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UNICAL signs MoU with HMO on healthcare provision for students



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In the quest for the provision of healthcare services to its students the University of Calabar has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Health Management Organisation (HMO), United Healthcare International Limited (UHCI).

The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Florence Obi, and the Managing Director of UHCI, Dr Kolawole Owoka, signed the agreement at the council chambers of the institution in Calabar on Wednesday.

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Speaking, the vice-chancellor restated her administration’s commitment to revamping the institution’s health facilities to cater for the health needs of its staff and students.

Obi described the visit of the HMO as ‘timely and important,’ adding that it was in line with her administration’s resolve to provide adequate healthcare for the university community. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

She commended UHCI for playing a pivotal role in healthcare delivery, especially as it had taken charge of the students’ tertiary insurance scheme in UNICAL with effect from the 2021/2022 academic session.

“It is a thing of joy to improve on an already deteriorated health structure. My administration is committed to revamping health facilities in the institution for effective service delivery,” she said.

The vice-chancellor called on the students to avail themselves of the opportunity by keying into the scheme, and assured UHCI of maximum support to enable it to live up to its expectations.

Obi added that with the introduction of the new health scheme, the UNICAL medical centre would be given a facelift and the drug store stocked with drugs.

Earlier, the Managing Director of UHCI, appreciated the vice-chancellor, saying that the health insurance scheme was already operational in 20 universities in the country.

Owoka said that the facility could be accessed by the students within 24 hours, in or out of campus, with the student’s identity card.

He emphasised that the era where drugs were out of stock would be history since the facility was planned, packaged and well programmed to accommodate students’ healthcare needs.

“The facility will not only be a health centre, but also a point of benefit in the area of development to the university in terms of corporate social responsibility,” he said.

In his remarks, the Director of Health Services in the institution, Dr Leku Ador, said the medical centre would join forces with UHCI to bridge the gap in the provision of adequate healthcare for students.

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Experts Harp On Why You Should Regularly Consume Sugarcane



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Some nutrition experts have recommended regular intake of sugarcane to boost immune system and prevent cancer and other diseases.

The experts made the recommendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Saturday.

Mrs Olufunmilola Adewumi, Asst. Chief Nutritionist at the Orile Agege General Hospital, Lagos State, said sugarcane was rich in antioxidants helping to fight infections.

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According to Adewumi, raw sugarcane does not contain fats, cholesterol, proteins and sodium.

She added that it contained significant amounts of nutrients including vitamin C, vitamin B2, magnesium, iron, potassium and phosphorus.

Adewumi said that sugarcane juice would be good for hydration, adding that it helped in weight loss, boosting of metabolism, improving digestion, preventing infections, fighting fevers and curing common cold. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

“Its alkalinity makes it counteract the effects of hyperacidity, heart and stomach burns; it also helps in preventing cancer.

“It helps to reduce accumulation of bacteria and oil in the pores, thereby preventing acne; it is an excellent source of Alpha Hydroxy Acids such as glycolic acid used as an anti-aging and anti-wrinkle agent in creams.

“It is an effective diuretic: meaning it can keep kidneys functioning optimally, thereby preventing health issues such as kidney stones and urinary tract infections.

“Due to its low glycemic index, diabetic patients can enjoy it without any fear when taken in moderation. It prevents spikes in blood glucose levels,” she said.

Adewumi, however, cautioned against overconsumption of sugarcane juice to avoid stomach upset, dizziness, headaches and unnecessary weight loss.

The nutritionist also cautioned against drinking water after eating fruits, saying it hindered digestion and absorption processes.

She recommended taking of 200ml of sugarcane juice daily and waiting for an hour before drinking water.

Mr Soromtonna Okwuosa, Co-founder, Ambrosia Juice, told NAN that sugarcane juice was a natural instant energy booster.

“Boosting the immune system shouldn’t just be because of COVID-19; there are other diseases out there that are deadly.

“Lots of people don’t know that their lifestyle, what they eat or drink, has serious impacts on their health,” he said.

He said that high immunity would give a person greater chances of surviving a disease.

Okwuosa, who produces sugarcane juice, said that many people did not take it and enjoy its health benefits because of fear of complications from sugar.

He noted that busy individuals regarded as timewasting, sitting and eating the quantities of sugarcane juice they would need.

He recommended extraction of the juice and storing in refrigerators.

He said that adding flavours such as lemon, ginger and orange would give additional health benefits to sugarcane juice.

Okwuosa, however, cautioned against consumption of sugarcane juice after six hours of production if not stored in a refrigerator as it could have turned sour. 

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COVID-19: Nigeria Records 27 Deaths In One Day




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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Friday reported 27 coronavirus -related deaths, bringing the total number of those who had succumbed to the deadly virus in Nigeria to 1,577.

The NCDC disclosed this on its official website on Friday.

The public agency also announced 1,114 new coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in the past 24 hours and these have taken the country’s total case load to 128,674.

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It stated that the new COVID-19 cases were reported in 21 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The agency noted that Lagos, the epicentre of the disease in Nigeria, registered the highest number of new cases with 408 infections.

So far, Lagos has recorded a total of 47,879 infections, 39,571 recoveries and 311 deaths as of Jan. adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 29.

The FCT came a distant second with 95 new infections.

In the states, Plateau recorded 90 new infections; Ondo-66;  Kaduna-63;  Oyo-56;  Borno-46;  Imo -42, Edo-41 and Ogun-37.

Rivers had 31; Ekiti-25, Yobe-20, Kano and Akwa Ibom,18 each, Delta and Osun have 15 each;  Kwara-11, Bayelsa-6, Nasarawa-6, Zamfara-4 and Bauchi-1.

The agency said that 1,269 people had been successfully treated and had been discharged from the isolation centres in the country in the past 24 hours.

The health agency noted that there were backlog of 26 discharged cases in Akwa Ibom.

The public health agency noted that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, is coordinating response activities nationwide

NAN recalls that the country has so far tested 1,270,523 people since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was recorded on Feb. 27, 2020 in the country.

The active cases in the country’s isolation centres stood at 24,317 as of Jan. 29.

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Dr. Omakoji Oyiguh Emerges New Chairman of Kogi NMA



Dr Omakoji Oyiguh of Kogi State Specialist Hospital (KSSH), has emerged the new Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Kogi State chapter.
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Dr Omakoji Oyiguh of Kogi State Specialist Hospital (KSSH), has emerged the new Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Kogi State chapter.

In a keenly contested election via online, Oyiguh polled a total of 161 (59%) votes to defeat his closest rival, Dr Ashraff Abdulhakeem, who had 112 votes representing 41% of the total votes.

With this new development, Dr Omakoji Oyiguh emerged the new Kogi NMA Chairman replacing Dr Kabiru Zubair, to pilot the affairs of the association for the next two years.

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Other state’s officers of NMA elected to pilot the affairs of the association for the next two years were: Dr Adeyemi Williams as Vice Chairman; Dr Famotele Tolorunju as Secretary; Dr Chimieze Udebuani as Asst. adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Secretary; and Dr (Mrs) Edith Agu as Treasurer.

Others were Dr Kelvin Emmanuel Bola as Public Relations Officer; Dr Samuel Babatunde as Director of Welfare/Social; and Dr Mohammed Umoru as Auditor 1, while Dr Kabiru Zubair as Ex-Official 1; and Dr Okungbowa Osaretin as Ex-Official 2.

Speaking with journalists shortly after his swearing-in, Oyiguh commended the electoral committee for conducting a free, fair and credible election to the satisfaction of all contestants.

Oyiguh eulogised the immediate past chairman for his vibrancy, numerous achievements, leadership style, the transformation and innovations he brought to the association within two years.

”The immediate past chairman is man of peace; he did his best. We are going to build on his legacies and take NMA Kogi to greater heights,” he said.

Oyiguh further solicited for the support of all NMA members in Kogi including all the contestants, to join hands with him and the new exco to improve the welfare of their members and for NMA to be more visible and vibrant.

Earlier in his valedictory speech, the Immediate Past Chairman (IPC) Dr Kabiru Zubair, thanked members of the SOC, SEC, Past Chairmen, Medical Elders and the Congress for their support, while appreciating the media for projecting the NMA activities in the last two years.

Zubair highlighted the numerous achievements of NMA in the last two years, such as improved welfare package and facilitating landed property for members, purchase of land and commenced building the long proposed NMA Kogi State Secretariat which has gotten to the roofing level as at July 2020, among several other achievements.

”In the last two years, we have built on the legacy of previous executives of this noble association and we believe that this is the way to go. We did not only sustained the gains of previous executives, but we improved on it.

”As we exit the stage today, we believe that if the incoming executives build on these landmark legacies, NMA Kogi State will get even better, moving forward,” Zubair said.

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