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First Lady, Lami Flags Off Free Medical Outreach For Adamawa Central

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

The Wife of the Adamawa State Governor, Hajiya Lami Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri Tuesday flagged off second phase of her state wide free medical outreach for the Central Zone at State Specialist Hospital, Yola.

The Programme began on the 3rd of January 2023 with Adamawa North at Mubi General Hospital where over 500 people received medical treatment and free drugs.

The exercise will last for 3 days and maternity kits will be distributed to pregnant women, while various surgeries will be caried out and free drugs will be provided to the patients.

The medical outreach initiated by the First Lady’s pet project, Fresh Air Pro-life Empowerment Foundation, is aimed at providing the citizenry access on free medical services especially the downtrodden.

Hajiya Lami Umaru Fintiri at the event called on the people in Adamawa Central to take the advantage by coming forth with their health problems for expert to examine and give them necessary support.

“I appealed to all and sundry to use this advantage and pertake in this programme to improving their health status. It is free. People especially those who have health related challenges should queue in,” she said.

Also Speaking, the State Commissioner of Health and Human Services Prof Abullahi Isah expressed optimistism that the beneficiaries would be accorded proper services during the exercise.

The Medical Director, State Specialists Hospital, Yola Dr Dauda Wadinga who is coordinating the exercise, assured the people of adequate treatment throughout the programme.

The Member Representing Yola North in the State House of Assembly, Hon. Hamidu Sajoh Lekki commended the initiative, stressing that the First Lady’s Programmes have touched the lives of the people in the state.

Contributing, Executive Chairman of Yola North LGA Council, Nasiru Hammanjoda Paris, and that of Yola South, Engineer Hamidu Muhammed lauded Hajiya Lami for her efforts to the less privileged in the society.

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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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UNICEF Supports 94,000 Girls With Dignity Kits In NE

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The United Nations Children’s Fund, (UNICEF) said it had distributed a total of 94,000 dignity kits to the vulnerable girls and women in the three most affected states by insurgency in the northeast region.

The global organization revealed that it has trained 330 female students in 93 schools on menstrual hygiene management in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe states respectively.

UNICEF WASH Manager in the Maiduguri office, Ms. Mamita Bora Thakkar disclosed this at a media parley to commemorate the 2024 Menstrual Hygiene Day in Maiduguri on Thursday. 

She urged governments to address the challenge by prioritizing the provision of facilities in schools to help female students manage their menstruation in a dignified and healthy manner while in school.

“We distributed 78,000 dignity kits last year across BAY states, Today our education sector just donated 16,000 dignity kits to the vulnerable girls and women in Borno state.

“So, good menstrual management therefore requires access to appropriate information, materials, and facilities, without which females suffer from poor menstrual experience, diminished self-confidence, and underachievement in education and well-being.

She cautioned that the lack of basic menstrual health needs for the girl child is affecting her attendance in school and participation in community life.

“the onset of menstruation means a new phase and new vulnerabilities in the lives of adolescents. Yet, many adolescent girls face stigma, harassment, and social exclusion during menstruation.”Mamita warned.

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