Meningitis Kills One Of 23 Patients In Cross River

Meningitis Kills One Of 23 Patients In Cross RiverThe Cross River State Ministry of Health says one patient out of 23 persons suffering from Cerebral Spinal Meningitis has died at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital.

Speaking at the hospital, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Inyang Asibong, said the cases recorded were mainly from Ogoja and Yala Local Government Areas of the state.

“Cross River State is actually one of the 16 states with the outbreak of meningitis. We’ve had about twenty something cases and the very recent past, four cases almost at the same time which is not normal for the outbreak in Cross River State”, he said.

The Commissioner said the Ministry is on top of the game and is working hand-in-hand with the Disease Surveillance Control office in affected areas to manage the situation.

He regretted the death of a child as a result of the outbreak, assuring people of the state that a thorough investigation is ongoing to ensure they get vaccinated against the disease in the shortest possible time.

“We have lost one person already out of the number, a child and it is regretted. I have put machinery in place, a team led by the State Epidemiologist to carry out surveillance.

“It’s through line-listing that we were able to uncover these 23 cases, and another notable case is that they are from the northern part of Cross River State; mainly Ogoja and Yala Local Government Areas. We are treating the symptoms while we await the vaccines for the Type C,” Dr. Asibong said.

UNICAL Holds 30th Convocation, Tasks Graduands On Innovation

unicalThe University of Calabar (UNICAL) has urged it’s graduands to be innovative by taking advantage of every available opportunity in life.

Vice Chancellor of UNICAL, Professor Zana Akpagu, who made the call, commended the travails of the young graduates in the current economic environment.

Professor Akpagu made the remarks during the institution’s 30th convocation ceremony held on Saturday at the Abraham Stadium at the University premises in Cross River State, south-south Nigeria.

The event was attended by traditional rulers, stakeholders in the education sector and politicians from within and outside the state, as well as well-wishers of the graduands.

Addressing the graduands, the Vice Chancellor urged them not to be defined by their present educational attainment, but by how they survived adversity following the present economic state.

He also tasked the graduands to put to practice the entrepreneur training they have acquired while in school.

Highlighting the achievements of his administration since he took over, Professor Zana said the University has within his first tenure worked hard to ensure strict adherence to academic calendar, lectures schedules and reopening dates.

He added that his administration created a Quality Assurance/ Control Unit and domiciled it under the Directorate of Research and Quality Assurance, saying the unit was empowered with full inspectorate powers to ensure compliance with NUC benchmark minimum academic standard among others.


“We have made strides in the area of curricular expansion and establishment of new faculties, departments and courses.

“As young as this administration is, it has already established the faculties of Dentistry, Engineering and Pharmacy.

“These three facilities are capital intensive and require enormous resources in terms of human capacity and infrastructure for effective take off.

“New departments have also been created, they are: Music, Fine and Applied Arts, Mass Communication, Tourism and Hospitality Management, and Food Science and Technology,” the Vice Chancellor noted.

UNICAL’s Pro Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council, Dr. Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, said he is proud that the institution has attained the status of a highly rated world class University and to pursue collaborations with renewed Universities that have track record of excellence and achievements.

“At this juncture, I want to salute the alumni of this great University. They are scattered all over the world and wherever they are, they are making indelible footprints on the path of success, peace and development,” he said.

Some of the awardees commended the University authorities for instilling knowledge in the graduands which they said was the best assets that can be given to any society.

The University of Calabar successfully graduated a total of 13,347 graduates which include 1,437 were awarded post graduate certificates while 11,910 bagged first degree certificates in different classes out of which 22 earned first class honours degrees.

High point of the ceremony was the award of honorary degrees and the foundation stone laying of the proposed site for an ultra-modern medical centre which is estimated at five billion Naira.

Club Foot Patient Anthony Eyibio Gets Corrective Treatment

anthony-eyibio-treatmentAnthony Eyibio with a medical condition, Congenital Talipes Equinovarus, otherwise known as club foot, will get corrective  treatment, facilitated by the Red Cross Society of Nigeria.

Days after Channels Television reported Anthony’s case, and the World Health Organization confirmed that it was club foot; his condition drew attention that has led to the announcement by the Red Cross that it is determined to correct the infant’s condition free of charge.

Anthony will not only be the beneficiary but patients with same condition across Nigeria, as the Red Cross Society says, it is looking at setting up a club foot care project across Nigeria to create awareness on the medical condition and treat patients accordingly.

This was disclosed at the Orthopaedic Department of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UTCH) by a team of senior health practitioners while receiving Anthony brought in by the State government for commencement of the treatment.

Few days into the New Year, Channels Television brought to the fore, the case of one Anthony Eyibio suspected with Poliomyelitis but was later dismissed by the World Health Organization as rather club foot following clinical examinations conducted on the child.

The situation did not just die off but raised concerns on how to better the lots of thousands of children with the same medical condition especially in hard to reach communities across Nigeria but are not aware it could be corrected.

The difficult journey to Ekpene Eki leaves travellers with no other choice than a ride on a bike

The Red Cross Of Nigeria indicated interest in the situation and decided that Anthony be brought to the University Of Calabar for commencement of the first corrective phase.

Monitoring The Healing Progress

The Cross River State Government led by its Health Commissioner alongside, Channels Televisions’ crew, began a trip to the remote and hard-to-reach community of Ekpene Eki, with little or no road access but several hours on bike to bring Anthony and his mother to Calabar.

The Health Commissioner, Dr. Inyang Asibong, said: “We have actually come here to get this child out there for medical treatment. We had to come ourselves because sometimes, even when people have a problem because of their orientation, it is difficult to pull out. If you tell her, ‘madam come to that health facility’, she may not come, you give her the money and she finds out she has other list of priorities.

“We want to improve the quality of life of this little child”.

Back to Calabar and set for office work, Dr. Asibong hands over Anthony to a team of health experts at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, with promises of monitoring the healing progress of the child till the end.

Assurances were given to the State, Nigeria and the International Community of rendering quality services to the patient till his condition is corrected.

The Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee of the UCTH, Dr. Ngim Ogbu, who stood represented the CMD, UCTH, Dr. Thomas Agan, said the management of the hospital was actually fully aware of the pathology that is called, Club Foot.

“It has been with us for several decades and it is not anything new and as management of this hospital, we want to assure the public that, the treatment for this condition will be done here and at no cost to that. The whole world will see that such treatment is actually available and the patient will have a normal life thereafter”.

A Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and HOD of the Orthopedics, NRCS, CRS Branch, Professor Ngim Ngim, said: “As the process starts, you will be briefed from time to time the progress that the child makes, but rest assured that, the child will be given the best of treatments that can be obtained anywhere in the world”.anthony-eyibio

Throwing more light to the club foot project, the Health Adviser, Cross River State Chapter of, Nigeria Red Cross Society Dr. Ernest Ochang, said the society would source for funding and would work in collaboration with the Orthopaedic Department at the University of Calabar for the treatments.

“Using the beautiful case of Eyibio brought about by Channels Television that, a lot of other patients, who are suffering from club foot in very hard to reach areas, will derive benefit from this initiative and we must continue to thank Channels Television for bringing out that information. A little snark at the beginning of the diagnosis but at least, that little effort is beginning to yield fruit and Red Cross is ready to carry it to the next level.

“We are scaling it up across the whole country so each of our branches across the country will benefit from the Club Foot Care project. Tertiary institutions in those states where the branches are will also benefit from the Club Foot Project so down the line, “Channels TV Eyibio’s” case, we will now have other people benefiting from Club Foot care for little or nothing,” he said.

Club foot medically termed, Congenital Talipes Equinovarus is a congenital deformity involving one foot or both and appears to have been rotated internally at the ankle.

Without treatment, people with club feet appear to walk on their ankles or on the sides of their feet.

Research has proven that, with treatment, the vast majority of patients with club foot recover completely during early childhood.

40 Cultists Renounce Groups In Cross River

40 Cultists Renounce Group In Cross RiverForty youths who claimed to be cultists have renounced their membership of various secret cult groups in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.

The repentant youths are mostly students of the University of Calabar and Cross River University of Technology in south-south Nigeria.

They claimed to have been associated with the Pyrates Confraternity, Vikings, Black Axe and Klans among others to perpetuate different crimes in the state.

The youths, comprising of 30 males and 10 females, were led through the denunciation on Thursday by the National Coordinator of Campus Cult Eradication Foundation (CCEF), Samuel Ejembi.

Ejembi, who is also a repentant cultist, said that the CCEF was established to eradicate cultism in tertiary institutions and the larger society.

He urged the society and security agencies to give them the necessary support in living a normal life again and asked the government to engage them in order to earn a living for themselves.

The Commissioner of Police in Cross River State, Mr Jimoh Ozi-Obeh, was represented at the gathering by the command’s spokesperson, ASP Irene Ugbo.

He assured the repentant cultists of adequate Police protection and urged them not to go back to their old ways.

In the past months, Cross River State has been under serious security threats following activities of cult groups which led to the death of dozens.

ASUU Declares 7-Day Solidarity Protest In UNICAL Over Kidnapping

ASUU UNICALThe Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU), University of Calabar (UNICAL) Chapter has declared a 7 day solidarity protest with effect from Wednesday, May 4 over kidnapping activities on the campus.

The protest is to call on the University management, the state and federal governments to fish out kidnappers of the wife and daughter of an academic staff in the medical college Dr. Ndifon and the son of Barr Aniema of the graduate school.

The kidnapped persons were said to be taken away from the UNICAL Staff quarters where they reside on May 2 and taken away through a ready speed boat in the riverine area of the university.

According to the General Secretary of ASUU UNICAL branch, the institution has over the years had series of security challenges which has obviously proven to be beyond the surveillance team of the university.

He disclosed that, the university in solidarity to this ill fated situation on their colleagues decided to shut down academic activities in the institution to draw global attention to their plight in anticipation of a positive response.


Unical Students Protest Decay In Infrastructure

Unical Students Protest Decay In InfrastructureStudents of the University of Calabar (Unical) have staged a protest over what they described as decay in infrastructure in the institution.

Major roads in Calabar, the Cross River State capital in Nigeria’s South-south region were blocked earlier on Monday by undergraduates of the university.

The students told reporters that they were demanding adequate electricity and water supply in the hostels.

Similarly, they called for the reversal of a recent hike in their school fees.

The students appealed to the Federal Government to intervene and ensure better living and study conditions in the institution.

Health Ministry Dismisses Calabar Ebola Outbreak Rumour

EbolaThe Federal Ministry of Health has dismissed reports of the resurgence of Ebola in Calabar, Cross River State, as a mere rumour.

The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health, Mr Linus Awute, told journalists in Abuja that the story which has been making the rounds since Wednesday was a case of an undergraduate student of the University of Calabar who fell ill and was admitted into the university’s teaching hospital.

According to him, although the patient who died seven hours after admission, had symptoms similar to that of the Ebola virus, results from tests already conducted proved negative.

He, however, told the journalists that further test on the blood samples of the deceased was being carried out at the Redeemers University laboratory to identify the nature of the disease that killed the student.

It Is Disheartening To Be Associated With An Alleged Rapist- Stephanie Linus

Stephanie LinusNigerian Actress, Stephanie Linus has reacted to reports of rape allegations leveled against her brother – Prince Daniel Okereke – by a 300 level student of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), maintaining that “it is disheartening to be associated with an alleged rapist”

The movie star, in a statement, condemned rape in its entirety and noted that it was disheartening to be associated to an alleged rapist.

She further urged the media and her fans to report the case in an ethical manner and focus on getting justice for the victim and the alleged offender.

Read her statement below.

“I am distraught and devastated to hear of the recent allegation of rape brought against a relative of mine, Daniel Okereke (my brmother).

While it is a very difficult time for me, and my family; I feel the need to make clear my position, lest there be any doubt. Rape is rape, regardless of who the face of the accused is.

Indeed, the irony is not lost on me. I have spent my lifelong career advocating and living my conviction that women around the world should be able to live free of violence, or any form of abuse against their persons. This conviction led me to be involved in numerous initiatives combating violence against women in several countries including the U.S, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The conviction also led me to place much of my energy on my work with Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF), a passion that dates back to my time at the University of Calabar.

As a student, I heard a story about young girls who had been forced into early marriage and were suffering the negative and embarrassing effects of VVF. The story stayed in my consciousness and drove me, for years, to seek ways to raise awareness on the condition; leading to my work with a team of dedicated doctors to carry out repair surgeries for VVF victims across the country; and my self-produced, soon to be released movie, ‘DRY.’

So, again, it is indeed heart breaking for me to receive and deal with news alleging a family member of mine is an alleged perpetrator of sexual violence against a woman. I am devastated.

This case is now in Nigeria’s criminal justice system as the accused awaits arraignment. I have also encouraged and assured the alleged victim of my stance against rape and applaud her for her bravery to upset the culture of silence, in Nigeria; even as I accord deference and patiently wait for the criminal justice system to determine the guilt or innocence of my brother.

For Nigerian press and blogs; I call on you to please report this case in an ethical manner. I am a married woman living my life. The alleged transgression of my relative does not make it mine. The focus should be the impact of rape on the alleged victim, and resources for other alleged victims, not me.

Some members of the press and blogs have turned me into the accuser; using my name for sensational headlines and putting my images, exclusively, in their stories. This is a form of victimization of me as a woman, its unethical and extremely hurtful. I am not the alleged accused.

I therefore please ask all bloggers and the media who have placed my pictures and name to this story to refrain from further using me to sensationalise this story.

I thank my fans, and all well-wishers for your continued support and ask for your continued prayers.


God bless.”

Ethiopia Arrive For Nigeria Game As Eagles Hold Closed Door Training

The Walya Ibex of Ethiopia have arrived in the Nigerian city of Calabar ahead of Saturday’s 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier against the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

The team landed in Calabar on Thursday at about 1pm on a chartered aircraft and headed straight to their hotel provided by the Nigerian Football Federation.

The Walya Ibex trail 1-2 from the first leg, but remain confident of causing one of the biggest upsets in African football by overturning the deficit.

The squad will have an open training session at the University of Calabar on Thursday and a closed session at the UJ Esuene Stadium on Friday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Super Eagles who had a hectic training session at the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar on Wednesday will have a closed training session on Thursday ahead of the Saturday clash.

Team Coordinator, Emmanuel Attah said that the schedule of the team has reached the crucial stage and it is about time for fans and the media to be excused from their session. The last training session of the team will however be opened to the media, but it is expected to be a brief and light session.

All the 3 goalkeepers and 21 on-field players were in excellent shape on Wednesday as Stephen Keshi and his crew showed glimpses of what could be the possible squad on Saturday.

University Of Calabar To Commence Engineering, Pharmacy Courses

The University of Calabar is set to commence Engineering and Pharmacy courses in the next academic session to meet the critical needs of the country in the areas of building and medicine.

The university’s governing council made this known when they paid a visit to the Cross River state governor seeking partnership to actualize these two projects which will standardize the educational pursuit of students willing to offer the courses in the University of Calabar.

The university authority promised to assist the government to execute consultancy jobs in the areas of teaching and environmental impact assessment for the projects in the state.

Niger Delta Ex-Militants Donates Blood To Calabar Teaching Hospital

About 157, Niger Delta ex-militants from the Bakassi region have willingly donated 150 tonnes of blood to the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital blood bank.

The donation which is free of charge from the group, under the umbrella of Bakassi Volunteer Force is aimed at availing the needy and the poor in the society with the opportunity to live.

The ex-gun-wielding men came out, not on a protest, but to give hope by donating blood to save lives, an act that clearly opposes the plague of terrorism in the country, a gesture also, calling on those involved in killing innocent lives to desist.

The ex-agitators were received at the hospital by the Chief Medical Director, Doctor Thomas Agan who described their essence to the hospital as a show of respect to human lives.

A gesture, he added is worthy of emulation.

He assured that the donation will be judiciously utilized to the benefit of the needy, and also in cases of emergencies.

Leader of the group, Bofa Olorogun said their desire to do this, is borne out of a demonstration that development can only thrive where there is peace.

He and other members of the group enjoined Nigerian youths to think of what they can do to better the country, rather than, engaging in terrorist attacks.

The group further said, they will continue to map out activities to strengthen areas of moral decadence.

UNICAL Sacks Academic Staff For Dishonesty

In its bid to curb academic dishonesty, the Governing Council of the University of Calabar has formally announced the dismissal of 5 academic Staff and the demotion of 10 others.

In a statement issued by the Secretary to Council and Registrar of the Institution, Dr (Mrs.) Julia Omang, it was disclosed that four of the dismissed academic staff were involved in plagiarism while one was a case of financial fraud.

Also, the 10 academic Staff that were demoted chose to publish their works in fake or cloned journals and proceeded to submit same and obtained promotion in the process.

The Academic Staff that have been dismissed for outright plagiarism include, Dr. Azubuike Iloeje and Dr. Maurice Bisong of the Department of English and Literary Studies, Mr. Oden Ubi (Department of Marketing) and Dr. Paulinus Noah of the Department of Linguistics and Communication Studies.

Dr. Damian Agom was dismissed for salary overpayment enriching himself over a period of 11 months to the tune of N7, 268,044. 95.

The 10 Academic Staff demoted for publishing in fake or cloned journals include Professor Udoayang, Dr. Asuquo Akabom, Dr. Sunday Effiong and Dr. C. O. Udoka, all of Accounting Department, Professor Molinta Enendu Department of Theatre and Media Studies and Dr. E.S.Akpan of Banking and Finance.

Others include Dr. A.I. Afangideh and Dr. Francis Okpiliya of the Department of Geography and Environment Science and Dr. K.B.C Ashipu of the Department of English and Literary Studies.

Professors Udoayang and Enendu, Dr. Okpiliya, Dr. Afangideh and Dr. Ashipu were demoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer, others were stepped  down to lecturer 1.

Besides their demotion, they are to refund all monies earned from their unmerited promotion and barred from promotion for the next 6 years.