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  •  Doctors Without Borders expands inpatient facility to 565 beds in Katsina
    Doctors-Without-Borders expands inpatient facility to 565 beds in Katsina
     Doctors Without Borders expands inpatient facility to 565 beds in Katsina
    Doctors-Without-Borders expands inpatient facility to 565 beds in Katsina
    Health9 hours ago

    Doctors-Without-Borders expands inpatient facility to 565 beds in Katsina

    The international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) also known as Doctors Without Borders in collaboration with the State Ministry of Health (SMoH) has expanded the capacity of its inpatient treatment facility for malnourished children to 565 beds to respond to an increasing influx of the patients in Katsina state.The capacity is increased through opening of 80-bed Inpatient Therapeutic Feeding Centre (ITFC) including 30 bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Dr. Yusha’u Armaya’u Maternal and Paediatric Health Facility in Kofar Sauri and the extension at Turai Ummaru YarAdua Maternity and Children Hospital in Katsina, the state capital.Governor of Katsina State Aminu Bello Masari together with MSF team inaugurated the new ward in a ceremony, also attended by the commissioner of health, royal fathers, volunteers, and others on Monday.MSF teams has been witnessing an alarming rise in admissions of malnourished children in its facilities in Katsina since the start of the year. In June, the team had to quickly increase their inpatient capacity to 280 beds, but the influx of malnourished children was so significant both in outpatient and inpatient that restricted admission criteria had to be introduced for some outpatient treatment centres.Between January and July, MSF teams in Katsina have admitted and treated over five thousand children suffering from severe malnutrition with complications under its inpatient programme while about 50 thousand children have so far been enrolled under the outpatient program with currently more 20,000 children in the cohort for of follow up.“We had to put in place temporary structures by way of extension at the Turai YarAdua Hospital to effectively manage and treat the increasing number of children suffering from malnutrition, and further expand the bed capacity at Kofar Sauri”, says Hassan Issa, MSF Emergency Coordinator in Katsina, Nigeria. “We are working in collaboration with the state government and our teams are ready to treat up to 100,000 malnourished children this year in our nutrition programme in Katsina state alone.”Katsina is one of the chronically food-insecure states in Northwest Nigeria with a low level of coverage in terms of malnutrition case management. The state is going through escalating levels of violence and displacement have pushed many communities to their limits. In recent years, armed groups that are locally referred to as ‘bandits’ have intensified attacks, killings, kidnappings, lootings and sexual violence. Many people cannot farm, cattle are stolen, and markets and trade are disrupted amidst soaring staple food prices – which remain above the five-year average in most Nigerian markets– in an already fragile health context.“The lean season or hunger gap is approaching its peak, and the malaria transmission is further deteriorating the health and nutritional status with more severe cases admitted that need intensive medical care (blood transfusion, perfusion, NG tube to feed children etc) in inpatients.” says Hassan Issa. .MSF teams support in the treatment of malaria through test and treat for outpatients with about 800 treated since the beginning of July. MSF also continues to support Jibia IDPs with drug donations and in July about 500 consultation was done from which 70 percent were children under five years old. “We have reached at our maximum capacity, and the patients are still arriving in large numbers. We again strongly urge all other health and humanitarian actors to immediately take steps to address the alarming inflow of the malnourished children.”If the current humanitarian assistance lags far behind in northwest Nigeria, that’s partly because the UN have failed to include the region in its humanitarian response plan for the country for the current year, which primarily focuses on the critical situation in the northeast. As a result, many organisations are struggling to follow up on assessments and secure funding to implement lifesaving support in northwest Nigeria, despite the known acute needs.Other than Katsina, MSF teams has been providing treatment to malnourished children in Kano, Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi states. We are supporting 8 inpatient and 31 outpatient facilities across five states in the Northwest. In MSF run or supported outpatient nutrition centres, almost 53,000 patients of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and about 25,000 patients of moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) were admitted between January and end of July 2022.Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. MSF first started working in Nigeria in 1996, and currently provides healthcare services in 11 states across the country.

  •  Kebbi settles N456m WAEC fees Commissioner
    Kebbi settles N456m WAEC fees – Commissioner
     Kebbi settles N456m WAEC fees Commissioner
    Kebbi settles N456m WAEC fees – Commissioner
    Education14 hours ago

    Kebbi settles N456m WAEC fees – Commissioner

    Kebbi settles N456m WAEC fees – Commissioner
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  •  NCS seizes 478 jerry cans of petrol in Kebbi Official
    NCS seizes 478 jerry cans of petrol in Kebbi–Official
     NCS seizes 478 jerry cans of petrol in Kebbi Official
    NCS seizes 478 jerry cans of petrol in Kebbi–Official
    Defence/Security16 hours ago

    NCS seizes 478 jerry cans of petrol in Kebbi–Official

    NCS seizes 478 jerry cans of petrol in Kebbi–Official
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  •  Bagudu Malami mourn Sole Administrator
    Bagudu, Malami mourn Sole Administrator
     Bagudu Malami mourn Sole Administrator
    Bagudu, Malami mourn Sole Administrator
    General news2 days ago

    Bagudu, Malami mourn Sole Administrator

    Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, have condoled with the family of late Sambo  Zogirma, the Sole Administrator of Zogirma-Tilli Area Development Council, in Bunza Local Government Area.The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the deceased died from a protracted illness on Friday at Usman Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto.

    The governor and the minister on Sunday prayed to Almighty Allah to forgive the deceased’s shortcomings and grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss.

    Aged 66, the late Zogirma is survived by four wives and 20 children, among his children is Murtala Zogirma, a Councillor representing Zogirma ward in Bunza Local Government Area.
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  •  NMA gets new executives in Zamfara
    NMA gets new executives in Zamfara
     NMA gets new executives in Zamfara
    NMA gets new executives in Zamfara
    General news2 days ago

    NMA gets new executives in Zamfara

    The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Zamfara chapter on Sunday inaugurated the newly elected executives to run the affairs of the association in the state for the next two years.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the new executives were elected as part of the 2022 Annual General Meeting of the Association.

    All the new executives emerged unopposed in an election earlier held under the supervision of the electoral committee headed by Dr Umar Abdullahi.

    The newly elected executives include Dr Sanusi Bello of the State Ministry of Health as Chairman, Dr Ibrahim Jubril, the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Gusau as Vice Chairman and Dr Muhammed Murtala also from the State Ministry of Health as Secretary.

    Other inaugurated executives also included Assistant Secretary, Dr Hussaini Danjuma from the FMC Gusau, Treasurer, Dr Judith Dike also from the FMC Gusau.  

    In his acceptance speech, the newly elected Chairman, Dr Sanusi Bello promised to run a transparent leadership and not to betray the confidence reposed in him.

    Bello said his leadership would collaborate with all stakeholders to promote the medical profession and health sector in the state.

    He called for the support and cooperation from members of the association.

    The outgoing Chairman, Dr Manir Bature, commended medical doctors in the state for their support and cooperation given to his leadership.

    Bature said his leadership recorded tremendous achievements, especially in promoting unity, love and mutual understanding among NMA members in the state.

    According to him, the NMA under his stewardship recorded understanding  with stakeholders, especially the state government which led to improvement in health care services in the state.

    He commended Zamfara government and management of FMC Gusau for recruiting health workers and improving standard of health care facilities in the state.

    The Chairman of the occasion and Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre Gusau, Dr Bello Kwararkwashi, commended various achievements recorded by the immediate past executives of the association.

    Kwararkwashi called on the new executives to work up to expectations of the state and the members.

    He reiterated his administration’s commitment at FMC Gusau to continue partnering with the association to promote doctors’ welfare.

    During the event, merit awards were presented to Wife of Kebbi State Gov, Dr Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu, the outgoing NMA Chairman and Dr Manir Bature among others for their extraordinary contributions in promoting the health sector in the state.  

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  •  Agency to train 100 Kebbi youths on modern farming techniques
    Agency to train 100 Kebbi youths on modern farming techniques
     Agency to train 100 Kebbi youths on modern farming techniques
    Agency to train 100 Kebbi youths on modern farming techniques
    General news3 days ago

    Agency to train 100 Kebbi youths on modern farming techniques

    The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) says it will train 100 Kebbi youths on modern farming techniques through improved farming implements in the state.

    Dr Muhammad Muhammad, the Director of Procurement of the agency in the state, announced this during a courtesy visit  to an NGO, the Khadimiyya for Justice and Development Initiative, in Birnin Kebbi on Saturday.

    He said, ”We are going to organise a five- day training for 100 youths, who have been drawn from the 21 local government areas on modern farming methods, using improved farming implements.

    ”The agency has concluded all the arrangements for establishment of the training institute in the state.

    ”He thanked the founder of Khadimiyya, the Attorney- General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, for establishing the NGO to assist his community.

    Muhammad also described Malami as a ” philanthropist whose heart was always after helping the needy”, and urged other wealthy individuals to emulate him in that direction.

    He commended Khadimiyya for donating 20 hectares of land in Bagudu for the construction of a skills acquisition centre in Bagudu Local Government Area of the state.

    ”The centre is a relief to the community and people of the state.

    It will be used to engage and empower the teaming youths in the local government, state and Nigeria at large,” he said.

    Muhammad also commended the NGO for being good partners and in applying due diligence in the nomination of prospective trainees across the state.

    The Head of NGO’s Secretariat and National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Ibrahim Abubakar-Jombali, thanked the agency for his renewed commitments to advancing modern mechanised farming in the state.

    He commended the Khadimiyya’s commitment, full support and cooperation to the agency for it to deliver on its mandate.

    ”The partnership between the NGO and Agency will bring the desired goals of advancing agriculture drive in the state.

    ”The Khadimiyya is an NGO founded by Malami, with  sole aim of alleviating poverty and access to Justice for indigent citizens.

    ”It has, so far, constructed over 300 boreholes across state, facilitated employment opportunities for over 700 unemployed youths, shared relief funds to cushion the effects of COVID-19 and distributed over 5,000 JAMB forms to less -privelleged students.

    “It has also donated vehicles for Kebbi Contributory Health Care Management Agency (KECHEMA),  Abdulahi Fodio Islamic Center, Kebbi Cultural troops, and other organisations as well as donated cash grant to widows and orphans in all the 225 political wards of the state,” he said.

    Abubakar- Jombali added the NGO’s philanthropic activities went beyond the state through its presentation of cash donation of N5 million to the victims of fire disasters in Katsina and Gusau Central markets, Katsina and Zamfara States, respectively.

    ”We donated medical equipment to Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) Zaria, Kaduna State and Federal Medical Centre Jalingo, Taraba State, among others,” he said.

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  •  Kwara Govt okays initiative to support 30 000 woman traders says SSG
    Kwara Govt okays initiative to support 30,000 woman traders, says SSG
     Kwara Govt okays initiative to support 30 000 woman traders says SSG
    Kwara Govt okays initiative to support 30,000 woman traders, says SSG
    General news5 days ago

    Kwara Govt okays initiative to support 30,000 woman traders, says SSG

    The Kwara Executive Council has approved a programme to empower at least 30,000 woman traders with a grant of N20,000 each over the next six months. 

    This is contained in a statement in Ilorin signed by the State Commissioner for Communications, Mr Olabode Towoju.

    Towoju said the Secretary to the Kwara Government Prof. Mamman Jubril made this known while briefing the State Executive Council.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the programme is a social investment measure modelled after a World Bank initiative called:” Nigeria for Women Project (NFWP)”.

    He said the programme which would be implemented under the Kwara State Social Investment Programme (KWASSIP) while beneficiaries would cut across the 16 local government areas of the state.

    “For stimulation of micro, small and medium scale locally-owned businesses, the agency (KWASSIP) deems it necessary to empower the women within the 16 LGAs of Kwara.

    ”This is another dimension towards ensuring that the women who ordinarily do not have access to financial facility are availed with financial support through the programme.

    “It may interest council to note that this programme being domesticated and to be funded by the State Government is a replica of the World Bank project (Nigeria for Women Project).

    ”However, the state has applied to the World Bank to include Kwara among the beneficiary states in Nigeria in order to complement the efforts of the state government,” Jubril said.

    Jubril also said the government will partner with MTN Nigeria (Mobile Money, MoMo) Service provider which has over 5,000 payment agents to allow for efficiency, transparency and easy disbursement to all the 193 wards in the stateHe said the programme will gulp N658m and would have huge benefits on the micro-economic sector in the state.

    The council meeting was chaired by Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq ,who said the administration remains committed to the plight of the downtrodden, including deepening financial inclusion.

    The secretary said that KWASSIP,  has implemented similar social safety programme, in Owo Isowo, Owo Arugbo, and Kwapreneur and has benefitted over 100,000 people in the last two years alone.

    NAN reports that the NFWP is a strategic long-term partnership between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the World Bank to support the government’s goal of ensuring gender equality. 

    The project’s design is the first of its kind to be implemented in Nigeria, through government and at scale supporting women groups.

    This project will address barriers to women’s prosperity and build social assets for women’s economic participation which is critical for inclusive poverty reduction in Nigeria.

    NAN also reports that the NFWP intends to achieve this by implementing, across multiple local contexts in Nigeria approaches that contribute to women’s economic outcomes and, through them, the well-being of individual households and communities The implementation and roll-out will be phased, starting with six states across the geo-political zones (Abia, AkwaIbom, Kebbi, Niger, Ogun and Taraba) in Nigeria to allow for learning and iterations.

    NAN reports that the five-year national intervention will guarantee improved livelihood opportunities for 324,000 women in Nigeria.


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  •  ADP trains 30 extension agents on new farming approach
    ADP trains 30 extension agents on new farming approach
     ADP trains 30 extension agents on new farming approach
    ADP trains 30 extension agents on new farming approach
    General news6 days ago

    ADP trains 30 extension agents on new farming approach

    Cross River Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) on Wednesday in Calabar, began step down training programme for 30 extention agents on new approach to agriculture.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the new approach, Smallholder Horticulture Empowerment and Promotion (SHEP), is designed to change the orientation of farmers to farming.

    The Cross River’s Director for Agricultural Extension Services, Mr Nathaniel Nkor who flagged off the programme, said the approach tended to shift emphasis from consumption to marketing aspect of agriculture.

    He said that the approach was aimed at generating income for farmers as well as employment creation.

    “This approach will take us from where we were to a new level.

    It will add wealth to the income of farmers and also enhance production.

    “In essence, the approach changes farmers’ mindset from farming for consumption to farming to make profit,” he said.

    Nkor who said he would work to see to the success of the project, however, noted that farmers in the state must be ready to embrace the change.

    Earlier in his address, the Programme Manager, Cross River ADP, Mr Bassey Etim, said the theme of the project, “Grow and Sell” to “Grow to Sell” was also aimed at improving farmers’ farming skills.

    Etim stressed that the extention agents were carefully selected from the 18 Local Government Areas of the state.

    He said that the training which would end on Friday was meant to sufficiently equipp the agents who would in turn pass the knowledge to the farmers.

    “This programme must be taken seriously because it wasn’t an easy ride for us to be here.

    “Cross Riverx is fortunate to be chosen among 12 competitive states that were further reduced to six states in the second phase of the this programme,” he said.

    The ADP programme manager listed the six participating states to include: Cross River, Ogun, Kebbi, Gombe, Anambra and Benue.

    Etim said the SHEP project was developed by Japan International Coorperation Agency (JICA) and supported by the Federal Government.


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  •  Taraba empowers 77 306 women with skills funds
    Taraba empowers 77,306 women with skills, funds
     Taraba empowers 77 306 women with skills funds
    Taraba empowers 77,306 women with skills, funds
    General news6 days ago

    Taraba empowers 77,306 women with skills, funds

    The Taraba Ministry for Women Affairs and Child Development, through ‘Nigeria for Women Project’ said it had empowered 77,306 women with skills and funds to improve their living standard.

    Mrs Bridget Twar, the Commissioner for the ministry disclosed this at a meeting with the visiting team from the national office of the project on Wednesday in Jalingo.

    According to her, the five-year project had tremendously improved the lives of the beneficiaries across the three implementing Local Government councils of Bali, Takum and Zing. ”So far,  the project had impacted on other community members who have been engaged as ward facilitators.

    “Currently, Taraba has 3,252 Women Affinity Groups (WAGs) and 155 community residents are engaged as ‘Barefoot Business Councillors (BBC)’ who are all benefiting from the project.

    “The project reach in the state covers 652 communities and more as the staffers are working tirelessly to ensure full coverage of the remaining areas.

    “Let me also mention that the project set out to reach a target of 54, 000 women, however, Taraba exceeded this target reaching 77,306 beneficiaries,” Twar added.

    She commended Gov. Darius Ishaku for ensuring that Taraba was among the first six pilot states implementing the project.

    Twar explained that plans were on to expand the project to all the 16 Local Government councils of the state.

    Earlier, Mr Isaac Yarafa, the State Programme Coordinator (SPC), at a news conference said the project was aimed at improving the livelihoods of women from 18 years and above in targeted areas of Nigeria.

    According to him, the project sought to empower women in the country to make significant contributions to household, community and national economic growth.

    Yarafa named the pilot states as Akwa-Ibom, Abia, Kebbi, Niger, Ogun and Taraba.

    He said that the project was a loan from the World Bank to the implementing states with the Federal Government as the guarantor.

    Mrs Adesola Oyawoye, the Head of Operations and Communications for the project sought cooperation with the media to ensure its success and sustainability.


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  •  NiMet predicts 3 day cloudiness thunderstorms from Wednesday
    NiMet predicts 3-day cloudiness, thunderstorms from Wednesday
     NiMet predicts 3 day cloudiness thunderstorms from Wednesday
    NiMet predicts 3-day cloudiness, thunderstorms from Wednesday
    General news6 days ago

    NiMet predicts 3-day cloudiness, thunderstorms from Wednesday

    The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted cloudiness and thunderstorms from Wednesday to Friday across the nation.

    NiMet`s weather outlook released on Tuesday in Abuja predicted cloudy atmosphere over Northern region  on Wednesday with prospects of thunderstorms over parts of Adamawa and Gombe state during the morning hours.

    According to it, thunderstorms are anticipated over Bauchi, Kaduna, Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina, Bauchi, Zamfara, Borno, Taraba, Kano and Jigawa state later in the day.

    “ Cloudy morning is anticipated over the North central region with chances of morning rains over parts of Niger state.

    “ There are prospects of rains over parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Plateau, Kwara, Nasarawa and Niger states during the afternoon and evening hours, “ it said.

    The agency forecast cloudy atmosphere over the inland and coastal cities of the South with prospects of morning rains over Rivers, Cross River and Akwa Ibom state.

    It anticipated moderate rains over parts of Imo, Edo, Abia, Ogun, Ebonyi, Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta, Akwa Ibom and Cross River state later in the day.

    NiMet envisaged cloudy atmosphere over the Northern region on Wednesday during the morning hours.

    It further envisaged thunderstorms over parts of Jigawa, Taraba, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Adamawa, Kano, Kebbi, Zamfara, Yobe and Kaduna State during the afternoon and evening hours.

    The agency predicted the North central region to be cloudy with chances of thunderstorms over parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Kwara and Nasarawa state in the morning hours.

    It anticipated prospects of thunderstorms over Plateau, Kogi, Benue, Niger and Nasarawa later of the day.

    According to it, cloudy atmosphere is anticipated over the inland and coastal cities of the South in the morning with chances of light rains over parts of Cross River and Akwa Ibom state in the morning hours.

    It forecast light rains over parts of Imo, Enugu, Abia, Ebonyi, Rivers, Cross rivers, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and Delta states later in the day.

    “For Thursday, Thunderstorms are anticipated over parts of Kaduna, Bauchi, Kebbi and Sokoto state during the morning hours.

    “ Later in the day, thunderstorms are expected over parts of Borno, Bauchi, Gombe, Jigawa, Zamfara, Yobe and Kaduna states.

    “ The North central region is expected to be cloudy with chances of thunderstorms over parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasarawa and Kwara state in the morning hours, “ it said.

    According to it, thunderstorms are expected over parts of Plateau, Kwara, Kogi, Niger and Benue states later in the afternoon and evening hours.

    The agency anticipated the inland and the coastal cities of the South to be cloudy with prospects of morning rains over parts of Cross River and Akwa Ibom state.

    It forecast light rains over parts of Abia, Imo, Ebonyi, Enugu, Rivers, Cross rivers, Akwa ibom and Delta state during the afternoon and evening period.

    According to it, there are prospects of intermittent rains accompanied with thunder and strong winds over the North and North central parts of the country which may give rise to floods.

    The agency advised the citizens living in the northern region to take necessary precautions.

    The agency equally advised emergency management agencies to be at alert.

    “Airline operators are advised to get updated weather reports from NiMet for effective planning in their operations, “ it said.


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