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Gov. Buni Diving Healthcare Revolution As Government Reach Deal With Drugs Manufacturers In Lagos



Gov. Buni Driving Healthcare Revolution as Government Reach Deal With Drugs Manufacturers In Lagos

By Umar Aina – Damaturu

As part of continuous effort of Gov. Mai Mala Buni’s administration to rigig healthcare system through the provision of high quality and affordable health care products to the general populace of the state, earlier on Monday, 10th of August 2020, the Honourable Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Muhammad Lawan Gana led a high level team comprising of the Executive Secretary of Yobe State Drugs and Medical Consumables Management Agency (YODMA), Pharmacist Abdul’aziz Garba Muhammad and two other Directors from the Agency to Lagos and Ogun States for a brief ceremony on the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Yobe State Government and Pharma Group (Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (PMG-MAN) on behalf of the state government.

PMG-MAN is an umbrella body of the Pharmaceutical products manufacturers comprising of Fidson Healthcare Plc, Juhel Nigeria Limited and Drugfield Pharmaceutical Limited whose manufacturing plants are situated in the Sango Ota in Ogun State.

It could be recall that Governor Buni’s administration had fastrack the speedy establishment of YODMA in December 2019, with the aim of increasing access to high quality health services through constant supply of health care products thereby preventing out of stock syndrome, preponderance of counterfeit, falsified and substandard products by engaging reputable companies as an assured source of drugs supplies to the state.

It is on this premise that the team went to Lagos to formalise the partnership between the state government and the Pharma Group with support from Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation (BMGF) mediated by African Resource Centre (ARC).

At the end of the meeting, the Honourable Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Muhammad Lawan Gana signed the MoU on behalf of Yobe State Government while the CEOs/Founders of the 3 PMG-MAN also signed on behalf of their agencies respectively.

At the end of the meeting, the Honourable Commissioner together with his team toured different manufacturing units in Fidson Healthcare Plc. and Drugfield Pharmaceutical Limited where they observed different manufacturing equipments and processes for the production of different dosage formulations.

In attendance during the signing of the MoU include the Honourable Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Yobe State, Dr. Muhammad Lawan Gana, Executive Secretary of YODMA, Pharmacist Abdul-Aziz Garba Muhammad, Director of Procurement, YODMA, Pharmacist Muhammad Barau, Director, Sales and Distribution of YODMA, Pharmacist Musa Dauda. From the PMG-MAN part are CEO/Founder, Fidson Health Care Plc, Mr Fidelis Aeyabae, Founder/CEO of Drugfield Pharmaceuticals, Limited Pharmacist Ekundayo Olakunle and representative of CEO/Founder of Juhel Nigeria Limited. Representative of development partners were also present at the signing of the MoU, including Consultant from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF), Dr. Musa Usman Matazu, Regional Director, ARC Nigeria, Pharmacist Azuka Okeke, ARC Supply Chain Expert, Mr Chima and other ARC staff.

Suleiman Gambo Yusuf Bakoro who is the
Information and Public Relation Officer YODMA further clarifies that the development is there to continue for ensuring property and qualitative drugs to the state.

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Gov. Buni commends UN, others for humanitarian support in the state



Gov. Buni Commends UN, Others for Humanitarian Support In The State.

By Umar Aina – Damaturu

His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Yobe state, Hon. Mai Mala Buni ( Chiroman Gujba) has commended the united Nations organizations for helping to address the Humanitarian crisis in the state.

The governor spoke this morning in a special session with UN and members of the state executive council at the council chamber government House Damaturu.

Represented by his Deputy Hon. Idi Barde Gubana ( wazirin Fune) who appreciates the upsurge of Sympharty by local, National and international organizations, Agencies such as UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP, WHO,UNHCR, and others for the support, concerns and kind gesture to the state and vulnerable groups.

The governor, appealed for the UN and other international organizations and development partners to scale up their activities to address humanitarian situation in the state.

During the special session with UN and members of the state executive council at the council chamber of government house Damaturu, the house leader, and commissioners of higher education, environment, Agriculture and natural resources, water resources, women Affairs, Basic and secondary education, Humanitarian affairs and disaster management as well as Home affairs information and culture had a useful discussion,.

In their separate contributions appealed for more fund to rehabilitated and reconstruct basic amenities and health care delivery to help them resume normal life.

Earlier in his presentation, the UN resident and Humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria Mr Edward Kallon, assured that united Nations organizations is poised to deepen its partnership with the state government and other stakeholders to help the state recover and rebuilt from devastation of Boko haram

The UN mission to yobe and other state in the north east is to support the state governments to address the Humanitarian crisis in the region.

We are visiting yobe state at a trying moment when our common Humanity has been severely affected by the COVID 19 pandemic with 56,017 total confirmed cases and 1,076 death in yobe state within the same period, he said.

Adding that between 2017 and 2019, the UN and partners mobilized over US$2.5 billion and provided Humanitarian assistance to 5.6 million people annually including food, water,sanitation, shelter, education and health assistance in northeast Nigeria.

In appreciation of UN Humanitarian support to yobe state, the governor has presented special gifts to the UN delegation.

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Mai Mala Buni charge Edo Electorates against violence




Mai Mala Buni Charge Edo Electorates Against Violence

By Daily Hint Abuja

The Governor of Yobe state and Chairman of the All Progressives Congress Caretaker/Extraordinary National convention committee Hon. Mai Mala Buni, has appealed to electorates in Edo state to support the conduct of peaceful election and avoid issues that are inimical to peace in the Saturday polls.

He said APC had earlier directed its supporters to shun violence and any activity that contravenes the provisions of the electoral law.

“I urge APC supporters including those from opposition parties to support the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a fair, credible and acceptable election.

“The people of Edo state should be allowed to elect a leader of their choice and, the people’s wish should be respected.

“We are optimistic that  the security agencies would check the excesses of trouble makers,    protect the electorates and their votes” Buni said.

According to the chairman, INEC had in the last few years made remarkable achievements in organizing  free, fair and credible elections.

“It should be supported and encouraged to improve on these achievements and that is how our democracy would grow, but not through violence.”

He urged party leaders to refrain from making inciting and inflammatory statements capable of breaching peace “as leaders, we should avoid statements capable of over heating the polity and creating tension. No responsible leadership should preach violence”.

Buni admonish the youth to resist those preaching violence, saying, “your future lies in a peaceful election and purposeful leadership, the advocates of violence do not wish you good and have no programmes for your future, you should therefore distance yourselves away from them”.

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BOSG to Employ 84 Doctors, 510 pharmacist, Nurses, Midwives



BOSG to Employ 84 Doctors, 510 Pharmacists, Nurses, Midwives

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state has approved the recruitment of 594 of Nurses, doctors, pharmacists and other supporting medical staff in his efforts to ensure affordable and quality healthcare delivery in line with 10 point pact to the people of the state.

Briefing journalists at the end of a meeting held with the health officials at the Government House, Maiduguri,, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state said ‘ in order to provide affordable and quality health care delivery to the citizens of Borno state, the government has approved the recruitment of 365 nurses and mudwives. 50 percent of them are to be recruited retired and are to be recruited on contract basis and the other 50 percent are fresh graduates from school of Nursing”

Governor Zulum said his approval contained the recruitment of 84 medical doctors, 365 nurses and midwives, 45 pharmacists and 100 health technicians and other supportive staff, making 594 personnel being added to Borno’s healthcare sector.

The meeting had in attendance, the chairman Borno Assembly’s Committee on Health, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Salihu Kwayabura, Chairman, National Association of Nurses and Midwives, Umar M. Shettima, and heads of the State’s Health Management Board, Contributory Health Scheme, and Primary Healthcare Development Agency amongst other stakeholders.

The governor said the 84 medical doctors, were to be recruited on permanent basis, while some are being engaged on contract and sabbatical services or leave if absent, adding that the 45 pharmacists and 100 technicians and supportive staff he approved, would work in laboratories and other diagnostic sections as key components of the health sector.

He said the far reaching decision was , aimed at drastically increase the number of healthcare professionals across Borno State so as to bridge existing gaps in citizens-doctors and nurses ratio, and to eventually match the increase of hospitals and primary healthcare centres in the state, 51 of which were established by the administration.

Zulum also stated that approval has been given to the State College of Nursing and Midwifery to begin annual foundation programmes that will aim to admit 200 student nurses and midwives annually, stressing that the foundation will commence with initial 135 student nurses, with five drawn from each of Borno’s 27 local government areas.

The Governor said the State will however enter agreement with all students who will enjoy steady payment of allowances, that on graduation from colleges, they will not leave the State, until after working in the State’s health sector over a period of time, for which they will be paid like other workers.

He said that the State will soon embark on aggressive construction of new staff quarters for doctors, nurses and midwives, to encourage productivity.

Earlier, the Borno state commissioner for Health, Dr. Kwayabura, pledged the commitment of all stakeholders in the health sector to improved access to quality and affordable medical services in line with Governor Zulum’s 10 point agenda.

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