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USAID: FCTA Sign MoU To Improve Primary Healthcare Services  

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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), establishing collaboration between USAID/Nigeria and FCTA to improve the health of residents in the territory.

During the signing ceremony, the Mission Director USAID/Nigeria, Anne Patterson, revealed that though the health status of the FCT population was fair when compared with other states of the federation, but noted that with the country’s north east crisis and perception of economic opportunities in the nation’s capital, FCT has seen an increase in the influx of people from other parts of the country.

She, further noted that this population increase was putting stress on the available public infrastructure, especially primary healthcare facilities, which are ill-equipped and under-resourced to address the increased health needs of the residents.

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“The purpose of the MOU is to support the revitalization of the FCT healthcare system to deliver quality, affordable, and sustainable preventive and primary healthcare services to the residents of FCT. With the signing of this MOU, USAID expects to apply global best practices and provide high-level technical expertise to assist the FCTA to meet their health improvement goals to operationalize their health plans and their reform strategies,” she said.

The MoU, specified that the 2018 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) would serve as the baseline for overall health status improvement, while the 2023 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey would serve as the end line survey.

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The MoU also acknowledges the Federal Government and FCT Department of Health and Human Services Secretariat policies, standards, and implementation guidelines for achieving health health systems strengthening especially Primary Health Care Under One Roof (PHCUOR) and Primary Health Care (PHC) systems and service delivery.

FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, while signing on behalf of the FCT Administration, acknowledged the tremendous role of USAID/Nigeria, in the development of healthcare facilities in the Federal Capital Territory, stating that the administration would actively sustain and build on the cost-effective intervention of this partnership.

The minister recalled that USAID had recently supported the FCT Administration with a $20 million investment in family planning and reproductive health interventions, supporting facilities to improve service delivery, distributing contraceptive commodities, and increasing demand among local communities for these services and products.

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Recall that the MoU shall cover a period of 5 years and as part of this effort, USAID plans to commit $45 million over the five years  period for FCT through four existing health activities namely: the Integrated Health Programme, Breakthrough Action, Health Workforce Management, and the Global Health Supply Chain.

 

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Eid-El-fitr: FCT Minister Bans Prayers on Eid Prayer Grounds

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Eid-El-fitr: FCT Minister Bans Prayers on Eid Prayer Grounds

By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja.

In an efforts to contain the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Muhammad Bello, has banned Eid prayers at the National Eid prayer ground located close to the Abuja city gate, along the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Expressway.

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The minister, made the announcement in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Anthony Ogunleye, which was made available to newsmen in Abuja, on Tuesday, said the decision was arrived at a meeting of the FCT admistration and a delegation from the FCT League of Imams Initiative.

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Ogunleye, said the delegation was led by its Chairman, Imam Tajudeen M.B Adigun, after they met the minister to discuss the modalities for holding eid prayers for the upcoming Eid el-Fitr celebrations.

  • A traditional ruler and some Muslim faithful at Eid Prayer Ground.

    A traditional ruler and some Muslim faithful at Eid Prayer Ground.

According to him, all worshippers are enjoined to hold eid prayers outdoors within the premises of their neighborhood Juma’at mosques, while indoor worship are to be limited to less than 50% of installed capacity.

“And the religious authorities are advised to regulate the flow of people entering and exiting places of worship.

All non-pharmaceutical intervention protocols of facial coverings, physical distancing and hand washing are to be observed,” he said.

He also said that all other Eid celebrations and activities should be confined to homes as all public parks, recreation and entertainment centres are also to be closed,” he said.

The minister, therefore, appreciated the religious leaders for their cooperation in the battle against Covid-19, stressing that having gone through a first wave of the pandemic and a second wave that caused more fatalities, it was imperative to prevent a possible third wave as is being witnessed in some countries across the world.

“Consequently, based on presentations made by officials of the Health and Human Services Secretariat of the FCTA and the Implementation Guidelines for Phased Restriction of Movement issued by the Presidential Steering Committee on Covid-19 on Monday, 10th May 2021, we came up with the guidelines,” Bello said in the statement.

Speaking on behalf of the League, Adigun said “In Islam, you listen to experts, those who are specialists and those who have actually discussed with us are experts in the field of medical sciences.

In Islam, you also abide with the commands of leadership.

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“Based on this and what we are convinced of, we urge Muslim Ummah to also respect this stand of the administration of the FCT by observing our Eid prayers within our localities,’ he said

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World Lupus Day: State FCT Minister, Aliyu Harps On Enlightenment Campaign  

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As Nigerians join the rest of the world to celebrate World Lupus Day (WLD), FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has identified enlightenment campaign or knowledge as a powerful tool that could defeat lupus or any existential challenge.

FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu

FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu

A statement duly signed and issue by Austin Elemue,
S.A Media To FCT Minister of State,
May 11, 2021, said the Minister stated this at the 2021 World Lupus Day held in the nation’s capital Abuja organized by the Arise Monalisa Foundation.

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She specifically noted that in view of the complexities associated with this silent killer disease, public awareness and the impact that it has on the lives of those who are affected, must be scaled-up.

Aliyu, who described lupus as a common, but often overlooked disease, also lamented that lupus as a chronic autoimmune disease has affected approximately 5 million people globally.

The Minister who was represented by the Ag. Executive Secretary of FCT Primary Healthcare Board, Dr. Iwot Ndaeyo, stressed that the singular fact that lupus is one of the most severe comorbidities and could lead to end-stage kidney disease and kidney failure, makes it the more scary.

“The medical difficulties associated with diagnosing and treating a poorly understood disease have negative impact on those with lupus. This is further compounded by a low level of public awareness and the fact that most symptoms of lupus are not visible to others. Collectively, these can lead to a greater emotional burden for patients,” the minister stressed.

She used the occasion to caution against stigmatization of patients, noting that those who recognise lupus as a disease mistakenly believed that it is contagious, and that a poor knowledge like this could lead to unnecessary social stigma for patients with lupus.

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While pledging the commitment of the Federal Capital Territory Administration to support any organisation or group aimed at bringing to an end the devastating impact of lupus, she, however, called on critical stakeholders to make lupus visible using every available medium to show the world the many faces of lupus and its impact on patients

 

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Covid-19 Vaccination: KPHDA Administers 13,380 Doses, 75% Target Met

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Covid-19 Vaccination: KPHDA Administers 13,380 Doses, 75% Target Met.

Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

Kogi state Primary Health Care Development Agency (KPHDA) on Wednesday, announced that it has attained 75% of its targeted Covid-19 vaccination as 13,380 doses have been administered out of the 16,900 doses received from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHDA), Abuja.

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Executive Director, Kogi state primary health care development agency, Dr Abubakar Yakubu, who briefed Journalists in his office on the progress made on the exercise , said despite the delay in the take off of the Covid 19 vaccination in the state, Kogi has surpassed many states in the administration of the vaccines.

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“we have achieved about 75% target despite negative propaganda by mischievous elements who have been instilling fear of deaths in the minds of the gullible. But with the aggressive awareness campaigns, people voluntarily submitted themselves for vaccination. ” Dr Yakubu explained.

He said the 16,900 Astra zeneca vaccines arrived the state April 6th and by the 10th, the actual vaccination commenced after the take off ceremony at the state ministry of health, in Lokoja.

According to. the Executive Director, over 5000 health workers across the state being front liners were vaccinated, while over 7, 000 military, paramilitary and Journalists whom he described as on line also received the jabs.

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While commending the traditional rulers for leading by example, equally thanked their subjects for their cooperation during the vaccination exercise.

Dr Yakubu therefore appealed to those who are desirous of being vaccinated to come forward as more vaccines would soon be provided in view of the growing demand occasioned by awareness.

He advise the people of the state to ignore those spreading fake news about the vaccines , describing them as the ” doubting Thomases”, whose stock in trade is to destabilize any thing good for the common man.

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