Showing posts with label Health. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Health. Show all posts

Plateau researchers unveil first made-in-Nigeria Covid-19 cure

Covid-19 cure produced by Plateau researchers

A team of researchers set up by Officials in Plateau State to find a cure for covid-19, on Saturday said they have completed the pre-clinical stage of their assignment with “tremendous success”.

“Already, the research papers for the remedies have been published in national and international medical journals,” a statement from the Director of Press to the Governor, Makut Macham quotes the team leader as saying.

Presenting an interim report to the Governor of the State, Simon Lalong in Jos, the lead researcher, Prof. Noel Wannang said the next stage of the team’s assignment will be the clinical trial where samples of the produced solution will be tested on human beings.

The products named COPLA I, II & III, Prof. Wannang said were produced following international standards and have been submitted to regulatory agencies for further scrutiny and evaluation. 

Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong while responding said he was proud of the team for the level of achievements so far, promising to reach out to relevant government and private sector organisations for further funding of the research. 

He maintained that Government will continue to pay attention to research and innovation as there are many people citizens with gifts and telents that could provide solutions to humanity in various ways.

"I gave birth at home for lack of good road to go to hospital" - Plateau Villager

Justina Ibrahim

A Central Nigerian mother, Mrs. Justina Ibrahim says she once put to bed at home due to bad roads preventing early arrival of taxicab to go to hospital.

Justina stays in Nghar village, a Plateau community located 30miles southwest of Jos, the capital of Plateau State.

The shortest route to the village from the Barkin Ladi Local Government headquarters is about 10miles. However, the road is disturbingly bumpy, requiring over an hour of gentle drive to penetrate.

Worse still, it is divided by a wide river without a bridge. Commuters often drive through a stream to get to or out of the village. When it rains and the stream overflows, no one moves.

A car is stuck in stream, an only route to Nghar village

In April 2018, Justina had sudden labour pains and called for a cab from a village across the river, but it never arrived.

"I was in deep pain and the driver kept saying he was on his way. There was just no way he could speed along that road. I tried to be strong but the baby was fast coming and before the driver could arrive, I had given birth," said Justina.

The village has no clinic. The villagers always cross the river to access healthcare in another village.

Justina trekked several times to get antenatal care, in absence of motorbikes, the cheapest and fastest means of transportation in the village.

This, mostly after trekking a mile to get drinking water for her family, from a stream, the only source in the village, Justina said was sickening.

Pregnant Justina gets drinking water from dirty stream, an only source located a mile away

"I fell sick several times jiggling and joggling along that road to get antenatal care several miles away," she said.

Justina's experience is nearly the same for all other women in the village. Children also trek the same road, often arriving late, tired and sometimes sick to school which is over two miles away. However, the road is not just a threat to health.

In June 2018, when armed herders attacked native farming communities in Barkin Ladi LGA, Nghar village recorded 90 deaths, the highest in a single community, due to bad road preventing security intervention.

Mr. Yakubu Haruna, leader of the herders in Barkin Ladi who lives 2kms to Nghar village said due to the bad terrain, securities often arrived when attacks had been carried out.

Yakubu Haruna

Villagers, Haruna said are also easily robbed along the road after selling animals or crops in distant markets.

The village produces some of Plateau's best corn and Irish potatoes. With a good road, it could feed the entire state and beyond, said Mr. Mabitin Mallo, the Village Chief of Nghar.

"We just want to appeal that government considers the gains from opening up this community; even if it is just with a bridge. We plead also that anyone with the wherewithal to help should come to our rescue," he said.

An only alternative route to Nghar is cut by broken bridge

Commuters drive through flowing river to get to or out of Nghar village 

A group of two families from Port Harcourt in Southeast Nigeria recently donated a borehole to the community in response to a documentary released by MK on the water needs of the villagers.

The road is yet another need that the world could respond to and save more women from the risk of trekking distances for antenatal care, or giving birth at home in an unhealthy environment like Justina.

COVID-19: Plateau peace expert, Chris Kwaja launches first private media campaign

Chris Kwaja

A Nigerian University Don, Dr. Chris Kwaja has launched a media campaign against COVID-19.

The jingle in Nigerian pidgin English describes, in simple terms, ways to prevent the disease.

Circulated on traditional and online media, the jingle is the first so far from a private individual in Central Nigeria.

Elected Chairperson, Rapporteur United Nations Human Rights Council’s Working Group on Mercenaries in July 2019, the Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the Centre for Peace and Security Studies, Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria is an Advisor, United States Institute for Peace (USIP).

Kwaja has in the past sponsored several projects on peace and community development.

Plateau Government, Online media in new alliance to fight coronavirus

Central Nigeria: Online media outfits in Plateau State are currently tracking to refute fake information on the novel Coronavirus disease, MK gathers.

The online media union made of journalists and bloggers have formed a new alliance with government to fight the disease, it is learnt.

“We want to ensure that people are well informed about the disease – providing accurate data and feedback for a successful fight,” said an Official of the union, Mr. Friday Bako in a press statement on Wednesday.

Bako advised citizens to observe all government provided guidelines to guarantee public safety.

The State had closed all markets and nonfood/nonmedical stores in the bid to contain the virus.

Night clubs, pubs and all social gatherings, as well as public transportation have also been restricted.

The State has however not recorded any case of the coronavirus disease yet.

COVID-19: Plateau places sanctions on public gatherings

A traffic-free street in Jos, Nigeria

Central Nigeria: The Plateau State Government says it will henceforth sanction anyone who violates its restrictions on public gatherings.

The Government had discussed with “critical stakeholders” and restricted banned social gatherings, restricting religious events to 50 persons towards containing the spread of COVID-19.

Many of such gatherings however held without observing the guidelines in the last weekend, angering the State authorities.

“The State Government has noticed the flagrant disregard and disrespect of the measures by some individuals and groups in the state.

“Of particular note is the non-compliance of the outright suspension of anniversaries and cultural festivals,” said a press statement on Sunday by the State Commissioner of Information, Mr. Dan Manjang.

“Government, Mr. Manjang said “frowns at this attitude, and calls on such groups and individuals to desist from disrespecting constituted authorities and comply forthwith.”

Failure to do so, according to him will attract “appropriate sanctions”.

Government in the words of the Commissioner is aware of the rights of people to assemble.

However, such rights, he warned “may not be exercised in view of the danger it posses to the generality of the people”.

Breaking News: Officials Confirm Corona Disease in Lagos after clearing Chinese Returnee

Jos, Plateau State: Nigerian officials have confirmed the first Corona virus disease case in the country.

The country’s Federal Ministry of Health on Thursday reported the COVID-19 case in Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria few days after declaring a Chinese returnee earlier quarantined for the disease.

The patient, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the country’s Health Minister told Journalists is an Italian citizen working in the country.

The unnamed patient according to Ehanire returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos, Nigeria on the 25th of February 2020.

“He was confirmed (on 27th February, 2020) by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control,” said the Minister.

“No need to panic

The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos, Mr. Ehanire said.

Dr. Osagie Ehanire

Officials, the Minister said, are already tracking all the patient’s contacts, since returning to Nigeria.

Federal Ministry of Health, in Ehanire’s words “has been strengthening measures to ensure an outbreak in Nigeria is controlled and contained quickly.

“The multi-sectoral Coronavirus Preparedness Group led by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has immediately activated its national Emergency Operations Centre and will work closely with Lagos State Health authorities to respond to this case and implement firm control measures.

“I wish to assure all Nigerians that have we have been beefing up our preparedness capabilities since the first confirmation of cases in China, and we will use all the resources made available by the government to respond to this case.”

He however warned that most people who become infected may experience only mild illness and recover easily.

“It can be more severe in others, particularly the elderly and persons with other underlying chronic illnesses,” he said.

Easy prevention tips

All Nigerians, Mr. Ehanire pleaded should “take care of their health and maintain hand and respiratory hygiene to protect themselves and others, including their own families.”

They should, in his words, do so by following the precautions below:

1.    Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

2.    Maintain at least 1 & half metres (5 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

  1. Persons with persistent cough or sneezing should stay home or keep a social distance, but not mix in crowd.

4. Make sure you and people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene, meaning cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or into your sleeve at the bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

5. Stay home if you feel unwell with symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty in breathing. Please call NCDC toll free number which is available day and night, for guidance- 0800-970000-10. Do not engage in self-medication

6. Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19 through official channels on TV and Radio, including the Lagos State Ministry of Health, NCDC and Federal Ministry of Health.

7. Citizens must not abuse social media and indulge in spreading misinformation that causes fear and panic. The Federal Ministry of Health, through Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, will continue to provide updates and will initiate all measures required to prevent the spread of any outbreak in Nigeria.

Kidney transplant now available in Niger

kidney transplant - CBS news

From Mathew Jwantu, Minna

Central Nigerian Ibrahim Babangida Specialist Hospital, Minna will soon start kidney transplant, officials say.

The Niger State hospital already has all the equipment and manpower needed for the start of the transplants, Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of health and Hospital management, Dr. Makun Sidi told journalists, Tuesday in Minna, the State capital.

The State's current funding for health, according to Sidi is 11% of its annual budget, up from 7% in previous years.

"As you can see, we are moving close to the 15% (African Union benchmark) we are demanding," he said

The upscale of the funding, the PS said is to cut foreign trips for medical care.

Jos: Woman who stole baby has several "carryovers" due to depression - College

 Mrs. Dunji Diyal, suspected of child theft

32 years-old Mrs. Leritshimwa Diyal who ‘stole’ a baby in Jos, the capital of Plateau State last month may have performed poorly in her Medical Studies while worrying over her childlessness.
An Official of the College of Health Technology Zawang where she schooled told MKNews that Diyal ought to have graduated last year but failed several courses.
“Her mates graduated last year but she has carryovers, too many for her to be considered graduated,” said the Official who prefers anonymity.
The ranking nonacademic Officer of the college believes her underperformance was due to depression.
“The situation is very complicated. She was better-off when she started. She is depressed and needs serious help,” said the Official.
Mrs. Diyal was arrested on allegations of child theft which she has owned up to.
She however told Journalists while being paraded in Jos by Police that she wished she was dead.
Police are still hunting for her supposed accomplices in the crime before initiating her trial.
Observers are however of the view that the suspect being a victim of social stigmatization should be considered for trauma counselling not punishment.
Others recommend lighter punishment for her having owned up to the crime and shown remorse.
Mrs. Diyal is however likely to stand trial for faking her kidnap, impersonation and child theft which are grievous offences under the Nigerian laws.

Nigerian Mothers admit fueling suicide

An Official, Plateau Women Affairs Ministry, Mrs. Charity Dimlong speaking at NUJ anti-suicide workshop in Jos, Nigeria.

By Joel Gomiyar

The Permanent Secretary, Plateau State Ministry of Women Affairs, Mrs. Hassana Atoka, Thursday said mothers should keep close relationships with their children to listen and relief them of any social or psychological burden.

The lack of this, Mrs. Atoka said is responsible for growing suicide cases in Nigeria.

Represented by the Ministry's Director of Women Affairs, Mrs. Charity Dimlong at an anti-suicide campaign organized by the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ, the official apologized on behalf of mothers for failing in their responsibilities to their children.

“I want to sincerely apologize to the youths on behalf of all mothers for failing to show you sufficient love and care, leaving you to face difficult choices alone,” she said.

Mothers giving attention to their children could identify and neutralize suicidal thoughts before they are acted upon, added the Plateau State Chairperson, Nigeria Union of Women Journalists, Mrs. Jennifer Yerima.

Dr. Tungchama Philip, a Consultant Psychiatric with JUTH and Dr. Bapi William, the Public Relation Officer of the Nigerian Medical Association, in separate contributions blamed eroding social relationships for growing suicide in the country.

“No one talks to the other to know how they feel even in the neighborhood and so when problems arise, we each battle and possibly die in silence,” he said.

Sadly, one person committing suicide negative impacts at least six people around him, the Medics said.

Instead of penalties, the NUJ Chairman, Mr. Paul Jatau said love should be considered for all persons including those who have attempted suicide, which is criminal in Nigeria.

“Even though our law criminalizes suicide, but I think that law is outdated, I know that section 327 of the criminal law says that anybody who attempted taking his life is liable to one year imprisonment. But I don’t think is right, we need to show those who have problems love” he said.

Rep-elect saves community sharing drinking water with livestock

Newly elected Nigerian lawmaker, Musa Bagos has donated a hand-pump borehole to Lamingyel village, a remote community in Jos East Local Government Area, Plateau State.

The community previously shared drinking water source with livestock, it was learnt.

Mr. Bagos, the member elected to represent Jos South/Jos East constituency at the Nigerian House of Reps delivered the alternative water source last week Thursday, less than a week to his inauguration.

“I have never heard of someone who is yet to be sworn into office sponsoring a project,” said a female grassroots politician, Mrs. Sarah Agog at the commissioning of the project.

“It shows that he actually contested this election to do more for the people,” said Mrs. Agog.

Mr. Bagos has made several more donations even before he run for the parliamentary seat, making his Party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) proud.

“We are proud and confident of our choice of Hon Bagos to represent us,” Mr. Dembi Azi, the PDP Chairman, Lamingyel said during the project launch.

“We are confident that Bagos will represent us as a strong voice and that he will do more projects in this constituency,” added a former State lawmaker, Mr. Isaac Arin.

The new borehole provided by Mr. Bagos will bring relief to the villagers, and also preserve their health to contribute to national economic growth, spokesperson of Lamingyel village, Mr. Francis Gimba said.

Mr. Bagos is expected to be sworn in along with other elected representatives Tuesday, at the National Assembly, Abuja.

Nigeria's population fast outgrowing its resources, experts warn

Experts in family planning and reproductive health say Nigeria's population is growing faster than its resources.

This if not checked could result in the total collapse of the country's economy, Mr. Josiah Mutihir, Chairman, Voice for Family Planning and Reproductive Health Centre, Plateau State said, Friday.

Insurgency and other violent crimes eminent in the acclaimed African giant are partly a result of available resources not meeting its growing population, said Mr. Mutihir, a reproductive health physician.

"Ideally, population should only grow according to resources but in developing countries, it's the reverse and this poses a great challenge to socioeconomic development," he said at a meeting with media professionals in Jos, the capital of Plateau State.

The family planning professional warned against political and sociocultural practices encouraging overpopulation.

He said, "Aside from voting for politicians with our numbers (large population), I don't know what else we get from having large families that we can't cater for.

"We seek to outnumber one another for religious and cultural supremacy but what other than enimity do we get?"

The "Breakfast Meeting" of media professionals with officials of Voice for Family Planning and Reproductive Health Centre, Plateau State was organized to create partnerships for wide population control advocacy.

ICRC trains Journalists on humanitarian reporting, first aid - The Nation

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) held three-day media workshop and first aid for Journalists in Lagos recently.

At the training, Journalists were among other things taught on International Humanitarian Law (IHL), humanitarian reporting and first aid training which included how to manage themselves and others injured causalities at sites in the course of their duty or elsewhere.

The ICRC Public Relations Officer, Aliyu Dawobe, said objective of the training is to relate with Journalists and to remind them much more on humanitarian reporting angles so that they would be able to report in a way that considers the humanitarian angle of the news.

“Also considering the fact that the media works in violence affected areas, we have trained them to be more prepared on how to provide first aid for themselves and people around them when something happens that has to do with blast or building collapse, so that they will be able to manage themselves and help communities close to them in terms of first aid.

“For Journalists that reports conflicts or violence, they are bound to have issues and may come across people who are injured and they may be injured themselves, we have trained them to be able to help themselves and those around them in terms of first aid.

“We have also trained them on humanitarian reporting, having realised that most of the times when reporting is done, focus is much more on the casualties, but we forget to think about people behind the scene, the people that are affected by the conflict.

“The media usually concentrate on the dead and the injured but we want them to also focus on the living who are passing through a lot of trauma and difficult period. We should be interested in knowing how they are coping with the loss of lives, and homes and how they are going to survive in terms of food. We are not teaching Journalists their job but we urge them to explore other angles to help people that are affected. This will also help institution, non-governmental organisations and other citizens to be of help to those alive from disaster happenings,” he added.

Head of Communication and Advocacy, The Nigerian Red Cross Society, Nwakpa Nwakpa, said the training was necessary because the Media defines the way people see things happens, hence the need to train them beyond reporting what happened to reporting the humanitarian need arising from what has happened.

“We are doing this to partner with the media to bring out the humanitarian need of those affected by any form of disaster, be it flood, building collapse or accident. We also realised that Journalists are also sometimes at the danger and they do not know what to do. With this training, if the Journalists see casualties in the course of their duty, they can render first aid beyond the reporting.”

He added that the humanitarian part of the news should be the most important part of news reporting, nothing that when this is not done, lives that should have been saved would be wasted because no one will be able to help them.

“Journalists should bring out the needs after every disaster, including what has been lost, what is needed, what they are going through. Bringing out these needs will move sympathetic people to come to their aid immediately. By this Journalists will not only report but will also help solve the problem of these people.

“We expect that this training would enable Journalists to bring succour to people through their reporting,” he said.

On his part, First Aid and Prehosp Care Field Officer, ICRC, Daniel EDOBOR, said the participants were trained on several aspects of first aid, including recovery position, difficult breathing, unconsciousness and full body examination.

They were also taught first aid on bleeding, burns, broken bones, fracture and causality transportation among others,” he said.

Foundation seeks financial aid for treatment of attack victims

A Nigerian nongovernmental organization has written local authorities seeking financial support for indigent victims of attacks in Plateau State.

The Emancipation Centre for Crisis Victims in Nigeria (ECCVN), Monday addressed a letter to Barkin Ladi Local Government Authorities requesting the relief of medical bills for Master Samson Yusuf, 9 and Angel Yusuf Nuhu, 7, both injured in a suspected herdsmen attack in Rakok village, Ropp District of Barkin Ladi LGA on 13th day of March, 2019.

The letter dated April 1, 2019, signed by its coordinator, Mr. Dalyop  Solomon  Mwantiri, Esq, placed the bills at N400,000.

The letter reads in detail:




Following an armed attack meted out on Rakok village of Ropp District in Barkin Ladi LGA by suspected armed Fulani herdsmen on 13th day of March, 2019 as a result of which two children namely Samson Yusuf Nuhu and Angel Yusuf Nuhu aged 9 and 7 respectively were severely injured and rushed to Barkin Ladi General Hospital and afterward transferred to Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) where they are presently on admission, Emancipation Centre for Crisis Victims in Nigeria (hereinafter referred to as ECCVN/Centre) hereby writes imploring your rapt intervention through financial assistance to enable the family not only offsetting all pending hospital bills incurred, but also payment of other medical treatments on the two children especially Angel Yusuf who is about undergoing surgery arising from bullets of gunshots unleashed on him on that gloomy day.

A prompt response to this pressing call for assistance in a sum of #400,000 (Four Hundred Thousand Naira only) will greatly consolidate on your usual humanitarian intervention programs objectively outlined in bringing succor to victims of humanitarian crisis at this juncture that they are in dire need of medical attention for sustenance of right to life and enjoyment of same pending when anticipated intervention for their total liberation is deliberately brought to lamplight.

In order to meet up the yawning of victims of armed violence within your area of obligation as statutorily required, the Centre is impelled to implore for not only your intervention in the pending case, but also seek collaborative partnership of your good offices to offer psycho-social services to all affected persons who ought to have been similarly attended and giving a humane treatment/attention as members of human family. Interestingly, it is pertinent to bring to your notice that ECCVN will be enormously elated to be intimated on every level of your step-up response which forms part of its co-values.

 It is equally our intention that the family members by name Mr. Yusuf Nuhu, the father of the victims and/or their grand-mother, Ngo Chundung Nuhu to be directly linked up through 081-45-2803-03 and 081-68-9061-92 respectively for more inquiry/confirmation.

Sir, it will serve the interest of humanity if this pressing call for your intervention is given a rapt consideration in view of the circumstance.

Attached hereto are pictures and few of many receipts of some of the medical bills of the promising victims for your information.

Yours faithfully,
Dalyop  Solomon  Mwantiri, Esq,
Coordinator of Emancipation Centre for Crisis Victims in Nigeria (ECCVN)

Traumatized Kidnap Victim Dies of HBP after Release

A member of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, Mr. Isaiah Pollong who was kidnapped in January 2019 in Jos the Plateau State capital has died of suspected High Blood Pressure.

Mr. Pollong, a Pastor of Christ Apostolic Church, Bokkos died on Tuesday shortly after complaining of severe chest pains.

He was said to have driven from Bokkos to Barkin Ladi and back on Monday evening where he went to pick his wife from her workplace before falling ill.

He was reportedly rushed to a private medical centre, Luna hospital in Bokkos where he died after midnight.

Mr. Pollong, the Bokkos Divisional Secretary of the NRCS was said to have reported a rise in his blood pressure after being released by his captors in January.

He had gone for medical checkup in Plateau Specialists Hospital when he was abducted by armed men, it was learnt.

He was released after days in captivity after the payment of an undisclosed ransom.

MKB visits Dariye, confirms kidney failure reports false

Recent media reports claiming former Plateau State Governor, Joshua Dariye is down with kidney failure are false, MKB can confirm.

Senator Dariye is truly undergoing treatment at an Abuja hospital but not for kidney disease.

When MKB visited at about 1100hrs, Friday, the Senator representing Plateau Central was actually on a wheelchair but strong and jovial.

A happy looking man who still commanded public admiration as he demonstrated his known generosity while being wheeled from one section of the hospital to the other, Dariye looked more chubby and glowing than he was before his conviction.

His eyes were a little swollen but it might be connected to the eye ailment he once reported during his trial.

Very limited time was however allowed for the chat which ended before much could be gathered from him.

This was because he was still undergoing medical examination under guards when clearance was secured.

His aides however suspect him to be suffering from restriction induced complications.

"You know he is a struggling man who cannot endure staying in one place for long.

"Being in one place with so much unsolicited security is enough to make him sick.

"This (sentence) stops him from mingling which he loves so much, exercising and accessing regular therapy," an aide said.

Dariye was once shot in the leg by a trigger-happy policeman before he became Governor in 1999.

The injury which tormented him throughout his two terms as Governor still puts him down time to time, it was learnt.

He was said to have started having difficulties walking with the affected leg since late last year.

Hospital authorities were unavailable for comments but Dariye was confirmed to have not undergone any dialysis session which is mostly required of kidney patients especially those in "critical condition" as the earlier reports described of him.

Nigeria: Rats eat up corpses in Jos mortuary

Violent protests yesterday broke out in Central Nigeria's Jos, the Plateau State capital following a reported mutilation of a corpse in a mortuary.

The eyes and breasts of Late Mrs. Angela Yakubu Nyam were rumoured to have been cut off after her corpse was deposited  at the old Jos University Teaching Hospital mortuary on Sunday.

According to family members, the discovery was made when the corpse was to be bathed for burial yesterday.

Sympathizers were gathered at the mortuary from 7am to convey the corpse to ECWA Church Rusau for funeral service.

Hospital Officials had reportedly requested to exclusively prepare the corpse and hand it over to the bereaved family in a casket.

The reasons given were that the corpse had gone bad.

Relatives of the deceased however insisted on inspecting the corpse to see what must have happened to it.

According to them, they had booked for the embalmment of the corpse before preservation.

Therefore, the corpse could not have gone bad, the insisted.

Determined to uncover what the mortuary attendants were hiding, some sisters of the deceased forced their way into the cold room and came out immediately, yelling that the body had been tempered with.

The mortuary attendants immediately fled as sympathizers began to protest, with some exhibiting signs of violence, it was learnt.

Rat attack

A Pastor of the Church where the deceased was to be honoured, Rev. Ali Matt was reportedly wounded while trying to prevent the protesters from pulling down the gate of the mortuary.

The protesters, mainly youths from Rusau village near University of Jos had threatened to burn down the mortuary.

The irite youths locked all the entrance and exit gates of the hospital demanding an explanation into the occurrence.

While police tried to keep the situation from escalating, a hospital official who came to calm the protesters was nearly lynched.

One of the mortuary attendants who later arrived the facility was also confronted by the protesters after many of them had left.

He however explained that he was permanently on morning shift and therefore was unaware of any 'deliberate' mutilation.

The Attendant who cannot be quoted for protocol reasons insisted that the corpse was intact as of Wednesday morning when he reported to work.

According to him, the only changes he noticed were that the eyes and lips of the deceased were slightly chopped off.

His suspicion which he said he immediately reported to the family was that the body was eaten by rats.

"There are other dead bodies affected by the same rat attack and the hospital management is aware," he said.

Mortuary freezers bad for 3yrs

According to the mortuary attendant, the fridges of the facility which contain 30 corpses have been broken since 2015.

The facility was also disconnected from electricity supply last year, he said.

Corpses according to him are therefore only embalmed and preserved with chemicals.

Late Mrs. Angela whose corpse was allegedly mutilated
Although it was alleged that in 2017, a male corpse's genitals were found to have been cut off after being deposited at the same mortuary, a team of Pathologists examined and confirmed the official's claims on Late Mrs. Nyam's corpse to be true.

Efforts to get comments from Police proved abortive as of the time of filing this report.

The Hospital authorities have however released a statement saying "there was no tempering with any corpse".

The statement signed by Mrs. Bridget Omini said the reports "have no basis".
Protesters at the JUTH mortuary

2019 elections: Nigerian Red Cross Society releases vital information, deploys first aid teams nationwide

The Nigerian Red Cross Society has commenced the deployment of First Aid tools to various locations for use by its field officers and volunteers during Saturday's national elections.

Monitored reports show that most of its Branches across the federation have since Monday been busy paying advocacy visits to critical stakeholders as well as organizing first aid teams that would provide emergency care to those in need at different election venues.

Members and volunteers of the body deployed for the field assignments are mainly those that have undergone courses provided by the International Federation of the Red Cross and met all other requirements specified by the NRSC.

NRSC had last two weeks directed all those interested in field work during the polls to undertake the online courses on personal safety among others, as well as provide proves of membership and registration with their respective Detachments and Divisions.

The body has also released helplines for use by all citizens during and after the elections.

It has also released information on its mandate and responsibilities for public awareness and cooperation.

Below is the full text of the communication as obtained by this medium.


The Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS) is the foremost humanitarian organization in Nigeria.

The NRCS is not a religious or political organisation. It is neither an NGO nor a Government agency.

We have about 800, 000 trained and dedicated volunteers and branches in all the 36 states and Abuja.

Our values and principles

We operate strictly on our Fundamental Principles:

* The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement was born out of the desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battle field, endeavours, in its international and national capacity , to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found.

* The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. People are attended to according to their needs. Priority is giving to the most urgent cases.

* In order to continue to enjoy the confidence of all, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement does not take side in hostilities or engage at any time in any controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature

* The Movement is independent. The NS though is auxiliary in the humanitarian services of their governments and subject to the laws of their respective countries, must always maintain their autonomy so that they may be able at all times to act in accordance with the principles of the Movement.

* The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is a voluntary relief Movement, not prompted in any manner by desire for gain.

* The Nigerian Red Cross  Society is providing a wide range of services to the most vulnerable in all contexts - from responding to needs in disaster and conflict situations, to providing assistance in urban/rural centers and hard to reach areas, and advocating on behalf of those in need in policy circles and to governments
We provide a diverse and enterprising range of services, tailored to the needs of local communities, helping people prepare for, cope with and recover from crisis and other disasters.

All the time we provide:

Free first aid services to the injured in case of emergencies
evacuation and referral of casualties to treatment centres
psycho-social support,

Restore family links through tracing
immediate relief assistance wherever necessary,

Search and Rescue.

The Nigerian Red Cross volunteers are on stand-by at strategic positions in LGAs for the support that you may need.

We value your Opinion/voice

For any inquiry, complaints and feedbacks request for services, information or alerts,  contact the Nigerian Red Cross Society by  calling our FREE hotlines:

MTN NG                               0803 123 0430
Glo NG                                  0705 699 0020
9mobile NG                         0809 993 7357

Please note that it is free if you call with the same network; eg, MTN to MTN…
You have the right to ask for information and give feedback about NRCS operations
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Plateau SDP Assembly Candidate offers free ward-to-ward healthcare in Bokkos

The Social Democratic Party's House of Assembly Candidate for Bokkos constituency in the Plateau State House of Assembly, Arc. Macham Makut has sponsored a free medical care for all citizens of the state in Bokkos Local Government Area.

The exercise which commenced on Wednesday last week was organized as part of his contributions to the welfare of his to be constituents, it was learnt.

Makut, a renowned social and political activist said the exercise was designed to reach beneficiaries in their respective wards to ease the burden of transportation on them.

"It feels really great knowing someone is happy because of the little you have put in their lives," Makut told MKB.

The exercise which has covered majority of the electoral wards in the LGA is expected to round off before the Presidential elections on Saturday.

Unijos produces only African Researcher in World Surgeons' committee

A Senior lecturer in the University of Jos, Dr. Daniel Kokong is the only African in the recently formed 12-man Research and Scholarship Standing Committee of the International College of Surgeons, officials say.
Dr. Kokong, a Senior Lecturer in the University's College of Health Sciences was appointed by
the World's highest Medical ruling body of Surgeons to serve for two years (2019-2020), Mr. Abdullahi Abdullahi, the Deputy Registrar, Information and Publications, University of Jos said in a statement on Saturday.

a hostel of university of Jos.
The Medical Researcher who hails from Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State was appointed based on his track record and outstanding performance in Medical Research and professional practice, says the statement.

His appointment comes as the university approves promotion of 400 staff.

According to Mr. Abdullahi Abdullahi, the Deputy Registrar, Information and Publications, University of Jos, the promoted staff include 188 Teaching Staff and 212 Non-Teaching Staff.

Among the newly promoted Staff are 23 Professors and 41 Readers whose promotions took effect from 1st October, 2017, the statement says.
Abdullahi said in the statement, "From within the Non-Teaching cadre, Fifty-Two Staff were promoted from Junior Staff ranks to Senior Staff positions out of the 212 that were promoted with effect from 1st October, 2018. This was the outcome of the Institution’s recent promotion exercise as approved by its Appointment and Promotions Committee (Senior Staff) chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Seddi Sebastian Maimako."

Red Cross to build Emergency health center in Kano

Red Cross members offering First Aid. Source:
The Nigerian Red Cross Society is set to build an Emergency Rapid Response Medical Centre in Northwestern Kano State, reports say.

The News Agency of Nigeria quotes the National Treasurer of the body, Prince Oluyemisi Adetayo in The Herald as saying the project estimated at N40million would provide emergency care to road accident victims along Kano-Zaria road.

Flagging off the construction in Garunmalam Local Government Area on behalf of the Nigerian Red Cross President, Chief Bolajo Anani, Mr. Adetayo said, “Donations were sourced from individuals and Corporate organisations for this project by our our Red Cross ambassadors especially the former Minister of Mr Remi Babalola and a business guru, Alhaji Aliko Dangote.

“Kano-Zaria road is one of the busiest in the country and it is prone to accident. We will now be able to assist victims, stabilize them and give them better care and other neighbouring communities in Kura and Bebeji Local governments will benefit from the facility.

“The clinic will have consultation rooms, female and male wards, pharmacy, laboratory, theatre staff quarters."

In his remarks, the Governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje who was represented by the Commissioner of Health, Dr Kabiru Getso, commended the organisation for initiating the project.

He said the  project will complement government’s efforts at providing quality health care services to citizens in the state.

He further lauded the NRCS for its support in the prevention and management of emergencies and disaster in the State.