BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, Abuja Deaths linked to Cholera outbreak in Borno Internally Displaced Person's Camp (IDP) has risen to 20 from 14, as 319 suspected cases have been reported, the federal  government has said. In a press release,  the federal government yesterday said it  has established a treatment center in affected camps and environs in response to the Cholera outbreak in Borno State. As revealed in the statement by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control(NCDC) the federal government said it is also strengthening access to water, sanitation and hygiene in the areas while Partners such as World Health Organisation  (WHO),United Nations Childrens Funds (UNICEF)and MSH and other humanitarian agencies are supporting through a cholera vaccination campaign. According to the statement, the Partners will embark on communication activities, using both conventional media and door-to-door to create awareness. "The NCDC has deployed a Rapid Response Team to support the Borno State Ministry of Health in coordination,...

Diarrhea Kills 3 In Kebbi

BY YAHYA SARKI, Kebbi - An outbreak of diarrhea disease has claimed three 3 lives in Kardi village of Birnin Kebbi Local Government Area of Kebbi State even as unconfirmed reports  claimed over 40 people have died in their homes in the area as a result of the outbreak of the disease. The Community Health Officer of Kardi village who is in charge of the primary health center there, Abdulkarim Abubakar told LEADERSHIP that the health center recorded 3 deaths from the 160 patients admitted, referred 5 serious cases to Sir Yahya Specialist Hospital, Birnin Kebbi and discharged 147 patients. The Vice Chairman of Birnin Kebbi Local Government who is also the acting Chairman of the local government area, Alhaji Usman Ibrahim visited the victims yesterday and delivered  drugs worth #350,000 donated by the local government to Kardi primary health center where the patients are receiving treatment. While delivering the drugs, he commiserated...
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, Abuja - The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD ) yesterday commenced indefinite  industrial action over unpaid remuneration  and unsettled demands. The doctors made the resolve after several hours of closed door meeting with the federal government, which yielded ‘no result’. Speaking to LEADERSHIP in an interview, president of the association,  Dr Onyebueze John said the Doctors had tabled their grievances before the federal government since 2013 and had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which are yet to be met. He expressed  sadness over the ill-treatment  of resident doctors in some states adding that some of them are being owed their salaries for several months. “When we say unpaid salaries, we are not talking of promotion arrears or allowances, we are talking of fractions of unpaid basic consolidated salaries. In 2015, some of our members at  University of Port Harcourt, Uyo among others did not receive their basic salaries for different...
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), on Monday inaugurated medical assistance programme to meet the medical needs of the recent flood victims in Makurdi, Benue. The Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF Headquarters, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja. According to Adesanya, the programme was inaugurated by Air Officer Commanding (AOC) Tactical Air Command (TAC) of NAF, AVM MA Idris. He said the programme was part of the Command’s corporate social responsibility and was borne out of the desire to contribute to the medical needs of the flood victims. Adesanya said that Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue thanked NAF for its assistance to the state, especially in area of humanitarian services in the country. “A few days ago, following a downpour, many houses in Makurdi were submerged in flood water. “The persons affected by the flood were rendered homeless and several medical casualties were recorded. “Thousands of victims of the flood...
By Michael Oche - The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has announced its decision to embark on a nation wide strike, beginning from today. The decision to begin the strike was reached after the doctors during their National Executive Council  (NEC) meeting rejected an offer presented by government in an attempt to persuade them to suspend the strike action. According to a statement by NARD president, Dr Onyebueze John, the doctors will proceed on the strike until all items in her demand list for strike action are resolved by Government. The statement reads, "Rising from our NEC meeting, which started by 7pm yesterday and ended 3am today. NARD has resolved to reject the promissory offer from Government, and proceed on total and indefinite strike action until all items in her demand list for strike action are resolved by Government." The doctors are embarking on a nationwide strike as a result of government's failure to...

FCTA Frowns At Low Rate Of Immunization

BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has expressed worry on the low rate of routine immunization, especially with large number of unimmunized children, high drop outs and the low immunity across the country. Speaking during a stakeholders meeting on routine immunization (RI) in Abuja at the weekend, acting secretary, FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat (FCT-HHSS), Mrs. Alice Odey-Achu noted that the 2016 survey has reported an average national penta3 cumulative coverage of 33%, with the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) scoring 66%. Odey-Achu frowned that no state in the country has achieved the minimum coverage rate of 85%, just as she stressed the need for health care providers in the country to review and evaluate the existing structures and strategies. She pointed out that a recent audit on vaccine utilization and accountability in the FCT has indicated irregularities and gaps such as high cost of routine immunization vaccines, poor storage...

Cholera Hits Borno IDPs Camps, Kills 7

By Francis Okoye, Maiduguri - Seven Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have been confirmed dead while 100 others were discharged from Muna and Dala Lawanti cholera treatment centre in the past three weeks following the outbreak of cholera in Borno IDPs camps. This was disclosed yesterday in Maiduguri by the medical director of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), Anna Cillers, while briefing journalists on measures to prevent further spread of cholera in Maiduguri metropolis and camps. She said that over 200 patients were admitted at the Dala treatment centre, since the outbreak of cholera last month. She said, “In the last 24 hours in Maiduguri metropolis of Borno state, we have received over 50 patients at MSF’s Cholera Treatment Unit at Dala. The total number of patients admitted from the start of the outbreak till now is over 200 with 100 patients discharged and seven people dead .” Cillers said the MSF is working in collaboration with...
By Adebayo Waheed, Ibadan The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARDs) has threatened to embark on an indefinite nationwide strike, beginning from Monday, to protest non-payment of their salaries. The president of NARDs, Dr Olusegun Olaopa of University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, who disclosed this in a statement he issued yesterday, said the resident doctors have decided to commence an indefinite industrial action on Monday to press home their demands. According to him, the action is sequel to a statement signed by John Onyebueze and Aneke Emmanuel, national president and secretary of NARDs, respectively. The statement said that it was resolved at the NEC meeting of NARDs held in Abuja on August 26 to embark on the strike. It noted: “Neither the Federal nor State governments has shown commitment to the resolution of issues at stake nor honoured previous agreements. Consequent upon this, the association resolved to proceed on a total indefinite industrial action...
… Man Inaugurates Awareness Organization After Losing Wife To Cancer By Chinelo Chikelu Cancer Specialist, Dr. Chinedu S. Aruah revealed that with the exception of cardiovascular diseases, cancer is the second cause of death in families. The Radiation and Clinical Oncologist quotes that over 8.8m people, globally, died of cancer in 2014, while about 24.6m live with cancer; and contrary to the scenario in developed countries, where there are lower deaths owing to preventive measures such as early detection and response, Nigeria witnesses higher mortality and morbidity rates owing to late detection, misdiagnosis and non-preventive measures. Addressing participants at the inauguration ceremony of the Tai Aremu Cancer Awareness Campaign Organization (TACACO), held recently in Gwarimpa, Abuja, Dr. Aruah said Nigeria lacks state-of-the-art cancer diagnostic and treatment centers/facilities, and the economic statistics to execute cancer management measures to analyze the trues cost of cancer to Nigeria’s economy. Although Nigerians are more susceptible to breast, cervical...
Zimbabwe has been hit by a shortage of broiler chicks after the country’s biggest poultry producer was hit by an outbreak of bird flu in recent months, local media reported on Wednesday. Irvine’s was hit by two avian flu outbreaks in May and July, resulting in it culling more than 200,000 broiler parent stock in a bid to contain the highly pathogenic virus. South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo were also affected by the bird flu. In an industry update, the Zimbabwe Poultry Association said the culling of the parent stock at Irvine’s had resulted in a shortage of broiler day old chicks of nearly 500,000 per week. The gap has to be covered by more expensive imports from outside the southern African region, it said. NAN