Anambra State Debunks Lassa Fever Outbreak Claims

lassa feverThe Anambra State government has debunked claims of an outbreak of Lassa Fever in the State.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Akabuike, on Monday said that what the state had was a referral case of a doctor brought in from Delta State and not an outbreak.

While reacting to the report of the outbreak of the fever in Anambra, he said that the doctor though from Anambra state practiced in Asaba and was refereed to Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital, Nnewi.

The doctor was referred to the hospital on August 15 by 3:19pm local time but died after three hours of management.

To guard against the spread of the disease, efforts are being made to trace persons that had come in contact with the dead doctor.

Mr Akabuike said 19 people were currently on low risk, with two others on high risk.

He, however, told reporters that the contacts were permanently on surveillance.

Lassa Fever that had been subdued months ago, resurfaced on Monday, with Delta State recording a fresh case of the disease in Asaba, the capital of the southern Nigeria state.

The Commissioner of Health, Dr. Nicholas Azinge, confirmed the case and the death of a medical doctor who resides and owns a hospital in Asaba.

He stated that the doctor died three hours after admission at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, after a blood sample earlier collected was confirmed to be positive.

Obiano To Sign Anambra Health Insurance Scheme

Willie Obiano-Anambra State-Health Insurance SchemeGovernor Willie Obiano has expressed readiness to sign the Anambra State’s Health Insurance Scheme.

The insurance scheme would ensure adequate health service delivery to the less privileged citizens and ensure that doctors received what was due to them in their life saving duties in the state.

The Governor gave a hint about the new scheme during the inauguration of the newly reconstituted 14-member board of the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Amaku Awka held at the Governor’s Lodge in Amawbia.

He maintained that the strategic approach of his administration towards re-positioning and transforming the state’s health sector, especially the primary healthcare services and the general hospitals were yielding positive fruit.

Governor Obiano commended the outgoing board members led by Dr. Dozie Ikedife, whose tenure helped secure the institution’s accreditation that saw to the graduation of its first medical doctors.

To ensure proper service delivery to the people and due remuneration for the doctors, he announced that the state government would soon assent the Health Insurance Scheme.

In his remark, the Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Akabuike, explained that the inauguration was to assist in charting more progressive cause for the teaching hospital.

The board has as its chairman, a Gynaecologist and traditional ruler of Ifitedunu, Igwe Emeka Ilouno, and as its Secretary, a Professor of Anastaciology with Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Professor Beatrice Umeh.

It has a four-year tenure which could be renewed if they are found to have performed creditably well. They have been charged by the Governor to transform Anambra State to a health tourism center and the number one health destination in Nigeria.

Igwe Ilouno, who assured the government and people of the state of their commitment to effective service, said that they would put in their best to achieve much more than the mandate given to them.

Obiano Promises To Tackle Health Illiteracy In Rural Areas

Obiano Assures To Tackle Health Illiteracy In Rural AreasThe Anambra State Governor has promised to tackle health illiteracy among women in the rural areas of the state.

According to Governor Willie Obiano, the development is to ensure proper infant and maternal healthcare in Anambra State, south-east Nigeria.

He made the declaration on Wednesday during the first round of the 2015 Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week (MNCHW), at Ifite-Ogwari in Ayamelum Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

The MNCHW is a programme which gives mothers equitable access to a package of high impact survival and developmental drugs in a very cost effective manner.

It also gives children access to receive routine immunisation against diseases as well as malarial drugs and nets.

Governor Obiano captured the whole problem and tagged it to catching the girl child young and giving them the best of education in order to conquer maternal and infant mortality.

According to the Chairman of Ayamelum LGA, Paul Obiora, illiteracy and poverty contributes in major terms to the death of mothers and infants in the agrarian community.

He decried that about 95% of the women are not educated, adding that the issues of health were not been taken seriously on grounds that they are mostly farmers.

Responding to Obiora’s submission, Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Akabuike, used the opportunity to highlight the essence of antenatal care.

Similarly, the Governor’s wife, Mrs Ebele Obiano, appealed to the women to have their children immunised as they are the future leaders of the world.

In another development, a representative of the World Health Organisation, Dr Willy Onuorah, commended Anambra State Government for the giant strides it had taken in healthcare services which includes the area of maternal and child health, as well as upgrading the selected health care facilities in the state.

He also urged mothers to take advantage of the free immunization and ensure that their children are taken to centres where the vaccines would be administered.

The event came to conclusion with the Governor and his wife administering the polio vaccines to infants, as well as handing treated mosquito nets to mothers.

Anambra State First Lady Empowers 200 Physically Challenged

wife of the Anambra state governor, ebele obianoThe wife of the Anambra State Governor, Mrs Ebele Obiano, has distributed prosthetic limbs and empowering items to 200 physically challenged persons in the state.

During the fitting of the limbs at the Women Development Center, Awka, Anambra State capital, Mrs Obiano said the gesture was to enable them earn a better living.

The Governor’s wife sponsored the programme through her pet project, Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ).

The first phase of the programme was held in December last year, with 300 physically challenged persons benefiting.

The women in the state appreciated the effort of Mrs Obiano, which they said uplifted the living condition of the physically challenged in the state.

Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Akabuike, in his remark, commended the state governor for efforts in reviving the hope of the down trodden in the state.

In addition to the artificial limbs, the beneficiaries were also given computers, laptops, and grinding machines among other empowerment items.

Mrs Obiano also asked graduates with disabilities, who finished in the last six years, to submit their personal details to her office through their respective local government chairmen for employment.

According to her, the state government is set to give jobs to 1,000 physically challenged persons.

Cholera Outbreak Claims Over Ten Lives In Anambra

Cholera outbreak in South SudanOver 10 persons have died following Cholera outbreak in Inoma community in Anambra West Local Government Area of Anambra State.

According to the two nurses attending to the emergency situation at Inoma Community Primary Health Centre, poor manpower had been a major challenge in containing the situation, as they had over 40 patients to manage at the same time.

The state commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Akabuike, who had visited and sent drugs and other medical assistance to the center, also observed the poor staff strength and assured the centre that he would make immediate arrangement to ensure more nurses and doctors were posted to the affected community in addition to immediate construction of a borehole to meet the water needs of the people.

The tortuous and dusty way to Inoma community in Anambra West Local Government Area of Anambra State gave an insight into the plight of the residents of the quiet agrarian community.

Though, the local government area is rich in untapped crude oil and natural gas and rated as having the highest oil reserves in the country, it is one of the poorest communities in Anambra State.

The cholera outbreak opened up the reality of the absence of basic amenities in the community.

The bore hole dug by the local government had run dry and the villagers’ only source of drinking water is a stagnant pool at Egoja that usually flows into Omabala River during rainy season but during dry season, it forms a puddle and becomes the community’s saving grace.

It served as drinking water and washing water.

The inevitable happened on January 16, when members of the community started manifesting signs of seeming epidemic. In no time it was clear that it was Cholera outbreak in which, at the last count, about 10 persons had died at the community Primary Health Center where they have only one nurse, Anthonia Udeagbara and a volunteer nurse, Carol Ogu from the neighboring Oroma Primary Health Center, a major challenge had been poor staff strength.

Inoma President General, Patric Ugboja and a clergy in the community, Reverend Princewill Mozie, complained of bad roads and lack of basic amenities which also contributed in aggravating the health issue.

Assistance from the state government contributed in no small measure to ameliorate the suffering of the people. According to the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Akabuike, the health ministry had supplied water and drugs to the primary health center and embarked on sensitising the community on sanitation with plans underway to send more health workers and to dig a borehole with immediate effect.

The Health Commissioner, having observed the poor work force in the community in his explanation that some of the communities in those hinterland are classified as hard to reach areas, assured the residents of a liaison between his ministry and state government to work out an onshore offshore arrangement where health workers, including doctors, would be visiting the areas on a weekly basis with additional compensation.