NCC Slams Telecos Over ‘Nuisance, Irritating’ Unsolicited Texts & Calls

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has again expressed displeasure over what it termed nuisance and irritations of unsolicited text messages and calls from mobile network operators.

The Commission reiterated its readiness to protect subscribers from such disturbances.

Mr. Tony Ojobo, director, Public Affairs, noted in a statement, that in spite of earlier warnings to telecommunication service providers to activate their Do-Not-Disturb facility which gives subscribers the freedom to choose the messages they receive, the Commission is still inundated with complaints by subscribers of continuing text harassment by operators.

The Direction issued to industry operators to activate the 2442 Do Not Disturb Short Code took effect from July 1, 2016.

Ojobo explained that the Direction mandates the operators to take immediate action which will allow the subscribers to take informed but independent decisions on what messages to receive from the networks.

He observed that industry compliance doesn’t seem to have matched the seriousness of the Direction thus, compelling the Commission to issue a final warning to the operators.

According to him, the Direction takes into cognizance the broad range of services, which include: Banking/Insurance/Financial products, Real estate, Education, Health, Consumer Goods and Automobiles, Communication/ Broadcasting/ Entertainment/ IT, Tourism and /Leisure, Sports, Religion (Christianity, Islam, others), and directed the operators to give the necessary instructions and clarifications that will enable subscribers subscribe to a particular service/services/none at all.

In fact, a Full DND which is SMS ‘STOP” to 2442 does not allow the subscriber to receive any unsolicited messages from the operators at all.

Below are the various options:
“SMS 1” for receiving SMS relating to Banking/Insurance/ Financial Products to 2442
“SMS 2” for receiving SMS relating to Real estate to 2442
SMS 3” for receiving SMS relating to Education to 2442
“SMS 4” for receiving SMS relating to Health to 2442
“SMS 5” for receiving SMS relating to Consumer Goods and Automobiles, to 2442
“SMS 6” for receiving SMS relating to Communication/ Broadcasting/ Entertainment/ IT, to 2442
“SMS 7” for receiving SMS relating to Tourism and Leisure to 2442
“SMS 8” for receiving SMS relating to Sports to 2442
“SMS 9” for receiving SMS relating to Religion to 2442

Ojobo called on the service providers to immediately comply with the Direction as further complaints from the subscribers would be taken as serious infractions to a major regulatory intervention by the Commission.

 

Culled from Nigeria communications weekly

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Heath tips for the day | VAS2Nets Technologies

  1. High blood pressure or hypertension can cause life-threatening heart attacks or strokes without any warning
  2. Common changes during the 1st trimester include tender swollen breasts, stomach upset with or without vomiting, cravings for certain food.
  3. Chronic excess alcohol consumption is the major cause of liver cirrhosis. A condition where normal liver tissue is replaced by scar tissue fibrosis.
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Etisalat, Partners GSMA, VAS2Nets and Audrey pack to Launch Special Midwife Service

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Innovative and customer-friendly telecommunications company, Etisalat Nigeria, in partnership with GSM Association (GSMA); Value added services company, VAS2Nets, and Audrey Pack at the weekend unveiled a mobile-based health service called Special Midwife Service.

Special Midwife Service is a mobile-based service that avails pregnant women and new mothers the opportunity of getting useful education and information about pregnancy and nutrition such as conception, nutrition for mother and baby, wellness/fitness, medication reminders, etc. through their Etisalat line.

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Adia Sowho, director, Digital Business, Etisalat Nigeria, described the Special Midwife Service as an innovative contribution by the telco to global efforts targeted at improving nutrition and reducing maternal and child mortality in the country.

“Special Midwife Service (SMS) is a mobile healthcare education and information service aimed at promoting good nutrition behaviours as well as reducing maternal and child mortality in Nigeria by providing crucial information and reminders for expectant and new mothers. It is an informative platform where women are better informed about the right choices to make during and after pregnancy” she said.

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The Special Midwife Service is a Short Message Service (SMS) and Interactive Voice Response (IVR) based service which cost N30 for 2 days.

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It is a unique first-of-its-kind service in the country that involves organizations partnering to provide a mobile healthcare education and information service for expectant and new mothers.

 

Culled from Nigeria communications weekly

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Mark Zuckerberg is in Nigeria!!

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Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s Chief Executive Officer, is currently in Nigeria to see how Facebook can better support technology development and entrepreneurship in the country and other African nations.

The Facebook CEO visited a ‘Summer of Code Camp’ at the Co-Creation Hub in Yaba, otherwise known as the Silicon Valley of Nigeria, as one of his first stops on the trip.

 

Culled from Punch

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Health tips for the day | VAS2Nets Technologies

  1. Blood pressure normally varies throughout the day, and sometimes specifically during visits to the doctor, a condition called white coat hypertension.
  2. If you are pregnant and have an STD, prompt treatment can prevent or reduce the risk of infection of your baby.
  3. Lack of sleep has been proven to lower the efficiency of your immune system. It has also been implicated in contributing to heart disease.
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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Nutrition is the intake of food, considered in relation to the body’s dietary needs, or the process of nourishing or being nourished

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Nutrition is important for everyone and is regarded as the basis of good health throughout the life cycle. Poor nutrition can lead to reduced immunity, increased susceptibility to diseases, impaired physical and mental development, and reduced productivity.

The benefits of good nutrition are numerous: boosts the immune system, improve sports performance, delays ageing, protects teeth and gums, enhances concentration, fights and prevents disease, energy for life and of course a healthy weight.

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Beware!! Circulation of fake malaria drugs | VAS2Nets Technologies

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Last weekend, the Federal government said that it has stepped up vigilance within the drug supply chains in the country after it discovered the circulation of two confirmed falsified versions of Quinine Sulphate.

A statement said the Federal ministry of Health received a medical alert that the two falsified drugs contain zero active pharmaceutical ingredients.

The statement signed by Mrs Boade Akinola, director, Media and Public Relations of the ministry, on Saturday said the drugs were circulating in West and Central Africa.

Akinola said the two version of the drug were circulating in Cameroon and Democratic Republic of Congo.

She said the quinine Sulphate was used in the treatment of malaria.

According to her, the implication of using the falsified one is that it will not be effective and may also lead to other health challenges.

She said one of the fake products was named Quinine Sulfate 300 mg with 1000 Tablets per container, Batch Number 10H05, expiry date 09/2018 and it manufactured 09/2014.

Akinola added that the drug manufactured by Novadina Pharmaceutical Limited, London, United Kingdom was first was discovered in Cameroon.

The director said the other version of the fake drug was Quinine Sulphate 300mg with 100 Tablets per container; batch F4387, expiry date 11/18 and its date of manufacture is 12/14.

She explained that the product was manufactured in India by CAD Pharm, and it was discovered in Bunia, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

She advised Nigerians to be vigilant and report to the nearest National Agency for Food and Drug Administration office anywhere the drugs were spotted including hospitals and pharmaceutical shops.

The ministry urges Nigerians to also report it the following GSM no +234-8037881120, +234-8055056727 and +234-8035902679.

“If you are in possession of these products, please do not use them.

“If you have taken this falsified product or if you suffer an adverse effect following its uptake, please seek immediate advice from a qualified healthcare professional and report the incident to NAFDAC.’’

 

Culled from Nigeria communications weekly

 

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Annular Eclipse to Occur All Over Nigeria Sept 1 | VAS2Nets Technologies

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The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), has announced that an annular eclipse will be visible all over the country on Thursday, September 1.

Annular eclipse is the eclipse of the sun in which the edge of the sun remains visible as a bright ring around the moon. An annular eclipse occurs when the sun and moon are exactly in line, but the apparent size of the moon is smaller than that of the sun, hence, the sun appears as a very bright ring or annulus surrounding the dark disk of the moon.

In a press statement, the Head, Media and Corporate Communications of National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Dr Felix Ale, said the highest degree of obscurity in Nigeria during this natural occurrence would be in the Southern part of the country, particularly in Lagos

The annular eclipse is expected to occur between 7.15 a.m. and 10.03 a.m., with slight variations in actual timing across the country.

In Lagos, the first contact will occur at about 7.15 a.m., while the maximum eclipse will occur around 8.30 a.m. and will end by 10.03 a.m.

The eclipse is expected to commence in Abuja around 7.17 a.m., with maximum eclipse to be recorded at about 8.32 a.m. and the eclipse will end around 10.00 a.m.

NASRDA appealed to the general public not to panic or adduce any mystical interpretations to this event, it is also necessary to advise that nobody should observe eclipse with naked eyes.

Looking at the solar eclipse with naked eyes can lead to permanent damage to the eyes, as the obstruction does not reduce the luminosity of the sun.

Therefore, NASRDA has also concluded arrangements to provide limited number of special solar filters to members of the public to savour the rare natural occurrence in appreciation of science and nature.

 

Culled from NASRDA report

 

 

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Health tips for the day | mHealth VAS2Nets Technologies

  1. The risk of hypertension increases as you age. Through early middle age, or about age 45, high blood pressure is more common in men.
  2. Common causes of anaemia in pregnancy in Nigeria includes nutritional deficiencies of iron, foliate, and vitamin B12, malaria and hookworm infestation
  3. Physical activity need not be strenuous to be beneficial. People of all ages benefit from participating in regular, low intensity physical activity.

Remember you can always speak to a Medical Professional on any health issue anytime from 8am – 5pm by simply dialing 67777 (Airtel), 32122 (Etisalat) or 32123 (MTN).

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Health tips for the day

 

  1. Hypertension is a blood pressure higher than 140 over 90 mmHg (millimeters of mercury).
  2. Any vaccination that uses live viruses are avoided during pregnancy. These include Rubella, measles, mumps and yellow fever vaccines.
  3. Every time you brush your teeth or use mouthwash, it is crucial to spit out rather than swallow the liquid.
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