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.

Shooting Stars legend Samuel Ojebode is dead

Shooting Stars legend and former Green Eagles player, Samuel Ojebode has died at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.

The club announced his demise on their Facebook page in the early hours of Wednesday.

“The entire Shooting Stars family has mourned the death of former IICC Captain and 3SC chairman, Samuel Ojebode who died in the early hours of Wednesday at the University College Hospital UCH” the club posted on the social media platform.

Explaining the cause of his death, the club posted that “Ojebode died of suspected lung cancer according to a medical report”

The club said the death came as a rude shock considering the recovery of the late soccer icon from the sickness last year.

The club prayed for the family of the soccer star while also praying for the repose of the soul of Sam Ojebode.

Ojebode was part of the Shooting Stars team that won Nigeria’s first African Cup Winners Cup in 1976.

It was Nigeria’s first continental trophy and the late Ojebode was the captain of the team. He captained the Shooting Stars team from 1974 and 1980.

He was also a member of the then Green Eagles, playing in the left full back position.

On retirement from active football, Ojebode coached Shooting Stars FC, now Shooting Stars Sports Club, and also served as chairman of the team’s board.



UCH installs complete cardiology theatre with Intensive Care Unit

The University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan has installed a complete unit of Cardiology Theatre and Intensive Care Unit, fully complemented by a state of the art Catheterisation Laboratory (Cath Lab).

The Cath lab, the first of its kind in any teaching hospital in the country is expected to boost intervention radiology considerably.

Describing the breakthrough in the nation’s public health care system, as ‘long awaited’, the Chief Medical Director of UCH, Professor Temitope Alonge, noted that the increase in mortality from heart related disease and stroke, necessitated the huge investment.

Inspecting the facility, consultant intervention radiologist, Dr. Ahmed Ahidjo described the laboratory as the best of its kind anywhere in the world and expressed the optimism that it will reduce overseas medical trips for Nigerians with heart diseases.

According to Prof Alonge, 530 people between the ages of 24-30 died from stroke at UCH, Ibadan in 2011. The CMD noted that “this alarming figure necessitated the urgent intervention of the Complete Cardio unit.”

Comprising a standard Cardio-thoracic theatre with video prepared lights, the state of the art Catheterisation Laboratory also has the Angiography Suit with X ray tube, detector and  automated pump injector, which is fully complemented with a 3 bedded Intensive Care Unit.

Prof. Alonge is optimistic that this intervention will change the face of ‘interventional medicine’.

Dr. Ahidjo who confirmed that the Cath Lab is the first of its kind in Nigeria and the latest technology globally, said surgical procedures can be done without opening patients up in the Angiography Suit.

The expert in charge of supply and maintenance of the equipment, Mrs. Claire Omatseye explained that all the walls are made of stainless steel, coated with anti-bacterial materials while the floors are made with polyvinyl materials.

She opined that the installations will reverse brain and patients drain in the country.