Monday, July 28, 2014

Lagos Ebola death: Government places 38 health workers, 21 others on surveillance

The Lagos State Government says it has stepped up measures aimed at stopping the spread of Ebola virus in Nigeria.

To this effect, the government said at least 59 people that had contact with the late Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian citizen that died of Ebola virus Lagos last week, have been placed on close surveillance.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health Dr. Jide Idris, disclosed this on Monday at a press briefing.

Idris, who addressed journalists in conjunction with Federal Ministry of Health officials at the Staff Clinic in Alausa, said the measure was geared towards preventing the spread of the virus, assured residents that there was no cause for alarm.

"So far a total of 59 contacts have been registered consisting 44 hospital contacts, 38 healthcare workers and six laboratory staff. Others are 15 airport contacts comprising three Economic Communities of West African States (ECOWAS) staff-driver, Liaison, and Protocol officer, Nigerian Ambassador to Liberia, two nursing staff and five airport passenger handlers.

"As of the time of this report, 20 contacts had been physically screened of which 50 percent type one contact and 50 percent had type two contacts", he disclosed.

The commissioner lamented that the manifest of the Asky Airline Flight No KP50 that brought the victim into the country has not been provided by the airline at the time of this report, saying the precise number of passenger contacts is yet to be ascertained.
He pointed out that two flights were involved (Monrovia-Lome and Lome-Lagos), noting that there was no report of medical incident filled


2014 Commonwealth Games: Blessing Okagbare wins gold in women’s 100m

Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare shocked Veronica Campbell-Brown, to win gold in the final of the women's 100m this evening.

The sprinter finished the race at a time of 10.85 seconds, setting a new Commonwealth Games record in Glasgow, breaking Debbie Ferguson's 12-year record of 10.91 seconds.

"I am so excited right now! A new season's best and win," she told BBC.

"I'm happy I was able to put on a show. I executed it and stayed patient like my coach said I should and after 70 metres it just felt easy! I still have the 200m and the long jump and I'm looking forward to both of those events now."


Arik Air Suspends Flight Operations To Liberia, Sierra Leone Over Ebola Virus

Arik Air has announced suspension of its flight operations to Liberia and Sierra Leone following the death of a Liberian, Patrick Sawyer, who reportedly died of Ebola disease last week at First Consultants Medical Centre Ltd, Obalende, Lagos State.

The airline operator also advised Federal Government to immediately suspend all inbound flights into Nigeria from any of the Ebola affected countries.

Ola Adebanji, Arik Air General Manager, Public Relations, who confirmed the suspension of flights to Vanguard reporter said: "As a result of the first Ebola virus death officially confirmed in Lagos, and involving a Liberian national who flew on a foreign (non-Nigerian) based airline from Monrovia via Lome (Togo) into the city last week, Arik Air will be suspending operations into Monrovia (Liberia) and Freetown (Sierra Leone) effective July 28, 2014."


"The suspension will be in force until further notice. This decision is a pre-cautionary measure aimed at safeguarding the precious lives of Nigerians. Arik Air is taking this important measure as a concerned corporate citizen bearing interest of Nigerians at heart."

The airline while acknowledging the preventive measures taken by the Federal Government to curtail the spread of the virus said: "However, we feel compelled to take the decision to immediately suspend services into the two Ebola affected countries due to our interest in the wellbeing of Nigerians."

Adebanji recalled that Gambian government also stopped airlines, including Arik Air, from bringing inbound passengers from Monrovia, Conakry, Guinea, and Freetown into Banjul during the early stages of the development across West Africa.

"Hence, in line with the actions taken by the Gambian Government, we trust, and are confident, that the Federal Government of Nigeria shall take all steps necessary to control and curtail the spread of the virus. We humbly suggest that as a first step, all inbound flights into Nigeria, originating from any of the Ebola-affected countries, be immediately suspended."

Patrick Sawyer reportedly flew into Nigeria onboard Asky Airline to attend an ECOWAS conference in Calabar, Cross River State, when he fell ill and was later diagnosed of the dreaded Ebola virus at First Consultants Medical Centre Ltd, Obalende, Lagos.

Ebola virus disease (EVD) or Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) is the human disease caused by ebola viruses. Symptoms start two days to three weeks after contracting the virus with a fever, throat and muscle pains, and headaches. There is then nausea, vomiting and diarrhea along with decreased functioning of the liver and kidneys. At this point some people begin to have problems with bleeding. The disease is first acquired by a population when a person comes into contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected animal such as a monkey or fruit bat.

Reuters reports that Ebola has killed over 632 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since an outbreak began in February 2014, straining a string of weak health systems despite international help.

Flood Destroys 50 Houses In Sokoto

A heavy downpour in Sokoto has resulted in a fierce flood which has destroyed no fewer than 50 houses.

Details shortly

4 Killed, 7 Injured In New Suicide Attack In Kano

A female suicide bomber in Nigeria's Kano city killed three people and injured seven others on Monday in an attack targeting women who had lined up to buy kerosene, police said.

This came just hours after 5 people were killed in a bomb attack on St Charles Family Church, Kano and another bomb attack was foiled at North West University, also in Kano.

In the Monday attack, a female suicide bomber detonated an explosive at (a petrol) station in the Hotoro area, badly injuring 10 people.

The suicide bomber was said to have found her way into the crowd of people struggling to buy kerosene at the NNPC mega station before detonating the explosive.

According to Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, four people died in the bomb blast, including the suicide bomber.

"Three of them died in hospital, while seven are undergoing treatment," Kano police spokesman Musa Magaji Majia told AFP

Bomb blast at Trade Fair Complex in Kano today

A bomb went off this afternoon around 1.40pm at the Trade Fair Complex on Zoo Road close to the popular Shoprite shopping mall in Kano State. According to police report, a female bomber about 18 years old died, while at least six people were injured. The area has been cordoned off  by security attached to Shoprite.



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