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UNFPA sensitises PWDs in Borno on GBV, reproductive health



The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) on Thursday sensitised groups of Persons With Disability in Borno on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH)


Addressing the groups, Dr Kyaw Wai Aung, a Sexual Reproductive Health Specialist with UNFPA said the programme was organised to ensure that no one was left behind in getting the required knowledge of SRH and the fight against GBV.


Aung who reiterated the commitment of the fund to educate vulnerable people on thier right to information on GBV and SRH, urged them to always avail themselves of services available on ensuring their health and dignity.

The participants who were also supported with non food items for the males and dignity kits for the women, were urged to continue to availed themselves to skills acquisition training opportunities provided by the fund at some of its centre in Borno to get the needed support to be self reliant.

Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, the spokesman of the group, Malam Muazu Abubakar lauded the fund for sustaining its engagement with them.

Abubakar said his members who are vulnerable and subject to various forms of exploitation, particularly the women, have continue to gain a lot of useful information on GBV and reproductive health.

He said that some of the female members have already benefited from skills acquisition training provided by the fund.


Bandits shoot 40 dead, sack Plateau community



Bandits in their numbers reportedly attacked Zurak village in Bashar District of Wase local government area of Plateau State, killing more than 40 persons, including vigilantes.


According to residents of the community, the incident occurred around 5: pm, on Monday, when people were going about their normal activities.


The residents said but they could not immediately report the incident due to the poor communication network in the area.

According to Sahpi’i Sambo, a youth leader in the area, who also confirmed the incident to Daily Trust, the bandits arrived at the community on motorcycles – two on a bike – with sophisticated weapons and started shooting sporadically.

He said “More than 40 people were killed while many injured. Residents of the village have fled to neighbouring communities for cover. As of yesterday, security personnel had not yet arrived at the community. It was deadly,” Sambo said.

Spokesperson of the state police command, DSP Alabo Alfred, had not responded to inquiry by our correspondent as of the time of filing this report.

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Ex-Sports Minister laments after hospital neglected him for hours over N80000 deposit



A former Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has recounted how a hospital in Plateau State did not attend to him because of the non-payment of the admission deposit.


Dalung said he fell ill on Wednesday, May 8, and went to the unnamed hospital for treatment but that the hospital refused to give him treatment because he had yet to make an admission deposit despite holding his medical records. The former minister said he regained partial consciousness later and transferred the deposit before he was attended to.


“I took ill on Wednesday, arrived at the hospital & shortly became unconscious after doctor’s interviews. Was ferried into emergency ward but abandoned for over 4 hrs due to non payments of admission deposits. Regained partial consciousness later did the transfer of deposit.

After that, I fell into unconsciousness again for about 7 hours. To God be the glory, I have been discharged after 3 days & recovering. Were it not for partial consciousness to pay the deposits, I would have been Mr. late. Many Nigerians have gone this way. Where is our humanity?

I was then admitted into the ward and given medical attention. This is the hospital that has my medical records. The last medical checkup I did about 2 months ago was there, but suddenly, I became a stranger because of non payments of deposits even with the so-called name. Hmmmm”

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