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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 such as hypertension, sickle cell diseases, asthma, and tobacco-related lung diseases such as cancers among others.
According to the World Health Organisation, ((WHO), Nigeria recorded more than 16,100 annual deaths from tobacco-related diseases.
Tsanyawa said the government had committed a lot of resources to the control of non-communicable diseases in the State.
The commissioner added that there is currently a bill before the State House of Assembly to establish an agency to be called “Drug Abuse Control Agency” which will be saddled with ensuring that the rate of drug abuse is reduced in the state.
Dr. Tsanyawa added that the State government will soon establish the agency to work hand-in-hand with other stakeholders to control drug abuse in the State, which will be saddled with ensuring that the rate of drug abuse is reduced in the State.
According to him, tobacco is the major risk factor for non-communicable diseases, which is also associated with a higher risk of developing severe Covid-19 outcomes and death.