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Family Planning: Free commodities attract clients to Bauchi clinics

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Family Planning: Free commodities attract clients to Bauchi clinics

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Bauchi, March 13, 2019 The provision of Family Planning (FP) commodities in Bauhci State is attracting more patronage to healthcare facilities in the state, an official has saida.

Hajiya Rumanatu Mohammed, FP Service provider in Bauchi metropolis, made this known on Wednesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Bauchi.

She attributed the increase in family planning clients to free access and availability of commodities in the facilities.

Mohammed provides FP services at the maternity clinic located behind the Emir’s Palace.

She said that from January to date, statistics revealed that their clients have increased from 50 to 100 monthly.

Mohammed observed that FP has gain acceptances in many households through door to door sensitisation and awareness campaigns.

“More clients are coming in for the services because it is free and accessible, so, with this it reduced financial burden on couples.

“Clients are coming for FP in their high number because the commodity is free.

“We have more than 20 volunteers that go for house-to-house sensitisation on routine immunisation, antenatal and FP in our areas of jurisdiction,” she said.

Mohammed also confirmed that clients come for services with their couples to gain more information on the service and variety of commodities.

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1st LD Writethru: Armenian PM, family test positive for COVID-19

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Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced via Facebook on Monday that he and his family had tested positive for COVID-19.

Pashinyan said he did not have any symptoms and would continue to work from the prime minister’s residence.

“I will work from here as much as needed, but of course, under conditions of isolation,” he said.

The prime minister again urged citizens to always wear face masks and regularly disinfect hands.

The number of COVID-19 cases in the country reached 9,282 on Sunday, with 3,396 recoveries and 131 deaths, according to the Armenian government.

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Armenian PM, family test positive for COVID-19

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Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced via Facebook on Monday that he and his family had tested positive for COVID-19.

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IPMAN mourns Baru, condoles family, NNPC management

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The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN),Kano chapter, has commiserated with the Management of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) over the death of its immediate past Group Managing Director, Dr Maikanti Baru.

The association also condoled with the family of Dr Baru over his demise.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that Baru died after a brief illness and had since been buried according to Islamic rights.

The condolence message was announced by the association’s Chairman, Alhaji Bashir Danmallam, during a news briefing on  Sunday in Kano.

Danmallam also condoled with the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, over the demise of his predecessor, Baru.

He described the late Baru as a consummate technocrat who served the NNPC and the country with dedication and  fear of God.

He said that Baru’s absence would be greatly missed by his family, the NNPC and Nigeria.

The chairman prayed Almighty Allah to forgive his shortcomings and grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss.

 

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)

 

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Runaway coronavirus positive case in Aba surrenders self, family to hospital

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A runaway coronavirus positive case in Aba, Abia, has surrendered himself and members of his family to the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH), Aba, for management of his sickness.

The Commissioner for Information in the state, Okeiyi Kalu, made the disclosure in a statement made available to newsmen in Aba on Saturday.

The positive case was declared wanted on Thursday by the Abia Government, after he disappeared from a holding facility in Aba, having heard that he tested positive for coronavirus.

Kalu said that the patient reported at the IDH by 8.05 a.m. on Saturday with his wife and other family members.

He said that the state rapid response team ambulance had taken them to the State Specialist Hospital and Diagnostic Center, Amachara, Umuahia, for isolation and management.

According to him, having taken the patient and the family into custody at the specialist hospital, the family members would be tested for the virus.

The commissioner said that the tracing of other contacts of the runaway patient had already begun.

He said that three patients currently being treated at the isolation center, including a 19-year-old man from Afugiri, Umuahia, and a 30-year-old man from Ofeme, Umuahia, would be discharged on Saturday.

Kalu further disclosed that the third person to be discharged was a Lagos-based indigene of Olokoro, Umuahia, who returned to plan the burial of his relative, a COVID-19 patient who died in Kano.

The commissioner said that the trio were fit for discharge after testing negative twice consecutively.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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Police, family members missing in attack on police outpost in Myanmar

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A police outpost in Myanmar’s Rakhine state was attacked by Arakan Army (AA) group, leaving 10 police personnel and three family members missing early Friday, an official from the Military True News Information Team told Xinhua.

“All of the missing ones can’t be seized by the group. Some may be killed in the attack and some may be taken away by them,” said Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun, secretary of the team, adding that more reinforcement troops have been sent to the scene.

The police outpost in Rathedaung township was attacked by about 100 AA group members with small and heavy weapons at around 2:00 a.m. local time.

According to the Military True News Information Team, the AA group launched a number of armed attacks at four police outposts and a police station in Buthidaung township, one in Ponnagyun township and one military headquarters in Mrauk-U township, killing 25 police personnel and injuring 16 people while some police personnel and family members were seized by the group last year.

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EEDC warns against obstruction of power line, condoles with family of Nnewi electrocution victim

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The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) has again warned the public to avoid erecting structures or trading under the power line right-of-way.

The Head of Corporate Communications of EEDC, Mr Emeka Eze, gave the warning in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Awka on Tuesday.

Eze’s warning followed the electrocution of Mrs Patience Ugbana, 55, and her 10-year-old granddaughter, Adaeze Ugbana, when a high tension wire fell on their shop in Nnewi, Anambra, on May 18.

He however said that the management of the company had paid a condolence visit to the family of the deceased, noting that the deaths were unfortunate.

The spokesman for EEDC blamed the deaths on obstruction of power line right-of-way by the victims.

He said that the incident would not have occurred if the residents had adhered to the company’s earlier warnings and sensitisation.

“On the incident that occured in Anambra, the victim put up makeshift shop made of metallic container directly under the high tension line, which was why the victims were caught up and electrocuted.

“The fact is that we wouldn’t have lost these lives if they were not under the power line”, Ezeh said.

The EEDC spokesman described power line right-of-way as the mapped out corridor for distribution and transmission of electricity.

He reiterated that precautionary safety measures and mandatory clearance levels must be observed by the public.

He explained the various power lines and their respective clearance levels that should be maintained.

”There should be 11 meters observance on 11KV and 33KV lines (that is 5.5 meters on both sides), while 30 meters is observed on 132 KV line (that is 15 meters on both sides).

”Also, 50 meters should be observed on 330KV line (that is 25 meters on both sides),” Eze noted.

He warned that in situations where electricity lines sagged or snapped and the specified clearance level was not observed, lives of people within the area would be exposed to possible electrocution.

He said the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) had directed Distribution Companies (DISCOs) to disconnect power supply to all structures, buildings and premises that were in violation of the power line right-of-way.

The EEDC’s head of corporate communications said that the company had since begun disconnection of erring properties within its network.

EEDC is working in full liaison with relevant government agencies to ensure the directive is carried out effectively.

“We frown at indiscriminate manner structures are erected within electricity right-of-way and warn customers to desist from the hazardous behaviour.

“We have been disconnecting properties identified to be in violation, and working closely with relevant government agencies; some of these structures have been demolished”, he said.

He added that EEDC had applied various communication media in sensitising customers on the need to be safety conscious by observing the clearance levels.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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Buhari, family members observe Eid prayer inside Aso Villa

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President Muhammadu Buhari and members of his family on Sunday observed the Eid-El-Fitr prayer at the presidential quarters in line with the protocol against mass gathering issued by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the protocol of social distancing was also exhibited during the two-raka’at prayer.

President Buhari had on May 22 pledged to conduct his Eid prayers with his family at home as directed by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, who is also the President General of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI),

The President, in a statement released by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in Abuja on Friday, said his decision to observe the Eid prayer at home was also in observance of the lockdown measures in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, put in place “to save lives and protect people from all dangers.”

Shehu, in the statement, said the president had cancelled the annual traditional Sallah homage being embarked upon by residents of the FCT led by the FCT Minister, to the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

”Further to this, the President who has traditionally shared the joyous moment with top government officials, political leaders, community heads, Muslim and Christian religious leaders and children, will not be receiving these homages in a bid to stop the coronavirus from further spreading,” he added.

It would be recalled that President Buhari had in his this year’s Sallah message released on Friday urged Muslims to keep their spirits up in spite of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to him, the deadly virus which caught the world off guard, and has put a damper on what would otherwise have been ”a time of celebration for the Muslim faithful to mark the end of the Ramadan fasting period.”

The President said, “for the first time in recent years, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on the people’s spiritual, social and economic lives.

”This year’s fasting period was particularly challenging for Muslims because they had to forgo many important aspects of their daily worship, including the routine congregations for prayer and the recitation and interpretation of the Holy Qur’an as well as traveling for the lesser pilgrimage to Makkah.

“It is not easy to give up many of these important duties and activities, but it became imperative to do so in order to control or limit the spread of this deadly disease.”

Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)

 

 

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Abe condoles NJC, family over death of Justice Karibi-Whyte

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Sen. Magnus Abe has condoled Nigeria Judicial Council (NJC) and the family of Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte over the death of the legal icon.

Abe, who represented Rivers South-East Senatorial District in the 6th National Assembly, gave the condolence on Saturday in a statement signed by his spokesman, Mr Parry Benson, in Port Harcourt.

The senator described the late justice, who died on Friday at the age of 88, as one of Africa’s foremost international jurist and legal luminary during his time in service.

Abe stated that the death of Karibi-Whyte is a great loss of wisdom, wealth of experience and calm fatherly disposition which would have been invaluable to judiciary and the country at this time.

He also described the late legal icon as an accomplished lawyer, teacher, a man of character and proven integrity whose immense contribution to the development of the judiciary in Nigeria cn never be forgotten.

“Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte meant different things to different people, to me, he was a father, a friend and a counselor. I was mesmerized by his passion and commitment to justice.

“Although, the final chapter in the life and times of this great jurist is now closed, but there are many  gifts and life changing lessons that his life of service has bequeathed to humanity.

“We join his family and admirers across Nigeria to mourn the passing of a great man.

“We pray that God in His infinite mercy will give strength to his wife and family to bear this tragic loss,”Abe said. NAN

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Each Portuguese family loses over 1,000 USD on average due to COVID-19: study

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Each Portuguese family has lost 944 euros (1,031 U.S. dollars) on average since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country, according to a study released on Friday.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic in Portugal from March until mid-May, the loss of income was widespread in 70 percent of households,” the Portuguese Association for Consumer Protection (DECO) said in a statement, according to the Lusa News Agency.

The study was carried out between May 14-15 with an online questionnaire to “a representative sample of the Portuguese population” aged between 18 and 74 years old, with 1,002 responses obtained.

According to the study, at the center of the financial loss is the decrease of professional income between mid-March and May, which ranged between 581 and 1,126 euros (roughly 634 to 1,229 dollars).

The self-employed were the most affected, with the majority continuing to work, but with less income, it added.

In addition, the financial damage recorded in the period was also due to the cancellation of trips, cultural and sports events, losses in real estate rents and in investments in financial products, according to the study.

“Savings, as a consequence, are being greatly affected,” it said, adding “in one third of the cases, savings have already been used to meet daily expenses and another third of families anticipate the need to do so.”

Given the adverse circumstances, one in four families was forced to ask for financial assistance, the study found.

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