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Nasarawa Govt, others to distribute 2,060,000 Insecticide Treated Nets



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From Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia

The Nasarawa State Government in conjunction with the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) with funding from the United States President’s Malaria Initiative (U.S.-PMI), is set to distribute 2,060,000 insecticide treated nets across the state.

The state commissioner of health, Pharmacy Ahmed Yahaya gave the indication at a one-day media parley for 2022 campaign on mass distribution of Insecticide Treated Nets in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital.

He explained that the provision of quality and affordable healthcare services to the people of the state is one of the major focus of Governor Abdullahi Sule.
Yahaya, however, reiterated the state government’s commitment to partnering with any organisation that is interested in providing quality healthcare services.
That he added that is in line with global best practice.

According to him, based on investigation and facts, mosquitoes, carrier of Malaria, could only be addressed if people sleep under the insecticide treated nets properly and consistently.

The health commissioner revealed that personnel from the ministry would start registration and issuance of cards to household across the state on January 20 to 28.

His words: “The state government had already trained personnels at the Local Government Areas (LGAs) as well as the state level preparetory to mass distribution of the nets.”

He further hinted that immediately after the registration, the distribution of the nets would kick start from February 7-15, 2022.

He explained that the ministry has put the necessary machinery in place to ensure that the nets are effectively distributed to every household in the state.

Earlier, the state Director Public Health in the state ministry of health, Dr Ibrahim Alhassan said the media parley was aimed at building the capacities of media professionals on the technicality involved in passing effective messages toward eliminating Malaria.

He said it would assist in informing the public on the distribution of the nets and the necessity to use them properly when collected.

He disclosed that the prevalent rate of Malaria in the state had dropped from above 47 per cent in 2015 to 14 per cent in 2018 as a result of combined efforts and support from the media.

He added that malaria is not just a health challenge, but also an economic matter, as it has led to loss of lives and resources that could have been use for other purposes.

He expressed gratitude to the media for their support over the years, adding that the media had contributed immensely in reducing Malaria from being a leading health challenge in the country.

Also, Kingsley Godson, Technical Team Lead on Insecticide Treated Nets Campaign in the state, explained that the state government and partners were spending huge amount of money in procurement of the nets and distributed free.

He affirmed that the ITN were procured at the cost N2.98 billion to be distributed to every household in the state.

Godson posited out that technological devices would be deployed to generate data, track nets and net cards as well as personnel in the field to ensure effective distribution.

He said that a total of 9,548 personnel would be engaged and trained for the exercise in the state.

He admonished the people to make use of the nets when distributed to them to justify the huge investment.

Contributing, the state coordinator Break through Action-Nigeria, Mr. Thomas Ohobu, encouraged people to properly and and consistently use mosquito net while sleeping in the night.

He said this would go a long way to reducing the material scourge in the state.

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Niger Assembly moves to tackle drug abuse, hawking of fake drugs




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The Speaker of the Niger state House of Assembly, Abdulmalik Sarkindaji has indicated that the Assembly is at the verge of promulgating a law that will curb the circulation and proliferation of fake drugs in markets and substance abuse among the people especially the youths.
The Speaker pointed out that the proliferation of fake and substandard drugs in the market calls for urgent attention adding that the 10th Assembly will do everything possible to minimize the trend.
The Speaker spoke on Monday after he led members of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigerian (PSN) on a 4.5km road walk to mark World Pharmacists Day in Minna, the Niger state capital.
He said, “These problems of fake drugs and drug abuse will soon become a thing of the past in the state. As you know, we have a professional pharmacist as a member of the 10th Assembly. “We are in the process of promulgating appropriate legislation to tackle these problems. I can assure the people that in no distance time, we will start moving motions and passing laws to curb this menace”.
He decried the increasing rate of fake drug hawkers who have been pouring into markets and selling fake drugs to people especially in rural communities.
He added saying,
“The Assembly will continue to collaborate with the Pharmacists Society of Nigeria (PSN) in the fight against fake drugs and abuse”.
He called on professional Pharmacists in Niger state to remain dedicated to the duties and adhere to ethics of the profession for the benefit of the people.
Also speaking , the Chairman of PSN in Niger state, Pharmacist Yakubu Maji Isah appealed to residents of the state to avoid irresponsible self medication, adding that ” people should stop patronizing street hawkers of drugs, that peddle fake drugs which are killers”.
He pointed out that the society is ready to collaborate with the state lawmakers to eradicate the menace of drug abuse and proliferation of fake drugs in the state.

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Outbreak: Diphtheria Kills 520 Children in Kano- DG Primary Healthcare Agency




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From: Ahmed Rufa’i, Dutse

Diphtheria outbreak in Kano has claimed not less than 520 children the Director General primary healthcare development agency in the state, Muhammad Nasir Muhammad has disclosed

The DG of the agency made the disclosure in a key note address presented at a one day orientation for media practitioners on Diphtheria Outbreak drawn from JIgawa, Kano, Katsina and Sokoto states.

The director general attributed the situation to poor rotten immunisation made with high number of zero doses among the children in the state.

Dr Muhammad decried the shortage of diphtheria vaccine in the states, Kano in particular with about 8,000 confirmed cases representing 80 percent cases.

According to him “The state recieved 200,000 dosage of vaccine and less than one million doses after the outbreak of the disease. But according to our findings we need over 6 million children to be vaccinated”.

He called on the federal government and partners to do something urgently for the speed and effective control, “I use this opportunity to appreciate UNICEF for their commitment on emergency response support”.

Speaking earlier the Chief of UNICEF Field Office in Kano Mr. Rahama R Mohammed Farah described the current Diphtheria Outbreak as a threat to child survival, health and the well-being of children

Mr Farah noted that “It is very important to understand that the Analysis of the vaccination status of the suspected cases shows that 60.8% of all suspected cases are children who were not

“As of last week, over 400 suspected cases with 11 deaths have been reported in Kano state.
Eight LGAs are the most affected: They are Ungogo (2651), Dala (989), Fagge (943), Gwale (714), Kumbotso (713), Nassarawa (538), Kano Municipal (506) and
Tarauni (269)”.

He disclosed that “UNICEF is therefore collaborating with government and partners to respond to the emergency to save lives of children affected”.

According to him, the Kano field office hss been giving support to the Diphtheria Response since the first case of the Diphtheria disease in December 2022, “UNICEF has been working with government and partners to respond to the emergency”.

“UNICEF has been and continue to support the diphtheria response in Nigeria focusing on providing technical and financial support to the government in all affected states including Kano state to implement the Diphtheria outbreak response”, Farah emphasis”.

He indicated that the outbreak needs to be urgently stopped, controlled and prevented from spreading, “last week, UNICEF delivered 1.2 million vaccines to the Kano State government in our continuing support to the government for response to the Diphtheria outbreak as Diphtheria is a highly contagious, infectious disease that can cause death”.

“The media has a key role to play particularly in infection prevention and risk communication and community engagement; You will need to educate the public and increasing the awareness of parents, and communities on the disease and the outbreak, on the importance of immunization and what parents need to do in case
of suspected cases and how to prevent infection from further spreading”, UNICEF said.

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Well-being of individuals crucial for productivity in work place – IPCR DG




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***Urges Staff to take adequate care of their mental health

The Director General of the Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), Dr. Joseph Ochogwu has indicated that the well-being of individual workman is key to productivity in the work place.

Speaking at a Health Talk session titled, “Mental Health/Emotional Intelligence,” Dr. Ochogwu urged staff of the Institute to take proper care of their mental issues.

Ochogwu pointed out that the Individual’s well-being is key to productivity in the work place.
“We need that state of mental health balance to overcome challenges.
“Things are not getting easy now, we need unique kind of skill in balancing our individual’s well-being because if you don’t balance your individual’s well-being even your family’s well-being will suffer.”

Addressing staff of the Institute, the resource person of the programme and founder of Secure D Future International Initiative, Dr. Sa’adatu Adamu, also urged staff to take care of their health.

Dr. Adamu noted that while about 970 million people are struggling with mental health worldwide, 284 million people are struggling with anxiety.

She noted that positive thinking reflect on the psychological being of an individual, adding that negative thoughts are dangerous to one’s wellbeing.

She also told the staff that it is important that each individual takes care of himself and controls what comes into his mind, adding that when somebody dwells so much on the negative, such a person is taking a destructive part.

The expert noted that depression, one of the major metal health challenges affects so many people, advising the staff to fill their minds with positive thoughts at all time, in other to live above depression and other associated challenges.

She said that it is estimated that about 40.3 percent of people died worldwide because of mental health, adding that in this part of the world, “we are still struggling to understand mental health.”

Listing the negative effects associated with depression, Dr. Adamu indicated that the estimate of people going through mental health is higher in the country.

The mental health expert, who noted that things are difficult in the country, warned the staff not to allow their minds to dwell on what they couldn’t control, urging them to think positively and take things the way they come.

According to her, dwelling on what one can not control only makes things worse and at the end depression sets in.

She noted that the last stage of depression is when one begins to think of committing suicide, adding, “mental health is something everyone should pay attention to.”

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