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.

Law Weekly: The FAAN Projects Impasse

Two weeks ago, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) announced that it had called off the lease for two projects, a hotel and conference center located around the domestic wing of the Murtala Muhammed airport, MMA2 in Lagos.

The director of legal services, FAAN, Mr. Mark Jacobs said by the agreement, the concessionaire entrusted with the projects, Bi-Courtney Nigeria Ltd was to have completed them in 2008 and despite an extension till 2009, and the projects still remain uncompleted in 2013.

Chairman of Bi-Courtney, Dr. Wale Babalakin however insists that his company has a court order restraining FAAN from taking over the lease.

On this episode of law weekly with our judiciary correspondent, Shola Soyele, both men argue the legality of their different positions.

Investigators Blame Pilots, Airline For Bellview, ADC crashes

The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) on Saturday officially released to the public over 20 aircraft accident reports.

The reports, posted on the AIB website (www.aib.gov.ng)  include the October 22, 2005 mishap of Bellview Airlines Flight 210 in Lisa, Ogun State, which killed all 117 passengers on board.

The reports also included those involving Sosoliso in Port-Harcourt airport in 2005 where over a hundred school children of the prestigious Loyola Jesuit College and a popular preacher, Bimbo Odukoya met their death.

For the Sosoliso crash, the weather reports obtained from the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET), and the one compiled from the satellite imagery by the Boeing aircraft company (USA), showed that there was a change in the wind speed and direction when the aircraft was approaching the station.

Other reports are AIB interim report on Beechcraft 1900D accident at Bushi village in Obanlinku local government of Cross River State on march 15, 2008, report on the accident to Boeing 737 aircraft registered 5N-AUA that crashed at the new Kaduna airport on November 13, 1995, the 2008 Nigeria police force’s Bell 412 helicopter and the September 7th accident involving DHL, registration ZS-DPF, at Murtala Muhammed international airport, Ikeja, Lagos and on the accident involving Tampico club 9 aircraft, reg. 5N-CBF at Zaria, Kaduna state on October 10, 2006, among others.

The AIB had concluded its investigations on the air calamities and came up with the reports, but successive Ministers of Aviation had failed to make the reports public.

The AIB, based at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, carried out the investigations in accordance with Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Act 2006, and Civil Aviation (Investigation of Air Accidents and Incidents) Regulations.

Hence, it stated that in accordance with Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, it is not the purpose of aircraft accident/serious incident investigations to apportion blame or liability.

It advised readers that the AIB investigates for the sole purpose of enhancing aviation safety, and consequently, “its reports are confined to matters of safety significance and should not be used for any other purpose.”

It added that, “recommendations in this report are addressed to the regulatory Authorities of the state (NCAA),” and “it is for this authority to decide what action is taken.”

Analyst berates poor reception of Paralympic team

Dapo Daramola, a sports analyst on Thursday said the reception of the team that represented Nigeria in the London 2012 Paralympic games was of poor quality compared to what other countries did to welcome their disabled athletes.

The sports analysts, who disclosed this during a chat with the anchors of Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily, said he didn’t see anything enthusiastic about the expectations of the Team Nigeria athletes concerning their reception at the airport.