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The Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has said that " hardworking, focused and dedication is ingredients of reward and motivation."
Dr. Ehanire disclosed this when the Awardees from the Ministry’s extraction the Chief Medical Director, University Teaching Hospital Maiduguri, Professor Ahmed Ahidjo and the Chief Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre Ebute-Meta, Lagos, Dr. Adedamola Dada, presented the Certificate of National Productivity Order of Merit Award to the Minister and the Management of Federal Ministry of Health at the Ministry’s headquarters in Abuja recently.
“National Productivity Order of Merit, An order of Honour and Dignity which entitles YOU to all the rights and privileges as applicable to other National Honours/Award winners’’ which is conferred only by the President and Commander-In-Chief of Armed Forces.  
The Minister stated that the performances of the CMD’s in their respective hospitals enabled the Ministry to nominate them for the Award.
Continuing, Dr. Ehanire disclosed that the Chief Medical Director, University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital Prof. Ahmed Ahidjo was appointed in 2018 amidst the devastating Boko Haram insurgency. He was challenged by the overwhelming systematic weakening of the primary and secondary healthcare system in many parts of North-East sub-region due to the traumatizing impact of the insurgence.
The Minister further informed that Prof. Ahidjo, armed with enormous academic, community and administrative experience, he promptly undertook a Needs Assessment and formulated strategies and plans to deal with the challenges of providing high quality tertiary health care in a challenging environment. These actions catapulted the Maiduguri Teaching Hospital into an acclaimed first class hospital of repute.
Dr.Osagie stated that Prof. Ahidjo’s creativity spurred to explore various opportunities at the national and international levels for upgrading infrastructure and enhancing services at the hospital; consequently, with the support of President, the Ministry of Health, State Government and other key partners, he initiated many landmark projects and activities to realize his vision and mission.
 The Minister further informed that the Chief Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre Ebute-Meta, Lagos, Dr. Adedamola Dada was nominated for the Award for his tenacity, drive and determination towards reducing health tourism and bringing succor to Nigerians by providing quality service in the health sector.
Continuing, Dr. Ehanire stated that since the assumption of office of Dr, Dada in the last four years, the hospital has become the best reference point in quality service and remained the only federal public institution on level 4 Savecare Quality service in Nigeria- an international accreditation programme by the International Society for Quality Healthcare (ISQua).
Speaking further, the Minister disclosed that under the leadership of Dr. Adedamola, the Federal Medical Centre, Ebute-Metta remains the only Federal Government hospital that has all clinical and patient operations completely digitized, achieved huge improvement in internally generated revenue due to quality service delivery. Patient utilization increased by over 250%, ICU care increased by over 1000%, dialysis sessions increased by over 800%, Neonatal intensive care increased by 500% amongst others, all within the first few years of Dr. Adedamola’s appointment.
Dr. Ehanire revealed that FMC, Ebute-Metta has received over 20 study tours from other secondary and tertiary hospitals in Nigeria including a peer review session for all hospitals in Nigeria by the Hon. Minister of Health. The electronic medical records model intiated under Dr. Dada’s administration has been adopted in 12 other institutions in Nigeria,
The Minister therefore, urged the two achievers, administrators and strategists to use the wealth of their knowledge, experience and hardwork to appreciate the Awards conferred on them by Mr. President.  

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June 17, 2022

The Federal Government on Tuesday 14th June, 2022 reappointed Dr. Obi Adigwe as the Director General/Chief Executive Officer of the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) Abuja, for a second and final term of four (4) years with effect from 10th August, 2022. He’s reappointment was conveyed in a letter signed by the Honourable Minister of State for Health Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora on behalf of Mr. President.

 
The Minister, who conveyed the letter to Adigwe, at the Federal Ministry of Health Conference Room in Abuja, congratulated him for a well-deserved reappointment based on recognition of his achievements during his first tenure, also reminded him that the position he occupies is that of privilege. He charged him to justify that privilege, through his actions and achievements by leaving a legacy that he would want to be remembered for.
 
Mamora urged the DG to work harmoniously in unity of purpose with the board and management of the Institute because no progress can be made in an atmosphere devoid of peace. He said, this is not a time to sit back because it is your final tenure, but rather a time to work harder based on the enormous responsibilities and expectations of the office. He enjoined him to improve on the gains earlier recorded at the Institute by surpassing his own expectations.

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(1st left) HMSH Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora
(2nd left) Dr. Obi Adigwe, DG NIPRD
(1st Right) Dr. John Alfa, Chairman Govering Board NIPRD
(2nd Right) PSH, Mr. Mahmuda Mamman

Earlier, Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Health, Mr. Mahmuda Mamman while congratulating the DG, said that each new responsibility comes with a challenge but he is optimistic that Adigwe will live up to the challenges. “We know you are capable, you have the experience and everything that it takes, but we want to see a lot of your landmark at the Ministry. We can only do that if we task you and that is why we are tasking you now. We want to see if it is possible, that every month a brand new vaccine and drugs will be registered from your Institute, so this is the expectation we have and I think you have to live up to that responsibility”.
 
Dr. Adigwe who was grateful to the Federal Government and the Ministry of Health, for their tremendous support to the Institute pledged that, he and his team will dedicate themselves to national development to enable them surpass the expectations and mandate given to the Institute.
 
 
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14th June, 2022

The Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. E. Osagie Ehanire has called on States Government which has not yet commenced Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) implementation, to take all steps to meet the requirements that allow their people to begin to benefit from the fund.

Dr. Osagie made the call at the on boarding and sensitization meeting for Basic Healthcare Provision Fund State Oversight Committee, which is intended to bring together Chairmen and Focal Persons of State Oversight committees, held on Thursday June 9, 2022 at Chida Hotels, Abuja.   
The Minister added that the meeting is the first meeting convened with State Commissioners of Health on the BHCPF since the new Guidelines for the Administration, Disbursement and Monitoring of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF), also called “The 2020 Guidelines”, was approved by the National Council of Health in August 2020.
 
He further stated that the operationalization of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund will not its achieve set objectives without a formal engagement of the State Oversight Committees in all States, for the purpose of making them get conversant with implementation of the Fund.
 
According to the Minister, the 2020 Guidelines require the Honourable Commissioners for Health, with support of their State Oversight Committees, to provide leadership and supervision for the Basic Health Care Provision Fund implementation in their State, and to take responsibility for studying and approving annual work plans and reports.  
 
Dr. Osagie said “the BHCPF, which is derived from 1% of the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federal Government and any other sources, where available, is a bold step towards achievement of Universal Health Coverage, and to demonstrate the commitment of the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to population health of Nigerians, implementation began in 2019 with a total release to date of N85.95 billion, 65% of which has been disbursed to the 36 States of the Federation and the FCT”.
 
The Minister further disclosed that the BHCPF has began providing operations fund to nearly 7000 Primary Health Centres in 34 states of the Federation, while about one million poor and vulnerable citizens now have access to Basic Minimum Package of Health Services, in 24 States.  
Continuing, he said that the details will be provided in the course of the meeting, adding that the essence of this huge investment is to signal that government now places higher emphasis on the primary health care system, as the foundation of the health services for the people. Value for money is absolutely key, along with further investment by State and Local Governments, as well as Private Sector, even Communities themselves, in Basic healthcare, which has been neglected for too long. It, of course, means that proper oversight is expected of you all, for absolute transparency and accountability.
 
Dr. Osagie disclosed that there are, unfortunately, already reports of reckless and inappropriate financial practices in few states, which will not be tolerated, and will be followed up accordingly by the law. He therefore, urged the Commissioners to embrace the laudable intent behind the Fund and take necessary measures to ensure judicious use for the benefit of the people of your states.
 
Goodwill messages were receive from World Health Organization (WHO), World Bank, Bill and Milinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), Chair, Health Commissioners of Health among others.
 
Earlier, the Senior Technical Assistant (HMH) and the Secretary, Ministerial Oversight Committee (MOC) Dr. Chris Isokponwu made a presentation which mostly centered on the overview of Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF), the status of implementation and updates.
 
 
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June 10, 2022

FG reiterates its readiness and intervention towards the control of Tuberculosis in Nigeria.The Honourable Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire has reiterated government’s readiness and practical intervention towards the control of the spread of Tuberculosis (TB) in Nigeria. Dr. Ehanire made this known at the launching of the National Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Buruli Ulcer Control Programme Compendium of Best Practices in Nigeria, held on Thursday June, 2, 2022 at the Sheraton Hotel in Abuja.The Minister said that the implementation of innovative strategic interventions put in place by the TB programme managers which includes, integration of TB control into COVID-19 measures eventually led to a 15% increase in TB notification from 120,266 cases notified in 2019 to 138,591 TB cases notified in 2020. This made Nigeria one of the very few countries in the world to record an increase in TB cases notification during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

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He further stated that the National Control Programme has packaged in the compendium of best practices, those strategic intervention and measures that enabled the consistent increase in TB case notification in the past 3 years.The Honourable Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora who was present at the event enjoined partners in the public and private health sector to continue their unrelenting effort by supporting government to put an end to TB epidemic in Nigeria. He went further to appreciate the development partners, donors, civil society organizations, agencies and stakeholders for their efforts that made the documentation in the compendium possible.Earlier, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mallam Mahmuda Mamman represented by the Director, Hospital Services in the Ministry, Dr. Adebimpe Adebiyi mni revealed that the National TB programme has consistently increased in treatment coverage rate from 24% in 2018 which is the baseline to 27% in 2019, 30% in 2020 and now 45% in 2021, which culminates to about 207,785 case placed on treatment in 2021.These statistics she said, are buttered by the commitment made by His Excellency, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammed Buhari at the UN high level meeting in September, 2018 held in New York.Part of the highlights of the event were presentation of Award of recipients in public and private organizations in the health sector as well as exhibition of health equipment.Also present at the event were representatives from WHO, Civil Society Organizations, Development Partners amongst others.
 
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Mrs. Aisha Buhari calls on NASS to expedite passage of TCAM Council Bill

The First Lady of Nigeria, Mrs. Aisha Buhari on Saturday 4th of June, 2022 called on the National Assembly to expedite the passage of the Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicine (TCAM) Bill to regulate the practice and product as required by law.

Mrs Buhari made this call at the 1st TCAM Conference organized by the Office of the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, held at the International Conference Centre in Abuja, with the theme "Nigerian Indigenous Medicinal Plants:Health Benefits and Economic Potentials".

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The First Lady revealed that TCAM is a very important healthcare service delivery system recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO) which includes healthcare, health practices or intervetions other than the conventional medicine and has been in existence as long as mankind for the management, treatment and prevention of diseases using plants, animals parts, water etc.

According to her, Nigeria is blessed with over 10,000 species of medicinal plants of which less than 20% is utilized, this valuable resources she said, often referred to as "Green Gold" can be harnessed for the production of medicine, cosmetic and other related products for the benefits of our people. "The Conference is coming at a time when people are looking for alternatives and moving towards natural products which is also in line with this Administrations agenda of boosting non oil exports which will lead to commercial cultivation of medicinal plants for health, economic and social benefit with the sole aim of providing health and job creation for our teeming youths and women."

Speaking further, Mrs Buhari said that it is her recommendation and belief that the outcome of the conference will lead to the implementation of gradual integration of TCAM into the healthcare delivery system towards the achievement of Universal Health Coverage; prompt passage of the TCAM Council Bill to regulate the practice and product as required by law; establishment of a vegetable fruit market for fresh produce, semi process and raw materials for women as well as a land for women to cultivate medicinal plants using good agricultural practices for their empowerment. She called on the wives of State Governors to adopt this initiative and implement it at state levels while calling on practitioners to work hamornously to propel TCAM forward.

Speaking at the event, the Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire said the aim of the conference is to bring together experts and stakeholders to discuss ways of advancing TCAM in Nigeria. He disclosed that traditional medicine, is all we had in this part of the world before the advent of orthodox medicine the same goes for all cultures and civilization. Applying scientist tools to this ancient knowledge over countless generations is what yeilded orthodox medicine today. Therefore continued interest and research into traditional medicine is the right way to go for further development of these ancient Arts in Nigeria.

The Minister informed that it is instructive to note that a very high percentage of Nigerians seek and use traditional medicine, either as a matter of preference or as an addition to orthodox medicine, this reinforces the grounds for giving the traditional healing art a place in our health system.  He assured that government will facilitate the wide scale adoption of TCAM in orthodox medical practice with the FMoH considering how to officially integrate TCAM in our Primary Health Care System.

The Honourable Minister of State for Health Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora in his welcome remarks said that the Conference will  promote the cultivation and utilization of medicinal plants as a potential source of raw materials for pharmaceutical, food and cosmetic industries in order to create short, medium and long term value chain as well as attract agricultural business loans and Bank of Industry (BOI) manufacturing loans to boost economic development in Nigeria.

He disclosed that Nigeria and other African Countries currently benefit minimally from global herbal medicine market, projected at 7 trillion USD by 2050 and currently dominated by China, India, US, Germany and Thailand. Significantly the cultivation of medicinal plants and commercialization of herbal medicine will attract huge economic benefits to Nigeria especially in the areas of increased foreign exchange rate earnings, wealth creation and alleviation of  poverty through creation of job opportunities.

Dr. Mamora further revealed the pragmatic steps the Ministry is currently taking to develop TCAM in Nigeria which includes: facilitating the passage of TCAM Council Bill into Law; proposal of a State-of-Art TCAM Hospital in Nigeria; inuaguration of an expert commitee that is currently working out modalities for the take-off of the TCAM Institute for training of TCAM Practitioners in Nigeria.

The keynote speaker, Prof. Macdonal Idu, a Professor of Phytomedicine at the University of Benin lamented that Nigeria might be on the verge of missing out on a market whose value would hit N1trn by 2025. Idu placed the current value at a conservative estimate of N200 billion, regretting that not much attention has been paid to harnessing the sector.

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4th June, 2022

The  Hon Minister of Health Dr. Osagie  Emmanuel Ehanire on Monday 23rd May 2022 during his presentation at the 75th World Health Assembly taking place in Geneva, Switzerland stated that, Nigeria endorses "Health for peace and peace for Health", theme for this year's Assembly. Dr. Ehanire remarked that, this is the first physical Assembly since the start of the dreaded covid 19 pandemic which invariable marked the new confidence in us and to resume our work fully after learning vital lessons. The Minister stated "we are working towards strengthening health security and delivery to achieve the MDGs and Universal Health Coverage UHC"According to the Minister "we are also increasingly recognising the strong role and a vibrant primary  Health care system can play in achieving objectives of the public Health security "The World  Health Assembly  is the highest Health body of experts and professionals charge with the responsibility of policy formulation, decisions, and advice on Health related matters for Humanity. Its headquarters is in Geneva, Switzerland and members meets annually. The last physical meeting by member countries was held in 2019.The Hon. Minister concluded his speech reiterating the fact that despite all odds and challenges the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is committed to achieving REMARKABLY in the are of Public Health.

 

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24/05/2022

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Nigeria joined the rest of the world on every first Tuesday in the month of May, to commemorate World Asthma Day. The theme for this year’s event is “Closing Gaps in Asthma Care” The main objective is to focus on the best approach to close gaps between current and best medical practices in asthma care that prevent persons with asthma from enjoying optimal benefit from the major advances in the management of the condition and in addition, raise awareness of the condition that hitherto has been a bane to several asthma patients and families.

2.            Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition characterized by recurrent episode of airway narrowing and obstruction, which reverses either spontaneously or after use of medication, and is usually associated with hyper-responsiveness and inflammation of the lower part of the airways. A person living with asthma may experience tightness in the chest, wheezing, breathlessness, coughing, increased mucus production. These symptoms are intermittent and are often worse at night or during exercise. An asthmatic attack occurs when the symptoms become severe which can begin suddenly and range from mild to life threatening.

3.         Asthma is one of the major Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) around the world. It is a condition for which there is no cure available. In 2019, 3.2 million people died from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), while 0.5 million people died from asthma. The Global Burden of Disease Survey 2019 estimates that 262 million people are affected by asthma and 212 million by COPD. In Nigeria there is no nationally representative data on asthma.

4.         Although, asthma cannot be cured, it is possible to manage asthma to reduce and prevent asthmatic attacks. An asthmatic attack may occur when the respiratory system is exposed to indoor or outdoor allergens. One major step to controlling these attacks is for people living with Asthma to recognize what triggers their attack and in turn avoid them. Therefore, recognizing one’s risk factors and avoiding them can go a long way in minimizing episodes and frequency of the attack. Parents and caregivers should also make sure their asthmatic children avoid such triggers as they may be unable to make informed choices by themselves. Parents are to pay attention to when symptoms occur: at night or early morning, during or after exercise, during certain seasons, laughing or crying.  

5.            There are a number of gaps in asthma care which require intervention to:

  1. Reduce preventable suffering and cost incurred in treating uncontrolled asthma
  2. Promote equal access to diagnosis and treatment (medicine)
  3. Provide care for different socio-economic, ethic and age groups
  4. Provide care for wealthy and poorer communities and countries
  5. Promote communication and education provided for people with asthma
  6. Increase knowledge and asthma awareness for persons with the condition, and also for health care providers
  7. Prioritization asthma and other long-term conditions.

6.         Despite these challenges, the Federal Government is very much committed to providing leadership for the control and management of Asthma and other Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) through the Federal Ministry of Health by strategically eliminating the risk factors, improving the management of these diseases as well as preventing their complications.

7.         As part of the strategic interventions, the Government is focusing on advocacy aimed at achieving sustainable and cost-effective strategies to prevent, control, manage and treat Non-Communicable Diseases including asthma. The Ministry’s strategic response in the prevention and control of Non-Communicable Diseases is a multifaceted approach in collaboration with relevant line Ministries and Agencies of Governments.

8.         Integration of Nigerian Package of Essential Non-Communicable Diseases (NIG PEN) prevention and control into the Primary Health Care (PHC) services is also on going in FCT and hopefully this intervention will be scaled up in PHCs nationwide. The integration encompasses training and human capacity building of health care workers for effective prevention, control, early diagnosis, prompt treatment and referral of cases to next level of health care for effective intervention in order to avert complications.

9.         Similarly, plans have reached advanced stage for the Ministry to conduct a National Step Survey on Non-Communicable Diseases and risk factors in Nigeria including asthma to aid and generate local data for sound planning and policy direction in curbing the menace of NCDs, in order to help leverage the attainment of Universal Health Coverage.

10.       The Federal Ministry of Health has also recognized that in order to galvanise efforts to strengthen the control of Asthma and other NCDs, thereby reducing the burden of these diseases on the health system as well as on national productivity and economy, there is need to collectively engage relevant stakeholders in all the processes involved in the planning, execution and monitoring of the Multi-Sectoral Action Plan for the prevention, control and management of Non-Communicable Diseases. Consequently, the Multi-Sectoral Action Plan on Non-Communicable Diseases has been launched. This plan will encourage active involvement of stakeholders from different sectors to support the implementation of the activities for the prevention, control and management of asthma and other Non-Communicable Diseases in Nigeria.   

11.       It is also pertinent to note that ignorance was the reason why there is still high mortality rate of the disease in the country. We must all therefore strive to reduce morbidity and mortality due to asthma and its complications by primary prevention to reduce the level of exposure to common risk factors.

Dr. E Osagie Ehanire, MD FWACS

Hon. Minister of Health

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are characterized by the fact that they cause massive suffering and significant mortality among the poorest people but often don’t get any interest from policy makers, pharmaceutical industries, and donors. There is lack of resources to address them and appropriate tools to effectively diagnose and treat these diseases are sometimes lacking.

The Honourable Minister of Health has announced during the global stakeholders meeting on noma organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), held on 6th May 2022, that Nigeria will be taking the lead in requesting for noma to be included in the WHO’s Neglected Tropical Disease List. 

He said that a document (dossier) of the evidence that supports the adoption of noma as a neglected tropical disease (NTD) by the World Health Organization (WHO) has been developed. This dossier is put forward by Nigeria as the lead sponsor and is currently lobbying for more member states to co-sponsor. This compilation of evidence unequivocally demonstrates that noma meets the criteria of a Neglected Topical Disease. 

Noma is an issue in settings worldwide where extreme poverty is rife. The severe, life-changing, physical and mental disability caused by noma can be avoided by employing a global effort to include noma in the current WHO led efforts to eliminate NTDs. These include early case detection and NTD road map compatible cross-cutting health systems strengthening initiatives. This inclusion will also provide pathways to remedy the neglect of noma in the global health community, specifically in the research sphere. Noma should be an indicator for urgent action in terms of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and ensuring the Right to Health.

He has therefore written letters to many countries requesting to sign letters of support so that the movement of Noma to NTD can scale through when it is mentioned at the 2023 World Health Assembly. It is a global call for all and sundry to support this initiative to move noma to NTD for more visibility and eventual eradication from our world.

In Nigeria, Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) has been supporting the Noma Children’s Hospital of Sokoto in collaboration with the State Ministry of Health since 2014. People who suffer from this neglected disease are provided with free medical care, including surgery, as well as with diagnostic, nutritional and mental health support and physiotherapy. Noma (also known as cancrum oris) is a rapidly progressive, often gangrenous, infection of the mouth and face. This eventually results in up to 90% of people affected by noma dying in a few weeks and the rare survivors being affected by severe facial disfigurements, leading to functional issues, pain, discomfort and stigmatization.

On 10th May 2022, the Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire laid the groundwork for the construction of the 100 capacity Noma treatment centre in the premises of the National Hospital, Abuja. He said the decision to site the treatment centre at National Hospital was because of its strategic location, and the ease of access to Nigerian Noma patients referred from any part of the country. 

This will be the second noma treatment centre in Nigeria supported by Hilfaskion Noma ev, Ute Winkler Stunpf, in her remarks, appreciated the support received from the officials of the National Hospital and Federal Ministry of Health, that resulted in the successful take off of the project.

She confirmed that her organization has taken the responsibilities of building and equipping of the treatment facilities as well as offering the treatment and support services to Noma patients.

The addition of noma to the World Health Organization (WHO) list of NTDs would put a spotlight on the disease and facilitate the integration of noma prevention and treatment activities into existing public health programmes. Raising awareness by recognizing noma as an NTD is critical to make change happen and leave no one behind. 

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are characterized by the fact that they cause massive suffering and significant mortality among the poorest people but often don’t get any interest from policy makers, pharmaceutical industries, and donors. There is lack of resources to address them and appropriate tools to effectively diagnose and treat these diseases are sometimes lacking.

The Honourable Minister of Health has announced during the global stakeholders meeting on noma organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), held on 6th May 2022, that Nigeria will be taking the lead in requesting for noma to be included in the WHO’s Neglected Tropical Disease List. 

He said that a document (dossier) of the evidence that supports the adoption of noma as a neglected tropical disease (NTD) by the World Health Organization (WHO) has been developed. This dossier is put forward by Nigeria as the lead sponsor and is currently lobbying for more member states to co-sponsor. This compilation of evidence unequivocally demonstrates that noma meets the criteria of a Neglected Topical Disease. 

Noma is an issue in settings worldwide where extreme poverty is rife. The severe, life-changing, physical and mental disability caused by noma can be avoided by employing a global effort to include noma in the current WHO led efforts to eliminate NTDs. These include early case detection and NTD road map compatible cross-cutting health systems strengthening initiatives. This inclusion will also provide pathways to remedy the neglect of noma in the global health community, specifically in the research sphere. Noma should be an indicator for urgent action in terms of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and ensuring the Right to Health.

He has therefore written letters to many countries requesting to sign letters of support so that the movement of Noma to NTD can scale through when it is mentioned at the 2023 World Health Assembly. It is a global call for all and sundry to support this initiative to move noma to NTD for more visibility and eventual eradication from our world.

In Nigeria, Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) has been supporting the Noma Children’s Hospital of Sokoto in collaboration with the State Ministry of Health since 2014. People who suffer from this neglected disease are provided with free medical care, including surgery, as well as with diagnostic, nutritional and mental health support and physiotherapy. Noma (also known as cancrum oris) is a rapidly progressive, often gangrenous, infection of the mouth and face. This eventually results in up to 90% of people affected by noma dying in a few weeks and the rare survivors being affected by severe facial disfigurements, leading to functional issues, pain, discomfort and stigmatization.

On 10th May 2022, the Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire laid the groundwork for the construction of the 100 capacity Noma treatment centre in the premises of the National Hospital, Abuja. He said the decision to site the treatment centre at National Hospital was because of its strategic location, and the ease of access to Nigerian Noma patients referred from any part of the country. 

This will be the second noma treatment centre in Nigeria supported by Hilfaskion Noma ev, Ute Winkler Stunpf, in her remarks, appreciated the support received from the officials of the National Hospital and Federal Ministry of Health, that resulted in the successful take off of the project.

She confirmed that her organization has taken the responsibilities of building and equipping of the treatment facilities as well as offering the treatment and support services to Noma patients.

The addition of noma to the World Health Organization (WHO) list of NTDs would put a spotlight on the disease and facilitate the integration of noma prevention and treatment activities into existing public health programmes. Raising awareness by recognizing noma as an NTD is critical to make change happen and leave no one behind.

The Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Health has flagged off the International Training of  Trainers in Basic Emergency Care Services organized by the International Committee of  Red Cross (ICRC).

Addressing the participants, the National Programme Manager of the National Emergency Medical Services and Ambulance System (NEMSAS), Dr. Saidu Ahmed Dumbulwa disclosed that the flag-off marks a very important day in the history of the Ministry’s strong desire to promote Emergency Medical Services in Nigeria in collaboration and support of ICRC, which is in line with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recognition as a tie of healthcare system.

 

Dr. Saidu commended the management of  ICRC for packaging the Training of Trainers of the Basic Emergency Care Services (BECS), which is the first of its kind in sub-Sahara Africa to give credence to effective medical emergency response.

Continuing, he said “As part of Mr. President Health Sector Agenda, we currently have the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF), with three gateways, the NPHCDA, NHIS and EMT. 5% of  the 1% CRF is allocated to the EMT gateway. The EMT gateway he further revealed owns a programme called National Emergency Medical Services and Ambulance System, NEMSAS”.

The National Programme Manager, NEMSAS, noted that  the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility of our health system in Nigeria and globally especially in the areas of medical response, NEMSAS therefore stands a better option for addressing the missing link in the Nigeria Health Sector for effective emergency medical response in the control of outbreak of disease in Nigeria.

Dr. Saidu on behalf of the Federal Ministry of  Health thanked the ICRC and those `who have expressed their support for the laudable idea of  NEMSAS, and still seek more supports of all stakeholders as “the training will be a game-changer especially as we are preparing to roll out the pilot of the NEMSAS Programme”.

Speaking earlier, the representative of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC). Dr. Mundi informed that ICRC work day in and day out to urgently increase the capacity of healthcare workers for effective basic emergency services to help humanity.   

Dr. Mundi disclosed that the organization remains totally committed to supporting Member States to strengthen these essential medical emergency services and cherished the collaboration cooperation existing between ICRC and Federal Ministry of Health.

 

By Nwokike Brendan A.

CIO (Information)

Signed: A.A. Chindaya

DD (Media & Public Relations)

May 16, 2022

The Honourable Minister of State for Health Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora on Friday 29th April, 2022, admonished the Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Keffi Nasarawa State, to avoid embarking on projects that cannot be finished within his tenure in office as much as possible.

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(Left) HMSH Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora 
(Center) Dr. Yahaya Adamu, MD FMC Keffi
(Right) Prince Sule-Iko Sami, Chairman Board of Management.

Dr. Mamora gave this charge while presenting a letter of renewal of appointment to Dr. Yahaya Adamu as MD, FMC Keffi for a second and final term of four (4) years with effect from May 7th, 2022 at the Ministers Conference Room, Federal Secretariat Abuja.

The Minister stated that nobody can do it all. “You cannot do it all, you have to prioritize as much as possible. You should look at how you’ll consolidate on your achievements in the past four years. Finish the projects that you have started, upgrade what is on ground. Do not over stretch yourself, do not over stretch the Institution because the funds available are limited.”

He commended the MD and his team for coming thus far, to have had the opportunity of having a first term in office and now the grace and privilege to have been reappointed. He’s reappointment the Minister said, is on account of having been judged, to have done well in his first tenure which was verified by a process. “I’ve visited your institution on two occasions and I was quiet impressed with what I saw and it can only get better. I want to commend the board for the support, cordiality and peace because nothing can be achieved in an atmosphere of discord. Where there is no peace, there cannot be progress or development.”

Dr. Mamora while congratulating the MD, further charged him to work hard to ensure that the hospital continues to provide quality healthcare as well as justify the confidence reposed in him by working harmoniously with all stakeholders in support of Mr. President’s Health Sector Agenda.

 

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Dr. Yahaya Adamu who was appreciative of his reappointment, said he does not see it as a right, but a privilege given by God to serve his home land. He pledged to ensure that projects started under his tenure, vital to the hospital are completed and would try as much as possible within the budgetary provision to upgrade the existing facilities in the Centre.

 

By: Blessing Efem

 

Signed: A.A.A Chindaya (Deputy Director Media & Public Relations Unit)

29th April, 2022

 

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