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Nigeria Records 880 Fresh Covid 19 Infections in a Week-NCDC

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease and Prevention Control has raised the alarm on the surge in Corona Virus infections in the country.

The NCDC said in its official website on Saturday that 880 new COVID 19 infections were reported in the country between July 2 and July 8, 2022.

The agency said that Lagos recorded over 90 percent of the infections with 750 of the 880 reported cases.

The Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, came second with 45 cases, Rivers 40, Delta 11 cases, Akwa Ibom-11 Kano-five, Nasarawa – four, and Plateau one.

With the new reported cases, Nigeria’s infection total figure rises 258,517, while the fatality figure is 3,144.

The NCDC said that a total of 4206 cases are active while 250,388 people were successfully treated and discharged since the outbreak of the virus February 2020.

The public health agency urged religious organizations and Nigerians to take the necessary precautionary measures against the spread of the virus during the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.

“Take extra precautions to stay safe and avoid crowded places.

Maintain distance from anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness, wash your hands regularly…

“We are being reminded that COVID-19 has not gone anywhere. I understand the fatigue and urge to return to our normal lives. We can do this whilst staying safe.

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“As we continue to celebrate responsibly and act to prevent a fifth COVID-19 wave,” it said.

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Monkeypox: Ebonyi Residents urge Awareness Campaign on Preventive, Curative Measures

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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)

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Brain Drain: Nigeria may Import Medical Doctors in Future —NMA

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) says the nation’s skyrocketing brain drain wave may culminate in the country resorting to hiring medical doctors to treat local patients in the future.

The NMA also warned that if urgent steps were not taken to fix the deteriorating situation, it may lead to total collapse of the health system in the country.

The Oyo State NMA Chairman, Dr.

Ayotunde Fasunla, raised the alarm in Ibadan on Tuesday, at the official opening of the 2022 scientific conference, titled: ‘National Health Authority Act – The Sound Bites’.

The event has as a sub-theme: ‘Industrial Harmony in the Health Sector – A Necessity for Health Sector Growth.

The body also called for a state of emergency in the health sector with a view to holistically addressing the menace of pull and push factors, responsible for mass migration of health personnel to Europe, America, Middle East and other African countries.

Fasunla stated further that the poor state of the government owned hospitals in the country was largely due to poor funding.

He noted that the budgetary allocation to the health sector in 2022 was approximately 4.2 per cent of the national budget.

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According to him, the figure falls significantly below the recommendation of the African Union (AU) at the Abuja Declaration of a minimum of 15 per cent. The situation, he said, was worse at the state level.

He said: “The infrastructure deficit is such that some of our hospitals spend a significant amount of their internally generated revenues on diesel to ensure power supply.

“There is scarcity of funds to apply for equipment upgrade, manpower development or even recruitment of new staff.

“Many of our hospitals are grossly under-staffed. Even the process of replacing migrating staff is bogged down by a rigid and insensitive government bureaucracy.

“It is our plea to the government to commit more funds to the health sector so that the system does not collapse.

“Only healthy people can have the will and strength to contribute to the growth and development of a nation’s economy.

“Therefore, I call on well-meaning Nigerians, philanthropists, and non-governmental organisations to join hands with the government to improve the conditions of the health system in the nation, especially Oyo state. It is obvious that the government cannot handle it alone.”

The Chairman, Medical Advisory Council, University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan, Dr. Abiodun Adeoye, stated that the brain drain in the health sector should be treated as a national emergency.

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Adeleye, who represented UCH Chief Medical Director, Prof. Abiodun Otegbayo, stressed  the importance of the power of industrial harmony in the health sector towards boosting quality and robust healthcare in Nigeria.

He urged the health sector personnel to shun all forms of rifts that had been considered to be deleterious to the healthcare system.

Also speaking, Oyo State Commissioner for Health, Dr.Taiwo Ladipo, who represented  Gov. Seyi Makinde, noted that the brain drain syndrome had become an issue that should not be treated  with levity.

He stated that the state recruited about 530 medical and health personnel within the last one year, and 20 among them, including 12 consultants had left the services of the state government.

“We should look inward and ensure that the health system does not collapse,” he said

Chief Medical Director, Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Budo-Egba, Kwara State, Dr. Baba Issa, also supported calls for the declaration of a state of emergency in the healthcare sector.

Issa presented the keynote address of the Chairman Senate Committee on Health, Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe, on the theme of the scientific conference,

Oloriegbe stated that since inception of the health insurance scheme, a total of 7,762,034, representing 3.88 per cent of the 200 million population of Nigeria have enrolled into the scheme.

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He said a lot should be done to increase the number of enrollees towards addressing the issues plaguing the country’s health sector.

Emeritus Prof. Oluwole Akande, a former Chief Medical Director, UCH, and chairman of the occasion, said that two factors were responsible for brain drain in the country.

He identified them as pull and push factors, explaining that the pull factor encompasses the incentives being used by other countries to poach the medical and health workers.

“The push factor refers to conditions of service, unfriendly environment, inadequate funding and so on that have been forcing the experts to emigrate to other countries in search of greener pastures,” Akande said. (NAN)

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Immobile Accident Victims Risk Thrombosis – Expert

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Dr Helen Okoye, a Haematologist, has said that immobile accident victims risk development of thrombosis.

Okoye told the Newsmen in Lagos on Tuesday that when patients who got injured in traffic accident are in hospital
undergoing treatment, they are often immobile for a long time during recovery.

She said that being immobile for prolonged period increases the risk of developing thrombosis, or blood clots.

Newsmen report that thrombosis is the formation of blood clot known as thrombus within a blood vessel. It prevents blood from flowing
normally through the circulatory system.

Thrombosis can be deadly, and can affect any age, race, gender, and ethnicity.

The thrombosis specialist said that patients who experience blood vessel trauma due to surgery or because of injuries from traffic
accident are more likely to develop blood clots.

She said “blood clotting is a natural occurrence in our bodies as it stops the blood flow from cut or injury, but when clots develop
unnecessarily, they can become life-threatening.

“A clot can slow or block normal blood flow and even break loose and travel to an organ, which can cause heart attack, stroke, or
Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) — the top three cardiovascular killers.”

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Okoye added that being in hospital is a major risk factor for the development of VTE, explaining that “VTE is a potentially fatal
medical condition in which a blood clot forms in the deep veins of the leg, groin, or arm, known as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

“Blood clot can also travel through the circulatory system and eventually lodge in the lungs, known as Pulmonary Embolism (PE).”

She said that data had shown that 60 per cent of VTE cases occur during or within 90 days of hospitalisation.

The expert says that because VTE can occur without any warning signs or symptoms and can go unrecognised and undiagnosed
by healthcare professionals, it is important that hospitals conduct a VTE Risk Assessment on patients being treated following traffic accident.

She says such assessment is crucial for all patients involved in road accident and admitted in hospital.

The haematologist advised that individuals found to be at increased risk of developing blood clots should be treated with either
anticoagulants or thrombolytic therapy.

She also advised that patients should be instructed to move around and do foot or leg exercises. (NAN)

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