Delta State Records Second Case Of Meningitis

Delta State Records Second Case Of MeningitisFollowing the confirmation of the first case of meningitis at the Federal Medical Center, Asaba, Delta State has recorded a second case of the disease at the Central Hospital, Warri.

Briefing reporters in Asaba, the state’s capital, the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Nicholas Azinge, dismissed reports of outbreak, adding that the situation is under control.

“At the Federal Medical Center, Asaba, one case has been confirmed as caused by neisseria meningitidis, the organism that is usually associated with meningitis outbreaks. The second case is yet to be confirmed because of certain complications the patient has.

“The case in Warri was confirmed to have been caused by streptococcus pneumonia, this is a form of bacterium that is hardly associated with outbreaks.

“This is why the one in Warri is not an outbreak, it is a case of meningitis caused by streptococcus pneumonia which is different from the type of bacterium that causes outbreak of meningitis.

“The unconfirmed case in Asaba and the case in Warri responded satisfactorily to treatment and have been discharged. Currently, it’s only one case being managed at Federal Medical Center, Asaba and we are monitoring the situation,” he said.

The Commissioner asked the people not to panic, saying the State Government is ready to combat any possible outbreak of meningitis in the state.

President Buhari In Edo State, Visits Oba Of Benin

Buhari, benin city, working visitNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, arrived Benin city, the Edo state capital on Monday, for a two-day working visit and met with the Benin monarch, Oba Ewuare II, at his palace.

It was the President’s first visit to the monarch’s palace since his coronation as the Oba of Benin kingdom on October 20, 2016.

On welcoming the President, Oba Ewurare appealed to him to create a sea port in the state.

President Buhari proceeded to commission some key projects carried out by Governor Adams Oshiomhole.

The projects include the newly constructed central hospital, the Siluko road as well as the gully erosion reclamation project, at the Queen Ede Agbor road, and the New Era Secondary School now renamed Samuel Ogbemudia Secondary School.

At the Central Hospital, Benin City, President Muhammadu Buhari was received by a powerful delegation of federal and state government officials, party chieftains, traditional rulers and other residents of the state.

His first assignment was the commissioning of the hospital, where he applauded the Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole for the completion of the facility.

Adams-OshiomholeIt is the last time Mr Oshiomhole would be hosting President Muhammadu Buhari in his capacity as Governor of Edo state.

The last time Mr President was in Benin was to campaign for the All Progressives Congress (APC), ahead of the state governorship election in Edo state, that saw Governor-elect, Godwin Obaseki, emerge as winner.

A valedictory session was held for the outgoing Governor on Sunday evening.

Benin Central Hospital To Be Ready In 16 Months – Contractor

Central HospitalThe Accident and Emergency Wing of the flagship Central Hospital, Benin City, will be ready for use within the next eight months, while work on the 200-bed wing of the hospital will be completed in 16 months, contractors working on the project have said.

Site Engineer of the A&K Construction Limited, the contractor handling the project, Mr Michel Doghen, told Governor Adams Oshiomhole during an inspection of the work that the hospital is being reinforced with heavy steel bars, while three elevators have been added to the Accident and Emergency Wing, which will also serve as the Administrative Block.

Doghen said, “The first wing, Accident and Emergency Complex of the Central Hospital project is 60 per cent completed.

“We have used thick corrugated steel bars of about 25mm to reinforce all parts of the building. By the grace of God, in another eight months, the other wing will also be completed.”

He said the on-going work and reinforcements were in tandem with the recommendations of a team of Engineers which assessed the integrity of the structure after an unfortunate incident about two years ago.

Governor Oshiomhole expressed satisfaction with the progress of the job and the quality of materials used.

“As you can see, job is progressing at a pace that I am very happy with and the quality of materials we have seen look good and when you are passing through the road, you won’t realise the extent of work going on inside the building.”

“I am also impressed with what I saw in the other wing of the Hospital Complex which is the 200-bed wing. They have gotten rid of the failed portion and they have re-constructed new columns.”

Governor Oshiomhole further explained that the hospital has been redesigned and necessary upgrades have been done.

He noted that one of the aims of the State Government is to make the hospital a cancer treatment centre.

Edo PDP Tackle State Government Over Hospital Project

PDP vs APCThere has been a dispute brewing between the People’s Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress Government in Edo State over the decision by the State Government to re-award the construction of a building at the Central Hospital in Benin City.

Part of the hospital had collapsed in 2013 killing one and injuring many.

The PDP is accusing the state government of not implementing the recommendations of the panel set up to investigate the accident.

The Central Hospital project was awarded in 2007 to a South-African construction company, SA International, but while construction was going on, 3 floors in the building caved in, killing the site manager with some other workers sustaining varying degrees of injury.

This prompted the State Government to set up a panel to investigate the cause of the incident. Part of the recommendation was that the entire building should be demolished, having failed credibility tests.

While the recommendations were yet to be implemented, the contract was re-awarded to another company and the PDP kicked against this action by the APC led State Government.

The PDP Chairman in Edo State, Dan Orbih, said, “We believe that the lives of the people who will be going there to seek medical services are very dear to us and as a state, if something is wrong with what the Government has done, they must be courageous enough to accept what they’ve done wrong and do the proper thing.”

The Spokesman for the Edo State Government, Kassim Afegbua, however, has dismissed the allegation by the opposition. He challenged the Edo PDP to publish the panel report that recommended the demolishing of the building.

The PDP insists that the welfare of the people was paramount and has threatened to go to court to stop the construction, if the panel’s report is not fully implemented.