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Binos’s 12th Medical Outreach: Over 8,500 Receive Free Health Services



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No fewer than 8,500 patients have been treated as Senator Binos Dauda Yaroe conducted 12th Medical Outreach in Ganye Local Government Area (LGA) of Adamawa State.

The free medical outreach attracted hundreds of sick people within and outside Ganye, Toungo and Jada LGAs where they got healthcare services of various ailments and diseases.

Speaking shortly after inspecting the health services being rendered at the closing ceremony of the four-day outreach at General Hospital Ganye on Thursday, Gangwari Ganye, HRH Alh. Umaru Adamu Sanda, hailed Senator Binos Dauda Yaroe for his commitment and determination to improving the wellbeing of his constituents, describing the free medical outreach being rendered by the Senator as the most basic need of human.

The Royal Father said that Senator Binos is a God-sent to the people of Adamawa Southern Senatorial Zone, noting that he was highly impressed with the way and manner with which the Senator touches the livelihoods of his constituents; especially in areas of employment and healthcare service delivery.

He stated, “I have gone round and seen things, and I can tell you that I am highly impressed with what I have seen. Sick people in their hundreds have been given free medical services, including surgeries. I call on other politicians to emulate Senator Binos in initiating programmes that will impact positively in the lives of people at the grassroots”.

While calling on the people of his domain to support government to enable it provide them with the needed dividends of democracy, the traditional leader prayed for the successful conclusion of Binos 12th Free Medical Outreach.

The Royal Father urged Senator Binos not to relent in his commitment and determination to meeting the plights of the masses, where he described health as wealth.

Disclosing the statistics, the Lead Medical Consultant, Dr Wycliffe Dah, said that the medical team was able to treat no fewer than 8,500 patients across the four days, hence exceeding the target of 8,000 to be treated.

Represented by Dr. Kudan Kamshak Deyin,an Ophthalmologist and former Commissioner for Health in Plateau State, Dah said that about 7000 medical and reading glasses had been issued out to beneficiaries, over 260 cataract surgeries had been carried out, over 286 dental cases had been treated, 310 general surgeries carried out, over 178 family planning addressed and over 4,210 basic test conducted in laboratory among others.

In his words, “Let me give an example. Averagely in this part of the world, if you do a cataract surgery, it will cost N40,000 to N50,000; that is the cheapest you can get anywhere. It can go as higher as N150,000 depending on which part of the country you are residing. Like Jos where I come from, we charge averagely N50,000.

“And if you look at the people here that came to access these services, I can bet you in a whole year, they would not raise this money to do this surgery. That is why if opportunities like this comes, you can see high turnout of patients”.

In his remarks, Executive Chairman of Ganye Local Government Council (LGC), Hon. Jibrin Ali, who could not hide his joy, commended Senator Binos Yaroe for taking it upon himself to improve the livelihoods and wellbeing of his people.

In his words, “I cannot thank Senator Binos enough for this huge project of rendering free medical services to sick people in this part of the state. This is what real good representation means”.

A cross section of beneficiaries, who spoke to Journalists shortly after they received free treatment, thanked Senator Binos and prayed God Almighty to grant him the desires of his heart.

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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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