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KidsOR gives succour to children with serious health condition



KidsOR gives succour to children with serious health condition

Last Updated on July 26, 2023 by Fellow Press

A Scottish charity, Kids Operating Room (KidsOR), has provided facilities at the National Hospital, Abuja (NHA), to boost successful operation on children with serious health conditions.

Mrs Oyejide Adedoyin, the Chief Nursing Officer and Matron of KidsOR at the hospital, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday that the effort was to ameliorate risky long wait to attend to children’s emergency and surgery cases.

She said that KidsOR, a charity registered in Scotland, facilitated the installation of two dedicated paediatric operating rooms at the NHA, which assisted the operation of 1,348 paediatric cases in three years.

She said that “in 2021, we operated on 494 children, 608 in 2022 and as at June 2023, more than 246 children had undergone surgeries in the hospital.”

According to her, KidsOR started equipping dedicated paediatric theatres and training of paediatric surgeons at the National Hospital in 2019.

She explained that the programme is part of initiative to provide more than 50 paediatric operating rooms annually in the next five years.

“So far, Kids Operating Room theatres has already created capacity for 100,000 life-changing paediatric operations,” the matron said.

Adedoyin recalled that at the start of KidsOR intervention in 2019, the unit was short-staffed, especially of theatre nurses and anaesthetists.

“However, to meet the expectated high number of cases that comes with a dedicated theatre of KidsOR, we started pulling out nurses from the main operating theatres of the hospital.

“We also work late into the night to cope with volume of work with the little number of nurses and anaesthetists.’’

She said that the fully-equipped Kids operating Room, carved out as an independent unit, was able to secure seven additional theatre nurses, “but we are still in need of more nurses and anaesthetists.

“It has been good having KidsOR to equip and supply materials to work for the Operating Room created exclusively to save kids and stop delays in attending to their peculiar needs, especially surgeries.”

Founded in 2018, KidsOR charity is a global health NGO that focuses on safe surgery to children.

The group installs paediatric operating rooms in low and middle income countries with the aim of bringing access to safe surgery to every child who needs it.


Milk Day: Shettima unveils National Dairy Policy



Last Updated on June 4, 2024 by Fellow Press

The Federal Government has inaugurated the National Dairy Policy to catalyse development in the livestock and dairy sectors.

The policy, unveiled on Tuesday in Abuja by Vice President Kashim Shettima, aims to achieve sustainable diversification of the national economy, a key objective of its National Development Plan (2021-2025).

The document was designed to serve as a roadmap for energising the dairy industry over the coming years.

The policy is the outcome of several consultations and engagements with key stakeholders who shared the vision of a productive and globally competitive dairy sector in Nigeria.

Speaking at the unveiling of the document, Shettima said that milk was not a staple but a cornerstone of Nigeria nutritional security and economic development.

He said theme of the 2024 Milk Day, “Harnessing the Nutrition and Investment Opportunities in a Sustainable Dairy Value Chain,” was particularly significant.

Shettima was represented by Dr Kingsley Uzoma, Senior Special Assistant to Shettima on Agribusiness.

He said that since its inception, the benefits of milk and dairy products had been actively promoted worldwide, highlighting how dairy supported the livelihoods of one billion people.

“Dairy is an accessible, affordable, and nutrient-dense food, essential for balanced diets across the world.

“Billions of people consume milk and dairy products daily, not only as a vital source of nutrition but also as a means of livelihood for farmers, processors, shopkeepers, and other stakeholders in the dairy value chain.

“It is our collective responsibility to ensure that consumers, industry and governments have up-to-date information on how milk and dairy products contribute to human nutrition.

“Also how dairy-industry development can best increase food security and alleviate poverty in Nigeria.”

Shettima said that dairy farming presented significant opportunities for economic development and youth employment.

“However, these opportunities do not come without challenges.

“Our livestock farmers often face issues such as inadequate feed for their animals, conflicts over grazing lands, and the adverse effects of climate change.”

He said that the these challenges were compounded by violent conflicts between farmers and cattle herdsmen over land use.

“A situation exacerbated by increasing droughts and the pressing need for sustainable solutions.

” Recognising these challenges, the Federal Government is launching the National Dairy Policy with the objective of transforming the dairy industry in Nigeria.”

Shettima said the policy would address key obstacles such as the lack of modern global best practices for cross-breeding and calving, high costs of mik and poor transportation infrastructure among others.

“Currently, Nigeria spends 1.5 billion dollars annually on importing dairy products due to a production deficit.

” Nigerians consume an average of 1.6 billion liters of milk and its products but domestic production is insufficient to meet this demand.

“President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration is determined to achieve national production security, with the longer term goal of eventually exporting dairy products to other African countries under the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).”

He said that implementation of the policy would ensure improved dairy farming practices, increased investment in dairy processing and preservation, evidence-based policy implementation, and enhanced collaboration.

Shettima said that it would also enable ease of business for the dairy industry, fostering public-private partnerships, embracing technology and innovation, empowering women-friendly and youth-centric business models.

“Its implementation will promote good animal health practices, and monitoring and evaluating progress,” he said.

In a remark, the Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Security, Sen. Aliyu Abdullahi, said that the national dairy policy was in line with Federal Government’s Renewed Hope Agenda to reposition the livestock sector.

He said that the document would create enabling and supportive environment for growth in the dairy sector.

Abdullahi said that there were potential in the dairy industry, adding that with consistency and steadfastness to the policy’s implementation, Nigeria would before long become self- sufficient in milk and dairy products.

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I’m a witness for Christ– Okupe recounts as he defeats cancer



Last Updated on May 21, 2024 by Fellow Press

A former Labour Party, LP, presidential spokesperson, Doyin Okupe, has described himself as an evangelist of Jesus Christ.

Okupe disclosed this while recounting how God saved him from cancer for the second time and his weight loss journey.

He spoke while appearing on Channels Television’s programme, Political Paradigm.

Responding to if he achieved his weight loss through surgery or discipline, Okupe said: “It’s part in part, the first problem was cancer I had and the chemotherapy makes you lose appetite, you have nausea, and even as you sustain for several months, you lose weight.

“When I started chemotherapy, I was 127kg, and then I came down to 97kg… the chemotherapy ended and I went back to 103kg

“This is the second time I’m beating cancer, the first time was 16 years ago, which was prostrate and this time it was the soft tissues of my right shoulders.

“In all these, I bear witness to God and Jesus Christ, I’m a testimony to the fact that there is nothing the Lord God Jehovah can’t do. From now on, I have become an evangelist and a witness for Christ.”

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