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Aiyedatiwa hails Tinubu on palliatives, ecological funds for states



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The Acting Governor of Ondo State, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa, has described as a timely, the intervention of President Bola Tinubu approving N5 billion palliative fund for each state of the federation to cushion the impact of the removal of petroleum subsidy.

This is contained in a statement made available to newsmen on Friday in Akure by Mr Keneth Odusola-Stevenson, th Pess Secretary to the Governor, Office of the Acting Governor.

Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno State, had made the announcement of the Federal Government subsidy palliative fund to states in Abuja on Thursday at the end of the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting at the State House

According to the statement, Aiyedatiwa, commended the timely intervention of the president in assisting the states to meet the challenges of providing necessary palliatives for their people.

The statement said that members of the NEC also deliberated extensively on the spate of incessant flooding across the country, adding that the Federal Government had made commitment to release ecological funds for states to tackle the crisis.


“I think we have had a very productive meeting at the NEC, presided over by the Vice President Kashim Shettima.

” Members of the council were full of praises for the president on the timely intervention regarding the N5 billion support for each of the states which is basically to provide food items and agricultural inputs.

“Although almost all the states have rolled out various measures to cushion the effect of these times for their people, this new support from the Federal Government will go a long way in expanding the scope and reach of the measures already set in motion.

“I therefore join other members of the NEC in thanking Mr president for this crucial support and I want to assure the good people of Ondo State that this fund will be fully utilised for the purpose it’s meant for,” the statement said.

The statement said the acting governor had directed members of the Ondo State Palliatives Committee to speed up work on the implementation of the measures already put in place by the state government.


“Our palliatives committee has been doing well so far. We’ve had the free transport support for civil servants in the state already running and all arrangements have been concluded for that of the school pupils.

“The process for cash support for the vulnerable is ongoing too and disbursement will begin by the end of the month.

“I want to commend the efforts of members of the palliatives committee, while also urging them to speed up the work.

“Now that we have additional support from the federal government, we are well equipped to do more for our people,”the statement said.



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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