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Lagos, March 12, 2019 A waste management specialist, Mr Olugbenga Adebola, on Tuesday advised the Lagos State Governor-elect, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu to ensure continuity in government polices to enhance the waste management industry.

Adebola, the spokesman for the Waste Management Association of Nigeria (AWAM), Lagos State Chapter, gave the advice when he congratulated him on his victory at the polls.

He told the News Agency of Nigeria that the major problem in Nigeria was policy inconsistency, adding that it was the bane of development particularly the environment sector.

“It’s a new dawn in Lagos State and as waste management practitioners, our expectations are very high.

“These expectations are not out of the box, they are things we have been clamouring for and we hope and looking forward to working with the incoming administration, especially in the area of policy formulation, implementation and improvement of the entire value chain in the waste management industry.

“We need an improvement in the area of collection and transportation which is primarily the responsibility of the waste collectors.

He said waste segregation or waste avoidance was necessary to be introduced into the waste management system, whereby residents were encouraged to sort out waste into different components.

“Waste segregation at source, we are looking forward to working with the governor to enthrone the waste segregation at source, whereby every waste generated in Lagos State are sorted out into different components, like paper, plastic, aluminum scrap metals and e-waste.

“Such waste will have to be containerised for proper evacuation by the Private Sector Participation (PSP) operators,” he added.

Adebola called for effective and efficient collection system by ensuring that the equipment were improved upon, if there was a need for the equipment to be improved upon.

He urged residents to imbibe the culture of paying waste management bill to enhance effective services.

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Lafia Specialist Hospital to begin postgraduate training of pharmacists – CMD

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Dr Hassan Ikrama, Chief Medical Director (CMD), Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH), Lafia, says the management of the hospital is making efforts to begin postgraduate training of pharmacists.

He made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lafia on Friday.

Ikrama said the essence of the training was to boost the manpower befitting of a specialist hospital.

“We were given accreditation for residency on Obstetrics and Gynaecology recently by the West African College of Surgeons to train doctors to be consultants.

“Currently, we are doing undergraduate training of pharmacists and nurses and we are working seriously to begin postgraduate training for them to assist them to attain the height of their career,” he said.

Ikrama lauded Gov. Abdullahi Sule for giving them the approval to employ additional staff.

“Following the governor’s approval, we have employed more than 100 nurses, 25 doctors as well as others; in addition to the ones we have to bring the health workers to patients’ ratio,” he said.

He also commended the governor for completing and equipping projects started by the former governor and putting the projects to use.

 

Ikrama said the hospital had, within the last one year, increased the number of theatres from two to four; increased clinics from one to eight and had provided more scanning machines from one to eight.

“Other initiatives to reposition the hospital include the provision of 200 additional beds, renovation of wards, toilets, among others,” he said.

According to him, the hospital has 40 permanent consultants in addition to other visiting consultants in different fields.

There are 125 doctors apart from nurses, pharmacists and laboratory technicians, among others.

“We have also acquired a brand new digital X-ray machine and can now undertake services for which we used to refer patients to Keffi or Jos,” he said.

Ikrama, therefore, assured members of the public that the management of the hospital would do everything possible to improve on service delivery. .


Edited By: Moses Solanke/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

 

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No patient died of COVID-19 in Kogi Specialist Hospital – CMD

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The acting Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Kogi State Specialist Hospital (KSSH), Prof. Isah Yahaya, has said that no patient died of COVID-19 in the hospital.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Yahaya was reacting to a report in the social media, claiming that a patient died recently of Coronavirus in the hospital.
Speaking in an interview with NAN on Tuesday in Lokoja, the CMD debunked the report, describing it as “malicious and completely untrue.”
According to him, no single patient has died in the hospital since he assumed office early April.
”It is completely untrue. Since I assumed duty in the beginning of last month (April), there has been no case of death in the hospital.
”The policy I met in place was that because of the COVID-19 preparedness, the state government gave an order through the Commissioner of Health that patients should not be admitted in the hospital.
“Up until now, we do not have admissions but we attend to emergency cases and emergency deliveries of patients who are booked in the hospital.
‘The only patient we had was a male, with multiple fractures in his arms and legs.
“The patient also had open wound and, according to his medical history, he was in a private hospital for 10 days before he was brought down here.
”He had fever and, of course, an infected wound, but we managed him and the temperature was stabilised.
”We then invited an orthopedic surgeon from the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, to attend to him before he was later transferred to Cedacrest Hospital, Abuja.
”So we do not have any case of death of COVID-19 in this hospital.
”So far, we have not had any patient who satisfies the criteria for testing for COVID-19. You must have suspected a patient before you test the person. You do not just test at random.
”So for now, this hospital does not have any case of COVID-19, let alone death,” Yahaya said.
NAN reports that Kogi is one of the two states in the country that have yet to record any confirmed case of the dreaded global pandemic.

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Sannwo-Olu’s aide charges R&D specialists to provide solutions to COVID-19 pandemic

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A special adviser to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has charged people involved in research and development to team up to make inventions to tackle the novel coronavirus disease.

Mrs Aramide Adeyoye, Special Adviser to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Works and Infrastructure, made the call in Lagos on Thursday while inspecting inventions by two engineers to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr Ibrahim Aledu, a former Chairman of the Apapa Branch of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) fabricated a respiratory machine, to assist COVID-19 patients.

Aledu, a fellow of NSE and Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers, is the Apapa Inspectorate Chief of Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria and Engineering Regulation and Monitoring.

The other engineer, Mr Ahmed Ayinla, a serving National Youth Service Corps member in Oyo State, with two team members, fabricated a hand washing machine for public places.

Ayinla, a civil engineer, is a graduate member of the Ikeja Branch of the NSE and has participated in the branch’s technology innovation competitions, organised for tertiary institutions.

The special adviser, a fellow of the NSE, while observing a demonstration of the usage of the machines, charged the inventors to improve on their machines to become more user-friendly.

According to her, a synergy by the nation’s research and development agencies will encourage interest in inventions for the prevention and management of COVID-19.

She noted that such inventions would reposition Nigeria’s quest for development and industrialization.

Adeyoye pledged the state government’s willingness to support more inventions, pledging that government would buy two of the machines to test-run their efficiency.

“You are applying your engineering knowledge to provide a complete solution. The bus stops are breeding grounds for coronavirus transmission,’’ she stated.

Adeyoye also called on governments at all levels and the private sector to support engineers for the nation’s overall growth and transformation.

“Engineers should be solution providers. A nation that does not make engineers solution providers would end up churning out graduates who will not be able to think.

“Any government that is desirous of sustainable growth would need to engage engineers.’’

Adeyeye prayed God to reward the engineers, who had used the COVID-19 lockdown to produce machines for the benefit of humanity.

Demonstrating the usage of his fabrication, Ayinla said that different sizes of the machines would be useful in schools, offices, bus stops and other areas.

Similarly, Aledu highlighted the features of his fabrication to include provision of different air pressures that make it possible to use one respirator for infants, children and adults simultaneously.

The Chairman of the Ikeja Branch of NSE, Mrs Funmi Akingbagbohun, told NAN that Ayinla was a product of the continuous engineering mentoring programme of the branch.

Akingbagbohun, the Deputy National Chairman of the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers, commended the inventors, saying that the engineering family would support them.

The Chairman of the Apapa Branch of the NSE, Mr Sunny Ejeje, also lauded his colleagues for their inventions, calling on government to patronise local engineers and made in Nigeria goods.

COVID-19 has exposed what local engineers can do. We could still do more if we are encouraged and given the right support,’’ he said.

Addressing the gathering later, Aledu thanked the President of NSE, Mr Babagana Mohammed, for encouraging him to overcome challenges that almost stalled the project.

“The entire engineering family was supportive and my President, Engineer Babagana Mohammed, did not rest. He called several times daily to encourage and advise me. He was so excited and wanted this modification to succeed.’’

Also speaking, Ayinla said that members of his team, included Miss Simbiat Odeniyi and Mr Ibrahim Lawal, both serving corps members in different states.

According to him, the COVID-19 lockdown in Lagos afforded them the opportunity to fabricate the hand washing machines.

“The pandemic caught up with me in Lagos and I had to create a solution on how people can wash their hands with soap and water without touching the tap,” he said.

NAN reports that the hand washing machine has an overhead tank, whose sizes could be varied; two foot-operated pedals to dispense either soap or water alternatively over a wash hand basin connected to a drum through various pipes.

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COVID-19: Lafia specialist hospital takes delivery of medical equipment

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The Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH), Lafia, Nasarawa, has taken delivery of medical equipment to strengthen  the state in the fight against COVID-19.

Dr Hassan Ikrama, the Chief Medical Director (CMD)  of DASH,  made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Lafia.

He said that the 110-bed isolation centre in the hospital had been properly equipped.

“We have 10 rooms with one bed each as well as another unit with 100 beds for 100 persons, bringing the capacity to 110, in preparedness for any increase in the number of infected persons.

“All the rooms are equipped with the necessary medical facilities we recently received, and made conducive with television, DSTV, refrigerator and air-conditioner, among others,” the CMD said.

Ikrama said that the confirmed cases in the state were isolated in.the facility and were stable.

He added that some of the contacts of the confirmed cases were quarantined in the facility and their samples taken for testing.

He said that coronavirus patients and their contacts in the facility were being taken care of by the government.

The CMD said that DASH was producing face masks and had taken delivery of more personal protective equipment and other medical consumables.

He said the hospital had a functional ventilator and  was expecting more, as the government had placed orders.

The CMD said that the hospital had trained all its technical staff and would want to engage more because of its confirmation of COVID-19 cases.

He hailed the state  Gov. Abdullahi Sule for providing the medical equipment.

He also praised the governor for considering for insurance cover,  all technical staff of the hospital involved in  battling the virus, saying that the gesture  would  boost their morale.

NAN reports that as at May 1, 2020, Nasarawa State had seven confirmed cases of COVID-19. .

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COVID-19: Lafia Specialist Hospital begins mass production of face masks

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The management of the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH), Lafia, has begun mass production of face masks for staff, patients and their relations to contain the spread of novel Coronavirus in Nasarawa State.

Dr Hassan Ikrama, Chief Medical Director of the hospital, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lafia.

Ikrama said that the initiative was aimed at producing quality masks to prevent people from contacting the infection.

“The hospital is a vulnerable place because persons with different kind of illnesses visit for treatment, so, there is need for serious measures to protect whoever comes around.

“The hospital should not be where uninfected persons contract the virus,” the CMD said.

He said that the hospital had engaged the services of 10 tailors to produce the masks in the premises of the hospital.

“They are producing at least 1000 face masks daily to meet the demands in view of the prevailing situation.

“One sure way of stopping the spread of the pandemic is the use of face mask because it reduces the risk of transferring the virus from 100 percent to 1.5 percent,” Ikrama said.

The CMD said that the initial target of the hospital was to produce face masks for its workers and those coming to the hospital.

“But since Gov.  Abdullahi Sule has requested that we should produce more for the public, we are producing at least 1000 daily and would inform the governor once we have a reasonable number,” he said.

The CMD urged the public to continue to stay at home, wash hands with soap and water frequently, and avoid crowded environments.

He also advised Nigerians to maintain social distance and consistently listen to advice from the government and health authorities.  .

Edited By: Debo Oshundun (NAN)
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COVID-19: Safety Specialist tasks employers on safe, healthy workplaces

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Miss Nne Ezeribe, a Safety Specialist, says there is need for employers to put in place safety measures at workplaces to guard employees from either contracting or transmitting the COVID-19.

Ezeribe made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Wednesday.

She spoke on how to achieve safety and good health at workplaces in view of people gradually returning to work after the COVID-19 lockdown in some Nigerian states.

“Already, the International Labour Organisation raises awareness on the adoption of safe practices in workplaces and the role that Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) services play. So employers need to put in measures in line with that.

“Concerning COVID-19, it is imperative for employers to protect workers against the pandemic because if an employee has the disease, it will spread to others; even to the executives and definitely will affect business and productivity.

“While there is no one-stop way to address this because jobs are different with their diverse peculiarities, employers should bear this in mind and put in place safety measures to address the different jobs,’’ she said.

Ezeribe advised employers and business owners to go with the World Health Organisation’s guideline on “Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19’’ and also adhere to Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and Federal Ministry of Health instructions.

According to her, for instance, the World Health Organisation  mandates workplaces to be clean and hygienic.

“Surfaces, including desks and tables and objects like the telephones, keyboards need to be wiped with disinfectant regularly because contamination on surfaces touched by employees and customers is one of the main ways COVID-19 spreads.

“Regular and thorough hand washing by employees, contractors and customers must be promoted. Hence, the need for wash hand points with clean water and soap as well as hand sanitisers to be at major places around the workplace.

“Combine this with other communication measures such as offering guidance from occupational health and safety officers, briefings at meetings and information on the intranet to promote hand washing.

“ Promoting good respiratory hygiene in the workplace by ensuring that face masks are worn and paper tissues are available at workplaces for those who develop runny nose or cough at work.

“There should also be closed bins for the disposal of same. Good respiratory hygiene prevents the spread of COVID-19,’’ she said.

According to her, while social distancing is important in preventing the spread of COVID-19, it may be difficult to achieve in workplaces but employers must think out of the box to achieve that.

“Employers must think of how people are going to start sitting in the office or whether they should work from home or they should work shifts.

“This is the same as how to handle clients or customers.

“They should also think of how to organise meetings, be it physical or virtual.

“For production lines and factories, the management must also device ways to prevent clustering and crowding.

“All of these and more must be deliberated on as we all enter the next phase because the success of achieving workplace safety and hygiene will go a long way in contributing to how quick COVID-19 will be curbed,’’ she advised.

Ezeribe said that communication had critical role to play and as such, management of organisations must adequately educate the employees across the rung on COVID-19 and the need for good respiratory and personal hygiene.

“In addition, there should be health insurance for staff.

“Face or nose masks must be distributed to members of staff. The need for good dietary habits must be stressed.

“These and more should be taken into consideration to protect the safety and health of employees,’’ she said.

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S. African welcomes Cuban medical specialists deployed to curb COVID-19

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday welcomed 217 Cuban medical professionals who have been deployed to the country to combat the spread of COVID-19.

The healthcare workers arrived in South Africa on Sunday night after Ramaphosa requested assistance from the Cuban government.

“The experts will support efforts being made in South Africa to contain the spread of COVID-19,” presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko said.

The team of medical professionals from Cuba include infectious diseases experts, epidemiologists, health technology engineers and family physicians to assist during door-to-door testing.

South Africa has recorded 4,546 cases of COVID-19 so far with 87 fatalities with most of the confirmed cases concentrated in the Western Cape.

National Health Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) welcomed the deployment of healthcare workers, stating that they would assist in the fight against the pandemic.

“The assistance of Cubans who are armed with extensive knowledge and experience on health-related interventions is going to be a shot in the arm for our efforts to stem the tide against new infections.

“With the new infections growing at an alarming rate the Cuban brigade could not have come at a better time,” said Nehawu spokesperson Khaya Xaba.

South African and Cuban governments collaborate on the field of healthcare, with over 700 South African doctors having been trained in Cuba in the past decade.

“Many others continue receiving medical training in Cuba, and will also provide in the coming years much needed primary healthcare services to their local communities,” Diko added.
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Public health specialist optimistic lockdown ‘ll curtail COVID-19 spread

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A Public Health Specialist, Dr Emmanuel Okechukwu , has expressed optimism that the lockdown directed by the Federal Government will help to curtail the spread of Coronavirus ( COVID-19) in the country.
Okechukwu, the President of Association of Catholic Medical Practitioners of Nigeria, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja that the lockdown would achieve desired results, if Nigerians obeyed the order.
“The lockdown will help curtail the spread of the virus if government enforces it and people obey it.
“But it will just be a mockery if there are people who still move around, using public transport and so on.
“The pandemic is contained if you stop people from moving around. Virus cannot move on air from Lagos to Abuja, except it is brought by somebody or something. So people should just obey.
“To manage a pandemic, you have to curtail person-to-person movement, and that is why the lockdown is important. It needs to be enforced effectively so that we can get result.
“It is very distressing and discomforting, but to stop this pandemic from escalating like it has in other countries, we should pray to God for grace to obey the lockdown order,” Okechukwu said.
He also reiterated the need for community surveillance, as the virus had entered into the community.
The expert said it was important for people, who might have been infected with the virus or were suspected to be directed and supported, to accept the appropriate testing and care.
Okechukwu further told NAN that if Nigerians were not honest in identifying infected persons, those managing them at home could also get into trouble.
He said: “What happened in Northern Italy was because the people did not take appropriate and early precautions.
“And even in the hospital setting, those health workers, who cared for the COVID-19 patients, also went to the next wards and cared for other patients. So the health workers became conveyors of the virus from the COVID-19 positive to negative people.
“Again, this method of containing people within the community requires new strategies and more aggressive approach.”
In order to ease the burden on Nigerians, who might need professional medical assistance during the period of lockdown, Okechukwu said that some members of the association had come together to form a Virtual-Consultation Volunteer Corps.
“Some members of the association are providing virtual counselling and consultation to people who may be in need of emergency medical consultation during the period of lockdown.
“These professionals are, however, guided by ethical standards; they don’t prescribe on the telephone.
“But we know some people just need to be listened to as many as are undergoing emotional hiccups due to the seriousness and magnitude of the pandemic.
“So what we are doing is to help our people, the much we can within the limit of our professional competence and capabilities,” he said.
On the association’s efforts to curtail the spread of the virus, Okechukwu said a lot of awareness creation was being carried out by members.
“ We provide education, information, guidance and referrals, and those are the things that most people need, aside from listening and counselling.
“We ensure that people, who are agitated, anxious and psychologically burdened, have people who can listen to them from a professional point and give them appropriate guidance,” he said.

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Lafia Specialist Hospital to receive COVID-19 equipment

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Dr Hassan Ikrama, the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Dalhatu Araf Specialists Hospital (DASH), Lafia, says it will soon receive medical equipment to boost the state’s preparedness in containing the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

Ikrama, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lafi, said the hospital had made presentation on the equipment the hospital needed to boost facilities in the isolation centre.

“The government has already placed order for the equipment and they are already on the way. lt will arrive the state any moment.

“As soon as the equipment arrive, the hospital will take delivery and make them known,” he said.

The CMD said that patients were still patronising the hospital but those with minor illnesses were shut out to avoid overcrowding.

He noted that staff and patients were being screened before being allowed to enter the facilities as parts of measures against the spread of the virus.

He said that non-essential staff were asked to stay at home in line with the government directives, adding that the management had provided protective kits to essential staff who are still going to work.

The CMD urged the public to continue to stay at home, wash hands with soap and water frequently, avoid crowding, maintaining social distance and listening to advice from the government.

NAN reports that governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State had on Thursday while updating newsmen on government measures to contain spread of the virus, said it would soon take delivery of medical equipment.

Sule said that more palliative materials with support from the private sector are underway for the people.

“We have received support of more palliatives from the organised private sector. It will soon arrive from Lagos and more people will be included.

“We also have medical equipment that will soon arrive the state for isolation centres,” Sule added.

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Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Peter Ejiofor) (NAN)

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