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NGO trains girls on body safety, self-defense



NGO trains girls on body safety, self-defense

NGO trains girls on body safety, self-defense

An NGO, Parenting Champions with Irene Bangwell, under its Body Smart Girl Bootcamp programme, has trained not less than 1200 girls on body safety, self-esteem and building relationship with God.

Mrs Irene Bangwell, the Convener of the programme, said this on Saturday at the end of the 6th Edition 4-day bootcamp themed “Inclusive Body Safety Education for Girls”.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the bootcamp was held virtually across Nigeria and in several other countries including Canada, UK, Brazil, US, Portugal and Ghana.

According to Bangwell, this is the largest number we have had so far, and we look forward to accommodating much more in the August holiday edition.

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“The goal of this programme is to provide girls with knowledge, skills and resolve to prevent, report and recover from sexual abuse or threats, as well as overcome peer pressure to do what could be detrimental to their well being.

“In August 2021, I began by bringing together 160 girls aged between 3 and 17 to educate them on body safety, self-esteem and building a relationship with God.

“The girls are divided into 5 age clusters; 3 to 5, 6 to 8, 9 to 11, 12 to 14 and 15 to 17, this helps us communicate effectively on the various topics to the different age brackets.

“In this 6th edition, the population has increased from 160 girls to over 1000 and we believe there is still room for more girls because this type of education is crucial for the girl child” she said.

Bangwell said that many of the participants joined through viewing centers hosted by well meaning Nigerians in Ogun State and in the FCT who understood the importance of the training for the girl child.

She urged parents who had daughters aged between 3 years to 17 years to properly supervise, monitor and guide them during the holiday and also make plans to register them in the next bootcamp.

The convener, however, called for support to set up more viewing centers across the country and for support to send camp kits to community viewing centers.

“The next bootcamp is scheduled to hold during the long holidays in August and participation is free.

“Parents who have daughters aged between 3 to 17 can register their daughters by simply sending a WhatsApp message with the word *CAMP* to 08100944320.

“We need support to set up more viewing centers, we will like to send a camp kit to community viewing centers including camp workbooks, sanitary-pads and a hygiene kit for the girls joining at the community level.

“Also for those who would like to donate in cash or in other kind towards this course they can also contact us,” she said.

Mrs Ada Ehi, a popular Nigerian Gospel Artist who co-hosted the programme, said that the bootcamp was a vision, a ministry and many other expressions which was quintessential for a girl.

Dr Chito Nwana, Executive Director of Tabitha Medical Center in Abuja, coached the girls on puberty and menstrual hygiene, advising them to seek medical help when their cycle was beyond 45 days or less than 21 days.

“One of the causes of early puberty is the use of estrogen products. Puberty for most girls starts at the age of 8 and there is a need to see a doctor if it starts earlier.

“Also if your menstrual cycle is less than 21 days or more than 45 days, you need to see a doctor,” she said.

Mrs Hellen Beyioku-Alase, the Executive Director of Deaf Women Aloud Initiative lauded the inclusion of sign language interpreters in the four days bootcamp.

She said that no girl child should be left behind on such educative programme on the grounds of disability.

“All girls with disabilities should stand firm no matter what is happening. They are also girls regardless of disabilities.

“If you ever feel discriminated or stigmatized, just remind yourself that God created you in his image and likeness,” she said.

Miss Valerie Essien, 2020 Miss Dauntless, Lancaster University, advised the girls to understand themselves, learn to be assertive when saying yes or no in order not to be misunderstood, especially when someone went beyond their boundaries.

Other teenage motivators who coached the girls encouraged them to be creative as teenagers, chose a safety word and learn to shout for help using the word when in danger or when threatened and to report any form of abuse.

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President Biden Tests Positive for COVID-19, Exhibits Mild Symptoms




President Biden Tests Positive for COVID-19, Exhibits Mild Symptoms

President Biden Tests Positive for COVID-19, Exhibits Mild Symptoms

U.S. President Joe Biden has tested positive for COVID-19, the White House announced on Thursday. According to Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre., Biden is fully vaccinated and boosted, and is currently experiencing mild symptoms.

The positive test result came after Biden attended an event in Nevada. Following this, he will return to his private residence in Delaware to self-isolate while continuing to perform all his presidential duties remotely.

Biden’s physician reported that the president displayed upper respiratory symptoms, including a runny nose and a cough, in the afternoon. Although the results of a PCR confirmation test are pending, Biden has already received his first dose of the COVID-19 drug Paxlovid.

This marks the second time Biden, 81, has tested positive for COVID-19; he experienced mild symptoms during his previous infection two years ago. Given his age, Biden is at a higher risk for severe illness from the virus.

This latest positive test comes amid increasing scrutiny of Biden’s mental acuity and physical health, raising concerns about his fitness to run for a second term in the upcoming November presidential elections.

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Abuja residents take preventive measures against cholera



Abuja residents take preventive measures against cholera

Abuja residents take preventive measures against cholera

By Anita Uzoagba/Olamide Kuye

Some residents of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) say they are taking measures to avoid contracting cholera which is spreading in different parts of the country.

The residents, who spoke in separate interviews with newsmen on Saturday, said that proper hygiene was now paramount in their everyday life.

Media reports indicate that deaths from cholera outbreak in Lagos State has risen to 24 with 35 confirmed cases.

There also 417 suspected cases in 20 Local Government Areas of the state.

Mr Kunle Ashimi, the Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Ogun State, acknowledged the impact of cholera in 30 states in the country, according to media reports.

The FCT residents told NAN that they were paying extra attention to the sources of food they consume and taking extra measures to keep their environment clean.

Miss Kanayo Gift said she improve on her cleanliness, adding that “I know that cholera is caused by poor sanitation practices, so I ensure that I keep my surroundings clean.

“I dispose my garbage properly, and most importantly, I always make sure I wash my hands regularly.

According to her, she applies hand sanitizer on her hands when she is not at home and unable to wash them.

“I also ensure that my toilet is clean and hygienic”, Gift said.

Mrs Gladys Ohiwere, Assistant Head Mistress, Leadway Schools, said that they had put up safety guidelines for students to protect them from contracting cholera and other communicable diseases.

“We made sure there is tap water flowing around the school environment with soap for washing their hands.

“We also provided sanitizers to use on their hands properly. Whenever a pupil is going to the toilet we ensure a teacher is there to assist them.

“This is to ensure that they use the toilet properly and also make sure that they wash their hands afterwards.

She also told NAN that they strive to ensure that the students did not eat their food with unwashed hands.

Similarly, Mrs Loveth Ezeurike, a teacher at Ariella Ville Academy, said that the school management made sure its environment is clean at all times.

“The classrooms are thoroughly cleaned each day. This includes the student desks and floors. Students are encouraged to always wash their hands after their break time and before entering their respective classrooms.

She added that hand sanitisers have also been provided for every classroom.

“We have also informed parents to ensure their children are in good health before sending them to school” she said.

Malam Bala Musa, a fruit vendor, said usually he washed his fruits once but with the outbreak, he washes them twice with clean water before selling.

“There are some people who are not taking the outbreak of this disease seriously. As for me I will continue to keep my environment clean and maintain hygiene at all times.

I want to keep my customers and myself healthy”, Musa told NAN.

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Reps seek free medicare for pregnant women



Reps seek free medicare for pregnant women

Reps seek free medicare for pregnant women

The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to mandate public healthcare institutions to provide free medical treatment for pregnant women during and after delivery.

The call was sequel to the adoption of a motion by Rep. Mohammed Shehu (PDP-Bauchi) at plenary on Wednesday.

They also urged the ministry to implement routine checks to ensure continuity, compliance by medical personnel, and sustainability of childbirth processes.

Moving the motion, Shehu said that the government established public healthcare institutions to provide medical services to humanity.

He added that drugs were supplied to the institutions and equipped with modern medical facilities and charged with the responsibility of handling healthcare-related matters.

Shehu said though healthcare services were not restricted to pregnant women, efforts to encourage free treatment for expectant mothers have not been fully realised.

He said that giving the fertility statistics in the country, there was need for free medical treatment for pregnant women to boost the country’s fertility rate.

“Nigeria is grappling with high disease rates, resulting in an annual maternal mortality rate of expectant mothers and children due to pregnancy complications and the polio virus.

“Further aware that government requires public healthcare institutions to have medical professionals, give adequate attention to patients, including pregnant women, during childbirth to address complications and find permanent solutions.

“There is a need for the government to prioritise policy actions aimed at improving healthcare delivery systems, particularly for pregnant women, to alleviate their hardships and boost their confidence,” he said.

In his ruling, the Deputy Speaker, Rep. Benjamin Kalu mandated the Committee on Healthcare Services and Healthcare Institutions to liaise with the Minister of Health and Social Welfare to ensure compliance.

The committee is to report back within four weeks for further legislative action.

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