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Medical Association Urges Full Implementation of Medical Residency Training Act to Address Challenges in the Health Sector in Borno

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Medical Association urges full implementation of Medical Residency Training Act to address challenges in the health sector in Borno

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Borno state chapter has urged for the full implementation of Medical Residency Training Act in addressing numerous challenges in the health sector in the state.

The President of the NMA in the Borno state chapter, Dr. Ali Mohammad-Ramat who disclosed this at the 2020 Annual Physician’s Week on Tuesday in Maiduguri said that the call was imperative to address the challenges bedevilling the health sector especially in getting skilled human resources.

Dr Ramat said that the physician week was an annual long week events of the Nigerian Medical Association(NMA), to celebrate medical personnels contribution to effective healthcare services delivery and research in Nigeria.

Mohammad-Ramat explained that it also provided an opportunity for medical personnels to review events of the health sector during the past twelve months and identify areas of possible improvement.

He said that the NMA in this year’s Physicians week celebration was deeply concerned with the increasing trend of suicide among Nigerians and the mortality ravaged by the COVID-19 pandamic.

“It is for this reason that the 2020 physician week celebration themed Strategies for Health System Recovery During COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria, while the Sub-theme is Dental caries,”, Dr Ramat added.

He lamented that the COVID-19 pandamic has been spreading rapidly globally, with a considerable impact on the global morbidity, mortality and healthcare utilisation as well as social and economic dislocation of families, communities, state and country’, stressing that the implementation of the medical residency training in the state teaching hospital would go along way in mitigating the impact pose by the challenges.

Mohammad-Ramat also explained that another neglected public health diseases in Nigeria was the burden of dental services, despite advances in the practices, adding that the number of workforce of health personnel’s in the state was a clear indications that they are inadequate to achieve the Universal Health Coverage in the state.

The NMA therefore, urged the federal government to redeemed it pledge of allocation 15 percent of it budget allocations to the health in order to address challenges in the sectors.

Also speaking, Dr. Joseph Jatau, a former Chief Medical Director, said that the residency training when fully implemented in the state would produce a great number of Specialist in various fields which would go along way to alleviate the problems militating against the provision of modern and sound healthcare services to the people.

He explained that the residency training would also save the state government alots of funds used to sponsor doctors for specialised in various fields abroad which had brought huge financial burden to the state, stressing that the huge resources saved in the trainings could be use to further improve the health institutions or re-channeled to other people’s oriented projects thereby making healthcare available to all.

“The residency training will also open room for research activities, especially in collaboration with the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, where postgraduate students will be trooping into the institution for knowledge oriented programmes.”, he added.

He lamented that mal-distribituon, poor skills-mix, and limited capacity were other challenges faced across the different health workers categories and cardres in addition to gross urban and rural disparities existing in the distribution of available human resources between LGAs, adding that the worsened security challenges and lack of requisite manpower, particularly doctors, worst of which was the unavailability of the required specialist and consultants.

“Borno has a projected population of 5,860, 200, million, according to the 2006 National Population Commission’s census. More than half of this population are women (50.8 percent), 20 percent are under 5, 22 percent are women of child bearing age (15-49) and five percent are pregnant women.. The state has also total fertility rate of 6.1 percent while frequent unplanned pregnancies pose high risk of maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality due to a weak health system and protracted crises situation in the state”, he further pointed out.

He said “People of the state over the past decade have surffered serious security challenges culminating in Humanitarian crises ranging from displacement, economic hardship unemployment which has imposed public health issues on the population.. These problems have led to increased demand on health needs of the people and this requires concerted efforts toward rebuilding and sustaining the health resources of the stage.”

“Luckily, sound healthcare service to the citizenry is on the very top priority of the Borno Government to ensure that no citizen is left out of the sound health care services, through the establishment of the Contributory Healthcare Scheme,”he said.

Jatau said that Borno state has been among the leading states in terms of meeting the existing health facilities but it’s efforts were compromised by inadequate staffing, adding that Based on the RAMS 2018 report, the state has about 810 facilities, comprising of about 85 Primary Health Care Hospitals, 317 health clinics, 294 health posts, 57 IDPs clinics, 3 Tertiary Hospitals and 53 Secondary Health Facilities but lamented that only 424 of the Health facilities were fully functional, nothing that 64 percent hospitals were damaged by the insurgents.

While listing four dimension of achieving a sustainable health care workforce which included availability of competence, responsiveness and productivity, he said “Looking at the health indices in Borno state, there is a need for delibrate policy for achieving both number and quality of Specialist for qualitative and affordable healthcare to the growing population of the stage.

He commended Gov. Babagana Zulum for constituting a high powered Committee to develop a blue print for an establishment of a State University Teaching Hospital with a view toward providing effective, qualitative and affordable healthcare to the people of the state.

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A Courtesy Visit to Emir of potiskum

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A Courtesy Visit to Emir of Potiskum

By Hassan Achinai

The Comptroller of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCS), Yobe State Command, Ali Isa has today paid a courtesy visit to His Royal Highness the Emir Potiskum; Mai Umar Bubaram Ibn Wuriwa Bauya OON, at the council Palace, potiskum.

The visit of the comptroller of the Nigeria correctional service (NCS) Yobe command to the Emir of potiskum was to pay homage and create synergy between the service and potiskum emirate council and to present to newly amended bill to the emir and to formerly receive the royal blessing and support in exercising his national duty.

On arrival, the comptroller and his entourage were escorted to the place by palace guards, the familiarity they received from the Emir and the good people of potiskum was breathtaking and a long lasting assurance of collective responsibility in creating awareness and working hand in hand in moving the state forward with the displayed vision and mission of the Yobe state Governor.

The Emir thanked the Comptroller and prayed for divine intervention toward discharging his national duty. He also pledged to support him whenever and wherever the arises since it is a collective responsibility that all hands must be on deck to actualize the designed goal and objective Gov. Mai Mala Buni led administration.

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Borno State Journalists’ Expresses Dismay Over Governor Zulum’s Media Aide Attitude

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Borno State Journalists’ expresses dismay over Governor Zulum’s media aide attitude

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno State Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has expressed with dismay the way and manners the media aide of Governor Babagana Zulum, Baba sheikh Haruna attempt to undermine the working of the media.

The members of the correspondents’ statement by the Chairman of the Chapel, Alhaji Haruna Dauda-Biu, and his Secretary, Mr. Timothy Ola said the antics of the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on media , Alh. Baba-Sheikh Haruna could no longer be tolerated as it is impugning on press freedom and making their job as journalists difficult.

The chapel said “this singular act negates the provision of section 22 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended which empowers the press to function freely without any form of hindrance.

The statement said it is more disheartening the fact that the aide rode to the office as the Chairman of the Borno State Chapter of the NUJ and should be known better what press freedom is all about the importance of media correspondents in publicising the activities of his principal and acting as the watchdog.

“The Senior Special Assistant on Media, Baba-Sheikh Haruna who recently assumed the supervisory role of the Governor’s media affairs has continued to engage in an unprofessional conduct by refusing to invite or inform journalists of important public engagements or functions of the Governor in the state.

The statement added that: “The Correspondents’ Chapel wishes to remind the SSA Media that good governance and accountability, which his principal, His Excellency Governor Babagana Zulum stands for, can only be achieved when the media is allowed to cover and report the activities of government for effective checks and balance.

The statement alleged in that:” The Chapel has on several occasions tried to draw Mr Baba-Sheikh Haruna’s attention to this unbecoming attitude but to no avail.”

The statement however warned that:” To this end, therefore, the Chapel will no longer condone any attempt by Mr Baba-Sheikh Haruna or those he delegates to undermine press freedom in Borno state

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Borno Governor Approves Scholarship For Orphans of Cjtf Killed in the Fight Against Insurgents, Rolls Out Welfare Programs For Over 9,000 Volunteer Youths

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Borno Governor approves scholarship for orphans of Cjtf killed in the fight against insurgents rolls out welfare programs for over 9,000 volunteer youths

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum has approved immediate scholarship to the orphans, of members of Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), hunters a and Vigilantes killed while fighting Boko Haram insurgency in the state for last 7 years and welfare program for over 9,000 volunteer youths.

Governor Zulum disclosed this while flagging off a welfare package of N50,000 each to the widows of killed volunteers and the distribution of N180m and 27,000 bags and cartons of food variety to 9,000 volunteers at the State University, Maiduguri on Wednesday.

Addressing about 9,000 volunteer youths who have been fighting insurgency alongside the Nigerian armed forces, Governor Zulum said While commending and praying for the youths, Governor Zulum said ,the people of Birno state as a l have an obligations to support the orphans and widows left behind by these fallen heroes of Borno.
It is my honour to hereby announce that Borno State Government will award education scholarship to the most vulnerable orphans of Civilian JTF who have been killed at battle fronts.

He said “this scholarship will be awarded in phases, starting with the youngest and most vulnerable families of the earliest fallen volunteers, down to the most recently killed.The parents of these children died fighting for all of us, the people of Borno State, the very least we can do is work towards the future of their children.For widows left behind, we shall today release some social intervention packages to them, especially food.I assure you all that we recognize and value the priceless contributions made by those who have died and those of us gathered here, whom we pray that Allah should continue to protect at the battle field.”

In a similar venue, the governor announced that each of the 9,000 volunteers youths that at the gathering is to receive 20,000 Naira cash, a 50-kg bag of rice, a carton of spaghetti and a gallon of cooking oil, all of which were outside their regular monthly allowances.

“For me, the greatest miracle that has emanated from Borno State within the last ten years, is the emergence of the Civilian JTF back in 2013, and the coming of more volunteers from hunters and vigilantes, all of whom have devoted their lives to fearlessly and patriotically fight side by side with soldiers and other armed forces, in the battle for Borno’s liberation from Boko Haram.”, Governor Zulum added.

He said “Of all the components of persons who make up the Borno society today, for me, there is no group that is as important and as critical to us as the brave men and women gathered before us today, who have given up their basic and entitled needs for safety and comfort so that millions of fellow citizens can be safe and comfortable.”

“Our indomitable men and women of the civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes, the people of Borno State are mightily and gratefully proud of each of you. Nothing can compensate for the sacrifices you are making, only Allah can adequately compensate each of you. This is particularly so for many of our fellow compatriots who have died in the battle fields.”,he further stressed.

Governor Zulum further said “In the last seven years, we have recorded instances in which volunteers in the civilian JTF have intercepted suicide attackers and in the process lost their lives. We have recorded more instances of many killed in major battles after they also succeeded in our shared victories over Boko Haram at different encounters. I will not mention names, but there are records of warriors in the Civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes from Southern, to Northern and Central Borno, who fought so hard and gave their lives fighting for Borno. “.

He further explained that “These volunteers fought and died with no death benefits, no pension, and no gratuities. As we should expect, orphaned children and widows left behind by these fallen Civilian JTF and hunters have been struggling whether to feed, to access medical services, or to access basic and secondary education.
As Governor of Borno State, I assure you, that insha’Allah, all of those who died in the Civilian JTF, groups of hunters and vigilantes did not die in vain. Bi’iznillah they have all died for the causes of saving humanity and we pray that Allah grants them His eternal mercy and admit them into aljanna firdaus. “.

While commending and praying for the youths, Governor Zulum said ,”the people of Borno state as I have an obligations to support the orphans and widows left behind by these fallen heroes of Borno.
It is my honour to hereby announce that Borno State Government will award education scholarship to the most vulnerable orphans of Civilian JTF who have been killed at battle fronts.

He also said the Borno State Government will be releasing social intervention to all of the volunteer youths , stressing that government
will be releasing packages of food items through sector leaders for Civilian JTF, and representatives of groups for hunters and continue to support them

He said “we must appreciate the Nigerian military, police, DSS, and the paramilitary for all their sacrifices, and I urge all citizens to continually accord them maximum cooperation and pray for their success”.

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