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As a follow-up to the 1 day training organised last December, by the Division of Health Promotion of the Department of Family Health to sensitize program officers of Health Ministry on document, archiving and dissemination, the Federal Ministry of Health with support from the centre for Communication Program-Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI 2) has organised a 2day in-house training for Programme officers in the Ministry.
The Workshop which commences today in Abuja, is to:
- Guide participants in understanding key knowledge management practices,
- Guide discussions around Knowledge capture, knowledge synthesis, knowledge sharing, knowledge assessment and knowledge generation and
- Guide participants on global practices that connect dissemination and use of Information platforms.
Declaring the workshop open, the Director, Department of Family Health, Dr. Salma Anas - Kolo, who was represented by the Head, Health Promotion Division, Mrs L. K. Baking-Aiyegbusi, hoped that the training would serve as a roadmap for effective documentation, dissemination and archiving.
She also assured that the "on-going partnership will provide platform for hands down experience sharing, focusing on tasks that will place knowledge Management function in the centre of organizations' service delivery process"
Dr. Anas- Kolo commended NURHI 2 for providing Technical support towards strengthening knowledge management practices within the health sector in Nigeria.
The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to coordinate the Health Sector Response to Humanitarian Crises in Nigeria.
This was disclosed by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mr Abdullaziz Mashi Abdullahi, who was represented by Dr. Joseph Amedu, Director, Hospital Services at a “5-day” workshop on National Capacity Building for Humanitarian Crises in Nigeria, for State Focal Persons, organized by the Federal Ministry of Health, at the Global Village Hotel and Suites, Mararaba, Nasarawa State.
Mr. Abdullahi said that Nigeria in recent times had been faced with degrees of social upheavals ranging from both natural and man-made factors which had led to population displacement, increased morbidity and mortality among affected population. He informed that the Health Sector Response to Humanitarian Crises was initiated by Federal Ministry of Health as part of the Federal Government’s effort towards ensuring the quality of healthcare of people and communities affected by crises and disasters, particularly the most vulnerable group.
He added that the Ministry had come up with a robust strategic plan to ensure health services for Nigerians especially in the North East affected by armed conflict. The plan provides two clear comprehensive approaches which include; provision of Basic and Essential Services and Health System strengthening in a coordinated and integrated manner with an overall goal to reduce morbidity and mortality in the target population.
He emphasized that coordination is key because there are a lot of players in the humanitarian field, both government and non-government, hence, the need to synergize efforts to reduce gaps, duplication and increase accountability among humanitarian actors.
Earlier Dr. Ngozi Azodo, Director, Special Project in the FMH said that the issue of humanitarian crises is critical to the Ministry because of its impact on health and human development. She stated that by the year 2050, it is estimated that 40% of the entire world will be under humanitarian conditions which shows that humanitarian issues are not getting better but rather worsening. She highlighted some of the causes of these humanitarian issues to include; conflicts, insurgency, herdsmen/farmers crisis, as well as natural disasters causing people move from their natural environment, thereby impoverishing them.
Goodwill messages were received from representatives of the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, World Health Organization, Nigeria Center for Disease Control, North East Development Commission and Director General, National Youth Service Corps.
The Federal Government has intensified its preparedness towards preventing Covid-19 from entering the country.
The Honourable Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire made this known at a Ministerial press briefing on the level of Federal Government preparedness over Covid-19, in Abuja. He stated that the World Health Organisation (WHO) have officially changed a name to Corona virus toCovid-19.
Ehanire informed that 4,700 persons have already been cured of the deadly disease in China while none has been confirmed in Nigeria and other Africa countries in general. He maintained that all countries are at alert to ensure that the disease does not enter her country, stating that ‘’our defence frontline is with the Ministry’s Department of Port Health, National Risk Management through land boarders and airports’’.
The Minster disclosed that Nigeria’s level of preparedness is very high, the fact that the report on Covid-19 has high as of over 2m, adding that Chinese Government has constructed an exit screening for people entering the country and also for those leaving the country.
He disclosed that the frontline defence adopted is mainly at the airports, especially, the international airports; like Lagos, Kano, Abuja and Port-Harcourt. He stated that the Federal Ministry of Health is working together with the Federal Airport Authority and the immigration, to ensure that passengers entering the country would be given a form to fill to ascertain the country they are coming from, placing more emphasis on those passengers coming from China would also be telephone numbers are given to them to call in case of any development in their health status.
Dr. Ehanire assured that the 60 Nigerians living in Wuhan, the affected area in china, are being properly taken care of and none has any symptoms of the diseases as at the moment. He also noted that the same care is extended to Nigerian Students in Chinese Universities.
Speaking further, maintained that Irrua is the Centre for Excellence and it has professionals working relentlessly to ensure that the scourge is destabilised. He added that five diagnosing centres have been mapped out to be cited at strategic locations across the country for easy access to patients, maintaining that the National Centre for Diseases Control (NCDC) is in a better position to carry out investigations and confirmation of diseases in the country.
The Director- General, National Centre for Disease Control, Dr.Chikwe Ihekweazu stated that two cases were conducted and they proved negative while two samples are being testing at the moment. He informed that the two persons speculated to be victims of the disease is false alarm and therefore should be discarded. He maintained that the Federal Government through the Ministry of Health and other relevant agencies are working assiduously to ensure that all hands are on deck to curb the scourge.
Dr.Ihekweazu hinted that 30 investigations have been carried out but only two have met with another suspected disease. He disclosed that Nigeria has been selected to lead on the training on the Infection, Prevention and Control of the disease in Abuja, scheduled to take off on February 20, 2020 with other African countries in attendance.
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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recently renamed the nCoronavirus. The WHO Director General, announced the new name COVID-2019 in his remarks during the recent press briefing on Tuesday.
The Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has today paid a visit to the Isolation Centre, Yargaya, Kano in Kano State. The Minister was on an inspection and sympathy visit to Dr. Usman of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, (AKTH) that survived Lassa Fever infection.
The Honourable Minister was accompanied by a team comprising the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Alhaji. Abdulaziz Mashi Abdullahi as well as the, CMD AKTH and MD, National Orthopaedics Hospital.
The Minister of Health , Dr. E. Osagie Ehanire, has given a Ministerial update on measures taken so far by the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Health, relevant parastatals and Agencies to prevent the importation of coronavirus into Nigeria and level of preparedness in case of any eventuality.
The update was given during an interactive session with health Journalists in the Ministry's headquarters, in Abuja. In his words "Holding regular updates on the Coronavirus outbreak, its attendant threat and steps taken by the Nigerian Government to protect her citizens is of utmost importance"
The Minister further noted that prompt updates are necessary considering the various unreliable media platforms who churn out unverified, misleading and fake news reports to the news thirsty public.
Speaking, Ehanire said that currently, "there is no case of Coronavirus in Nigeria" but surveillance activities have been scaled up at Airports, Doctors are sharing information on how to test and handle suspected cases and the health sector is expanding her public health laboratories across the country in order to meet up with the requirements needed to diagnose coronavirus, according to WHO standards.
He mentioned that there is an Isolation Centre prepared in University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH) Gwagwalada, Abuja, where possible suspected cases arriving the country through Abuja, could be quarantined. He inspected the centre some days back, the Minister recalled. On the welfare of the about 60 Nigerians living in Wuhan, the affected area in China, the Minister stated that they are being monitored closely.
The Minister assured that the People's republic of China is doing everything humanly possible to ensure that every passenger travelling in and out of China is being screened, more hospitals are being constructed and scientists are not resting on their oars in finding a lasting solution to the disease.
He advised that if anyone should suspect any individual or person he/she should call the following help lines for further directives and necessary action: 08095553232, 09092996283.
The Federal Government has expressed its interest to partner with Federal Republic of Germany on family planning advocacy nation-wide in the bid to bring economic growth as par with population growth in Nigeria.
Receiving a German delegation led by the Federal Minister for Economic Corporation and Development, Germany, His Excellency Dr. Gerd Muller in Abuja, Dr. Ehanire recalled that Nigerian – Germany relationship is an old tie, dating from the 60s with their Technical cooperation in the construction of Nigerian bridges and roads.
The Minister underlined the need to educate women on birth control, nutrition and the essence of healthy living, saying that Federal government is extremely interested in being able to manage its population growth. This interest, Ehanire said, is demonstrated in the current revitalisation of Primary Health Centres across the country, by the Federal Government.
He however regretted that Primary Healthcare Centres in the Northeast region of the country have been destroyed as a result of insurgency and the health services available are only emergencies, but “Federal government is not relenting in its oars to ensure qualitative healthcare delivery”. He assured.
Also speaking, the Honourable Minister of State, Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora, pointed out that the Health Ministry has been paying particular attention to child- health, especially the under- five children.
He added that emphasis is focused on the health of mother and child, starting from the womb: good antenatal care, nutrition and exclusive breastfeeding to fortify the child. He maintained that these efforts will reduce issues relating to iron deficiency, anaemia and other preventable diseases which could be checked with routine immunization.
The Director, National Primary Health Care, Dr. Faisal Shuaib commended His Excellency Dr. Gerd Muller and the entire German Republic for the support extended to Nigeria through its flexible funding from Global Fund and GAVI, specifically designed for the eradication of Polio, in Nigeria.
He appreciated the Minister’s visionary leadership in championing the Community Health Influencers and Promoters Programme (CHIPS) who are trained on how to convince women about the use of family planning products.
Dr. Shuaib also informed that the Ministry is interested in finding ways to make family planning commodities available at the community level though challenges such as child mortality, limited stock of family planning products, epileptic fund and technical issues are experienced. He therefore, solicited for more support from the Germans in this regards.
Speaking earlier, German Economic Corporation and Development Minister, His Excellency Dr. Gerd Muller said that they were on a two-day visit to expand their relationship with Nigeria in its health sector and also to seek cooperation in family planning, fertility rate and on how to control population in Nigeria.
The Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Health has commended the collaborative efforts of state Governments in the control of the outbreak of Lassa fever, which has spread to 27 states, and also their collaboration to ensure that Corona Virus does not enter Nigeria.
The Minister gave this commendation at the strategic meeting of the Honourable Commissioners of Health organised by the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), in Abuja
Dr.Ehanire informed that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and Port Health Services (PHS) division of the Ministry, are coordinating government response to control the outbreak of Lassa fever and other strategies to halt the migration of Corona virus into the country. He stated that despite the increase in the number of confirmed cases, the overall Case Fatality Rate (CFR) for Lassa fever in 2020 is now under 13% compared to the same period in 2019 which was nearly 20%, and also years back when it was over 30%.
The Minister disclosed that to further lower the Case Fatality Rate, the Federal government has increased support for response activities such as surveillance, contact tracing and funding. He declared that the battle is not for NCDC or the federal government alone, assuring that government on its part would support affected states with the deployment of Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) to improve case management and outcomes.
Dr. Ehanire maintained that Lassa fever is preventable and can be treated especially if cases are presented early enough to a health care facility for health care workers to give correct diagnosing and prompt care. He said that federal government and states should always campaign for high standards of personal, domestic, environmental and food hygiene, especially with regards to food storage, to avoid invasion by rodents.
The Minister commended the Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation and Dangote Foundation for convening the meeting in November 2020, where the Nigeria Governors Forum, on behalf of all the States resolved to fully implement Primary Health Care Under One Roof, Review State Primary Health Care performance on a quarterly basis and to fulfil all associated Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) state requirements such as State counterpart funding, as stipulated in the 2014 National Health Act, amongst others.
He appealed to State Governments to ensure full implementation of these commitments to ensure that Primary Health Care system works to deliver quality services to our people.
Dr. Ehanire advised healthcare providers to always practise universal healthcare pesonal precautions and observe infection prevention and control protocols to protect themselves from harm, especially the use of surgical masks, gloves, clean environment, starched lab coats and aprons should be standard gear from now on. She stressed.
As part of the activities to mark the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife for 2020, the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) has launched the ‘Nursing Now’ campaign – an initiative aimed at raising the profile and status of nursing worldwide.
Speaking at the occasion, His Excellency, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari who was represented by the Honourable Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire lauded the theme of the launch, describing it as ‘fitting’ because it highlights the link between the core aspects and emphasizes on the need for nurses to be involved in decision making for the development of the health care system in Nigeria. Mr. President pointed out that this was justifiable because “nurses are integral part of the group with potentials to shape the image of their facility and even the healthcare profession.
Whilst reiterating the priority, Federal Government places on the health of citizens as a cornerstone of human development, declaration of 2020 as the international year of the Nurses and Midwives would afford members of the profession within the country and abroad, a better vision that would reshape the profession in the new age.
The Head of Civil service of the Federation, Dr. Mrs. Folashade Yemi-Esan who was represented by Mrs. Ibiene Robert a director in her office, informed that these unsung heroes are as responsible as Doctors for our lives, and whether you recover well from a serious injury or illness, depends as much on the skill of your nurse as the doctor. This is so in view of the fact that one is entrusted in the care of nurses from the moment one is admitted to the hospital. They are constant companions of doctors, acting as eyes and ears for the doctor and keeping them up to date with the patients’ progress, she explained.
She stated that members of this very strategic profession should be given more seats in policy making in the health sector as this is fundamental in ensuring better health service delivery, empowerment of women and strengthen the economy. She called for the cooperation and collaboration of all the stakeholders at the event to come up with a communique’ that will promote effective and efficient service delivery in the nursing profession, through their increased involvement in the policy development and planning in a way that will promote adequate motivation and recognition in the health sector. “I call on nurses, midwives and all health care professionals to work together to protect and restore, where need be the health of Nigeria” she urged.
Speaking, the Director of Nursing Services of the Federal Ministry of Health, Mrs. Veronica Okolo in her welcome speech, disclosed that “Nursing now” is a worldwide campaign that is administered by the Burdett Trust foundation supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Council of Nurses (ICN). She stated that the campaign builds on the ‘triple impact report by all Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health (APPCG).The triple impact of nursing report emphasized that to successfully provide Universal Health Coverage (UHC), a strong global nursing presence is required.
In addition to the global position statements for a Nurse/Midwife- PHC system in all WHO member states, nurses are expected to contribute to health nationally and internationally through management and leadership roles at all levels and through direct engagement and advocacy as well as provision of equal opportunities, and preparation for management policy and development, and leadership as other profession in the health sector. She therefore, encouraged government to expedite action to expand the Midwifery Service Scheme (MSS) in order to improve the maternal and child health at Primary Health Care level.
She solicited for the reliable support of Grand Ambassadors and other ambassadors as well as stakeholders in resolving these obstacles while sincerely recommitting Nurses and Midwives to provision of excellent high quality evidence – based Care at all levels especially Primary Health Care as well as urging its members to do everything within their power and legally right to move their amiable/ notable profession to a place Florence Nightingale envisions.
The chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe pledged to use the campaign to support the review of the Act establishing Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria and make it more stringent.
The Officer- in -charge WHO, Dr. Clement Peter, commended the role of the nurses and midwives in saving lives as well as their socio-economic importance. Other health stakeholders like Comrade Wabba Ayuba, President, Nigerian Labour Congress also graced the occasion.