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Pneumonia Day: Pneumonia kills one child In every 45″ seconds -pediatrician

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Children raising placards on pneumonia day

 

 

Ibrahim Ibrahim

A pediatrician at the Federal Medical center, Birnin Kudu, Dr. Umma Idris, said It is estimated by the World Health Organization WHO that at least one child under the age of five is dying every forty-five seconds globally.

Dr. Umma stated this in her keynote address at Child Rights Advocacy Clubs Activities held on Saturday at FGC Kiyawa, Jigawa state to mark world pneumonia day organized by Save the Children International.

She said the theme of this Year’s World Pneumonia Day is “Championing the fight against Pneumonia”.

Dr. Umma explained that pneumonia remains the major cause of childhood mortality especially among those living in low- and middle-income countries with an estimation of Over 7 million children
admitted to hospitals with pneumonia-causing low levels of oxygen in their blood, requiring urgent oxygen treatment to survive annually.

“at least one child under five dies every 45 seconds from pneumonia, which means more than 700,000 children die every year”

She said Pneumonia is a largely preventable and treatable disease but still receiving less attention from Governments and other stakeholders.

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“We are doing better and we still need to show more commitments in terms of training, creating more awareness of the populace in Jigawa and Nigeria”

“Air Pollution, malnutrition, lack of PVC immunization are the leading causes of pneumonia among children”

The Child Rights Advocacy Clubs however called for Governments and other relevant stakeholders to ensure the provision of oxygen cylinders to all the pediatric wards in health facilities in Jigawa state to minimize the children’s deaths.

The Permanent Secretary Jigawa State Ministry of Health Dr. Salisu Mu’azu said Government had institutionalized an oxygen policy and supply management system.

“We have made oxygen to be part of medicines and would soon start procurement and supply of Oxygen therapy in each of the primary healthh care facilities across the state for the emergency treatment of pneumonia patients” the Permanent Secretary stated.

He therefore commended Save the Children International for complementing state government efforts in fighting against pneumonia.

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Breaking:Emir of Dutse Nuhu Muhammad Sunusi Passes On

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Late Emir Of Dutse Nuhu Muhammad Sunusi

 

The Emir of Dutse  in Jigawa state North West Nigeria Alhaji Nuhu Muhammadu Sunusi is Dead.

In his verified Facebook handle a traditional title holder Santurakin Dutse  and PDP Gubernatorial Candidate of Jigawa state Mustafa Sule Lamido made the statement.

 

Another credible source from the Capital of Jigawa state told NIGERIAN TRACKER that Emir Nuhu Sunusi died today in Abuja but did not disclose the place where he died.

NIGERIAN TRACKER recalls that Alhaji Nuhu Muhammadu Sunusi was appointed Emir of Dutse by the military administration of Late Colonel Ibrahim Aliyu in 1995 after the passing away of his father Muhammadu Sunusi.

 

He reigned as the Emir for 28 years

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Naira Controversy: Emefiele Appears Before Reps. Committee

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Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) Godwin Emefiele on Tuesday appeared before the ad hoc committee of the House of Representatives on the cashless policy and deadline for the replacement of old currency notes.

Emefiele, who was supposed to appear before the Committee last week, failed to do stating he was out of the country with President Muhammadu Buhari.

The House threatenedto invoke the provisions of section 89(1)(d) of the Constitution by issuing a warrant of arrest today to compel him to appear.

The CBN Governor, who appeared with some of his assistants, went into a brief Executive session with members of the committee.

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Cashless system helps in tracking election financing — Osinbajo

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By Chijioke Okoronkwo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says a cashless policy, when effectively operated in Nigeria, can help stem the surge of illicit election financing by making it possible to track funds.

Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said the vice president received a delegation of the EU Election Observation Mission led by Mr Barry Andrews.

The EU Chief Observer is also a member of the European Parliament.

“I think that what we should be looking at is to provide more infrastructures.

“ The cashless thing has been really advantageous and helps with tracking.

“That sort of infrastructure is useful for more financial inclusion and the more financial inclusion you have, the easier it is to track.

“So much money can be spent without it being tracked under the current election financing practices in the country.’’

Osinbajo acknowledged the serious difficulty in controlling election financing because of cash transactions.

According to him, there are still infrastructure issues required to be in place to ensure an efficient cashless system in the country.

“With cash transactions, it is still difficult to seriously control election financing.’’

On electoral offences, the vice president said the Electoral Offences Commission Bill was at the National Assembly.

He said he hoped that it would begin a new regime of dealing with electoral offences which would be helpful.

“By and large, one shouldn’t expect INEC to be the investigator of electoral offences.

“I think that law enforcement agencies should be responsible for arresting and prosecuting offenders, state by state.

“Electoral offences are always seen through a political prism; people will always feel that they are being prosecuted because they belong to a certain party.

“What is more important is that we have to find a system where the police could have a special unit for offences during the course of elections.

“The Federal High Courts could also have a special jurisdiction to deal with offences and not extend beyond the Federal High Courts.”

On the role of the judicial system, Osinbajo said that more attention should be paid to the monitoring of tribunals and their outcomes, calling for more scrutiny from the National Judicial Council.

He disclosed that discussions had been had in the past concerning malfeasance on the part of some judges and those found guilty should be brought to the fore.

“There should be sanctions and that way, we would be able to clean up and correct some of the problems,’’ he said.

In his remarks, Andrews said that the mission would be monitoring the elections coming up next month and hope for a peaceful and fair electoral process.

According to him, it is the 7th time the INEC is inviting the EU Mission to monitor the elections, adding that the team had been in the country since Jan 11 and will be around until the end of March, 2023.

Other members of the delegation include Ms Samuela Isopi, Ambassador, EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS and Mr Thomas Boserup, Deputy Chief Observer, EU Election Observation Mission. (NAN)

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