With the global advancement in technology and science, there is a corresponding growth in other spheres of life which is geared towards stimulating human welfare and wellbeing.
This advancement in technology has come with It, among other things, online trading, zoom meetings, Whatsapp and Facebook communications as well as automated monetary transfers.
In addition to these great innovations, a major milestone will be achieved in the country’s health sector this weekend as members of the public will witness the launching of an innovative technology-driven medical package in Owerri, the capital city of Imo state called Ring-A-Doctor.
To access this package, anyone in need of medical attention is only required to call any of the following two numbers: 07047556373 and 07047296924 to get direct link to a well qualified medical practitioner who will listen attentively to the patient after which he will ask him/her some vital questions before prescribing drugs to the person. This exercise will only cost the patient two thousand naira per call.
The package will reduce to the barest minimum the rate of patronage of quackery in the rural villages and communities in the state by availing the people of the state opportunities to get globally acceptable standards in medical advice and counselling.
This package will be beneficial to people who are based abroad and who have no concrete arrangements for effective medical delivery for their parents, siblings and other loved ones back home.
If the doctor considers it necessary to subject the patient to medical laboratory examination, such texts can be done wherever it is convenient to the patient provided the result of such texts are snapped and sent to the doctor by WhatsApp or any other convenient means for the doctor to study and deduce the ailment and the suitable drugs to tackle it.
With this package, many people who are abroad or living in distant places from their homes need not worry any more about the medical needs of their loved ones as Ring-A-Doctor has come to provide them help at the comfort of their homes.
The patient can discuss with the doctor either in Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba or English, which means, the language will not pose a barrier in communicating between the patient and the doctor.
One of the devastating health challenges prevalent in our rural communities is the patronage of quackery by our aged parents due to the absence of modern health facilities in the rural localities. This programme will give succour to our aged parents, children and other vulnerable groups who have not been getting the best of medical attention due to the circumstances of our environments.
The opportunity created by Ring-A-Doctor will be a welcome relief to most families who are concerned as to how they can get maximum medical attention with minimum amount.
By embracing Ring-A-doctor, you will be receiving the best with the least amount possible. When next you feel are are not yourself, please remember to Ring-A-Doctor.
By: Chief Eric Nwikwu
Owerri-based Media Consultant
#EndSars: Unfreeze Accounts of Protesters-Court
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has been ordered by a Federal High Court in Abuja to unfreeze the accounts of 20 #EndSARS protesters who were alleged to be the influencers of the 2020 #EndSARS cum Anti-Police brutality and End bad governance Protests.
Ahmed Mohammed, Judge of the High Court on Wednesday, issued the order, unfreezing the accounts after the legal teams of both the CBN and the 20 defendants decided to end the case.
The 20 #EndSARS protesters targeted by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) after the 2020 anti-police brutality demonstrations were still being deprived access to their bank accounts despite the expiration of the court’s freezing order of November 4, 2020.
The CBN had on November 4, 2020 obtained an ex parte order of the Federal High Court in Abuja freezing the protesters’ accounts for 90 days. By this calculation, the freezing order expired on February 2.
One of the affected protesters, Bolatito Oduala, popularly known as Rinu, confirmed in a twitter message on Saturday that the restriction placed on her accounts and those of her colleagues had not been lifted.
Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), who is also their lawyer confirmed this.
Mr Falana said with the expiration of the order, his legal team “will file a motion to set the order aside.”
Buhari seeks Senate confirmation of new Service Chiefs
After persistent clamour by Nigerians, Buhari appointed new service chiefs to take over from the ex-service chiefs to be able to bring in their security expertise towards combating terrorism, especially in the North-East part of the nation.
This was done, without getting the constitutional endorsement of the National Assembly. However, human rights lawyers including Femi Falana had said the President lacked powers to appoint the new generals without the constitutional endorsement of the National Assembly.
On Tuesday, the Senate received a request from the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), for the confirmation of the newly appointed service chiefs.
“The appointees for confirmation are: Maj. Gen. Lucky Eluonye Onyenuchea lrabor – Chief of Defence Staff; Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru – Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo – Chief of Naval Staff; and Air Vice Marshal Isiaka O. Amao – Chief of Air staff.
“They are to replace the former Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.”
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The request which was contained in a letter dated 27th January, 2021, was read by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, during plenary on Tuesday.
According to a statement by Lawan’s aide, Ezrel Tabiowo, the letter from the President, read in parts, “In compliance with the provisions of Section 18 (1) of the Armed Forces Act. Cap A20 Laws the Federation of Nigeria 2004, I hereby forward for confirmation by the Senate, the appointment of the under listed officer as the Chief of Defence Staff and Services Chiefs of the Armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Herdsmen attacks: Seyi Makinde seems to be paralysed by fear, says sports minister
Following the various alleged attacks in various parts of the states in Nigeria wherein Oyo state is experiencing the same heat, Mr Sunday Dare, Minister of Youth and Sports Development, has advised Seyi Makinde the Governor of Oyo State, to be more proactive and decisive in tackling the security situation in the state.
In a statement on Monday, Dare implied that the governor is too scared to take a decision that would protect the indigenes of his state from attacks.
There had been reports of alleged attacks, that some Fulani were kidnapping, killing, and raping residents in Ibarapa area of the state
Sunday Dare urged the governor to seek assistance from states and non-state actors and stop “responding out of fear that his political status is being damaged”.
Part of the statement termed, ‘Minister wants Makinde to be more decisive on security’, read, “For several months, citizens of Oyo state have watched with increasing concern as the security situation in our beloved state degenerated. Troubling accounts about killings, kidnappings, and herdsmen versus farmers conflicts abound.
Like all the people of Oyo State, I expected the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde to act fast and prudently but with reasonable dispatch to quell the security situation before it got out of hand.
We all waited for proactive steps and responses from the state authority, but certainly in vain.
“Governor Makinde seems to be paralysed by fear regarding this important security situation. This is the first serious test of his leadership in the state.
“Instead of tackling it, he has retreated. His policy has not been proactive enough to resolve the issues so that the protection of lives will be guaranteed and our people spared the mourning over dead ones.
Instead, his policy has been to act as if nothing was happening in forlorn hope that all would simply go away as if it were a bad dream.”
“The worsening developments in the state in the area of security are a direct result of a temporizing fiddling leader.
The Governor has paid more lip service to the issue of security instead of offering solutions or taking proactive steps to stem the attacks and chart the path of resolution.
For this is a complex issue that requires political courage and vision to resolve.”
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