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FG to develop policy on menstrual health, hygiene management

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The Federal Government on Monday said it will develop policies to promote effective Menstrual Health and Hygiene Management (MHHM) in the country.

Mr Ali Madugu, Deputy Director, Child Development Department, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, said this at a one-day Meeting to Develop Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials on MHHM in Abuja.

According to him, the development of policies and IEC materials are to support advocacy on MHHM to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), as well as to women and girls at the grassroots.

Today’s meeting creates an opportunity to kick-start the process of the development of a document that will not only be used for advocacy to stakeholder at the national and state levels, but can also be used for sensitisation and awareness creation among adolescent girls and women.

The materials we are here to develop are not just a document for the federal ministry of Women Affairs alone, but a document that will be circulated to all the state ministries across the country,” he said.

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Also, Mrs Maryam Shuaibu, Head, Health Desk Division, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, said the essence of the meeting is to develop IEC materials for improved MHHM.

The objective of this meeting is to develop a handbook that is easily accessible, which provides information for improving menstrual hygiene practices for women and girls, build the competence and confidence of women and girls on menstrual matters and break the silence surrounding the issue.

“It will also promote increased engagement in advocacy on menstrual hygiene and encouraging relevant sectors to collaborate for effective intervention on MHHM,” she said.

According to her, participants in the meeting were expected to come up with a draft IEC on issue of menstruation among Nigerian women and girls.

She said this was imperative due to the low level of awareness on MHHM, which had contributed greatly to the growing stigma and misconceptions related to menstruation, especially restriction from social activities.

Dr Elizabeth Jeiyol, Co-chair, Technical Working Group, MHHM committee, said material deprivation, lack and cost of clean absorbents, lack of WASH facilities and disposal are factors that contribute to poor menstrual health.

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Jeiyol, represented by Elsie Ozika, Executive Director, Toilet Kulture, stressed the need to make available and accessible facilities and materials to promote MHHM in the country.

A participant, Ms Jachike Ojukwu, who represented the United Nations Population Funds (UNFPA), said the meeting will improve the overall MHHM of women and girls, thereby attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly on good health and wellbeing of women and girls.

Similarly, Mrs Funmi Olorunmola, Executive Director, Pad A Girl project, said the meeting is an opportunity for government and relevant stakeholders to provide materials that can easily be distributed to young girls and women on MHHM.

“These materials will provide vital information on MHHM, when we carry out advocacies and the girls can easily refer to it whenever the needs arise,” she said.

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Male organ stops growing at 21 – Aproko doctor

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Male organ stops growing at 21 – Aproko doctor.

Dr Chinonso Egemba popularly known as Aproko Doctor on microblogging app Twitter, has said that the male manhood stops growing at 21

The physician, who is in a habit of giving medical tips, in a video made this statement to dissuade guys purchasing products that promise to enlarge the visible male reproductive part.

According to him, the male manhood basically stops growing when a man turn 21 and there is no medical or herbal way that increases the size of the organ.

He further advised that men should rater learn how well to properly utilise the organ instead of looking to enlarge it.

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He said: “If you are watching this video and you are like 21 years old. I have news for you. Your manhood has stopped growing. You have come to the end of your watch. John Snow, your watch is over.

“I’m saying this because, some of you are in the DMs of all those places, and you are looking for “grow your manhood in three days or add five inches to the size of your penis”, and you are buying it.

“Emeka, let me just tell you that those things you are buying will not work. There is no medically or herbal way to increase the size of the manhood.

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“But you have bought it and you cannot come out and drag them because you realised it does not work. My advice to you is to leave them alone.

“Some of those drugs you are buying are damaging your kidneys. What is the component of it? You don’t know and you are just drinking it.

“My dear, so that you will not carry two problems in one body, that size you have, learn the skills of making use of it.”

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Over 5,000 nurses have left Nigeria in three years – Association

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Over 5,000 nurses have left Nigeria in three years – Association.

THE National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) on Friday decried the low investment and poor welfare for nurses and midwives across the country.

It disclosed that due to a sundry of reasons, including attacks, victimization, low remuneration, insecurity etc., over 5,000 nurses have left the country to developed countries in three years (between 2019 to 2022), while over 5,000 lost their lives to COVID-19 while in the line of duty in 2020.

The Association therefore urged the government on the need to protect, support and invest in the nursing profession, which will enable the country achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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The President of the NANNM, Comrade Michael Nnachi, stated this in Abuja, during a briefing to commemorate this year’s International Nurses Week and Scientific Conference, with the theme: Nurses: A voice to lead: invest in nursing and respect rights to secure global health.

He said: “Despite the commitment and sacrifices demonstrated by nurses and midwives, they are yet to be adequately compensated, recognized, valued, and respected, so as to be given the pride of place in the society.

“Frontline health workers are most vulnerable to risk. Worthy of note is that over 5,000 Nurses and Midwives lost their lives during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.”

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FMC Owo MD faces ICPC probe over ‘N176m COVID-19 fund fraud

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FMC Owo MD faces ICPC probe over ‘N176m COVID-19 fund fraud.

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has grilled the Medical Director (MD) of Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owo, Ondo State, Ahmed Adeagbo and one other over an alleged fraud involving N176 million COVID-19 intervention fund.

The Nation gathered that the ICPC office in Osogbo, Osun State, had sent a letter of invitation to Adeagbo and one other to appear before the commission.

It was learnt that the MD and an employee of the hospital arrived at the premises of the ICPC in GRA, Osogbo, around 11am for the interrogation that lasted for hours.

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The agency’s invitation, dated April 20, and addressed to the MD, also sought the presence of the Head of Finance and Accounts.

It stated that they should appear before the commission to show evidence of how the N176 million COVID-19 intervention fund and other monies were spent by the hospital’s management.

“You are to show the evidence of how the alleged amount of N186, 817,307 was spent with approvals and relevant documents, establish the purpose of the COVID-19 intervention funds and beneficiaries of the fund.”

When contacted on phone, the MD declined to comment on the ICPC his invitation.

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