Ogun Lassa Fever: Hospital Says Disease Contained

Lassa Fever, Ogun, Disease The management of a Federal Medical Centre in Idi Aba says necessary measures have been put in place by the institution to curtail the spread of Lassa fever in Ogun State.

The declaration follows the death of an assistant chief nursing officer on Tuesday as a result of the disease outbreak in Abeokuta, the state’s capital in southwest Nigeria.

The Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Mr Babatunde Ipaye, who confirmed the incident, said that about 196 primary contacts with the victim and possible secondary contacts were being monitored with a view to keeping a tab on them.

He had also said that though the primary source of the new case was yet to be identified, the case was being investigated.

Speaking on the development on Wednesday, the Acting Chief Medical Director, Mr Kehinde Ohunyinbo, told reporters that the area where the deceased was attended to had been decontaminated while isolated centre and other necessary things meant for treatment have been put in place.

He assured the people of the state of safety in the institution.

Mr Ohunyinbo, however, said the centre was ready for any eventuality, as they work hand-in-hand with the Ogun State government to curtail the spread of the virus.

Lassa Fever Resurfaces In Ogun State

lassa fever in Ogun StateThe Ogun State government has confirmed a new case of Lassa fever in the state in southwest Nigeria.

The disease reportedly claimed the life of an assistant chief nursing officer at the Federal Medical Centre, Idi Aba in Abeokuta, the state’s capital.

The incident was confirmed on Tuesday by the Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Mr Babatunde Ipaye.

Mr Ipaye said that about 196 primary contacts with the victim and possible secondary contacts were being monitored with a view to keeping a tab on them.

He noted that though the primary source of the new case was yet to be identified, the case is being investigated.

Necessary precautions are being taken to curtail the spread of the disease, he stated.

The commissioner urged the people of the state not to exercise any unnecessary apprehension over the development.

He, however, asked them to always maintain a high level of personal hygiene to nib possible infection in the bud.

After the outbreak of the disease was reported in some other states in September, the Ogun State government assured residents that it had activated its disease surveillance and notification structures to detect any case of Lassa fever on time and deploy appropriate measures to prevent and control the spread of the disease.

Police Arrest Woman For Alleged Child Abuse In Ogun

Police, child abuse, ogunPolice has arrested a middle-aged house woman for an alleged child abuse act in Ogun State, southwest Nigeria.

The Ogun State Police Command told reporters that the woman was detained for purportedly maltreating a five-year-old girl at Ifo area of the state.

Little Iyanuoluwa, whose leg and arm were broken after she was allegedly beaten by her step mother, is currently receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre, Idi Aba in Abeokuta, the state’s capital.

Confirming the incident, the acting Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, said that the woman would be charged as soon as investigation into the incident was completed.

Reacting to the incident, a Director at the Ogun State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Rotimi Sotubo, said that the government had taken over the responsibility and care of the little girl.

Ogun Govt. Adopts Chained Boy, Korede Taiwo

Korede Taiwo, Ogun StateOgun State government has adopted a nine-year-old boy, Korede Taiwo, who was chained by his pastor father for an alleged stealing habit.

The state government also promised to take care of the young boy’s educational needs among others.

The disclosure was made on Tuesday by the Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Modupe Mujota.

She spoke while the wife of the Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun and other members of the State Executive Council paid a visit to the boy.

The Commissioner for Justice, Olumide Ayeni, also said that the government has commenced a legal process to bring to justice, all actors in the case of Korede Taiwo so as to serve as a deterrent to others.

Korede is being treated for child abuse and chronic malnutrition at the Federal Medical Centre, Idi Aba in Abeokuta, the state capital in southwest Nigeria.

He is said to be in good condition and responding to treatment.

Mr Francis Taiwo, Korede’s father had confirmed to Channels Television that he actually chained his son, saying his action was borne out of his desire to rid the boy of his ‘stealing spirit’.

He said that he felt the young boy was possessed and after consulting with some spiritualists, he was advised to chain the boy to rid him of the evil spirit.

Ogun State Health Sector Union Suspends Strike

Ogun State health WorkersThe Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) in Ogun State have suspended their four-week old industrial action which had paralysed activities at the Federal Medical Centre, Idi Aba, Abeokuta.

The health workers are requesting for improved condition of service.

A visit to the medical centre in the state capital revealed that members of the union are back at their various duty posts with patients receiving medical attention.

The Chairman of the Senior Staff Association in Abeokuta Federal Medical Centre, Mr Samuel Idowu, said the suspension of the industrial action became imperative in view of positive steps being taken by the hospital management aimed at resolving the impasse.

He, however, asked members of the union to rededicate themselves for quick service delivery to the public, whom he stressed looked towards the hospital for their medical attention.

Residents Doctors’ Warning Strike Commences

Lagos_doctors_867855132Resident Doctors have commenced a 3-day warning strike across the country.

Patients at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, are stranded as the doctors there enforced the strike.

In Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, Resident Doctors of the Federal Medical Centre, Idi Aba joined their colleagues nationwide in the ongoing 3-day warning strike.

A visit to the hospital revealed that although the resident doctors have withdrawn their services as directed by the national body, the action seemed not to be having much impact as nurses and consultants attended to patients.

Attempts to speak with the union leaders and management of the hospital proved abortive as they said they were not willing to speak on this development.

In Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, the strike was in force also, but the Spokesperson of the National Hospital, Dr Tayo Haastrup, said that the welfare package of resident doctors can be negotiated with the Federal Government without putting the lives of teeming Nigerians at stake.

Resident Doctors at the Federal Medical Centre, in Owo, Ondo State also joined their counterparts across the country.

Channels Television was at the hospital to monitor the situation at the hospital. Though our crew was not allowed into the wards by the security officials at the hospital, there activities to indicate that other health workers in the hospital were at work.

We had an interview with the Chairman, Association of Resident Doctors in the hospital, Raymond Omotayo who highlighted the demands of the association from the federal government, noting that if the demands are not met by July 1, 2015, the Doctors will be forced to embark on an indefinite strike action.

All our efforts to speak with the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Femi Omotosho proved abortive as he was said to be out of the state and other senior officers in the hospital were not willing to speak to our correspondents.

Resident doctors in Rivers State were not left out in the strike as Channels Television visited the Braithwaithe Memorial Specialist Hospital in Port Harcourt, where patients were seen waiting to see doctors that were not available.

 

Health Professionals Demand Removal of Minister

The Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) has called for the immediate removal of the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu as well as a through probation into the management of teaching hospitals and allied institutions across the country.

These demands were made at the recently concluded National Executive Council (NEC) meeting which held at the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

The health workers called for the removal of the minister over alleged discrimination and non-implementation of the presidential committee report in the health sector.

Speaking with journalists after its National Executive Council meeting, the (NUAHP) National President, Comrade Felix Faniran, expressed worry over increasing rate of sharp practices and financial impropriety in the administration of public teaching hospitals.

In a communique issued after the four day meeting, NUAHP called for an end to the appointment of Chief Medical Directors of tertiary health institutions without recourse to other medically qualified healthcare professionals.

The union however urged the Federal Government, National Assembly and Head of Service of the Federation to re organise, restructure and reposition the Federal Ministry of Health to accommodate other qualified healthcare professionals at the directorate levels without delay to promote industrial harmony in the sector.

Expressway accident claims nine lives in Ogun state

 

Nine persons have been confirmed dead in a road crash along the Abeokuta -Siun Sagamu expressway, while others sustained various degrees of injuries.

The accident involving an 18-seater Hi-ace bus belonging to Lukdos Transport Company and an articulated lorry marked LAGOS JJJ 489 XB occurred around 7 30AM at Ototo village, few kilometers away from the state capital.

The accident reportedly occurred when the truck, coming from the opposite direction lost control and rammed into the commercial bus.

The victims including three male and five female were said to be members of the same church died on the spot as well as the driver.

The Lagos bound bus was said to be conveying members of African Church Solution Camp, Abeokuta, for a wedding ceremony of another member of the church.

Confirming the incident, the coordinator of the state Traffic Compliant and Enforcement, TRACE, Mr. Sola Bamidele blamed it all on reckless driving by the truck driver.

He said that the remains of the victims have been deposited at the State Hospital, Ijaiye and Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, morgues.