Diphtheria task team visits Yobe, streamlines epidemic control

October 9, 2023 Yusuf A Yusuf 0

The federal government diphtheria emergency task team Monday visited Potiskum Specialist Hospital Isolation Centre in Yobe state to streamline the epidemic control in the state. The team was led by the executive director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib. Speaking at the isolation centre in  Potiskum town, Dr. Shuaib, Executive Director, NPHCDA said they were in Potiskum, Read More

Diphtheria outbreak in Nigeria: Concerns and ongoing response efforts

September 8, 2023 Victor Okeke 0

Diphtheria, an acute infectious disease caused by toxin-producing strains of Corynebacterium diphtheriae, has been a longstanding global health concern, and Nigeria is no exception. This disease primarily affects the upper respiratory tract, skin, and, in rare cases, other mucous membranes. Additionally, two other bacteria, C. ulcerans and C. pseudotuberculosis, can also produce diphtheria toxin, making the disease a persistent health Read More

EEDC warns against indiscriminate bush burning

December 29, 2022 Benjamin Umuteme 0

As the harmattan season sets in, the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC), has warned South-East residents against indiscriminate bush burning. The Head, Corporate Communications, EEDC, Mr Emeka Ezeh, who gave the warning on Thursday while speaking with journalists in Enugu, said fire outbreaks have been identified as one of the common risks facing EEDC, especially during harmattan season. He recounted Read More

[Breaking] APC Yobe North: Machina floors Senate President Lawan at Appeal Court 

November 28, 2022 Kehinde Osasona 0

The Court of Appeal Abuja Division, Monday, affirmed Bashir Machina as the authentic All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial candidate for Yobe North. The verdict was delivered by a 3-man panel presided over by President, Court of  Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem. In the appeal, the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, challenged the decision of Justice Fadimatu Aminu of the Federal High Court Read More

Anxiety as Nigeria records highest COVID-19 infections since 2020

December 22, 2021 Admin III 0

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced that the country on Tuesday recorded 2,123 new COVID-19 infections. The latest figure is the highest ever daily infections since the outbreak of the virus in Nigeria in February 2020. Tuesday’s figure was 755 higher than the 1,368 infections recorded on on Monday. Also, the NCDC also announced four deaths that Read More

BASEPA begins fumigation of Bauchi towns against malaria

October 17, 2021 Najib Sani 0

Following the outbreak of malaria in Bauchi state in recent time, the Bauchi State Environmental Protection Agency (BASEPA) has begun fumigation of six local governments in the state against mosquitos. The Director General of the agency Dr Ibrahim Kabir who flagged off the exercise Saturday at government house Bauchi explained that the fumigation was part of efforts to kill mosquitos Read More

25 feared dead as cholera breaks out in Ogun community

September 8, 2021 Hakeem Adegbenro 0

No fewer than twenty-five persons have been reported dead following cholera outbreak at Magboro in Obafemi-Owode local government area of Ogun state. The outbreak which affected Arepo, Akesan, Akintonde, Sofolarin and Abule-Oko communities have created palpable fear among residents’. The Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, who confirmed the incident, said the outbreak affected the motorcycle riders and scavengers in Read More

Rice production now a gold mine in Nigeria

August 19, 2021 Musa Ilallah 0

When President Buhari pledged to commit billions of Naira and Dollars to  revamp agricultural activities in Nigeria with a view to changing the fortunes of the country and her farmers, wailers in their usual style cried wolf where there was none. They vehemently opposed it on the premise that it was going to be a wasteful excercise and one that Read More

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Nigeria’s COVID-19 infodemic conflict

August 8, 2021 Prince Charles Dickson 0

“Fake news that has been spread during the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria has been characterized by religious, political and conspiracy theories as well as misinformation about the number of cases and deaths and about prevention measures and treatment. Sadly the main dissemination channels are WhatsApp and Facebook, with the use of messages, images, and videos…” Bar. Adamu Madaki, legal practitioner Read More

Fuel explosion: DPR, NGO train downstream on MISTDO

August 2, 2021 Moh Bello Habib, 0

In an effort to avert petroleum explosion in filling stations, Department of Petroleum Resource in collaboration with a Zaria based non-Governmental organisation, Raudha Technology have trained petroleum pump attendants on Minimum Industrial Safety Training for Downstream Operations (MISTDO). Flagging off training which lasted 2 days held Zaria Institute of Information and Educational Technology Zaria, Kaduna state Controller, Department of Petroleum Read More

Local Covid-19 vaccines: AfDB’s initiative Nigerians’ applause

July 2, 2021 BENJAMIN SAMSON 0

…FG has released N10bn to support production – Ehanire …It‘ll address inequality in global distribution – Expert ‘…Big step in right direction’ …Manufacturers must ensure quality, safety – Varsity teacher  …We’re already upgrading our labs to international standards – NAFDAC The global shortfall in the number of doses of Covid-19 vaccines has created a gap between the higher-income and lower-income countries in Read More

Cholera alert: Abuja water free of impurities, board assures

June 28, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

The Federal Capital Territory Water Board (FCTWB) Sunday assured residents that its water has never been and will never be contaminated by any sort of impurities. This is even as the board allays fears of residents regarding leaching of sewal lines into water ways, leading to cholera outbreak.Acting General Manager, FCT Water Board, Dame Dr. Joy Okoro, gave this assurance Read More

Lalong to hoodlums: Stop attacking firefighters

June 16, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong has urged citizens to stop the habit of attacking firefighters instead of assisting while they try to safe lives and property. Speaking during the commissioning of one state-of-the-heart firefighting truck, Wednesday in Jos, the governor, said Nigerians need to imbibe the attitude of being patient with firefighters to carry out their job. “Atleast allow them Read More

Cholera kills 7 in Gombe, 32 hospitalised

May 27, 2021 Auwal Ahmad 0

No fewer than seven people have been killed by cholera with 32 hospitalised in Gombe state. The state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Habu Dahiru, stated this while speaking with newsmen in Gombe on Thursday. He said the first confirmed case was recorded as a result of death of a 2-year-old child in Kalaja village of Akko local government area of Read More

TB kills more Nigerians than COVID-19, says NGO

April 22, 2021 Duro Joseph 0

Statistics by the World Health Organisation (WHO) indicate that Tuberculosis, a pulmonary disease characterised by persistent coughing, killed more Nigerians in 2019 than the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 WHO ‘global tuberculosis report’  stated that an estimated 150,000 Nigerians died of TB in 2019 alone while the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said 2,061 persons died of COVID-19 in the Read More

Any end in sight to fire disasters?

April 2, 2021 Admin III 0

Fire disasters have rendered many Nigerians homeless, jobless even as they have caused citizens to commit suicide in states across the federation particularly in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). PAUL OKAH writes on the situation. Almost on a daily basis, fire outbreaks are reported in states across the federation. There include the burning down of markets, shops, homes, vehicles, among Read More

Yoruba group raises concern over Tinubu’s visit, donation in Kastina

March 25, 2021 Admin III 0

The visit and donation by former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to victims of fire outbreak at a market in Katsina state has been criticised as a mere political eye service. A group known as Omoluabi Coalition in a press release signed by its director-general Engr. Seye Karounwi, Thursday said Read More

3 beggars die of Cholera, another 3 hospitalized in Osun

March 23, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

Osun State Police Command Tuesday disclosed that three persons died of Cholera while another three hospitalized in Ede, Osun state. The incident happened at Oke-Gada, Ede North local government area of the state on Monday evening.  The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Yemisi Opalola, who spoke on behalf of the state Commissioner of Police, Olawale Olokode, dispelled the rumour Read More

Plant health, COVID-19 and food security

March 22, 2021 Adewale Kupoluyi 0

A timely discourse affecting the lives of the people and nations came to the fore in Owerri, the Imo state capital, as plant pathologists converged on the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) for the 46th Annual Conference of the Nigerian Society for Plant Protection (NSPP), which was themed “Plant Health, Global Pandemic and Food Security”. The gathering was a Read More

Mysterious fire wrecks havoc in Borno community

March 15, 2021 Sadiq Abubakar 0

A mysterious fire broke out in Gajiganna town of Magumeri local government area in Borno state, Sunday afternoon, and razed down several houses, and several other facilities. A member of Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), and resident of Gajiganna town, Malam Hassan Musami, told Blueprint via telephone that the inferno, “started from the roof of a house  at the middle of a neighbourhood shortly Read More

Zaria LG provides free drugs to contain cholera

December 24, 2020 Admin III 0

Zaria local government council has provided free drugs to contain cholera broke out in some parts of the area. Some persons reportedly died due to the outbreak. This was contained in a jingle announcement aired on one of Zaria- based local radio stations made by the executive committee of the local government. The committee called on people of the area Read More

KLM announces return to Nigeria in December

November 18, 2020 Admin III 0

Stories by David Agba with agency reportKLM Royal Dutch Airlines Wednesday announced it would be resuming flights to Nigeria in December according to information on its website. The airline will fly from Amsterdam to Nigeria starting in December. The federal government suspended all international flights in March and has slowly been allowing airlines back into its airspace. Nigeria previously banned Read More