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Oyo seals 6 health facilities over non-accreditation, quackery

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The task force set up by the Oyo state government to regulate operations of private health facilities has sealed no fewer than six health facilities.

The six health facilities were sealed in both Ibadan and Oyo town.

It was gathered on Sunday that they were sealed due to non-accreditation, quackery practices amongst other misconducts by owners of the hospitals.

The team lead by Commissioner for Health, Dr. Bashir Bello closed four health facilities situated at Cele and Agunpopo areas in Oyo town and two in Ibadan, located at Alakia and Amuloko.

Bello while speaking during the monitoring exercise, expressed concern over the reoccurrence of illegal practices among owners of private health facilities in the state

He maintained that the government was pertinent about the delivery of quality health care in both the public and private health facilities for the sake of citizens and residents of the state.

Bello said the idea behind the monitoring was to maintain sanity in the health sector and ensure facilities under the watch of personnel with professional qualifications secure accreditation as and when due.

He hinted that the drive is not limited to private hospitals alone but all private facilities offering health care services, which includes laboratory services, pharmacy, nursing amongst others.

He stated further that the present administration remains sacrosanct about the well-being of individuals, hence, there is a need for qualified medical practitioners who are yet to register their facilities to do the needful without further delay.

“The drive embarked upon by the task force was about everything that has to do with health, we don’t want quackery practice in private health facilities which includes laboratory services, pharmacy, nursing.

“Also you can see we have representatives from various fields in the taskforce.

“We want our people to be in good health, we want qualified health personnel to take care of our people and that is why we are calling on qualified health personnel, that if you have not done your registration and renewal of facility, come to the ministry of health and sort it out.

“A lot of quackery is happening, like this place we are now, we were here sometimes early this year, the owner of the facility is not a qualified medical personnel and was running hypertensive clinic. We locked up the place and told him to get someone that is qualified to the job, now you can see the place is open, this is illegality.”

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Enforce Public Procurement Laws – CSOs tells Buhari

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Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center CISLAC has called for the enforcement of public procurement laws in all contract bidding especially one that has to do with international organisations.

Citing the Process and Industrial Developments Limited P&ID case, the agency said the international scam would not have been possible if due diligence was followed and public officials, patriotic and honest.

The agency also decried the connivance by Nigeria public officers with foreign companies to defraud the country of monies that could be spent on providing basic amenities for the citizens.

While lamenting the non interest of National Assembly in the case, the Executive Director of CISLAC, Auwal Musa expressed regrets over efforts by the lawyers representing the country to frustrate the case.

The CSO commended the proposed Database for recovered assets, but however called on the government clarify if the database will be accessible to the ordinary citizens.

CISLAC therefore called on citizens to continue to hold public officers accountable.

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Nigerian Navy deploys 6 warships, 60 gunboats for operation in 4 States

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The Nigerian Navy on Tuesday deployed troops on board six warships and 60 gunboats for a special military exercise.

The drill targets pirates, oil smugglers and other criminalizes in the nation’s waters.

Rear Admiral David Adeniran, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command (ENC), Calabar, made the announcement.

He spoke at the flag-off of the exercise in Onne, Rivers State

The operation code-named, ‘Exercise Sanga Sung,’ means ‘Safe Transit’ in Ibibio dialect.

The States to be covered are Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ebonyi and Rivers.

The commander explained the operation would consolidate ‘Exercises Bekan Mmon I and II’

Adeniran added that the purpose was to train personnel and check the state of preparedness of fleets.

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Buhari reports Boko Haram, bandits to UN

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday told the international community that Nigeria was still battling Boko Haram and bandits.

Buhari’s message was contained in his pre-recorded address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

He urged countries to take a strong action against illicit flow of small arms and light weapons.

“Nigeria remains deeply concerned over the illicit trade, transfer, and circulation of small arms and light weapons, particularly on the continent of Africa. In Nigeria, we are still facing violent extremism from the insurgency of Boko Haram and bandits,” he said.

He noted that Nigeria counts on cooperation with neighbours and UN counter-terrorism bodies to overcome terrorists in the Lake Chad Basin and the wider Sahel Region.

The President said his administration will sustain the rehabilitation, reconstruction and resettlement of victims of terrorism and insurgency in the North-East.

On COVID-19, the Nigerian leader added his voice to supply of safe and effective coronavirus vaccines for all.

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