Kidnappers Release CMD Of Irrua Specialist Hospital


The kidnapped Chief Medical Director of the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Dr Sylvanus Okogbenin, has been released.

Mr Danmallam Mohammed, the Edo State Commissioner of Police who confirmed the release said the CMD was released unharmed.

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Gunmen had abducted Dr Okogbenin on the 26th of August, 2019.

The attackers ambushed Dr Okogbenin’s vehicle at the Ramat park area of Benin City, the state capital.

Dr Okogbenin was on his way to Irrua when the gunmen accosted him.

Two security escorts who accompanied the doctor were reportedly shot and suffered life-threatening injuries while the CMD was whisked away.

Kogi State Records Case Of Lassa Fever

Kogi State Records Case Of Lassa FeverThe Kogi State Government has confirmed a case of Lassa fever in Lokoja, the state’s capital in North-central Nigeria.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Saka Audu, who confirmed this to Channels Television, said the affected patient was diagnosed after returning from a trip outside the state.

He explained that the patient was rushed to the emergency unit of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja after he was discovered to show signs and symptoms indicating haemorrhagic fever.

Dr. Audu said the patient was eventually transferred to the Federal Specialist Hospital, Irrua in Edo State for optimal care.

“The confirmation was done after a patient who is a resident in Old Market area in Lokoja reported at the Accident and Emergency Unit of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja with signs and symptoms suggestive of haemorrhagic fever.

“The state epidemiologists immediately responded by sending the patient’s blood sample to the designated laboratory at the Federal Specialist Hospital, Irrua, Edo State for analysis which came back positive for Lassa fever,” he said.

The Commissioner noted that following a meeting with the State Rapid Response Team, provisions were made for contact tracing and prophylactic treatment for medical personnel who had contact with the patient.

“All these have been concluded as all those who have had contact with the patient are currently being monitored.

“It is important to note that the patient had travelled to Ilorin, Kwara State where he stayed for two weeks; he only developed symptoms of haemorrhagic fever two days after his return,” he added.

Dr. Audu stated that since the incubation period for Lassa fever is between six to 21 days, the State Government cannot completely say it has curtailed the menace.

He, however, said that they have put in place measures to prevent the spread of the disease in the state.

Earlier, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said it was notified of 273 cases of Lassa fever, including 149 deaths in Nigeria between August 2015 and May 2016.

The organisation added that 165 cases and 89 deaths have been confirmed through laboratory testing.

Cross River Records First Death From Lassa

Lassa Fever, Cross RiverThe Cross River State Government has confirmed a case of Lassa fever death in the state in Nigeria’s south-south.

The confirmation follows a positive test result received from the Institute of Lassa Fever Research and Control, Irrua in Edo State.

The Cross River State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Inyang Asibong, made the announcement in a statement issued on Thursday.

She said the ministry consequently mandated the epidemiology team to begin contact-tracing immediately for effective monitoring.

Dr. Asibong described the incident as unfortunate, adding that it was the first time the state is reporting the case of death from the disease.

She called on the general public to increase their personal hygiene as this remains one of the most effective preventive measures.

The commissioner stated that personnel at the primary healthcare centres across the state have been asked to watch out for the signs and symptoms of Lassa fever in their patients and report any suspected case to the Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency (CRSPHCDA).