The National Home Grown School Feeding Programme of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, aimed at providing balanced diet meals for primary school pupils across the country, has been flagged off in Ogun State.
Deputy Governor, Yetunde Onanuga, who launched the scheme, tagged: ‘Ogun Meals’, at the St. Paul’s Demonstration School, Onikolobo, Abeokuta, said it is also targeted at increasing enrolment and retaining students in schools.
She added that the programme will ensure a balanced diet meal at least once per day for primary one to three pupils in all the 1,554 schools, starting with 874.
She said 680 will soon be added to the list of beneficiaries
Meanwhile, the state government yesterday, closed down five health facilities in Ifo Local Government Area of the state. Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, announced this while monitoring the level of compliance with the re-validation/registration of private health facilities in Akute.
Ipaye named the closed health facilities as Accurate Diagnostic Centre, The Mantle Clinic and Maternity Home, Bliss Medical Centre, Fibiani Medical Centre and Christian Maternity Home.
Director, Department of Hospital Services in the ministry, Dr. Solomon Sokunbi, who represented the commissioner, was in company with executive members of National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Ogun chapter.
He warned certified owners of private health facilities in the state to desist from engaging the services of unqualified nurses and other health workers.
This, he said, will safe guard the profession against quackery and reposition the sector for quality health care delivery and added that the activities of unqualified health workers had caused a lot of havoc in the country.
He said the state would not be a comfort zone for quack doctors, nurses and science laboratory operators to endanger the lives of people.
He urged members of the public to always patronise approved health facilities that had signboards with the new colour and code.
“We have mandated officials of the ministry to arrest and prosecute anyone found operating any health facility with fake documents,” Ipaye added.
Chairman of NANNM in the state, Rosaline Solarin, commended the government for taking steps to fight quackery in the health sector.
She contended that fake doctors and nurses were gradually taking over the profession and warned that anyone caught practicing without the requisite certificates would be shown the way out.