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2000 Girls Get Menstrual Period Kits from Keystone Bank

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Keystone Bank Menstrual Period Kits

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Over 2,000 marginalised girls in secondary schools in Abuja, Lagos and Nasarawa States recently received menstrual period kits from Keystone Bank Limited.

The donation was in furtherance of the lender’s commitment to empower, enhance and promote healthy living amongst Nigerian women and young girls.

Keystone Bank gave out the items through its Pink Network initiative, in partnership with the Giveback Nigeria and Hayat Holdings, makers of Molped pads.

About 1,242 secondary school girls in Lagos benefitted from the gesture, while 600 and 250 received the kits in Abuja and Nasarawa State respectively.

“Most often, young girls in the hinterland have to skip school and stay home simply because they cannot afford to buy sanitary pads during their menstrual periods.

“At Keystone Bank, we believe in giving every child, every means necessary to reach great potential.

“Something so natural and integral to a growing woman’s development should not be a barrier to her success or meant as an embarrassment or shame, hence the drive behind our action,” the Acting Divisional Head of Corporate Communications at Keystone Bank, Ms Izore Bamawo, was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the bank.

Keystone Bank is a technology and service-driven commercial bank offering convenient and reliable solutions to its customers.

On March 18, 2015, it launched the Keystone Bank Pink Network, an extensive bouquet of offering for every Nigerian woman seeks to provide women with all the necessary advantage required to thrive in their businesses, personal life, career, lifestyle, health amongst others.

The initiative is part of the bank’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) pillar to provide an enabling environment by improving the well-being, health, lifestyle and studies of young girls in the communities wherein it operates.

Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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BOC Gases Changes Name, Logo After Acquisition by TY Danjuma

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BOC Gases Industrial and Medical Gases Nigeria

By Dipo Olowookere

One of the players in the medical industry, BOC Gases Nigeria Plc, has changed its name to Industrial and Medical Gases Nigeria Plc.

This development followed the acquisition of the company by a businessman, Mr Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma, through one of his firms, TY Holdings Limited.

Recently, the former Minister of Defence in Nigeria acquired a 60 per cent stake in BOC Gases, taking his total shareholding to 72 per cent, making him the largest shareholder in the organisation.

This made the representatives of the former owners on the board, Hendrik Mentz de Waal and Joseph Ramashala, both non-executive directors, to exist BOC Gases, while efforts were made to change the corporate name and logo.

In a statement issued on Thursday and filed to the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited, BOC Gases said it “has obtained a new certificate of incorporation from the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC)” showing the new name, Industrial and Medical Gases Nigeria Plc.

It would be recalled that 14 years ago, the company adopted the now-rested BOC Gases Nigeria Plc.

Industrial and Medical Gases Nigeria is into industrial and medical gas production, sale of medical equipment and special gases.

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FG to Support Cholera-riddled Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The federal government has said that it is currently stepping up the technical support and guidance it is giving the states of the federation worst hit by cholera.

This was disclosed by the Director of Family Health department at the Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Salma Anas Kolo.

She disclosed that Kano, Jigawa and Bauchi are the states worst hit by cholera in the country, noting that more than 48 per cent of the cases reported in the country are from the three sub-nationals.

“Efforts are ongoing by the health ministry in collaboration with Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) to continue to provide support to the states through the national response in a well-coordinated manner.

“We continue step up in providing technical support and guidance to the states that are worst affected by cholera. “At the moment we have recorded some slow progress and success in the worst affected states.

“We have conducted some trainings for health workers for early detection and prompt treatment of victims of cholera outbreak.

“Unfortunately, the outbreak is among children between the age of 5-14 years. This is closely link to lack of access to portable clean water and also poor defecation practices and poor hygiene,” she said.

Dr Anas Kolo, however, said that the ministry was intensifying its collaboration with partners on the need to re-invigorate the Water Sanitation and Health (WASH) programme in the relevant sectors of the economy considering it requires multi-sectoral approach.

“It has to do with sanitation, toileting facilities available and personal hygiene. We are working closely with the ministries of water resources, information and culture and the ministry of environment who are very critical partners in this.

“We have developed a framework at the national level that require to be operationalized at the state level to adopt similar approach so that the populace, especially, in the worst affected areas can have access to clean water,” she said.

The Director further explained that: “Part of the response we have undertaken is the distribution of essential response commodities at the point of need including hygiene kits for affected states, using traditional medium of information transmission in most of the worst affected states.

“Hand washing is very important in the prevention of the cholera. At any time, you are handling food, hand washing is very key with running water and soap. Where soap is not available, we encourage the use of ashes and table salt.”

She further advised pregnant women in the country to attend ante natal care at the health centres nearest to them in order to access services including test HIV and Syphilis.

This, according to her, is to prevent Mother-To-Child transmission of HIV.

“This is an opportunity for us to call on all Nigerian pregnant women to attend antenatal clinic at any nearest health facility to them and get themselves tested for HIV and Syphilis.

“By doing that we can prevent the transmission of HIV from the infected mother to the unborn baby and avert the transmission of Syphilis which is also very dangerous to the unborn baby.

“It causes still-birth, miscarriages and death and brain damage leading to malformation to the unborn baby. It also affects the heart. So implications are so numerous.

“So it is cheaper and more cost effective to prevent the transmission of Syphilis from an infected mother to the child. The good news is that both are almost 100 preventable. But only if women that are pregnant avail themselves to be tested of syphilis,” the health expert stated.

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COVID-19: Nigeria to Start Vaccination of Children

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By Ashemiriogwa Emmanuel

In a few months’ time, Nigeria will commence administering vaccines to children under 12 years to protect them against the coronavirus (COVID-19).

This vaccination of children against the virus would be done in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The UNICEF Health Specialist and Officer in charge of Enugu Field Office, Mr Olusoji Akinleye, said during a recent media executive meeting in the state that it had taken so long for this to be implemented because of the cluttered processes involved before any drug would be administered to children.

Speaking at the event, which was in collaboration with Broadcasting Corporation of Abia State (BCA), Umuahia, on Child Rights-influenced Reporting on COVID-19, the specialist said that a lot of children had died due to the COVID-19, adding that, “In the next few months, Nigeria will start administering the vaccine on children under 12 years of age.”

He said, “We recognize the partnership in promoting and highlighting the right of every child to life. The very first right that every human being is supposed to have is the right to life; we recognise that the media have always supported the effort of government and partners, including UNICEF, in promoting the right to health.”

Noting the challenges faced by the health sector regarding public hesitancy, unwillingness, and misconceptions against the COVID-19 vaccines, Mr Akinleye encouraged parents to ensure that their children were protected by obeying the safety protocols that have been put in place.

In addition to this, he said, “UNICEF looks forward to more robust collaboration with the media and an expected upward trend in the promotion of health and hygiene practices by the media in Nigeria by daily communication to the public of protocols enforced by the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

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