1. Lagos Doctor Infected with Ebola Virus
The Lagos-based medical doctor who treated the American/Liberian man, Mr. Patrick Sawyer, flown into Nigeria through the Lagos airport has tested positive to Ebola Virus Disease. The Minister of Health Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, saying that about eight other persons who came in contact with the Liberian that developed symptoms have been quarantined while 70 others are under surveillance.
2. Ebola: Lagos Vet Doctors Roll Out Preventive Measures
Vet doctors under the aegis of Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA) Lagos Chapter have rolled out a number of preventive measures for the Nigerian public as the fight against Ebola hemorrhagic fever virus intensifies. In a statement signed and issued by the association’s General Secretary, Dr Mobolaji Alao in Lagos, the veterinarians said the decision to roll out their position on preventive measures was in keeping with the “one world, one health policy drive of the World Health Organization.
3. Liberia Orders Cremation of Ebola Victims
The Liberian government has ordered that all bodies of people killed by the Ebola virus be cremated. The decision follows the refusal of some communities to allow the burial of Ebola victims on their land. This year’s outbreak, the worst ever, has centred on Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, killing 826 people. It spreads by contact with infected blood and bodily fluids – and touching the body of someone who has died of Ebola is particularly dangerous
4. Women Advised on Heart Problems
A paediatrician at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Dr Funmilayo Adeyekun, has urged women to get screened for heart diseases to prevent them. According to her, it is sad that many women still die from the disease because they are not conscious of their health. Adeyekun spoke during Annual General Meeting (AGM) of International Women’s Society (IWS) at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Library Trolley.
5. Commissioner Canvasses Robust Reproductive Health Policies
Policy makers have been urged to take security and health of women and children seriously to make life better for them. Governments should also pay adequate attention to reproductive health problems. The Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Lagos State, Mr Ben Akabueze, made the plea at the World Population Day (WPD) organised by the state government at the Public Service Staff Development Centre, Magodo.
6. Move to Boost Health Sector Working Conditions – ILO, WHO
Both International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are uniting to push the frontiers of improved working conditions of work in the health sector. The two United Nations agencies said the collaboration is expected to result in the publication of ‘HealthWISE package’ that consists an Action Manual and Trainers’ Guide – that aims not only to improve working conditions for health workers but also to deliver better quality services for patients.
7. Sierra Leone, Liberia Deploy Troops as Ebola toll hits 887
Hundreds of troops deployed in Sierra Leone and Liberia on Monday to fight the worst outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, as the death toll climbed to 887 and three new suspected cases of the highly contagious disease were reported in Nigeria. With healthcare systems in the West Africa nations completely overrun by the epidemic, the African Development Bank said on Monday it would immediately disburse $50 million (29.69 million pounds) to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.