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Adamawa Gov, VC MAU, Commend CMD MAUTH Yola

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…As the Female Medical Ward bags the best ward of the year…

Sustainability and improvement upon, mark the achievements in the transition from the Federal Medical Centre, FMC Yola to Modibbo Adama University Teaching Hospital MAUTH, Yola, Adamawa state.

From last week to the week ending today, there have been programmes, events, progress recorded and the courtesy visits; the message of which was the commendation showered on the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof Auwal Muhammad Abubakar.

One particular staff-centred event worthy of mention other than the promotion examination that was celebrated a week before, was the annual award presentation that showcased the most improved wards of the year, following the assessments that identified the most improved ward of the month; an initiative of the CMD that is sustained to this day.

The best ward of the year 2021 goes to the Female Medical Ward (FMW) with 99.55% score, second prize goes to the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) with 99.23% score, while third prize goes to the Paediatric Surgical Ward (PSW) with 99.03% score

The Adamawa state Governor, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, ably represented by the Head of Service, Dr. Amos Edgar as the special guest of honour and the Vice Chancellor, Modibbo Adama University, MAU Yola, Prof Abdullahi Liman Tukur as the chairman of the occasion have commended the Chief Medical Director, Modibbo Adama University Teaching Hospital, MAUTH Yola Prof Auwal Muhammad Abubakar for the hospital expansion, upgrading the service windows and the transition from federal medical centre to teaching hospital for which the duo were among the stakeholders in the struggle for the success story.

The commendations were made Friday, while presenting the 2021 Maryamu Dangtibiya Ward Assessment Award being organised by the management of the hospital at the Banquet Hall of the Government House in Yola.

The capacity development in terms of staff and facility; the accreditation of the clinical departments by regulatory bodies to run postgraduate trainings, otherwise referred to as residency training; the establishment of the postgraduate programmes in nursing, namely; School of Post Basic Perioperative Nursing and the School of Post Basic Accident and Emergency Nursing, in addition to sponsoring other post basic nursing trainings outside the state.

There was also the reflection of the series of successful separations of the conjoined twins, among other successful complicated surgeries.

In their separate remarks The CMD and the Board chairman, MAUTH Yola have commended the Adamawa state Governor and the VC MAU Yola for their contributions in improving the standard of MAUTH Yola.

In addition to the recognition of the best ward of the year 2021 with the presentation of awards, the event has also factored in the send off ceremony in honour of the former Director Administration of the hospital, the pioneer secretary of the hospital board of management, Alhaji Aliyu Mohammed Nayejo (Dan-Madami Mayo-Belwa).

In addition to the plaques the first position goes with N200,000, the second position goes with N150,000, the third position goes with N100,000 while positions from fourth to sixteenth attract amounts ranging from N50,000.

Below is the general score of the 16 wards of the hospital:

16th position – Gynae Ward (GW): 95.50%
15th position – Accident and Emergency Unit (A&E): 95.92%
14th position – Female Surgical Ward (FSW): 97.05%
13th position – Ante-Natal Ward (ANW): 97.09%
12th position – Post-Natal Ward (PNW) 97.69%
11th position – Male Medical Ward (MMW): 97.77%
10th position – Emergency Paediatric Unit (EPU): 97.85%
9th position – Male Surgical Ward I (MSW I): 98.04%
8th position – Private Suit (PS): 98.24%
7th position – Male Surgical Ward II (MSW II) 98.53%
6th position – Labour Ward (LW): 98.80%
5th position – Male Orthopedic Ward (MOW) 98.88%
4th position – Paediatric Medical Ward (PMW): 98.93%
3rd position – Paediatric Surgical Ward (PSW): 99.03%
2nd position – Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU): 99.23%
1st position – Female Medical Ward (FMW): 99.55%.

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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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