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August 21, 2018

Ebola scare in Calabar, one dead

  We are investigating –UCTH PALPABLE fear has gripped workers and pa­tients of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) in Calabar, Cross River State over a suspect­ed case of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Although management of the hospital denied the development, it, neverthe­less, shut down the Acci­dent and Emergency ward after the Ebola virus scare hit the health institution yesterday. Investigation by Daily Sun revealed that the scare was induced by the death of a patient, who was brought in from nearby Akpabuyo community in Akpabuyo Local Govern­ment Area of the state for treatment on Tuesday eve­ning, but…

EBOLA FREE NIGERIA!! – THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER (4)

“When Yahweh delivered Zion from bondage we were like in a dream. Then our mouths were filled with laughter and our tongues with shouts of joy. Then it was said among the nations “The Lord had done great things for us and we rejoiced”. Restore our fortunes O Lord!  Like the waters in the Negeb. May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy. Those who go out weeping bearing the seed for sowing shall come home with shouts of joy carrying their sheaves!” (Psalm 126: 1-6)   Fruits of the counsel Elsewhere, except in Nigeria, this conventional…

EBOLA FREE NIGERIA!! – THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER (2)

“When Yahweh delivered Zion from bondage we were like in a dream. Then our mouths were filled with laughter and our tongues with shouts of joy. Then it was said among the nations “The Lord had done great things for us and we rejoiced”. Restore our fortunes O Lord!  Like the waters in the Negeb. May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy. Those who go out weeping bearing the seed for sowing shall come home with shouts of joy carrying their sheaves!” (Psalm 126: 1-6)   SO FAR NOT BAD: Every right thinking Nigerian who cares…

COMMUNION IN THE HAND: TO BE OR NOT TO BE? (4)

THE EBOLA VIRUS EPISODE Every evil emanates from the “evil one” (Jn 17:15; Matt 5:37; Matt 6:13; Matt13:19); primeval serpent which is the devil and Satan (Rev 20:2).    The Ebola virus with its peculiar mass annihilative potentiality has offered the apostles of religious progressivism and modernism the much-desired opportunity to pounce on the Eucharist. Undeniably, Ebola is imbued with a high degree of contagion. Perhaps humanity, in the future, will witness a worse outbreak of a disease or evil since the messages of our Lady are spurned. Whatever the situation, the adage that prevention is better than cure should be…

Man Coming From Nigeria Isolated for Ebola in Spain

A Nigerian passenger heading to Madrid from Paris has caused the isolation of a plane, believed to be carrying about 183 passengers, after he showed symptoms of Ebola The Ebola outbreak has heightened tensions worldwide as a plane was on Thursday isolated at an airport in Madrid, Spain after a man, who was reportedly coming from Nigeria, fell ill with a fever and shivers. The passenger, who had a stopover in Paris before reaching the Spanish capital, is now being treated as a suspected Ebola case, authorities said, October 16. A spokesperson for the Spanish Airport Authority is said to…

58 Days of Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria: The drama, the lessons

July 20, 2014, will forever remain a day many Nigerians will, indeed, not forget in a hurry. It was the day Patrick Sawyer arrived in Nigeria, bringing with him the dreaded agent of death, the Ebola virus. His arrival brought to an end the much cherished status Nigeria so far enjoyed as an Ebola-free country, as she became the fourth in West Africa, after Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, to record fatal cases of the dreaded virus. By the time the Federal Government worked tirelessly to contain the disease on the 16th of September, 19 people had become infected in…

Politicking with Ebola, while Boko Haram ravages us

It is a thing of national pride that Nigeria, against all odds, was able to withstand the terrible storm of Ebola. Whoever contributed to this in anyway or capacity should not shout to attract glory. Nigerians know what happened and who did what and we remain grateful to these patriotic Nigerians. It was Nigeria as a country that won. We understand that everybody likes to win, especially in Nigeria where the winner truly takes all and holds it for as long as possible and even to the disadvantage of others. That is why the victory over Ebola and the on-going…

Ebola: Owerri Archdiocese holds sensitization seminar for teachers -As schools resume Monday 22

Dr. Godson Achugwo at the just concluded Ebola sensitization programme organised for Owerri Archdiocesan Schools In readiness for the resumption of schools in Owerri Archdiocese on Monday, September 22, 2014, the Archdiocesan Education Commission in collaboration with the Archdiocesan Health advisory Board, held a one-day training for teachers in both primary and secondary schools in the Archdiocese, Sept. 18. Addressing a capacity filled hall of staff and teachers at Assumpta Cathedral premises, Rev. Fr. Victor Eleba, the Owerri Archdiocesan Director of Education said the aim of the seminar was to enlighten the teachers on how to nip the spread of…

Why Should A Doctor Embark On Strike? (4)

It is against this back drop that doctors after considering the divine nature of their calling and the need to maintain order in the health sector as well as stall the ugly monster in the face of JOHESU,and the politicization of the health sector by government, rose to  the challenge and demanded from government: That for the interest of peace and to maintain harmonious relationship among health workers, for the interest of the patients, the health care team be headed by a physician, as it is age long and noble. The office of the medical director to be reserved for…

Ebola: Policemen flee as monkey, owner storm station

The fear of Ebola is the beginning of wisdom played out as a monkey and its owner stormed the “A” division of Bayelsa State Police Command and caused pandemonium.  There was confusion as policemen scampered for safety. This is even as an 18-month-old baby was quarantined in Rivers State. Monkeys have been identified as one of the animals to be avoided because they harbor the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Checks indicated that the owner of the monkey simply identified as Madam Ebitare, was arrested by a patrol team of the division at Swali market for still selling live and dried…

Why Should A Doctor Embark On Strike? (2)

THE SUPPORT STAFF IN THE HOSPITALS Nurses: The origin of the present day nursing dates back to the late 18th century and was popularized by Florence Nightingale. Their Nightingale pledge stated among other things that, “with loyalty will I endeavour to aid the Physician in his work and devote myself to the welfare of those committed unto my care”. It has gradually evolved as a science, producing indispensable members to the healthcare team. Pharmacists: These are also important members in the healthcare delivery system, relatively new science in medicine. Until recently, pharmacists were rarely needed in the hospital setting because…

Monthly Clean-Up and the Rot of Owerri

OWERRI has lost its enviable position as the cleanest state capital in the country. Sadly, it now ranks below most of the other states in matters of sanitation.  The question is why? Why is Imo-State reluctant to clean up its mess? Why has the Rochas Okorocha Government, which threw its weight behind the monthly sanitation exercise at inception, sitting back and watching Owerri being swallowed up in dirt and debris? Is the challenge too much for the Government or it doesn’t really care? We recall that when the governor started newly some three and half years ago, he was even…

EBOLA: Where is your faith?

Quite in recent past, it was insurgent news on the outbreak of the so-called Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), spreading like wild fire around the globe.  The news of this virulent disease was spreading so fast with its attendant precautionary measures that one begins to wonder why the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ has not been able to spread so fast with much adherents as the news of the recent Ebola Virus Disease is gaining ground and inroads into the hearts and minds of the people.  It was a very funny experience one fateful morning the news was on the…

Ebola: Schools may re-open mid-September

The Federal Government has said following the effective management and containment of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country and with the report of the experts advising government to reopen the schools, all government and private primary and secondary schools in the country may resume academic activities at the middle of this month. This new resumption date, he added, will be announced by the Minister of Education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, after meeting with Commissioners for education and stakeholders, who were involved in fixing the earlier resumption date of October 13. The Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau, it would be…

Ebola: Only one case left in Nigeria –FG

Thirty-eight days after the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) recorded its first victim with the death of visiting Liberian/American Patrick Sawyer, the Federal Government announced Tuesday it has contained EVD. The authorities said the last patient’s condition was stable. A statement signed by Mr Dan Nwomeh, Special Assistant to the Health Minister, said, “as of today, (August 26, 2014,) Nigeria has 13 cases of EVD including the index case. “Of these 13, five including the index case unfortunately did not survive the disease and are now late. However, seven of the infected persons were successfully managed at the isolation ward…

Ebola: Imo Health Workers demand upward review of hazard allowance

– As state names four Hospitals for Ebola suspects Newly elected Chairman of the Joint Health Sector Union, Imo State Branch, Comrade Nzenwata Francis has enjoined Governor Rochas Okorocha to review upwards the hazard allowance for health workers in the state following the Ebola virus threat According to him, since it is apparent that the health workers are the major victims of the Ebola disease scourge, it becomes pertinent that financial grants be provided to the sector. He observed that members of the Joint Health Sector Union are most vulnerable as they come in close contact with all affected persons,…

EBOLA SCARE: WORSHIPERS REFUSE HAND SHAKES IN CHURCH

Worshipers in churches now find it difficult to embrace or exchange the  liturgical hand shake of peace even with their friends and relatives as a result of the fast spreading  Ebola Virus since no one knows who is infected and who is not. Those who spoke to The Leader stressed the need for everyone to be very careful of whom he associates with, while others described the disease as a sign of the end time. Meanwhile, the Cathedral Administrator Orlu Diocese Rev. Fr. Isdore  Madueke has expressed dismay over the information being circulated by some people  that bathing with salt …

Ebola Virus: Catholic Churches take steps to avert spread -Suspend shaking of hands

To avert the spread of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Nigeria, some Catholic Churches have suspended some aspects of the liturgy.  These include hand to mouth communion and kiss of peace – handshake during Mass. Onitsha Archdiocese: For instance, officiating priests during holy Masses in all parishes in the Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha, will from today Sunday, not give Holy Communion directly with their hands into the mouths of the congregation. In the Onitsha Archdiocese, the traditional rite of peace where worshippers shake hands or hug each other during Masses will also be skipped henceforth. Metropolitan Archbishop of Onitsha, Most…

Doctors suspend strike over Ebola outbreak

Doctors serving in public hospitals on Thursday suspended their about five-week long strike in deference to the Ebola outbreak which has killed two people and infected five others in Lagos.   A statement from the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, says “the incursion of Ebola into Nigeria was a major reason for suspending the strike”   The emergence of Ebola in Lagos which is sub-Saharan Africa’s largest city with more than 20 million people has created further panic over the worst ever outbreak of the deadly tropical disease.   Meanwhile, earlier before the suspension of the strike, the Nigerian Medical Association…

Nigerian nurse dies of Ebola virus

–         Spain evacuates priest who tested positive –         Liberia declares three days of  prayer, fasting   The federal government on Wednesday confirmed five new cases of Ebola in Lagos and a second death from the virus, bringing the total number of infections in sub-Saharan Africa’s largest city to seven.   Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, the Health Minister said that among the medical personnel (nurse) that attended to the late Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer, who died of Ebola virus in Lagos on July 25, has died of the same disease.   “Nigeria has now recorded 7 confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVB…