Sulyman Alege, the Kwara State Commissioner for Health has confirmed one case of Lassa fever in Babanla community of Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state. He briefed journalists in his office today announcing that out of the five samples sent to Virology unit of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, only one of a ten-year-old boy tested positive.He added he has sent his medical team to the area to monitor the patient and those who had contact with him. According to the Commissioner, isolation centres will be created at Omu Aran general hospital for the patient which is closer to the community and appealed to the people of the state not to panic as the government will do everything to ensure their safety.
Kogi state Commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Audu says an unknown illness has struck residents of the state leaving at least 62 people dead.The strange illness which was initially thought to be Lassa fever by many people because it has some symptoms that are similar to Lassa fever such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, and vomiting but apparently its something different. According to reports, the worst hit community is Okoloke in Yagba West Local Government Area of the state. Other areas are Okunran and Isanlu-Esa – both villages in Yagba West LGA. With over 60 people dead and Lassa fever ruled out as a cause, the government has taken samples of the disease and is hoping to identify the illness as quickly as possible to prevent more deaths, says the commissioner.
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Nigeria’s youth unemployment, estimated at 40 million youths would soon drop as the Federal Government has short listed 300,000 youths for immediate training and engagement. The youths, drawn from the 36 States of the federation were short listed from a total of 2.5 million who applied for the programme this year. The Senior Special Adviser to the Presidency on Jobs Creation and Youths Empowerment, Afolabi Imokhuede, who confirmed the development, said the youths would be attached to reputable organisations with capacity to train them in areas such as renewable energy, oil and gas, construction and agriculture. According to him, the training would last for three months while attachment to organisations would last for about one year. He said that such organisations may grant some of them permanent employment, while others would have to form clusters to enable them offer professional services to operators in different sectors of the nation’s economy. The management of Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL) also disclosed that it would assist to train and build the capacity of youths in many areas, including oil and gas, fabrication and welding. The company disclosed this when the United State Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) its premises noted that has commended the Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL) as a safe haven for investment and having great capacity for job creation in the African sub-region. Investigations showed that the action of the government would go a long way towards complementing the efforts of the private sector to enhance capacity building and employment in the nation. It showed that many stakeholders have started to show interest in tackling the issues as a result of its negative impact on the nation’s economy.