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FG Takes Advocacy on Self Care to Bauchi State as Maternal Mortality Persist 

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By Bashir Hassan Abubakar

Despite progress on the contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) with an initial 10% in 2010 to 12% in 2018 according to he National Demographic Health Survey (NDHS), maternal mortality indices is still poor in Nigeria, accounting for 5.3% of the total global mortality rate.

This assertion was made by Director Reproductive Health Unit ,Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Kayode Afolabi during a high level advocacy campaign in Bauchi on an intervention tagged “Self-Care” (SC) being implemented by the Federal Government in collaboration with some partners. 

During the visit and  presentation of the advocacy Toolkit and Self Injection  Guidelines to the Bauchi  State Ministry of Health and State primary Health care Development Agency, Dr. Afolabi said that 14 out of every 100 women die as a result of pregnancy and child birth related complication.

He said that to improve the maternal and health indices in Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Health developed innovative approaches to delivering maternal and child health services that include, Task shifting and task sharing policy, introduction and scale up SC to all states and developing the National Self-Care guidelines.

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.”Self-Care intervention is promising to improving health and wellbeing because it increases choice and reduce barriers related to sexual reproductive health services.”

The Director noted that the policy does not take away power from the health workers but allows them to focus on the most critical patients, stressing  that, “Self care can stop the road to death by enhancing universal health coverage.

He also posit that  self care policy is the ability for individuals, families and communities to promote, maintain health, prevent disease and cope with illness with or without the support of a healthcare provider.

Dr Afolabi who was represented by an Assistant Director Reproductive Health Unit, Alex Ugochuckwu at the meeting with officials of the State Ministry of Health and State Primary Health Care Development Agency said self care benefits are enormous .

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“The State is expected to align and promote the Federal Governments’ goal of expanding access to self-care initiatives and Self Injection services”.

Country Coordinator John Snow INC. Access Collaborative Project,  Dr. Adewole Adefalu who spoke on behalf of partners supporting the project said Self-Care provides an opportunity to reduce barriers to accessing sexual and reproductive health services, and improve the wellbeing of girls and women.

FG Takes Advocacy on Self Care to Bauchi State as Maternal Mortality Persist 

“Self-Care allows people to become agents of their health, leading to improved outcomes in sexual and reproductive health where stigma, distance and over burdened healthcare facilities may have prevented many from seeking care”.

Dr Adefalu the policy is critical now that the Country is affected by Covid -19 that has disrupted health care system, noting that self-care is an innovative approach that seeks to reduce pressure on the health system.

“The current Self Care movement will reduce barriers to accessing contraceptives for girls and women and ensure they are empowered to make informed decisions about their health.” He added.

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Acting permanent Bauchi State Ministry of Health Dr. Dayyabu Mohammad said the State is currently implementing the Task Shifting and Task Sharing policy .

“Self-Care is like What Was obtain in the past where people depend on the book ‘Where There Is No Doctor’, but my fear is how it will be implemented to prevent abuse of drugs”.

Also speaking, Executive Chairman State Primary Health Development Agency Dr Rilwanu Mohammed said the Agency will engage community, religious and traditional leaders to enlighten their subjects on the policy.

“We will increase our risk communication activities to check abuse of drugs among communities”.

Dr Mohammed called for Safe Care control policies, noting that the agency will study the guidelines before adoption. 

Our correspondent reports that the SC intervention is being supported by WHO, JSI, Pathfinder International, ARFH, SFH and the One Ribbon Alliance Nigeria. 

FG Takes Advocacy on Self Care to Bauchi State as Maternal Mortality Persist 

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The National Industrial Court sitting in Abuja has ordered that the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors are restrained from continuing with the ongoing strike pending the determination of the substantive suit before it.

The court, therefore, ordered members of the association nationwide to return to work.

The court held that there is no amount of money that will compensate for the loss of lives in the circumstances.

Justice Bashar Alkali made the order on Friday while ruling on an application by the Federal Government in the suit against NARD.

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Industrial Court orders resident doctors to call off strike

The Federal Government’s lawyer, Tochukwu Maduka (SAN), had moved his motion for interlocutory injunction, and prayed the court for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the defendant from continuing with the industrial action pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.

He also prayed the court to compel the members of NARD nationwide to return to their duty posts pending the determination of the substantive suit.

He argued that resident doctors as persons who provide essential services cannot embark on strike and continuing to do so will wreck hardship on citizens.

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The resident doctor’s lawyer, Robinson Ariyo, vehemently opposed the application for interlocutory injunction and urged the court to discountenance their application.

He argued that the life of a medical doctor is not less useful than the life an average human being.

He argued that justice must be balanced, not just to the government, but also to the doctors who are the field marshals in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Pay death benefits, salary arrears, NARD tells FG

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The National President, National Association of Resident Doctors, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi and the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige
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Striking members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors have said that they may shift ground on their ongoing strike that started on August 2 if they see signs that the Federal Government will honour agreements and clear some outstanding payments.

The outstanding payments the association is expecting the government to settle before they can consider ending the strike include death benefits of members who died during COVID-19 pandemic and salary arrears among others.

It was further learnt that the leadership of NARD and that of the Nigerian Medical Association would be meeting the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, on Friday in continuation of efforts to end the strike.

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Our correspondent gathered that the issue of review of hazard allowance will feature prominently in the Friday meeting.

Pay death benefits, salary arrears, NARD tells FG

An earlier meeting NARD and NMA had with the minister on Tuesday was said to have been postponed due to the failure of both parties to agree.

When contacted on the telephone on Wednesday, NARD’s Secretary General, Jerry Isogun, confirmed the development to our correspondent.

Resident doctors, FG tell court they’re open to negotiation
However, the Federal Government and NARD on Wednesday told the National Industrial Court, Abuja that they were open to negotiations in order to end the ongoing strike action.

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They disclosed this to Justice Bashar Alkali when the matter came up in court.

The counsel for the resident doctors, Femi Falana (SAN), prayed the court to direct the parties to return to the negotiation table.

The counsel for the Federal Government, Tochukwu Maduka (SAN), responded that the matter at hand was of a special breed.

He told the court that the parties were earlier sent to an industrial arbitral panel, but the arbitral process failed.

However, Maduka told the court that the Federal Government was still open to negotiations.

Consequently, the court fixed its ruling on the ongoing dispute between the Federal Government and the resident doctors for September 17.

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Falana had raised the issue of the court’s jurisdiction and had sought that his application challenging the court’s jurisdiction be taken.

But Maduka stated that the issue of contempt had yet to be taken and argued that the issue of contempt should take precedence over the issue of jurisdiction.

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Please Cease The Strike – Buhari Govt Begs Resident Doctors

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President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government has begged striking National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, to call off their ongoing strike.

Akelicious Media reports that the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, made the call during the presidential committee on COVID-19 briefing on Monday.

The minister begged residents doctors to put an end to the ongoing strike action, adding that Buhari has promised to settle all debts.

Last week his excellency, the president received the leadership of the Nigerian Medical Association in audience and in his remarks called on doctors on strike to return to duty and for those contemplating it to opt for peaceful resolution, so as not to put the lives of citizens at risk,” he said.

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“He reminded us that his administration has a sound track record of paying debts, even such debts as inherited from, or ignored by preceeding administration. Resident doctors are therefore assured from the highest authority in the land that all debts will be settled, when they are verified and validated.

Please Cease The Strike – Buhari Govt Begs Resident Doctors

“With this, I call on striking doctors to put an end to their industrial action immediately and return to work. Nigeria has been lucky with the relatively low impact of COVID-19 so far, and we need to keep our preparedness optimal. We cannot afford to stretch our luck too far.”

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Buhari had last Friday met with members of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in a bid to find a solution to crisis rocking the health sector.

Recall that Doctors on August 2, embarked on strike action, accusing the federal government of failing to implement agreements it had with their union on issues including salaries, hazard allowances, and others.

The strike embarked upon by the doctors had been expected to be close to a peaceful resolution until the resident doctors on Sunday told the federal government they won’t sign the memorandum of understanding put on the table by the government team.

The doctors accused the government of insincerity in its dealings, hence their inability to trust what is contained in the memorandum again since they’ve been deceived previously.

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