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NGO offers scholarship to indigent students in Nasarawa

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Greater Hope Foundation, an NGO based in Nasarawa State, has offered scholarship to 50 indigent students of the state studying at College of Peace and Reconciliation Studies in Jos, Plateau State.

Chief Bala Joshua, the Founder of the NGO, made this known on Friday while presenting the scholarship letters to the beneficiaries in Lafia.

According to him, the essence of the scholarship is to reduce the burden of school fees on the recipient parents.

Joshua, who is the Commandant, Peace Corps of Nigeria, Nasarawa State command, said the gesture was part of his commitment to contribute to the development of the education sector in the country.

According to him, education is the best legacy parents, stakeholders and governments should leave for its citizenry, hence the need for the scholarship.

“As no society will achieve meaningful progress and development without sound education.

“It has been my desire to always see that I lift up some individuals to become better members of the society.

“It is not by coincidence neither it is by accident, this has been a well designed package programme. I have it in mind that I must also give back to the society what God has given to me.

“This is one of the ways that I can touch the lives of the people, especially the less privileged ones in the society.

“My target is the youths, especially the orphans and the officers and men of the Peace Corps of Nigeria who are also included in the scholarship.

“Because Peace Corps made me to be where I am today and as such I want to lift some of the officers too, to a greater level so as to give them a sense of belonging in the society,’’ he said.

Joshua called on the beneficiaries to take their studies with all seriousness in order to excel in their academic pursuits and to contribute their quota to the development of the society.

The founder of the NGO restated his commitment to continue to key into positive policies and programmes that would have direct bearing on the lives of the people.

Earlier, Mr Adams Makka-Nangba, Dr Joseph Mareen, District Head of Wakama in Nasarawa State, and the Director, College of Peace and Reconciliation Studies, respectively, commended the NGO for the gesture.

They urged the beneficiaries to be hard working in order to justify the NGO’s investment on their education.

Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mr Philip Abu, thanked foundation for the scholarship and promised that they would not disappoint.

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NGO provides trauma healing for IDPs in Gombe

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The Kishimi Shelter and Care Foundation, an NGO, has commenced a one-year trauma healing programme for 300 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Gombe State.

Mrs Grace Samuel, the Executive Director of the foundation, disclosed this at the opening of a two-day training workshop for stakeholders on the programme.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the targeted beneficiaries are being sheltered in Gombe and Akko Local Government Areas of the state.

She said the foundation would execute the programme through a collaboration with Psycare Initiative with support from African Transitional Justice Legacy Funds (ATJLF).

According to her, the project will provide palliative care for traumatised victims and survivors of conflict in the North East region.

She explained that the programme would provide care to victims who lost everything and have no source of livelihood with skills acquisition and income generating activity.

According to her, the NGO will settle the hospital bills of those in the second category and then link them to additional medical service through referrals and professional counselling.

Samuel said: “African Transitional Justice Legacy Funds is a  MacArthur Foundation sponsored programme which basically has to do with reforming the justice system in Africa.

“This time around, we are not only looking at the justice system, we are looking at the non-justice components.

“This is, those that have not only been denied rights but are suffering trauma and some other challenges. That’s the part we are working on,” she said.

The executive director said the organisation was targeting a minimum of 300 out of the 10,000 IDPs in the state.

Samuel therefore appealed to spirited persons and organisations for more interventions to help displaced persons who are still leaving their homes because of insurgency in the region.

She said that a technical working group would be established to reflect all the stakeholders or components identified for easy execution of the project.

The affected IDPs, traditional and religious leaders, heads of security agencies, CSOs, the media, health personnel and legal practitioners attended the event.


Edited By: Shuaib Sadiq/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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COVID-19: NGO distributes face masks to cleaners, security guards in Kano

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A Kano based Non-Governmental Organisations, Community Health Research (CHR), has distributed over 1,000 face masks to messengers, cleaners, security guards and food vendors in Government offices in Kano State.

Distributing the face mask to the beneficiaries on Tuesday, Hajiya Rabi Mustapha, one of the AMMKaS officials, an NGO under the CHR, said the donation was a collective effort of various humanitarian organisations in Kano.

 

According to her, the distribution of the face masks was to ensure that the beneficiaries protect themselves from COVID-19,  so as to halt the transmission of the virus.

 

Mustapha added that the NGOs have also distributed face mask to water vendors, market women, vegetable, meat and fruit sellers across the state.

 

“We hope to reach more people wherever they are doing their businesses and enlighten them on the disease and preventive measures.”

 

According to her, the CHR has also distributed over 5,000 sanitiser  and soap to various health facilities across the state.

“The main objective is to raise awareness, prevent and control COVID-19 spread in the state.

 

“We are also discouraging issues related to stigma and discrimination towards discharged COVID-19 patients, and enlightening people to differentiate between fake and genuine information on COVID-19,” she said.

 

Some of the beneficiaries who spoke to newsmen commended the effort of the group, calling on individuals and other organisations to emulate the gesture.

 


Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Leader of Mongolia’s ruling party calls for synergy to promote national development, interests

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Ukhnaa Khurelsukh, leader of Mongolia’s ruling Mongolian People’s Party (MPP), on Tuesday called on voters to promote synergy and unity for the country’s development and interests.

Khurelsukh made the remarks during the launching ceremony of the party’s election campaign for the forthcoming parliamentary elections.

“There are no party interests that go beyond the interests of the country. I am calling on all people or voters to synergize their efforts to promote the interests of Mongolia, support the economic growth, strengthen justice in the country, and to improve people’s livelihood,” said Khurelsukh.

“I am confident that the next four years will be the years for Mongolians to consolidate their achievements, increase economic growth, reduce unemployment and poverty, create new jobs, and strengthen freedom and justice,” he said, calling for a resounding support from voters.

A total of 76 candidates from the MPP are running in the upcoming parliamentary elections under the slogan “Let’s synergize.”

According to the country’s General Election Commission, 485 candidates from 13 political parties and four coalitions as well as 121 independent candidates are running for the parliamentary elections scheduled for June 24.

Mongolia’s opposition Democratic Party is participating in this year’s elections under the slogan “Let’s allot the benefits of economic growth to every household and protect citizens by laws.”

The Asian country’s parliament, the State Great Khural, is unicameral, consisting of 76 lawmakers with a four-year term.

The previous parliamentary elections in Mongolia were held in 2016.

(XINHUA)

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Cititrust donates N1m to NGO to combat COVID-19

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Cititrust Holdings on Tuesday donated N1 million to Health Emergency Initiative (HEI), an NGO, to procure Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health workers.

Presenting the cheque, Mr Yemi Adefisan, Group Chief Executive of the Company, said that the donation was their own quota and support towards fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

Adefisan said that the company operates across 13 African countries and still expanding its frontiers in the globe.

He said that they had made donations in other Africans countries as well as in Lagos and Osun states as the company would continue to donate food, materials and PPE to state governments.

“Today is a cash donation to HEI for PPE for health workers, which is part of what we have planned to do.

“We hoped that the equipment will get down to the right people to help support the vulnerable and those affected by the pandemic,’’ he said.

Receiving the cash donation, Mr Paschal Achunine, Executive Director, HEI said that his NGO recognized that timely provision of PPE was critical to winning the war against COVID-19.

“If you check across the globe, in most places where the pandemic killed a lot of people, it happened because they don’t have enough PPE or it was not timely provided.

HEI embarked on setting up of an emergency trust fund, purchased and distributed to organisation in Nigeria.

“With the fund provided by Cititrust Holdings, who saw and verify what we have done is to get PPE across to the critical ones that need them.

“We have been working with hospitals in the last five years and we know their touch points, every kobo committed to us, gets maximum value,” he said.

Achunine said that HEI has been consistent in 27 hospitals in Lagos including LUTH, LASUTH and IDH, Yaba.

He said that his NGO had been providing support and resuscitation for indigent patients and accident victims when taken to the hospital.

“The resources are limited and challenges are there but l urge companies and individuals to key into the emergency trust fund and appeal to the masses to take precautions, stay alive as the landscape has changed,’’ he said.


Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

 

 

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Parliamentary election campaign begins in Mongolia

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Campaigning for Mongolia‘s parliamentary elections began Tuesday after the country’s election commission approved a list of qualified candidates.

A total of 485 candidates from 13 political parties and four coalitions as well as 121 independent candidates are running for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for June 24, the GEC said in a statement.

The commission said 75 percent of the candidates are male and 25 percent are female.

Mongolia’s parliament, the State Great Khural, is unicameral, consisting of 76 lawmakers with a four-year term.

The previous parliamentary elections in Mongolia were held in 2016.

(XINHUA)

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1st LD: New Ebola outbreak reported in northwest DR Congo

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A fresh outbreak of the Ebola virus disease was declared on Monday by Congolese Minister of Health Eteni Longondo in the city of Mbandaka, in Equateur Province in northwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo).

“The samples taken in Mbandaka and sent to the National Institute of Biomedical Research in Kinshasa were positive,” said the health minister during a press conference in Kinshasa.

According to Eteni Longondo, the heads of the National Institute of Biomedical Research in Kinshasa confirmed on Monday the result of the test taken from the patients on the spot in the town of Mbandaka.

A few days ago, the authorities of the city of Mbandaka in Equator Province alerted at least four cases of suspicious deaths in the same health zone of Mbandaka.

For health authorities in Kinshasa, the Ebola response team is already in place at the provincial level and another team will be deployed from Kinshasa to strengthen the response.

The announcement comes as health authorities started a countdown to declare the end of the tenth Ebola epidemic that has plagued the east part of the country since 2018, which has left more than three thousand people contaminated and 2,280 people dead.

According to WHO Secretary-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who has confirmed six cases, including four already dead by his Twitter account, WHO already has its teams on scene to support the fight against the epidemic.

The tenth epidemic has been the deadliest in the history of the country since the discovery of the first Ebola epidemic around 1977 in the province of Bandundu.

The government was planning to announce the country Ebola free on June 25, but with new cases resurfacing, the country has to continue fighting it, media reports said.

(XINHUA)

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New Ebola outbreak declared in northwest DR Congo

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An eleventh outbreak of the Ebola virus disease was declared on Monday by Congolese Minister of Health Eteni Longondo in the city of Mbandaka, in Equateur Province in northwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo).

“The samples taken in Mbandaka and sent to the National Institute of Biomedical Research in Kinshasa were positive,” said the health minister during a press conference in Kinshasa.

According to Eteni Longondo, the heads of the National Institute of Biomedical Research in Kinshasa confirmed on Monday the result of the test taken from the patients on the spot in the town of Mbandaka.

A few days ago, the authorities of the city of Mbandaka in Equator Province alerted at least four cases of suspicious deaths in the same health zone of Mbandaka.

For health authorities in Kinshasa, the Ebola response team is already in place at the provincial level and another team will be deployed from Kinshasa to strengthen the response.

The announcement comes as health authorities started a countdown to declare the end of the tenth Ebola epidemic that has plagued the east part of the country since 2018, which has left more than three thousand people contaminated and two thousand people dead.

According to WHO Secretary-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who has confirmed six cases, including four already dead by his Twitter account, WHO already has its teams on scene to support the fight against the epidemic.

The tenth epidemic has been the deadliest in the history of the country since the discovery of the first Ebola epidemic around 1977 in the province of Bandundu.

(XINHUA)

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Immunisation ongoing in Kwara inspite of COVID-19-Official

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The Kwara Government on Monday, advised residents  to take their children for immunisation against child killer diseases, saying routine immunisation was still ongoing inspite of COVID-19.

Dr Michael Oguntoye,  the Director, Primary Health Care System in the state Ministry of Health, gave the advice in Ilorin during a sensitisation meeting on measles campaign.

“All health facilities are open during this period of COVID- 19 and routine immunisation services will be rendered.

“Immunisation is a core health device that should be prioritised for the prevention of communicable disease and safeguarded for continuity during the COVID- 19 pandemic and other pandemics for that matter where feasible, ” he said.

According to him, immunisation delivery strategies may need to be adapted and should be conducted under safe conditions without undue harm to health workers, caregivers and the community.

Oguntoye observed that there was risk of disruption to routine immunisation and other primary Healthcare activities due to the  COVID- 19-related burden on the health system.

He added that there was decreased demand for vaccination because of social distancing requirements or community reluctance to visit health facilities for fear of the disease.

Oguntoye warned that disruption of immunisation services, even for brief periods, would result in increased numbers of susceptible individuals and raise the likelihood of outbreaks prone vaccine preventable disease (VPD) such as measles.

He noted that such outbreaks due to low vaccine uptake might  result in increased rate of illnesses and deaths,  especially among young infants and other vulnerable groups.

“As a result, the Kwara government in conjunction with UNICEF is creating awareness among the population that immunisation and other Primary Health Care (PHC) services are still available in our centres and other health care facilities,” he said.

Oguntoye said the health facilities in the state were already positioned to provide immunisation and other PHC services to clients in environments that were  safe for both the health workers and clients.

Also speaking at the meeting, Dr Marion Adekeye, the State Nutrition Officer, Kwara State Primary Healthcare Development Agency,  explained that Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPDs) were those that could  be prevented by immunisation.

She listed some of these child killer diseases to include Tuberculosis, Poliomyelitis, Hepatitis B, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Haemophilus and Influenza among others.

Adekeye blamed those who got afflicted or died from the diseases on the inaction of parents to ensure they were  immunised.

According to the expert , refusing immunisation destroys lives as this might result in incidence of abandoned children or disability.

Dr Dupe Shittu, the Social Mobilisation Officer for Kwara State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, said health facilities in the state were in optimal condition.

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Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Mufutau Ojo (NAN)
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Mongolian PM calls for synergizing efforts for child protection

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Mongolian Prime Minister Ukhnaa Khurelsukh on Monday called on his citizens and all public and private organizations in the country to improve protection for children.

“Since 2017, the Mongolian government has tripled the number of organizations responsible for providing child protection services and increased the costs of child protection in stages. However, there is still a need to improve child protection efforts,” Khurelsukh said in his greetings on the occasion of the International Children’s Day.

“Therefore, all people, public and private organizations in the country need to work together to synergize their efforts to further improve child protective services,” the prime minister said.

Children up to the age of 18 accounted for 35.4 percent of the country’s 3.2 million people by the end of 2019, according to the National Statistics Office of Mongolia.

Mongolia began marking International Children’s Day as an official public holiday in 1996, and celebrates it on June 1.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the country has not widely celebrated International Children’s Day nor organized public activities this year.

(XINHUA)

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