Minister of state for Health, Dr. Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora, has urged Nigerians to spread the facts about the dreaded Coronavirus and not the fears.
Speaking at the 34th anniversary of Healthcare magazine innovative lecture and awards on Monday in Lagos, the Minister commended the convener Dr. Bola Olaosebikan for His doggedness and steadfastness in the health sector.
As part of the preventive measures , Mamora urges people to take their personal hygiene seriously.
He, however, explained that another person has tested positive among those who have contact with the index case.
“ But again, personal hygiene and respiratory hygiene are critical. Also, hand washing is very important. Apply hand sanitizer and keep the palm dry because moist palms carry more gems.
We should cover our noses with tissues papers when we sneeze and remove mucous from our noses and wash our hands thoroughly. Also, once we have symptoms of fever, respiratory problems, we should see doctor immediately for further diagnosis. We shouldn’t embark on self medication.”
The Minister also advised that handles of doors, toilets and staircases can also have gems,adding that we should apply hand sanitizer and keep the palm dry because moist palms carry more gem.
Olaosebikan earlier in his welcome address said he conceived the idea of healthcare magazine in his office in 1986, adding that 34 years after, the magazine has distributed over 1million copies across the country.
He said: “At the launching on that day was the first Minister of Health in Nigeria, Baba Dr. Koye Majekodunmi, who was also a medical doctor to the Prime Minister of Nigeria and also the administrator of Western Region. He was the chairman of the occasion that day. We also had the honour of having the Honorable Minister of Health, Professor Olikoye Ransome-Kuti at the launching as our chief Launcher that day. We also had another great medical statesman, Major General Hernry Adefope at the takeoff, of Healthcare Magazine. Also, one of my inspiring mentors and foremost educationist, Dr Tai Solarin was at the launch. My family members, and my friends were well represented. We also had the World Health Organization Representative at the launching of Healthcare Magazine on that day at Eko Hotel and W.H.O described “healthcare Magazine as the magazine of destiny” at the launching. This was how Healthcare Magazine journey started in 1986, as an innovation for good health.
“Since that year, in the last 34years we have published over 1million copies of Healthcare Magazine, circulated all over Nigeria, we have touched all the 36 states and 774 local government areas in Nigeria and some African countries. I wish to thank and pay tribute to another elder statesman of Nigeria who supported us tremendously; I am talking about Chief MKO Abiola of blessed memory. He was the Founder & Chairman of Concord Group of Newspapers , who supported Healthcare magazine with nationwide circulation of our magazine under a special arrangement with Concord newspapers. For good things to succeed, good ideas need support of good people and I thank all the good and great people who have supported us since we started in 1986. It has not been easy, it has not always been smooth sailing, it has been challenging, but Almighty God has always been helpful
“As an organization that is national, though we are based in Lagos, the state of Excellence, we have been travelling taking the messages of better healthcare to different states, and if I can count very well, I believe we have been to 30 states in Nigeria in the last 34years, we have met with 30 state Governors to urge them to give priority attention to the health sectors in their states, we have published seven books, and have also introduced Nigeria’s First Healthcare Awards in 1990, this year’s Healthcare Awards is also 30years today.
“I wish to also pay tribute to some of those who also stood with us in 1990 at the first Healthcare Awards Night also held at this same hotel, Sheraton Hotel in 1990, Baba Sir Mobolaji Bank Anthony, Chief Olusegun Osunkeye of Nestle Foods, Chief Kola Jamodu of P.Z, Prince Julius Adelusi Adeluyi the Founder of Juli Pharmacy, Mazi Sam Ohunabunwa then of Pfizer Products and my evergreen friend; Mr Lere Baale who was then the Marketing Director of Pfizer. Mr Lere Baale who is now a Professor is here today and I wish he can stand up for recognition. We have also introduced a television program on health which we called HEALTH ANGLE TV PROGRAM, which we ran and sponsored with our own money on airtime and production for four years, we like to come back on air with the TV program on health, sponsors are welcomed.”