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The Federal Government has called on various stakeholders in the health sector to prioritize efforts aimed at tackling Childhood Pneumonia while assuring the necessarypolicy framework for its actualization in the country. The theme of this year's World Pneumonia Day is “Pneumonia Affects Everyone”.

The Honourable Minister Of State for Health, Honourable Joseph Ekumankamaably resented by Director/ Head Child Health Division Dr Nwosu S.U made this call, during a press briefing which took place at the Ministry’s Headquarters in Abuja on November 28, 2022.

Speaking at the event, HonourableEkumankama disclosed that approximately, one (100) Million childhood pneumonia episodes with associated 808,920 related deaths occur globally and World Health Organisation (WHO) states that Nigeria witnesses about 162,000 under-five death due to this disease annually recalling that low and middle -income countries (LMICs), are affected disproportionately especially those in sub-Saharan Africa.

Still speaking he mentioned that the global health community has mobilized swiftly against Malaria, Polio, Tuberculosis and HIV, but unfortunately, attention has not been prioritized towards the reduction of pneumonia-related morbidity and mortality.

He also informed that the solutions to tackling pneumonia and other childhood-relatedillnesses do not require major advances in technology, in that pneumonia death could be reduced by two- third if the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia (GAPP), which was developed by WHO and UNICEF are adopted. He also, revealed that Government is strongly committed to implementing the GAPP initiative through the development of the Nigerian Integrated Pneumonia Control Strategy and Implementation Plan. Maintaining that “This brings together all critical services and interventions aimed at reducing the incidence and prevalence of childhood pneumonia,” he said.

Speaking further, he affirmed that Government has provided the policy framework as it can no longer contend with bad indices. He, therefore, called on WHO, UNICEF, USAID, Save the Children International and CHAI as well as other well-meaning stakeholders “to prioritize childhood pneumonia as an important condition 

in its own right,” he said.

Earlier in her opening remark, Director Family Health Dr Salma Anas, represented by Director/ Head GASHE DrOvuoraye John, informed that the ministry partnered withUnited for Oxygen in establishing and upgrading of existing Oxygen plants in the Country.This we all know will go along way in reducing mortality to due to pneumonia and other causes of hypoxaemia,” She said.

She affirmed that the Ministry has been able to harmonize and incorporatethe Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM) of childhood illness, a policy formulated by the government for reducing the incidence of childhood killer diseases at community level into CHIPPS programmewhich was launched last year with a view to having a holistic and integrated care for Nigerian children.

Goodwill messages were received from UNICEF,CHAI, USAID, MCGL amongst others.

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November 28, 2022.

The Honourable Minister of State Health, Honourable Joseph Ekumankama, ably represented by the Director of Hospital Services Doctor Bolakale Alongehas harped on the effective use of Nigeria Standard Treatment Guidelines (NTSG) in the healthcare delivery systems. The Guidelines, he said was systematically developed and designed to assist health practitioners and patients in making appropriate decisions in clinical practice.

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This he made known at the official launch of the 3rd Edition of the Nigeria Standard Treatment Guidelines(NTSG), which took place on November 24, 2022 at Ministry of Healths Headquarter Conference room Abuja.

Speaking at the launch, the Honourable Minister of State Health, gave insights on how the document, (NSTG) would be of immense value to the healthcare providers at all levels of the National Healthcare system including the private healthcare sector. This is in order to achieve the intended goal of promoting rational drug use, standardizing medical care by encouraging uniformity protocols across our practice settings and ultimately improving quality of care,” he said.

Still speaking, Ekumakama stated that the Standard Treatment Guidelines was developed under the various statutory laws and will serve as veritable tool which will promote healthcare delivery system and provide a standard of care for the Nigerian population.

In his opening remarks, PermanentSecretary of the Ministry, Alhaji Mahmoud Mammam who was represented by Director, Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicine(TCAM), Pharmacist Zainab Sheriff, lauded the committee for their painstaking efforts and numerous contributions towards thesuccess of the Launch.

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He emphasized on the relevance of the document stressing that the document will serve as a reference document to all health practitioners. “I will call it maybe the second Holy Book for experts in this field because it should be available, accessible, affordable,” he said.

In her welcome remarks, the Director Food and Drug Department, Pharmacist Olubunmi Arabena noted that the Launching was very special because it is coming immediately after the COVID-19 pandemic with its attendant challenges.

Speaking earlier, the chairman, National Drug Formulary/ EssentialMedicines List, Prof. John Ohaju- Obodo informed that the guidelines are evidence based and took into consideration a wholistic approach about the peculiarities, local circumstances, personnel as well as the resources available for provision of services in the health sector.

Goodwill messages were received from various stakeholders including the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), Medicines, Technologies and Pharmaceutical Services (MTaPS) among others.

 

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November 25, 2022

The Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has reiteratedFederal Government’s commitment to providing quality health care services to Nigerians, particularly the Retirees and Elderly across the country, through the provision of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

Dr. Ehanire made this assertion at the formal presentation of the second Report of the Ministerial Committee for the Provision of NHIS to Retirees and Elderly, Tuesday, November 22nd, 2022in Abuja.

The Minister also revealed that the initiative was part of President Muhamadu Buhari’s strategies for attaining Universal Health Coverage.  

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His words: “Your committee was inaugurated as part of Mr. President’s commitment to improving the quality of care of the Elderly through the provision of health insurance…

“I am glad to tell you that as a country, Nigeria is a signatory to several global initiatives and committed to the health and development of her citizens. As a ministry, we have the mandate to ensure healthy lives and well-being for all Nigerians. The inclusion of the elderly in NHIS is in accordance with our vision to attain Universal Health Coverage which is “Leaving No One Behind”.

While applauding the Committee for a job well done, the Minister assured that therecommendations will be carefully studied and implemented.

In his presentation, the Chairman of the Ministerial Committee for the Provision of National Health Insurance Scheme to the Retirees and Elderly, Mr. Linus Awute, said that achieving universal health coverage for Senior Citizens requires innovation and political will, adding that the Committee had done due diligence in putting the Report together.

So the committee has been able to establish the template and anchor it on the principle of equity and justice, and if implemented it will require a lot of political will to be able to look at various recommendations and to be able to factor such recommendations into the program towards effective implementation,” he said.

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On her part, the Secretary of the Committee, Dr. Salma Ibrahim Anasnoted that 

people tend to be more vulnerable to health challenges as they grow older, thus requiring quality health services. She also noted with disappointment that these services are often not accessible to them, which is why the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Health had to step in with the provision of NHIS for the Retirees and Elderly, to ensure that no one is left behind.

She added that for these groups of people who have contributed so much to national development, the program guarantees quality health care and access to basic amenities at no cost to them, thereby prolonging their lives.

The highlight of the event includes a detailed analysis and presentationof the Report by the Head of the Technical Working Group of the Committee, Dr. Eke Jonathan.

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Ahmadu A.A. Chindaya

Head Media & Public Relations 

As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to commemorate World Diabetes Day, 2022, the Federal Government partners with relevant stakeholders to bring the disease down to its knees, with the launch of ICARE initiative. The theme for this year’s event is access to Diabetes care “Education to protect tomorrow”.

The Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire who was represented by the Honourable Minister of State for Health, Hon. Joseph Ekumankama, lauded the iCARE initiative, noting that partnership with the Danish Embassy and Novo Nordisk, will support Nigeria’s diabetes control efforts, providing holistic diabetic care and facilitate insulin access to the most vulnerable patient groups in Nigeria.



The Minister also reiterated the Government's commitment to providing leadership for control and prevention of non-communicable diseases by strategically pursuing the elimination of risk factors, improving access to clinical care for the diseases as well as preventing their complications.

He expressed the optimism that with these partnerships and collaborative efforts particularly in the rural areas, diabetes would be reduced to its barest minimum.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, of the Federal Ministry of Health, Alhaji Mahmuda Mamman ably represented by the Director, of Public Health, Dr. Alex Okoh noted that Nigeria is actively involved in strategic intervention toward the elimination of the risk factors of diabetes and other communicable diseases.

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In his goodwill message, the World Health Organisation representative in Nigeria, Dr. Walter Kazzadi Mulumbo said there is an urgent need to move access to diabetic care from sick care to health care, encompassing a prevention and treatment approach for every adult living with diabetes Mellitus through strategic and accelerated collaboration.

The Ambassador of Denmark to Nigeria Mr. Sune Krogstrup in his remarks commended the collaborations with Nigeria, adding that the Launch of the iCARE program by Novo Nordisk would collectively improve the lives of people, especially low-income vulnerable, elderly, retirees over the age of 55, with limited income and health coverage, living with diabetes to defeat the disease.

The Ambassador also informed that the iCARE initiative was launched in Nigeria with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Federal Ministry of Health and Novo Nordisk. Other Stakeholders in the partnership include the Royal Danish Embassy (RDE) World Wide Commercial Ventures Limited (WWCVL) and the Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology of Nigeria.

The highlight of the event was the presentation of the signed memorandum of understanding between the Federal Ministry of Health, the Danish Embassy, Novo Nordisk, and other partners to the public. It also highlighted the need to include diabetes tests as part of the compulsory routine tests for Nigerians to reduce the spate of diabetes. iCARE targets reaching 12,000 patients with affordable insulin and ensuring that no child dies from type 1 diabetes through its's changing diabetes in Children Programme.

World Diabetes Day is held on November 14 every year and it’s a global awareness campaign focusing on diabetes mellitus.

 

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Ahmadu A. A. Chindaya

Head, Media & Public Relations

The Honorable Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire has charged the newly elected EXCOs of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to be focused and dedicated to their duties.

Dr Ehanire gave this charge when the EXCOs led by its President Dr Emeka Orji paid him a courtesy visit on Wednesday, November 4th, 2022, at the Ministry’s Headquarters, Abuja.

The Minister congratulated them for being found worthy of their new appointments. He also encouraged them to strive for excellence and maintain positive attitudes while discharging their duties.

“You must be able to be adaptive enough to be able to know that we play different roles at different points and that at any given moment you have the responsibility, beyond just being members of NARD, you are members of the larger community, you are members of government, you are members of the “THINK TANK” of the country and at the minimum of this level, you have the possibility and capacity to make suggestions for the wellbeing of the country,” he said.

Further, Dr Ehanire expressed readiness to collaborate with the Association for the good of the general public, assuring them that their interest is well protected, considering that the Ministry is predominantly run by Professionals in the Medical field, who have been in their shoes at some point, and also understand their plight.

We do represent the Medical Profession, most of us are Medical Professionals, we went through what you went through… we are not strangers to what you are feeling, it’s not new and it is not foreign, therefore, we can understand you very well. But we must work together, we must cooperate, we must try and see each other’s points of view because if there is anybody who is going to be on your side, it is us. First, because we are in the same profession, and we have the same responsibility which is to patients, and secondly because we represent government, we are like in between” the Minister added.

On his part, the Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Mahmuda Mamman, ably represented by the Director, of Public Health, Dr. Alex Okoh while congratulating the newly inaugurated EXCOs, noted with disappointment, the absence of female representation among the EXCOs and appealed that they should be included in the affairs of the Association in the nearest future.

Earlier, the President of NARD, Dr. Emeka Orji, stated that the EXCOs visit aimed at paying homage to the Honourable Minister having been recently inaugurated. He commended the Honourable Minister and his team for what they have been able to do in the healthcare sector.

He also took advantage of the visit to discuss a number of issues bothering the backlog of salary arrears, training allowances, brain drain, and accommodation among others.


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Ahmadu A. A. Chindaya

Deputy Director (Media & Public Relations)

The Honorable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has charged the newly elected EXCOs of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to be focused and dedicated to their duties.

Dr Ehanire gave this charge when the EXCOs led by its President Dr Emeka Orji paid him a courtesy visit on Wednesday, November 4th, 2022, at the Ministry’s Headquarters, Abuja.

The Minister congratulated them for being found worthy of their new appointments. He also encouraged them to strive for excellence and maintain positive attitudes while discharging their duties.

“You must be able to be adaptive enough to be able to know that we play different roles at different points and that at any given moment you have the responsibility, beyond just being members of NARD, you are members of the larger community, you are members of government, you are members of the “THINK TANK” of the country and at the minimum of this level, you have the possibility and capacity to make suggestions for the wellbeing of the country,” he said.

Further, Dr Ehanire expressed readiness to collaborate with the Association for the good of the general public, assuring them that their interest is well protected, considering that the Ministry is predominantly run by Professionals in the Medical field, who have been in their shoes at some point, and also understand their plight.

We do represent the Medical Profession, most of us are Medical Professionals, we went through what you went through… we are not strangers to what you are feeling, it’s not new and it is not foreign, therefore, we can understand you very well. But we must work together, we must cooperate, we must try and see each other’s points of view because if there is anybody who is going to be on your side, it is us. First, because we are in the same profession, and we have the same responsibility which is to patients and secondly, because we represent government, we are like in between” the Minister added.

On his part, the Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Mahmuda Mamman, ably represented by the Director, Public Health, Dr. Alex Okoh while congratulating the newly inaugurated EXCOs, noted with disappointment, the absence of female representation among the EXCOs and appealed that they should be included in the affairs of the Association in the nearest future.

Earlier, the President of NARD, Dr. Emeka Orji, stated that the EXCOs visit aimed at paying homage to the Honourable Minister having been recently inaugurated. He commended the Honourable Minister and his team for what they have been able to do in the healthcare sector.

He also took advantage of the visit to discuss a number of issues bothering on backlog of salary arrears, training allowances, brain-drain, accommodation among others.


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Ahmadu A. A. Chindaya

Deputy Director (Media & Public Relations)

The Honourable Minister of State for Health, Hon. Joseph Ekumankama has conveyed the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR to Dr. Mustapha Yaro and Dr. Aliyu Balarabe on their reappointment as Medical Directors of their Institutions, in a brief ceremony held on the 10th of November 2022, at the Federal Ministry of Health Headquarters in Abuja.The appointment of Dr. Mustapha Yaro as Medical Director of the National Ear Care Centre Kaduna, Kaduna State was renewed for a second and final term of four (4) years with effect from 16th August, 2022. While Dr. Aliyu Balarabe, was renewed as Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre Birnin-Kebbi, Kebbi State for a second and final term of four (4) years with effect from 10th January 2023.While conveying the letters to the Medical Directors, Hon. Ekumankama reminded them of the enormous responsibilities ahead and tasked them to consolidate and improve upon their previous achievements to justify the confidence reposed in them. He charged them to ensure that the systems at their hospitals be made better. “Make it better make services available to the people, form teams with your staff, for you to succeed you must carry everybody along. Operate an all-inclusive open door policy, create a good working atmosphere and work in unity of purpose with all stakeholders”.The Minister of State further reiterated Federal Government’s determination to restructure, re-strategize and reposition all medical institutions in the country in terms of administration and human capital development to meet up with global standards.Dr. Mustapha Yaro who was appreciative, thanked Mr.  President and the Ministry of Health for finding him worthy of a second term in office. He informed that his Centre has the sole responsibility for the treatment of ear, nose and throat in the country.

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Dr. Yaro promised to fulfil his obligatory and statutory duties in accordance with the action plan of the health sector. Similarly, Dr. Aliyu Balarabe expressed his profound gratitude for the opportunity given to him to serve the nation for another four years. He pledged to continue to deliver quality healthcare services to Nigerians.
 
 
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10/10/2022

The Federal Government has formally taken over the Rasheed Shekoni Specialist Hospital (R. S. S. H) Dutse from the Jigawa State Government. In addition to service delivery, R. S. S. H will be used for training the medical students of the Federal University, Dutse.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire and the Executive Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Mohammad Badaru Abubakar, jointly signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at a brief Ceremony to that effect on Friday, 21st October, 2022 at the Ministry’s Headquarters in Abuja.

Speaking during the Ceremony, Dr. Ehanire said that the signing of the MoU was to make it formal and to also inform the public of the development, adding that he had earlier visited the State to kicked-start the process of taking over of the facility.

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According to the Minister, the hospital is a laudable project that would enhance learning and service delivery at the Medical School, while assuring that the Federal Government has taken necessary steps to make the transition process seamless.

“With regards to the Teaching Hospital which is a very good project, the Federal Government has a University there and I went to see myself, so the development of that is taking over a teaching hospital to match the medical school.

“The ceremony today is just to inform the public that Federal Government is now in charge of Rasheed Shekoni Specialist Hospital Dutse.

“We made sure the budget line was done already and the inventory is correct. The Federal Ministry of Works has done its job and we are sure that what we are taking over is good enough to begin with and then to build on as we go along, “ Ehanire.

He commended the Governor of Jigawa State for the giant strides his administration has recorded in the State, especially in the health sector and also urged him to continue the innovative projects he has embarked on, particularly in the area of Primary Health Care.

“I’m not saying that to be nice; I’m saying that as a matter of fact because we do interact with all the States and we are happy with a State where the Governor is interested in health which is our own mandate and also interested in the development of the population,” Ehanire said.

Speaking earlier, Governor Badaru said the signing of the memorandum of understanding was a great milestone in the history of Jigawa state as this according to him would improve the health care delivery in the state.

Present to witness the event were: Minister of State for Health, Hon. Joseph Ekumankama, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mahmuda Mamman, Acting Director Hospital Services, Dr Bola Alonge, Director Teaching Hospitals, Dr Noah Andrew and other officials of the Ministry.

Also present were the delegation of the Jigawa State Government among which include: Permanent Secretary, Jigawa State Ministry of Health, Dr. Salisu Muazu, Commissioner of Special Duties, Auwal Sankara, Acting Chief Medical Director, R. S. S H, FCT Secretary of Health, Dr. Abubakar among others.

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Ahmadu Chindaya

Deputy Director (Media & Public Relations)

October 21, 2022

The Federal Government has formally taken over the Rasheed Shekoni Specialist Hospital (R. S. S. H) Dutse from the Jigawa State Government. In addition to service delivery, R. S. S. H will be used for training the medical students of the Federal University, Dutse.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire and the Executive Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Mohammad Badaru Abubakar, jointly signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at a brief Ceremony to that effect on Friday, 21st October, 2022 at the Ministry’s Headquarters in Abuja.

Speaking during the Ceremony, Dr. Ehanire said that the signing of the MoU was to make it formal and to also inform the public of the development, adding that he had earlier visited the State to kicked-start the process of taking over of the facility.

According to the Minister, the hospital is a laudable project that would enhance learning and service delivery at the Medical School, while assuring that the Federal Government has taken necessary steps to make the transition process seamless.

“With regards to the Teaching Hospital which is a very good project, the Federal Government has a University there and I went to see myself, so the development of that is taking over a teaching hospital to match the medical school.

“The ceremony today is just to inform the public that Federal Government is now in charge of Rasheed Shekoni Specialist Hospital Dutse.

“We made sure the budget line was done already and the inventory is correct. The Federal Ministry of Works has done its job and we are sure that what we are taking over is good enough to begin with and then to build on as we go along, “ Ehanire.

He commended the Governor of Jigawa State for the giant strides his administration has recorded in the State, especially in the health sector and also urged him to continue the innovative projects he has embarked on, particularly in the area of Primary Health Care.

“I’m not saying that to be nice; I’m saying that as a matter of fact because we do interact with all the States and we are happy with a State where the Governor is interested in health which is our own mandate and also interested in the development of the population,” Ehanire said.

Speaking earlier, Governor Badaru said the signing of the memorandum of understanding was a great milestone in the history of Jigawa state as this according to him would improve the health care delivery in the state.

Present to witness the event were: Minister of State for Health, Hon. Joseph Ekumankama, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mahmuda Mamman, Acting Director Hospital Services, Dr Bola Alonge, Director Teaching Hospitals, Dr Noah Andrew and other officials of the Ministry.

Also present were the delegation of the Jigawa State Government among which include: Permanent Secretary, Jigawa State Ministry of Health, Dr. Salisu Muazu, Commissioner of Special Duties, Auwal Sankara, Acting Chief Medical Director, R. S. S H, FCT Secretary of Health, Dr. Abubakar among others.

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Signed:

Ahmadu Chindaya

Deputy Director (Media & Public Relations)

October 21, 2022

President Mohamadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Dr. Pokop W. Bupwatda as the new Chief Medical Director (CMD), University of Jos Teaching Hospital (JUTH).

The appointment which takes effect from 30th August, 2022 for an initial four-year tenure was conveyed in a letter signed by the Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, dated 19th October, 2022 at the Ministry’s Headquarters, Abuja.

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Congratulating the newly appointed CMD, Dr. Ehanire charged him to strive to add value to the facility in order to improve the economy and also justify the confidence reposed in him by Mr. President.

“Health Sector is a key sector of the economy; you should strive to improve on the health facility in your domain.

“Take more responsibility to improve the economy, and the condition of the teaching hospital,” the Minister said.

In response, the new CMD, Dr. Pokop Bupwatda expressed his appreciation to the President for finding him worthy of the appointment and also assured that he will not disappoint.

“I pledge not to disappoint the Honourable Minister; I will work with all stakeholders to move the place forward.” Bupwatda said.

Present to witness the presentation of appointment letter were: the Acting Director, Hospital Services, Dr Bola Alonge, Director Teaching Hospitals, Dr. Andrew Noah, Special Assistant to the Honourable Minister Dr. Dobra Emuren and other well-wishers.

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Signed:

Ahmadu A. A. Chindaya

Deputy Director (Media & Public Relations)

President Mohamadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Dr. Pokop W. Bupwatda as the new Chief Medical Director (CMD), University of Jos Teaching Hospital (JUTH).

The appointment which takes effect from 30th August, 2022 for an initial four-year tenure was conveyed in a letter signed by the Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, dated 19th October, 2022 at the Ministry’s Headquarters, Abuja.

Congratulating the newly appointed CMD, Dr. Ehanire charged him to strive to add value to the facility in order to improve the economy and also justify the confidence reposed in him by Mr. President.

“Health Sector is a key sector of the economy; you should strive to improve on the health facility in your domain.

“Take more responsibility to improve the economy, and the condition of the teaching hospital,” the Minister said.

In response, the new CMD, Dr. Pokop Bupwatda expressed his appreciation to the President for finding him worthy of the appointment and also assured that he will not disappoint.

“I pledge not to disappoint the Honourable Minister; I will work with all stakeholders to move the place forward.” Bupwatda said.

Present to witness the presentation of appointment letter were: the Acting Director, Hospital Services, Dr Bola Alonge, Director Teaching Hospitals, Dr. Andrew Noah, Special Assistant to the Honourable Minister Dr. Dobra Emuren and other well-wishers.

 

Blessing Egbo

Signed:

Ahmadu A. A. Chindaya

Deputy Director (Media & Public Relations)

19th October, 2022

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