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News Update?Strengthening financing at primary healthcare level

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Primary healthcare is the foundation of any efficient healthcare system. Thus adequately financing and strengthening services at this level of care not only ensures access to basic health services for Nigerians but it is also key to the attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Many Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) […]
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Primary healthcare is the foundation of any efficient healthcare system. Thus adequately financing and strengthening services at this level of care not only ensures access to basic health services for Nigerians but it is also key to the attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Many Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) in the country have continued to experience poor infrastructure, inadequate manpower, drugs and consumables as a result of poor fi nancing from the various tiers of government.

Quality health service delivery at the primary healthcare facilities also enables children to access immunisation, protection from childhood killer diseases and their general health and well-being as
well as that of their mothers. This will further reduce maternal and child mortality in the country.

PHC financing in nigeria particularly by states was the thrust of a recent forum organised by the nigeria Health Commissioners’ Forum in collaboration with the nigeria Governors Forum (NGF),
UNICEF and other partners in Abuja.

The stakeholders called for innovative solutions towards ensuring sustainable financing at the primary level of care.

UNICEF nigeria Chief of Health, Eduardo Celades, said one of the major challenges bedevilling primary healthcare in the country is inequity, adding, “There is a huge divide between North and South, between the fully vaccinated and unvaccinated children, between the rich and poor people, the educated and uneducated”.

He said most of the funds go to secondary and tertiary hospitals; and not to PHCs even when we know PHCs are the foundation of the system.

He said it is not about working harder but working smarter till we can get effi cient use of our resources.

He said another call to action is to strengthen the public financing management system to address inefficiencies and how to maximise the spending levels with a budget focusing on increased spending at the local government and community levels.

He said: “Th ere are huge out-ofpocket expenses, which is the second highest in the world. The National Health Insurance Authority Act is a massive opportunity. Also, with the BHCPF, we now have the instrument to move in that direction. We, therefore, need strong leadership and collaboration.

“We need to get value for money in cost efficiency. We can do more with less. We need efficient use of our resources. We need to strengthen public financing systems, especially at the community level where we can make a diff erence.”

Chairman, NGF, and Ekiti State governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, said the ability of the country to guarantee this right for all Nigerians has been slow, largely due to how the health system is financed and delivered, adding that this has been further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic which has exposed signifi cant weaknesses in our health sector, especially in primary healthcare.

Th e NGF chairman called for utilisation of the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF) to finance essential health services, especially for the vulnerable and to improve the country’s capacity to address public health emergencies, consolidation of funding to address primary care and essential public health functions, and the exploration of innovative ways to pool funds for non contributory healthcare coverage.

Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule who also represented the NGF chairman said the country could not continue to rely on development partners and foreign investments to finance its healthcare system.

He said there is a need to look towards other sources to fund primary healthcare. Vice Chairman of the Health Commissioners Forum, and commissioner for Health and Human Services, Yobe State, Dr Muhammad Lawan Gana, said the COVID-19 pandemic has brought out the need for standard and functional primary healthcare at the sub national levels into spotlight.

“PHC is the most promising platform for providing basic essential preventive and promotive health interventions and other public health functions and is widely recognised as a key component of all high-performing health systems as well as an essential foundation of Universal Health Coverage,” he said.

He said the COVID-19 pandemic has brought out the need for standard and functional primary healthcare at the sub national levels into the spotlight.

The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib, said in spite of COVID-19, nigeria is among 10 countries globally that have shown progress in immunisation and other aspects of PHC service delivery.

Chairman, nigeria Health Commissioners’ Forum and Ekiti State Commissioner for Health and Human Service, Dr Filani Oyebanji, said PHC, all over the world, requires adequate financing and service delivery. He said performing health systems recognise the importance of having an effective PHC service as a key driver of achieving universal health coverage (UHC), adding that strengthening PHC strongly relies on the PHC structures across nigeria, to deliver individual-based care and essential public health functions to all.

 

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News Update?Osun Governorship Election Petition Tribunal Sitting Begins October 26

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Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal will on October 26 begin a full hearing of the petition filed by Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) against the declaration of Senator Ademola Adeleke as governor-elect.

Lifestyle Nigeria reports that the tribunal made this pronouncement after concluding the pre-hearing session on Thursday.

The tribunal was asked to dismiss the applications of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), seeking the discontinuation of the petition brought to it by Governor Oyetola.

Counsel for Oyetola and the APC, Lasun Sanusi, SAN, at the sitting of the tribunal argued that Adeleke’s, PDP’s and INEC’s reliance on a Federal Court High judgment was nothing but an abuse of court process.

Sanusi argued this while replying to separate applications of the trio, seeking the dismissal of the petition based on the already appealed Federal High Court judgment disqualifying Oyetola from contesting the election.

Citing Supreme Court decisions in the case of Jegede Vs INEC, 2021, 14NWLR, Pt 1797, page 409, the counsel said the court had ruled that the signatories to the letter conveying the nomination of a candidate were not the nominators; rather, the nomination was done by party members at the congress, hence, the judgment could not stand.

Meanwhile, the counsel for INEC, Prof. Paul Ananaba, SAN; counsel for Adeleke, Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN and counsel for the PDP, Dr. Alex Izinyon, SAN, agreed that any decision the tribunal would take on the matter would have to wait until the Appeal Court and the Supreme Court decided on it.

They noted that they just decided to argue the applications to have it on record, a position which the tribunal agreed with and put on record.

Also, in other applications totalling nine by the three respondents, they asked the tribunal to strike out some paragraphs of the petition on the grounds that they were either lumped together or not related to the 2022 election.

In response to each of the applications, Sanusi said all the cases cited by the respondents were misconceived, adding that they were not applicable in the instance case.

He cited the case of INEC Vs Otti, 2016, 8NWLR, where the Supreme Court hinted that INEC was supposed to be neutral, arguing that all the processes filed before the panel have not portrayed the commission’s neutrality.

Sanusi further argued that the applications filed by the respondents were only meant to prevent the tribunal from focusing on hearing the petition on merit, asking the panel to dismiss the applications.

Subsequently, counsel for all parties in the matter agreed to begin the full hearing starting with the calling of witnesses on October 26.

In his ruling, the tribunal declared the pre-hearing session concluded and announced that the pre-hearing conference report would be presented on October 17.

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Politics?Why Nigerian Author, Chimamanda Adichie Rejected National Honour From President Buhari – Aide

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Lifestyle Nigeria gathered that award-winning Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who was recently decorated with Harvard University’s iconic W.E.B. Du Bois Medal, has broken her silence over her non-appearance at Tuesday’s conferment of national honours by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Putting the records straight, a member of Chimamanda’s communications team, Omawumi Ogbe, told newsmen that the author declined the honour.

Ogbe said in a statement: “Following the recent conferment of national awards by the President, there have been conflicting reports about one of the announced recipients, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Some social media users say the award-winning writer rejected the award, while others say she accepted it.

“The author did not accept the award and, as such, did not attend the ceremony. She, however, did not want to create undue publicity around it, so her non-acceptance was conveyed privately,” Ogbe said.

While conferring the award on 450 Nigerians and foreigners, President Buhari had justified the honours, saying the awardees had distinguished themselves in the service of the nation and humanity.

“We have among the recipients today, Amb. Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Ms. Amina J. Mohammed and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who are doing our country proud on the international scene,” Buhari said. “Our dear sisters are a source of inspiration to our young women that through the dint of hard work and dedication, they can achieve greatness.”

This is not the first time an honouree will turn down a national honour from a Nigerian president.

Late Prof. Chinua Achebe, the world-acclaimed Nigerian literary giant and author of Things Fall Apart, rejected the national honours award in 2004 and 2011, leading to an uproar at that time.

Achebe said he rejected the Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR) award because he was dissatisfied with the handling of the country’s affairs by the Olusegun Obasanjo administration. In 2011, Achebe rejected the same award from the Goodluck Jonathan administration, saying the reasons for rejecting the offer when it was first made in 2004 had not been addressed.

Also, the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi, foremost human rights activist and lawyer, also rejected the Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) conferred on him in 2008 by the Umaru Yar’Adua administration.

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Politics?Buhari approves 12,000 metric tons of grains for flood victims

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved 12,000 metric tons of grains for victims of flood across the country. Director-General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mustapha Habib Ahmed, disclosed this in Abuja yesterday during the 2022 International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction. DSS DG’s son body shames Teni for ‘disrespecting’ Buhari Buhari seeks collective action against threats […]
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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved 12,000 metric tons of grains for victims of flood across the country.

Director-General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mustapha Habib Ahmed, disclosed this in Abuja yesterday during the 2022 International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction.

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He said NEMA was also sending out relief materials.

He said though the flood in Lokoja, Kogi State, was affecting the transportation of the materials, security agencies had been alerted to ensure the materials were successfully conveyed.

Ahmed said the heavy impact of the flood disaster across the country this year was because communities ignored early warnings.

He said the Federal Government alerted states and local government areas about the dangers ahead of the flood and used risk mapping to identify vulnerable areas that would be affected, but the warnings were not heeded to.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouk, represented by Director, Humanitarian Department, Ali Grema, said the scale of devastation caused by this year’s floods could only be compared to the 2012’s. 

“More than 500 lives have been lost, more than 1.4m persons affected, about 90,000 homes both partially or completely destroyed and still counting. 

“And also destroyed are thousands of hectares of farmland; thus worsening fears of a disruption of food supply in Africa’s most populous country These widespread cases are in 27 out of 36 States and the FCT.”

She urged communities to take climate predictions and flood outlooks warnings seriously, noting that all disasters as local.

“As we reflect on the present flood situation in nigeria, let’s consider the focus of the 2022 IDDRR. Did we not have enough warnings or was our predictions and flood outlook wrong? Did we not act enough to prevent or mitigate what we’re confronted with today? While we shall not apportion blames, we need to acknowledge the fact that we all had enough warning and our advocacy was timely. We can’t outright eliminate flood but we can keep people safe. That responsibility is collectively ours.”

She recalled that in September, the Federal Executive Council had approved the National Flood Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan developed by an inter-ministerial committee.

 

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