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.

Nasarawa Records 15 Cases Of Measles In Three LGAs

The Nasarawa State Government says it has recorded 15 cases of measles in three Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state, between January and April.

Briefing reporters in Lafia, the state’s capital, the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Daniel Iya, said the cases recorded are from Lafia, Keana and Awe LGAs.

He noted that the outbreak could be as a result of break in the chain of routine immunisation, which he said the State Rapid Response Team is already working out modalities to ascertain the cause of the outbreak.

“There has been a case of measles, and information we have received as at now is that it may be between January and now. There may have been cases of measles up to 15 in the state, but no recorded case of death,” he said.

The Commissioner hinted that measures have been put in place to strengthen routine immunisation, in order to curtail further spread of the disease.

On the outbreak of meningitis in some parts of the country, he said Nasarawa State has not recorded any case, adding that government has provided needed facilities in the case of an eventuality.

“I want to state categorically that we have not had any case reported, either suspected or confirmed, of Cerebrum Spinal Meningitis in Nasarawa State and we are doing our best to make sure that we continue to sensitise our community,” he said.

He advised the people of the state to avoid overcrowded environment, maintain personnel hygiene, and ensure that they sleep in well ventilated rooms to prevent contracting the disease.

Borno Govt. Confirms First Case Of Lassa Fever

Lassa Fever, Plateau State, Kamshak KundenThe Borno State Government has confirmed the diagnosis of Lassa fever in a 32-year-old woman in Zabarmari, a village located on the outskirts of Maiduguri metropolis.

The Commissioner of Health, Dr. Haruna Mshelia, who said this noted that incident was the first to be recorded in the state in northeast Nigeria.

Dr. Mshelia said the survivor fell sick last week and was admitted at a government hospital in Maiduguri, while a sample of her blood was taken to Lagos for test and returned positive.

He said though the situation was under control as the victim was responding to treatment, the ministry had to summon all stakeholders, including traditional rulers to sensitise the public on the need to ensure proper sanitation and avoid eating rodents, especially rats.

The commissioner noted that officials from the ministry had visited Zabarmari where they identified 23 people who had contact with the victim.

“So far we are in contact with 23 of her relations and we are following them up; all of them are healthy.

“But this disease takes between two to 21 days to develop; so we will not stop following them up until this period elapses,” he said.

Dr. Mshelia stressed further that those suspected to have personal contact have been quarantined.

He hinted that the ministry would soon embark on house-to-house fumigation, assuring the people of the state that there was no cause for alarm.

“We have formed teams that are to follow the relations, teams that are to go to the hospital and ensure that single case is treated properly and nobody catches the disease, and we have enlightened teams among others,” he said.

The incident management team, according to the commissioner, comprises “the state ministry of health, the Federal Government’s Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), and our partners chiefly the World Health Organisation and the Borno State Environmental Protection Agency (BOSEPA)”.

Mshelia explained that “the role of BOSEPA is to move to Zabarmari and we will try to see if we can catch few of the rats for examination.

“Then the whole town will be fumigated house-to-house, to get rid of the rats that are there that could be infected”.

A report published in January 2017 by the NCDC had warned on the increased number of Lassa fever cases, even as it advised increased focus on prevention and preparedness.

The report indicated that from December 2016, Nigeria has recorded 19 cases of Lassa fever and six deaths in seven states.

Lassa Fever Is Under Control, Rivers Govt. Assures

Lassa Fever Is Under Control, Rivers Govt. Assures The Commissioner of Health in Rivers State, Theophilus Odagme, has been speaking on the confirmed case of Lassa fever in the state.

He told journalists in his office that the patient had been successfully managed and discharged.

He said there are ongoing measures to decontaminate the area of the patient even as contact tracing is at its closing stages.

A statement later released by the Commissioner reads: “The patient was expertly managed, has fully recovered and has been discharged home.

“Rivers State Ministry of Health is collaborating with World Health Organization (WHO), the private hospital and the family of the patient to ensure that the processes of decontamination and contact tracing are effectively carried out.”

The Health Commissioner further said that the state government had put structures in place to check any possible outbreak while calling on residents to maintain high hygienic standards.

“It is important that we inform you in order to increase awareness and high index of suspicion. You are therefore requested to do the following:

“Report all cases of persistent high fever and bleeding to the nearest health facility.

“Improve your personal hygiene including regular hand washing.

“Keep your home and surroundings clean and rat free.

“Store food stuffs in rat proof containers.

“There is no need to panic. Kindly go about your daily routine calmly as the Rivers State Ministry of Health is on top of the situation,” he added.

He also gave the assurance that the state government and its partners have sustained interventions to control Lassa fever and other diseases of public health importance in the State.

He also provided telephone number through which residents can seek information: 08033423685, 09091617317, 08033124314.

Lassa Fever Kills Four In Nasarawa State

Lassa Fever Kills Four In Nasarawa StateThe Nasarawa State government has confirmed the re-emergence of Lassa fever disease in the state in north-central Nigeria.

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Daniel Iya, confirmed the death of four persons during an interview with Channels Television.

Dr. Iya further disclosed that the state had recorded 16 suspected cases while 36 people, who had contact with the deceased, were being followed up.

He noted that all the cases were from Lafia, the state’s capital and that the government had taken adequate measures to stall the spread of the deadly disease.

The re-emerging case comes barely three weeks after the Ondo State government said it had put all measures to prevent the disease from spreading to the state.

As part of efforts towards achieving this, the Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju, convened a sensitisation meeting with stakeholders in the state.

7,000 Women Get Free Cancer Screening In Cross River

Cancer screening in Cross River stateAt least 7,000 women across the 18 local government areas of Cross River State have benefited from free breast screening.

It was a pink Tuesday in Calabar, the state capital as the breast cancer awareness was flagged off.

Scores of women and some men marched through the streets to educate residents on the need to prevent and control the disease that has killed thousands owing to late detection.

Children were not also left out as they danced to music while the older ones handed informative fliers to the people of the state.

Mammograms and ultrasound scans were carried out to detect and immediately treat any cancers found in the women.

A public health practitioner, Dr. Betta Edu, underscored the importance of examination even in the absence of symptoms.

Face Reality

A cancer specialist, Clement Sunday, also stressed that a high percentage of cancer deaths could be avoided if detected early and by modifying risk factors such as unhealthy diets.

“There are people who still live in self-denial that cancer does not exist. That has to change.

“People need to wake up and face the reality because if you don’t acknowledge a problem, it might be very difficult to fight that problem.

“The recent study by the World Health Organisation (WHO) shows that about 100,000 people die of cancer every year in Nigeria,” he said.

The event was part of activities to mark the World Breast Cancer Day which is commemorated in solidarity with people who have lost their loved ones to cancer and those currently battling the deadly disease.

Avert Unnecessary Deaths

There were also activities in Ogun state, southwest Nigeria, where the wife of State Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, donated an ultra-modern cancer centre each at the general hospital in Abeokuta and Sango, as well as the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Sagamu area of the state.

For her, this was in a bid to avert unnecessary deaths as a result of cancer.

Mrs Amosun said that the development would enhance easy access to treatment against cervical and breast cancer by indigent women in Ogun State.

She expressed concern about the pandemic which had led to unnecessary deaths in the state and across the country.

The first lady further tasked stakeholders to take immediate and proactive measures in increasing awareness and treatment against the deadly disease.


Olufunso Amosun Donates Three Cancer Centres In Ogun

Olufunso Amosun, Cancer, OgunWife of Ogun State Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, has donated an ultra-modern cancer centre each at the general hospital in Abeokuta and Sango, as well as the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Sagamu area of the state.

Mrs Amosun says the donation is in a bid to ensure easy access to treatment against cervical and breast cancer by indigent women in Ogun State, southwest Nigeria.

At the commissioning of the centres, the first lady said she was concerned about the pandemic which had led to unnecessary deaths in the state and across the country.

She, however, used the auspicious occasion to task stakeholders to take immediate and proactive measures in increasing awareness and treatment against the deadly disease.

The commissioning of the centres was witnessed by development partners, traditional rulers, medical experts and members of the State Executive Council.

The Ogun State Chairperson of the Medical Women Association of Nigeria, Stella Ogunmuyiwa, commended the gesture of the first lady.

On his part, the Commissioner of Health, Babatunde Ipaye, expressed hope that the gesture would go a long way in reducing avoidable deaths through cervical and breast cancer.

He urged women across the state to take full advantage of the facilities for screening and early detection of the disease for treatment.

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.

Delta State Records New Case Of Lassa Fever

Lassa feverDelta State has recorded a fresh case of Lassa Fever in Asaba, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Health, Dr. Nicholas Azinge on Monday 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.

The wife of the doctor is said to have tested negative and 32 others the doctor had contact with, have been quarantined.

Meanwhile the hospitals the late doctor visited have been disinfected.

Lagos Govt. To Begin Construction Of 49Bn Naira Medical Park

Medical ParkThe Lagos State government is taking a step further in the delivery of health care services with a plan to construct a medical park in the state.

Commissioner of Health, Dr Jide Idris, has told journalists that the move is meant to improve the state health facilities and discouraging people from travelling abroad for medicals.

The proposed medical park, which is a public private partnership is expected to be completed in about two years.

Taraba Government Confirms Lassa Fever Outbreak

Lassa-FeverThe Taraba State Government says it is trying to contain the outbreak of Lassa fever.

The state’s Commissioner of Health, Dr. Innocent Vakkai, said one person has been confirmed dead, while two others are being observed.

He added that their blood samples have been taken to the Irrua Specialists’ Hospital in Edo State for further confirmation.

The Information Commissioner has also asked members of the public not to panic, as the state government has responded swiftly to the outbreak.

Lassa fever outbreak occurred in Taraba State in February 2012, causing the death of 10 people, including a doctor and two nurses who attended to the patients.

Yobe To Prioritize Health And Education In 2015 Budget

yobeYobe state governor, Mr Ibrahim Gaidam, has said that health care services and education will top government expenditure for the 2015 fiscal year.

Governor Ibrahim said education and health care would be given the topmost priority in the implementation of the 2015 budget.

The Governor disclosed this while inspecting a 200 bed capacity hospital and the Specialist Hospital located in Damaturu, Yobe state capital.

Governor Ibrahim noted that despite the short fall in revenue allocation from the federation account, his administration would do everything possible to ensure that all structures at both hospitals are properly furnished and used.

Mr Gaidam added that his administration will henceforth be focused on the healthcare delivery and quality education after prioritising road construction since inception.

The State Commissioner of Health, Dr Mohammed Bello Kawuwa, said equipping the two structures would immensely solve the health care needs of the people within the state and beyond.

According to him, the various Specialist Hospitals, when furnished with modern facilities would tackle cases of patients with complicated medical issues.

The commissioner further praised the Gaidam administration for the free drugs being given to women, children and accident victims, saying it has gone a long way to improve maternal and child mortality in the state.