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SRHIN 2023 Conference: Olufadewa Harps On Importance Of Prioritizing Mental Health



…As Brave Heart Project Beneficiaries Celebrate, Testify On Gains, Impacts 

The Executive Director of the Slum and Rural Health Initiative (SRHIN), Dr. Isaac Olufadewa has stressed the importance of prioritizing mental health across board, but with more emphasis on the more vulnerable members of the society.

Olufadewa stated this recently, at the Brave Heart Information Dissemination Conference, which was held at the prestigious Residency Hotel, Area 11, Garki – Abuja.

Speaking virtually through Zoom, in the presence of several gleeful beneficiaries, Dr. Olufadewa highlighted that the negation and the incomprehensible nature of recent activities which hitherto drew strength from social and economic indices have shown the preponderance of mental health, in the larger essence of society.

L- R: Dr Bodinga Boyiga listens attentively as Dr Maimuna Bashir Tukur stresses a point, during the conference.

He assured the attendees, the different Communities that were present of SRHIN’s unwavering commitment, to continue to directly and positively impact society, particularly the downtrodden.

Those in attendance include Dr. Charlene Sunkel, Founder and CEO of Global Mental Health Peer Network; the traditional Head of the Kuchigoro community, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Ibrahim Wambi, and Dr. Chukwuemeka Ifegwu, an assistant Professor of Economics from the University of Abuja.

Also in attendance were Dr. Boyigo Bodinga of the International Organization for Migration; Dr. Maimuna Bashir and Dr. Ronke Akande of the FCT Primary Healthcare Board, who especially noted the importance of what the non-profit organisation is doing.

Some of the participants at the Conference

“We are excited by the observable, positive and inspiring impact we are making. We will not rest on our oars”, the Executive Director, who was ably represented by the Country Coordinator, Mr. Miracle Adesina stated. 

Dr. Olufadewa further discussed the impact of the Brave Heart Projects, the challenges met, and lessons learned, and concluded with noteworthy recommendations. 

He expressed deep routed appreciation, to the SRHIN team, for their committed spirit and resilience which ensured that projects are completed within the timeframe and according to set standards.

He also thanked the invited guests for attending and wished he was physically present at the conference. 

Offering his professional view, Dr Charlene Sunkel, Founder and CEO of Global Mental Health Peer Network talked about prioritizing mental health and encouraged SRHIN not to relent in her effort in delivering psychosocial support services to the vulnerable population. 

The traditional Head of the Kuchigoro Community, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Ibrahim Wambi in his goodwill message could not hide his happiness and appreciation for the achievements of SHRIN and her impact on his community and environment.

He explained that as a Community leader, he would provide an enabling environment for SRHIN; and promised to always give the necessary support to enable her to discharge her activities. 

*SRHIN 2023: An Inspiring and Brainstorming Conference where everyone listens with rapt attention…

The Royal father was present from the beginning of the event to the end. 

An assistant Professor of Economics from the University of Abuja,  Dr. Chukwuemeka Ifegwu,

was also on ground to discuss the impact of mental health on economic growth, particularly as it relates to social media and the youth.

 Dr. Boyigo Bodinga of the International Organization for Migration thoroughly discussed ‘Mental Health and Migration’ as it relates to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

When Dr. Maimuna Bashir and Dr. Ronke Akande of the FCT Primary Healthcare Board both did justice to the issue of Government Policies on Mental Health, its challenges and recommendations.

The well-informed panelists thoroughly beamed desired light of enlightenment for the audience on issues surrounding Mental health, Substance abuse, Stigmatization, and the Way forward.

The high point of the event was when some Brave Heart beneficiaries like Ms. Chimbaka Victoria and Bilikisu Luka came forward, to share their testimonies and the positive impact of SRHIN in their lives.

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Over 73m People In Philippines Suffer From Tooth Decay



 At least 73 million Filipinos suffer from dental caries, making the disease a “serious health concern” in the Southeast Asian country, the Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) said on Wednesday.

“Dental caries is a silent epidemic,” Manuel Vallesteros, a division chief at the DOH’s disease prevention and control bureau, said this after a committee hearing at the House of Representatives.

Vallesteros said the DOH data is based on the 2018 national health survey, noting that the number now is much higher compared to when the COVID-19 pandemic had restricted access to dental services for more than two years.

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He noted that eight of 10 Filipino children suffer from “childhood caries” or “decaying baby teeth” because they are fed with sweetened infant formula.

“The oral health status of Filipino children is alarming,” the DOH said, adding the oral disease “continues to be a serious public health problem” in the Philippines.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), dental caries is a major global public health problem and the most widespread non-communicable disease. 

– Xinhua

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5 Ugborodo Communities Picket Chevron Yard In Escravos



#EndSARS Protest: Hoodlums break into Benin custodial centre

Hundreds of residents of the Ugborodo Community in the Warri South-West Local Government area of Delta on Wednesday besieged the Chevron Yard in Escravos, protesting against the alleged insensitivity of the oil company to their plights.

The protesters were drawn from Ode-Ugborodo, Ogidigben, Ajudaibo, Madangho, and Ijaghala Communities under Ugborodo Federated Communities.

The aggrieved protesters, both young and old, were led by the Eghare-Aja of Ugborodo, Mr. Daniel Uwawah.

They were armed with placards of various inscriptions such as: “We want our PIA as host communities Ugborodo”; “Enough of Chevron Divide and Rule Policies”.

“All local content contracts must be brought to the community through the appointed organ”; “Ugborodo Community demands frequent and regular engagement with Chevron”, among others.

In his remarks, Mr. Terry Atete, the Igbajoh of Ugborodo Community, who spoke on behalf of the Eghare-Aja, said that the federated communities had written several letters to the oil company for dialogue in line with the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), 2021.

The Act is one of the most audacious attempts to overhaul the petroleum sector in Nigeria.

It seeks to provide legal, governance, regulatory and fiscal framework for the Nigerian Petroleum Industry.

If implemented diligently, the PIA will help facilitate Nigeria’s economic development by attracting and creating investment opportunities for local and international investors.

Atete said that since the inception of Eghare-Aja, the Ugborodo Community had also written to Chevron on the Act, concerning the award of contracts and employment.

According to him, the company had deliberately refused to address their grievances.

“We are faulting the PIA process. We are saying that Chevron should come directly and dialogue with our community in line with the PIA Act.

“We are not going to accept it until they come and dialogue with us.

“We will not relent until Chevron comes and dialogue with the host communities, which made up Ugborodo,” he said.

Also, Mrs Oritsematosan Nuko, a Woman Leader in Ugborodo Community, appealed to Chevron and the Federal Government to come to the rescue of the community and shore up the area.

Nuko said that indigenes of the community were almost being chased away by tidal flood.

She, however, urged Chevron to heed to the call and address the demands of the community.

Nuko said the oil company should come forward for a dialogue toward addressing the lingering challenges confronting the federated community, including unemployment and the award of contracts.

Commenting, a Chevron member of staff, who pleaded anonymity, said that all the issues raised by the aggrieved protesters were already being addressed at the company’s headquarters in Lagos.

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Resident Doctors To Commence 5-day Warning Strike On Wednesday



… As FG fails to negotiate

Those planning to visit the hospital this week may as well think twice as the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), says it will commence a five-day warning strike on Wednesday.

The President of the association, Dr. Innocent Orji, disclosed this on Monday while speaking with newsmen on the outcome of its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting.

According to him, the warning strike will begin by 8 am on Wednesday.

The association had on April 29 issued a two-week notice to the Federal Government to increase the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) or risk industrial action.

It said at the time that the increment should be to the tune of 200 percent of the current gross salary of doctors and also be in addition to the new allowances included in the letter written to the Minister of Health in 2022 for the review of CONMESS.

According to the association, it observed that in spite of several engagements with the Federal Government on the need to upwardly review CONMESS, which was last reviewed over 10 years ago, there are no changes.

“The Federal Government has neither called NARD to the negotiation table nor taken any tangible step in addressing the issue.

“This is against the background of the dwindling economic situation in the country, the serial abysmal decline in the value of the Naira, the imminent removal of fuel subsidy, and the consequent damaging effect on the cost of living in the country.

“There have been previous ultimatums issued to the government by NARD on account of this problem of the review of the CONMESS salary structure.”

It added that the previous Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) on CONMESS stated clearly that the salary structure would be due for review after five years, but this has not been done since the implementation in 2014, though the approval was given in 2009.

Orji, however, said that since the issuance of the two-week notice the association had not been called upon by the Federal Government to initiate negotiations.

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