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Bauchi Deputy Gov Inaugurates Nurses House, Applauds NANNM For The Initiative

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The Bauchi State Deputy Governor, Mohammed Auwal Jatau has inaugurated the newly Nurses House, Bauchi established by the state council of the Nurses and Midwives Association.

Speaking at the commissioning of the project, the Deputy Governor urged other affiliated organizations to follow the example set by NANNM in providing conducive and functional facilities for better service delivery of their activities.

Auwal Jatau extended his appreciation to the state leadership and all the dedicated Nurses of Bauchi State for their collective efforts in constructing the nurses house.

“I stand here on behalf of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Bauchi State, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, CON Kauran Bauchi, to commission this remarkable Nurses House. It is indeed an honor to be invited to this event and witness the realization of this significant project.

“We celebrate the successful completion of this project, a testament to the visionary leadership of Comr. Ibrahim Maikudi and his team. I extend my warmest congratulations to him, the State Administrative Council members, and all the Nurses and Midwives of Bauchi State. This Nurses House stands as a symbol of their commitment to excellence and the remarkable progress achieved under their guidance.

“I would like to congratulate the leadership of NANNM in the Northern states on the successful conduct of your joint zonal meeting. Once again, I commend everyone involved in making this Nurses House a reality and look forward to witnessing the positive impact it will have on healthcare delivery in Bauchi State.

The Deputy Governor said the state government had consistently prioritized the health sector since assuming office in 2019 because of the vital role played by health workers, including the dedicated Nurses and Midwives, who tirelessly serve communities round the clock.

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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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CSOs Advocate For Untax, Subsidize Sanitary Pads

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The Coalition of Non governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Stakeholders working to support improving menstrual hygiene practices and access in Bauchi State have advocated for the government to untax/subsidize sanitary pads for every woman and girl to access menstrual hygiene materials.

They made the call during advocacy and rally to the State Ministry of Women Affairs on Tuesday to commurate 2024 world menstrual hygiene Day on Tuesday in Bauchi

Mr Kingsley Yallings, Who speaks on behalf of the CSOs, calls on the government to untax/subsidize sanitary pads so that every woman and girl can easily access menstrual hygiene materials.

“We are also calling on the government to support the girl child, retain her self-confidence during and after menstrual periods,” he said

Mr Yallings said the coalition is committed to sensitization of rural and urban communities on the prevention of stigmatization of the girl child particularly during menstrual cycle or when abused.

It also supports and encourages survivors to ensure no girl misses school because of menstrual pain through capacity building and provision of first aid boxes in all schools.

“We also advocate to the ministry of education and Ministry of Health to ensure there is a policy on pad and free distribution for schools as a way of reducing the number of girls who miss school during their menstrual period.

“The Coalition also sensitize schools and community heads on the importance of a menstrual stigma free society,” he said

Yallings explained that Menstruation is a natural and essential part of life, yet it remains a topic considered a tabo in many cultures and societies.

“The silence and stigma surrounding menstruation have led to a lack of access to proper menstrual hygiene facilities, products, and education affecting women and girls.

“Therefore,It’s time to break the silence and advocate for menstrual hygiene and dignity.

He said the Coalition of NGOs, CBOs and Stakeholders working to support improving Menstrual Hygiene practices and access was funded by Women for Women international established by ASHHF, Child is Gold foundation Alwadata lifeline initiative among others.

Responding, Mrs Hajara Gidado Commissioner for Women Affairs, Child development and social welfare, represented by Permanent Secretary Alhaji Saleh Abdulmumini appreciated the coalition for engaging in such an awareness campaign.

“If government and CSOs come together they would make make a significant impact in reducing Menstrual Stigma, increasing access to affordable and sustainable menstrual products and facilities in our communities,”

He said the state government is always committed and supportive to any laudable initiative and program that would improve life’s of the citizens in the state.

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