COVID-19: Majority Of Bauchi Residents Believe Virus Meant For Big Men -Deputy Gov
Alhaji Baba Tela, Bauchi State deputy governor
Our Correspondent, Bauchi
Alhaji Baba Tela, the deputy governor of Bauchi state says that majority of people in Bauchi do not believe that COVID-19 exists, adding that most people also believe it is a disease for big men.
The Deputy Governor who made this known in a news conference in Bauchi on Monday, said there was little or no compliance to the advice by health experts on measures to curtail the spread of the virus in the state.
He said, “There is one thing I will like to say, the level of compliance in Bauchi state is almost zero, we don’t practise social distancing.
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“We don’t wash or sanitize our hands, in fact, majority of the people in Bauchi do not believe that this disease exists. Some believe it is a disease of the big men,” he said.”
He further said that the government has the responsibility of protecting the citizens of the state and would not allow few to become a serious health threat to the remaining citizens of the state.
The deputy governor who explained that, although the state government cannot embark on total lockdown without adequate palliatives, said “it is better to have a lockdown without palliatives than to have situations whereby we will not be able to control infections or death”.
Tela, who is also the Chairman, Bauchi State Task Force on COVID-19, said his team and Security Committee were not satisfied with the way borders were manned when visited on Friday.
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He, however, explained that other measures had been put in place to ensure that proper adherence and compliance is done at the borders.
He appealed to the people of the state to adhere to all the preventive measures as advised by health experts so as to curtail the spread of the virus in the state.
“I’m appealing to the people of Bauchi state, before it becomes too late for us, to please adhere to all the protocols of social distancing, making use of hand sanitizers, face masks and all other preventive measures as advised by experts.
“This will go a long way in curtailing the spread of the virus in the state”, he added
A Bauchi based Non-Governmental Organization: Centre for Information Technology and Development’ (CITAD), had on April 12 appealed to the state government to impose a total lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
The NGO said the appeal was based on the feedback of residents’ non adherence to social distancing, use of face masks and other measures being taken to prevent the spread of the virus.
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The NGO further said, agents deployed to monitor markets, event centres, motor parks and other public places observed that there was little or no compliance to the advice by health experts on measures to curtail the spread of the virus in the state.
World Hearing Day:Wilbon ENT, Head And Neck Clinic Offers 30 People Free Ear Disease Treatment
The management of Wilbon ENT, Head and Neck Clinic marked the World hearing day with free hearing and ear disease screening to over 30 indigent patients in celebration of the day .
The 2023 World Hearing Day has as its theme: ” Ear and Hearing Care for all ! Let’s make it a reality.”
At the event on Saturday, March 4, put together by Medical Director, Wilbon ENT, Head and Neck Clinic , Dr Patrick Okundia said it was an opportunity to give back to the society in the free hearing screening and ear disease treatment.
According to him, over 30 people benefited from the free hearing screening and ear disease treatment.
On his part, a medical expert with the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Dr Eustace Oseghale gave a health talk to
sensitize the public on the need for regular check up on Ear, Nose Throat care.
The beneficiaries were full of praises for the Medical Director, Dr Patrick Okundia .
UBTH ENT H&N Dept Marks World Hearing Day, Reiterates Commitment To Quality Service Delivery
Medical Experts from the Department of Ear Nose Throat Head and Neck Surgery (ENT H&N), University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) have marked the 2023 World Hearing Day with a pledge to provide Ear and hearing care for all.
The 2023 World Hearing Day has as its theme: ” Ear and Hearing Care for all: Let’s make it a reality.”
The Chief Medical Director, University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) , Prof. Darlington Obaseki who acknowledged the good works of the ENT H&N department, reiterated his support for the department in the area of improving ear and hearing care.
Other stakeholders who spoke during the World Hearing Day 2023 highlighted the importance of ear and hearing care.
As part of activities to mark the 2023 World Hearing Day, the ENT H&N team also paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor, University of Benin (UNIBEN), Prof Lilian Salami, who restated her continued support for the sister institution’s medical experts.
Delivering a lecture entitled, ” Ear and Hearing Care for all! Let’s make it a reality” Chief Medical Director, Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH), Oghara, Prof. Nekwu Okolugbo noted that the hearing day was key in re-dedicating special attention to issues of Ear and hearing care for all.
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The event which climaxed with the hearing screening and free ear treatment, where over 80 patients benefited from the exercise, had in attendance renowned medical Experts who included, Edo Health insurance commission, Dr Owen Omorogbe, and a former commissioner for Health in Edo state, Dr. Patrick Okundia.
Others include, Head Department of Ear Nose Throat Head and Neck Surgery (ENT H&N), University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Dr. Amina Okhakhu, Director General, Edo Health Insurance Commission, Dr. Rock Amegor ,LOC Chairman Dr Eustace Oseghale and the Edo State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Obehi Akoria among others.
How Nigeria’s High Fertility Rate Promotes Insecurity – Experts
Nigeria’s high fertility rate is associated with increased insecurity, banditry, underemployment, and maternal and infant mortality in the country, experts have said.
Nigeria’s fertility rate, which is said to be 5.3 births per woman, is one of the highest in the world.
The fertility rate is the number of children born alive to women during the year as a proportion of the average annual population of women of the same age.
The Chairman of the Association for the Advancement of Family Planning, Dr Ejike Orji, said the growing youth population encouraged insecurity in the country.
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“We have this youthful bulge where 72 per cent of the population is under the age of 30. They don’t have jobs, so they can easily be recruited as bandits, kidnappers, religious bigots, ethnic bigots and unscrupulous politicians.
“That is why we have this very terrible insecurity that we have in the country right now, and we have 18.5 million out-of-school children. After that, you see a high level of emigration because young people are finding Nigeria very uncomfortable, and both skilled and unskilled are leaving the country.
“Then, you have armed robbers, kidnappers, and bandits killing people all over the country,” Orji said.
Also, the President of the Association for Reproductive and Family Health, Prof Oladapo Ladipo, said the negative effects of overpopulation were expressed in different ways, including insecurity.
He said, “When you have the nexus of overpopulation, underemployment, inequity, what you have is a growth of radicalism and banditry, and that is what we have now.
“What you need is qualitative reproduction, not quantitative reproduction. Have the number of children you can cater to and bring up in a healthy environment, and provide resources for their education.
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“But what we have now is reckless reproduction, and that is why we have so many almajiris. We have many people with certificates but no jobs.
“The government itself is overwhelmed by the population. The number of bed spaces is not enough for the population. The number of institutions is not enough for the youths that are growing up,” he added.
The experts, however, said with free maternal health services and an increase in family planning, funding would reduce the high fertility rate and maternal mortality.
Nigeria’s maternal mortality rate is still among the highest in the world, with an estimated 512 deaths per 100,000 live births, making the country far from achieving the Sustainable Development Goal target of reducing the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births.
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