BY WINIFRED OGBEBO Drug abuse is a dangerous and costly venture which is fast becoming a trend in our society. The need for it to be halted cannot be over-emphasised because of its harmful effects not just on the body and brain, but also the finances. WINIFRED OGBEBO writes on the efforts of the wives of the northern governors to break the culture of silence over drug abuse in the north and rescue those already in its grip. addam Saidu, 21, is one of the strong voices against drug use and abuse in the northern part of the country. At the age of 13, he was already using marijuana, and by 15, he had graduated to using cocaine. He had been to rehabilitation centres on more than three occasions and after each visit, he always had a relapse. But with the support of his parents, especially his mother, he was able...
BY LEADERSHIP EDITORS Coming on the eve of this year’s World Malaria Day was the glad tiding that medical science may have taken humanity close to the verge of winning the long, excruciating war against the scourge of malaria. According to news reports penultimate week, a British pharmaceutical company has further improved on its existing malaria vaccine that has reached the stage of trial on human beings. According to the reports, 12,000 children in the African countries of Ghana, Malawi and Kenya are to be given the vaccine and put under observation for a one year period. We share in the euphoria and offer fervent prayers that this latest onslaught on the foremost killer of people especially in the continents of Africa and Asia, should turn out to be successful. While we are excited, we are not, however, unmindful that previous attempts at developing malaria vaccines had either totally failed or,...
By: Patrick Ochoga, Benin City  Edo state Deputy Governor, Rt Hon Philip Shaibu, has urged Heads of Local Government Administrations (HOLGA) in the state to provide adequate storage facilities for the insecticide-treated mosquitoes nets being expected in their various councils.  The state government in collaboration with the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has started taken delivery of the 2.6 million treated net expected to be distributed in the 192 wards across the state. At a meeting in Benin yesterday, the deputy governor told the state committee on rollback malaria and  Heads of Local Government Administration, HOLGAs that the supply of the treated nets is being sponsored by the World Bank through the Federal Ministry of Health. The deputy governor who is the Chairman of the committee on roll back malaria further implored the HOLGAs  to, as a matter of importance put their storage facilities in proper shape in readiness for the delivery of the...