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Lassa Fever: Nigerian doctor dies few months to the end of his housemanship

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A Nigerian doctor identified as Dzuana Vanen Philip has reportedly lost his life to Lassa fever barely months to the end of his housemanship.

Sources gathered that Dr Dzuana got admitted into Benue State University after several years of applying for Medicine and Surgery at other universities.

It was gathered that the deceased got inducted in the middle of 2019 and started his housemanship at Federal Medical Center, Makurdi.

According to reports, the deceased who was expected to complete his housemanship in four months time contracted Lassa fever and was initially managed at Benue State University Teaching Hospital before being transferred to Irrua Specialist Hospital.

The deceased died in the early hours of Wednesday April 1 and will be cremated in line with the National guideline for management of Lassa Fever patients.

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A Facebook user identified as Aindigh Kamo Mark wrote;

SO SAD WE LOST HIM.

Dr Dzuana Vanen Philip was a very intelligent, careful and meticulous doctor. He graduated from the prestigious Mount St. Gabriel’s Secondary School, Makurdi in 2004 with a fantastic result from both WAEC and NECO. He wrote UTME many times applying for medicine and surgery at Uni Jos, ABU and Maiduguri. He rejected many admission offers and insisted his calling was in medicine. He finally got admitted on merit list in 2009 at BSU to read medicine and surgery. While in medical school he demonstrated a high level of maturity, intelligence, academic resilience, discipline and diligence.

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Dr Dzuana will be remembered for his selflessness and humility in his daily interaction with course mates and colleagues. He graduated in 2019(10years school duration) after a protracted stay in medical school occasioned by lack of accreditation at BSU. He was inducted in the middle of 2019 and started housemanship at FMC Mkd, where he has been for the last 8 months. With just 4 months away from the end of housemanship, Dr Dzuana took ill and was later confirmed to have contracted Lassa Fever, was initially managed at BSUTH but was later transferred to Irrua Specialist Hospital where he had two sessions dialysis on account of kidney failure.

He finally gave up in the early hours of Wednesday 1st April 2020. Sadly he will not be buried at his ancestral home. He will be cremated in line with the National guideline for management of Lassa Fever patients.

At this very difficult moment when the world is battling with a Pandemic (COVID 19), we still have with us the likes of Lassa and other tropical illnesses ravaging us. God consoles us and Grant the soul of Dr Dzuana eternal rest.

 

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CAMA takes anti-malaria campaign to pregnant women, nursing Mothers in Oyo, Ogun and Lagos communities

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With support from Access Bank Plc, the Corporate Alliance on Malaria in Africa (CAMA) held a Malaria Intervention Initiative in five communities in Oyo, Ogun and Lagos States recently.

The intervention which keyed into the strategy of the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) in Nigeria to end malaria-related deaths amongst pregnant women and children under 5 who bear the greatest brunt of malaria deaths in Nigeria and Africa.

Majorly targeted at pregnant women in the affected communities CAMA, sensitized the community on the need to prevent Malaria by using insecticide-treated nets, keeping their surroundings clean and ensuring they visit a hospital when they feel unwell, even as they were urged to stay safe from the deadly Corona Virus.

The Initiative, held in partnership with HACEY, a non-profit, raised awareness on malaria prevention and treatment, in addition to raising awareness on the need to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The intervention which reached over 5,000 pregnant women and mothers with children under 5 also provided about 1,600 pregnant women with long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) in Ogooluwa, Eredo and Iberekodo in Lagos, Aremo and Oke-Ado in Oyo state and Ibafo in Ogun state.

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Through the initiative, healthcentres in these communities also received donations of LLINs.

Speaking on the event, Hon. Wasiu Taiwo, Vice Chairman, Eredo LCDA, Epe thanked Access Bank and CAMA for holding the event in Eredo, citing the need for pregnant women to be educated on the use of Mosquito nets as timely.

He stressed that while the government was doing a lot, private sector collaboration with government efforts is needed to turn the tide in reducing maternal deaths and malaria-related deaths in communities like Eredo.

CAMA’s Country Representative, Ms Ochuko Keyamo, said

“we know that this is a trying time for everyone, especially pregnant women in suburban communities. This intervention is aimed at reminding people of the importance of combatting malaria even while staying safe from COVID-19 by providing the necessary information and support for people in the selected rural communities. At CAMA, we remained committed to galvanizing private organizations support national policies on ending Malaria.”

In addition, the intervention also organized a door-to-door awareness campaign and a social media campaign on preventing malaria and getting the right treatment for malaria. The campaign also encouraged visiting hospitals for tests for fevers over self-medication and taking the right steps to stay safe from Malaria and COVID-19. Over 200,000 people were reached through the online campaign by the intervention.

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Head of Sustainability, Access Bank, Mrs Omobolanle Victor-Laniyan, said the malaria intervention was very important and timely.

“Malaria not only hurts families, but it also hurts businesses and the entire economy. As a member of CAMA, we have, over the years invested in and galvanized efforts amongst the private sector to end Malaria in Nigeria, working to complement existing government efforts.”

A participant and beneficiary, Mrs Halimo Keshinro of Ibafo, thanked CAMA and Access Bank for the laudable initiative as she said;

“I did not know a lot of things about malaria and how pregnant women can stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic until now. But this programme has opened my eyes to a lot of things.

“I had stopped going to the hospital because of COVID-19 but at this program, I learnt that it is ok as long as I take the necessary precautions such as using my facemask and washing my hands before touching my face.”

Established in 2006, the Corporate Alliance on Malaria in Africa (CAMA) is an initiative of GBCHealth to channel private-sector efforts to drive impactful partnerships for malaria control and elimination in Africa from workplaces to communities.

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Profit taking: Nigeria stock market down N155bn

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Profit-taking was persistent on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Friday with investors net worth dropping further by N155 billion.

Specifically, the market capitalization dipped N155 billion or 1.17 percent to close at N13.049 trillion compared with N13.204 trillion achieved on Thursday.

Also, the All-Share Index which opened at 25,312.05 sheds 295.75 points or 1.17 percent to close at 25,016.30.

An analysis of the price movement table shows that Dangote Cement topped the losers’ chart, dropping by N2.90 to close at N139 per share.

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BUA Cement trailed with a loss of N2.30 to close at N40, while Nigerian Breweries lost N2 to close at N42 per share.

Cadbury was down by 80k to close at N7.65, while Guinness dipped by 70k to close at N18.30 per share.

On the other hand, Boc Gases dominated the gainers’ table, gaining 40k to close at N4.40 per share.

Skyway Aviation Handling followed with 24k to close at N2.73, while NASCON gained 20k to close at N11.50 per share.

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Custodian Investment garnered 20k to close at N6.05, while Neimeth Pharmaceuticals increased by 16k to close at N1.77 per share.

The volume of shares traded dipped by 20.62 percent as investors bought and sold 214.49 million shares valued at N2.51 billion in 4,342 deals.

This was in contrast with 270.19 million shares worth N5.29 billion transacted in 4,550 deals on Thursday.

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The banking stocks drove the activity chart with Zenith Bank emerging the most active, exchanging 22.27 million shares worth N373.34 million.

Fidelity Bank followed with an account of 18.54 million shares valued at N33.48 million, while Guaranty Trust Bank sold 17.16 million shares worth N412.26 million.

Nigerian Breweries traded 15.59 million shares valued at N666.58 million, while FBN Holdings accounted for 15.55 million shares worth N83.75 million.

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COVID-19: 80 Kwara rapid response officers test negative – Commissioner

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The Kwara State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Raji Abdulrazaq on Friday confirmed that all 80 officers of the Kwara State Rapid Response Team (RRT) had tested negative to COVID-19.

Abdulrazaq, who made the confirmation in a statement in Ilorin, said that members of the team had been active in the tracking of COVID-19 cases in the state.

“For an abundance of caution, we decided to test all members of our hardworking Rapid Response Team, and we are glad to announce to the Kwara public that none of them is positive for the virus.

“This attests to the excellent adherence to the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) and other safety protocols.

“By all standards, we are doing very well in the management of the pandemic. This is due largely to the unquantified support the committee gets from the Governor and the understanding of our health workers,” he said.

Abdulrazaq said that there was a joint effort in containing the virus in the state, adding that the State Government had received references from other states on how to it was handling COVID-19.

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He dismissed claims of non-availability or shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as unfounded, adding that the government was always supplying the equipment.

“Similarly, Kwara is one of those few states that are conducting as many tests as possible to ascertain the status of our people and prevent community spread.

“Our contact tracing and rumor management are one of the best in the country as attested to by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC),” Abdulrazaq said.

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