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Malaria : EU/UNICEF programme treats 16, 992 children in Adamawa LG

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Malaria: EU/UNICEF programme treats 16,992 children in Adamawa LG

By Baba Yakubu Yola

No fewer than 16,992 children below the age of five were treated of malaria under the EU/UNICEF Maternal, New-born and Child Health and Nutr,ition (MNCHN) project in Adamawa.

The Disease Surveillance and Notification Officer of Fufore Local Government Area, Mr Sa’id Umar, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Fufore town.

Umar said the children located in hard to reach remote villages were attended to by Community Oriented Resource Persons (CORPs) between 2018 and November 2019.

Umar said Fufore has 240 CORPs provided with the necessary training by the Adamawa State Primary Healthcare Agency for testing and managing mild malaria cases.

He said that the CORPs were always armed with malaria drugs, antibiotics and Oral Rehydration Solution to go round house-to-house in the remote areas identifying sick people particularly children.

“They treat those with minor illness such as mild malaria, while those with more serious cases and those above five years including pregnant and nursing mothers were referred to the nearest primary healthcare centre.

“Corps are also very useful in reporting any strange illness; for instance just recently one of the Corps drew my attention to a sick child with the symptoms of one of those children child diseases and we immediately went into action by collecting sample which has been sent for laboratory test,” Umar said.

While commending the effective role of the CORPs in helping to fight diseases in communities without access to health centres, Umar said that to make them more effective, the CORPs undergo quarterly training to enhance them and have supervisors who monitor them.

Speaking on the activities of CORPs in his community, the village Head of Nafori, Malam Jauro Nafori, said his people were happy and impressed with the role of CORPs in bringing healthcare to their doorsteps.

“This programme gives us a sense of belonging and makes us feel the government really care about our healthcare,” Nafori said.

Modibbo Baraya of Janjanre village and Mr Babangida Liman of Mbewere village also lauded the CORP initiative, describing it as one of the most positive government steps in areas of healthcare delivery.

Malam Sa’adu Yuguda, a 28-year-old CORP in Mbewere village, said he has been a proud member of the CORPs for the past two years.

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UN, OCHA Condemns Boko Haram Insurgents Attack On Humanitarian Workers, Helicopter in Borno

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UN OCHA Condemns Boko Haram insurgents attack on humanitarian workers, helicopter in Borno

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Activities ( UN OCHA) has in. strong terms condemned Boko Haram attacked on its humanitarian aid workers and helicopter.

The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon has in a statement on Saturday and made available to journalist in Maiduguri said “I am gravely concerned by reports of another violent attack by non-state armed groups in Damasak, Borno State, on 2 July, in which at least two innocent civilians lost their lives, including a five-year old child. Several others were injured, and a humanitarian helicopter was hit, sustaining serious damage.”

“I extend my sincere condolences to the families of the civilians who lost their lives in the attack and wish a prompt recovery to those injured i welcome the Government commitment to investigate the attack and swiftly bring to justice the perpetrators.”, UN coordinated said .

He said “I deplore that a UN Humanitarian Air Service helicopter was hit by bullets during the attack. No aid workers were on board at the time and crew members are all safe. My thoughts are also with the crew and I commend them for piloting the chopper back to safety during this critical situation. ‘

“The attack and damage to the helicopter severely affects the ability of aid actors to provide urgently needed assistance to vulnerable people in remote areas across Borno State.”, the UN added.

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator further said ” the UN Humanitarian Air Service is essential to evacuate wounded civilians and remains the backbone to facilitating humanitarian access, thereby enabling UN agencies and non-governmental organizations to safely and securely reach the most vulnerable populations. In 2019, UNHAS transported 66,271 passengers and 147 megatons of humanitarian assistance, as well as conducted 30 medical and 70 security evacuations.”

While condemning the attack, Mr Karlon said ‘ I strongly condemn any attack against civilians, humanitarian assets or aid workers and call on all armed parties to respect international humanitarian law and international human rights law, and ensure the protection of civilians, humanitarian property and personnel. I furthermore call on all parties to allow and facilitate safe and unimpeded access for humanitarians to deliver life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable people in the north-east.
Insecurity and violent attacks continue to hamper the ability of people to access basic services or
livelihoods and recover from the protracted crisis in north-east Nigeria. ”

” The United Nations and NGO partners are working to bring life-saving assistance to 7.8 million people in the crisis-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states, many of them in remote areas.I call on the Nigerian authorities to reinforce the safety and security of all humanitarian workers”, the statement added.

 

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We’ve Made Tremendous Success in the fight against insurgency in the Northeast – Gen. Ibrahim

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We’ve made tremendous success in the fight against insurgency in the Northeast– Gen. ibrahim

By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

The General Officer Commanding 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Abul Ibrahim has said that the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have achieved tremendous success in the counter insurgency war in the Northeast.

While speaking in an interview with newsmen during the medical outreach and distribution of the palliatives at Ngomari Costin Primary School. Maiduguri, as part of NADCEL 2020 celebrations, the Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Abdul Ibrahim said The GOC said ” we have made a lot of success in the fight against insurgency. When I was serving at the Army headquarters five years ago , as colonel we use to come for monitoring that time there was a lot of checkpoint and diversions but thank God today we are even holding this event in this area, which use to be a stronghold of insurgents.”

“Before you can’t even go to Konduga but recently we travelled with some of you from Maiduguri to Konduga. Kawuri. Bama, Gwoza, Madagali, Mubi and even Marte which was librated recently. We are discussing with Borno state Government on resettling people of Ngoshe, Ashigashiya, Marte and Kawuri all these are remarkable success in the fight against insurgency”, the GOC exclaimed

He further explained that before over 20 local government areas in Borno were under Boko Haram control but today no single local government council is under Boko Haram control. Many people have returned to their ancestral homes.

He therefore urged the people of Borno state to continue to support  them in the fight against insurgency, adding that the Army are in the Northeast to protect them.

The GOC said “600 people have benefited in the paliatives distribution to cushion the effect of Covid 19 pandemic, while another 600 people have .benefited from the medical outreach, where they were diagnose and given free drugs.”

“Over 100 ex service men have also.benefited from the palliative , in recognition of their service to their fatherland, we know one day we will also retire and be like them, they were also examined and provided with free medication. The members of the Ngomari Gana community have also benefited from both the palliatives and medical outreach, we have also carried out minor surgeries, while 10 major ones have been referred to 7 Division Hospital for operations”, General Ibrahim said.

He said “what we are witnessing today is part of the Nigerian Arny Day celebrations 2020, inline with the Chief of Army Staff directives that we should provide palliatives to communities in our areas of responsibility. Army is not only about war. Now that we have witnessing relative peace we are also providing palliatives and medical outreach to promote Military Civil cooperations”.

Speaking in an interview with journalists after collecting her palliatives, Mallama Fatima Usmsn said ” we thank the Army for the gesture. Before we believed that the Army is all about war, and we are also afraid of them thinking that they will kill us too. But thank today I am benefiting from the Army’s gesture. I am going to use it to feed my 8 children. May Allah continue to protect them and give victory over Boko Haram

Another beneficiary, Alhaji Abubakar Ibrahim said ” I was just diagnose of high blood pressure and ulcer and I was given free medicine, we thank the Nigerian Army for the assistance and i prayed that Allah will continue to protect and give than victory over our common enemy Boko Haram”

Also full of appreciations an ex service man, sergeant, Ali Modu (rtd), said ” today I am excited because I know the Army we served for 35 years have never neglected us. I was operated for eye problem and I was given free drugs, as well as palliative to go home with. I am most greatful to General Buratai, the GOC and the entire troops of the 7 Division and Operation Lafiya Dole in general.”.

 

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Desist from selling and buying foodstuffs to Insurgents or face the full wrath of the law, General Ibrahim warns marketers

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Desist from selling or buying foodstuffs to insurgents. Or face the full wrath of the law, General Ibrahim warns marketers

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Operation Lafiya Dole of the Nigerian Army has warned the general public, more especially unpatriotic marketers in the Baga road market to desist from selling or buying foodstuff to or from Boko Haram insurgents.

Speaking in an intervirw with newsmen duting a sanitation  exercise to mark the Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL), where the troops of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army embarked on sanitation exercise to clean up some streets in Maiduguri. The GOC said “We have been fighting Boko Haram and we have been having success but along the line, we found out that some unpatriotic elements within the society are supporting the Boko Harsm by carrying foodstuffs to them.I just warn the marketers that they should desist, anybody found want will be force to faced the full wrath of the law”

He urged the marketer’s to always assist the military with useful information that will lead to arrest of Boko Haram members, as the insurgents usually come to the market to buy or sell foodstuff to the insurgents

‘ We thank you for participating with us in the sanitation exercise. I urge you to always cooperate with us by giving us useful information, we know the insurgent’s have been coming to this market to buy or sell foodstuff.. You should just inform the members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) whenever you see them or their collaborators.We should join hands to end this insurgency”, General Ibrahim solicited..

“What you are seen here today is our non kinetics method of counter insurgency and also to promote military Civil cooperation. That is why we came out to organised this clean up. Baga road market is one of the important market.. It is on the road to our headquarters, we feel necessary to contribute to the society.” General Ibrahim stressed.

He said “”tomorrow We are also going to have palliative distribution and medical outreach in Ngomari Costin area of Maiduguri metropolis.The Army is not all about sat”.

He commended the residents of the area for coming out enmasss to participate in theis sanitation exercise and urged them to continue to work with the military to make the society better.

 

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