Ebola: FG Orders Surveillance At Airport, Land Borders

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has directed the Federal Ministry to step up emergency surveillance activities at all land and airport borders in the country.

Minister of Health, Isaac Adewale, told journalists on Wednesday after the FEC meeting that, this measure is to keep Nigerians safe from Ebola outbreak which is currently in Congo.

“Of great concern to the Federal Executive Council is the outbreak of Ebola in DR Congo. Over the last one month, DRC recorded 19 suspected cases of viral hemorrhagic fever and lost 16 of the cases.

“On Monday, blood samples from five patients in the DRC, particularly in a particular district in DRC, two of the five cases, Ebola was actually confirmed.

“FEC has now directed the Federal Ministry of help to step up emergency surveillance activities at all land and airport borders so that we can actually keep Nigerians safe,” he said.

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Speaking further about the virus, Adewole said an emergency operation center will be set up and visitors to Nigeria, especially Congo, will be screened thoroughly.

“What we will do is to set up an emergency operation center which will be chaired by Dr Babasanya, who actually led our efforts in Liberia and Sierra Leone and Guinea during the outbreak in 2014.

“Not only that, we will be screening incoming passengers, particularly passengers from DRC and neighbouring countries. We will also ensure we step up all activities screening people coming in so that we will not be caught unawares,” he added.

The FEC also agreed that Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) will consider sending some team to DRC as part of building capacity for managing the outbreak.

“We want to assure Nigerians that the Federal Government is concerned about the outbreak and will do everything possible to keep the country safe,” he said.

According to health officials, 17 people have died in an area of northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo where an outbreak of Ebola has been confirmed.

This recent outbreak is DRC’s ninth known outbreak of Ebola since 1976 when the deadly viral disease was first identified in then-Zaire by a Belgian-led team.

In Nigeria, Ebola outbreak was experienced in 2014. This led to the deaths of many including Dr. Stella Adedavoh, a physician credited to have curbed a wider spread of the Ebola virus in Nigeria.

Cross River Sets Up Surveillance To Prevent Monkey Pox

After the recently recorded case of Monkeypox in Akwa Ibom, neighbouring Cross River State is already bracing up for a possible outbreak of the epidemic setting up strict surveillance.

Part of the efforts towards prevention of the outbreak is a strict surveillance of communities bordering Nigeria and Cameroon.

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This response becomes necessary because Cross River state plays host to different species of wild monkeys, with over 50 percent of Nigeria’s rainforest preserved in the state.

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Inyang Asibong said hands are on deck through continuous border surveillance to ensure that, Cross River State remains Monkey Pox free.

Lassa Fever: 15 People Under Surveillance In Kogi

Ogun State Declares 396, Others Free Of Lassa Fever
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Fifteen people are currently under surveillance in Kogi State after they had contact with a lady identified as Aishat Jimoh, a patient of Lassa Fever, who died on Monday during treatment.

The 15 persons confirmed to have had contact with Miss Jimoh, include one of her relatives who is already showing symptoms of the disease.

According to the state commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Audu, the relative will be transferred to Irrua Specialist Hospital in Edo state for a confirmation test and official are trying to track others that may have had contact with the deceased.

Miss Jimoh was confirmed to have contracted Lass Fever and eventually died during treatment at Irrua Specialist Hospital, Edo State. Meanwhile, it has been established that she contracted the disease while on a visit in Ondo State.

Dr Jones Taiwo , the Head of Clinical Services (HCS) of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja explained that Jimoh might have contacted the disease when she traveled to Owo, Ondo State.

“Aisha was in Owo two weeks earlier and took ill as soon as she returned with one of her relation from Adankolo, in Lokoja,” he said.

He said the first case earlier recorded at the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja in April, was also from Owo area and the patient confirmed positive to Lassa fever at Irrua specialist hospital in Edo State.

Lassa Fever: Eight More People Under Surveillance In Delta State

Lassa feverAbout eight people have been placed under surveillance in Delta State after being suspected of being in contact with a doctor killed by Lassa Fever.

They are members of staff of the hospital a medical practitioner died of the disease in Delta State.

The Delta State Commissioner for Health, Nicholas Azinge, gave this update, adding that authorities will be moving into the hospitals to carefully go through their records for more people that may have had close contact with the deceased.

He said it would help in tracing the source of the outbreak

This makes a total of 40 persons quarantined since the outbreak in the state.

On Monday, August 22, Dr. Azinge confirmed a fresh case of Lassa fever and the death of a medical doctor who resides and owns a hospital in Asaba, the Delta State capital.

France Carries Out Surveillance Mission On Syria

france syriaFrench military aircraft have carried out reconnaissance and intelligence flights over areas controlled by Islamic State in Libya and plan to carry out further missions over the North African state, a presidential press document showed on Friday.

According to a press dossier provided ahead of President Francois Hollande’s visit to the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier off the coast of Syria, two missions were carried out on Nov. 20 and 21 around the towns of Sirte and Tobruk.

The missions would be the first time Paris has publicly acknowledged carrying out operations over Islamic State zones in Libya. Sirte is controlled by Islamic State.

“Other intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance flights are also planned,” the document showed.

Neither the defense ministry nor president’s office were immediately available for comment.


Ebola: Niger State Takes Measures To Stop Spread

ebola 2The Niger State government has set up surveillance committee across the state in a bid to cheek any occurrence of Ebola virus.

The Chief Medical Director of the General Hospital Minna, Ibrahim Kolo, said that the surveillance became imperative in order to Prevent any infected person from gaining access into the state.

He also stated that an Isolation ward had been set-up in the hospital while doctors and staff of the hospital had been trained on how to identify the symptoms of Ebola at first sight.

The first case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) was reported in Nigeria about 23 days ago when an infected Liberian-America, Patrick Sawyer flew into the country unchecked. He later died few days after.

So far, two deaths have been recorded, including Mr Sawyer, while over 100 persons are under surveillance.

The Federal Government on Tuesday, directed commercial drivers to demand medical reports from sick passengers before conveying them to their destinations.

In an effort to contain the spread of the Ebola virus disease, the Minister of Health, Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu, on Monday, directed commercial drivers to demand medical reports from sick passengers before conveying them to their destinations.

Road transport owners have also been advised to seek for a certificate of waiver for corpses before being transported from one part of the country to another.

To further strengthen the on-going steps to contain the virus, President Goodluck Jonathan approved a Special Intervention Plan and the immediate release of 1.9 billion Naira for its implementation.

This newly introduced effort at managing the spread of the Ebola virus through land transport is described as a welcomed development.

Over 1,100 persons have died in West Africa since the outbreak of the disease in the region in February.

On Tuesday, The World Health Organization approved the  use of untested drugs for the treatment of patients with the disease, one of which is the Zmapp believed to be effective in the treatment of the disease.


Jonathan Condemns Yobe School Killing

President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned the attack on the Federal Government College Buni Yadi in Yobe State, calling it callous, barbaric and senseless.

President Jonathan who said that he received the news with immense sadness extended his heartfelt condolences to the parents and relatives of the murdered students.

According to the President “I wholly condemn the brutal and mindless killing of the innocent students by deranged terrorists and fanatics who have clearly lost all human morality and descended to bestiality.”

He, however, gave the assurance of his commitment to ending the scourge of terrorism in parts of the country, which has sadly claimed more innocent lives, promising that the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies would continue to tackle the war against terror with vigour.

Witnesses said that the students were attacked by gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect in their hostels at night and slain by the hoodlums, instead of the usual gun to avoid the attention of security men within town.

The State Governor, Ibrahim Geidam, had earlier frowned on the poor security arrangement that allows such attacks to persist, asking President Goodluck Jonathan to send more troops to Yobe State to forestall future attacks.

Meanwhile, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, has described the killing of students at the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, Yobe State, as ignoble, wicked and horrendous.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Malam Imam Imam, Tambuwal tasked security agencies to redouble their efforts and change their tactics, “especially now that those engaged in the killings have increased their attacks on softer targets.”
Tambuwal said the only way to console the families of the victims and Nigerians was by fishing out perpetrators of the dastardly act and bringing them to justice.
The Speaker said, “While attending prayers organised to mark the 89th birthday celebration of former President Shehu Shagari in Sokoto, my attention was drawn to the horrendous act of barbarity visited on innocent college students in Yobe State.
“My first thoughts go to the families and friends of the kids brutally gunned down in an act of cowardice by people whose humanity must be called to question.
“While we must all join hands to bring this insanity to an end, we must however bear in mind that we are running out of excuses in our responsibility to our citizens.

“We in the House of Representatives feel the grief and pain of the families of the victims. In this their hour of need, we will stand with them hand in hand, shoulder to shoulder. We assure them that as brothers, we will continue to confront headlong, the threats of terror facing our nation, and we know we will come out stronger, and victorious.”
While expressing sympathy with the families of the victims, Tambuwal urged Nigerians to be more vigilant and to help security agencies with useful information that would help to secure their areas.

Nigerian Military Incensed By Yobe School Attack – Maj-Gen. Olukolade

The Nigerian military has said that it is incensed by this vicious attack on defenseless students of Federal Government College Yobe.

The Director of Defense Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade, confirmed the attack, but said that the military was tracking the group.

Speaking with Channels Television via telephone on Tuesday evening, the Defense Chief said that the military would continue to increase surveillance on schools and other vulnerable spots, so as to evade such attacks.

Despite the second major attack on school children in Yobe State, Major-General Olukolade gave assurances that the military had foiled several other attacks, based on intelligence received.