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33,000 people living with HIV/AIDS accessing drugs in Adamawa – official



33,000 people living with HIV/AIDS accessing drugs in Adamawa – Official

By Baba Yakubu Yola

The Executive Secretary of Adamawa State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS (ADSACA), Dr Steven John, said so far only 33,000 out of the 42,000 people living with HIV/AID in Adamawa are accessing drugs.

John made this known Monday in Yola at a ceremony to commemorate 2019 World AIDS Day.

John who spoke on efforts by the agency and its partners to contained the epidemic in the state, said steady progress had been recorded with HIV prevalence dropping from 6.8 percent in 2008 to 1.2 percent in 2019.

He said the state now has 400 testing and counseling centres (HCT), 100 centres for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission  and 20 Anti retroviral drugs collection centres in the state.

While lauding the role of partners like FHI 360, HIFAS, JAPIGO, RISE, NEPWAN and CBOs for their role, John observed that for more success to be recorded, everyone in the community needed to know his or her HIV status.

He listed lack of funding as the major problem affecting the agency from effectively discharging its responsibilities in containing the epidemic.

Speaking on behalf of the Ministry of Health, the state Director, Public Health, Dr Bwalki Dilli, said the state government was not comfortable with the present 1.2 percent prevalence in the state  and would support measures to bring it to zero percent.

Also speaking at the occasion, the State Chairman of Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS, Ms Fara James, lauded ADSACA and its partners for their effort in the fight against the scourge and reiterated the commitment of her members to be actively involved.

James lamented marginalization of people living with HIV/AIDS in areas of appointment and empowerment Programmes of Adamawa government and urged for measures to address that.

“Now that the governor’s wife, Hajiya Lami Fintiri is here to be part of this event, we want her to be our mother and communicate out plight to the government,” James pleaded.

In her remarks, Adamawa First Lady, Hajiya Lami Fintiri, lauded the ADSACA and its partners for their collective effort to combat HIV/AIDS in the state and urged them not to relent.

“Let’s all remain focused in this fight as we approach the finishing line,” Fintiri said.

Highlight of the occasion is the sharing of testimonies by some women living with AIDS on how PMTCT help them deliver their babies that are HIV negative.

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Covid – 19 ; FMC Yola suspends visiting hours, pegs one relative per patient



COVID-19: FMC Yola Suspends Visiting Hours, Pegs One Relative Per Patient

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TheFederal Medical Centre (FMC) Yola, has suspended the visiting hours to the hospital. It has also reduced the number of patient relatives to one relative per patient.

This is contained in the press release Tuesday, signed by the chief information officer of the hospital Adamu Muhammad Dodo,

Dodo revealed that the measures taken were “in compliance with the directives from the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN), with a view to controlling the spread of Corona Virus Disease; COVID-19.

1. All visits by the patient relatives have been suspended till further notice.
2. Only one patient relative is allowed to stay with a patient on admission.
“The management of the hospital wishes to remind members of the public to observe regular hand washing with soap and clean water, use of hand sanitizers where soap and water are not readily available, observe social distancing, avoid handshake and crowded places and observe personal hygiene

“These measures will be reviewed as the situation improves,” the hospital management assured.






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COVID -19; Borno NUJ commends BOSG steps in preventing the virus



Covid 19, Borno NUJ commends BOSG steps in preventing the virus

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ ) Borno Chapter has commendad the Borno State government for taking a swift action to prevent out break of Corona virus disease in the state.

The NUJ in a statement signed by its secretary, Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim said *”Wworthy of note is the setting up of high powered Response Team for the prevention and control of Covid-19 as well as provision of state of the art facilities for testing, isolation center and intensive care unit among other restrictive measures to keep the public safe. ”

The Union however calls on the government to provide more artificial respiratory machines to complement the ones on ground for use and as precaution in the event of any suspected case.

NUJ Borno Council assures government and people of the state of adequate and accurate coverage as well as timely information on prevention and control of corona virus.

The statement equally calls on journalists not to publish any alleged case on Covid-19 without confirmation from the Response Team or the Commissioner of Health in the state and be cautious while covering issues relating to the pandemic by using personal protective equipment.

“We also implore the public to be prayerful for an end to the global pandemic and remain law abiding in the face of restrictions by the government on social distancing including personal hygiene.*, the NUJ stated.


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Adamawa CP directs DPOs, Area Commanders to enforce public compliance with preventive measures on COVID -19



Adamawa CP directs DPOs, Area Commanders to enforce public compliance with preventive measures on Convid-19

By Baba Yakubu Yola

Adamawa State Commissioner of Police, Mr Audu Madaki, has directed Divisional Police Officers and Area Commanders to ensure public compliance within their areas of jurisdiction of all legitimate orders given by government to contain the Convid-19 pandemic.

The directive was contained in a statement by the Adamawa Command Spokesman, DSP Suleiman Yahaya, who said that the commissioner also warned against unnecessary arrest and detention of suspects.

“Against the backdrop of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) global health threat and the subsequent social restriction orders imposed by governments at all levels, to enable its containment, the Commissioner of Police, AUDU A MADAKI , while enjoining citizens to voluntarily adhere to the orders, directs all DPOs and their supervising Area commanders to ensure that all legitimate orders given in pursuant to the containment efforts by the Government are strictly enforced within their areas of jurisdiction.

“The CP while urging officers to observe personal safety measures, further directs the Area commanders and DPOs to ensure that cases of unnecessary arrests and detention of suspects are not condoned.

  • “He reiterates that detention of suspects must be reduced to the barest minimum and that only very serious cases such as terrorism, armed robbery, homicide and other non-bailable offences should warrant detention. The CP further directs that adequate measures be put in place to screen persons to be committed into police custody.

    “The CP enjoins citizens to avoid social visits to police stations and other police offices and minimize official visits, except where absolutely necessary. Meanwhile, the CP has ordered for immediate publicize phone numbers of it’s Command Control Room, Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) and other Operational Commanders using the conventional and non- conventional media in order to facilitate alternative interacting and reporting options between the Public and the Police.”

    The statement also announced the closure of all Police Primary and Secondary schools in the state in compliance with Federal Government directive, adding that the Police Medical Services has also step up sensitization programmes across Formations and Barracks in the Command.

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