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Adelabu commissions CBN medical centre in Ibadan

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THE Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN) has reaffirmed its commitment to reshape the economy of the country.

CBN Deputy Governor Operations, Chief Adebayo Adelabu stated this on Friday, at the commissioning of the CBN Diagnostic and Treatment Centre, Onireke Ibadan.

The CBN Deputy Governor who spoke on behalf of Mr Godwin Emefiele, the CBN Governor, said the management of Apex Bank in Nigeria has done a lot in its effort at repositioning the economy of the country.

CBN Medical Diagnostic and Treatment centre Project commissioned in Ibadan

Chief Adelabu explained that, the current executive of CBN met foreign exchange, especially Dollars at 165 naira per dollar and later rise to 525 naira.

He added that, for the 14 months one dollar at market exchange rate has remained 360 naira.

According to him, Foreign-exchange reserves, which was  as low as 24 billion Dollars; now 148 billion Dollars.

Speaking on the motive behind the establishment of CBN Medical Diagnostic and Treatment Centre in Ibadan, the CBN Deputy Governor Operations said the medical centre is established to provide quality medical services to the staff of CBN.

“In line with the Bank’s policy to run clinical services for the Bank’s staff and to alleviate the difficulties faced by staff in receiving prompt and quality medical services, the management approved the construction of four diagnostic and treatment centres in Abuja and in the South west (Ibadan),South East (Enugu) and North west (Kano) regions of the country”, he said.

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Also, Chief Adelabu stressed that there is plan to extend to the remaining regions namely, South South, North Central and North East respectively in the nearest future to serve all the Branches in each of the regions.

The CBN Medical Diagnostic and Treatment centre Project involved the construction of a single storey building to operate a 24hours modern diagnostic and health management.

The hospital also has 27 bed facility with functional areas which housed , Private Wards , Male, Female and Children’s wards, Ultrasound room and ECG room, Eye and Dental Clinics, Laboratories, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy Room, Delivery suite and a Mini theatre, Laundry, a water treatment plant and 200kva generator among others.

Chief Adebayo Adelabu who personally supervised and facilitate the project cited in his home town by the CBN management urged the staff of Ibadan Branch and neighboring branches to make use of the medical centre and derive the full benefits for which the project was intended.

The Agbaakin Parakoyi of Ibadan land, also promised to use his position to facilitate more meaningful projects to Ibadan and Oyo state as a whole.

The Programme had in attendance, the chief medical director, university college hospital,Ibadan, UCH, Professor Temitope Alonge and top CBN officials in South west of Nigeria.

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Two-thirds of Global South hypertension sufferers missing treatment – study

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Healthcare in low- and middle-income countries is poorly prepared for the increasing number of people with high blood pressure, with more than two-thirds of people affected going without treatment – a new study reveals.

Researchers studied health data for one million people in the Global South, discovering that less than half of those affected are diagnosed with high blood pressure or hypertension. Of these patients, only 30% are treated and only 10% have the disease under control.

The research team analysed the healthcare of hypertension in 44 countries. Using a cascade of care approach, which looked at the numbers of people with hypertension who had been screened, diagnosed, treated, and controlled, they determined how well the health systems of the various countries are treating people with hypertension.

University of Birmingham researchers worked with colleagues at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the University of Göttingen and the Medical Faculty of Heidelberg, publishing their findings in The Lancet.

Justine Davies, Professor of Global Health at the University of Birmingham’s Institute of Applied Health Research, comments: “Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is known from other studies to be prevalent in lower and middle income countries.

“Our research adds by showing that care in these countries is not able to match the number of people who need treatment. This is a particular problem as without treatment there is a considerable risk of complications – including stroke and death.

“It is not all bad news though. We found that some countries – like Costa Rica, Bangladesh, Brazil, Ecuador, Kyrgyzstan and Peru – are doing much better than expected, and it is important to look in more depth at those countries and learn from their success.”

The group carried out its research using surveys including the World Health Organisation’s STEPS survey – which uses a uniform approach to obtain data on established risk factors.

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“Our study shows not only that care for hypertension in these countries is severely inadequate, but also where exactly patients are being lost in the treatment system,” says Pascal Geldsetzer, postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and first author of the study.

Dr. Mary Mayige, Principle Research Scientist at the National Institute for Medical Research in Tanzania and co-author of the study, commented: “There is an urgent need to strengthen the healthcare system for chronic disease care in low income countries. This includes improving information systems and increased financing to ensure universal access across the continuum from preventive interventions to tertiary health care services.”

Researchers firstly determined how many people suffered from high blood pressure. Based on this, they determined how many of these patients were examined, diagnosed and treated each time. Finally, they analysed how many patients successfully controlled the disease with medication.

“High blood pressure can be treated relatively well and cheaply, but undiagnosed or untreated hypertension represents a considerable risk for the people affected,” says Sebastian Vollmer, Professor of Development Economics at the University of Göttingen.

“High blood pressure is one of the major widespread diseases in the Global South and increasingly common as populations in these countries age. This study provides important insights for policy-makers about where in the treatment chain for hypertension the greatest problems currently lie,” adds Till Bärnighausen, Professor of Global Health at Heidelberg University Hospital and the Medical Faculty of Heidelberg.

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Environmental Sanitation Law: Oyo Govt. Seals 6 Shops, Canteen, Butcher’s Stand In Ibadan 

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At least six shops,  including a food canteen and a butcher’s shop were sealed on Thursday along Old Ife road and Gbagi area in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital for flouting the State’s environmental Sanitation and Waste Management Law.

 

The act was in accordance with the recent agreement made by Stakeholders during an advocacy programme on environmental laws organised by Oyo State Government to leverage on  environmental laws in its bid to ensure a healthy and safe environment.

 

Oyo State government held a stakeholders advocacy meeting on Tuesday 16th July at the House of Chiefs in Ibadan, where various groups and government representatives deliberated on ways forward to put a stop to indiscriminate waste disposal, where participants charged the Seyi Makinde-led administration to step up enforcement exercise among other solutions to the menace of filthy environment.

 

The Director of Environmental Health Officers for the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, Sanitarian Olusoji Oyewole  who led the enforcement team during the weekly environmental sanitation within Ibadan environs, said it was surprising that despite the campaign efforts of the present administration against the scourge of filth and maintenance of healthy and safe environment, some shop owners were still violating the environmental regulation.

 

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He further warned traders, shop owners, motorists and the general public to desist from violating the sanitation laws which include dumping of refuse indiscriminately, construction of shanties on drainage, display of wares and food items at the road set back and under high – tension wires among others as mobile court would soon be established to prosecute  residents that violate environmental sanitation law in the state

 

“It is disheartening that despite the efforts of the State government to bring to a halt, the culture of filth through indiscriminate refuse dumping, lackadaisical attitude to environmental exercise on Thursdays and other regulations, some are still found doing same.

 

“All these regulations are for our own good. We will spend less on maintenance of our health and you will see that the government’s strive to make the State an investor friendly will be successful.

 

“The mobile court that will see to immediate dispensation of justice to environmental

 

Mr. Oyewole therefore enjoined all and sundry to embrace cleaningness as environmental issue is a collective responsibility.

 

 

 

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Activate Waste To Wealth Project’ – CCII, Stakeholders Charge Makinde

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As Oyo Kicks off Environmental Mobile Courts

Oyo State government has been urged to start work on the Waste To Wealth project which was part of cardinal programs of the Seyi Makinde-led administration to bring to a bearest minimum, the problem of indiscriminate refuse dumping in the State.

The call was made by the President of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), Chief Yemi Soladoye and other stakeholders at an advocacy meeting  organized for Stakeholders by the government to sensitize the populace on immediate solution to the menace of poor waste disposal culture, pervading the State.

Soladoye noted that before long, waste collectors would be paying those that generate the waste instead of collecting money from them whenever waste recycling begin in the State.

He called for haste in the implementation of the Orita-Aperin recycling project, which he said has suffered abandonment overtime.

“While commending the efforts of the State in its unrelenting stride to eradicate poor waste disposal culture, I need to call on our Governor to start work on the Waste to Wealth project so as to not only beautify our environment but to also create wealth for the populace and generate more revenue for government.

“I have traveled far and wide but there was a time I found it so difficult to come home to Ibadan because of the culture of filth then. Today, the story has changed and we have a clean environment which needs to be sustained.

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“Imagine a time that we allocated a parcel of land for Olubadan’s palace but within short time, people turned the land to refuse dumping ground. We invited the police and they left within a week as they were frustrated.

“We need to do more advocacy and enforcement especially at all local communities while I want to reiterate the call for the commencement of the waste recycling project in Oyo State. Soon, you will see people collecting money instead of paying to dispose refuse,” he maintained.

The Head of Service in Oyo State, Mrs Ololade Agboola who presided over the meeting said the people must spread the gospel of collective responsibility in order to stop the poor waste disposal culture.

Ololade who applauded what she called an impressive attendance by stakeholders at the gathering declared that the State government has concluded all preparations to kick off the operation of environmental mobile courts in the State.

She also reminded the people of the interest of the present administration to bring in as many foreign investors as possible as well as create enabling environment for local business to thrive especially in a clean environment.

“This meeting is at the behest of the governor of Oyo State who was worries over the state of filth in the State and various meetings have been held with other sectors and strategic members of the society to achieve more understanding about the need for a clean environment which will engender good health and promote business.

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“Soon, Oyo State Mobile Court will be in operation to dispense express justice to sanitation offenders and deter the poor attitude to waste disposal. Also, the Orita-Aperin Waste to Wealth project will soon begin work to complement other efforts at imbibing good environmental culture.”

Contributions were made at the event by members of the steering committee on environment in Oyo State which include the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Mr Olusoji Oguntola, his colleague from the Ministry of Works, Mr Olusola Oyedele and Mrs Christiana Abioye, of Ministry of Women Affairs.

Others are Iyabo Olaleye, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local government and Chieftaincy Affairs and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Bashir Olanrewaju.

Various groups and organizations that were represented at the meeting include the National Council of Women Society (NCWS), Community Development Association, NGOs and royal fathers from different communities.

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