Open Defecation: 1,751 Communities Gets UNICEF Certification in Katsina State

By Alex Uangbaoje, Kaduna

The United Nations Children Funds (UNICEF) says it has so far certified 1,751 communities in Katsina State, Open Defecation Free (ODF).

The UNICEF Chief of Field Office, Katsina, Madam Padmavathi Yedla, disclosed this on Monday during the Review Meeting for the 2018 and Rolling Work Plan for 2019 and 2020 for Kano and Katsina State.

She said that 1, 076, 776 people were provided with water facilities, while 409 schools and Primary Healthcare Centers (PHCs) got Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities.
The officer also said that 498 communities were certified as ODF in Kano State, with 249,300 people in state got access to basic sanitation facilities.

Yedla noted that 454,300 people got access to safe water, and 134 schools and PHC’s had been provided with WASH facilities.

On nutrition, the officer noted that Katsina state has 25 Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) centers in which, 66,037 children were reached during the period.

She explained that the state government committed N300 million for scale up of nutrition programme.

Yedla noted that Kano State government committed N405 million for scale up of nutrition programme.

She further added that 61,610 children received treatments on malnutrition in over 65 centers in the state.


The officer also said that 498 communities were certified as ODF in Kano State, with 249,300 people in state got access to basic sanitation facilities.

Yedla noted that 454,300 people got access to safe water, and 134 schools and PHC’s had been provided with WASH facilities.

On nutrition, the officer noted that Katsina state has 25 Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) centers in which, 66,037 children were reached during the period.

She explained that the state government committed N300 million for scale up of nutrition programme.

Yedla noted that Kano State government committed N405 million for scale up of nutrition programme.

She further added that 61,610 children received treatments on malnutrition in over 65 centers in the state.

Yedla commended Kano State government on the conduct of MNCHW week.

“I like to commend Kano government to undertaken their first round of MNCHW week, reaching 2,465,286 children between 6-59 months Vit A supplementation and 1,180, 760 12-60 months with deworming,” she said.

She urged the state governments to intensify efforts towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 in the country.

Nigerian Police Team Soar High with 12 Medals as OSOM Games Takes Off

By Our Correspondent

The Nigerian Police Force took off with a blazing start at the beginning of the One Service One Medal (OSOM) Games, ongoing in Kaduna by sweeping most of the gold medals available at the Karate event, hauling a total of 12.

The event which was held at the Indoor Hall of the Murtala Mohammed Square, saw the Police Team claiming eight gold and four silver medals, leaving the bronze medals for other contestants.

Second placed team on the medals table ius Federal Fire Service, who claimed three good, five silver and one bronze medal.

Nigerian Prisons Service finished with one gold, three silver and four bronze medals.

Team Police claimed their gold medals from Team Kata Male, Team Kata Female, -84kg Male, -75kg Male, -67kg Male, -60kg Male, -68kg Female, -55kg Female and -50kg Female.

Federal Fire Service got their gold from Individual Kata Male, Individual Kata Female and -61kg Female.

The karate event as at time of filing this report, is the only event that has been concluded.

Meanwhile, at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, football and athletics action were taking place simultaneously at time of filing the report.

It would be recalled that over 360 athletes and officials converged on Kaduna for the third edition of the OSOM Games.