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World Egg Day: NGO launches campaign for egg consumption in Kaduna State

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World Egg Day: NGO launches campaign for egg consumption in Kaduna State

Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), an NGO, on Friday, launched a demand creation campaign to improve the consumption of egg among children age six to 59 months in Kaduna State.

The launch is in commemoration of the World Egg Day, marked on the second Friday in October to celebrate egg
farmers and promote the incredible edible egg.

The Day was founded by the International Egg Commission (IEC) at a conference held in Vienna in 1996 to promote
consumption and raise awareness on the benefits of egg to human health.

The GAIN Country Director, Dr Michael Ojo, said at the launching ceremony in Kaduna, that the campaign,
tagged “Eggs Make Kids”, targets over 210,000 households.

He said that the campaign would be carried out in Chikun, Kaduna North and Kaduna South local government areas of the state.

Ojo added that in spite of efforts to address the scourge of malnutrition, it remained a serious problem in the state because most children were not eating foods that contain the growth-promoting nutrients they needed.

According to him, animal source foods such as egg, meat and fish are mostly missing in the food children eat, adding that only 15.5 per cent of children between the age of six and 23 months consume egg in the state.

The director said “we are, therefore, working with Kaduna State and other partners to diversify the diet of children between six and 59 months by increasing animal source food consumption, particularly egg.

“Egg is nature’s most nutritious food because of its rich source of protein and essential fatty acids, including vitamins and minerals.

“One small egg for example has 13 vitamins, 11 minerals, all nine essential amino acids, omega-3, omega-6, as well as two carotenoids.

“Egg makes the body grow strong, helps the heart and brain to function well, builds strong bones and teeth and keeps the mind sharp and bright.”

He explained that the campaign would run for the next 18 to 20 months, using two-pronged marketing and communication approach.

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He described the approaches as Above the Line campaign, using the mass media and Below the Line campaign, through direct engagement of households.

The country director said that the campaign would be carried out in partnership with Kaduna State Emergency Nutrition Action Plan, Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) and other partners.

Ummi El-Rufai, wife of the Kaduna State Governor, who launched the campaign, thanked GAIN for supporting the state in the fight to address malnutrition.

She said that failure to eat the right nutritious foods could exposes children to myriad of health issues.

She added that the campaign was to disseminate key messages that would stimulate sustainable behavioural change, particularly on egg consumption in target communities.

According to her, intake of adequate animal source protein like egg and fish will contribute to better health outcomes for children.

Hajiya Binta Adamu, the Vice Chairperson of PAN, Kaduna State chapter, expressed readiness to partner with GAIN to ensure the success of the campaign.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mrs El-Rufai, along with other poultry farmers were awarded by
PAN at the event for promoting nutrition.

 

 

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Clean Naija Campaign: Showcasing The Impact Of Dr Moyinoluwa Oladoye

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…In collaboration with Reckitt, Slum and Rural Health Initiative (SRHIN) and the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA)

Dr. Moyinoluwa Oladoye, a young visionary leader and healthcare social entrepreneur has radically influenced sanitation and hygiene practices in Nigeria.

 In collaboration with Reckitt, Slum and Rural Health Initiative (SRHIN), and the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), he plays a leadership role as the Senior Programme Officer at SRHIN in a transformative initiative to improve the practice of handwashing, hygiene, and sanitation, to about 6 million Nigerians between 2019 and 2025. 

*Dr. Oladoye with representatives from Reckitt Nigeria and the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA).

With over 5 years of experience as a public health professional, Dr Oladoye has played a pivotal role in the Dettol Quest Hygiene Program that has reached hundreds of schools, health facilities and communities across 3 states in Nigeria since 2019. 

The Dettol Quest Hygiene Program, provides hygiene kits, materials, and structured education, which has led to a notable improvement in knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours associated with sanitation and hygiene practices in Nigeria.

*Group photo with some of the project beneficiaries (students) at the Dettol Quest Hygiene Program closeout event in Lagos, Nigeria. 

The most recent rigorous impact assessment conducted in 2023 led by Dr Oladoye spanned through students, community members, and mothers/ pregnant women via pre-implementation (baseline) and post-implementation (endline) surveys. The results showed remarkable improvement in the knowledge, attitude and practice of the project’s beneficiaries.

Following former President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration for the Open Defecation-Free Nigeria by 2025 Order, Dr Oladoye is one of Nigeria’s leading Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) advocates whose projects on WASH have been presented at several state and national stakeholders meetings on WASH.

*Dr. Oladoye during the impact assessment presentation at the closeout event in Lagos, Nigeria. 

This includes the recent closeout event that held in Lagos, drawing a distinguished gathering of stakeholders, including Reckitt Nigeria, The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), Slum and Rural Health Initiative (SRHIN), the Federal Ministry of Education, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), and other pivotal figures in the fields of public health and education.

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NDLEA Arrests 92 Suspects, Seizes 217kg Illicit Substances In Kaduna

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NDLEA arrests India-bound businessman with 9.40kg heroin in Lagos

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Kaduna State Command, has arrested 92 suspects and seized 217.02kg of illicit substances since the beginning of 2024.

The state Commander of NDLEA, Mr Samaila Danmalam, disclosed in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Kaduna.

According to him,  the suspects comprise 88 males and four females.

He added that the seized substances included Indian hemp, cocaine, heroin, tramadol and methamphetamine.

The commander said that NDLEA operatives raided 19 illicit drugs in the state during the period.

He said that the command secured the conviction of 24 suspects and charged  25 to court during the period.

“ln its drug demand reduction efforts, 29 drug users were counselled while seven drug addicts were successfully rehabilitated.

“In a bid to dissuade members of the public from illicit drug use and trafficking, enlightenment campaigns were carried out at various locations targeting 6,956 participants.

The commander called on members of the public to provide useful and timely information to the command, saying the fight against drug abuse and trafficking requires the support of all Nigerians.

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Enugu Hospital Detains Nnewi Woman, Her Triplets Over N352,350 Delivery Bill

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Gov. Soludo appoints CPS, MD/CEOs, others

A private hospital, Praise and Grace Hospital and Maternity, Enugu, has detained Mrs Joan Orajiobi and her triplets over the family’s inability to pay the delivery bill of N352,350.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Orajiobi, a native of Nnewi in Anambra, gave birth to two girls and a boy in the hospital in Enugu on New Year’s Day.

Speaking to NAN from the hospital on Friday, Orajiobi, who lives at Ologo Quarters, Uwani Enugu, said she had been discharged on Jan. 8 but held by the hospital due to their inability to complete the hospital bill.

She said the hospital billed them a total of N482,350, but that her husband was only able to pay N130,000, the remaining balance of N352,350.

“The bill amounted to that because I gave birth through Caesarian Section (CS).
“I am a hairdresser. I had two girls already before this pregnancy came in May, but I never knew I was pregnant with triplets until the scan which showed that l was carrying twins.

Gov. Soludo appoints CPS, MD/CEOs, others
*Gov. Soludo of Anambra State

“I am pleading to Nigerians, organisations especially the governors of Enugu and Anambra States, to come to my rescue and assist us with financial support. I want to go home and take care my children.

“Anybody that is touched by our condition can reach and assist us through my husband’s Access Account Number 0043854232, Account Name: Nchekwube Orajiobi C. and his WhatsApp 08065846537,’’ she pleaded.

She added that she was always touched seeing other patients who came after them leaving the hospital while they were held because they could not pay.

The husband, Mr Cornelius Orajiobi, a trader, said they both hailed from Obiofia in Nnewi North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

He said he was excited to have triplets but regretted that it would be difficult for him and his wife to take care of the babies in terms of feeding.

“Nigerians should please assist us because this gift is bigger than what we can cater for alone.

“The N130,000 I deposited came from friends and well-wishers while I borrowed some.
“Apart from the medical bill, I need what I will use to bring up these kids,’’ he pleaded.

When contacted, the Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Shedrack Emeribe, told NAN that he operated on Orajiobi without a deposit from the family.

He added that it was after four days of the operation that her husband deposited N60,000 before making it up to N130,000.
He explained that all the things they were requested for the delivery were not provided, stressing that the hospital provided it for them.

“I told the husband to make an initial deposit of N150,000 but he never paid a dime till a few days after CS. But I have to save those lives,” he said.

He said that the bill of N482,350 included surgery, theatre, drug fees, and Hospital Services. 

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