TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2013
Across The Nation Governorship
Gov Obi Assures Anambra North
ONITSHA - Governor Peter Obi of Anambra has said that he would continue to support Anambra North Senatorial Zone to produce the next governor of the state. “This is necessary to maintain equity, fairness and justice in the politics of this state,’’ Obi said at a town hall meeting in Onitsha South Local Government Area. He said APGA was committed to producing the next governor of the state in the election scheduled for November 16. “Our leader, Dim Chukwuemeka OdumegwuOjukwu, died a man of honour and he fought the cause of justice till his last breath. “Together with him, we made a firm commitment that after my humble self, the next governor of the state would come from Anambra North Senatorial Zone. “During the electioneering in 2010, all the candidates promised to support Anambra North. I urge them to be honourable and keep their words,’’ Obi said. He, however, said there was no crisis in APGA, insisting that the party remained one. Obi said the decision to give the state the best candidate was that of the people of Anambra North Senatorial Zone. He called on the people of
Anambra to remain focused and resist undue distraction from any quarter. The governor assured the people that the security situation in the state would continue to improve as part of the long term plans to make it attractive to investors. “I want our people to shun life
styles that constitute security risks, including over-indulgence in material wealth. “We should also shun abuse of privileges and should not celebrate those with questionable sources of wealth.’’
ABEOKUTA - The Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr Olaokun Soyinka, has denied that there was cholera outbreak in the state. He told newsmen in Abeokuta that 104 cases of “Gastroenteritis” have been ‘line listed’ since the outbreak in June. Gastroenteritis is a condition characterised by inflammation of the gastro-intestinal tract. It affects both the stomach and the small intestine, resulting in a combination of diarrhoea,
L - R Rt. Hon Uyi Igbe, Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Ayo Edegbai, Edo State Coordinator, National Directorate of Employment, Hon Philip Shaibu, Majority Leader, Edo State House of Assembly and Hon. Patrick Obahiagbon, Chief of Staff, Government House during the flag-off ceremony of training of the Rural Agricultural Development training scheme by the National Directorate of Employment, Edo State in conjuction with Hon. Philip Shaibu recently. PHOTO: Godwin Iseguan
Customs Impound Contraband Goods Worth N1.3bn
OWERRI - The Nigeria Customs Service, Zone ‘C’, Owerri has impounded contraband goods worth about N1.3 billion in 76 seizures between January and June. The service said it also made 18 arrests with 17 cases pending in various courts in the zone comprising the South East and South-South states. A statement from the Area Controller of the zone, Mr Victor Dimka, explained that the service also made 21 seizures of contraband goods worth N226.5 million in March as against the N10.3 million worth of goods seized the same month in 2012. It said that the zone also made an ‘unprecedented’ 22 seizures with duty paid value of more than N220.3 million in April. “In May and June, Dimka’s crack team
busted smugglers’ consignments of 11 and seven seizures worth N131.5 million and N141 million respectively,” the statement said. It attributed the successes to the hard work and cooperation of officers and men of the service and other security agencies. According to the statement, the unit seized a 40-foot container stocked with foreign foot wears worth N103.8 million and another 40-foot container of assorted foreign textiles valued at N118 million. It noted that an articulated truck with registration number RUM 112 XA, and laden with sacks and cartons of foot wears was arrested on Eleme-Aba road.
Commissioner Denies Cholera Outbreak vomiting and abdominal pain. Soyinka said, “There is an outbreak of vomiting and stooling some of which are Cholera and some of which are not. “Vast majority of the patients tested have no cholera, only three patients have tested positive to cholera”. According to him, government got an alert on June 27, when a patient tested positive for cholera, at the Sacred Heart Hospital, Lantoro, Abeokuta. He noted that 76 cases were line listed in Abeokuta South, 25 in Abeokuta North, two cases in Odeda and a case in Obafemi Owode Local Government Areas. The commissioner said that only three deaths were recorded in Abeokuta South. The commissioner said that government had put measures in place to contain the epidemic. Soyinka added that the state government had provided free kits for the treatment of the disease, noting that health workers at the local government level had begun awareness campaign on the epidemic. He said the state government had responded to the emergency, adding that effective measures had been taken to contain further spread of the disease. He added that majority of the
NDLEA Arrests Drug Suspects
Hon Philip Shaibu, Majority Leader, Edo State House of Assembly (right) and Ayo Edegbai, Edo State Co-ordinator, National Directorate of Employment (NDE), during the flag-off ceremony of training of the Rural Agricultural Development training scheme by (NDE) in conjuction with Hon. Philip Shaibu recently. PHOTO: GODWIN ISEGUAN
Experts Call For Early Hepatitis Screening
LAGOS - Some medical experts have urged Nigerians to go for early hepatitis screening to prevent diseases of the liver. They told newsmen in Lagos that hepatitis “is a silent epidemic’’ because many people do not know their health status. The experts spoke against the backdrop of the World Hepatitis Day slated for July 28. According to an online p u b l i c a t i o n , www.worldhepatitisalliance.org, “Following the World Health Assembly in May, 2010, it was agreed that World Hepatitis Day would be recognised annually on July 28. “July 28 was chosen to mark
the birthday of Prof. Baruch Blumberg, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for his work in discovering the Hepatitis B virus.’’ Dr Agada Davids, a physician at the Centre for Diseases & AIDS Control (CDAC), Abuja, said that many hepatitis infections have no specific symptoms. “The issue of hepatitis has to be treated with great concern. Many hepatitis B and C infections are silent, causing no symptoms until there is severe damage to the liver. “It is imperative that people check their health status through regular screening, diagnosis and
areas where the outbreak was recorded in Ijaiye, Abeokuta South, and Adedotun area in Abeokuta North lacked toilet facilities. He, however, urged members of the public to observe high level of personal and environmental hygiene. The commissioner also appealed to residents of the state to always boil their drinking water and cook their food thoroughly before eating. Report however says that scores of victims have been placed on admission in several public and private health centres across the state. At the Ijaiye Hospital, Abeokuta, a ward had been dedicated to victims of the epidemic. Also at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Idi-Aba, several residents were either hospitalised or treated for the disease. The FMC management also issued circular advising members of the public to take precautionary measures against the disease. Also reacting, the state Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Dr Olusoji Jagun, said laboratory investigations were still going on to determine the real cause of the outbreak. Jagun said the NMA would do its best to collaborate with the state government to contain the spread of the disease.
go for prompt treatment to prevent debilitating conditions,’’ he said. Davids said that lifestyle could contribute to the spread of hepatitis infections. According to him, one can get hepatitis through excessive consumption of alcohol, indiscriminate use of analgesic (pain killer drugs), and poor personal hygiene such as lack of frequent hand washing. Davids said that hepatitis could also be contracted through faecal and waste matters, drinking contaminated water, being in close contact with infected person as well as having sex with someone who has the virus. Also, Dr Olutoyin Asaolu, a
resident hepatologist in Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos, said that there were five different classes of hepatitis. ‘The complexity of hepatitis disease lies in the existence of different types of viruses. “Five major types of viruses account for majority of hepatitis infections and they are called Hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E. “ Hepatitis B, C and D cause chronic liver diseases. If they are not prevented or detected in time, they can progress to liver cancer,’’ she said. Asaolu said that viral infection, alcohol, toxic agents or drugs
could cause hepatitis. “Hepatitis B is the most common. Hepatitis A and E are usually acquired via the mouth. “They are food borne and waterborne and can cause illness, but usually do not lead to chronic diseases. “Hepatitis B, C, and D are spread by infected body fluids including blood, by sexual contact, mother-to-child transmission during birth, or by contaminated medical equipment. “Hepatitis B and C can cause chronic infections which can even lead to liver cirrhosis and cancer.
GOMBE - The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Gombe State Command has said it arrested 70 drug suspects in the past seven months. Mr Aliyu Adole, the Commandant of the agency in Gombe, told journalists that drugs weighing 86.10Kg were impounded within the period. He said within the period the agency secured the conviction of 27 drug dealers to various prison terms. According to him, six cases are pending at the Federal High Court, Gombe, while three other suspects will soon be arraigned in court for various offences. He disclosed that four exdrug addicts had been rehabilitated adding that “one of them even got married’’. “That shows that our treatment and rehabilitation centres are working effectively,” he added. He called on Gombe government to help the agency to establish a more spacious rehabilitation centre as that would enable it to do more in the management of addicts.