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Lassa Fever, Under Control in Rivers – Commissioner

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The Rivers State Government says it has brought the Lasssa Fever epidemic under  control.

Director, Primary Healthcare, Rivers State Ministry of Health, Akuro Okujagu, who made the declaration, said no new cases of the disease had been recorded since its initial outbreak in the state.

Dr Akuro Okuyagu further said the ministry was educating people on the epidemic and urged residents of the state to take precautions against the disease.

Meanwhile, residents of Port Harcourt have appealed to the state government to intensify their efforts in the campaign for cleaner environment in all the major markets in the state to prevent the further spread of the Lassa Fever epidemic.

They expressed fear that the unhygienic state of the markets would encourage the spread of the disease and appealed to the state ministries of Health and Environment, to embark on programmes that would educate the people on the need for cleanliness.

They stressed that the state Ministry of Health through the Commissioner, Tamunoiyoriari Sampson Parker should organise sensitisation workshops in market and other social centres to create awareness on the carrier rats, noting that most of the traders in the markets do not know the causes of Lassa Fever and its mode of transmission.

Mr Emmanuel Ojeh noted that most traders park their wears under their tables at the close of each business day, with little or no serious effort to properly protect them from being feasted on by rats resident in filthy, blocked drainages surrounding the markets and dustbins littered all over the place.

Expressing dismay over the poor sanitary conditions of markets in the state, he blamed the situation on corrupt practices of the leaders who instead of building befitting markets with shades and locks diverted public funds for their own selfish interests.

In her own views, Mrs Ibinabo Joseph called on the government to take further steps by fumigating the markets against these rodents.

According to her, a lot need to be done on the abattoirs and meat sellers stand in the market. The state of the places is capable of attracting influenza to the state. She pleaded that something be done especially with this outbreak of Lassa Fever in the state.

Already, the state commissioner of Health Tamunoiyoriari Sampson Parker has appealed to residents to shun self medication and take advantage of government health facilities across the state whenever they have any health challenge.

He noted that treatment of Lassa Fever attack is free in any of the government institutions and urged that anybody with serious fever, neck pain, redness of the eyes, abdominal pain, swollen face, vomiting and nausea among other signs should rush to any of the hospitals for diagnosis and treatment. The commissioner maintained that the sixteen breasted rat disease is highly contagious and presently incurable but could be treated if reported early to the hospital. He urged residents to suspect every rat both at home and market places and avoid their droppings especially on their foods.

He hinted that the state government was making efforts to set up Lassa Fever Laboratory in the state for quicker medical interventions.

 

Tonye Nria-Dappa

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HIV: FG Restates Commitment To Prevent HIV Among Adolescents

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The Federal Government yesterday restated its commitment to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among adolescents in the country.
The Ministry of Health in collaboration with NACA, UNFPA, UNICEF, launched a document on prevention of HIV in Abuja.
The document is integrated into three titles; “The HIV Investment Case for Adolescents and Young People (2021-2025), The National Condom Operational Plan (2021-2025) and National Condom and Lubricants Quantification (2021-2025).”
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Sen. Yahaya Oloriegbe, identified condom as key in the prevention of the spread of HIV among young people.
Oloruigbe, who commended the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and partners for the effort, called for local production of condoms.
“We need to look inwards by encouraging local manufacturing of condoms in view of government’s dwindling resources, as well as breaking away from over dependence on international donors,” he said.
The Director General of NACA, Dr Gambo Aliyu,asserted the agency’s success in the containment of HIV through prevention and treatment responses.
Aliyu said that the country was committed to achieving the 2030 target of 95-95-95 through collaboration with stakeholders by investing in adolescents.
He added, “we have made huge success when it comes to treatment and prevention with drastic reduction in transmission.”
The NACA boss however affirmed the belief of the agency in using the document to achieve the 95-95-95 target for 2030.
Mrs Zainab Garba of the Federal Ministry of Health commended NACA for launching the document, saying it would enhance young people’s access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights.
Garba reiterated the importance of condom in reducing the spread of HIV and maternal deaths among young people, saying it was key in preventing all manners of sexually transmitted infections.

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Doctor Warns Against Indiscriminate Use Of Contraceptives

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A medical expert, Dr Umar Musa, on Monday warned women against indiscriminate use of contraceptives.
Dr Musa, President, Kaduna State Resident Doctors Association, gave the advice when he spoke with newsmen in Kaduna, noted the indiscriminate consumption of contraceptives to ward off unwanted pregnancies and cautioned that while they could forestall unwanted pregnancies, contraceptives were not antidotes for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
He said there was a particular contraceptive pill in hot demand, but also cautioned that its indiscriminate consumption could delay conception or damage the uterus.
“Too much of this contraceptive will weaken the wall of the womb and damage the uterus which will cause miscarriages in the future.
“There are lots of risks associated with the constant use of this drug. Most ladies consume contraceptives in clinically unsafe ways.
“They use these drugs without knowing the way they interact with the body system and forgetting that people react to drugs in different ways,’’ he said.
Musa also advocated tighter restrictions on the sale of contraceptives and suggested that the use of condoms was an option to stave off unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.
“While a condom may look like a major inconvenience and a fun killer for many, it would protect one from sexually transmitted diseases and prevent pregnancy”.

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Covid-19: NCDC Records 213 New Infections, Two Deaths

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Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) recorded 213 additional new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 171, 324, as of July 26, 2021.
The NCDC disclosed this on its official Twitter handle yesterday morning.
The health agency also stated that it recorded two Covid-19 related deaths on Monday, while additional nine people recovered from the virus, as of July 26, 2021.
It added that the new infections were recorded in 12 states, namely: Lagos-157, Rivers-20, Plateau-12, Enugu-6, Oyo-6, Gombe-3, Bauchi-2, Imo-2, Kaduna-2, Edo-1, Ekiti-1, and Ogun-1.
It noted that since the outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease in the country on February 27, 2020, a total of 2,134 persons lost their lives, while 164,798 recovered from the virus and discharged from health centres across the country.
NCDC added that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 2, had continued to coordinate the national response activities.
It stated  that the country tested more than 2.4 million samples for the virus and had detected 10 Covid-19 Delta variant, recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a variant of concern, given its increased transmissibility.
The variant had been detected in over 100 countries and may spread further.
The variant has also been linked to a surge in cases in countries where it is the dominant strain in circulation. There are ongoing studies to understand the impact of the variant on existing vaccines and therapeutics.

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