The Nigerian Navy (NN) on Monday inaugurated a 40-bed-space isolation centre at the Naval Dockyard in Lagos State, for its personnel who might test positive for Coronavirus disease.
The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Ibok-Ette Ibas, was represented by Rear Adm. Oladele Daji, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Western Naval Command at the inauguration.
Ibas said that the centre would be used to isolate positive but asymptomatic persons, saying that it was part of NN’s proactive measures to curb the spread of the virus.
“The Nigerian Navy identified the need to increase its isolation centres as a proactive measure toward a quick response to COVID-19 management.
“Especially in situations where other facilities are overwhelmed with the high number of patients, this 40-bed isolation centre which we are about to put to use immediately is part of the contributions of the Nigerian Navy to the fight against the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
“The isolation centre will be used to isolate positive but asymptomatic persons under the strict guidance of trained medical personnel with technical support from the Lagos State Government,” he said.
He said that as there was an increase in exposure to the virus, there was also an increase in the number of confirmed cases, thereby causing isolation centres to be limited.
“An increase in exposure to the virus will lead to an increase in the number of confirmed positive cases.
“Therefore, the management of positive cases includes the isolation of infected persons to reduce the chances of further spread in the community.
“Isolation centres have been established across the country to isolate and manage confirmed cases, however, as more cases are confirmed, there arises the need for more centres for the isolation of people to reduce the risk of further transmission,” he said.
He said the NN could not afford to take any chances, especially, looking at how compacted their ships were.
“From what we have been hearing, somebody can have the virus but asymptomatic, that means it is possible that it can be spread to others.
“And you know by the nature of our work-space in the ship, which is enclosed compartment, we can’t afford to have a high rate of such,” he said.
He said that the NN had been in contact with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in Lagos, since the project was conceived, saying that the NN would continue to contribute its quota to ensure that the pandemic was curtailed soon.
“Since this project was conceived, up till the commissioning, the NCDC is in support of the NN policy for the health care need of personnel as championed by the CNS.
“The NN will continue with this type of programme where necessary in other parts of the country where we have a high concentration of naval personnel,” he said.
The CNS also used the opportunity to seek God’s guidance over naval personnel and the Armed Forces in general.
“As the NN celebrates its 64th anniversary, we pray that God Almighty continues to shower his blessings upon all our sailors, families, the leadership of the NN and the armed forces,” he said.
It was said that a tour around the facility showed that each room houses four beds.
According to reports that the facility was divided into two sections where one section would accommodate those that were not symptomatic.
The other section which housed oxygen ventilators would be for those that would require some level of management before the arrival of NCDC officials.
The Coronavirus disease popularly known as COVID-19 is a pandemic which had affected virtually every country in the world, the first case in Nigeria was reported on Feb. 27, 2020, in Lagos.
The disease has spread to 35 of the 36 states with 9,202 confirmed cases in Nigeria while Lagos State has recorded the highest number with 4,337 confirmed cases and 3,585 active cases.
American don donates surgical instruments to Unilorin
The University of Ilorin (Unilorin) has hailed an American don, Emeritus Prof. Eugene Myers, for donating equipment worth thousands of dollars to its Otorhinolaryngology (ORL) Department.
In a statement signed by Prof. Busari Alabi, the ORL Course Coordinator in Unilorin, the university said that the high-quality instruments are known as German products – Karl Storzwill – would be of immense use for patients’ care and medical education.
According to the university, Myers is of the ORL Department of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in the U.S.
“The equipment will be used for cadaver dissections and elective surgery.
“Myers is an expert who has played leadership roles in most of the professional and scientific societies in the field of Head and Neck Surgery.
“He was awarded a gold medal for his international activities at the 2009 IFOS World Congress, and currently serves as the Honorary President of the Balkan Society of Otolaryngology.
” Furthermore, he is the Regional Advisor to the Balkans for the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery,” Unilorin said.
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Kwara govt acquires two state-of-the-art ambulances for emergency response
The Kwara State Government has acquired two state-of-the-art Mercedes Benz Ambulances to boost emergency response system in the state.
The Newsmen reports that the ambulances were unveiled on Sunday at a brief ceremony in the Government House premises, Ilorin.
Inspecting the two new ambulances, Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, reassured of his administration’s commitment to a full-blown turnaround in the Kwara Health system.
AbdulRazaq said that the gesture was another step in his administration’s drive to improve healthcare delivery, saying more were in the offing after the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The governor commended health workers in the state for putting a strong fight for the survival of COVID-19 patients, saying that their calling was service to humanity.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Raji Razaq, who took the governor round the ambulances, described the gesture as another feather to the cap of the ministry; noting that it was a promise kept for strengthening the health system in the state.
He noted that the two high-roofed ambulances were fully equipped with resuscitative gadgets, oxygen, and ventilators to keep patients alive.
WHO discontinues trial of hydroxychloroquine treatment for COVID-19 patients
The World Health Organisation (WHO) says it has discontinued the use of hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir in its global trial for the treatment of COVID-19 as recommended by the Solidarity Trial’s International Steering Committee.
The UN health agency, in a statement posted on its website, stated that the Solidarity Trial was established by WHO to find an effective COVID-19 treatment for hospitalized patients.
“The committee formulated the recommendation in light of the evidence for hydroxychloroquine vs standard-of-care and for lopinavir/ritonavir vs standard-of-care from the Solidarity trial interim results.
“The trial interim results and from a review of the evidence from all trials presented at the July 1 to July 2, WHO Summit on COVID-19 research and innovation.
“These interim trial results show that hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir produce little or no reduction in the mortality of hospitalized COVID-19 patients when compared to standard of care.
“Solidarity trial investigators will interrupt the trials with immediate effect,’’ it said.
According to the statement, for each of the drugs, the interim results do not provide solid evidence of increased mortality.
“There were, however, some associated safety signals in the clinical laboratory findings of the add-on Discovery trial, a participant in the Solidarity trial.
“These will also be reported in the peer-reviewed publication.
“This decision applies only to the conduct of the Solidarity trial in hospitalized patients and does not affect the possible evaluation in other studies of hydroxychloroquine or lopinavir/ritonavir in non-hospitalized patients or as pre- or post-exposure prophylaxis for COVID-19.
“The interim Solidarity results are now being readied for peer-reviewed publication.’
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