Lassa Fever Kills Four In Nasarawa State

Lassa Fever Kills Four In Nasarawa StateThe Nasarawa State government has confirmed the re-emergence of Lassa fever disease in the state in north-central Nigeria.

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Daniel Iya, confirmed the death of four persons during an interview with Channels Television.

Dr. Iya further disclosed that the state had recorded 16 suspected cases while 36 people, who had contact with the deceased, were being followed up.

He noted that all the cases were from Lafia, the state’s capital and that the government had taken adequate measures to stall the spread of the deadly disease.

The re-emerging case comes barely three weeks after the Ondo State government said it had put all measures to prevent the disease from spreading to the state.

As part of efforts towards achieving this, the Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju, convened a sensitisation meeting with stakeholders in the state.

400 Diabetes Cases Managed In Ondo – Health Commissioner

DiabetesThe Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju, says 400 cases of diabetes have been managed well in the last one year.

Dr. Adeyanju said this while fielding questions from reporters at a sensitisation lecture to mark the 2015 World Diabetes Day.

He disclosed that over 2,500 diabetes patients had been screened in Ondo State, southwest Nigeria.

Adeyanju said that the lecture was aimed at creating awareness for members of the public, especially diabetic patients, stressing that the disease was not a death sentence.

He explained that one could live with the disease without complications if they comply with the instructions given to them by health professionals.

The lecture, which was tagged ‘Healthy Living and Diabetes’, was organised by the Ministry of Health in conjunction with the Ondo State chapter of the Diabetes Association of Nigeria.

Ondo State Gets Adolescent And Youth Friendly Health Centre

ondo gov. wifeThe Wife of Ondo State Governor, Mrs. Olukemi Mimiko, has reiterated her support and that of her husband’s administration to the welfare of adolescents and youths in the state.

Mrs. Mimiko made this promise at the official launching and commissioning of a newly completed Adolescent and Youth Friendly Hea‎lth Centre in Akure, Ondo State Capital.

The health facility, which is located at the premises of the Ondo State Specialist Hospital, Akure, is an initiative of the state government to guarantee qualitative health care services to all young people in the State.

The centre is planned to offer integrated services in four core areas namely: clinical preventive services, community-based outreaches, treatment and curative services, as well as referral services.

The Governor’s wife emphasized the importance of the well being of the younger generation, as the youths and adolescents constitute about 30 per cent of the state’s population, adding that they hold the peace and joy of parents and the entire society.

While addressing the gathering, the Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju, said the health facility is a well-being clinic, as it is meant to serve people who are not sick, but want to remain in good health.

He urged all parents and guardians to pay adequate attention to the young ones, in order to prevent them from engaging in anti-social behaviours that can have adverse effects on their well-being.

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.

Ode-Irele Ailment Might Be Caused By Alcohol Consumption – Commissioner

dayo adeyanju-on-ode-irele-ailmentThe strange ailment that broke out in Ode-Irele, a town in the southern part of Ondo State might be as a result of the victim’s consumption of  local alcohol.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Dayo Adeyanju, made this disclosure on Sunday, while briefing journalists on the update of the situation.

Dr Adeyanju informed that the preliminary reports of tests carried out, revealed that it is not a viral disease.

“The deaths might have resulted from a methanol poison drank by some of the victims,” he said.

Dr Adeyanju further said that the result of the toxicology test to confirm the statement was still being expected from the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, Oyo State.

The Ondo State Commissioner for Health had earlier told journalists that the state government had deployed a team of health experts to the community to examine the victims and put the spread under control.

It has been reported that the ailment starts with a headache, blindness and eventually leads to death within few hours it attacks its victims.

The Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, has disclosed that the symptoms observed bear no resemblance to those associated with the Ebola Virus Disease or any known epidemic disease.

Strange Disease Kills 14 In Ondo State

DiseaseA strange ailment has broken out and killed about 14 people in Irele Local Government Area of Ondo State, south west Nigeria.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Dayo Adeyanju, said the disease, discovered on Wednesday, is strange and its symptoms include headache and loss of sight.

He informed that local and international health institutions are already carrying out investigations on the causes and treatment of the ailment.

Dr. Adeyanju also allayed the fears of the residents of the area and the state, stating that the situation is under control.

Ebola: Bush Meat Business Banned In Ondo – Health Commissioner

Dr Dayo AdeyanjuThe Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dr Dayo Adeyanju on Saturday said the business of harvesting and selling bush meat has been banned in the State, pending the time the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak is eradicated.

Adeyanju, who was a guest on Channels Television’s Saturday breakfast programme, Sunrise, said this measure was part of the State government’s efforts at safeguarding the people of the State from the disease, and not get caught unaware.

Although the traders affected may have to find other means of livelihood, Adeyanju noted that it was a sacrifice they would need to make for the good of others.

He also noted that “one needs to be worried and put all the machinery in action, to avoid an outbreak”, in their surroundings.

Hence, the Ondo state government had embarked on a light sensitisation programme, to avoid panic, before the disease was confirmed in Lagos, and increased effort, after Patrick Sawyer was confirmed Ebola positive.

The first set of people sensitised were health workers, followed by traditional rulers, religious leaders and residents living at the coastal lines.

Shedding light on government’s efforts at ensuring that the awareness level is high, Adeyanju said the campaign was being done in three of the major languages, spoken in the state, as well as in English.

He highlighted that the religious groups had also been spoken to, especially the Islamic community, where it is the norm to bury dead people within 24 hours.

Government had suggested the option of cremation, which has encountered opposition. Hence, the need to engage religious leaders.

Also speaking on the programme, the Commissioner for Health, Imo State, Dr. Edward Ihejirika, said the State had been worried since EVD was confirmed in Rivers State.

Speaking on the measures taken by the government to tackle the disease if discovered in the State, Ihejirika noted that dedicated Ebola helplines had been published and in light of the Federal Government’s directive that schools should resume on September 22, information, communication and education materials on the virus would be distributed to schools.