…Mongolia declares war against syphilis***
The Federal Government on Monday declared Wednesday, June 12, as a public holiday, to commemorate the nation’s National Democracy Day.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Mrs Georgina Ehuriah, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government in a statement signed by Mr Mohammed Manga, Director Press & Public Relations, of the ministry, on Monday in Abuja.
The Federal Government’s decision followed the enactment into law of June 12 as Democracy Day annually in Nigeria.
Ehuriah congratulated all Nigerians at home and abroad for the entrenchment of democratic rule in the country.
The permanent secretary called on Nigerians to continue to cherish the sacrifice made by heroes of democracy in the country.
She emphasised that those who lost their lives in the struggle for the actualisation of Democratic Governance in Nigeria in order to make the country a better place for all, must not be forgotten.
Ehuriah further called for the collaboration and cooperation of all Nigerians with President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration towards achieving the nation’s collective aspiration for unity, peace and socio-economic development.
She wished all Nigerians, at home and abroad, a happy democracy day celebration.
In the meantime, Mongolian Health Minister Davaajantsan Sarangerel on Monday declared war against syphilis, a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD), which has become a growing public health concern in the East Asian country.
Syphilis is a bacterial infection usually spread by sexual contact; it starts as a painless sore, typically on genitals, rectum or mouth.
It spreads from person to person via skin or mucous membrane contact with these sores.
“Syphilis has been one of the most pressing problems in the Mongolian public health sector. So we are declaring war against the STD,’’ Sarangerel told a news conference.
The minister said that the national campaign against syphilis was aimed at preventing new cases in the next two years.
“It involves related healthcare trainings and information services in order to promote the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of syphilis,’’ he stressed.
Sarangerel noted that the government will cover the necessary cost of the diagnosis and treatment of the disease.
According to the Health Ministry, there were over 16,000 cases of sexually transmitted infections reported in the country in 2018, of which about 40 per cent were syphilis.