Minister of Health, Mr Isaac Adewole has urged State Governments across the country to accept and reform the ongoing Food Safety Programme for the good health of Nigerians. Adewole made the call while declaring open a one day awareness creation on National Policy on Food Safety and its implementation Strategy (NPFSIS) in Yola, the Adamawa state capital on Friday. According to him, food is a very vital necessity of life, which deserved safety components for sustainable health and economic growth. “The Federal Ministry of Health formulated and adopted the National Policy on Food Safety and its Implementation Strategy (NPFSIS) in March, 2016. “The policy is to streamline the activities along the food chain for effective and efficient oriented food safety Programme. “Therefore, I urge and encourage all State Governments across the country to accept and reform the food safety by setting up their states food safety management committee (SFSMC),’’ Adewole said. Adewole, who was represented...
BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI, Abuja The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), yesterday, denied rumour of suspected outbreak of the dreaded monkey pox disease in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). However, the administration revealed that seven suspected cases have been recorded in four FCT Hospitals with samples of six victims taken and sent to Senegal for test and confirmation. Briefing newsmen on the incident in Abuja yesterday, the secretary, FCTA Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Amanda Pam, said the recorded cases were that of chicken pox, which shares similar appearance to monkey pox. According to her, “Three suspected cases were recorded in National Hospital, two in Gwarinpa General Hospital, one each in University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada and Nyanya General Hospital.” It would be recalled that there was a rumored two cases of monkey pox diseases at Gwarinpa General Hospital, Abuja. However Pam told journalists, “Though we have some suspected cases, but samples were collected...
BY SOLOMON AYADO and AHURAKA ISAH, Abuja The Federal Government has said there is no vaccine for the dreaded monkey pox disease that affected many states in the country. The disclosure was made Thursday by the Director of National Centre for Disease Control , Dr. Chikwe Ihekwazu who appeared before the Senate Committee on Primary Health and Communicable Diseases in Abuja. The Senate committee chaired by Senator Mao Ohuabunwa had invited Dr Ihekwazu to proffer explanations on the trending news of outbreak of monkey pox in 7 states. Senate had earlier, through a motion, ordered the Director to appear before it. Ihekwazu insisted that the agency has not carried out any vaccination against monkey pox in any part of the country since the outbreak. According to him, the vaccine for the disease has not been discovered and that no immunisation is executed by government as being speculated in certain quarters. He said Nigeria does not...
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, Abuja The Gwarimpa General Hospital yesterday refuted the rumour of admitting a patient who was said to be infected with Monkey Pox. There was a Monkey Pox scare at the early hours of Wednesday, 11th of October, 2017, when a patient who was suspected to be infected with the virus showed up at the Gwarimpa General Hospital, Abuja. However, an official at the hospital who does not want to be mentioned confirmed to LEADERSHIP that  people around became agitated on sighting the patient at the gate. “the patient was immediately quarantined in a section close to the gate until he was observed and diagnosed of Chicken Pox, he was further treated and discharged, she said.” Although there have been rumours of spread of the Virus to about six states across the country, the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, has said that cases of monkey pox reported in different parts of...
By ODIRI UCHENUNU-IBEH, Lagos Many patients hurriedly left the Lagos State owned Ifako-Ijaiye General Hospital on Wednesday because of two patients suspected to have monkey pox admitted in the hospital. LEADERSHIP learnt that the patients who had pox all over their bodies were rushed to the hospital on Wednesday morning and doctors have been attending to them to see how their ailments can be treated. The patients who deserted the hospital were said to have gotten the information of their admission in the hospital and fled the health facility because rooms to quarantine them were not available at the time of their admission. It was further gathered that their blood samples were taken and sent to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital LUTH. According to an eye witness who spoke with LEADERSHIP, "Two patients with black spots came to the hospital on Wednesday morning. "One of them who was a young middle aged man was seen limping with...
By ADEBIYI ADEDAPO, Abuja The minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, and development partners in the health sector yesterday urged the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, to increase funding for nutrition of children under the age of five years. This is just as Dogara called for urgent steps to address malnutrition in Nigeria to reduce the alarming rate of maternal and child deaths recorded on its account, as well as the economic loss of US$1.5 billion. The minister in his address during the opening ceremony of a two day National Conference on Promoting Maternal and Child Health Nutrition in Nigeria, expressed optimism that with political will, commitment of technical experts and robust implementation of programmes, the nutrition narrative of Nigeria will change for the better. Represented by the director of Family Health in the Ministry, Mrs. Adebimpe Adebiyi, the...
BY ALO ABIOLA, Ado Ekiti Ekiti State Government Tuesday said suspected cases of Monkey pox have been recorded in the state. The cases, it said were discovered in Okemesi Ekiti, in Ekiti West Local Government Area of the state. The Secretary to the State Government, Dr Modupe Alade, who made the revelation during a press conference heralding the third anniversary of Governor Ayodele Fayose’s government, said the cases are being investigated. “We have two cases at Okemesi Ekiti. Tests are still being carried out. The victims have been quarantined while their blood samples have been taken to Abuja for laboratory tests. Not until it is confirmed, we can’t come out with any official statement”, she said. Alade also said the ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is fully prepared for the 2018 governorship poll, with assurances that the party will be victorious based on the performances of Governor Ayodele Fayose in the last three years. She attributed...
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, Abuja  To forestall quackery in the in health records profession, the Health Records Officers Registration Board of Nigeria (HRORBN) Monday inaugurated a 12 man committee who will be responsible for investigating and penalizing defaulters charged with breaking ethical standards. Speaking at the event in Abuja, the Registrar, HRORBN, Alhaji Mohammed Mami said the new committee members whose appointment is subject to the approval of the Minister of Health will assist in monitoring of operations, identifying of issues suitable for professional review, finding out hospitals and clinics that engage unlicensed members to practice, professional(s) reportedly involved in examination malpractices. Mami further call on health care providers and management of health facilities to engage the services of qualified and licensed practitioners to strengthen their health records department. “This will facilitate the collection, aggregation and analysis of qualitative health data especially in the area of informed medical care, monitoring and evaluation, disease surveillance...
By Tunde Oguntola, Abuja - The federal government has described as fake and sinister the report that the outbreak of Monkey Pox in some parts of the country resulted from the alleged free medical care by the government in the affected areas. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who made government’s position known, urged Nigerians to disregard the said report, saying it is apparently being spread by some unscrupulous persons to fit into a sinister agenda. In a statement he issued in Abuja yesterday, the minister noted that the federal government never conducted any free medical service or care in either Bayelsa State or Rivers State “as alleged in the fake report being circulated”. Mohammed said, “So, that could not have been the cause of the outbreak of Monkey Pox in both states. Monkey Pox is a virus found only in monkeys and it is rare in human beings. It belongs...
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, Abuja Youths and the Internally Displaced Persons(IDPs) will henceforth be included in Family Planning(FP) programmes, the Association for the Advancement of Family Planning ( AAFP) has said. Speaking at a Media parley in Abuja, the Chairman, AAFP, Dr Ejike Oji said although success has been recorded so far with the family planning intervention programmes, increase in number of unwanted pregnancies, sexual abuse and maternal deaths among the youths and in IDPs is still a clog in the wheel of national progress. Oji said, the youths and the IDPs are the missing gap who needs to be heard and also be able to make a choice on whether to be pregnant and when to be pregnant. “family planning in IDP centers, there’s a lot of sexual abuse going on there and nobody is taking care of them so that’s why we are paying attention to make sure that they have family...