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Health Is Key To National Security, Says Jonathan

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday said the healthcare delivery system is crucial to national security.

Speaking during the commissioning of the General Hospital in Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, the ex-President asked governments at all levels to ensure that the healthcare needs of Nigerians meet the United Nations specifications on health.

According to him, the COVID-19 pandemic has opened the eyes of everyone including administrators, politicians and professionals that health-related issues should no longer be taken for granted.

He equally commended the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel for the provision of health infrastructures, on whose invitation he was in the state to inaugurate the medical facility.

“Let me thank the governor for making it possible for me to be linked to this unique project. We have to commend the governor because health is key. When you are talking about national security, the health security is quite prominent,” he said.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has opened the eyes of everybody, be it professionals, politicians, administrators that health in the nation is key and we have to do everything possible to strengthen the infrastructure to deliver the health needs.”

On his part, Governor Emmanuel said the commissioning of the hospital is a fulfilment of his campaign promises to the people to construct medical facilities across the federal constituencies in the state.

The governor was represented by the state deputy governor, Moses Ekpo,

He said, “The commissioning of this General Hospital is a fulfilment of a campaign promise I made, to establish world-class secondary health care facilities (general hospitals) in all 10 Federal Constituencies in the State. With today’s event, we have completed and commissioned to the glory of God, all but one, (Ikot Abasi) whose work is ongoing.

“We have committed enormous resources in upgrading or reconstruction of health care facilities, given my acute belief that three fundamental elements determine and shape the Social Contract: Security of lives and property, healthy population and manpower development (education.) We have tackled these three crucial areas with messianic zeal and the results are there for any discerning or dispassionate mind and eye to see.”

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Omicron: FG Expresses Disappointment Over UK Govt’s Red Listing Of Nigeria

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The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has expressed disappointment over the United Kingdom government’s placement of Nigeria on its red list following the detection of the COVID-19 Omicron variant.

“We were not very happy when six countries in Sub-Saharan Africa were placed on a red list and the WHO also advised against putting each on the red list,” the minister said on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, less than one day after the UK announced the move.

“From what we know about the COVID-19, there are many ways to manage it, and besides, not much is still known about the Omicron variant. We know, for example, that there have been no fatalities.

“There have also been no reports of very severe illness. Actually, the rationale for being so hasty in putting countries on the red list is not something that is very helpful.”

According to the minister, the move was ill-advised as he noted that it would have multiple impacts on commerce, and disrupt activities during the Christmas and New Year festivities.

“It is going to disrupt commerce,” he added. It is going to disrupt family reunions.”
Ban List Not ‘Helpful’

He explained that while Nigeria has detected the COVID-19 virus on travellers from the UK, the cases have not been confirmed to be the Omicron variant.

While reiterating that the placement of countries on the red list will not help in the global fight against the pandemic, Ehanire said Nigeria is anticipating the fourth wave of the disease.

“If every country were going to put other countries on the ban list, very soon you would have a large number of countries on your red list,” the minister said.

“So, I do believe there are other ways of going about it. We in Nigeria do not regard banning flights and movements of people as particularly helpful and supportive.”

The UK’s move, which came a few days after Nigeria detected the new strain, followed a similar decision by the Canadian authorities.

“Foreign nationals who have transited or stayed in these 10 countries cannot enter Canada if they have been in those countries in the last two weeks,” Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos told a press conference.

Aside from Nigeria, Egypt and Malawi were the other countries recently added to Canada’s travel ban list.

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‘I’m Hurt And Humiliated’, BBNaija’s Maria Cries Out After Being Extorted, Quarantined By Ghanaian Authorities

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Former Big Brother Naija Housemate Maria Chike Benjamin was reportedly extorted and quarantined by the Ghanaian authorities against her will.

The report shared by an Instagram blogger alleged that Ghanaians are issuing Nigerians fake Covid-19 result to keep them in quarantine and extort them.

According to the report, Maria is kept in a stinking hostel even when the doctor has confirmed she is Covid-19 negative.

The post reads: The Ghanian authorities are holding Maria against her will. This is sad. What is this Covid extortion? These people are doing fake covid results to keep Nigerians in quarantine and extort them. What is this mess? Kept her in a stinking hostel even when the doctor confirmed she’s covid negative. Again, what is the essence of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Recall that Maria Chike received backlashes after sharing a video with her married lover Kelvin.

This generated several reactions from social media users, especially after Maria failed to debunk the news of dating and snatching the married man, Kelvin.

Many thought that Maria had finally dumped Kelvin, not knowing that they are still dating.

Maria, who is currently in Dubai, took to her Instagram story to share a video where she and Kelvin, alongside their friends, were having fun.

Reacting to this, many netizens slammed Maria stating that her apology to kelvin’s wife was to please the public and calm the situation.

While some netizens claimed that Maria had no conscience for showing off another man’s wife on social media, others blamed Kelvin for Maria’s attitude.

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Tragedy: Eight Children Found Dead In Abandoned Car In Lagos

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Tragedy struck in Badagry area of Lagos on Sunday as the bodies of eight children were evacuated from an abandoned car.

The tragic incident occurred at Adelayo Street, Jah-Micheal along Badagry Expressway.

The children were said to be playing in the abandoned car when they mistakenly locked themselves inside.

Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Lagos Police Command, Adekunle Ajisebutu confirmed the incident.

He said the eight children were said to have mistakenly locked themselves in an abandoned car while playing.

“Their bodies have been recovered and deposited at the Badagry General Hospital’s morgue for autopsy so as to determine the actual cause of death.

Notwithstanding the report made to the Police, the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered a thorough and speedy investigation into the circumstances surrounding their death.

“The CP also commiserates with the families of the victims,” he said.

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