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Nasarawa: 15 cases of Measles detected



Fifteen  cases of Measles have been detected in Nasarawa State, this was disclosed by Dr Daniel Iya, the Nasarawa State Commissioner for Health.

Iya disclosed this while briefing newsmen on Wednesday in Lafia on efforts at curbing communicable diseases.

He said efforts would be intensified to prevent outbreak of Cerebro Spinal Spinal Meningitis (CSM) in the state.

Iya said that there was no reported case of death from the outbreak of CSM.

“We have high coverage of immunisation based on data collected and now getting information about measles outbreak not being documented shows there is a problem,” he said.

He said the ministry had begun investigation to ascertain what could be responsible, saying breakage in the ‘cold chain’ facility for the vaccine reduces its potency, given the challenges of power supply for its management.

Iya stressed the need to strengthen routine immunisation rather than back immunisation, cross check the cold chain and to raise the index of suspicion against disease outbreaks.

He emphasised the need for stakeholders to adhere strictly to routine immunisation so as to check outbreak of communicable diseases.

On the current outbreak of meningitis in the country, the commissioner said no case had been reported in the state.

“I want to state categorically that as of today we have not had a case reported; either suspected or confirmed of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis in Nasarawa state,” he said.

He said proactive measures have been taken through aggressive sensitisation through the media and other platforms on the mode of the spread and prevention of the disease, which would be sustained for sometime.

According to Iya, government is working towards having adequate drugs in health facilities across the state to manage the situation should there be an outbreak in the state.

He said that health workers in the state have been put on red alert in terms of increasing index of suspicion and taking necessary steps in making diagnosis.

He said vaccines for the disease were distributed to states that had outbreak, adding that the National Centre for Disease Control is working towards procuring the vaccine for immunisation against another outbreak.

Iya explained that meningitis outbreak was not new in the country as there was always minor and major outbreaks every three and 10 years, respectively.

He therefore urged residents of the state to remain calm and adhere to safety preoccupations of sleeping in well ventilated rooms and observing basic personal hygiene.

He also advised that people should avoid contacts with those manifesting symptoms such as headache, stiff neck and vomiting, among others.

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Shehu Sani Reacts To Hisbah’s Call For Scrapping Of Black Friday



Shehu Sani Reacts To Hisbah's Call For Scrapping Of Black Friday

Shehu Sani

Former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani has reacted to the call for the scrapping of the popular ‘Black Friday’sales by the Kano State Hisbah Board.

Recall that earlier on Friday, the board asked a radio station, demanding that it stops using the word “Black Friday” to refer to Friday.

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The board explained that since Friday is regarded as a holy day in Islam, tagging it “Black Friday” is derogatory and a thus, should not be condoned.

Reacting to the statement, the former lawmaker from Kaduna described the threat by the Hisbah board as ‘nonsensical.”

He wrote:

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Court Orders Release Of Sen. Ndume From Kuje Prison



Court Orders Release Of Sen. Ndume From Kuje Prison

Ali Ndume

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted bail to Senator Ali Ndume who was detained in prison on Monday following the failure to produce Abdulrasheed Maina in court.

This was made known by the presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang in a ruling on Friday, November 27.

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He stated that he chose to grant the senator bail based on his record of good behaviour before the court, notwithstanding that the other grounds of his bail application failed.

Justice Abang granted bail to Senator Ndume pending the hearing and determination of the Borno South Senator’s appeal filed at the Court of Appeal to challenge Monday’s order.

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We Deliberately Shut Down Refineries – NNPC GMD



We Deliberately Shut Down Refineries – NNPC GMD

NNPC boss, Mele Kyari

The Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, has expressed that the corporation deliberately shut down the nation’s refineries because they became unsustainable.

The GMD disclosed this when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Upstream in Abuja.

He pointed out that the NNPC was unable to supply crude oil to the refineries, adding that the Excravos pipeline is the only one the NNPC managed to sustain through the contracting process.

He went on to express that it is practically impossible to run pipelines at their optimum capacity.

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“For instance, to run Kaduna and Warri refinery, you need to deliver 170,000 barrel of oil per day so that both will operate at 70 percent capacity,” he said.

Kyari said that at the moment, it only had over 5,000 kilometers of pipelines with 13 fuel depots, which according to him must be protected to forestall the activities of vandals.

“And I can tell you today that except the Atlas cove to Ibadan line and also the Portharcourt to Aba line, none of these pipelines is serviced.

“We cannot flow product into these lines, the cheap one is to say they are aged but the real reason is that the level of activities of vandals on these lines is gross, monumental, and profound.

“At every point within a month we fix 80 vandal points, the option is to shut them down and the result of having one depot is what we have seen in Lagos,” he said.

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