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Ebola Outbreak: We’re Enhancing Surveillance at Nigeria’s Borders – PTF
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Ebola Outbreak: We’re Enhancing Surveillance at Nigeria’s Borders – PTF

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has said it is enhancing surveillance at points of entry into the country following the recent outbreak of Ebola outbreak in neighbouring countries. PTF Chairman, Boss Mustapha who spoke at the task force's press briefing on Monday February 15, said they will be keeping a "keen eye" to avoid having to combat two deadly diseases at the same time. Mustapha said; “The PTF wishes to underscore the fact that respect for national protocols, setting up of appropriate infrastructure and the all-round protection of our travelling nationals shall remain paramount in our consideration and the eventual outcome. “The oxygen strategy we are pursuing nationwide under case management is receiving the needed support from the global fund. This will...
WHO Reacts to Fresh Threats of Ebola as Guinea Records Four Deaths
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WHO Reacts to Fresh Threats of Ebola as Guinea Records Four Deaths

World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, has reacted to reports of four suspected Ebola deaths in Guinea. Moeti, in a tweet on Sunday @MoetiTshidi on Sunday, expressed concern over the development. Recall that Guinea’s Ministry of Health had reported that four people died of Ebola in a resurgence of the disease that first emerged five years ago. She said “WHO is ramping up readiness and response efforts to this potential resurgence of Ebola in West Africa, a region which suffered so much from Ebola in 2014,’’ Moeti said. Meanwhile, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) recorded a fresh case of Ebola in the North Kivu province of the country. WHO stated that DRC announced that a new case of Ebola had been detected in Butembo, a c...
Ebola Virus Kills Woman in Democratic Republic of Congo Three Months after Last Case
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Ebola Virus Kills Woman in Democratic Republic of Congo Three Months after Last Case

A new case of Ebola has been identified near the city of Butembo in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), three months after it was announced that the "last ebola patient" in the country had recovered in Equateur. The country's health ministry said the woman who showed symptoms on 1 February in the town of Biena, North Kivu,  died in hospital in Butembo two days later. She was married to a man who had contracted the virus in a previous outbreak. Health minister Eteni Longondo told state television RTNC;   “It was a farmer, the wife of a survivor of Ebola, who showed typical signs of the disease on February 1. “The provincial response team is already hard at work. It will be supported by the national response team which will visit Butembo shortly." The New E...
New Ebola Case Logged In DR Congo Days Before Outbreak’s Expected End
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New Ebola Case Logged In DR Congo Days Before Outbreak’s Expected End

A new case of Ebola has been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), days before the country’s largest-ever outbreak was expected to be declared over. The World Health Organization (WHO) made the announcement on Friday April 10, and further disclosed that the new case was confirmed in Beni, a town at the heart of the epidemic in eastern DRC. The patient died on Thursday morning in a hospital after showing symptoms several days earlier. The new case of the deadly disease was confirmed 52 days after the last case was recorded. Until Friday, no new cases had been registered since February 17. WHO said in a statement; “Preliminary information shows that he is a 26-year-old man in Beni territory,” the multisectoral committee for the response to the epidemic sa...
Daddy Freeze reacts to testimony of man who came in contact with Italian man but tested negative for coronavirus after Pastor Ibiyeomie prayed for him
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Daddy Freeze reacts to testimony of man who came in contact with Italian man but tested negative for coronavirus after Pastor Ibiyeomie prayed for him

Daddy Freeze has reacted to the video of a Salvation Ministries member, who testified about testing negative for coronavirus after coming in contact with the Italian man who tested positive for coronavirus in Nigeria.   According to man who testified at Salvation Ministries, he and others tested negative for coronavirus after the General Overseer of the Church, Pastor David Ibiyeomie prayed for them and also made him take Holy Communon.   He also recalled how a member of the church tested negative for ebola after Pastor Ibiyeomie prayed for him. However reacting to the testimony, Daddy Freeze stated that Africans believe that religion which is a ''more lethal virus than Coronavirus,'' can be used to destroy the latter.   The media personality averred tha...
D.R Congo Affirms First Case Of Coronavirus
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D.R Congo Affirms First Case Of Coronavirus

The Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on Tuesday, after a Congolese national who had recently returned to Kinshasha from France, tested positive for the virus. DRC’s Minister of health, Eteni Longondo, said the patient, a 52-year-old is in a stable state. Although the minister failed to confirm the date of his arrival into Kinshasa, he said the patient showed no symptoms upon arrival. “He arrived a few days ago from Belgium. I cannot confirm the day. I was in contact with the border health services. When he got there, he had no symptoms,” the minister said. The National Institute of Biomedical Research confirmed the first case in DRC. WHO’s response The Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization (WHO...
Fifa hands Caf executive committee member Musa Bility long-term ban
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Fifa hands Caf executive committee member Musa Bility long-term ban

Former Liberia chief Bility has been suspended by the world football’s governing body after being found guilty of corruption Confederation of African Football (Caf) executive member Musa Bility will serve a 10-year ban for “misappropriation of funds”. The former Liberia Football Association (LFA) president was found culpable by Fifa for dishonestly using resources and accepting undue benefits. Bility’s suspension has to do with funds granted under the global body’s “11 against Ebola” campaign, which was launched because of the outbreak of Ebola in Liberia between 2013 and 2016, when more than 10,000 people passed on.
FG Debunks Ebola Rumour In Nigeria
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FG Debunks Ebola Rumour In Nigeria

The Federal Government has debunked rumour making the rounds in the social media of purported case of Ebola Virus Disease in the country. Debunking the story, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mr. Abdullaziz Mashi Abdullahi, urged members of the public to disregard the rumour and discourage the circulation of any unverified information, which he said, could cause harm to innocent people and unnecessary panic among the citizens. He also assured that since the reports of outbreak of EVD in the Democratic Republic of Congo, heightened surveillance had been on-going at the various points of entry by officials of the Port Health Services division of the Ministry to prevent importation into Nigeria. To this effect, he said every sick passenger has been properly sc...
Kenya On Red Alert As A Woman With Ebola Symptoms Is Put In Isolation
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Kenya On Red Alert As A Woman With Ebola Symptoms Is Put In Isolation

Health authorities in Kericho County are on a red alert over a suspected case of Ebola. This was after a patient exhibited suspected symptoms of the haemorrhagic fever at Kericho County Referral Hospital. County officials on Monday said the woman had travelled from Malaba, a town in Busia County on the border of Kenya and Uganda, to see her spouse. She was initially admitted at Siloam Hospital before being transferred to Kericho County Referral Hospital. "A female patient presented at our facility today with complaints of headache, hotness of the body, puffy face, some diarrhoea, and nausea of acute onset,” said Ms Margaret Okirio, the administrator at Siloam Hospital. “On further interrogation, she admitted to having travelled from Malaba where she alleges to reside to ...
The Virus Returns: Ebola Kills 26 Persons in a Single Day
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The Virus Returns: Ebola Kills 26 Persons in a Single Day

DR Congo's health ministry, today Tuesday, disclosed that 26 persons died of Ebola in one single day. The biggest death toll to have ever hit the country from the disease. The present outbreak is the second deadliest on record, after the epidemic that struck West Africa in 2014-2016 and claimed the lives of more than 11,300 people. The health ministry revealed it had counted 957 deaths in the country, of which 891 were confirmed cases and 66 suspected ones. “There were 26 deaths from confirmed cases” on Sunday, April 28, in the northeastern North Kivu province, the ministry said in a statement. It said of the total deaths of 957, 33 were health workers who had succumbed to the disease. The DR Congo declared a tenth outbreak of Ebola in 40 years last August in North Kivu befo...
Ebola Health Workers Attacked In Congo By Angry Residents Who Believe The Virus Is Not Real
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Ebola Health Workers Attacked In Congo By Angry Residents Who Believe The Virus Is Not Real

Health workers tackling the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been severely injured after being attacked by angry residents who believe the virus is not real. Four local health workers from the Red Cross were attacked in the city of Butembo as they were transporting dead bodies for burial. Residents started throwing rocks at their car and two of the health workers were severely injured. More than 100 people have died since the start of the outbreak in the east of the country two months ago. The bodies of people who die from Ebola are believed to be extremely contagious and so burying them in a safe way is one of the most important steps to limit the spread of the virus. This is often difficult for families and communities to accept, especially whe...
Scores Die From Lassa Fever In Nigeria
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Scores Die From Lassa Fever In Nigeria

Johannesburg – The World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed 37 deaths from Lassa fever in Nigeria, while another six are suspected to have succumbed to the illness too. In a Tuesday statement the WHO also confirmed that a further 450 people had been infected with the haemorrhagic fever in less than five weeks. Dr Wondimagegnehu Alemu, WHO Representative to the West African nation said that the deaths represented an unusually high number of cases for this time of year. The virus causes a fever and body aches that can progress to bleeding from the nose or mouth and is spread through contact with the bodily fluids of sick people or from eating food contaminated by the urine or human waste of rodents. Last week the Guinea authorities reported one death from Lassa fever raising...
Nigerian Institute Develops Drugs For Ebola, Malaria
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Nigerian Institute Develops Drugs For Ebola, Malaria

The National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, NIPRD, has successfully researched and developed six traditional herbal products for the treatment of Ebola, malaria and other diseases. This was disclosed in a press statement signed by the Special Assistant, Communication and Strategy to the Minister of Health, Kazeem Akintunde, on Sunday. The statement quoted the Director General of the agency, Karniyus Gamaniel, in his retirement speech and presentation of achievements of the institute as saying the institute developed and completed Phase I study of a fixed dose combination drug for the treatment of Ebola. Mr. Gamaniel, who spent eight years in office (2009 to 2017) said the institute among other drugs developed an anti-malaria drug for treatment of uncomplica...
Nigeria’s Vaccine Production Centre Remains Comatose Despite Govt Assurances
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Nigeria’s Vaccine Production Centre Remains Comatose Despite Govt Assurances

Months after the Federal Government announced plans to restart local vaccine production at the Federal Vaccine Production Laboratory, Yaba, Lagos, nothing significant has changed at the facility, a PREMIUM TIMES investigation has revealed.   The Yaba Vaccine Production Laboratory located at no 1, University Road, Yaba, Lagos is currently under lock and PREMIUM TIMES could not gain access to the compound.   The vaccine production centre was active for about six decades, between 1940 and 1991, producing large quantities of vaccines against smallpox, rabies, yellow fever for not only Nigeria, but neighbouring countries like Cameroon, Central Africa and a few other countries in Africa.   It was closed in 1991 by the federal government which said it wanted to rea...
Red Cross Admits $6m Fraud During Ebola Crisis
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Red Cross Admits $6m Fraud During Ebola Crisis

The Red Cross has uncovered several cases of fraud by officials during efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak that struck West Africa in 2014-2016, estimating losses of $6-million (5.2 million euros). In a statement, the Geneva-based International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said it was “outraged”, and said it would “ensure any staff involved are held to account.” The Ebola virus killed more than 11,300 people and infected an estimated 29,000, mainly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The IFRC said the operations set up to contain the outbreak “were among the most complex in recent humanitarian history,” with several groups moving quickly to deploy staff and mobilise volunteers, and spending tens of millions of dollars on medical equipment and other supplies...
Humanitarian Crisis Looms As Sierra Leone Deaths Reach 400
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Humanitarian Crisis Looms As Sierra Leone Deaths Reach 400

Aid workers in Sierra Leone warned of a humanitarian crisis on Friday as the official death toll passed 400, with more than a hundred children among the victims — and a similar number orphaned. Heavy rains that hit the capital Freetown on Monday triggered the partial collapse of a hillside that engulfed homes and caused massive destruction across the coastal capital. By Friday, the rescue operation had evolved into a protracted search for 600 missing people, whom officials said were unlikely to be alive. The uncollected corpses pose a serious risk to public health, Save the Children said on Friday. “Two suspected cases of cholera have already been reported by rescue teams,” Save the Children said in a statement. “Dead bodies can still be found in water sources and outbreaks ...
Sierra Leone mudslides death toll now above 400 – UN
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Sierra Leone mudslides death toll now above 400 – UN

More than 400 bodies have been pulled from the debris of Sierra Leone’s mudslides as burials and recovery efforts pressed on Friday amid the threat of further disaster. The U.N. humanitarian agency put the death toll at 409 after the flooding and mudslides in the West African nation’s capital, Freetown, on Monday morning. Large-scale burials have begun as an estimated 600 people remain missing. People continue to search through tons of mud and debris amid the remains of mangled buildings. The government has warned residents to evacuate a mountainside where a large crack has opened. Rainfall remains in the forecast for the coming days, slowing recovery efforts and bringing the threat of further mudslides. Thousands of people have lost their homes. Some critics accuse the governm...
Strange Illness Allegedly Kills 70 In Kwara
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Strange Illness Allegedly Kills 70 In Kwara

There is confusion in Oro-Ago community, in the Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State as leaders and members say no fewer than 70 persons have died of a strange illness. They said that the illness was predominant among the Fulani settlers called the Bororos in the community. It was gathered that a large number of the Bororos had died since the outbreak of the strange illness on July 23, 2017. Those who spoke include the Oloro of Oro-Ago, Oba Tafa Dada; the President, Oro-Ago Development Union, Olaniyi Olushosa; a community member, who identified himself simply as Taiwo; and another concerned person, identified as Stephen. According to them, those affected by the illness would first vomit blood and some black substances. They said families had been devastated and call...
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 ...
ECOWAS Ministers To Adopt ‘One Health’ Approach To Combat Ebola, Lassa Fever
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ECOWAS Ministers To Adopt ‘One Health’ Approach To Combat Ebola, Lassa Fever

ECOWAS Ministers of Health and Environment will converge on Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, on Saturday to formalise the implementation of the “One Health” approach in the region. Ahead of Saturday, a preparatory meeting of the ECOWAS Policy Coordination Platform on ‘One Health’ approach is underway in Abuja. The platform brings together experts from human health, animal health and environment sectors. It is expected that the meeting will come up with proposals on combating health emergencies such as Ebola, Lassa Fever and other epidemics for the Ministers to adopt as “One Health” approach for West Africa. Specifically, the technical meeting will come up with proposal for terms of reference for the development of an integrated multisectoral strategic plan for public health emergencie...
British Nurse Struck By Ebola Speaks Of Psychological Toll On Survivors, Children
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British Nurse Struck By Ebola Speaks Of Psychological Toll On Survivors, Children

Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey, who survived Ebola after caring for patients in Sierra Leone, spoke on Thursday of the psychological toll on survivors and children orphaned by the virus. The 41-year-old nurse contracted the disease in December 2014 at the height of an Ebola epidemic which swept through three countries in West Africa and killed more than 11,300 people. Cafferkey, who now works as a nurse in Scotland, returned to Sierra Leone in May, for the first time since being infected, to meet Ebola survivors and orphans, some of whom she treated, and raise funds for the British charity Street Child. “What was emotional was meeting Ebola survivors and orphans and seeing how they don’t have the luxury of moving on,” Cafferkey told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by email. “T...
FAAN Restores Ebola Screening Points At Airports
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FAAN Restores Ebola Screening Points At Airports

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has restored screening points and detecting machines at the airport to prevent the reappearance of Ebola outbreak in Nigeria. This is coming after the outbreak of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo. FAAN’s acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, assured passengers and airport users of safety at the nation’s airports. She said all measures adopted in 2014 to curtail the dreaded virus is very much in place and has been fortified. Yakubu said there is no outbreak of Ebola in Nigeria or at any Nigerian airport, urging passengers and airport users to go about their business activities without fear.
Ebola Outbreak In Congo, Three Killed – World Health Organization
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Ebola Outbreak In Congo, Three Killed – World Health Organization

An outbreak of a deadly disease, EBOLA has been declared in the northeast Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization has said. According to the WHO's twitter account, the killer disease was confirmed in Kinshasa on the 11th of May, 2017. The organization also pointed out that it is working with the government of congo in order to control the disease before it spreads. "On 11 May 2017, the Min of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo notified WHO & partners of a lab-confirmed case of #Ebola" "The #Ebola case in the Democratic Republic of Congo was confirmed by a national reference laboratory in Kinshasa" "Important to trace ppl who hv contact w/ the confirmed #Ebola case in the Democratic Rep. of Congo to stop the disease from spreading" "...
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 ...

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