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President Buhari approves N21 billion for 14-bed presidential clinic

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the construction of a 14-bed presidential clinic at the State House.

The construction of the clinic, awarded to Julius Berger Nigeria Limited for N21.9bn, will commence Monday, according to the permanent secretary, State House, Umar Tijjani.

Tijjani disclosed this Thursday during budget defence before the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-governmental Affairs.

This is despite the fact that the N21.9 billion proposed for the project in the 2022 budget is still under consideration at the National Assembly.

Tijjani said the project would be completed in December 2022.

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He said the presidential clinic would occupy a total area of 2700 square meters and would be equipped with a laboratory, healing garden, pharmacy and x-ray facility in the clinic.

He said, “The project was conceived in 2012 by the previous administration. It was estimated to cost about N21bn and the facility contains 14-bed space with a total area of 2,700 square meters. There will be underground and first floor, operating theatres, executive suite, VIP isolation rooms, and six-bed isolation room.

“Most of the preliminary work has been concluded. Mr President has approved the project. We’ve gone to Bureau of Public Procurement to get Certificate of No Objection.”

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He said the clinic would also be opened to other African leaders for medical treatment.

Some members of the committee, chaired by Senator Danjuma La’ah, commended the initiative of the federal government for the project.

La’ah said the committee members would, in December 2021, go to the site for oversight.

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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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