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WHO , Borno Govt Flag Off HPV Vaccine For Girls Aged 9 – 14 Years

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WHO , Borno Govt Flag Off HPV Vaccine For Girls Aged 9 – 14 Years

By: Francis Okoye

The World Health Organisation ( WHO ) with funding from Canada’s Global Initiative for Vaccine Equity (CanGIVE) in collaboration with the Borno government have flagged off the introduction of Human Papilloma Virus ( HPV ) vaccine to girls aged 9 to 14 years in the state.

Speaking during the flag off on Tuesday at the Shehu Garbai Secondary School Maiduguri, the state Coordinator WHO, Dr Salisu Audu,said infection with HPV are implicated in 99% of cervical cancer cases, stressing that cervical cancer is the second most common cancer and cause of cancer death among women aged 15 – 49 years in Nigeria.

Dr Audu added that cervical cancer, fueled by persistent infection with certain strains of HPV, has long been a silent and formidable adversary, claiming the lives of far too many women each year.

He said yet, amidst the challenges, there is hope in the power of prevention through vaccination,noting that introduction of HPV vaccine represents a proactive and strategic approach towards preventing cervical cancer,

Represented by Dr Aisha Kadai, the WHO state Coordinator said,” There is need to collectively create awareness about cervical cancer, its risk factors, preventive measures and available health services ensuring that communities are informed and empowered to make informed decisions about their health

” WHO recommends that HPV vaccination should be part of a comprehensive approach to the prevention of cervical cancer .This approach should include primary prevention (vaccination against HPV), secondary prevention (screening and treatment of precancerous lesions) and tertiary prevention (diagnosis and treatment of invasive cervical cancer)

” The HPV vaccine serves as a shield against the most common types of HPV responsible for cervical cancer, offering protection to individuals before they are exposed to the virus. By immunizing our young girls, we are not only safeguarding their health but also empowering them to lead fulfilling lives, free from the burden of this preventable disease,” he said.

In his remarks, the state Commissioner of Health and Human Services, Prof. Baba Mallam Gana, expressed gratitude to partners, health professionals and community leaders who have worked tirelessly to make this day possible .

He said the introduction of the HPV vaccine is a major step forward in the fight against cervical cancer, a disease that has claimed the lives of two many women in the country and around the world.

” Cervical cancer, which is caused by the Human Papilloma Virus, is one of the most preventable forms of cancer. Yet, it remains a significant public health challenge, particularly in regions with limited access to preventive healthcare. By vaccinating our girls against HPV, we are not only protecting them from this deadly disease but also empowering them to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.

” The age group of 9 to 14 years is critical for the administration of the HPV vaccine, as it is most effective when given before exposure to the virus. This vaccine will provide our girls with the protection they need as they grow and develop into adulthood,” Prof. Gana said.

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ECOWAS Lightens Gambia Community with Solar Power

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ECOWAS Lightens Gambia Community with Solar Power

By: Michael Mike

A wave of excitement filled the air in Mamud Fana South, Gambia, as residents celebrated a new era of clean and reliable electricity with the commissioning of 77 Solar Home Systems (SHSs).

This life-changing project, implemented by UNIQUE ENERGY, was made possible with the financial support of the ECOWAS Commission through the ECOWAS Special Intervention Fund (ESIF), implemented by ECREEE.

For years, residents of Mamud Fana have struggled with limited access to electricity. This often meant evenings spent in darkness, limited opportunities for education and a struggle to power basic appliances. 

Now, the project lights up Mamud Fana South, bringing solar energy to over 1,000 residents. Each household has been equipped with a solar panel, battery storage, inverter, sockets, and lighting bulbs. This new energy source will allow them to power their homes, use appliances, and potentially develop small businesses.

The installations were commissioned on Saturday, June 15th, 2024, in the presence of Mr. Francis Sempore, ECREEE’s Executive Director, Mr. Emmanuel Correa, Representative of The Gambia’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and Mr. Njaga Ceesay, Business Development Manager at UNIQUE ENERGY.

The project demonstrates the positive impact that renewable energy solutions can have on rural communities across West Africa.

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Chairman Nangere calls for prayers for leaders in the Tikau emirate

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Chairman Nangere calls for prayers for leaders in the Tikau emirate

By:Yahaya Wakili

The Executive Chairman of Nangere local government area in Yobe state, Hon. Samaila Musa FCNA, has called on the people of the local government to use the Eid-el-kabir occasion to pray for His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Yobe state, Hon. Mai Mala Buni CON (Chiroman Gujba), Nangere local government, and Tikau emirate council.

Hon. Samaila Musa FCNA, who is also the Walin Tikau Emirate Council, disclosed this in his Sallah message to the people of Nangere local government area at Eid-el-kabir praying ground in Nangere.

The chairman charged the people of the local government to embrace the spirit of love and tolerance and live in peace with one another.

“Nangere local government is known as number one in the state in farming and hard work and has urged the people to pay more attention to farming and rearing as the rainy season commences.

Hon. Samaila Musa also called on the people to abide by the law and order, with a view to building peace and unity among the citizens of the local government, the Tikau emirate council, and Yobe state in general.

“Nangere local government is the most peaceful local government in the state; therefore, he urges the people to intensify prayers to our leaders to be guided aright for increased peace, security, and prosperity of our local government, our emirate, and our state in general.” Wali said.

He warned the people of the local government to avoid encroaching on the cattle roads in order to avoid a clash between the farmers and headers in the area.

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Senator Lawan consoles the families of Karege, his former COS

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Senator Lawan consoles the families of Karege, his former COS

By: Yahaya Wakili

President of the Ninth Senate, Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan, Ph.D., GCON, Sardaunan Bade, Yobe North Senatorial District, was today in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe State, to condole with the family of his former Deputy Chief of Staff, Alhaji Mohammed Mamman Karage, whose demise occurred on Friday night.

Alhaji Mohammed Mamman Karage died after undergoing heart surgery at the Ahmadu Bello Teaching Hospital in Zaria, Kaduna State. Alhaji Karage, aged 65, was survived by two wives and children.

The President of the 9th Senate was joined on the condolence visit by the Deputy Speaker of the Yobe State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Yau Usman Dachia, the Chairman of the National Assembly Service Commission, Engr. Ahmed Kadi Amshi, and his former Chief of Staff, Dr. Babagana Aji.

Others include: Member representing Karasuwa constituency, Hon. Adamu Dala Dogo; Yobe State Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Hon. Mohammed Gagiyo; his former Special Adviser on Budget, Alhaji Suleiman Jamo; and Chairman, Bade local government administration council, Hon. Ibrahim Babagana, amongst others.

During the visit to his family, Senator Ahmed Lawan offered his deepest sympathies and urged them to find solace in the deceased’s memory and legacies, which he left behind through the countless lives he touched. He prayed for Allah’s (SWT) guidance and support to enable them to bear this immeasurable loss.

“May Allah (SWT) grant Alhaji Mohammed Karage’s soul eternal rest in Aljannatul Firdaus.

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