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FG warns doctors to be at alert over diseases outbreak

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Following the outbreak of Meningitis and mealeaes in some part of the country, the Federal Government has directed chief executives of its tertiary hospitals to be proactive in responding to outbreak of diseases in the country.

The directive came amid efforts to battle the outbreak of Cerebrospinal Meningitis in five states in the North-East.

The government also urged the public to notify the Federal Ministry of Health on any disease outbreak so as to enable the ministry to deploy response teams immediately and checkmate the spread of the disease.

A statement issued in Abuja on Friday by the Director of Press and Public Relations in the Ministry of Health, Boade Akinola, said the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, issued the directive during a meeting with the heads of the Federal Government’s tertiary health institutions.

He said the meeting was convened to chart a way forward in case of any disease outbreak in the country.

Adewole said, “I should start with global health security. As we might be aware, we have been dealing with series of outbreaks over the last one year. We started with Lassa fever, we moved on to cholera, there were pockets of measles and now we are dealing with meningitis.

“The outbreak of meningitis in Zamfara State actually started late November 2016, but we did not know until February, which is unfortunate. If we got to know early, we would have deployed the vaccines available to us, created awareness and taken charge of the situation early enough. But since we did not know, we lost valuable time to respond to the outbreak.”

Speaking further on the strategies of the federal hospitals to support the primary and secondary health care centres in the states, the minister urged all the Federal Government tertiary hospitals to adopt secondary and primary health facilities, equip them and ensure they work well.

According to him, during emergencies, medical personnel in federal hospitals must support the state, primary and general hospitals.

“We cannot pretend that what is happening outside our tertiary health centres do not concern us, and this is one reason why we must interact with primary and secondary health facilities in the states; otherwise, we would spend valuable time treating diarrhoea and vomit instead of looking after the complex cases that we ought to do,” he said.

In his remarks, the Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, said that the NCDC had already dispatched response teams and presently working with the state governments in the affected areas of Sokoto and Zamfara states.

He added that the team was working on early detection and treatment.

Ihekweazu urged the chief executives of tertiary hospitals to work closely with the leadership of the state governments in managing the outbreak.

He added that the NCDC was working hard to prevent the outbreak of cholera as the raining season had begun in some parts of the country.

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

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Shehu Sani Reacts To Hisbah’s Call For Scrapping Of Black Friday

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Shehu Sani Reacts To Hisbah's Call For Scrapping Of Black Friday

Shehu Sani

Former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani has reacted to the call for the scrapping of the popular ‘Black Friday’sales by the Kano State Hisbah Board.

Recall that earlier on Friday, the board asked a radio station, demanding that it stops using the word “Black Friday” to refer to Friday.

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The board explained that since Friday is regarded as a holy day in Islam, tagging it “Black Friday” is derogatory and a thus, should not be condoned.

Reacting to the statement, the former lawmaker from Kaduna described the threat by the Hisbah board as ‘nonsensical.”

He wrote:

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Court Orders Release Of Sen. Ndume From Kuje Prison

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Court Orders Release Of Sen. Ndume From Kuje Prison

Ali Ndume

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted bail to Senator Ali Ndume who was detained in prison on Monday following the failure to produce Abdulrasheed Maina in court.

This was made known by the presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang in a ruling on Friday, November 27.

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He stated that he chose to grant the senator bail based on his record of good behaviour before the court, notwithstanding that the other grounds of his bail application failed.

Justice Abang granted bail to Senator Ndume pending the hearing and determination of the Borno South Senator’s appeal filed at the Court of Appeal to challenge Monday’s order.

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We Deliberately Shut Down Refineries – NNPC GMD

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We Deliberately Shut Down Refineries – NNPC GMD

NNPC boss, Mele Kyari

The Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, has expressed that the corporation deliberately shut down the nation’s refineries because they became unsustainable.

The GMD disclosed this when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Upstream in Abuja.

He pointed out that the NNPC was unable to supply crude oil to the refineries, adding that the Excravos pipeline is the only one the NNPC managed to sustain through the contracting process.

He went on to express that it is practically impossible to run pipelines at their optimum capacity.

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“For instance, to run Kaduna and Warri refinery, you need to deliver 170,000 barrel of oil per day so that both will operate at 70 percent capacity,” he said.

Kyari said that at the moment, it only had over 5,000 kilometers of pipelines with 13 fuel depots, which according to him must be protected to forestall the activities of vandals.

“And I can tell you today that except the Atlas cove to Ibadan line and also the Portharcourt to Aba line, none of these pipelines is serviced.

“We cannot flow product into these lines, the cheap one is to say they are aged but the real reason is that the level of activities of vandals on these lines is gross, monumental, and profound.

“At every point within a month we fix 80 vandal points, the option is to shut them down and the result of having one depot is what we have seen in Lagos,” he said.

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