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PHOTO NEWS: Keystone Bank, Edo Partner on Waste Management



PHOTO NEWS: Keystone Bank, Edo Partner on Waste Management

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

One of the most digitalised banks in the country, Keystone Bank, has entered into a partnership deal with the Edo State government.

The collaboration, according to information reaching us, is one the management of waste generated in the ‘Heart Beat of the nation’.

Managing Director of Keystone Bank, Mr Obeahon Ohiwerei, was at the office of the state Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, to seal the deal.

During the visit, Mr Ohiwerei presented some sweepers’ jackets made by the bank to the Edo State Governor.

The jackets would be worn by waste management officials in the state as they work to keep Edo State clean.

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.


The Best Tips For A Great Start To The Day



A Great Start To The Day

The start of your day can have a profound effect on the rest of it. Science has backed this up, showing that how you start the day is more impactful than you might think. A great start to the day is essential to setting up the momentum needed to achieve your goals. Whether it’s winning live play casino games or simply completing your tasks for the day, your morning mood plays a big role in it. Having a morning routine that sets you up for success is key to experiencing a productive and satisfying day.

Why Having A Good Start To Your Day Is Important

No matter if you’re an entrepreneur, a parent, or a student, having a good start to your day sets the tone for the rest of it. If you wake up feeling energized and excited, that mood is likely to carry through to the things you do during the day. This can help you be more productive, allowing you to tackle the tasks ahead of you with more enthusiasm and energy.

Taking the time to ensure that you have a good start to your day is essential if you want to make the most of it. With a bit of effort, you can ensure that you lead your day in the right direction, setting yourself up for success. Here are some of the best tips for a great start to the day.

Wake Up Early

Waking up early gives you more time to get ready for the day and organize your thoughts. It allows you to get started on whatever it is that you have to do for the day without feeling rushed or overwhelmed.


Exercise releases endorphins that make us feel good and energized. Set aside at least 20 minutes each morning for some kind of physical activity like jogging, yoga, or a light weight-lifting session.

Eat A Healthy Breakfast

Eating a healthy breakfast helps energize your body and gives you the fuel necessary to think and work. Make sure to include a proper balance of protein and carbohydrates in your breakfast, such as oatmeal with nuts and berries or eggs with toast.

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is essential for your health and well-being. Drinking water first thing in the morning will invigorate your body and improve your concentration.

Make A Plan

Before starting your day, make a plan of what you would like to accomplish that day and how you want to achieve it. Make sure to break it down into manageable tasks, and don’t forget to include some fun activities so that you don’t get overwhelmed.

Take Time For Yourself

Mornings tend to be busy and hectic, but setting aside a few minutes each morning for yourself can help you relax and gather your thoughts. This can be done through meditation, writing in your journal, reading a book, or anything else that allows you to take some time to reflect and gather your thoughts.

Avoid Distractions

The morning is a great time to focus and complete important tasks. Avoid getting pulled away by emails or social media, as they can take away your focus.

Stay Positive

Mornings are the perfect time to set intentions for the day and put yourself in a positive frame of mind. Visualize the day going well, and focus on positive affirmations that will motivate you throughout the day.

These are just some of the best tips for having a great start to the day. It is important to remember that everyone is different, and everyone’s morning routine will be a bit different. It may take some time to figure out the perfect routine for you, but once you do, it’ll be worth it.

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Breast Cancer Survivor Preaches Routine Screening



breast cancer Survivor

Gloria Orji was 35 years old when she was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in June 2010.

As an unmarried young woman in her prime, she was devastated because she thought she had her life planned out but finding out she had breast cancer was certainly not a part of her plans.

“I felt shattered and asked the doctor how long I had to live, and he answered who said you will die?” she says, recalling the day she received her result.

Today, she has every reason to be grateful as she is still alive, living healthy, and got married in 2021.

She recounted detecting a lump in her breast during self-examination and informed a friend, who advised her to visit the hospital for a medical check.

“I underwent a biopsy, and cancerous cells were found in the breast tissue sample. I was then referred to National Hospital, Abuja, for treatment,” she says.

Treatment plan

Her breast cancer is at Stage 2 and required six courses of chemotherapy, surgery, and 25 sessions of radiotherapy which lasted five weeks.

On completion of the treatment plan, she was placed on five-year-long hormonal treatment and periodic consultations with the doctor.

Believing she had scaled through, Ms Orji, unfortunately, had a reoccurrence eight years later (2018).

“In 2018, I felt another lump in the same breast during self-examination and underwent another round of surgery and treatment.”

“Treatment has been financially draining, and I soon became a charity case. Battling cancer, you have no savings as everything goes into treatment to stay alive. My family, friends and doctor have been very supportive,” she says.

A new life

During the course of her treatment in 2017, Ms Orji realized she had a big decision to make as she noticed patients like her depended on their families and themselves for information about their cancers.

Putting her ordeal to good use, Ms Orji supported by friends working as cancer advocates, created a support group for cancer patients known as the Network of People Impacted by Cancer.

“Having no reliable source for credible cancer information has been making misinformation about the disease thrive. We (patients) depended on each other for information forgetting that people had different forms of cancers and at different stages. We needed a community where we could get the correct medical knowledge to make informed decisions and advocate for government to support cancer treatment in the country.

Through the group, we have been able to use our voice to advocate for government support for cancer treatment in the country, and a notable success is that the National Health Insurance Act (NHIS) now covers some percentage of cancer treatment. It was not previously so.

Also, through a unified voice with the Health Federation of Nigeria to the legislatures, a cancer health fund (CHF) is now available to provide funding and healthcare services to indigent cancer patients in the country, she added.

The CHF program is an initiative of the Federal Ministry of Health that commenced in 2021 with six pilot hospitals.

A plea

“Going through cancer and its treatment has changed me forever.  This disease gave me a better perspective on what matters and a renewed appreciation for the people in my life”.

Ms Orji, lamented that many cancer patients in the country could have survived but often present late to the hospital for treatment.

Cancer doesn’t discriminate. It can affect anyone at any age, ethnicity, educational level, and economic status, so we all need to be proactive about our health, eliminate unhealthy habits and listen to our bodies.

People should seek accurate information from reliable sources and support and not discriminate against or stigmatize people with cancer, she added.

Raising awareness about cancer

Cancer is a public health issue of concern, and on 4 February every year, the World Health Organization (WHO) joins the international community to mark World Cancer Day.

In her message to commemorate the 2023 event, WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, says approximately 1.1 million new cancer cases occur each year in Africa, with about 700,000 deaths.

According to her, data estimates show a considerable increase in cancer mortality to nearly one million deaths per year by 2030 without urgent and bold interventions.

She called on Governments to develop/update national cancer control plans, provide sustainable financing, incorporate cancer care into essential benefits packages and national health insurance systems and invest in cancer registration.

Meanwhile, in Nigeria, WHO, with funding from the Susan Thompson Buffet Foundation, provides catalytic support to five states (Anambra, Ondo, Kebbi, Niger and Ekiti) to enable routine cervical cancer secondary prevention services across primary healthcare facilities, to reach up to 5,000 women per state.

The theme of this year is “Close the care Gap: Uniting our voices and taking action.” This year’s campaign summons the government and like-minded people to be united as we build stronger alliances and new innovative collaborations in the fight against cancer. The day reminds us that millions of deaths can be prevented by raising awareness and educating people about cancer.

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Nigeria Surpasses 30% COVID-19 Vaccination Milestone



COVID-19 vaccination milestone

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

A new report has revealed that Nigeria has surpassed the milestone of fully vaccinating 30 per cent of its total population as a result of a sustained COVID-19 vaccination rollout in recent months.

Nigeria has maintained the COVID-19 vaccine rollout through campaigns and initiatives with the support of stakeholders, including Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. COVAX, which Gavi co-leads with the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), WHO and UNICEF, has supplied over 91 million COVID-19 vaccines to Nigeria (about 65 per cent of all vaccines received) and over 669 million to the African continent.

The country has also developed an integrated micro-plan featuring routine immunisation alongside COVID-19 vaccinations with a bottom-up approach taking into account individual state’s plans.

Recall that in January 2022, the country reported less than 3 per cent coverage, but dedicated efforts by the government and stakeholders in rolling out relevant strategies to sustain COVID-19 vaccination amidst competing health priorities have caused the COVID-19 vaccination milestone.

According to Gavi, key drivers behind the success of this year’s drive include leadership and improved coordination at the local, state and national levels, as well as innovation, such as the increase in mobile vaccination sites.

With more teams being supported to take the vaccines to communities rather than wait for visits to facilities, missed opportunities are being reduced.

The country also adopted a strategy to track the performance of the vaccination teams in the various states through daily call-in data. The performance of states is being ranked, and this is disseminated daily on social media and provides healthy competition across the states.

Nigeria has also set up COVID-19 Crisis Communication Centre (CRICC) at the national and state levels, ensuring targeted demand-generation activities were adopted and rolled out across the country.

The country has also integrated a service delivery approach with teams empowered to provide multiple arrays of services – COVID-19 vaccination, and routine immunization, ensuring that other key health services were not neglected.

Dr Richard Mihigo, Director of COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery, Coordination and Integration at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, which leads on procurement and delivery at scale for COVAX, said, “Nigeria has become a case study on how to roll out COVID-19 vaccines at scale and speed and at the same time, catch up on routine immunization programmes.

“The country’s surveillance systems are efficient and precise, enabling monitoring of trends as well as promptly responding to counter vaccine misinformation increasing acceptability of the vaccines.”

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