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IHVN Seeks Collaboration to Implement Global Fund TB/HIV Project

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The Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) is rallying for collaborative efforts to execute the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Grant Cycle 7 (GC7) project, an official said on Sunday.

IHVN chief executive officer Patrick Dakum, in a statement, declared that the ambitious initiative aims to enhance HIV and tuberculosis prevention and treatment services across the country.

“We all need to work together to give the best services to Nigerians.

“We are confident that as a unified Nigerian team, we can achieve the grant’s goals of preventing and caring for individuals with tuberculosis and HIV, and ensure that no one is left behind,” he said.

Dakum urged sub-recipients to avoid service duplication, emphasising the need for collaboration and alignment at state and local government levels. 

“The global community is watching to see whether Nigeria will succeed or not. As principal recipient of the grant, we are committed to providing the best platform for success working under the national guidelines,” he added.

According to him, The GC7 project, spanning from January 2024 to December 2026, prioritises early diagnosis of TB and HIV.

It also focuses on comprehensive care and increased tuberculosis services through public-private partnerships, he added.

Dakum said that the objectives also include expanding HIV testing for pregnant women and strengthening laboratories and supply chain management.

He disclosed that IHVN had enlisted Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH), Caritas Nigeria, KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation Nigeria and Leprosy & Tuberculosis Relief Initiative, Nigeria (LTR), to boost service delivery.

Also engaged are Damien Foundation Nigeria, the Leprosy Mission Nigeria (TLMN), REDAID Nigeria and Stop TB Nigeria.

The groups, he said, are sub-recipients to provide tuberculosis services.

“In the same vein, Achieving Health Nigeria Initiative (AHNi), Excellence Community Education Welfare Scheme (ECEWS), and Society for Family Health (SFH) will be providing comprehensive HIV care services.

“Also to provide HIV comprehensive care services are the Network of People Living with HIV and AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN),” he added.

He said that the institute would welcome collaboration, leadership, integration and community engagement to achieve the project’s goals and positively impact the health landscape in the country. (NAN)

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Cross River Warns Residents about Suspected Outbreak of Haemorrhagic Fever

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Cross River warned about a possible outbreak of viral haemorrhagic fever in old Ndebeji, in Akamkpa Local Government Area of the state on Saturday.

Viral haemorrhagic fever is any group of infectious diseases that interfere with the blood’s ability to clot.

They are spread by contact with infected animals, people or insects.

Examples include Ebola and yellow fever.

Commissioner for Health, Dr Henry Ayuk, said in Calabar that a suspected index case was currently being investigated in complete isolation at the Ndebeji healthcare centre.

He said he had directed the state’s epidemiologist and her team to work with the local government team to collect samples from suspected cases for diagnosis

“They will provide palliative case management and institutionalise adequate infection prevention and control in the facility.

“They will also work with community leaders to identify and restrict movements of known contacts till the sample results of the suspected index client are out and entrench risk communication in the community.

“I must note that cases are most likely to present early with fever, rash, body weakness, bleeding from body openings or may even be asymptomatic,’’ he said.

Dr Ayuk appealed to residents to avoid rodents and insect bites, adding that they should put on personal protective wears if they must come close to livestock, other animals and zoos. (NAN)

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Lassa Fever Claims 10 Lives in Ebonyi

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The Ebonyi Ministry of Health disclosed that Lassa Fever killed 10 persons in the state from Jan. 4 to Feb. 16, 2024.

The Disease Surveillance Notification Officer of the ministry, Mr Sampson Orogwu, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Abakaliki.

Orogwu stated that 25 persons were infected, including two healthcare workers.

He added  that “16 out of the 25 infected persons are males, while nine are females.

“The dead include a pregnant woman and two children.

“The affected local government areas include: Onicha, Ikwo, Ezza North, Ebonyi, Izzi, Ohaukwu and Abakaliki with Hausa quarters and Nkaliki areas in Abakaliki recording the highest number of cases.

He, therefore,  urged residents to report suspected cases to the ministry as treatment is free.

The State Epidemiologist, Dr Ogbonna Nwambeke, also in the statement, said the state government had been collaborating with relevant partners to check spread of the disease

He said “we call for the provision of logistics to increase surveillance and community engagement against risk factors.

“People are also advised to stop bush burning, avoid eating rats and not to touch any surface touched by an infected person.

“We also advise people to maintain high level of personal and environmental hygiene such as covering their food and utensils properly.

Nwambeke appreciated the state government’s provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to health workers at the National Obstetrics Fistula Centre to secure their lives and to save others.

Lassa fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic illness caused by Lassa virus, a member of the arenavirus family of viruses.

Humans usually become infected with Lassa virus through exposure to food or household items contaminated with urine or faeces of infected Mastomys rats.

It’s common in West Africa. Most people get mild symptoms, like fever and headache. (NAN)

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Hospital Creates Toxicology Ward to Address Mental Health Issues in Kaduna

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The Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Barnawa Kaduna said it has created a toxicology ward to address mental health issues in the state..

Its Medical Director, Aishatu Yusha’u-Armiya’u disclosed this on Sunday in Kaduna.

She said the ward allowed the separation of psychiatric patients diagnosed with various forms of psychiatric conditions from those with substance use disorder.

The medical director said, ” This permits the design of a clear plan for the management and rehabilitation of people with substance use disorder.

NAN reports that a toxicology unit identifies, quantifies and determines the amount of) drugs, alcohols, and poison in biological samples such as blood, urine or tissue.

Yusha’u-Armiya’u added that drug information and pharmacovigilance units were also created in the Pharmacy Department.

” These units are responsible for the provision of drugs related information and creating awareness on the presence of dangerous and substandard pharmaceuticals to both staff and patients within the institution.

” The pharmacy department has been provided with a functional and equipped compounding unit which is responsible for the production of all the relevant consumables needed in the hospital.

“In my first year in the office, I ensured that all the consumables needed in the hospital were produced by the pharmacy department,” she said.  (NAN)

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