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Nigeria to Revamp Hospitals to Curb Medical Tourism

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Nigeria is exploring better ways of re-equipping and making public health institutions efficient in order to save foreign exchange drain arising from medical tourism.

Hospital workers attending to health need of individuals
Hospital workers attending to health need of individuals
The Minister of State for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said a news briefing to commemorate the ”5th World Universal Health Coverage Day,” in Abuja on Wednesday.

The theme for the commemoration is ”Unite for universal health coverage” and the slogan – ”Now is the time for collective action’’.

Ehanire said the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) and its partners had developed an operational platform for ensuring that every citizen had access to affordable and comprehensive care in a timely manner.

He said that the ministry and its agencies as well as partners were guided by a common vision and goal for Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

He said that efforts were currently on-going to kick-start the first phase of UHC in Abia, Osun, Katsina, Yobe, Edo and Federal Capital Territory.

”We have worked to ensure that routine immunisation coverage has risen from 48 per cent to 57per cent. We continue to distribute and educate citizens on the use and maintenance of the long lasting insecticidal-net.

”Another step is the development of a national health insurance scheme for all Nigerians at all levels with robust citizen participation to build confidence.

”FMOH is also working on a universal medical emergency services and ambulance scheme to assure free and immediate emergency treatment of all victims of accident and emergency situations,” he said.

The minister added that the government was deeply committed to increasing investment in Nigeria’s health system to strengthen and improve service delivery.

Nigeria loses huge resources to its citizens travelling out of the country in search of better medical care because of the inefficiency of services in the country.
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Bohemian Rhapsody Most Streamed 20th Century Song

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The Queen song “Bohemian Rhapsody”, once dismissed as a no-hoper on Monday became the most streamed song from the 20th century.

Actor Rami Malek and members of Queen Roger Taylor and Brian May attend the world premiere of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ movie in London.
Actor Rami Malek and members of Queen Roger Taylor and Brian May attend the world premiere of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ movie in London.
The 1975 single and music video surpassed 1.6 billion streams globally, record company Universal Music Group said in a statement.

The six-minute playing time, operatic passages and lyrics about Galileo and Scaramouche, was boosted in breaking the charts by the new movie of the same name.

The song overtook the likes of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’Mine,” and is now also the most streamed classic rock song of all time, Universal added.

The “Bohemian Rhapsody” film, starring Rami Malek as late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, has brought the music of the British rock band to a new generation. Five weeks after its release, it has also become the highest grossing musical biography movie ever, with a global box office take of $600 million.

Malek was nominated for a Golden Globe last week for his performance and is widely expected to get an Oscar nomination in January.

Universal said it had been promoting the single across streaming platforms in recent weeks.

It used all registered streams on global on-demand services including Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer as well as streams from official song/video streams on YouTube to determine that “Bohemian Rhapsody” was the most streamed song from the 20th century.
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Police Foil Suicide Bomb Attack in Maiduguri

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The Police in Borno successfully foiled a lone suicide bomb attack on Wednesday night in Maiduguri, the Police Commissioner, Mr Damian Chukwu, has said.

The female suicide bomber on a failed mission
The female suicide bomber on a failed mission
Chukwu told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) by telephone that the incident occurred at about 8:30 p.m. on the outskirts of Maiduguri.

He said that a teenage female bomber attempted to infiltrate a security checkpoint before security men shot at her and the Improvised Explosive Device vest strapped to her body exploded.

He said the explosion blew the girl into pieces, noting that there were no other casualties in the attack.

The commissioner added that men of the Explosive Ordinance Department were deployed to sanitize the area.
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Siasia, Young Professionals Campaign For Gov. Okowa

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The Nigerian Young Professional Forum (NYPF), has thrown its weight behind the re-election bid of incumbent Delta Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State
Chairman and founder of the forum Mr Moses Siasia said the support for Okowa was based on the massive economic development and accomplishing projects he executed that have provided jobs for youths in Delta state.

A statement issued by the forum after Okowa’s endorsement in Asaba on Tuesday by over 2000 members of the group, quoted its president as also saying that the forum was supporting the incumbent governor because of the human capacity development he brought to the state.

Siasia who described Gov. Okowa as a benevolent administrator, urged all youth groups to support the governor and his team.

He said: “After x-raying the job creation drive and skills acquisition programmes which have created a strong culture of entrepreneurship in Delta state, which is compared to none, we will mobilise all affiliate youth and professional groups to support the governor’s re-election bid”.

According to Siasia, Okowa is one of the few Governors in Nigeria that have seen youth growth as a priority for sustainable development.

He stated the governor had touched the lives of many young people in the state.

Siasia further stated that the NYPF recently gave an award to the governor in Abuja, at the 5th Anniversary Banquet Dinner in recognition of his outstanding qualities.

Moses Siasia, Chairman Nigerian Young Professionals Forum (NYPF)
Moses Siasia, Chairman Nigerian Young Professionals Forum (NYPF)
The statement also quoted Sunday Omuze, the Delta state coordinator of NYPF, praised governor Okowa for initiating and accomplishing landmark projects in the state, saying “we are proud of the social and economic revival that governor Okowa has brought to Delta state, and for the laudable achievements.

“We at the state chapter of the NYPF are asking the national NYPF to assist us in canvassing support this outstanding governor.

“We are confident that he will be reelected and for the next four years he will deliver more development projects to our state and of course help our youths and professionals make progress through the various development programs the governor has put in place”.

Director of finance and administration of NYPF, Hon. Godfrey Ishegbe stated that the achievement of governor Okowa is noteworthy and beneficial to the ordinary people, especially as it has provided jobs to lots of youths who were hitherto abandoned.

The group noted in the statement that the governor created a total of 3,073 direct jobs for previously unemployed youths from 2015 to 2018 under the flagship job creation programmes which entails Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) and Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP).

“The information we have indicates that both programmes have additional 1,180 youths in customised skills acquisition, agricultural training and entrepreneurship development modules and will be established to own and run their enterprises at the end of the Programme cycle in few months.

“This is commendable and we are committed to supporting this performing government” the statement noted.
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NFVCB Executive Director Appears in Court For Stealing Generator Set

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Adedayo Thomas, the Executive Director of the National Film and Video Censor Board (NFVCB), who police accused of stealing a generator set, has appeared in a Wuse Zone 6 Magistrates’ Court, Abuja.

Adedayo Thomas of NFVCB: arraigned at Wuse Magistrate Court
Adedayo Thomas of NFVCB: arraigned at Wuse Magistrate Court
According to a First Information Report (FIR), made available to NAN on Thursday, the police charged Thomas with stealing.

The police prosecutor, Mr Godwin Ochai, informed the court that the defendant allegedly carried out the act on Feb. 6, 2017 at the Lagos Zonal office of the board.

According to Ochai, the defendant dishonestly broke the fence of the zonal office of the board, took the 500KVA generator set without the consent of the office.

The prosecutor added that the defendant also did not inform the Federal Ministry of Information which was the parent ministry of the board before carrying the object.

Ochai said that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 286 of the Penal Code and also punishable under section 287 of the same law, CAP 705 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN), 2004.

Meanwhile, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge and was admitted to bail to the tune of N200, 000 by Senior Magistrate Ahmed Ndajiwo.

According to the Magistrate, the defendant is to produce a reasonable and reliable surety who must be resident within the court jurisdiction with a define address.

The Magistrate said that the address of the surety must be verified by the prosecution counsel and adjourned the matter till Jan. 28.
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