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Queen’s College: Surveillance team identified respiratory tract infection – Lagos Health Commissioner

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Lagos Health Commissioner, Prof. Akin Abayomi has shared an update on medical test carried out on students of Queen’s College.

Speaking on behalf of the state government, Prof Akin confirmed the outbreak of an air-borne flu-like illnesses as preliminary investigations revealed “a sporadic increase in upper respiratory tract infection, characterised by cough, catarrh, fever and weakness.”

According to the Health Commissioner, the flu outbreak was confirmed by a team of health officials which comprised of officials from the epidemiology department, primary healthcare services and environmental health department of Lagos Mainland Local Government. 

He said, “The team has since visited Queen’s College and investigations are ongoing.

“Findings, according to the review of health records in the school’s sick bay, revealed that 89 students presented to the clinic with influenza-like illnesses.”

Prof Abayomi stated that the incidence was not an outbreak but added that the  environmental sanitation and water supply which were optimal could be improved on.

“As we await a comprehensive report of the investigation being conducted, I would like to appeal to stakeholders of Queen’s College, other affected schools and residents of Lagos State to remain calm and ensure strict adherence to personal and environmental hygiene at all times.

“I assure you that the situation is under control and seems to be subsiding.

“We will give necessary updates as the assessment and investigation progresses,” the commissioner said. 

“They must also commence and continue to raise awareness about respiratory etiquette such as covering of mouth with clean hands or handkerchiefs when coughing or sneezing and washing hands immediately after.

“The school management must also hold food handlers and vendors to the highest health and hygiene check protocols as stipulated in the law, and practised world over. 

“Schools management must ensure conspicuous display of posters with health messages around their premises and commence daily announcements and reminders about preventing the spread of germs and the need for frequent hand washing.

“They should adopt healthy practices, such as safe handling of food and the use of standard precautions when handling body fluids and excretions and equip school sickbays to handle infections and other emergencies, with a clear report and escalation protocol”, he added. 

He further disclosed that only 89 students were presented for medical test at the school clinic while the rest left on their own volition. 

Recall LIB reported earlier that the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono debunked claims of an epidemic outbreak at Queen’s College Lagos. According to him, there was no epidemic outbreak but flu and malaria cases. 

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Lists Of Roads Lagos Govt Will Be Working On Immediately

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Lagos Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has declared a state of emergency on all Lagos roads and has mandated some selected construction companies to start work on rehabilitation as from today.

The roads that will be rehabilitated and reconstructed include but are not limited to;

IKEJA ZONE – Network of roads in Oregun

IKEJA G.R.A – Network roads in Ikeja G- R- A

Badagry (from Agbara to Badagry) – Agboju to Okokomaiko

IKORODU ZONE – Ketu /Ojota section of Ikorodu – Ijede road to Ewu-Elepe – Oba Sekumade road – Agric Isawo road – Imota to the rice mill

EPE ZONE – Eleko junction to T- junction at Epe – Itoikin- Epe road – Completion of network of road up to Noforija/ Mojoda ( existing contract )

LEKKI AJAH – Abraham Adesanya Roundabout to Eleko Alternative Route to Admiralty circle plaza Lekki

VICTORIA ISLAND – Network of roads in Victoria island – Network of roads in Oniru estate – Water corporation drive

ABULE EGBA – Ekoro bridge, Abule Egba – Lagos Abeokuta expressway from Abule Egba to Sango to tollgate

MUSHIN – Idi Oro road, Mushin

IKOYI – Network of roads in Ikoyi

LAGOS ISLAND – Apongbon road – Idumagbo avenue

SURULERE – Babs Animashaun , Surulere

BADAGRY – Lagos Badagry expressway from trade fair to okomaiko ( existing contract) –

These are some of the roads that will be worked on immediately to reduce the stress people on these roads go through daily. We will update you with images as we get feedback from various locations across the state as work begins

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Sanwo-Olu Okays Alliance With Ijegun Tank Farm Operators

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…Lagos Governor Meets PZ Chairman, Directors

Residents of Ijegun area of Lagos State may now be relieved of the hardship they experience over the activities of oil tank farms and mega depot belonging to Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

On Monday, Lagos State Government and Ijegun-Egba Tank Farm Owners and Operators Association agreed to work together in the regeneration of infrastructure in the area. At a meeting with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in Alausa, the leadership of the association requested the approval of the State Government to re-construct and dualise the road leading to the tank farm base in Ijegun.

Sanwo-Olu welcomed the development, saying the State would be setting up a team that would come up the partnership framework with the objective to make the deal beneficial to the residents, the Government and the tank farm owners.

The Governor hailed the tank farm owners for coming up with the intervention, noting that his government would remain open to partnerships that would bring solution to challenges facing people at the grassroots.

He said: “Today, we seem to have achieved significant progress on a conversation we started long before we came into the government on how to bring about a lasting solution to agitations from Ijegun residents over infrastructural challenge in the area.

“We want to see how we can quickly come about a lasting solution to the challenges, which businesses and residents are currently facing in the area. As a government, we have been forward looking to solutions, but we seek to solve the problem by seeking partnership that will benefit all of us. So, we welcome the request and we will set up a team that will jointly review what we need to do in the benefit of all stakeholders.

“It is going to be a partnership in which the Government would play a prominent role and we expect that, as business people, we all should collectively come together and see how we can resolve it in the interest of all stakeholders.”

Sanwo-Olu described operation of the tank farms as “critical component” of the nation’s economy, noting that his administration would not fail in responding to issues that would promote ease of doing business.

“As a Government, we have the responsibility to respond to the concerns of businessmen doing their businesses in Lagos to ensure that their business continue to flourish. But, more importantly, we also have a responsibility to keep protecting our citizens that are all around where the businesses are located to be sure that they are in a very safe and secured environment,” he said.

The association chairman, Mr. Adebowale Olujimi, praised the Governor for assenting to the request, noting that the offer was part of the interventions the tank farms owners were voluntarily engaging in through the Public Private Partnership (PPP) policy to solve challenges of development in Ijegun.

He said the association would be expecting to meet with the government’s team to harmonise the terms of the partnership, which would involve road construction and provision of healthcare facilities in the area.

Earlier, the Governor hosted the chairman of PZ Cussons Plc and members of the manufacturing company’s Board of Directors in his office on courtesy visit.

Sanwo-Olu said his administration’s ongoing drive for infrastructure renewal was aimed at incentivising the private sector to deliver the growth and promote ease of doing business.

The Governor said his government considered it important to constantly review the State’s PPP policy, with the objective to build strong partnership with the private sector players in bridging the development gap.

Chief Kola Jamodu, who led the PZ Cussons’ team, assured Sanwo-Olu that the firm would not be taking its business out of the State. He, however, urged the Governor to sustain his administration’s infrastructural renewal effort and incentivise private sector to drive growth.

SIGNED

GBOYEGA AKOSILE

CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY

OCTOBER 14, 2019

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Three men drown while fleeing police arrest, Lagos police deny incident

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A controversy has reportedly ensued following the Lagos State Police denial of having a hand in the death of three young men who drowned on Thursday October 10, at Apongbon seaside. 

Locals alleged that David, Femi another friend of theirs drowned while fleeing from men of the defunct Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) who stormed the seaside by 1am. To evade arrest, a total of 10 men were said to have ran into the lagoon where they all got trapped.

It was learnt that six men were rescued that day, one was declared missing while three were recovered dead. 

The Lagos state police has however denied carrying out a raid in the community. The state police spokesperson, Elkana Bala who urged people of the community to come forward with their complaints, said the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the area had asked the people to describe the policemen or their vehicle but they couldn’t.

“The problem we are having is that everything is blamed on SARS or police. I have told you we did not have any operation in that area on Thursday. We did not.

“This is a serious issue that no DPO will want to hide. They would have quickly notified the command and put up a defence for their action. But I have called the DPO, he said he also heard it and asked the people who the policemen were but no one could tell him.

“At the moment, we do not even have record of the incident and we do not know exactly what happened. If people can assist us by bringing forth useful information, we will be able to investigate to know exactly what happened,” he told The Nation. 

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