C002D5556 Sunday 15April2018 46BDSUNDAY Health&Science Merck Foundation announce call for Merck hypertension, diabetes awards 2018 ANTHONIA OBOKOH With Wired Report Merck Foundation the Philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany has announced the call for application for Merck Diabetes and Hypertension awards 2018, across the African and Asian Universities through its Merck Capacity Advancement Program with the aim to building a platform for diabetes and hypertension experts across the globe. Merck is a leading science and technology company in healthcare, life science and performance materials. The theme for Merck Diabetes Award 2018 is ‘Every day is a Diabetes Day,’ and the theme for Merck Hypertension Award is ‘What a Healthy Heart Needs.’ The CEO of Merck Foundation, Rasha Kelej said, I am very proud to see our newly established platform of Diabetes and Hypertension Experts has grown in one year. “This encourages us to continue and expand 2018 Merck Diabetes and Hypertension Awards to universities in more countries in Africa and Asia such as Senegal, Cameroon, Gabon, Guinea, Niger, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam to join our mission to improve access to quality Diabetes and hypertension care in the two continents,” She further added, “All Merck Diabetes and Hypertension awards winners have Joined Merck Foundation Alumni with our oncology and Fertility scholars and fellows from different countries to exchange experience and knowledge and network, this is a very important initiative for us. I personally oversee this platform to ensure success of its interaction and sustainability. “ Merck Diabetes and Hypertension Awards 2018 will be rolled out in many African and Asian Universities in more than 30 countries, as a part of Merck Foundation’s commitment to build Diabetes and Hypertension healthcare capacity and improving access to quality and sustainable healthcare solutions in developing countries. All medical postgraduates and final year undergraduates are invited to apply for the awards. The participants need to submit a one-page concept paper about: How to improve the awareness about Diabetes Early Detection and Hypertension Control and Prevention in your country. How to encourage your society, scientific community, local authorities, media and relevant stakeholders to Think and Act on Diabetes Every Day and Think and act on Hypertension Every Day. The scientific committee will review the submissions, and the winners of Merck Diabetes and Hypertension awards will receive on-line one-year postgraduate online diploma in Diabetes Management and Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine from the University of South Wales, UK. The deadline for the submission is 31st July 2018. For French speaking countries, the winners will receive on- line three month Diabetes foundation diploma in French and accredited by Royal colleague of General Practitioners, UK. Merck Foundation healthcare and research online community helps to exchange experience and information with other healthcare providers, researchers, students, policy makers and community members in Africa and beyond The Merck Foundation, established in 2017, is a philanthropic organisation that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people and advance their lives through science and technology. Ogun boosts primary healthcare, distributes 500 clinical equipment to PHCs RAZAQ AYINLA, Abeokuta Prompted by mission to revamp Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) and boost their services to the people at the grassroots level, Ogun state government has distributed 500 clinical equipment to some primary healthcare centres across 20 local government areas and 37 local council development areas in the state. The distribution of examination and delivery beds, incubators, stethoscopes, baby weighing scales, among others was part of Save One Million Lives Initiatives of State government in conjunction with the World Bank and World Health Organisation (WHO) which was established to boost primary healthcare delivery in order to effectively offer residents quality healthcare. Speaking at the distribution of clinical equipment to heads of selected primary healthcare centres across the state held at Oke-Mosan in Abeokuta during the week, Governor Ibikunle Amosun declared that the initiative and distribution of clinical equipment were timely as the gesture would go a long way in boosting health sector, especially primary healthcare delivery. The governor, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Yetunde Onanuga, urged health workers to be diligent at their duty post and also to maintain and use the equipment distributed to them adequately to serve Ogun state citizens, saying the institution of community-based health insurance scheme known as Araya; renovation of state cold store for preservation of vaccines; renovation of primary healthcare centres, among others, were parts of contributions to health sector in the state. He said, “While the State gov- ernment will continue to play its constitutional role of providing quality health care service delivery, I wish to implore all our health workers to be alive to their duties. In particular, they are enjoined to make good use of the equipment being distributed and to adequately maintain the equipment to serve the good people of the state.” He also charged citizens on partnering with the State government in the provision of healthcare service through the payment of their taxes as and when due, adding: “It is also pertinent to also request the good people of the state to partner with the state in the provision of qualitative and affordable healthcare services by paying their taxes as and when due.” Earlier, Babatunde Ipaye, Commissioner for Health, said, “I want to implore my colleagues particularly the medical officers on health from our Local Government Areas and LCDAs that we must make sure that the equipment is judiciously used, because a normal delivery will save hundreds and thousands of lives. “If we are able to take blood pressure accurately, we will be able to save several walking corpse across our Local Government Areas. The equipment may look so small in sizes but they are very mighty when it comes to saving lives.”
Sunday 15April2018 C002D5556 BDSUNDAY 47 Sports Ongoing reconstruction work at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City, Edo State. Edo govt. intensifies work at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium Stories by ANTHONY NLEBEM The Edo State government has intensified work on the revamp of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium to meet international standard as part of the overall reform of the sports sector in the state. According to the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, the walls are being reinforced with concrete pillars and all the roads and drainage system in the area hosting the stadium are undergoing reconstruction. “Edo people deserve a world class stadium. Our West Africa set for ICC World T20 qualifier As the next ICC World T20 event draws nearer, the pathway for Africa to that showpiece International Cricket Council event begins in earnest on Nigerian soil, with the start of the ICC World T20 Africa qualifier A in Lagos, from 14-21 April, 2018 The festive Tafawa Balewa Square Cricket Oval will play host to three African nations; Sierra Leone, Ghana, The Gambia and hosts Nigeria over the next week, with each team playing six matches. The visiting squads arrived in Lagos with plenty of optimism. Patricia C. Kambarami, ICC Development Manager for Africa, said ahead of the start of the tournament, “We are delighted that the qualifiers for the ICC World T20, 2020, are kicking off in Africa. The Nigerian Cricket Federation has worked extremely hard to putting the event on, and we wish the best of luck to all competing teams” The action kicks off on Saturday, with the tournament opener pitting the hosts against Sierra Leone in the morning clash. The contribution to sports globally is common knowledge both in the number and quality of athletes Edo State has produced for the world stage. We also want to provide standard playing fields for our young ones whose turn it is to replicate the success stories of yesteryear,” Obaseki said. He maintained, “Sports is a huge industry with allied businesses that can take most of our idle youths away from the streets. We want to produce more Victor Moses, Julius Aghahowa, Austin Eguavoen, Osazee Odemwingie and Odion Ighalo.” He said part of the reforms of the state’s sports sector includes the rebranding of Bendel Insurance and the club’s restructuring to ensure that the club can overcome funding, administrative and other challenges. The 20 mini-stadia that will be spread across the state will serve as talent grooming and skills honing ground for youths in the 18 local government areas. On completion, the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium’s tartan tracks and the offices will be modernised while the synthetic grass in the pitch would be re- L-R: Emeka Igwilo, General Manager, Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF); Professor Adam Yahaya Ukwenya, President, Nigeria Cricket Federation and Kuben Pillay, International Cricket Council representative at the Press Conference to herald the ICC T20 Sub-regional qualifier for Africa Zone ‘A’ held in Lagos, Friday April 13, 2018. FIXTURES: Saturday 14th April 9:30am Nigeria vs Sierra Leone 1:50pm Ghana vs The Gambia Sunday 15th April 9:30am Gambia vs Nigeria 1:50pm Sierra Leone vs Ghana Monday 16th April Reserve Day Tuesday 17th April 9 30am Gambia vs Sierra Leone 1:50pm Nigeria vs Ghana placed with natural grass. The gymnasium and the lawn tennis courts would also be upgraded to international standard. There will be a roof over the entire stand of the stadium. The trusses that will support the roof are being erected already. The swimming pool is part of the project but it will be done in the second phase. The entire renovation work will be completed by October. Bendel Insurance of Benin will now play its home matches at the University of Benin football field as a result. afternoons match will see Ghana and The Gambia lock horns. In Sunday’s action, The Gambia play Nigeria in the first game, before Sierra Leone and Ghana do battle in the afternoon. There is a lot to play for over the next week, as the top two teams from the tournament will win passage to the ICC World T20 Africa Qualifier to be held in 2019. The fixtures and more information for the tournament can be accessed here, https://www.icc-cricket. com/world-t20/ Wednesday 18th April 9:30am Gambia vs Ghana 1:50pm Sierra Leone vs Nigeria Thursday 19th April Rest Day Friday 20th April 9:30am Ghana vs Sierra Leone 1:50pm Nigeria vs Gambia Saturday 21st April 9:30am Sierra Leone vs Gambia 1:50pm Ghana vs Nigeria Bundesliga: Schalke vs Dortmund derby Live on StarTimes Nigeria With the crowning of Bayern Munich as champions last weekend in Augsburg, live Bundesliga action resumes this weekend on leading Pay Tv operator, StarTimes Nigeria, with a mouthwatering derby clash between Schalke and Dortmund on Sunday by 5:30 PM African Time on StarTimes (Channel 254 and 245). Dortmund and Schalke treated the world to one of the greatest matches in Bundesliga history when the Royal Blues completed one of sport’s greatest ever comebacks after being 4-0 down at half-time at the Signal Iduna Park. The archrivals meet for another Revierderby at the Veltins-Arena with the winner having one hand on second place. Fans will flock to the Veltins-Arena on Sunday, take to their favourite bar stool or ease back into the lazy-boy at home to watch all the drama live and exclusively on StarTimes across the African continent in anticipation of more electric entertainment between these two massive rivals. The numbers from the reverse fixtures held last November are formidable, the emotions produced among players and fans both frenzied and fraught with fear, depending on which set of colours you identified with. And the stakes are very, very high. They may only be playing to finish second, but you can bet both of these teams will battle to the bitter end in order to achieve that runnersup spot at each other’s expense. Schalke hold a one-point advantage; so know the significance of what a win would do for them. Indeed, a fifth consecutive draw between these sides would suffice to keep Domenico Tedesco’s charges ahead. Facing the team with the second best defensive record in this season’s Bundesliga, Dortmund can counter that by pulling out their Marco Reus card, the 28-yearold is always a threat in this fixture, having scored six times in 12 Revierderbies. Dortmund will be banking on Belgian striker; Mtchy Batshuayi to score the goals which they hope will lift them to victory against their eternal rivals. In other games holding this Saturday, and which StarTimes will show live to its customer , Leverkusen host Eintracht Frankfurt, Hertha Berlin confront Cologne, Hoffenheim tackle Hamburg, Stuttgart entertain Hannover while champions , Bayern Munuich will have the opportunity to present the Bundesliga crown to the fans when they host Borussia Moenchengladbach at the Allianz Arena. Brands and Marketing Director at StarTimes, Qasim Elegbede reinstate the company’s commitment on the continuous broadcast of the Bundesliga games. “The satisfaction of our subscribers is our greatest joy, we are always on our feet to sustain the good standard we have built over the years. We are currently working so hard to give our subscribers the opportunity to experience more exciting football experience with the World Cup forthcoming in the comfort of their homes” “As part of our promise to deliver affordable entertainment to every African home, we will ensure that watching the World Cup live and in HD no longer puts a hole in the pocket of Nigerians as it has been over the years” He added, “All our bouquets will be showing the World Cup for the general entertainment of our subscribers. Non StarTimes subscribers will not be left out of the World Cup frenzy as all 64 matches are also available live and in HD on the StarTimes mobile app available for download from the app store” StarTimes is a leading digital-TV operator in Africa, covering the entire continent’s population with a massive distribution network of 200 branded halls, 3,000 convenience stores and 5,000 distributors.