Queens College Students Resume Classes

queens-collegeThe Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has directed the resumption of exam classes (JSS3 & SS3) only, of students of the Queens College, Yaba, Lagos state.

They are expected to resume as day students from Monday March 20, 2017 between the hours of 7:30 am-2:30 pm.

The new directive is coming contrary to the earlier text messages sent by the school management, asking all parents to return their wards to school on March 19.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. OlaJide Idris, during a news conference on Thursday, had advised that the School resumption “be delayed till appropriate measures have been put in place for the safety of the students”.

Subsequently, some parents visited the school to meet with the Principal, Mrs Aduke Are, and get first hand information about the resumption as well as see what measures have been put in place to safeguard the welfare and safety of their wards.

Mrs Are, while addressing the parents, assured them that management had been following all the recommendations by the Lagos State Ministry of Health.

She said among other developments, that a water treatment plant had been certified while the 500ft deep industrial bore hole which serves as the main source of water for the entire premises has also been revamped and is functioning.

Two Students Dead

A laboratory report had shown that since the beginning of January 2017, over 1,222 students of the secondary school, have been treated at the school’s clinic for abdominal pain, fever, vomiting and diarrhea.

Also, 16 of them have been purportedly admitted to various hospitals in the country, and while two others have died, one is said to be currently in the intensive care unit of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).

This was revealed in a statement by the Unity School Old Students’ Association (USOSA).

The association added that water sources in the school were contaminated by pathogens.

“The analysis also indicates that the boreholes that provide principal sources of water for the school are too shallow and too close in proximity to the sewage systems, to which the contamination has been traced,”

President of the association, Chidi Odinkalu, subsequently accused the school authorities of concealing the facts from the public, noting that the school has shown reckless disregard for the lives of the students.

Ambode Commissions Helipad At LASUTH, Says To Be Used As Life Saving Asset

Cancer, Akinwunmi AmbodeLagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday commissioned a Helipad at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH),

While commissioning the facility, Governor Ambode, who said it will be a life saving asset, maintained that the need for a helipad had become necessary to complement other emergency services within the state.

He further stated that the facility would be operated by specially trained personnel, who will offer a 24-hour service.

The governor also mentioned that the Helipad would be located in LASUTH, Given her reputation as the State Tertiary Health Institution, offering referrals to other state and private medical institutions.

He said the usual movement by road is not the best option and has guaranteed the public that there would be expert medical care during emergency transfer and also safe landing at all times.

Governor Ambode also inspected abandoned as well as on-going projects, including the upgrading of 247-bed and five theatre suits for pregnant women to be ready for use by the first quarter of 2017.

Only Survivor Of Lagos Fire Dies In Hospital

Lagos-fire-incidentThe only survivor of the tragic Wednesday fire incident that occurred around Lawanson area in Lagos State has died in the hospital.

According to the Assistant Coordinator of Burns and Trauma Centre Lasuth Annex in Gbagada, Dr Ajibola Ishola, Chidinma was brought in around 2:35am on Wednesday unconscious with 17 percent burns.

She eventually gave up the ghost around 6am on Thursday due to complications from the burns and injuries sustained from flame inhalation.

Chidinma’s death comes barely 24hours after 7 of her family members were burnt beyond recognition in an inferno that engulfed their home.

WHO Links Ondo Mysterious Deaths To Pesticide Poisoning

Ebola-WHOThe World Health Organization (WHO) has blamed the mysterious deaths of 18 people in a village in Ondo State, south-west Nigeria on pesticide poisoning.

The WHO spokesperson, Gregory Haertl, said tests done so far at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) were negative for viral and bacterial infection, but revealled that a weedkiller was most likely responsible.

Meanwhile, the Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dayo Adeyanju, has asked visitors to stay away from the ancient town of Ode-Irele until the situation stabilises.

Contrary to the WHO death figure, earlier reports had put the mortality rate in the outbreak of the unknown disease linked by traditionalists in the area to the desecration of a shrine, at 20

The WHO had, however, confirmed the figure to be 18, linking it to chemical intoxication.

Lagos Doctors Suspend Strike

Lagos doctorsThe strike by doctors working for the Lagos State Government which began on March 16 has been suspended.

Full services are to resume from 8am on Thursday, March 26.

According to the Secretary of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Lagos State chapter, Dr. Babajide Saheed, the suspension of the strike came after what he described as a ”fruitful meeting” between Lagos State Government officials and the Lagos doctors on Tuesday.

Following its congress on Wednesday, the NMA and Medical Guild have set up a committee to ensure the implementation of government promises which include the payment of the withheld salaries.

Public hospitals in Lagos were shut following disagreement over issues which include alleged engagement of doctors as casual workers; the suspension of the training of resident doctors in the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) and the withholding of doctors’ salaries for May 2012 and between August and September 2014, over the doctors’ involvement in an industrial action.

LASUTH Doctors Stage Protest Over Non-Payment Of Salaries

LASUTH doctorsDoctors from the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, staged a peaceful march to protest non payment of salaries owed them for months.

The doctors, who carried placards bearing various inscriptions, marched around the premises of the Lagos State Teaching Hospital, chanting solidarity songs.

They said other states had been paid their salaries for the said months during which doctors were on a nationwide strike.

The Vice Chairman, Medical Guild, Lagos Chapter, Dr. Saliu Oseni, noted that in August and September 2014, Doctors went on strike in line with a national call, other doctors were paid asides from those in Lagos State.

He called on the Lagos State government to consider their plea.

Fashola Commissions Lagos Energy Academy, Inducts First Batch Of Students

Governor-FasholaLagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola  (SAN) on Tuesday formally commissioned the Lagos Energy Academy and inducted the first batch of its Students.

The Governor who inspected the facilities at the Academy located at the State Electricity Board, Works Yard Road, GRA, Ikeja, after the unveiling, said this first key step will herald the training of many batches of power engineers and artisans who will provide the necessary human capital for lighting Lagos and Nigeria.

According to him, the Lagos Energy Academy will provide training for young people to become technicians and electrical engineers and provide training in generation, transmission and distribution.

Fashola explained that inside the Academy, there are modules on the sub-station that people see outside which has been simulated as well as transformers and all sorts of learning equipments and tools.

“We believe that over the years, there is a possibility to produce as many as 200,000 graduates who would have Siemens certification to be able to work anywhere. We are also partnering with a meter manufacturing company who is training them on how to diagnose faults with meters, the old analogue meters, the digital meters, the card meters, so that they are able to render service in terms of power generation transmission and distribution and all of the challenges,” he said.

The Governor said the initiative is significant because it connects the curriculum of the Academy with the needs of the society.

“This really now is connecting our curriculum to the needs of our society, the biggest needs of this society today is power and as the DISCOs are taking position, they are going to need men and women, boys and girls who will provide the manpower, the knowledge and this is where we have decided to invest, to connect these young people to jobs that are waiting to be taken so that they do not continue to complain about unemployment.

“So, we have taken them from all levels, from vocational centres, technical colleges and through our schools systems to give them a chance to start out a new career in power sector in Lagos”, he explained.

Speaking on the Mainland Independent Power Project, the Governor said it is the sixth IPP that the State is completing and now going through the pre-commissioning testing, adding that when it is commissioned, hopefully before the end of this month, it would now power LASUTH, the High Court, the Lagos State Police Command and all of the public institutions around Ikeja.

He explained that what is behind the IPP is the sample of the solar installations that are going to be installed in all the public schools in Lagos State, adding that government already has contracts for 172 of them in partnership with DFID for which it has to provided counterpart funding .

“Very soon you would see this installed in all our schools in Lagos, so we are taking the schools off regular generators, carbon energy. All public schools and you would see the solar panels on top of them, that is where the energy is going to come from and it would also have charging points for students who need to charge their IPADS. So this is a foundation for moving our schools finally to electronic and e-learning because there would be regular and uninterrupted power,” he added.

Speaking on opportunities available for people from other states, the Governor said there is always room to take on people from other states subject to them complying with the prequalification tests.

Ebola Virus: NMA, Lagos Govt. To Provide Secured Place For Infected Patients

Ebola virusThe Senior Registrar, Department of Family Medicine, LASUTH, Dr. Sodipo Oluwajimi, says that the Nigerian Medical Association is trying to liaise with the Lagos State Government to provide a secured place that would be used to treat people infected with the Ebola Virus to prevent its spread.

He reiterated the need for persons infected with the Ebola virus to be kept in an isolated area to be able to reduce the risk of spreading.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Dr. Oluwajimi noted that the doctors’ strike has not yet been called off, but there is a centre in Yaba which is equipped and is taking care of people infected with Ebola virus.

He mentioned that the doctors treating these affected patients have previously worked on patients infected with other similar infections, which has made them have some form of infection control mechanism.

Dr. Oluwajimi advised that when a patient is critically ill or has an infection, there should be a high level of infection control to prevent the spread of the disease.

He revealed that there had been no case of the Ebola virus at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) but mentioned that all cases of infections are being referred to Infectious Disease Hospital which he says has been managing people with high level of infections.

Dr. Oluwajimi also explained that people do not become symptomatic unless there is a contact and there is the primary contact, secondary contact and tertiary contact. He further explained that primary contact is directly with someone that has the infection/virus, while the secondary and tertiary contacts depend on the number of contacts leading to the primary carrier of the virus.

He disclosed that the Government was monitoring people that came in contact with the late Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer, to prevent more spread.

Dana Air Crash: Bodies Of Pilot and Co-Pilot Not Found

The bodies of the two pilots of the crashed Dana Air’s MD-83 Plane which crashed and claimed the lives of 153 passengers were not found at the site of the crash as they were completely incinerated by the post-crash inferno.

153 body bags were recovered from the site of the Dana Crash of the 3rd of June, 2012. Of that figure, the Pathologists conducting an inquest into the cause of the crash were able to identify the bodies of 148 persons.

These details were given in court on Friday when the Chief Medical Examiner and Consultant Pathologist of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Prof. John Obafunwa, testified before a Coroner Court sitting at the Lagos High Court, Ikeja.

The American Pilot, Mr. Peter Waxtan, 55, and his Indian Co-Pilot, Mr. Mahendra Rathore, 34, whose bodies were not found were among the 153 persons aboard the plane and other persons on the ground, were killed in the crash.

Prof Obafunwa, who along with other experts conducted series of postmortem tests on the bodies recovered from the crash site, said a total of nine persons among the 153 persons aboard the plane could not be identified.

He said the team of experts could not identify the bodies of the Pilot and the Co-Pilot after exhaustive deliberation and consultation.

“Bodies of other crew members were however identified.”

He said apart from Waxtan, and Rathore, who were certain to be on the plane, the other seven names of passengers on the manifest whose bodies were not found, might actually not have boarded the plane.

The consultant testified that “it is either these individuals were not on board the plane or some other passengers used their names to get on board.

“It is also possible some of them were completely incinerated” he added.

According to Prof Obafunwa, among the 148 bodies identified with their names, three of them were identified through the DNA analysis carried out in the United Kingdom and the three were discovered to be among the bodies of those who died on the ground.

Bags of body parts

Led in evidence by the counsel for the state’s Attorney General, Mr Akinjide Bakare, the pathologist said three unidentified bodies were still being kept in the mortuary

He said among the 153 body bags received by his team, two among the bags contained different parts of the body of the same person.

The pathologist also tendered in court the final report of the series of tests carried out on the bodies.

The autopsy reports on the 148 identified bodies with their names and 170 CDs of images also formed part of documents admitted as exhibits at Friday’s proceedings.

The images in the CDs, part of which were shown during the proceedings contained the X-rays, dental structure, bodies of the identified victims and bone samples of some of the victims.

Prof Obafunwa said two-thirds of the bodies removed were burnt beyond recognition, some suffered “heat fracture”, a situation whereby some limbs were completely burnt out, and some were decapitated.

Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe has adjourned till January 25 for lawyers representing Dana Air and other parties to cross-examine the Pathologist.

Dana Crash: Absence Of Pathologist Stalls Inquest

The coroner’s inquest into the 3 June 2012 Dana Plane crash in Lagos has failed to resume on Tuesday following the absence of a consultant pathologist, John Obafunwa.

153 passengers aboard the plane and some residents of Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos State, where the plane crash occurred, were killed in the incident.

The inquest had been due to resume on Tuesday following the dismissal of a suit filed against the proceedings by a group, Civil Aviation Round Table.

The suit was dismissed by Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court in Lagos for lacking in merit.

Mr Obafunwa, who is the Chief Medical Examiner of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja had testified on July 25,2012 on the cause of death of the victims.

He was expected to be cross-examined on his testimony and submit the autopsy reports to the court.

Following his absence, the Lagos State Coroner, Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe said the proceedings could not go on.

Also to be cross-examined is Capt. Oscar Wilson, Director of Flight Operations, Dana Airlines who had also given evidence before the inquest.

Magistrate Oyetade has therefore adjourned the inquest till the 18th of Jan. 2013 to enable summons to be served on witnesses and parties expected to testify before the court.