1. NMA Suspends Strike, Resumes Work Today
The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has suspended its 55 days strike to resume work on Monday. Briefing newsmen in Abuja on Sunday, the NMA President, Dr Lawrence Obembe, asked members to resume normal work on Aug. 25. Obembe explained that the suspension was the outcome of the emergency delegates meeting held on Saturday (Aug. 23) in Abuja.
2. Ebola: Be Sanitation Conscious -Commissioner
Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment, Tunji Bello, has urged the people of the state to desist from defecating and urinating in the public to avert rapid spread of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). The commissioner said this at a one-day “Train the Trainers” programme organised by the Ministry of Environment for health officers in all the 57 local government/LCDAs and scientific officers in the state civil service.
3. Ebola Cases in Nigeria Reduced to 13 -FG
The federal government Monday in Abuja clarified that there was an error in its earlier statement where it said Ebola Cases in the country were 14, adding that the current number at the moment is 13. Speaking to journalists in Abuja, Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu stated that “Nigeria has revised the number of confirmed cases since we had index case from 14 to 13. This came about as a result of false positive that was earlier announced.”
4. Ebola: Prisons Boss Raises the Alarm
Nigeria Prisons Services (NPS) has said over 55,939 inmates in its custody risked contracting the deadly Ebola virus unless urgent steps are taken to address the deplorable conditions in the nation’s prisons. Besides, the Acting Comptroller General of Prisons, Aminu Suley, who raised the alarm yesterday, in Abuja, expressed the need for the provision of thermal scanners before inmates get into prison and the prison gate lodges, including personal protective equipment for officers on court escort duties.
5. FG Begins Construction of $650m Abuja Medical City
Minister of Health, Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu, on Wednesday inaugurated two committees to midwife the construction of a 1,687-bed hospital, valued at $650m in the Federal Capital Territory to make quality medical care available to all categories of Nigerians. The minister said the facility tagged the Abuja Medical City Project, which is expected to be completed between 24 and 36 months, would be implemented through a Public Private Partnership arrangement.
6. Ebola Kills Doctor in Port Harcourt
The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, Thursday confirmed the death of a medical doctor, Dr. Ike Samuel Enemua, in Port Harcourt of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Chukwu also disclosed that 70 persons have already been quarantined in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, as a result of the disease. Rivers State Government also Thursday confirmed that the state has recorded it’s first casualty from the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) which has hit parts of the country.
7. Ban E-cigarette Use Indoors -WHO
The World Health Organization says there should be a ban on the use of e-cigarettes indoors and that sales to children should stop. In a report the health body says there must be no more claims that the devices can help smokers quit – until there is firm evidence to support this. WHO experts warn the products might pose a threat to adolescents and the foetuses of pregnant women.