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Zamfara Offers Free Malaria Treatment

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MalariaThe Zamfara State Government on Thursday renewed its commitment to fight malaria in the state.

The Permanent Secretary in the state’s Ministry of Health, Lawal Bungudu, made the government’s position known in Gusau.

He said this while inaugurating a committee that would supervise the distribution of free treated mosquito insecticidal nets by an NGO in collaboration with USAID in the state.

About 2.6 million treated mosquito nets are expected to be distributed free of charge to an estimated four million people of the state by the Malaria Action Program for States, MAPS, with support from the United States Agency for International Development, USAID.

The permanent secretary said: “The committee will facilitate the smooth distribution of the nets while also ensuring that the product gets to the most rural community members of our state”.

He said the state government-owned health facilities now offers free medi-care and drugs to those infected with malaria.

He further said that apart from the routine sanitation exercise which placed emphasis on the clearing of all possible mosquito breeding areas, the state government is conducting more of this exercise during the wet season which just began.

He charged the 35-member committee, which is chaired by himself, to ensure that the nets were not diverted but given to the rightful users in order to eliminate malaria from the state.

Earlier, a representative of MAPS Country Representative who led a team of doctors to mobilise beneficiaries on the importance of the nets, Abdul Mussa, said the actual distribution would be carried out in August.

He said in order to prevent the beneficiaries from selling the nets, MAPS had decided to remove the nets from their nylon jackets at the point of distribution.

This, he explained, would be done in partnership with the state’s environmental management agency which would collect all the nylon jackets and dispose them off by burning.

(NAN)

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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