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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S DAILY TRUST NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [11 JULY, 2018].

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Terminal illness: Lack of facilities takes toll on patients, families
Wed, 11 Jul 2018

Terminally ill patients and their families experience untold hardships in the country due to absence of requisite facilities, financial burden as well as ignorance on how to take care of the patients.
Daily Trust findings also revealed that in spite of the huge amounts of money required to care for terminally-ill persons, the patients and their families pay from their pockets as government does not pay or subsidise the healthcare services for them. The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) also does not cover most terminal illnesses.

Findings also revealed that aside the absence of special centers for treatment of terminally ill persons, many hospitals lack required equipment for the treatment of terminal illnesses such as radiotherapy and dialysis machines.
Some common terminal diseases include cancer, chronic lung problems, chronic kidney diseases, stroke, chronic heart diseases, congestive heart failure, and liver disease. Most terminal illnesses usually occur at the last or advanced stage of the disease.
What doctors say about diseases
According to a consultant gynecologist in Abuja, Dr. Samuel Ojah, terminal illness is a serious disease from which a person is likely to die in a short time, usually less than a year.
“A terminal ailment or illness is one that will lead to death despite the best treatment anywhere, there is no cure,” said Dr Tunde Abegunde, another consultant in Abuja.
He said many people usually take their terminally ill relative to hospitals and spend lots of money before the person eventually dies and take the patient home when they have run out of money while some go to prayer houses or native doctors.

Dr Abegunde said there are places abroad called hospices where terminally ill people are taken to for care, “but I am not aware of any hospice in Nigeria.” Dr Abubakar Kaoje, a consultant in Birnin Kebbi, said doctors can only offer people who are diagnosed with these kinds of ailments palliative care, adding that they need to be comforted, and to die with dignity and love.
A Kaduna based medical doctor, Dr Hassan Bala Salihu, said breast and cervical cancers are leading terminal illnesses among women while prostate and colon cancers are leading killer diseases among men.
He said cancers that affect vital organs like the lungs, stomach, and brain among others are terminal. According to him, such diseases are very hard to manage and a large percentage of people affected eventually die.
He said a dialysis session, for instance, costs at least N30,000 and drugs for Hepatitis C for instance costs N80,000 a week. “I know a patient whose drug costs N800,000 and it has to be ordered from India because it is not available here in Nigeria,” he added.
Patients, relatives narrate experiences
A patient simply identified as Agbonma said she was diagnosed of breast cancer three years ago. Few months ago, her doctors told her the cancer has spread to her bones and her brain. She now stays with her mother in their family home because she can barely take care of herself. Her mother takes her to the hospital from time to time to receive care.
Usman Garba, whose brother is terminally ill in Birnin Kebbi, said it has not been easy. “Since we brought him home, we have to always be with him. He can’t do anything again on his own. We always help him to urinate and empty his catheter. We have spent a lot of money on him even though we have been told that he will die soon,” he said.
Another relative of a terminally ill person, Lawal Alabi said it has been very traumatic caring for his brother who suffers from kidney disease at home. He said: “I think it will be better if there are hospitals where people with this kind of conditions could be taken care of.”
Another said his sister died about a year ago from chronic renal failure. Before her death, she had been on dialysis for almost a year.

The dialysis regime started from once a week and later to twice a week. Her condition slowly deteriorated and she was recommended for kidney transplant at an Indian hospital.
He was ready to donate one of his kidneys to his sister to save her life, but she died few months later because the family could not afford to take her to India for the transplant.
Mohammed Kaka, whose friend Ahmed Sani is also on dialysis described the situation as pathetic as his friend shuttles between Misau and Bauchi for dialysis sessions.

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Buhari can’t condone killings — Gowon
Wed, 11 Jul 2018

A former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), has said that President Muhammadu Buhari cannot condone killings as being alleged on the social media.
Gowon spoke in Jos yesterday when he paid a condolence visit to Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong over the recent killings in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area.

The former head of state said no leader will encourage killings of his/her people, even as he decried the past practice where suspects arrested for killings were taken to Abuja and eventually released.
Gowon, who is also the National Chairman of Nigeria Prays, said people arrested should be investigated and prosecuted in Jos where the crime was committed.
In his remarks, governor Lalong said the relevant laws to try perpetrators of the recent attacks on the Plateau will soon be signed into law, assuring that they have reviewed adequate laws to prosecute offenders in Jos.
He commended the former Head of State for standing by the state as a father, and promised that all efforts are being made to restore the state to its place of glory.
The governor also vowed to ensure the enthronement of sustainable peace on the Plateau.
General Gowon was received also by the Deputy Governor, Professor Sonni Tyodden, members of the State executive council, including the SGS, Chief Rufus Bature and the John Dafaan the Chief of Staff.

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Buhari leads Fayemis campaign ahead of election
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, led the Grand Campaign Rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of Saturdays gubernatorial election in Ekiti State.
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Ekiti APC rally a charade PDP
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described yesterdays campaign rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of next Saturdays governorship election in Ekiti State as a charade.
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Fayose loses key allies to APC
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Governor Ayodele Fayose suffered a setback yesterday as several key members of his party, the PDP switched support to the APC.
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Bukar Abba knocks money politics in new book
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Three-time governor of Yobe State, Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim, will soon launch his biography in which he stressed the need for politicians to de-emphasize money politics.
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Group endorses Kwankwaso for president
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
The Kwankwaso Mandate has endorsed Sen.
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Obasanjo wants 40 percent slots for women in politics
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that Nigeria”s 1999 Constitution should be amended to include 40 percent slots for women in the National Assembly and other levels of governance.
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Atiku blasts Buhari, says his government most corrupt since 1999
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
A former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has described the government of President Muhamadu Buhari as the most corrupt since the return of democracy in 1999.
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Ekiti Election: NSCDC deploys 19,997 personnel, sniffer dogs
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Ahead of Ekiti Gubernatorial Election, The Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu has directed the deployment of 19,997 personnel, Mobile Surveillance Vehicles and Sniffer Dogs.
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Sandy-loamy soil, good for snail farming
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
The soil is the main habitat for Cornu aspersum, which is the scientific name for snail.
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NERC delays new meter providers by 3 months
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has delayed the take off of Meter Asset Providers (MAP) engagements by electricity Distribution Companies by extra three months Daily Trust exclusively reports.
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Hackers can use a thermal camera to track heat prints left on a keyboard
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Criminals can steal your password and private banking details by analysing the residual heat left by your fingertips on a computer keyboard.
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Abuja Ovals to be ready before National Sports Festival
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Yahaya Ukwenya, President, Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) says the two ovals on construction at the National Stadium in Abuja, would be ready before the National Sports Festival (NSF) in December.
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