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Borno Government discharges 135 covid-19 patients

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Borno government discharges 135 COVID 19 patients

By: Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

The Borno state Government has discharged 135 covid-19 patients from Bulabulin Nganaram and University of Maiduguri isolation centres after tested negetive to dreaded Corona virus.

The Borno state Chairman on Prevention and control of COVID-19, committee who is also the state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Usman Kadafur, while speaking at a ceremony held at the Brigadier Abba Kyari Isolation centre Maiduguri on Friday described the development as a great success in the fight against COVID-19 in the state.

While commending that the committee and health workers for the success achieved, the Deputy Governor said “the tremendous achievement has made the state to record few cases in the past weeks. While those at the Isolation centre, we are working hard to improve on their welfare and support them to recover fully,”.

Hon Kadafur reitrated the Borno state commitment toward improving the welfare of the frontline workers who are at the forefront in preventing the spread of the virus and also advised the general to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 preventive protocols to mitigate and completely eradicate the virus in the state.

Earlier speaking, the Chairman, Borno Chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Prof. Mohammed Aliyu Kwadiya said that 40 health workers tested positive for having contact with the first index case in the state, were successfully treated and discharged

Kwadiya said that most of medical and health workers developed mild and moderate symptoms of the virus during their mandatory 21 days Isolation at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.

However, he said unfortunately  one Nurse died as a result the covid 19 pandemic, adding that three other health workers are still undergoing the 2 weeks mandatory isolation in their respective houses.

“The major challenge is stigmatsation in the communities and the belief that the disease did not exist in the state. This is why when you go round the city, you will see alot of people not wearing face masks,”he said.

 

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Taimako, CDI, Engages 150 Youths On Peace Building

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By Baba Saleh, Damaturu

Taimako Community Development Initiative in conjunction with European Union, British Council Managing Conflict programme in the Northeast have engaged 150 youths in lesson sharing workshop on peace building.

Speaking at the workshop in Damaturu the Executive Director Taimako_CDI Gambo Garba Muhammad disclosed that the training was aimed at increasing the knowledge of the youths on conflict management and peace promotion.

He said the project was to support implementation of initiatives that will address local drivers of conflict such as drug abuse, sexual and gender based violence and other form of anti social behaviour.

Under same project, he said about 7 dialogue sessions were earlier held in the three targeted LGA’s of Bade, Damaturu and Geidam all aimed at shaping the minds of the youths to shun any form violence and avoid been recruited by the insurgents.

In their separate remarks at the occasion the Emir of Damaturu, Alhaji Shehu Hashimi II represented by the village head of Gwange, Alhaji Muhammad Ramat and The state commissioner of police Yahaya Sahabo Abubakar thanked Taimako_CDI for carrying the youths from both genders on peace building inititives.

The commissioner of women affairs represented by the Deputy Director Human resource, Zanna Bura Aji Baitu has charged the participants to keep to the lessons learnt and continue to strive for peaceful coexistance in all their dealings.

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BOSG Reintroduces Common Entrance Examination Before Gaining Admission to JSS 1

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.‘No common entrance, no JSS 1- Governor Zulum

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state government has directed for the immediate reintroduction be of Common Entrance Examination to primary six pupils, before proceeding to Junior Secondary schools across the state.

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state who disclosed this while having a meeting with the Principals of 84 secondary schools in the state which held at the Multi Purpose Hall of the Government House, Maiduguri said ‘no common entrance no JSS 1 “.

Governor Zulum also directed the enforcement of a qualifying policy that henceforth, only pupils who pass the examination by securing a cut-off mark, should be eligible for admission into the first year of junior secondary schools (JSS 1), as against giving admissions to all pupils regardless of common entrance criteria.

The governor also directed that school authorities must henceforth take all qualifying and promotional examinations seriously as Government will monitor all conducts

During the meeting with the 84 principals of all public secondary schools in the State, Governor Zulum conditioned them to be honest in telling him the realities of challenges in the system, rather than cover-up for fear of victimization.

The Governor,is, who is also a university professor himself, gave the condition in his opening remarks said “I have been to several schools, and each time I asked, some of you principals found it difficult to explain the problems in your schools. I was later made to understand that if you tell me truth, you would either be transferred somewhere you wouldn’t like, or somehow be victimized. Please I beg all of you to tell me the truth. Let us tell ourselves the truth so that we can improve Borno’s public education from where we are now.”

“I am pleading with you to please be upright, be honest. Education is the bedrock of any development. Without functional educational system, we shall continue to experience this Boko Haram insurgency in Borno. Look at the kind of students we are graduating from our public secondary schools, most of them do not qualify for admission into universities, even those who get admitted find it very difficult to cope. I assure you that telling me the truth will not lead to anything happening to any of you by God’s grace” Zulum told the principals.

The Governor who went down memory lane to remind the principals of glorious days, and the need for all stakeholders to regain quality in public school system said ““I can recall that twenty years ago, principals were not willing to even become permanent secretaries because of job satisfaction. Today, that satisfaction is longer there. There is general decline in the standard of education in public institutions all over the country.”.

“There is the lack of qualified teachers, inadequate teaching facilities, poor maintenance culture, general decay of infrastructure, Government’s inability to ensure monitoring and evaluation, centralized control by the Ministry, unnecessary bureaucracy, and irregular training and retraining of teachers and other essential staff. There is poor data management and indiscipline amongst the major problems affecting the public school system” Zulum enumerated.

The Governor assured that measures will continually be adopted to improve the training and welfare of teachers and administrators of public school system to motivate high performance while supervision will be drastically changed for the purpose of punishing those unready to change.

After the Governor’s remark, the principals took turns to voice out problems of the 84 secondary schools across Borno’s 27 local government areas.

Most of the principals complained about poor quality of primary school graduates who come into secondary schools without strong foundation. They urged the Governor to critically look into reintroduction of common entrance examination at primary six levels, which should be yardstick for admission into secondary schools.

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Malaria MSF Treats 3,287 Children in Borno in July, August, September

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Malaria, MSF Treats 3,287 children in Borno in July, August, September

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Medicine Sans Frontières popularly known as Doctors without Borders has said in it’s efforts roll back malaria in Borno state it has treated 3, 287 under 25 years children in Maiduguri in the months of July, August and September 2020.

The MSF in a statement issued by it’s Field Communication Officer, AbdulKareem Yakubu said ” It Is the malaria peak season in Borno, north-east Nigeria, and Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital in Gwange district in Maiduguri, treats children under –15 years for this serious disease. While in June we admitted 14 patients, that number rose to 126 in July, 846 in August and 1,898 in September, which shows the high prevalence of malaria in this part of Nigeria”.

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an independent international humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency medical aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters or exclusion from healthcare in more than 60 countries around the world.

According to the MSF “Malaria is a deadly disease if not treated properly, so MSF teams are working on raising awareness of the local population, to bring their children ASAP to the hospital if they show any of the symptoms. During 2020, we have distributed 5,938 mosquito nets to all the patients who are admitted to the hospital, by that working on prevention of malaria in Borno state.”

“Aside from malaria, in Gwange we treat children for malnutrition, measles and other diseases. During 2020, we have admitted 5,938 patients to our hospital, all of them being children aged from one month to 15 years”, the communication added.

He said ‘as everywhere, MSF in Gwange, Maiduguri, offers completely free of charge medical care including free intensive paediatric care.”

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