Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

2014-15

Yes, yes……2014 has just 6hrs 50mins and some secs for it to go (as at the time of filing this post). Yes, I know the journey has not been totally easy, we have had hurdles to jump during the journey and despite that, we made it to the end of it. It has not been by our individual or collective strength but by the grace of God. I am grateful to God for everything.

I will definitely be an ingrate if i refuse to appreciate you, yes you, you reading this post at this moment. I am so grateful to you all. I can assure you that you will never meet disappointment on this channel. Thanks a million.

I know by the grace of God, I will definitely catch you all again in 2015. I wish you all a prosperous, blessed and testimony filled 2015.

Stay blessed.

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Commissioner for Special Duties; Dr. Jide Idris,
Commissioner for Health, and Mr. Remi Ibirogba,
Commissioner for Information and Strategy , during
the press briefing on the Ebola Virus Disease in Lagos,
yesterday.

As Nigerians continued to mourn Dr. Stella Adadevoh on Wednesday, another sad news broke on Wednesday that five fresh suspected cases of Ebola Virus Disease had been reported in Lagos State.
The state Commsioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, who announced this shortly after the Federal Government gave an indication that it might immortalise Adadevoh, said another Liberian was among the new suspected cases.
Adadevoh, the first confirmed Nigerian to be diagnosed with the EVD , died on Tuesday evening.
She contracted the disease while treating the index
case, Mr, Patrick Sawyer, at the First Consultants Medical Centre, Lagos where she served as the Lead Consultant.
Before her death, Adadevoh was one of the three patients that were left at the Lagos isolation centre as of Monday.
Idris, who addressed journalists in Alausa, Ikeja, said before the five fresh cases were brought in, the Lagos isolation centre had two suspected Ebola patients.
He was however quick to explain that the Liberian, who was one of the five new cases, was allowed to go after getting a clean bill.
He said, “The fresh suspected cases have increased the number of those in isolation wards from two to six.
“Till date, we have recorded eight suspected cases, five of which were brought in yesterday(Tuesday).
We have 12 confirmed cases on the whole out of which five have died and five have been discharged.
“We are currently following up on 213 contacts. Sixty two have completed the 21-day follow-up.”
The commissioner described Adadevoh and other health workers at the FCMC as heroes.
He said, “Yesterday (Tuesday), we recorded the death of the Senior Consultant/Endocrinologist of First Consultant, Dr. Adadevoh.
“She, it was, who took the initiative to intimate the ministry concerning the index case and subsequently to her credit, the moderate containment achieved.”
Idris said the state Ministry of Health was continuing with contact tracing which has now shifted from primary to secondary.
He added, “This is call for vigilance as human transmission is only achieved by physical contact with a person who is acutely and gravely ill from Ebola virus through body fluids such as blood, urine, stool, saliva, breast milk, semen and vomitus.
“Burial ceremonies where mourners, including family members, have direct contact with the corpse have also played a role in the spread. Direct contact with dead bodies should be minimised at this period.”
He insisted that the state was still not convinced that, a controversial trial drug, Nano Silver, could cure the virus.

Thousands of Nigerians admitted into United Kingdom universities appear sure to face tough health screening
as their campuses have been placed on the alert for the danger posed by the Ebola Virus Disease.
According to The Independent on Sunday , the alert by Universities UK, the umbrella body that represents
vice-chancellors, was issued because the universities are expecting new students to arrive from West
Africa.
While the three countries which have seen the largest number of Ebola cases – Liberia, Guinea and Sierra
Leone – have hardly any students enrolling at UK universities, Nigeria – which has also had confirmed cases – is the fourth largest supplier of international students to UK universities.
In 2012-13, the latest year for which figures are available, a total of 9,630 were enrolled. A spokesman for the body said, “The issue is very much on universities’ radars. We circulated to
universities the publicly available guidance on the topic.”
The guidance makes it clear that any student suspected of having Ebola should immediately be isolated in a side room away from any member of
staff or student contact.
“The side room should have dedicated en-suite facilities or at least a dedicated commode,” it says.
“The level of staff protection is dependent on the patient’s condition,” the London-based newspaper  said.
It added that “those having any dealings with the patient must take careful hand hygiene precautions,
wearing double gloves and a disposable visor.
The guidance told university workers that, “evidence from outbreaks strongly indicates that the main
routes of transmission of infection are direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membrane) and indirect contact with environments contaminated with splashes or droplets of blood or body fluids.”
It said that experts “agree that there is no circumstantial or epidemiological evidence of an aerosol transmission risk from patients.”

MONROVIA (AFP) – Armed men attacked an Ebola isolation ward in the Liberian capital Monrovia overnight, prompting 29 patients to flee the facility, witnesses said Sunday.
“They broke down the doors and looted the place.
The patients all fled,” said Rebecca Wesseh, who witnessed the attack and whose report was confirmed
by residents and the head of Health Workers Association of Liberian, George Williams

The Kwara State Government has said that the seven-month-old baby who was isolated in the state on the suspicion that the boy had Ebola has tested negative to the virus.
He stated that with this development , the state is currently free from the deadly Ebola virus disease. He was said to have manifested symptoms similar to Ebola disease, lassa fever and malaria.
The Special Assistant to the Kwara State Governor on Information, Deji Oni, in a statement on Sunday stated that the state government had received the result of the suspect’s test from the Lagos University
Teaching Hospital which showed that the boy tested negative to the Ebola virus.
Oni who is a member, Kwara State Committee on the Prevention and Control of Ebola Virus, stated that with the development, the state remains Ebola free.
He said, “It would be recalled that the rumor mill was agog some days ago about a reported case of Ebola infection in the state.
“As a responsible and responsive government, we swung into action by closing down the hospital wherethe suspected case was reported and immediately isolated the patient at the Sobi Specialist Hospital, Ilorin where necessary medication was administered on the child and the blood sample taken to Lagos to
ascertain what the real cause of his sickness.
“The test result from LUTH has subsequently proven negative. Effectively, Kwara has no confirmed case of Ebola at the moment. However, the public is urged to remain vigilant and report any suspected case to the nearest hospital while continuing to take precautions against infection.”
Oni noted that shortly after the country recorded the first case, the state government inaugurated a
14-man Committee on the prevention and control of the virus.
He added that the governor also ordered the immediate procurement of laboratory equipment and reagents which are already stationed at the
Harmony Advanced Medical Diagnostic Centre, Ilorin.
He said, “The state had also set up three Isolation Centres, one each in the three senatorial districts –
Sobi Specialist Hospital, Ilorin, General Hospital, Omuaran and General Hospital, Okuta. A special training was also organised for health care givers on how to handle Ebola patients.
“Presently two ambulances had been dedicated to handle any suspected case of the virus.”

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Finally light at the end of the tunnel. The first Ebola patient to be confrimed positive has been discharged in Lagos.
The Minster of Health Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu confirmed this saying the patient ,a female doctor now tested negetive .He however did not reveal her name.He also said five of those undergoing treatment have almost recovered.

It is been confirmed to be Doctor Ameyo Stella Adadevoh, a consultant and Endocrinologist at First Consultant Hospital,Lagos.She was the first to test positive after coming in contact with Sawyer..

  He also said Nanosilver (the drug which was to be used on Ebola Patients)failed to pass the ethical test, will not be used.