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Group Tasks Jigawa Govt on Adolescent Girls Empowerment

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The A360, a non-governmental organisation, has urged the Jigawa government to prioritise empowerment of adolescent girls to stem maternal mortality and morbidity in state.

The group is implementing a girls empowerment programme tagged: “Matasan Matan Arewa” in the state.

It is being implemented with support of the Society For Family Health (SFH).

The A360 Amolify Project Manager, Bethsheba Daure, made the call during the Mid-Project Dissemination meeting, on Saturday in Dutse.

She said the project focused at promoting use of contraceptives by married adolescent girls, and empower them to achieve their life goals.

According to Daure, the programme is providing vocational skills training to empower girls to improve their economic and social status.

She said the programme planned to incorporate Maternal and Newborn Child Health (MNCH) to sensitise girls on how to pursue healthy pregnancies.

Daure said the programme was creating awareness among the adolescent and young married women to enable them to know their contraceptive choices and make good life choices.

The programme, she said, was geared towards achieving 27 per cent contraceptive prevalence rate by 2024 in the state.

“Part of the commitment of Nigeria is to reach contraceptive prevalence rate of 27 per cent by 2024 and Jigawa is currently at 4.7 per cent.

“So, part of our plans is to help it achieve 27 per cent or close to it because it has the highest fertility rate of women of reproductive age,” Daure said.

She advocated for more funding of adolescent girls’ education, health and empowerment programmes, to improve sexual and reproductive health outcomes in the state.

Dr Shehu Sambo, the Director, Jigawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, attributed the scarcity of contraceptives to the monopoly of supply chain by the Federal Government.

He said the demand for family planning products had increasee compared to previous years in the state.

“We are in short supply of these products because the demand has risen compared to previous years, and Jigawa state made the bold step early this year when we purchased the products worth about N20 million.

“Although the state has made procurement, the products are still not enough.

“This is because the Federal Ministry of Health has the monopoly of supplying states with family planning products. The quantity being supplied is actually not enough,” he said.

He, however, assured that the products would soon be available as the agency had sent a memo to the state governor, Umar Namadi for his approval to procure more.

Also speaking, Hajiya Adama Umar, the Director Women Affairs, Jigawa State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, said the state had earmarked N7 million for the provision of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health products (ASRH) in the ministry.

She said the state’s Women Development Center was also providing vocational skills training for adolescent girls. (NAN)

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400 Benefit from Free TB Screening in Bauchi

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No fewer than 400 residents of Bauchi have benefitted from free Tuberclosis screening exercise initiated by a group, Langa Women Development Association.

The Programme Manager of the group, Mr Ogala Ogala, said this at the inauguration of the two-day exercise on Saturday in Bauchi.

He said the exercise was designed to promote public health and curb spread of Tuberculosis.

He said exercise was being implemented in collaboration between the organisation, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Bauchi State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Malaria ( BACATMA).

“We targeted the ECWA Women Conference for the Bauchi South, to conduct free screening exercise.

“The aim is to promote public health and awareness creation among the people to encourage healthy living.

“This is not just for women alone but whoever is at the designated venue can also access the free screening,” he said.

Also, Dr Simon Mafwalal, its Senior Project Manager, said the group with the support of the U.S. agency was providing TB screening services in the state.

“We can have all the equipment used for screening TB, whoever is diagnosed with the disease or has symptoms will be given the required treatment and counseling.” he said.

Mafwalal said that the medical van has the capacity to screen 250 clients daily, adding that a reasonable number of people would be screened before the end of the exercise. (NAN)

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Meningitis Outbreak Kills 20 Students Of FGGC Potiskum, Other Schools In Yobe

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Twenty students have died in three boarding girls’ secondary schools and the Federal Government Girls’ College in Potiskum and Fika local government areas of Yobe State from a suspected outbreak of meningitis. 

The Yobe State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education Mohammed Sani-Idris told journalists that “20 students have been confirmed dead in the last few weeks from the suspected meningitis outbreak across some boarding secondary schools in Potiskum and Fika local government areas.

Many have been hospitalized but now discharged”.

He explained that after the outbreak at the secondary schools, “I as Commissioner, my Permanent secretary and the Executive Secretary of the State’s Science Technical Board as well as the Chairman of the Teaching Service Board have relocated to Potiskum temporarily to ensure the disease does not escalate”.

Meanwhile, Governor Mai Mala Buni represented by his Deputy Idi Barde-Gubana visited the affected schools of Fika Government Secondary School, Government Science Technical College, and Federal Government Girls’ Technical College all in Potiskum and well as Government Girls’ Science Technical College Gadaka in Fika Local Government Area of the state.

Governor Buni said: “As part of the effort geared towards containing and effectively tackling the outbreak, the government has already provided the emergency treatment drugs as well as deployment of a rapid response team to all the affected areas”.

While briefing the representative of the Governor at Specialist Hospital Potiskum, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health Isa Bukar said a total number of 214 cases were recorded and three are still in the intensive care unit of the hospital responding to treatment.

A similar outbreak had killed many residents of Degubi community in Fika Local Government Area of the state in April 2023.

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Cross River Warns Residents about Suspected Outbreak of Haemorrhagic Fever

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Cross River warned about a possible outbreak of viral haemorrhagic fever in old Ndebeji, in Akamkpa Local Government Area of the state on Saturday.

Viral haemorrhagic fever is any group of infectious diseases that interfere with the blood’s ability to clot.

They are spread by contact with infected animals, people or insects.

Examples include Ebola and yellow fever.

Commissioner for Health, Dr Henry Ayuk, said in Calabar that a suspected index case was currently being investigated in complete isolation at the Ndebeji healthcare centre.

He said he had directed the state’s epidemiologist and her team to work with the local government team to collect samples from suspected cases for diagnosis

“They will provide palliative case management and institutionalise adequate infection prevention and control in the facility.

“They will also work with community leaders to identify and restrict movements of known contacts till the sample results of the suspected index client are out and entrench risk communication in the community.

“I must note that cases are most likely to present early with fever, rash, body weakness, bleeding from body openings or may even be asymptomatic,’’ he said.

Dr Ayuk appealed to residents to avoid rodents and insect bites, adding that they should put on personal protective wears if they must come close to livestock, other animals and zoos. (NAN)

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