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Cholera: Commissioner says 5 die in Ogun



Cholera kills 7 children in C/River, says DG

…As Expert cautions Nigerians against nonchalant attitude toward caring for heart***

No fewer than five persons were confirmed dead and 12 reported cases on Friday due to cholera at Lafenwa, Abeokuta North local council of Ogun.

The Permanent Secretary in the state’s Ministry of Health, Dr Adesanya Ayinde, said at a news conference in Abeokuta that one person died in the hospital and four in the affected communities.

He listed the communities to include Kuto, Kobiti, Abule-Otun, Lafenwa, all in Abeokuta.

Ayinde revealed that eight cases were reported from health facilities and four picked in the communities from retrospective case search and confirmed through laboratory test.

He said the State Epidemiology unit had earlier received a report of laboratory confirmed case of cholera from the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, after which it immediately swung into action.

According to him, the state government is on top of the situation, adding that it  has commenced thorough investigation and currently fumigating communities to prevent spread.

He revealed that the government had conducted active case search in health facilities, pharmacy outlets and medicine vendors in the affected areas.

He further said that cholera alert have been sent to all health facilities, providing steps to take in case of suspected case.

He said the State Hospital Ijaiye, Abeokuta, had been identified as referral centre for treatment and had been provided with materials to manage cases.

“The case (index) is a 33 year- old gravid woman who presented at FMC on referral on the 19th of November from a private facility.

“She resides in Abule Otun, Lafenwa, Abeokuta but trades at Kuto Market. Prior to onset  of symptoms, she ate rice (purchased from food vendor) with “pure water” at Kuto market.

“There have been prior reports of suspected cases of cholera linked to Kuto market but could not be confirmed because they had commenced antibiotics.

“A total of 12 cases (index vase inclusive) have been line-listed, eight reported from heath facilities and four picked in the communities from retrospective case search.

“One death from cases reported in the health facilities and four other deaths in the community that never reported at the health facilities but information gathered from investigation,” he said.

Ayinde said that the government, through the water corporation, would commence screening of local sources of water in the communities.

He, however, warned residents of the state to desist from open defecation, saying that any house found without toilet would be sanctioned.

He appealed to the people to maintain good personal and environmental hygiene, urging them to wash their hands after visiting the toilet.

In the meantime, a Cardiologist, Prof. Ngozi Ajuluchukwu, on Friday cautioned Nigerians against nonchalant attitude toward caring for their hearts.

Ajuluchukwu gave the advice on Friday in her keynote address entitled: “My Heart, Your Heart, Our Heart”.

She spoke at the 2019 graduation ceremony, award of certificates and prizes of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH)’s school graduation in Idi-Araba, Lagos.

The expert said she was given free hands to choose her topic for discussion, adding that as a cardiologist, she had to stay close to the heart.

According to her, ‘My Heart’ was all about me, ‘Your Heart’ was our inter-relationships and intertwining lives direct that we all should be neighbour sensitive.

She said that there was equal opportunity and equity for all others in things concerning health and professionalism.

Ajuluchukwu said: “For instance, your Danfo driver’s heart and health should be your concern.

“He could have a cardiac arrest while you are on board and in transit.”

The cardiologist said individual contribution was expedient for collective good, especially for the good of the patient.

She said that the advocacy lies in the power of one for the success of the whole.

Ajuluchukwu said that Nigerians need separate healthy individual heart-cells (mycotes) to collaborate and be coordinated to produce one heartbeat.

“That is the regular heartbeat needed for life! You can imagine when some cells either refused or are unable to perform their legitimate specific roles.

Also read:  Cardiologist advises Nigerians against heart diseases

“The consequence is disease or the demise of both the heart and its owner,” she said.

Earlier, Dr Abayomi Ajayi, Chief Executive Officer, Nordical Fertility Centre, Lagos, said, “the graduands are agents of true love for fellow brothers and sisters and are agents of care.”

Abayomi, speaking as the guest of honour, said that he recognised the role of God in the process of healing patients.

“If we truly care about the people we encounter on daily basis, we will empathise with them.

“And work tirelessly to ensure that together, we will be agents of transformation in the healthcare delivery process,” he said.

Earlier, Prof. Chris Bode, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) Lagos University Hospital (LUTH), said that mandates of the health institution, as a foremost hospital, were patient care, teaching and research.

Bode, represented by Prof. Wasiu Adeyemo, Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC) of LUTH, said that in the pursuit of the mandate of teaching, LUTH established 10 schools.

They are Community Health Officers Training School; Federal School of Biomedical Engineering; School of Anaesthetist Technician and School of Basic Dental Nursing.

Others include School of Health Information Management; School of Medical and Psychiatry Social Work; School of Medical Laboratory Science; School of Midwifery; School of Nursing and School of Post Basic Nursing.

He said that in conjunction with College of Medicine, University of Lagos, LUTH also trained medical and dental students, nursing, physiotherapists, medical laboratory scientists and radiographers.



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Wasilat: Immigration Hands Over 18-year-old, Libya-bound Human Trafficking Girl To NAPTIP



Ibadan: NIS, NAPTIP Collaboration Puts 5 Suspected Human Traffickers In Hot Soup

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) handed over an 18-year-old human trafficking victim to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) on Friday in Kebbi.

“The girl, who is from Oyo State, was arrested on Thursday on her way to Libya via Yauri and Sokoto.

“She said her name is Wasilat Yusuf and she was going to Libya on her sister’s invitation and assurance of a cleaning job.

“She has HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis test results with her.

“She said it was her sister who insisted that she must conduct the tests before leaving for Libya,’’ Comptroller of the NIS in Kebbi, Mrs. Rabi Bashir-Nuhu, said.

She wondered why in spite of all the opportunities that abound in terms of peace and security in Nigeria, anyone would go to Libya to work in spite of the security challenges in that country.

The NIS comptroller assured that it would not allow any suspicious character or person profiting from human trafficking to get through its net in Kebbi.

Wasilat confirmed to newsmen that she was going to Libya to get a cleaning job at her sister’s invitation.

“My sister is Biodun Yusuf, and she is living in Libya and sells clothes there.

“She invited me to come and get a cleaning job there,’’ she said.

Adepoju Carol Wuraola, Acting Comptroller General, NIS

Receiving the victim, the Head of Operation of NAPTIP in Kebbi, Alhaji Sadiq Atiku, said the agency would undertake a thorough investigation of the matter.

“We thank the NIS for making our job easier and we are going to investigate thoroughly.

“We are going to rehabilitate and counsel the victim and ensure that she is united with her parents or guardians,’’ he said.

Atiku also commended the NIS for collaborating with NAPTIP to eradicate human trafficking. 

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Over 73m People In Philippines Suffer From Tooth Decay



 At least 73 million Filipinos suffer from dental caries, making the disease a “serious health concern” in the Southeast Asian country, the Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) said on Wednesday.

“Dental caries is a silent epidemic,” Manuel Vallesteros, a division chief at the DOH’s disease prevention and control bureau, said this after a committee hearing at the House of Representatives.

Vallesteros said the DOH data is based on the 2018 national health survey, noting that the number now is much higher compared to when the COVID-19 pandemic had restricted access to dental services for more than two years.

Merely for illustration…

He noted that eight of 10 Filipino children suffer from “childhood caries” or “decaying baby teeth” because they are fed with sweetened infant formula.

“The oral health status of Filipino children is alarming,” the DOH said, adding the oral disease “continues to be a serious public health problem” in the Philippines.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), dental caries is a major global public health problem and the most widespread non-communicable disease. 

– Xinhua

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5 Ugborodo Communities Picket Chevron Yard In Escravos



#EndSARS Protest: Hoodlums break into Benin custodial centre

Hundreds of residents of the Ugborodo Community in the Warri South-West Local Government area of Delta on Wednesday besieged the Chevron Yard in Escravos, protesting against the alleged insensitivity of the oil company to their plights.

The protesters were drawn from Ode-Ugborodo, Ogidigben, Ajudaibo, Madangho, and Ijaghala Communities under Ugborodo Federated Communities.

The aggrieved protesters, both young and old, were led by the Eghare-Aja of Ugborodo, Mr. Daniel Uwawah.

They were armed with placards of various inscriptions such as: “We want our PIA as host communities Ugborodo”; “Enough of Chevron Divide and Rule Policies”.

“All local content contracts must be brought to the community through the appointed organ”; “Ugborodo Community demands frequent and regular engagement with Chevron”, among others.

In his remarks, Mr. Terry Atete, the Igbajoh of Ugborodo Community, who spoke on behalf of the Eghare-Aja, said that the federated communities had written several letters to the oil company for dialogue in line with the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), 2021.

The Act is one of the most audacious attempts to overhaul the petroleum sector in Nigeria.

It seeks to provide legal, governance, regulatory and fiscal framework for the Nigerian Petroleum Industry.

If implemented diligently, the PIA will help facilitate Nigeria’s economic development by attracting and creating investment opportunities for local and international investors.

Atete said that since the inception of Eghare-Aja, the Ugborodo Community had also written to Chevron on the Act, concerning the award of contracts and employment.

According to him, the company had deliberately refused to address their grievances.

“We are faulting the PIA process. We are saying that Chevron should come directly and dialogue with our community in line with the PIA Act.

“We are not going to accept it until they come and dialogue with us.

“We will not relent until Chevron comes and dialogue with the host communities, which made up Ugborodo,” he said.

Also, Mrs Oritsematosan Nuko, a Woman Leader in Ugborodo Community, appealed to Chevron and the Federal Government to come to the rescue of the community and shore up the area.

Nuko said that indigenes of the community were almost being chased away by tidal flood.

She, however, urged Chevron to heed to the call and address the demands of the community.

Nuko said the oil company should come forward for a dialogue toward addressing the lingering challenges confronting the federated community, including unemployment and the award of contracts.

Commenting, a Chevron member of staff, who pleaded anonymity, said that all the issues raised by the aggrieved protesters were already being addressed at the company’s headquarters in Lagos.

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