Child poverty

Multidimensional Child Poverty: 54% of Nigerian children face nutrition, healthcare, education, water, sanitation, among other deprivations

The Multidimensional Child Poverty Analysis using Multidimensional Overlapping Deprivation Analysis approach has revealed that approximately 54% of children in Nigeria are multi-dimensionally poor, by facing at least three deprivations across seven dimensions of child rights including nutrition, healthcare, education, water, sanitation, adequate housing, and information – a statement from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has revealed.

The Situation Analysis indicates that child poverty rate is highest among children aged 16– 17 years and least among children aged 0–5 years, noting that children are most affected by poverty because they are vulnerable, and that poverty has long-term impacts on the well-being of children, even into adulthood.

According to the statement, Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo today launched three reports: “The Situation Analysis of Children in Nigeria, the Multidimensional Child Poverty Analysis in Nigeria and Monetary Child Poverty in Nigeria prepared by the Ministry of Budget and National Planning in collaboration with UNICEF.

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It was explained that multidimensional poverty in children is more prevalent in rural settings with 65.7 %, than urban areas with 28.4 %; meanwhile there are also high state disparities ranging from 14.5 % in Lagos to 81.5 % in Sokoto.

The monetary child poverty report showed that 47.4 % of children face monetary poverty by living in households with expenditure less than 376 naira five kobo a day being the national poverty line; as Slight differences are observed between boys placed at 47.98 % and girls at 46.8 %, while there are also high geographical and state disparities from 6.5% in Lagos to 91.4% in Sokoto.

The report further posited that 24.56% of children i Nigeria, face extreme poverty by living in households that spend less than 1.90 dollars a day.

The analysis indicated that the country would need as roughly as 1 trillion naira to lift children out of poverty.

UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, Peter Hawkins said that data is critical for effective budgeting and decision making – and that the data from the surveys together paint a picture of the situation for children and families in Nigeria.

He said Nigeria has a long way to go towards ensuring the well-being of children and families in Nigeria, with persistent multi-dimensional poverty being a crucial obstacle.

Hawkins also said an analysis of the reports indicates the need for improved social protection measures to ensure that children are protected from risks, along with an expansion of access to much-needed social services.

“Data is critical for effective budgeting and decision making – and the data from these surveys together paint a picture of the situation for children and families in Nigeria.

“We still have a long way to go towards ensuring the well-being of children and families in Nigeria, with persistent multi-dimensional poverty being a crucial obstacle. The findings of these reports will help guide the federal and state governments as they plan their budgets – providing evidence for where more funds need to be allocated and wisely spent.”

blood donation

FG Set to Build Database to Regulate Supplies of Blood

The Federal government says it is set to build a comprehensive national database of blood establishments across various levels of government in the country in order to regulate, coordinate, and ensure the safe, quality, and affordable supplies of blood and blood products to all who needs it.

The Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire disclosed this on Thursday at a one day sensitisation to share the mandate of the National Blood Service Commission (NBSC) in Abuja.

The Minister said an efficient health sector requires a national blood system that is fully integrated into the health-care system.

Represented by the Technical Assistant to the Minister, Dr. Chris Isokponwa, he said the import of this initiative is that a nationwide blood supply can be mobilised at any time of critical need speedily, effectively, and efficiently to save the lives of Nigerians.

He said the universal data availability on blood services in Nigeria will aid in the attraction of domestic investment in the safe blood value-chain from vein to vein.

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He also said enormous opportunities reside for investments in the systems for well-regulated and coordinated blood collection, screening, storage, and distribution processes, and it is this enabling ecosystem that NBSC is strategically positioned to drive.

In addition, he said all critical activities within a national blood system should be coordinated centrally at the national level to promote uniform standards, economies of scale, consistency in the quality and safety of blood and blood products and best transfusion practices.

On his part, the Acting Director General of the NBSC, Dr. Omale Amedu while speaking with newsmen, said there is high deficit of blood in the database at the moment and as such Nigerians needs to be educated on the need to donate blood to save lives.

He said, having a population of over 200 million Nigerians we are expected to as a country have a minimum of 2million units of blood per annum but we however have 25 thousand save units on record.

He reeled out the health benefits of blood donations stating that when Nigerians donate blood they are revitalising their own system because as they donate the old blood, new blood cells are formed.

Dr. Amedu however debunk news of blood being sold noting that what ever money is collected, is for the preservation and sustenance of blood.

The Head Planning/Research and Statistics of the NBSC Dr. Adaeze Oreh in her remark, said every country should put in place policies, a legislative framework, systems, and structures to ensure the safety, quality, accessibility, and timely availability of blood and blood products to meet the needs of all patients who require transfusion.

The National Blood Service Commission Act of 2021 was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari in July 2021as part of the initiative of the administration towards provision of quality health care for Nigerians.

wild poliovirus

Mozambique declares outbreak of wild poliovirus type 1

Health authorities in Mozambique have declared an outbreak of wild poliovirus type 1 after confirming that a child in the country’s north-eastern Tete province had contracted the disease.

A statement from the World Health Organisation, (WHO), Africa Regional Office in Brazzaville stated that the case marks the second imported case of wild poliovirus in southern Africa this year, following an outbreak in Malawi in mid-February.

“So far, one case in Mozambique – the country’s first since 1992 – has been detected. The virus was found in a child who began experiencing onset of paralysis in late March. Genomic sequencing analysis indicates that the newly confirmed case is linked to a strain that had been circulating in Pakistan in 2019, similar to the case reported in Malawi earlier this year.

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“The case in Mozambique and the earlier one in Malawi do not affect Africa’s wild poliovirus-free certification because the virus strain is not indigenous. Africa was declared free of indigenous wild polio in August 2020 after eliminating all forms of wild polio from the region,” the statement read in part.

World Health Organization Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti was quoted as saying that “The detection of another case of wild polio virus in Africa is greatly concerning, even if it’s unsurprising given the recent outbreak in Malawi. However, it shows how dangerous this virus is and how quickly it can spread

“We are supporting southern African governments to step up the polio fight including carrying out large-scale, effective vaccination campaigns to halt the virus and protect children from its damaging impact.”

It was also explained that further investigations were underway in Mozambique to determine the extent of the risk posed by the new wild poliovirus case and the targeted responses needed; but preliminary analysis of samples collected from three contacts of the newly-detected case were all negative for wild poliovirus type 1.

According to the statement, Mozambique recently carried out two mass vaccination campaigns – in response to the Malawi outbreak – in which 4.2 million children were vaccinated against the disease.

“Efforts are currently underway to help strengthen disease surveillance in Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The five countries will continue with mass vaccinations, with plans to reach 23 million children aged five years and below with the polio vaccine in the coming weeks.

“Globally, wild poliovirus is endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Polio is highly infectious and largely affects children younger than five years. There is no cure for polio, and it can only be prevented by immunization.

“Children across the world remain at risk of wild polio type 1 as long as the virus is not eradicated in the last remaining areas in which it is still circulating.”

mlscn

MLSCN inducts 339 foreign graduate medical laboratory scientists

The Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Medical Laboratory Council of Nigeria, MLSCN, Dr. Tosan Erhabor says the Council remains committed to tackling the challenge of misdiagnosis in patient care in Nigeria.

Dr. Erhabor who stated this at the 7th Induction Ceremony of foreign graduates of Medical Laboratory Science, explained that the Council has constantly upgraded its curriculum for graduates undergoing training for induction to certify their skills and expertise.

As the mother body that regulates the practice of Medical Laboratory practice in Nigeria, the MLSCN has a duty to ensure adherence to the code of ethics by professionals.

The Registrar of MLSCN, Dr. Tohsan Erhabor spoke some steps taken over the years to strength the skills and expertise of medical laboratory practitioners in Nigeria.

“I commend the heads of department and heads of unit for their innovativeness in conducting inductees through the period of their training.

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“The Medical Laboratory Council of Nigeria is continually committed to the growth and development of the practice of medical laboratory science in Nigeria.

“I will like to inform you that you will be the first set to go through internship training before going for national service. You are part of the strategic plan of the Council and you are the future of the profession.

“This set is best we have gotten so far. As I said, we started with six months not coordinated, we started with seven and the last one we did seven months we had about sixty per cent. I am proud, with these twelve months that they stayed we have not less than eighty per cent of the people that took the exams coming out successful and this is the best we have gotten. So, this can now attest to us that the twelve months we have given unto them to be exposed to the Nigerian system is working.”

Respect for constituted authority, regard for colleagues and other medical professionals, regular upgrade of knowledge and skills, integrity, transparency, delivery of quality and timely services are vital principals the medical laboratory professionals must imbibe.

These were the emphases of the induction lecturer, Dr. Osaretin Agbolahor who warned sternly inductees against any acts of indiscipline.

“Adherence to medical laboratory practice in Nigeria is a necessity which is non-negotiable. The general ethical principles are applied for the best interest of the patient and the patient’s welfare is chiefly important.

“Then as a medical scientist, professionally you are expected to carry out your investigations both are the pre-analytical phase – when you will be collecting your samples; and the analytical phase – when you are carrying out investigations on the sample that you have collected; and the post-analytical phase when you are doing a report of the investigation that you have conducted, you are expected to make sure that there is internal quality control.”

Inductees were also advised to show patriotism by joining hands to build the Nigerian Medical Sector, rather than run to foreign countries in search systems that others have built.

Malaria

World Bank loans Nigeria 300 million dollars to fight malaria

The Federal Government has assessed a Credit Facility to the tone of 300 million dollars to support the malaria elimination programme in 13 states of the federation.

This was revealed by the Coordinator of the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), Perpetua Uhomobhi at the second April ministerial bi-monthly media briefing on COVID-19 and the health sector organized by the Africa Health Budget Network, (AHBN).

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Speaking during the briefing which was presided over by the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Mrs. Uhomobhi explained that the Facility was in two parts, with the World Bank Credit put at 200 million dollars, while that of the Islamic Bank was 100 million dollars.

She also said as directed by the President, Muhammadu Buhari, the ministry has set up an End Malaria Counsel – to be chaired by the founder of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote – in line with the recommendation of the  African Malaria Leaders Alliance mandate for high burden malaria countries.

“The President himself has directed that in line with the Africa Malaria leaders alliance mandate for high malaria burden countries that we set up an End Malaria Council in Nigeria, we have set up the Council and we have approached the Founder of the Dangote Foundation, who is also global malaria Ambassador and he has agreed to Chair the Council which is comprised of several eminent Nigerians.

“Nigeria has also assessed a World Bank Credit Facility, a loan to support the eleven plus two additional states that before now didn’t have any external donor support for malaria programme implementation across all interventions.”

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Also speaking at the briefing, the Director of Ports Health, Dr. Geoffrey Okatubo explained that vigilance at various entry points across the country have been heightened following the resurgence of the COVID-19 outbreak in Shanghai China.

Okatubo also spoke on the measures adopted to ensure safety of Nigerian pilgrims who are visiting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the Lesser Hajj.

“The Federal Government recently opened four land borders in the country and these are Idiroko in Ogun state, Kamba in Kebbi, Ikom in Cross River and Jibia in Katsina state Port Health Services workers have been deployed to screen passengers who come in through these land borders including the four others had earlier been reopened.

“The Federal Ministry of Health has swung into action to ensure that the ministry collaborates with the National Hajj Commission to meet up with all necessary guidelines and requirements as outlined by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and to ensure that all our pilgrims are safe while embarking on this religious obligation.” It was also explained that Nigeria has just completed the required World Health Organisation (WHO) training for the local vaccine production and that all was on course towards realizing the plan for local vaccine manufacturing in the country.

Vaccine preventable diseases

WHO raises alarm over surge in vaccine preventable diseases in Africa

The World Health Organisation, (WHO) says Africa is witnessing a surge in outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases in Africa over the past year.

A statement from the United Nations agency, states that almost 17 500 cases of measles were recorded in the African region between January and March 2022, marking a 400% increase compared with the same period in 2021.

It further stated that twenty African countries reported measles outbreaks in the first quarter of this year, eight more than the first three months of 2021.

According to the statement, outbreaks of other vaccine preventable diseases have also become more common; twenty-four countries confirmed outbreaks of a variant of polio in 2021, which is four more than in 2020; in 2021, 13 countries reported new yellow fever outbreaks in the African region, compared to nine in 2020 and three in 2019.

Inequalities in accessing vaccines, disruptions by the COVID-19 pandemic including a huge strain on health system capacities were among factors identified to have impaired routine immunization services in many African countries and forced the suspension of vaccination drives.

The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti was quoted as saying that “The rise in outbreaks of other vaccine preventable diseases is a warning sign. As Africa works hard to defeat COVID-19, we must not forget other health threats. Health systems could be severely strained not only by COVID-19 but by other diseases.

“Vaccines are at the heart of a successful public health response, and as countries restore services, routine immunization must be at the core of revived and resilient health systems.”

It was also stressed that two doses of the measles vaccine provided on schedule results in long lasting protection against the potentially deadly disease and that countries were expected to attain and maintain measles vaccination coverage of 95% with two doses to reach measles elimination.

Reference was also made to 2019 where six countries in the African region attained 95% coverage with first dose measles vaccination, while only three met this target in 2020, according to estimates by WHO and UNICEF.

“To urgently scale up coverage and protect children, WHO and partners are supporting African countries to carry out catch-up routine vaccination campaigns, with more than 90% of the 38 African countries responding to a global survey reporting that they implemented at least one routine catch-up immunization campaign in the second half of 2021.

“Some countries have successfully integrated other critical immunization campaigns with COVID-19 vaccination. For example, Ghana integrated COVID-19 vaccination with yellow fever campaigns in December 2021 to curb an outbreak that erupted a month earlier. Nigeria recently launched a vaccine scale-up strategy which guides the integration of routine immunization with COVID-19 vaccination for mothers and their babies.

Mass vaccination campaigns are also boosting COVID-19 vaccine uptake. Between January and April, the percentage of Africans fully vaccinated against the virus rose to 17.1% from 11.1%.

The Director, Communicable and Noncommunicable Diseases Cluster at WHO Regional Office for Africa, Dr. Benido Impouma said “Routine immunization, a long-established practice in many African countries, has been severely strained by the impact of COVID-19. In the wake of this pandemic, we are committed to supporting countries devise smart approaches to scale up both COVID-19 vaccination and restore and expand routine immunization services.”

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Regulate the migration of nurses and midwives: Association tells Nigeria’s health ministry

The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives has called on the Federal Ministry of Health to regulate the migration of nurses and midwives to reduce brain drain which it said is impacting negatively on the Nigeria Health Sector.

The National President of the Association Comrade Nnachi Michael Ekuma made the call on Friday at a press conference to herald the 2022 International Nurse week celebration and Scientific Conference.

According to him, despite the commitment and sacrifices demonstrated by nurses and Midwives, they are yet to be adequately compensated, recognised, valued and respected so as to be given the pride of place in the society.

He further decried the shortage of nurses which he said is due to the mass migration for desirable compensation and reward for service delivery, lack of decent work environment, poor staff renumeration and brain drain, no welfare packages amongst others.

He therefore called on the government to invest in nursing workforce and consider special salary package for nurses and midwives to address brain drain

On her part, the second Vice President of the Association Comrade Israel Blessing said there is shortage of nine hundred thousand (900,000) Midwives globally noting that this has made life difficult.

According to statistics, she said about a million of newborn die after birth while 2.6 million cases are still birth due to what she said are preventable causes.

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She further said in order to reduce or eliminate occurrence of these cases, there is need to increase the awareness of the roles of nurses and Midwives in the society.

She also called on the government to Foster the morale of Midwives through appropriate funding, functional equipment and effective remuneration.

The international day for the celebration of nurses and midwives is celebrated between May 6 to 12 of every year to mark the birthday anniversary of the founder of modern nursing Lady Florence Nightingale who was born of the 12th of May1820 and died on August 13th 1910.

Malaria

USAID applauds nurses, midwives others in malaria fight

The United States of America says over the past year, it has in partnership with Nigeria, advanced the fight against malaria, despite immense challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement issued by USAID in Abuja and made available to our correspondent, it was observed that committed and courageous frontline health workers, especially nurses, midwives, and community health workers, across the country went the extra mile to ensure essential malaria services were sustained – their efforts saved lives and supported community resilience.

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“The U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) has partnered with Nigeria to fight malaria since 2011, contributing $768 million to date and $74 million in FY 2021. PMI’s Annual Report, released today, showcases how the strong partnership between the United States and Nigeria enabled robust and effective malaria services to continue in FY 2021, even as COVID-19 caused enormous strain on the health system.

“Through PMI funding and programs, 58 million bed nets, 130 million fast acting medicines, and 82 million malaria test kits have been delivered to clinics and communities since 2011. In addition, 24 million preventive treatment doses were delivered to pregnant women and 13 million doses to children during the rainy season.

“In the past year, more than 3,666 health workers received training that amplified their ability to detect and treat malaria, while strengthening the health system overall and providing key skills to fight COVID-19 and future pandemics,” the statement read in part.

USAID Mission Director, Anne Patterson was quoted as saying “I think what Nigeria is doing to advance more effective malaria prevention, treatment, and control is so important, especially the introduction of innovative tools to make better use of the data in real-time, and also to enhance quality of care via community-based health workers.”

It was noted that following assistance by PMI investments, Nigeria is progressing its fight against malaria using proven and cost-effective methods that save lives and promise a more healthy and prosperous future for families and communities.

Acting U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator, Julie Wallace was also quoted thus, “With perseverance and strong global commitment we can end malaria in our lifetime. The United States is proud of our work with Nigeria in combating this deadly, yet entirely preventable, disease.”

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the United States as part of commitment to the reduction of the malaria burden and saving lives, the U.S Army Medical Research Directorate-Africa/Nigeria (USAMRD-A/N), also with support from the PMI, has been able to increase and strengthen the capacities of medical laboratory scientists in malaria microscopy, rapid testing, quality assurance, and laboratory supervision.

“USAMRD-A/N is also joining the State Ministries of Health in Akwa-Ibom and Benue, the National Malaria Elimination Programme, and the Nigerian Ministry of Defense in launching the National Malaria Slide Bank (NMSB) Project.

“The project will produce Nigeria’s first bank of validated, domestically developed slides for malaria microscopy training, external quality assurance, and future research purposes,” the statement further read.

Russian invasion

Russian Invasion: Ukrainians with chronic diseases’ access to health care worsening.

The World Health Organisation, (WHO) has said that 1 in 3 households is home to at least 1 person with a chronic condition that is unable to secure medication and care due to the Russian invasion.

The above assertion is as revealed by a new WHO survey illustrating the devastating impact of the humanitarian emergency on the health and well-being of millions of civilians, and the severe challenges facing the Ukrainian health system, as war in Ukraine hits the 2-month mark.
“Preliminary results from an ongoing nationwide health needs assessment, conducted in partnership with Premise, indicate that of the 1,000 households that have responded so far, 1 in 3 (30%) that have at least 1 person with a chronic disease reported challenges in accessing care for those conditions,” a statement from the UN organisation revealed.

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According to the statement, the survey also shows that 2 out of 5 households (39%) have at least 1 member with a chronic illness, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or cancer.
“Less than a third (30%) of respondents sought out health-care services recently; of those, 39% cited the security situation as the main reason, while 27% reported that no health-care services were available at all in their area.
“Most households (70%) surveyed are sheltering in their own homes at this time, while 11% are staying with friends and family members in relatively safer areas, 8% are on the move within Ukraine, and 3% are in a shelter or camp for internally displaced people,” the statement read in part.
WHO Representative and Head of the WHO Country Office in Ukraine, Dr Jarno Habicht was quoted thus, “Two months into the war, our findings show the urgent need for continued health system support in Ukraine.
“Through our long-standing engagement with the Ministry of Health, national health institutions and our many partners and donors, WHO has been able to reach nearly 7.5 million people over the past 8 weeks with life-saving supplies, equipment and medicines.
“But we are still unable to reach some of the hardest-hit areas in the east where the health system has all but collapsed. We have received reports, for instance, that nearly all health facilities and hospitals in Luhansk oblast are either damaged or destroyed, and the situation is critical in several others.
It is vital that we gain access so we can assess health needs and move vital supplies into affected areas, including Mariupol. Civilians have a right to health, even in times of war.”
It was further observed that Ukraine’s health system is facing multiple challenges, with the situation growing more dire by the day; the risk of infectious diseases, and increasingly waterborne diseases, is significant, and routine immunization, including COVID-19 vaccination, is greatly diminished because of the war.

On access to reproductive, maternal and antenatal care, as well as mental health care, it was noted that services have been severely impacted due to the Russian invasion, restricted mobility, broken supply chains and mass displacement. And health care continues to come under attack, with more than 160 verified incidents since 24 February.
Also quoted in the statement, WHO Regional Director for Europe, Dr. Hans Henri Kluge said, “As the health agency of the United Nations, WHO is in a unique position to engage in dialogue with all parties to press for, and secure, safe passage for critical health and medical supplies nationwide,” explained.
“Through our Regional Office and country offices, we are constantly in touch with Health Minister Viktor Liashko and Ukrainian health authorities, collectively strategizing to ensure as best we can that health-care providers and facilities can continue to function.”

The WHO said it is working closely with partners on the ground and through the generosity of a range of donors and funders and has managed to deliver specialized medical and emergency supplies, deploy medical teams in hard-to-reach areas, and help minimize disruptions to critical services, including treatments for HIV, tuberculosis and diabetes, routine immunizations, and mental health support.
WHO listed its accomplishments in Ukraine with support of partners in the past two months to include; verification of 162 attacks on health care (as of 21 April); delivery of 218 metric tons of emergency and medical supplies and equipment to Ukraine, 65% of which (142 metric tons) has reached intended destinations, mostly in the east, south and north of the country where the need is greatest; delivery of enough trauma and emergency supplies to conduct up to 207 000 surgeries.
Others are; delivery of enough medicines and health-care equipment to serve 7.45 million people; delivery of 15 diesel generators to meet the energy needs of hospitals and health facilities; delivery of 130 000 COVID-19 rapid antigen tests (WHO had prepositioned many more prior to the Russian invasion); delivery of 1000 vials of tocilizumab to treat severe and life-threatening cases of COVID-19; ordered 20 ambulances to hand over to the Ministry of Health, due to be delivered in the next week; and convened 97 international and local partners with health-related activities in 24 oblasts through the Ukraine Health Cluster.

Also in the list is delivery of trauma and emergency medical supplies to the following oblasts: Kyiv, Cherkasy, Dnipropetrovsk, Zhytomyr, Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Poltava, Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson, Odessa and Zaporizhzhia; support of or coordination of more than 50 Emergency Medical Teams (EMTs) in Ukraine and refugee-hosting countries to provide direct surgical support and mobile primary health care; as well as run bi-weekly training sessions attended by thousands of Ukrainian health-care providers on mass casualty management, covering topics such as hospital blood transfusions in conflict settings, traumatic limb injuries, emergency nursing care and essential burn care.

The WHO also said it has provided support to the Ukrainian Ministry of Health’s Public Health Centre to estimate the antiretroviral needs in Ukraine for the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which has funded and is working with partners on the ground to deliver enough antiretroviral drugs to treat people living with HIV in Ukraine for up to 12 months; established 3 health hubs in western Ukraine to support medical evacuations, and ensured safe medical evacuation of patients, including those suffering from cancer, for treatment outside Ukraine; and put in place contingency plans for medical oxygen given the current disruptions to supply.
“As of 21 April, WHO had received US$ 26.3 million of its appeal for US$ 45 million (58%) to cover its emergency response from March through May. A further US$ 18 million has been pledged. These funds will enable WHO to reach 6 million people with health-care assistance.”
WHO expressed gratitude to governments, individuals, corporations and organizations contributing to its Ukraine Appeal, such as Canada, Ireland, Japan, Norway, Switzerland, the Novo Nordisk Foundation, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, and the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund for their timely contributions as they combat the effects of the Russian invasion
“Flexible funding remains critical to enable WHO to deliver urgent, life-saving assistance where it’s most needed,” Dr. Habicht stressed.

According to the United Nations, due to the Russian invasion, more than 12 million people have been forcibly displaced by the Russian invasion: 7.1 million people are displaced within Ukraine and more than 5 million refugees are outside Ukraine. Another 2.9 million are considering leaving their homes due to the war.
“Addressing the health impacts of the Russian invasion in Ukraine and surrounding countries remains my highest priority.
“During, my recent visit to Ukraine on World Health Day, I was deeply impressed by the resilience of the health workers I met, who are going over and above the call of duty to treat patients and serve their communities, despite the difficult circumstances. I complimented as well the Ministry of Health for their efforts,” said Dr. Kluge.
“WHO/Europe is committed to supporting Ukraine during the Russian invasion and in the future. As we respond to the immediate humanitarian needs, we must also plan for reconstruction and rehabilitation in parallel. The challenges are formidable, but WHO will work with national authorities and partners every step of the way, striving to achieve health and well-being for all,” he added

NHIS DELISTS TEN HMOs, SAYS MORE TO GO_

NHIS DELISTS 10 HMOs, MORE TO FALL UNDER THE HAMMER FOR POOR SERVICE DELIVERY

THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF NIGERIA’S NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE SCHEME (NHIS), PROFESSOR MOHAMMED SAMBO SAYS THE ORGANIZATION HAS DELISTED TEN HEALTH MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATIONS, FOR FAILING TO DELIVER PROPER HEALTH INSURANCE SERVICES TO CLIENTS.

SPEAKING AT A NEWS CONFERENCE IN ABUJA, PROFESSOR SAMBO WARNS THAT SEVERAL OTHER HEALTH MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATIONS MAY ALSO BE DELISTED IF THEY ARE FOUND WANTING DURING THE NEXT ACCREDITATION BY THE REGULATOR.

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HE NOTES THAT THE RECENT MOVE IS PART OF DELIBERATE EFFORTS TO CLEAN UP THE MESS IN THE SYSTEM, WHICH HAS MADE IT ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO HAVE EFFECTIVE HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE

THE AGENCY ALSO SAYS IT HAS DISBURSED OVER FOURTEEN BILLION NAIRA TO BENEFITING STATES UNDER THE UNIVERSAL BASIC HEALTH FUND.