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TPHDA, UNICEF Commence Campaign On MNTE In Taraba

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Taraba State Primary Health Care Development Agency with support from UNICEF has commenced the Maternal Neonatal Tetanus Elimination campaign in four local government areas of Taraba State.

Mrs. Mercy Maigoge, State Health Educator disclosed this at a one-day media engagement on the Maternal Neonatal Tetanus Elimination campaign, held in Jalingo.

She said it was aimed to sensitize the media on the maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination (MNTE) campaign currently going on in four LGAs including Bali, Kurmi, Wukari, and Yerro.

The engagement was also to sustain community awareness and education for increased uptake of the vaccines by the target group which is 15 years to 49 years old.

Mrs. Mercy Maigoge further explained that the meeting was also aimed at engaging the media in field monitoring, documentation, as well as reportage.

She described the media as key stakeholders to partner with, with the view to achieving the objective of the campaign.

She said that the TD popularly known as (TT) vaccination campaign will last for five days in the selected LGAs, and urged the media to monitor the implementation of the vaccine during the campaign.

According to her, data showed that the selected LGAs were performing below expectation in regards to the tetanus vaccination, hence the campaign to raise the data.

Giving an overview, the State team lead, Social and Behavior Change-UNICEF, Jennifer Dabo said the elimination of maternal neonatal tetanus (MNT) is a key area in global public health policy, and it is one of the six childhood killer diseases targeted for accelerated control in Nigeria.

The MNTE initiative aims to reduce maternal neonatal tetanus cases to such low levels that the disease is no longer a major public health problem.

“So, in thousand, at least they want to reduce Neonatal Tetanus as little as just one if it is possible,” said Dabo.

Jennifer Dabo noted that in many communities, deliveries take place in unhygienic circumstances, putting mothers and their newborn babies at risk of a variety of life-threatening infections such as tetanus.

Jennifer Dabo advised mothers to visit hospitals rather than patronizing traditional birth attendants.

In 1989, the 42nd World Health Assembly called for the elimination of neonatal tetanus by 1995, and the report shows that 12 countries have not reached the MNTE status, and activities to achieve the goal are ongoing in those countries including Nigeria.

Meanwhile, the new elimination target is set for 2023.

Mr. Detoh Ngasoh, UNICEF State Facilitator, social and behavior change appreciated the media and appealed for a fruitful collaboration.

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Healthcare: Gov Kefas Commissions 38 Pentacyclic Ambulances

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By Henry Agbu, Jalingo 

The Governor of Taraba State, Dr. Agbu Kefas, has commissioned 38 Pentacyclic Ambulances.

The event took place in Jalingo, with the state Deputy Governor representing the Governor.

 handed them over to the Chairmen of the 16 Local Government Areas for use.
This is the first batch of ambulances out of the 168 that arrived in Jalingo. 

Governor Kefas aims to improve the lives of people in Taraba, especially in the rural areas. 

The ambulances will help manage emergency cases, particularly during childbirth and healthcare delivery.

The Deputy Governor, Alhaji Aminu Abdullahi Alkali, emphasized that health is a top priority of the current administration. 

He also stated that local government leaders will be held accountable for any misuse of the ambulances.

Dr. Bordiya Buma, the Taraba State Commissioner for Health, highlighted ongoing health projects, including the Rehabilitation Center at the State Specialist Hospital in Jalingo and a temporary site for the National Orthopedic Hospital.

Alhaji Aminu Jauro Hassan, the Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), praised the initiative as timely and effective for health transformation. 

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Adamawa Govt, UNPF Take HIV Campaign To Students, Provide Free Testing

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By Austin Ajayi

The need to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS has again been stressed as the Adamawa state ministry of youth and sports in conjunction with United Nations Population Fund (UNPF) organized a one day sensitization and free testing for young people of tertiary institution on the danger of HIV/AIDS in Adamawa.

The sensitization program which took place at the College for Legal Studies Yola, had students of the institution in attendance.

Provost of the College, Barrister Suleiman Ahamed thanked the ministry of youths and sports for choosing the institution, stressing that this sensitization of the prevalence of HIV/AIDS will help in making the young ones stay negative and live positive in pursuit of their dreams

Earlier, the commissioner of youths and sports, Bar. Wali Yakubu  said youth development is important  to the overall development of the state.

Adding that ” this is why the state governor has dedicated a lot of funds to build the stadium for youth development, noting that this development can only be achieved when you the youths stay healthy”.

Represented by the Director youths in the ministry, Mr. Mike Ngula, the commissioner said the ministry will continue to partner groups and organizations to develop the youths .

Executive Director, Today 4 Tomorrow, Miss Abei Bassey who spoke on behalf of the UNPF said the choice of tertiary institutions is because HIV/AIDS PREVELANCE rate is more among youths of tertiary institutions.

“With this sensitization here today and the awareness created , more than half of the people now know that their destinies is in their own hands”

” The way they live their lives today determines their tomorrow “

Over three hundred participants attended the programme.

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Why Smokers Switches To Snuff

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By Sani Yarima 

Snuff is a form of smokeless tobacco made from finely ground tobacco leaves that is absorbed through the mucous membranes in the user’s mouth or nostrils. 

Snuff can lead to effects such as relaxation, increased alertness, elevated heart rate, and a temporary decrease in appetite. 

There are two types of snuff: dry, which is powdered tobacco sniffed through the nostrils, and moist, which is cut tobacco placed in the mouth.

The use of snuff is common in Nigeria, particularly in the northern part of the country, where many people who do not smoke tobacco or have retired from smoking use snuff instead. 

Users such as Danjuma Muhammed and Sanusi Alhaji in an interview with our Correspondent in Jalingo said it makes them feel strong and healthier without experiencing health issues. 

According to them, they have used snuff for over thirty years without adverse effects.

A snuff dealer, Malam Rabi’u Mai Shake, mentioned that there are different types of snuff available, including a popular variety called “Moringa” and a newer, more potent product called “Danmilla.”

The “Danmilla” variant is growing in popularity due to its effectiveness in treating various conditions such as piles, waist pain, eye problems, heartburn, and menstrual issues for women. 

However, the container for “Danmilla” indicates contraindications for people with asthma, tuberculosis, and pneumonia.

Malam Rabi’u claimed that snuff has no negative effects on human health and is not linked to cigarettes, noting that many smokers are quitting cigarettes and switching to snuff not only in Taraba State but in many northern states.

He said he has been using snuff for over ten years without experiencing any health issues. 

Mai Shake also disclosed the wholesale prices of “Danmilla” (N1000) and “Moringa” (N700) snuff containers and advised smokers to switch to snuff for its purported health benefits.

He revealed that he used to make sales of thirty to fifty thousand (N30,000 to N50,000) per day.

On the other hand, Dr. Isaiah Hunuato, a medical doctor, stated that smokeless tobacco, including snuff, contains cancer-causing chemicals such as tobacco-specific N-nitrosamines, cadmium, polonium, formaldehyde, and polycyclic and aromatic hydrocarbons.

Hunuato who spoke via telephone interview, also pointed out that all tobacco products, including snuff, contain nicotine, which is addictive. 

According to him, prolonged use of snuff can lead to addiction and an increased risk of mouth or throat cancer, gum disease, tooth decay, and other health problems. 

Dr. Isiah Hunuato discouraged the use of snuff and warned about its potential to cause high blood pressure and stroke.

It is important to note that snuff is not a safe alternative to smoking and should be used with caution. 

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