By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – Kaduna state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Alhaji Sani Jafar has said the ministry will ensure that sickle cell patients in the state attend schools nearer to hospitals for easy access to medication.
Even as he directed all Principals and Head Teachers in primary and secondary schools to organize make up examination for sicklers who could not write regular examination because they are in crisis.
He made the assertion on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, while receiving one thousand copies of the Hope Magazine donated to secondary school in the state courtesy of Aliko Dangote Foundation and Sickle Cell patients Health Promotion Center, (SCPHPC) Kaduna.
Alhaji Jafar said the ministry will implement all suggestions made by the Foundation by ensuring that sickle cell anaemia students who missed examinations are considered to specifically resit for the examination on the account of their ailments.
“We will also ensure that sicklers attend schools that are close to hospitals so as not to stress them in seeking for medication.
“For the other requests that is beyond the implementation of the Ministry, we promise to quickly refer such to His Excellency, the Governor or even the State Executive Council as the case maybe for appropriate approval,” he said
The Commissioner tasked directors on the zones to impress on the principals to make the magazines available to all students, as according to him the best way to ensure that this information reaches out to all students is by keeping the materials in libraries where students could easily access.
He said due to the importance of the event, Directors in the ministry’s Zonal offices were invited to personally receive the materials for onward distribution to principals in their respective zones in; Birnin Gwari, Lere, Rigachikun, Giwa, Zaria, Kaduna, Sabon Tasha, Godogodo, Kafanchan, Zonkwa, Kachia and Anchau.
He added that the ministry is proud to be associated with the Dangote Foundation who in so many aspect of operations has really extended a helping hands to see that the ministry achieve it objectives.
Speaking at the presentation, representative of Dangote Foundation and State Liaison Officer, Suleiman, said he hoped that the knowledge and materials contained in the magazine will be put to good use for the benefit of the students and the general public.
Earlier, Founder of SCPHPC, Hajiya Badyya Magaji Inuwa, had requested that the ministry will give special concession to sticklers in schools as some of them through brilliant developed stress and are tensed up during period of examinations, and many of them ended up in hospitals.
Hajiya Magaji Inuwa appealed for a catch up examinations for sicklers to be able to meet up with their classmates who would have been promoted to the next level. She added that teachers should be discourage from punishing these set of students as the Foundation had recently lost two of it patients due to punishment in school.
She equally made case for sicklers who are of working age but refused employment by employers who believe sticklers do not go to work everyday due to the nature of their health.