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LASG immunises children ahead of harmattan season

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LASG immunises children ahead of harmattan season


The Lagos State Government has commenced a daily vaccination against meningitis infection at all child welfare clinics in public health facilities across the state.

Dr Odufunke Odukoya-Maijeh, the acting Medical Director, Alimosho General Hospital, Igando, told newsmen on Thursday in Lagos that the immunisation was part of the state government’s commitment to curtailing the infection in children.

Odukoya-Maijeh said that the initiative was part of the continuous scheduled immunisation process in public health facilities.

She said that the exercise was targeted at preventing the incubation of meningitis infection being foisted by harmattan on children between 9 months and 12 months of age.

Odukoya -Maijeh said that the programme was implemented through the support of UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO) towards alleviating the medical plight of the Nigerian child.

She said: “The infection is quite higher in dusty environment, with the spread of causative factors as bacteria and fungi, hence the need for this intervention.

“It is targeted at curbing the disease prevalence during the harmattan season, which is further aggravated by rural-urban migration, with culminating factor from basically human contact with airborne droplets of cough and sneezing.

“Immunising ahead of harmattan is imperative, for the indication comes in form of fever, thus prompting most parents towards self-medication of malaria drugs as respite, which, in actual sense, is a very wrong approach.

“The symptoms include spiking fever, vomiting, headache, nausea and stiff neck, all of which are often mistaken for malaria fever. Hence, it is proper that all efforts are put in place to eradicate the scourge.”

Also speaking, Mrs Blessing Emekam, a Senior Nursing Officer in the hospital’s child welfare clinic, enumerated the economic implications of the disease.

Emekam said: “So far, 54 children have been given vaccine dosages as a regular daily process, besides the weekly immunisation against the malady for all nine-month-old babies.

“This is with keenness at stumping bacterial, viral or fungal inflammation of the meninges, that is, the three membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord.

“The infection of the meninges basically affects the fluid surrounding the spinal cord and brain, featuring variance as pneumoccocal meningitis, meningcoccal meningitis, aseptic meningitis and cryptoccocal meningitis.

“All these indicators could kill in hours, upon manifestation, if left untreated.

“Parents are, therefore, enjoined to bring their children for immediate medical consultation in case of feverish indications associated with stiff neck as well as vomiting and tetanus symptoms.”

The Nigeria News Agency reports that every year, there are no fewer than 1,000 recorded cases of meningitis across the country, which are usually diagnosed through medical scrutiny by professionals.

Following this development, the culminating prognosis, which could be life threatening, often requires antibiotic treatment from steroid and penicillin application unto victims.

Edited by Buhari Bolaji and ‘Wale Sadeeq

 

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LASG rescues 3 trafficked children, seals 4 estates, 22 high-rise buildings

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The Lagos State Government ( LASG) on Thursday rescued three trafficked children serving as  workers in a construction  site in Lekki axis  of  Lagos State .


The Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory (LSMTL) that effected the rescue also sealed  22 high-rise buildings and four estates for non compliance to quality assurance in the area.

Dr Afolabi Abiodun,  the General Manager of LSMTL during the enforcement warned developers against child labour, stating that defaulters would be prosecuted.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the minors, who were  from Benin Republic were rescued during enforcement visit to the construction sites by LSMTL.

NAN also reports that LSMTL sealed four estates and 22 houses in the Lekki axis during the exercise while it collected  water samples  from the sealed construction sites for analysis.

Abiodun stressed the need for safe water during  construction.

The general manager reacting to the rescued children serving as labourers  said, “It is child abuse, developers should not use children for construction.

“Look at the children, if we estimate, they are less than 10 years old. What will a 10-year- old be doing  on a construction site,” the LMSTI boss said.

He said that the enforcement was necessary to assess  the structural integrity of buildings, to stem the tide of building collapses, in line with Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s  zero tolerance for building collapse  in the state.

He called on owners of completed high-rise buildings to carry out non destructive tests every five years, to ensure the  structural stability of their  buildings.

Abiodun advised construction companies, developers, estate agents, builders and other stakeholders in the built environment to comply with the directive for testing their construction materials.

He said that such tests should be for ongoing and completed buildings to avert  the danger of building collapse in the state.

The general manager said that some estates had in the past refused officials of the LSMTL to carry out tests on their building materials and also ignored notices served on them to submit samples for testing.

He told  the workers on a site near the popular 1,004 Estate,  along the Ozumba Mbadiwe Way,  that it was on record that the place had been served notices.

“What we have done here is partial sealing because we understand that you must go in and out.

“Tell your engineer to bring evidence of all tests conducted to the  Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory”, he said.

Abiodun also  said that  his team discovered  that on some of the sealed sites, the engineers used 10mm iron rods for columns of buildings where the least thickness required was 16mm.

He decried the wrong foundations being laid for buildings on the axis which are mostly wetlands, adding that, the LSMTL was going to carry out urgent tests on some of the foundations to avert risks of collapse.

Property owners who did not ascertain the structural stability of their buildings risk sanctions,” the general manager said.

He noted that using the right materials and carrying out the required soil tests would prevent construction failure.

Abiodun urged the public to patronise the LSTML to ensure that they test their construction materials for quality to guarantee structural integrity to avert building collapse.

However, some of the trafficked children working as construction workers told journalists they were working as brick layers and painters on site.

They said their daily wages of N400.00  per child were usually paid to their masters while they remained on site to work.

/ PAD

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Peter Dada (NAN)

 

 

 

 

 

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Strike: NMA warns LASG against escalating impasse with medical doctors

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has appealed to Lagos State Government to speedily and holistically address the demands of the striking doctors, under the aegis of Medical Guild.


The NMA made the appeal in a statement jointly signed by Dr Adenekan Adetunji and Dr Ramon Moronkola, the Lagos State Chairman and Secretary of the association respectively.

The NMA leaders said that this was to prevent avoidable escalation of the issue.

Adetunji and Moronkola had closely monitored the developments surrounding the ongoing industrial dispute between Lagos State employed doctors, under the auspices of the Medical Guild and the state government.

“We are aware of the extension of the ultimatum set by the Medical Guild for the LASG to address its demands.

“Indeed, we were optimistic that the window would be explored by both parties to critically and dispassionately address the demands of the Medical Guild.

“Sadly, that was not the case,” the NMA leaders said.

They noted that the Guild had on Monday declared a three-day warning strike after what appeared to be an unwillingness of the state government to address its demands.

“It is, however, curious that the same strike elicited a rather robust response from the LASG in the form of a press release.

“Why was the two weeks window not explored for robust engagements with the Medical Guild in order to avert this avoidable disruption of the healthcare system in the state?

“While the efforts of LASG in responding to the demands of the press release are noteworthy, the use of unflattering language in the said release betrays an intention to antagonise rather than seek to dialogue with the Medical Guild.

“Words are powerful which makes the careful use of it imperative,” the NMA leaders said.

They expressed optimism that both parties would go back to negotiation table under an atmosphere of mutual respect and goodwill.

“The hitherto goodwill enjoyed by the LASG among its doctors was seriously damaged by reports of the unceremonious disengagement of doctors working in isolation centres and their summary eviction from their hotel accommodation.

“This was done without thoughts to the danger they might constitute to their loved ones, if they returned home without being properly screened for COVID-19.

“This is just one of the several grievances of the Medical Guild,” the NMA leaders said.

They affirmed to the state government that the Medical Guild was an affiliate of the NMA, thus entitled to and had been reassured of the support of NMA.

“While we do not wish for an escalation of the ongoing dispute in order not to jeopardise the healthcare of Lagos people, we however, have, as stated above, obligations to the Medical Guild,” NMA leaders said.

NAN recalled that doctors under the aegis of the Medical Guild had on July 13 commenced a three-day warning strike that would end on July 16 over issues that affects their safety and welfare.

The Guild, however, exempts its members working in the state’s COVID-19 isolation centres from the strike.

Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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Lagos to train 450 entrepreneurs in coconut waste to wealth initiative

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The Lagos State Government ( LASG) says it will start a five-week intensive training on July 13 for no fewer than 450 young entrepreneurs on the use of coconut waste in arts and craft.


The State Acting Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya, said that the trainining would be organised under the state government’s waste -to-wealth initiative.

Olusanya said  on Sunday in Lagos that the initiative was in line with the state government’s developmental T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda of making Lagos a 21st Century economy.

She said that the initiative would also contribute to the tourism potential of the state.

”The objectives of achieving the goals of sustainable development and waste management are outstanding global challenges,” she said.

The commissioner said that finding innovative solutions for effective management of waste remained difficult as the breakdown of waste requires special processes that involve time, energy and expenses.

”Most people see coconut shells as waste and as such dispose them carelessly while others in the rural areas use them as firewood.

”The shells, however, can be recycled into artistic products such as jewellery, cutlery, indoor and outdoor decorative items and many more,” the commissioner said.

According to her, coconuts have the potential to produce electricity, heat, fiberboards, organic fertilizer, animal feeds, fuel additives for cleaner emissions, eco-friendly cutlery, health drinks, and many more.

“The state government through the Lagos State Coconut Development Authority (LASCODA) is commencing a five-week training on the use of coconut waste in arts and craft.

“It is a waste -to-wealth initiative in line with the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda of the Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration. The coconut tree, also known as the tree of life, is said to have no single part of it wasted.

“This training will put this fact to use, while it will also be empowering the participants so that they can begin to immediately earn a living from skills they will be taught,” she said.

Olusanya said that the training would hold in five batches of five days’ each, with 18 trainees per batch, beginning from July 13 to Aug.14, 2020.

She said that the participants would be taught how to make various artistic items and go through practicals, marketing and credit acquisitions.

The commissioner said that the training would serve as a waste -to -wealth opportunity and a worthwhile venture for selected young entrepreneurs.

She said that the training would fully entail theoretical concepts and detailed practical sessions.

”When concluded, it will optimise the use of coconut shells which constitute a major waste product in coconut processing.

“Coconut is abundant in our country, Nigeria, and consumed by most people but we are not aware of its great potential for creating wealth.

“The coconut shells which most people see as waste and dispose them improperly can be recycled into artistic products.

“This also helps in sustaining the environment. As we are acquiring skills, we are also learning to sustain our environment.

“Sustainability of the environment is our goal and to achieve this, we are converting waste into valuable items for our use,” the commissioner said.

Olusanya said that the training was part of the Ministry of Agriculture’s contributions to the development of the tourism sector in the state as the production of some of the artistic products from coconut shells would reflect the rich cultural heritage of the people.

She encouraged other sectors where waste can be recycled to embrace the waste to wealth initiative as it could bring back discarded waste products into economic use and lead to the reduction of pressure induced by waste on the environment.

The commissioner also said that it would also create opportunities for income and employment generation in a relatively new area, thereby enhancing economic activities.

Edited By: Debo Oshundun/Peter Dada (NAN)

 

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Impending flood: LASG urges residents in 4 LGA to relocate

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Impending flood: LASG urges residents in 4 LGA to relocate

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Lagos July 9, 2020 (NAN) Lagos State Government has urged residents of four local government areas to relocate from a highly probable flood risk expected between now and September.

Mr Tunji Bello, Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, made the appeal in a statement on Thursday in Lagos.

Bello said that should the residents fail to relocate, they should of wary of the impending flood.

He said that Lagos Mainland, Mushin, Ibeju-Lekki and Ikorodu would witness more high intensity rainfall between now and September.

He, therefore, urged the residents, especially those with structures in low lying areas, to relocate during this period to avoid any untoward incident such as loss of lives and property.

He said that forecast from the Annual Flood Outlook released by the Hydrological Services Agency on May 28 this year said the four councils would be most hit by flood.

The commissioner also identified 14 other local government areas as likely to face probable flood risks this year but might not be severe as the four forewarned.

He listed the 14 local government areas included Lagos Island, Alimosho, Amuwo Odofin, Ikeja, Kosofe, Eti-Osa, Apapa, Ojo, Oshodi/Isolo, Agege, Ifako Ijaiye, Badagry, Surulere and Ajeromi-Ifelodun.

Bello stated that the ministry would clear and clean the drains of pet bottles and styron foams as exemplified by the efforts of the Emergency Flood Abatement Gang all over the black spots in the state.

He added that it was regrettable that several heaps of pet plastic bottles and solid waste were daily being excavated from the drainage channels in areas like Mushin, Idi Oro, Idi Araba, LUTH and Mile 2.

He stressed that investigation had showed that some traders, especially in Mushin, dump waste from their daily sales and articles straight into the drains, thus inhibiting the free-flow of water into the channels.

He urged residents to desist from clogging drainage channels with refuse, especially those cleaned up recently, adding that the unpatriotic act of some residents had put the lives of those working on the drains in danger.

Tunji Bello said anyone caught dumping refuse in any drainage channel would face the full wrath of the law.

He appealed to residents of Bariga who had been adversely affected by sand filling being carried out in the area to bear with the state government.

Bello said that the ministry was working assiduously to ensure that the alignment in the area was properly restored. (NAN)

Edited By: Joe Idika/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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