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World Cancer Day: Taraba First Lady Advocates Early Detection and Healthy Living

World Cancer Day: Taraba First Lady Advocates Early Detection and Healthy Living

The First Lady of Taraba State, Mrs. Agyin Kefas has reiterated the importance of early diagnosis, disease awareness, and timely medical checks in combating the menace of cancer. Mrs. Kefas emphasized the need to spread awareness about cancer risks while dispelling the notion that it is invariably a death sentence.

She underscored the pivotal role of early detection in effectively tackling cancer, stressing the necessity for collaborative efforts among stakeholders to enhance education and awareness, particularly in rural areas. She emphasized that through proactive measures and community engagement, the impact of cancer can be mitigated.

Highlighting the significance of healthy living, Mrs. Kefas emphasized the role of dietary discipline and lifestyle choices in cancer prevention. She urged individuals to adopt healthy eating habits and prioritize overall wellness to reduce the risk of developing cancer.

World Cancer Day serves as a global platform to raise awareness and mobilize action against cancer. The day encourages individuals, organizations, and communities worldwide to unite in the fight against all forms of cancer, emphasizing prevention, early detection, treatment, and support for those affected by the disease.

Mrs. Agyin Kefas’s advocacy underscores Taraba State’s commitment to addressing the challenges posed by cancer and promoting public health initiatives aimed at improving the well-being of its citizens. As the world comes together to confront the scourge of cancer, Mrs. Kefas’s call for proactive measures and healthy lifestyle choices resonates as a beacon of hope and resilience in the fight against this formidable adversary.

Gov. Agbu Kefas Approves Free Medical Check-ups for Traditional Rulers

Gov. Agbu Kefas Approves Free Medical Check-ups for Traditional Rulers

Press Conference held at the conference hall of the Bureau on Thursday (10th August 2023).

Press Conference held at the conference hall of the Bureau on Thursday (10th August 2023).

His Excellency, Dr. Agbu Kefas has granted a remarkable opportunity for all the esteemed Chiefs in the State to undergo comprehensive medical check-ups at their preferred hospitals. This initiative covers Traditional Rulers of the 1st Class, 2nd Class, and 3rd Class categories.

The announcement was made by Mr. Babangida Hassan (FCNA, PhD), the Permanent Secretary of the Bureau for Local Government, Tradition, and Chieftaincy Affairs, during a press conference held at the Bureau’s conference hall on Thursday, August 10th, 2023.

Mr. Hassan expressed his honor and pleasure in informing the traditional rulers about the generous approval of Dr. Agbu Kefas, the Executive Governor of Taraba State.

The traditional rulers are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to undergo thorough diagnostic examinations for their well-being, thus acknowledging the resources provided and reciprocating the goodwill of His Excellency.

‘Traditional rulers must play their role in maintaining peace, security, and harmonious coexistence,’ emphasized Mr. Hassan. He extended his congratulations to His Royal Majesty Manu Ishaku Adda Ali, Aku-Uka, and the entire members of the Taraba State Council of Traditional Rulers for the approval of the Executive Governor, expressing gratitude and wishing everyone a safe return to their destinations after their medical trips.

Wife of Taraba Governor Marks Breastfeeding Week

Wife of Taraba Governor Marks Breastfeeding Week

World Breastfeeding Week 2023.

World Breastfeeding Week 2023.

In commemoration of the World Breastfeeding Week 2023, Her Excellency, Mrs. Agyin Agbu Kefas, addressed the need for families and all stakeholders to help nursing mothers to achieve adequate breastfeeding of their babies, saying this will have positive effects on national health in the long run.

Mrs. Agyin, said breastfeeding promote the importance of family-friendly policies to enable breastfeeding and help parents nurture and bond with their children in early life, when it matters most stressing that mothers also need access to a parent friendly workplace to protect and support their ability to continue breastfeeding upon return to work by having access to breastfeeding breaks; a safe, private, and hygienic space for expressing and storing breastmilk; and affordable childcare.

World Breastfeeding Week 2023.

World Breastfeeding Week 2023.

Breastfeeding decreases the risk of mothers developing breast cancer, ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. It is estimated that increased breastfeeding could avert 20,000 maternal deaths each year due to breast cancer.

The world health body recommends exclusive breastfeeding starting within one hour after birth until a baby is 6 months old. Nutritious complementary foods should then be added while continuing to breastfeed for up to two years or beyond.

The World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from August 1-7 to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.The Day commemorates the Innocent Declaration signed in August 1990 by government policymakers, WHO, UNICEF and other organisations to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

Gov. Ishaku Tasks Committee To Stop Pilfering Of HIV Drugs In Taraba

Gov. Ishaku Tasks Committee To Stop Pilfering Of HIV Drugs In Taraba

Dr. Innocent Vakkai Comm Min. of Health

Dr. Innocent Vakkai –  Hon. Commissioner for Health.

Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has urged members of the state ART Programme Management Team (TAPMT) to work round the clock to halt cases of missing and
pilfering of drugs designed solely for persons living with HIV in the state.

The directive came from the governor through the state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Innocent Vakkai while inaugurating a twenty-three-man committee in Jalingo, the
state capital.

The committee is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring the reduction of the prevalence of HIV/AIDS from 2.9 to 0.1 percent in the state.

Ishaku who gave the directives through Vakkai, the committee chairman, said apart from ending the pilfering of HIV drugs, the committee will take the well-being of persons living with HIV seriously.

The committee has the responsibility of procuring, distributing and monitoring the movements of the drugs and efficiently distributing the commodity to health facilities spread across the state.

He directed that drugs should always be provided for both public and private facilities spread across the sixteen local government councils as well as the Special Development Areas.

While mandating them to always meet quarterly to get updates on achievements and challenges facing the project, he said the state government will always extend the desired olive branch to them to succeed in their assigned responsibilities.

Gov. Ishaku Receives Drugs Worth Millions of Naira from World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA)

Gov. Ishaku Receives Drugs Worth Millions of Naira from World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA)

Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku was presented with drugs worth 40 million naira from the Presodent of World Hepatitis Alliance, Prince Danjuma Adda during his visit to the Governor in government House Jalingo.

The WHA President, Prince Danjuma appreciated Governor Darius Ishaku for being the first Governor to kick-start a free Hepatitis treatment in the nation and disclosed that one person dies of Hepatitis in every 30 seconds world wide, hence the need for an emergency response on it.

Prince Danjuma Adda who is the first Africa to have risen to the position of the President, Hepatitis Alliance world wide described the Governor’s health initiative as encouraging and commended his efforts in sinking chunk of resources to fight Hepatitis, stating that the drugs he will be presenting to the state cost 80,000 naira per single treament dose and that he has over 100,000 of it and he presented some for free to the state government worth millions of naira.

Danjuma stated that he has gone ahead to plead with the organisation responsible for the distribution of these drugs for a discount from 80,000 naira to 30,000 naira to enable them collaborate with Taraba State Government in reaching out more to affected persons.

The Governor who in his response said he was very proud of the visit especially knowing that the President was a son of the soil, stressing that hepatitis is not an illness that will weigh one down rather it is one which will take one off feet unexpectedly.

He said that he never for once assumed that Taraba was involved in the case of hepatitis until the death toll of the state raised and he had to run an investigation just to find out that people were dying of hypertitise silently.

He thanked the President and the giant medical company who magnanimously gave the state a reasonable discount on the hepatitis drugs in other to bring the amount of affected patients to a very minimal level and said that the state is working hard in making sure that they totally eliminate this deathly illness.

While congratulating Prince Danjuma Adda for climbing the ladder to the position of President General of World Hepatitis Alliance, he urged him to keep Taraba’s flag flying high and assured them of his administration’s continues support in making sure that they succeed in making Taraba free from hepatitis.