29 killed by Lassa fever, 195 infected – FG

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, (NCDC), has said 29 deaths and 195 confirmed cases of Lassa fever have been reported in 11 States. The NCDC Director-General, Chikwe Ihekweazu, who said this in a statement in Abuja, explained that the current figures were as of Friday, adding that out of the confirmed cases, 89 percent were from Ondo, Edo and Ebonyi States. The NCDC boss said the increased number of cases at this time of the year was not unusual, due to ecological factors. He said that in response to…

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Kaduna govt. confirms Lassa outbreak

The Ministry of Health, in Kaduna State, has confirmed a case of Lassa fever in a young male from Chikun Local Government Area. According to the Ministry, the young man, whose name was withheld, is now being treated at the Infectious Diseases Control Centre. In an issued statement, signed by the State’s Commissioner of Health, Dr. Amina Baloni, urged the public to be calm, as according to her, all the State government health facilities are on the alert to look out for cases. She also urged the public to maintain…

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Avoid excessive, unprescribed use of sex stimulants – Experts caution

Some experts have cautioned against excessive and sometimes unprescribed use of sex stimulant in view of its health implications. Sex stimulants could be found in orthodox and natural forms, including herbs, foods and fruits. They have become popular in Nigeria and beyond, in the quest to get sexual satisfaction, improve poor marital relationships and, in some cases, to improve self-esteem. Some experts have however cautioned that continuous usage and abuse of sex stimulants could lead to addiction and damage to the nerves. A relationship counsellor, Agboola Odunfa, said sexual performance…

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Lassa fever: 76 persons test positive in Edo

The Commissioner for Health in Edo, Patrick Okundia, has said that 76 out of 175 suspected cases of Lassa fever tested positive to the epidemic. Okundia made this known yesterday in Benin, during a Lassa fever committee meeting, chaired by the State’s Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu and representative of the World Health Organisation, WHO. In his remarks, the Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, called on all hospitals across the 18 Local Government Areas of the state to refer any suspected cases to Irrua Specialist hospital and isolation centres. On her part,…

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Three killed by Lassa fever in Kano, 292 on watch list

No fewer than three people have died and 292 people who had contact with the late victims of the disease have been placed on the state’s health watch list, over recent Lassa fever outbreak in Kano State. This was disclosed by the State’s Commissioner of Health, Dr. Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, while speaking in a press conference yesterday. Dr. Aminu disclosed that two doctors and a patient believed to be the first victim died in the recent outbreak. He further disclosed that 292 persons who had contact with the late victims…

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Lassa fever kills 16 people in Ondo

Sixteen people have been confirmed killed as a result of Lassa fever outbreak in Ondo State. The State Chief Epidemiologist, Dr. Steven Fagbemi, disclosed this on Tuesday at the governor’s office in the Government House in Akure, the State capital. Dr. Fagbemi made the disclosure while briefing Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, as well as the local government chairmen from Ondo North and Central senatorial districts of the State. He also revealed that 84 cases have been reported so far in the State since January 1, 2020. According to the epidemiologist, 16…

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Lassa fever: Nigerians cautioned against drinking garri

The Director of Public Health, Enugu State, Dr. Boniface Okolo has cautioned Nigerians against the consumption of soaked garri to avoid contacting Lassa fever. Okolo, who gave the warning in an interview with newsmen on Saturday in Enugu, said the rats that caused the disease were mostly in contact with Nigerian most popular staple food ‘garri,’ a cassava product. He added that it was necessary to discourage consumption of soaked garri since it did not require boiled water. Okolo noted that boiled water could go a long way to kill…

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Unpaid Salaries: Resident doctors begin indefinite strike

Residents’ doctors at University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital, (UNIMEDTHC), Akure, in Ondo State, have embarked on an indefinite strike over unpaid salaries. The angry doctors gathered at the hospital complex, displaying placards with various inscriptions showing their grievances. Speaking to newsmen UNIMEDTHC’s Association of Resident Doctors chairman, Media Committee, Dr. Taiwo Olagbe said the doctors were being owed three to six months’ salaries, depending on when they joined the service of the hospital. Olagbe explained that after the association had made several pleas to the management to no avail,…

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We lost 80 members over blood shortage, says Kano sickle-cell Assoc.

Kano Sickle Cell Club says no fewer than 80 of their members died in 2019 as a result of shortage of blood caused by economic hardship.According to its Secretary, Abdulkadir Muhammad, who revealed this to newsmen in Kano, attributed the death of the members to shortage of blood due to their inability to buy prescribed drugs because of lack of funds.He said the economic challenges had made it difficult for most of the patients to afford constant medical services.The scribe further revealed that after seeing doctors, most of the patients…

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National Hospital records first co-joined twins’ separation

The National Hospital, Abuja yesterday announced the successful separation of co-joined twin baby girls after several surgeries. The Chief Medical Director, CMD of the hospital, Dr. Jaf Mommoh, while addressing newsmen in Abuja, said the twins were co-joined at the chest and abdomen. Mommoh said the twins were delivered at the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi, Nasarawa State on August 13 2018, and were later referred to the National Hospital. The CMD attributed the success of the operation to the hospital’s medical team, adequate funds, as well as the belief and…

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Abia records deadly Lassa fever outbreak, one dead

The Abia State Ministry of Health has confirmed the outbreak of deadly Lassa fever in Olokoro community, Umuahia-South Local Government Area. The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Chief Egbulefu Eze, told newsmen in Umuahia on Tuesday that 28-year-old man, who died in the community, was diagnosed of Lassa fever. Eze allayed the fears of possible epidemic in the state, saying that the ministry was taking measures to contain the spread of the disease.He explained that the victim died on January 1 at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Umuahia, where he…

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26,039 babies born on New Year’s Day in Nigeria – UNICEF

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says an estimated 26,039 babies will be born in Nigeria on New Year’s Day. UNICEF’s Nigeria Representative, Peter Hawkins, said on Wednesday, in a statement, that Nigerian babies would account for almost seven percent of the estimated 392,078 babies to be born on New Year’s Day globally. Hawkins said that this figure is the third-highest number of babies in the world, after India with 67,385; and China, 46,299. According to him, 2.5 million newborns died in just their first month of life around the…

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Bauchi communities convey pregnant women, the sick to hospitals on donkeys

Some communities in Misau Local Government Area of Bauchi State say they use donkeys and ox-drawn trucks to transport pregnant women and sick people to hospitals due to lack of motorable roads. The communities disclosed this on Wednesday in Babuwuri and Ngummachame settlements, which are tagged “Hard-To-Reach” in terms of healthcare by the European Union, EU/UNICEF. The Heads of the settlements, Magaji Abdu and Alh. Ahmadu Garba disclosed that the only means of transporting pregnant women and sick ones to health facilities were donkeys and ox-drawn trucks. The community leader,…

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Nigeria in dire need of trained health workers ― Yayale

A former Bauchi State Secretary to the State Government, SGF, Mahmud Yayale Ahmed has lamented that the country is currently in dire need of more trained health workers for effective health care service delivery considering the astronomical population growth. Yayale Ahmed made the assertion shortly after he was inaugurated as the Chairman, Governing Board of Malikiyya College of Health and Social Sciences, Bauchi, alongside other members of the College. The former SGF who stressed that without adequate trained manpower, the nation’s health facilities would not be able to render standard…

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