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.

Health Official Urges Nigerians To Stop Stigmatising Discharged Ebola Victims

Health_officialThe Permanent Secretary of the Lagos Primary Healthcare Board, Dr Kayode Oguntimehin, has reiterated the call by the Lagos State Government on Nigerians to stop the stigmatisation of discharged Ebola victims, insisting they are the safest persons to be around.

“Someone who has been treated for Ebola and has come out of that treatment centre is probably the safest person you could be around because that person cannot get infected and cannot give it to you”, he said as a guest on Sunrise daily, on Wednesday.

He also warned that people are more at risk when they think they are running to safety from the discharged people, adding that “if somebody comes out and we say they should pack out of the house, they should not come to work; we are terminating their appointments; it sends the wrong signal”.

He further said infected people will refuse to turn themselves to the authorities if they knowg that they will be ostracised by the society, insisting that the “only way you can stop this illness, is if it doesn’t get to the next person.

“If I know that I have this disease and I know that if I come out and I am treated, I am going to be ostracised by the community and turned into a pariah, why will I come out” maintaining that “we are not really protecting ourselves by trying to stigmatise these people; on the other hand we are doing the opposite”, he said.

He called on Nigerians to have a rethink about stigmatising discharged victims because it it is getting so worrisome that some of the health workers are being stigmatised, noting that “these people are actually unsung heroes”.

Dr Oguntimehin further wondered why, instead of acknowledging health workers who have had less than five hours of sleep for the the past 52 days, since the problem started, are being pushed away, noting that “if others outside our shores are appreciative of what others are doing, I find it very disturbing that our people are not giving them the accolades that they deserve, instead they are being threatened left right and centre.

“I hope our people will change this attitude because if we drive these people away, who do we think is going to help us contain this”, he asked, insisting that containing the disease is the main trick not letting it explode.

He however expressed worry that some health workers are also guilty of stigmatising either sick or discharged patients, wondering “what others would do” if “those who are supposed to know (better) are also engaged in the act”.

Dr Oguntimehin warned culprits to desist from the act because the government is willing to apply the big stick and urged them “to have a rethink and realise that these people need to be embraced within the society” insisting that “they are extremely safe”.

Lagos State To Prosecute Case Of Stigmatisation

The Lagos State Government had said on Tuesday it will prosecute any person, group or organisation that stigmatises a patient who has been treated of the the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and duly discharged.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, who made Government’s intention known while giving an update on the EVD in the State at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, directed any concerned person, who has experienced stigmatisation, to petition the Attorney-General of the State from where the Government would take up the case.

Idris noted that there had been one or two cases of such stigmatisation in the State, while pointing at the eviction of contacts or treated patients from their places of accommodation, such persons being asked to stay away from work or outright termination of employment of such persons.

He reiterated that infection by Ebola Virus Disease was not a death sentence and appealed to members of the public, including employers of labour, to desist from stigmatising persons or laying off their workers who either have been treated and given a clean bill of health or are contacts under surveillance, describing the action as unfair and an infringement on their fundamental right to freedom of association and employment.

FG Clears First Consultants To Re-Open

Empty hospital.......no doctors
Empty hospital…….no doctors

The Federal Government has issued a Certification of Decontamination to First Consultants Medical Centre, the hospital in Lagos which treated Nigeria’s Ebola index case, Patrick Sawyer. They have also been given the permission to re-open for business.

In two letters from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, both parties notified First Consultants that it had been cleared to reopen for business, having undergone three rounds of state-certified decontamination processes.

The Lagos State Government also commiserated with the hospital over the loss of its medical personnel, “who died in the line of duty” and expressed its appreciation for the altruistic role it played in containing and managing the Ebola virus, “thus preventing an epidemic.

“The Ministry is in receipt of a letter dated August 29, 2014, from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Ebola Emergency Centre, Lagos, informing that your facility has had three rounds of state-certified decontamination process.

“The Ministry acknowledges the role your facility played in alerting the State Government of the index case of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and appreciates your altruistic gestures in containing and managing this dealy virus, thus preventing an epidemic.

“We also commiserate with you on your members of staff who died in the line of duty.

“First Consultants has now been cleared to reopen for business. We hope that with this reopening, your facility will continue to maintain its high quality of standards”, the statement said

First Consultants was shut down and quarantined by the Federal Government on July 26 in line with the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) protocol on the virus, following the death of Sawyer at the hospital on July 25.

The hospital lost a number of its health care workers to the Ebola outbreak, including its Senior Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist, Dr. A. S. Adadevoh.

Ebola Virus Update: LASG Urges Citizens Not To Create Anxiety Through Rumours

Dr Jide IdrisThe Lagos State Government has urged residents to avoid spreading rumours and false stories about the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) as such stories create unnecessary anxiety even as it announced the full recovery and discharge of seven confirmed cases of the disease in the State.

Briefing newsmen on Tuesday, the State’s Commissioner for Education, Dr. Jide Idris, said such rumours and false stories, especially in the social media, are also capable of undermining the efforts being made to contain and manage the outbreak.

The Commissioner, who said the briefing has become necessary in order to douse “the inaccuracies bothering on distortion of facts and outright falsehood being spread in the social media” noted that contrary to the rumours and false information, the Rapid Response Team on the disease are working in accordance with global best practices.

He reiterated that five deaths had so far been recorded in Nigeria since the EVD incident, adding that the seven recovered persons, who are currently being successfully reintegrated with their families and communities, are a confirmation that an infection by the disease does not mean an automatic death sentence.

Dr Idris said the common thread among the recovered cases was their early presentation for supportive treatment, pointing out that, with the development, there are no need to hide friends and relations who are suspected to have come down with the disease. “The earlier they are brought for screening and surveillance, the better the outcome”.

Idris emphasized that a contact becomes infective only when symptoms appear “with fever being the game changer” he added that, by and large, only symptomatic contacts are admitted while asymptomatic contacts are only admitted when the index of suspicion that they may be lost to follow up is high.

He explained further that while contacts are monitored twice daily for temperature changes and symptoms, the homes of contacts coming for self admission or those evacuated  for conduct of confirmatory tests, including areas of common use with other tenants or family members, their offices and relevant general surfaces, are decontaminated.

The Commissioner implored Lagos residents not to stigmatize contacts who have been given a clean bill of health urging them to assist in facilitating the re-integration of such contacts into the society. He cited the example of the American doctor who was discharged by Emory Hospital in the United States after being treated of EVD pointing out that he was openly embraced by both the hospital staff and family members.

He also appealed to medical practitioners in both public and private health facilities not to reject febrile patients without proper assessment pointing out that such rejection may not only increase stigmatization but also deter self-reporting. “Not everybody with a fever or hemorrhage has come down with EVD”.

He said contrary to the rumours and false information in the social media, the Rapid Response Team on the virus has continued to function through the working groups which include  Contact Tracing, Epidemiology and Laboratory, Health Promotion and Social Mobilization, Case Management and Infection Prevention/Control, Point of Entry and Data Management adding that regular meetings are being facilitated by the Team to develop strategic action plan in line with best practices.

Dr Idris highlighted the mode of transmission of the disease, noting that “once a person is infected with Ebola, the disease is transmissible through direct contact with broken skin, mucous membranes and secretion of an infected person”, adding that human to human transmission is only achieved through physical contact with a person who is acutely and gravely ill with fever being a key sign.

Lagos Records Five New Ebola Cases

Ebola_casesThe Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, has confirmed five new Ebola cases in the state.

Dr Idris, who said the Ebola cases were reported to the Yaba Mainland Hospital, however noted that one of the victims has been discharged.

“We have six from the statistics we have, but one person was discharged yesterday”,he said, at a press conference.

The Commissioner noted that “till date, we have recorded eight suspected cases, five of which came in yesterday, 12 confirmed,” said Dr. Idris.

“On the whole, five have died (including the index case). We are currently following up 213 contacts, and 62 have completed the two-day follow-up,” he added.

Dr. Idris paid tributes to the deceased Senior Consultant and Endocrinologist at First Consultant Medical Centre, Obalende, Stella Adadevoh, who passed away on Tuesday after suffering from the virus.

“She, it was, who took the initiative to intimate the Ministry concerning the index case – Liberian-American (Mr. Patrick Sawyer) and substantially to her credit the moderate containment achieved is owed,” said Dr. Idris.

“She led the team who attended to the index case. Her doggedness and commitment to duty saw her personally reviewing the case even though the patient had earlier been seen by a doctor.

“The Ministry of Health commiserates with their families, co-workers, friends and loved ones on these irreparable losses which was on the line of duty,” he added.

Dr. Idris also said that the government’s “vigorous” contact tracing is now shifting from primary to secondary contacts , adding that “the mode of spread remains mainly transmission from an infected person in an infective state and from an infected animal (bat, monkey, etc) to a person”.

Nigerians Should Remain Vigilant

Meanwhile, Dr Idris called on all Nigerians to be vigilant “as human to human transmission is only achieved by physical contact with a person who is acutely and gravely ill (fever being a key sign) from Ebola virus through body fluids such as blood, urine, stool, saliva, breast milk, semen, and vomit.

“Burial ceremonies where mourners including family members have direct contact with patients who died of Ebola have also played a role in the spread and direct contact with dead bodies should be minimized at this period, even as washing and burial/disposal of such bodies should be professionally handled with safety to personal health of handlers being a cardinal focus,” he added.

He also urged Lagos residents not to panic as health personnel are in place to manage the current cases, while efforts are doubled to secure the services of more volunteers to cope with any contingency.

“Certain concerns have been raised regarding those already discharged. I wish to re-assure you that the discharge process was in line with WHO International Health Regulations and they are still being followed up. No recorded carrier state in person that have recovered from the disease has been recorded,” said Dr. Idris.

“I encourage persons who have come in contact with infected persons to report early for treatment as such improves chances of survival.”

WHO Commends Nigeria’s Efforts In Containing Ebola

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has commended efforts made in containing the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria.

A comment posted on their website

said “the situation in Lagos, Nigeria, where the first imported case was detected in July, looks reassuring”.

It further noted that “Intensive contact tracing, conducted by Nigerian health officials and staff from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has not, so far, identified any further confirmed cases outside the initial transmission chain.

“The intensity of the search and monitoring effort raises cautious optimism that further spread of the virus in Nigeria can be stopped. The search for additional cases continues, as does the current high level of vigilance”,

“At present, the city’s 12 confirmed cases are all part of a single chain of transmission”, it said.

Doctor Who Contracted Ebola Disease Not Dead-LASG

Jide-Idris-commissioner-for-healthLagos State Government on Tuesday affirmed that the female medical doctor who tested positive to the Ebola Virus after treating a Liberian diplomat that died of the disease after arriving in Nigeria is still alive.

Addressing newsmen at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, noted that the female medical doctor who attended to the case of Ebola Virus Disease at a private hospital in Lagos is the only confirmed case to date out of the eight primary contact under clinical surveillance and care.

“Her being infected is largely due to the fact that she was a primary contact when the index case presented. At that point in time, the disease was not known to have been imported into the country”, Idris explained.

He stressed that the essence of the briefing is to highlight the mode of transmission of Ebola Virus Disease stressing that the disease is transmissible through direct contact with broken skin, mucous membranes and secretions of an infected person or through direct contact with materials and surfaces that have been contaminated by an infected person.

“This is a call for vigilance as human to human transmission is only achieved by physical contact with a person who is acutely and gravely ill from Ebola virus through body fluids such as blood, urine, stool, saliva, breast milk and semen. Burial ceremonies where mourners including family members have direct contact with patients who died of Ebola have also played a role in the spread of the disease”, Idris said.

The Commissioner noted that in Africa, infection has also occurred through the handling of infected chimpanzees, monkeys, gorillas, fruit bats, antelopes and porcupines adding that there has been no case of transmission by domestic animals like pigs.

He urged everyone to be vigilant especially with regard to relating with people who are ill, stressing that there is no cause to panic as long as basic precautionary measures such as hand washing, adoption of appropriate waste management and enhanced personal and environmental hygiene are adhered to.

Idris opined that precautionary measures such as hand washing, adoption of appropriate waste management and enhanced personal and environmental hygiene is relevant especially when large congregations are expected with a mix of people from other part of the world and commended the responsiveness and cooperation received from the Redeemed Christian Church of God in this regard during the church’s on-going Convention.

While appreciating various health workers who have selflessly committed to this cause of preventing the spread of the virus in the areas of contact tracing, case management and decontamination, the Commissioner appealed to other health workers like doctors, nurses, environmental health workers and phlebotomists to come on board and complement the state health workforce.

He also appealed to striking doctors to return to work and urged other health workers to sheath their swords and embrace team work in the drive to stem the spread of the disease in the state.

“We also count on the cooperation of the good people of Lagos State as your government, in partnership with the Federal government may need in the course of taking decisions in the overriding interest of the public, institute measures that may be considered inconvenient to some people”, Idris said.

He explained that relevant digital platforms have been set up for ease of reference, information and communication flow and that the platforms include Help line: 0800 EBOLA HELP (0800326524357); Website: www.ebolaalert.org; Facebook: fb.com/ebolaalert; and Twitter: @ebolaalert.

Also present at the briefing were the Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr Wale Ahmed and his Information and Strategy counterpart, Mr Lateef Ibirogba.

Ebola: Lagos Govt. Confirms Death Of Suspected Liberian Carrier

Ebola Lagos Media BriefingThe Lagos State Government on Friday confirmed that the Liberian native, who was admitted in a private hospital in Lagos over a reported case of Ebola disease, passed away on Thursday night.

Addressing a Press Conference on the development at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, said that the ministry had started collaborating with all other agencies to treat the body and ensure that it is properly disposed.

He added that because the victim was a foreign national, certain diplomatic steps have to be taken, which includes contacting the Liberian Embassy and ensuring the sanitization of the hospital where the victim was hospitalized before his death.

Dr Idris also stated that the ministry was in contact with the hospital to ensure that the corpse of the victim is sanitized and that the virus is killed to prevent it from spreading.

He also said that steps were being taken by the ministry in collaboration with federal agencies to man all the border points in the state towards preventing any case of anyone with suspected symptoms coming into the state.

The Commissioner explained that the ministry was also engaged in contact tracing with all those whom the victim came into contact with before his death and that the manifest of the aircraft which brought him to Lagos has been obtained by the ministry.

He reiterated that all of such people would be questioned and observed in the next 21 days to ascertain their state of health, adding that the State Government would also set up a treatment centre in case of any other reported case of the Ebola disease in the state.

He maintained that the initial test carried out on the victim at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) has confirmed that the man contracted Ebola but that the result of a confirmatory test was still being awaited from Dakar, Senegal to conclude the tests.

In addition, the Special Adviser on Public Health, Dr Yewande Adesina, cautioned members of the general public to desist from sending panicky messages via their phones and on social media about the issue.

She stressed that the State Government was on top of the situation, and this explains the reason why there had been media briefings periodically on developments about the case since it broke.

Additionally, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Lateef Ibirogba, said that the residents of the state should go about their lawful businesses, with the highest assurances that effective health measures have been put in place to guard against the spread of the disease from any source.

Also present at the briefing were the Special Adviser on Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Raji and Permanent Secretary, Primary Health Care Board, Dr Oguntimehin.

A health facility in Lagos reported to the Ministry of Health in the state about the admission of a 40-year-old Liberian working for a West African organization in Monrovia that arrived Lagos on a flight from Monrovia via Lome, Togo on Sunday July 20, 2014 at 4PM on suspicion of suffering from the Ebola Virus.

Health Minister Confirms Ebola Patient In Lagos

Onyebuchi Chukwu2The Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, has confirmed the outbreak of Ebola virus in Nigeria.

Professor Chukwu told journalists in Abuja that laboratory tests have confirmed one Ebola death in Lagos.

According to the Minister, the victim was a 40 year old man from Liberia, who was traveling to Calabar for an ECOWAS meeting.

The victim was suspected to be having the virus upon his arrival at the Muritala Muhammed Airport in Lagos on Wednesday, and was taken to the Lagos Teaching Hospital for proper diagnosis and treatment.

He, however, died in the early hours of Friday despite intensive care.

Meanwhile, the Minister has urged all Nigerians not to panic, while pleading that citizens should be at alert and be conscious of their hygiene.

The Minister also said that contacts have been made with the airline and passengers that travelled with the victim for proper monitoring to avoid spread of the virus.

The Ministry has also made phone numbers available for the public to call in case of emergencies.

Ebola virus currently has no vaccine. The deadly virus which can claim a life within two days if contracted, is believed to be transmitted by bats and primates like monkeys and chimpanzees.

Lagos State Confirms Possible Case Of Ebola Virus

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Lagos State Government officials briefing journalists on the possibility of Ebola Virus in the state.

The Lagos State Government has confirmed a possible case of Ebola Virus, which is been currently investigated while treatment is on for the 40 year old Liberian, who is now a suspect, and a possible 30 others who may have had contact.

The Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Public Health, Dr Yewande Adeshina, in a briefing noted that the 40 year old Liberian is in a private hospital in the Obalende area of the State.

Dr Adeshina also noted that the hospital housing the Liberian has been cordoned off and the victim isolated.

She warned residents to “keep personal and environmental hygiene” and urged those who notice “strange feeling or symptoms similar to those of Ebola virus, which ranges from fever, headache, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, sore throat and joint pains, which are all symptoms of other ailments, to visit competent health facilities”.

In the absence of such facilities, she said residents should call the following numbers 08023169485, 08033086660, 08033065303, 08055281442, 08055329229.

The State government had earlier in July laid out some precautionary measures to stop the outbreak of the disease, that has ravaged neighbouring west African countries, in the state.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, had in a statement, said the measures became necessary with a view to preventing the outbreak of the disease in the State

He listed measures that will help in stopping the outbreak to include; washing of hands often with soap and water, avoiding close contact with people who are sick and ensuring that objects used by the sick are decontaminated and properly disposed.

He advised health workers to be at alert and ensure they always wear personal protective equipment as well as observe universal basic precautions when attending to suspected or confirmed cases, and report same to their Local Government Area or Ministry of Health immediately.

Meanwhile the Federal Government and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had commenced the training of health workers to prevent the deadly Ebola virus from spreading into the country.

The training, which was held in Ibadan in April 2014, had laboratory scientists and epidemiologists from the South-West zone of the country in attendance for two weeks.

Head of the team, Dr. John Oladejo, told journalists that those involved received training on mode of transmission, prevention and control measure against the deadly virus.

He warned that the disease is difficult and expensive to manage.

Ebola has killed 632 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since an outbreak began in February.

He advised health workers to be at alert and ensure they always wore personal protective equipment as well as observed universal basic precautions when attending to suspected or confirmed cases, and report same to their Local Government Area or Ministry of Health immediately. – See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/07/lagos-issues-alert-ebola-gives-precautionary-tips/#sthash.pIUqBFiL.dpuf

 

ome  precautionary measures to prevent the outbreak  of the deadly virus in the state. – See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/07/lagos-issues-alert-ebola-gives-precautionary-tips/#sthash.pIUqBFiL.dpuf

State Of World’s Mother 2013: Reducing Maternal Mortality In Nigeria

Maternal deaths in Nigeria have been described in many quarters as unacceptably high. As Nigerians join the rest of the world in marking the state of women in 2013, Channels Television’s weekend programme, Sunrise examines the relationship between access to reproductive health in Nigeria and healthy population.

According to the International Conference on Population and Development Programme, reproduction health implies that people are able to have a satisfying and safe sex life and that they have the capability to reproduce and the freedom to decide if, when, and ho3w often to do so.

The above assumption is a condition that can only be achieved if the women are informed and have access to safe, effective, affordable and acceptable methods of family planning and other reproductive services of their choice to regulate fertility which are not against the law and the right to access appropriate health care services that will enable them go safely through pregnancy and child birth.

The Senior Maternal and New Born Health Manager with the Save the Children foundation, Abimbola Williams and the Lagos State Commission for Health, Jide Idris, in this interview examines the components of reproductive health and how women in Nigeria have felt in this year.

Lagos seals 38 illegal drug stores

The Lagos State Government has sealed 38 illegal medicine stores in the Ajegunle and Apapa areas of the state.

The Commissioner for Health, Jide Idris, who disclosed this said that the exercise was necessary to rid the state of illegal drugs stores.

Stressing the dangers associated with the sale of fake, substandard and expired drugs by unauthorised drug outlets, Idris vowed to carry out periodic clamp-downs on illegal peddlers, “to sanitise the drug distribution system in Lagos”.

The Health Commissioner also condemned the common practice of selling drugs at motor parks and market places, saying that pharmaceutical law forbade such, including usage of kiosks and containers as drug stores.

He however advised residents interested in selling medicine to consult with the Pharmaceutical Inspectorate Unit of the Ministry of Health, the authorising body for Patent and Proprietary Medicine Vendors Licence (PPMVL), for proper guidance.

In addition, Idris urged persons and organisations interested in importation, distribution and sale of drugs to license their premises through the Pharmacist Council of Nigeria (PCN).

It should be noted that the recent raid was a joint exercise involving the Ministry of Health, the PCN, the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), the Pharmaceutical Inspectors Committee (PIC) and the police.

Meeting over Lagos doctor’s strike deadlocked

A meeting to address the on-going crisis in the health sector of Lagos state hit a deadlock over the weekend as all the participants failed to reach a compromise.

The meeting which held at the Lagos High Court, Igbosere, was between officials of the Lagos state Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) and it was mediated by a committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).

The meeting which lasted for over six hours, however failed to produce the needed resolution of the crisis which has led to the dismissal of 783 doctors serving under the employ of the Lagos state government for embarking on an ‘illegal’ strike.

In attendance were Mr G.O.K. Ajay, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and Mr Taiwo Taiwo on the part of NBA, the Lagos state head of service, Mr. Adesegun Ogunlewe, the state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris and the Vice-chairman of the Lagos NMA, Dr Emene among others.

The meeting has however been adjourned till Tuesday for further discussions.