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Nigeria: Civil society groups advocates for improved government fundings on  fight against malaria

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By Abdulgafar Oladimeji

 

Civil society organizations under the aegis of Civil Society in Malaria Control, Immunization, and Nutrition, ACOMIN has tasked  Nigerian governments at all levels to increase their investments  in the fight against malaria to enhance national public health services .

 

The group at a media parley session held along Court road in Kano to commemorate World Malaria Day, WMD  with the theme, “ Promoting and Celebrating Community Contributions to Health   expressed the firm belief  on the crucial  need to further educate the Nigerian public on the sensitive  need for them to imbibe malaria prevention practices as a residual way of  lifestyle.

 

ACOMINS at the end of the one day session after enumerating  the achievements recorded by the groups that constitute their  coalition, then recommended that  “In order to contribute to the promotion and sustenance of these gains, ACOMIN is calling on the mass media to “Advocate for government at all levels to increase their budgetary allocations to malaria in particular and health in general, adding that the fight against the ailment will require mass  contribution from  communities, philanthropists and the private sector in sustaining  malaria targeted interventions.

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The  august body  charged officials of Kano State of Ministry Health   to  squarely address the issue of shortage of public conveniences that are existent in health centre facilities across all parts of the state, adding that the  State Primary Health Care Management Board should also  organize capacity building progranmmes for  health facility staff on the need for strict adherence to malaria guidelines.

Saying “Religious leaders and the Ward Development Committee (WDC) members should encourage pregnant women to uptake available malaria services provided at the health facilities. Ward Development Community and Facility Health Community (WDC)/FHC) officials should ensure effective maintenance and proper management of the health facilities, particularly the inflow and outflow of consumables and non-consumables.

ACOMIN said that  major challenges  crippling efforts to improve health delivery services in Kano state includes, “Inadequate supply of Intermittent prevention Therapy (IPT) and Sulfadoxine pyrimethamine (SP) at most of the facilities. Inadequate toilet facilities in several health centres across the state.Poor adherence to malaria treatment guidelines by health workers. Inadequate supply of Long-lasting Insecticide (LLIN).”

 

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Coca-cola Donates Bio Medical Equipments Worth Over 720 Thousand Dollars To AKTH

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The Coca Cola company and its partner, Medshare, in collaboration with Federal Government, on Friday donated equipment worth N3 billion to Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano under the Safe Birth Initiative (SBI).

The equipment and supplies were formally unveiled and handed over at a special event held at the Hospital in Kano.

At the handover ceremony, the Managing Director of Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, Alfred Olajide, said the initiative was aimed at improving maternal outcomes and reducing child mortality incidents and to support government initiative in reducing child and maternal mortality.

“The Safe Birth Initiative is a part of the company’s wellbeing Programme, to support the efforts of the government in reducing the alarming numbers of women and newborns who die from birth-related issues,” he explained.

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Olajide restated Coca Cola’s commitment to upholding the health and well-being of women as pillars of the society.

Nwamaka Onyemelukwe, Director Public Affairs and Sustainability, said that through the SBI, the company wanted to support the untiring efforts of hard-working doctors, midwives and nurses.

She said the health workers battled against great odds in public hospitals to manage life-threatening complications affecting mothers and the newborn.
”The issue of maternal mortality is very important to us. Globally, Coca-Cola has a commitment to women whom we consider pillars of the society and also pillars of our business in Africa, where they have always played a dominant role in our vast distribution and retail network,” she said.

The equipments

The equipments

She said the equipment donated included anaesthetic machines, baby Incubators, ICU beds, Ultrasound and Auto Clev, among others.

Onyemelukwe added that company, with it’s partner had trained over 20,000 women and youths across the state on series of transformative skills and knowledge programmes.

The company also presented certificates to biomedical engineers trained by the company in collaboration with Medshare International USA.

The biomedical Engineers trained by a senior Biomedical Engineer Ben Armstrong are 46 in number who will man the Biomedical Equipments.

Prof. Auwal Gajida, the Chairman Medical Advisory Council of the hospital, who pledged judicious use of the items, commended the company for the gesture.
He said that the gesture would go a long way in improving maternal outcomes and reducing child mortality incidents.

“I commend and thank the management of Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited for these very wonderful initiative aimed at strengthening our capacity to address the issue of maternal and newborn mortality in Nigeria.
“We are here today, receiving loads of medical equipment worth $720,000,” Gajida added.

Alhaji Ado Kurawa, District Head of Tarauni who represented the Emir of Kano, commended the companies for their efforts in reducing child mortality incidents.

He urged other companies and corporate organizations to emulate coca-cola

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Power Outage :In 3 Month 100 Industries Shut Down In Kano

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About one hundred industries have been shut down in Kano due to power outage in the past three month in Kano.

Kano is the industrial hub of Northern Nigeria since and before independence.

In an exclusive interview with President manufacturers association of Nigeria Kano Jigawa jurisdiction Sani Hussein said the closure of about 100 industries in three months was due to lack of power and rising cost of diesel.

On Job loss he told our correspondent that about 2000 personnel have lost their jobs due to the closure.

He said only industries that are producing essential commodities are up to the task and even some of them are operating at half capacity.

He said those that stop operating are always at loss because with the power outage and high cost of diesel even if they produce due to poverty there is no purchasing power among the teeming populace.

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Sani Hussein further urge the government to make gas cheaper and invest in its production so that the industries in the North can survive like their southern counterparts.

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Train Attack :Female Victim Led Lone Protest 

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By Abdullahi Alhassan, Kaduna.

 

A married woman who was among the recently released victims of the Kaduna Abuja train that spent over 70 days in captivity has commenced one -man protest with the aims of calling on government toward dedicating more commitment in releasing the rest of the 50 abducted passengers that are still in captivity at Nigeria Union of Journalists (N U J )Secretariat in Kaduna.

 

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The woman (maimuna)real name withheld says her husband is still in captivity for over 89 days in kaduna forest with the terrorists.

 

She said, She was among the recently released 10 victims of the kaduna Abuja train in the state.

 

According to her, there is need for government to intensify efforts towards dialogue with the terrorists and find ways of releasing the remaining 50 passengers that are still in captivity.

 

Maimuna says there are still children and old women and other people that are still in their Captivity facing persecution, challenges which include ecological conditions, cold, rain, and other dangerous .

 

She then urged government and other stake holders to help release the rest of the abductees.

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