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Borno government seeks WHO’s assistance to prevent cholera

By Njadvara Musa (Maiduguri) and Abel Abogonye (Lafia)
21 September 2022   |   2:39 am
The Borno State Government has urged the World Health Organisation (WHO) to help it in halting the spread of cholera that had already killed over 50 people.

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Poor awareness crippling Nasarawa health insurance scheme’

The Borno State Government has urged the World Health Organisation (WHO) to help it in halting the spread of cholera that had already killed over 50 people.

The appeal was contained in a September 14, 2022 letter signed by Director of Public Health, Dr. Goni Abba, in the Ministry of Health and Human Resources, to the United Nations (UN) health organisation.

According to him, the ministry has recorded 710 cases of cholera in seven local councils of the state.

“We are seeking the immediate assistance of international medical charities to contain the further spread of cholera that killed 50 people,” he said.

He said that the outbreak had put over one million people at risk of infections that could cause more deaths in the affected local councils, including the Maiduguri metropolis.

Abba further disclosed that after collecting stool samples of patients, over 50 tested positive for the water-borne disease.

IN another development, a civil society organisation, Centre for Citizens Rights (CCT), has attributed the low performance of the Nasarawa State Health Insurance Scheme to poor sensitisation.

Executive Director of the CCT, Abdullaziz Bako, disclosed this at a one-day workshop with the theme, “Policy Briefing on Full Implementation of the National Health Insurance Authority,” yesterday in Lafia.

Bako said that no civil society organisation and other major stakeholders had participated in the public hearings before passing the health insurance act into law.

“The people are not well informed about the Nasarawa State compulsory health insurance scheme. So, they do not know what it is all about and that is why over 80 per cent of the citizens are not registered,” Bako said.

He, therefore, implored the state government to amend some of the provisions of the health insurance laws to allow easy access and availability of healthcare delivery to citizens.

In his remarks, Programme Manager for Centre for Social Justice, Mr. Matthew Eke, noted that many states were underperforming in the area of health insurance because of a lack of political will and low commitment to the scheme.

He said that many Nigerians were not enjoying their right to good health owing to the failure of governments to provide funds to ensure adequate health services.

He, therefore, urged the state government to show commitment to providing good health services and adequate awareness of available health insurance schemes.