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Incidence of cancer among women increases in Zamfara – Gynaecologist



Dr Usman Shanawa, a Consultant Gynaecologist at Yariman Bakura Specialist Hospital, Gusau, says the number of women with cancer is increasing in Zamfara.

Shanawa, who is the acting Medical Director of the hospital, made the revelation at an event to mark the 2019 World Breastfeeding Week which took place at the hospital premises in Gusau on Thursday.

He said “we conducted a research recently at the hospital due to rising concern over cancer-related ailments, especially among nursing mothers.

“We discovered that in every 100 patients we screened, 10 had either cervical or breast cancer and the saddest thing is that the women only got to know after it had passed treatment stages.

” And due to the lack of awareness, the patients die shortly after they have been diagnosed because the disease may no longer be treated.

“Another thing is the cost of treatment, which most patients cannot afford, and at the end of the day,  patients will just not turn up for treatment after they have been diagnosed.”

The director lamented then submitted a copy of the cancer research work and a proposal on the way forward to wife of the state governor, Hajiya Aisha Matawalle.

He called for the stablishment of Women Cancer Foundation in the state to cater for the poor and vulnerable.

The governor’s wife, who was the Special Guest at the event, urged women in the state to ensure exclusive breastfeeding of their children in the first six months after birth.

She said “these children are ours and as mothers we are the closest to them, so, if we do not take good care of them, no one will.

“We shall continue to provide enabling environment for working nursing mothers in the state but you must also make sure you remain healthy by going for regular checkups.

“This proposal by the medical director will be supported for improved healthcare in the state.”

The governor’s wife then donated a motorcycle to a nine-year old primary two school pupil, Fatima Ismail, whom she learnt treks from her village, Unguwar Tofa, to Tsafe to attend school.

This caught the attention of the governor’s wife who said the girl should no longer cover the four- kilometer distance on foot.


COVID -19: Commissioner says Delta on red alert to contain incidence



The Delta Commissioner for Health, Dr Mordi Ononye, says the state government has put modalities in place to contain any incident of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.

Ononye said this on Monday in Asaba during a joint press briefing with the Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, and the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Chiedu Ebie.

He said that the state’s Rapid Response Team (RRT), an emergency committee set up following the outbreak of COVID-19, was on top of the issue.

The commissioner said that the government would not ban social gatherings, but “all such gatherings must observe caution to ensure safety”

Ononye urged residents of the state to imbibe good sanitary habits by ensuring regular hand washing, use of sanitisers and avoiding handshake.

He said that the state government was working in partnership with other stakeholders to contain any incident of the disease.

Dr Ann Ojimba, Incident Manager, Emergency Operation Committee for COVID-19, said the isolation center of the  Federal Medical Center (FMC) in Asaba had been well equipped to contain any eventuality.

He said that all the 11 facilities in the state had holding centers, assuring that there was no need to panic.

“Our public health centres are on red alert, we are trying to do what we call active surveillance and intensive risk communication to mitigate the incidence of the disease.

“We have to develop new culture, new habit of not touching our face, no more handshaking, but with elbow,” he said.

Dr Belu Abaye, Head, Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) in Delta, said the state had moved from watch mode to alert mode in trying to contain any case of COVID-19.

He said that there was no incidence of coronavirus in the state and cautioned against rumour mongering.

Abaye urged the media to disseminate accurate information about the virus to the public for proper understanding. .

Edited By: Azubuike Okeh/Tajudeen Atitebi

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How SEC helped tackle incidence of unclaimed dividends–Shareholders




Shareholders in Ibadan Zone on Wednesday commended the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for initiating policies which had helped to reduce the huge number of unclaimed dividends in the area.

Mr Eric Akinduro, the Chairman, Ibadan Zone Shareholders Association, gave the commendation in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency .

” The Securities and Exchange Commission has given directives and they stood by them. We give kudos to them because their policies have reduced incidence of unclaimed dividends.

“It is difficult to quantify how much reduction has been achieved; but using Dangote flour for instance,  out of 100 percent of our members in the Southwest that follow up on their dividends as at today everyone of them that is aware and had taken steps have been settled.

“The process has been smooth and helpful recently, we pray that it continues and gets better in the coming year,” Akinduro said.

The chairman further commended SEC’s new policy that banker’s confirmation would not be needed again in claiming dividends.

He noted that this would help older people who have challenges with their signatures due to old age.

“When you have Bank Verification Number (BVN), Identity card with the data already collected by the registrar, they can merge all these together as an evidence to identify individuals for their claims and it will be paid.

“This is where SEC is going now and it is going to help the retail shareholders that do not have regular signatures,” he said.

Akinduro also commended the role of  registrars in claiming dividends for their members in the South West Zone.

He, however, urged them to open offices in the zone, particularly in Ibadan, for easy administrative procedures.

The chairman said the association was set to revitalise its state chapters so that information from the zone could easily get to the grassroots.

He enjoined the government to promote investment friendly policies in 2020 as was done with border closure as well as make positive pronouncements on the market.

Akinduro said that these would encourage investors and add value to the nation’s economy.

(Edited by: Mufutau Ojo)

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NAWOJ wants media to monitor, expose incidences of abuse against girl-child



Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) called on the media to monitor and expose incidences of
abuse and all forms of violence against the girl child.

The call is in a communique signed by the association’s National President, Mrs Ifeyinwa Omowole, issued at the end of a one-day workshop
to mark “NAWOJ at 30”  in Abuja.

The association identified sexual harassment, rape and violence against minors, as well as poor representation of women in politics as factors
that militate against the development of the girl child.

It also listed poverty, parental negligence, negative influence of social media, indecent dressing, as well as posting to cover assignments at
odd places and at odd times as factors that could promote sexual violence or rape on minors and women.

The association observed that culture, religion, insecurity, the lack of adequate finance, the lack of level playing field and intimidation
are other factors affecting women from active participation in politics.

The association noted that “the media should continue to report on the importance of girl child education and ensure effective monitoring of laws that affect the girl child.

“The media should also continue to write reports on issues of girl child education, early marriage and teenage pregnancy, illiteracy, insurgency
and cultural barriers, as well as issues that contribute to high rate of school dropout by girls.”

NAWOJ, therefore, resolved that existing laws relating to child rights, violence against persons, prohibition act should be reviewed, and
stringent measures meted out on perpetrators.

It stated that “sex education should be included in the school curriculum” and urged women to seek elective positions in politics.

“Women should strive toward unity of purpose to achieve greater heights.

“Older women are encouraged to be role models and mentors to younger women to bridge generational gaps.”

NAN reports that 260 journalists, including men and women, attended the workshop on gender based issues,
organised by NAWOJ in Abuja.


Edited by Saidu Adamu/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu


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Coincidences of Anambra fire disasters and alleged sponsored attacks




Coincidences of Anambra fire disasters and alleged sponsored attacks

By Francis Onyeukwu, Nigeria News Agency

Hoodlums gave the disasters recorded in Onitsha, Nnewi, Agulu and Nteje communities in Anambra, between Wednesday Oct.16 and Friday Oct.18, the colouration of sponsored attacks, because the incidences occurred in quick succession.

The inferno caused by fuel tanker occurred  at Upper Iweka and Ochanja Market, Onitsha, on Wednesday Oct.16, while  another petrol tanker fire also occurred at Omagba Phase 2, also in Onitsha on Friday, in addition to fire incidents at Nnewi and two accidents in Nteje and Agulu respectively.

The disasters gave rise to the fake news that the incidents were sponsored by enemies of Biafra.

Emma Powerful, spokesperson of the group, had issued a statement claiming the attacks were handwork of enemies of Biafra.

The tragedy started at about 12:30p.m. on Oct.16, when a tanker laden with premium motor spirit (PMS) fell in front of Toronto Hospital, Onitsha, near the popular Upper Iweka flyover.

The product spilled through the gutters to Ochanja Market axis and caught fire.

Those not conversant with Onitsha, especially Upper Iweka/Ochanja axis, may believe Emma Powerful, since the distance from Upper Iweka to Ochanja Market is about 500 metres.

One would now wonder how the fire wreaked havoc in Ochanja, leaving out some buildings very close to the scene of the tanker fire.

From the point of the incident, there is a drainage that slopped towards Ochanja Market roundabout, on Emordi and Amobi streets, where many traders deal on plastic containers and other highly inflammable products.

It was this section of Ochanja, that Mrs Ifeoma Nwoye, a native of Urum in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra, who died with her only child was consumed by the fire.

Another trader who also died, was said to have ran into his shop to take the money he stacked in his shop.

“In all, seven persons died in Ochanja, three, including Nwoye and her child died on the first day, plus four bodies burnt beyond recognition, that were recovered in debris after four days”, Mr Chukwuka Okeke, an eye witness said.

Okeke, a neighbour to Nwoye, said the deceased had ran out of her shop, but remembered that her baby was still inside the shop and went back to rescue her.

While Onitsha residents were still grappling with the Ochanja incident, another tanker also conveying PMS fell down at Omagba Phase 2 axis of Onitsha, at Chukwudi Bus Stop, near Bessoy Filling Station about 3.30a.m. on Oct.18.

The second fire incident took the same dimension as the one at Upper Iweka/Ochanja Market, except that it did not extend to a market.

Mr Emeka Obinwa, Executive Assistant to Gov. Willie Obiano on Anambra State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA)  Media, told the Nigeria News Agency that 28 vehicles and six buildings were burnt.

Obinwa who led a team of emergency workers to Omagba Onitsha, said they arrived the scene at about 4.30 a.m. that Friday.

“It was the prompt arrival of fire fighters that made the inferno not to be as severe as the Ochanja fire.

“The inferno which began at about 3:30a.m. on Friday equally affected six buildings, apart from the petrol tanker that was complete razed,’’ he said.

But that was not all for the emergency workers on Friday.

As they were leaving Omagba, another fire alert came, that fire affected a drinking joint at Otolo Nnewi, in Nnewi South Local Government Area.

Three female waiters were burnt to death at the Otolo Nnewi fire incident.

It was learnt that the waiters were locked inside the building by their employer, and could not be rescued when the inferno started, even though they raised alarm and were therefore burnt to death.

Apart from the fire incident at Otolo Nnewi, a fatal accident claimed four lives in Nteje, Oyi Local Government Area of the state.

In addition, another accident, involving a petrol tanker, laden with diesel, occurred in front of St. Stephen Anglican Church, Agulu, Anaocha Local Government Area, on that same Friday.

It was the Agulu accident that actually frightened residents and made some believe the fake news from IPOB about possible sponsorship of the incidents by enemies of Biafra.

The last accident that occurred on that Friday on Amawbia-Ekwulobia federal highway, involved a tanker owned by Tonimas and laden with diesel.

It was the Agulu accident’s news that almost put the area in confusion, as it coincided with the statement issued by  IPOB, that Anambra was under enemy’s attacks.

The Agulu accident did not claim any life, no property destroyed, it only caused delay, as the road was blocked by the vehicles involved in the accident.

People were forced to take alternative routes, which prolonged their journey to Awka and Ekwulobia areas.

Retired AVM Ben Chiobi, Special Adviser on Creative Security to Obiano, who led a team of emergency workers to Agulu, said  security and emergency workers arrived on time and took proactive measures, which prevented the Agulu incident from resulting to fire outbreak.

As a result of the incidents, people outside Anambra even started telephoning their loved ones in the state to know about their safety.

Obinwa, the Governor’s SA Media on SEMA, explained that there was no truth in the rumoured involvement of enemies in the disasters recorded in the state between Oct. 16 and Oct.18.

“All that happened in the state between Oct.16 and Oct.18 were disasters.

“Most of these articulated vehicles conveying petroleum products are not road worthy, yet they carry highly inflammable substances,’’ he said.

He stressed that there was nothing to worry about, adding that the owner of Tonimas truck involved in the Agulu accident, is an illustrious son of Anambra and would not have been part of any sabotage against the state.

Gov. Willie Obiano, on his part assured that government would overhaul the fire service department to enable it function better.

He also said that the state has opened Victims’ Support Fund Bank Account, with Chief Chidi Anyaebgu, Chief Executive of Chisco Nigeria Ltd as Chairman.

He appealed to all and sundry, irrespective of tribe and creed to come to the aid of those affected by the disasters.

The multiple incidents in Anambra within three days, is a wakeup call to properly  equip the fire service, regulate the movements of articulated vehicles conveying petroleum products, as well as ensure proper urban planning.(NANFeatures)

**If used, please credit the writer as well as Nigeria News Agency

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Adopt aggressive health education strategies to reduce incidence of malaria- Expert urges Govts



A medical expert, Dr Patrick Korie, has urged the three tiers of government to adopt aggressive health education strategies to reduce the incidence of malaria and other preventable diseases.

Korie, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, SUNU Health Nigeria Ltd., made the plea on Thursday at the inaugural Enrollees/Providers Forum for the South-West zone held at the Bizcom, Lagos.

According to him, a review of 2018 diagnosis and treatment of our enrollees showed that malaria is about 53 per cent of all the diagnosis and treatment.

“Nigeria is a malaria endemic zone with malaria as one of the highest causes of mortality and sick leave absenteeism.

“This is of great concern to us; we would like to change the narrative with our enrollees.

“First, we must set up a standard for the treatment of malaria for our enrollees. Our standard is the WHO standard.

“Part of the guideline is test before treatment and the use of ACT. This we would like to encourage our providers to do,’’ Korie said.

The SUNU chief executive said that in the organisation’s interaction with some providers on the guideline of protesting before treatment and the use of ACT, they drawn their attention to the cost of treatment for malaria.

“This is paid for through capitation in the NHIS, except complicated malaria that may be secondary case.

“Malaria is a preventive disease and we know that prevention is better than cure. We strongly advocate preventive measures and education of all patients diagnosed with malaria.

“If the patients are aware and adopt preventive measures, the cost associated with the cure of malaria would be saved by the provider.

“Health education is a risk management technique that should be adopted by all our providers to reduce incidence of diseases and reduce the cost of cure.

“Preventive healthcare is an integral part of our healthcare delivery system,’’ Korie said.

Also, Dr Bethel-Kasim Abraham, an Assistant General Manager, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), said that the scheme focussed and placed special attention on the enrollees.

Abraham said that the whole scheme centres on the enrollees, as they need to get value for the contributions they brought into the system.

He said some ailments had not yet been covered under the scheme, because money that was supposed to be used to treat millions of people could not be used to treat few people.

Abraham said NHIS would still look into cases like cancer, noting that the scheme had covered dialysis to a maximum of six sessions and surgeries.
Edited by Olagoke Olatoye

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PTAD Verification: FRSC medical team records 4 health incidences in Enugu



The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) medical team has recorded four major health incidences in the ongoing pension verification of Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) in Enugu.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that PTAD commenced a hitch-free biometric verification of retired civil servants who served in federal agencies, corporations and institutions, in two centres in Enugu metropolis on Monday, Aug. 26.

The exercise, which was originally scheduled to end on Sept. 4 has been extended for three more days to end on Sept. 7 to allow for more time to attend to the retired senior citizens.

The FRSC Sector Commander in Enugu State, Mr Ogbonnaya Kalu, disclosed this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Enugu on Friday.

Kalu said that the verification had been relatively medical challenge-free since the Federal Government had eliminated the stress retired senior citizens go through in the exercise.

He said that the command had stationed a well-equipped ambulance and a medical team in each of the centres to see that issues of medical challenge were attended to with dispatch.

“At the centre in lngrace Hall, we recorded two incidences of collapsing of senior citizens and we quickly revived them in the FRSC ambulances and later took them in the same ambulance to a private hospital where they fully recovered within two days.

“Also, in Good Shepherd Hall, we revived one elderly woman that fainted and later her grown up children took her away from our ambulance.

“While another was attended to when he was vomiting and taken to the ambulance and after a while he was fully revived and continued with the exercise.

“Apart from these critical medical rescues, the FRSC medical teams at the two centres carried out extensive blood pressure check as well as gave drugs to the retirees and PTAD staff that complained of headache, fever and malaria,” he said.

The sector commander noted that the FRSC medical support to the verification had been commendable and humanitarian in nature, adding that “FRSC ambulance and our medical team has continued to be on alert at their posts at the centres”.

NAN learnt from a PTAD staff, who spoke on condition of anonymity that each of the centres verified a minimum of 400 retirees each day.

He added that the retirees were verified in air conditioned halls and served lunch each day.

NAN also learnt that the ongoing nationwide exercise is to enable PTAD to have a comprehensive, accurate and reliable database for pensioners under the Defined Benefit Scheme (DBS).

The database will also be used to address some irregularities in the system, including ghost worker syndrome, duplicate payments, over and under payments, among other needs.

According to the source, 270 agencies, including tertiary and health institutions, and the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria, are expected to be covered by the exercise.

Other agencies include: Nigeria Railway Corporation, Nigeria Postal Service, Aluminum Smelter Company of Nigeria, Nigeria Aviation Handling Company, Nigerian National Shipping Line and Assurance Bank among others. (NAN)

(Edited by Remi Koleoso/Peter Ejiofor)

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Kaduna fire service records 18 deaths in 75 incidences within 3 months




The Kaduna State Fire Service recorded 18 deaths in 75 fire incidences between May and July, its Director, Mr Paul Aboi, said on Monday in Kaduna.

Aboi told the Nigeria News Agency (NAN), that the fire incidences occurred in Kaduna, Zaria and Kafanchan.

He said that 30 fire outbreaks occurred between June 24 and July 22, the highest figure in the period under review.

The official said that the outfit was s doing its best to reduce the incidences, adding that residents were being sensitised on fire safety measures to reduce the number of outbreaks..

Aboi added that 20 persons were rescued by fire fighting personnel with property worth N675 million saved from destruction within the period under review.

According to him, property worth N264 million was destroyed within the period.

He blamed the fire incidents on negligence and improper installation of electrical appliances, and advised residents to be very careful while handling electrical appliances.

Aboi also cautioned members of the public against attacking fire fighting men on duty, saying that such attitude was capable of hurting their morale. (NAN)


Edited by Oluyinka Fadare and Ephraims Sheyin




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NNPC, NOSDRA partner to mitigate incidence of oil spillage



The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) said they would partner to check the incidences of oil spill across the country.

Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Malam Mele Kyari, made this known when he received the Director General of NOSDRA, Mr Idris Musa, at the NNPC Towers in Abuja on Wednesday.

In a statement signed by Mr Ndu Ughamadu, the spokesman for the corporation, Kyari said that as a National Oil Company, the NNPC pipelines, flow stations and assets across the country were jointly owned by the Federation.

He maintained that the Corporation produces crude oil to maintain a balance sheet for the nation.

“We have taken a number of steps to stem oil spill by deploying technology in order to make sure that whenever there is an oil spill incidence, it is contained almost immediately.

“We contain the incidences of oil theft, pipeline vandalism and acts of saboteurs and we intend to bring it to the barest minimum,” he said.

Kyari noted that the NNPC operated both crude oil and petroleum products pipelines, adding that the Corporation was collaborating with its partners to curb incidences of oil spill in its areas of operations.

He said the Corporation would also forge closer ties with NOSDRA to proactively forestall oil spill in areas that were prone to incessant incidences.

Earlier, Musa said the Agency was prepared to partner the NNPC in mitigating oil spill in all areas of its operations.

He added that the partnership would ensure a good operating environment for the operators and the communities.

He added that breaking of petroleum products pipelines did not provide food, water and good environment for the people.

He explained that the malaise bleeds the national purse of revenues that would have being used to provide developmental infrastructure for Nigerians.


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Trauma consultant calls for social media regulation to reduce incidence of suicide



A trauma management consultant, Mr Samuel Pender, has urged the Federal Government to establish a regulatory body that would monitor social media presentations to the citizens in Nigeria.

Pender, who spoke with the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos on Monday, said that the role of social media had tremendously increased the suicide rate in the country.

According to him, the indiscriminate display of wealth, social status and fake lifestyles through these media has triggered depression within emotionally unstable individuals which inadvertently leads to suicide.

“The social media is a positive development, but it also has its negative sides too. It can be used as a means to psychologically and emotionally abuse on a person or community.

“Abuse is the major reason why people find themselves depressed and think of committing suicide as a way out of their emotional state of mind.

“If there is a regulatory system guiding what is being presented, this will help reduce the propagation of negative vibes and reduce the attempt of people at suicide,” the consultant said.

Pender said that ban on the sale of sniper across the country would not curb the cases of suicide.

He said that it was just one of the ways by which a person could end his or her life.

“There are other poisonous substances and methods at committing suicide for a depressed person.

“The best way to reduce suicide is to be able to mentally prepare people on the outcome of the truth to the harsh reality of the world we live in,” Pender said.

The consultant said that religious leaders have major role to play in building positive images about people through the preaching of motivational messages in the society.

He said that most of the messages preached from the pulpits by religious leaders were based on prosperity which were enough to make an unemployed person to become depressed.

“The Federal Government also needs to wake up and encourage youths more by empowering them to achieve sustainable development goals in future,” he said

The consultant also advised parents to be mindful of how they correct their children, especially the young adults in public so as not to stress them emotionally and psychologically.

Pender advised people not to relent in whatever endeavour they find themselves in and to always have a positive disposition to life.

“Tragedy is inevitable and can pop up at any moment in anyone’s life. The best approach is to admit that the tragedy has happened and see how you can move on.

“The greatest harm you can do to yourself is to blame yourself for what you cannot stop from happening to you,” he said.

Pender said that some traumatic experience could be very painful, and if left unattended, could lead to depression and suicide as the ultimate way out.

The expert said that a good way of expressing pain was to talk about it, because when you talk about it, you feel light within.

“Another way of expressing pain is through crying,” he said.

Edited by Modupe Adeloye/Olagoke Olatoye

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