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.
Gunmen Suspected to be Kidnappers Abduct Community leader in Yobe
Gunmen Suspected to Be Kidnappers Abduct Community Leader In Yobe.
By Umar Aina Damaturu
The incident happened in Mashio village of Fune Local Government.
Sources have confirmed that the community leader was forcefully dragged away in to the surrounding bush.
Residence in the village have raised concerns and fear as to whether the abductors are Boko Haram sects or Kidnappers.
Families of the victim have confirmed the development but security agencies have not confirmed whether the abductors are Boko Haram insurgents or not.
Yobe; Damagum Youths Making Sanitation Looks Easy
Yobe: Damagum Youths Making Sanitation Looks Easy
By Umar Aina – Damaturu
Damagum youths under the leadership of FUNE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND PROACTIVE ASSOCIATION continued with their unrelenting community works across Damagum.
The youths who have previously carried out some extraordinary and exemplary works have expanded their work across all community development related activities.
This time, the youths opened and sanitized an estimated 200 meters of drainage lines.
The event have witnessed the participation and presence of top Local Government officials from LGA DPM to Chairman Committee on Environmental and Sanitation.
The Chairman of the Association, Nasiru Usman depresses his delight while thanking the participants saying; “Words can’t describe my joys and delightfulness for this unprecedented job we are doing, I thank everybody for your hard work and commitment towards making our LGA great, thank you”.
Chairman LGA Environmental and Sanitation Committee, Sani Usman Awu in his speech; “I’m happy with you guys for this development which is rare and I want extend my profound gratitude to the participants, I also call on you to be committed in this historic development”
The Association will soon extend it’s activities to other parts of the local government area according to it’s Publicity Secretary.on
Adamawa; Communal Clashes; Between the Deputy Gov and the Lunguda, Where lies the Media Misfit, Mischief ?
ADAMAWA: Communal Clashes: Between The Deputy Gov and the Lunguda, where lies the media misfit, mischief?
* Crowther Seth who sues for peace says he will sue the media for for libel before the law
* In the Name of Peace, leave Chief Crowther Seth Alone – Deputy Gov media handler
* In the Name of Peace, don’t insult the media as being misfit or mischief, simply go to court for the alleged libel – The publishers, media managers
The Adamawa State Deputy Governor, Crowther Seth has said that he would sue the media for libel.
In a rather undiplomatic and insulting piece, seemed to be articulated by Mr. Seth’s media handlers and shared by the DG Communications to Adamawa State Governor Thursday, Mr. Seth technically denied that the Lunguda people who are reduced to refugees in their own community, have boo booed in the protest demanding for his removal as Deputy Governor for allegedly siding with a hidden villain, said to be the mastermind of wanton destruction of lives and property, resulting to the displacement of people as was reported by the media.
“Is this how bastardised a profession we now have on our hands?
“Is there no price for reporting what defames, embarrasses, lies against and discolours the truth?
“These media hack-writers must know and be prepared to pay the price for their unprofessional and unethical conduct and reporting.
“It is nauseatingly baffling that some of these media organisations that pride themselves as defenders of human rights bother less about hearing and weighing Deputy Governor Crowther Seth before going to town with their hastily cobbled pastiche of so-called news reports…just because their sole purpose was to satisfy the wishes of their paymasters.
“Well, the Office the Deputy Governor has assured that it shall sue.
“It is about time media houses learn some responsible journalistic ethics, even if they have to be taught by a few cases in court,” the piece read in part.
The Media managers in defence of their reporters, wondered what is unprofessional, taking the human angle, reporting the agitation of the aggrieved as it is?
“As for the media organisations who embarked on this campaign of calumny against the deputy governor, where is their honour as purported members of the Fourth Estate?” The piece in sympathy to Crowther Seth asked.
Campaign of calumny! didn’t it happen? Is it the media that has simply reported on the scene that should be challenged for libel or the aggrieved in protest?
Why didn’t the deputy governor who was right there, denied the allegation against him before the governor, in the name of peace?
In the name of peace, the media merely reported that “the Lunguda people of Guyuk local government area, southern senatorial district of Adamawa state, northeast Nigeria Monday, demanded the immediate removal of the deputy governor of the state, Mr. Crowther Seth over alleged alliance and clandestine romance with the suspected criminal and mastermind of recent attacks on Dumna-Boshikiri axis, Alh Halilu popularly known as Sarki Yaki (SY) of lafiya lamurde.
“The collective call by the Lunguda community came when the governor and his deputy visited to restore peace in the area.
The Governor was received by protesting against Crowther, crowd carrying placards with inscription: “Arrest Halilu (SY), he is the cause of the problem’’ ‘’Deputy Governor harbouring Halilu SY,’’ ‘’we support Governor Fintiri but Deputy Governor is complicating issues,’’ ‘’deputy Governor harbouring war monger halilu (SY)’’ the report read in part.
Now hear the introductory part of the piece on “In the Name of Peace leave Chief Crowther Seth Alone.”
“I read with great sadness the unprofessional and malicious reports in the media attempting, in vain, to link the deputy governor of Adamawa State, Chief Crowther Seth, to the unfortunate crisis that recently broke out between the Lunguda and Waja communities in Dumna District, Guyuk local government area of the state.
“Having digested the trash I read, I decided to refrain from replying and let things be but here I am responding to the feeble antics of desperate politicians who are envious of the superlative track record of the Ahmadu Umar Fintiri-led administration in the state.
“However, seeing that the architects of this defamatory campaign are bent on poisoning the minds of the good people of Guyuk local government area and the general public, it has become necessary to put the records straight.”
Put the record straight? What record and why was it not put straight before the aggrieved in protest when the governor paid an arbitration visit on Monday?
What’s the offence of the media? Is it simply for reporting?
How we wish that media would be represented in the administrative panel, whose outcome it is hoped, would put the record straight while wait to be invited before the law for alleged media libel against the deputy governor as he threatens to file.
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