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...
Panic is gradually breaking loose in the health sector as the number of patients reported to be receiving treatment for the communicable Monkey Pox which broke out in Yenagoa, The Bayelsa State capital has increased from 11 to 13. The 13 patients, including a medical doctor and a 17-year-old boy suspected to be infected with the virus currently isolated at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH), are responding to treatment and are at various stages of recovery. Bayelsa State commissioner for Health, Prof. Ebitimitula Etebu, who addressed a news conference yesterday alongside his Information counterpart, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, however said there is no cause for alarm as the state has taken steps to curtail further spread. Etebu had on Thursday put the figure of affected patients at 11. The commissioner said that more than 50 others, who had contact with the quarantined patients, had been traced and placed under surveillance. He added that...
BY ANAYO ONUKWUGHA, PORT HARCOURT The Rivers State government has confirmed the outbreak of three suspected cases of monkey pox disease in Port Harcourt, the state capital. The state commissioner for Health, Professor Princewill Chike, who announced this while briefing newsmen in Port Harcourt Friday, said the three cases were discovered on Thursday night at Rumuolumeni, Eneka and Psychiatric Road area of the city. Chike stated the three suspected victims have been transfered to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH).
BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN, Kaduna In order to reverse the worrisome trend of the state of Nigeria’s healthcare system which has been characterized by sub-optimal maternal and child health (MCH) outcomes and poor quality of health services, Africa Resource Centre for Supply Chain in Nigeria (ARC Nigeria), an independent advisor and strategic partner founded by the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is brokering States and Private sector partnerships to strengthen vaccine cold chain infrastructure in Nigeria. Speaking at the Knowledge Sharing and Hackathon Workshop on Supply Chain organized by ARC Nigeria, NPHCDA and Solina Group, which brought together over 80 Ministry of Health Directors and Immunization Managers from Borno, Sokoto, Osun, Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara, Yobe and Niger states, Dr. Kayode Ogunniyi, Executive Secretary, Osun State Primary Healthcare Development Board, said that the survival of Nigeria as a nation depends on the quality of healthcare...