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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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Ten More Kidnapped Bethel Baptist School Students Regain Freedom

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Ten More Kidnapped Bethel Baptist School Students Regain Freedom

Ten more abducted students of Bethel Baptist Secondary school in Kaduna State have regained their freedom.

This is the fourth batch of the students released so far by their abductors.

The police are yet to confirm the development, but a top official of the school told Channels Television that the 10 students were released on Sunday afternoon, after an unspecified amount of money was paid as ransom to the kidnappers.

He also expressed optimism that the bandits will release the remaining eleven kidnapped students still in captivity in no distant time.

A total of 121 students of Bethel Baptist Secondary school in Chikun Local Government Area of the state were abducted by bandits from their hostels on July 5, 2021.

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The students were later released in batches after their parents reportedly paid ransoms to their abductors.

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COVID-19 interventions cost 3.5% of Nigeria’s GDP – CBN

The implemented initiative of the Central bank of Nigeria to mitigate COVID-19’s economic impact accounted for about 3.5% of Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product.
Godwin Emefiele, the CBN Governor stated this during his presentation at the 30th annual conference of financial reporters.
Emefiele was represented at the event by the apex bank’s spokesperson, Osita Nwanisobi.
Cumulatively, the bank’s intervention efforts represented about 3.5% of the GDP.”
He explained that the policy measures included a cumulative reduction of the monetary policy rate from 13.5% to 11.5% between May and September 2021 in order to spur lending to the economy and support the current recovery of output growth; Reduction of the interest rate on CBN intervention loans from nine to 5%; and a one-year extension of the moratorium on principal repayments for CBN intervention facilities.
The Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to record increases as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveals that as of 23rd of September, 203,514 cases have been confirmed, 191,950 cases have been discharged and 2,668 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

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A total of 2.99 million tests have been carried out as of 23rd September 2021.

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FG Sets Up Committee on Recovery of Illegally Refined Crude Oil

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FG Sets Up Committee on Recovery of Illegally Refined Crude Oil

In a bid to block revenue leakages, the federal government, on Thursday, inaugurated an inter-ministerial committee to tackle illegal refinery of crude oil in the niger delta region of the country.

 

Members of the committee, who took their oath at the office of the attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, abubakar malami, san, were drawn from the ministry of defense, the Nigerian army, the navy, defense headquarters, the Nigerian security and civil defense corps, the Nigerian national petroleum corporation, NNPC.

 

As well as from the federal ministry of justice, the ministry of environment, the department of petroleum resources, and the national oil spill detection and response agency.

 

The solicitor-general of the federation and permanent secretary of the federal ministry of justice, umar mohammed, who represented the AGF at the event, said the major mandate of the committee, was the recovery of illegally refined petroleum products in the dug-up pits found around the creeks of the niger delta.

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According to him, in line with the policy of the current administration on security and economy, as well as the preservation of the environment from negative hazards. The office of the attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, in collaboration with all stakeholders, have put in place a mechanism for effective and efficient management of illegally refined products recovered from dug-up pits found around the creeks of the niger delta.

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