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CISLAC, TI decry contractors sabotaging FG’s effort on free anti-retroviral drugs

Commends NACA’s plan to establish HIV Trust Fund

CISLAC, TI decry contractors sabotaging FG’s effort on free anti-retroviral drugs

By Gabriel Ewepu – Abuja

Two Civil Society Organisations, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC, and Transparency International Nigeria, Thursday, decried contractors allegedly sabotaging Federal Government’s effort to the sustenance of free anti-retroviral drugs for 3.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the country.

This was contained in a statement signed by Executive Director, CISLAC, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, and made available to Vanguard, where they also alleged that the contractors were aided to defraud the government by insiders at the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA, who prevent the Agency from buying HIV drugs directly from original manufacturers.

According to CISLAC/TI Nigeria contractors currently sell the anti-retroviral drugs at $13 per patient as against $7 given by the manufacturers.

The statement reads in part, “While international treaties and governments across the world recognize adequate, accessible and affordable health care as a fundamental human right, medicine financing in Nigeria is generally out-of-pocket.

“The continued rise in price has made many essential and prescription medications unaffordable, and therefore inaccessible, by quite a large number of Nigerians, who live below the poverty line. This without a doubt comes with grave consequences of morbidity and mortality to consumers of health care products in Nigeria.

“The non-affordability triggered by high production and supply costs encourages the sale of fake and substandard drugs in the country, while consumers who are compelled to seek cheaper drug alternatives ceaselessly fall prey to fake and substandard drugs with damage to their health.

“As the Nigerian government struggles to sustain the provision of free antiretroviral drugs as part of HIV programmes at health facilities in the country for an estimated 3.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS, this effort is mostly sabotaged by inflated prices quoted by supplying contractors, whose activities

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CSOs decry efforts to sabotage FG’s free antiretroviral program

….commends NACA’s plan to establish HIV Trust Fund

By Gabriel Ewepu, Abuja

Two Civil Society Organisations, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC, and Transparency International Nigeria, Thursday, decried contractors allegedly sabotaging the Federal Government’s effort on the sustenance of free antiretroviral drugs for 3.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the country.

This was contained in a statement signed by Executive Director, CISLAC, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, and made available to Vanguard, where they also alleged that the contractors were aided to defraud the government by insiders at the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA, who prevent the Agency from buying HIV drugs directly from original manufacturers.

According to CISLAC/TI Nigerian contractors currently sell the anti-retroviral drugs at $13 per patient as against $7 given by the manufacturers.

The statement reads in part, “While international treaties and governments across the world recognize adequate, accessible, and affordable health care as a fundamental human right, medicine financing in Nigeria is generally out-of-pocket.

“The continued rise in price has made many essential and prescription medications unaffordable, and therefore inaccessible, by quite a large number of Nigerians, who live below the poverty line. This without a doubt comes with grave consequences of morbidity and mortality to consumers of health care products in Nigeria.

“The non-affordability triggered by high production and supply costs encourages the sale of fake and substandard drugs in the country, while consumers who are compelled to seek cheaper drug alternatives ceaselessly fall prey to fake and substandard drugs with damage to their health.

“As the Nigerian government struggles to sustain the provision of free antiretroviral drugs as part of HIV programmes at health facilities in the country for an estimated 3.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS, this effort is mostly sabotaged by inflated prices quoted by supplying contractors, whose activities

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Many traditional Halloween activities are a risk to spreading COVID-19, so here are some suggestions the CDC has stay safe this spooky season.

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Halloween is expected to look different across the country amid the coronavirus pandemic, with health officials advising against traditional trick-or-treating.

But some national chains – including Lowe’s and Krispy Kreme – plan to offer alternatives.

The home improvement retailer announced Monday it will have “drive-through curbside trick-or-treating” at Lowe’s stores nationwide Oct. 22 and 29 from 6 to 7 p.m. where families “can drive up to receive candy and a small pumpkin at no cost to take home.”

Space is limited, but starting Saturday, Oct. 10, families can reserve a spot for the early Halloween events at Lowes.com/DIY, Lowe’s said in a news release, adding costumes are encouraged but not required.

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“We know that customers still want to celebrate Halloween, even if the holiday may look different for us this year,” Joe McFarland, Lowe’s executive vice president of stores, said in the release. “While the pandemic has changed many elements of everyday life, the tradition of trick-or-treating doesn’t have to be one of them.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is suggesting lower-risk activities such as Halloween-themed scavenger hunts at home or placing prefilled treat bags at the end of driveways for kids to pick up.

Among the riskiest Halloween activities when it comes to preventing the spread of COVID-19 are door-to-door trick-or-treating, trunk-or-treating – “where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large parking lots” – and indoor parties or haunted houses,

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Virginia Contractors Receive Free Digital Licenses for Secure, Contactless Verification

Permitting offices, inspectors, and the public can more safely verify licenses issued by Virginia’s Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation.

Virginia’s Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) and Merit, the interoperable digital credentials ecosystem, have expanded their 2019 partnership to issue free digital versions of contractors’ licenses to thousands of professionals across the Commonwealth.

“We began working with Merit last year to digitize more than 100 license types across more than 40 professions for the first time, which was a meaningful, technology-forward initiative that had immediate value for our department and for our regulants,” said Mary Broz-Vaughan, Director of Virginia’s Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation. “But what has really been highlighted during the current COVID-19 pandemic is that a merit or license on a smartphone is touchless. This is a game-changer for the many professions that require regular license checks – including the tens of thousands of contractors across Virginia.”

Overview of the digital license partnership between DPOR and Merit:

  1. Merit’s technology platform integrates directly with DPOR’s systems, ensuring that all license fields are updated on Merit in real-time.

  2. Digital versions of professional licenses, known as merits, are automatically sent to licensees.

  3. When a recipient receives a merit, they can activate it and manage it through any web browser, or on the go through Merit’s secure smartphone app, eliminating the need to carry a paper license.

  4. Local permitting offices, field inspectors, and members of the public can easily and contactlessly verify a digital license using Merit’s built-in sharing tools.

“It is exciting to see a great partner like Virginia’s DPOR offer even more professionals the digital, portable, verified credentials that we’ve been providing to other industries across the commonwealth,” said Merit COO, Jacob Orrin. “Merit is proud to work with Virginia’s contractors.”

“This ongoing collaboration with

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Fowler Homes Siding, Decks & Roofing Duluth, a Top-Rated Duluth Roofing Contractor Offers Free Consultation and Roof Inspection Services in GA – Press Release

Fowler Homes Siding, Decks & Roofing Duluth, a Top-Rated Duluth Roofing Contractor Offers Free Consultation and Roof Inspection Services in GA

Duluth, GA – For decades, Fowler Homes Siding, Decks & Roofing Duluth has provided efficient and effective roofing solutions in and around Duluth, GA. Due to its consistency in providing residential and commercial roofing services throughout the years, the company has earned a reputation as the most reliable service provider.

Fowler Homes Siding, Decks & Roofing Duluth is proud to be a Thumbtack, Owens Corning, and GAF Certified contractor. The roofing experts have also received an A+ Better Business Bureau rating.

Regarding their services, Fowler Homes Siding, Decks & Roofing Duluth, Lee Fowler, the spokesperson for the company said, “As a full-service contractor, we are able to service your home from top to bottom. Unlike some roofers in Duluth, GA, who look at your home as a one-time project, we hope to build a lasting relationship with you. This long-term focus causes us to build a lasting relationship with all of our clients.”

As a top-rated roofing company, Fowler Homes Siding, Decks & Roofing Duluth boasts of a team of certified and professional technicians. Aside from being trained in the modern roofing industry, the professionals are skilled in their field area. The team is fully equipped to cater to all clients’ roofing needs.

The roofing specialists provide roof installation, replacement, storm damage repair, and roof leak repair services. The team is knowledgeable in metal roofing, flat roofing, shingle roofing, including three-tab asphalt shingles, architectural shingles, and synthetic cedar shakes.

When requested for their 24/7 emergency services, the experts quickly arrive at the client’s property and provide free inspections. The technicians consult with the client and advise on the suitable options for the roofing needs.

The Roofing Duluth GA professionals issue their clients with a free estimate. Unlike other companies whose estimates are tied to obligations and hidden costs, the company

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