Ondo Govt. Moves To Stop Spread Of Lassa Fever

Lassa FeverOndo State Government says it has put all measures in place towards ensuring that Lassa Fever does not spread to the state again.

As part of efforts towards achieving this, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. ‘Dayo Adeyanju held a sensitization meeting with the Primary Healthcare Coordinators as well as Surveillance and Focal Persons from the 18 local government areas of the state in Akure, the state capital.

In a chat with newsmen, Adeyanju said that the emergence of Lassa Fever in Ogun State which is a neighboring state, makes it important to activate outbreak control operations in the local governments.

Adeyanju declared that all primary healthcare operators need to become active as government would continue to create awareness to ensure the disease is prevented.

The Primary Healthcare Coordinator for Odigbo Local Government in Ondo State, which shares a border with Ogun State, Dr. Kayode Adegbehingbe, explained measures taken to prevent the spread of the disease.

He informed newsmen that immediately they heard that there was Lassa Fever outbreak in Ogun State, all hands have been on deck to ensure the disease does not spread to Ondo State.

He said that a border patrol team had been set up between Odigbo Local Government and Ijebu East Local Government in Ogun State.

He added that sensitization meetings have been held across the borders, giving assurance that with all measures that have been put in place, Lassa Fever would not enter Ondo State.

Earlier in the year, three cases of Lassa Fever were recorded in Ondo State, specifically in Ose LGA, close to the border with neighboring Edo State.

The Ondo government succeeded in controlling its spread.

Ogun Lassa Fever: Health Commissioner Says 396 Under Observation

 Ogun state, Lassa FeverThe Ogun state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babtunde Ipaye, has said that 396 people have been traced and placed under surveillance in case they develop symptoms of Lassa Fever.

The 396 were said to have had primary and secondary contacts with the Assistant Chief Nursing Officer of Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Idi- Aba in Abeokuta, who died of the disease on Tuesday.

The Commissioner made this disclosure during an official commissioning of Shoremekun Memorial Hospital at Ifo Local Government Area of the State.

Ipaye said that the primary contacts are majorly members of the late victim’s family, while the secondary contacts are the victim’s co-workers in the hospital, particularly those in her department.

The Commissioner said so far, none of the contacts have shown abnormal temperature since they began monitoring.

He added that the medical officers attached to each of the contacts would continue to monitor them until they are medically adjudged to be free of the disease.

“All the 396 contacts have not shown any abnormal symptoms or signs of Lassa fever, their temperature is under control and we have stationed our monitoring officer with each of the contacts to continue monitoring throughout a specific period in line with the World Health Organisation (W.H.O), standard” he said.

Allaying the fears of residents, the Health Commissioner assured them that government was on top of the situation.

He however advised the people to cultivate high level of hygiene and keep their food away from rats.

Dr. Ipaye also advised members of the public to report any case of malaria symptoms that may have exceeded three days to the nearest General Hospital.

Ogun Police Parade 35 Suspects, Impound 297 Bags Of Cannabis

PoliceThe Ogun State Police Command has announced a total ban on the use of banger, firecrackers and knockout, saying that anyone caught would be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Abdulmajid Ali, handed down the warning in his office in Abeokuta, the state capital, while parading about 35 suspects arrested from various areas across the state for various offenses.

The command also paraded a truck loaded with 297 bags of substance suspected to be Indian hemp along Ajuwon/Akute road in Ifo Local Government Area of the state.

According to the Police Commissioner, it is now a crime to organise illegal procession, use firecrackers, knockout, etc. He said that the sale and use of those items remained banned, just as he asked residents and fun seekers to be moderate and vigilant.

While assuring residents of adequate protection of life and property, the Police boss also canvassed quality information from members of the general public that can lead to the arrest of criminals in their midst.

Amosun Visits Channels Television

The Governor of Ogun state, Mr Ibikunle Amosun has promised to collaborate with the management and staff of Channels Television in a partnership with his administration, to showcase the developmental works in Ogun state.

The governor made a brief stop at the station’s headquarters in Isheri North a border town between Lagos and Ogun state while on an inspection tour of projects in Ifo local government area of Ogun state.

He was received by the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Channels Television, Mr John Momoh, and management staff of Channels Television.

Ogun: Principal Suspended For Conducting Virginity Test

For allegedly conducting virginity test on some female students of Ajuwon High School, Iju Ajuwon in Ifo local government area of Ogun state, the state government has suspended the Principal of the school, Mrs Olufunke Olatundun.

The State Commissioner for Education, Science and technology, Mr Segun Odubela announced on Wednesday that “after the preliminary investigations conducted by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Olufunke has been suspended from work.”

A press statement signed by the Commissioner,  stated that the Ministry had invited and interrogated the school’s Principal to give her a fair hearing.

The Commissioner also added that a five-man panel consisting of officials of both the Ministry and Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) has been set up to further investigate the case and make appropriate recommendations on how to deal with the matter and the panel was given 14 days to submit its report.

The Principal, who is described as a strict disciplinarian, is alleged to have  invited a nurse and jointly carried out virginity tests on a group of 10 Senior Secondary School 1 students last week Monday without the consent of the parents/guardians of the pupils.

The entire pupils reportedly rebelled against Oladeojobi last Wednesday as they did a sit-in on the assembly ground protesting and demanding that she should be redeployed from the school.

The Ajuwon Police Division has since arrested the Principal following further protest by parents of the abused students.

Mr Odubela added that the government is always concerned about the welfare and interest of the students and therefore will not tolerate any act that will compromise their fundamental rights or jeopardise their future.

“We equally believe in the need to maintain discipline in our schools and to follow due process in the handling of this particular case. We appeal to the parents of the students involved to be patient and allow us to handle the case as dictated by the law of the land and service rules,” he said.