200, 000 HEALTH WORKERS TO REPLACE DOCTORS IN PHCs

The Federal Government has disclosed plans of engaging 200,000 community health extension workers as replacement to medical doctors operating in Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs)nationwide.

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The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Centre (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, made this known during an inaugural quarterly media interaction organised in collaboration with Community Health Research Initiative(CHR) in Abuja.

According to him, community health extension workers and nurses were most appropriate to attend to minor health cases, leaving doctors to attend to complicated issues at the secondary and tertiary health levels.

“In actual fact, we do not need doctors in primary health care facilities. We need community health extension workers, we need midwives, we need nurses in our primary health care facilities. The doctors are expected to work in the secondary and tertiary health care facilities.

“There are 25,000 community health extension workers across the country but we are scaling up to have 200,000 community health workers.

“We need people living closest to the communities to work in the primary health care facilities, where they are well known, where they are trusted and that is why we need to strengthen the PHC facilities, so that community health extension workers, community health officers will manage the basic cases like malaria,” he said.

Shuaib explained that the community health extension workers would be responsible women with at least an elementary school education with the ability to provide simple cure, carefully selected by the community members, community chiefs, opinion leaders, civil society organisations within the community.

He further noted that the traditional birth attendants, who form part of the 25,000 community health workers, would be granted additional training to expand their scope.

According to him, this was to eliminate situations where unskilled workers take deliveries, and to ensure that all deliveries are carried out in healthcare facilities where if there is a complication, it would be immediately addressed before it gets too late.

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WE ARE UNDER PRESSURE TO RELEASE KIDNAP KINGPIN, SAYS POLICE CHIEF

Police authority in Lagos have revealed that the force is being pressurized to release billionaire kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike alias Evans.

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Evans was arrested penultimate Saturday from his mansion at Magodo Estate, Lagos for multiple kidnappings. A reward of N30 million was placed by the force for any useful information that could lead to his arrest. The notorious kidnapper has been on the police wanted list for over seven years.

Acting Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Galadanshi Dasuki while addressing newsmen on Saturday at the Command Headquarters, Ikeja, said that the Police were not in a hurry to release Evans, inspite of calls from different quarters to do so.

He said, “Evans has been a kidnapper for a long time and has been on the wanted list of the Police in Anambra, Abuja, Enugu, Edo and Lagos states. He also has a criminal gang, some of whom have been arrested in Enugu and Lagos. But there are still more out there. Therefore, this needs a painstaking investigation.

Besides, we need to under study him as well as debrief him . By so doing, we intend to use his tactics to get others. He will eventually be charged to court after investigation is concluded”.

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BREAKING: SCHOOLS AT WAR IN OKENE

Secondary Schools in Kogi Central Senatorial District will lock horns in Okene this week in a bid to secure N250, 000 worth of scholarships and the bragging rights for at least a year.

The 2017 ANA/ROTARY LITERARY CONTEST FOR SCHOOLS & COLLEGES which kicked off in May with the Essay Writing category has entered the knockout rounds.

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The history-making multi-staged literary competition is geared towards encouraging healthy academic rivalry among youngsters. It is open to all public and private Secondary Schools spread across all 21 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Kogi State.

In the First Stage of the competition, students were made to write an Expository Essay on the topic: ‘The Power of your Vote: A catalyst for a stable and united Nigeria’.

The Kogi State Chairman of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) who doubles as the President-Elect of the Rotary Club of Lokoja Metro, Dr. Kennedy Obohwemu had revealed exclusively to Footprints that no less than 1,000 essay entries were received from students spread across the length and breadth of the State.

Kennedy disclosed in yesterday’s press conference in Lokoja that the Sub-Regional Finals, which will produce champions in each of the five local government areas in Kogi Central Senatorial District, has been scheduled as follows:

Date: Wednesday, June 28th, 2017
Venue: Abdulaziz Attah Memorial College (AAMCO), Okene
Time: 10 am prompt

The five champions that emerge from the Sub-Regional Finals will qualify for the Regional Finals which will produce the best in Kogi Central Senatorial District. The winning school will represent Kogi Central in the Grand Finale where they will compete with winners from Kogi East and Kogi West.

Regional Finals for Kogi East and Kogi West Senatorial Districts will follow a week after the Okene spectacle.

For Kogi Central, the schools set to battle it out for a place in the Grand Finale are listed below:

1. Adavi LGA
a. Government Science Secondary School, Ozuri-Oniyeka
b. Success College, Ozuri

2. Ajaokuta LGA
a. ASCL Staff Comprehensive Secondary School I, Ajaokuta
b. ASCL Staff Comprehensive Secondary School II, Ajaokuta
c. ASCL Staff Comprehensive Secondary School III, Ajaokuta
d. Children of the Kingdom Comprehensive Secondary School, Ajaokuta
e. Government Science Secondary School, Adogo

3. Ogori/Magongo LGA
a. Community Secondary School, Ogori
b. Community Secondary School, Magongo

4. Okehi LGA
a. Ruth Elton Secondary School, Obangede
b. Government Girls Unity Secondary School, Oboroke
c. Community Secondary School, Obangede

5. Okene LGA
a. Government Girls Science Secondary School, Otutu, Okene
b. Abdul Aziz Attah Memorial College, Okene
c. Demonstration Standard College, Onyukoko, Okene
d. Local Government Secondary School, Ohiana, Okene
e. Unity Model School, Okene
f. Ebira Community Secondary School, Okene
g. Government Girls Secondary School, Ogaminana, Okene
h. Soladad College, Okene
i. Queen of Apostles College, Okene
j. College of Arabic & Islamic School, Okene

For the Sub-Regional and Regional Finals, participants shall go through the following stages:

*Quiz Competition
*Spelling Bee

For the Quiz, participants shall be served with standard WASSCE/WAEC Question Papers on English Language (Comprehension, Lexis & Structure, Test of Orals). They shall be further tested on Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and General Knowledge.

The Spelling Bee shall assess the candidate’s ability to spell words in the English Language correctly. Students shall pick numbers from a pool of questions, and shall be required to provide the correct spellings (as response to the questions) within a stipulated period of time. The current edition of the Oxford Advanced Learners English Dictionary is recommended for use. Participants should pay attention to stress patterns and syllables in the English Language. Correct application of Syntax and Morphology shall be looked out for. Words could be long or short, but attention must be drawn to details.

Each school should produce five students for the event: 2 SENIOR students (1 in Science class, 1 in Art/Commercial class) for quiz, 1 JUNIOR student for Spelling Bee and two SENIOR students for Debate. Even though the debate will only take place in the Grand Finale, shools are to come along with their two student representatives to enable easy data entry.

A number of mouth-watering prizes are available for winners of the historic competition, including scholarships worth N250, 000, fully equipped library, laptops, educational materials, branded souvenirs from sponsors like Grace FM 95.5, 7-Up, Glo, Thermocool, Scanfrost, Treasures Bakery, etc. Teachers of winning schools also go home with as much as N100, 000!

Note: Prizes will ONLY be given out in the Grand Finale which will take place in September!

It promises to be a spectacular never-before-seen event!

ANA/ROTARY LITERARY CONTEST FOR SCHOOLS & COLLEGES…

… for the love of education!

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SUITORS TO INCLUDE MOSQUITO NETS AS PART OF BRIDEPRICE IN SOKOTO STATE

Sokoto State Government has made a new law mandating potential suitors to add insecticide-treated mosquito nets to the brideprice they pay before getting married.

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This law is being implemented as a means of curbing malaria and spread of other diseases

The new law also proposes that couples will have to undergo testing for sickle cell disease, and enrol for a state community contributory health scheme to reduce the cost of medical treatment.

Footprints gathered that Sokoto health commissioner Balarabe Kakale said the law makes it compulsory for couples to undergo testing for HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B, to reduce the spread of preventable diseases in the state.

The state health ministry is to sponsor a private bill before Sokoto legislature in a bid to reinforce the position of the law, Islam, and culture on premarital testing.

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2017 KOGI ANA/ROTARY LITERARY CONTEST: OVER 1, 000 ESSAY ENTRIES RECEIVED

Kogi State Chairman of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Dr. Kennedy Obohwemu has revealed that no less than 1,000 essay entries were received from students spread across the length and breadth of the state as the 2017 ANA/Rotary literary contest for schools and colleges kicked off last month with the Essay Writing category.

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The history-making multi-staged literary competition is geared towards encouraging healthy academic rivalry among youngsters. It is open to all public and private Secondary Schools spread across all 21 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Kogi State.

For the first stage of the competition which was concluded last Friday, students were made to write an Expository Essay on the topic: ‘The Power of your Vote: A catalyst for a stable and united Nigeria’.

Dr. Kennedy Obohwemu, who is also the President-Elect of the Rotary Club of Lokoja Metro, announced the results of the preliminary rounds while speaking to newsmen in Lokoja.

“In assessing the entries, examiners looked out for how much students knew of the issue, their capacity to express that knowledge in standard English usage and their ability to follow tested methods of expressing knowledge acquired through observation, reading and experience,” Dr. Kennedy said.

The next stage of the competition, which is the sub-regional finals, is scheduled to begin next week Wednesday, June 28, 2017 and last till Wednesday, July 12, 2017. The Sub-Regional Finals will produce champions in each of the 21 LGAs of the State. The Regional Finals will follow almost immediately, producing winners in each of the three Senatorial Districts (Kogi Central, Kogi East and Kogi West). The Grand Finale will hold in September.

For the sub-regional and regional finals, participants shall go through quiz competition, debate and spelling bee stages.

For the quiz, participants shall be served with standard WASSCE/WAEC question papers on English Language (Comprehension, Lexis & Structure, Test of Orals). They shall be further tested on Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and General Knowledge.

The debate shall feature sensational arguments on topical issues and current trends in Science, Technology, Politics, Religion and the Arts. Examiners shall look out for the ability of candidates to express themselves in an informed opinion on contemporary issues of national significance. Topics shall be disclosed to schools at least two weeks before the scheduled final date.

The spelling bee shall assess the candidate’s ability to spell words in the English Language correctly. Students shall pick numbers from a pool of questions, and shall be required to provide the correct spellings (as response to the questions) within a stipulated period of time. The current edition of the Oxford Advanced Learners English Dictionary is recommended for use. Participants should pay attention to stress patterns and syllables in the English Language. Correct application of Syntax and Morphology shall be looked out for. Words could be long or short, but attention must be drawn to details.

A number of mouth-watering prizes are available for winners of the historic competition, including scholarships worth N250, 000, fully equipped library, laptops, educational materials, branded souvenirs from sponsors like Grace FM 95.5, 7-Up, Glo, Thermocool, Scanfrost, Treasures Bakery, etc. Teachers of winning schools also go home with as much as N100, 000.

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2017 ANA/ROTARY LITERARY CONTEST: SHORTLIST OF SCHOOLS FOR SUB-REGIONAL FINALS RELEASED

The 2017 ANA/ROTARY LITERARY CONTEST FOR SCHOOLS & COLLEGES kicked off in earnest last month with the Essay Writing category.

The history-making multi-staged literary competition is geared towards encouraging healthy academic rivalry among youngsters. It is open to all public and private Secondary Schools spread across all 21 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Kogi State.

For the First Stage of the competition which was concluded last Friday, students were made to write an Expository Essay on the topic: ‘The Power of your Vote: A catalyst for a stable and united Nigeria’.

Speaking to newsmen in Lokoja, the Kogi State Chairman of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) who doubles as the President-Elect of the Rotary Club of Lokoja Metro, Dr. Kennedy Obohwemu revealed that no less than 1,000 essay entries were received from students spread across the length and breadth of the State. He was pleased to announce the results of the preliminary rounds.

“In assessing the entries, examiners looked out for how much students knew of the issue, their capacity to express that knowledge in standard English usage and their ability to follow tested methods of expressing knowledge acquired through observation, reading and experience,” Dr. Kennedy said.

Below are the schools that have qualified for the next stage of the prestigious competition, as exclusively revealed to Footprints:

KOGI CENTRAL

1. Adavi LGA
a. Government Science Secondary School, Ozuri-Oniyeka
b. Success College, Ozuri

2. Ajaokuta LGA
a. ASCL Staff Comprehensive Secondary School I, Ajaokuta
b. ASCL Staff Comprehensive Secondary School II, Ajaokuta
c. ASCL Staff Comprehensive Secondary School III, Ajaokuta
d. Children of the Kingdom Comprehensive Secondary School, Ajaokuta
e. Government Science Secondary School, Adogo

3. Ogori/Magongo LGA
a. Community Secondary School, Ogori
b. Community Secondary School, Magongo

4. Okehi LGA
a. Ruth Elton Secondary School, Obangede
b. Government Girls Unity Secondary School, Oboroke
c. Community Secondary School, Obangede

5. Okene LGA
a. Government Girls Science Secondary School, Otutu, Okene
b. Abdul Aziz Attah Memorial College, Okene
c. Demonstration Standard College, Onyukoko, Okene
d. Local Government Secondary School, Ohiana, Okene
e. Unity Model School, Okene
f. Ebira Community Secondary School, Okene
g. Government Girls Secondary School, Ogaminana, Okene
h. Soladad College, Okene
i. Queen of Apostles College, Okene
j. College of Arabic & Islamic School, Okene

KOGI EAST

6. Ankpa LGA
a. Aleka Academy, Ankpa
b. Haskwoji Royal College, Ankpa
c. Atodo International Academy, Ankpa
d. Global College, Ankpa
e. St. Charles College, Ankpa

7. Bassa LGA
a. Bassa Model School, Bassa
b. Bassa Grammar School, Bassa

8. Dekina LGA
a. Bedrock International School, Anyigba
b. Nigeria Navy Secondary School, Okura
c. Biraidu Community Secondary School, Abocho
d. Our Lady’s College, Anyigba

9. Ibaji LGA
a. Fr. Aromeh Secondary School, Uchuchu

10. Idah LGA
a. St. Kizito Seminary, Idah
b. Polytechnic Secondary School, Idah

11. Igamela-Odolu LGA
a. Community Secondary School, Ogbogbo

12. Ofu LGA
a. Federal Government College, Ugwolawo

13. Olamaboro LGA
a. Government Secondary School, Okpo

14. Omala LGA
Iyaji Commercial College, Abejukolo

KOGI WEST

15. Ijumu LGA
a. Ijumu Anglican Science Secondary School, Iyara Ijumu

16. Kabba LGA
a. St. Monica’s College, Kabba
b. St. Barnabas College, Kabba
c. Federal Government Girls College, Kabba
d. St. Augustine’s College, Kabba
e. Bishop McCalla Comprehensive High School, Kabba

17. Koton-Karfe LGA
a. Amazing Grace Secondary School, Koton-Karfe
b. Community Girls Secondary School, Koton-Karfe

18. Lokoja LGA
a. Anchor International School, Lokoja
b. Baptist High School, Lokoja
c. Effective Comprehensive College, Lokoja
d. Faith Academy, Zango
e. Good Shepherd Anglican Academy, Lokoja
f. Government Science Secondary School, Lokoja
g. Michael Omonogu Memorial Secondary School, Lokoja
h. Salem Oxford International School, Lokoja
i. St. Clement Minor Seminary, Lokoja
j. Yabma International Science Academy, Lokoja
k. Arigbede College, Lokoja
l. Confluence International Academy, Lokoja
m. Rock & Gardens Montessori International School, Lokoja
n. Royal Crown International School, Lokoja
o. Crowther Memorial College, Lokoja
p. Rainbow International School, Lokoja
q. Al Azhar International College, Lokoja
r. St. Thomas Acquinas Secondary School, Lokoja
s. Scintillate International Model School, Lokoja
t. Bishop Delise College, Lokoja
u. Government Day Secondary School, Lokoja
v. Army Day Secondary School, Lokoja
w. Harmony Secondary School, Lokoja
x. Christfield Secondary School, Lokoja
y. Bethel Group of Schools, Lokoja
z. UBE, Sakin Noma

19. Mopamuro LGA
a. ECWA Secondary School, Mopa
b. Baptist Secondary School, Mopa
c. Cruise Memorial College, Mopa

20. Yagba East LGA
a. African Church Secondary School, Isanlu
b. St. Kizito’s College, Isanlu

21. Yagba West
a. ECWA George Campion Academy, Egbe
b. Heritage College, Egbe
c. Titicombe College, Egbe

The next stage of the competition, which is the Sub-Regional Finals, is scheduled to begin next week Wednesday, June 28, 2017 and last till Wednesday, July 12, 2017. The Sub-Regional Finals will produce champions in each of the 21 LGAs of the State. The Regional Finals will follow almost immediately, producing winners in each of the three Senatorial Diatricts (Kogi Central, Kogi East and Kogi West). The Grand Finale will hold in September.

For the Sub-Regional and Regional Finals, participants shall go through the following stages:

  • Quiz Competition
  • Debate
  • Spelling Bee
  • For the Quiz, participants shall be served with standard WASSCE/WAEC Question Papers on English Language (Comprehension, Lexis & Structure, Test of Orals). They shall be further tested on Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and General Knowledge.

    The Debate shall feature sensational arguments on topical issues and current trends in Science, Technology, Politics, Religion and the Arts. Examiners shall look out for the ability of candidates to express themselves in an informed opinion on contemporary issues of national significance. Topics shall be disclosed to schools at least two weeks before the scheduled final date.

    The Spelling Bee shall assess the candidate’s ability to spell words in the English Language correctly. Students shall pick numbers from a pool of questions, and shall be required to provide the correct spellings (as response to the questions) within a stipulated period of time. The current edition of the Oxford Advanced Learners English Dictionary is recommended for use. Participants should pay attention to stress patterns and syllables in the English Language. Correct application of Syntax and Morphology shall be looked out for. Words could be long or short, but attention must be drawn to details.

    A number of mouth-watering prizes are available for winners of the historic competition, including scholarships worth N250, 000, fully equipped library, laptops, educational materials, branded souvenirs from sponsors like Grace FM 95.5, 7-Up, Glo, Thermocool, Scanfrost, Treasures Bakery, etc. Teachers of winning schools also go home with as much as N100, 000!

    It promises to be a spectacular never-before-seen event!

    ANA/ROTARY LITERARY CONTEST FOR SCHOOLS & COLLEGES…

    … for the love of education!

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    Africans head to US for Climate Reality Project Training in Seattle, Washington 

    Generally people often use “global warming” and “climate change” interchangeably, the climate reality project training experts says that the two terms are different entirely.
    Fortunately, a non-profit environmental organization based in Nigeria, West Africa called “TEAM 54 PROJECT”, is creating a platform for young Africans to get properly trained and have better understand of climate change science and solutions.

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    TEAM 54 PROJECT organization works globally to raising awareness of about the impact of Climate Change in Africa and other vulnerable nations of world.

    This African initiative is a novial one, it is totally a different way of raising awareness, by infusing the various passions that their members can demonstrate which includes but are limited to ; writing poetry, research paper, composing songs , dancing, creating innovative system, taking climate action like planting trees, organizing conferences, rallies, March and campaigns on the various green initiative in rural areas in Africa. Though majority of the groups action takes place outside Africa because the organization believe that the message should primarily be told to advanced nations and organization while the solutions and actions should be a global partnership with results manifesting in Africa.

    Whatever passion is pushed forward by the group or her membership is supported and tailored to getting the universal message across that climate changed is real and there is need for action to be taken by everyone, either as individual, institutions or as nation. The global approach that must be adopted must be based on mitigation and adaptation policies of United Nations (UN) supported by innovative technology which Africa government must explore at all levels of government.

    The exciting news about TEAM 54 PROJECT is that the group leadership led by Gbujie Daniel Chidubem, an oral surgeon turned global environmental Advocate/Activist, will head the delegation of members to the Climate Reality Project Training (CRPT)in Seattle, Washington USA in June 2017.

    Dr. Gbujie leadership and numerous activities of the organization members have been tagged a success story even on the global scene.

    TEAM 54 PROJECT is non profit organization in the world, that have received a number of international awards, and have received special invitation from international organizations like U.N, Youth Assembly of United Nations and UNFCCC to attend high level dialogue meeting on climate change.

    Just recently Climate Reality Project a non-profit organization founded by the Ex-Vice President of United State of America during the Clinton Administration 1993 to 2001.
    Mr.Albert Arnold Gore Jr. Popularly called “Al Gore”. This organization mandate is to catalyze a global solution to the Climate Change crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society in the world. One way they do this mission stated above is through the leader training.

    The program which is in keeping with the mandate of TEAM 54 PROJECT, made the Dr. Gbujie create a platform to raise awareness about this training which has resulted in the selection of TEAM 54 PROJECT active members in Africa, over 30 African were selected and confirmed to attend the prestigious Climate Reality Project Corp Training which is starting from 27th-29th June 2017 in Bellevue, an area near Seattle, Washington State USA. 

    These ordinary Africans will get an opportunity of a lifetime to be trained by top experts on Climate change science and soultions. 

    The keynote address will be delivered by one of America outstanding politician the current Governor of Washington State, Governor Jay Robert Inslee. Gov.Jay Inslee is a seasoned scholar, who co-wrote a book, Apollo’s Fire: Igniting America’s Clean-Energy Economy, in the book he highlighted extensively the potential and opportunities that clean energy technologies can generate for any nation.

    Gov.Inslee has made climate change and clean energy a top priority for his administration in his state. Joining him on stage will be climate change experts, including former US Vice President and Nobel Laureate Mr.Al Gore, who will train all the successful participants who are coming from all over the world. All trained CRP fellows become Climate Reality Leaders and all return to there respective nations to raise awareness and take necessary climate action in order to make the world ecological stable and safe to live in.

    The TEAM 54 PROJECT group will use the opportunity of training to raise awareness about climate change and its destructive impact in Africa and also will appreciate outstanding personalities who have been supportive and have assisted the group and her members to attend this June training in the US. The CEO of the organization in group’s blog last week posted series of activities that members would be involved in before and after the training. 

    It is becoming clear as we approach the U.N Sustainable development agenda deadline of 2030, that climate change will be a big challenge if mankind doesn’t start to take action to educate and advocate for a better world. 
    In a brief discussion I had with Dr. Gbujie while visiting a West Africa nation to promote his organization work, he acknowledged the effort of all his members and international partners who are working tirelessly in the fight against climate change but he was quick to share that ” TEAM 54 PROJECT may have earned her strip for advocating for a better world among established organizations that share similar goals but much more needs to done, he is advocating for a common universal language for communicating the climate change crisis to Africans and to climate deniers.

    He believes that we can win the climate change crisis, by working together as human race.

    TEAM 54 PROJECT must be commended so far for her global climate actions especially in Africa, and other activities they have been involved: like planting of trees in Northern Nigeria during Earth Celebrations, seminar partnership with organization in sierra leone, International presentation on Climate change in Europe and Asia.

    The organization recent activities in southeastern Nigeria, in May 2017 created a wider awareness and increase membership in thousands. The rural green initiative was launched that said it is clear to me that Africans now are organizing themselves to finding global solution to their problems, which is a welcome dedevelopment.

    African government must now see as a priority the need tot divest from fossil fuel economy to cleaner forms of energy like; solar, wind, geothermal, and water which are healthy for the environment and EARTH as a whole.

    TEAM 54 PROJECT group is also advocating for reduction in consumption of food especially meat and animal production commercialization, they believe it is also one of the ways carbon dixode emissions rate is released into nature and with reduction of our consumption habits plus better handling of our waste especially plastics and its byproduct we will be able to make earth better place to live.

    I will advocate that a training of Climate Reality Project magnitude should be organize in the various Africa regions with partnership from region organization blocs in Africa and other non-profit environmental organizations

    I want to appreciate the effort of the originator of TEAM 54 PROJECT Dr Gbujie who has created a wonderful platform that is bringing like minds all over the world together to raise awareness and proffer solutions on the climate change crisis in Africa.

    I also wish all his members heading to Washington a wonderful training. Let the green philosophy be with us.

    Audu Vincent Femi

    Is a doctor and one of African beneficiaries of Climate Reality Project Training.
    He lives in Choba
    Rivers State
    Nigeria
    bizfem2002@yahoo.com

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    LUTH: TEN RESIDENT DOCTORS INJURED DURING CLASH WITH SECURITY MEN

    Ten members of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba Chapter, were allegedly injured by some security men from the teaching hospital on Wednesday during a clash.

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    Dr Adebayo Sekunmade, the president of the ARD of the hospital revealed this to newsmen during a news conference. He said that the doctors sustained injuries when they attempted to take over their secretariat from the security men stationed there by LUTH’s management.

    Sekunmade told journalists that one of his members was inside the ARD’s secretariat at 2.00 a.m. on Tuesday but the security men ordered him out and locked it up.

    “We decided to monitor developments around the secretariat after the incident. On Wednesday morning, we saw the security men loading our belongings from there into a waiting bus.

    “When we confronted them, they said that they were directed to lock up the secretariat by the management of LUTH. We went to the Chief Medical Director’s office for dialogue but he refused to attend to us. He, however, directed us to the Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC) of LUTH,’’ he said.

    Sekunmade said that the CMAC, Dr Olufemi Fasanmade, told them that the management of LUTH was retrieving the secretariat from ARD. Sekunmade said that he demanded a court order from Fasanmade to justify his action but he could not present it. When contacted, the CMAC told journalists that LUTH’s management had given the ARD a letter asking it to vacate the building serving as its secretariat, six months ago.

    “Nine days ago, we gave them another letter as a reminder to leave the building but they refused, and we decided to lock up the place,’’ he said.

    Fasanmade said that the association should not have found it hard to vacate one of the seven accommodations it had within the hospital complex. He said that the management wanted to use it for an important purpose.

    “The doctors wanted to forcefully enter the building on Wednesday’s morning and LUTH’s security men had to disallow them.’’ Fasanmade said that the doctors resulted into attacking the security officials.

    “We had to invite some police officers from the Ilasamaja and Bode Thomas Police Stations to secure the building and other LUTH’s belongings. Some of the injured security officials are in the hospital wards receiving treatment,’’ Fasanmade said.

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    PASSAGE OF MEDICAL RESIDENCY BILL WILL GUARANTEE AN END TO DOCTORS’ STRIKE

    The incessant strikes by doctors in the country will end with the passage of a  bill to regulate the Medical Residency Programme, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has said.

    Dogara spoke at a two-day Public Hearing organized by the Hon. Betty Apiafi-headed House Committee of Health Institutions.

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    Speaking at the opening ceremony for a two-day public hearing on the Residency Bill, a Bill for an Act to Ammend the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria to Streamline the Number of Pharmacy Schools on the Council and three other health sector bills, Dogara who was represented at the public hearing by Deputy Minority Leader, Chukwuka Onyema said the House places the health and well-being of Nigerians as top priority.

    According to him, the bills under consideration are targeted at improving the efficiency in the country’s healthcare institutions, and as such will receive full support from the National Assembly.

    The Ministry of Heath, the West African Postgraduate College of Surgeons, the National Postgraduate College and the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria all hailed the bill on Medical Residency saying the bill would curtail the wrangling in the health sector.

    There were however arguments amongst the various stakeholders on how to harmonize the experience and certificates of medical practitioners who studied abroad and desire to practice especially on how they would qualify for residency in the country.

    The ministry’s representative Felix O. Ogenyi said the Ministry was behind the bill as it believes the bill will bring about a positive turnaround in the health sector.

    Dr. Onyebueze John, President, National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) said the bill was timely and “should be given a favourable consideration with the suggestions given to bring about medical residency training in Nigeria that would help improve medical care in Nigeria.”

    He added, “It is sad to note that other countries have seen the training of highly skilled and specialized expertise in addition to the rehired equipment as means of earning positive balance of trade, Nigeria refused to look in the direction of manpower development in our health sector for many years.

    “Little wonder what is spent on medical tourism annually in Nigeria is astronomically high as a result of our failure to develop the health sector and give attention to postgraduate training.

    “NARD sees this bill if passed as one of those laws that will positively impact in our health sector, the health system and the masses at large.”

    However, the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists in their submission signed by their Secretary General, Prof. Noel Wannang and three others argued for inclusion in the residency programme law.

    “The purpose of this memorandum is to draw the attention of the House of Representative’s Committee on Health Institutions and the general public to the fact that the residency programme for Pharmacists already exists and should be properly captured in the proposed bill before the House of Representatives,” the organization said.

    The Chairperson of the Committee, Hon. Betty Apiafi said that it’s time for the Ministry of Heath to include residency funding in the budget. According to the committee, the Ministry of Health should ensure that there is a budget for the residency programme.

    She further stated, “In the last two years the committee on health institutions has put a lot of effort towards solving the seemingly intractable and multifaceted challenges that bedevil the health sector.

    “The residency programme bill is an example of the National Assembly intervening to deal with the problem of obsolete laws that are not in tandem with international best practices.

    “This bill will act as the comprehensive policy of government on the funding, the curriculum, scheme and tenure of the residency programme. It will also resolve the issue of non-uniformity of the residency programme at different institutions as these are the major issues that made the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) and the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) at specific institutions commence strike with disturbing frequency”.

    Recall that the House passed for second reading ‘A Bill for an Act to Regulate the Medical Residency Training Programme in Nigeria and for Related Matters” on March 30. The bill was sponsored by Hon. Betty Apiafi, Chairperson, House Committee on Health Institutions.

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    THE ‘ONE-OFF’ PILL THAT CAN CAUSE TWO STONE WEIGHT LOSS

    Millions of Britons could lose more than two stone by taking a pill which contains a balloon, a study suggests.

    The results – unveiled at the world’s largest obesity conference – showed it can be an effective alternative to weight loss surgery.

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    Experts said the NHS should now consider funding the pills for millions of Britons, with more than one in four obese.

    After the pill is swallowed, the balloon swells up in the stomach when it is filled with water – restricting the amount of calories a person can eat.

    The study of 42 adults found they lost two stone and six pounds on average after four months.

    Because the Elipse Balloon does not require endoscopy, surgery or anaesthesia, this may make it suitable for a larger population of obese patientsDr Roberta Ienca

    The pill – dubbed a “gastric band in a tablet” – is licensed for use, but not yet available on the NHS. It costs around £3,000 privately – around half the price of stomach stapling.

    Researchers from the University of Rome said the balloon technique could be used widely and bring “significant cost savings” to health services in the long run.

    The head of the NHS has recently warned that obesity is the greatest challenge facing the service, fuelling £10bn spending on diabetes.

    The research, presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Porto, found patients who were given the one off pill, lost an average of 36 pounds – over 14 per cent of their total body weight.

    They also saw significant improvements in their health including blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar control.

    The ease of the technique  – avoiding anaesthetics or surgery – meant it could be popular with swathes of failed dieters, they said.

    The pill is attached to a thin tube, meaning the balloon can be filled with water after it reaches the stomach.

    Experts said counselling was necessary to ensure that patients kept the weight off, after the empty balloon passes out through the body.

    Dr Roberta Ienca, from the University of Rome, said: “Because the Elipse Balloon does not require endoscopy, surgery or anaesthesia, this may make it suitable for a larger population of obese patients not responding to diet and lifestyle treatment.”

    The pill would not even need to be administered by a doctor, she said, suggesting nutritionists and dieticians could dole out the medication. 

    The results triggered an “incredible” reaction from patients, who had struggled with their weight for years, she said.

    Professor Jason Halford, from the European Association for the Study of Obesity, said: “This is to help people manage their appetite. If they have the balloon but they are also modifying their behaviour and the balloon helps them do that, that would be excellent. In that context it could be a solution for people who don’t want to go for full bariatric surgery.”

    The researcher, from the University of Liverpool, said “millions” of people could benefit from the treatment, if NHS would agree to pay for it.

    Prof Halford said: “I think this is for people before they would get to the point where they need bariatric surgery. It would be an alternative to an anti-obesity drug, which would come between the BMI 30 plus when people have tried everything and drugs have not worked….for somebody in that position it might be a good intervention.”

    Dr Simon Cork, Research Fellow at the Department of Investigative Medicine, Imperial College London, said:“This is an interesting study with interesting outcomes for clinical practice.” 

    “Currently gastric balloons have to be inserted under general anaesthetic or sedation.  This not only limits the number of patients who can have them implanted, but also increases surgery time and has significant costs associated with it.”

    Tam Fry, chairman of the National Obesity Forum, said:  “Balloons should take all the fear and angst out of a bariatric procedure.  If you need treatment and are offered the balloon experience, go for it.”

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