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Don’t treat Lassa fever with herbal medicine–Emir Sanusi warns

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Mukhtar Yahya Usman

Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II has warned residents against using herbal and other traditional medicines to treat sick people with symptoms of Lassa fever.

KANO FOCUS reports that the emir issued the warning during a meeting with members of the general public at his palace on Thursday.

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Emir Sanusi advised people to seek prompt medical attention and to report any symptoms of the Lassa fever they have identified to the government. He said this would help in curtailing the spread of the viral disease.

“We received a notification of Lassa fever outbreak from the state’s ministry of health.

“The report really touch us, most especially we learnt that the virus is deadly and it can kill at any time.

“They have informed us about its symptoms to include high fever, severe headache, chest pain, and bleeding,” The monarch said.

“We have learnt that there is a particular rat that is spreading the virus most especial at dirty places,” he added.

Emir Sanusi also urged people to ensure adequate environmental sanitation and personal hygiene such as washing their hands with soap, running water and the of use hand sanitizers.

He further advised people to store their food items properly in covered containers, and to avoid drying food items in open air to avoid contamination.

The Kano state government on Wednesday confirmed the outbreak of Lassa fever in the state, which had killed three people including two medical doctors at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) .

A total of 292 who appeared to show signs of the disease have been placed on a watch list, according to the state’s commissioner of health, Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa.

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Kano schools reopen after 5 months closure

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Kano Female Students

Nasiru Yusuf

Schools in Kano have reopened on Monday after five months closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic.

Kano Focus recalls that the state government has on March 19 directed the closure of public and private schools as part of measures against the spread of COVID-19.

However, on Monday August 3 the government approved the reopening of schools for senior secondary schools students.

The Commissioner of Education Muhammad Sanusi Kiru announced that the opening is to allow SS III students to write their final examinations.

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Kano Focus observed how many students on Monday defied early morning downpour to attend classes, which could be perceived as a clear indication of their commitment to go back to school.

Speaking while on inspection tour to Government Girls Secondary School Shekara and First Lady’s College Mariri, Kano state commissioner of education Muhammad Sanusi Kiru said he was happy that the school authorities followed the approved guidelines in preparation for the forthcoming WAEC examinations.

Mr Kiru urged the students to use the PPEs provided for them and maintain social distancing.

He also advised them to be serious in their examinations so as to have good results worthy of pride by their parents and the state.

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Blasphemy: Kano court sentences singer to death

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Protesters at Sharif's house

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The Kano Upper Shari’a Court sitting at Hausawa Filin Hockey has sentenced a 22-year old man to death by hanging for blaspheming against Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

Kano Focus reports that Khadi Aliyu Muhammad Kani gave the verdict on Monday after finding Yahaya Aminu Sharif guilty as charged.

Sharif, a resident of Sharifai in Kano metropolis was accused of committing blasphemy against the prophet in a song he circulated via WhatsApp in March 2020.

Following the incidence, protestors burnt down the singer’s family home and led a procession to the Kano Hisbah Command’s headquarters.

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The court has also sentenced one Umar Farouq of Sharada area of Kano metropolis to 10 years imprisonment for making derogatory statements concerning the Almighty Allah in a public argument.

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Rain, hailstones destroy N40 million crops in Bagwai LG

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Nasiru Yusuf

Heavy rain and hailstones have destroyed crops worth over N40million in Bagwai local government, according to the council vice chairman Aminu Ibrahim Gogori.

Kano Focus reports that the heavy downpour on Monday night destroyed maize, onion, sesame, millet, and cotton crops.

Mr Gogori said the affected areas are Gadanya, Gadanya Gabas, Jobe, Tsauwa, Tsattawa and Galawa.

He pointed out that over 445 farmers were affected by the disaster.

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He said the council is assessing the exact cost of the damage in order to forward it to appropriate authorities for necessary action.

In their separate remarks the village head of Gadanya Shuaibu Abubakar and his counterpart of Jobe village Abdullahi Lawal called on federal and state governments to come to their rescue.

When contacted, the Executive Secretary Kano State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) Sale Aliyu Jili described the incident as devastating.

Mr Jili appealed to National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and corporate organizations to assist the victims.

He pledged that SEMA will do its best to assist disaster victims  in Kano state.

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