Malaria Cases Rise In Jigawa After Flood Hits 17 LGAs

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A file photo of a mosquito.

 

Malaria cases in Jigawa State have risen as a result of the flood that killed dozens of people and left thousands homeless.

The chairman of the Civil Society in Malaria Control, Immunisation and Nutrition (ACOMIN) in Jigawa, Baba Ali, confirmed this to Channels Television on Saturday.

Ali, who is from one of the Local Government Areas (LGAs) worst affected by the flood, decried that hospitals have become congested and people were unaware of measures to prevent themselves from becoming victims of the disease.

“From August this year, Jigawa State began experiencing flood and this displaced so many people, especially around the Hadejia axis; this exposed them to mosquito bites and this is why we are having so many congestions in the hospital,“ Ali said.

He added, “It is in line with this that our organisation is working with the community members to enlighten the general public on how to prevent themselves from mosquito bites and also to access the free malaria control facility provided in the state.”

On his part, the programme manager of (ACOMIN), Auwal Ibrahim, believes residents must own the activities of malaria control in the environment.

He said, “In one community in Auyo LGA, the people contributed money and built a temporary toilet for their health facility.

“In another community at Jahun LGA, the people came together, working as a group to clear grasses and level the ground in front of their facility.”

The Director of Public Health in Jigawa, Dr Umar Balangu, who also confirmed the situation, said the state government was doing everything in its power to contain the situation.

He noted that mosquito nets were distributed in some communities, as well as fumigation exercise.

According to Balangu, the government is also providing free medical treatment for women and under-five children in the state.

He stated that this has gone a long way in controlling the recent increase in the cases of malaria in Jigawa.

The Nigerian Metrological Agency had predicted the possibility of flood in 12 LGAs in Jigawa, but at least 17 LGAs were affected.

A total of 41 lives were lost to floods and over 10,000 people were displaced.

In Jigawa, A Community Without Doctors Battles Pneumonia

Women in a Jigawa community wait at a health centre.
Women in a Jigawa community wait at a health centre.

 

Pneumonia is one of the leading causes of deaths in Nigeria with about 18 deaths every hour, according to a 2018 UNICEF survey.

Over the years, the government and many development partners have made efforts to ensure the prevention and good management of pneumonia cases in the country

However, while the global death rate has reduced by 51%; in Nigeria, it has reduced by only 8%.

Experts say that the COVID-19 pandemic will lead to a significant increase in the number of pneumonia deaths, hence the need for more effective strategies to combat the scourge.

In the remote village of Katanga, in Kiyawa local government of Jigawa state, northwest Nigeria, access to comprehensive health care is a challenge, as there is no medical doctor in all the health facilities in the local council.

The primary healthcare manager in Kiyawa local government, Malam Musa Nababa, says children suspected to be infected with pneumonia are referred to the Dutse general hospital for further analysis and treatment.

A child is being attended to by an healthcare professional in Jigawa.
A child is being attended to by a healthcare professional in Jigawa.

 

“Our staff here are trained to identify patients with pneumonia,” Malam Musa says. “And since you know the symptoms of pneumonia are similar to some other diseases. So, if we suspect it’s pneumonia, then we refer the patient to our general hospital in the state capital.”

He added that “the routine immunization going on in the primary health centers can go a long way in preventing children from falling victims of pneumonia and other diseases.”

Jamila Sama’ila is a mother of two in Katanga village and she tells Channels Television in an interview that she got medical advice from a radio program named “Kula da Lafiya” sponsored by Save the Children’s Inspiring Project.

“They gave us a radio receiver and told us to tune to it whenever the program is on air, and this is how I learn how to protect my children from becoming victims of pneumonia,” Sama’ila says.

“We learned the significance of personal hygiene and understand the dangers of exposing our children to smoke.”

She added: “Now, whenever we come out of the toilet we have a tippy-tap that we use for handwashing. Before feeding our children we also must wash our hands.”

Healthcare professionals attend to mothers and their children in Jigawa.
Healthcare professionals attend to mothers and their children in Jigawa.

 

In the management of pneumonia cases, medical oxygen is an essential facility. The Director of Clinical Services, Pharm Ibrahim Hasan, says it is only recently that the hospital was able to get a donation of an oxygen system to the hospital.

“The maintenance we have is not proactive, it is when an incident happened then we begin thinking of how to rectify it,” the director says. “And oxygen is always needed in the hospital. But now we have set up a committee to which would be looking into these challenges and proffer solutions.”

The district head of Kiyawa local government, Alhaji Adamu Aliyu Kiyawa, says that traditional means of healing is becoming a major challenge to healthcare delivery in the state.

According to him, because of the economic situation, people seem to prefer traditional treatment than the conventional version, and this is complicating the general health of the public.

“Some of these so-called traditional healers are a fraud. And even the genuine ones have no proper administration and this results in complicating the health of the patients,” the district head said.

“But because of the economic situation, people seem to be more at ease with the traditional means for its affordability.”

Jigawa Governor Presents 2021 Budget Of N156bn To Assembly

File photo of Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar

 

Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar has presented the 2021 budget of N156 billion to the State House of Assembly.

The budget which is titled “Budget of Sustained Economic Growth and Social Transformation – Meeting the Next Level Agenda II,” is 2.4% and 29% higher than the original and revised 2020.

According to the governor, N78.241 billion which is an almost a 50:50 ratio is for capital investment and N78.34bn was earmarked for recurrent expenditure which creates room for contingency and stabilization.

In the budget, Education got N36.4% while Health received 13.5% of the said translating to N78.25bn.

Roads and electricity consisting of critical infrastructure got N14.6bn with all ongoing roads and rural electrification to be completed and commissioned.

The governor proposed N6, 040,000,000 for water supply and sanitation which will cover components of water sanitation sectors comprising of urban, small towns, and rural supply.

“Emphasis will be given to Greater Dutse water supply, scheme, and improvement of water supply scheme in local governments’ headquarters of the state,” he said.

He also explained that the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development earmarked N12.1bn in addition to counterpart funding for the Agricultural Development Projects of about N6.5billion, Ministry of Women Affairs got N1.7bn and Ministry of Information N1.9bn respectively.

On his part, the Speaker of the House, Idris Garba Jahun, said that the budget would be given the inputs it deserves for easy passage, adding that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the state government has achieved a lot in the implementation of the 2020 budget.

While assuring that the parliament will pass the budget into law within the stipulated time, he commended his colleagues for the cordial working relationship with the executive arm of government.

One Killed As Hoodlums Attack Customs Patrol Vehicle In Jigawa

A file photo of a Jigawa map.
A file photo of a Jigawa map.

 

The Police in Jigawa has confirmed the death of a customs Officer after hoodlums attacked their patrol vehicle in the Ringim Local Government Area of the state.

The Police Spokesman in the state, SP Abdu Jinjiri, confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Monday.

Jinjiri said the hoodlums allegedly attacked the officers while on routine patrol at Kyarama village on Oct. 25.

“On Oct. 25, the police in Ringim LGA, received a report that some Customs officers while on patrol at Kyarama village were attacked by armed hoodlums, while one of the officers was shot dead and the other critically injured.

“It was also suspected that two of the officers’ service rifles were carted away by the hoodlums,” Jinjiri said.

According to him, the police are making effort to trace and apprehend the suspects, while an investigation into the incident was ongoing.

Four Children Drown In Jigawa Village

A file photo of a Jigawa map.
A file photo of a Jigawa map.

 

Four children on Tuesday got drowned while trying to cross a stream on their way back from their farm in Kafin Doki of Sara Town in Gwaram Local Government Area of Jigawa State.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Abdu Jinjiri, who confirmed the incident to Channels Television, said so far three bodies have been recovered while one is still under search.

“Bilkisu Haruna aged 17, Shamsiyya Nuhu aged 13, Maryam Danlami aged 12, and Marakisiyya Musa drowned while trying to crossing a stream on their way back from the farm,” he said.

“We were able to recover three bodies while that of Marakisiyya is still under search.”

Jigawa State has been experiencing serious flood lately which has led to the death of 41 people while over 10,000 families are displaced.

Angry Crowd Attack Jigawa Governor’s Aide, Others

File Photo of Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar

 

An angry mob on Tuesday attacked an aide to Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar, and other officials.

Channels Television learned that the victims were the Special Adviser to the Governor on Community Development and Social Inclusion, Mr. Hamza Mohammed together, and officials of the State Emergency Management Authority (SEMA).

They were said to have embarked on a flood assessment of the Ganuwar Kuka area of the state before being attacked.

The attackers purportedly wielded sticks, matchets, and other dangerous weapons to register their displeasure against the state government over alleged lackluster attitude towards the flood, which to them, has affected eight local government areas under the Hadejia emirate.

The Special Adviser who confirmed the attack to Channels Television, adding that they were to inspect the extent of damages in the community before the mob attacked them.

Also, Governor Abubakar condemned the attack on his aide, describing it as being politically motivated.

“This is politically motivated. How can one attack someone who is trying to provide you with support? Nobody is responsible for this disaster.

“It is God’s will and we cannot prevent it from happening. Even in the United States, they experience disasters. Who are we to prevent what God has ordained?” he said.

Jigawa Flood: Death Toll Rises To 40 As IDPs Seek Better Shelter

File Photo showing a flooded community in Jigawa State.

 

The death toll in Jigawa State following the recent floodings has risen to 40 as River Hadejia has overflown its bank to communities.

Multiple houses have been destroyed forcing residents to seek alternative shelters elsewhere.

The chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Yusuf Sani, confirmed this on Tuesday.

“The flood is getting worse by the day. It has now reached Hadejia area and has forced many people out of their homes. Many of them are now living in schools and other alternative shelters they can find,” Sani said.

“The last time I spoke to you, I told you that 33 people have died, but as I’m talking to you now 7 more people have died, including children.”

On his part, Governor Badaru Abubakar said the state government has moved to providing medical help for the flood victims.

He also reiterated the commitment of his administration in ensuring that the people affected by the flood are well fed.

“We have instructed the ministry of education to move all the displaced people to school buildings. We have also directed the ministry of health to stationed health personnel in the camps to provide medical help.

“We would also distribute food items and would try and facilitate the cooking of food in the camps to ensure they are well fed,” the governor said.

Meanwhile, the Internally Displaced Persons have called on the state government to provide them with better shelter.

Jigawa Women Contribute N1,000 To Purchase Car For Pregnancy Emergency

This vehicle was purchased by women in a Jigawa community, who contributed N1,000 each.
This vehicle was purchased by women in a Jigawa community, who contributed N1,000 each.

 

Women in the Baddo community in Taura local government area of Jigawa state have contributed N1,000 each to purchase a vehicle to transport pregnant women to the hospital during delivery.

According to the women, they contributed the money out of the conditional cash transfer introduced by the federal government.

One of the women, Halima Adamu Boddo, told Channels Television that a vehicle that was donated to them for hospital trips had broken down three years ago, opening up the need for a new vehicle.

“It is with the cash transfer that we are receiving from the federal, that we sat down and thought of how we could help ourselves,” Halima said. “So, we decided to contribute N1,000 each and we bought this vehicle.

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Another contributor, Zayya Auwalu was one of the first sets of women to benefit from the initiative.

“We are very happy that we are receiving that money. I was taken to the hospital in the car we bought when I was about to give birth to this baby I’m backing “ Zayya said.

The Executive Director of Rural Initiative for Comprehensive development, Hadiza Abdulwahab believes the women in the community deserves commendation.

“For women to have thought of their fellow women is actually a sign of a great altruism, therefore, these women deserve commendation,” she said.

On his part, the chairman of the Jigawa state Civil Society Forum, Mr Musbahu Basirka says government needs to do more in providing health centres in hard to reach communities.

Death Toll Rises To 21 As 51,000 Houses Destroyed In Jigawa Flood

A file photo of a Jigawa map.
A file photo of a Jigawa map.

 

The death toll has risen to 21 after three people got drowned and about 51,000 houses have been destroyed as a result of heavy flooding, in 17 Local Government Areas of Jigawa State.

The State Governor Badaru Abubakar who disclosed this to Channels Television, says 17 people were killed by mud houses that fell as a result of the recent downpour, while 4 got drowned in riverine areas.

According to the Governor, the state government is providing the victims with emergency aid items and have given the victims access to school premises to serve as alternative shelters.

“51,00 houses have been affected by the flood and it is where this house got destroyed that we lost about 17 people while 4 drowned in the river,” the Governor said.

“The Federal government’s trimming program around Hadejia emirate has helped a lot as despite being a red zone for the flood we are yet to see such this year. However, places that we did not foresee to be affected are now under serious siege. We hope this will not get worse”. The Governor further said.

The district head of Buji Local Government Alhaji Sabo Bello, who lamented over the situation said, the town is only accessible on pushcarts pulled by bulls.

“We have lost many homes and most of our farmlands have been submerged. This is beyond the capacity of the local government. Our people need quick assistance from the stage and the federal government “ the traditional ruler said.

Jigawa Flood Death Toll Rises To 18

One of the flooded communities in Jigawa State.

 

The death toll in Jigawa flood has risen to 18, according to the state government.

Speaking to Channels Television via a phone interview, the Executive Secretary of the state Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr Sani Yusuf, said the government is providing an emergency aid to those affected.

“We now have a total of 18 people that died as a result of the heavy downpour. Many homes are no longer habitable and also farmlands are destroyed,” he said

“As a matter of urgency, we are providing the victims with food, medicine, and a temporary shelter.

“In places where they are not accessible because of too much water, we give them canoes so that they can have access to the outside world.”

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The affected areas include Buji, Taura, Jahun, Babura, Ringim, Dutse, Birnin Kudu, Miga, Kafin-Hausa, Auyo, Gwaram, Malam-Madori, Birniwa and Kaugama Local Government Areas.

Reacting, one of the flood victims, Malam Umar Dahiru, who lost his house to the flood, said the heavy downpour began on a Saturday night.

“Luckily enough, all my children were out of the house when the whole building collapsed. We lost everything including our food and clothes.

“I am calling on the government to help us. I am not the only one, even food to eat is now difficult to find,” Umar lamented.

Also, Hama Auwalu, a widow who is now living in her neighbour’s house called on the state government to come to their aid.

“We have about 13 rooms in this house, but none is now habitable. My husband died, we don’t have money.

“We also don’t even have food to eat. We are now living in our neighbour’s house. Please, we need urgent help from the government,” he said.

Two Dismissed Police Men Arrested For Extortion In Jigawa

A file photo of a Jigawa map.

The Jigawa State Police Command said it has arrested two men who have been claiming to be police sergeants and extorting people in different locations.
 
Both men were arrested after they extorted the sum of N56,000 from three unsuspecting individuals in Fanisau village of Dutse Local Government Area.
 
Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abdu Jinjiri, said a set of police uniform bearing the sergeant rank was recovered from the house of the suspects.
“In the course of our investigation, the suspects confessed to have collected the said amount from their prey,” Jinjiri said.
“Investigation further revealed that the acclaimed sergeants were dismissed police officers.”
 
He added, “The first fake Police Officer in the person of Abubakar Sadiq ‘m’ 39yrs old of Tsafe LGA, Zamfara State was dismissed from the Force since 2015 from Jigawa State Command for the offence of desertion.
“The second suspect by name Mudi Abdulkarim ‘m’ 40yrs old of Dutse LGA, Jigawa State was dismissed from the Force since 2016 from Railway Command Rigasa, Kaduna State for the offence of desertion.”

Exit Classes: Jigawa Govt Vows To Shut Down Schools That Violate COVID-19 Protocols

A file photo of a Jigawa map.
A file photo of a Jigawa map.
The Jigawa State Government has ordered the reopening of schools for final year students but vowed to shut down any school that fails to comply with COVID-19 measures.
 
The state Governor Badaru Abubakar made the announcement while speaking to Channels Television after inspecting some schools within Dutse, the state capital.
 
According to the governor, hand washing, wearing of face masks and social distancing are compulsory in all the schools as the students prepare for their final year examinations.
 
“We are taking it step-by-step because we don’t want to put the students at risk of contracting the virus and possibly spreading it to their families at home. That is why we must be very careful not to reopen the all schools at once,” the governor added.
 
He explained that 40 schools including 10 private schools and 30 public schools were given the green light to reopen for the final year students as a pilot process and now all the schools will be allowed to do the same.
 
The Commissioner for Education, Mr Lawal Danzomo, also warned that any school that failed to comply with the COVID-19 measures put in place by the state government will be shut down immediately.