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Lassa Fever 1 1062x598Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos, in collaboration with Lagos State government, has assured residents of Lagos State and Nigeria at large that the recent Lassa fever outbreak is under control and there is no cause for alarm.

Chief Medical Director (CMD), LUTH, Prof. Chris Bode, who spoke at a press briefing in Lagos yesterday, said there was need to inform the public that the hospital is committed to control the epidemic.

health5Patients at the General Hospital, Ifako Ijaiye, Lagos have shown their discomfort on the reoccurring long queue of people waiting to see a doctor.  He thinks the doctors are too few compared to the number of people they have to see.
 
Mr. Sunday (not real name) said he has been waiting for more than three hours and he is yet to be called upon. "I think the government have to employ Sufficient and efficient staff that could satisfy the needs of people." 
Governor Ben AyadeGovernor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has assured of the commitment of his administration to provide comprehensive,  affordable and  qualitative healthcare for the people of the state.
 
The governor,  who spoke at the Cross River State Health Summit in Calabar, noted that he had initiated the Ayade Care Health Scheme to provide basic healthcare services, which are affordable to both indigenes and visitors to the state. 
Isaac Adewole1The Minister of Health,  Prof. Isaac Adewole, has advised state governors to revamp and upgrade medical facilities in their respective Primary Healthcare Centres. Adewole gave the challenge on Tuesday in Calabar during the Cross River Health Summit organised by the Cross River State Government.
 
The Minster said the call became necessary following the dearth of medical facilities in most PHCs across the country.

LUTHThere is the fear of an outbreak of Lassa fever in the country as the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) yesterday confirmed that two patients treated have died within a few days of admission in the past one week.

The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of LUTH, Prof. Chris Bode, told journalists that the two patients who were at the advanced stage of the infection died despite efforts to save their lives.

NHIS logoThe National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) run into troubled waters because it transformed from being a regulator to a fund manager, Health Maintainance Organisations (HMOs), under the aegis of Health and Managed Care Association of Nigeria (HMCAN), have said.
 
HMCAN Chairman Dr Tunde Ladele and Publicity Secretary Lekan Ewenla spoke at a media roundtable in Lagos that the scheme’s problems had affected its performance and stalled enrolling. Ladele said: “The  mismanagement started when NHIS was told to warehouse the health insurance fund. Since then, NHIS’ objective has changed from regulating the scheme to marketing and managing the fund. But this is not right according to the role of NHIS as stipulated by NHIS Act 35 of 1999.
Nigerian Medical Association NMAThe Rivers State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association has expressed concern over the shortage of manpower in the state. The NMA also expressed worry over the low enrolment of students into the medical field, noting that the situation was affecting the medical profession.
 
The state Chairman of the NMA in the state, Dr. Datonye Alasia, explained that doctors in the state were facing challenges daily based on shortage of doctors.

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