Connect with us

Health News

Lassa fever kills 80 in Nigeria, says NCDC

Published

on

Lassa fever kills 80 in Nigeria, says NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says 80 persons have so far died from Lassa fever as of Thursday. The NCDC’s disclosed the information during its routine situation report of Lassa Fever outbreak in the country on in Abuja.

According to NCDC report, 434 cases have been reported in the country. The NCDC report, named the states affected by the infections to include Edo (192), Ondo (150), Taraba (21), Ebonyi (17), Bauchi (15), Benue (8), amongst others. It was reported that currently, seven laboratories in the country have the capacity to test for Lassa fever and it is being coordinated by the NCDC National Reference Laboratory (NRL).

In addition, NCDC is participating in the largest-ever Lassa fever study supported by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovations (CEPI) to provide an accurate assessment of the incidence of the disease in West Africa. This is also geared towards the development of vaccines and therapeutics for Lassa fever.

The NCDC said that as the country continues to build on lessons from previous outbreaks to ensure adequate preparedness for future emergencies, the public is encouraged to keep their environments clean. It reports that Lassa fever virus is transmitted by rodents which can be found in our environment.

YOU CAN FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK

NCDC advised Nigerians who show symptoms of Lassa fever to report immediately by calling hotlines provided by their State Ministry of Health or 6232. Symptoms of Lassa fever include fever, headache, general body weakness with or without bleeding through the orifices in the body including mouth, nostrils etc.

Read Also:

Russia tells U.S Diplomats to Leave as Ukraine Tensions Escalate

Omicron Variant in Europe Before South Africa

Continue Reading
Advertisement

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Health News

NAFDAC Bans Alcohol Production In Sachet, PET Bottles

Published

on

NAFDAC Bans Alcohol Production In Sachet, PET Bottles

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration And Control (NAFDAC) has stopped the registration of alcohol in sachet, small volume pet and glass bottles below 200 millilitres. the director-general of the agency, prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, disclosed this in a statement issued by the agency on Monday.

Adeyeye said the registration of new alcoholic drinks in sachet and small volume pet and glass bottles above 30 per cent alcohol by volume (ABV) has been banned by NAFDAC, following the recommendation of a high powered committee of the federal ministry of health, NAFDAC and Federal Competition And Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) and industry in December 2018.

YOU CAN FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK

Manufacturers of low volume alcohol beverages (200ml) with satisfactory laboratory reports already submitted to NAFDAC for registration before the decision, have been directed to reformulate their products to stipulated standards free of charge.

Adeyeye added that the agency will ensure that the validity of the renewal of already registered alcoholic products in the affected category does not exceed the year 2024.

Read Also:

Nigeria Begins Second Phase of Covid-19 Vaccination Today

Humanitarian Minister Condoles with Nguru Market Fire Victims

Continue Reading

Health News

FCTA to Vaccinate over one Million Children against Polio

Published

on

FCTA to Vaccinate over one Million Children against Polio

Author : Eunice Johnson, Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory Administration has expressed its readiness to vaccinate a total of 1,165,981 children under the age of five in 2,837 communities across the territory against poliovirus.

At least, 27 states in Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory have reported 395 cases of Circulating Mutant Poliovirus Type 2.

The Mandate Secretary, Health and Human Services, Abubakar Tafida, disclosed that the exercise would be done between January 22 and 26, adding that the secretariat would deploy 1,639 health officials to ensure a hitch-free vaccination exercise.

Follow us on Facebook

He spoke at the first meeting of the FCT Taskforce on the Polio Eradication Initiative and Routine Immunization. These were contained in a statement on Thursday by the Special Assistant to the FCT Minister of State, Austine Elemue.

Read Also:

Youths protest as FCTA destroys, turns Abuja football pitch to agricultural storage ground

National Economic Council Endorses Finance Bill 2022

FCTA Set to Implement Minimum Wage for FCT Workers

Continue Reading

Health News

Nigeria Records 395 Cases of Mutant Poliovirus in 27 States, FCT

Published

on

Nigeria Records 395 Cases of Mutant Poliovirus in 27 States, FCT

Author: Gift Wada, Abuja

Nigeria on Thursday recorded 395 cases of Circulating Nigeria Mutant Poliovirus Type 2 (cMPV2) across 27 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT’).

Faisal Shuaib, the Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA)
Shuaib responding to reports on the outbreak of polio in the country said, no case of Wild Polio Virus (WPV) has been reported anywhere in the country since the last case in 2016 however, Mutant Poliovirus Type 2 (cMPV2) has been recorded across the country.

He explained that cMPV2 outbreaks are caused by immunity gaps in children due to several reasons, including low routine immunization coverage, and missing children during immunization campaigns. Shuaib said “Nigeria and the African region were certified Wild Polio Virus (WPV) free in 2020, following a rigorous verification and certification process by the African Regional Commission for the Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication (ARCC) which spanned three years of no detection of WPV. Till date, there has been no case of WPV anywhere in the country,”

YOU CAN FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK

While assuring of plans to contain the outbreak, he noted that the viruses thrive in areas with poor sanitation, open defecation, and inadequate access to clean drinking water.
Dr Shuaib said Nigerian partnership with donors and development partners, has already acquired new tools and resources to ensure the outbreaks are contained through very robust outbreak responses using the novel Oral Polio Vaccine (nOPV2) which has been shown to be effective in halting the spread of the cMPV2.

“All 36 States and FCT have completed at least one nOPV2 Outbreak Response (OBR). Several other rounds of the OBR as well as other campaigns to improve the mucosal immunity of children aged o-5 years old using Injectable Polio Vaccine (IPV) have also been planned for this year.
“Efforts are also being ramped up to increase routine immunization coverage beyond pre-COVID values,” he said.

Read Also:

Primary health care development in Bauchi State

W-H-O Certifies Africa Free of Wild Polio Virus

COVID-19: NDA Produces Ventilators, NAF Produces PPEs

Continue Reading

Trending