Lassa Fever: Doctors Blame Negligence For Spread

Lassa feverMedical practitioners at the Lassa Fever Research Centre at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Edo State, have said that Lassa fever has been spreading in the country because authorities have not given the disease the attention it requires.

According to doctors at the institute, although Lassa fever is endemic in Nigeria, it has largely been ignored.

“Since 1969, Lassa fever became known as a clinical entity and now we are in 2016 many people are still not aware, the drugs are still largely unavailable, and vaccines are not available unlike other diseases that have had serious attention,” one of the doctors said.

Asides highlighting funding as a big challenge, the officials who conducted Channels Television round the foremost and only Lassa fever research institute in the country have asked the government to set up more diagnostic centres across the country.

“Since 2007, we have been making a case repeatedly for the establishment of centres of this nature in the other geopolitical zones or health zones in the country because Nigeria is a vast country.

“You don’t want a situation where patients with viral haemorrhagic fevers – Lassa fever are managed in ordinary wards and facilities. You want dedicated facilities for them.

“As we speak, sadly, I am not aware that these centre have attained any stage for replication elsewhere in the country,” said Professor George Akpede.

The idea for the Lassa Fever Research Centre in Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital was born after a family in Ekpoma, also in Edo State was almost wiped out by the disease.

The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Sylvannus Okogbenin, said that the disease was endemic in Ekpoma and many other communities in Edo State.

“We think it is endemic in Ekpoma. It may also be endemic in many other communities in Nigeria but if there is no index of suspicion or if tests have not been done in that community, you may not know what is causing the fevers and the deaths,” he said.

Since November 2015, 19 positive cases have been confirmed at the laboratory in the research centre.

The Edo State government has confirmed that one person has died from Lassa fever disease.

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Heregie Aihanuwa, said that the dead person was among the five persons that were brought to the Irrua Specialist Hospital for showing symptoms of Lassa fever disease.

Lassa Fever Leaves One Person Dead In Edo

lassa feverThe Edo State government has confirmed that one person has died from Lassa fever disease.

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Heregie Aihanuwa, said that the dead person was among the five persons that were brought to the Irrua Specialist Hospital for showing symptoms of Lassa fever disease.

Dr. Aihanuwa explained that three out of the six infected persons were treated and discharged, adding that the deceased victim did not report her sickness early enough.

According to the commissioner, all cases of Lassa fever are treated in isolation wards in specialized centres such as institute of Lassa fever research and control at the Irrua Specialist Hospital.

Doctors Blame Negligence For Spread

Meanwhile, medical practitioners at the Lassa Fever Research Centre at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital have said that disease has been spreading in the country because authorities have not given the disease the attention it requires.

Asides highlighting funding as a big challenge, the officials who conducted Channels Television round the foremost and only Lassa fever research institute in the country are asking the government to set up more diagnostic centres across the country.

“Since 2007, we have been making a case repeatedly for the establishment of centres of this nature in the other geopolitical zones or health zones in the country because Nigeria is a vast country.

“As we speak, sadly, I am not aware that these centre have attained any stage for replication elsewhere in the country,” said Professor George Akpede.

Huawei Stakes €70 Million To Produce Better Smartphones

Chinese multinational company; a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider; Huawei Technologies has decided to invest 70 million (US$90.6 million) in the smartphone production industry which will span over a five-year period to establish a research and development centre in Helsinki, Finland.

And it is doing that with the aim of its first task being to build software for smartphones and tablets based on Android and Windows Phone 8.

At first, Huawei plans to recruit 30 employees for the centre, with the goal of hiring more than 100 people over five years, the company said in a statement on Monday and initial projects will focus on software development for smartphones, tablets and other types of devices, based on several OS such as Android and Windows Phone 8, Huawei said.

The company has yet to announce its first smartphone based on the latest version of Microsoft’s OS, but is expected to do so soon.

Huawei is currently the world’s fifth largest smartphone vendor in terms of unit sales and currently employs more than 7,000 people across Europe.

Huawei’s long-term plan is to break into the top three and is hoping to take advantage of Nokia’s continuing struggles to make that happen, according to Neil Mawston, executive director at market research company Strategy Analytics.

“Huawei is being a little opportunistic in that it knows there will be a lot of well-qualified Nokia people in the Helsinki area who will be looking for alternative employment,” Mawston said.

The Helsinki R&D centre will join an already established modem and technology design centre in Sweden and a user interface research centre in the U.K.

Huawei has a history of investing in the Nordic countries. Last year the company celebrated the tenth anniversary of its arrival in Sweden, which is the home country of Ericsson, its biggest rival in the mobile network sector.