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MSF Performs 6,000 VVF Surgeries in Jigawa in 15 years

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Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) says it has successfully conducted 6,000 Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) surgeries in Jigawa in the past 15 years.

The Medical Operations Deputy Manager, Marie-Hortense Koudika, disclosed this in Abuja during a media conference after a roundtable with stakeholders to discuss maternal and neonatal care in the state.

Reports says that VVF is an abnormal opening between the bladder and the vagina that results in continuous and unremitting urinary incontinence.

The entity is one among the most distressing complications of gynecologic and obstetric procedures, resulting in urine leak out of the vagina.

However, the condition can be repaired through surgery.

Otherwise known as Doctors Without Borders, MSF is a Non-Government Organisation (NGO) dedicated to healthcare and humanitarian service delivery.

According to Koudika, the organisation also carried out 90,000 safe deliveries, 18,000 Caesarean Sections, 19,000 newborn admissions and hospitalised about 143,000.

She said all efforts were toward reducing maternal morbidity and mortality in Jigawa.

She added that MSF started the VVF repair project at Jahun General Hospital in Jahun Local Government Area of Jigawa in 2008, and over the years, it evolved to provide comprehensive emergency maternal obstetrics and neonatal care.

She explained that the organisation also supported basic emergency maternal obstetrics and neonatal care in four primary healthcare facilities in Jahun, Aujara, Miga and Taura.

She said “from January to June, MSF team provided 19,894 women with ante-natal care, recorded 143 VVF patients’ admissions and conducted 162 VVF surgeries.”

The Head of Mission, Abdel Kader, said many women in the state failed to access ante-natal care, thereby making them susceptible to complications during child birth.

He called for increased awareness to encourage the women to attend ante-natal.

The Jigawa Commissioner of Health, Dr Muhammad Kainuwa, commended MSF’s efforts in ensuring that women in the state had access to quality healthcare.

He said MSF’s intervention in maternal care brought patients from neighbouring states and even Niger Republic to access care.

He, however, said that the state government, through the Ministry of Health was also making giant strides to ensure that healthcare delivery was accessible.

He said 15 per cent of the state’s budget was allocated to health in accordance with the 2001 Abuja Declaration, explaining that the state government was working toward scaling up maternal health services in health facilities across the 27 local government areas.

MSF has been in Nigeria since 1996 and has projects in 11 states, with services offered free of charge. (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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