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Maternal, child healthcare clinic in Abaji to begin operations in Nov.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016



A modern Maternal and Child Health Centre built with the support of Japanese Government in Abaji Community, FCT, would start operations in November.


President of the Brethren in Nigeria, (a Religious organisation),  Rev. Joel Billi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the side line of the inauguration and handover of the clinic to Abaji Community, FCT.


Billi also said that a medical committee set up by the church had begun the process of recruiting medical personnel.


“We wrote a proposal to the Japanese Embassy requesting for sponsorship of the project to build the healthcare facility. The Japanese Government made available about 16 million naira for the project from the inception, minus staffing.


“Medical personnel would be recruited; we have plans to recruit medical doctors, but we are going to make use of visiting doctors come from time to time,” he said.


He said that by next week, recruitment will start and by the first week of November, the hospital would have taken off completely, as equipment provided would be put in place to ensure the smooth running of the hospital.


He further said that a committee comprising the church, the community and the local government would be set up to ensure proper and efficient management of the facility.


He expressed gratitude to the Japanese Government for its contributions to grassroots projects in the country.


The Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Sadanobu Kusaoke, who spoke earlier, reiterated that the Japanese Government had supported 152 projects with $10.4 million since 1998 in various sectors in the country.


Kusaoke was represented by the Medical Attache of the Japanese embassy, Mr Yoshiharu Furuichi.


The envoy said “promoting resilient health system” was one of Japan’s priority areas identified at the at sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development.


“In the project for the construction of Gbogbodo Maternal and Child Health Centre, we are handing over a medical centre, a block of toilets and bathrooms, several medical equipment and a borehole.


“I believe that these provisions will contribute to better access to medical services and hygienic water supply in Abaji,” he said.


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Biological warfare against Nigerians

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

By Lekan Sote


At a recent press briefing by a collective of health-oriented Non-Government Organisations, under the aegis of Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health, fearful details about the status of the health care delivery system of Nigeria were revealed.


One came away from the encounter with the fear that the Nigerian state was waging an undeclared biological warfare, a war of attrition, against its people; that the right of Nigerians to life was being threatened through the wilful negligence of the Nigerian state!


Curbing Maternal Mortality With Family Planning

Thursday, October 27, 2016

By Appolonia Adeyemi


The new baby of Mrs Ekaete Udom was barely three months when she conceived again. Her new state was not only shocking, it was embarrassing. As a graduate with BSC Nursing, she is aware of the importance and benefit of child spacing.


Similarly, the advantage of using contraceptives to prevent unwanted pregnancies is not new to her. However, Udom didn’t take advantage of both. The present burden is what does she do with another pregnancy considering the age of the baby at hand.


Govt to establish special health centres for pregnant women

Thursday, October 27, 2016



The Kogi Government says it will establish special healthcare centres to be called “Health Care Plus’’, designed for pregnant women and new born babies across the state.


The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Harunah, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lokoja on Wednesday.


Harunah said the scheme would be a project with multiple components to cater for the pregnant women and their new born babies from the day of delivery up to 28 days of life.


SAFE MOTHERHOOD: The Seplat lifeline for pregnant women

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Mary Abraham, a primary school teacher from Mosogar, in Ethiope West local government of Delta State, has more than enough reasons to be thankful.


The 28-year-old mother expecting her fourth child soon, was saved by providence in 2012 when she went for antenatal care at the health centre in her community while expecting her first child. The nurses attending to her had asked for her delivery kit and turned her back when it was discovered she had none. Meanwhile, Mary’s due date was days away and she had no means of raising money to buy her delivery kit.


Boko Haram: UNFPA offers free medical service to 3m IDPs in North East

Saturday, October 29, 2016

By Yunusa Ringim


The United Nations Population Fund has provided free medical services to three million persons affected by Boko Haram insurgency in the North East.


Mustapha Abbator, the Permanent Secretary, Borno State Ministry of Finance, Budget and Planning, confirmed this during a courtesy call led by the UNFPA Regional Director, Bithrice Mutali, on Governor Kashim Shettima on Friday in Maiduguri.


40,000 women die from pregnancy related complications annually – Expert

Friday, October 28, 2016

About 40,000 women and 241,000 newborns die in the country annually from pregnancy and other related complications.


Lack of family planning was also said to have accounted for 610,000 abortions, a rate of 25 abortions per 1000 women aged 15 – 44.


A professor of obstetrics and gnaecology, and Country Director, JHpiego Corporation, Prof Emmanuel Otolorin, made the disclosure at the weekend during at a Family Planning Media Roundtable in Abuja.


UNFPA offers free medical service to 3m IDPs

Friday, October 28, 2016

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has provided free medical services to three million persons affected by Boko Haram insurgency in the North East.
Mr Mustapha Abbator, the Permanent Secretary, Borno Ministry of Finance, Budget and Planning, confirmed this during a courtesy call led by the UNFPA Regional Director, Mrs Bithrice Mutali, on Gov. Kashim Shettima, on Friday in Maiduguri.

Family planning, solution to maternal, infant mortality

Saturday, October 29, 2016

By Kashimana Michael-Ejegwa


The Country Director, Jhpiego Nigeria, Prof. Emmanuel Otolorin, has described family planning as the key to the solution to maternal and infant mortality.


Speaking at a media chat organized by Mamaye, an NGO, in Abuja, yesterday, he said family planning alone could stop 40% of maternal mortality in the country, adding that Nigeria contributes 40,000 of global maternal deaths annually.