By Obinna Ogbonnaya, Abakaliki The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), yesterday express the optimism that with the commitment and zeal exhibited by traditional institution, the clergy, youth organizations and women groups of Amechi community in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State in the fight against Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting (FGMC), Ebonyi State would soon attain zero tolerance in the campaign against the ugly trend. Speaking during a community dialogue in Amechi Community in the state, the Senior Adviser, Child Protection, UNICEF Nigeria, Mrs. Fatuma Ibrahim said that from her observations while the dialogue lasted and the determination shown by the people of the community, the people of Ebonyi state have shown enough commitment and are ready to do everything to ensure that the practice is brought to an end in all parts of the state. Mrs. Ibrahim who expressed happiness with the resolutions made by the traditional institution, the clergy,...
BY ODIRI UCHENUNU-IBEH, Lagos With Nigeria having the highest cases of diabetes in Sub-Saharan Africa, experts and stakeholders in the health sector will today converge on Lagos at the Sanofi Diabetes Summit to brainstorm on ways to curb the disease. General manager, Sanofi Aventis Nigeria Limited, Folake Odediran, who disclosed this at a press briefing in Lagos, said the summit which is scheduled to hold in Lagos is a means to provide an educational platform for diabetes management. Odediran said the summit will provide a platform where all the professionals involved in diabetes care can come together and rub minds, update themselves, strengthen themselves and engage in a robust discussion that can improve management and outcome in diabetes care. She said, “Sanofi has decided to organize the summit because we are a global healthcare provider, we are involve in prevention, treatment and support. One of the ways we support the communities that we...

FG Confirms 3 Cases Of Monkey Pox

BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, Abuja - The federal government yesterday said only three were confirmed as cases of Monkey Pox out of the 12 suspected cases reported in Bayelsa State. Briefing newsmen in Abuja, the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole said while 21 suspected cases were sent to the World Health Organisation’s Senegal Dakar laboratory, 19 results have been received so far. Adewole said the results sent by WHO ruled out the case of Monkey Pox outbreak in Lagos and some other parts of the country. He said, “With these results, three suspected Monkey pox outbreak in Yenagoa has been confirmed with laboratory evidence. The most likely source of infection is a primary zoonotic transmission, from an animal, with secondary person-to-person transmission.” Adewole further urged Nigerians to avoid discriminating against the sick as the disease is not as fatal as feared. He said though the disease does not have a ready discovered vaccine, patients are...
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, Abuja The Federal Government on Monday said only three were confirmed, of the 12 suspected cases of Monkey Pox reported in Bayelsa State. Briefing Newsmen in Abuja, the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole said while 21 suspected cases were sent to the World Health Organisation's Senegal Dakar laboratory (e) 19 results have been received so far. Adewole said the results sent by WHO ruled out the case of Monkey Pox outbreak in Lagos and some other parts of the country. He said, “With these results, three suspected Monkey pox outbreak in Yenagoa has been confirmed with laboratory evidence. The most likely source of infection is a primary zoonotic transmission, from an animal, with secondary person-to-person transmission.” Adewole further urged Nigerians to avoid discriminating against the sick as the disease is not as fatal as feared. He said though the disease does not have a ready discovered vaccine, patients are being given...
BY DONATUS NADI, Lafia The management of Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH) Lafia, in Nasarawa state has said that it has taken precautionary measures to prevent the outbreak of monkey pox in the state. The Chief medical director of the hospital, Dr. Ahmed Yakubu Ashuku,stated this to newsmen in Lafia. The medical director who spoke through one of his senior medical Doctors with the hospital, Dr. Isa Obeirien, said the hospital had provided adequate medical logistics, quarantine and personnel who would take care of the patients in case of any reports of outbreak of the disease in the state. He explained that symptoms of the monkey pox includes severe headaches, fever, vomiting , rashes, and body pains. The medical officer also reiterated the advise of the federal ministry of health to desist from eating monkey meat ,rats and other bush meat in order to prevent themselves from infecting the disease.
BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN, Kaduna As polio immunization for the month of October, 2017 IPDs commences, Journalists Initiative on Immunization against Polio (JAP) Kaduna State chapter has called on parents and caregivers to make their children available for the exercise. The Coordinator in the state,  Lawal A. Dogara who made the call, said, the polio vaccination is commencing between 14-19 October, 2017 and it would be conducted on the street, house to house, Markets, Motor parks and Highways among others. According to him in a statement issued, "the JAP is therefore calling on the Parents and caregivers to ensure they make their children available for vaccination". The vaccination would enable the children grow healthier as such parents should try and ensure they allow the vaccinators to attend to their wards, the statement advised. JAP explained that all adequate arrangements had been made for the smooth conduct of the exercise by the State Government, SPHCDA, Development...
By Ruth Tene Natsa, AbujaThe Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) has called on the Federal government to institutionalise an egg a day per school child in the home grown school feeding programme.PAN Director general,Onallo Akpa made the call while addressing Newsmen in Abuja yesterday on the occasion of the World Food Day with the theme: An Egg a Day for the Nigerian Child.Dr Akpa said the PAN in their prayers and demands to the FG were calling for the "Institutionalising an egg a day per school child in the home grown school feeding program.He said a deliberate policy of an egg a day will create great impact assessment of school enrichment, cognitive development and mental development, making egg as part of the prisons feeding programme and initiating eggs and egg products as part of the feeding programme of the various peace keeping operations all over the world"The DG also...
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...