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Ekweremadu: Court orders NIS, banks to release Ukpo’s biodata

The Abuja division of the Federal High Court has ordered the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) and three banks to immediately release details of David Ukpo to the detained former Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice to defend themselves in a London court.

Justice Inyang Ekwo issued the order while delivering judgment in a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/984/2022, filed and moved by a team of lawyers to the former lawmaker and his wife anchored by Chief Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN) and Chief Oba Maduabuchi, SAN.

The judgment against the defendants followed their non-appearance in court to defend the suit.

When the matter was called, Awomolo informed the court that an application had been filed seeking the order striking out the name of the 5th defendant (Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc) and Justice Ekwo granted the prayer.

In a short ruling, the judge held that having been satisfied that the defendants had been served and looking at the averments in the application, “I make an order granting the prayers.”

Senator Ekweremadu and his wife were on June 23, remanded in the United Kingdom (UK) police custody, after they were arraigned before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court for alleged conspiracy to facilitate the travel of David Ukpo, alleged to be a minor, for organ harvesting.

They, however, denied the allegations and the court adjourned till July 7 for hearing.

Ekweremadu also appeared before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court on Thursday where he was denied a bail.

By the court order, all official information including the account opening package in relation to Ukpo are to be released to Senator Ekweremadu to ascertain the real age of the said Ukpo.

Ukpo had claimed at a London court that he was a minor of 15 years, which led to the arrest and detention of the Nigerian Senator.

Other defendants are the Comptroller General (C-G), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS); Stanbic-IBTC Bank, United Bank of Africa (UBA), and Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc as 2nd to 5th respondents, respectively.

In the originating summon, the duo prayed the court for an order directing all the defendants to supply them with the CTC of David Ukpo’s biodata information in their care for the purpose of facilitating the criminal investigation and tendering same to establish their innocence with respect to Ukpo’s age in the criminal charges against them before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court.

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Cross River State Takes The Lead, Commences Midwives Training For BHCPF Programme, As State And Federal Government Seek Absolute Measures to Curb Maternal and Child Mortality.

The Cross River State Government in collaboration with the Federal Government through its Primary Healthcare Development Agencies are calling for decent and outright measures to effective Health Care service delivery to help reduce the rate of maternal and child mortality in Cross River State.

The call was made during the flag off ceremony of the Training/ orientation for newly recruited midwives with the theme ” Reach Every Ward with Skilled Birth Attendants (REWSB)” as part of modalities towards the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund programme implementation in the state.

The Director General, Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (CRSPHCDA), Dr. Janet Ekpenyong in an opening remarks, thanked the federal government for it’s contributions towards the actualization of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund programme in states adding that the scheme will boost adequate facility utilization especially in the rural areas.

She maintained that the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund programme has played an important role in developing and strengthening of health facilities and at large the Primary Healthcare system by ensuring that health services are administered rightly and at it’s set pace.

She also commended the state Governor, His Excellency, Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade for all his effort in pushing the health sector to the next level noting that he has placed a top priority on the Health sector which have really helped in strengthening the health care services in the State.

“”Midwives play a huge role in creating demand for facility utilization, especially for pregnant women and children under 5. If you have a nurse and a midwife in a health facility, you are more confident that pregnant women are going to be receiving quality health services from a skilled birth attendant.”

” In our effort to ensure that we can reduce maternal and infant mortality, we believe that a skilled birth attendant should be in our health facilities and that is why His Excellency, Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade is committed to the actualization of this laudable initiative in Cross River State.”

“We are also glad that Cross River State is the first state to implement this program in the country. This is actually a national policy and it is expected that every state will benefit from the basic healthcare fund. However, I will encourage everyone to buy in and let there be that political will that can give it the necessary push.”

In his response, the representative of the ED, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Obasi gave an insight on the objectives of the training which he said is to ensure that Nurses and Midwives become well trained ,equipped with modern regiments of service .

He said, the training will afford the beneficiaries the requisite details and offer them the capacity to disseminate same knowledge when rendering health care services; and to ensure seemless Birth delivery in Health facilities and not in Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs).

He also advised the State should leverage on Basic Healthcare Provision Fund to improve the capacities of Midwives as training/orientation is strictly with a focus of having skilled Birth Attendants in the State Health Centres as he pledged full support for the program.

The Chairman, House Committee on Health, Hon. Dr. Ekpo Ekpo Bassey, in his remarks, stated that having to train Midwives, it will help reduce the rate of maternal and child mortality rate, it will help safeguard the lives of pregnant women, noting that more funds must be pushed and set aside for the health sector.

This training is very important because it has been the concern of the government to reduce maternal, neonatal, and childhood mortality in the country and Cross River State in particular. 512 women out of every 100,000 lives die as a result of pregnancy and childbirth, this is unacceptable anywhere in the world.

Speaking on the challenges the training will help address, Mrs. Gertrude Usani, a retired Director of Nursing Services, Cross River State mentioned that the training is coming at the right time and that issues bothering on Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs), child and maternal mortality will be managed and well addressed.

“The government has come in timely to select retired and well-experienced midwives to attend to the necessity on ground. What is happening now is that we are lacking a lot of skilled manpower in the health centers and grassroots areas”.
” So selecting us to go there and man the manpower that is there will help reduce the maternal and child mortality and morbidity rate in the state.”

“One major issue we must address is the issue of TBAs. The TBAs most times bite more than they can chew. Some of them are experienced but we always tell them to refer to a higher cadre hospital when they identify complications. But they always try to sort things out by themselves till the cases are complicated beyond management, they now send it to the hospital.”Other contributions came in from the Permanent secretary SMOH represented by the DA Barr John Odu, Permanent secretary SPHCDA Barr Emmanuel Ekeh, Mrs Pauline Obute Director Nursing services, Secretary of the board, Barr Dan Effiom, Sally Enyim, Director Community and family Health, Mrs Ekaete Ekpenyong, BHCPF focal person, Dr Ojo of World Health Organization, Dr Daggy of MSF and other supportive partners who commended the state government for it’s pace in the adaptation of modern medical practices and it’s resultant effects on citizens.High point of the event was the official Flag-off by the Chairman House Committee on Health, Dr Ekpo Ekpo Bassey and the nurses pledge by the midwives who pledged to ensure best practices in their health facilities.

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APC NWL Provides Free Medical Care And Surgeries For Over 3000 Men, Women And Children In Zamfara.

APC NWL Provides Free Medical Care And Surgeries For Over 3000 Men, Women And Children In Zamfara.

In the mission of His Excellency Gov. Bello Mahammed to improve on the healthy being of his well respected people of Zamfara State; the APC National Women Leader Dr. Betta Edu has provided free medical care and surgeries for over 3,000 Men, Women and Children.

The free medical outreach covered those who have been afflicted for a while as they received free medical care with a positive respond of elation, songs of praises to the government and the women leadership of the APC led by Dr. Edu and gratitude. The lovely smiles and pleasure of those who benefited from the many successful surgeries and care are what we wish to see more of and that fulfills the desires of the National Women Leader who right from her days as Health Commissioner in CRS, has put the health of every one first.

“Our dedication to creating a healthy society cannot be compromised. Good Health remains a priority, the Governor of Zamfara State H.E Bello Mohammed has done very well and we will continue to support him to reach out to more citizens of Zamfara as well as Internally displaced persons.” Dr Betta Edu added.

We applaud all the residents for the cooperation as we celebrate a successful medical outreach today. We had successful operations, giving of free drugs, BP checks, amidst other services, and we are delighted that the people are taking advantage of this opportunity.

We are committed to ensuring a healthy lifestyle for the citizens, which is why we will stop at nothing to bring more medical outreaches and empowerment to the doorsteps of Nigerians. Our plan is to go round the entire 36 States of the federation.

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FATHER’S DAY; DR EKPENYONG CELEBRATES HEALTH CONSCIOUS FATHERS AND CATALYSTS OF UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE” ON FATHERS DAY.

The Director General of the Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Janet David Ekpenyong has congratulated Men on the Occasion of Fathers Day celebration describing them as “Health Conscious Fathers and Catalysts of Universal Health Coverage in the 21st Century”.

In a message titled “Fathers, the Support System to Quality Healthcare Delivery and Partners to Actualizing Universal Health Coverage”, the DG noted that, the true results of health intervention and programs lies in the support of men who serve as catalysts to both their wives and Children.

According to her, with the roles and privileges assigned to men in the society, the approval or disapproval of men in the utilization of health facilities by their wives and Children can play a major role in either building or destroying the foundation of quality healthcare for all.

She urged men to continually allow their wives to seek medical attention in health facilities rather than encourage them to seek traditional medicines especially during pregnancy, child birth and early stages of breastfeeding.

“To all Husbands, Fathers , Brothers ,and supporting male figures who promote women and children get appropriate and undeniable access to health facilities, today we celebrate you specially and unequivocally.

With regards to the authority and roles played by men in our society, many women must get approval from their spouses before seeking for medical assistance in health facilities, this in its form is a compelling factor to men being decisive in the optimal actualization of 100% results in health interventions and programs.

We want to appreciate all the men who by virtue of love and matter of self esteem assist their wives in the registration process during antenatal services, childbirth, Immunization for their children, Truely, they are the real champions of quality healthcare delivery and a loud voice in the actualization of Universal Health Coverage in this 21st century.

From all of us in the health sector, we wish to encourage you to continue to stand by your wives, sisters, friends and women around you to see that issues of maternal and child mortality becomes a thing of the past in our beloved Communities and God given state.

Congratulations and Happy Fathers day once again”.

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No active case of monkey pox in Cross River State- Dr Janet Ekpenyong

No active case of monkey pox in Cross River State, DG State Primary Healthcare Agency Debunk Rumours of Active Monkey Pox Cases in the State.

The Director General of the Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency Dr Janet Ekpenyong has debunked reports of active cases of monkey pox in the state as reported by some online media platforms.

The DG who spoke on a telephone interview said, so far , there is no active case of Monkey Pox in any of the 18 Local Government Areas of the state , noting that, the state government is held headstrong to the detection and management of related cases noting that a well constituted health awareness and sensitization team as well as rapid surveillance team is on ground to savage any pandemic.

She urged residents in the state not to panic for any reason noting that, the health authority in the state is strongly working on preventive medical approach while advising residents to comply with medical advises given to them by the health team.

“Cross River State have always been a state with proactive approaches to outbreak responses, from the onset, we try to activate immediate search and border control measures as it can be traced as far as the Poliomyelitis control, covid-19, lassa fever where almost all of our neigbouring states recorded substantial number of cases and that will continue to be our approach to safeguard our people.
As of today May 16th 2022, there’s no active case of monkey pox in Cross River State , we have tried every avenue to ensure that the state manage every symptoms of monkey pox especially in those Local Government Areas where we have recorded cases in the last few months, we have intensified surveillance as we actively search for people who visit our health facilities with similar symptoms and those reported by their relatives.

We only had two cases in February which were well managed by the state government , we also traced those they had one on one contact with so that we can be assured of a pandemic free state.

Not withstanding,we won’t relent in our efforts to prevent the spread of the disease since we are aware of how transmittable it can be with a lot of people coming into Cross River from states where there are active cases even in the month of May.

We are working with our partners like world health organization, UNICEF and others who have always supported us in surveillance activities, periodic training of our health workers on how to identify and differentiate phenomenal symptoms of these prevalent diseases as we don’t limit our focus to Monkey pox alone.

We are also aware of the purported Cholerae outbreak as predicted in the state especially this raining season, we have are relying on our health promotion unit, the social mobilization team, the media and other relevant stakeholders to enhance sensitization so that people will adopt preventive measures and approaches to prevent it.

I urge us to maintain good personal and environmental hygiene in order to assist Government in Fighting these diseases as I encourage us all to report any suspected cases to the health Facility closest to them for rapid response, investigation and possible management”.

Monkeypox is caused by bites from animals or direct contacts with rodents like rats rabbits or contaminated foodstuffs from these animals and it’s easily transmittable from human to human

Early symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, a general feeling of discomfort, and exhaustion.

Later symptoms occur one to three days or more after the appearance of fever and include a rash with raised bumps, often first developing on the face.

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Cholera Response Alert: State Ministry Of Health Intensify Surveillance And Sensitization In Villages To Identify Cases And Prevent Outbreak.”

The Cross River State Ministry of Health under the watch of Dr. Betta Edu has intensified her surveillance and increased the level of sensitization exercises in Villages to help identify Cholera cases and to ensure an effective prevention. The State Rapid Response Team visited Ikoneto village Old Netim and several other communities in Odukpani LGA which is at a high risk to assess and respond to the situation where 7 cases were reported stated that they have positioned Cholera/Diarrhoea commodities in some health facilities with more investigation still ongoing. The team has also carried out a high level of sensitization and awareness campaign with important preventive materials donated to the residents to help curtail the level of spread and mortality.

Facilities like General Hospital Akamkpa, PHC Old Netim, PHC Obung, and Schools like St. Gregory Primary School Old Netim, Netim Model Nursery and Primary School, Old Netim Apostolic Nursery and Primary School, Old Netim Archangel International Nursery and Primary School, Primary School Obung as well as St. Michael Primary School Obung were all visited and the good news is that there’s no current active case found with just a single case of Diarrhoea as seen in the register review at Obung PHC. Other LGAs where surveillance have been ramped up include Bakassi, calabar south Akampa, Obanliku Abi Yakkur and Ogoja

The Health Commissioner Dr Betta Edu has reassured cross riverians that they do not have any reason to panic as the State’s Rapid Response Team is well trained and equipped to handle Public Health emergency associated with Cholera and even Lassa fever. “Everyone has a role to play, ensure personal hygiene and environmental hygiene. Boil water before drinking as contaminated water sources cause Cholera and several other waterborne diseases. Wash your hand regularly avoid open defecation and report cases to DSNO and any health facility. we’ve set out modalities to not only carryout a wider sensitization campaign but have also setup Cholera/Diarrhoea commodities in strategic places especially the hard to reach Communities for rapid response. The government of Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade will continue to protect the lives of every cross riverian.
The DG CRSPHCDA Dr Janet Ekpenyong who was also on ground with the team from the various Local Government visited said there was need to work with the Social Mobilization officers to push the prevention messages for Cholera and Lassa Fever down to the grassroots working with traditional leaders and religious leaders. She committed to a more rapid response at the PHC and community level.