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Lamu Police Reservists to Get Modern Guns to Fight Al-Shabaab

By Kalume Kazungu

The government will equip Kenya Police Reservists (KPR) in Lamu with modern guns to fight Al-Shabaab.

According to county commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo, 200 KPR officers have been recruited and are undergoing training before deployed to terror prone areas in the county.

Speaking to Nation in Lamu, Mr Kitiyo said the move is to ensure locals and property are protected.

Mr Kitiyo said the officers will be deployed in Witu, Maleli, Katsaka Kairu, Pandanguo, Mpeketoni, Hindi, Bar’goni, Basuba, Kiunga, Ishakani and all areas bordering the Boni forest where the Boni Enclave Campaign aimed at flushing out Al-Shabaab militants is ongoing.

The move to equip the Lamu KPRs with modern guns comes at a time when a section of the reservists have been complaining of the poor weapons they have been using which makes it hard for them to fully commit to their call.

OUTDATED WEAPONS

Officers who spoke to Nation accused the government of taking too long to equip them with modern weapons, something that has made them afraid of being subdued by attackers, especially the Al-Shabaab who are using more sophisticated weaponry in attacks in the county.

They said the guns given to them by the government “are too old fashioned to be used in a modern war zone”.

The officer said the guns which have fondly been nicknamed ‘Ngoja Kidogo’ (wait a little bit) due to the complexity and slowness in operation, are not very effective especially during attacks since they take too long to be set.

William Mwangi, a KPR in Lamu lauded the government for their decision to equip them with modern guns saying the move will boost their morale.

“We are happy that at last we will be equipped with the modern guns. We are tired of these old-schooled guns which can’t function as required during attacks. You fire one bullet and have to wait for five minutes before you are able to load and fire another one. We need the modern ones,” said Mr Mwangi.

In 2016, the national government also deployed over 500 KPR officers to the Linda Boni Security Operation areas in Lamu, Tana River and Garissa.

In 2015, over 60 KPR officers in Lamu quit their jobs citing poor working conditions and lack of salaries.

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Woman Battles Skin Cancer for 15 Years

By Tausi Nakato

Kamuli — When you hear Ms Alaisa Naibira, who is living with albinism, speak on phone, she sounds like a person suffering from flu or sinuses.

But this is not the case. The 52-year-old widow and a mother of six has been battling skin cancer for 15 years.

When Daily Monitor recently visited her home in Bugondha Village, Mbulamuti Sub-county in Kamuli District, her mouth, nose, and left part of her face was been eaten up.

With a round cap on her head, a shawl hanging on her shoulders and a white piece of cloth covering part of the face, Ms Naibira speaks with pain.

Albinism is a range of disorders caused by a reduction or absence of the pigment melanin, often causing white skin, light hair, and vision problems.

The condition affects an estimated one in 17,000 people globally.

“It was in 2002 when I was about to reach home that is when a speeding vehicle knocked me and I developed minor injuries under my nose and in the back. I was admitted at Jinja Regional Referral Hospital for four days but despite getting treatment, the injuries spread to the lower part on the nose,” says Ms Naibira.

“In 2003, I returned to the hospital after feeling more pain and developing a lump under my upper lip. I was operated on and the lump removed,” she adds.

Ms Naibira recollects of how the pain persisted and that when she returned to the hospital, doctors warned her that she was likely to suffer from skin cancer.

In 2010, when she re-visited the same doctors after her situation worsened, they advised her to visit Nyenga Hospital, which also referred her to Mulago National Referral Hospital.

Diagnosis

Her trip to Mulago that year confirmed her fear; doctors diagnosed her with basal cell carcinoma, a cancer that grows on sections of a skin due to exposure to a lot of sunshine.

“The cancer had also started eating up my nose and the lower lip, prompting the doctors at Mulago to ask me to allow that my skin around the thighs be cut to cover up the affected part (wide excision) so that they can do skin drafting,” Ms Naibira recollects.

She continues: “I refused because they asked for Shs5m for the operation, which I didn’t have at that time. Secondly, I was tired of operations because that was to be the fourth one, and thirdly, I had feared that doctors could connive with traditional healers to sell off some of my body parts during the operation because they are reportedly marketable.”

Between 2011 and 2012, she says a group of people from America treated her twice at Danida Village, Walukuba Division in Jinja and that the wounds seemed to have improved.

“From 2014 to date, the cancer has continued eating up my face. Hospice Uganda is now giving me drugs every two weeks. They (drugs) don’t cure but prevent the wound from smelling. They also give me pain killers and drugs to help me sleep,” she adds.

Feeding

Ms Naibira says she only feeds on eggs and drinks.

“The situation is bad. The cancer raptured most of my face that I can’t eat properly. I can only eat eggs, porridge and milk yet they are very expensive and sometimes I can’t afford,” she adds.

Ms Naibira, who is being taken care of by her 24-year-old daughter, Hajira Nazerena, says she is financially incapacitated because she can’t dig as frequently as she used to.

She adds that she has sold almost everything that she owned to access treatment.

Naibira’s condition

Dr Dean Ahimbisibwe, a general practitioner, who retired from Jinja Regional Referral Hospital, explains that Ms Naibira’s condition (carcinoma) is likely to eat her whole face and head.

He adds that if it was Malignant Carcinoma, it would have already spread to other parts of the body because it spreads so fast and that if she had accepted the wide excision at Mulago, she would have been okay because hers is benign carcinoma.

“Naibira is in her late stage of skin cancer and even if they cut a piece of her flesh, it will not respond because cancer has already eaten the skin and muscles,” Dr Ahimbisibwe says.

He says many persons with albinism die of skin cancer because they lack the enzyme that produces melanin, a substance that gives skin, hair, and eyes their colour.

The chairperson of the Source of the Nile Union of Persons with Albinism, Mr Peter Ogik, says 80 per cent of people living with the condition die of skin cancer.

“The number of young ones dying are more than the aging ones because most of them die before 50 years of age and since December last year, eight have died of skin cancer in Busoga sub-region,” he says.

Mr Ogik adds that the association has a membership of 500 albinos, half of whom suffer from skin cancer.

He also says many albinos cannot afford sunscreen cream, which helps in preventing skin cancer.

Mr Ogik says they are currently focusing on early prevention.

Hoping for better

Meanwhile, Ms Naibira says she has hope of being declared cancer-free if someone gets her the right drugs that can dry her wounds.

“Allah is with me. I will survive. I don’t care whether my face remains as it is. The only worry is that it has refused to dry but I am not the only one with such a problem. Even those with cleft mouths exist. Currently, the pain is too much and is threatening my life. Sometime, I suffer from flu and cough and I struggle with such diseases in this condition,” she states.

Uganda:Woman Battles Skin Cancer for 15 Years

By Tausi Nakato

Kamuli — When you hear Ms Alaisa Naibira, who is living with albinism, speak on phone, she sounds like a person suffering from flu or sinuses.

But this is not the case. The 52-year-old widow and a mother of six has been battling skin cancer for 15 years.

When Daily Monitor recently visited her home in Bugondha Village, Mbulamuti Sub-county in Kamuli District, her mouth, nose, and left part of her face was been eaten up.

With a round cap on her head, a shawl hanging on her shoulders and a white piece of cloth covering part of the face, Ms Naibira speaks with pain.

Albinism is a range of disorders caused by a reduction or absence of the pigment melanin, often causing white skin, light hair, and vision problems.

The condition affects an estimated one in 17,000 people globally.

“It was in 2002 when I was about to reach home that is when a speeding vehicle knocked me and I developed minor injuries under my nose and in the back. I was admitted at Jinja Regional Referral Hospital for four days but despite getting treatment, the injuries spread to the lower part on the nose,” says Ms Naibira.

“In 2003, I returned to the hospital after feeling more pain and developing a lump under my upper lip. I was operated on and the lump removed,” she adds.

Ms Naibira recollects of how the pain persisted and that when she returned to the hospital, doctors warned her that she was likely to suffer from skin cancer.

In 2010, when she re-visited the same doctors after her situation worsened, they advised her to visit Nyenga Hospital, which also referred her to Mulago National Referral Hospital.

Diagnosis

Her trip to Mulago that year confirmed her fear; doctors diagnosed her with basal cell carcinoma, a cancer that grows on sections of a skin due to exposure to a lot of sunshine.

“The cancer had also started eating up my nose and the lower lip, prompting the doctors at Mulago to ask me to allow that my skin around the thighs be cut to cover up the affected part (wide excision) so that they can do skin drafting,” Ms Naibira recollects.

She continues: “I refused because they asked for Shs5m for the operation, which I didn’t have at that time. Secondly, I was tired of operations because that was to be the fourth one, and thirdly, I had feared that doctors could connive with traditional healers to sell off some of my body parts during the operation because they are reportedly marketable.”

Between 2011 and 2012, she says a group of people from America treated her twice at Danida Village, Walukuba Division in Jinja and that the wounds seemed to have improved.

“From 2014 to date, the cancer has continued eating up my face. Hospice Uganda is now giving me drugs every two weeks. They (drugs) don’t cure but prevent the wound from smelling. They also give me pain killers and drugs to help me sleep,” she adds.

Feeding

Ms Naibira says she only feeds on eggs and drinks.

“The situation is bad. The cancer raptured most of my face that I can’t eat properly. I can only eat eggs, porridge and milk yet they are very expensive and sometimes I can’t afford,” she adds.

Ms Naibira, who is being taken care of by her 24-year-old daughter, Hajira Nazerena, says she is financially incapacitated because she can’t dig as frequently as she used to.

She adds that she has sold almost everything that she owned to access treatment.

Naibira’s condition

Dr Dean Ahimbisibwe, a general practitioner, who retired from Jinja Regional Referral Hospital, explains that Ms Naibira’s condition (carcinoma) is likely to eat her whole face and head.

He adds that if it was Malignant Carcinoma, it would have already spread to other parts of the body because it spreads so fast and that if she had accepted the wide excision at Mulago, she would have been okay because hers is benign carcinoma.

“Naibira is in her late stage of skin cancer and even if they cut a piece of her flesh, it will not respond because cancer has already eaten the skin and muscles,” Dr Ahimbisibwe says.

He says many persons with albinism die of skin cancer because they lack the enzyme that produces melanin, a substance that gives skin, hair, and eyes their colour.

The chairperson of the Source of the Nile Union of Persons with Albinism, Mr Peter Ogik, says 80 per cent of people living with the condition die of skin cancer.

“The number of young ones dying are more than the aging ones because most of them die before 50 years of age and since December last year, eight have died of skin cancer in Busoga sub-region,” he says.

Mr Ogik adds that the association has a membership of 500 albinos, half of whom suffer from skin cancer.

He also says many albinos cannot afford sunscreen cream, which helps in preventing skin cancer.

Mr Ogik says they are currently focusing on early prevention.

Hoping for better

Meanwhile, Ms Naibira says she has hope of being declared cancer-free if someone gets her the right drugs that can dry her wounds.

“Allah is with me. I will survive. I don’t care whether my face remains as it is. The only worry is that it has refused to dry but I am not the only one with such a problem. Even those with cleft mouths exist. Currently, the pain is too much and is threatening my life. Sometime, I suffer from flu and cough and I struggle with such diseases in this condition,” she states.

Nigeria:Southern Leaders Tackle Buhari Over Directive to World Bank

By Dapo Akinrefon

THE Southern Leaders Forum has lampooned President Muhammadu Buhari over directive to the World Bank to concentrate on the Northern region, saying such directive was discriminatory.

The forum said the directive, which was revealed by President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim, is sectional and divisive.

In a statement by Messrs Guy Ikokwu (South-East), Bassey Henshaw (South-South) and Yinka Odumakin (South-West), the forum faulted the Presidency’s response to the matter, noting: “The Presidency should be more nuanced, speak the language of persuasion and not behave as if it is at war with Nigerians.”

The forum, however, said the disclosure by the World Bank chief had raised the need to restructure Nigeria.

It said:”This gaffe has again raised the urgent need for the restructuring of Nigeria so that the constituent units of Nigeria do not have to struggle to control or pray for the mind of whoever is at the centre before they can witness development.

“This directive without mincing words is sectional, discriminatory, divisive and against the laudable promise of Mr President at his inauguration that he would not be beholden to anyone as he was elected to be the President of everybody.

“It riles the more when we have a situation of provocative deployment of “Operation Python Dance” and “Crocodile Smile” to a section of the country while the World Bank is being despatched to another.

“Giving instructions to the World Bank to concentrate on a section of the country where the President hails from throws a knife at the heart of our nationhood and challenges the hackneyed expression that the ‘unity of Nigeria is settled’.

“There can never be any rational explanation for why such a request should be made by a President with a pan-Nigerian mandate. The only explanation that would have convinced was if we were told that such a discussion did not take place at all.”

“We have also studied the very rude, bellicose, insensitive and knee-jerk response from the Presidency on the matter. The unfortunate tirade from the office of the President showed a very deep contempt and palpable impunity as 90% of its content was devoted to abusing those who have shown rightful indignation at such a development. It is not on record that even the British colonial masters addressed Nigerians in such scornful and brash language.

“The only tepid explanation in the spiteful statement was that the President’s request was for the reconstruction of the North East. But Kim was emphatic about “northern region” and not North East.”

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Zimbabwe:Mbare Musika Faces Temporary Closure

By Nyemudzai Kakore

Harare City Council will today and tomorrow temporarily shut down part of Mbare Musika Bus Terminus to allow for the upgrading of the station to ease congestion as well as restore order in the CBD, a council official said.

Harare corporate communications manager Mr Michael Chideme said Coventry Holding Bay has now been turned into a bus terminus to pick-up and drop-off passengers from Western suburbs. Mr Chideme said the programme code named “Operation Sunshine City” will witness three new bus terminuses being established. The terminuses will be put in place opposite Rhodesville Police Station and at Coca-Cola Corner where ablution facilities were being put in place since yesterday.

“Mbare Musika Bus Terminus will be under- going renovations beginning tomorrow (today) .The renovations include resurfacing, putting new sheds and fencing of the terminus to make sure that council is able to collect its revenue and to get rid of touts. In the meantime, buses will be using only sections of the areas where we would have completed renovations to pick-up and drop-off passengers. It will be a parallel process. However, we are still looking for more convenient bus terminuses to ease congestion. Rhodesville bus terminus will be ferrying people to places such as Mutare and Marondera while Coca-Cola corner will ferry people to places such as Murehwa and Mutoko,” he said.

The move by council to remove vendors from undesignated sites as well as establish new bus terminuses comes after President Mugabe last week bemoaned the vendor menace and lack of order in the CBD, saying Harare should be the smartest city in the country as it is the capital.

Mr Chideme said council had banned all illegal taxis and commuter omnibuses operating at undesignated places around the city. He said shuttle bus services will be providing passengers with relief transport by dropping them closer to bus terminuses. Questioned on how council will incorporate vendors, Mr Chideme said: “Most vendors will now be relocated to the newly-established bus terminuses so that they will be able to sell their wares to customers boarding buses to different destinations.”

Suspected Arsonists Attack MP’s Home

Photo: Felix Warom Okello/Daily Monitor

Aminah Sijali , wife of Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga, directs police detectives to the spot where the suspected attackers attempted to execute their mission. Inset – Ibrahim Abiriga.

By Felix Warom Okello

Arua — Suspected arsonists attempted to set ablaze the home of Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga in Anyafiyo Village, Arua Town, on Saturday night.

The suspects allegedly took advantage of the downpour in the night to cut a wire mesh at the window and tried to push a five-litre jerrican of petrol inside the house to set it ablaze.

Speaking to Daily Monitor yesterday morning, the MP’s wife, Ms Aminah Sijali, said the incident happened while they were asleep.

“The attackers first cut the wire mesh and attempted to push the petrol into the sitting room but when we realised it, the attackers took off. Good enough the stick failed to get lit because it was wet,” Ms Sijali said.

Wife narrates

“I was already sleeping with my five children when my sister-in-law called me asking whether I was the one opening the door, but when I checked, I found part of the wire mesh was already cut and the people had fled,” she added.

Ms Sijali said she called the police officer guarding their home only to find the five-litre jerrican of petrol abandoned at the door way.

Mr Abiriga has been at the forefront in the push for lifting of the presidential age limit from the Constitution.

The MP, who was in Kampala at the time of the incident, said he is not worried since he has no grudge against anyone.

Two police officers have been deployed to guard the home. Detectives have opened a file of attempted arson as investigations continue.

Prior to the incident, unknown people allegedly removed tyres of a vehicle parked in the compound.

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Zambia: Local Bank Needs Recapitalising – MPs

By Chila Namaiko

Members of Parliament (MPs) have called on Government to recapitalise the Zambia National Savings and Credit Bank (NATSAVE) to enable more small-scale farmers in remote constituencies have access to empowerment funds.

Msanzala Patriotic Front (MP) Peter Daka said NATSAVE was an important financial institution especially in the area of empowering farmers, but its current status of operation was not as effective as expected.

Mr Daka said this when Bank of Zambia (BoZ) deputy governor-operations Bwalya Ng’andu appeared on Wednesday before a Parliamentary Expanded Budget Committee on Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure for the financial year ending December, 2018.

The lawmaker had earlier asked Dr Ng’andu what the Central Bank was doing to improve NATSAVE operations because majority of the farmers relied on it.

“NATSAVE is an important Government financial institution, but its current status needs recapitalisation to help those people, particularly farmers, in rural areas access more facilities like loans and farming equipment, “Mr Daka said.

Mr Daka said the bank should be empowered to deliver on its mandate of reaching out to the un-banked population citing remote areas especially in the newly created districts.

Committee chairperson Mwalimu Simfukwe wondered whether BoZ was engaging Government to ensure NATSAVE’s operations were improved.

Dr Ng’andu, however, informed the committee that BoZ was already engaging Government through the ministry of Finance on the possibilities of recapitalising NATSAVE.

The deputy governor admitted that the bank required more capital injection in its operations.

He said he was confident the recapitalisation process could be expedited by Government, a move that could empower it to open more branches across the country.

On Kanchibiya PF MP Martin Malama, who bemoaned tax compliance among business entities, Dr Ng’andu challenged lawmakers to help enact stiffer laws to deal with offenders.

He also told the committee that BoZ welcomed plans to change composition of Government bonds and Treasury Bills and lengthen the maturity profile of Government securities.

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US Regrets Opposition Leader Odinga’s Move to Exit Poll

Photo: Tonny Omondi/The Nation

Nasa leader Raila Odinga addresses his supporters at a rally.

By Kevin J. Kelley

A State Department official said on Thursday that the United States respects but regrets Nasa leader Raila Odinga’s announced intention to withdraw from the scheduled October 26 presidential election.

Responding to a Nation query, the official also said Mr Odinga is welcome to visit the US.

Sections of the Kenya media reported earlier this week that Mr Odinga had been denied a visa to travel to the United States. That claim was attributed in those reports to State House Director of Digital Communications Dennis Itumbi.

Asked whether Mr Odinga had been blocked from visiting, the State Department official said, “It is our understanding that nothing prevents Raila Odinga from getting on a plane and flying to the United States.”

Mr Odinga is in London, where he is expected to give an address on Friday at Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs.

In its email message to the Nation, the State Department reiterated that the US does “not back any part or candidate” in Kenya.

“We remain committed to supporting a free, fair and credible election that is consistent with Kenya’s Constitution, current laws, and institutions,” the official said.

“We respect the right of Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga and deputy presidential candidate Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka to withdraw from the Kenyan election scheduled for October 26, but we regret their decision to do so,” the official added.

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Army Intensifies Crackdown on Al-Shabaab in Lamu

By Kalume Kazungu

A massive crackdown for more Al-Shabaab militants in Boni Forest and its environs has been intensified following the killing of five terrorists on Monday.

Other terrorists escaped with injuries, security agents said.

HEAVY SECURITY

The Kenya Defence Forces at Bodhei, on the border of Lamu and Garissa Counties, recovered six AK-47 assault rifles, 321 rounds of ammunition, three grenades and explosives after the military operation on Monday.

Speaking to the Nation in Lamu early Tuesday morning, Operation Linda Boni Director Joseph Kanyiri said they would not relent in the war on Al-Shabaab in Boni Forest.

Mr Kanyiri said Bodhei and surrounding areas were under heavy security presence and soldiers launched a manhunt for the terrorists who escaped.

He urged residents to volunteer information on the militants so they can eliminate them.

NEUTRALISE

“We have upped our game. We have been and we will continue taking the terrorists out in big numbers. They are in flight mode. Our gallant soldiers have the resolve to defend every inch of Kenyan soil. As we speak, the militants are on the run but Bodhei area and the general Boni Forest is saturated with our soldiers. It’s hot for the enemy to want to stay for an extra fraction of a second,” said Mr Kanyiri.

The operation director said the crackdown will continue until all criminals are neutralised.

“We have been able to destabilise and de-operationalise the Al-Shabaab in Boni Forest and that’s why even their presence and the number of attacks in Lamu have been reduced to the bare minimum,” he said.

“We have also been able to discover and destroy a number of both Al-Shabaab abandoned and active camps deep inside the Boni Forest. We will continue with the same spirit.

PRAISE

Meanwhile, some leaders from Lamu County have praised the soldiers for killing the five militants.

Lamu County Woman Representative Ruweida Obbo told the Nation on Tuesday that she was happy the soldiers are flushing out Al-Shabaab militants in Boni Forest.

She urged security agencies conducting the Operation Linda Boni to walk into the forest to pursue the Al-Shabaab instead of patrolling the roads using vehicles and choppers.

The lawmaker asked the national government to clear bushes along the Mpeketoni-Mokowe and Hindi-Kiunga roads to reduce the hiding places for militants who attack road users.

HAPPY

“We are confident with the Linda Boni Operation. At least we are happy to see the product of the operation…As county leaders, we will continue supporting the government in ensuring Lamu and the nation at large is secured,” Ms Obbo said.

At the same time, locals who were losing hope on the war on terror in Lamu said they were happy the militants were killed.

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Nigeria: Monkeypox Spreads to Lagos, Rivers, Five Other States

By Senator Iroegbu, Gboyega Akinsanmi and Martins Ifijeh

Abuja and Lagos — Following the outbreak of the monkey pox virus in Bayelsa State recently, other suspected cases have been reported in six more states in the country, bringing the total number of suspected cases so far to 31.

The states that have reported cases of the virus are Bayelsa, Rivers, Ekiti, Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Ogun and Cross River.

Making this known Monday, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said samples had been collected from each of the suspected cases for laboratory confirmation and results were still being awaited.

According to the centre’s chief executive officer, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, no deaths had been recorded as a result of the virus, adding that it remained unlikely that many of the suspected cases were actually monkey pox.

“All the suspected cases are currently receiving appropriate medical care and the patients are all improving clinically in their various states.

“The Federal Ministry of Health, through the NCDC, is supporting the affected states to ensure the outbreak is brought under control and to limit further spread.

“NCDC has activated an Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) to coordinate the outbreak’s investigation and response across the affected states.

“The EOC is currently supporting state ministries of health in their response to the outbreak through active case finding, epidemiological investigation and contact tracing.

“Measures have been put in place to ensure effective sample collection and testing to enable laboratory confirmation.

“Risk communication activities have been heightened to advise the public on preventive measures. All 36 states and the FCT have been notified for preparedness,” he said.

Ihekweazu warned that the monkey pox virus was a rare viral zoonotic disease with symptoms in humans similar to those seen in small pox patients, but much less severe and with a low fatality rate.

He said transmission could be via contact with infected animals, humans, or contaminated materials.

“Animal-to-human transmission occurs through bites or a scratch from animals and bush meat preparation.

“It can also be transmitted from one person to another. Human-to-human transmission occurs through respiratory droplets, contact with infected persons or contaminated materials.

“Control measures include isolation of suspected or confirmed cases, strict adherence to universal precautions, especially frequent hand washing with soap and water, and use of personal protective equipment,” he added.

The Lagos State Government Monday also confirmed the outbreak of the virus in the state, adding that two suspected cases had been recorded.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, disclosed this at a news conference, saying that the two suspected cases were currently being investigated in the state.

“Though no confirmed case has been recorded, there is need to sensitise members of the public and provide adequate information on measures for prevention and control of the disease in line with the policy of the state government,” he said.

Idris disclosed that the two suspected cases were recorded in a private hospital but did not disclose the name of the hospital.

He added that one of the suspects had just arrived Lagos from Bayelsa State and ate bush meat.

Idris said the two suspects were currently being quarantined in their various homes, pending the result of the investigation.

The commissioner said in the wake of this outbreak, the state government was reiterating the need for members of the public to observe and maintain high standards of personal and environmental hygiene at all times as part of the precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the disease in the state.

He urged members of the public to be vigilant and report any suspected cases of the disease to the nearest public health facility or the Directorate of Disease Control in the state ministry of health.

“Also, health workers are advised to practise universal safety precautions in the management of suspected or confirmed cases, wear appropriate personal protective equipment when attending to cases, wash hands after each contact with a patient or contaminated materials while surveillance systems must be strengthened.

“The state government has mobilised the Disease Surveillance Officers in the 57 LGAs and LCDAs in the state and health workers in both public and private health facilities have been placed on high alert,” Idris said.

Idris called on residents of the state to remain calm and go about their businesses without fear, as the government had put in place adequate measures to effectively prevent and control the spread of the infection to Lagos.

“In case of any suspected case of monkey pox, the Lagos State Ministry of Health should be notified through the following mobile lines: 08037170614, 09087106072,” he said.

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