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Gov. Muftwang urges prayers for sustainable peace in Plateau



Caleb Muftwang

Gov. Caleb Muftwang of Plateau has urged Christians to pray for sustainable peace in the state.

The governor made the call during the thanksgiving service of the traditional ruler (Mishkaham) of Mwaghavul, Da John Hirse, on his 80 years anniversary.

The thanksgiving was held on Sunday during the church service of the Church of Christ in Nation (COCIN) Headquarters, Jos.

He said that prayers were crucial for the leadership of the state to conceive initiatives that would ensure long lasting solutions to insecurity in the state.

He decried the attacks in some communities in Mangu local government area and other parts of the state and thanked God for the relative peace.


He implored the congregants to imbibe tolerance and respect for different culture and religion of people resident in the state for harmonious coexistence.

Muftwang also admonished congregants against negative ethnic profiling of residents in the state, saying criminals should be exposed and their acts condemned irrespective of their backgrounds.

”May God expose the criminals amongst us because he who comes in equity must come with clean hands. So, when you come to God for prayers, your prayer must also be on a good plan for the righteous man,” he said.

Earlier in his remarks, Hirse thanked God for blessing him with long life, good health and prosperity in spite of several challenges in his life time.

In his remarks, the Senior Pastor of COCIN Headquarters, Rev. Sylvester Dachomo, congratulated the governor for the record of relative peace and assured him of their continuous prayers for guidance in the discharge of his duties.


He said that the church would continue to offer him counsel and also admonished him through constructive criticism where necessary.

The cleric also urged him to stand firm in faith and uphold the younger generation through prayers and mentorship.

Speaking on the topic ”Agents of Change”, Rev. Yakubu Sagai, the Chaplain of Gindiri Mission Schools, said that appointees should be diligent in their duties and should be able to work without much supervision.

He also urged Christian Faithful to do likewise in their different endeavours, saying having salvation would enable then to be good agents of change.

He urged the leadership of Plateau to serve as role models to other states in their selflessness, accountability and evidence based projects in the state.



Diphtheria: Children at risk as 7,202 cases are confirmed in Nigeria



A staggering 7,202 cases of diphtheria, a highly contagious bacterial infection that can be fatal without treatment, were confirmed in Nigeria last week.

The outbreak has been particularly severe among children under 14, with three-quarters of cases (73.6%) in this age group.

Most cases have been recorded in Kano state, Nigeria’s second most populous state. In the past three months, there have been 453 deaths from diphtheria in Nigeria.

Diphtheria is a vaccine-preventable disease, but low vaccination rates in Nigeria have made the outbreak possible. Only 42% of children under 15 in Nigeria are fully protected from diphtheria.

Diphtheria symptoms begin with a sore throat and fever. In severe cases, the bacteria produce a toxin that can block the airway, causing difficulty breathing and swallowing. The toxin can also spread to other body parts, causing heart kidney problems and nerve damage.


Save the Children is launching a wide-scale health response in the three most impacted states of Kano, Yobe, and Katsina. The organization is deploying expert health and supply chain staff to help overstretched clinics detect and treat diphtheria cases and to support mass vaccination campaigns.

However, Save the Children warns that a mass vaccination campaign will only be successful if the vaccine shortage is urgently addressed.

Severe shortages in Nigeria of the required vaccine and the antitoxin needed to treat the disease mean that the situation could continue to escalate, placing many children at risk of severe illness and death.

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WHO releases $16m to tackle cholera, says Director-General



The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released 16 million dollars from the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies to tackle cholera.

Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General said this during an online news conference.

Ghebreyesus said that the organisation was providing essential supplies, coordinating the on the ground response with partners, supporting countries to detect, prevent and treat cholera, and informing people how to protect themselves.

“To support this work, we have appealed for 160 million dollars, and we have released more than 16 million dollars from the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies.

“But the real solution to cholera lies in ensuring everyone has access to safe water and sanitation, which is an internationally recognized human right,” he said.


According to him, in the previous week, WHO published new data showing that cases reported in 2022 were more than double those in 2021.

He said that the preliminary data for 2023 suggested was likely to be even worse.

“So far, 28 countries have reported cases in 2023 compared with 16 during the same period in 2022.

“The countries with the most concerning outbreaks right now are Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq and Sudan.

“Significant progress has been made in countries in Southern Africa, including Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, but these countries remain at risk as the rainy season approaches,” Ghebreyesus said.


According to him, the worst affected countries and communities are poor, without access to safe drinking water or toilets.

He said that they also face shortages of oral cholera vaccine and other supplies, as well as overstretched health workers, who are dealing with multiple disease outbreaks and other health emergencies.

On COVID-19, Ghebreyesus said that as the northern hemisphere winter approaches, the organisation continued to see concerning trends.

He said that among the relatively few countries that report them, both hospitalisations and ICU admissions have increased in the past 28 days, particularly in the Americas and Europe.

WHO boss said that meanwhile, vaccination levels among the most at-risk groups remained worryingly low.


“Two-thirds of the world’s population has received a complete primary series, but only one-third has received an additional, or “booster” dose.

“COVID-19 may no longer be the acute crisis it was two years ago, but that does not mean we can ignore it,” he said.

According to him, countries invested so much in building their systems to respond to COVID-19.

He urged countries to sustain those systems, to ensure people can be protected, tested and treated for COVID-19 and other infectious threats.

“That means sustaining systems for collaborative surveillance, community protection, safe and scalable care, access to countermeasures and coordination,” he said.

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