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Over 200 nurses are infected with COVID-19 in FCT, NANNM discloses

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Over 200 nurses are infected with COVID-19 in FCT, NANNM discloses

National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives have disclosed that over 200 Nurses who are their members at medical facilities in the Federal Capital Territory have been confirmed to have been infected with COVID-19.

They indicated that 12 out of the affected nurses, have recovered and have been discharged.
Chairperson of the association, Federal Capital Territory chapter, Deborah Yusufu made the disclosure in Abuja today

The disclosure was coming when the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ-FCT) led by Comrade Emmanuel Ogbeche visited the FCT Nurses House to make donation of 150 pieces of Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) to the FCT Chapter of the Nigerian Association of Nurses and Midwifery.

According to Yusufu, Nigerian nurses are at the frontline of the battle against COVID-19 hence they most vulnerable because of their duties as medical personel in the various healthcare facility in Nigeria and across the globe.

She explained that the curious part of it is that the nurses exposed to COVID-19 are not those working in the isolation facilities but those in the normal healthcare facilities in the Federal Capital Territory.

According to her those in the facilities where COVID-19 related cases are being managed are conscious of the virulent pandemic as they strictly comply with the safety protocol for health workers but those in the everyday healthcare service facilities are the vulnerable ones.

This she said is because they became exposed due to their frequent contacts with persons who maybe asymptomatic and became infected.

According to her, the battle against COVID-19 is a war that all persons must take responsibility to wipe the pandemic out of the FCT, Nigeria, Africa and the entire world.

Yusufu said following the reality of the pandemic’s pattern of infection, the association would distribute the PPEs to Nurses in the general facility to strengthen their compliance with safety protocol.

In her words, “Everybody must take responsibility, it is going to be a collective responsibility on the part of all of us.

“As I speak, We have 200 nurses exposed. So far about 12 have recovered and some are still in the isolation and fitness center receiving treatment.

“Then, the most amazing thing is that those that are mostly affected are not those that are working in the isolation centres.

“That is why I am so glad you brought these items which we are not takinf to the isolation centers. We are taking them to the facilities, the other hospitals in other units.

“Those that are in the isolation centers have been trained already. They know the kind of enemy they are fighting with. So any time they are coming to see any patient, they are on work alert hence they put on their personal protective equipment but those in the facilities are attending to people with all manner of healthcare needs,” Yusufu stated.
She said these nurses must attend to in-patient and out-patients on treatment, bed making, administering drugs etc.
She said most patients report malaria which has similar symptoms to Covid 19 adding that such patients must be treated they may be oblivious if any is infected with the virus or asymptomatic, hence they get infected from being exposed to them.

She commended the Chairman of the NUJ-FCT Council, Emmanuel Ogbeche for singling the Nurses out for the support as she called on other donors to emulate the gesture.

Chairman of the council, during the donation of the items said the battle against Covid 19 has distorted social engagement adversely impacted on the way nurses works in the healthcare facilities.

He pointed out that the NUJ as a Union of Journalists understands the peculiarity of the tasks being undertaken by nurses and midwives across the country and the FCT to deliver on healthcare services.

Ogbeche said nurses have made tremendous sacrifices being in the frontline to keep people alive amidst the rage of the pandemic, which also poses threat to their lives.
Such effort, the chairman said should be commended by the society.

“In the battle against a pandemic that has ended many lives, distorted social interactions that has adversely affected the manner in which we work especially nurses and midwives, we are not unmindful of the risks that your members are exposed to.

“Our community workers as nurses and midwives in the discharge of their duties have been on the frontline at great risks all for the safety of humanity.

“This informed the decision of the Union to provide personal protective equipments to your members who keep us safe.

“We have had lamentations from various quarters of those of you in the medical and nursing profession especially on your hazard allowances and insurance. I join you in calling on government to pay COVID-19 allowances.

“The nurses and midwives Who dare to face the danger of coronavirus and other diseases because they want to save lives and serve humanity should not be shortchanged in the process.
“As you battle the enemy of Covid 19 for the common good we want to encourage you not to be dissuaded by whatever is happening, we encourage you and your members to stay steadfast and to continue with your jobs diligently, professionally and with commitments to your oath and value for lives.”
“We in the NUJ like many other Nigerians believe that your reward is not only in heaven, but you will surely find your reward here on Earth.

“It is on this belief that we formally present these items (PPEs) to you to share among your personal and members of the the NationalAssociation of Nigeria nurses and midwives for their safety while they secure us,” Ogbeche said.

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Sanitation: 22 persons arrested for violating environmental laws in Nasarawa

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Sanitation: 22 persons arrested for violating environmental laws in Nasarawa

From Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia

At least twenty two persons have been apprehended for allegedly violating the Nasarawa state environmental sanitation laws.

The Chief Environmental Officer in the state, Mr. Abubakar Mohammed made the disclosure shortly after this month exercise on Saturday, in the state capital.

He said the victims were arrested within Lafia metropolis.

According to him, the 22 violators arrested would pay different fines based on their offences, raging from N5000 to 10,000 respectively.

“We arrested 22 offenders who committed different kinds of offences and their fines range from N5,000 to N 10,000.”

He explained that the offenders have already been handed over for prosecution by the environmental mobile courts set up to prosecute violators.

“This month’s sanitation exercise took another dimension as we deployed our sanitation officers to the hinterland for a house to house monitoring.”

He, added that the state will continue to deploy drastic measures to ensure strict enforcement of the state Environmental sanitation Laws to avert environmental disasters across the 13 local government areas of the state.

He attributed most of the environmental disasters in the state to human factors, particularly building on waterways, indiscriminate dumping of refuse and other activities that pose great danger to the environment.

The environmental officer admonished all the residents of the state to desist from indiscriminate waste disposal, warning them to always clean their surrounding’s as a priority.
He noted that the state government would continue to strengthen all the environmental mobile courts set up to prosecute offenders for optimal results.

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World Malaria Day: PMI to distribute 1.6 million mosquito treated nets in Nasarawa

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World Malaria Day: PMI to distribute 1.6 million mosquito treated nets in Nasarawa

From Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia

Nasarawa state Government is set to receive about 1.6 million mosquito treated nets from Presidential Mosquito Initiative (PMI) for onward distribution across the 13 local government areas and 18 development areas of the state.

The state commissioner of Health, Pharmacist Ahmed Yahaya made the disclosure in an exclusive interview with the NationalUpdate to mark 2021 World Malaria day in Lafia on Friday.

He said that the burden of the menace has reduced consistency over the years from 6% to 30%, adding that it is now 13% when compared to the 6+1 North central states.

According to the health commissioner, it is the second lowest burden of malaria.

Speaking on this year’s theme “Zero Malaria-Draw line Against Malaria” with the slongan “Stand up-Take Action”, Yahaya revealed that they have over 150, 000 mosquito net in stock.

His words: “Between last year and this year we had a stock that will last for 2 years so what they did last year was to monitor the usage of what they had distributed about two years ago.”

He, however, stated that what they distributed last time would last till 2021, noting that the one they have distributed would expire by the end of this year.

“We are expecting the Presidential Malaria Initiative to give us about 1.6 million mosquito treated nets this year which will be distributed from September upwards,” he added.

He said the state government through the state ministry of health and the State Malaria Elimination Programme would not rest on its oars to ensure that the menace is reduce to zero level.

He urged the citizens of the state to always sleep in a treated mosquito net adding that it would go a long way in contributing their quota to making the state a Malaria free state.

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Orthopedic Hospital Dekina bill, scales second reading

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Orthopedic Hospital Dekina bill, scales second reading

A Bill seeking to amend the Orthopedic Hospital Management Board Act to provide for the establishment of Orthopedic Hospital Dekina, for specialized Orthopedic treatment to complement Kogi State University Teaching Hospital, Anyigba has scale seconnd reading in the senate

The Bill which was read for the first time at the Hallowed chamber on Wednesday, 7th October 2020 is sponsored by
Sen Isah Jibrin (Echocho)

Senator Jibrin in his lead debate on the bill, explained that Kogi East Senatorial District where the Hospital is proposed to be sited, is made up of nine (9) local Government Areas (Ankpa, Olamaboro, Ofu Dekina, Bassa, Igalamela, Idah Omala and Ibaji).
He estimated the population to be over 2,000,000, adding that with the increasing incidence of road traffic accidents, the need for orthopedic Hospital is highly imperative, he clarified.

“Kogi East like many others in the North Central geopolitical zone, is primarily an agrarian economy. The nature of the occupation of the people entails Orthopedic hazards, especially as it relates to Palm fruits harvests, forestry, and similar activities”, Echocho said.

Stressing the need for the Establishment of the Orthopedic Hospital in Dekina, he pointed out the challenges and complications associated with traditional bone setting, that has little or no knowledge of anatomy, physiology, or radiology.

This he said, has brought about limb and life threatening complications.

Sen Isah Jibrin, while urging his Distinguished colleagues to support the second reading of the Bill, noted that the establishment of the Hospital will cater for the orthopedic health needs of the people of the District and Kogi state generally, as well as some of the neighboring States in Nigeria.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan refferred the bill to the Senate committee on Health to report back to the senate in four weeks.

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