Nurse Allegedly Dies Of Lassa Fever

An outbreak of Lassa fever has allegedly claimed the life of Henry Ehimati, a male nurse working with Okomu Oil Palm Company staff clinic, located in Ovia South-West Local Government Area of Edo.

The victim, said to be in his 30s and married with a child, works at the clinic, but lives with his family at Upper Sakponba area of Benin whenever he was off duty.

A credible source told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Benin that a doctor in charge of the disease control at the clinic observed the victim.

The source said the medical doctor observed that the deceased was unusually weak and with high fever last week.

“By the time they admitted him at the clinic and run test on him, they detected that he had ‘2 plus’ malaria, with protein in his blood.

“As the fever got worse by the day, they then decided to transfer him to a private clinic in Benin City, last Saturday, where they also conducted several tests on him.

“When they suspected that he might be suffering from Lassa fever, they then decided to transfer him to the Lassa fever centre at Irrua Teaching Hospital.

“But he died at the clinic even before they could finalise arrangements to take him there,’’ according the source.

The State Commissioner for Health, Mr David Osifo, is yet to respond to calls and a text a message sent to his mobile phone.

The Managing Director of Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc, Mr Graham Heife, also failed to respond to a text message sent and call put to his mobile phone. (NAN)

Aregbesola Signs Executive Bill On Youth, Women Empowerment

Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has signed an Executive Bill focusing on key areas of Youth, Women and other areas of addressing issues concerning the welfare of the vulnerable and less privileged in the state.

The bill is to also institutionalize efforts of the government under its Social Investment Programme.

The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the State of Osun, Dr Ajibola Basiru disclosed this at the Start-Up Meeting on Building a Pro-Bono Culture in Nigeria facilitated by the Justice Research Institute, Nigeria Bar Association and the State Ministry of Justice.

The meeting held in Osogbo, the state capital seeks to bring together stakeholders from various arms of the Pro-Bono Initiative on the War against Sexual and Gender Based Violence with a view to providing free legal services in the prosecution of vulnerable victims cases in Osun.

Basiru stated that the programme is key due to the vulnerability and susceptibility of the society to Gender-based Violence called on all stakeholders to ensure Transparency and Accountability in the dispensation of Justice.

In his remarks, the Secretary of the Presidential Advisory Panel on Anti-Corruption, Mr Akingbolahan Adeniran said the initiative is targeted at ensuring sanity in the society in respect to rampant cases of gender-based violence.

Adeniran is of the opinion that if the Pro-Bono Measure is adopted in states of the Nigerian federation, the usage of the Rule of Law to achieve Social Justice.

He however underscored the role of the media in noting the key areas cum ideals to cover in avoiding stigmatization and other societal negligence for victims.

In separate papers, Funmi Owuye, the coordinator of the Lagos Pro-Bono project gave account of the successes achieved so far with emphasis on the need to get the relevant stakeholders to action in the State of Osun.

The programme gave birth to the inauguration of the State of Osun Task Force Public Interest Law Partnership comprising of relevant stakeholders including the State Ministry of Justice, Osun Chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association and the Justice Research Institute by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr Ajibola Basiru.

 

FG Increases Maternity Leave To Four Months

The Federal Government has increased maternity leave for women from 12 weeks to 16.

The government also advised women to seek legal action against discrimination and abuses at workplace.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, said this when he addressed a plenary session at the ongoing 107th International Labour Conference holding in Geneva, Switzerland on Tuesday.

The theme of the conference is “A Future With Decent Work.”

Ngige had noted that in public service, Nigeria recently increased the period for maternity leave from 12 to 16 weeks “to allow enough recuperation time for both baby and mother in terms of breastfeeding.”

He added that all disciplinary proceedings against any female member of staff which may have been taken during period of her maternity leave shall be put in abeyance till the expiration of the leave.

“Employers of labour are also barred from removal of women from work due to their marital status.

“Illegal labour migration, contract staffing and labour casualisation which affects most women are being reformed through policies and regulations at national, bilateral and multilateral levels.

Ngige said that the promotion of youths and women employment and enhancement of the status of women at workplace had continued to be a challenge in the society over the last decade.

According to him, the most effective method of eliminating gender inequality from the workplace lies in vigorous opposition to employers’ discriminatory conducts, policies and harassment in all forms whenever they occur.

“Women who fall victims to these abuses are encouraged to oppose such through legal actions as well as report to labour inspectors,’’ he said.

He stressed the need to put in place appropriate legislation, policies and practices to deal with the gender gaps which inhibit greater participation of women in the labour force.

According to him, the injection of punitive measures and sanctions into Labour Inspection Guide, Law and Code of practice, can serve as future deterrent.

The minister assured that the Nigerian government was committed to promoting youths and women employment as well as enhance the status of women at workplace.

Ngige said this had been exacerbated by economic recession brought about by fall in oil price, and militancy in some parts of the country.

“This is especially in the North-East, and the issue of returnee migrants, majority of whom are women and young girls trafficked for slavery and sex work.

“For a country in which females constitute 49. 4 per cent of the total population of over 190 million, it is therefore, imperative that the issues which hinder increased and effective women participation in the labour force be properly addressed,’’ he said.

He said that the government drew up and had been implementing an Economic Recovery and Growth Plan aimed at addressing gender inequality and youths unemployment

Ngige said Nigeria had also initiated a School-to-Work (N-Power) programme, designed to empower young women and men with skills to facilitate their entry into labour market.

The programme, he said, had an initial two years’ span.

The minister, however, noted that Nigerian government had taken some specific measures to address inequality and had recorded some successes.

According to him, some of the successes reordered are the principle of equal pay for equal work for all, without discrimination on account of sex.

This, he added, was enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended.

He also said that employers of labour in both the public and private sectors were by regulations requested to provide workplace crèches for nursing mothers for ease at workplace.

 

He called for technical assistance from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in the area of gender audits.

(NAN)

Mubi Records 434 Cases with 13 deaths of Cholera

The Adamawa Ministry of Health has confirmed that the cases of cholera outbreak in Mubi have risen to 434 with 13 deaths.The Information Officer of the Ministry, Mr Abubakar Muhammed, confirmed the number, via a statement he issued on Sunday in Yola.
The statement reads: ” Total number of cases reported from Mubi North and Mubi South Local Government Areas as at 26th May, 2018 stand at 434 cases with 13 deaths.

” While the Case Fatality Rate (CFR ) is 3.0 per cent ; Mubi North has 211 cases and 7 deaths equivalent to 3.3 per cent case fatality rate.” Mubi South has 223 cases with 6 deaths and case fatality rate is 2.7 per cent.”

The Principal Medical Officer of Mubi General Hospital, Dr Ezra Sakawa, however said that most of the infected patients have been treated and discharged.

It will be recalled that Mubi was hit by cholera outbreaks two week ago, a development expert linked to contaminated water.

About 90 per cent of Mubi residents obtain their water from water vendors, who source water from boreholes meant for irrigation along the banks of River Yedzaram.

{MAGAZINE} Codeine, Tramadol And Postinor 2 Use, A Ticking Time Bomb

 

FRANCIS EZEDIUNO writes about the abuse of prescription of everyday medicine, including paracetamol, tramadol, codeine-based cough syrup and even sweet like TomTom amongst others.

For years, the Nigerian government has waged relentless war against drug abuse. A time was when narcotic peddling and trafficking carried a death sentence. It seems the battle against narcotic had been won but another battle ground has been opened and that is the battle against abuse of prescription of everyday medicine.

Why it is somehow difficult to fight this battle due to the fact that these drugs are under the essential ones. It sounds unbelievable that every day drugs like paracetamol, tramadol, codeine-based cough syrup and even sweets like TomTom can be abused. This is the ingenuity of the Nigerian youth at its worst.

We have even heard of cases of antibiotics and antiretroviral drugs used in the management of HIV amongst the class of medicines abused by these youths.

The government may have hitherto been in denial but the recent exposure by the British Broadcasting Corporation [BBC] and subsequent special edition of Aljazeera Stream, where the issue was brought up has further made it imperative to visit this epidemic of epic proportion waiting to explode.

Although, the Federal Government had taken some steps in ordering the stoppage of the use of codeine and Biolin in the manufacture of cough syrups in the country and the Government even went as far as temporarily closing down operation at some of the implicated pharmaceutical companies but to the greatest surprise, the same authorities has lifted ban on the stoppage of work placed on Emzor Pharmacuetical Company but the local ones are believed to still be under lock and key. Why?

We need to visit this burning issue for the sake of today’s and our children coming after. For if not, I pray it will not overwhelm us. If we say cocaine and heroine are expensive narcotics, what about codeine-based cough syrups, gum, lizard faeces, rephnol, tramadol, stale urine, pawpaw leaves, freely distributed HIV anti-retroviral drugs, paracetamol and a host of other drugs that can be purchased from any pharmaceutical or patent store?

THE DRUGS

It makes you high after ingestion and it is variously seen in clubs amongst the youths which President Muhammadu Buhari brazenly referred to as lazy, being consumed in clubs mixed with Coca-Cola and other types of beverages to form a powerful cocktail.

It is also seen amongst youths mixed with ice blocks and served in street corners where youths sometimes gather in the cool of the evening to let off steam.

Students of higher colleges in order to prove their mettle also take it just to show that they have arrived as ‘bigger boys’ and have now achieved independence from the watchful eyes of their parents.

It is in liquid form and it was intended to serve as a means of temporary sedation from the pain of cough that sometimes afflict children as well as the old. What am I referring to here? I am talking about CODEINE!

Codeine is an opiate used to treat pain as a cough medicine and for diarrhea. It is typically used to treat mild to moderate degrees of pain. It starts working after half an hour with maximum effect at two hours. The total duration of kits effect last for about four to six hours.

As with other opiate based pain killers, chronic use of codeine can cause physical dependence.

No wonder Olamide Badoo just released a recent hit song titled, ‘Science Student’, a song which was subsequently banned from the airwaves by the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission [NBC].

The other toughens the addict up; it is usually maintained that regular intake of it gives extra strength and energizes the addict, gives extra strength for work and boosts sexual urge.

Its use is common amongst people engaged in extra physical works like labourers and those involved in engineering manual labour works.

Amongst students, the use is also common just to prove that they are ‘macho’ enough so the girl in

NMA Accuses Health Workers Of Shutting Health Facilities

The Nigerian Medical Association has berated the Joint Health Sector Unions for shutting health facilities and seizing medical equipment in order to prevent doctors from attending to patients.

The NMA in a statement by its President, Dr. Francis Faduyile, called on JOHESU to stop acting like thugs even as it advised the Federal Government not to meet the union’s unrealistic demands.

It called on Chief Medical Directors and Medical Directors in government owned health facilities to ensure that doctors were given full protection from the desperate health workers.

The statement read in part, “The striking allied health workers have resorted to undue brigandage and desperate antics in an attempt to prevent our members from offering healthcare services to Nigerians.

“They now lock up clinical service points and equipment thereby making it difficult for our members to operate smoothly within the
hospital environment, and other disruptive acts including thuggery.

We call on the CMDs/MDs of government owned health facilities to provide adequate security for Doctors and contract staff who are currently offering services within the hospitals.

“The lies being peddled by JOHESU regarding our members’ emoluments is an attempt to hoodwink the public against Nigerian doctors.”

The NMA praised the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, for directing heads of government hospitals to ensure service delivery during this trying period.

It, however, described as unfortunate demands by JOHESU for the minister’s sacking.

The doctors also lambasted the union for accusing the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr.Chris Ngige, of incompetence.

It added, “We observe with dismay the maligning of the ministers of health and that of labour by JOHESU, calling them all sorts of uncomplimentary names, and the call by JOHESU for the removal of the minister of health.

“This act of rascality, disregard for these two offices and the call for the removal of the minister of health, have finally exposed their motive for disrupting the progress recorded in the ministry of health in the last three years of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration.

“One wonders if the salary of JOHESU members is all that the health ministry is about. We, therefore, call on the Federal Government and its representatives including the minister of health and that of labour not to be distracted but continue to stand with the truth and international best practices in ensuring the improvement of the Health indices of Nigerians.”

Lagos State Shows Concern Over HIV Among Pregnant Women

Concerns and fears have arisen over the gradual spike in the number of women that have tested positive to Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in Lagos State.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, recently disclosed that at least 2, 131 pregnant women have tested positive to HIV, while 3, 876 children were placed under antiretroviral therapy (ART) within the last one year.

Apart from fears that the deadly ailment could be experiencing a resurgence, stakeholders are worried about the downslide in funds for HIV programmes, as most donors have pulled out, and there is little or no provision in the national and state budgets to fight the scourge.

Consequently, not more than one-third of pregnant women and children living with the virus are receiving treatment.Lagos State Key Performance HIV Indicators for 2015 to 2017 made available to The Guardian by the National Agency for Control of AIDS (NACA), showed that more women are getting tested for HIV in the state, just as more are receiving ARV through the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) programme.

The HIV indicator for the state showed that the total number of pregnant women counseled, tested and given HIV test results in 2015 was 96, 306. The number fell to 82, 506 in 2016 and rose to 123, 118 in 2017.According to the report, despite the fact that more pregnant women were tested in 2017 for HIV (that is 123, 118), only 1, 252 tested positive compared to 1, 564 in 2015 when 96, 306 pregnant women were tested.

However, fewer women received PMTCT in 2017, that is 2, 167, compared to 2, 781 in 2015. But the 2017 figure was higher than the 1, 994 pregnant women receiving HIV treatment recorded in 2016.

Stakeholders are concerned that rising HIV infection figures are still being recorded, especially among pregnant mothers in a state like Lagos, with reasonable level of health awareness and budgetary allocation. They worry that if Lagos records such a surge, the situation in other states could be pathetic.

Director General of NACA, Dr. Sani Aliyu, while responding to The Guardian’s queries, through the agency’s communication manager, Mrs. Toyin Aderigbigbe, said: “Based on the data we have in our records, there is no evidence that the prevalence of HIV among pregnant women is increasing, if anything, it’s lower than what we had in 2015 and earlier years.”

Aliyu further explained: “In Lagos State, the number of pregnant women tested for HIV increased from 82,506 in 2015 to 123,118 in 2017. Although the positivity rate for both years were the same (one per cent) and much lower than the positivity rate in earlier years (1.6 per cent in 2015 for instance), the fact that more women were tested meant that more positive cases were found (806 pregnant women with HIV in 2016, when compared to 1, 252 in 2017).”

The NACA boss said in the past few years, the agency has had about one in three pregnant women with HIV diagnosed placed on PMTCT, adding that the main difficulty with the programme has to do with getting pregnant women to attend ante-natal care.

According to Aliyu, a large number of our women do not access formal ante-natal care, which is the gateway to HIV testing and treatment.The physician said the Federal Government has already declared PMTCT as a priority and additional funds through Saving One Million Lives, and Global Fund NACA grant are being channelled towards eliminating transmission among babies.

“In the long, run we need integration of PMTCT with other maternal and child health programs, which NACA is already working on,” he said.Meanwhile, Dr. Idris, who reeled out the statistics at a media briefing on the activities of his ministry, explained that the $9.6m grant from donor agencies further assisted in the conduct of the AIDS indicator survey, implementation and provision of technical support in Epe, Ikorodu and Oshodi-Isolo councils.

He added that the number was discovered after conducting tests for the pregnant women during their visit to state-owned medical facilities.According to him, “At least 38, 791 pregnant women know their HIV status out of which about 2, 131 (HIV positive pregnant women) were enrolled for the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission programme.

“By the end of 2017, the support provided through Global Fund was able to avail a minimum of 226, 768 persons, who were 15-years and above, with free tests.”
After the test, the commissioner said that 10, 623 persons were discovered to be living with HIV and placed on treatments in the three councils.

Latest figures from the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), show that the country’s epidemic is generalised with the national average HIV prevalence rate among pregnant women attending antenatal clinics (ANC), estimated to be around 3.0 per cent (compared with 4.1 per cent in 2010).

The ANC prevalence rates in sentinel sites range from 15.4 per cent in Benue State and 10.8 per cent in Akwa Ibom to 0.9 per cent in Zamfara State. HIV prevalence among key populations (KP) is much higher than the national average (19.4 per cent in brothel-based female sex workers (BBFSW), 8.6 per cent in non-brothel-based FSW (NBBFSW) and 22.9 per cent among men, who have sex with men (MSM).

HIV prevalence rates among sex workers and other identified vulnerable groups have been declining since 2007, but increasing among MSM within the same period.
Less than half of the female sex-workers (FSW) surveyed had comprehensive knowledge about HIV compared to 65 per cent of MSM and 51 per cent average for all survey participants. In total, about 3, 438, 442 people are currently estimated to be living with HIV in the country, which has the second highest burden of people living with HIV (PLHIV) in the world.

About 880, 668 PLHIV are currently receiving treatment and there has been a slow decline in the estimated incidence of HIV in the country, with the number of new infections decreasing from an estimated 316, 733 in 2003 to 239, 155, a decade later in 2013.

Coverage rates for PMTCT, ART, viral load and early infant diagnosis (EID) remain unacceptably low and the country accounts for about one-third of new HIV infections in children (about 60, 000 annually) due to high mother-to-child transmission rates. Only 12 per cent of children living with HIV are on ARVs.

Due to the high number of AIDS-related deaths, 174, 253 in 2014 (down from 210, 031 in 2013) per year, the population of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) is estimated at over 1, 736, 782.

According to the Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS), in 2016, Nigeria had 220, 000 (150, 000 – 310, 000) new HIV infections and 160,000 (110, 000 – 230, 000) AIDS-related deaths. There were 3,200,000 (2, 300, 000 – 4, 300, 000) people living with HIV in 2016, among which 30 per cent (19 per cent – 42 per cent) were accessing antiretroviral therapy.

Among pregnant women living with HIV, 32 per cent (22 per cent – 44 per cent) were accessing treatment or prophylaxis to prevent transmission of HIV to their children.

An estimated 37, 000 (22, 000 – 56, 000) children were newly infected with HIV due to mother-to-child transmission. Among people living with HIV, approximately 24 per cent (18 per cent – 32 per cent) had suppressed viral loads.

Nigeria’s HIV epidemic affects all population groups and geographic areas of the country. It is the second largest epidemic globally. Key populations are disproportionately impacted by the epidemic.

According to UNAIDS, Nigeria is a fast-track country and its response is guided by the National Strategic Framework 2017–2021, which aims at ending AIDS by achieving zero new infections, zero AIDS related deaths and zero discrimination. Elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV is a priority. Stigma and discrimination is a major challenge, especially towards key populations and people living with HIV.

Also, latest figures suggest that one-third (32 per cent) of all cases of mother to child transmission (MTCT) of HIV in the world happens in Nigeria. In 2013, just 30 per cent of pregnant women living with HIV received antiretroviral treatment. In 2016, just 32 per cent of pregnant women living with HIV received antiretroviral treatment. Despite yearly increases, the number of pregnant women visiting health facilities remains low, as does the number of health facilities providing PMTCT services.

SOURCE: Guardian

WHO Calls Emergency Meeting on Congo’s Ebola Outbreak

The World Health Organisation (WHO) would convene an Emergency Committee on Friday to consider the international risks of an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier said on Thursday.

The expert committee will decide whether to declare a “public health emergency of international concern”, which would trigger more international involvement, mobilising research and resources, Lindmeier said.

Earlier, Congo’s Health Minister, warned that the Ebola outbreak has entered “a new phase” after a case of the deadly virus was detected for the first time in the northwest city of Mbandaka, with a population of about one million people.

So far, the 23 deaths believed to have been caused by Democratic Republic of Congo’s latest Ebola outbreak had been detected in more isolated areas, giving authorities a better chance of ring-fencing the virus.

The first urban case to be announced threatens to change that.

The WHO, which on Wednesday deployed the first experimental vaccines in the vast central African country, had expressed concern about the disease reaching Mbandaka, which would make the outbreak far harder to tackle.

Adding to concerns is the city’s location on the banks of the Congo River, a major thoroughfare for trade and transport into the capital, Kinshasa.

The Congo Republic is on the other side of the river.

“We are entering a new phase of the Ebola outbreak that is now affecting three health zones, including an urban health zone,” Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga said in a statement.

“Since the announcement of the alert in Mbandaka, our epidemiologists are working in the field to identify people who have been in contact with suspected cases.”

He said authorities would intensify population tracing at all air, river and road routes out of the city.

It is the ninth time Ebola has been recorded in Congo since the disease made its first known appearance near its northern Ebola river in the 1970s.

Ebola is most feared for the internal and external bleeding it can cause in victims owing to damage done to blood vessels.

Before Wednesday’s announcement, there had been only two cases of the virus confirmed by lab tests.

The first batch of over 4,000 Ebola vaccines was sent by the WHO to Kinshasa on Wednesday.

The health ministry said vaccinations would start by early next week, the first time the vaccine would come into use since it was developed two years ago.

The vaccine, developed by Merck and Co Inc, is still not licensed but proved effective during limited trials in West Africa in the biggest-ever outbreak of Ebola, which killed 11,300 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone from 2014 to 2016.

 

(NAN)

Aisha Buhari Implores Female Pharmacists to Reduce Drug Abuse Among Women, Youths

The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buahri, has appealed to members of the Association of Lady Pharmacists of Nigeria (ALPS) to end rising cases of drug abuse among women and youths in the country.

She made the appeal when she received a delegation of the female wing of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), led by their National Chairman, Mrs Zainab Shariff, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday.

The wife of the president, who decried the proliferation of illicit drugs in the hands of young people, said there was need for relevant authorities to stem the menace.

“These drugs have destroyed lives of many young girls and boys, hence the need for lady pharmacists to do everything possible to protect the lives of women and youths in Nigeria,’’ she said.

Mrs Buhari told them that her NGO, the Future Assured initiative, in collaboration with the wives of governors, has been in the forefront on the advocacy against drug abuse in Nigeria.

She therefore appealed for the establishment of practical rehabilitation centres across the country to care for the victims of drug abuse.

“This will go a long way in addressing the health and physical wellbeing of the victims,’’ she said.

The wife of the president also called on the lady pharmacists to make strong commitment and advocacy against the manufacturing and sale of illicit drugs.

Sharrif had earlier explained that the aim of the visit was to seek for collaboration with the Future Assured initiative of Mrs Buhari to provide medication for less privilege Nigerians.

While emphasising the need for consumption of hygienic foods, the chairman of the female pharmacists said the association was promoting planting of natural seeds for the production and processing of certified medicine.

She therefore urged the wife of the president to establish a unique and functional fruits and vegetable market for women through the Future Assured programme.

According to her, that will go a long way in setting example for the local vegetable sellers in the area of hygiene control.

She assured Mrs Buhari of their commitment to support the programmes of Future Assured in its bid to protect the health and wellbeing of women and children in Nigeria.

Ebola: WHO Confirms 19 Deaths In DR Congo

The WHO on Monday confirmed 19 deaths in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following an outbreak of Ebola between April 4 and May 13.

The WHO also confirmed 39 suspected cases.

It said 393 people who identified as contacts of Ebola patients were being followed up.

Information about the outbreak in Bikoro, Iboko and Wangata health zones in Equateur province was still limited, the WHO said in a statement.

At present the outbreak did not meet the criteria for declaring a “public health event of international
concern”, which would trigger the formation of an emergency WHO committee.

The WHO said it has obtained 4,000 doses of Ebola vaccine and is preparing for deployment in the DRC, its Africa director said on Sunday.

“We’re working on the deployment of these materials, especially readying the cold chain,” WHO Africa Director
Matshidiso Moeti told Reuters by telephone.

“The start date of the vaccinations will depend on this deployment.”

(Reuters/NAN)

Hoodlums Attack Govt Hospital In Osun

Osun State Hospitals’ Premises and Staff Quarters in Ede had been vandalized by some unknown hoodlums.

The hoodlums, suspected to be armed robbers stormed the hospital premises in the early hours of Sunday, April 29 and attack the hospital.

Reacting to the incidence, the Permanent Secretary, Hospitals’ Management Board (HMB), Mr. Dayo Olaluwoye condemned the act during his official visit to the scene, to sympathize with the victims.

He described the armed robbers’ action as absurd and tantamount to madness, saying it is only insane people that would come to where the sick are being taken care of and rob them of their valuables.

Saying the incident was quite abnormal, he assured the affected staff member and patients that urgent steps would be taken in the matter.