Workers of Bagaranti Community Hospital are being forced to contribute money to purchase drugs and treat patients due to the deplorable state of the hospital, a report has revealed.
In an exposé done by Tracka NG, a sub-division of BudgIT Nigeria, a tech-inclined civil society organisation, the community hospital that is located at the Misau Local Government Area of Bauchi state has no bed, a condition that makes the hospital treat patients on the floor.
Health officials told Tracka – a platform which tracks the implementation of public projects across the country – that the community hospital, located in Misau Local Government Area of Bauchi State, has no bed, a condition that makes the hospital treat patients on the floor.
They added that the facility has been in a deplorable condition for over 10 years despite 10 communities with over one million population depending on it for healthcare delivery.
Tracka said its officials saw a patient admitted at the hospital was seen been treated on a bench as there are no beds to lay him for treatment.
The hospital officials said in circumstances they have cases of pregnant women, they refer them to Misau general hospital, which is about three kilometres away from the hospital.
The health workers further disclosed that the hospital has only two medical staff and a volunteer.
They noted that the volunteer does not often report to duty because there is no support from the hospital and he lacks transport fare to visit often. Pointing out that he only gets paid during the immunization exercise.
Speaking on the development, Jaro Ado, the community’s traditional ruler, said apart from the deplorable nature of the hospital, the community lacks electricity, water roads, and other basic infrastructure and has appealed to the authority to help fix them.
The development has occurred despite the Bauchi State government saying had expended a huge amount of resources on health, resources across hospitals in the state.
My Children Were Killed, Insists Mother Of Children Found Dead In Locked Car
Afusat Isiaka, a woman who lost three children in the incident, that happened on Saturday where eight children died inside a black Honda Pilot car parked on Adelayo street, Jah-Michael, along Badagry expressway in Lagos due to heat, said her children were murdered.
She identified her children as Zainab, Abdulwahab, and Yakubu.
According to her, seven of the eight children inside the abandoned car were lifeless when they were brought out of the car, noting that foam-like liquid was coming out of their mouths and nostrils.
Afusat insisted that her 12-year-old daughter could have opened the car if truly they were trapped inside, adding that it was not possible for the children to have died of heat within the period of 2:30 pm to 4 pm.
“Nobody will accept this. We lost seven children (referring to herself and her neighbours). I lost three. I was the one who gave birth to them. The oldest among them is Zainab, 12 years old. Another one would have been five years old this month, and the other one was four,” she said.
“Three children are gone like that. I gave birth to only four. Now, three are gone. They were killed.
“I’m a mother. My children were killed. They killed my children. I was the one who brought them out of the car. Their blood was drained.
“They were dried up when I brought them out of the car. I know my children were killed and dropped inside the car.”
The mother of four narrated the incident, saying some minutes after her children returned from school, they went out to play with her neighbours after they had finished eating.
Around 4 pm, she said she started to look for them because they were not around the house where they usually played with other children.
Some minutes later, she said a woman who sells provisions in a shop attached to the compound where the incident happened, told her that her children were inside the abandoned car.
Kadijat Rabbani, a woman who lost two girls, said she wants the government to investigate the incident.
“I don’t want anybody to beg me. I want the government to investigate this incident. How come they died? How many hours did they spend inside the car that caused their death?”
Rabbani’s children, Farida and Aishat, were aged seven and four, respectively.
Two other siblings who died in the incident are Taye and Idowu Ibrahim, aged five and two, respectively.
The Cable reported that an autopsy was not conducted on the children before they were buried.
Abdullahi Hassan, an uncle to some of the deceased children, said the family was asked to pay N100,000 per child for the hospital to conduct an autopsy.
Hassan said the family could not afford to pay such huge money, adding that it is “un-Islamic” to spend heavily on dead bodies before burial
Archbishop of Canterbury urges UK govt to remove Nigeria, others from red list
Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury has urged the British government to remove Nigeria, South Africa, and other African countries from the United Kingdom’s red list. Travel restrictions were recently imposed on those countries over fears of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus
Echoing the words of the Nigerian High Commissioner to the UK, Ambassador Sarafa Isola, the Archbishop said the UK government should not fall into practices of “travel apartheid” amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“With Omicron set to become the dominant variant in the UK, I appeal to the British government to remove Nigeria and South Africa from the red list – together with all other countries currently on it,” the Archbishop wrote on Twitter.
“We must find fair and effective approaches for those who are vaccinated and tested to enter the UK. I agree with the Nigerian High Commissioner to the UK – we cannot have ‘travel apartheid’.”
Archbishop Welby added that it was wrong, immoral even, to impose punishment on honest countries that do not hide their discoveries surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
He also called on countries to strive for vaccine equity and condemned the hoarding of doses, insisting that the excess of the COVID-19 vaccine doses should be donated to countries that needed it the most.
“The only route out of this pandemic is vaccine equity. We must end vaccine nationalism and stockpiling. We must get vaccines distributed in countries that need them the most. The choice is vaccine nationalism or human solidarity,” the Archbishop added.
Kaduna State: 700,000 students benefit from School Feeding Programme, FG says
Speaking while receiving utensils from the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Kaduna State focal person Saude Amina Atoyebi said that the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme has improved enrolment in communities across the state.
Mrs Atoyebi said at least 700,000 pupils had benefited from the programme, adding that the feeding programme was strongly linked to the increasing rate of school children registration in schools across the state.
According to Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiyah Umar Farouq earlier, was created to improve children’s access to education while addressing poverty in all forms.
Moreover, represented by ministry Deputy Director Maimuna Idris, she said that the programme is only one of the four key Federal Government’s interventions, under the National Social Investment Programme, to boost school enrollment, children nutritional intake and local economic activities in Nigeria.
The school feeding programme is part of President Muhammad Buhari’s administration’s flagship social Investment Programmes. In addition to improving enrolment in primary schools and the nutritional intake of students, the programme also provided employment to women who are now engaged as cooks. The programme had also helped in enhancing the local economic growth, especially for small-holder farmers within communities.
“We are delighted that our pupils are not only able to resume their academic activities, but are also able to benefit from this social safety net,” said Mrs Atoyebi, adding that there were over 730,000 pupils helped by the programme.
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