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Insecurity: EU, WHO Rehabilitated equipped and handover state psychiatric hospital to BOSG



insecurity: EU, WHO rehabilitated equipped and hand over state Psychiatric hospital to BOSG

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The European Union (EU) through a partnership with the Word Health Organisations (WHO) have completely rehabilitated and equipped the Borno state Psychiatric hospital, Maiduguri destroyed by the Boko Haram insurgents in order to meet the increasing mental disorder occasioned by trauma resulted by the decade long Boko Haram insurgency.

While handing over the rehabitated Hospital to the Borno state government at the premises of the State Psychiatric hospital, Maiduguri on Thursday, the Public Health Officer, emergency program of the WHO, Dr Henry Okoro said ” in 2013 the Hospital was attacked by the insurgents resulting in the destruction and vandalisation of the structures/equipment and displacement of staff, who were later reassigned to other hospitals , where they have been providing services.Ever since then the hospital has been non-functional and totally dilapidated until 2019 when the government approached the WHO to facilitate the reconstruction, equipping and restoration of health care services . WHO is therefore greatful to the European Union who made the fund for the restoration of health care services in the Heath facility”.

He said due to the insurgency , common mental disorder has doubled in the state and that only Federal Neuro psychiatric that has been providing mental health care services to the entire Northeast but was over stretched, hence the need to rehabilitate the Hospital, adding that the WHO believed that the intervention will in no small measure enhance the mental health care service in the state.

” Stressful events such as violence, and loss of loved ones, increasing poverty, and loss of livelihood, discrimination, over crowding and food and resources, insecurity are common in emergence and can increase the risk of developing mental health condition. People with severe mental disorder are particularly vulnerable”, Dr Okoro stated.

He said the WHO has trained 225 primary health workers in MhGAP in 2017, 64 in 2018, 70, 2019, 48 in 2020 in order to integrate mental health care into PHC level with the newly rehabilitated state Psychiatric as referral point, adding that to enable trained PHC workers commence treatment of patients with mental disorder, 36 selected Primary health care facilities in in 14 local government areas were supported with Psychiatric drugs, MhGAP register, weekly mental health data reporting tools and hard cards has been deployed and they have so far treated a total of 298 patents.

He further said the complete reconstruction of the hospital includes acute wards where make patients with fictional mental disorder will be admitted, stable ward for male patients drug ward for patients with alcohol and drugs related disorder, female General ward, out patient department which also housed medical records, Occupational therapy department, pharmacy department, conference Hall , Kitchen and store.

He appreciated the EU for providing funds and the state government for their collaboration and look forward for more partnership in future.

While inuagurating the hospital, the Governor Babagana Zulum represented by his Special Adviser to the ministry of Reconstruct, Rehabilitation and Ressetkenent, Hon. Abdurahaman Abdulkareem said ” we really appreciate the EU and WHO for the complete reconstruction of this hospital, the state Psychiatric. We believe it will assist greatly in tackling the increasing cases of mental disorder ocassioned by the Boko Haram insurgency”.

“We look forward for more partnership and collaboration, as we urge the WHO to extend the same gesture to our hospitals in Northern and Southern Borno state.”, Zulum added.

Also speaking, the Chief Medical Director, Borno state Hospital Management Board, Prof. Mohammed Arab said the board had engaged enough personnel to manned the 48 bed capacity hospital, that attends to 15 to 20 Patriots per day and it is expected to raised due trauma associated with the insurgency.

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13,512 households benefits from mercy corps food support programme in Borno



13,512 households benefits from Mercy Corps food support programme in Borno

By Musa Askira Maiduguri

A total of 13,512 vulnerable households comprising 94,052 individuals have benefited from the Mercy Corps food support programme funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Damboa LG of Borno.

Mr Stephen Agada, the Programme Officer of the Food For Peace programme made this known on Monday in Maiduguri in an interview with newsmen.

Agada said the programme which started in 2016 is being rounded up this month.

Agada explained that under the programme in garrison town of Damboa, 240 households were provided access to nutritious source of protein in the form of chicken and eggs, thereby improving their nutritional status and livelihood activity.

He also explained that 945 households were provided with tools skill -building training for kitchen gardening to grow locally staple vegetables and seeds they can incorporate into their meal.

“We also distributed 5,099 fuel-efficient stoves to enable households prepare staple and fresh foods safely and hygienically,” Agada said.

He noted that with the rounding up the programme known as “Reach 4”, Mercy Corps in collaboration with USAID would transit into a wider humanitarian programme known as Acute Primary Threats (ADAPT) in Damboa, Gwoza, Bama, Ngala and Dikwa LGAs.

Agada said the meeting of stakeholders held in Maiduguri on Monday was to share knowledge and lessons gained as well as challenges and achievements on Reach 4 programme as they prepare to implement ADAPT which is a more bigger one.

Some beneficiaries of the Reach 4 programme in Damboa, like Amina Adam, Fati Inuwa, Muhammed Usman, Kellu Adamu and Bulama Maina whose testimonies are presented, said the programme impacted positively on their lives and that of their families.

The lauded the international NGO, Mercy Corps, USAID and all those that participate in making the programme a huge success.

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Jubilations, as YEDC restores electricity supply back to Maiduguri, after 2 months of darkness



Jubilations, as YEDC restores electricity supply back to Maiduguri, after 2 months of darkness

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Residents of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital were yesterday thrown into festive mood when the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and the Yola Electricity Distribution Company (YEDC restored electricity supply back to the city and its environs, after about two months of total blackout as a result of the vandalization of the electricity transmission tower by the Boko Haram insurgents.

It could be recalled that members of the Boko Haram insurgents about two months ago planted Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs) under the electricity tower along Maiduguri Damaturu road, and blown it off resulting into the damage of the tower and threw the city into total darkness.

Immediately after the restoration of the power supply, the streets of Maiduguri were thickened by lauded voices, of the excited residents who were shouting ‘”Up NEPA”, as they were happy with the development, because, they will be relief from the cost and hardship of fueling their generators, as well as water scarcity due the total blackout.

The situation took the interventions and combined efforts of the Borno state government, Federal ministry of power, the military and the Civilian Joint Taskforce,(CJTF) as the insurgents attacked the electricity workers and their security escorts twice and also planted IED on the way to the site that injured some of the workers when their vehicle matched the IED.

While expressing their appreciations, to the Borno state government, the federal ministry of power, military, CJTF for their efforts and supports in restoring the electricity supply, the YEDC in a statement issued on Thursday also appreciate the patience of their valued customers

The YEDC assured their valued customers that they will do everything possible in ensuring that the transmission lines are protected.

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New state university teaching hospital, Borno Governor approves Egypt’s medical degree for state science students



New state University Teaching Hospital: , Borno Governor approves Egypt’s medical degrees for state science students

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno State Government is to train youths with science background in medical and medical related programmes at various universities in Cairo Egypt in preparation for take off of the state University.

The Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum yesterday at the Government House, Maiduguri directed the State’s Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, to
immediately identified youths with science qualifications for admissions and Government scholarship for Degrees in medicine and related programmes across Universities in Cairo, Egypt.

Zulum gave the order, when he received a report from a high powered committee tasked with developing framework for the establishment of Borno State University Teaching hospital, and a medical college, both of which would qualify the state University to offer Degree programmes in Medicine and other medical fields.

The governor inaugurated the committee in July, 2020, and in November, Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire laid foundation for the hospital in Maiduguri, on Governor Zulum’s request, with work progressing at a site in Jimtilo, not far from the University’s campus.

Former Chief Medical Director of existing University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Professor Othman Kyari, chaired the committee whose mandate included recommending design, site, a construction plan and establishment of a medical college at the State owned University established in 2016 and began academics in 2019.

Kyari said, the committee had visited the best medical institutions and colleges to identify structures, equipment and manpower before coming up with recommendations, some of which were already being implemented by the Governor.

The Professor explained that construction of the new teaching hospital will be carried in two phases, with the first which is ongoing, to have phase 400 beds; and the other to 200 beds, to make a combined capacity of 600 beds.

Kyari said further, that the committee had adopted the name: “Borno State College of Health Sciences” to make it flexible for the State University, to have the latitude of training other paramedical students, in addition to medical doctors.

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