Residents of Abakaliki have called on the Ebonyi Government to embark on intensive enlightrnment campaign on the causes, prevention and cure for Monkeypox.
A cross-section of the people said that the campaign had become necessary in order to contain the outbreak of the disease in the state.
They spoke in separate interviews with the Newsmen in Abakaliki on Tuesday.
They urged the government to take the campaign to the rural communities, markets and public places.
A civil servant, Mr Dennis Essong, said that enlightenment campaign would go a long way toward achieving early detection and prevention of the disease.
A trader at the International Market, Abakaliki, Mr Paul Ude, also spoke of the need to take the campaign to every nook and cranny of the state.
Ude said: “It is difficult to control large crowds in markets and public events.
“There is need for the sensitisation in markets, parks and other public places for people to take precaution against contracting the disease. ”
A parent, Mrs Ginika Odoh, advised families, hospitals and offices to support the campaign on preventive measures.
Odoh further urged the State Government to strengthen public health institutions and ensure adequate surveillance to forestall an outbreak of the disease.
“God will help us to do the right thing and to keep ourselves and environment clean.
“People feel less concerned and sometimes careless about their health.
“This is the time to exhibit high hygiene,” Odoh said.
Newsmen recall that the Commissioner for Health, Dr Daniel Umezuruike, had on Monday confirmed one case and 32 suspected others in the state.
He listed the symptoms of the disease to include fever, headache, general body pain, lymphadenopathy (swelling of the lymph node), sore throat, rash (appearing from one to three days after fever), amongst others.
According to him, the rash often begins on the face and later spreads to the limbs, trunks, genitelia, palms and soles and intense asthenia (lack of energy).
“Monkeypox is self-limiting, meaning that patients tend to recover on their own over time.
“However, supportive care and management of condition is required and mostly successful,” Umezuruike said.
He urged residents to remain calm and go about their normal businesses.
He also advised the people to ensure strict adherence to public health measures.
“Avoid self-medication and report any suspected case to the nearest health facility.
“Treatment is free and is being supported by the state,” the commissioner said. (NAN)
Medical Workers Raise Concern over Lack of Access to Quality Healthcare in Nigeria
By Laide Akinboade
National President of the Medical and Health Workers Union, MHWUN, Biobelemoye Josiah, said it was imperative for the Federal Government to do more in Nigeria’s health sector to enable Nigerians to have access to quality health care services.
Expressing concern over the parlous state of the nation’s hospitals, Josiah noted that the union would soon commission a five-star ultra-modern specialist hospital in the country to show example to the government and appropriate authorities in how to run hospitals.
Josiah spoke in Ado-Ekiti during a leadership skill and innovation training organized for young members of the Union in Southwest Zone.
Speaking on the theme ‘Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating A world For All Ages’, the union boss, who was represented by the Vice Chairman, Mr Adebisi Olufemi said the programme was organised to expose the youths to contemporary ways to lead the future generations.
According to him, “Our union is among the few that have profound respect for youths and we have encouraged our youths to participate in local and international programmes.
“It is important to note that elders have laid a good foundation for our union, we must ensure that we develop our youths to build on this solid foundation.
“If you look at the health sector it is not encouraging, our concern is the future of our young ones, if the government can not fix our health system we wonder what will be the fate of our coming generations.
“We must be sincere, the Federal government is not doing badly in terms of workers’ welfare but the unfortunate thing is the attitude of some Governors.
Yobe Establishes 4 Specialists, 8 General Hospitals – Official
Yobe government says it has establishdd four specialists and eight general hospitals to enhance delivery of quality healthcare services at the grassroots.
The Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Lawan Gana stated this at a news conference on Tuesday in Damaturu.
He said four general hospitals had been upgraded to specialist facilities in Buni Yadi, Postiskum, Gashua and Geidam while Machina, Yusufari and Jaji Maji healthcare centres upgraded to general hospitals.
Others were Babbangida, Bara, Buni-Gari, Yunusari and Asibitin Malam Baba, Nguru.
Gana disclosed that a Special Baby Care unit had been set up at Specialist Hispital, Gashua, while 20-bed capacity isolation centres established at Potiskum, Gashua and Yunusari Specialist Hospitals.
The commissioner said the state government also upgraded the Emergency Paediatric Unit and Trauma Centre at Specialist Hospital, Damaturu as well as provision of modern equipment at general hospital Damagum, Buni Yadi, Gashua, Potiskum, among others.
He commended Gov. Mai Mala Buni for his commitment towards transforming healthcare services in the state. (NAN)
PCN Destroy Drugs Worth over N100m
By Yagana Ali, Yola.
The Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria (PCN) has destroyed illicit and expired drugs worth over 100 million Naira in Adamawa state.
The PCN Adamawa State Chairman Ibrahim Talba, while briefing newsmen, said the drugs were seized from stands across the state as part of the organization’s efforts to rid the state of expired and fake drugs.
“Members of the public should always check the expiration date on any medicine they are buying,” he advised.
The Deputy Speaker of Adamawa State House of Assembly, Hon. Pwamakino Mankendo, who represented the Speaker, Iya Abbas, supervised the destruction at kwanna ware, a suburb in Yola, the state capital.
The speaker commended the Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria, for not allowing these expired drugs to get back to the market, particularly in the rural areas.
He noted that “if these drugs get to the end users it will not only destroy the health of our people.”
Adamawa state National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Commander, Femi Agbolu who also spoke at the event said the drugs would be abused with concomitant adverse if allowed into society.
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