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Lassa fever 653x365Three health workers at Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, have died from Lassa fever and another one person is ill after two people were confirmed positive for the virus.

Among the dead were two medical doctors and nurse while the suspected carrier survived and has been discharged. Ebonyi health commissioner Dr. Dennis Umezurike said the fresh outbreak occurred on Sunday.

Vaccination for MeningitisNigerians have been warned to be on alert and take preventive measures against Cerebrospinal Meningitis, CSM, as this is the season of the deadly disease. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, who gave the warning, said the federal government cannot afford to vaccinate every single citizen against the disease at the moment.

According to Mr. Adewole, CSM, a seasonal disorder, is easy to diagnose but the protective vaccine is very expensive.

meningitis clearThe threat of another deadly epidemic of Cerebro Spinal meningitis (CSM) persists in Nigeria as the country enters into another high-risk season (dry season- from November to May) for meningitis, measles and other infections.

Concerns persist over the continuing failure of the authorities to take obvious measures to check the recurrent disease.Last year’s outbreak became an epidemic, despite the country’s past experiences with the disease and early warnings by local and international health agencies of its imminence.

President Muhammadu Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has named four heads for major health institutions across Nigeria. The president appointed Ajayi Adekunle as Chief Medical Director, Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti, Ekiti State.

He appointed Henry Ugboma as Chief Medical Director, University of Port-Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State.

UUTH resident doctorsThe Vice Chancelor of Eko University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Lagos, Prof. Muheez Durosinmi, has lamented the inadequacy of medical doctors in the country. He said Nigeria had yet to attain the recommendation of the World Health Organisation of one doctor per 600 hundred patients.
 
He said it would take the country about 100 years to meet up with the WHO’s recommendation.
nma stethoscope 1The Oyo State chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association on Tuesday said its members in public and private hospitals will begin a three-day strike from Wednesday, January 10, 2018 to protest what it described as the unfair treatment of doctors at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso.
 
Speaking at a press conference held in Ibadan, the chairman of the association in the state, Dr. Omolola Atalabi, accused Governor Abiola Ajimobi of dismissing 256 workers at the hospital and transferring 299 others to different parts of the state.
Nigerian Medical Association NMA 1The Cross River branch of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has called on the state government to declare a state of emergency on security in the state due to the kidnapping of its members.
 
The NMA state Chairman, Dr Effiong Mkpanam and the Secretary, Dr Ikechukwu Ukweh said in a communiqué on Tuesday in Calabar that the incessant kidnap of its members was no longer acceptable.

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