Latest stories

  • in

    Still on the cholera epidemic

    The authorities could do more to stop the recurring menace

    In spite of the efforts by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to contain the current outbreak, Cholera is still spreading rapidly across the country.
    Last night the number of the dead in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja rose to 60 while suspected cases rose from 604 to 698 within the last 72 hours. Between January and June, about 14,300 cases were reported from 15 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), with 325 fatalities. There is need to scale up the national response to ensure that lives are saved.

    Nigeria, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), has the highest burden of the water-borne disease in Africa. “Cholera is life-threatening. If you get contaminated with cholera bacteria and you do not receive appropriate treatment within 24 – 48 hours, you can pass on. Dysentery can give you some time to take care of yourself but not cholera,” said the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) water, sanitation and hygiene specialist, Mr Drissa Yeo. Symptoms include severe cramping, diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration.

    It is indeed sad that for more than four decades, a preventable disease like cholera is still a recurring epidemic in Nigeria and has led to the death of thousands of people, especially children. NCDC report on Cholera indicates that 27.6 per cent of victims across the states are those in the five years to 14 years bracket. While there have been some efforts by the federal government to deal with the challenge, there is no corresponding commitment from the state governments. Yet cholera appears to be mostly synonymous with rural communities.

    The spread of cholera is helped when the environment is dirty; when water system is not treated and when sanitation is not taken seriously. In many of our states, villagers and rural dwellers rely on streams as their source of drinking water. There are no provisions for disposing waste in many homes. Since cholera is more prevalent in rural areas, the problem becomes compounded when and where there are no modern medical facilities to assist in the treatment of the disease.

    Goal Six of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is on ensuring water and sanitation for all by 2030. This means that nine years from now, every person in Nigeria and other countries in the world should have access to safe drinking water and safe sanitation. Indeed, the UNICEF and the Federal Ministry of Water Resources not long ago signed a document called Partnership for Expanded Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (PEWASH), which aims at meeting the SDGs agenda on schedule. But having a plan is one thing, bringing in the resources and mustering the commitment towards its fulfilment is something else.

    It is shameful that Nigerians are still afflicted with cholera, mostly contracted through drinking of contaminated water and eating of waste products. The systemic collapse of critical institutions and basic health facilities in many of the states across the country ensured that many of our nationals are still dying of the preventable disease common among the poor, but has been eliminated in many countries.

    One of the factors that has worsened the outbreak of cholera in the country is open defecation which pollutes water sources. Millions of Nigerians use the outdoor as convenience. There must be conscious effort to stop this shameful and costly practice. The states must do more to check the practice…

  • Kidnappers in the palace
    in

    Kidnappers in the palace

    This Day Security agencies could do more to contain the menace Over the past few months, Nigerians have lost count of victims of the gangs who operate everywhere in the country, extorting money from people, both rich and poor, in the name of kidnap for ransom. The crime is not only well organised, but also […] More

  • The wrong nomination of Onochie
    in

    The wrong nomination of Onochie

    The Guardian Beyond all reasonable doubt, Lauretta Onochie, senior special assistant (New Media) to President Muhammadu Buhari since October 2016 should never have been nominated at all as a commissioner in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). It is just as well that the Senate has rejected Onochie’s nomination. The Constitution, in the Third Schedule, […] More

  • Obi Cubana: My late mum has been appearing, requesting for Re-burial” – Actor, Victor Osuagwu
    in ,

    Obi Cubana: My late mum has been appearing, requesting for Re-burial” – Actor, Victor Osuagwu

    Naija News Popular Nigerian actors Victor Osuagwu has disclosed that his late mum has been appearing in his dream and requesting a re-burial following the burial of Obi Cubana’s mum. Obi Cubana’s burial for his late mum has been the talk of town in the past few days. Some people had taken time to question […] More

  • Contending issues in the PIB
    in

    Contending issues in the PIB

    This Day There is need for genuine conversation on this critical bill Like the Electoral Act, certain provisions in the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) are also generating controversy along delicate fault lines. Unfortunately, Nigeria has dug itself into a hole on the comprehensive piece of legislation meant to reform and improve the productivity of the […] More

  • 2023 Presidency: Southeast, north and meritocracy
    in

    2023 Presidency: Southeast, north and meritocracy

    The Guardian President of the country in 2023 to come from the Southern part of the country, there had been a preponderance of opinions across the divide that the Southeast zone should be allowed and supported to produce Nigeria President in 2023 in the interest of fairness, equity and the spirit of oneness. It is […] More

  • Auto Draft
    in

    Imperative of safe blood in Nigeria

    The Guardian Over the years the paucity of safe blood for use in health care has been a recurring decimal. This year, again, the World Health Organisation (WHO), Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), have raised alarm over the safety and availability of blood units in Nigeria. This clearly shows […] More

  • On Nnamdi Kanu’s re-arrest and trial
    in

    On Nnamdi Kanu’s re-arrest and trial

    The Guardian As the Federal High Court in Abuja gets set on July 26, 2021 to continue the trial of Nnamdi Kanu for treasonable felony, government’s inadequate answers to questions raging over the circumstances of his re-arrest are unlikely to stem the controversy on the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). No doubt, his […] More

  • Buhari should lance the boil of separatism
    in

    Buhari should lance the boil of separatism

    Punch drtayooke@gmail.com Secession from the Federal Republic of Nigeria by any of its constituent units was widely thought to have been banished with the end of the civil war in 1970. Indeed, no one ever dared to go anywhere near that topic even in private, as most people had faith in the ability of the […] More

  • The making of a dictator
    in

    The making of a dictator

    Punch To understand the implications of the regime of Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) regime’s plot to muzzle the media, it is necessary to trace the journey of the media and of the concept of freedom of expression in the service of democratic governance. The Age of Enlightenment or Age of Reason of the 17th […] More

  • APC, PDP: Two parties, the same coin
    in

    APC, PDP: Two parties, the same coin

    This Day As the country plunges deeper into chaos, Nigerians are watching Politicians and the ruling class actively causing, partaking and fuelling anarchy in Nigeria. Defections to the APC I was extremely amused when I heard President Buhari’s comment that Zamfara Governor, Dr Bello Matawalle, defected to the APC (All Regressives Congress) because of their […] More

  • Nigerians must resist increasing assault on Press freedom
    in

    Nigerians must resist increasing assault on Press freedom

    This Day The plan to muzzle the press is wrong and counterproductive. The Nigerian Press Organisation (NPO), the umbrella body for the Newspapers Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria (NPAN), Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) and Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) say the bill seeks to ambush judicial resolutions of the issues already before the Supreme Court […] More

  • Do not kill Kanu and Igboho
    in

    Do not kill Kanu and Igboho

    Punch By Tunde Odesola Any day, a cow in a china shop is a recipe for disaster. Anyway, it’s also a metaphor for Nigeria. Anywhere, a cow never frolics in a china shop, except in a great-little country like ours, Nigeria, where it lounges in a china shop; lolling its big horns, swaying its brisk […] More

  • Who is afraid of free press?
    in

    Who is afraid of free press?

    The Guardian The Nigerian public, not just the media, have good reasons to be wary and collectively reject the media regulation bills now in the National Assembly, Abuja. Under the cover of tackling fake news and hate speech, the proposed amendments to the Nigerian Press Council (NPC) and National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Acts readily shackle […] More

  • Nigeria’s medicinal plant: Stigma maydis (Irukere agbado)
    in ,

    Nigeria’s medicinal plant: Stigma maydis (Irukere agbado)

    Punch By Olufunke Faluyi A businesswoman, Mrs Sola Famurewa, shared the story of how she used corn tassel (the male flower of the corn plant is known as a corn tassel. After the bulk of the plant growth is complete, tassels will appear on top of the plant) to cook a stew while she had […] More

Load More
Congratulations. You've reached the end of the internet.