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Group Organises Medical Outreach for Sanwo-Olu Re-Election



Over 3000 Lagos residents benefited from free medical outreach organised by a nongovernmental Team Better Naija (TBN) in Alimosho and Agege Local Government Areas of Lagos State

The medical outreach was part of the door-to-door campaign activities of the team that campaigned for the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his vice involved free medical screening, free eyeglasses, drugs, and medical consultations.

Speaking on the outreach, the National Coordinator of Team Better Naija (TBN) Engr. Remi Omowaiye who is also a former Commissioner for Works in Osun , stated that his team was part of the various groups that canvassed for the president-elect towards his election, adding that their obligation is the well-being of the masses which is paramount to the government.

Engr. Omowaiye added that his team further decided to provide support for the re-election of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Dr Obafemi Hamzat by reaching out to people in various communities in Alimosho , Agege and beyond.

Omowaiye explained the program has been existing for months and the medical outreach was put in place when the team discovered during the course of campaigning for the president-elect in the four states they visited that many people were living with high blood pressure and other serious ailments without paying attention to it and they needed intervention to stem the dangerous trend.

According to him, as a nongovernmental body, thousands of people have benefited from its free medical program, adding that the team is ready to take the program beyond the election period and also work in synergy with government agencies.

He emphasised that it is unfortunate that so many people are living reckless lives without proper checkups to know the status of their health and find preventive measures to safeguard their lives.

According to the Team Better Naija coordinator, “the outreach had reached out to two Local governments, which are Agege and Alimosho, and we are planning to extend the program to other communities across Lagos .”

Also, Mr Kayode Sowade, Director of Operations of TBN said the ongoing outreach in Lagos is to key into Sanwo-Olu’s re-election bid as a reflection of his belief in free health care which is one of the cardinal plans of Gov. Sanwo-Olu’s administration.

One of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Kehinde Oyeshile, expressed satisfaction at the services rendered at the outreach, adding that many people were shocked at what their screening revealed and had learnt to pay more attention to their health.

According to her, many people had neglected their health due to poverty and had been given a new lease of life with the treatment they received

The outreach train was in Isale Oja Agege on Sunday, canvassing for the re-election of Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the House of Assembly candidate for Agege State Constituency who is the current Speaker of Lagos House of Assembly Rt Hon Mudasiru Obasa while it also canvassed for re-election of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Hon Kehinde Joseph the House of Assembly candidate for Alimosho (constituency 02) when the group visited Alimosho on Monday.The Chairmen of Agege local government Chief Ganiyu Egunjobi and Igando-Ikotu LCDA, Alimosho Snr Comrade Lasisi Ayinde Akinsanya were on the ground to receive the medical team.

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Death Toll in Lagos Cholera Outbreak Hits 24



The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi said the cholera death toll has risen to 24.

Abayomi disclosed this in a post on his Instagram handle on Friday.

He also has confirmed 35 cases out of the 417 suspected cases across 20 Local Government Areas in the state.

The Commissioner said the situation report as of June 19, 2024, indicated, “417 suspected cases, 35 confirmed cases, and 24 recorded deaths.”

He advised residents to ensure personal and environmental hygiene.

He advised, “Let’s adhere strictly to personal and environmental hygiene. Let’s stay safe #ForAGreaterLagos”

The cases were reported from Agege, Badagry, Ikeja, Mushin, Ajeromi-Ifelofun, Epe, Ikorodu, Ojo, Alimosho, and Eti-Osa.

Others were Kosofe, Oshodi-Isolo, Amuwo-Odofin, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos Island, Shomolu, Apapa, Ifako-Ijaiye, Lagos mainland, and Surulere.

Cholera is a food and water-borne disease caused by ingesting the bacteria— Vibrio cholerae — in contaminated water and food. Cholera can cause severe acute watery diarrhoea, and the severe forms of the disease can kill within hours if left untreated.

In Nigeria, cholera is an endemic and seasonal disease, occurring annually mostly during the rainy season and more frequently in areas with poor sanitation.

The World Health Organisation on Thursday announced a spike in cholera in several regions of the world, with almost 195,000 cases and over 1,900 deaths reported in 24 countries since the start of 2024.

WHO said the Eastern Mediterranean Region reported the highest number of cases, followed by the African Region, the Region of the Americas, the Southeast Asia Region, and the European Region.

The global health body, however, noted that there are no reported cases in the Western Region, according to its bulletin released on Wednesday.

It said it exhausted its global stockpile of Oral Cholera Vaccines by March but was able to exceed “the emergency target of five million doses in early June for the first time in 2024.”

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Glo Hails Ojude Oba, Others As Promoters of Cultural Heritage, Unity



Telecommunications company, Globacom, has said that Ojude Oba and similar festivals in the country have enormous potential to promote cultural diversification, national identity, harmony and unity.

In his goodwill message to this year’s Ojude Oba festival in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, on Tuesday, the Chairman of Globacom, Dr. Mike Adenuga Jr., also noted that these age-long festivals could foster cultural exchange and showcase Nigeria’s rich heritage to the world.

Dr Adenuga observed that the theme of this year’s celebration, UNITY AND HARMONY IN IJEBULAND: THE GIFT OF OJUDE OBA, emphasised the values that the festival had espoused for over a century that it has been in existence.

He added that the festivals also had potential to boost tourism and help in the diversification of the economy which was why the Federal Government and many governments across the globe have placed tourism on top of their development agenda. Dr. Adenuga pointed out that Globacom has kept its partnerships with the nation’s largest festivals to solidify and establish them as premier events that would draw even more visitors to Nigeria from around the globe.

He further stated that Globacom and the sons and daughters of Ijebuland, both at home and in the Diaspora, would greatly benefit from the partnership with the Ojude Oba Planning Committee.

One of the star activities of the Globacom-sponsored festival was the Regberegbe competition among the different age groups in Ijebuland. Egbe  Bobasete Okunrin Omooba came first; Egbe Bobagunte Okunrin Akile Ijebu second and Egbe Bobamayegun Okunrin Asiwaju came third.

In the female category, Egbe Bobagunwa Obinrin Omooba was adjudged the best dressed with Egbe Bobagunwa Obinrin Asiwaju and Egbe Arobayo Obinrin Akile Ijebu coming second and third respectively.

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FRSC Begins Mass Production of Drivers Licence, Churns Out 73, 740 Cards in 14 Days



The Corps Marshal Shehu Mohammed-led Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has began a mass production of National Drivers Licence as a strategic intervention mechanisms introduced towards clearing the backlogs of the National Drivers Licence.

Consequently, the Print Farm has produced 73,740 licenses in a space of two weeks according to a statement signed by the Public Education Officer, Corps Commander Olusegun Ogungbemide, and made available to the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP).

Recall that on assumption of office, one of the most cardinal steps taken by the Corps Marshal towards revamping the entire processes of the Corps was a working visit to the FRSC Print Farm, as well as other critical infrastructures so as to have on the spot assessment of the facilities with a view of strengthening their production capacity.

This assessment was propelled by the alarming rate of public outcry about the unprecedented delay applicants faced regarding issuance of the National Drivers License.

At the end of the assessment, the Corps Marshal set up a task force to ensure that the backlog is cleared in soonest possible time. He further directed 24 hours production and immediate rectification of the identified technical glitches that affected the overall production capacity of the farm.

As at the moment, a total of 84, 500 NDLs are on queue for production and expected to be delivered to the respective State Licensing Authorities nationwide.

Corps Marshal Shehu Mohammed, while assuring the public of the Corps’ commitment to quality service, called on applicants, especially those who have experienced delay, to await notification or contact their state licensing offices for pick up of the already produced ones.

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