The Ogun State Government, has called on all candidates seeking admission into the state’s owned school of Nursing for the 2017/2018 academic session, to visit the State Ministry of Health, Department of Nursing Services, Room 104, New Secretariat, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta for admission procedures.
This is in effect is to save them from falling victims of fraudsters and admission racketeering.
In a statement signed by the State Commissioner for Health, Mr Babatunde Ipaye, the warning became imperative for the prospective candidates in order not to fall victims of fraudsters while seeking for admission into the School of Nursing both online registration and hard copy documentation of application procedures.
According to the statement, all interested candidates must at least possess five (5) O’level credits in not more than two sittings including English language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, while candidates awaiting result can also apply.
The statement also had it that, applicants are expected to have a functional E-mail address as application closes on Wednesday, June 30, 2017.
However, a Computer Base Test (CBT) Examination for all successful candidates will come up on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at the School of Nursing (SON), Idi-Aba Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital by 8:00am.
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.
The Ogun State Government has assured residents not to exercise unnecessary fear over the outbreak of Lassa fever in the state.
The government’s call comes on the heels of reported cases of the disease in some states in Nigeria.
In a statement, the Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Mr Babatunde Ipaye, said that the government has activated its disease surveillance and notification structures.
He explained that the structures would detect any case of Lassa fever on time and deploy appropriate measures to prevent and control the spread of the disease.
The Commissioner called on residents to maintain a high standard of personal hygiene and ensure all food stock are tightly closed.
He urged members of the public to take note of persistent high fever that has resisted normal antimalarial drugs treatment, stressing that all fluids from an infected person are extremely dangerous.
Health workers were also advised to be at alert by wearing personal protective equipment and observe universal basic precautions.
Mr Ipaye identified the symptoms of the disease as weakness, sore throat, abdominal pains, muscle pain and bleeding from any part of the body such as the eye, nose, mouth, ear and other private parts of the body.
He advised members of the public to report any case of the above symptoms to the nearest general hospital or call the Lassa fever hotline on 09099140121 and 09099140122.
Doctors under the aegis of the National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners in Ogun State have threatened industrial action over allegation of poor condition of service.
They also decried the shortage of manpower at government hospitals across the state and the refusal of the state government to pay their relativity.
At a press briefing on Monday after the emergency meeting of the association in Abeokuta, the capital of the state, the doctors said the planned industrial action became imperative in view of the alleged unconcerned attitudes of the government to their demands.
Reacting to the development, the state Commissioner for Health, Mr Babatunde Ipaye, said government was not unmindful of their demands.
Mr Ipaye asked the doctors to show better understanding in the face of the state’s current financial challenges.
He also asked them to be more productive in their duties to justify government’s investment in the sector.
Three people have been confirmed dead at the Saint Louis Specialist Hospital in Zonkwa, Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State following the outbreak of Lassa fever in the state.
The state’s Commissioner for Health, Professor Jonathan Nok, who confirmed the incident to newsmen on Monday, said that a medical doctor, a nurse and a pregnant woman were among the deceased.
He said that the doctor and nurse showed signs of Lassa fever shortly after operating a pregnant woman who was brought in from another hospital in Kafanchan, and later died few days after they were tested positive to the deadly disease.
He said that the affected hospitals have been put under isolation with the intention of tracing the primary and secondary contacts with the deceased.
The Commissioner urged residents not to panic as government is on top of the situation, while he advised them to maintain personal hygiene around their homes.
The Ogun State government has confirmed the death of the first victim of Lassa fever in the state.
The 28-year-old female resident of Ebonyi State was being treated at the isolation centre at the Olabisi Onabanjo Teaching Hospital, Sagamu before her demise.
The Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Mr Babatunde Ipaye, disclosed this to reporters in his office in Abeokuta, the state capital.
He said that none of the 121 primary contacts who have been put under observation has shown any symptom of the virus.
The Commissioner also announced that another 28-year-old pregnant woman from Kogi State has been diagnosed and tested positive to the virus.
He added that the patient is being attended to at the same isolation facility in Sagamu while disclosing that she has recovered from the initial fatigue, body weakness and depression.
Mr Ipaye appealed to the people of Ogun State not to entertain any unnecessary panic as the situation is under control.
The Ogun State government has denied claims of any outbreak of the Lassa fever virus in the state.
The Commissioner for Health, Mr Babatunde Ipaye, made the clarification on Tuesday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, while addressing reporters on the development.
He maintained that the state was safe, while epidemic preparedness centres to respond to any crisis had been put in place in the state’s capital as well as the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Sagamu.
Mr Ipaye explained that two children from Abeokuta and Sagamu, who were suspected to have the virus were diagnosed with the clinical result coming out as negative.
The Commissioner appealed to the residents to remain calm while asking them to maintain proper hygiene.