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Group Identifies Challenges in Bauchi State Healthcare Service Delivery

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Group Identifies Challenges in Bauchi State Healthcare Service Delivery

Bashir Hassan Abubakar

The Bauchi State Accountability Mechanism for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (BaSAM) have articulated it’s December 2021 priorities areas to focus on and also reviewed it’s November activities.

A press statement signed and issued by the public relations officer of BaSAM, Bashir Hassan Abubakar and made available to newsmen said that part of the areas BaSAM would focus on in their December 2021 activities will mainly centered around advocacy visit to the ministry of finance and office of the state accountant general to fast track funds releases while presenting evidence generated from the recently concluded State Basic Health Care Provident Fund (BHCPF) scorecard.

The statement said that the scorecard development and activity review was to ensure that no one is left behind in accessing health care services in Bauchi State, irrespective of economic or social status.

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In a presentation during the scorecard development meeting on the current status of BSHCMA by the agency’s Executive Secretary , Dr. Mansur Dada, BaSAM discovered some major advocacy issues that needs to be embarked upon by the Coalition.

Part of the key advocacy issue identified is the ongoing impasse between the State Government and organized labour (NLC/TUC) over objections for salary deduction to be remitted to the BHCPF due to what the organised labour termed as “non-compliance of the state government to effect N30,000 minimum wage”..

Group Identifies Challenges in Bauchi State Healthcare Service Delivery

The statement also disclosed the inability of the Bauchi State Orphans and Vulnerable Agency (BASOVCA) to remit the one percent of it’s revenue to qualify them into the BHCPF program due to a policy related issues that established the agency.

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It was also agreed during the BHCPF scorecard development meeting on the need to reach out to the private sector and philanthropic individuals to get involved and adopt vulnerable and poorest of the poor into the health contributory scheme.

Another key advocacy issue identified during the meeting was the inadequate running cost and utility vehicles for the implementation of BASHCMA activities, which is affecting effective monitoring of health facilities across the State.

The statement quoted BaSAM Co-Chair, Mr Abu John Yusuf as saying, “there is enough to keep us busy from now to second quarter of next year. We are not going to be over ambitious with our December priorities because of the yuletide season , but the few we have identified, we will follow it to the letter”.

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“The proposed NYSC MNCH-CDS group initiative being championed by BaSAM is another priority area that will remain constant in our agenda. It is going to be part of our key advocacy activity”.

“Though BaSAM have identified other areas of interests towards improved MNCH in Bauchi State, some of the challenges militating against implementation of our activities is the slow phase of approval of budgets to carry out our activities”, Yusuf said.

Our correspondent reports that the BHCPF scorecard development is the first in the series of other healthcare scorecards and it attracted inputs from the Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Bauchi State Health Contributory Management Agency, BaSAM members and other relevant MDAs.

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The Federal Government has approved booster shots of the COVID vaccine for Nigerians who are fully vaccinated.

This was disclosed on Friday in a statement by Mohammad Ohitoto, spokesman for the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).

According to the statement, eligible Nigerians are to visit health centres and mass vaccination sites from December 10 to get their booster dose.

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The ultrastructural morphology exhibited by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China, is seen in an illustration released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. January 29, 2020. Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM/CDC/Handout via REUTERS

Zimbabwe reported a sharp rise in coronavirus infections Friday despite measures to stem the spread of the virus, a day after it identified its first case of the new Omicron variant.

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It announced 1 042 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, compared to just around 20 two weeks ago.

Covid19: Zimbabwe’s cases spike despite strict measures

After South Africa alerted the world to the new strain of Covid last week, dozens of countries imposed travel bans on southern Africa, including Zimbabwe.

South Africa led a chorus of criticism over the bans, but Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa instead imposed his own restrictions.

On Tuesday, he required a 10-day quarantine for all arrivals in the country, extended a night-time curfew, and required proof of vaccination to visit bars or clubs.

But one case of Omicron was confirmed Thursday, and infections are soaring.

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The country has limited health surveillance systems, and the huge jump in cases has alarmed authorities.

Zimbabwe has reported 136 379 Covid-19 infections since March 2020, including 4 707 deaths.

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4,531 Sex Workers Undergo HIV Treatment, Counseling In Ogun

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The Ogun State Agency for the Control of AIDS has said 4,531 female sex workers have undergone HIV/AIDS testing and counselling in the state.

The agency also said it has been going to correctional facilities in the state to test inmates for HIV and counsel them on the prevention of the disease.

The Executive Secretary of OGSACA, Kehinde Fatungase, said this on Monday at a briefing to mark the 2021 World AIDS Day in Abeokuta.

Fatungase said, “25,554 out of 38,093 estimated numbers of people living with HIV/AIDS in the state are currently receiving treatment while 25,136 are on antiretroviral therapy. 4,531 female sex workers have undergone HIV/AIDS testing and counselling in the state.”

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He noted that the state was embarking on aggressive community testing, counselling and campaign to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS by 95 per cent by 2030.

Fatungase, however, attributed low level of literacy, poverty, drug abuse and gender-based violence, as factors contributing to the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the state.

The Executive Secretary of OGSACA who spoke on the theme of the event, ‘End Inequalities, End Pandemic, End AIDS,’ disclosed that the anti-stigma bill for people living with HIV/AIDS when passed into law would not only protect the rights of HIV/AIDS patients but also reduce discrimination against them.

4,531 Sex Workers Undergo HIV Treatment, Counseling In Ogun

He said it was unfortunate that the stigmatisation against people living with HIV/AIDS had made the campaign against the spread of the disease difficult.

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“Division, disparity and disregard for human rights are among the failures that allowed HIV to become and remain a global health crisis.

“The medicine, information and prevention tools are simply not reaching the people who need them most. We need a new approach that reduces the inequalities that drive the AIDS epidemic and puts people at the centre, prioritising human rights, respect and dignity,” Fatungase said.

The South-West Coordinator of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, Ronke Adeoye disclosed that Ogun State had 1.6 per cent, the highest prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS among the states in the region.

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