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Army ready to absorb returning Nigerian doctors in military hospitals – COAS

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The Nigerian Army has assured the country’s medical doctors living abroad but willing to return home that it is ready to absorb them into its hospitals nationwide.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja said this when he received in his office in Abuja, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) and top officials of the commission.

This is contained in a statement by Abdur-Rahman Balogun, NIDCOM’s
Head of Media, Public Relations, and Protocols Unit.

The statement quoted Lagbaja as saying that the army would work closely with NIDCOM to bring back home the best brains in the diaspora to help develop the country.

He said he was aware of the fact that Nigeria had the some of best doctors living in the UK, U.S., Canada, and South Africa having lived abroad before now, the statement added.

He said the army, under his command, would like to employ them if they would return home as that would reduce brain drain.

The army chief, according to the statement, expressed delight that the Nigerian forces have been excelling in all military assignments abroad and making the country proud.

“It is, therefore, a thing of joy for me to partner with NIDCOM to celebrate these army warriors who have been making us proud abroad in all their military operations,” he said.

Lagbaja added that the army was prepared to collaborate with the commission even on the home front to enhance the visibility of the army and make Nigerians appreciate it for the sacrifice it is making to protect the territorial integrity of the country, according to the statement.

The statement quoted said Lagbaja spoke of the army’s commitment to maintaining discipline and professionalism as well as protecting Nigerians from any form of aggression capable of affecting the corporate existence of the country.

Earlier, the statement maintained, Dabiri-Erewa had congratulated the new army chief and praise him for his professionalism and the new positive image army is getting since he assumed office.

 

She spoke of the commission’s readiness to work with the Nigerian Army to protect humanity, it said, adding that she urged the army chief not to rest on his oars in the discharge of the army’s professional duties and responsibilities, saying Nigerians “really appreciate your sacrifices”.

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Unknown Gunmen Abduct Channelstv Reporter In Port-harcourt

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Some unknown gunmen have kidnapped Joshua Rogers, the ChannelsTV reporter in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Politics Nigeria learnt that Rogers was picked up close to his residence at Rumuosi in Port Harcourt and to an unknown destination by the gunmen around 9pm on Thursday, April 11.

The reporter was driving his official ChannelsTV branded car when the hoodlums accosted, pointed a gun at him and took him away in the same vehicle.

 

Rogers was said to be returning from his official assignment in Government House after a trip to Andoni for a government event when the incident happened.

Already, the gunmen were said to have contacted his wife and demanded a N30million ransom for bis release.

His cameraman confirmed the incident and appealed to his abductors to set him free unconditionally.

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Lassa Fever Kills 150 In Nigeria — NCDC

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According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC), 150 people died from Lassa virus in 125 local government areas throughout 27 states in the federation between January and March 2024.

The NCDC reported that the deaths were recorded with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 18.6% overall from week one to week thirteen, 2024. This is higher than the CFR for the same time in 2023 (17.5%).

In its Lassa Fever Situation Report Epi Week 13, which was released on March 25–31, 2024, the agency revealed that 806 of the 5,295 suspected cases that were recorded were confirmed. Eyes Of Lagos reports,

According to the report, in week 13, the number of new confirmed cases decreased from 25 in Epi week 12, 2024 to 15. These cases were reported in Ondo, Bauchi, Plateau and Edo states.

 

In total for 2024, 27 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 125 LGAs, even as 62 percent of all confirmed Lassa fever cases were reported from Ondo, Edo, and Bauchi states, while 38 percent of cases were reported from 24 states with confirmed Lassa fever cases.

Of the 62 percent confirmed cases, the NCDC said Ondo reported 24 percent, Edo 22 percent, and Bauchi 16 percent. The predominant age group affected is 31-40 years (Range: 1 to 98 years, Median Age: 32years), with a male-to-female ratio for confirmed cases of 1:1.

From the report, the number of suspected cases (5,295) increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2023 (4,338).

The agency confirmed that the National Lassa fever multi-partner, multi-sectoral Incident Management System has been activated to coordinate response at all levels at the Emergency Operations Centre, EOC.

No new healthcare worker was affected in the reporting week 13, the report noted.

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