Toyin Saraki Calls For Deployment Of Technology For Quality Health Service

Wife of Nigeria’s Senate President Mrs Toyin Saraki has called for deployment of technological equipment for equality and standards in

Wife of Nigeria’s Senate President Mrs Toyin Saraki has called for deployment of technological equipment for equality and standards in healthcare delivery in the country.

Saraki who is also the founder/president of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) made the call yesterday at a high-level health summit, organised by Forbes and CNBC Africa called for the use of digital technology for a centralized health database to ensure

Mrs Saraki said ‘The Role of Technology in Improving Mother and Child Healthcare in Nigeria – Raising Quality Standards For Health Care, Putting People First,” she called for more widespread use and digitization of Personal Health Records (PHR).

According to her, “Digital technology can, at its best, ensure quality and standards of care are improved and maintained – the ability to track, trigger actions and provide accountability empowers midwives and other health workers to lead the way with quality care, adapting to their own situational awareness.”

“Without a public centralised health database for many families to rely upon and keep them informed of the necessary health processes in a child’s first thousand days of life, the WBFA’s Personal Health Record came as an innovation that placed this knowledge directly into the mother’s hands, and empowered her to provide, analyse and follow-up on her own data – to be in control of her own situational analysis.

The digitisation of the PHR to inform similar nationwide efforts by qualified midwives would place Nigeria at the forefront of improving maternal and infant health outcomes. It would be fitting to achieve that here in Nigeria, where the idea for a home-based record was developed and has since been successfully deployed in countries like the UK and Japan.”

Mrs Saraki highlighted the video training deployed by the WBFA at Gwagalada School of Nursing and Midwifery in Abuja as an example of technology transforming healthcare development in Nigeria, and cited the WBFA’s training partnership with Johnson & Johnson and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine as the global standard of ‘hands-on” teaching which is saving lives and helping mothers and infants to thrive.

She also drew attention to the challenging condition of mother and infant health outcomes in Nigeria, stating: “Around 20,000 babies will be born in Nigeria today – each one of them a blessing. Today, however, we will also lose about 2,300 under-five year olds and 145 women of child-bearing age. UNICEF rightly points out that although the rate of newborn deaths has improved, to 37 per 1000 births, this national average hides the differences between our 36 states and the slow progress in some of them.

Whilst these figures are already startling and should constitute a national emergency, Nigeria’s growth rate of 3.2 percent annually means that our nation will, according to USAID, reach a population of 440 million people by 2040. As a nation which is currently unable to keep its mothers and children safe and healthy, we must urgently seek solutions to the scale the challenge we are about to face,” she added.

Nigeria’s Minister of State for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire in his remarks said Nigeria loses up to $1bn every year to medical tourism, as a result of the loss of faith in our medical system, at various levels, he said Nigeria must foster an enabling environment where knowledge reparation in health is promoted and Nigerian Health workers in diaspora can return home.

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Marcel Brands makes big claim after Everton appointment

Back to the big time Marcel Brands is aiming big with Everton and following his appointment today, the Dutchman has

Back to the big time

Marcel Brands is aiming big with Everton and following his appointment today, the Dutchman has been speaking about his ambitions with the club.

The now-former PSV director of football had his move confirmed today after months of talks with the Merseyside club.

Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri was looking to shake up the club following an extremely disappointing season.

The club finished 8th in the Premier League despite spending around £15omillion to try and take them into the top six.

Though, that went terribly wrong and lead to a very lacklustre season which Everton fans are glad to see the back of.

Sam Allardyce was sacked today after he also failed to win the fans over.

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Ambition

Now, the club are looking big once again and Marcel Brands will not stop until they get there.

That is because he has claimed that the club must strive to be competing with the Premier League and competing for honours.

“It is a privilege to be joining Everton as Director of Football and I am incredibly excited to take on this challenge,” said Brands in a statement on the Everton website.

“The fantastic passion of the fans for their Club, the magnificent history of the Club over the years and the ambition and purpose we have as people tasked with driving the Club forward all mean that we need to be competing for honours against the Premier League elite.

“It is no straightforward challenge but this must be our motivation each and every day.”

Safe to say, that will be music to the Everton fans’ ears.

Ex-Governor Jonah Jang Remanded In Prison

The Plateau State High Court has remanded a former governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang, in Jos prison. The court

The Plateau State High Court has remanded a former governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang, in Jos prison.

The court made the decision after it denied an application by Mr Jang’s counsel, Robert Clarks, for his bail following his arraignment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday.

Mr Jang, who is currently the senator representing Plateau North district, is facing a 12-count charge of diverting N6.3 billion alongside a former cashier in the office of the Secretary to the State Government, Yusuf Pam.

They were alleged to have committed the offence while Mr Jang was governor of the state.

After pleading not guilty to the charges; their counsel, Mr Clarks, applied for their bail.

But prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, opposed the application, saying the accused, particularly Mr Jang, has tough credentials as a three-time governor, former Nigerian military general and serving senator, and may therefore intimidate prosecution witnesses if given bail.

He said granting them bail will not be in the best interest of justice.

The trial judge, Daniel Longji, thereafter ruled that the accused persons be remanded at the Jos Prisons till the next sitting of the court on Thursday May 24.

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Lagos and other African megacities commit to implement the Paris Climate Agreement

African cities are among the biggest casualties of climate change in the world with many cases of flooding and droughts.

African cities are among the biggest casualties of climate change in the world with many cases of flooding and droughts. However, in a bid to reduce the causes of this phenomenon, and limit the damages to countries globally, the Paris Climate Agreement was instituted to chart a new sustainable path for the world.

In furtherance of that pact, political heads of major cities in Africa recently revealed their commitment to bold climate action and pledged to deliver on their share of the Paris Agreement. The commitments were made yesterday in Lagos, at the launch of the C40 Climate Action Planning Africa Programme. It was attended by the Governor of Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode; Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah; senior city representatives of the participating cities and Mark Watts, Executive Director, C40 Cities.

“Cities in Africa are the fastest growing anywhere in the world,” the Mayor of Paris & Chair of C40, Anne Hidalgo said.

“The commitment of these nine mayors to bold climate leadership will deliver a sustainable future for these dynamic, and outward-looking cities. It once again proves that cities are getting the job done and concretely delivering on the Paris Agreement to secure a bright future for all our citizens.”

The cities of Lagos, Accra, Addis Ababa, Cape Town, Dakar, Dar es Salaam, Durban, Johannesburg & Tshwane pledge their support to the C40’s Climate Action Planning Africa Programme that will provide direct support to the 9 African cities in developing unprecedented, robust and evidence-based long-term climate action plans that align with the ambitious objectives of the Paris Agreement.

The support will include a dedicated city advisor based in each city, a series of workshops, and access to expert technical advice as needed. Nairobi and Abidjan have also joined the programme and are anticipated to submit their climate action commitments soon.

The C40 Climate Action Planning Africa Programme is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag.

The Mayor of Accra, Hon M. Adjei Sowah, expressed the severity of the current situation and pointed out some of the urgent actions these cities must begin to take to save the continent. “We cannot ignore the implications of what will befall us if we do not act now. A business as usual approach to our quest for socio-economic development will not aid in addressing the threat of climate change.”

“Part of the actions we need is the creation of a vision that embodies our passion to plan and implement initiatives that mitigate the negative effects or aids us to be able to adapt to the impacts. Lagos has given us the opportunity to come together as African Cities leading the way to interpret the Paris Agreement for the understanding of every man, woman and child in our local communities. There is more beyond this meeting, and those are the things we must prepare to address,” he explained.

Cape Town, one of Africa’s megacities faced one of the world’s most dramatic urban water crises. The situation which might have been exacerbated by climate change almost left the city without water for its residents. The Day Zero – the day the city would run out of water and the taps would be shut off – never came, but the risk of running out of water remains evergreen.

C40 Cities also launched the C40 Climate Action Planning Framework and online Resource Centre, which have been designed to support city climate planners deliver ambitious climate action.

The C40 Climate Action Planning Framework was developed in consultation with cities participating in the Deadline 2020 pilot programme – Boston, Durban, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Mexico City, New York City and Paris – the Framework outlines the essential components of a climate action plan that is deemed to be compatible with the objectives of the Paris Agreement. The framework is designed for flexibility, recognising the diversity of cities and their individual contexts.

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Margot Kidder, ‘Superman’ Actress, Dead At 69

  Margot Kidder, who found fame as Lois Lane in the 1978 film “Superman,” died Sunday at her home in

 

Margot Kidder, who found fame as Lois Lane in the 1978 film “Superman,” died Sunday at her home in Montana, her manager confirmed to CNN.

She was 69 years old.

According to her manager, the actress died peacefully in her sleep.

Kidder starred opposite Christopher Reeve’s Clark Kent and his alter ego Superman in the original film as well as the three sequels: “Superman II” in 1980, “Superman III” in 1983 and “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” in 1987.

Reeve died in 2004 of complications from an infection, nine years after becoming a quadriplegic following a horse riding accident.

In 2016,Kidder told entertainment website hey U Guys that her chemistry with Reeve was authentic “because we came from similar backgrounds and he looked like one of my brothers.

“So the energy we had was one of brother and sister, which was often bickering, that took the place of romantic energy,” she said. “No one noticed the difference one from the other — it worked. We didn’t have to create a different reality.”

Born in the Northwest Territories of Canada, she made her professional acting debut on the TV series “Wojeck” in 1969 and had her first film role in the 1968 Canadian movie “The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar.”

Hollywood soon beckoned and a move to Los Angeles led to roles on TV shows including “McQueen,”“Mod Squad” and “Nichols.”

But playing scrappy reporter and Superman’s love interest Lois Lane was her breakout role.

Kidder told Hey U Guys she thought the film would be a flop.

“Nothing prepares anyone for that sudden thing of being world famous, it was such a shock,” she said. “It wasn’t something I really liked or something I was very good at. I didn’t realize how good the movie was until I seen it at the premier in Washington.”

She also starred in “The Amityville Horror” in 1979 and worked steadily in television and on stage.

After three marriages and thousands of dollars in medical bills, Kidder found herself homeless in 1996 as she struggled with bipolar disorder.

Her story grabbed the hearts of fans and Hollywood with many reaching out to help Kidder, who eventually got back on her feet and went on to become a mental health advocate.

Tributes to the actress poured in on social media Monday.

 

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Forbes Africa and Philips lead dialogue on revamping Nigeria’s health sector

For so long, Nigeria’s healthcare has been a source of concern for many. Plagued with many challenges, there has consistently

For so long, Nigeria’s healthcare has been a source of concern for many. Plagued with many challenges, there has consistently been inadequate dialogue in trying to solve these challenges. Discussions on improving healthcare in Nigeria have most times been similar to trying to navigate a high concrete wall.

Hence, on the 15th of May 2018, CNBC Africa, and Forbes Africa, one of Africa’s foremost business magazine, with the support of Philips, one of the world’s leading health technology development companies, all came together to facilitate a dialogue between both public and private shareholders in Nigeria’s health sector.

The Future of Health summit, held for the first time in Nigeria, featured discussions on The State of Healthcare In Nigeria, and how technology could facilitate solutions to healthcare challenges.

The summit was anchored by CNBC’s Fifi Peters and began with a scene-setter from Kunle Elebute, National Senior Partner, KPMG Nigera, and Chairman, KPMG Africa. He spoke extensively on the need for partnerships between both private and public sectors to ensure equitable healthcare in Nigeria. By harnessing the capacity of private healthcare practice in Nigeria, the government can fill the voids in the public sector.

He also encouraged the Nigerian government to implement the Universal Health Coverage. “Implementing the Universal Health Coverage will make a huge impact on the Nigerian populace. Nigerian Government should form partnerships, with Pharmaceutical companies and companies like Philips, to implement the UHC. Health coverage is not only about Doctors and Nurses.” he said.

The scene setter from Mr Elebute was followed by a key note address delivered by healthcare futurist Michael Jackson. He spoke about how technology could bridge the yawning gap in Nigeria’s health sector, and deliver healthcare solutions to many Nigerians. He advised healthcare professionals in Nigeria to think more digital in delivering solutions.

He also advised Nigerians to get rid of the negativity surrounding improving healthcare in Nigeria. “We need to create true purpose in Nigeria healthcare, and to do that, all stakeholders must look forward, and not backward, into the future. There is light at the end of the tunnel” he said.

A panel made up of the CEO of Philips Africa Jasper Westerink, Lagos state Commissioner of Health Dr Jide Idris, President of the Healthcare Federation of Nigeria Dr Claire Omatseye, and the Martins Ifijeh, head of This Day newspapers’ Health-desk, also discussed the role of technology in the transformation of healthcare in Nigeria. 

Mr Westerink spoke about Philips Africa’s dedication to, besides providing important healthcare technology, educating people on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. Living a healthy lifestyle would reduce the incidence of diseases that require complex treatment. He also encouraged placing more emphasis on the Primary Healthcare system in Nigeria, saying that access to technology would reduce the burden placed on these health centres.

When he spoke, Mr Ifijeh talked extensively about the need for prioritization by the Nigerian government of more budget allocation to healthcare provision in Nigeria. “The brain drain of Doctors can be stopped if there is a political will to fund health in Nigeria,” he said.

He also encouraged the Nigerian government to implement the Universal Health Coverage (UHC), by making it a necessity for the Nigerian populace and not an option. “Nigeria and Ghana began the implementation of the UHC together a few years ago. Now, Ghana is on 40% coverage, while Nigeria is on 4%. The Nigerian Government is not doing enough.” he further added.

Mrs Omatseye encouraged more partnerships so as to deliver affordable healthcare to people. She mentioned some challenges facing the healthcare sector including financing and access to capital as well as the importance of collaboration with sectors outside healthcare in order to deliver viable solutions. She also echoed Mr Ifijeh’s opinion that the Nigerian government needs to make the UHC a necessity.

(L-R)Clare Omatseye, President, Healthcare Federation of Nigeria Jasper Westerink, CEO Philips Africa Martins Ifijeh, Head Health Desk, This Day, Dr Jide Idris, Commissioner of Health, Lagos State

Healthcare philanthropist Toyin Saraki, founder of Well-being foundation spoke extensively about the need to go local when trying to analyse healthcare solutions that need to be delivered to Nigerians. Mrs Saraki, who is also the Newborn Champion for Save the Children Nigeria and was the inaugural Global Goodwill Ambassador to the International Confederation of Midwives in 2014, spoke on her advocacy through her foundation to reduce maternal and child mortality in Nigeria.

She credited her successes to the information she gleaned from midwives in many of Nigeria’s Primary Healthcare Centers. “They say all politics is local,” she said, “but I say all health solutions are local too.”

Yesterday’s discussions emphasized the need for more partnerships between the private and public sectors in Nigeria regarding healthcare and also proved that the Nigerian government needs to do more to make healthcare affordable and accessible to all.

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Sony will stop making PS Vita game cards

“Sony is still making Vita game cards?” you’re probably wondering if you live in North America or Europe. Well, not

“Sony is still making Vita game cards?” you’re probably wondering if you live in North America or Europe. Well, not for long – production will stop at the end of Sony’s fiscal year, aka March 2019. Digital distribution will live on, however.

The PlayStation Vita launched in early 2012 (a bit earlier in Japan), so it’s had a long life – not a terribly successful one, but a long one. The portable console remains fairly popular in its home country of Japan, riding on the success of indie JRPGs. Other than a small, dedicated fan base, there aren’t many that will miss it in the West, however.

We know what you’re thinking – just make another Xperia Play already! If Sony was to make another portable console, it would have to go up against the immensely popular Nintendo Switch and let’s just say that the Vita-3DS battle didn’t exactly go in Sony’s favor. Plus, gaming phones are hot right now.

Yobe Govt Empowers Para-Soccer Players

The head coach of Yobe Para-soccer team, Mohammed Bashiru, on Wednesday in Abuja said Yobe State was set to eradicate

The head coach of Yobe Para-soccer team, Mohammed Bashiru, on Wednesday in Abuja said Yobe State was set to eradicate poverty by empowering Para-soccer players in the state.

Bashiru told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the state governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, had been giving the state Para-soccer team allowance every month.

He said that the state governor has always been supporting the team at local and national competitions.

“The state government has been motivating the team since they joined Para-soccer tournament, it has been encouraging us morally, physically and financially, which is the most important thing.

“The state governor is paying them minimum wage, which will reduce poverty level, he also empowered our atheletes by putting them in some handworks.

“They received salary every month from the state government as a player because most of them are bread winners of their families and some of them have their own businesses.

“The aim of the Government is to take them away from street begging and say no to violence,’’ he said.

Bashiru said Yobe team would work hard to win the National League Championship coming up in Katsina in August.

Yobe team won the just concluded First National Open Para-soccer Championship at the package B of the National Stadium Abuja.

Diego Simeone called ‘perfect for Arsenal’ by Chelsea legend

Perfect Frank Lampard has claimed Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone could well be perfect for Arsenal, and that the manager

Perfect

Frank Lampard has claimed Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone could well be perfect for Arsenal, and that the manager certainly has what it takes to do well in the Premier League.

He was speaking with Standard Sport ahead of the Europa League final, where Atleti will be competing against Marseilles after knocking out Arsenal en route to the final – and Lampard noted Simeone certainly has qualities he could bring to Arsenal.

He said: “He has really delivered at the La Liga outfit and been massively successful. Atletico are always finishing in the top four, playing in the Champions League and have a new stadium to play in, so you can see they’re going places.

“Arsenal could have benefited had they employed him. He’s a winner. He would give any team what it needs in terms of discipline and working on the defensive unit.

“I expect Atletico to have too much nous for Marseille. They are used to big occasions like this and know how to win cagey games, as most finals are. Simeone will have them set up well tactically and they have two great attacking players in Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa to make the difference up front.”

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 29: Mikel Arteta, Manchester City coach looks on prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Southampton at Etihad Stadium on November 29, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

New manager

Simeone might be someone who could improve Arsenal, but the man the Gunners are looking towards seems to be Mikel Arteta, who is currently working under Pep Guardiola at Man City.

Lampard claimed he was pleased to see a young coach given the job, and that it will be something to build on for Arteta and indeed Arsenal moving forward.

He added:“I welcome the news Mikel Arteta is the favourite to become the new manager at Arsenal. It is always encouraging to see a club give a young, up-and-coming coach a chance and Arteta has got what it takes to do a fine job.

“Some will question his experience but he knows Arsenal very well from his time there as a player, while he is an intelligent man with a huge interest in tactics. He has worked under Pep Guardiola as his assistant for the last two years and that cannot be underestimated. He will have learnt so much.”

See also: Eden Hazard hints that Chelsea future rests on summer signings

Everton making a mistake replacing Allardyce with Silva apparently

World’s Oldest Woman’ Says She’s Never Lived A Happy Day In 128 Years

The ‘world’s oldest woman’ claims to have never lived a happy day in her life. Koku Istambulova is apparently 128

The ‘world’s oldest woman’ claims to have never lived a happy day in her life. Koku Istambulova is apparently 128 years old so that is a long time to be miserable.

Her birth date of June 1, 1889, was apparently confirmed by the Russian government on her passport but it’s still hard to believe considering the oldest person ever documented was 122.

Despite possibly being a record breaker Ms Istambulova, who lives in a village in Chechnya, is not too happy with her life.

‘I have not had a single happy day in my life,’ Ms Istambulova said. ‘I have always worked hard, digging in the garden. I am tired. Long life is not at all God’s gift for me – but a punishment.

‘Looking back at my unhappy life, I wish I had died when I was young.

‘And now I am not living, I am just dragging through.’

Ms Istambulova has lost all her children, with her last surviving daughter Tamara dying five years ago at the age of 104.

The pensioner says she has no secret to living long but admitted she loved fermented milk and didn’t eat meat or soups, which may have helped.

She added: ‘It was God’s will.

‘I did nothing to make it happen.

‘I see people going in for sports, eating something special, keeping themselves fit, but I have no idea how I lived until now.’