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We Beat Ebola, We are Capable of Dealing with Coronavirus- NCDC boss, Chikwe Ihekweazu tells CNN
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We Beat Ebola, We are Capable of Dealing with Coronavirus- NCDC boss, Chikwe Ihekweazu tells CNN

Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director General of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has said that Nigeria is more than capable of dealing with coronavirus as this has been proven in the manner in which the country handled the Ebola virus epidemic in 2014. Ihekweazu in an interview with CNN today, said “Nigeria is ready. We successfully managed Ebola and we manage outbreaks all the time and are currently managing Lassa fever. We have a strong team that is used to doing this.”  Speaking on how the Italian who has been confirmed with Coronavirus, came into the country without being detected at the Lagos airport, Ihekweazu said temperature scanners at the airport could not detect the disease because the man had no symptom when he arrived Nigeria. “We are very hopeful...
Major Road In Abuja Named After Late Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevoh
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Major Road In Abuja Named After Late Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevoh

A major road in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja has been named after late Dr. Stella Adadevoh, the medical doctor who played a major role in preventing an Ebola epidemic in Nigeria in 2014. The road, located along Ahmadu Bello Way, close to the Nigerian Air Force Conference Centre, was renamed after Adedovah, about six years after she died from the disease in Lagos. Adadevoh died in August 2014 while preventing a Liberian man, Patrick Sawyer from leaving her hospital after she diagnosed him of having the deadly Ebola virus. Several calls have been made by Nigerians for the deceased medical doctor to be adequately honored by the Federal government.
Coronavirus: FAAN Issues Travel Advisory
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Coronavirus: FAAN Issues Travel Advisory

In an effort to protect passengers from the epidemic ravaging some countries and to prevent the spread of such communicable diseases into Nigeria, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria hereby advises passengers and other 2...airport users to comply with all quarantine procedures at the nation's airports. All the equipment and personnel used in combating the deadly ebola virus in 2014 are still very much in place at the airports. 3. FAAN has always had thermal scanners in her airports that monitor temperature of passengers and capture their pictures. When passengers walk pass the scanner, it registers their temperature and If too high, they are pulled aside for observation. 4. Recently, a deadly virus known as CORONAVIRUS broke out in China and has since killed six people, wi...
Researchers Generate Antibodies To Ebola Virus Disease
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Researchers Generate Antibodies To Ebola Virus Disease

In a breakthrough that could lead to a simple and inexpensive test for Ebola virus disease, researchers have generated two antibodies to the deadly virus. According to a report published in the ScienceDaily, the team of researchers from Loyola University, Chicago, USA, said the antibodies, which are inexpensive to produce, potentially could be used in a simple filter paper test to detect Ebola virus and the related Marburg virus. Using a technology called cell-free ribosome display, the researchers generated two synthetic antibodies that bind to all six Ebola and Marburg viruses. The research involved the use of non-hazardous proteins that sit on the surface of Ebola and Marburg viruses. Because the actual viruses were not used in the study, there was no risk of infection to resea...
Fresh Ebola Virus Outbreak In Congo
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Fresh Ebola Virus Outbreak In Congo

A report by Aljazeera has shown that the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has announced a new outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, just days after a recent emergence of the disease, which killed 33 people, was declared over. Four cases of the virus were confirmed in northeastern North Kivu province, the DRC's health minister said in a statement on Wednesday, though there was no indication they were linked to the country's previous - and ninth - Ebola outbreak in northwestern Equateur Province. "Although we did not expect to face a tenth epidemic so early, the detection of the virus is an indicator of the proper functioning of the surveillance system," Health Minister Oly Ilunga said. Ebola is a virus-caused hemorrhagic fever that in extreme cases causes fatal bleeding from intern...
Trump Orders All Liberians In America To Vacate The Country Within 12 Months
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Trump Orders All Liberians In America To Vacate The Country Within 12 Months

President Trump said on Tuesday he will end a special immigration program that has allowed nearly 4,000 Liberians to legally live and work in the U.S. over the past 25 years. Liberians will now face a similar situation to thousands of people from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan who had their Temporary Protected Status (TPS) terminated by the Trump administration. They either have to leave the country at the expiration of the deadline or risk becoming undocumented immigrants facing deportation. Liberians were first granted TPS in March 1991 under former President George H.W. Bush due to armed conflicts that were gripping the country, and starting in 1999, Liberians were transferred into a separate program called Deferred Enforced Departure, a classification that allowed th...
Lassa Fever: What Health Professional Must Do To Curb Spread – Minister
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Lassa Fever: What Health Professional Must Do To Curb Spread – Minister

Nigerian Health Minister, Isaac Adewole, has warned all health professionals to investigate every case of fever before treatment.   The warning is coming as Lassa fever, a killer disease, resurfaces in parts of the country.   In 10 days, Lassa fever, a disease commonly caused by contact with food or household items contaminated with rodent urine or faeces, has already claimed about 10 lives including health workers in Ebonyi, Kogi and Ondo.   Hundreds of persons have been hospitalised following the return of the disease.   “Every fever must be investigated properly and treated appropriately. No one should treat malaria without diagnosis”, Mr. Adewole warned in a text message sent to PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday.   The first Lassa fever case t...
Lassa Fever: Lagos Places 22 More Persons Under Surveillance
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Lassa Fever: Lagos Places 22 More Persons Under Surveillance

The Lagos State Government swelled the number of persons placed under surveillance over the outbreak of Lassa fever in the state by 22 yesterday, stating though, that none of the 100 workers of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) under watch since Tuesday had tested positive for the deadly disease. The fresh 22 were persons from Ikorodu who had contact with the index case and are currently under close observation, the Director of Disease Control, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Eniola Eniosho, said. He noted that the index case was originally being treated in Divine Grace Hospital, Imota, Ikorodu, where about 22 persons had direct contact with her, adding that such suspected cases had been put on close monitoring since the past two weeks. Stating this during a press ...
DR Congo Declares Ebola Outbreak Over
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DR Congo Declares Ebola Outbreak Over

Democratic Republic of Congo declared its two-month Ebola outbreak officially over Saturday after 42 days without recording a new case of the disease. The outbreak in Congo’s remote northeastern forests, a record eighth for the country where the disease was first discovered in 1976, killed four out of the eight people infected, Health Minister Oly Ilunga said in a statement. “I declare on this day, at midnight, the end of the outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever of the Ebola virus in DRC,” Ilunga said. Congolese health authorities approved the use of a new experimental vaccine but ultimately declined to deploy it because of the small scale of the outbreak and logistical challenges. The latest outbreak came a year after the end of the virus’ deadliest episode in West Africa, which ...
Gov Okowa Approves Launch Of Contributory Health Scheme Next Month
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Gov Okowa Approves Launch Of Contributory Health Scheme Next Month

Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has given approval for the official launch of Contributory Health Scheme in July, Director General of the State Contributory Health Commission, Dr. Ben Nkechika, has said. Nkechika made this known on Saturday during a sensitisation meeting with primary health care centres coordinators organised by UNICEF in collaboration with the Delta State Primary Health Care Development Agency, (DSPHCDA). The meeting was held as part of efforts to actualise the “Primary Health Care Under One Roof” (PHCUOR) programme, alongside reviewing primary health care laws. He said therefore, appealed to the primary health coordinators to support the commission to register workers. Also speaking, Board Chairman of DSPHCDA, Dr Richard Kofi, said that the meeting became necessa...
Lagosian Photoshops Late Dr. Adadevoh Into ‘Lagos At 50’ Poster
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Lagosian Photoshops Late Dr. Adadevoh Into ‘Lagos At 50’ Poster

A Lagosian, Deji ayowole shared this picture with the following caption: "If the Lagos State Government won't do it for her... I will! She is the reason why Lagos can celebrate 50 years in good health. She DESERVES to be acknowledged for her heroic endeavors. Lagos could have been swamped with the Ebola disease and it could have been uncontrollable, but thanks to her... It was contained. God bless you Dr. Stella Adadevoh. May your soul #RIP #ThisWasPhotoshopped #WishItWereReal" Ameyo Adadevoh (27 October 1956 – 19 August 2014) was a Nigerian physician. Her great-grandfather, Herbert Macaulay, is one of the most celebrated founders of modern Nigeria. She was also the grand niece of Nigeria's first president Nnamdi Azikiwe . She is credited with having curbed a wider spread of the ...
Movie 93 Days Premieres in Lagos
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Movie 93 Days Premieres in Lagos

The House on the Rock Church, Natives FilmWorks, Michelangelo Productions and the Bolanle Austen-Peters Production are collaborating to host The Nigerian Premiere of the Nigerian produced Film - 93 Days, on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at The Rock Cathedral, 4th Roundabout, Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos. Starring Bimbo Akintola, Danny Glover, Tim Reid, Somkele Idhalama, Keppy Ekpenyong, Gideon Okeke and other talented actors, 93 Days is a compelling story of dedication, sacrifice and resilience which celebrates the courage shown by the First Consultant Medical Team, the Lagos State & Federal Governments and well-meaning organizations in combating the Ebola virus, which broke out early 2014 in Nigeria. The movie tells the story of how a few sacrificed their lives at the frontline of...

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