together to appraise the criminal justice system post COVID-19 pandemic, seeking better ways to improve collaboration with many agencies to tackle and fight human traffickers.


Molina added that the main objective of the workshop was to support the Nigerian agencies to identify with international network.


He disclosed that some European prosecutors had been invited to speak to increase collaboration with Nigeria and EU member states.


“Criminal justice could only be strengthened through relationship to fight the menace of trafficking; the relationship needs to increase to get more result, and to know exactly how to carryout good human investigation.


“The relationship/collaboration will help stakeholders to know the financiers of these criminals, we decided to collaborate with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) to organise this workshop.


“We are very happy with the appointment of the new director general of NAPTIP,” Molina said.


On her part, NAPTIP’s Director-General, Mrs Fatima Waziri-Azi, appreciated EU and FIIAPP’s invaluable support and from other partners in the agency’s efforts at implementing its projects against human trafficking.


She said that partners/stakeholders, both local and international, had over the years proven valuable in their support towards NAPTIP’s effort to rid the country of human trafficking.


She noted that the role played by all partners was obvious from the increased awareness, continuous rescue, rehabilitation, reintegration of victims, arrest and prosecution of offenders.


Waziri-Azi stated that the choice of the theme for the workshop was apt, saying that some preventive measures had also been observed as effectively hindering the prosecution of certain criminals which had given them escape route to evade justice.

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TGIF: Cleric Tasks Muslims On Regular Supplication To Allah



TGIF: Cleric Tasks Muslims On Regular Supplication To Allah-Crystal News

A Muslim Cleric, Imam Yahya Alyolawi, has urged Muslims to endeavor to supplicate to Allah at all times as a supplication (Dua) is the most powerful weapon in the hands of believers.

Alyolawi, who is the Imam of Area 10 Jumaat Mosque, Garki. Abuja made the call in his sermon at the mosque on Friday.

He explained that, though supplication is powerful and important, certain factors were necessary for it to be accepted by Allah.

“There are certain times and venues where supplication can be more effective.

“Scholars have explained that supplication is of two types, that of need (Du’a Masalah) and that of worship (Du’a Ibadah).

“The first category is a plain request for specific needs, while the second covers every act of worship said in words or inaction,’’ he said.

He listed appropriate times and places for effective supplication to include Laylat al Quadar, Arafat day, the last third of the night, and at the end of each of the five daily prayers among others.

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