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Monkeypox Outbreak: Ebonyi Govt Confirms One Case

Bayelsa confirms 13 monkeypox cases

The Ebonyi State Government has confirmed the outbreak of monkeypox disease in the state.

Ebonyi Commissioner of health, Dr Daniel Umezurike made the confirmation in Abakaliki on Tuesday while handing down the true position of the outbreak.

Dr Umezurike disclosed that a 32-year-old male farmer, who hails from Ugwulangwu in Ohaozara Local Government Area and a resident of Abakaliki, was said to have travelled to Rivers State, and returned to Ebonyi on the 7th of July, 2022.

Upon examination, he was found to have developed fever, maculopapular rash, sore throat, headache and generalized weakness of the body following which a presumptive diagnosis of monkeypox was made.

While urging residents not to panic, the health commissioner said a close monitoring of the situation is ongoing, stressing that at this time there is no cause for alarm.

The first human case of monkeypox was recorded in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo when efforts were intensified to eliminate smallpox with a fatality rate of 1% to 10%.

Currently, Nigeria has 60 confirmed cases in 19 states of the country. According to Dr Umezurike, all relevant departments in Ebonyi State have been activated to coordinate the outbreak’s investigation and response across the 13 LGAs in the state.

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F.G Approves Establishment Of Teaching Hospital In Taraba

The establishment of a Federal teaching hospital in Taraba State has been approved by the Federal Government.

Approved by President Muhammadu Buhari, the teaching hospital is to be sited at the federal university in Wukari Local Government Area of the State.

In a letter dated 26th of September 2022, the President gave the nod to the leadership of the institution to go ahead with the establishment of the health institution.

The letter which was signed on behalf of the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, by the Director of Health, Teaching Hospital Division, Dr. Noah Andrew, urged the leadership of the university to make sure that all the needed facilities are in place.

“I am directed to refer to a letter dated 2nd September 2022 referenced SGF 6/T/380 from the Secretary of the Government of the Federation to inform you that His Excellency, President Mohammadu Buhari, has graciously approved the establishment of a federal teaching hospital for the federal University, Wukari, Taraba State”, the letter read in part.

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Kaduna Enrolls 136,507 Into Health Scheme

The Kaduna state government has disclosed that it has enrolled about 136,507 poor and vulnerable population into the Kaduna State health insurance scheme.

Head of Administration and Finance, Kaduna State Contributory Health Management Authority (KADCHMA), Mr Suleiman Mustapha, disclosed this in Kaduna, during a one-day Roundtable Dialogue on maternal and child health.

The Maternal and Child Health-Civil Society (MCH-CS) Partnership with support from Save the Children International organised the round table.

Mustapha said 79,329 poor and vulnerable populations were enroled for free basic health under the one per cent consolidated revenue of the state government.

According to him, the state government had so far released N1.1 billion to cover the basic health care services of the poor and vulnerable.

He also said an additional 50,648 poor and vulnerable population were enroled under the Basic Health Care Provision Fund, adding that a total of N1.1 billion had also been contributed to cover their healthcare.

KADCHMA Executive Secretary , Mr Abubakar Hassan, said the agency was established in February 2018 and began provision of health services in June 2020.

According to him, the health scheme is part of the state’s human capital development and social protection strategy for all residents.


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55,000 Die Of Rabies Annually In Nigeria- USAID

The United States Agency For International Development USAID has disclosed that at least 55, 000 Nigerians die of rabies every year.

It said rabid dogs account for about 94 percent of confirmed human infections.

This was revealed by Mieko Mckay, Deputy Office Director for Health, USAID Nigeria, in Abuja on Monday during the launch of the National Strategic Plan for Elimination of Dog-Mediated Human Rabies in Nigeria.

The event was organized by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in collaboration with the Federal of Health and Breakthrough ACTION -Nigeria and other partners ahead of this year’s World Rabies Day.

Country Representative, World Health Organisation, Walter Mulombo, represented by his deputy, Alexander Chimbaru, said there were recent cases in Gombe and Enugu States.

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