Osun Govt. Provides Health Insurance For Citizens

By Nofisat Marindoti

The State Government of Osun under the leadership of Governor Rauf Aregbesola has embarked on an Health Insurance Scheme as part of efforts to make the people of the state have access to quality health care delivery without financial impediment.

Governor Aregbesola appointed the former Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association, (NMA) Dr Niyi Ogini, as the Executive Secretary to pilot the scheme christened Osun Health Insurance Scheme (O’HIS).

Speaking at a sensitization meeting to educate the media and civil society organization on the scheme, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Health, Dr Olugbenga Oyinlola said the scheme was carefully designed to help the less privileged get treatment in the hospitals.

Oyinlola who noted that quality health care delivery was one of the responsibilities of the government, said nobody should be denied quality healthcare.

He added that there was need for media practitioners and other stakeholders to come together and map out ways by which the people of the state can have access to quality healthcare without financial impediment.

One of the facilitators at the sensitization, Dr Funto Ogundapo while presenting an overview of the health insurance scheme, said provision of quality healthcare delivery is a right of the people and urged them to participate actively in the scheme.

She explained that the scheme will prevent the burden of catastrophic health expenditure and encouraged the people of the state to access to quality healthcare at the appropriate time.

Declaring the workshop open, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Lani Baderinwa urged the media to propagate the scheme so that the people of the state would key into it.

Baderinwa also used the occasion to debunk the news making the rounds that there was case of lassa fever in the state, saying there is no outbreak of Lassa fever in any part of the state.

He said there has not been any report on the spread of the disease by the medical personnels who are observing patients in hospitals.

According to him, “There is no reason for anybody to panic on the report of a suspected Lassa fever case in the state. What was reported is an isolated death case of a young man who came from a neighbouring state. The young man who was suspected of carrying Lassa fever disease from the neighbouring state died at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex, Ile-Ife.

“As a proactive measure, the medical personnel had to quarantine those who had contact with the strayed deceased for observation. This is a normal medical procedure, and does not mean the quarantined people are possibly carrying lassa fever disease. As at today, there has not been any other confirmed Lassa fever case except that of the young man from a neighbouring state that died at the OAUTHC.

“All necessary steps to prevent the outbreak of this disease or any other one in Osun had been pro actively taken. Filth and dirt’s are been regularly taken care of, while medical personnel had been on red alert to ensure any unexpected disease outbreak is contained.

“As far as prevention is concerned, Osun government has been proactive while all curative efforts are already set in place. We urge people to make sure that their environment is clean and keep their foodstuffs away from rodents,” he said.

He, therefore, urged the people of the not to panic, as there was no spread of Lassa fever in the state.

Our Correspondent gathers that a nongovernmental organization, Health Finance and Governance in partnership with the National Health Insurance Scheme would be providing technical supports to the state on the scheme to make it successful.

 

 

Osun Commissioner Denies Reports Of Lassa Fever

The State Government of Osun on Tuesday debunked rumors of an outbreak of Lassa fever in the state.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Adelani Baderinwa made the disclosure in press statement.

According to the statement “the state government of Osun wishes to inform the general public that there is no outbreak of Lassa fever in any part of the state. There has not been any report on the spread of the disease by our medical personnel who are observing patients in hospitals.”

“There is no reason for anybody to panic on the report of a suspected Lassa fever case in the state. What was reported is an isolated death case of a young man who came from a neighbouring state. The young man who was suspected of carrying Lassa fever disease from the neighbouring state died at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex, Ile-Ife.”

“As a proactive measure, the medical personnel had to quarantine those who had contact with the strayed deceased for observation. This is a normal medical procedure, and does not mean the quarantined people are possibly carrying lassa fever disease. As at today, there has not been any other confirmed Lassa fever case except that of the young man from a neighbouring state that died at the OAUTHC”

“All necessary steps to prevent the outbreak of this disease or any other one in Osun had been pro actively taken. Filth and dirt’s are been regularly taken care of, while medical personnel had been on red alert to ensure any unexpected disease outbreak is contained.”

Baderinwa however urged the people to ensure environmental sanitation and keep their foodstuffs away from rodents.

Osun Reopens College Of Health Technology, Ilesa

 

The State Government of Osun has reopened the College of Health Technology, Ilesa.

This was contained in a Public Service Announcement signed by the Honourable Commissioner for Health, Osun State, Dr Rafiu Isamotu.

It reads: “Following a recent reassessment of the reason that led to the closure of the College of Health Technology, Ilesa on Monday, 29th January, 2018 and in appreciation of the kind intervention of members of the State of Osun House of Assembly over the matter, the State Government has approved the resumption of academic activities at the Institution with effect from Tuesday, 13th February, 2018”.

The Commissioner urged students of the institution to henceforth be of good conduct.

He said, “all students of the College are hereby enjoined to continue to be of good behaviour in line with the Omoluabi ethos of the present administration in the State”.

The College was closed down after a breakdown of law and order on January 29, 2018.

HEALTH With Francis Ezediuno: Govt Insists No Lassa Fever In Osun

 

  • Only Case Imported From Ondo

Even as Lassa fever is repeatedly ravaging in some states in Nigeria, the State of Osun government has assured its citizens that there was no outbreak of the dreaded disease in the state.

This was made known by Dr. Adeola Musa, State Epidemiologist, Osun State Ministry of Health recently in Osogbo.

Dr. Musa revealed that due to the proactiveness of the state government, no Lassa fever case has been recorded in the state.

While reassuring residents of their safety, she also revealed that the earlier reported incident of a Lassa fever case at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex (OAUTHC), Ile-Ife, was imported from Ondo state as the patient did not contract the disease from Osun.

The Epidemiologist also revealed that communication channels have been opened up between the State of Osun and Ondo state so as to commence contact tracing of people who had come in contact with the patient.

On how the disease is transmitted, Dr. Musa revealed that it is mostly contracted from rodents which are the primary vector and then to human beings.

“The rodent especially rat is the vector and since most of them are found within human environment, Lassa fever is transferred from them to humans”, adding that the incubation period for Lassa fever is between 2 to 21 days.

“A way of preventing this disease is by engaging in hand washing especially after touching droplets or urine of these rodents and maintaining a high level of hygiene amongst our people.

She warned that in case of any feverish condition witnessed amongst individuals in a locality, it should be reported to the nearest health facility where proper investigation would be carried out to ascertain whether it was Lassa fever or not, adding that people should desist from using their hands as thermometers as this has a very high risk on transferring any infectious disease from one person to the other.

While recalling how the state government in time past had worked tirelessly to ensure that diseases such as Ebola fever and monkey pox which affected some states in the country did not occur in Osun, the state epidemiologist commended the government and charged the citizens to always work with the authorities in their efforts to provide affordable health care to its people.

 

Osun Govt. Warns Herdsmen Against Destroying Farms

By Nofisat Marindoti
The State Government of Osun has condemned the habit of some nomadic herdsmen whose cattle eat up crops on farms settlements in the state, warning them against such menace.
The government however implored the farmers concerned not to retaliate but to report to appropriate quarters according to a statement issued at the end of the Weekly State Executive Council meeting and signed by the Media Adviser to the Governor, Mr Sola Fasure.
“Council received report of the menace of nomadic herdsmen who bring their cattle to eat up crops on farms and commit other crimes in the state. Council viewed this seriously and condemned it strongly. It is the council’s strong position that this development constitutes a threat to security of lives and food production in the state.
“Council is dismayed that many farmers in the state have been forced to abandon their farms, some of which have now been converted to criminal hideouts. Council sympathised with the farmers and urged those affected not to take laws into their own hand but should to bring this to the attention of law enforcement agencies and other relevant government agencies who are in the best position to address their plight.”
The meeting presided over by Governor Rauf Aregbesola also approved a memorandum on the appointment of Prince Michael Babatunde Sunday Adeyemi Adedeji from Adujelewu ruling house as the next Ado Oko of Ido Oko in Obokun Local Government.
Prince Adedeji emerged as the sole candidate of Adujelewu Ruling House at the end of its meeting on December 10, 2016 and was ratified by the kingmakers on October 12, 2017.
Directing the ministry of works too carry out a physical assessment of all the general hospitals in the State to determine their condition, the State Government approved that the inauguration of parliaments and governments of the local governments be carried out on Tuesday February 13, 2018.
“Council received report that harsh weather condition and old age have affected some of the general hospitals in the state. Council consequently directed the Ministry of Works to carry out physical assessment of all the general hospitals in the state to determine their physical condition, where and what need to be fixed therein and at what cost and report back to council.
“Council commended the swearing in ceremony of the 389 councillors representing all the wards in the state, as the parliamentary system of government takes off seamlessly. Council approved that the inauguration of the parliaments and governments of the local governments be carried out on Tuesday February 13, 2018.
“Council congratulated and urged them to take their calling seriously and provide effective representation and vibrant leadership for their people, in line with the parliamentary system of government.”

Osun Govt Signs MOU To Improve Eco-System

The State Government of Osun has signed a memorandum of understanding with Natural Eco Capital Limited to harness job creation potential of the waste management sector in the state.

The agreement geared towards improving the state’s eco-system is to make waste recycling attractive and profitable business for unemployed Youths and low-income actors.

The Special Adviser to Governor Rauf Aregbesola on Enterprise and Wealth Creation, Mr Ismail Ademola Akintoyese and the Focal Person RECPC, Ministry of Environment and Sanitation, State of Osun signed on behalf of government while Dr Eugene Itua, the CEO of Natural Eco-Capital Limited and Mr Funso Akande signed on behalf of the company.

The move according to both parties will ensure cooperation and collaboration in broad natural resource management issues including Climate Change, Economy and Green Infrastructure Planning and Investment Drive of the Aregbesola administration.

 

 

 

Osun Not Owing Teachers 28 Months Salary Arrears – Statistician General

 By Nofisat Marindoti
 The Statistician-General of the State of Osun, Professor Wasiu Gbolagade has debunked the news that the state is owing teachers 28 months salary arrears.
Gbolagade in a media release obtained by Osun Defender, stated that the claim that the state was owing its teachers 28 months half salaries was inaccurate and totally at variance with the situation of things in the state.
According to him, the bulk of the teachers in the state falls within a salary category that get their full monthly salary and allowance.
“The accurate data in the State Bureau of Statistics shows that the Government of State of Osun is not owing salaries of any worker or teachers in the grade level 1 to 7 which falls into 40% of the total population of teachers in the State.”
He stated further that only ten percent of teachers in the state fall under the salary modulation system whereby they are paid 75 percent of their monthly emoluments.
”workers and teachers on level 8-10 which falls into 10% of the total population of teachers collects 75% of their salaries every month which means government is owning them 15% of their salaries.
The categories that falls into level 12-17 are the ones getting half of their salaries. ” the statement reads in part.
The Statistician General also noted that to demonstrate its commitment to the welfare of workers in the state, the Aregbesola administration, in spite of paucity of funds, paid workers across all grade levels full salary in the month of December.

How Osun Is Losing N10bn IGR Annually On Withholding Tax

By Babalola Wasiu

It is no more news that virtually all the states of the Federation have been on redirection towards revamping their revenue generation bases from solely relying on proceeds from the oil sector to taxes as the only reliable means of revenue generation. What is tax all about? We need to have an in-depth knowledge of what tax entails before dwelling on the core focus of this write up.

Tax by definition, is a financial charge or other levy imposed upon a taxpayer (an individual or legal entity) by a state or the functional equivalent of a state to fund various public expenditures like: Infrastructure Projects, Public Security, Health Services among others.
Infrastructure: There is no gainsaying the fact that Government needs money to build roads, bridges and rebuilding of classes in public schools and a number of other projects which are available to the society as a whole.

Relying on government alone to fund these projects is no longer feasible, as a result of the dwindling revenue from government purse.

Public Security: Money collected from taxes goes a long way in securing lives and property of individuals and the citizenry. Security consumes a lot of money; hence a Trust Fund such as being practiced by the Lagos State Government would go a long way in securing lives and property. Private organizations as well as public spirited individuals could team up with the government through donations both in cash and equipment to actualize this dream. If lives and property are secured, people would be confident to embark on their daily livelihoods without any hindrance.

Health Services: Government sees it as her primary assignment to provide free or subsidized health service to its citizens. This may include preventive immunization shots, disaster relief and many others. All this and many more are funded by the tax money you and I pay. That is why it is incumbent on every individual who earns income as well as corporate entities to see tax payment as inevitable.

Tax is of various types depending on the scope of income operation. People have been accustomed to various types of taxes like: Income tax, company tax and value added tax just to mention a few, but unlike withholding tax, hardly do people know about it, even majority of the people that do pay withholding tax do not do it right especially with regards to the address of the recipient of such tax.

To expatiate on this, Withholding Tax is an Income Tax withheld from employees’ wages and paid directly to the government by the employer. It is a tax levied on income in the form of dividend, rents, interests, director’s fees, gambling winnings, commissions etc from securities owned by a non-resident.

The amount withheld is a credit against the income taxes the employee must pay during the year. And how this tax (withholding Tax) is paid to the state depends on the address that the tax payer used in his or her ‘Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate’.

Now, this is the area of concern. Based on the recently conducted research on Withholding Tax, tax on withholding that is due to the coffers of the state is being presently used to develop some states of the federation.

The state of Osun is losing revenue to the tune of Ten Billion Naira yearly as a result of non-remittance of withholding taxes of Osun indigenes transacting businesses in other states. This comes about, just because the various Osun indigenes in diaspora (I mean, taxpayers on withholding tax) did not use Osun address in their ‘Employee’s Withholding.

 

Babalola Wasiu is the Press Secretary, Osun Internal Revenue Service

No Outbreak Of Lassa Fever In Osun – Govt. Affirms

By Nofisat Marindoti

The State Government of Osun has debunked the news circulating that there is an outbreak of Lassa Fever which has claimed the lives of two people in the state.

In a statement signed by the Media Adviser to the Governor, Mr Sola Fasure, the state government urged the people not to panic as the news is totally false.

The State government however disclosed that someone has really died of the disease but added that the deceased was not a native of the state.

According to the statement,”The State Government of Osun will like to assure the good people of Osun that there has been no outbreak of Lassa Fever in the state.

“However, a patient from Ore, in Ondo State, with symptoms of Lassa Fever went to Seventh Day Adventist Hospital in Ile-Ife for treatment and was immediately transferred to Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital where he regrettably died, due to the advanced nature of the sickness. May his soul rest in peace.

“We must note however that the victim was not native to Osun and did not contact Lassa Fever in the state. This will put paid to the false messages going round in the social media that there has been an outbreak of Lassa Fever in Osun which has claimed the lives of two people. This is false. The state government admonishes residents not to panic or engage in rumour mongering.”

Urging the people to be vigilant, the State Government also implored them to keep food away from contamination from rats; and keep rats and other rodents from homes or other places where they can come in contact with food items.

“Lassa fever is an acute viral infection. The virus is transmitted from the faeces and urine of rats when they come in contact with food and the food is eaten.

“This disease is associated with bleeding and can affect any age group. The incubation period, that is, the time from when contact is made with the virus and when its effects start to show on the body, is between 3 to 21 days.

“Any person with severe illness, fever and at least one of the following signs: Bloody stools, vomiting blood and unexplained bleeding from gums, nose, private parts, skin and eyes should immediately go to a hospital.

“Any person who has unexplained illness with fever and bleeding OR died after unexplained severe illness with fever and bleeding should report or be reported to the nearest government hospital or health centre.

“The state government has put a surveillance system in place at all LGAs and State EPR Committee. Residents should take note and observe visitors from neighbouring states for symptoms of Lassa Fever and report to the nearest health centre when and where such are found.

“Residents are required to be vigilant, maintain the highest hygiene standard possible, avoid contact with those affected and report illnesses and deaths emanating from the disease to hospitals and government health centres,” the statement added

Lassa Fever: No Cause For Alarm – Osun Govt

By Nofisat Marindoti

Following the report of suspected cases of Lassa Fever in Ilesa and Ile-Ife towns in the State of Osun, the State Government has urged the citizens not to panic, stressing that the situation is under control.

During a radio programme monitored by Osun Defender, a medical practitioner from the state ministry of health and the state epidermologist, Dr Adeola Musa said only one out of the five cases has tested positive but added that the ministry is still awaiting the result of final confirmation test to really confirm the disease.

She also revealed that the disease was imported into the state as the only patient suspected to really have it came from Ondo State.

Recalling that this would be the second time a viral disease would be coming from Ondo State, Dr Adeola stated that the State Government is putting adequate precautions in place and that there is a synergy between the two State Governments on the particular patient.

Assuring that there is no cause for alarm, the medical practitioner however urged the people to maintain a high level of hygiene and report any strange or persistent fever to appropriate quarters as soon as possible.

“I will encourage our people to have a high level of hygiene, to beware of rodents and maintain high level of precaution. We should also wash our hands regularly, the importance of regular handwashing cannot be over emphasized. We should also have high index of suspicion and report any strange illness.

“People who have fever should go beyond just having Malaria treatment, we should be over the counter treatment and stop spreading food on the main roads.” she added.

Osun Govt. Names Canteen After Slain PS

By Nofisat Marindoti

The State Government of Osun has named the newly built Lakeside Staff Canteen at the State Secretariat after the former Permanent Secretary at the Bureau of General Services, Office of the Governor, Mrs Olufunke Oluwakemi Kolawole.

Olufunke had been slain by some suspected kidnappers on her way to Abuja on July 13, 2017.

In a statement issued at the end of the state executive council weekly meeting and signed by the Media Adviser to the Governor, Mr Sola Fasure, the State Government stated that the decision was in recognition of the deceased hard work, dedication to duty and in honor of her memory.

The council also approved the appointment of Prince Oyebamiji Tajudeen Oladepo as the Ologuro of Oguro in Ejigbo West Local Council Development Area.

Prince Oladepo had emerged victorious after a keen contest for the stool involving 12 princes. Council congratulated him and wished him a peaceful and successful reign.

Meanwhile, council urged owners of properties on streets designated as Governor’s Route and major roads who have not totally complied with the directives of beautifying their houses to do so as soon as possible to avoid sanctions.

“Council received report that the owners of properties on streets designated as Governor’s Route and major roads have not totally complied with the directives that they should beautify their environment and, in particular, to paint the buildings.

“Council frowned at this development and urged those affected to comply forthwith, failing which they stand the risk of sanctions which might include having their premises sealed off and payment of hefty fines.” the release added.