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REGISTER FOR HEALTH INSURANCE SCHEME, SANWO-OLU APPEALS TO LAGOS RESIDENTS

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday, made a passionate call to all residents of the State to register for the Health Insurance Scheme introduced by the government towards ensuring improved healthcare delivery.

Subscription to the scheme, Sanwo-Olu said, would enable the Government prioritise its healthcare programmes to enhance its quality and affordability to the residents.

The Governor made the call at the ongoing Medic West Africa Conference at the Eko Convention Centre, Victoria Island.

Sanwo-Olu said the health insurance coverage must be scaled up as a condition to build the confidence of private investors in the scheme, which, he said, was created to remove burden on the residents by providing affordable healthcare.

He said: “For health to be completely affordable and accessible, people must subscribe to our Health Insurance Scheme, where we need to increase coverage in terms of registration. This is how developed countries are able to tackle their health financing and access.

“What it means is that everybody will not take ill at once. But, the financing process would be in a way that, anyone who needs it at any given time will have full access to it, because such person contributed to the scheme. Also, the option of health facilities to be used by a subscriber would include private hospitals. All of these are brought out to make healthcare accessible and affordable.”

The Governor also hinted that the State would start the process of revamping its road ambulance scheme, with the objective of creating more ambulance points across the State. The overhaul, Sanwo-Olu pointed out, would include deployment of emergency responders each ambulance point to give palliative treatment to the injured before being transported to hospitals.

The Governor said his administration would not pay lip service to the upgrading of the state-owned specialist hospitals, adding that the primary healthcare centres were being strengthened to reduce pressure on the secondary health facilities.

Sanwo-Olu, who personally inspected latest medical technology equipment exhibited at the event, said the Government would be leveraging its Public Private Partnership (PPP) policy to acquire some of the advanced technologies displayed at the conference.

He observed that advancement in technology had simplified various medical procedures which decades ago could not be easily accomplished, reiterating his administration’s readiness to leverage on technology to bring relief to the residents in healthcare delivery.

In the course of the exhibition, the Governor sealed equipment supply deals with two firms to equip the state-owned teaching hospital with some advanced medical equipment.

Joining the Governor at the event were the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, and the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Prof. Adetokunbo Fabanwo.

 

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Buhari removes Hadiza Bala Usman as NPA chief, names Mohammed Koko as replacement

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President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended Hadiza Bala Usman as the managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, sources told Peoples Gazette.

Ms Usman was replaced by Mohammed Koko, the agency’s director of finance.

Ms Usman told The Gazette that she was aware of her suspension from office, but has yet to receive any formal communication to that effect from the Ministry of Transport.

A spokesperson for the ministry did not immediately return a request seeking comments.

Ms Usman was appointed as NPA chief in 2016 and has repeatedly propagated her reform policies that sought to redirect the organisation, which is one of the top revenue-generating entities of the Nigerian government.

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PRESIDENT BUHARI COMMISERATES WITH PASTOR ADEBOYE ON DEATH OF SON

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President Muhammadu Buhari extends deepest sympathies to the family of Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), on the passing of his son, Pastor Dare Adeboye.
Also commiserating with members of the RCCG on the demise of the Assistant Pastor in charge of Region (Youth) 35, President Buhari urges them to find comfort in the teachings of the Holy Scriptures that those who have chosen to serve God faithfully will see Him as He is in eternity.
The President prays God Almighty to grant the departed rest in His everlasting kingdom and comfort grieving family, friends and associates.
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BREAKINGNEWS: Pastor Adeboye’s son dies at 42

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Pastor Dare Adeboye, the son of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God Worldwide, Enoch Adeboye, is dead.

SECURENIGERIA365 gathered that the 42-year-old, who is the third son of the revered cleric, died in his sleep on Wednesday in Eket, Akwa Ibom State, where he was based with his family.

Our correspondent gathered from reliable sources in the church that the deceased, who was the Assistant Pastor in charge of Region (Youth) 35, had ministered the previous day.

Several leaders of the church, who confirmed the incident, said they could not comment on it.
The Head of Media and Public Relations, RCCG, Pastor Olaitan Olubiyi, however, confirmed the tragedy on Thursday morning.
He said, “It is true. The incident happened in Eket where he was based. I don’t have the details for now. Maybe before the end of today, we will issue a statement.”
Dare would have been 43 years old next month, June.
Last year, on his 42nd birth, his dad, Adeboye on a social media post described him as his first miracle child.
He wrote on his Facebook page,
“Our first miracle child. We pray that God will keep his miraculous working power in your life and all those who needs a miracle today, will use you as a point of contact for their own in JESUS name. (Amen) love from Dad, Mom and the whole Adeboye dynasty.”

Dare was happily married with children.

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