Taraba Government says it has targeted 639,713 children in its campaign against measles and meningitis slated for between Nov. 16 and Nov. 23, across the state.
Alhaji Aminu Hassan, the Executive Secretary of the state Primary Health Care Development Agency, disclosed this on Friday at the opening of a one-day orientation for selected media representatives in Jalingo, ahead of the campaign.
Hassan said the campaign was being funded by the state government with support from UN Children Fund (UNICEF) and other international partners.
He said that global statistics show that over 3 million children under the age of five, still die annually from diseases like yellow fever, meningitis and measles, while 10 in every 100 children die from vaccine preventable diseases.
Hassan who stressed that both measles and meningitis were killer diseases and children were most vulnerable to their infection, urged parents to present their children for the vaccination.
“Measles and meningitis remain major cause of death for millions of children annually. To be fully protected, it is important that children who are at least nine months old receive measles immunisation during the campaign.
“When a child shows signs of measles such as high fever, redness of eyes, cough, runny nose and rashes, or symptoms of meningitis such as high fever, persistent headache, stiffness of the neck, vomiting, drowsiness, lack of appetite and sensitivity to light, take the child to the nearest health facility without delay.
“In Nigeria, vaccines are provided free by government and partners and available in all healthcare centres but still the vaccination coverage (routine and supplemental immunisation) has not reached the desired level to prevent repeated outbreaks,” he said.
The campaign, according to Hassan will hold across the 16 Local Government Areas (LGAs), of the state.
Edited by Yakubu Uba/Ali Baba-Inuwa
COVID-19: FG to develop innovative interventions to improve survival chances
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, says efforts are ongoing to develop innovative interventions to reduce COVID-19 case fatalities to below one per cent.
According to him, fatalities at present is at two per cent, especially for the elderly and those with co-morbidities.
Ehanire said that PTF members were aligned in non-pharmaceutical key role interventions in controlling new infections, as the measures of wearing of masks and avoiding crowds were easy, cheap and proven to be effective.
He added that “we would work with state governments to prepare necessary space and human resources at general hospitals or Primary Healthcare Centres to train and set up at least one sample collection site in every local government area in due course, with efficient sample retrieval logistics to convey samples to laboratories.
“This means that we should consider adjusting to what has been described as the ‘new normal,’ a way of life that is intended to reduce risk of infection, while allowing meaningful economic life to resume and citizens to restore their livelihoods,” he said.
The minister said there was need to sustain the efforts as the increase in testing capacity recorded 40,000 in one month, while the number of positive cases dropped by over 2,000.
“The total number of positive COVID-19 cases recorded in July was 17,457, out of a total of 154,454 samples tested, with a positivity rate of 11.3 per cent, as against that of June of 19,149 positive cases from a total of 111,052 samples tested with a positivity rate of 17.2 per cent.
“By Aug. 3, we recorded 43,841 confirmed cases out of of 286,091 samples tested, while 20,308 persons were treated and discharged with 888 persons dead,” he said.
Ehanire also announced that plans were ongoing to designate holding rooms at general hospitals, with facilities for oxygen administration, such as oxygen concentrators or oxygen cylinders.
“Some investment in this strategy, known in Lagos State as oxygen kiosks, will be required, but the benefit in lives saved will be significant,” he said.
Ehanire said that the task force responded to the request of São Tomé for commodities for COVID-19 response, as directed directive by the President.
He assured that there was continued increase and optimisation laboratory diagnostic capacity most recently in Zamfara, Kebbi, Yobe, Taraba, Gombe and Bayelsa states.
The minister said there should be no anxiety among health workers about Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), as the equipment had been reasonably well-stocked with materials and commodities and supplied to all sections of the country.
He said government was grateful to the United Nations and European Union for the donation of another consignment of valuable supplies, which he received on July 31.
“This additional delivery will boost our stockpile of wherewithal to fight the pandemic and it includes face masks and shields goggles, airways tubes, bio-hazard bags and safety boxes, test kites,” he said.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)
NiMet predicts cloudy, thundery weather activities Monday to Wednesday
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted cloudy and thundery weather activities from Monday to Wednesday across the country.
NiMet`s weather outlook released on Sunday in Abuja predicted cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms over some parts of northern states.
The states are Yobe, Borno, Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Sokoto, Taraba, Kebbi and Katsina.
According to the agency, the rest of the region will be under cloudy conditions during the time.
“Later in the day, cloudy skies with pockets of thunderstorms are anticipated over the region with the exception of Sokoto where cloudy condition is expected.
“Over the central region, cloudy skies with isolated rain showers are anticipated over Jos, Nasarawa, Makurdi, Niger and Abuja during the morning hours.
“As the day progresses, much cloudiness is expected to prevail over the region with prospects of thunderstorms over Benue, Abuja, Niger and Plateau States.’’
The agency predicted that southern coast and the inland would be cloudy with the exception of Ikom, Obudu, Calabar in Cross River and Eket in Akwa Ibom, where light rain showers were anticipated during the morning hours.
It further predicted that some southeast inland and coastal cities such as Enugu, Umuahia, Obudu, Uyo, Calabar, Eket, Port-Harcourt and Yenagoa are expected to experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers later in the day.
The agency, however, envisaged cloudy skies over the inland and coastal areas of the Southwest.
According to NiMet, morning thunderstorms are likely over Katsina, Borno, Taraba and Katsina on Tuesday, while the rest of the northern region is expected to be cloudy during the morning hours.
“Places like Southern Borno, Bauchi, and Gombe will experience cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms in the evening while the rest of the region are expected to be cloudy.
“Cloudy skies with thunderstorms are expected over Niger axis, while other parts of the central cities will experience much cloudiness during the morning hours.
“Scattered thunderstorms are anticipated over Kaduna and Niger States in the afternoon with more prospects in the evening.
“Cloudy conditions are expected over inland and coast of the south during the morning and evening period.’’
NiMet forecast cloudy skies over the northern region with chances of thunderstorms over Borno, Gombe, and Adamawa during the morning hours of Wednesday.
It also predicted pockets of thunderstorms over Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, Zamfara and Kebbi States.
“Cloudy skies are expected to prevail across the central region during the morning hours, while thunderstorms are expected over the high grounds of the central states during the afternoon and evening period.
“Cloudiness is expected to prevail over the inland and the coastal belt throughout the forecast period.’’
Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong/Silas Nwoha (NAN)
Gov. Lalong congratulates Archbishop Kaigama @62
Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has congratulated Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja on his 62nd birthday which he marked on Friday, July 31.
Lalong in a congratulatory message by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham, on Sunday in Jos described the cleric as a man of God whose passion for peaceful coexistence and justice was legendary.
He described the prelate as an advocate of peace, who worked tirelessly when he was the Archbishop of Jos, to foster peaceful coexistence among the different groups in the state.
Lalong lauded Kaigama for using his platform to bring the different groups in Plateau to dialogue, to forgive one another and to reconcile with each other irrespective of their differences.
“We cannot thank His Grace, Archbishop Kaigama, enough for the role he played in ensuring that peace returned to Plateau.
” He demonstrated the true essence of the love of God by embracing people from different religious, ethnic and social backgrounds and motivating them to love one another at all times,” Lalong said.
Lalong wished the Archbishop God’s divine protection and peace, saying Plateau would continue to remain his home because of the respect the people there have for him.
He said this was because of the love, generousity and goodwill he showed them in his many years of preaching the gospel in the state.
He prayed that God grace and wisdom would continue to be with him to discharge his pastoral duties as the Archbishop of Abuja diligently.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ignatius Kaigama was born on July 31, 1958 in Taraba and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1981.
He was the Archbishop of Jos from 2000 to 2019.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Peter Dada (NAN)
ECWA urges FG to end insecurity in Kaduna, Plateau, others
The Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) has called on the Federal Government to end the killings in southern Kaduna, Plateau, Benue, Taraba and Adamawa states.
It also urged government to end banditry and other forms of insecurity in Katsina, Zamfara, Niger, and other states in the northern part of the country.
The communique was signed by Rev. Stephen Baba and Rev. Yunusa Nmadu, its President and General Secretary, respectively.
According to the communique, the council also decried the wanton destruction of farmlands and other property worth billions, urging government to rise to the occasion and end the scourge.
It advised government to intensify efforts in arresting the perpetrators and bringing them to book, insisting that such move would serve as deterrent to other criminals.
“Council views with serious concern the unabated attacks of armed men and bandits across the country, especially in the northern states.
“They have continued to destroy lives, farmlands and property of innocent citizens in southern Kaduna, Plateau, Benue, Zamfara, Kogi, Adamawa, Katsina, Taraba and Niger states.
“We note with grief the several attacks on southern Kaduna communties, a stronghold of ECWA, where over 120 persons including infants and women have been killed, with scores injured and many displaced.
“Council, therefore, advocate for a stronger collaboration between the government, the security agencies and the entire populace for a more robust and rapid response for the protection of human lives and property,”it said.
The council also urged security agencies to improve on their response to distress calls, increase intelligence gathering and be proactive to nip imminent security challenges in the bud.
It frowned at the deplorable state of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps across the country and called on the government ensure the inhabitants are returned to their original homes.
It also urged the government to ensure the release of Leah Sharibu and other persons still in captivity, noting that such move would free their parents and loved one from serious trauma.
Edited By: Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)