At least three persons have been confirmed dead following the outbreak of Lassa fever in Imo State.

Markets and other public places were partially deserted on Wednesday when news of the victims’ death filtered into town.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Angela Uwakwem, confirmed the incident in a chat with our correspondent.

She said: “Lassa fever is in Owerri. It has been confirmed.”

The commissioner said the three persons who contacted the disease, died after they were taken out of the Federal Medical Center (FMC), Owerri.

Uwakwem added: “We have seven suspected cases of Lassa fever in the state. Three are confirmed dead. The Imo State government is working hard to establish the point of the first contact. The media should equally help us to enlighten our people.”

“People should stop the unnecessary shaking of hands. People should equally stop eating exposed food. The virus is caused by rats, so people should be encouraged to make use of rat poison in their homes.”

The Chief Medical Director of FMC, Dr. Kingsley Achigbu, said the Lassa fever victims who were referred to the hospital were later referred out.

The state governor, Rochas Okorocha, has also confirmed the death of the three victims.

Though the governor did not disclose the identities of the victims, he assured that the state government has taken necessary steps to bring the situation under control.

“This morning we woke up to hear that Lassa fever has killed three persons and we also have seven cases of Lassa fever patients and this number is too large for a state. And we are concerned about the speed of spread. These cases were recorded in some hospitals, somewhere in Orlu and some other parts of the state. For this reason, we kindly advise that people should avoid overcrowded areas, lessen the shaking of hands, and body contacts at this period,” Okorocha stated.

Source: Sahara Reporters

The federal republic of Germany and Nigeria today signed €29,900,000.00 Euros in support of polio eradication in the country.

The agreement was signed today in Abuja on behalf of the Germany Government by the Deputy Head of mission for Germany in Nigeria, Regine Hess, Nigeria Minister of Foreign affairs, Ambassador Geoffrey Onyeama and the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib. This will be the 9th of such financial agreement and support for polio eradication in Nigeria by the Federal Republic of Germany.

Speaking at the occasion, the Foreign Affairs Minister, Ambassador Geoffrey Onyeama noted with delight the age-long warm relationship between the two countries and their leaders in particular.

The Ambassador commended the German Government for its huge support to Nigeria, not only on polio eradication but also other equally important sectors of Nigeria. He recalled various concerted efforts by Nigeria Government to eradicate polio and expressed federal Government’s appreciation to WHO, UNICEF, Germany Government and others towards making Nigeria polio free.

In Her address, the Deputy Head of Mission for Germany Government in Nigeria, Regine Hess expressed joy over her country’s sustained support for polio eradication in Nigeria. She expressed optimism and confidence that Nigeria would soon join the rest of the world as a polio free Nation.

In His response, the Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib highlighted huge financial commitments of President Buhari’s administration to polio eradication in Nigeria. This Dr. Faisal disclosed include; N9.8billion Naira in 2016, N4.2billion Naira in 2017 and N4.1 billion Naira for 2018.

The Executive Director therefore expressed profound appreciation to the Federal Republic of Germany and other Development Partners for their continued Support to Polio Eradication in Nigeria.

​The new year is here, which means there are new possibilities, new hopes, new dreams and new resolutions for this year. As we step into 2018 with renewed enthusiasm for the future to come, it is also a time to reflect on the year gone by and the beautiful moments shared with our clients. We express our gratitude to the almighty God. 

We also, spare a thought for our donors and partners who have supported us through the 2017. The spirit of New Year isn’t just reminiscing about the past but also looking forward to the times ahead for your support and encouragement. 

We forgive the people who may have hurt us, we let go of some bad experiences and start 2018 on a bright and fresh note as there should be no room for hate in the new year. 

Rural Health Mission Nigeria wish everyone a peaceful, blissful, lovable and healthy new year, may all the goodies associated with the year 2018 be with you.

May the year 2018 be more peaceful, with less wars and crisis, be free of attacks and criminal activities.

Stay healthy!