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  •  The Minister of Water Resources Mr Suleiman Adamu on Friday called for renewed commitment from all stakeholders to curtail continued reports of cholera outbreaks in parts of the country This was the thrust at a stakeholders meeting on National Cholera Prevention Preparedness and Response Plan in Abuja on Friday He said cholera prevention plan was critical as access to Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH would go a long way to halt future occurrence and prevent deaths The minister was represented by Mr Ibiyemi Olu Daniels Deputy Director WASH Response and Collaboration with the ministry According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC no fewer than 91 deaths have been recorded from cholera from January to July 31 2022 with a total of 3 610 suspected cases He noted that his ministry had evolved strategies by constructing water schemes like boreholes dams and toilet facilities in curtailing the spread of waterborne diseases and open defecation practices According to him developing a work plan will ensure equitable intervention spread bringing the concept of inclusiveness as all key stakeholders are identified with their roles succinctly spelt out All these would in the long run ensure resources are dutifully put into use in a timely and coordinated manner to achieve desired results Developing this cholera plan became necessary owing to the brutal blow cholera dealt on our nation a year ago where cases reported nationally were about 111 062 with 3 604 deaths As a result conscious and deliberate efforts like these aimed at preventing a reoccurrence of such an ugly and perhaps embarrassing scenario where enormous cases of cholera outbreak was reported is certainly a commendable development Adamu added that cholera prevention preparedness and response plan crosscuts the purview of many ministries departments and agencies calling for more commitment According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Activities OCHA more than 1 000 cases of cholera have been reported in Borno Adamawa and Yobe states since May 2022 The UN body attributed cholera cases to the widespread contamination of water sources by flooding as the rainy season entered its peak OCHA says there is an urgent need for more designated and equipped Cholera Treatment Centers Oral Rehydration Points and rapid testing kits It noted that states have been affected by flooding since the start of the rainy season with an estimated 14 825 people mainly the elderly women and children being displaced The Director General Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency NIHSA Mr Clement Nze had urged all stakeholders to intensify and step up efforts to avert flood related disasters in their domains He said the nation was now in the peak of flooding season saying the country is at the lowest point of River Niger Basin This means that once the upper catchment of the Basin gets flooded Nigeria should be prepared to experience flooding As at Sept 16 the flow of River Niger at Niamey Niger Republic upstream of Nigeria is within the normal limits He said the release of excess water from the Lagdo dam which started on Sept 13 would be a continuous process till the inflow into the Lagdo reservoirs recedes He said water releases from Lagdo dam had contributed to the increase in volume of flow of River Benue contributing to the recent flooding in parts of the country www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG urges renewed commitment to halt cholera outbreaks
     The Minister of Water Resources Mr Suleiman Adamu on Friday called for renewed commitment from all stakeholders to curtail continued reports of cholera outbreaks in parts of the country This was the thrust at a stakeholders meeting on National Cholera Prevention Preparedness and Response Plan in Abuja on Friday He said cholera prevention plan was critical as access to Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH would go a long way to halt future occurrence and prevent deaths The minister was represented by Mr Ibiyemi Olu Daniels Deputy Director WASH Response and Collaboration with the ministry According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC no fewer than 91 deaths have been recorded from cholera from January to July 31 2022 with a total of 3 610 suspected cases He noted that his ministry had evolved strategies by constructing water schemes like boreholes dams and toilet facilities in curtailing the spread of waterborne diseases and open defecation practices According to him developing a work plan will ensure equitable intervention spread bringing the concept of inclusiveness as all key stakeholders are identified with their roles succinctly spelt out All these would in the long run ensure resources are dutifully put into use in a timely and coordinated manner to achieve desired results Developing this cholera plan became necessary owing to the brutal blow cholera dealt on our nation a year ago where cases reported nationally were about 111 062 with 3 604 deaths As a result conscious and deliberate efforts like these aimed at preventing a reoccurrence of such an ugly and perhaps embarrassing scenario where enormous cases of cholera outbreak was reported is certainly a commendable development Adamu added that cholera prevention preparedness and response plan crosscuts the purview of many ministries departments and agencies calling for more commitment According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Activities OCHA more than 1 000 cases of cholera have been reported in Borno Adamawa and Yobe states since May 2022 The UN body attributed cholera cases to the widespread contamination of water sources by flooding as the rainy season entered its peak OCHA says there is an urgent need for more designated and equipped Cholera Treatment Centers Oral Rehydration Points and rapid testing kits It noted that states have been affected by flooding since the start of the rainy season with an estimated 14 825 people mainly the elderly women and children being displaced The Director General Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency NIHSA Mr Clement Nze had urged all stakeholders to intensify and step up efforts to avert flood related disasters in their domains He said the nation was now in the peak of flooding season saying the country is at the lowest point of River Niger Basin This means that once the upper catchment of the Basin gets flooded Nigeria should be prepared to experience flooding As at Sept 16 the flow of River Niger at Niamey Niger Republic upstream of Nigeria is within the normal limits He said the release of excess water from the Lagdo dam which started on Sept 13 would be a continuous process till the inflow into the Lagdo reservoirs recedes He said water releases from Lagdo dam had contributed to the increase in volume of flow of River Benue contributing to the recent flooding in parts of the country www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG urges renewed commitment to halt cholera outbreaks
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    FG urges renewed commitment to halt cholera outbreaks

    The Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, on Friday called for renewed commitment from all stakeholders to curtail continued reports of cholera outbreaks in parts of the country.

    This was the thrust at a stakeholders meeting on National Cholera Prevention, Preparedness and Response Plan in Abuja on Friday.

    He said cholera prevention plan was critical as access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) would go a long way to halt future occurrence and prevent deaths.

    The minister was represented by Mr Ibiyemi Olu-Daniels, Deputy Director, WASH Response and Collaboration, with the ministry.

    According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), no fewer than 91 deaths have been recorded from cholera from January to July 31, 2022, with a total of 3,610 suspected cases.

    He noted that his ministry had evolved strategies by constructing water schemes like boreholes, dams and toilet facilities in curtailing the spread of waterborne diseases and open defecation practices.

    According to him, developing a work plan will ensure equitable intervention spread, bringing the concept of inclusiveness, as all key stakeholders are identified with their roles succinctly spelt out.

    “All these would in the long run ensure resources are dutifully put into use in a timely and coordinated manner to achieve desired results.

    “Developing this cholera plan became necessary, owing to the brutal blow cholera dealt on our nation a year ago where cases reported nationally were about 111,062 with 3,604 deaths.

    “As a result, conscious and deliberate efforts like these aimed at preventing a reoccurrence of such an ugly and perhaps embarrassing scenario, where enormous cases of cholera outbreak was reported, is certainly a commendable development.

    ’’ Adamu added that cholera prevention, preparedness and response plan crosscuts the purview of many ministries, departments and agencies, calling for more commitment.

    According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Activities (OCHA), more than 1,000 cases of cholera have been reported in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states since May 2022. The UN body attributed cholera cases to the widespread contamination of water sources by flooding, as the rainy season entered its peak.

    OCHA says there is an urgent need for more designated and equipped Cholera Treatment Centers, Oral Rehydration Points and rapid testing kits.

    It noted that states have been affected by flooding since the start of the rainy season, with an estimated 14,825 people, mainly the elderly, women and children being displaced.

    The Director General, Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), Mr Clement Nze, had urged all stakeholders to intensify and step up efforts to avert flood related disasters in their domains.

    He said the nation was now in the peak of flooding season, saying the country is at the lowest point of River Niger Basin.

    “This means that once the upper catchment of the Basin gets flooded, Nigeria should be prepared to experience flooding.

    “As at Sept. 16, the flow of River Niger at Niamey, Niger Republic, upstream of Nigeria, is within the normal limits.

    ’’ He said the release of excess water from the Lagdo dam, which started on Sept. 13, would be a continuous process till the inflow into the Lagdo reservoirs recedes.

    He said water releases from Lagdo dam, had contributed to the increase in volume of flow of River Benue, contributing to the recent flooding in parts of the country.

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  •  The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention NCDC has recorded eight additional Lassa fever infections and one death between Sept 5 and 11 2022 The NCDC via its official website said the new cases bring the total number of confirmed cases and deaths in the country to 917 and 171 respectively It disclosed that 25 states had recorded at least one confirmed case across 102 local government areas According to NCDC a total of 6 660 suspected cases have been reported in the country The public health agency disclosed that of the new confirmed cases Ondo accounted for 32 per cent Edo 26 per cent and Bauchi 13 per cent In week 36 September 5 to 11 2022 the number of new confirmed cases decreased from 10 in week 35 2022 to 8 cases These were reported from Ondo Edo Bauchi and Anambra states Cumulatively from week 1 to week 36 2022 171 deaths have been reported with a Case Fatality Rate CFR of 18 6 people which is lower than the CFR for the same period in 2021 23 3 per cent The predominant age group affected is 21 30 years Range 0 to 90 years Median Age 30 years The male to female ratio for confirmed cases is 1 0 8 The number of suspected cases has increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2021 No new healthcare worker affected in the reporting week 36 it said It said the National Lassa fever multi partner multi sectoral Technical Working Group TWG has continued to coordinate the response activities at all levels The country s response activities continue in all areas particularly in areas of state advocacy personal protective equipment IPC support and laboratory diagnostics it added The NCDC said that to reduce the risk of Lassa fever Nigerians should ensure proper environmental sanitation that is keep your environment clean at all times block all holes in your house to prevent rats from entry It advised to Nigerians to cover dustbins and dispose of refuse properly Communities should set up dumpsites far from their homes to reduce the chances of having rodents within homes store foodstuff like rice maize grits beans etc in containers that are well covered with tight fitting lids Avoid drying foodstuff outside on the floor roadside where they will be exposed to contamination avoid bush burning which can lead to the displacement of rats from bushes to human dwellings Eliminate rats in homes and communities by setting rat traps and other means practice good personal hygiene by frequent washing hands with soap under running water or use hand sanitisers when appropriate and visit the nearest health facility if you notice any of the signs and symptoms of Lassa fever as mentioned earlier and avoid self medication it advised The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Lassa fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic illness caused by the Lassa virus People usually become infected with the Lassa virus through exposure to food or household items contaminated with urine or faeces of infected rats present in several West African countries where the disease is endemic The virus can also be spread through infected bodily fluids People also contract the disease by touching soiled objects eating contaminated food or exposure to open cuts or sores Secondary transmission from person to person can also occur as a result of exposure to the virus in the blood tissue urine faeces or other bodily secretions of an infected patient AIR NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lassa fever: NCDC confirms 8 new infections, as death toll hits 171
     The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention NCDC has recorded eight additional Lassa fever infections and one death between Sept 5 and 11 2022 The NCDC via its official website said the new cases bring the total number of confirmed cases and deaths in the country to 917 and 171 respectively It disclosed that 25 states had recorded at least one confirmed case across 102 local government areas According to NCDC a total of 6 660 suspected cases have been reported in the country The public health agency disclosed that of the new confirmed cases Ondo accounted for 32 per cent Edo 26 per cent and Bauchi 13 per cent In week 36 September 5 to 11 2022 the number of new confirmed cases decreased from 10 in week 35 2022 to 8 cases These were reported from Ondo Edo Bauchi and Anambra states Cumulatively from week 1 to week 36 2022 171 deaths have been reported with a Case Fatality Rate CFR of 18 6 people which is lower than the CFR for the same period in 2021 23 3 per cent The predominant age group affected is 21 30 years Range 0 to 90 years Median Age 30 years The male to female ratio for confirmed cases is 1 0 8 The number of suspected cases has increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2021 No new healthcare worker affected in the reporting week 36 it said It said the National Lassa fever multi partner multi sectoral Technical Working Group TWG has continued to coordinate the response activities at all levels The country s response activities continue in all areas particularly in areas of state advocacy personal protective equipment IPC support and laboratory diagnostics it added The NCDC said that to reduce the risk of Lassa fever Nigerians should ensure proper environmental sanitation that is keep your environment clean at all times block all holes in your house to prevent rats from entry It advised to Nigerians to cover dustbins and dispose of refuse properly Communities should set up dumpsites far from their homes to reduce the chances of having rodents within homes store foodstuff like rice maize grits beans etc in containers that are well covered with tight fitting lids Avoid drying foodstuff outside on the floor roadside where they will be exposed to contamination avoid bush burning which can lead to the displacement of rats from bushes to human dwellings Eliminate rats in homes and communities by setting rat traps and other means practice good personal hygiene by frequent washing hands with soap under running water or use hand sanitisers when appropriate and visit the nearest health facility if you notice any of the signs and symptoms of Lassa fever as mentioned earlier and avoid self medication it advised The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Lassa fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic illness caused by the Lassa virus People usually become infected with the Lassa virus through exposure to food or household items contaminated with urine or faeces of infected rats present in several West African countries where the disease is endemic The virus can also be spread through infected bodily fluids People also contract the disease by touching soiled objects eating contaminated food or exposure to open cuts or sores Secondary transmission from person to person can also occur as a result of exposure to the virus in the blood tissue urine faeces or other bodily secretions of an infected patient AIR NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lassa fever: NCDC confirms 8 new infections, as death toll hits 171
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    Lassa fever: NCDC confirms 8 new infections, as death toll hits 171

    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) has recorded eight additional Lassa fever infections and one death between Sept. 5 and 11, 2022. The NCDC via its official website said the new cases bring the total number of confirmed cases and deaths in the country to 917 and 171, respectively.

    It disclosed that 25 states had recorded at least one confirmed case across 102 local government areas.

    According to NCDC, a total of 6,660 suspected cases have been reported in the country.

    The public health agency disclosed that of the new confirmed cases, Ondo accounted for 32 per cent, Edo 26 per cent and Bauchi 13 per cent.

    “In week 36 (September 5 to 11, 2022); the number of new confirmed cases decreased from 10 in week 35, 2022 to 8 cases.

    These were reported from Ondo, Edo, Bauchi, and Anambra states.

    “Cumulatively from week 1 to week 36, 2022, 171 deaths have been reported with a Case Fatality Rate (CFR) of 18.6 people which is lower than the CFR for the same period in 2021 (23.3 per cent).

    “The predominant age group affected is 21-30 years (Range: 0 to 90 years, Median Age: 30 years).

    The male-to-female ratio for confirmed cases is 1:0.8. “The number of suspected cases has increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2021. No new healthcare worker affected in the reporting week 36,” it said.

    It  said the National Lassa fever multi-partner, multi-sectoral Technical Working Group (TWG) has continued to coordinate the response activities at all levels.

    “The country’s response activities continue in all areas, particularly in areas of state advocacy, personal protective equipment (IPC) support, and laboratory diagnostics,” it added.

    The NCDC said that to reduce the risk of Lassa fever, Nigerians should ensure proper environmental sanitation, “that is, keep your environment clean at all times, block all holes in your house to prevent rats from entry”.

    It advised to Nigerians to cover dustbins and dispose of refuse properly.

    “Communities should set up dumpsites far from their homes to reduce the chances of having rodents within homes; store foodstuff like rice, maize grits, beans, , etc in containers that are well covered with tight-fitting lids.

    “Avoid drying foodstuff outside on the floor, roadside where they will be exposed to contamination; avoid bush burning which can lead to the displacement of rats from bushes to human dwellings.

    “Eliminate rats in homes and communities by setting rat traps and other means; practice good personal hygiene by frequent washing hands with soap under running water or use hand sanitisers when appropriate, and visit the nearest health facility if you notice any of the signs and symptoms of Lassa fever as mentioned earlier, and avoid self-medication,” it advised.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Lassa fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic illness caused by the Lassa virus.

    People usually become infected with the Lassa virus through exposure to food or household items contaminated with urine or faeces of infected rats – present in several West African countries where the disease is endemic.

    The virus can also be spread through infected bodily fluids.

    People also contract the disease by touching soiled objects, eating contaminated food, or exposure to open cuts or sores.

    Secondary transmission from person to person can also occur as a result of exposure to the virus in the blood, tissue, urine, faeces or other bodily secretions of an infected patient. 

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  •  The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC said Ondo Edo and Bauchi recorded 70 per cent of the 909 confirmed cases and 170 deaths from Lassa Fever cases The Assistant Director and Head of Response Division of the NCDC Dr Aderinola Olaolu made this known at the Ministerial Press Briefing on update on COVID 19 response and Development in the Health Sector in Abuja He said response activities continue in all areas particularly in areas of state advocacy IPC support and laboratory diagnostics Olaolu said that the centre reported Lassa fever cases from 25 states and 101 LGAs On measles he said impacts of COVID 19 continue to be felt across several other areas including the increase in the risk of measles and a probable increase in yellow fever outbreaks due to delayed planned vaccination campaigns We recorded 18 577 confirmed cases and 190 deaths as at week 35 in 36 states and the FCT and there are 40 LGAs with the active outbreak We will continue to support state responses to measles outbreaks he said He said that the NCDC has continued to record confirmed COVID 19 cases in Nigeria just as in several other parts of the world Unfortunately SARS CoV II is still exerting impacts globally however the effects of vaccinations diagnostics and therapeutics are evident in our ability to continue with regular life In Nigeria we have had 5 547 250 samples tested 264 802 confirmed cases 257 880 discharged cases and unfortunately 3 155 deaths The virus is still circulating and we must continue to adhere to all measures to prevent transmission while strengthening our capacity to respond across states He however admonished Nigerians to continue to take responsibility to prevent COVID 19 and other infectious diseases Take advantage of the increasing knowledge and resources we have to get tested early if you have symptoms or are exposed and get vaccinated to prevent severe disease As we have seen with COVID 19 and the outbreak of monkeypox in countries globally diseases will continue to emerge so we must learn to live safely and continue to protect our lives and livelihoods he said Also speaking the Director Hospital Service Federal Ministry of Health Dr Adebimpe Adebiyi said that was no surge in oxygen demand in Isolation wards across the country Oxygen availability at the isolation wards is ramped up because of the already completed few Federal Government driven PSA oxygen plants she said Speaking on case management strengthening activities Adebiyi said the minister through the Case Management Pillar and in collaboration with NACA were holding coordination meeting with partners in the oxygen ecosystem implementation strategies FHi360 CHAI and UNICEF are expected to present stewardship so especially about roles and responsibilities as it relates to C19RM funds On oxygen support systems the five Year National Policy and Guidelines on oxygen use 2017 2022 has just undergone the second phase of collaborative review in collaboration with partners CHAI UNICEF and private sector involvement Adebiyi said According to her One important target is to increase oxygen demand through expanded capacity building and knowledge sharing across all levels of care She said the ministry has advised NACA to officially communicate with the ministry through the minister on the distribution of oxygen commodities to eligible health facilities in the country The National Guidelines for Clinical Management of COVID 19 Version five was reviewed last week Paxlovid is one of the new additions to the guideline and CHAI is currently harnessing partnership and securing support to ensure availability for Nigerians she explained www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ondo, Edo, Bauchi recorded 70% Lassa Fever cases, says NCDC
     The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC said Ondo Edo and Bauchi recorded 70 per cent of the 909 confirmed cases and 170 deaths from Lassa Fever cases The Assistant Director and Head of Response Division of the NCDC Dr Aderinola Olaolu made this known at the Ministerial Press Briefing on update on COVID 19 response and Development in the Health Sector in Abuja He said response activities continue in all areas particularly in areas of state advocacy IPC support and laboratory diagnostics Olaolu said that the centre reported Lassa fever cases from 25 states and 101 LGAs On measles he said impacts of COVID 19 continue to be felt across several other areas including the increase in the risk of measles and a probable increase in yellow fever outbreaks due to delayed planned vaccination campaigns We recorded 18 577 confirmed cases and 190 deaths as at week 35 in 36 states and the FCT and there are 40 LGAs with the active outbreak We will continue to support state responses to measles outbreaks he said He said that the NCDC has continued to record confirmed COVID 19 cases in Nigeria just as in several other parts of the world Unfortunately SARS CoV II is still exerting impacts globally however the effects of vaccinations diagnostics and therapeutics are evident in our ability to continue with regular life In Nigeria we have had 5 547 250 samples tested 264 802 confirmed cases 257 880 discharged cases and unfortunately 3 155 deaths The virus is still circulating and we must continue to adhere to all measures to prevent transmission while strengthening our capacity to respond across states He however admonished Nigerians to continue to take responsibility to prevent COVID 19 and other infectious diseases Take advantage of the increasing knowledge and resources we have to get tested early if you have symptoms or are exposed and get vaccinated to prevent severe disease As we have seen with COVID 19 and the outbreak of monkeypox in countries globally diseases will continue to emerge so we must learn to live safely and continue to protect our lives and livelihoods he said Also speaking the Director Hospital Service Federal Ministry of Health Dr Adebimpe Adebiyi said that was no surge in oxygen demand in Isolation wards across the country Oxygen availability at the isolation wards is ramped up because of the already completed few Federal Government driven PSA oxygen plants she said Speaking on case management strengthening activities Adebiyi said the minister through the Case Management Pillar and in collaboration with NACA were holding coordination meeting with partners in the oxygen ecosystem implementation strategies FHi360 CHAI and UNICEF are expected to present stewardship so especially about roles and responsibilities as it relates to C19RM funds On oxygen support systems the five Year National Policy and Guidelines on oxygen use 2017 2022 has just undergone the second phase of collaborative review in collaboration with partners CHAI UNICEF and private sector involvement Adebiyi said According to her One important target is to increase oxygen demand through expanded capacity building and knowledge sharing across all levels of care She said the ministry has advised NACA to officially communicate with the ministry through the minister on the distribution of oxygen commodities to eligible health facilities in the country The National Guidelines for Clinical Management of COVID 19 Version five was reviewed last week Paxlovid is one of the new additions to the guideline and CHAI is currently harnessing partnership and securing support to ensure availability for Nigerians she explained www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ondo, Edo, Bauchi recorded 70% Lassa Fever cases, says NCDC
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    Ondo, Edo, Bauchi recorded 70% Lassa Fever cases, says NCDC

    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said  Ondo, Edo and Bauchi recorded 70 per cent of the 909 confirmed cases and 170 deaths from Lassa Fever cases.

    The Assistant Director and Head of Response Division of the NCDC, Dr Aderinola Olaolu, made this known at the Ministerial Press Briefing on update on COVID-19 response and Development in the Health Sector in Abuja.

    He said response activities continue in all areas, particularly in areas of state advocacy, IPC support, and laboratory diagnostics.

    Olaolu said that the centre reported Lassa fever cases from 25 states and 101 LGAs. On measles, he said impacts of COVID-19 continue to be felt across several other areas including the increase in the risk of measles and a probable increase in yellow fever outbreaks due to delayed planned vaccination campaigns.

    ”We recorded 18,577 confirmed cases, and 190 deaths as at week 35 in 36 states and the FCT and there are 40 LGAs with the active outbreak.

    ”We will continue to support state responses to measles outbreaks,” he said.

    He said that the NCDC has continued to record confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria, just as in several other parts of the world.

    “Unfortunately, SARS-CoV-II is still exerting impacts globally, however, the effects of vaccinations, diagnostics and therapeutics are evident in our ability to continue with regular life.

    “In Nigeria, we have had 5,547,250 samples tested, 264,802 confirmed cases, 257,880 discharged cases and unfortunately 3,155 deaths.

    “The virus is still circulating and we must continue to adhere to all measures to prevent transmission while strengthening our capacity to respond across states”.

    He, however, admonished Nigerians to continue to take responsibility to prevent COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.

    “Take advantage of the increasing knowledge and resources we have to get tested early if you have symptoms or are exposed, and get vaccinated to prevent severe disease.

    “As we have seen with COVID-19 and the outbreak of monkeypox in countries globally, diseases will continue to emerge, so we must learn to live safely and continue to protect our lives and livelihoods,” he said.

    Also speaking,  the Director, Hospital Service Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Adebimpe Adebiyi, said that was no surge in oxygen demand in Isolation wards across the country.

    “Oxygen availability at the isolation wards is ramped up because of the already completed few Federal Government driven PSA oxygen plants,” she said.

    Speaking on case management strengthening activities, Adebiyi said the minister through the Case Management Pillar and in collaboration with NACA were holding coordination meeting with partners in the oxygen ecosystem implementation strategies.

    “FHi360, CHAI and UNICEF are expected to present stewardship so especially about roles and responsibilities as it relates to C19RM funds.

    “On oxygen support systems, the five-Year National Policy and Guidelines on oxygen use (2017-2022) has just undergone the second phase of collaborative review in collaboration with partners (CHAI, UNICEF) and private sector involvement,” Adebiyi said.

    According to her, One important target is to increase oxygen demand through expanded capacity building and knowledge sharing across all levels of care.

    She said the ministry has advised NACA to officially communicate with the ministry through the minister on the distribution of oxygen commodities to eligible health facilities in the country.

    “The National Guidelines for Clinical Management of COVID-19 Version five was reviewed last week.

    Paxlovid is one of the new additions to the guideline and CHAI is currently harnessing partnership and securing support to ensure availability for Nigerians,” she explained.

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  •  A U S based Nigerian medical doctor Dr Tomi Ademokun has urged the Federal Government to pass a law to prevent political office holders and their families from accessing health care abroad Ademokun a Public Health Advisor at the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention CDC made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in New York She also called on the government to pass a law to prevent political office holders from sending their children to schools abroad If you hold leadership position you cannot access external services build it in your state and use it Change begins with you she said The medical expert is of the opinion that such measures will make the leaders fix the health and education sectors in Nigeria rather than going abroad to access those services It saddens me to learn that when any top politician is sick they go abroad for treatment how come we are not building our health sector How come we are not building the capacity of health care workers in Nigeria So that when the president or any politician is sick they can go to their local hospitals she said Ademokun told NAN that Nigerians in the U S especially in the medical sector had been doing wonderful well All my doctors here are Nigerians my daughter s pediatrician my general practitioner even my specialists are all Nigerians Nigerian physicians and public health workers are doing well even back at home what is lacking is support and enabling environment We have to train and re train our workers and build their capacity for them to continue to shine Ademokun who is the Vice President of Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Americas NIDOA South Savannah Georgia recalled how white doctors were going to train in Nigeria under exchange programmes in the 80s She advised that those exchange programmes should be revived and that those in the diaspora should be empowered to come home and support their colleagues Ademokun however urged Nigerians in diaspora to use the opportunity of their dual citizenship to contribute to the growth and development of their homeland I was born here but I always have the heart to go home I can t go back relying on the Nigerian government they have not created that environment then I use my American citizenship to go back as a U S diplomat I was able to go home and work with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC at the age of 23 I went to more than 20 states in Nigeria while at NCDC doing Train the Trainers TOT and building the capacity of public health workers physicians in those states she said Ademokun emphasised that those Nigerians that God had blessed with dual citizenship should use the strong one to help build their homeland I am the first American Nigerian diplomat and the youngest to be appointed by the U S government to work in Nigeria I had other countries to go to but chose to go to Nigeria charity begins at home she said Also she canvassed for effective health insurance system and welfare system that would help those that are not wealthy to access free health care On diaspora voting Ademokun urged the Nigerian government to consider the voting rights of its citizens abroad lamenting that only 29 senators voted in favour of the Diaspora Bill We contribute over 30 billion dollars we are major partners we need to take our power back when it comes to voting We need to hold our leaders accountable if we have that enabling environment we can contribute more from even 30 to 100 billion dollars she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Medical tourism: Expert urges FG to ban politicians
     A U S based Nigerian medical doctor Dr Tomi Ademokun has urged the Federal Government to pass a law to prevent political office holders and their families from accessing health care abroad Ademokun a Public Health Advisor at the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention CDC made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in New York She also called on the government to pass a law to prevent political office holders from sending their children to schools abroad If you hold leadership position you cannot access external services build it in your state and use it Change begins with you she said The medical expert is of the opinion that such measures will make the leaders fix the health and education sectors in Nigeria rather than going abroad to access those services It saddens me to learn that when any top politician is sick they go abroad for treatment how come we are not building our health sector How come we are not building the capacity of health care workers in Nigeria So that when the president or any politician is sick they can go to their local hospitals she said Ademokun told NAN that Nigerians in the U S especially in the medical sector had been doing wonderful well All my doctors here are Nigerians my daughter s pediatrician my general practitioner even my specialists are all Nigerians Nigerian physicians and public health workers are doing well even back at home what is lacking is support and enabling environment We have to train and re train our workers and build their capacity for them to continue to shine Ademokun who is the Vice President of Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Americas NIDOA South Savannah Georgia recalled how white doctors were going to train in Nigeria under exchange programmes in the 80s She advised that those exchange programmes should be revived and that those in the diaspora should be empowered to come home and support their colleagues Ademokun however urged Nigerians in diaspora to use the opportunity of their dual citizenship to contribute to the growth and development of their homeland I was born here but I always have the heart to go home I can t go back relying on the Nigerian government they have not created that environment then I use my American citizenship to go back as a U S diplomat I was able to go home and work with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC at the age of 23 I went to more than 20 states in Nigeria while at NCDC doing Train the Trainers TOT and building the capacity of public health workers physicians in those states she said Ademokun emphasised that those Nigerians that God had blessed with dual citizenship should use the strong one to help build their homeland I am the first American Nigerian diplomat and the youngest to be appointed by the U S government to work in Nigeria I had other countries to go to but chose to go to Nigeria charity begins at home she said Also she canvassed for effective health insurance system and welfare system that would help those that are not wealthy to access free health care On diaspora voting Ademokun urged the Nigerian government to consider the voting rights of its citizens abroad lamenting that only 29 senators voted in favour of the Diaspora Bill We contribute over 30 billion dollars we are major partners we need to take our power back when it comes to voting We need to hold our leaders accountable if we have that enabling environment we can contribute more from even 30 to 100 billion dollars she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Medical tourism: Expert urges FG to ban politicians
    Foreign2 weeks ago

    Medical tourism: Expert urges FG to ban politicians

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    S.-based Nigerian medical doctor, Dr Tomi Ademokun, has urged the Federal Government to pass a law to prevent political office holders and their families from accessing health care abroad.

    Ademokun, a Public Health Advisor at the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in New York. She also called on the government to pass a law to prevent political office holders from sending their children to schools abroad.

    “If you hold leadership position, you cannot access external services, build it in your state and use it.

    Change begins with you,” she said.

    The medical expert is of the opinion that such measures will make the leaders fix the health and education sectors in Nigeria rather than going abroad to access those services.

    “It saddens me to learn that when any top politician is sick they go abroad for treatment, how come we are not building our health sector?

    “How come we are not building the capacity of health care workers in Nigeria?

    So that when the president or any politician is sick, they can go to their local hospitals,” she said.

    Ademokun told NAN that Nigerians in the U.

    S., especially in the medical sector had been doing wonderful well, “All my doctors here are Nigerians; my daughter’s pediatrician, my general practitioner, even my specialists are all Nigerians.

    “Nigerian physicians and public health workers are doing well even back at home, what is lacking is support and enabling environment.

    “We have to train and re-train our workers and build their capacity for them to continue to shine.

    ” Ademokun, who is the Vice President of Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Americas (NIDOA), South Savannah, Georgia, recalled how white doctors were going to train in Nigeria under exchange programmes in the 80s.

    She advised that those exchange programmes should be revived and that those in the diaspora should be empowered to come home and support their colleagues.

    Ademokun, however, urged Nigerians in diaspora to use the opportunity of their dual citizenship to contribute to the growth and development of their homeland.

    “I was born here but I always have the heart to go home.

    I can’t go back relying on the Nigerian government, they have not created that environment; then I use my American citizenship to go back as a U.

    S. diplomat.

    “I was able to go home and work with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) at the age of 23. “I went to more than 20 states in Nigeria while at NCDC, doing Train the Trainers (TOT) and building the capacity of public health workers, physicians in those states,” she said.

    Ademokun emphasised that those Nigerians that God had blessed with dual citizenship should use the strong one to help build their homeland.

    “I am the first American-Nigerian diplomat and the youngest to be appointed by the U.

    S. government to work in Nigeria.

    “I had other countries to go to but chose to go to Nigeria; charity begins at home,” she said.

    Also, she canvassed for effective health insurance system and welfare system that would help those that are not wealthy to access free health care.

    On diaspora voting, Ademokun urged the Nigerian government to consider the voting rights of its citizens abroad, lamenting that only 29 senators voted in favour of the Diaspora Bill. “We contribute over 30 billion dollars, we are major partners, we need to take our power back, when it comes to voting.

    “We need to hold our leaders accountable, if we have that enabling environment, we can contribute more from even 30 to 100 billion dollars,” she said.


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  •  The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC has reported 21 more cases of monkey pox in the country within the past seven days The NCDC via its official website announced on Sunday that the disease could be spread by close contact and exposure to an infected person s respiratory droplets skin lesions or bodily fluids The agency also reported that Nigeria recorded six monkey pox related deaths between January and August and that six states in the country had recorded one death each from the disease It listed the six states where monkey pox deaths occurred as Delta Lagos Ondo Akwa Ibom Taraba and Kogi According to the NCDC monkey pox symptoms include swollen lymph nodes fever and a rash that may initially be mistaken for chickenpox or a sexually transmitted disease if in the genital or anal region Between Aug 15 and Aug 21 Taraba and Kogi States recorded two deaths the agency added It said that the total number of confirmed cases of monkey pox in the country had also risen to 241 with 21 new cases reported in one week between Aug 15 and Aug 21 The NCDC said that the 21 confirmed cases were reported from 12 states It listed the states as Lagos seven Adamawa two Ebonyi two Imo two Akwa Ibom one Anambra one Edo one FCT one Katsina State one Kaduna State one Kogi one and Ondo State one Of the 241 confirmed cases of monkey pox in the country Lagos State has the highest burden of the disease with 42 confirmed cases since the beginning of the year This translates to 17 4 per cent of the total burden of the disease in the country Overall since the re emergence of monkey pox in September 2017 to August this year a total of 1 116 suspected cases have been reported from 35 states Of the 1 116 suspected cases there have been 467 41 8 per cent confirmed 309 male 158 female from 32 states In addition from September 2017 to August 2022 a total of 14 deaths have been recorded with a case fatality rate of three per cent in 10 states The states are Lagos three Edo two Imo one Cross River one FCT one Rivers one Ondo State one Delta one Akwa Ibom one Taraba one and Kogi one The News Agency of Nigeria reports that monkey pox is an infection caused by a virus similar to the now eradicated smallpox virus It has been common in some African countries but outbreaks have occurred in other parts of the world from time to time In 2022 the World Health Organisation declared a global health emergency after the spread of monkey pox to many countries through social interactions and intimate contacts Monkey pox may be most severe in young children especially if they have poor nutritional status In previous years fatal cases have occurred primarily among children in Africa Vaccines can prevent monkey pox but vaccines are currently in short supply worldwide When widely available the vaccine may also be used to protect at risk populations including men having sex with men bisexual people commercial sex workers and others who engage in behaviours that put them at risk The infection continues to spread but because transmission requires close personal contact the rate is much slower than that of SARS CoV 2 virus the coronavirus that causes COVID 19 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NCDC announces 21 monkey pox cases in 7 days
     The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC has reported 21 more cases of monkey pox in the country within the past seven days The NCDC via its official website announced on Sunday that the disease could be spread by close contact and exposure to an infected person s respiratory droplets skin lesions or bodily fluids The agency also reported that Nigeria recorded six monkey pox related deaths between January and August and that six states in the country had recorded one death each from the disease It listed the six states where monkey pox deaths occurred as Delta Lagos Ondo Akwa Ibom Taraba and Kogi According to the NCDC monkey pox symptoms include swollen lymph nodes fever and a rash that may initially be mistaken for chickenpox or a sexually transmitted disease if in the genital or anal region Between Aug 15 and Aug 21 Taraba and Kogi States recorded two deaths the agency added It said that the total number of confirmed cases of monkey pox in the country had also risen to 241 with 21 new cases reported in one week between Aug 15 and Aug 21 The NCDC said that the 21 confirmed cases were reported from 12 states It listed the states as Lagos seven Adamawa two Ebonyi two Imo two Akwa Ibom one Anambra one Edo one FCT one Katsina State one Kaduna State one Kogi one and Ondo State one Of the 241 confirmed cases of monkey pox in the country Lagos State has the highest burden of the disease with 42 confirmed cases since the beginning of the year This translates to 17 4 per cent of the total burden of the disease in the country Overall since the re emergence of monkey pox in September 2017 to August this year a total of 1 116 suspected cases have been reported from 35 states Of the 1 116 suspected cases there have been 467 41 8 per cent confirmed 309 male 158 female from 32 states In addition from September 2017 to August 2022 a total of 14 deaths have been recorded with a case fatality rate of three per cent in 10 states The states are Lagos three Edo two Imo one Cross River one FCT one Rivers one Ondo State one Delta one Akwa Ibom one Taraba one and Kogi one The News Agency of Nigeria reports that monkey pox is an infection caused by a virus similar to the now eradicated smallpox virus It has been common in some African countries but outbreaks have occurred in other parts of the world from time to time In 2022 the World Health Organisation declared a global health emergency after the spread of monkey pox to many countries through social interactions and intimate contacts Monkey pox may be most severe in young children especially if they have poor nutritional status In previous years fatal cases have occurred primarily among children in Africa Vaccines can prevent monkey pox but vaccines are currently in short supply worldwide When widely available the vaccine may also be used to protect at risk populations including men having sex with men bisexual people commercial sex workers and others who engage in behaviours that put them at risk The infection continues to spread but because transmission requires close personal contact the rate is much slower than that of SARS CoV 2 virus the coronavirus that causes COVID 19 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NCDC announces 21 monkey pox cases in 7 days
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    NCDC announces 21 monkey pox cases in 7 days

    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported 21 more cases of monkey pox in the country within the past seven days.

    The NCDC via its official website announced on Sunday that the disease could be spread by close contact and exposure to an infected person’s respiratory droplets, skin lesions or bodily fluids.

    The agency also reported that Nigeria recorded six monkey pox related deaths between January and August and that six states in the country had recorded one death each from the disease.

    It listed the six states where monkey pox deaths occurred as Delta, Lagos, Ondo, Akwa Ibom, Taraba and Kogi. According to the NCDC, monkey pox symptoms include swollen lymph nodes, fever and a rash that may initially be mistaken for chickenpox or a sexually transmitted disease, if in the genital or anal region.

    “Between Aug. 15 and Aug. 21, Taraba and Kogi States recorded two deaths,” the agency added.

    It said that the total number of confirmed cases of monkey pox in the country had also risen to 241, with 21 new cases reported in one week between Aug. 15 and Aug. 21. The NCDC said that the 21 confirmed cases were reported from 12 states.

    It listed the states as Lagos – seven, Adamawa – two, Ebonyi – two, Imo -two, Akwa Ibom – one, Anambra – one, Edo – one, FCT – one, Katsina State – one, Kaduna State – one, Kogi – one and Ondo  State – one.

    “Of the 241 confirmed cases of monkey pox in the country, Lagos State has the highest burden of the disease, with 42 confirmed cases since the beginning of the year.

    “This translates to 17.4 per cent of the total burden of the disease in the country.

    “Overall, since the re-emergence of monkey pox in September, 2017 to August this year, a total of 1,116 suspected cases have been reported from 35 states.

    “Of the 1,116 suspected cases, there have been 467 (41.8 per cent) confirmed (309 male, 158 female) from 32 states.

    “In addition, from September, 2017 to August, 2022, a total of 14 deaths have been recorded, with a case fatality rate of three per cent, in 10 states.

    “The states are: Lagos – three, Edo – two, Imo – one, Cross River – one, FCT – one, Rivers – one, Ondo State – one, Delta – one, Akwa Ibom – one, Taraba – one and Kogi – one.

    ” The News Agency of Nigeria reports that monkey pox is an infection, caused by a virus similar to the now-eradicated smallpox virus.

    It has been common in some African countries but outbreaks have occurred in other parts of the world from time to time.

    In 2022, the World Health Organisation declared a global health emergency after the spread of monkey pox to many countries through social interactions and intimate contacts.

    Monkey pox may be most severe in young children, especially if they have poor nutritional status.

    In previous years, fatal cases have occurred primarily among children in Africa.

    Vaccines can prevent monkey pox, but vaccines are currently in short supply worldwide.

    When widely available, the vaccine may also be used to protect at-risk populations, including men having sex with men, bisexual people, commercial sex workers and others who engage in behaviours that put them at risk.

    The infection continues to spread but because transmission requires close personal contact, the rate is much slower than that of SARS-CoV-2 virus (the coronavirus that causes COVID-19).


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  •  The Enugu State Government says it is set for a massive yellow fever vaccination as a proactive measure to ensure residents of the state are protected from the reemerging disease Dr George Ugwu Executive Secretary of the Enugu State Primary Health Care Development Agency ENS PHCDA told newsmen in Enugu on Tuesday that the state had not recorded any fresh case but had taken far reaching proactive measures Ugwu said that vaccination would be done before the end of September as the state was not relenting in its health responsibility even as neighbouring states had recorded some sporadic fresh outbreaks The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC via its official website on Sept 4 had announced 14 deaths in 10 states from suspected cases of yellow fever between January and July NCDC said the affected states included Abia one Bayelsa one Benue one Imo one Kaduna one Katsina two Kebbi one Taraba two Yobe one and Zamfara three Ugwu said that before now the state through the ENS PHCDA had put its ward and council area disease surveillance officers on alert as well as re sensitised them to symptoms to watch out for in any suspected case He said that with a clear cut experience on how contagious and dreaded the spread of the disease can be the agency had done national and state level training for vaccination workers in preparation for the vaccination The executive secretary said that the agency would conduct the training for council and ward vaccination workers before administering the exercise in nine council areas for a start According to him about a year and half ago there was an outbreak of yellow fever in some council areas in the state and government responded quickly and by God s grace it was totally kicked out It didn t resurge again Rising from that we have been planning to make sure that it does not rear its ugly head or re emerge in the state again It was also anticipated that an outbreak is going to happen in the country and without waiting for the sporadic outbreaks to be announced we have already planned that this month there is going to be an outbreak response So we are hoping that it is going to go through all residents of the state by carrying it out in the 17 council areas of the state But we are starting with the first nine states which were carefully selected and mapped out by the agency the National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA and other health partners However we are still persuading the NPHCDA and other partners to see that we also involve the remaining eight local governments in quick succession to make it statewide and all encompassing This is our grand proactive design to ensure it does not resurge again in the state he said Ugwu said that the vaccination would be done with that of measles vaccination simultaneously in the state He thanked Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his support for the vaccination and the agency as well as NPHCDA World Health Organisation WHO UNICEF others for their great partnership for the exercise The WHO said that yellow fever was an acute viral haemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes The yellow in the name refers to jaundice that affects some patients The symptoms of yellow fever include fever headache jaundice muscle pain nausea vomiting and fatigue A small proportion of patients who contract the disease develop severe symptoms and approximately half of those die within seven to 10 days NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Enugu Govt. prepares for massive yellow fever vaccination
     The Enugu State Government says it is set for a massive yellow fever vaccination as a proactive measure to ensure residents of the state are protected from the reemerging disease Dr George Ugwu Executive Secretary of the Enugu State Primary Health Care Development Agency ENS PHCDA told newsmen in Enugu on Tuesday that the state had not recorded any fresh case but had taken far reaching proactive measures Ugwu said that vaccination would be done before the end of September as the state was not relenting in its health responsibility even as neighbouring states had recorded some sporadic fresh outbreaks The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC via its official website on Sept 4 had announced 14 deaths in 10 states from suspected cases of yellow fever between January and July NCDC said the affected states included Abia one Bayelsa one Benue one Imo one Kaduna one Katsina two Kebbi one Taraba two Yobe one and Zamfara three Ugwu said that before now the state through the ENS PHCDA had put its ward and council area disease surveillance officers on alert as well as re sensitised them to symptoms to watch out for in any suspected case He said that with a clear cut experience on how contagious and dreaded the spread of the disease can be the agency had done national and state level training for vaccination workers in preparation for the vaccination The executive secretary said that the agency would conduct the training for council and ward vaccination workers before administering the exercise in nine council areas for a start According to him about a year and half ago there was an outbreak of yellow fever in some council areas in the state and government responded quickly and by God s grace it was totally kicked out It didn t resurge again Rising from that we have been planning to make sure that it does not rear its ugly head or re emerge in the state again It was also anticipated that an outbreak is going to happen in the country and without waiting for the sporadic outbreaks to be announced we have already planned that this month there is going to be an outbreak response So we are hoping that it is going to go through all residents of the state by carrying it out in the 17 council areas of the state But we are starting with the first nine states which were carefully selected and mapped out by the agency the National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA and other health partners However we are still persuading the NPHCDA and other partners to see that we also involve the remaining eight local governments in quick succession to make it statewide and all encompassing This is our grand proactive design to ensure it does not resurge again in the state he said Ugwu said that the vaccination would be done with that of measles vaccination simultaneously in the state He thanked Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his support for the vaccination and the agency as well as NPHCDA World Health Organisation WHO UNICEF others for their great partnership for the exercise The WHO said that yellow fever was an acute viral haemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes The yellow in the name refers to jaundice that affects some patients The symptoms of yellow fever include fever headache jaundice muscle pain nausea vomiting and fatigue A small proportion of patients who contract the disease develop severe symptoms and approximately half of those die within seven to 10 days NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Enugu Govt. prepares for massive yellow fever vaccination
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    Enugu Govt. prepares for massive yellow fever vaccination

    The Enugu State Government says it is set for a massive yellow fever vaccination as a proactive measure to ensure residents of the state are protected from the reemerging disease.  

    Dr George Ugwu, Executive Secretary of the Enugu State Primary Health Care Development Agency (ENS-PHCDA), told newsmen in Enugu on Tuesday that the state had not recorded any fresh case but had taken far reaching proactive measures.  

    Ugwu said that vaccination would be done before the end of September, as the state was not relenting in its health responsibility even as neighbouring states had recorded some sporadic fresh outbreaks.  

    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) via its official website on Sept. 4, had announced 14 deaths in 10 states from suspected cases of yellow fever between January and July.   NCDC said the affected states included Abia (one), Bayelsa (one), Benue (one), Imo (one), Kaduna (one), Katsina (two), Kebbi (one), Taraba (two), Yobe (one) and Zamfara (three).  

    Ugwu said that before now, the state through the ENS-PHCDA, had put its ward and council area disease surveillance officers on alert as well as re-sensitised them to symptoms to watch out for in any suspected case.  

    He said that with a clear cut experience on how contagious and dreaded the spread of the disease can be, the agency had done national and state level training for vaccination workers in preparation for the vaccination.  

    The executive secretary said that the agency would conduct the training for council and ward vaccination workers before administering the exercise in nine council areas for a start.  

    According to him, about a year and half ago, there was an outbreak of yellow fever in some council areas in the state and government responded quickly and by God’s grace, it was totally kicked out.

    It didn’t resurge again.  

    “Rising from that, we have been planning to make sure that it does not rear its ugly head or re-emerge in the state again.  

    “It was also anticipated that an outbreak is going to happen in the country and without waiting for the sporadic outbreaks to be announced, we have already planned that this month, there is going to be an outbreak response.  

    “So, we are hoping that it is going to go through all residents of the state by  carrying it out in the 17 council areas of the state.  

    “But we are starting with the first nine states, which were carefully selected and mapped out by the agency, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and other health partners.  

    “However, we are still persuading the NPHCDA and other partners to see that we also involve the remaining eight local governments in quick succession, to make it statewide and all encompassing.  

    “This is our grand proactive design to ensure it does not resurge again in the state,” he said.  

    Ugwu said that the vaccination would be done with that of measles vaccination simultaneously in the state.  

    He thanked Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his support for the vaccination and the agency as well as NPHCDA, World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF, others for their “great partnership” for the exercise.  

    The WHO said that yellow fever was an acute viral haemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes.

    The “yellow” in the name refers to jaundice that affects some patients.  

    The symptoms of yellow fever include fever, headache, jaundice, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting and fatigue.  

    A small proportion of patients who contract the disease develop severe symptoms and approximately half of those die within seven to 10 days.


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  •  The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention NCDC has recorded 14 deaths in 10 states from suspected cases of yellow fever from January to July 2022 The NCDC made this known via its official website on Sunday It listed the affected states as Abia one Bayelsa one Benue one Imo one Kaduna one Katsina two Kebbi two Taraba two Yobe one and Zamfara three The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the World Health Organisation WHO described yellow fever as an acute viral haemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes The yellow in the name refers to jaundice that affects some patients The symptoms of yellow fever include headache jaundice muscle pain nausea vomiting and fatigue A small proportion of patients who contract the virus however develop severe symptoms and approximately half of those die within seven to 10 days The Nigerian Public Health Institute said that cumulatively a total of 1 179 suspected cases of yellow fever were reported from 416 local government areas between January 1 and July 31 It said that one case each was confirmed from Sokoto Osun Ondo Anambra and Imo states The NCDC said that male to female ratio for suspected cases was 1 1 7 with males recording 637 cases 54 per cent and females 542 cases 46 per cent It stated that 74 per cent of cases were aged 30 years and below One hundred and twenty six 10 7 per cent of 1 179 suspected cases has had at least one dose of the yellow fever vaccine it said The centre said that it was coordinating response activities through the National Multi Agency Yellow Fever Technical Working Group NAN reports that the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic continues to be felt across several other areas including the increase in the risk of measles and yellow fever outbreaks due to delayed planned vaccination campaigns Meanwhile yellow fever is preventable with an extremely effective vaccine that is safe and affordable A single dose of yellow fever vaccine is sufficient to grant sustained immunity and life long protection against yellow fever disease A booster dose of the vaccine is not needed The NCDC revealed efforts to support Nigeria in preventive mass vaccination campaigns PMVCs through its Eliminate Yellow fever Epidemics EYE Strategy It said it would be reaching out to states like Ogun Gombe Kano Adamawa Bayelsa Borno and Enugu before the end of 2022 Further yellow fever vaccination campaigns are planned in Nigeria in the states of Ogun and Gombe States in June 2022 it said It added that these campaigns targeted 8 8 million people for protection while additional PMVCs will be implemented in the latter part of 2022 in Kano Adamawa Bayelsa Borno and Enugu state www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Yellow Fever: NCDC reports 14 deaths in 10 states
     The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention NCDC has recorded 14 deaths in 10 states from suspected cases of yellow fever from January to July 2022 The NCDC made this known via its official website on Sunday It listed the affected states as Abia one Bayelsa one Benue one Imo one Kaduna one Katsina two Kebbi two Taraba two Yobe one and Zamfara three The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the World Health Organisation WHO described yellow fever as an acute viral haemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes The yellow in the name refers to jaundice that affects some patients The symptoms of yellow fever include headache jaundice muscle pain nausea vomiting and fatigue A small proportion of patients who contract the virus however develop severe symptoms and approximately half of those die within seven to 10 days The Nigerian Public Health Institute said that cumulatively a total of 1 179 suspected cases of yellow fever were reported from 416 local government areas between January 1 and July 31 It said that one case each was confirmed from Sokoto Osun Ondo Anambra and Imo states The NCDC said that male to female ratio for suspected cases was 1 1 7 with males recording 637 cases 54 per cent and females 542 cases 46 per cent It stated that 74 per cent of cases were aged 30 years and below One hundred and twenty six 10 7 per cent of 1 179 suspected cases has had at least one dose of the yellow fever vaccine it said The centre said that it was coordinating response activities through the National Multi Agency Yellow Fever Technical Working Group NAN reports that the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic continues to be felt across several other areas including the increase in the risk of measles and yellow fever outbreaks due to delayed planned vaccination campaigns Meanwhile yellow fever is preventable with an extremely effective vaccine that is safe and affordable A single dose of yellow fever vaccine is sufficient to grant sustained immunity and life long protection against yellow fever disease A booster dose of the vaccine is not needed The NCDC revealed efforts to support Nigeria in preventive mass vaccination campaigns PMVCs through its Eliminate Yellow fever Epidemics EYE Strategy It said it would be reaching out to states like Ogun Gombe Kano Adamawa Bayelsa Borno and Enugu before the end of 2022 Further yellow fever vaccination campaigns are planned in Nigeria in the states of Ogun and Gombe States in June 2022 it said It added that these campaigns targeted 8 8 million people for protection while additional PMVCs will be implemented in the latter part of 2022 in Kano Adamawa Bayelsa Borno and Enugu state www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Yellow Fever: NCDC reports 14 deaths in 10 states
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    Yellow Fever: NCDC reports 14 deaths in 10 states

    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) has recorded 14 deaths in 10 states from suspected cases of yellow fever from January to July 2022. The NCDC made this known via its official website on Sunday.

    It listed the affected states as Abia -one, Bayelsa -one, Benue- one, Imo- one, Kaduna- one, Katsina – two, Kebbi -two, Taraba -two, Yobe -one and Zamfara -three.

    The News Agency of Nigeria, reports that the World Health Organisation (WHO) described yellow fever as an acute viral haemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes.

    The “yellow” in the name refers to jaundice that affects some patients.

    The symptoms of yellow fever include headache, jaundice, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting and fatigue.

    A small proportion of patients who contract the virus, however, develop severe symptoms, and approximately half of those die within seven to 10 days.

    The Nigerian Public Health Institute said that cumulatively a total of 1,179 suspected cases of yellow fever were reported from 416 local government areas between January 1 and July 31. It said that one case each was confirmed from Sokoto, Osun, Ondo, Anambra and Imo states.

    The NCDC said that male to female ratio for suspected cases was 1:1.7 with males recording 637 cases (54 per cent) and females, 542 cases (46 per cent).

    It stated that 74 per cent of cases were aged 30 years and below.

    “One hundred and twenty-six (10.7 per cent) of 1,179 suspected cases has had at least one dose of the yellow fever vaccine,” it said.

    The centre said that it was coordinating response activities through the National Multi-Agency Yellow Fever Technical Working Group.

    NAN reports that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be felt across several other areas including the increase in the risk of measles and yellow fever outbreaks due to delayed planned vaccination campaigns.

    Meanwhile, yellow fever is preventable with an extremely effective vaccine that is safe and affordable.

    A single dose of yellow fever vaccine is sufficient to grant sustained immunity and life-long protection against yellow fever disease.

    A booster dose of the vaccine is not needed.

    The NCDC revealed efforts to support Nigeria in preventive mass vaccination campaigns (PMVCs), through its Eliminate Yellow fever Epidemics (EYE) Strategy.

    It said it would be reaching out to states like Ogun, Gombe, Kano, Adamawa, Bayelsa, Borno and Enugu before the end of 2022. “Further yellow fever vaccination campaigns are planned in Nigeria in the states of Ogun and Gombe States in June 2022,” it said.

    It added that these campaigns targeted 8.8 million people for protection, while additional PMVCs will be implemented in the latter part of 2022 in Kano, Adamawa, Bayelsa, Borno and Enugu state.

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  •  The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention NCDC has announced 14 deaths in 10 states from suspected cases of yellow fever between January to July 2022 The NCDC stated this via its official website on Sunday It said the affected states included Abia one Bayelsa one Benue one Imo one Kaduna one Katsina two Kebbi one Taraba two Yobe one and Zamfara three The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the World Health Organisation WHO said that yellow fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes The yellow in the name refers to jaundice that affects some patients While the symptoms of yellow fever include fever headache jaundice muscle pain nausea vomiting and fatigue a small proportion of patients who contract the virus develop severe symptoms and approximately half of those die within seven to 10 days The Nigerian Public Health Institute said that cumulatively a total of 1 179 suspected cases of yellow fever were reported from 416 local government areas between Jan 1 and July 31 2022 It said that one case each was confirmed from five states namely Sokoto Dange Shuni LGA Osun Atakunmosa East LGA Ondo Akure South LGA Anambra Idemili South LGA and Imo Nwangele LGA The NCDC said that male to female ratio for suspected cases was 1 1 7 with males 637 54 per cent and females 542 46 per cent It stated that 74 per cent of cases were aged 30 years and below One hundred and twenty six 10 7 per cent of 1 179 suspected cases had at least one dose of the yellow fever vaccine it said The agency said that its coordinating response activities through the National Multi agency Yellow Fever Technical Working Group NAN reports that the impacts of the COVID 19 pandemic continue to be felt across several other areas including the increase in the risk of measles and the probable increase in yellow fever outbreaks due to delayed planned vaccination campaigns in the country Meanwhile yellow fever is preventable with an extremely effective vaccine that is safe and affordable A single dose of yellow fever vaccine is sufficient to grant sustained immunity and life long protection against yellow fever disease A booster dose of the vaccine is not needed As part of efforts to support Nigeria in preventive mass vaccination campaigns PMVCs through its Eliminate Yellow fever Epidemics EYE Strateg it said it would be reaching out to states like Ogun Gombe Kano Adamawa Bayelsa Borno and Enugu before the end of this year It stated Further yellow fever vaccination campaigns are planned in Nigeria in the states of Ogun and Gombe in June 2022 It said that these campaigns targeted 8 8 million people for protection Additional PMVCs will be implemented in the latter part of 2022 in the states of Kano Adamawa Bayelsa Borno and Enugu www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Yellow fever: NCDC announces 14 deaths in 10 states
     The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention NCDC has announced 14 deaths in 10 states from suspected cases of yellow fever between January to July 2022 The NCDC stated this via its official website on Sunday It said the affected states included Abia one Bayelsa one Benue one Imo one Kaduna one Katsina two Kebbi one Taraba two Yobe one and Zamfara three The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the World Health Organisation WHO said that yellow fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes The yellow in the name refers to jaundice that affects some patients While the symptoms of yellow fever include fever headache jaundice muscle pain nausea vomiting and fatigue a small proportion of patients who contract the virus develop severe symptoms and approximately half of those die within seven to 10 days The Nigerian Public Health Institute said that cumulatively a total of 1 179 suspected cases of yellow fever were reported from 416 local government areas between Jan 1 and July 31 2022 It said that one case each was confirmed from five states namely Sokoto Dange Shuni LGA Osun Atakunmosa East LGA Ondo Akure South LGA Anambra Idemili South LGA and Imo Nwangele LGA The NCDC said that male to female ratio for suspected cases was 1 1 7 with males 637 54 per cent and females 542 46 per cent It stated that 74 per cent of cases were aged 30 years and below One hundred and twenty six 10 7 per cent of 1 179 suspected cases had at least one dose of the yellow fever vaccine it said The agency said that its coordinating response activities through the National Multi agency Yellow Fever Technical Working Group NAN reports that the impacts of the COVID 19 pandemic continue to be felt across several other areas including the increase in the risk of measles and the probable increase in yellow fever outbreaks due to delayed planned vaccination campaigns in the country Meanwhile yellow fever is preventable with an extremely effective vaccine that is safe and affordable A single dose of yellow fever vaccine is sufficient to grant sustained immunity and life long protection against yellow fever disease A booster dose of the vaccine is not needed As part of efforts to support Nigeria in preventive mass vaccination campaigns PMVCs through its Eliminate Yellow fever Epidemics EYE Strateg it said it would be reaching out to states like Ogun Gombe Kano Adamawa Bayelsa Borno and Enugu before the end of this year It stated Further yellow fever vaccination campaigns are planned in Nigeria in the states of Ogun and Gombe in June 2022 It said that these campaigns targeted 8 8 million people for protection Additional PMVCs will be implemented in the latter part of 2022 in the states of Kano Adamawa Bayelsa Borno and Enugu www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Yellow fever: NCDC announces 14 deaths in 10 states
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    Yellow fever: NCDC announces 14 deaths in 10 states

    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) has announced 14 deaths in 10 states from suspected cases of yellow fever between January to July 2022. The NCDC stated this via its official website on Sunday.

    It said the affected states included Abia (one), Bayelsa (one), Benue (one), Imo (one), Kaduna (one), Katsina (two), Kebbi (one), Taraba (two), Yobe (one) and Zamfara (three).

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the World Health Organisation (WHO) said that yellow fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes.

    The “yellow” in the name refers to jaundice that affects some patients.

    While the symptoms of yellow fever include fever, headache, jaundice, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting and fatigue, a small proportion of patients who contract the virus develop severe symptoms and approximately half of those die within seven to 10 days.

    The Nigerian Public Health Institute said that cumulatively a total of 1,179 suspected cases of yellow fever were reported from 416 local government areas between Jan. 1 and July 31, 2022. It said that one case each was confirmed from five states, namely Sokoto (Dange-Shuni LGA), Osun (Atakunmosa East LGA), Ondo (Akure South LGA), Anambra (Idemili South LGA) and Imo (Nwangele LGA).

    The NCDC said that male to female ratio for suspected cases was 1:1.7 with males 637 (54 per cent) and females 542 (46 per cent).

    It stated that 74 per cent of cases were aged 30 years and below.

    “One hundred and twenty-six (10.7 per cent) of 1,179 suspected cases had at least one dose of the yellow fever vaccine,” it said  The agency said that its coordinating response activities through the National Multi-agency Yellow Fever Technical Working Group.

    NAN reports  that the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be felt across several other areas including the increase in the risk of measles and the probable increase in yellow fever outbreaks due to delayed planned vaccination campaigns in the country.

    Meanwhile, yellow fever is preventable with an extremely effective vaccine that is safe and affordable.

    A single dose of yellow fever vaccine is sufficient to grant sustained immunity and life-long protection against yellow fever disease.

    A booster dose of the vaccine is not needed.

    As part of efforts to support Nigeria in preventive mass vaccination campaigns (PMVCs), through its Eliminate Yellow fever Epidemics (EYE) Strateg, it  said it would be reaching out to states like Ogun, Gombe, Kano, Adamawa, Bayelsa, Borno and Enugu before the end of this year.

    It stated: “Further yellow fever vaccination campaigns are planned in Nigeria in the states of Ogun and Gombe in June 2022.” It said that these campaigns targeted 8.8 million people for protection.

    Additional PMVCs will be implemented in the latter part of 2022 in the states of Kano, Adamawa, Bayelsa, Borno and Enugu. 

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  •  Nigeria recorded 48 additional cases of monkeypox between Aug 8 and Aug 14 The 48 cases were recorded in 16 states the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC stated on its website on Saturday It stated that Lagos State topped the list of new infections with 15 cases while Abia and Ogun recorded five cases each Benue Edo Rivers and the FCT had three cases each Bayelsa and Ondo had two cases each while Cross River Anambra Gombe Imo Katsina Oyo and Osun recorded one case each The latest infections raised the number of cases in Nigeria since the beginning of the year to 220 the NCDC stated adding that the infections were recorded in 29 states It stated also that of the 220 infections males accounted for 144 cases while females accounted for the 76 others It added that four monkeypox deaths had so far been recorded in four states Delta Lagos Ondo and Akwa Ibom Monkeypox has killed a total o0f 12 persons in Nigeria since September 2017 the NCDC stated Since the re emergence of monkeypox in September 2017 1 042 suspected cases have been reported in 35 states in Nigeria The on going outbreak of monkeypox a viral disease was confirmed in May 2022 The initial cluster of cases was found in the United Kingdom Monkeypox is symptomised by a rash that may be located on or near the genitals or anus and could be on other areas like the hands feet chest face or mouth The rash will go through several stages including scabs before healing The rash can initially look like pimples or blisters and may be painful or itchy NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria recorded 48 new cases of monkeypox between Aug. 8 and Aug. 14 – NCDC
     Nigeria recorded 48 additional cases of monkeypox between Aug 8 and Aug 14 The 48 cases were recorded in 16 states the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC stated on its website on Saturday It stated that Lagos State topped the list of new infections with 15 cases while Abia and Ogun recorded five cases each Benue Edo Rivers and the FCT had three cases each Bayelsa and Ondo had two cases each while Cross River Anambra Gombe Imo Katsina Oyo and Osun recorded one case each The latest infections raised the number of cases in Nigeria since the beginning of the year to 220 the NCDC stated adding that the infections were recorded in 29 states It stated also that of the 220 infections males accounted for 144 cases while females accounted for the 76 others It added that four monkeypox deaths had so far been recorded in four states Delta Lagos Ondo and Akwa Ibom Monkeypox has killed a total o0f 12 persons in Nigeria since September 2017 the NCDC stated Since the re emergence of monkeypox in September 2017 1 042 suspected cases have been reported in 35 states in Nigeria The on going outbreak of monkeypox a viral disease was confirmed in May 2022 The initial cluster of cases was found in the United Kingdom Monkeypox is symptomised by a rash that may be located on or near the genitals or anus and could be on other areas like the hands feet chest face or mouth The rash will go through several stages including scabs before healing The rash can initially look like pimples or blisters and may be painful or itchy NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria recorded 48 new cases of monkeypox between Aug. 8 and Aug. 14 – NCDC
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    Nigeria recorded 48 new cases of monkeypox between Aug. 8 and Aug. 14 – NCDC

    Nigeria recorded 48 additional cases of monkeypox between Aug. 8 and Aug. 14. The 48 cases were recorded in 16 states, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) stated on its website on Saturday.

    It stated that Lagos State topped the list of new infections with 15 cases, while Abia and Ogun recorded five cases each.

    Benue, Edo, Rivers and the FCT had three cases each; Bayelsa and Ondo had two cases each, while Cross River, Anambra, Gombe, Imo, Katsina, Oyo and Osun recorded one case each.

    The latest infections raised the number of cases in Nigeria since the beginning of the year to 220, the NCDC stated, adding that the infections were recorded in 29 states.

    It stated also that of the 220 infections, males accounted for 144 cases, while females accounted for the 76 others.

    It added that four monkeypox deaths had so far been recorded in four states – Delta, Lagos, Ondo and Akwa Ibom. Monkeypox has killed a total o0f 12 persons in Nigeria since September 2017, the NCDC stated.

    Since the re-emergence of monkeypox in September 2017, 1,042 suspected cases have been reported in 35 states in Nigeria.

    The on-going outbreak of monkeypox, a viral disease, was confirmed in May 2022. The initial cluster of cases was found in the United Kingdom.

    Monkeypox is symptomised by a rash that may be located on or near the genitals or anus and could be on other areas like the hands, feet, chest, face, or mouth.

    The rash will go through several stages, including scabs, before healing.

    The rash can initially look like pimples or blisters and may be painful or itchy.


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  •  The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC says the states of Ondo and Edo are leading the country s Lassa fever cases as it announces five additional cases in seven days from Aug 15 to Aug 21 2022 The NCDC via its official website on Monday said that the two states accounted for 57 per cent of the disease burden in the country The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Lassa fever is a viral haemorrhagic fever transmitted by rats It has been known since the 1950s but the virus was not identified until 1969 when two missionary nurses died from it in the town of Lassa in Nigeria Found predominantly in West Africa it has the potential to cause tens of thousands of deaths Even after recovery the virus remains in body fluids including semen Neighboring countries are also at risk as the animal vector for Lassa virus the multimammate rat Mastomys natalensis is distributed throughout the region The Agency s epidemiological report showed that from the beginning of 2022 25 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 101 Local Government Areas across the country The Public Health Institute further stated that cumulatively from week one to week 33 2022 168 deaths have been reported with a Case Fatality Rate CFR of 18 8 per cent This the public health institute said was lower than the CFR for the same period in 2021 23 3 per cent The NCDC therefore said that the national Lassa fever multi partner multi sectoral Technical Working Group TWG continued to coordinate the response activities at all levels to curb the spread of the disease It said In week 33 August 15 to 21 the number of new confirmed cases decreased from nine in week 32 2022 to five cases These were reported from Ondo and Edo states Of all confirmed cases 70 per cent are from Ondo 31 per cent Edo 26 per cent and Bauchi 13 per cent The predominant age group affected is 21 30 years range 0 to 90 years median age 30 years The male to female ratio for confirmed cases is 1 0 8 The number of suspected cases has increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2021 No new Healthcare worker affected in the reporting week 33 Proferring solutions and preventive measures the public health agency said to reduce the risk of Lassa fever Nigerians should ensure proper environmental sanitation This is by keeping your environment clean at all times and block all holes in your house to prevent rats from entry It also advised that Nigerians should cover their dustbins and dispose of refuse properly Communities should set up dump sites very far from their homes to reduce the chances of having rodents within homes Store foodstuff like rice garri beans and in containers that are well covered with tight fitting lids Avoid drying foodstuffs outside on the floor roadside where they will be exposed to contamination Avoid bush burning which can lead to the displacement of rats from bushes to human dwellings Eliminate rats in homes and communities by setting rat traps and other means Practise good personal hygiene by frequent washing of hands with soap under running water or use hand sanitisers when appropriate Visit the nearest health facility if you notice any of the signs and symptoms of Lassa fever as mentioned earlier and avoid self medication it advised NAN also reports that the Lassa virus is transmitted to man by infected multi mammate rats and humans become infected from direct contact with the urine and faeces of the rat carrying the virus People also contract the disease by touching soiled objects eating contaminated food or exposure to open cuts or sores Secondary transmission from person to person can also occur as a result of exposure to the virus in the blood tissue urine faeces or other bodily secretions of an infected patient AIR NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ondo, Edo lead as NCDC announces new Lassa fever cases
     The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC says the states of Ondo and Edo are leading the country s Lassa fever cases as it announces five additional cases in seven days from Aug 15 to Aug 21 2022 The NCDC via its official website on Monday said that the two states accounted for 57 per cent of the disease burden in the country The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Lassa fever is a viral haemorrhagic fever transmitted by rats It has been known since the 1950s but the virus was not identified until 1969 when two missionary nurses died from it in the town of Lassa in Nigeria Found predominantly in West Africa it has the potential to cause tens of thousands of deaths Even after recovery the virus remains in body fluids including semen Neighboring countries are also at risk as the animal vector for Lassa virus the multimammate rat Mastomys natalensis is distributed throughout the region The Agency s epidemiological report showed that from the beginning of 2022 25 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 101 Local Government Areas across the country The Public Health Institute further stated that cumulatively from week one to week 33 2022 168 deaths have been reported with a Case Fatality Rate CFR of 18 8 per cent This the public health institute said was lower than the CFR for the same period in 2021 23 3 per cent The NCDC therefore said that the national Lassa fever multi partner multi sectoral Technical Working Group TWG continued to coordinate the response activities at all levels to curb the spread of the disease It said In week 33 August 15 to 21 the number of new confirmed cases decreased from nine in week 32 2022 to five cases These were reported from Ondo and Edo states Of all confirmed cases 70 per cent are from Ondo 31 per cent Edo 26 per cent and Bauchi 13 per cent The predominant age group affected is 21 30 years range 0 to 90 years median age 30 years The male to female ratio for confirmed cases is 1 0 8 The number of suspected cases has increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2021 No new Healthcare worker affected in the reporting week 33 Proferring solutions and preventive measures the public health agency said to reduce the risk of Lassa fever Nigerians should ensure proper environmental sanitation This is by keeping your environment clean at all times and block all holes in your house to prevent rats from entry It also advised that Nigerians should cover their dustbins and dispose of refuse properly Communities should set up dump sites very far from their homes to reduce the chances of having rodents within homes Store foodstuff like rice garri beans and in containers that are well covered with tight fitting lids Avoid drying foodstuffs outside on the floor roadside where they will be exposed to contamination Avoid bush burning which can lead to the displacement of rats from bushes to human dwellings Eliminate rats in homes and communities by setting rat traps and other means Practise good personal hygiene by frequent washing of hands with soap under running water or use hand sanitisers when appropriate Visit the nearest health facility if you notice any of the signs and symptoms of Lassa fever as mentioned earlier and avoid self medication it advised NAN also reports that the Lassa virus is transmitted to man by infected multi mammate rats and humans become infected from direct contact with the urine and faeces of the rat carrying the virus People also contract the disease by touching soiled objects eating contaminated food or exposure to open cuts or sores Secondary transmission from person to person can also occur as a result of exposure to the virus in the blood tissue urine faeces or other bodily secretions of an infected patient AIR NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ondo, Edo lead as NCDC announces new Lassa fever cases
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    Ondo, Edo lead as NCDC announces new Lassa fever cases

    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says the states of Ondo and Edo are leading the country’s Lassa fever cases as it announces five additional cases in seven days, from Aug.15 to Aug. 21, 2022. The NCDC via its official website on Monday said that the two states accounted for 57 per cent of the disease burden in the country.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Lassa fever is a viral haemorrhagic fever transmitted by rats.

    It has been known since the 1950s but the virus was not identified until 1969 when two missionary nurses died from it in the town of Lassa in Nigeria.

    Found predominantly in West Africa, it has the potential to cause tens of thousands of deaths.

    Even after recovery, the virus remains in body fluids, including semen.

    Neighboring countries are also at risk, as the animal vector for Lassa virus, the “multimammate rat” (Mastomys natalensis) is distributed throughout the region.

    The Agency’s epidemiological report showed that from the beginning of 2022, 25 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 101 Local Government Areas across the country.

    The Public Health Institute further stated that cumulatively from week one to week 33, 2022, 168 deaths have been reported with a Case Fatality Rate (CFR) of 18.8 per cent.

    This, the public health institute said was lower than the CFR for the same period in 2021 (23.3 per cent).

    The NCDC, therefore, said that the national Lassa fever multi-partner, multi-sectoral Technical Working Group (TWG) continued to coordinate the response activities at all levels to curb the spread of the disease.

    It said: “In week 33 (August 15 to 21) the number of new confirmed cases decreased from nine in week 32, 2022 to five cases.

    These were reported from Ondo and Edo states.

    “Of all confirmed cases, 70 per cent are from Ondo (31 per cent), Edo (26 per cent), and Bauchi (13 per cent).

    “The predominant age group affected is 21-30 years (range: 0 to 90 years, median age: 30 years).

    The male-to-female ratio for confirmed cases is 1:0.8. “The number of suspected cases has increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2021. No new Healthcare worker affected in the reporting week 33.” Proferring solutions and preventive measures, the public health agency said to reduce the risk of Lassa fever, Nigerians should ensure proper environmental sanitation.

    “This is by keeping your environment clean at all times and block all holes in your house to prevent rats from entry” It also advised that Nigerians should cover their dustbins and dispose of refuse properly.

    “Communities should set up dump sites very far from their homes to reduce the chances of having rodents within homes; Store foodstuff like rice, garri, beans and in containers that are well covered with tight-fitting lids.

    “Avoid drying foodstuffs outside on the floor, roadside where they will be exposed to contamination; Avoid bush burning which can lead to the displacement of rats from bushes to human dwellings.

    “Eliminate rats in homes and communities by setting rat traps and other means.

    “Practise good personal hygiene by frequent washing of hands with soap under running water or use hand sanitisers when appropriate.

    “Visit the nearest health facility if you notice any of the signs and symptoms of Lassa fever as mentioned earlier, and avoid self-medication,” it advised.

    NAN also reports that the Lassa virus is transmitted to man by infected multi-mammate rats and humans become infected from direct contact with the urine and faeces of the rat carrying the virus.

    People also contract the disease by touching soiled objects, eating contaminated food or exposure to open cuts or sores.

    Secondary transmission from person to person can also occur as a result of exposure to the virus in the blood, tissue, urine, faeces or other bodily secretions of an infected patient.

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