Ondo Govt. Moves To Stop Spread Of Lassa Fever

Lassa FeverOndo State Government says it has put all measures in place towards ensuring that Lassa Fever does not spread to the state again.

As part of efforts towards achieving this, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. ‘Dayo Adeyanju held a sensitization meeting with the Primary Healthcare Coordinators as well as Surveillance and Focal Persons from the 18 local government areas of the state in Akure, the state capital.

In a chat with newsmen, Adeyanju said that the emergence of Lassa Fever in Ogun State which is a neighboring state, makes it important to activate outbreak control operations in the local governments.

Adeyanju declared that all primary healthcare operators need to become active as government would continue to create awareness to ensure the disease is prevented.

The Primary Healthcare Coordinator for Odigbo Local Government in Ondo State, which shares a border with Ogun State, Dr. Kayode Adegbehingbe, explained measures taken to prevent the spread of the disease.

He informed newsmen that immediately they heard that there was Lassa Fever outbreak in Ogun State, all hands have been on deck to ensure the disease does not spread to Ondo State.

He said that a border patrol team had been set up between Odigbo Local Government and Ijebu East Local Government in Ogun State.

He added that sensitization meetings have been held across the borders, giving assurance that with all measures that have been put in place, Lassa Fever would not enter Ondo State.

Earlier in the year, three cases of Lassa Fever were recorded in Ondo State, specifically in Ose LGA, close to the border with neighboring Edo State.

The Ondo government succeeded in controlling its spread.

Ogun Lassa Fever: Health Commissioner Says 396 Under Observation

 Ogun state, Lassa FeverThe Ogun state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babtunde Ipaye, has said that 396 people have been traced and placed under surveillance in case they develop symptoms of Lassa Fever.

The 396 were said to have had primary and secondary contacts with the Assistant Chief Nursing Officer of Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Idi- Aba in Abeokuta, who died of the disease on Tuesday.

The Commissioner made this disclosure during an official commissioning of Shoremekun Memorial Hospital at Ifo Local Government Area of the State.

Ipaye said that the primary contacts are majorly members of the late victim’s family, while the secondary contacts are the victim’s co-workers in the hospital, particularly those in her department.

The Commissioner said so far, none of the contacts have shown abnormal temperature since they began monitoring.

He added that the medical officers attached to each of the contacts would continue to monitor them until they are medically adjudged to be free of the disease.

“All the 396 contacts have not shown any abnormal symptoms or signs of Lassa fever, their temperature is under control and we have stationed our monitoring officer with each of the contacts to continue monitoring throughout a specific period in line with the World Health Organisation (W.H.O), standard” he said.

Allaying the fears of residents, the Health Commissioner assured them that government was on top of the situation.

He however advised the people to cultivate high level of hygiene and keep their food away from rats.

Dr. Ipaye also advised members of the public to report any case of malaria symptoms that may have exceeded three days to the nearest General Hospital.

Ogun Lassa Fever: Hospital Says Disease Contained

Lassa Fever, Ogun, Disease 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.

Lassa Fever Resurfaces In Ogun State

lassa fever in Ogun StateThe Ogun State government has confirmed a new case of Lassa fever in the state in southwest Nigeria.

The disease reportedly claimed the life of an assistant chief nursing officer at the Federal Medical Centre, Idi Aba in Abeokuta, the state’s capital.

The incident was confirmed on Tuesday by the Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Mr Babatunde Ipaye.

Mr Ipaye 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 noted that though the primary source of the new case was yet to be identified, the case is being investigated.

Necessary precautions are being taken to curtail the spread of the disease, he stated.

The commissioner urged the people of the state not to exercise any unnecessary apprehension over the development.

He, however, asked them to always maintain a high level of personal hygiene to nib possible infection in the bud.

After the outbreak of the disease was reported in some other states in September, the Ogun State government assured residents that it had activated its disease surveillance and notification structures to detect any case of Lassa fever on time and deploy appropriate measures to prevent and control the spread of the disease.

Ogun Govt. Alerts Public On Lassa Fever

Lassa-Fever-in-OgunThe 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.

Amosun Launches Health Insurance Scheme In Ogun

Araya Scale Up, Ibikunle Adekunle, Ogun StateGovernor Ibikunle Amosun has flagged off a new health insurance scheme in Ogun State, southwest Nigeria.

The community based health insurance scheme tagged “Araya Scale Up” is meant to provide affordable healthcare service delivery to residents of the state

The launching took place on Monday at the June 12 Cultural Centre in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Governor Amosun reiterated the commitment of his administration towards providing the much needed political will to sustain the programme.

Leading the distribution of the card for the scheme, the Governor said that the programme remains free for pregnant women, nursing mothers and the elderly.

However, he explained that other categories of beneficiaries were expected to pay a token of 4,000 Naira to enjoy a full package of the insurance scheme for one year.

The Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Babatunde Ipaye, also urged the beneficiaries to maximise the benefits of the programme.

In his remarks, the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Mr Femi Akingbade, who represented the Minister of Health, commended the bold initiative by the state government.

He pledged the Federal Government’s continual support for the initiative.

Lassa Fever Kills Three in Kaduna

Lassa feverThree 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.

Lassa Fever: Ogun Confirms Death Of First Victim

OgunThe 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.

UK Launches E-Learning Platform In Nigeria

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Mr Richard Hurst, is hopeful broadband penetration will continue in Nigeria to ensure interested persons have access to the platform.

The United Kingdom (UK) has launched its E-learning Africa Programme in Nigeria, aimed at supporting workforce development for organisations and government.

The overseer of the programme, Mr Richard Hurst, said the programme was coming to Nigeria better and in a flexible manner.

Reliance of the e-learning on the internet is something that most Nigerians are worried about, as broadband penetration is still an issue.

But Mr Hurst said he had seen drastic improvement within the last few years, something that had given them the confidence to make the e-learning platform available to Nigerians.

“Our courses are specifically built for online. You can do our courses online from mobile phones, tablets, laptops and desktops.

“Network is very important, but I have seen that Nigeria is moving forward with internet and WiFi,” he said.

Also at the event was the Ogun State Commissioner For Health, Olaokun Soyinka and he said “penetration is increasing rapidly”.

“When we look at areas that did not have any kind of connectivity just a few months or years ago, they are fully wired-up as you might say. Not just with expensive and advanced hardware.

“Now, smartphones are becoming ubiquitous and people can access quite high bandwidth even just through smartphone.”

He said that the government or private sector could make investments in internet service provision.

The e-learning platform is a one-stop provider of technology enabled training and skills solutions designed to support workforce development for organisations and government in Africa.

The British Deputy High Commissioner, Ray Kyles, who was at an event organised to launch the e-learning platform, said education was one of the key components that Nigeria needed the most to develop.

He said that UK wanted to see how best they could support in that regard.

“We want to what extent we can bring that skill set to Nigeria to help skill people to take them from school level to work and see what support they need education in.

“It is combining British recognised certificates, with a process of learning that takes advantage of all the developments in ICT.

“Individuals can do it themselves, they can monitor the process through continuous assessment,” he explained.

The different courses offered through the platform could be found at www.ukelearningafrica.com.