Thursday, 16 June 2022

Maryland Royal Lions Club Reaffirms its Commitment to Sanitation by Renovating Toilets and Other Facilities In Lagos Schools

BY CHIOMA UMEHA

Lagos

Members of Maryland Royal Lions Club and students and staff of National College, Gbagada, Lagos State, at the event.


Due to the lack of basic health facilities in many schools, the Maryland Royal Lions Club has reaffirmed its commitment to addressing the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) situation in public schools by renovating 16 toilets in National Collage, Gbagada, Lagos State. 

The Club, which also commissioned a block of classrooms for the school that it repainted, criticized the lack of WASH, among other facilities, in Nigeria.

Lion Kayode Oshinuga, District Governor of Lions Clubs International, 404B2 Nigeria, who performed the inauguration yesterday, said the projects were part of the Club's efforts to improve society and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

This is in keeping with UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6), which aims to ensure universal access to and sustainable management of water and sanitation, especially as the globe approaches the 2030 SDGs deadline. Water and sanitation are essential for human and environmental health. The 2030 UN Agenda recognises the centrality of sanitation and hygiene in the progress of other sectors of the economy, including health, education, and poverty reduction.


Indeed, SDG six, which prioritizes universal access to WASH, is seen as a vital driver of economic growth, as well as a way to harness existing investments in health and education. 

According to Oshinuga, members of the Lions Club are always looking for methods to improve people's lives and address the needs of institutions, families, the less fortunate, and others in society, which aligns with the SDGs. 

Despite being a new club, the District Governor praised members of the Maryland Royal Lions Club for taking on the project and pushed them to do more to help the disadvantaged in their town.


He urged them to stick together and work as a team, saying the district will help them achieve their goals in any manner possible. 


He also charged the members with conducting a vigorous membership drive. 


Also addressing at the ceremony, Lion Abiola Hotonu-Bababunmi, president of the Maryland Royal Lions Organization, said the club chose projects after conducting a needs assessment of the school, and that the club will continue to maintain the facilities. 

She also expressed gratitude to the school administration for dedicating a block of classrooms after the club and promised to see to the block's upkeep on a yearly basis.


According to Hotonu- Bababunmi, it was a pivotal occasion in the club's short history of two years. "We unveiled the block which was dedicated to Maryland Royal Lions Club by the school authorities," she said. "We inaugurated I6 units of renovated toilets, newly painted block of classrooms (two-story building)" 

"This was followed by an award ceremony that recognized 'Supportive District Governors (DGs), Fund Raising Donors, and Outstanding Members' in three categories. It had been a whirlwind of a day. 

"We would like to express our gratitude to our DGs, guiding lions, District chairperson, and other prominent lions for accepting our invitation. She went on to say, "This is our second year."

Lion Ayo Yemisi Jaiyeola, Charter President of the Club, in her remarks at the event, said that the association has mapped out strategies to partner with other institutions and organisations to make society a better place.

The vice principal of National Collage, Gbagada, Mr. Ewata Olufemi, thanked the club for the interventions and promised that the projects would be properly maintained.

Other dignitaries at the event were District Governor (DG) Lion Isiaq Kayode Osinuga, Melvin Jones Fellow (MJF), Nigeria Lions Charity Foundation (NLCF); Immediate Past District Governor (IPDG); Lion Ademola Adesoye MJF, NLCF and the DG elect, Lion Aare Lekan Owolabi MJF, NLCF.PDG Oladinni Kafidiyan, Melvin Jones Fellow (MJF),  NLCF and the second VDG elect, lion Tolulope Senbanjo were ably represented.

NHEA to Hold Webinar on Innovative Healthtech

BY CHIOMA UMEHA

Lagos State



On June 14, 2022, selected HealthTech startups will present to investors at the first edition of the Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award (NHEA) Webinar. 

The webinar is one of the pre activities to kick off the eighth edition of the annual NHEA award ceremony, according to a statement issued by Moses Braimah, NHEA Director, Marketing, Communication, and Strategy. 

According to the press release, "selected HealthTech startups will also be given the opportunity to pitch to investors." 

The theme of the webinar is the same as the theme of this year's NHEA 2022, which is Innovative Healthcare Services in an Era of Change. 

"Post COVID, the healthcare system worldwide has undergone a paradigm shift, and healthcare firms have been pushed to innovate to stay in business," said Dr. Egbe Osifo-Dawodu, Principal Partner Anadach Group, during the webinar. It is very usual to see new and updated methods of delivering healthcare services. 

The goal of this webinar is to highlight how innovation has helped to improve healthcare delivery." Dr. Wale Alabi, NHEA Project Director says it took a while coming but we are happy that this NHEA pre-event webinar has finally belted. It will be a great platform to interact, integrate and collaborate with our young and upcoming innovative geeks into the values and benefits of the Award.”

The webinar is expected to present an opportunity for HealthTech promoters to pitch to industry stakeholders in the audience, as well as an opportunity to solicit real-time feedback, and advice and connect with stakeholders in the health tech ecosystem to encourage further collaboration. NHEA has sent a call for pitches and the screening process will be done by Anadach and Global Health Project and Resources (GHPR).

NHEA is a partnership between Global Health Projects & Resources and Anadach Group. The award is given out annually to recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the development of the healthcare sector by providing innovative, efficient, and high-quality healthcare delivery services that have positively impacted the health and well-being of Nigerians at home and abroad.


 

 

Sunday, 12 June 2022

Hunger Crisis: Nigerian Red Cross Increases Cash Assistance To Seven Northern States

 BY CHIOMA UMEHA

Lagos


The Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS) in collaboration with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has said that has disbursed more cash support to vulnerable persons in seven Northern States.

A statement signed by Chima Nwakwo, Nigeria, Coordinator, Communications and Advocacy (NRCS) confirmed that the effort was carried out through the collaboration of the  Nigerian Red Cross Society collaboration with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

The statement noted the collaboration resulted in the successful disbursement of the second round of distribution of cash to support the livelihood of vulnerable persons who are facing acute hunger under its Nigeria Hunger Crisis Appeal. 

The Nigerian Red Cross Society is taking action to fight hunger in North-West and North-Central Nigeria where it is estimated that about 19.4 million people will be facing acute hunger between June and August 2022 according to UNFAO. Affected persons were drawn from Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Katsina, Niger, Nasarawa and Benue states.

The report, processed in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development -FMARD and other stakeholders, analyses acute food and nutrition insecurity in the Sahel and West African region will affect Nigeria in 21 states and FCT.

The Secretary General of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, Abubakar Kende says: “the situation is critical and is one that needs immediate attention. Millions are being affected, particularly women, the elderly, and vulnerable children. A good number of them are now in a situation where they do not know where their next meal will come from, and this is something that concerns us greatly.”Kende further said, “we are grateful to our funding partners; The American Red Cross, British Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross, Japanese Red Cross and Netherlands Red Cross who have gone ahead to provide much needed resources to allow us reach the most vulnerable people in 7 states, however more support is still required as the funding gap is still huge vis a vie the needs.”

According to Mr. Benson Agbro, NRCS Disaster Management Coordinator, Cash support has been provided to 30,000 people (5,000 households) who are in dire need of humanitarian support and facing food insecurity due to combination of climate change, conflicts and COVID 19. The Hunger Crisis Appeal is targeting to reach 200,000 people in Nigeria.

He noted that the Nigerian Red Cross Society has also decided to make Mothers Club an integral part of the Hunger Crisis Emergency Appeal to teach mothers in local communities how to ensure proper nutrition for their children to reduce child mortality, prevent acute malnutrition as well as actions to take to always keep their children healthy. 

Dr. Manir Jega, Coordinator, Health and Care, Nigerian Red Cross says: “We know that if mothers have better information, it will lead to healthier children and a better society, that is why we have set up 140 Mothers Club in the seven states. We are working closely with Federal Ministry of Health on this.”

The Nigerian Red Cross launched a 4.1million Swiss Francs Emergency Appeal in 2021 and is in the process of revising it upwards to meet the growing needs on the ground. Meeting the funding requirement has been a challenge due to the crisis in Ukraine which is now the focus for emergency relief around the world. However, this crisis is also worsening the Hunger situation in Nigeria, North and West Africa. 

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