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Ogun Confirms Four Cases Of Monkeypox

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The Ogun State Government has confirmed four new cases of monkeypox, bringing the total number of cases recorded in the State to seven.

This was disclosed in a press statement by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker in Abeokuta.

According to the release, two cases were discovered in Ota, within Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area, while Abeokuta North and Abeokuta South had one case each.

The statement revealed that the Disease Surveillance and Notification Officers (DSNOs) in the affected local government areas have carried-out line-listing and contact tracing, pointing out that the patients are already on prescribed medications.

It further advised residents to avoid direct contact with body fluid or sore of an infected live or dead animals, persons or contaminated items, just as it emphasised regular hand washing with soap and water, especially after visiting or caring for a sick person.

While adding that animal food products should be properly cooked before eating, the government called for calm from residents, assuring that necessary measures were being put in place to curb the spread of the disease.

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COVID-19 Cases May Rise During Holiday Season, NCDC Warns

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has warned that COVID-19 infections may rise during the holiday season.

Ifedayo Adetifa, NCDC director general, in an interview with Punch, said the expected rise may occur due to an increase in travel.

He added that the agency, however, expects that there would be a decrease in hospitalisation.

“We are prepared to see that there may be a bump in cases just because of the increase in travel and the number of people returning. What we may not expect to see is an increasing number of people who are sick,” he said.

Adetifa said although Omicron remains the dominant COVID strain in Nigeria, vaccination and previous COVID-19 infections have provided some degrees of immunity.

“Omicron took over as the dominant variant in November and December last year, and it has refused to go anywhere. Other minor variants have emerged, but Omicron remains the most dominant,” he said.

“The population has quite a bit of immunity due to vaccination, previous COVID-19 infection, or repeated COVID-19 infection. So COVID-19 is not new. The Omicron is not new like it was in November.

“If you look at our numbers, we haven’t lost people for a while. Even if every single death is a great disaster for people’s families or friends, it’s not anything like the Delta variant when we had a big problem.”

According to the NCDC, Nigeria has so far recorded 266,283 COVID cases and 3,155 deaths.

 

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Nigeria has one psychiatric doctor to a million citizens – APN President, Obindo cries out

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The President, Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria, Prof. Taiwo Obindo says the country currently has a ratio of one qualified psychiatric doctor to about a million Nigerians.

He made the worrisome disclosure in Enugu on Thursday at the 53rd Annual General and Scientific Meeting of all psychiatric doctors in Nigeria holding at the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu.

The four-day meeting, which started on Nov. 23, is themed: “Insecurity and Forced Displacement: Mental Health and Psychological Implication”.

Obindo said, “This development has made accessibility and deliverability of psychiatric care relatively difficult in the country.”

He revealed that up to two-third of yearly well-trained and certified psychiatric doctors leave the country annually, adding that in psychiatric hospitals, qualified psychiatric doctors leave the country in droves, thus creating challenges for the country.

“The standard is that one psychiatric doctor should take care of 10,000 patients; but today, we have one psychiatric doctor to over one million Nigerians.

“As we speak now, we are having less than 250 certified psychiatric doctors throughout the whole country and more are leaving by the day,” he lamented.

He called for the passage of the National Mental Health Bill (amended) to give proper process and administration of mental health treatment and other issues relating to mental health, which included adequate funding and enumeration of its professionals.

“Mental healthcare should be incorporated into the primary healthcare system to cater for the primary and secondary institutions treating mental health disorders in localities.

“Presently, the little budget meant for mental health treatment goes to the tertiary institutions only.

“Mental health should be fully taken care of at the Primary Healthcare Centres to save Nigerians transport, feeding and accommodation cost, as well as stress of conveying a mentally ill relative to urban centres where psychiatric hospitals are found,” he said.

On the theme, Obindo, who is with the Jos University Teaching Hospital, noted that those that were entangled within the current insecurity and forced displacement had continued to face psychological and psychiatric trauma and disorders.

He noted that government and other organisations providing succour should not only provide food and shelter items but also psychological and psychiatric care.

According to him, we should ensure they recover from the shock of insecurity scenes they witness or their personal losses.

“It is important that the government and other support groups give them special attention to meet their current challenging emotional, psychological and psychiatric needs and not to fall into deeper depression or societal withdrawal,” he said.

In a remark, Prof. Monday Igwe, the Medical Director of Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu, said that insecurity was becoming a major cause of mental trauma and stress for some Nigerians.

Igwe, who is also the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the meeting, said that traumatic condition caused by insecurity and forced displacement can further lead to psychological imbalance, depression and suicide.

“It is time we put the psychological and psychiatric needs of these people into serious consideration and ensure that they pass through their ordeal with renewed hope that tomorrow will be better,” he said.

The event was also attended by the Enugu State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Emmanuel Obi and several other stakeholders in the health sector.

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Doctor Recounts How Metals On Lady’s Semi-Permanent Wig Frustrated Doctors Who Were To Carry Out Major Scan On Her

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A US-based medical doctor has recounted how she came to the rescue after her colleagues found it difficult to carry out an MRI on a lady who came into their hospital with stroke-like symptoms.

In a Twitter thread, the doctor @B_DrMadden said her colleagues couldn’t carry out the major scan on the said lady because of the metals on the glued semi-permanent wig she had on. Dr Madden said with her little knowledge of applying alcohol on the metals and the wig, she was able to rescue the situation and ensure that the lady carries out the needed scan.

 

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