The National Hospital, Abuja, is seeking to locate the relatives of a yet-to-be-identified man currently receiving treatment at the facility.
The hospital said the man was brought to the hospital on September 25, 2022.
The man, who is believed to be in his 40s, was said to have been found unconscious by the road side in Area 11 on the same day at about 3pm.
In a post on its Twitter handle, @NatHospital_ABJ, it said “The man whose picture is placed above was brought to the National Hospital Abuja, on September 25, 2022. The unknown patient was said to have been found unconscious by the road side in Area 11 on the same day at about 3pm and was brought to the National Hospital where he has since been receiving treatment.
“The management of the hospital is hereby appealing to any member of the public whose relation has not been seen since the aforementioned date to please come to Trauma ICU National Hospital, Abuja, for identification and further necessary action.”
Confirming the case in a telephone conversation with our correspondent, the Spokesmen for the hospital, Tayo Haastrup, said “Yes, the case is true. A lady just came to the office now that the man in the picture looks like her boyfriend and I have asked one of the staff to take her to the ICU. I will update you later.”
NAFDAC Debunks Report Of Mercury In Vaccines
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has debunked a report claiming that children in Nigeria were being administered a vaccine that contains 40 per cent mercury which was prescribed by foreign organisation.
The director-general, NAFDAC, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, in a press statement, made available to our correspondent, said mercury is a metal and as such cannot be used as an element or as a component of vaccines.
The basic components of vaccines are antigens, adjuvants to improve immune response, antibiotics to prevent contamination during manufacturing, preservatives, and stabilizers, Adeyeye revealed, adding that thimerosal a mercuric compound which is a preservative used in multi dose vaccines contains a different form of mercury called ethyl mercury.
“As a vaccine preservative, thimerosal is used in concentrations of 0.003 per cent to 0.01 per cent, (for example, thimerosal content allowed in vaccines is between 30 parts to maximum of 100 parts out of million parts of the vaccine formula). Thimerosal is a mercury-based preservative that has been used for decades in the United States in multi-dose vials (vials containing more than one dose) of medicines and vaccines,” she explained.
She averred that there is no evidence of harm caused by the low doses of thimerosal in vaccines, except for minor reactions like redness and swelling at the injection site. “However, in July 1999, the Public Health Service agencies, the American Academy of Paediatrics, and vaccine manufacturers agreed that thimerosal should be reduced or eliminated in vaccines as a precautionary measure,” she added.
Though, Nigeria still receives some multi dose vaccines which contains thimerosal but at accepted concentration, the DG said that the World health Organisation (WHO) has closely monitored the scientific evidence relating to the use of thimerosal as a vaccine preservative for over 10 years especially through independent expert advisory group, the Global Advisory Committee on vaccines.
“The committee has constantly reached the same conclusion, that there is no evidence to suggest that the amount of thimerosal used in vaccines poses a health risk. Other expert groups the U.S. Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Paediatrics, the United Kingdom Committee on Safety of Medicines, and the European Agency for Evaluation of Medicinal Products have reached similar conclusions,” she stated.
She however stated that NAFDAC would continue to follow WHO approved protocol before any human vaccines could be used in Nigeria.
Lassa Fever Spreads To 26 States In Nigeria
Twenty-six states have recorded cases of Lassa Fever as the disease has spread to 104 Local Government Areas in the country.
This is according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Situation Report for week 40 which was obtained on Tuesday.
According to the report, the lassa fever outbreak has killed 173 people in the country so far this year. The latest report shows an increase in lassa fever from the previous 933 to 937.
Lassa fever is a viral hemorrhagic fever and an acute viral illness. This zoonotic disease has a high morbidity and mortality rate, as well as economic, health and security implications.
Of all the confirmed cases, the NCDC said 71 per cent are from Ondo State (representing 33 per cent), followed by Edo State (representing 25 per cent), and Bauchi trailing behind (representing 13 per cent).
“In week 40, the number of new confirmed cases is the same as reported in week 39, 2022 to four cases. These were reported from Ondo, Bauchi and Ekiti States,” the report read in part,
“Cumulatively from week one to week 40, 2022, 173 deaths have been reported with a case fatality rate of 18.5 per cent which is lower than the CFR for the same period in 2021 (23.1 per cent).
“In total for 2022, 26 States have recorded at least one confirmed case across 104 Local Government Areas.
“Of all confirmed cases, 71 per cent are from Ondo (33 per cent), Edo (25 per cent), and Bauchi (13 per cent) States.
“The predominant age group affected is 21-30 years (Range: 0 to 90 years, Median Age: 30 years). The male-to-female ratio for confirmed cases is 1:0.8.
“The number of suspected cases has increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2021.
“No new Healthcare worker affected in the reporting week 40. National lassa fever multi-partner, multi-sectoral Technical Working Group continues to coordinate the response activities at all levels.”
Ogun Records Highest Child Mortality Rate In Southwestern Nigeria
The United Nations Children’s Fund has disclosed that Ogun State recorded the highest number of childrens’ deaths in the southwestern part of the country.
The survey conducted by the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics in collaboration with UNICEF and other partners showed that Ogun recorded highest figures in neonatal mortality, infant mortality, postnatal care for newborn, among others in the region.
The Social Policy Specialist of UNICEF, Mohammed Okorie, disclosed this at a two-day media dialogue on the 2022 Multiple Indicator Clusters.
The media dialogue was organised by UNICEF, in partnership with the National Orientation Agency.
Okorie explained that the estimations were “part of the MICS 6 results released by the NBS in August 16, 2022.”
Quoting the NBS, Okorie said, the survey estimated that 56 out of 1000 children between the ages of zero and 11 months died after birth in Ogun State.
UNICEF’s Social Policy Specialist stated further that 68 out of 1000 children between the ages of 0 and less than one year died after their birth in Ogun State.
Okorie noted that Ogun State has also ranked the highest in the deaths of children between 0 and five years with the record of 85 deaths out of 1000 children.
He further indicated that Ogun State also recorded the lowest in the care for children after birth with the estimation of 77 percent.
He said Ekiti State recorded the second position in neonatal mortality with a record of 53 out of 1000 children, followed by Oyo with the record of 31 deaths out of 1000 children.
Okorie added that Ondo State witnessed 18 deaths out of 1000 children while Osun state recorded 12 deaths out of 1000 children.
He added that Ekiti State ranked second on the infant mortality chart with a record of 67 deaths out of 1000 children, adding that Oyo state followed with a record of 40 deaths out of 1000 children.
Okorie stated further that while Ondo State witnessed 31 deaths out of 1000 children, Osun State recorded 17 deaths out of 1000 children and Lagos State recorded 15 deaths out of 1000 children delivered.
He said Ekiti State ranked second on the under-five death chart with a record of 82 deaths in 1000 children and Ondo State followed with a record of 64 deaths out of 1000 children.
He added that Oyo State recorded 57 deaths out of 1000 children, Osun State recorded 24 deaths out of 1000 children and Lagos State recorded 15 deaths out of 1000 children.
Speaking on the reason for the data collection, Okorie said that the NBS data on infant mortality would be used to measure the progress and retrogression made by each state in the southwest.
He said “It has been effective since the day it was released. It is the regional dissemination that we are doing now in the southwest to journalists who will help us disseminate it to everybody.
“Subsequently, it is going to be used to determine the progress made across different indications in health, education, water sanitation and hygiene.”
Okorie, however, called on the government and the public to unite and resolve all challenges as indicated by the results of the survey.
“The government must see that there has to be coordination in the process. We should look beyond numbers. Everyone should see themselves as key stakeholders in the development,” he said.