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Ogun traditional medicine board inaugurates task force to check illegality

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Ogun traditional medicine board inaugurates taskforce to check illegality

… As LASU takes free medical outreach to Ikorodu, 300 benefit***

The Ogun Alternate Medicine Board (OGAMB) has inaugurated a task force to curb unlawful practices in the subsector, as part of an effort to stamp out quackery.

The OGAMB Chairman, Mr Balogun Olaleye, made this known in Abeokuta on Friday, at a one-day workshop.

The workshop was staged in collaboration with the National Association of Nigeria Traditional Medicine Practitioners (NANTMP) and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

The theme of the event was “The Impact of Selling and Preparation of Herbal Medicines in Nigeria”.

Olaleye said that the task force would also checkmate those with criminal tendencies in traditional medicine practice.

He said that the move would enable members operating in the various specialised fields to have separate task forces that would be working with the state enforcement team to flush out quacks and reposition the subsector.

He noted that the enforcement mechanism put in place for alternate medicine practice in Ogun had become compulsory.

“The rate at which the image of the practice is being dented by quacks due to the carefree attitude of some practitioners will no longer be tolerated in the state.

“Quacks in the subsector must leave the state now or they will be arrested and prosecuted by the law,” he warned.

In his address, the State Commandant, NDLEA, Commander Mathew Eije, said that alternate medicine practice was as old as the evolution of man on earth and long existed before the introduction of orthodox practice.

According to him, the agency is ready to wage war against drug abuse.

He warned traditional practitioners to be very careful with what they sell to the public.

In his remarks, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, commended the collaboration, saying that it would go a long way in sanitising the subsector.

Oyeyemi said it was compulsory for all practitioners to join necessary associations that have to do with their practice and to register with the government to be certified.

He added that anyone who had not registered with the government was not qualified to practice in the state and that such a person would be treated as a criminal.

Earlier in his address of welcome, the state Chairman, NANTMP, Chief Samson Soyoye, commended the present administration for considering the health sector and traditional medicine as one of its priorities.

Soyoye said that the commitment of the governor and the board had inspired them to be more committed.

He assured the government that with the inauguration of the task force, the association would be more dedicated to the practice of alternative medicine.

In the meantime, the Lagos State University (LASU) on Friday took a free medical screening programme to Ikorodu North Local Council Development Area (LCDA), with over 300 residents benefiting.

The screening was put together by the LASU Directorate of Advancement (LASUDA)

Office of the Vice-Chancellor, Ojo,  for the gown (academics) to meet with the town (community).

Blood pressure checkups, blood glucose, HIV test, hepatitis B test, eye screening, breast cancer screening, cervical screening and prostate cancer screening were carried out on beneficiaries.

The Director, LASUDA, Prof. Yinka Okubena –

Dipeolu, in her remarks, appreciated the Chairman of Ikorodu North LCDA for embracing the health programme.

Okubena-Dipeolu said that it was the first LCDA that single-handedly funded the health programme.

“In most cases, the LASU will always support other local governments, but for Ikorodu North LCDA, the Chairman paid the bills.

“We have done this health programme in Ikeja, now Ikorodu and the next one will be in Epe by next week,” she said.

Mr Adeola Banjo, Chairman, Ikorodu North LCDA, said the council was committed to ensuring that the people had easy access to health care services.

Banjo said that the LCDA was also creating more awareness on the need for regular health check-up in the community.

“My people, do take care of yourselves and live well.

“We thank LASU’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, members of LASUDA team and the entire university community for the great opportunity given to the LCDA to host the special event for the people,” he said.

 

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Hoes and Guns: Police confirm 8 killed in farmers, herders clash in Borno

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Hoes and Guns: Police confirm 8 killed in farmers, herders clash in Borno

The Police in Borno said that eight persons, including children, lost their lives in a clash between farmers and herders over alleged land encroachment in Bayo Local Government Area of the state.

The Commissioner of Police, Abdu Umar confirmed the incident at a meeting with leaders of the farmer association and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN), on Friday in Maiduguri.

He said the report indicated that violence erupted on Nov. 30, over alleged encroachment of farmlands and murder of a farmer by unidentified assailants in the area.

“Eight persons killed including children while 47 houses and six motorcycles were burnt,” he said.

He said the police had restored normalcy to the area and arrested some suspects in connection with the disturbances, adding that the state government had provided relief items to the affected persons.

“This is a source of concern to the government and security agencies, the meeting is aimed at providing lasting solutions to the problem.

“At the end, we shall come up with modalities to check the movement of wandering herders into the state, especially in areas that witnessed violence,” he said.

According to him, a committee will be set up to enhance surveillance and monitoring as well as promote peaceful coexistence between farmers and herders.

He said membership of the committee would comprise representatives of security agencies, farmers and herders associations.

In his remarks, Ahmadu Musa-Karube, Chairman of the MACBAN, called for proactive measures to address the root cause of the problem.

Musa-Karube said that lack of cattle routes and encroachment of farmlands were largely responsible for farmer/herder clashes in the state.

Also speaking, Hassan Musa, a farmer representative, advocated a ban on night animal grazing in the state.

He also called for closer collaboration between the leadership of the farmers and herders’ unions to address the problem.

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OSUN: Angry youths set ablaze Iree Oba’s Palace, days after torching Akinrun’s 

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OSUN: Angry youths set ablaze Iree Oba’s Palace, days after torching Akinrun's 

Only a few days after the palace of Akinrun was torched in Osun State, the Palace of Aree of Iree in Boripe North Local Council Development Area of Osun, was on Thursday evening, also vandalised and similarly set on fire by angry youths in the town.

The palace was said to have been burnt by youths who were not pleased about the arrest of the Aogun of Iree, Chief Soliu Atoyebi, by security agents on Thursday morning.

It was attacked and burnt around 7.00 p.m, when the traditional ruler, Oba Ponle Ademola, was said to be out of the palace.

The incident led to the blockage of major roads leading to the town, while the aggrieved youths made burn fires on the roads.

Business owners in the town were said to immediately lock up their shops, while residents too locked themselves for safety measures.

The Osun Police Spokesperson, SP Yemisi Opalola, was not available for comments, as her phone was switched off.

The Maritime First learned that this was what the Osun Governor, Prince Ademola Adeleke had wanted to avoid, when he, on Monday, a day after his inauguration, issued an Executive Order, setting aside the appointment and enthronement of three traditional rulers, Aare of Iree; Akirun of Ikirun and Owa of Igbajo.

Consequently, the Palace of OWA of Igbajo has now been beefed up.

Adeleke also directed that the palaces of the three traditional rulers should be locked up, while security agents should take charge of the palaces to the prevent breakdown of law and order.

There had been palpable fear in Iree town following the appointment and approval of Prince Ponle Ademola as the Aree of Iree by the immediate past administration of Gboyega Oyetola.

Some ruling houses and groups in the town had rejected the selection of Ademola, alleging that he was imposed on the people by officials in the Oyetola’s administration.

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ALARM: Kogi has 43,000 HIV carriers; Take Preventive Steps to avoid getting infected-  Commissioner

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ALARM: Kogi has 43,000 HIV carriers; Take Preventive Steps to avoid getting infected-  Commissioner

At least 43,373 people are living with HIV in Kogi, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Zakari Usman, said in Lokoja on Thursday.

Usman made the declaration at a news conference organised as part of activities marking the 2022 World AIDS Day.

The 2022 World Aids Day has: “’Equalise’’ as its theme.

Usman advised residents to disregard misconceptions that HIV had been eradicated.

The commissioner said also that it was advisable to take preventive steps not to get infected and when infected, to take management measures already provided by the government.

He assured that Kogi government would not relent in its effort at reducing HIV and AIDS to the barest minimum in the state.

“I assure that government will increase the availability of quality and sustainable services for HIV handling, testing, and prevention to reduce its negative impacts.

“Government will also encourage reform laws, policies and practices to tackle the stigma and exclusion faced by people living with HIV and AIDS

“Government will as well ensure the sharing of technology to enable equal access to HIV testing in communities.

“Getting tested for HIV is the only way to find out if one is infected as all people living with HIV are eligible for treatment,’’ the commissioner said.

Usman said World AIDS Day, celebrated every Dec. 1, gave opportunities to communities and stakeholders in the fight against HIV and AIDS to be united and advance the cause of reducing the scourge.

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