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Panic as LUTH Workers Test Positive for Lassa Fever

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Three health workers, out of the 100 that had contact with a pregnant woman who died of Lassa fever at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Idi-Araba, have tested positive for the infection, according to Prof. Chris Bode, LUTH’s chief medical director.

Also Meanwhile, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga, special adviser to Lagos state Governor on Primary Health Care has confirmed that laboratory results of the two suspected cases at the Mainland Hospital, Yaba, were negative.

Lassa fever is an acute febrile illness, causing bleeding and death in severe cases. It is spread by rats.

Bode, at a joint briefing by the hospital’s management and  officials  of the Lagos State Ministry of Health on Wednesday, said the health workers had been admitted to the Isolation Ward at the teaching  hospital alongside  a female resident doctor who contracted the infection  while conducting an autopsy  on one of the index cases.

The CMD also identified the second patient who died of the disease at the hospital as a sickle cell patient that was admitted on August 5.

He added that the victim had just come in from a neighbouring state.

According to him, all the other 97 contacts are still under surveillance.

Bode said, “Three of the persons who have symptoms are receiving  treatment at the Isolation Ward. They are being cared for by a group of professionals, volunteer doctors, epidemiologists, microbiologists, emotional caregivers and cleaners round-the-clock.

“And I want to assure the concerned public that they are responding well to treatment. This current outbreak is effectively being monitored. Those that are being monitored have been given  thermometers to check their temperature. So, let us douse the panic.”

Also at the briefing, the Director, Diseases Control, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Eniola Erinosho,  said the state government  had taken charge of the body of the first victim from the family  and had taken necessary guidelines in the disposal of the body.

Erinosho said the private hospitals where the victims had visited before they were referred to LUTH had been placed under a 21-day surveillance.

He noted that the Lagos State Ministry of Health had directed its Epidemiology Unit to move into LUTH.

“We are on top of the situation and there should be no panic. The index case was referred from Divine Grace Hospital, Imota, in the Ikorodu area of Lagos. We have been  there and have taken charge of the situation, but none of the people there has actually come down with the fever

“We have about 22 people there. Today is the 14th day of monitoring and we hope that in the next seven days they will be discharged from the monitoring list. At present, we have two suspected cases at the Mainland Hospital but they are under control.”

Erinosho also said that the state government would take over the second corpse in possession of LUTH, while the first victim had been moved to Ilesa, Osun State,  in order for the officials there to dispose of the body according to international standards.

He said, “We have been to the house of the late patients and hospitals where they were first admitted. All arrangements have been made to bury the corpse based on international standards.

“In a case like this, we use body bags and we seal the coffin and the relatives will not see the body. From there, we have a special unit in the ministry called the State Environmental Monitoring Unit, which carries out the procedure.”

 Erinosho, who advised Nigerians to keep their foodstuffs away from rats, however, urged them not to panic as Lassa fever, according to him, is a curable disease whose treatment is readily available in the country.

Also, Onanuga, in a statement issued by the LSMOH, confirmed that laboratory results of the two suspected cases at the Mainland Hospital, Yaba, were negative.

Onanuga said the two patients were referred from the General Hospital, Lagos, and a private hospital in Imota in Ikorodu.

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FG Warns of High Increase in Illegal Kidney Harvest

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The federal health ministry has written the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) to warn all doctors in relevant specialties to “be aware so that Nigerians will be circumspect while embarking on medical tourism in Egypt

 

The memo is to create awareness to Nigerians intending to travel to Egypt for medical attention. Patients stand the risk of getting their organs illegally trafficked or losing their lives to the growing trade in illegal organ harvest and transplant.

 

It raises concern about patients possibly seeking treatment abroad and their doctors referring them to any complicit hospital.

 

Dr Wapada I. Balami, director for Hospital services, in a statement for the Minister of Health entitled, ”41 Suspected illegal human kidney traffickers on the trail in Egypt” revealed that there is an increase in illegal harvesting and transplanting of human organs in that country.

 

It was also gathered that 41 human kidney traffickers have been arraigned by Egypt’s prosecutor Generals and the hospital in which these atrocities were committed were listed.

 

Nigerians are, however, advised to be aware of the said issue while embarking on medical tourism in Egypt.

 

The office of Egypt’s prosecutor-general has issued names of private hospitals in Giza area of Cairo complicit in the trafficking of human kidneys.

 

  • Dar al-shefa in Helwan, Cairo
  • Al-Bashar Specialist Hospital in Faisal, Giza
  • Al-Amal Centre for General Surgery in Maurinteya, Giza
  • Dar Ibn Al-Nafis Hospital, Giza

 

 

“If some of our colleagues are in that trade, that is very disheartening,” Mike Ogirinma, NMA president.

 

“For us as an association, we may not have such powers to stop it but we can investigate.”

 

But NMA is handicapped to sanction erring doctors.

 

The regulatory body, the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, which hosts a tribunal to try erring doctors and dentists cannot constitute a board since it was dissolved in 2015.

 

“The organ left for us is the regulatory body, MDCN. Professional misconduct or negligence are taken before it. Unfortunately that council was dissolved immediately this administration came in, and NMA has been pushing for it to be reconstituted.”

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MainOne Pledges Support for Host Communities, Renovates School in Lagos

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MainOne's staff in group photographs with pupils of Ilasan Primary School, Jakande-Lekki.

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MainOne, West Africa’s leading connectivity and data center solutions provider, has once again proven its continued Corporate Social Responsibility commitment in its host communities by renovating the Ilasan Primary School, Jakande-Lekki.

According to the Company, the CSR was in a bid to provide the students with a conducive learning environment.

Led by Mrs. Oluyomi Johnson, MainOne’s Health, Safety and Environment Coordinator, the company renovated all 14 dilapidated classroom blocks within the school premises and decorated the classrooms with learning materials.

Speaking on the Company’s CSR initiative themed “Changing Lives, Impacting the Future (CLIF)” at the launch of the newly refurbished classroom blocks,  Mrs. Johnson stated, “MainOne prides itself on being a relevant and integral member of its host communities and as a socially responsible organization, we believe it is important to give back to our community. We will continue to provide support in every way we can including volunteering the service of our employees as we seek to change lives and impact the children – our future.”

Mr. Kayode Olutayo, head Teacher, Ilasan Primary school, commended the company for its support in renovating the school which had been overrun by bushes, suffered severe flooding and dilapidated classrooms, making for an unsafe learning environment for students.

“This project is a welcomed development in our community. We thank MainOne for their efforts in refurbishing our school and making it a conducive environment for our students.  However, like Oliver Twist, we still ask for more. We need teachers, more learning materials and funding to keep our school running. We therefore call on the government and other organizations to take initiative from MainOne and come to our aid,” Olutayo said.

Congratulating the company on a job well done, Chairman Eti-Osa Local Government, represented by the HOD Education, Eti-Osa LGA, Mr. Oshin applauded the company’s initiative in improving the standard of education in the school and community. He also pledged the government’s support in working with the school to ensure all their needs are met.

Speaking on behalf of MainOne, Mr. Kasope Akindele, manager, Legal & Regulatory Services, thanked the school and the Ilasan community for their warm welcome. “MainOne will continue to play its part in contributing to the development of its host communities. We also urge the government to push policies that will improve the standards of education both in the community and state,” he added.

Since 2011, MainOne has made supporting educational institutions in Nigeria a priority through yearly donations of learning materials including text and exercise books, writing materials as well as renovation of critical infrastructure facilities.

The contributions of the company towards the development of these learning institutions forms a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility focus in Education and Information and Communications Technology.

 

 

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Ogundare, Newcross CEO Donates Digital Library To LUTH

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(L-r): Professor Afolabi Lesi, provost college of Medicine University of Lagos Idi-Araba; Dr. Bolaji Ogundare, Ceo Newcross Petroleum; Professor Oyinkan Sofola, dean, Faculty of Dental Science, College of Medicine University of Lagos and Professor  Akinbo, deputy provost, College of Medicine University of Lagos, during the handing over of a Library built by Dr. Ogundare for the Faculty of Dental Science, College of Medicine University of Lagos Idi-Araba

By peter oluka

As part of efforts to expand access to global information and aid learning in medical education, Dr Bolaji Ogundare the chief executive officer (CEO) of Newcross Petroleum, has donated a digital library to the Faculty of Dental Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Lagos Idi-Araba, Lagos.

During the handing over ceremony held recently, Ogundare called on the private sector players to consider urgent and massive investment in health education as that will tremendously improve capacity and competencies for Nigerian hospitals and aid availability of world-class healthcare services locally in the country.

During his address, the Dental Surgeon remarked that the library which he donated to his alma-mata was built in memory of his late father, Mr Samuel Olatunji Ogundare, describing the project as his contribution to health education in the country.

Ogundare said he was challenged to take on the project due to the low level of infrastructure in the College, appealing for urgent private sector intervention for infrastructure upgrade at the Faculty of Dental Sciences.

“Infrastructure upgrade and personnel motivation can help this College a great deal. If the private sector invests more in healthcare services, capital flight will be prevented and many healthcare services for which Nigerians travel abroad can be accessed at affordable rates and convenience locally. I urge all well-meaning citizens and business interests to urgently intervene.”

Commending Ogundare for his contribution to the college, the provost of the College of Medicine, Professor Afolabi Lesi said the library mirrors the core of the educational institution. This project has touched on the essence of this institution of learning.

Prof Lesi urged other alumni of LUTH in public and private sectors to emulate Ogundare by investing in healthcare services and educational development. He therefore promised that LUTH management will maintain the project maximally.

 

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