Lagos Allays Fears On Outbreak Of Lassa Fever

Lagos Allays Fears On Outbreak Of Lassa Fever

…Says 92 Contacts Of Index Case Currently Being Followed-Up

…Urges Residents To Maintain High Level Of Personal, Environmental Hygiene

The Lagos State Government on Saturday called on residents to remain calm over the outbreak of Lassa fever, just as it assured that it is doing everything possible to curtail the spread of the virus in the State.

Addressing journalists at the Alausa Secretariat, on the first case of the disease recorded in the State, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris said in line with international standards, 92 persons who had direct and indirect contact with the index case are currently being followed-up.

Idris confirmed that the index case, a 25-year-old male undergraduate of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, was reported to have fallen ill after arriving in Lagos and was taken to Ahmmadiyyah Hospital, Ojokoro on January 9 with complaint of fever, sore throats and difficulty in swallowing.

He said the patient was subsequently placed on admission for six days and was thereafter referred by the said private hospital to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) on January 14, 2016 owing to the fact that the fever was persistent and his condition was not improving.

According to Idris, the patient was confirmed as a case of Lassa fever on January 15, at LUTH, and is currently being managed to the extent that his condition is now stable.

Idris added that 15 in-patients who were admitted alongside the index case as well as 25 health workers who attended to them have been placed on compulsory 21 days monitoring, and that the phone numbers and addresses of the persons in that category have also been collected for proper tracking.

Any of the persons in that category with temperature above 38.5, according to Idris, would be isolated so as to prevent the spread of the disease, while they have also been advised on the need to maintain little or no contact with others, at least for now.

The Commissioner said: “Though Lassa fever and Ebola Virus Disease belong to the same Viral Hemorrhagic fever group, Lassa fever is milder and can be treated and cured if detected early. Therefore, any persistent fever should be reported to the nearest public health facility.

“Residents are urged to watch out for the signs and symptoms of Lassa fever which typically occur with incubation period of 1-3 weeks after the patient comes into contact with the virus. Early symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, chills, diarrheas, nausea, vomiting, sore throat, backache, and joint pains.

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“Late symptoms include bleeding from the eyes, ears and nose, bleeding from the mouth and rectum, eye swelling, swelling of the genitals and rashes all over the body that often contain blood. It could progress to coma, shock and death,” he said.

While stating that drugs and other materials have been prepositioned at the designated facilities across the State, Idris said isolation centres have equally been prepared to manage suspected and confirmed cases, adding that the State Government is fully prepared to manage the situation and as such people should not panic for whatever reasons.

On steps to be taken to prevent the spread of the disease, Idris urged residents to “avoid contact with rats, ensure proper collection and disposal of waste, cover all foods including left-overs and water properly, wash their hands properly before and after cooking of foods, block all rat hideouts and store food items in rodent-proof containers.”

Work Towards Nation’s Unity, Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode Urges Nigerians

Work Towards Nation’s Unity, Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode Urges Nigerians

…Advocates Support For Buhari’s Developmental Agenda

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday urged Nigerians to support the sincere efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari to develop the country on all fronts, just as he said that no  meaningful development can take place without unity and cohesion.

Governor Ambode, who spoke shortly after performing the laying of wreath ceremony as part of activities marking the 2016 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration, said it was important for all Nigerians to rededicate their lives in a manner that would always promote unity of the country as exemplified by the supreme sacrifices paid by the fallen heroes.

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The Governor said without the sacrifices paid by men and officers of the Armed Forces, there would not have been a country called Nigeria today, and as such it was for the people to always refrain from actions that are inimical to the peace, unity and oneness of the nation.

According to Governor Ambode, the current administration of President Buhari has so far displayed his passion for the development of the country, but it was important for all to support the President in his quest to massively develop the country.

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Speaking on the significance of the remembrance service, Governor Ambode said: “If you look at the history of Nigeria, today we remember our fallen heroes. Without them there will be no Nigeria as we speak and so it is very important that beyond even remembering them, we should also rededicate our lives in a manner that we will always remember that the cohesion of Nigeria is so significant and that it important for all of us to hold Nigeria together and that is really the significance of this event.”

When asked on pockets of threats to national security in some sections of the country, Governor Ambode said: “They are really not threats because they are being fully combated by the Federal Government and as you can see, we are making progress and we are having improvement on security of the country.

“So, I just want to advise Nigerians that the unity of Nigeria is more important than anything you can think of. It is only when we are united that we can make progress. You know the present administration is so particular about the development of the country. Nigeria is bigger than any individual and so we advise all Nigerians to know that the cohesion and unity of Nigeria is what is paramount to this government,” the Governor said.

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Also speaking at the event, Oba Akiolu prayed for the families left behind by the fallen heroes, and urged Nigerians to be disciplined and commit to do the will of God.

He said all that the fallen heroes fought for revolved around having a united, peaceful and disciplined nation.

Other dignitaries who performed the laying of wreath at the event held at the Remembrance Arcade, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos include the Lagos State Chief Judge, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade; Commander 9 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Bulama Biu; Commanding Officer, Nigerian Navy Ship Beecroft, Apapa, Navy Commodore Abraham Adaji; Commander, 435 Base Service Group, Ikeja, Air Commodore Danladi Santa Bausa; Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni; Oba of Lagos, HRM Rilwan Akiolu, among others.

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode at Y2016 Armed Forces Remembrance Day at Remembrance Arcade, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode at Y2016 Armed Forces Remembrance Day at Remembrance Arcade, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, laying a wreath in commemoration of the Y2016 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, at the Remembrance Arcade, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, on January 15, 2016.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, laying a wreath in commemoration of the Y2016 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, at the Remembrance Arcade, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, on January 15, 2016.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, inspecting the Guard of Honour, during the Y2016 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, at the Remembrance Arcade, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, on January 15, 2016.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, inspecting the Guard of Honour, during the Y2016 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, at the Remembrance Arcade, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, on January 15, 2016.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, inspecting the Guard of Honour, during the Y2016 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, at the Remembrance Arcade, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, on January 15, 2016.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, being welcomed by Commander, 9 Mechanized Brigade, Brigadier General Bulama Biu; Commander, Nigeria Navy Ship Beecroft Apapa, Navy Commodore Abraham Adaji and Commander, 435 Base Service Group, Ikeja, Air Commodore Danladi Santa Bausa, during the Y2016 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, at the Remembrance Arcade, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, on January 15, 2016.

Construction of 114 Roads Will Boost Grassroots Development – LG Bosses

Construction of 114 Roads Will Boost Grassroots Development – LG Bosses

The Conference of Executive Secretaries of Local Government Areas (LGAs) and Local Council Development Areas in Lagos State on Thursday commended the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode for his passion, commitment and sense of dedication to grassroots development, just as it urged Lagosians to support the current administration in its quest to transform the State.

Some members of the Conference, who spoke on the flag off construction of 114 inner roads across the 57 Councils, said the development was an eloquent proof of Governor Ambode’s passion to truly take Lagos to the next level.

According to them, the benefits and gains of the project to the socio-economic lives of the people would be of massive proportion, and as such the Governor deserves commendation be commended and encouraged to continually give his best to the people.

Speaking on the project, Chairman of Conference 57, Hon. Kolade Alabi said Governor Ambode, by the project, has kept faith with a statement he made some time ago where he said ‘the greatest achievements one can ever have is to truly serve the people.’

While stating that the project was unprecedented in the history of the State, Alabi, who is also the Executive Secretary of Bariga LCDA, said it was clear that the Governor was leaving no stone unturned as he marches on steadily and meticulously.

He said: “You see, it is not a surprise that within seven months of assumption of office, Governor Ambode has positively touched all sectors such as health, education, security and so on. I like to fully align with the Governor’s school of thought which has indeed been our guiding principles even at the local level.

“I can only plead for the support of the people because of a truth, the 114 road project is just a tip of the iceberg as the Governor’s best is yet to come,” Alabi said.

On his part, Executive Secretary of Epe Local Government, Hon. Ahmed Ayinde Seriki said he was proud to be associated with a man whose vision and passion for the transformation of the State was exemplary.

“The project is part of the developmental agenda for the State and I am glad that the Governor is keeping faith with the promises he made to the people during the electioneering campaign. Just in seven months, he has done a lot and there are still plans to do much more than what we are witnessing now.

“I think what we need to do as a people is to support the Governor in his quest to develop the State and turn Lagos into a real megacity,” Seriki said.

The construction of 114 inner roads, two in each of the 57 LGAs and LCDAs is an initiative of the Ambode administration.

The project, which is being fully funded by the State Government, would be completed in six months at a cost of N17.5 billion.

The project is designed to accommodate street lights, walkways and drainages in all the 114 roads, which were selected by the relevant stakeholders such as Community Development Associations (CDAs) and others, and implemented by the 57 Councils.

Lagos Intensifies Effort on Light Up Project

Lagos Intensifies Effort on Light Up Project

…Plans Night Operation For BRT

In fulfillment of the electioneering campaign promise of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, the Lagos State Government has intensified efforts on the Light Up Lagos Project, an initiative aimed at lighting up every nook and cranny of the State.

Already, most major highways and streets have been lightened up, while massive repair of street lights are being carried out in other strategic places.

In keeping faith with the actualization of the project targeted at creating an enabling environment that will ensure 24-hour power supply to residents in the next two years, Governor Ambode had set up an Advisory Council chaired by the Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Idiat Oluranti-Adebule, with a charge on them to make electricity available to Lagosians for both business and domestic use.

Governor Ambode had equally urged individuals and corporate bodies to light up their streets and neighborhood, with a promise that such gestures would be duly rewarded and recognized by the State.

The main idea behind the setting up of the Advisory Council was said to have been for members, who were drawn from the public and private sector, to liaise with the Federal Ministry of Power to actualize the dream.

Speaking on the progress made so far on the project, a source said: “If you notice, in the past few months, if you move from Berger to Lekki, Ikorodu to Lagos Island, the entire Ikeja axis, Victoria Island, Ikoyi and so on, it is very clear that there are more street lights in Lagos today more than ever before.”

While expressing confidence in the sincerity of the Ambode administration, the source however expressed hope that government would be able to sustain the project and make sure that street lights are on at all times in the State.

When contacted, Lagos State Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Wale Oluwo confirmed the efforts being made by government toward lighting up every nook and cranny of the State, and recalled that same were in line with the campaign promise made by Governor Ambode to the people.

Oluwo said to underscore the commitment of government, arrangement has been concluded on having Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) buses to work at night once the light up project is completed.

He said: “This is one of the campaign promises made to the people by the Governor and just like he has fulfilled others, this project will not be an exception.

“The intention of government is to light up all highways in the State. In fact, the Governor is about to embark on 114 road reconstruction which will be done two per each Local Government Areas and Local Council Development Areas in the State with walkways and street lights.

“You see, the street light project is more or less complimentary to the security equipment worth N4.8 billion recently donated by the Governor to the police, and the ultimate goal is that when all the street lights are on, we will start having BRT buses working at night.

“You will recall that the Governor also promised to make Lagos city a 24-hour economy, this exactly is the change that the people voted for. We just appeal and pray that the Governor will continue to have the energy and resources to consummate all the promises and Lagos will be in the real sense of the word a megacity.”

“We are assuring Lagosians that the process of lighting up every corner of the state has begun in earnest and we are not going to stop until we achieve our aim”, Oluwo said.