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Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire

The federal government has said a total of 71,477,351 Nigeria residents have been fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccines as at April 1, 2023, representing 61.6 percent of the targeted eligible population.

In addition, government said another 82,474,931 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
In a bid to reverse poor health indices and provide Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria, the federal government said it has so far revived o 4,000 Primary Healthcare Centre (PHCS) nationwide.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this at a media briefing to commemorate the World Health Day and World Health Workers Week held yesterday.

Regarding efforts to check COVID-19, Ehanire said the National Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), has as of April 1, 2023, fully vaccinated 71,477,351 Nigeria residents with COVID-19 vaccines. This represented 61.6 per cent of the targeted eligible population and another 82,474,931 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Ehanire said the country was still implementing the SCALES 3.0 strategy using Johnson and Johnson Covid-19 vaccine, “until we achieve at least 70% coverage needed for strong herd immunity against the COVID-19 virus.

He said the federal government had initiated the revitalisation of about 10,000 primary healthcare centers nationwide.
“As exemplified by the revitalised Kuchigoro PHC in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT. More than 4,000 PHCs have been revitalised so far, while working towards a new PHC model equipped will staff quarters, solar power, and assured potable water supply, to enable 24+hour service provision to citizens,” he said.
Ehanire said these steps taken by government have improved primary healthcare services in Nigeria and reduced challenges women face in childbirth and addressing home emergencies

The minister also explained that the Basic Health Provision Fund (BHCPF) was established by the National Health Act (2014) to provide and finance essential health services that address our poor health indices at Primary Health centers, to poor and vulnerable citizens, especially in rural areas.

According to him, the effort includes; provision of emergency medical services with a rural Ambulance System (RAS) under a National Emergency Medical Service and Ambulance System (NEMSAS), at no charge at point of care. These initiatives are undergoing pilot testing in some states.
Speaking further on the achievement of the adminstration in the health sector, Ehanire Nigeria’s immunization profile has recorded a significant improvement from 33 percent in 2016 to 57 per cent in 2021, despite Covid-19 pandemic distractions.

He added that Nigeria has remained free of wild polio virus (WPV) since obtaining certification in August 2020, over six years ago.
While reeling out it’s achievement in the past years, the Director of the African Region of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr. Matshidiso Moeti said a lot of important achievements have been realised towards the aspirations of the leaders who founded WHO.

For instance, Moeti said that Smallpox, which had claimed an estimated 300 million lives in the 20th century alone, has been eradicated.
“Since 1974, millions of children have received life-saving vaccines and other child survival interventions. In 2020, the WHO Africa Region received certification for eradicating wild polioviruses.

“Scaling up essential health services and coverage with key interventions has yielded results. Between 2011 and 2021, new HIV infections in the WHO African Region were reduced by 44 percent and AIDS-related deaths by 55 per cent.”
 She also said that Tuberculosis deaths in the region fell by 26 per cent between 2015 and 2021.
“Simultaneously, healthy life expectancy in the African Region increased on average by ten years per person between 2000 and 2019,” Moeti said.

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Three Killed While Travelling To Attend Inauguration Of New Ebonyi Governor, Nwifuru




The victims who hailed, from Izzi Local Government Area, the home town of the new governor, Francis Nwifuru, were said to have died in a ghastly motor accident on their way to Abakaliki.

Three persons travelling to attend Monday’s swearing-in ceremony in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, Southeast Nigeria, have reportedly been killed.

The victims who hailed, from Izzi Local Government Area, the home town of the new governor, Francis Nwifuru, were said to have died in a ghastly motor accident on their way to Abakaliki.

Although the details of the accident were still sketchy, reports claimed many others also sustained varying degrees of injury.

According to one report, the vehicle carrying the victims had gone to Izzi to pick up villagers. Unfortunately, while they were travelling from the local government area to Abakaliki, one of the car tyres was deflated. 

Those injured in the accident have reportedly been moved to the Ebonyi Federal Teaching Hospital in Abakaliki.

The swearing-in ceremony in the state, like it is happening across the country today (Monday), is holding at the Pa Ngele Oruta Township Stadium, Abakaliki.

Meanwhile, efforts made by SaharaReporters to speak with the State Police Public Relations Officer SP, Onome Onovwakpoyeya, were unsuccessful as she didn’t answer her calls.

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Enugu Governor, Mbah Names Chidiebere Onyia SSG



Professor Chidiebere Onyia

The Governor of Enugu State, Dr Peter Mbah has appointed Professor Chidiebere Onyia as the new Secretary to the State Government, SSG.

The appointment was announced in a statement personally signed by the Governor on Monday and released to the press by his media office.

Until his appointment, Prof. Onyia was the Managing Director of the United Kingdom Nigeria Infrastructure Facility.

He was also the Lead strategy advisor for the Federal Government of Nigeria, World Bank Group Power Sector Recovery Programme, and has over the years rendered services to different international organizations and countries, among them the United Nations, Germany and Russia.

Prof. Onyia is a visiting Professor of Education at the Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, a former visiting Professor at the University of Nigeria Nsukka, and serves on the Governing Council of two private Nigerian universities.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Masters of Business Administration degree and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership.

He also had a post-doctoral scholarship in Education Policy from the Ivy League Peabody College, Vanderbilt University.

Prof. Onyia, with over 25 years of experiences in leadership, innovation, strategy, institutional reforms and research, has received numerous international and national awards and accolades for leadership excellence and for his outstanding contributions to the education sector. He is well published and a certified educational consultant, researcher, presenter, mentor and author of many books.

Prof. Onyia was a member of the Transition Committee, the technical committee that developed an actionable plan for the Peter Mbah administration, based on his manifesto and social contract with the people of Enugu State.

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Abia Governor, Otti Summons All Perm Secs To Meeting



Abia State Governor, Alex Chioma Otti has invited all Permanent Secretaries in the State civil service to a crucial meeting today, Tuesday.

The Governor made this known in a press release signed by Mr Ferdinand Ekeoma, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity.

Ekeoma said that the meeting will be held at Michael Okpara auditorium in Umuahia.

The reason for the first official meeting was not disclosed, but it may not be unconnected with the Governor’s plans to reform the State’s civil service as contained in his inaugural broadcast.

Also the issue of salary arrears of civil servants which caused a three-week strike, may also be deliberated during the meeting.

Otti had during his inaugural speech abolished the dichotomy between core and non-core civil servants, saying that all civil servants would receive equal treatment in payment of salaries.

“We will treat all workers in the State as equal and none will be denied salaries while the other will be paid as it was done by the immediate past administration,” Otti had declared n his speech on Monday.

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