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Cholera: Reps Minority Caucus ask FG to quickly put preventive measures in place

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… insist cholera outbreak in 30 states is a stark reminder of the vulnerabilities within our public health infrastructure

By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

The Minority Leadership of the House of Representatives has raised concern over the alarming rise in cholera cases across thirty states in Nigeria, as reported by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). This outbreak highlights critical deficiencies in public health safety measures and underscores the urgent need for immediate action.

This was contained in a statement signed by their leader, Rep Kingsley Chinda on behalf of the minority parties caucus, noting that:

“The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control’s announcement of cholera outbreaks in thirty states is a stark reminder of the vulnerabilities within our public health infrastructure.

“The lack of adequate investment in public and personal health education has contributed significantly to the spread of this preventable disease.

“Cholera, a waterborne disease, thrives in conditions where access to clean water and sanitation is compromised. The current outbreaks are exacerbated by inadequate sanitation facilities and poor hygiene practices, particularly in densely populated areas and communities with limited access to clean water.

“As schools across the nation resume from the recent public holidays, there is an urgent need to declare a state of emergency on cholera. This declaration will enable coordinated efforts at all levels of government to deploy resources swiftly towards containing the outbreaks, improving sanitation infrastructure, and intensifying public health education campaigns.

“The Government of Nigeria, including States’ Governments, must prioritize the allocation of resources towards improving water and sanitation facilities in affected communities. Additionally, investing in robust public health education programs is crucial to raising awareness about hygiene practices that can prevent the spread of cholera and other waterborne diseases.

“We call upon all stakeholders, including government agencies, non-governmental organizations, community leaders, and individuals, to collaborate closely in combating this outbreak. It is only through collective action and sustained investment in public health that we can mitigate the impact of cholera outbreaks and protect the health and well-being of all Nigerians.

“We urge the public to remain vigilant, practice good hygiene, and seek medical attention promptly if experiencing symptoms associated with cholera. Together, we can overcome this challenge and build a healthier, more resilient Nigeria.

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See photo of collapsed Saint Academy school in Jos

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By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

The photo of the collapsed Saint Academy school in Jos, capital of Plateau state has emerged online.

Naijablitznews reports many students reportedly died in the building warehousing several students.

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Singer, Portable Fights Okada Man in Lagos Over Stolen Phone

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By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

Controversial Nigerian singer Habeeb Okikiola, better known as Portable, is at it again, but this time with a bike man.

The street singer, who recently returned from America, caused a commotion in Lagos as he fought dirty with a bike man, who he accused of stealing his phone. In videos making rounds online, the singer, who was wearing a yellow hoodie, was captured engaging in a fistfight with the bike man as Lagosians gathered to separate them.

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DSS Busts Suspected Terrorist’s Residence In Niger, Recovers Arms, Dollars

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By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

Personnel from the Department of State Services (DSS) conducted a raid on Wednesday at the residence of a suspected hardened terrorist in the Gbeganu area, a suburb of Minna, Niger State.

The raid, which took place during the daytime, caused fear among residents in the area.

According to sources familiar with the operation, this was the third raid in less than four years in the neighbouring areas of Nkangbe and Gbeganu, both in Bosso Local Government Area. The suspect targeted in this raid was allegedly a storekeeper for a terrorist group, although specific details about the recovered weapons were not disclosed.

Residents informed Daily Trust that a substantial amount of cash, including dollars, was seized during the operation. The suspect had been known as a tricycle rider before the raid revealed his alleged involvement with terrorist activities.

Previous incidents include a similar raid in October 2023, where a suspected terrorist engaged security forces in a fierce gun battle before escaping, and in June 2021, when a house linked to a notorious kidnapper was demolished after weapons were found in a raid.

The Niger State Police Command spokesperson, SP Wasiu Abiodun, stated that they had no information regarding the recent raid when contacted.

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