A former Chief of Army Staff and Minister of Defence, Gen. T. Y. Danjuma (rtd), Tuesday inaugurated a paediatric hospital at Takum, Taraba State in memory of his father, Kuru Danjuma.
Named Kuru Danjuma Hospital for Children (KDHC), the establishment of the hospital is coming four years after an hospital, Rufkatu Danjuma Maternity Hospital was inaugurated in honour of his late mother.
Speaking at the occasion, Danjuma noted that the hospital is a state-of-the-art specialized facility put in place to provide services aimed at enhancing the health and well-being of children through the provision of world class paediatric healthcare services.
He stated that the country still has a long way to go in providing quality and affordable healthcare for children, stressing that the latest National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) published in October 2019 indicated that more than one out of every eight children in Nigeria die before their fifth birthday.
According to him, “Ladies and gentlemen, we still have a long way to go in providing quality and affordable healthcare for our children. The latest National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) published in October 2019 indicates that more than one out of every eight children in Nigeria die before their fifth birthday.
“While this statistics is appalling, it is a clarion call for all to do more in providing access to quality and affordable healthcare for children everywhere in Nigeria. I call on all well-meaning Nigerians to join me and my Foundation in promoting the health and well-being of our mothers and children.”
He added that the construction of the Kuru Danjuma Hospital for Children as well as Rufkatu Danjuma Maternity Hospital, which he commissioned in December 2017, is in sync with his passion and commitment of his Foundation in ensuring that the country has heathy mothers and children.
Speaking at the occasion, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, stated that the neglect of healthcare delivery at the community level is an impediment to Nigeria’s attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2030.
Ehanire disclosed that the federal government is desirous of making primary health care facilities available across all wards in the 36 states of the federation and needs more partnership with states and the private sector to achieve this.
He noted that 70% of all major health issues affecting Nigerians would be eliminated if health facilities are readily available at the grassroots.
He said: “Neglect of healthcare at community threatens our drive towards the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals in 2030.
“The administration of President Buhari desires to work with state and local government, development partners, the private sector and philanthropists, to extend healthcare to the grassroots with one Primary Healthcare Centre in every political ward offering services like this, because if we get one facility like this in every Ward, 60% to 70% of all the health problems of Nigerians can be solved.”
Fierce gun battle in Idumota as hoodlums clash, streets, markets deserted [Video]
Idumota on Lagos Island is boiling as heavy gunshots have been witnessed in the area following bloody clash between rival hoodlums.
The incident began last night and spread to Friday morning, with hoodlums seen with dangerous weapons, such as cutlasses, guns, fighting themselves.
Some people have been feared killed in the gun-battle. Areas such as Idumota, Kosoko, Oluwole, Martins and Balogun have been deserted as street urchins engaged in bloody clash.
Security reports said there is heavy gunshots and serious fight on Lagos Island as Area boys were fighting themselves.
People have been warned to stay away from Lagos Island right now as the fight spreads to other areas, while officials of the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, and Task Force are trying to restore calm to the area.
The popular Idumota Market has been deserted as traders ran for their lives.
According to EONS Intelligence, as at 9,00am, the crisis in Idumota has escalated.
It said: “Violent attacks accompanied with sporadic shootings in Idumota area of Lagos State as hoodlums from the area clash with hoodlums from Kosoko/Oluwole, Martins and Balogun. The situation in the area is currently tensed.”
Footages on Twitter showed residents running helter and skelter, with sporadic gunshots heard. Hoodlums with cutlasses were also seen in the footages.
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New defence spokesperson to Media: Help sustain troops’ morale
Major General Jimmy Akpor, the director of defence information has asked the media to assist in sustaining the current morale of troops deployed to various operations across the country.
According to Akpor, this would enable the troops to effectively defend the territorial integrity of the country as well as win the ongoing war against insurgency in Nigeria.
He stated that this would be the modest contribution of the press to national security.
Akpor spoke after assuming office on Friday at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja.
He said, “Bearing in mind that National Security encompasses the ability of our nation to protect its citizens, economy and other institutions, the Military with other security agencies, have been at the forefront of maintaining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the nation as well as facilitating economic, political and energy security, amongst other aspects of national security.
“Permit me to bore you with one of the Components of Fighting Power; the Morale Component, which enables personnel to fight efficiently, braving all difficulties while carrying out their constitutional roles.
“The Press, our press, must therefore do its part (as you have always done), in sustaining the morale of the citizenry and especially the morale of the military, along with other security agencies, as it deals with the contemporary security challenges that bedevil the nation.
“Fostering the morale of the fighting troops, the morale of the military, would remain your critical contribution to national security as members of the Press.”