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COVID-19 pandemic still active in Kano, as the state records 115 deaths

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Kano state Ministry of Health has appealed  to the general public to go en masse for COVID-19 Vaccine, saying the pandemic is still active in the state. 

Dr Tijjani Hussein, Executive Secretary, Primary Healthcare Management Board (PHCMB) made the call at a two-day orientation of media on phase two of COVID-19 vaccine, held at T-shirt Guest Palace in Kano on Wednesday. 

Hussein, who is the Coordinator, COVID-19 Technical Response Team in Kano, said there are still fifty active cases of the pandemic in the state. 

According to Hussein, who was represented by Dr. Ashiru Rajab, Director Public Health, Kano State Ministry of Health, the state has recorded 115 deaths from the pandemic as at Tuesday, September 21st.

He added that as at the period under review, the state had recorded 4,000 confirmed cases since its outbreak in March last year, adding that over 3,900 had been treated and discharged. 

He urged the general public to turn out en masse to take the COVID-19 vaccine as the pandemic is still around in the state, noting that “the mass taking of the vaccine would make Kano achieve herd immunity.”

“This herd immune means the majority of the people would be immune to contracting the virus and eventually be kicked out from the state. 

” Despite the drastic fall of the cases of the pandemic, I want to draw the attention of the people that it is still around in the state. I therefore urge you to go to different vaccination centres and take the shot,” he urged. 

Dr Hussein therefore urged the media to be up and doing in sensitizing the public on taking the vaccine as well as embracing the safety protocols of COVID-19. 

In his presentation on outbreak of cholera, the twin infections bedevilling the state,  Disease Surveillance and Notification Officer of the ministry, Sulaiman Iliyasu Hamisu revealed that the state has recorded no fewer than 11,475 cases of cholera since its outbreak on 5th March, 2021.

He added that out of the figure, 392 patients died across the 44 Local Government areas of the state, representing 2.8%.

Hamisu added that the cases have drastically dropped as only thirty one are active, adding that the patients are receiving treatment at medical facilities across the state. 

He explained that lack of environmental management and hygienic handling of food are some of the major causes of cholera outbreak in the state.

He added that the use of human faeces as manure, poor personal hygiene and open defecation are also contributing factors. 

He urged the media to keep sensitizing the public against the danger of the disease.

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World Sight Day 2021: North Risks Outnumbering South in Vision Impairment Cases – REPORT

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In 2020, some health researchers Investigative Opthalmology and Visual Science say, there is a high prevalence of blindness and severe visual impairment among those above 40 years in Nigeria.

According to them, the tendencies to get high number of patients of vision impairment in Northern Nigeria will escalate and supercede the number of cases in the South as a result of extreme poverty in the region.

Some findings also revealed that, the North’s vision impairment cases is more common among old aged persons, women and children – and is often caused by poor literacy.

In 2020, a Nigerian medical expert, Dr Abia Nzelu says, every five seconds one person in the world goes blind even as she said that over 1 million blind adults live in Nigeria.

He says, a child goes blind every minute and that 4 out of 5 blind people are needlessly blind in developing countries like Nigeria, said these things happen because most people do not seek preventive eye care.

In Kano this year, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has ordered an immediate response against the disease through conducting a Free Eye Health Outreach Program to 14,000 residents at different healthcare facilities to mark 2021 World Sight Day.

The state’s commissioner of health, Dr Aminu Tsanyawa who made this known during a press conference on Thursday says, considering the prevalence of the disease in the state, Ganduje has also institutionalized Primary Eye Care into PHC system through signing MoU with relevant facilities in the state.

According to Dr Tsanyawa, Kano state government’s effort will assiduously help in curing the already confirmed cases of vision impairment in the state, “which will change the narrative of experts’ research on the North.”

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Group Calls for Protest in Kano Over ‘Alleged’ Marginalization to Indigenous Staffers at Dala Orthopedic Hospital

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A non-governmental organization, Society for Educational Development and Socio-Democratic Activities (SEDSAC) on Friday expresses dismay over the alleged marginalization to indigenous staffers promotion at Dala Orthopedic Hospital, Kano.

 

The group says, Kano as the host of the institution, its citizens “must” be given proper consideration for recruitment and promotion of the existing employees, not stacking them always at the backward positions.

 

In a statement issued to PRIME TIME NEWS on Friday and signed by the Executive Director SEDSAC, Comrade Umar Hamisu Kofar Na’isa says, such act will not be accepted by SEDSAC, adding that they will call on the management as well as government to desist from promoting this culture of injustice to other staffers.

 

“We want to also call the attention of Kano citizens of Kano to hold a grand protests in the hospital premises to express to the world the extant of marginalization to the indigenous staffers in the hospital.”

 

The organization however threatened that they will no longer allow such to continue to happening in the facility, others showing tribal differences despite being a Federal Government Owned Hospital.

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STRIKE: Resident Doctors Give FG 72-hour Ultimatum to Pay Salary Arrears

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The Federal Government has been given a 72-hour ultimatum by the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors to pay its members being owed Medical Residency Training Fund and salary arrears.

 

 

The Resident Doctors also urged the government withdraw the lawsuit filed against doctors before the National Industrial Court in the interest of peace.

 

The NARD in a communiqué issued at the end of its 41st Annual General Meeting held in Bauchi State on Saturday, jointly signed by its President, Dr Okhuaihesuyi Uyilawa, and the Secretary General, Jerry Isogun, expressed concern at the Federal Government’s continued failure to agree to their demands.

 

 

The resident doctors notet their determination to continue with the indefinite strike, which began on August 2, 2021, until their minimum demands are met.

 

The AGM, in particular, demanded that the Federal Government should ensure the payment of the Medical Residency Training fund within 72 hours since the money meant for it is available and verification of the list for payment has been completed.

 

The resident doctors also demanded payment of the arrears of salaries of their members on GIFMIS platform within 72 hours while the migration process continues.

 

The communique sought for the payment of their withheld August and September salaries.

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