Child Scavengers: The Toil for Livelihood Amidst Covid-19 Pandemic

By Khadija Bawas When 11year-old Usman was brought to Kano as an Alamajiri child the infant may never have reckoned that staying alive is a battle of wits until he started growing into the reality that he must eat to survive and scavenging became the next available option for him. Armed with a gunny bag, Usman, a native of Wudil, who is popularly known as “Alajin leda” at the Aisami solid waste dump site in Kano metropolis, usually rummages through heaps of other peoples garbage, searching for anything salvageable that…

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Unsafe drinking water puts children in Nigeria, Chad, others at risk – WHO D-G

Nigeria, as well as other countries in the sub-Saharan Africa, have continued to suffer from poor access to safe drinking water, sanitation facilities. The development, according to the World Health Organisation, (WHO), has led to the spread of diseases in the region. According to its latest report, only 54 percent of people in the region have access to safe drinking water. The report said if the current trends persist, billions of children and families will be left vulnerable by 2030. The report lamented the inequalities in the region, adding that…

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Nigeria, others to begin Lassa fever vaccine clinical trials

The United States of America has said that a new phase of Lassa fever vaccine clinical trials is set to begin in Nigeria, Liberia and Sierra Leone. This was disclosed in a statement yesterday by the Public Affairs Unit of the United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria. Recall that the government had in May slammed a similar ban on travellers from India, Brazil and Turkey over similar concerns. According to the statement, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative was awarded €22.8 million by the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trial Partnership…

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Covid-19: FG bans travellers from South Africa

The Presidential Steering Committee, (PSC) on the Covid-19 pandemic has added South Africa to the list of countries from where travellers are banned because of the rampant rising cases in the country. The Chairman of PSC and Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, disclosed this during yesterday’s media briefing of the committee in Abuja. Recall that the government had in May slammed a similar ban on travellers from India, Brazil and Turkey over similar concerns. He said: “The PSC has been reviewing these restrictions and is of…

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Covid-19: Emirates airline resumes flights in Nigeria from June 23

Emirates Airline has announced that it would be resuming flight operations in Nigeria from June 23rd. The airline, in an issued statement, said it welcomes the latest protocols and measures announced by United Arab Emirates (UAE) Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management to allow the safe resumption of passenger travel from South Africa, Nigeria and India to Dubai. “We look forward to facilitating travel from these countries and supporting various travelers’ categories. We will resume carrying passengers from South Africa, Nigeria and India in accordance with these protocols…

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Gombe: Gov. Inuwa flags-off State’s Contributory Healthcare Scheme

Gombe State governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has flagged-off the State Contributory Healthcare Scheme, (GoHealth), with the renewed commitment to ensure all residents of the State have access to quality health service at an affordable cost without suffering financial hardship. The Governor, who revealed this during the flag-off ceremony that took place at the Banquet Hall of the Government House, stated that his administration has equally constituted the Governing Board and posted appropriate and competent staff to the Gombe State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency to ensure successful implementation of the scheme…

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Kano: Govt. proscribe smoking in public places

…Prohibits selling to children The Kano State Government yesterday banned smoking in public places in order to fight the tobacco epidemic in the country. The State’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, disclosed at a press briefing at Kano Ministry of Health to commemorate the World ‘NO Tobacco Day’. He added that in an effort to protect future generations and improve the health status of the people in Kano, the State government said it has committed a lot of resources to the control of non-communicable diseases in the state…

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“My wives ran away after one governor infected me with Covid-19”, el-Rufa’i reveals

Kaduna State governor, Nasir Ahmed el-Rufa’i,  has disclosed that his wives ran away from him when he contracted Covid-19 from a fellow governor in 2020 and spent 26 days in isolation. El-Rufa’i, who revealed this while speaking at the 7th Ahmadu Bello Foundation lecture in Kaduna on Saturday, said that not less than 50,000 people would have been killed by the virus last year if a lockdown had not been imposed. Recall that the State government in March imposed a lockdown on Kaduna, following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. According to…

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Resident doctors extend strike ultimatum to FG by 2 weeks

The National Association of Resident Doctors, (NARD), has extended its strike ultimatum by two weeks to let the Federal and State governments to address the issues of welfare of their members across the country. The extension is contained in a communiqué at the end of the association’s 41st Ordinary General Meeting, (OGM), which held in Nnewi/Awka, Anambra, between May 25 and May 29. The communiqué, which was released by Dr. Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, National President of NARD, in the company of other members of its executive, said that the association would…

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Cholera outbreak kills 20 in Bauchi

No fewer than 20 persons have died from a cholera outbreak in Bauchi State. The State’s Commissioner of Health Dr. Aliyu Maigoro confirmed this at a briefing yesterday. According to him, the index case was a 37- year- old housewife, who was admitted at the Burra General Hospital on April 24, in Ningi local government area. He said upon her admission, it was discovered there is an ongoing outbreak of similar disease in neighboring communities like Sumaila and other local government areas of Kano State, which may have spread to…

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