Nasarawa State House of Assembly Committee on Health, has assured the state government of effective collaboration in order to boost health man power development for effective service delivery and the overall development of the state.
Chairman, House Committee on Health, Hon. Usman Labaran Shafa and member representing Toto/Gadabuke Constituency made this known when he led other members of the committee on an oversight visit to the College of Health, Science and Technology, Keffi on Monday.
Labaran Shafa said that effective synergy with the state government would not only boost man power development but would also address the health challenges being faced by the people in the state.
“We will ensure effective partnership for man power development and to ensure efficient and quality healthcare services delivery in the state, ” he said.
He said that the oversight function was to evaluate the performance of the College’s 2020 budget and to identify area of intervention ahead of the presentation of 2021 budget.
“The visit is to get first hand information on the 2020 budget performance of the college.
” As this will assist the committee on how to work on the 2021 budget when presented by His Excellency Engineer A A Sule,” he said.
Labaran Shafa commended the management of the college for its effort towards repositioning the school to compete favourably with other similar institutions in the country.
The chairman advised the management of the institution to take issue of staff welfare with all seriousness it deserves in order to boost productivity.
He congratulated the management and staff of the college for the upgrade of the school from College of Health to College of Health, Science and Technology, Keffi.
Earlier, the Provost of the College, Suleiman Muhammad appreciated Gov. Abdullahi Sule and members of the state legislature for giving adequate attention to the institution and called for its sustenance.
He expressed satisfaction the governor has approved the relocation of the college to a more befitting place,noting that if such is done it will go a long way in giving the institution more lifeline.
He however, enumerated challenges of the college to include shortage of man power, inadequate funding, operational vehicles and laboratory equipment among others.
It would be reported that members were conducted round the Girls Child Community Center that was constructed by the Nasarawa State Universal Basic Education Board and handed over to the college for use.
Covid-19: Dr. Aisha Buhari Lauds Jack Ma, AliBaba Foundations For Donating Relief Materials
The commitment of Mr. Jack Ma, through the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation to the global battle against COVID-19 has been commended by the First Lady, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari.
She made the commendation while receiving a consignment of COVID-19 related items such as face masks on Wednesday 18th November, 2020 at the ABF Secretariat, Abuja.
A statement by Aliyu Abdullah,
Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity (Office of the First Lady), said Mrs. Buhari noted that the two foundations and their founder Mr. Jack Ma is duly recognized worldwide for their contributions in the areas of women leadership, entrepreneurship, Education and medical intervention.
These, she said, are areas of core competence of Aisha Buhari Foundation and Future Assured, where great success has been recorded.
“I do therefore express my appreciation to the Jack Ma Foundation and the Alibaba Foundation on behalf of the women and children of Nigeria, and promise that the items will be used judiciously.”
Presenting the items to Mrs. Buhari, Special Assistant to the President on Organization of African First Ladies for Development (OAFLAD) Mr. Mohammed Albishir, said the consignment of assorted face masks, were delivered by the two foundations to OAFLAD for onward distribution to nations currently battling the novel virus across Africa. Nigeria, he said, is one of the deliveries made, saying the items are for distribution in Nigeria, especially to people living in remote areas.
NASACA Seeks Assembly’s Support For More Funding In The Fight Against The Spread Of HIV/AIDs In The State
The Nasarawa State Aids Control Agency (NASACA), has advocated for an effective collaboration with the Nasarawa State House of Assembly through increase in budgetary allocation towards achieving effective implementation of the State anti- stigmatization law.
The Executive Director, NASACA Dr. Ruth Bello made the appeal when the agency paid a courtesy visit to the Nasarawa State House of Assembly Standing Committee on Health in Lafia today.
Bello said that increasing budgetary allocation for HIV/AIDs would not only tackle stigmatisation but would also tackle the menace in the state.
Bello disclosed that this year alone, out of the twenty two thousand HIV positive persons (22,000) who are not on drugs, the agency has succeeded in tracing and placing back on drugs over fifteen thousand pesons (15,000).
She thanked the committee members for being up and doing in supporting the activities of the Agency and appealed for more funding in the fight against the spread of HIV and Aids in the state.
Responding, the Chairman of the committee, Hon. Usman Labaran Shafa thanked the Executive Director, and the entire members of the Agency for the visit and urged them to remain focuse in the fight and control of the spread of HIV in the State.
Labaran Shafa, who was represented by Hon. Suleiman Abdulaziz Danladi noted that the committee will always put in it’s best for the agency to succeed.
“Ours is to make laws and pass resolutions that will touch our people positively and this law was passed in the state. It is now the responsibility of not just the executive arm of government but all of us to ensure effective implementation of the State anti- stigmatization law,” he said.
He equally called on the agency to redouble it’s efforts on the areas of sensitization and awareness campaign aimed at controlling the spread of the disease in the state.
The chairman also assured the agency of adequate support to succeed.
Nasarawa To Extends Maternity Leave To Six Months, To Encourage And Improve Exclusive Breastfeeding Of Infant Babies
In a bid to ensure the babies get needed nutrients for proper upbringing, the Nasarawa State Government through Commissioner for Health, Hon. Pharm. Ahmed Baba Yahaya, has said maternity leave will be extended to Six Months to encourage and improve the exclusive breastfeeding among working class mothers as well as to provide the babies with the needed nutrients for the first 1000 days of their lives.
A press statement issue on Thursday by Musa Abdullah Information officer, Ministry of Health, said the Commissioner made the disclosure while playing host to Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) who paid him an advocacy visit at his office, Lafia, the State capital.
He described the extension of maternity leave for civil servants from four months to six months as an investment in human capital development and will go along way to address the issue of Malnutrition in children in the State.
According to him, as an emergency Action Plan, the Ministry of Health will write a Leave Bill to the Governor for onward transmitting to the State House of Assembly to make it as a law.
The Bill will provides for six months of maternity leave for women and
government will translate the pronouncement of the approves six months of maternity leave into law to ensure sustainability.
“This will ensure the survival, healthy growth, and development of the child into an intelligent, innovative, and creative adult that will contribute to the development of the state and the nation. He added.
The government, with the support of development partners is equally implementing Community management of Acute Malnutrition, Infant and Young Child Feeding intervention.
“All these are in a bid to improve the nutrition status of women and children in the state,’’ He said.
Earlier the leader of the deligation and Chairperson of CS-SUNN Nasarawa State Mrs. Mercy Aso said the are advocating for extension of six months Maternity Leave for Civil Servants in the State.
According to her, this step will encourage and improve the six months of exclusive breastfeeding among working mothers to provide the babies with the needed nutrients for the first 1,000 days of their lives.
She also said “This will ensure the survival, healthy growth, and development of the child.
Mrs.Asso maintained that the extension will equally help the full recovery of women after childbirth and support them to breastfeed their children exclusively for six months without any fear of losing their jobs.
“The maternity leave will further ensure effective access to quality maternal healthcare, thereby contributing to the health and well-being of mothers and their babies.
She commended the Nasarawa State Government for improving on its Malnutrition status especially on the policy strategies which She identified some of these policies, strategies, and plans to include State Policy on Food and Nutrition, State Strategic Plan of Action on Nutrition, and State Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition Strategy.
“Others are State Multi-Sectorial Strategic Plan of Action for Food and Nutrition, She also appreciated the effort of the State in ensuring that all lines MDAs that implement nutrition activities have budget while appealing for timely release of funds to enable them to fastrack activities as expected.
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