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LASUTH Prepared for Biosecurity Threats and other Pandemics

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In the world today, no nation is spared from the threats and the likelihood of occurrence of public health emergencies and its negative consequences. Lagos state is a small sized state in Nigeria, yet has over 5% of the national population estimate.

The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in becoming a world class quaternary center has continued to develop its emergency preparedness and response to cater for the ever-expanding population of Lagos State which is approximately 25 million.

LASUTH has a high skilled work force and state-of-the-art equipment. LASUTH is a referral centre for primary and secondary centres including private hospitals.

Preparedness is a continuous cycle of planning, organizing, training, equipping, communicating, exercise evaluation and improvement activities to ensure effective coordination and enhancement of capabilities to prevent, protect against, responds to, recover from and mitigate the effect of an emergency incident.

LASUTH already has a Disease and Infection Prevention and Control Committee in place for more than 8 years and has been training workers on both Standard and Transmission based precautions. A Crisis Management Committee was also set up five (5) weeks ago and a triage protocol in screening, isolation and notification of highly infectious diseases, which are not limited to Lassa fever, Ebola fever and COVID-19 was developed and is being strictly adhered to. Our minimum acceptable level is standard precaution.

 

Our medical personnel have already been trained to take all precautionary measures to prevent, protect against, respond to, and mitigate the effect of an emergency incident. Sensitization and further training were organized two weeks ago at a special grand round edition, where the State Epidemiologist, the Infection Control team, Family Physician and Community health Specialist were present to educate and inform adequately.

 

As part of the hospital’s preparedness, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) had been procured four (4) weeks ago and deployed on the 27th and 28th of January to all entry points. PPE is used only based on risk assessment and when seeing patients after which they are appropriately disposed into color-coded bins. They are not to be worn as part of dressing when not attending to patients. Automatic hand-sanitizer dispensers have been installed at all the service entry points and all efforts are in place to ensure there is constant running water for proper hand hygiene hospital wide.

Our holding area is not a quarantine facility nor an isolation ward. It is a holding area for patients that fits the algorithm for case definition of infection of high consequences pending confirmation by laboratory investigation. All patients who are presented at the emergencies are screened using the Triage Protocol; temperature measurement, travel history etc. and those who fit into the case definition are kept in the holding bay to protect the general population of staff and patients in the emergencies. While in the holding area, necessary medical and support care is given while awaiting the result of laboratory investigation for the infectious diseases; this process is within 24 hours. Patients with positive results for infections of high consequence are transferred to Mainland Hospital or into the general pool of patients if negative. It is pertinent to note the holding area is currently being upgraded.

 

LASUTH has always been playing a prominent role in containing highly infectious diseases in Lagos. We are prepared in collaboration with Lagos State Government, in line with global best practice and precaution to screen, isolate and treat suspected patients as well as protect the people of Lagos State.

Abolade Adewale is Public Affairs Specialist. He can be reached via [email protected]

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TRENDING: Pastor’s Wife Who Mistakenly Sends Her N*de Video To Church Whatsapp Group Attempts Suicide

Pastor’s Wife who mistakenly sent her Nude Video to members of her church using the WhatsApp texting service on mobile phones has reportedly attempted suicide out of embarrassment.

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TRENDING: Pastor’s Wife Who Mistakenly Sends Her N*de Video To Church Whatsapp Group Attempts Suicide

Pastor’s Wife who mistakenly sent her Nude Video to members of her church using the WhatsApp texting service on mobile phones has reportedly attempted suicide out of embarrassment.

‘Osofo Maame’ who has become a subject of public discussion, especially among members of the husband’s church, was reported to have tried drinking a liquid poisonous substance but for the timely intervention of family relations who have for all this while kept an eye on her after she sent photos and videos of her genitals to them.

According to information gathered by mandynews.com, the woman in her mid-30s who is nursing a 6-month-old baby intended to send the pictures to her husband who was on a trip outside the country only for it to be mistakenly land on the church group.

To her utter dismay, she reportedly realized her mistake right after pressing the send button on her mobile phone.

Members of the church group who received the photos, videos and message were shocked and outraged. They tried to call up the pastor’s wife, who wouldn’t answer. The then started quitting the group one after the other.

In two separate videos, 58 and 31 seconds respectively, she is seen facing the camera, kneeling, wiggling her waist and fondling herself concurrently.

That was after she was earlier captured in a bath showcasing her thighs among others while capturing what she was doing.

Interestingly, a child believed to be hers is heard crying in the background but the lady who appeared to be enjoying herself turned deaf ears to the child.

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Embarrassment As Twitter Deletes Minister Keyamo’s Leaked Chat With Eedris Abdulkareem

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Embarrassment As Twitter Deletes Minister Keyamo’s Leaked Chat With Eedris Abdulkareem

Embarrassment As Twitter Deletes Minister Keyamo’s Leaked Chat With Eedris Abdulkareem—-The Genius Media Nigeria reports that Twitter on Sunday deleted tweets by the minister of state for labour and employment Festus Keyamo where he leaked private conversation between him and singer Eedris Abdulkareem.

This reliable platform gathered that Part of the tweets made on Saturday night contained Eedris’ phone number.

In deleting the tweets, Twitter said the minister “violated the rules” of the platform.

Mr Keyamo had held nothing back in attacking Eedris, claiming the singer made a poor attempt at blackmailing him in his new song ‘Jaja Jaga Reloaded’.

Embarrassment As Twitter Deletes Minister Keyamo’s Leaked Chat With Eedris Abdulkareem

The minister claimed Eedris once begged to be part of the Buhari Campaign Organisation which he directed in 2018.

“In 2018, when I was named the Director of Strategic Communications for Buhari Campaign Organisation, Eedris waxed a song in support of Buhari and wanted to join us, albeit for a fee. He then made desperate efforts to see me through text messages from his phone no,” the now-deleted tweet read.

Shortly after Twitter took down the leaked chat, Keyamo tweeted: “Job done.”

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EXPOSED!!! How Kogi Governor Yahaya Bello Allegedly Misused N4.5Billion COVID-19 Funds

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Accordďing to reports SERAP GROUP, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is being called upon to proble Kogi Governor who is alleged to have misused N4.5bn COVID-19 funds.

The Genius Media Nigeria gathered that Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, the public advocacy group has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to “direct the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami, SAN and appropriate anti-corruption agencies to investigate alleged misuse of the N4.5 billion donations, loans and support the Kogi State government obtained from the Federal Government, including N90,720,000 reportedly spent on software to track COVID-19 cases in the state.”

SERAP stated that “if there is relevant and sufficient admissible evidence, anyone suspected to be involved should face prosecution, as appropriate.”

In the letter dated 27 March 2021 and signed by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, the organization said: “Directing the Attorney General of the Federation and appropriate anti-corruption agencies as recommended is constitutional, and would be entirely consistent with your promise in your inaugural speech to ‘ensure responsible and accountable governance at all levels of government in the country.’”

SERAP quoted Buhari as promising in his inaugural speech on 29th May, 2015 that: ‘The Federal Government would not fold its arms and close its eyes to what is going on in the states and local governments. It will ensure that the gross corruption at the local level is checked. For I will not have kept my own trust with the Nigerian people if I allow others abuse theirs under my watch.’”

SERAP stated: “As you have correctly stated, the obligations of your government to combat corruption in Nigeria extend to all the three tiers of government, namely, the federal, state and local governments.”

The letter, read in part: “Although primarily a matter of concern for Kogi State, the allegations of misuse of COVID-19 funds drawn from the Federal Government have assumed such a proportion as to become a matter of concern to the federation as a whole, and therefore, to your government.”

“SERAP is concerned about growing allegations of corruption and mismanagement of public funds in several of the 36 states of the Federation, and the apparent lack of prompt, thorough, independent and transparent investigations into these allegations, allowing suspected perpetrators to frequently escape justice.”

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“Taking prompt action to probe the allegations would promote transparency and accountability, serve the common good, peace, order and good government of the federation (which includes Kogi State through the Kogi governor). It would help to enhance your government’s fight against corruption and contribute hugely to improving the public confidence and trust in your commitment to combat grand corruption.”

“We would be grateful if the recommended measures are taken within 14 days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter. If we have not heard from you by then, SERAP shall take all appropriate legal actions to compel your government to comply with our request.”

“SERAP also believes that given the history of corruption in Nigeria, especially several unresolved allegations of grand corruption involving many of the 36 state governments, your government cannot and should not look the other way regarding the allegations of misuse of COVID-19 funds involving the Kogi State government. Such allegations in any state of Nigeria are of concern to every Nigerian, and should therefore be of concern to your government.”

“Taking the recommended measures would also show that your government is concerned with the overall well-being of the federation and willing and able to enforce important constitutional principles.”

“According to our information, the Kogi governor in 2020 allegedly spent N90,720,000 on ‘COVID-19 software.’ The software was reportedly approved by Governor Yahaya Bello, for tracking COVID-19 cases and prevent the spread of the disease in the state. However, the company that developed the software has reportedly stated that it costs only N300,000.”

“The software has reportedly stopped functioning just one year after it was installed. The N90,720,000 spent on COVID-19 software is part of the N4.5 billion donations, loans and support, which Kogi State reportedly obtained from the Federal Government.”

“Ensuring the investigation and prosecution of the allegations would also be entirely consistent with the provisions of section 15 subsection (5) of the Nigerian Constitution 1999 [as amended], which requires your government to abolish all corrupt practices and abuse of power, regardless of the state where such practices are taking place.”

“Section 15 specifically defines “government” to include the government of the federation, or of any state, or of a local government council or any person who exercises power or authority on its behalf.”

“Similarly, the Attorney-General of the Federation has power, conferred on him by section 174(1)(a) of the Nigerian Constitution, and anti-corruption agencies have the powers to act on the allegations of misuse of the N4.5 billion donations, loans and support by the Kogi State government obtained, including N90,720,000 spent on software to track COVID-19 cases in the state.”

“Our requests are brought in the public interest, and in keeping with the requirements of the Nigerian Constitution; the country’s international obligations including under the UN Convention against Corruption, and the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption, as well as your expressed commitment in your inaugural speech on 29th May, 2015 ‘to check gross corruption at the local level.’”

The letter is copied to Mr Malami; Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, Chairman Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC); and Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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