The Zamfara State Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) has recorded no fewer than 400 sexual assault cases in the last two years, its Coordinator, Ahmad Shehu, said.
Shehu said this in Gusau on Wednesday at an interactive with civil society organisations (CSOs) media, security personnel, members of the state’s children parliaments and representatives from MDAs in the state
The event was organised by Save the Children International (SCI), a UKaid funded NGO, in collaboration with the State Ministry of Women and Children Affairs.
The event was held to commemorate the 2021 International Day for Girl Child with the theme: “Digital Generation, Our Generation”.
The Coordinator further said that the centre that was established in the last two years in the state faced many challenges that affected its operations.
According to him, the major challenge is lack of funds.
“We need resources to follow up cases.”
In their separate motions at the event, members of the state’s children’s parliament called on government to investigate and end the girls’ `almajiri’ issues in the state.
They also called on the authorities to make concerted efforts to find solutions for various challenges affecting girl child development.
A member representing Bungudu Local Government Area in the parliament, Nura Usman, expressed fear over growing rate of female almajiri in the state.
According to him, the issue is becoming terrible especially in the rural communities.
“Something urgent needs to be done to save lives and future of our innocent younger sisters.
“I am appealing to policymakers, traditional and religious leaders, parents and guardians and other stakeholders to ensure they stop such activities in the state,’’ Usman said.
In her remarks, the Speaker of the Parliament, Sa’adatu Muhammad, called on the government to come out with policies to address various issues affecting girls child education.
“As we all know, education is the bedrock for development of any society and educating a woman has numerous advantages to the societal development.
“All stakeholders especially parents, guardians and policy makers must put hands together to ensure that quality education is given to the girl child and other children for the future of our society,’’ Muhammad said.
The speaker also called for the speedy passage of the Child Protection Bill in the state, adding that it would promote child protection and development in the state.
“The bill is paramount to everyone in the society as it will protect children from gender-based and domestic violence, child labour and rape, among other challenges facing them.
“The bill will also ensure the protection of children with disability as it will promote quality education and health care for children in the state,’’ the speaker added.
She commended Gov. Bello Matawalle administration, state legislature, officials from ministry for women affairs and its partners, Save the Children, for their efforts toward promoting child development in the state.
The speaker appealed to them to ensure the speedy passage and signing of the bill, considering its impact on the future development of children in the state. (NAN)
9mobile, MEDICAID Foundation Partner to Fight Against Cancer
In line with its commitment to supporting initiatives that promote health, one of Nigeria’s telecom giant, 9mobile, has partnered MEDICAID foundation on a 6km walk against cancer.
The walk, with theme as “Walk Away Cancer”, was put together to create awareness on the devastating effect of cancer and drum up support for the fight against the disease.
The event, which took place in the central business district of Abuja, was also to highlight the role of early detection in saving lives, a statement on Wednesday said.
Speaking on the initiative, the convener, Dr Zainab Bagudu , who is the Chief Executive Officer of MEDICAID, stated that the walk was put together as a gesture of support for those suffering from cancer.
Bagudu, who is the wife of the Governor of Kebbi, said: “The walk is also to create awareness about the disease.
“On the need for people to be conscious of it and know how to be able to prevent and manage the disease.
“As an organisation, we have taken it upon ourselves to constantly show solidarity and encourage those affected to keep hope alive.
“Suffering from cancer is not the end of the world. And for everyone out there, we are saying that early detection goes a long way in saving lives,’’ she said.
According to her, self-awareness plays an important role in helping to prevent and manage the disease.
“It is true that there is no sure way to prevent every cancer.
“However, it has been estimated that more than 40 per cent of cancer deaths could be prevented if people knew what to do to reduce the chances.
“For example, avoiding tobacco, eating a healthy diet, exercising, avoid or limit alcohol intake. All of these come from self-awareness,” she said.
Commenting on the initiative, the Executive Director of Regulatory and Corporate Affairs, 9mobile, Abdulrahman Ado, who was represented at the occasion by the PR Lead, 9mobile, Chineze Amanfo, reiterated the company’s commitment to promoting the health of Nigerians.
“9mobile is proud to be associated with the ‘Walk Away Cancer’ initiative, championed by MEDICAID Foundation towards sensitizing and supporting people suffering from the disease.
“Health is one of the CSR pillars of 9mobile and as such we are always willing to collaborate with individuals and organisation on initiatives that promotes health.”
Also, Gov. Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi, urged the management of MEDICAID to continue to sustain the tempo.
He said: “I know this innovative and laudable initiative is already 13 years and still counting.
“ I believe a lot more can still be done in sensitising people about the devastating effect of cancer in society.
“So, I am calling on other organisations as well as individuals to join in the fight against cancer,’’ he said. (NAN)
COVID-19: Ihekweazu’s Performance During Pandemic Led to his Appointment – UN
The United Nation (UN) office in Nigeria, says that the exemplary leadership demonstrated by the Director General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, earned him the post of Assistant Director General of the Health Emergency Intelligence at the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Ihekweazu, who assumes duties at the WHO on November 1, 2021, steered Nigeria to a successful response to the enraging COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Erasmus Morah, of the UN system in Nigeria, said on Monday in Abuja, said Ihekweazu’s sterling performance has now been recognized not only in Africa but globally.
He was speaking at an event to reflect on the NCDC’s transformation journey and the collaborative efforts that have contributed to the journey in the country.
In 2016, the NCDC began activities to develop a 2017–2021 strategic plan. This was approved and launched in 2017.
In the last five years, NCDC has worked to implement this plan and developed a strong National Public Health Institute (NPHI) for Nigeria.
This year marks five years since NCDC began its transformation journey. In addition, this year marks a transition in leadership following President Buhari’s approval of Ihekweazu’s appointment as Assistant Director General at WHO and Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa’s appointment as the new Director General of NCDC.
Morah said that the partnership between the UN Development System in Nigeria and the NCDC had shown that working together, there is almost nothing insurmountable.
“It is one of the critical factors for Ihekweazu’s appointment to the WHO. Achieving global and national health security has increasingly become complex especially as people get more interconnected and interdependent with people, goods and services,” he said.
The WHO Representative for Nigeria, Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo, said that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the need for countries to remain fully prepared to prevent and quickly contain such pandemics.
“COVID-19 has continued to be transmitted across countries,” he added.
According to Mulombo, Nigeria and many countries across the region appeared to have escaped the worst predicted catastrophe so far .
He noted that the NCDC played a critical role of putting into action a fully working government response and robust outbreak containment measures which helped to avert the catastrophe in the country.
He thanked the outgoing Director General for the cordial relationship that existed between the NCDC and the WHO under his leadership.
He, however, urged the incoming Director General to build on the NCDC five years legacy and put up an agenda for the next level efforts toward critical health security intervention, mainstreaming into the health delivery system that must be accelerated, efforts towards domestic funding and investment to advance the National Health security agenda and the global health security. (NAN)
COVID-19 Third Wave: Lagos Records 288 Deaths — Official
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi says the state has recorded 288 deaths in the ongoing COVID-19 third wave.
The commissioner also said that the state had conducted 783,404 valid COVID-19 sample tests since the inception of the pandemic.
Abayomi made the disclosure on Monday through his Facebook account @Profakinolaabayomi, while giving the state’s COVID-19 update for Oct. 15.
The commissioner said that 73 per cent of the tests were conducted by accredited private COVID-19 laboratories, while 27 per cent were done by government owned laboratories.
According to him, the state recorded 24 new COVID-19 infections on the reported day, increasing the number of confirmed cases in the state to 77,377.
He said that 91 patients among those who had tested positive for the virus were transferred out of the country, while some were transferred to other states.
Abayomi said that 5,192 COVID-19 patients who had been successfully treated and recovered had been discharged from the state’s public and private care centres.
According to him, the state recorded 213 to 901 average daily infections between November and December, 2020, at the height of the second wave of the pandemic.
Abayomi noted that the bed occupancy rate had further declined to 10 per cent at the state’s public and private care centres.
He said that the 11 activated care centres had 570 bed capacity, while 514 beds are available.
According to him, the average case positivity rate currently stood at 9.8 per cent, while its fatality rate is 0.85 per cent. (NAN)
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