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Saturday, March 28, 2020

#COVID-19: BUHARI RECEIVES BRIEFING FROM THE MINISTER OF HEALTH

#COVID-19: BUHARI RECEIVES BRIEFING FROM THE MINISTER OF HEALTH

#COVID-19: BUHARI RECEIVES BRIEFING FROM THE MINISTER OF HEALTH

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Saturday received COVID-19 briefing from Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire and Director General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

This was contained in a tweet by the Personal Assistant to the President on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, on his Tweeter handle, @BashirAhmaad. According to the tweet, the duo met with the President to update him on developments in the campaign against the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic. The tweet, which went out at about 12:55 pm said the meeting was held at the President’s residence in the Villa, adding that the meeting was ongoing at the time of tweeting.
#COVID-19: BUHARI RECEIVES BRIEFING FROM THE MINISTER OF HEALTH
It read, “JUST IN: President @MBuhari receiving briefings from Minister of Health and Director-General of @NCDCgov on Nigeria’s fight against #COVID19 pandemic at his residence, Presidential Villa, Abuja”. President Buhari, in the last two days, had worked from home after testing negative to COVID-19. He was last seen at the office on Wednesday. 

The President had, on Thursday advised Nigerians to adhere strictly to all advisories continuously put out by the Ministry of Health and the NCDC, like safe distancing and shunning of gatherings, including religious ones. 
#COVID-19: BUHARI RECEIVES BRIEFING FROM THE MINISTER OF HEALTH
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, he said, “I advise all Nigerians to follow to the letter the health guidelines issued by the Federal Ministry of Health and our State Governments. “Wash your hands thoroughly many times throughout the day. Observe ‘social distancing’ of a minimum of two metres. 

Do not make unnecessary journeys outside of your homes. Do not attend public meetings or public gatherings – including religious events – which is where, through social contact, the virus can easily be transmitted.

“The Federal Ministry of Health will continue to issue daily updates on all developments. Please refer to public announcements by the Ministry on radio, television, www.health.gov.ng and @Fmohnigeria”. Continuing, he said, “With regard to the request by the government of Lagos State for financial support to combat and contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Lagos and Nigeria, the President has already approved the sum of N10 billion which release was effected within two days of the request.

 “The President has also approved and ensured the prompt release of N5 billion special intervention requested by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to equip and expand their facilities and laboratories. ” In the same vein, the President has given approval to NCDC’s request for an aircraft from the Presidential Air Fleet for emergency situations. He has furthermore authorized the evacuation of three critical members of the NCDC team who are stuck in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo where they went for a training organsied by the World Health Organisation (WHO).”


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Medical Laboratory Technician and Radiographer / Sonographer Vacancy at Magodo Specialist Hospital

Magodo Specialist Hospital is committed to delivering medical care to the highest standard of professionalism and service. Our facility is a modern hospital established with the primary aim of meeting the medical needs of the Nigerian public who have for long yearned for a hospital that puts quality care at the centre of its business.

We are recruiting qualified candidates for immediate employment in the position below:

Job Title: Medical Laboratory Technician and Radiographer / Sonographer

Location: Lagos

Qualifications
Candidates should possess relevant qualifications with hospital working experience.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their Applications (attaching CV and other relevant documents) by email to: [email protected] using the Job Title as the subject of the email.
Or
Submit your Applications at:
No. 10 Jaiye Oyedotun Street,
Magodo GRA,
Shangisha - Lagos State.

VACANCY EXISTS FOR A MEDICAL SALES REPRESENTATIVE AT A REPUTABLE COMPANY

A reputable company into medical laboratory equipments who represents major world producers have urgent need for the position below:

Job Title: Sales Representative
Location: Lagos State

Qualification
First Degree in Microbiology, Biochemistry and other Natural Sciences.

Remuneration
According to industrial standards.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV to:
[email protected]
using the "Job title" as the subject of the email.
Or
Submit CV at:

Suite 21A Primal Tek Plaza,
Beside FCMB,
Akowonjo Roundabout,
Akowonjo,
Lagos State.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Vacancy Exists For the Post of a PeriOperative Nursing Officer at Abuja Clinics

Abuja Clinics is a world class health facility dedicated to providing all your health needs, not only curative but also preventive. We boast of cutting edge equipment which aid in the diagnosis and treatment of medical and surgical conditions. We have highly trained and dedicated staff who provide excellent care. Our computerized systems ensure confidentiality and continuity. We aim to set a standard for medical care hence we continue updating and upgrading to ensure that you get the best.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Perioperative Nurse
Location: Abuja

Job Requirements
Must be a Registered Nurse and Midwife
Must have a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 5 years post second
qualification working experience in a hospital.
Must be computer literate.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send hard copy of their Application Letter and CV to:

Human Resources Officer,
Abuja Clinics Nigeria Limited,
22 Amazon Street,
Maitama,
Abuja.

Or
Send to:
[email protected]
using the "Job title" as subject of the email.

Or
Click here to apply online

MEDICAL OFFICER VACANCY AT ABUJA CLINICS WORLD

Abuja Clinics is a world class health facility dedicated to providing all your health needs, not only curative but also preventive. We boast of cutting edge equipment which aid in the diagnosis and treatment of medical and surgical conditions. We have highly trained and dedicated staff who provide excellent care. Our computerized systems ensure confidentiality and continuity. We aim to set a standard for medical care hence we continue updating and upgrading to ensure that you get the best.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Medical Officer
Location: Abuja

Qualification and Experience
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery MBBS.
Minimum of 3 year post NYSC experience in a health industry or other related health institution with current practicing license.
Must be registered with MDCN.
Must be computer Literate.

Application Closing Date
Open.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their Applications to:
[email protected]
using "Job title" as the subject of the email.
And
Click here to apply online 

MULTIPLE VACANCIES FOR DOCTORS, NURSES, RADIOGRAPHER/SONOGRAPHER, ADMIN OFFICER & MED LAB

Magodo Specialist Hospital is committed to delivering medical care to the highest standard of professionalism and service. Our facility is a modern hospital established with the primary aim of meeting the medical needs of the Nigerian public who have for long yearned for a hospital that puts quality care at the centre of its business.

We are recruiting qualified candidates for immediate employment in the positions below:

Job Title: Doctor
Location: Lagos State
Qualifications
Candidates should possess relevant qualifications with minimum of 2 years post NYSC experience.

Job Title: Experienced Nurse
Location: Lagos State
Qualifications
Combined general Nursing and Midwifery qualifications.

Job Title: Radiographer / Sonographer
Location: Lagos State
Qualifications
Candidates should possess relevant qualifications with hospital working experience.

Job Title: Medical Laboratory Technician
Location: Lagos State
Qualifications
Candidates should possess relevant qualifications with hospital working experience.

Job Title: Administrative Officer
Location: Lagos State
Qualifications
Candidates should possess relevant qualifications with hospital working experience.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their Applications (attaching CV and other relevant documents) by email to:
[email protected]
using the Job Title as the subject of the email.
Or
Submit your Applications at:

No. 10 Jaiye Oyedotun Street,
Magodo GRA,
Shangisha,
Lagos State.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

UPDATE: COVID-19: FG shuts Down Lagos, Abuja airports Monday as coronavirus cases hits 30+

The Federal Government says the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos; and the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja will be shut effective Monday, March 23, The PUNCH has learnt.
The PUNCH reports that Nigeria’s cases of the ravaging coronavirus pandemic increased geometrically from 12 to 22 on Saturday.
The Lagos and Abuja airports are the two major entry points into Nigeria.
In a statement signed by the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Capt. Musa Nuhu, the closure of international flight operations at the Lagos and Abuja airports are in addition to the three other international airports in Kano, Enugu and Port Harcourt shut for flight operations on Saturday.
Nuhu said the closure would last through April 23, adding that emergency and essential flights could be operated from any of the airports within the period.
He noted that domestic flight operations would continue normally in all airports in the country.
He said, “Further to our earlier letter on the restriction of international flights into Nigeria, we wish to inform you that effective Monday, 23rd March at 2300Z to 23rd April at 2300Z, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos (DNMM) and Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja (DNAA) will be closed to all international flights.
“This is in addition to the closure of Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano (DNKN); Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu (DNEN); and Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa (DNPO) effective Saturday, 21 March at 2300Z.
“Henceforth, all airports in Nigeria are closed to all incoming international flights with the exception of emergency and essential flights.
“Domestic flights will continue normal operations at all airports.”
Source: PUNCH

NEWS UPDATE: COVID-19: CONFIRMED CASES OF CORONA VIRUS RAISES TO 22

The federal government on Saturday announced 10 new cases of Covid-19 in Nigeria.
This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 22.
According to a statement signed by the minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, the new cases were confirmed in the Federal Capital Territory and Lagos State.

New cases
Mr Ehanire said of the ten new cases, three were confirmed in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and seven in Lagos State.
“This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Nigeria to 22,” he said.
Mr Ehanire also disclosed that all ten new cases are Nigerian nationals. Nine of them have travel history to Canada, France, Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom.
He said all the patients returned to the country in the past week.
Meanwhile, the 10th case, he said, is a close contact of a previously confirmed case.
This implies that Nigeria have recorded just one case of Covid-19 in a foreign national. However, most of the cases have been imported from Europe and the U.K.
@Fmohnigeria has confirmed 10 new cases of in

Of the 10 new cases, 3 are in the Federal Capital Territory and 7 are in Lagos

9 out of the 10 cases have travel history outside Nigeria in the last one week. The 10th case is a close contact of a confirmed case

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Treatment
Mr Ehanire said “the three cases in the FCT are being treated at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), Gwagwalada while the 7 (seven) new cases in Lagos are being treated at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH), Yaba”.
He said all 10 new cases have mild to moderate symptoms and are currently receiving treatment.
Mr Ehanire said the federal government remains committed to working with states to provide optimal care for all confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country.

Travel restrictions
As of March 21, 22 cases have been confirmed, with two of the cases discharged. There has been no death from COVID-19 in Nigeria.
So far, 19 cases were imported while three are contacts of people who came into the country. Nigeria is yet to report any local transmission.
Nigeria, as of Friday, had restricted travel from 15 countries with high coronavirus cases.
The affected countries are; China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, United States of America, Norway, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria and Sweden.
The travel restriction commenced on March 21.
The travel restrictions are expected to limit the number of imported cases into the country.

SEE ALSO: Hantavirus - Causes, Symptoms and prevention

Contact tracing
As the country records more cases from the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, it has become imperative for the government to intensify contact tracing to identify those who might have been in contact with the confirmed cases.
As such, the minister said the Port Health Services has heightened screening at all air, land and sea points of entry into Nigeria and adapted the protocols to reflect the travel guidance issued by the Presidential Task Force on the Control of Coronavirus.
He said the National Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) led by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) supported by partners will continue to coordinate response activities and strengthen preparedness capacity across states nationwide.
He said an intensive national risk communications campaign is also ongoing, to inform Nigerians about COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Nigerians are advised to avoid public gatherings, maintain good personal hygiene and visit the hospital when they fall ill.

MULTIPLE VACANCIES FOR THE POST OF DOCTORS, NURSES, RADIOGRAPHER/SONOGRAPHER, PHARMACY TECHNICIAN AT MERCY GROUP CLINICS

Mercy Group Clinics is one of Nigeria’s most dynamic and innovative health maintenance organisations (HMO). We were incorporated on 26 August 2010 and duly licensed by the National Health Insurance Scheme to operate as a national HMO.

We are recruiting to fill the following positions below:

1.) Experienced Medical Officer

2.) Senior Medical Officer

3.) Registered Nurse & Registered Midwife

4.) Radiographer & Sonographer

5.) Pharmacy Technician

Location: Abeokuta

Requirement
Interested candidates should possess relevant qualifications.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send their Applications to:

The Medical Director,
Mercy Group Clinics,
Mercy Hospital Road,
Panseke,
Abeokuta,
Ogun State.

Or
Email your application letter and CV to:
[email protected]

#COVID-19: CHLOROQUINE POISONING AND PEOPLE’S WAY OF LIFE - By Nurse Ikechukwu Ogbu

There is an intensive research on the efficacy of chloroquine in the treatment of the Coronavirus Disease. It is true that the drug has some antiviral effects, but it is not yet evident that it cures Coronavirus and hence, the ongoing research. 

Over the years, Africa has been known as a malaria-endemic continent and the use of chloroquine has been effective in the treatment of malaria. Aside the hot temperature and climatic condition peculiar to the Western part of this continent which is a blessing in the management of COVID-19, there is speculation that the overtime use of chloroquine could be another factor which makes Africans a bit resistant to the Coronavirus Disease as compared to many other parts of the world where the spread of the virus is higher. The possibility of genetic variables is implicated here. This is the focus of the ongoing research.

Now, many Nigerians are as gullible as they are vulnerable. My fear on the Coronavirus pandemic is not just about the virulent nature of the disease and its utter resistance to medications, but about the collective foolish actions many people will embark on, especially in this part of the world where emotions are raised higher than reasoning in situations like this. People are peddling the news that chloroquine cures Coronavirus and I could imagine how some opportunists will begin to sell chloroquine at very inhumane prices.

People who have malaria fever will suffer it more. There will be stigmatization, just like in the case of the 70-year-old woman who though tested negative of the virus, but eventually died in a so-called isolation centre in Enugu after returning from UK. Not just this, we remember the times of Ebola Virus and how many people resorted to salt solution and afterwards journeyed to the grave as a result of CVA and such medical conditions. Such might be the fate of some people; cases of choloquine poisoning will be recorded.

Chloroquine has the ability to be distributed in large volume as it diffuses into the body. Similar to other drugs, the liver is responsible for its metabolism (that is, breaking down of drugs in a manner that the body system can make use of). When it is overdosed (taken beyond recommended amount) for a long period of time, we have cases like hepatic toxicity. This is even at the terminal stage.

Chloroquine has some adverse effects, especially when it is abused. There is retinal toxicity (retina is the sensitive part of the inner eye where images are formed) which will lead to blurred vision and eventual blindness if immediate intervention is not taken.  There is also convulsion, hearing loss, pounding heartbeats, shortness of breath etc. Many effects abound when it is taken without precaution. The effects are more fatal in children and much more fatal in people who have underlying medical (cardiac) conditions or people who are addicted to alcohol or drug.

Ladies and gentlemen, to whom brain is given, sense is expected. Coronavirus is actually deadly, but unnecessary fear or panic is even deadlier. Hearken to simple instructions: always wash your hands and do not visit your face or any orifice (opening in your body) with unclean hands.

Get a hand sanitizer which is very useful in cases where you do not have access to water and soap. Instead of shaking hands with people, why not wave or chop knuckles and swagger on your way. Stay away from the crowd and if you must be there like in market places, talk less and be careful not to focus your face directly on people’s faces.

While on the bus and someone sitting next to you for any reason coughs or sneezes uncontrollably, for health sake, try and conquer the instinct of shouting at the person. The best thing to do at that moment is to keep quiet and move your face away and cover your face with your handkerchief.

Giving and collecting cash is something that cannot be completely avoided in this part of the world, especially for traders and bankers. The use of gloves and face masks is useful here, but much more important is hand washing. Using public machines such as ATMs, buttons on the lifts, rubbing off germs on public buses etc are just inevitable.

Therefore, as soon as you get home, wash your hands before anything. It is also important to take our bath after sweating and mixing up with people in public. Always drink water. Copious fluid intake is encouraged. Boost your immunity with fresh fruits and vegetables and avoid much cold or humid environment such as air-conditioner. This is a time to take warm tea even in the noon. This is not just about the Coronavirus, but also about wellbeing; how to keep neat and healthy!

Many schools have closed, either by strike action or government action. Except few students who do one or two business to sustain a living, others still living in school claiming to be doing school politics are either living in a fool’s paradise or running away from their home. Go home and help parents in farm work. The economy of this country will soon go down and everyone will have to lie low.

This phase will soon go and by then, we must have counted the miles we ran and the lessons we learnt: Hygiene and Healthiness!

By Nrs Ikechukwu Ogbu

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