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KANO: REJOICING OR REGRETING? By Bala Ibrahim

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By Bala Ibrahim

KANO: Rejoicing Or Regretting?

Columnist Write Up by By Bala Ibrahim

Once again Kano is in the news today for two conflicting reasons, with two conflicting headlines: The first is, KANO DISCHARGES THREE CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS, while the second reads, ONE DOCTOR DIES, THIRTY OTHERS INFECTED IN KANO.

The first headline calls for jubilation, as the state is said to have discharged three coronavirus patients, who tested negative for the virus after three weeks of treatment. Indeed this is good news, very good news because it shows that we are now walking the path of progress.

When a patient leaves the hospital after treatment, he or she goes home with a special feeling of excitement. The excitement is elevated to elation, when the patient no longer needs to receive inpatient care, especially from deadly diseases like Covid-19, that is still under investigation.

KANO: REJOICING OR REGRETING? By Bala Ibrahim.

KANO: REJOICING OR REGRETING? By Bala Ibrahim.

Much as this may not mean that those discharged are fully healed or recovered from all ailments, as they may still have some medical conditions that need attention and care, the fact that Kano has commenced discharging some patients of the coronavirus is something worthy of celebration. It means the right steps are being taken towards defeating the disease, and the patients are responding to treatment.

Those discharged have reasons to be happy because, with the situation of Kano, their continued stay in the hospital exposes them to the possibility of additional infection, particularly for those that have a weak immune system.

For every patient discharged, a bed becomes available to another person who needs a high level of care. With the situation of Kano today, that is a cause for maximum celebration, and the people of the state have every reason to feel pleased. But the pleasure of this particular headline is turned inside out by the paradox of the second headline.

The news under the second headline is frightening, as it said, thirty medical doctors across public and private hospitals in Kano have been infected with the coronavirus. This is consistent with the saying, one step forward, two steps backward. This even looks like three steps backward.

The sad news was disclosed by the chairman of the state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr. Sanusi Mohammed Bala. Dr. Sanusi said the state had already lost one of the medical doctors to the coronavirus, and some medics are equally affected by the disease.

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According to sources, most of the affected medics contracted the virus in medical wards, while attending to unsuspecting patients who came with different complications that later turned to be COVID-19 related. Nothing can be more frightening to a medic, than working under a condition of uncertainty. With an unsettled mind, it is impossible for the medic to give his best to the patient.

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In an interview with the Daily Trust, the President Association of Resident Doctors AKTH, Dr. Abubakar Nagoma Usman blamed the situation on lack of PPE and the deliberate withholding of critical information by the patients from the health workers about their health conditions. “This is more than the Lassa fever because some of the patients came without a classical symptom of the disease. Some of them even present no symptoms while sometimes, they will present with other symptoms of the different diseases but when you get to see them, or when you start managing them, you will realize that they are already positive for COVID-19 disease. By then, it is already late, because they had already exposed themselves. That is why we are calling on all those that have hands in the supply of protective equipment to give us a priority, because we are in need of these protective kits to protect ourselves and patients from exposure,”

Kano is today in this mixed grill situation because of poor planning, which has put the medics and members of the task force in greater job hazard. Reports have it that apart from the doctors, about six members of the Kano state task force committee on COVID-19 had also been infected with the virus, and they are currently receiving treatment at isolation centers.

The simple implication of this is that the state is now pushed into another challenge, the challenge of more patients, but fewer doctors. With more than 400 active cases of the coronavirus in Kano and about 10 deaths, this is not the time for the state to enter into the state of the medical manpower problem.

Kano should hasten to copy Lagos, which as of today, with the discharge of 60 patients, the total number of Coronavirus patients discharged so far, is approaching 400. Lagos was able to achieve such success because of proper planning in the management of the situation, through the provision of equipment and the use of those knowledgeable in handling epidemic and pandemic.

If the right things are done, the headlines would surely change from public apprehension to public appreciation. And we shall all be happy that Kano is back in the news, for good news.

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Niger Currently has 20 IDP Camps – NSEMA

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The Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) has disclosed that the state currently has 20 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps across the state.

The Director-General of the Agency, Alhaji Ibrahim Inga, disclosed this to newsmen when the Victims Support Fund made an assessment tour of the Gwada IDP camp in Shiroro Local Government Area.

According to Inga, the burden of taking care of the IDPs is taking a toll on the state government because of the dwindling resources of the state government, stressing that the government resources can no longer sustain the displaced people for long.

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Inga further explained that the majority of the displaced persons are still in the camp because their communities are not safe for them to return.

He expressed concern over the fact that it is only the state government and the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs that have reached out to the displaced persons in the camp, calling on other humanitarian agencies and development partners to reach out to the people.

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NDLEA Nabs Uber Driver, 2 Traffickers with Cocaine in Lagos

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested an Uber driver, and two other suspected traffickers with different quantities of cocaine at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

Femi Babafemi, Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

Babafemi said the Uber driver, Lawal Tunde Rasheed, was arrested at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc, export shed of the airport on Tuesday, June 8.

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He added that Rasheed was arrested when he brought a consignment from his client to a freight forwarder for export to Malabo in Equatorial Guinea.

According to him, when the package was searched, 150grammes of cocaine, concealed inside two pieces of air freshener were discovered.

He further noted that investigations have so far confirmed that the suspects were behind two seizures of 50grammes of cocaine in hair attachment and another 150grammes of cocaine concealed in air freshener, heading to Malabo.

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Banks Commence N6.98 USSD Charge, Customers Kick

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Some banks have notified their customers that they will start charging them N6.98 for every USSD transactions.

However, experts have said that excessive charges by banks could pose a threat to financial inclusion.

According to them, it will increase cash transactions because many bank customers would avoid using the USSD for transactions and could also discourage the unbanked segment of the population because they would not like to pay such charges over their little deposits.

A message from some of the banks, including Guaranty Trust Bank, First Bank and Fidelity Bank on ‘Update on USSD transactions’ stated, “Please be informed that you are now required to pay a fee of N6.98 to your mobile network provider for every banking transaction carried out on all USSD banking platforms.

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“This means that when you send money to anyone using USSD, a fee of N6.98 will be charged to your bank account, which is in turn remitted in full by your bank, to your mobile network provider.

“Please note that airtime and data purchases via USSD are exempt from this charge on USSD platforms.”

The banks urged the customers to make use of other electronic transactions available in the banks to avoid paying the fees.

A former President, Association of National Accountants of Nigeria, Dr. Sam Nzekwe, said too many changes by banks were unfriendly to financial inclusion drive, especially to the un-banked Nigerians.

He said people would prefer to walk into the banking hall to make payments.

“There are many charges that the banks charge the customers, even if you don’t do any transaction. Some of these informal sectors will start running away because they cannot understand the many charges. That is why many of the informal sector still do their transactions by cash.

“What an average customer wants is show me why you should charge me. But you are charging me for many things and at the end of the month you will still charge me again.”

He said banks should be completely open to their customers in their transactions.

A fashion designer, Balogun, said, “I have bank account but I prefer to go to bank and do my things. How much do I have in my account that they want to be deducting charges anyhow?”

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