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I Don’t Need The Vaccine… COVID-19 Not Our Business In Kogi – Yahaya Bello
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I Don’t Need The Vaccine… COVID-19 Not Our Business In Kogi – Yahaya Bello

Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi, says COVID-19 is not the business of people in his state, adding that they have “more pertinent” issues to tackle. Bello stated this on Friday, when he featured on ‘Politics Today’, a Channels Television programme. The governor, who has repeatedly denied the existence of the virus, said COVID-19 is the “minute aspect” of what the state is currently addressing, adding that Kogi is tackling diseases like Yellow Fever and Lassa Fever, without much noise about its efforts. “COVID-19 is not our business in Kogi state. We have more prominent issues, more pertinent issues, more serious matters that we are attending to in Kogi state,” he said. “Insecurity that we met, we’ve tackled it and several others. Disunity, we met it on ground and we have unit...
Ondo Distributes 10,000 Rat Poison As Lassa Fever Spread
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Ondo Distributes 10,000 Rat Poison As Lassa Fever Spread

Ondo State Government has distributed 10,000 rat poisons to residents of Ogbese in Akure North to kill rats in the community to curb the spread of Lassa fever. Over 3000 rats were killed in Owo town after the state government distributed poison to the residents. Reports had it that the disease had spread to five local government areas of the state. The Assistant State Epidemiologist, Dr Dolani Gbelela, said the state is now the epicentre of Lassa fever in the country. Gbelela said 423 cases of Lassa fever were recorded in 2020 out of which 81 persons died representing 34 per cent of Lassa fever-related deaths in Nigeria. Also read:Lassa Fever: Don’t panic, Osun Speaker tells residents He pointed out that Lassa fever was of a greater burden to the state and advocated t...
I have No Apologies For Using Chloroquine To Cure Coronavirus – Bala Mohammed
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I have No Apologies For Using Chloroquine To Cure Coronavirus – Bala Mohammed

Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed says he has no apologies for backing the use of Chroloquine and Zithromax to treat coronavirus patients in his state. The ex-Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, who was the state’s CoVID-19 index case, had said he was treated with the drugs while in self-isolation, after he tested positive for the killer virus on March 23. And Mohammed said he suffered criticism for authorising the use of the drugs to treat the disease in the state. However, the governor said he did not recommend any self-medication. He said, “Pertaining what I said about the use of chloroquine, Zinc, Zithromax and Vitamin C for the treatment of COVID-19. I was misquoted. I was once a COVID-19 patient. How did I get cured? I only made a recommendation and it was no...
Ondo State Government Orders Closure of all Schools Due to Coronavirus Pandemic
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Ondo State Government Orders Closure of all Schools Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has ordered the closure of all primary and secondary schools as well as tertiary institutions in the state following the outbreak of Coronavirus outbreak. He gave the order in a state broadcast on Thursday night March 19th. ''We have also directed the closure of all primary and secondary schools as well tertiary institutions in the state as from Friday 20th, March, 2020 until further notice. This measure is to harvest our children into the safety net for proper monitoring and care. There is no doubt that this global pandemic poses a real challenge to all nations, yet if we all collaborate effectively, we will overcome it successfully. One major advantage that our state has is the experience and expertise we have developed over the years from our fight...
Toke Makinwa Apologises To Year 2020 Over Strange Occurrences
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Toke Makinwa Apologises To Year 2020 Over Strange Occurrences

Media personality, Toke Makinwa has issued an apology to the year 2020 following the number of tragedies which has befallen the world. Since the year 2020 began, the world has seen a lot of strange occurrences, ranging from death of Basketball legend, Kobe Bryant to increasing death due to Lassa fever. Recenlty, Nigeria was rocked with pipeline explosions one of which happened in Abule Ado that led to the loss of lives and properties. Saddened by the occurrences which are becoming too many, especially with coronavirus now in Nigeria, Toke Makinwa tweeted 20/20, we are sorry. It’s ok, pls don’t be angry. If Lasaa fever no kill person, na Corona go try, it Corona no happen na pipeline go burst, if you escape pipeline, earthquake fit happen, stock market crash, dollar on the r...
NYSC Takes Proactive Steps To Prevent Coronavirus, Lassa Fever in Niger State
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NYSC Takes Proactive Steps To Prevent Coronavirus, Lassa Fever in Niger State

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Niger State has taken proactive steps to protect corps members against coronavirus and Lassa fever diseases. The state Coordinator of the NYSC, Mrs Funmilayo Ajayi, who disclosed this in Minna on Thursday, said among the steps taken are the acquisition of infrared thermometers for the testing of corps members and hand sanitizers. Ajayi added that the NYSC secretariat will also print and distribute sensitization leaflets on Lassa fever and coronavirus diseases to the corps members. Speaking at the swearing-in of the batch A stream 1 orientation programme for the corps members at the NYSC permanent orientation camp in Paiko, Ajayi said 1,774 corps members, made up of 907 females and 867 males, have so far been registered f...
Ondo University Shuts Down Over Death of Two Students, Following Rumors of Lassa fever
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Ondo University Shuts Down Over Death of Two Students, Following Rumors of Lassa fever

There was tension over the weekend among students of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State following the death of two students of the institution. With the fillers that the situation might lead to break down of law and order within the school environment, the management of the institution directed students of the institution to go on two weeks break. The students were set to commence examination today March 9, 2020 before they were directed to proceed on mid-semester break till March 22, 2020 over the development while the examination was postponed indefinitely. It was gathered that on March 5, a 200-Level female student in the Department of Educational Management, Miss Temitope Patience Ayedun died at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owo after she was rushed ...
Lassa Fever: NCDC Confirms 11 New Deaths in Nigeria
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Lassa Fever: NCDC Confirms 11 New Deaths in Nigeria

11 new deaths have been confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in the recent Lassa fever outbreak ravaging most states in the country. The development brings the total number of death recorded to 132. In its report for week 9, NCDC revealed that out of a total of 421 suspected cases, 85 were confirmed and 11 deaths reported from 30 local governments in nine states.   The affected states are Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi, Bauchi, Plateau, Benue, Kogi, Taraba and Kebbi. From week one to nine, a total of 3054 suspected cases, 775 confirmed cases, nine probable and 132 deaths have so far been reported from 118 local governments in 27 states. Out of the 73 per cent of all confirmed, Edo State has 34 per cent, Ondo State, 32 per cent and Ebonyi State has 7 per ce...
Nigerian Professor Reportedly Discovers Cure for Coronavirus
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Nigerian Professor Reportedly Discovers Cure for Coronavirus

A Professor of Virology, Maduike Ezeibe of the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, MOUAU, has claimed he has discovered the cure for the dreaded coronavirus. Ezeibe who is the Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine, MOUAU, made the claims Thursday in a statement, adding that the therapy can also cure Lassa fever. In a report by the Nation, The professor of Virology who gave the chemical equation of the therapy as (AI4(SiO4)3+3Mg2SiO4-2AI2Mg3(SiO4)3) said “it’s a mechanism for curing Covid -19 and Lassa fever”. On how the therapy works, Professor Ezeibe explained that “electrostatic attraction would make electrically charged medicines mop pathogens which have opposite charges, is a known scientific fact and that viruses and abnormal (infected /tumor) cells are elec...
Death Toll From Lassa Fever Hits 118 in Nigeria
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Death Toll From Lassa Fever Hits 118 in Nigeria

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced that 118 people have died from the recent Lassa Fever outbreak in the country. According to the NCDC, 2633 suspected cases, 689 confirmed cases and 118 deaths have been recorded in the country from January 1 to February 23. The number of casualties has increased significantly from what was reported for the same period in 2019. At same time in 2019, 1249 suspected cases with 381 confirmed and 83 deaths were recorded. In NCDC's previous statement, it was gathered that 27 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 115 local government areas.
103 Killed by Lassa Fever in 16 States
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103 Killed by Lassa Fever in 16 States

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday February 19, revealed that that 103 people have been killed by Lassa fever since its recent outbreak on December 30, 2019. Late victims of the disease resided in Ondo, Edo, Ebonyi, Kano, Kogi, Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau, Bauchi, Enugu, Abia, Benue, Borno, Gombe, Sokoto and Katsina. A total of 586 cases have been confirmed across the country. Edo has the highest burden of confirmed cases at 35 per cent, followed by Ondo with 32 per cent and Ebonyi at six per cent. 26 states have also recorded at least one confirmed case across the 101 local government areas in the country. NCDC's report reads in part; “Cumulatively from week one to week 07, 2020, 103 deaths have been reported with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 17.6 per ...
Lassa Fever Kills Four in Kogi
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Lassa Fever Kills Four in Kogi

4 deaths out of 9 new cases of Lassa Fever have been confirmed by the Kogi State Ministry of Health. In a statement released on Sunday February 9, the state's epidemologist Austin Ojotule said they've had a total of 31 suspected cases since the recent outbreak. Ojotule further revealed that out of the 31 cases, there is one probable case, 17 negative cases, nine confirmed cases and five pending laboratory results. Out of the 9 confirmed cases, two are from Ibaji local government, two are from Okene, three are from Idah, while Okehi and Igalamela Local Government Areas have one confirmed case each. A total of 177 contacts have been line-listed and there is an ongoing contact tracing and follow-up.
Lassa fever now in 27 states – Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire
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Lassa fever now in 27 states – Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire on Thursday February 6 announced that the Lassa Fever epidemic has been confirmed in 27 states of the federation. Speaking at the opening ceremony of a two-day seminar for 36 State Health Commissioners’ organised by the Nigerian Governors’ Forum in Abuja, the Minister disclosed that the Lassa Fever epidemic has also claimed the lives of two doctors. Ehanire also revealed that the Nigerian government is working with a German research firm to develop a vaccine for the virus, as pointed out that government cannot curb the spread of the disease alone. He said; ”I thank you all at this point for commendation the federal ministry of health has received in its efforts to contain the outbreak of Lassa fever which has moved to about 27 state...
Pregnant Woman Dies of Lassa Fever in Katsina
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Pregnant Woman Dies of Lassa Fever in Katsina

The Katsina State government on Wednesday February 6, confirmed the death of a 26-year-old pregnant patient of Lassa fever. Executive Director of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHCDA) Dr Shamsudeen Yahaya who confirmed the death of the pregnant woman, also disclosed that the deceased's 60-year-old relation tested positive to the virus. Yahaya told newsmen that out of seven samples collected and sent out for test, four came back negative, two returned positive while one is still pending. He said; ’’The pregnant woman died on Sunday, while the other is alive and responding to treatment; there were plans to take the one that is alive to an isolation center in Katsina. ’The pregnant woman was vomiting, bleeding and the pregnancy was aborted just before she...
Hypo Storms Agege Abattoir to Educate Public on Coronavirus
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Hypo Storms Agege Abattoir to Educate Public on Coronavirus

In a bid to further promote sustainable hygiene practices while increasing the knowledge of the masses as regards germs and diseases lurking around the environment, Hypo makers of the most affordable bleach in Nigeria organized a public sensitization program on the spread of coronavirus at the major Abattoir Market in Lagos State. During the public Sensitization programme at Agege Abattoir Market, The Hypo team urged the meat dealers, marketers as well as the entire public to ensure to always keep their spaces clean to ward off all germs which the ordinary eyes cannot accurately detect. Most importantly the meat dealers were urged not only to keep their equipment clean but also to take the extra pain to keep them effectively disinfected for the greater good of the society. Ably prese...
FG Has Declared War On Lassa Fever, Coronavirus – Health Minister
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FG Has Declared War On Lassa Fever, Coronavirus – Health Minister

Federal Government yesterday expressed its determination to stop the spread of Lassa fever which has claimed many lives in parts of the country since the beginning of this year. The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, told reporters in Abuja yesterday that the government had heightened response against the current Lassa fever outbreak across the country. He said his ministry had the capacity to detect, assess and respond to coronavirus and other public health threats. He said the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control had set up a “Corona Virus Preparedness Group” and was ready to activate its incident command system for coronavirus, “if a suspect case emerges in Nigeria.” He said there was high-level inter-ministerial consultation towards setting up a multi-sectoral committee to scale ...
Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire Disclosed that  41 People has been Killed by Lassa Fever in 19 States
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Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire Disclosed that 41 People has been Killed by Lassa Fever in 19 States

Nigeria's Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire on Tuesday January 28 disclosed that 41 people have died out the 258 Lassa Fever cases confirmed in 19 states. The Minister of Health who spoke to newsmen in Abuja, stated that the disease is endemic due to Nigeria’s ecological profile. Osagie said it is everyone's responsibility to help curb the spread of the disease as he disclosed that the overall case-fatality rate for 2020 has been just about 15 per cent compared to the same in 2019, which was 20 per cent. He said; “Lassa fever is a disease that is indigenous to our country because it occurs every year particularly in the dry season. “As of the 28th of January, 2020, 258 confirmed cases and 41 deaths have been reported in 19 states, with a majority of the cases from Ebony...
Emir of Kano, Sanusi Reveals What Nigerians Must Urgently do Over Spread of Lassa fever
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Emir of Kano, Sanusi Reveals What Nigerians Must Urgently do Over Spread of Lassa fever

Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, on Tuesday called on residents of the state to intensify prayers and maintain proper personal hygiene to avoid contracting Lassa fever. The Emir, in a state-wide broadcast on Monday evening at his palace in Kano, expressed concern over the contagious nature of the disease, charging residents to “ensure proper personal and environmental hygiene,” NAN reports. He further urged residents to clean their environment and take only clean food and drinks to stay protected from the disease. The Emir ordered the residents to notify health professionals of any symptoms noticed in their community for prompt response and cautioned them against self medication or using of herbs. Furthermore, the Emir prayed for the recovery of the infected persons, and the...
Four Die of Lassa Fever in Taraba
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Four Die of Lassa Fever in Taraba

Taraba State government has confirmed the death of 4 persons in the recent Lassa fever outbreak. The state's commissioner of health, Dr Innocent Vakkai who confirmed this on Monday January 27 said the late residents of the state were among the 5 people who tested positive after 15 persons were subjected to a medical test for the disease. Vakkai disclosed that the surveillance system for more case detection and proper treatment has been activated by state government after most of the suspected cases were found to have come from six local government areas in the state; Bali, Gashaka, Gassol, Ardo-Kola, Jalingo and Ibi. The Commissioner said they've launched a campaign to create awarenness and enlighten residents of the state on symptoms of the disease. He also revealed that the diff...
Nasarawa Records First Case of Lassa Fever
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Nasarawa Records First Case of Lassa Fever

Nasarawa state has recorded its first case of Lassa Fever in the recent outbreak ravaging the country. Speaking to newsmen in Lafia on Monday January 27, the state's commissioner of health Mr Ahmed Yahaya said the patient who is a resident of Mararaba Gurku in Karu Local Government Area was diagnosed with the disease which was confirmed by doctors at Garki General Hospital, Abuja. He also disclosed that a team of health workers have been deployed to the community to monitor and possibly quarantine those who had contact with the patient to contain the spread of the disease. The health commissioner who urged residents of the state to ensure good environmental hygiene and keep rodents away from their foods, said health centers in the state are prepared to handle and curtail the s...
29 Dead, 195 Infected as Lassa Fever Spreads to 11 States – NCDC
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29 Dead, 195 Infected as Lassa Fever Spreads to 11 States – NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced the casualty figure in the recent Lassa fever outbreak across the country as it activated a National Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) to coordinate response activities on Saturday January 25. NCDC DG, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu said 195 confirmed cases and 29 deaths were reported in 11 states as of January 24. Two Kano health workers were also confirmed dead in the recent outbreak in which 89% of the confirmed cases are from Ondo, Edo and Ebonyi. Ihekweazu said; “Over the last three weeks, NCDC has deployed Rapid Response Teams to support five of the affected states”, the agency said. “The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire led a high-level delegation to Kano State on the 25th of January 2020, following the deaths o...
26-year-old Woman Dies of Lassa Fever in Ogun
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26-year-old Woman Dies of Lassa Fever in Ogun

A 26-year-old woman identified as Titilayo Akinsola, reportedly died of Lassa fever on Saturday January 25 at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Idi-Aba community of Abeokuta, Ogun State's capital. The hospital's spokesperson, Segun Orisajo who confirmed the death told newsmen that series of tests showed the deceased had Lassa fever. He also disclosed that they did everything possible to save her life. Orisajo said; “She (the victim) was rushed to the hospital four days ago and series of tests confirmed that she had Lassa fever. Our medical team did everything possible to save her life but unfortunately she died." Orisajo allayed fears of members of the public by stating that they are working with the state government to contain the spread of the disease. Ogun State's Comm...
Rivers State Records 4 Cases of Lassa fever
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Rivers State Records 4 Cases of Lassa fever

Four suspected cases of Lassa fever has been recorded in Rivers State as confirmed by the Acting Permanent Secretary of the state's Ministry of health, Dr. Chinwe Atata. While the four main cases have received prompt and adequate medical attention, 57 persons have also been placed on surveillance after a speculated physical contact with the affected individuals. The permanent secretary also said that they have sufficient quantities of commodities and drugs for therapeutic and preventive interventions. She said; “We are working assiduously to ensure public health safety to exposed substance especially among public health personnel as first respondents. “We are working in partnership with state and federal agencies and al stakeholders in the interest public health security and...
Kaduna State Government Confirms First Case of Lassa fever
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Kaduna State Government Confirms First Case of Lassa fever

The Kaduna state Ministry of Health has confirmed a case of Lassa fever in a 36-year-old man from Chikun LGA, in Kaduna state. A statement from the state Commissioner of Health, Amina Baloni, says the young man whose name was withheld, is now being treated at the Infectious Diseases Control Centre. She urged the public to be calm as all KDSG health facilities are on the alert to look out for cases. Baloni noted that the Ministry of Health has supplied all infectious disease control centers in Kaduna with the necessary commodities and health officials are ready to manage any cases that may arise. She stated that suspected cases should be reported to the State Epidemiology unit on 08036045755 or 08027396344 or by contacting the nearest Local Government Health Authority official.
Bauchi State Records Three Lassa Fever Cases
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Bauchi State Records Three Lassa Fever Cases

Bauchi State has recorded three new cases in the recent outbreak of Lassa fever across the country. The Executive Chairman of Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed who confirmed this on Friday January 24, said the state has been on high surveillance after the disease claimed some lives in Kano State including some health workers. He however admitted that some health workers in the state are frightened due to recent outbreak. Mohammed said; “This year, we have 15 suspected cases of Lassa fever – three confirmed cases out of the suspected … One thing that is giving us concern is no vaccine for it, we have only treatment of the contact and prophylaxis for the contact and then treatment of cases. “So, doctors are afraid, and the nurses are also afr...
Governor Akeredolu Cries Out as Lassa Fever Claims 15 Lives in Ondo State
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Governor Akeredolu Cries Out as Lassa Fever Claims 15 Lives in Ondo State

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has cried out over the recent Lassa fever outbreak which has reportedly claimed 15 lives in Ondo State and also left 28 people in critical conditions. New Telegraph reported that the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Owo community of Ondo State, has over 100 people being treated for Lassa Fever. A source said the patients are from the border communities of the state in the Northern Senatorial District like Oka-Akoko, Owo and Ose axis. It was also gathered that a medical doctor lost his wife to the disease in the recent outbreak. The source who also disclosed that some patients are being referred to the Virology Centre in Akure as FMC Owo is already filled up, hinged the increase in recorded cases of the disease on lack of awareness and sensitisation on how to ...
Stop Drinking Garri – Medical Expert Cautions Nigerians
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Stop Drinking Garri – Medical Expert Cautions Nigerians

Nigerians have been cautioned from consuming soaked garri. This call was made by Dr Boniface Okolo, the director of Public Health, Enugu state. According to him, this must be done on order to avoid contacting Lassa fever. The medical doctor gave the warning when he spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Saturday, January 18. He argued that rats are most times in contact with garri and that the rodents are the cause of the disease, Daily Trust reports. Going further, he said the consumption of garri must be discouraged. He pointed out that adding hot water would have killed the bacterial causing the disease.
After 129 Deaths, Nigeria Declares Lassa Fever Emergency Over
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After 129 Deaths, Nigeria Declares Lassa Fever Emergency Over

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has declared the emergency phase of the Lassa fever outbreak ravaging the country over. This is after four and a half months of the country combating the disease in 21 states, leading to 129 deaths. The announcement was made in a press statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES on Friday. The statement was co-signed by the Director General, NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, and the Officer-in-Charge, World Health Organisation, Nigeria, (WHO) Clement Peter. The ’emergency phase’ of the 2019 Lassa fever outbreak was declared over following a joint epidemiological review by NCDC, WHO Nigeria and other partners. Due to increased report of cases of the disease in some states across the country, NCDC earlier this year (January 22) declared a Lass...
FG To Introduce Healthcare Fund For Lassa Fever Patients
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FG To Introduce Healthcare Fund For Lassa Fever Patients

The Federal Government is introducing a funding mechanism to carter for patients with confirmed cases of Lassa Fever in the country, the Director General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, has said. Ihekweazu made the disclosure on Sunday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. He explained that the aim of the healthcare fund was to ensure that money does not become a hindrance for patients in accessing lassa fever treatment. “We are making plans through the Basic Primary Healthcare Provision Fund, the new funding instituted by the federal government, to cover the cost of treatment of confirmed cases of Lassa fever patients. “A process is ongoing on how to manage this and it is at the heart of discussion at all levels of...
53 New Cases Of Lassa Fever Recorded In Nigeria In The Last Seven Days – NCDC
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53 New Cases Of Lassa Fever Recorded In Nigeria In The Last Seven Days – NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control in its weekly situation update for the reporting week (March 4 to 10), disclosed that 53 news cases Lassa fever was recorded in Nigeria in the last seven days. According to NCDC, the 53 new confirmed Lassa Fever cases recorded in the last seven days were reported from eight states, Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Plateau, Taraba and Delta, thus increasing the number of patients to 472. 11 deaths were reported for same week in Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi and Nasarawa States, bringing the death toll of the disease since the outbreak began this year, to 110.The new cases counters claim made by the NCDC , which said there has been a gradual decline in the outbreak for this year. Premium Times reported that the reported confirmed cases for week 10 are th...
FG Announces Decline In Lassa Fever Cases
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FG Announces Decline In Lassa Fever Cases

The Federal Government has announced a decline in number of new cases of Lassa fever in the country. Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, who disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja, said that the country had witnessed a reduction in the number of people who have died from the disease compared to 2018 adding that the NCDC and partners had continued to sustain response activities in states across the country, despite progress made so far. He said, “An outbreak of Lassa fever was declared in Nigeria on Jan. 21, 2019. Since then, 420 confirmed cases and 93 deaths have been reported in 21 states. The national, multi-sectoral, is coordinating the national response multi-partner Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) led by the NCDC...
Lassa Fever Spreads To 33 States, 1,447 Cases Recorded
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Lassa Fever Spreads To 33 States, 1,447 Cases Recorded

The Lassa fever virus has reportedly spread to 33 states, as the National Centre for Disease Control disclosed that a total of 1,447 suspected cases of Lassa fever have been recorded. It was further disclosed that since the outbreak, there had been 93 deaths, with case fatality ratio in the confirmed cases put at 22.1 per cent. The latest report also revealed that 20 states, together with the FCT, had recorded at least one confirmed case across 66 local government areas.Affected states include Edo, Ondo, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Plateau, Taraba, Adamawa, Gombe, Kaduna, Kwara, Benue, Rivers, Kogi, Enugu, Imo, Delta, Oyo, Kebbi and Cross River states with the FCT. Speaking with SUNDAY PUNCH, the Incident Manager, National Emergency Operation Centre, Ms Chioma Dan-Nwafor said the Fede...
Doctors, Staff Flee As Man With Lassa Fever Storms General Hospital In Delta
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Doctors, Staff Flee As Man With Lassa Fever Storms General Hospital In Delta

Commotion rocked the General Hospital in Sapele area of Delta state, after a sick man suspected to have Lassa Fever reportedly caused a huge scare on Monday (yesterday). It was gathered that the doctors, staff and other patients took to their heels and ran to the end of the hospital after the man arrived the clinic. According to Sapele based journalist, Sapele Oghenek, the hospital management even called the police to come and arrest/remove the sick man but the officers declined and told the doctors to handle their professional duties. The suspected Lassa Fever patient later left the general hospital after being ignored and stigmatised by the health workers. It was also reported that when the sick man left, the hospital authorities fumigated the entrance to rid the clinic o...
Lassa Fever Outbreak Kills Nurse In Edo State
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Lassa Fever Outbreak Kills Nurse In Edo State

The latest outbreak of Lassa fever has claimed the life of Henry Ehimati, a male nurse working with Okomu Oil Palm Company staff clinic, located in Ovia South-West Local Government Area of Edo. The victim, said to be in his 30s and married with a child, works at the clinic, but lives with his family at Upper Sakponba area of Benin whenever he was off duty.  According to reports, doctors observed that the deceased was unusually weak and with a high fever last week. “By the time they admitted him at the clinic and run test on him, they detected that he had ‘2 plus’ malaria, with protein in his blood. As the fever got worse by the day, they then decided to transfer him to a private clinic in Benin City, last Saturday, where they also conducted several tests on him. When they suspect...
Liberia Records 3 More Lassa Fever Deaths
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Liberia Records 3 More Lassa Fever Deaths

Liberian authorities on Friday confirmed three more deaths from Lassa fever, a disease endemic in several West African countries. The deaths were recorded from the counties of Montserrado and Nimba, the ministry of health said. Liberia has confirmed a total of 12 deaths so far, out of a total of 28 cases of Lassa fever since the beginning of the year. Tolbert Nyenswah, Head of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia, said that county’s health teams have embarked on contact tracing on both healthcare workers and community members, who came in contact with the deceased during their symptomatic period. Nyenswah said a total of 134 contacts have been identified and are currently being traced. Only three counties have been affected by Lassa fever in Liberia, which has a t...
Scores Die From Lassa Fever In Nigeria
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Scores Die From Lassa Fever In Nigeria

Johannesburg – The World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed 37 deaths from Lassa fever in Nigeria, while another six are suspected to have succumbed to the illness too. In a Tuesday statement the WHO also confirmed that a further 450 people had been infected with the haemorrhagic fever in less than five weeks. Dr Wondimagegnehu Alemu, WHO Representative to the West African nation said that the deaths represented an unusually high number of cases for this time of year. The virus causes a fever and body aches that can progress to bleeding from the nose or mouth and is spread through contact with the bodily fluids of sick people or from eating food contaminated by the urine or human waste of rodents. Last week the Guinea authorities reported one death from Lassa fever raising...
Enugu Govt Approves Consolidated Salary For Health Workers
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Enugu Govt Approves Consolidated Salary For Health Workers

Enugu State Government has approved Consolidated Health Workers Salary Scale as demanded by members of Allied Union of Health Workers in the state. The consolidated salary scale is a yearning by the workers that has subsisted in the past years without success. This gesture entails an increase in the take-home for various health workers in the state other than medical doctors who have had their own special salary scale approved earlier. The salary scale is a practical step by Enugu State Government to encourage the workers and create desirable industrial harmony in the health sector in the state. Details of this development came in a briefing after the state Executive Council Meeting presided over by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. Commissioner for Health, Dr. Fintan Echochin, sai...
3 Dead As Lassa Fever Hits Taraba
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3 Dead As Lassa Fever Hits Taraba

No fewer than three persons have been confirmed dead, while several others are under watch in Jalingo, Taraba State capital, following the outbreak of Lassa Fever in the state, World Health Organisation, WHO, has said. Surveillance Officer of WHO, Dr. Bello Ahmed, disclosed this yesterday at a sensitisation workshop on Lassa Fever, organised by the state's Ministry of Health. Represented by Dr. Zeto Philip, the Surveillance Officer said 12 cases have been reported, three confirmed dead, while three positive cases have been placed under close monitoring. Bello, who said six local governments--Bali, Ibi, Gassol, Gashaka, Jalingo and Ardo-Kola-- in Taraba State have been placed on red alert, explained that two deaths have so far been recorded in Jalingo and one in Ardo-Kola, putting the st...
Two Dead As Lassa Fever Returns To Owerri
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Two Dead As Lassa Fever Returns To Owerri

Imo State Health Commissioner, Dr. Angela Uwakwem, has said that two residents of Owerri have died of Lassa fever which has resurfaced in the state. Uwakwem, who confirmed the incident to our correspondent in Owerri on Wednesday said, “Lassa fever is in Owerri. It is confirmed.” Uwakwem said two persons died of the virus after they were “referred out of” the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri. The health commissioner said, “We have seven suspected cases of Lassa fever. Two are confirmed. “The Imo State Government is working hard to establish the point of first contact. The media should also help us to enlighten our people. “People should stop unnecessary shaking of hands. People should also stop eating exposed foods. The virus is caused by rats, so people should be encouraged to...
Lassa Fever: What Health Professional Must Do To Curb Spread – Minister
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Lassa Fever: What Health Professional Must Do To Curb Spread – Minister

Nigerian Health Minister, Isaac Adewole, has warned all health professionals to investigate every case of fever before treatment.   The warning is coming as Lassa fever, a killer disease, resurfaces in parts of the country.   In 10 days, Lassa fever, a disease commonly caused by contact with food or household items contaminated with rodent urine or faeces, has already claimed about 10 lives including health workers in Ebonyi, Kogi and Ondo.   Hundreds of persons have been hospitalised following the return of the disease.   “Every fever must be investigated properly and treated appropriately. No one should treat malaria without diagnosis”, Mr. Adewole warned in a text message sent to PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday.   The first Lassa fever case t...
Nigerian State Shuts Schools To Halt Lassa Fever Spread
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Nigerian State Shuts Schools To Halt Lassa Fever Spread

Schools were shut across Nigeria’s southeastern Ebonyi state on Thursday to stop the spread of lassa fever which has killed three persons including two doctors in the past few days. Prof. John Eke, education commissioner in Ebonyi, told a news briefing that all schools would remain shut for the next seven days while authorities battle to prevent the spread of the communicable disease. The decision comes a day after a woman whose children attend school tested positive for the virus, said Eke. “We believe that one of the best ways to handle the situation is to shut down our schools until we are sure that our pupils and students are safe,” he added. “The schools will remain shut for seven schooldays to enable us to monitor the situation and we appeal to parents, guardians and school autho...
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Doctor, Nurse Killed As Lassa Fever Returns

Ebonyi State government yesterday confirmed the death of a doctor and a nurse from a renewed Lassa fever outbreak in the state. Commissioner for Health Dr Daniel Onwuzurike spoke with reporters in Abakaliki. He noted that the deceased were working at the Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (FETHA). Onwuzurike said 12 samples had been collected and tested for possible detection with four testing positive to the dreaded disease. “Apart from the two confirmed deaths, we have not confirmed whether another doctor who worked in the hospital died of the disease as he was known to be diabetic. “He was being managed for blood-sugar derangement and has been on self-medication for malaria and typhoid fever before his death. “We will still confirm whether he died of Lassa fever and have...
2017: Sad Year In Nigeria’s Health Sector; Over 1,000 Die From Preventable Diseases
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2017: Sad Year In Nigeria’s Health Sector; Over 1,000 Die From Preventable Diseases

Nigeria started 2017 with the news of outbreak of Meningitis which lasted for months and was followed by other rare and uncommon diseases. There were also new policies and the launch of primary health care centres to improve the health sector. During the year, doctors and health workers also embarked on strikes, while many global health reports were released. PREMIUM TIMES compiles some of the major health events that headlined 2017. 1,166 people died of meningitis in six months Between December 2016 and June 23, 2017, a total of 1,166 people died as a result of meningitis outbreak in the country. Children between five to 14 years were most affected accounting for 6,791 cases out of a total 14,513 cases reported in 24 states. Zamfara was the most affected state in terms o...
NYSC Commences Health Initiative For Rural Dwellers In Ogun
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NYSC Commences Health Initiative For Rural Dwellers In Ogun

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has flagged-off its annual free healthcare delivery for the aged and less-privileged persons in rural communities to commemorate the 2017 Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers (HIRD) Week. The NYSC Director-General, Brig.-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, flagged-off the exercise at Atan village in Ijebu North-East Local Government Area of Ogun on Thursday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the NYSC HIRD scheme, which was inaugurated in 2015, is targeted at providing free healthcare for rural dwellers in the country.. The NYSC boss said the concept of bringing free healthcare to the grassroots became imperative due to poor access to quality medical facilities in rural communities. He said the goal of the HIRD programme was to mobilise the...
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LUTH Discharges 3 Patients Admitted For Lassa Fever

Chief Medical Director (CMD) of LUTH, Prof. Bode Chris, yesterday said that some of the 150 persons with the index case who had been under surveillance are certified free and not under danger of developing the disease.Bode, who stated that some others still under surveillance could only be taken off the danger list after 21 days from the day of contact, however, said only Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, could declare the state Lassa fever-free.He said: “I can only speak for LUTH. I believe we have taken care of the virus. The three patients under admission, including the resident doctor who attended to the index case, have been discharged.”In another development, more Nigerians may die or become infected with Hepatitis B as the current global shortage of the vaccines, ...
Unknown Disease In Kogi Diagnosed As Gastroenteritis
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Unknown Disease In Kogi Diagnosed As Gastroenteritis

The Kogi State Commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Audu, on Sunday said that the alleged unknown disease has been diagnosed to be gastroenteritis and therefore called for calmness. The commissioner told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lokoja that those so far diagnosed were found to be suffering from gastroenteritis and malaria. The state Ministry of Health, had in a statement, said that the disease killed many people in Okunran, Okoloke and Isanlu-Esa in Yagba West Local Government Area. “The current information available to us is that the disease actually started six weeks ago in Okoloke village in Yagba West, which is a settlement that is predominantly inhabited by Fulani herdsmen. “There have been cases of reported deaths following abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhoea, but the...
Osun Cautions Residents As Corpse Tests Positive To Lassa Fever
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Osun Cautions Residents As Corpse Tests Positive To Lassa Fever

The Osun State Government on Tuesday urged its citizens to be vigilant and maintain high hygienic standards after a corpse which was brought from Lagos tested positive to Lassa. A number of cases of the disease had been reported in some Southwest states of Lagos and Ogun in recent times. A statement signed by the Media Adviser to the Governor, Sola Fasure, said there was currently no case of an outbreak of the fever in the state. The statement noted that the corpse brought from Lagos was subjected to laboratory test and was tested positive to the scourge. It stated that the corpse was buried before the official release of the autopsy report. According to the statement, the state’s Ministry Of Health promptly put the relatives of the corpse on a 21-day surveillance but none o...
Lassa Fever: Govt Should Improve Emergencies Preparedness – Researcher
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Lassa Fever: Govt Should Improve Emergencies Preparedness – Researcher

A medical researcher, Dr Bamidele Iwalokun, has called on the three tiers of government to improve the level of emergencies preparedness and response to strengthening public health against burden of Lassa fever. Iwalokun, the Head of Immunology and Vaccinology Research Group, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Yaba, Lagos State, made the call on Saturday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos. The medical researcher spoke on the outbreak of Lassa fever in Lagos State following which two persons have been confirmed dead. NAN reports that the Chief Medical Director, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos, Prof. Chris Bode, had on Aug. 8 confirmed that two patients died of Lassa fever at the hospital. Bode, confirming the reports,...
Ogun Government Confirms Lassa Fever Outbreak, 66 People Quarantined
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Ogun Government Confirms Lassa Fever Outbreak, 66 People Quarantined

The Ogun State Government has confirmed the outbreak of Lassa fever, as it was gathered that a 20-year-old patient tested positive for the virus and has been moved to one of the isolation centres set up by the state government. The State's Commissioner for Health, Babatunde Ipaye disclosed that 66 persons who had contact with the victim have been put under observation, as he called on residents to remain calm and assured them of adequate response surveillance in the case of another outbreak. Ipaye further told residents to always maintain good environmental and personal hygiene, to contain the spread of the fever.
Strange Illness Allegedly Kills 70 In Kwara
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Strange Illness Allegedly Kills 70 In Kwara

There is confusion in Oro-Ago community, in the Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State as leaders and members say no fewer than 70 persons have died of a strange illness. They said that the illness was predominant among the Fulani settlers called the Bororos in the community. It was gathered that a large number of the Bororos had died since the outbreak of the strange illness on July 23, 2017. Those who spoke include the Oloro of Oro-Ago, Oba Tafa Dada; the President, Oro-Ago Development Union, Olaniyi Olushosa; a community member, who identified himself simply as Taiwo; and another concerned person, identified as Stephen. According to them, those affected by the illness would first vomit blood and some black substances. They said families had been devastated and call...

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