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Ariyiike empowers over 600 young girls on menstrual hygiene on UN Menstrual Hygiene day

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In commemoration of the annual United Nations World Menstrual Hygiene Day, over 600 schoolgirls have been empowered on how they can take care of their menstrual health and given sanitary pads by Girls Talk With Ariyiike (GTWA), a charity initiative led by CEO, actress, and event host, Ariyiike Owolagba.
The sanitary towels project which took place at Abeokuta Grammar School, saw healthcare practitioners engage young schoolgirls between the ages of 10-17 years, on their menstrual health and how to manage it, as well as distributed sanitary towels to them. The outreach was done in partnership with the Office of the First Lady of Ogun state and Procter & Gamble, makers of Always Nigeria.
According to Ariyiike, the focus of the initiative is to get the girls, especially in the rural areas, sensitized on menstrual health and hygiene to mitigate the incidence of them dropping out of school.
She stated, ‘’Research shows that hygiene and sanitation problems as a result of economic status, as well as cultural taboos around menstruation, lead to many girls missing an average of four school days every month.

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‘’This means that in a year, many girls miss over a month of school, which leads to them falling behind academically and dropping out altogether. This is why there is a disparity in how young girls’ school attendance is so wildly different from young boys, and we decided to get busy closing this attendance gap’’.


With only 8 years since its inception, she asserted that GTWA has not only left a mark among the school girls, but also cultivated long-term relationships with over 27,000 girls, empowering them through education, sanitary products, and ongoing relationships with counselors, and this edition was no different.


Though GTWA is eight years, the school tour started four years ago upon the realisation that action will go well with advocacy in closing the gap, and through the participation of medical professionals, counselors, and volunteers, Ariyiike has been able to leave a lasting impact on thousands of girls year after year.
At the outreach, she distributed free sanitary towels to female students, but not without delivering fun and engaging training and Q&A sessions to discuss menstrual health. The girls have a lot of questions about the topic, but Ariyiike continues to find new and entertaining ways to get and keep young, disadvantaged girls, empowered.


Going memory lane, she said ‘the first edition was in 2020, and we visited Iseyin District Grammar School, Iseyin, Oyo state. For the second edition held in 2021, we visited Oregun Junior and Senior High School.
‘’The third edition was in 2022, and we visited Radiance B&G College, Agbado, Ogun State where we caught the attention of the First Lady of Ogun State and we had a conversation about partnership for the 4th edition.


‘’I was also invited to the girl child event put together by the First Lady to mentor the girls in celebration of the International Day of the girl child in 2022’’.
For the fourth edition of the Girl Talk With Ariyiike Menstrual Hygiene School tour, they visited another school in Ogun state as the partnership with the First Lady and GTWA is to extend this movement to all school girls in Ogun state.

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Kwara Health Insurance Agency opens office in Lafiagi, Edu LG

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  • As govt restates commitment to deepen access to quality healthcare
  • About 4000 enrollees now accessing free medical care in Edu, Patigi: Dr. Jetawo-Winter

Kwara State Health Insurance Agency on Tuesday inaugurated another regional office in Lafiagi, Edu local government of the state to serve the people of Kwara North.

This comes two weeks after opening same at General Hospital Offa to render services for communities under Offa and Oyun local governments.

The Lafiagi’s office, which is located inside the General Hospital Lafiagi, is designed for communities in Edu, Patigi and some parts of Ifelodun local governments.

At the opening ceremony on Tuesday, the Kwara First Lady Ambassador Olufolake AbdulRazaq, said the step further demonstrates that the government is sensitive to the yearnings of people and their right to a decent life.

Represented by the wife of the TIC Chairman for Edu LG, Mrs. Aminat Aliyu, Ambassador AbdulRazaq implored the people in the catchment areas to embrace the programme to enhance their health status.

She hailed the leadership of Kwara State Health Insurance Agency for their ceaseless efforts to make the health policies and programmes of the administration a reality.

The First Lady said the government will not relent in its efforts and investments in projects that can raise the living standards of the citizens

The interactive session attracted the TIC Chairman for Edu LG Hon. Aliyu Labasa, represented by Hon Abdullahi Zainab; representative of the Emir of Lafiagi, Alhaji Sanni Muhammad Lukpan; some community and religious leaders; healthcare providers from primary healthcare centers in Edu and Patigi; existing beneficiaries of the insurance scheme; and dozens of residents from Edu and Patigi.

Executive Secretary, state Health Insurance Agency, Dr Olubunmi Jetawo-Winter, in her introductory remarks, said the move to open regional offices in several parts of the state was to widen the awareness of people about the concept and deepen their access to the affordable healthcare services.

“Today, we are here and excited to officially open the second hub in the state, in the great town of Lafiaji.
This office will serve Edu, Pategi, and parts of Ifelodun LGAs of the state. These regional hubs will provide the same services to the people in these catchment areas, just as we would have provided from our office in Ilorin,” she said.

“We understand that because health insurance provision to the populace in Nigeria is still very new, we have an arduous task ahead of us to ensure that every resident of Kwara is familiar with the concept of health insurance, and understand the benefits that would accrue to them once they onboard”.

She said the insurance is the only financing vehicle available to subsidize health services and which draws in all segments of the population equitably for an improved access to quality of health services.

According to her, the insurance scheme is segmented into three groups. The first group is designed for the aged and vulnerable
people at no cost. The second group is for the artisans and with token registration sum, while the soon-to-be launched third category is for the civil servants and pensioners.

The Executive Secretary, while giving a breakdown of existing beneficiaries from Edu and Patigi, said the agency has captured at least 3,878 enrollees from the region, all of who, she explained, have since been accessing medical care through different health facilities.

“Currently, the enrollees from Edu and Patigi are as follows: Comprehensive Health Centre (169); District Health Unit, Lafiagi (217); Maternity/Clinic Bacita (226); Maternity/ Dispensary, Tsaragi (219); Model Primary Healthcare Gbadagun (152); Model Primary Healthcare Kanka (173); General Hospital Lafiagi (793); General Hospital Patigi (893); Comprehensive Health Centre Rogun (92); Infant Welfare Clinic Patigi (311); Maternity and Dispensary Rifun (153); Model Primary Healthcare Kpada (208); and
PHC Edogi Kpansanako (272).

She urged other residents of Lafiagi, Patigi and their neighbouring communities who have not enrolled their families to do so, saying that it would earn them access to quality and cheap medical services.

Chief Medical Director (CMD), General Hospital Lafiagi, Dr. Saliu Bolakale, said the size of people that enrolled for the programme has continued to increase, thereby lending credence to the health intervention of the administration.

He listed laboratory tests and treatment of malaria, diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as antenatal and postnatal care as parts of services they render under the insurance programme.

Mallam Abdullahi Sambo and Mallam Ibrahim Haruna are among the enrollees who gave testimonies about the benefits they have been enjoying from the health initiative, commending the government for its people-focused projects.

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Sanofi collaborates with the Delta State Government to enhance diabetes care accessibility

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(L-R): Dr. Stephane GOKOU, Global Affordable Strategy Lead, Sanofi General Medicines; Dr. Philomena Okeowo, Permanent Secretary, Delta State Ministry of Health; and Dr. Joseph Onojaeme, Honourable Commissioner for Health, Delta State at the signing of partnership agreement between Sanofi and Delta State Ministry of Health in Asaba, Delta State recently

Asaba, Nigeria, September 21, 2023. Sanofi is continuing to strengthen its long-standing commitment to access to diabetes care in low- and middle-income countries and underserved communities, where comprehensive care has not been widely available, through a series of innovative partnerships with healthcare authorities.

Sanofi, on 21st September 2023, signed a two-year collaboration agreement with the Delta State Government in Nigeria, a milestone marked at a ceremony held in Asaba, the capital city of Delta State.

Under the collaboration agreement, the healthcare authorities in Delta State can purchase affordable Sanofi analogue insulin products. In addition, Sanofi will provide a digital solution to support physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and community healthcare practitioners to engage with, educate and monitor patients to improve diabetes management and support a targeted medical training program for 700 healthcare professionals.

Speaking on the collaboration, Dr. Joseph Onojaeme, Honourable Commissioner for Health, Delta State, said: “We face unique healthcare challenges, and the growing burden of diabetes is indeed a matter of great concern. Our region bears a heavy burden when it comes to diabetes. Addressing this challenge is a shared responsibility that transcends boundaries and sectors. The government of Delta State welcomes this partnership with Sanofi and we remain committed to the success of the initiative.”

Also commenting, Dr. Stephane GOKOU, Global Affordable Strategy Lead, Sanofi General Medicines said: “We see delivering better care and improving the quality-of-life of those living with diabetes as part of our shared responsibility with healthcare systems. We are committed to playing our part to address significant unmet need and are proud to work closely with the Delta State Government in Nigeria. The partnership we now begin in Delta State builds on a model already deployed in Ghana. This allows us to learn from previous experience. Working with the health authorities in Delta State means the interventions we make will be tailored to address specific local needs and have the greatest impact for those with diabetes or at risk.”

This joint approach to developing comprehensive diabetes care with Delta State government becomes imperative as Africa is predicted to experience the highest increase in diabetes cases globally. The number of people on the continent living with the disease is predicted by the International Diabetes Federation to rise by 129% from 24m in 2021 to 55m by 2045. Under-diagnosis is also widespread. IDF estimates suggest 3,623,500₁ adults in Nigeria live with diabetes (3.7% prevalence of diabetes in adults), the majority being Type 2 while an estimated 51,035² children and adolescents (0-19 years) live with Type 1 diabetes.

The partnership in Nigeria aligns with the Affordable Access pillar of Sanofi’s approach to corporate social responsibility (CSR). The CSR strategy is one of three major elements of the company’s multi-tiered approach to social impact. This also includes Sanofi Global Health, a non-profit unit aiming to increase access to healthcare in the lowest income countries, and Foundation S, the Sanofi collective dedicated to philanthropy.

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Introducing Vitalyti Africa: Redefining Healthcare Access and Delivery services in Nigeria

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Vitalyti Africa, a game-changing and innovative brand, is making its mark in the healthcarge landscape with a mission to assist diasporans in obtaining optimal healthcare for their parents in Nigeria.

With a unique drive for a seamless delivery of an all-inclusive health and wellness system, Vitalyti Africa aims to bridge gaps in healthcare services, by transforming the way individuals, especially the aged, in Nigeria access and experience healthcare.

Recognising the urgent need to provide access to comprehensive healthcare for diasporans with aging
parents in Nigeria, Vitalyti Africa has developed a groundbreaking platform that offers personalised
digital healthcare solutions tailored to individual to secure top-notch healthcare services for their loved
ones back home. By partnering with a diverse network of healthcare providers, the brand ensures that
users have access to a wide range of medical services, from health insurance plans, remote care
management, specialised treatments, to medication delivery.

Vitalyti Africa envisions a future where healthcare disparities are
eradicated and everyone can enjoy a healthier life.

With Vitalyti Africa’s visionary mission to enhance healthcare accessibility for diasporans’ parents in Nigeria, the brand is poised !to improve the healthcare landscape, offering not just medical services, but a promise of improved quality of life and peace of mind for families separated by oceans and continents.

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