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Thursday, 12 October 2017 11:33

FG may stop private practice by govt doctors

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The Federal Government on Wednesday said it might stop medical doctors in public sector from engaging in private practice. It also said 33 suspected cases of monkeypox had so far been recorded in seven states across the country.


The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, who disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, also announced the outbreak of yellow fever in five states.

The yellow fever outbreak, the minister said, started in Kwara State.

Adewole said so far, 10 cases had been recorded in the country – four in Kwara; two in Kogi; two in Plateau; one in Abia; and one in Edo.

He said the government had therefore decided to start its reactive campaign in Kwara and Kogi states from Friday (tomorrow).

The minister said government had also decided to start a nationwide vaccination against yellow fever, which would be brought forward to December.

Adewole added that no new confirmed case of Lassa fever had been reported in the country, while he also reported the declining case of cholera in Borno State with no death recorded so far.

The minister said the council had also decided to look into the issue of private practice by medical doctors in the public sector and had set up a committee on the matter.

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