Health Minister Celebrates World Malaria Day

I am delighted to be present at this occasion in commemoration of the 2017 World Malaria Day. As you are all aware, the World Malaria Day celebration originated from a decision by the African heads of government in 2000, to set aside a day to draw attention and solicit support for the fight against malaria. Since then, 25th of April of every year has been earmarked as the World Malaria Day celebration.

Seventeen years later, the question that arises in the mind of everyone is “have we made any progress in Nigeria? I can say without doubt in my mind that we have recorded some modest achievement. For example, ownership of insecticide treated net (ITN) has increased from 8% in 2008 (NDHS) to 69% in 2015 (NMIS). ITN use by children under 5 years has increased from 6% in 2008 (NDHS) to 44% in 2015 (NMIS). Similarly, ITN use by pregnant women has also increased from 4.8% in 2008 (NDHS) to 49% in 2015 (NMIS).

Let me also add that there has been an increase in Intermittent Preventive Treatment (IPT) coverage. IPT2 coverage has increased from 5% in 2008 (NDHS) to 37% in 2015 (NMIS) while IPT3 coverage increased from 2% in 2008 (NDHS) to 19% in 2015 (NMIS). Use of parasitological tests to diagnose malaria have also increased over time in the country. The percentage of children under 5 who had blood taken from finger or heel for malaria diagnosis has increased from 5% in 2010 (NMIS) to 13% in 2015 (NMIS). Progress has also been achieved in the increase use of ACTs for the treatment of malaria from 12% in 2010 (NMIS) to 38% in 2015 (NMIS). Lastly, there has been a reduction in malaria prevalence from 42% in 2010 (NMIS) to 27% in 2015 (NMIS 2015).

These achievements would not have been possible without the support and contributions of our malaria partners particularly the USAID/ Presidential Malaria Initiative (PMI).

USAID/PMI has supported long lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) distribution through mass campaigns and routine distribution, pilot implementation of Indoor residual spraying (IRS) and provision of antimalarial commodities – RDTs, ACTs, SPs. They have also provided support for the implementation of malaria in pregnancy (MIP), seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC), Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilization (ACSM), diagnosis, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) as well as capacity building both at the national and states levels.

A look at the indices listed earlier shows that we are still far from our dream of malaria free Nigeria. Our current Malaria Strategic Plan which is meant to lead us to pre-elimination, has been praised for being focused and articulate, but it is coming at a time when the resources for malaria control are dwindling. In addition, there are limited resources for effective programme coordination, monitoring and evaluation. Let me use this opportunity to thank USAID/PMI for their invaluable support since 2011. I am aware that USAID/PMI is covering 11 States and the National Malaria Programme with a substantial investment of about $490 million.

May I use this occasion to solicit for more support to enable us achieve a pre-elimination phase in 2020. Let me assure you that the Federal Ministry of Health under my leadership will account for “every penny” donated to this course. The Federal Government has also allocated more resources to Malaria control programme in the 2017 appropriation.

Finally, I congratulate the United States Embassy in Nigeria for putting together this very unique celebration. Most importantly, as we commemorate, I urge us all to, at the center of our discussions, meetings and commemorations, remember Nigerians whose lives are affected and could be lost by Malaria. I urge us all to use the event of today as a fuel for our future actions.

Thank you and God bless you all

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Lalong Mourns ex-Osun Governor Adeleke

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has commiserated with the family of the first Civilian Governor of Osun State, the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke, over the demise of the Osun-West All Progressives Congress (APC) Senator, who died on Sunday, April 23, 2017.

The Governor, in a  condolence message by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mark Longyen, on Monday, April 24, described the deceased Senator as a “quintessential  politician, whose sudden death was shocking, heartbreaking, and very sad.”

According to Lalong, the deceased was an astute businessman cum politician and, as the pioneer Governor of Osun State and a two-time Senator, had contributed immeasurably to the political and socio-economic growth of the state and uplifted the lives of his own people generally.

“I commiserate with Governor Rauf Aregbesola, the family of Alhaji Isiaka Adeleke, and the entire people of Osun State, especially his teeming followers, over the Senator’s untimely exit, which has occurred at a time that his vast experience and invaluable services are most needed at the state and national levels.

“There is no doubt in my mind that Adeleke’s death is a great loss that will create a huge vacuum in the state and on the national political scene, which will be hard to fill.

“The family, the Governor and the deceased’s beloved ones should, however, take solace in the fact that death is an inevitable end for all mortals and, being believers in God, they should all pray for the repose of his soul.”

Governor Lalong added that the late Senator lived an exemplary and fulfilled life, which he bequeathed to those he has left behind in order for them to emulate and follow in his footsteps to accomplish Adeleke’s legacies and dreams.

Signed

Mark Longyen

Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity.

Dr Fabong Jemchang emerges as the new PYC chairman

Dr Fabong Jemchang Yildam has emerged as the new Chairman of the Plateau Youth Council (PYC) beating his close rival Humphrey Dashe.

The umbrella youth body which has been dormant for years came alive these last few months as youths all over the state and beyond focuses their attention on the election which climaxed today 22nd April 2017 with delegates casting their votes.

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33 years old man arraigned for illegal possession of AK 47 riffle in Jos

The Plateau State command of the Nigerian Police Force has arraigned a 33 years old man for illegal possession of AK 47 riffle before Justice Dorcas Agishi of the Federal High Court Jos. on the 12th Day of April 2017. Lepan David who is a farmer , was arrested on the 24th day of October 2016 in Shendam Local Government Area of Plateau State. He pleaded not guilty to the two count charge against him contrary to section 3 and punishable under section 27 {1}{a}{i} of the Firearms Act, Cap F28, Laws of the federation of Nigeria 2004. Counsel for the prosecution J B Anzaku applied that the accused be remanded in prison custody pending the adjournment date. The presiding Judge adjourned the case to 24th day of May for Trial.

Plateau Police command creates 2 Area command

The Nigeria Police has approved the sitting of Area Commands Headquarters for Bukuru and Pankshin in order to beef up more security in Plateau State.
Revealing this yesterday to Governor Simon Bako Lalong during a visit, at the Government House, Rayfield, Jos, the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in charge of Finance and Administration, Shaibu Gambo said the reason for the creation of two additional Area commands was to strengthen the security situation in the state for optimal result.
He thanked the Governor his support and co-operation not only to the Police, but to all the security Agencies in the state.
According to him, the police cannot function without effective communication and co-operation of the people and the Government adding that, without the full assistance and co-operation of the state governments, the Federal Government cannot fully fund the handle policing alone.
The DIG further urged the Governor to refurbish the earlier constructed Mopol barracks in Kadarko, Wase Local Government Area so that, the Police can take custody of the barracks adding that the police would also site a second squadron in Shendam.
DIG Garuba also pleaded for assistance for the police staff college Jos, by procuring vehicle to help in patrolling even as he urged the state government to assist in fueling the existing vehicles the police in the state were using as funds allotted to the police by the Federal Government cannot cater for all its logistic problems.
He also said, the police was desirous of building low cost Housing estate for its retiring personnel’s in the state, and urged the Governor to help in that regard with land including certificate of occupancy for that purpose.
In his remarks, Governor Simon Bako Lalong applauded the Inspector General for his co-operation in respect of the past security challenges in the state saying since inception of the present Administration in the state in last two years, in has witnessed peace, which made it to celebrated two years of peaceful co-existence in the state with a carnival.
Governor Lalong said would ensure that the regular payment of salaries of state civil servants within limited resources to continue to help the police towards discharging its duties of policing in the state.
In another development, Governor Simon Bako Lalong has been presented with a quarterly Newspaper of the Abuja Liaison office named Rockland Explore designed to show case the rich culture tourism endowment and investment potentials of the state to the outside world, especially Foreign Missions, Federal establishments among other organisation.
Speaking during the occasion, the liaison officer, Pius Yenshi, said, the liaison office decided to embark on the production of the quarterly publication due to the high demand of the potentials of the states in Abuja.
He also said, the liaison office was having discussion with airline operators willing to fly from Abuja to Jos.
Responding, Governor Lalong urged Government establishments to start thinking out of the box to improve not only the revenue of the state but to attract investors to the state.
He said, despite little funding of the liaison office, they were able to add value to the state.

– The Nigerian Standard

Gov. Lalong, Minister of Youth and sport inaugurates maiden Jos Carnival

Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong his wife Regina Lalong, the Honorable Minister of youth and sport, Barr. Solomon Dalung lead the inauguration of the first maiden Jos carnival at the Plateau state capital.

The carnival which took place on Easter Monday has all top government officials present, includes, the Deputy Governor, Prof. Sunny Tyoden, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rtd Hon. Peter Azi, Commissioners, Management Committee Chairmen and  other political appointees both APC and PDP faithfuls together matched along the Joseph Gomwalk express way.

The maiden carnival procession walk began from Miango junction with Governor Lalong and the top government delegation on 17th April, 2017 and climax at the famous Polo field in Jos the Plateau State capital.

Governor Simon Lalong while addressing the crowd at the Polo field said the days of mourning and burial as a result of crisis or attacks is over. He maintained that the carnival will be a continuous initiative in the state as it brought together all citizens of the Plateau State displaying their rich cultural heritage.

The governor also use to opportunity to called on youths to desist from any form of crime and use the opportunity to develop their God given talents for the betterment of Plateau State and Nigeria in general. According to Lalong, ” I am the happiest Governor in the 36 states of the federation today, the days of mourning and burial is over in Plateau State. I’m optimistic that we are going to hold another carnival of culture and festival on the Plateau by God’s Grace,” he stated.

Meningitis Outbreak: Plateau State not affected – Dr Kamshak

Plateau State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Kuden Kamshak has dispelled the speculations of an outbreak of the dreaded cerebro spinal meningitis in the state where it was alleged that scores of people were said to have been killed.
Speaking on Monday in Jos, Dr. Kamshak said only three people were admitted and were still under investigation.
According to him few weeks ago it was said there was an outbreak of the disease in Langtang North, South and Mikang local government areas, but on investigations it was not found to be one.
“On dispatching our medical experts to the said local government areas, we found out that clinically, it looked like the disease, but was not it, so they were treated for different ailments”, he remarked.
But report monitored from a news bulletin of the Plateau Radio Television (PRTVC) last Friday  stated the contrary as the story had it that about 29 people were affected by the disease in both Mikang and Shendam local government areas.
Dr. Kamshak recalled that, there was a a type C cerebrospinal Meningitis currently ravaging the country and called for concerted effort by all to curb the situation stressing that vaccines were difficult to get adding that the Federal Government was able to get 500,000 doses of the type C vaccines while arrangements were on top gear to have more 800,000 doses of similar vaccines for onward distributions to all the states of the federation.
“The relent resurgence of cerebro-spinal meningitis outbreak in some Northern states of Nigeria and the appearance of type C serotype of Neisseria meningitis organism as against type A strain calls for concerted efforts to curb further spread. The State ministry of Health is working round the clock to secure vaccines for the citizens of the state for mass immunization,” he asserted.
On why people were not vaccinated against the disease the commissioner explained that people of the state were last vaccinated in 2013 and it was meant to last for ten (10) years, saying the state medical experts were battle reading and were also meeting every now and then to ensure they entail the outbreak whenever it rear its ugly head and thanked the World Health Organization (WHO) and the state Ministry of Environment for standing by the ministry of Health at all times.
He called on the citizens of the state to ignore any individual or organization which claims it has vaccines for the cerebro-spinal meningitis all those vaccines were provided free which no one should pay a dime. It is only government that was saddled with the responsibility of providing those basic health necessities to all”.
Dr. Kamshak therefore enjoined the general public to avoid crowded places, ensure their residents were well ventilated and to maintain a very clean and lively environment all times.
Unconfirmed reports had reached it that scores of people were reported death, most especially in parts of the southern zone of Plateau State as a result of the dreaded cerebro-spinal meningitis.
Investigations revealed that many people reportedly death in Zamfara, Kano, Katsina and Sokoto states of Northern Nigerian as a result of the type C serotype of Neisseria meningitis organism.

-The Nigerian Standard