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The Fight For The Soul Of NHIS: Who Blinks First

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THE FIGHT FOR THE SOUL OF NHIS: WHO BLINKS FIRST ?

BY BONAVENTURE IGIEROBO OCTOBER 17, 2018

It is rather unfortunate that at this time in the history of this country when the government is fighting tooth and nail to pull the economy off the ground, create a conducive environment, provide good governance in all sectors for humanity to thrive; there exist a handful of people who have constituted themselves as clogs in the wheel of progress of health care support established by a government for its citizenry.

It is true that where ever elephants fight the grass suffers. Indeed Nigerians are the casualty of this war created by people who believe they should continue to have a field day as they have had over a decade since the establishment of The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

NHIS Executive Secretary Professor Usman Yusuf, obviously is not a quitter, and cannot be deterred by the cheap propaganda of these unscrupulous elements in our society. From doing all that is necessary to be done to bring sanity to the very laudable health care support system. Prof. Yusuf, came back to Nigeria full of enthusiasm as he indeed saw the invitation to come serve his country as a golden opportunity to take his father’s land to greater heights; like he has seen happen in Europe and America where he served; little did he know he was coming to meet a barricade erected by sleazes, pen thieves, corrupt politicians, disgruntled elements and unpatriotic vested interests who are hell bent on milking the public treasury dry without batting an eyelid.

However, like the popular maxim goes, if a man has not found anything worth dying for he is not deem fit to live, thus Prof. Yusuf since assuming office has been dogged up in the fight to upturn the corrupt status-quo at the NHIS, strangulating the hydra headed menace called corruption feeding fat on NHIS accounts and revitalising the NHIS to make it function properly, efficiently while been buoyant, and capable to carry out its Mandate of providing easy access to affordable Healthcare for all.

Unfortunately, the Executive Secretary (ES) stance to sanitize and rid the NHIS of backwardness and none performance is being sabotaged and resisted every step of the way by Agents of the corrupt. Sadly, from within and outside the Scheme.

The scheme signed in to law in 1999 almost two decades now, expected to provide affordable healthcare to all Nigerians, and give everyone affordable health care, reduce out of pocket spending or complete lack of access to health facility as the case is and a net of protection from huge bills associated with serious illnesses.

But several years after, the Scheme’s coverage performance of less than 2% of the populace is a huge embarrassment in-spite of the massive Federal Government’s contributions on behalf of its citizens.

Billions of Naira have gone down the drain without any obvious benefit to majority of Nigerians who still have to pay for critical services from their pockets and are not treated well in hospitals.

Prior to the appointment of Prof. Yusuf no one was talking about the massive corruption perpetrated by Health Management Organizations (HMOs), the middle men paid by the NHIS to pay hospitals on behalf of Enrolees and the government.

These HMOs were considered as untouchable sacred cows because they are owned by strong and powerful politicians that are well connected to the corridors of power. He was advised not to tread where angels fear not to tread, but to Prof. Yusuf if an angel becomes rebellious to overthrow a God as the devil did, then such an angel will be disgraced in toto.

Prof. Yusuf started the cleansing process by reaching out to all stakeholders including Anti-corruption and Security Agencies for help. He started cleaning the procurement, finance and ICT departments. He created a Department of Enforcement to go after defaulting HMOs. He started recovering NHIS funds from HMOs, Banks and Contractors at the time he came.

 

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Coronavirus ; Pangolins found to carry viruses related to covid -19

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Coronavirus: Pangolins found to carry viruses related to Covid-19

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A trafficked pangolin in Kuala Lumpur: The animal is a suspect in the outbreak
Pangolins smuggled into China have been confirmed to contain viruses closely related to the one sweeping the world.

Sale of the animals in wildlife markets should be strictly prohibited to minimise the risk of future outbreaks, says an international team.

Pangolins are the most-commonly illegally trafficked mammal, used both as food and in traditional medicine.

Bats are thought to be the original viral source, with another species playing a role in human transmission.

In a new research paper, published in the journal Nature, researchers say their genetic data suggests “handling these animals requires considerable caution, and that their sale in wet markets should be strictly prohibited.”

Further surveillance on pangolins in the wild in China and Southeast Asia is needed to understand their role in the emergence of coronaviruses and the risk of future transmission to humans, they add.

The ant-devouring scaly mammal, said to be the most widely trafficked mammal in the world, is threatened with extinction. The animal’s scales are in high demand in Asia for use in traditional Chinese medicine, while pangolin meat is considered a delicacy by some.

 

 

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Operation Lafiya Dole arrests 8 suspected Boko Haram, ISWAP logistic suppliers, destroys 6 vehicles loaded with logistics

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Operation Lafiya Dole arrests 8 suspected Boko Haram, ISWAP logistic suppliers, destroys 6 vehicles loaded with logistics

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Operation Lafiya Dole theater Command has arrested 8 suspected Boko Haram insurgents and ISWAP, logistuc suppliers and destroyed 6 vehicles belonging to them loaded with food and assorted provision in its efforts to block all its logistic chain.

Briefing newsmen shortly before the destruction along Gubio Road Maiduguri yesterday,, the Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Abdul Ibrahim.said “the vehicles we are going to destroy today were intetcepted base on intelligence reports. We had an information that some unpatriotic element supplied food and non food items from the hinterland and take it’s to the Boko Haram, ISWAP” in the bushes.”

General Ibrahim who is also the commander sector 1 of the Operation Lafiya Dole said ” we cary out diligent nvestigations before we carry out the destruction, it may be nteresting to know that some of the suspects were arrested before and in the cause of investigation we released them but you can see that we rearrested them again. We do dilegent investagions, if not you can see vehicles moving on the road, we would have arrested them and say they are insurgents logistic supplies.

“So we do thorough investigations before their vehicles are destroyed to serve as deterant to those still engage in this illicit bussines of logistic suppliers to the Boko Haram Investigation is still on going and they be soon charged to court,, the GOC stated.

” We have been warning the general public through jingles and press releases of the danger of this illicit and illegal bussinesd but they choose to remain adamant . it was clear in our investigation that they are taking items to the insurgents in the Bush. We are destroying these vehicles to serve as deterrent to others who engage in this act,” General Ibrahim added.

He said ” the vehickes which were intercepted about three weeks ago carrying contrabanned items which includes foodstuffs, fish, milk, mattress, spare parts . Cooking oil among other items to the Boko Haram and ISWAP in the Bush. ”

According to him, 10 peoples were arrested in connection with illigal business and that investigations have so far revealed that 8 people are involved in the illegal business, where the insurgents gives them money to supply the items for them, while investigation on two others are still ongoing.

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Covid -19 ; UMTH developed hand sanitiser, antiseptic

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Covid-19: UMTH developed hand sanitiser, antiseptic

By Askirama, Maiduguri

The University of Maiduguri Teching Hospital (UMTH) has developed hand sanitizer and antiseptic for its local use in the hospital as part of sanitary measures to check risks of Covid-19 and Lassa fever.

The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. Ahmed Ahijo, made this known on Friday in Maiduguri.

Ahijo said that the development had saved the hospital a lot of fund used to be spent on imported sanitisers, particularly with the outbreak of Lassa fever and Coronavirus.

“Following the outbreak of Lassa fever and Coronavirus, we realised that we have to buy a lot of water sanitisers in the hospital and the cost is very much to us.

“So, I called the pharmacists and say why not we produce our own. I looked at the Act that established the hospital which gave us the backing of the law to do so.

“We have produced for our local consumption for now. We are thinking maybe we can extend it to the society and other institutions,” Ahijo said.

The chief medical director assured that with time the hospital would take steps to patent the product as prescribed by law.

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