Thursday, September 7, 2017

Lassa Fever: Institute says recent outbreak affected 19 states

Lassa fever

The report said that since the onset of the outbreak in December 2016, a total of 263 cases had been classified, 249 confirmed and 85 deaths recorded.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday confirmed, at least one reported Lassa fever case, in each of 19 states in the current outbreak which started in December 2016.

The development was published in a report on NCDC’s website.

The 19 states are Ogun, Bauchi, Plateau, Ebonyi, Ondo, Edo, Taraba, Nasarawa, Rivers, Kaduna, Gombe, Cross River, Borno, Kano, Kogi, Enugu, Anambra, Kwara and Lagos.

The report said the outbreak was active in Ondo, Edo, Plateau, Bauchi, Ogun, Kaduna, Kwara and Lagos states.

The report said that since the onset of the outbreak in December 2016, a total of 263 cases had been classified, 249 confirmed and 85 deaths recorded.

The report also said one new suspected case was reported in Plateau, two new confirmed cases were reported in Edo but no death recorded within the week.

There were three pending results, two from Ondo and one from Plateau, the report added. 


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Kogi Lassa Fever Tragedy: Expert says deceased contracted disease in Ondo State

Lassa fever

Taiwo said in Lokoja that Aisha was in Owo two weeks earlier and took ill as soon as she returned to be with her brother in Gadumo, Lokoja.

Dr Jones Taiwo, the Head of Clinical Services (HCS) of Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja, said the late Aisha Jimoh, who died of Lassa fever, might have contracted the disease in Owo, Ondo State.

Taiwo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lokoja that Aisha was in Owo two weeks earlier and took ill as soon as she returned to be with her brother in Gadumo, Lokoja.

He said that the first case they earlier had at FMC Lokoja in April was also from Owo area and confirmed positive to Lassa Fever at Irua Specialist Hospital, Edo State, but the patient died within 12 hours.

“The boy from Kogi Central, who lived in Owo and was preparing for NYSC Orientation Camp, suddenly had fever in Owo and came to Okene where he was brought to FMC Lokoja."

“But the situation was very bad when he came and the samples were collected and sent to Edo State where it was confirmed positive."

“But it was unfortunate that the patient died within 12 hours."

“The teenage female patient that died on Monday of Lassa Fever also came from Owo and took ill while with her brother at Gadumo and was brought to FMC when the condition became critical."

“I follow the stories from Owo axis and they have recorded some cases of Lassa Fever recently."

“So, there is every reason to suspect that the female patient contracted the disease from Owo in Ondo State,” Taiwo said.

NAN recalls that a teenage girl, Aisha Jimoh, 18, died in the early hours of Monday of Lassa Fever, at the Irua General Hospital in Edo, where she was transferred to for confirmatory test and treatment.

The Kogi Commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Audu, later told NAN that Aisha, who tested positive to Lassa Fever had died.

Audu said that the state government was working on tracking people who might have had contact with Aisha.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Sickle Cell: NGO tasks Governments on prevalence of disease in rural areas

Red blood cells of sickle cell anaemia disease.

Prof. Adeyinka Falusi, president of the NGO made the call while speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan.

The Sickle Cell Hope Alive Foundation (SCAF), an NGO, on Wednesday in Ibadan urged governments at all levels to pay more attention to sickle cell disease in the rural areas.

Prof. Adeyinka Falusi, president of the NGO made the call while speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan.

Falusi said that the low level of awareness of sickle cell disease control and prevention among rural dwellers frustrated efforts to mitigate the burden of the disease.

“Sickle cell disease is the most common inherited blood disorder in the country, with about 4 million Nigerians living with the disease and a high rate of mortality and morbidity."

“While there is some measure of awareness among the educated and urban dwellers, the burden of the disease is still high due to the high number of unreached rural dwellers."

“Many babies with the sickle cell disease are still being born on a yearly basis, as a result of low level of awareness and ignorance among rural women,” she said.

Falusi said that sensitisation and counseling to prevent persons who are carriers from marrying other carriers would go a long way to address the prevalence of the disease in the rural areas.

“Majority of these people are ignorant of the disease and do not carry out the relevant tests to ascertain their genotype before getting married."

“Proper sensitisation of rural dwellers and accessibility of the blood testing services will lead to a reduction in number of new cases."

“Rural women need to know the difference between blood genotype and blood Group and the eventual importance of using these facts in making informed decisions before they have children,” she said.

Falusi also called on the governments and well-meaning Nigerians to support programmes to facilitate free genotype testing in the rural areas.


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Atiku Abubakar: Ex-VP donates equipment to hospital in Adamawa

Atiku Abubakar

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Fatima Abubakar, said this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has donated hospital equipment to boost healthcare services in Adamawa.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Fatima Abubakar, said this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

Abubakar explained that the former vice president made the donation to boost health care facilities as well as to support hospital expansion scheme embarked on by Gov. Mohammed Bindow.

She said the equipment consist GE Brivo, X-Ray machine and ultrasound equipment for medical investigation and diagnosis.

“The donation given by Wazirin Adamawa has already boosted facilities at Jada General Hospital for effective patient care.

“In addition to that, he also equipped the medical laboratory with state of the art equipment for disease diagnosis and also provided alternative power supply, solar system in the laboratory,” she said.

According to her, before this support from Abubakar, the state government had commenced facilities expansion scheme and the initiative is geared towards accelerating citizens’ access to robust and sustained healthcare delivery across the state.

The commissioner disclosed that the state government had also flagged-off rehabilitation and reconstruction at Numan and Mubi general hospitals.

She said that the government also upgraded facilities in Jada General Hospital and the present administration of Bindow was now collaborating with the Federal Medical Centre, Yola, for capacity support and advisory interventions in some of the hospitals in the state.

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“The state government is currently working on site preparations at Jada General Hospital for the installation of the digital X-Ray equipment.

“This upgrading of facilities in the state will considerably improve medical services for our people and this development is one of the cardinal campaign objectives of the present administration,” she said.