US ELECTS FIRST LESBIAN SENATOR

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The
United States has produced the first female Lesbian senator. She is Tammy
Baldwin.
“Now,
I am well aware that I will have the honour of being Wisconsin’s first woman
senator. And I am well aware that I will be the first openly gay member,”
Baldwin said during her victory speech, adding: “But I didn’t run to make
history. I ran to make a difference.” She
defeated former Governor Tommy Thompson after an expensive and contentious
campaign for the Wisconsin seat. She defeated Thompson 51 per cent to 46 per
cent with 78 per cent reporting.

Baldwin,
50, is a political veteran. She spent seven terms in the House before launching
her Senate bid. The race against Thompson had been close and costly. Between them,
the two candidates raised some $65 million.

Baldwin
will take over from Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl, who is retiring after four terms
in office.
The
newly-elected senator said she would head to Washington, prepared to fight for
“Wisconsin’s middle class.”
Tammy
graduated from Madison West High School and went on to double-major in
political science and mathematics at Smith College. In 1989, she received her
law degree from UW-Madison. Throughout her career in public service, Tammy has
made education a top priority — fighting to make higher education more
affordable for all of Wisconsin students. In Congress, she has supported
student loan reform to make college financing more accessible and affordable.
To succeed in the future global economy, students from working and middle class
families need access to college and technical schools.
Source:
National Mirror
MINISTER
TO NIGERIANS: REPORT ONE GUINEA WORM CASE, EARN N25, 000
Minister
for Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, has challenged Nigerians to make money by
exploiting the opportunity provided by his ministry’s offer of N25, 000 per one
case of guinea worm reported.
Chukwu
described the policy as a deliberate effort by the Federal Government to wipe
out guinea worm in the country, saying that the N25, 000 per report had no
limit as one could report as many cases as possible.
The
minister, who spoke during a visit to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in
Gombe, expressed satisfaction with the performance of the Centre in healthcare
delivery.
He
said a lot had been achieved by the FMC for which its Chief Medical Director,
Dr. Saidu Abubakar, received commendation.
Chukwu
said the Gombe FMC was among the first medical centres to establish sickle cell
centre as well as many other specialised units.
The
feat, according to him, would go a long way to enhance healthcare delivery in
Gombe State.
The
minister added that the policy of saving one million lives was to achieve the
Millennium Development Goals (MDG)’s health target.
He
said President Goodluck Jonathan believed and laid emphasis on good leadership
because a lot of success could be achieved through it for the betterment of the
lives and well being of the citizenry.
Chukwu,
however, said that the six year National Health Plan could be adjusted at any
stage because it is something that would need continuous improvement as it is
being implemented.
He
said the President believed in the continuity of policies and programmes,
imploring health workers to always be their best in whatever they are doing to
save lives.
The
minister said: “The the issue of primary healthcare is a matter of top priority
to the Federal Government and so the anticipated success in the area depends
upon the performance of the FMC and others at state and local government
levels. There is need for them to concentrate in specialised treatment to all
classes of patients.” Chuckwu, however, lauded the investment of the Gombe
State Government in healthcare delivery.
He
commended the government for the purchase of 11 specially built ambulances for
the provision of emergency service in the state.
According
to the minister, the vision of Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo was aimed at
enhancing robust healthcare delivery across the state.
Ckuwku
commissioned the 11 ambulances yesterday at the Gombe State Specialist
Hospital.
The
ambulances were fitted with communication gadgets.
Source:
National Mirror

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