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August 15, 2018

The challenge of accessing primary healthcare in Nigeria 

Making healthcare accessible to people is a fundamental human right and social justice issue. It is a responsibility of the government to establish a health system where people in the country can get healthcare without unnecessary hardships. This was been made clear many decades ago by the World Health Organization and precisely in the declaration of Alma Ata in 1978. The foundation of any country’s health system rests on the efficiency of its Primary Health Care (PHC) delivery. PHC is the first level of care in the health system because it is aimed at disease prevention, health education and promotion,…

The return of gridlock to Owerri

Sometime ago, residents of Owerri, the Imo State capital, as well as commuters crossing the town, cried out over the frustration which traffic jam was causing them. It has become obvious that the few by-passes and inland roads constructed in response by the state government, has failed to sufficiently address the problem. The measures provided only a temporary relief, as the traffic congestion has grown worse in recent months. Obviously what would have helped the creation of more roads carried out by the government should have been a clear and urban oriented traffic plan for Owerri. Yes, there have been…

Knights in Nsukka rise in defence of the unborn child

The Knights and Ladies of St. Mulumba, St. Peter’s Sub-Council based at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, took this year’s battle in defence of the unborn child outside Nsukka urban on Sunday, April 21, 2013. In groups of 10 each, their members attended Masses in five different parishes in Orba, Obukpa, Ovoko and Ibagwa-Aka to deliver Pro-life sensitization talks and interact with members of the congregation in the fight against abortion. For all Knights and Ladies of St. Mulumba, this is a yearly exercise nationwide to mark the Day of the Unborn Child.  It is expected that through this means,…

Softly, softly on urbanization: more homes, less houses

Long before Abraham Maslow published his hierarchy of needs in 1943, there has always been some controversy on what truly constitutes basic human needs. The unending, amorphous list of needs (sometimes confused with ‘wants’) range from breathing (air) to self-actualization. In-between these two extremes fall in such other needs as food, safety, belongings and self-esteem. The desire to satisfy this galaxy of needs is the driving passion behind human enterprise and hard-work. It is this passion that has produced our great industrialists- the Aliko Dangotes, the Mike Adenugas, the Tim Ovias, the Paschal Dozies etc. Ironically, it is also this…