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Friday, June 19, 2020

June 19, 2020

C'River Govt Accuse FG Of Planning To Import Covid-19 Into The State

The Cross River State government, through the Commissioner of Health, Dr Betta Edu and that of information, Mr. Asu Okang have accused the federal government of planning to import the dreaded Covid-19 into the state.

In a joint press briefing  on Thursday, Mr. Asu Okang, Information Commissioner said the Federal Ministry of Health, through the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) have concluded plans to import both negative and positive samples of Coronavirus into Cross River State for the training of health workers on the use of Gene-Xpert machines at the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital, Calabar.

“The attention of Cross River State Government has been drawn to a purported training exercise that is to be embarked upon by the Nigerian Center for Tuberculosis as being aided by the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Center for Disease Control. In the last 24 hours we have been inundated with so many calls, text messages and worries by citizens of our dear state. It has become clear that as a responsible government under the leadership of His Excellency and proactive governor, Prof Ben Ayade, it is important that we respond to the issues surrounding the purported training of experts at the Nigerian Navy Hospital on the use of Gene-Xpert machines.

“Since the advent of Covid-19, Cross River State has remained in the forefront of the fight against Covid-19 pandemic, gearing all efforts to ensure that our state does not record any case. I am also glad to announce to you that regardless of all the fruitless efforts by certain quarters to ensure that we are stigmatized or register a case of Covid-19, Cross River is still the only state in Nigeria that is Covid-19 free. This did not just happen, it took the proactiveness of His Excellency the Governor our leader to ensure that our state is insulated from this pandemic.

“We received a leaked memo that was written to the Nigerian Navy Hospital, Calabar informing them of Federal Ministry of Health’s intention to bring users of Gene-Xpert machines that have been lying fallowed. We wonder why the Federal Government at a time like this and in a state that has not recorded any case of Covid-19 pandemic is in a hurry to train people in Calabar on the use of the machines.
He said the state is not happy that the memo was sent to the management of the Nigerian Navy Hospital Calabar without prior notification to Cross River State Government through the Ministry of Health or the Commissioner for Health or the state epidemiologist is what we find worrisome.

“Don’t forget that the letter states that test kits, cartridges have been sent to the Navy Hospital Calabar to use for the training. This means that in the cause of training the trainees, they will have to see positive samples what they look like and negative test samples. What is the implication? That they will be importing positive test samples that would be shown to the trainees in the course of the training. This means that the Federal Ministry of Health, the NCDC and the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 have vowed to ensure that every state records the pandemic as they have already stated at some point.

“We are worried about this purported plan to ensure that positive test samples are sent to our state through the Nigerian Navy Hospital. We wonder what the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Center for Disease Control is actually looking for in Cross River. It has become important that we bring this to the knowledge of Cross Riverians and members of the public.

“We are not surprise as a state that they choose the Nigerian Navy Hospital to collude with them on this wrongful agenda. These (Navy) are the same people that very recently… In fact, we are still in court with them. There’s an existing court order on the Nigerian Navy to stop work on the hotel that they are building just in front of the Governor’s Office in Calabar. We don’t understand why the Nigerian Navy has allow itself to be used as a weapon of oppression of Cross Riverians at a moment like this.

“We have the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital which is a federal medical facility, why didn’t they use it, but instead decided to use the Nigerian Navy Hospital which is a little more private by their operation.”, he said.

Explaining further on the implicaton the action, Dr Betta Edu, Commissioner of Health said according to the leaked memo, the positive and negative samples of Covid-19 would arrive the state prior to the training date.

She added that the state does not know how many number of positive and negative samples that are to be brought into the state, expressing worry that something could go amiss in the Covid-19 situation in the state.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

June 17, 2020

U.S Government Commissions Upgraded Cross River State Emergency Operation Center for COVID-19. Commends Cross River State

United State Government on Tuesday through her Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard joined Executive Governor Benedict Ayade to virtually commission an upgraded Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for Cross River State, which has been equipped with support of the American people to track and control the spread of the deadly COVID-19.  Cross River is the first of nine states to receive the EOC upgrade. The commissioned EOC comes with a new call center. The EOC is coordinating the Statewide public health response to the COVID-19 outbreak and other diseases of public health concerns.

Commissioning the Centre virtually, United State Ambassador to Nigeria,  Mary Beth Leonard commended the state government on several measures been instituted to curtail the spread of the disease and protect the health of Cross Riverians. She said the upgraded centers are now equipped as operational digital situation and communication rooms that power and coordinate the state COVID response and other disease outbreaks, utilizing data integration, warehousing, and visualization to provide state officials transparent and real-time information on COVID-19.

“With the commissioning of these EOCs, Nigeria can better coordinate the COVID-19 outbreak response and surveillance activities, as well as any other emergent disease outbreaks or disasters,” Ambassador Leonard said.  “They will help turn the tide of the pandemic within their state, ultimately the nation, and flatten the COVID-19 curve.”

Speaking virtual from the Governor’s Office in Calabar, Cross River State Deputy Governor, Prof Ivara Ejemot Esu said “Though Cross River continues to have no documented cases, we need to be on our guard to do even more to ensure the COVID-19 pandemic is brought to a speedy end or controlled to the best of our ability in Nigeria.  “We want seize this opportunity to continually invite USAID to come to cross river and strengthen our health system.  We really appreciate this support”.

The DG NCDC Dr Chikwe Ihekwazu, thanked The US Government for the support and pledged continued support to Cross River state who he said must be at the drivers seat and take full responsibility for the health of its people. He commended the state and asked for sustainability of the Upgraded EOC.

Cross River State Commissioner for Health, Dr Betta Edu thanked the US government for the support. She said the state is working closely with NCDC through the deployment of national Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) to support response activities in the state. She said the EOC has a situation room and a call centre where staff are on 24 hours standby to receive calls from the public and track data/ information on COVID19. She thanked the US Government for their intervention stating that Cross River State will appreciate more support to strengthen the health system to address not just COVID-19 but any other outbreak in future.

She stated that the emergency operations center will serve as a central point of contact for public health activities and data collection including tracking of suspected cases in a consistent manner with up-to-date information shared among federal, state and local partners as well as with the public.

Dr. Douglas Chukwu, Cross River State team lead for USAID partner Jhpiego, conducted a virtual tour of the new Emergency Operations Center for U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard and Cross River Deputy Governor Ivara Esu, DG NCDC and the Commissioner for Health.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

June 04, 2020

Covid-19: Again, Kogi State Rejects NCDC Result, Says It's An Assumption

The government of Kogi State has, for the second time, rejected reports of the existence of Covid-19 in the state. It also rejected the latest result announced by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) that one case of the disease was recorded for the state at its Thursday nationwide update.
The agency had announced 348 new cases of COVID-19, with Lagos State recording 163, FCT 76 and Rivers State 21.
In the latest update, Delta, Nasarawa and Niger states recorded eight cases each, while Enugu recorded six.
Bauchi, Edo, Ekiti, Ondo and Gombe recorded five cases each.
Others include Benue four, Ogun two, while Osun, Plateau, Kogi and Anambra had one each.
Rejecting the result in a Facebook post, the Kogi State Commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Haruna, said the ministry and indeed the state government remain unaware of any such case, just as it denied knowledge of the first index case and another. 
He described the new figure credited to the state as mere assumption.
“The purported New Case: We are not aware of who the patient is, where and when the Test was conducted,” he wrote.
There has been a running battle and open mistrust between the Kogi State government and the NCDC over what the government described as opaqueness in the management of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.
It accused the NCDC of commercialising the pandemic, a venture Governor Yahaya Bello said that would ‘not to be a part of.’

Monday, April 27, 2020

April 27, 2020

3 Persons Run Away In Kano After Testing Positive To Coronavirus, Switches Off Their Phones

The Kano State coordinator of technical response team on COVID-19, Tijjani Hussaini, said three persons who tested positive of COVID-19 in the state have run away.

Mr Hussaini told PREMIUM TIMES on Monday that the patients fled their known addresses and switched off their phones.

He said his team is working with security agencies to trace the patients and move them to the designated isolation centre.

Although he declined to reveal the specific location where the patients were previously living on ethical grounds, the coordinator said residents of the area were fully aware of runaway patients.

“Out of 77 confirmed cases tested positive in Kano, we are yet to trace three persons, because they have changed (their) place(s) of residence and switched off their phones. But we have sought the assistance of security personnel to trace them and take appropriate action,” he said.
Mr Hussaini added that the team in collaboration with traditional ward heads are working round the clock to trace the patients.

He confirmed that so far, there are 73 persons receiving treatment at the state’s isolation centres.

Also on Monday, the Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, accused the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 of neglecting the state in its current battle against coronavirus spread.

Mr Ganduje said this in an interview with BBC Hausa Service on Monday.

He said, “We are in a serious problem. I can tell you the situation is really bad and scary. Because what we solely rely upon in fighting the disease is the testing centre.

“This laboratory suspended its operation five or six days ago. There is also a shortage of sample collection equipment. It is not a common equipment that you can go and buy in the market. Those whose samples were collected are still waiting to know their fate.”

However, the health minister, Osagie Ehanire, said on Sunday that the necessary materials had been sent to Kano and the testing centre would commence operations today.

In his speech, Mr Ganduje accused the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 of poor communication.

“Even its Director General was in Kano. He spent a night there, but we have not heard from him again. The minister (of health) too knows the laboratory is not working,” he said.

He added, “there is serious problem. We have been complaining that Kano needs more than one testing centre, right from the beginning of this (pandemic).”
April 27, 2020

Covid-19: Bayelsa, Taraba, Kebbi, Ebonyi Records Index Case As 91 New Cases Are Confirmed in Nigeria

As the Coronavirus continues to ravage countries in the world, more states in Nigeria have recorded its index case. The latest to be announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) are Bayelsa, Kebbi, Ebonyi and Taraba States.
The agency also confirmed 91 new cases of COVID-19 in 15 states and the federal capital territory.

This was disclosed on the agency’s Twitter handle on Sunday night.
It said "On the 26th of April 2020, 91 new confirmed cases and five new deaths were recorded in Nigeria.

"Till date, 1273 cases have been confirmed, 239 cases have been discharged and 40 deaths have been recorded in 32 states and the Federal Capital Territory 

"The 91 new cases are reported from sixteen states- Lagos (43), Sokoto (8), Taraba (6), Kaduna(5), Gombe (5), Ondo (3), FCT (3), Edo (3), Oyo (3), Rivers (3), Bauchi (3), Osun (2), Akwa Ibom (1), Bayelsa (1), Ebonyi (1), Kebbi (1)".

"Four new states (Ebonyi, Bayelsa, Kebbi and Taraba) have reported confirmed cases in the last 24 hours. 

It also added that" One case was previously reported in Lagos, is now an Ondo State case. The total number of confirmed cases in Lagos is 731, and 8 in Ondo".

Thursday, April 23, 2020

April 23, 2020

Covid-19: Thank you Medical Laboratory Scientists!

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week 2020

This week, we celebrate the health professionals behind the scene in the fight against Covid-19. They are responsible for laboratory test results including Covid-19.

This week has been earmarked for the celebration of Medical Laboratory Professionals all over the world. The week-long celebration highlights the tireless efforts of dedicated medical laboratory professionals who perform various laboratory tests to provide valuable clinical information to physicians.

This year, as global leaders pull their resources together to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, we are reminded about the indispensable work of medical laboratory professionals. This pandemic has brought some unwanted attention to medical laboratory professionals and in some instances confusion about their role in health care.

These dedicated professionals don’t often make the news headlines. Since most of their work is conducted in the laboratory, the general public does not often see them. What we see on national news are sample collection stations.

The actually testing happens inside the laboratory by dedicated medical laboratory professionals. To them, every sample is a patient of their own. Their work provides valuable clinical data that is used by physicians to screen, diagnose, treat and monitor diseases.

With their education and training, these professionals are charged with validating and maintaining every single laboratory test, including COVID-19.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

August 20, 2019

FG Introduces New HIV, Syphilis Test Kits

The Federal Ministry of Health has said that Insti HIV ½, Insti Multiplex Dual HIV 1 /2 and Syphilis antibody rapid tests kits are the new first -line kit in the national HIV testing algorithm .
This was disclosed by the National Coordinator of the National AIDS , STI and Hepatitis Control Programme , Segilola Araoye , while giving a report of the laboratory evaluation of the tests kits in Abuja .

Araoye explained that the result of the evaluation showed that Insti HIV1 / 2 had specificity and sensitivity of 99 .7 % respectively while Insti multiplex HIV 1 / 2 Syphilis antibody has sensitivity and specificity of 100 per cent respectively .

According to him , “ The term specificity is the ability of a test to correctly exclude individuals who do not have a given disease or disorder while sensitivity is the ability of a test to correctly identify people who have a given disease or disorder . ”

Araoye noted that it was vital to conduct an accurate diagnosis of HIV early , using reliable tests and testing strategy . He added that this would aid the effectiveness of intervention for the control of the epidemic .
At the event , Chairman Technical Committee for Evaluation of HIV Testing Technologies , Manason Rubainu , said the test kits was in line with the requirements for first - line testing of HIV and syphilis.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

April 23, 2019

Cross River State government shuts down 14 health facilities

The Cross River Private Hospital Regulatory Board has shut down 14 health facilities in the state for medical quackery and substandard
The chairman of the Board, Dr Norbert Mogar, who disclosed this in Calabar, yesterday, said the facilities were shut down between 2017 and 2019.

Mogar listed some of the facilities shut down to include, Destiny Medical Consult in Calabar, Holy Trinity Clinic and Maternity in Bekwarra local government and Divine Favour Clinic and Maternity in Ugaga in Yala.
According to him, the intensified surveillance was carried out with a view to curbing the rate of medical quackery in the state, especially in the remote areas. He said that the action had prevented the reckless and unwarranted loss of lives. The private hospital regulatory board was inaugurated in 2007.
It has shut down no fewer than 14 health facilities for medical quackery and substandard operations from 2017 to date.

While highlighting the achievements of the board in three years, Mogar said it carried out a mapping of all private facilities across the state for easy evaluation.
He said that the board also developed a regulatory framework for the monitoring and regulation of private facilities in the state.
The board also recovered some facilities that were operating illegally without government licence while such facilities are now registered and paying taxes and other levies to the government.
According to him, the board also established a strong bond with stakeholders in the state health sector and security agencies for effective and efficient enforcement of the regulations.
Mogar thanked the state governor, Ben Ayade for appointing him and other members of the board to serve in his administration within the period under review.

He appealed that as the governor plans to dissolve his government for a transition of power that the board should be re-constituted to continue its fight against quackery in the state and save lives.
He commended the Ministry of Health and Nigerian Medical Association for their robust support in the fight against quackery in the state, adding that their collaboration and commitment had helped the board immensely.