Again, cat­tle rustlers steal 43 cows at Ku­tunku com­mu­nity

Malaria: FCTA to sup­ply treat­ment drugs free to hos­pi­tals

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Abubakar Sadiq Isah By Hus­sein Ya­haya

Res­i­dents of Old Ku­tunku com­mu­nity in Gwag­wal­ada Area Coun­cil of the FCT were, Thurs­day, last week, thrown into panic when some cat­tle rustlers in­vaded the com­mu­nity, shoot­ing spo­rad­i­cally and stole 43 cows.

A vic­tim, Malam Haruna Is­maila, who dis­closed this to our re­porter, said the cat­tle rustlers, who were 18 in num­ber, came with so­phis­ti­cated weapons at about 10:10 pm and shot sev­eral times into the air for nearly an hour be­fore mov­ing away with the cat­tle.

He said the rustlers, who came to the com­mu­nity through the bush path, tied the two se­cu­rity men guard­ing the cows. The Federal Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FCTA), last week, said drugs for the treat­ment of malaria dis­ease will soon be made avail­able, free of charge, to sec­ondary and ter­tiary health fa­cil­i­ties un­der the purview of the ad­min­is­tra­tion.

FCT Sec­re­tary of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices, Dr. Ade­mola Onako­maiya, who stated this dur­ing a press con­fer­ence to com­mem­o­rate World Malaria Day in Abuja, said the pro­gramme was in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Clin­ton Health Ac­cess Ini­tia­tive and will re­duce malaria cases to the barest min­i­mum.

Onako­maiya said the FCTA, in part­ner­ship with Na­tional Malaria Elim­i­na­tion Pro­gramme

Is­maila said: “About 18 of them came with A-K 47 ri­fles and started shoot­ing spo­rad­i­cally into the air. Af­ter they had tied the two se­cu­rity men and one other el­derly man that nor­mally takes the cows out for graz­ing, they moved the cows away.”

He al­leged that sev­eral phone calls placed to po­lice­men at Gwag­wal­ada, in­ti­mat­ing them about the in­ci­dent were not re­sponded to, un­til the rustlers es­caped with the cows.

“They were shoot­ing into the air while mov­ing the cows into the bush un­chal­lenged as sev­eral phone calls made that night to the po­lice at Gwag­wal­ada were not re­sponded to,’’ he al­leged.

Our re­porter learned that the spo­radic gun­shot by the rustlers which lasted for al­most an hour, of Federal Min­istry of Health and other de­vel­op­ment part­ners, have em­barked on cer­tain malaria con­trol strate­gies in the FCT which have started yield­ing re­sults in the drive to elim­i­nate the dis­ease from the com­mu­ni­ties.

He listed the strate­gies to in­clude dis­tri­bu­tion of long last­ing in­sec­ti­cide treated nets to people, in­door resid­ual spray­ing in des­ig­nated ar­eas of FCT and free medicines to preg­nant women dur­ing their ante-natal vis­its.

The sec­re­tary said that the ad­min­is­tra­tion has pro­vided Rapid Di­ag­nos­tic Test Kits and Mi­croscopy for its health fa­cil­i­ties for the di­ag­no­sis of malaria dis­ease.

He said health work­ers will be re­trained in the 90 Global Fund as­sisted health fa­cil­i­ties in the FCT, adding that the com­mu­nity based role threw the en­tire res­i­dents into pan­de­mo­nium, as people sleep­ing at the cor­ri­dors of their houses as a re­sult of the scorch­ing heat were forced to run in­side their rooms.

Ef­forts to reach the Gwag­wal­ada Di­vi­sional Po­lice Of­fi­cer (DPO), Mr. John Etim, over the in­ci­dent were un­suc­cess­ful but a po­lice of­fi­cer at the di­vi­sion, who con­firmed the in­ci­dent, said the po­lice re­sponded im­me­di­ately they re­ceived a dis­tress call but that be­fore the ar­rival of the po­lice, the rustlers es­caped.

It would be re­called that some cat­tle rustlers had also on the same day in­vaded Wako com­mu­nity in Kwali Area Coun­cil, and shot a 3-year-old boy and his el­der brother while at­tempt­ing to steal cows. model care giver will soon be re­sus­ci­tated.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the role mod­els would be per­ma­nent com­mu­nity res­i­dents, who will be trained and spon­sored to di­ag­nose and give free anti-malar­ial treat­ment to com­mu­nity mem­bers.

High­lights of ac­tiv­i­ties to mark the World Malaria Day in the FCT in­cluded ad­vo­cacy to the six area coun­cils’ chair­men, com­mu­nity en­vi­ron­men­tal san­i­ta­tion and net hang­ing demon­stra­tion in Gwag­wal­ada.

Oth­ers were is­su­ing of nets to preg­nant women and chil­dren un­der five years in Gwag­wal­ada, Town Hall meet­ing in Gwag­wal­ada, di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment for malaria and dec­o­ra­tion of stu­dent malaria am­bas­sadors.

From left: Di­rec­tor FCT Pub­lic Health Depart­ment, Dr Fo­lashade O. Mo­moh; FCT Sec­re­tary of Health Hu­man Ser­vices, Dr Ade­mola Onako­maiya and the Sarkin Jiwa FCT, Al­haji Idris Musa, dur­ing the World Malaria Day press con­fer­ence.

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