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Corona Virus; We have traced 99 persons who had contact with deceased -BOSG

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Corona virus; We have traced 99 persons who had contact with deceased- BOSG

By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

Following the confirmation by the NCDC that a nurse working with MSF in Pullka died as a result Covid 19, the Borno state High Powered Committee on the Prevention and Control of Covid 19 has said that all contacts to the deceased have been traced and necessary measures to prevent further spread of the of disease has been put in place.

While briefing newsnen in his office in Maiduguri on Monday, the Borno state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Umar Kadafur who is also the chairman of the state High Powered Committee on Preventions and control of Covid 19 said ” All contacts of the deceased are being traced and necessary measures to prevent further spread has been put in place. To this point, 99 persons of interest have been traced and strategic testing instituted ,(35 in Pulka and 64 in Maiduguri). ”

“The Borno state high Powered Committee on the Prevention and control of Covid 19, hereby announce to the general public that one case of Coivd 19 disease was confirmed in Maiduguri on Sunday 19th April, 2020. He was a 56 year old citizen of Borno who was brought in from Pulka (Gwoza LGA) of severe respiratory disease”, Hon. Kadafur stated.

He said the committee has already sent epidemiological team to Pulka to assess and test the entire Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to curb the spread of the vitus.

The Deputy Governor said ” the deceased was managed at the UMTH but unfortunately, he succumbed to the disease (may his soul rest in peace). However, nasal swab specimen was collected from the body, which was tested positive for neo corona virus disease at the Covid 19 reference laboratory in the UMTH and validated by the NCDC. The remains of the body has been buried in line with standard protocols for disposal of infectious bodies”.

He further said ” may I at this Juncture reiterate to the good people of Borno that Covid 19 disease is real, and no nation or people are immune. It is indeed a trail from God and He alone will avert this trail from us.. However, as a people we need to demonstrate strict adherence to well documented measures and advices to reduce the spread of the disease..

While commesurating with the family, relatives and friends of the deceased, the Deputy Governor advised people to wash their hands regularly with soap and water, avoid over crowding and report any sick person to the health workers., use hand sanitizers and practice.

 

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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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