Edo records 18 new cases of Lassa Fever
Edo State has reported 18 new cases of Lassa fever in the last week, increasing the total number of individuals who are now on admission to 23.
Prof. Akoria Obehi, the health commissioner, made this information public while briefing journalists in Benin City. She stated that the individuals, including 17 adults and six children, are currently receiving care at the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH), located in the Esan Central local government area.
Prof. Obehi said the government has taken more surveillance, education, and other steps to stop the spread of the disease and protect people in all Edo communities. She said this was to show that the government cared about the health and well-being of every Edo resident.
The health commissioner for the state of Edo expressed concern over the dramatic increase in new cases of Lassa fever and appealed for the help of every citizen in the state in eradicating the disease.
According to her, “Edo State, over the previous week, has reported 18 new instances of Lassa fever, bringing the cases of Lassa fever patients now on admission in the state to 23.
“The 23 patients, including 17 adults and six children are currently receiving care at the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital.”
Obehi named the local government areas in the state most impacted by the disease to include Esan West, Etsako West, Esan North East, Esan Central, Etsako Central, Esan South East and Etsako East.
Speaking on the government’s attempts to prevent the spread of the disease and protect Edo inhabitants, she noted: “The Emergency Operation Centre for Lassa fever has been activated in Edo State on the 5th of January, and they have had three meetings. The various pillars of the Emergency Operation Centre have been activated.
“The Infection, Prevention, and Control pillars are currently working on contacting the Diseases Notification and Surveillance Officers in the various local government areas to beef up infection control. We have stepped up communication with messages being developed and disseminated to sensitize people in their local languages.
“We will also be meeting with local council stakeholders today in Edo Central. We will be meeting with the Head of Local Government Administration (HOLGA) of the seven affected LGAs, as well as the market women, Enogies, and the healthcare practitioners in the LGAs, among other stakeholders.”
Lamenting the spike in the number of infections, the commissioner stated, “This is an emergency, and we want people to be aware that cases of Lassa fever are on the rise.
“While the government is implementing a number of measures to prevent the spread of the disease in the state, we urge everyone to support the government’s efforts in curbing the spread of Lassa fever by complying with guidelines to stay healthy and safe.”
She advised, “Wash your hands frequently with soap and water; avoid contact with rat urine or feces; avoid consuming contaminated food or water and seek medical attention immediately if you experience any symptoms of Lassa fever, such as fever, headache, muscle pain, and weakness.”
Chimaroke Nnamani loses Enugu East senatorial seat to LP
Former governor of Enugu State, Chimaroke Nnamani, has lost his reelection bid in Enugu East Senatorial district to Labour Party candidate, Kelvin Chukwu.
The Labour Party candidate polled 69, 136 to beat Chimaroke of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who scored 48, 701 votes.
Kelvin replaced his brother, Oyibo Chukwu, who was murdered a few days before the Feb. 25 presidential and National Assembly elections.
Kelvin Chukwu is the younger brother of Oyibo Chukwu who was murdered days before the 2023 Presidential election.
INEC declares PDP’s Umo Eno as Akwa Ibom gov-elect
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State, Umo Eno as the winner of the March 18 governorship poll in the state.
Eno polled 354,348 to defeat his closest rivals — Akanimo Udofia of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who scored 129,602 votes and Labour Party (LP)’s Uduakobong who got 4,746 votes.
Eno was declared the winner by INEC Returning Officer in the state, Prof Emmanuel Adigio.
Eno, a former Commissioner for Lands in Akwa Ibom, is the anointed candidate of the incumbent governor, Udom Emmanuel, whose two terms of eight years will end on May 29, 2023.
Thugs invade INEC collation centre at Obingwa
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed that thugs have invaded its office at Obingwa Local Government Area, Abia State.
Obingwa is the home LGA of the out-going governor of Abia, Okezie Ikpeazu, who is seeking to install his candidate, PDP’s Okechukwu Ahiwe, as governor.
The thugs said to be members of the PDP, stormed the Obingwa LGA headquarters as collation of results was still ongoing.
A party agent who was at the LGA said Governor Ikpeazu was sighted at the INEC collation centre earlier in the day, shortly before the invasion.
Opposition party members, especially from the Labour Party (LP), which is said to have swept most of the wards, are apprehensive and have called on INEC to ensure that the integrity of the results coming from the LGA is preserved.
In a tweet on its Twitter handle Sundayafternoon, INEC wrote: “Thugs have invaded our Obingwa Local Government Area office in Abia State.
Security agencies have been alerted. The Commission is monitoring the situation and will issue a statement shortly.”
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