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NHEA 2017 Honours Innovators, Achievers in Healthcare Sector

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(L-r): Dr. Edward Ihejrika, senior special adviser to Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State presenting Pharmacist (Mazi) Samuel Ohuabunwa, with NHEA Lifetime Acheivement Award at the 2017 event held on Friday night at Eko Hotel, Lagos

Individuals and organisations who are leveraging information technology in creating new business models in the healthcare sector in Nigeria, where recently at the Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award (NHEA) 2017 recognised for outstanding performances.

The Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award (NHEA), an initiative of Global Health Project and Resources in collaboration with Anadach group, USA, is an annual event which celebrates distinguished personalities and organisations who have contributed immensely to the growth of the Nigerian health sector.

Dr. Anthony Omolola, chairman, Advisory Board for 2017, said that the award has gained confidence following increased recognitions and active participation of the industry stakeholders.

He said the Advisory Board has bechmarked the categories as similar prestigious awards across the globe, honouring individuals and organisations that have worked tirelessly to promote healthcare services in the country; investing their time and resources to serving humanity.

NHEA started in 2014 and has since become a high profile event in the healthcare industry, gaining wide acceptance from stakeholders in the healthcare community, public and private sector.

“Over the years, NHEA has engendered more awareness and focus on quality and standard of services provided by various stakeholders in the industry by inspiring them to adopt international best practices and aspire to be the benchmark for excellent healthcare delivery in Nigeria and Africa in general”, Dr. Omolola said.

On why NHEA was conceived, he said, “It has been shown that increased competition leads to higher productivity, improved quality and efficiency. This usually results in reduced costs and increased patient satisfaction. NHEA’s recognition aims to stimulate quality improvement and innovation in the Nigerian health sector leading to improved service delivery and management of key health issues.

“The event is a unique forum that brings together key stakeholders and drivers of national and international trends, policy and solutions in the healthcare industry. Over 500 healthcare dignitaries from private and public sectors attend the event annually”.

On her part, Vivian Alikali, executive secretary of the Organising Committee, said that NHEA will continue to promote the healthcare system in Nigeria, ensuring it reaches international standards in healthcare delivery for the wellbeing of her citizens.

“The Award also examines the rapid growth of Nigeria’s healthcare sector, the role of technology and the capacity of organisations and individuals to influence and set new performance standards in the country and beyond,” she said.

Highpoint of NHEA 2017 was the confinement of Lifetime achievement award on Professor (Mrs) Ibironke Akinsete, a Haematologist; and Pharmacist (Mazi) Samuel Ohuabunwa.   

The winners include: Healthcare Information Technology Provider of the Year- Armpersonal Logistics; Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Award- Prof. Ezekiel Olasunkanmi Ajao, Babacock Univeristy; Healthcare Media Award (print)- Pharmanews; Electronics- Mary Alale-Yusuf of Health Matters (ChannelsTV); Healthcare friendly Financial Institution of the Year- Diamond Bank; Health Maintenance Organisation of the Year- Total Health Trust Limited; Pharmaaccess Innovative healthcare Service Provider of the Year- Safermon; Private Healthcare Provider of the Year- Lagoon Hospitals; Tertiary Healthcare Provider of the Year- Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano and Private Laboratory Services Provider of the Year- Pathcare Laboratories.

Others are Radiology Provider of the Year- Clinix Healthcare Lagos; Dental Service Provider of the Year- Smile 360 Dental Specialist; Eye Care Service Provider of the Year- Eye Foundation Hospital; IVF Service Provider of the Year- Nordica Fertility Centre; Physiotherapy Service Provider of the Year- Body Mechanics Physiotherapy and Wellness Centre; Dialysis Service Provider of the Year- Renal Dialysis Limited, among others. 

 

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FG Mulls Specialised for Innovators, Science/Tech Ventures

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Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, minister of Science and Technology

Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, minister of Science and Technology, has said that the federal government is working toward establishing specialised bank to assist innovators and entrepreneurs in science and technology ventures.

 

The minister said this after listening to presentations by some student inventors and innovators at the ongoing 1st International Workshop on Science Parks and Innovation Eco-system for National Development on Friday at University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

 

He said the delay in the coming on board of the specialised bank was due to the earlier economic recession in the country, noting that the bank should have taken off by now “but we had a challenge of recession and accompanying paucity of funds”.

 

Onu said: “But I believe that with the picking up of the economy and other economic activities now; I believe it would not be long it would be a reality.

 

“Talks were in progress with stakeholders and government partners on the specialised bank project.”

 

Onu said that with the coming on stream of the bank, funding issue for innovations, science and technology ventures, as well as to an extend science researches meant to solve societal challenges, would be taken care of.

 

He said federal government had also made innovations and development in science and technology as the focal point of its Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.

 

He advised young innovators to protect their work through patenting them and jealously guard the secret of their work against intellectual theft.

 

The minister assured UNN that he would be sending heads of parastatal agencies under his ministry to discuss and know how to help the university to develop its science park programme and other technological-driven programmes.

 

He said: “The ministry and its agencies will assist you in various ways to ensure that we build the capacity of young inventors and innovators.

 

“Heads of parastatal agencies under the ministry will be coming down here to discuss with the vice-chancellor on how best to assist you in any aspect of these programmes to create jobs and wealth needed from it.”

 

Onu urged the students not to give-up hope, saying “I see many Bill Gates and other great inventors and innovators among you”.

 

The four-day workshop, which started on February 21, was organised by UNN; Ideon Science Park, Sweden and LundaVision AB, Sweden.

 

It was attended by over 100 lecturers from across Nigerian and African universities, including investors.

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Lagos Govt Introduces Electronic Revenue Assurance System

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The Lagos State Government yesterday introduced Electronic Revenue Assurance System (ERA) to enhance collection of consumption tax.

The electronic device is in accordance with the Hotel Occupancy and Restaurant Consumption (Fiscalisation) Regulation signed into Law on Dec. 7, 2017.

The introduction of the electronic device was done at a stakeholders meeting in Lagos.

The stakeholders include owners of hotels, restaurants, night clubs, drinking pubs, event centres and hospitality venues in Lagos state.

In a keynote address, the state Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode said that the regulation was to enable the state to put in place efficient machinery to enhance tax collection.

Ambode who was represented by his Deputy, Dr Idiat Adewale, decried under-payment and non-remittance of tax to the statec government’s .

He called for high commitment from residents and business owners in the payment of taxes.

‘’Taxation is one of the ways in which government is able to finance its activities.

‘’Funds are required to enable government to actualise its objective of provision of adequate infrastructure and services for the residents of the state at levels expected within a mega city.

‘’Our objective is to rely less on federal funding and more on self-funded.

”That is why we are leveraging on technology – the fiscalisation project – to drive economic growth and development, ” he said.

Ambode urged hoteliers and bar, restaurant and event centre owners to integrate their systems with the state internal revenue service server, to facilitate monitoring of tax transactions and remittance.

Mr Olusegun Banjo, the state Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, said that the regulation would enable the state to plan and build its revenue base.

‘’This regulation will help us build our revenue properly to fill the gap in our economic planning as well as match our income and expenditure,” he said.

Mr Akinyemi Ashade, the state Commissioner for Finance, said that the state budget performance for 2017 was 82 per cent in spite of harsh economy.

Ashade said that, with the regulation, there would be increased revenue to fund and deliver high profile projects targeted for this year to make life easier for the state residents.

In his remarks, Mr Ayodele Subair, Chairman, Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, said that the ERA system would ensure efficiency and transparency in the collection of consumption tax in the state.

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FG Restates Commitment to Press Freedom

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Alhaji Lai Mohammed, minister of Information and Culture, has restated the federal government’s commitment to the freedom of the press, saying the media has nothing to fear from the present Administration.

 

The Minister stated this in Abuja on Thursday when he received a delegation from the International Press Institute (IPI) on a courtesy visit to his office.

 

“The media has nothing to fear from the government but, on the contrary, we are the ones that cannot sleep with our eyes closed because of the media,” he said.

 

Alhaji Mohammed, who said the government always takes criticism from the media in good faith, however, appealed to the media to be fair and constructive in its criticisms.

 

“Like I always say, this government will never stifle the media. We take so many punches everyday from the media. We are not saying please don’t criticize us, do criticize us, but please do your own homework thoroughly also and be fair to us. That’s all we are asking. Please criticize us on facts and not on emotion,” he said.

 

The Minister said the present administration believes that democracy cannot thrive without a free press but noted that the media should report the government within the context of the daunting challenges facing the nation, most of which were inherited by the Administration.

 

He said the government is on a rescue mission, but noted that the rot of 16 years cannot be corrected within two and a half years.

 

Alhaji Mohammed said the Administration succeeded in preventing a total collapse of the economy and has returned the country to the path of economic growth and sustainable development.

 

He thanked the IPI for its confidence in Nigeria by granting the country the hosting right for its annual congress, saying the IPI World Congress 2018, scheduled for Abuja on 21-23 June, will give the government the opportunity to showcase its achievements to the international media.

 

In her remarks, Ms. Barbara Trionfi, executive director of IPI, said she is in the country to interface with media professionals towards the successful hosting of the forthcoming congress.

 

She commended the government for its efforts towards promoting press freedom and the safety of journalists in the country, and tasked the media industry to look beyond business rivalry and competition in order to cooperate and promote the core values of journalism.

 

Ms. Trionfi was accompanied on the visit by Mallam Kabiru Yusuf, chairman of IPI Nigeria and Publisher of Media Trust; Dr. Tonnie Iredia, former Director-General of the Nigerian Television Authority, and Mr. Raheem Adedoyin, secretary of IPI Nigeria, among others.

 

 

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