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[Nigeria] Nurse on ‘Night Duty’ brutalized by Police Officers. [Photos]

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Some officers of the police force in Ondo State have been called to order for allegedly brutalizing a nurse who was on her way to the hospital to attend to an emergency case.

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Prince Fasasi, who shared details of the same incident on Facebook wrote;

“Nigerian Police With Their Nonchalant Attitude Sometimes!

While the health workers are at the fore front combating Covid-19, Nigerian police at Irele , Ondo State plot to kill A nurse/midwife who was called to rescue an emergency labor case of twin gestation having fetal distress already.

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On her way to assist at work she met three checkpoints of which she explained to them that she is a health worker (nurse/midwife) and there is an emergency to attend to at work showing them her ID card, she was released at the 1st checkpoint, also the 2nd checkpoint released her.

The officers at the third checkpoint threw log of wood at the bikeman, the bike man was hit and lost control of the bike making the both the bike man to fall on motion and and the nurse at the back sustaining degrees of injury. And they left her at the scene unattended to.”


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COVID-19: 3 suspected patients tested in Lagos, Nigeria.


Three persons suspected to be infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have been identified and are being tested in the Lagos isolation centre.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, disclosed this in a tweet on Thursday evening.


One of those involved is a Nigerian who returned from France three days ago, a second entered the country from the United Kingdom and a third from China.

The results are not yet out.


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Lassa Fever: Another doctor diagnosed positive..


Hope of a possible letup in the Lassa fever epidermic that has claimed no fewer than 30 lives was dashed yesterday, following reports that a doctor had been diagnosed with the ailment in Jigawa State. The epidermic has infected more than 200 across 11 states in Nigeria.


Acting permanent secretary, Jigawa State Ministry of Health, Salisu Mu’azu, who confirmed the latest victim, Anthony Etim, a staff of Medicins Sans Frontieres, also known Doctors Without Borders, was being treated at the isolated Infectious disease control unit in Jahun Hospital, Jahun Local Government Area, Jigawa State.

Etim developed symptoms following an official engagement at an internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp in Borno State.


He said about 11 people in Birnin Kudu LGA of Jigawa State were being closely monitored afetr contact with a relative, a medical doctor now quarantined in Kano, over the Lassa fever.

Meanwhile, at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja, Kogi State, Dr. Bernard Ododo, head of clinical services, yesterday, said five suspected cases were reported in the hospital in the last one week, out of which three tested positive to the virus, while one patient died.


“Five suspected cases reported at the hospital in the last one week, three already tested positive, of which one died. Two cases already transferred to Lassa Fever Management Centre at Irrua Specialist Hospital, Edo State.Two others (of which one has died) have their results awaited from NCDC laboratory in Abuja,” Ododo said.

The physician, therefore, advised residents to adopt all necessary precautions to prevent the outbreak of the epidemic-prone diseases in the state.


Ogun confirms 1 case

Ogun State has confirmed a case of Lassa fever, with a firm assurance that all was being done to contain it.

Commissioner for health, Dr. Tomi Coker, made this known in a statement yesterday, in Abeokuta.


She said the suspected Lassa fever case was confirmed by the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) virology laboratory on January 24.

According to Coker, the patient was a pregnant 29-year-old, who took ill and was referred to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Abeokuta.


She stated that, contrary to some reports circulating in the media, “the patient is not dead, as she was transferred to the Federal Specialist Hospital in Irua, whose facilities provided the patient with the full benefit of multidisciplinary care required for her due to her pregnancy.”

She added that the Rapid Response Team had commenced line listing of all who had come into contact with the patient for surveillance purposes, including her relatives and hospital staff that managed her case.


Sokoto mobilises health workers

Sokoto State government says arrangements were in full swing to tackle the resurfacing Lassa fever in some parts of the state.

Commissioner for health, Dr. Ali Inname, said the state had deployed experts to sensitise people on what must be done to prevent the disease.


He said the state government, through the Ministry of Health and other agencies, was doing everything to save residents from the disease.

According to him, although there is no reported case of Lassa fever in Sokoto, his ministry had stocked PPE, drugs and other emergency equipment,” he said.


Enugu denies remoured death of nurse

Enugu Government has dispelled rumour that one of the nurses that treated the patient who died of Lassa fever has also died.


Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Ifeanyi Agujiobi, said the information was false, unfounded and misleading.

Dr. Agujiobi advised the public, especially residents of the state, not to panic but go about their normal duties.


He stated that the health ministry will continue to ensure that universal health precautions are strictly observed”.

The permanent secretary disclosed that the state Ministry of Health has constituted a MULTI SECTORAL Rapid Response Team charged with the responsibility of containing and mitigating against the deadly Lassa fever menace.


No new case in Lagos

In Lagos, commissioner for health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, said there were no cases of coronavirus or Lassa fever in the state, but declared that the state was stepping up its level of preparedness.

He added that the state was collaborating with the Federal Airports Ports Authority of Nigeria in screening and surveillance of passengers, while advising citizens on precautionary measures against contagious infections.

The NCDC at the weekend confirmed 29 deaths and 195 cases in 11 states. Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General, NCDC, who disclosed this in a statement, in Abuja, explained that the figures were as at Friday, January 24.


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Breaking: Buhari Mourn..

…as Dr. Abdulkadir kicked the bucket


President Muhammadu Buhari condoles with Ilorin Emirate Council, government and people of Kwara State over the passing of Dr. Abdulkadir S. Oniyangi, whose contributions to national development will be sorely missed.

The President commiserates with family, friends and associates of the former Permanent Secretary and Secretary to the Military Government in Kwara State in 1984, affirming that he used his talent, treasures and time in serving humanity as a medical doctor and administrator for most of his life.

President Buhari believes the cerebral medical practitioner’s patriotism and loyalty remains exemplary, especially his willingness to always answer the call of service, no matter how challenging, and accept the most arduous task with humility, grace and dedication to duty.


He acknowledged the medical doctor’s diligent role in the successful elections of 2015.

The President strongly recommends Dr. Oniyangi’s selfless and sacrificial lifestyle, who with his brilliant academic and career background, played a historic role by providing visionary leadership in his community, like setting up the Ilorin Emirate Students Union, which has turned out a major inspiration for many achievers from the state.

President Buhari prays that Allah will accept the soul of the departed, and comfort his family.

Garba Shehu

Senior Special Assistant to the President

(Media & Publicity)

January 25, 2020


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Lassa Fever: Patient quarantined in Kaduna

…keep our state safe


Kaduna State government has confirmed a case of Lassa fever in Chikun local government area of the state.

It disclosed that the patient is being treated at the designated Infectious Disease Control Centre in Kaduna.


A statement signed by the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Amina Mohammed-Baloni on Saturday said that tests have confirmed that the patient is a 36-year-old male.

The commissioner however assured that “the Ministry of Health has supplied the infectious diseases control centre with the necessary commodities and our health personnel are ready to manage any cases that may arise.”


‘’The epidemiology unit is monitoring the situation closely, and all health facilities are on alert for prompt referral of suspected cases.’’ Dr Mohammed-Baloni further assured.

The commissioner also reiterated the ministry’s earlier appeal to the public ‘’to maintain the highest standard of individual hygiene and to report any suspected case promptly to the nearest health facility.’’


“We wish to appeal to members of the public to maintain the highest standards of personal hygiene, keep food in proper storage and to remain vigilant to report suspected cases to the relevant authorities.

“Suspected cases should be reported to the State Epidemiology unit on 08036045755 or 08027396344 or contact the nearest Local Government Health Authority official.” Dr Mohammed-Baloni added.

The statement further said that all Kaduna State Government health facilities are on alert to look out for cases of the disease.

“Let us all work together to keep our state safe and make early reports to enable prompt treatment for patients who contact this highly infectious disease.”


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Lassa Fever: 76 tested positive in Edo


76 people have tested positive for Lassa fever in Edo State following a test carried out on 175 suspected cases in the state.

Edo State commissioner of health, Dr Patrick Okundia gave out the figure on Friday January 24, during a Lassa fever committee meeting headed by the State’s Deputy Governor Mr Philip Shaibu and a representative of the World Health Organization (WHO).


Okundia said;

“A total of 76 suspected cases of Lassa fever were confirmed yesterday in the state and they are currently on admission in the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital. We have not recorded any new death but have also reduced our case fatality rate to less than 10 per cent. The number of cases in the ward now is 34, and we have discharge over 28 patients that have been fully treated and cured.”

Edo State Deputy Governor, Mr Philip Shaibu on his own part urged hospitals in all parts of the state to refer suspected cases to Irrua Specialist hospital and isolation centres.

He said;

“Ministries of environment, agriculture, education, information and other relevant ministries should also step up in the area of public awareness of the people. The 18 local government councils of the state should call for emergency meeting which will include private health practitioners for the purpose of early referral.”


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Why I underwent eye surgery – Actor Mike


Popular Nollywood Actor, Mike Ezuruonye has disclosed he had to undergo a major surgery on his eye because of a growth that was encroaching the pupil of both eyes.

Mike said one of the reason for the defect was die to being over exposed to HARSH movie Production lights over the years.


Sharing the photo from his surgery, he wrote ;

Forgive being Reluctant but just had to share..Many don’t know what we go through in the course of our work (FILM MAKING)..Had a growth encroaching the pupil of both eyes cos of over exposure to HARSH movie Production LIGHTS over the Years…(Heard looking into your PHONE/COMPUTER for too long also puts one in Danger)..Advised to get Surgery done,I was Scared…

After Surgery, for over 8 hrs ,i was without sight as my eyes were Demanded Tightly Closed,Tightly Shut by the Ophthalmologist Team of Doctors..Hmnnn..These Made me Appreciate more the GIFT of Sight GOD gave me…Goshhhh that I can never ever take for Granted..Scary experience…But GOD is always Faithful..Glad Surgery was SUCCESSFUL and i will be back real soon to my work and Passion…Thanks to my FANS and TRUE SUPPORTERS..(NOTE Pls :Dont adhere to any IMPOSTOR who would want to take advantage to defraud anyone of his or her money…Pls I am Fine and Healing) I love you all always❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️..God Bless 🙏🏼❤️


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Coronavirus: More cities shut as Infection increases


China has widened a lockdown in Hubei province – the centre of the coronavirus outbreak – as the death toll climbed to 26.

The travel restrictions will affect at least 20 million people across 10 cities, including the capital Wuhan, where the virus emerged.

On Thursday, a coronavirus patient died in nearby Hebei province – making it the first death outside Hubei.


Another death was later confirmed in north-east Heilongjiang province.

The north-eastern area borders Russia and is more than 2,000 kilometres (1,200 miles) from Wuhan.


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Nationally, there are currently 830 confirmed cases of patients infected with the virus.

The lockdown comes on the eve of Lunar New Year – one of the most important dates in the Chinese calendar, when millions of people travel home.


In Shanghai, the Disney Resort said it was “temporarily closing in response to the prevention and control of the disease outbreak”.

Millions of people across China are making their way home for Lunar New Year
Travel restrictions vary from city to city – though many places have suspended transport services.


In Wuhan, all bus, subway and ferry services have been suspended and all outbound planes and trains cancelled.

China’s travel industry counts cost of coronavirus
Residents have been advised not to leave, and roadblocks have been reported.


Ezhou, a smaller city in Hubei, shut its railway station. The city of Enshi has suspended all bus services.

Have you been affected? Get in touch: haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk
But the impact of the coronavirus is not limited to Hubei province. Authorities have also cancelled major public events in other parts of the country, including:


Shut down of the Forbidden City, Beijing’s palace complex
Cancellation of traditional temple fairs in Beijing
Cancellation of an international carnival in Hong Kong
Cancellation of annual football tournament in Hong Kong
Cancellation of all public Lunar New Year celebrations in Macau
The virus has spread across China and to countries as far as Japan, Thailand and the US.


Earlier information from China’s National Health Commission, when the death toll was 17, said the youngest person who died from the virus was 48 and the oldest was 89.

Most victims were elderly and suffered from other chronic diseases including Parkinson’s and diabetes.


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Wuhan – home to around 11 million people – is now rapidly building a new 1,000 bed hospital to deal with the increasing number of victims.


State owned news outlet Changjiang Daily said the hospital could be ready by 3 February. A total of 35 diggers and 10 bulldozers are currently working on the site.

The project will “solve the shortage of existing medical resources” and would be “built fast [and] not cost much… because it will be prefabricated buildings”.


Videos have been circulating on social media, reportedly taken by Wuhan residents, showing long queues at local hospitals

In one video on Twitter taken from Chinese social media, a man can be heard complaining, saying patients could be queuing for as long as 10 hours. The video could not be independently verified by the BBC.


Xinyan Yu
@xinyanyu
I’m not on the #WuhanCoronavirus story as a journalist this time. I’m a very concerned 武汉人 posting videos I see in chat groups. Here is a another one – the man in the video speaks with a Wuhan accent: “I’m at the Hankou Hospital… (1/2)

End of Twitter post by @xinyanyu

The World Health Organization has not classed the virus as an “international emergency”, partly because of the low number of overseas cases.


“It may yet become one,” said the WHO’s director-general, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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The US said on Thursday it was investigating its second suspected case, this time a student at Texas A&M University who had been to Wuhan.


What’s the global situation?
Vietnam and Singapore were on Thursday added to the nations recording confirmed cases, joining Thailand, the US, Taiwan and South Korea.

Japan confirmed its second case on Thursday and South Korea its second case on Friday.


On Friday, Singapore confirmed its third case – who is known to be the son of the patient in the first confirmed case.

Thailand’s four cases is the most of any nation other than China. Other nations are investigating suspected cases, including the UK and Canada.

Many authorities have announced screening measures for passengers from China, including on Thursday the major airport hubs of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Taiwan has banned people arriving from Wuhan and the US state department warned American travellers to exercise increased caution in China.


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Breaking: Buhari return to Nigeria from UK


President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Nigeria from the UK-Africa Investment Summit 2020 which held in London from the 17th of January.

He was received at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport by his Chief of Staff, the FCT Minister, the Inspector General of Police, the Director-General of the Department of State Services, as well as other government officials.

During the trip, the president met with British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and brought him up to speed with developments in Nigeria.


The Nigerian leader told Mr Johnson about the efforts of his administration in the agricultural sector, saying it has led almost to self-sufficiency in rice and other grains production.

According to him, Nigeria has saved billions of naira in foreign exchange and the efforts are now deployed in other areas of development.


On the war against insurgency, President Buhari said things were a lot better, stressing that the Nigerian government is making efforts to disabuse the minds of the people on the true philosophy of Boko Haram.

He admitted that the main challenge has been in the area of resettling displaced people in the North East, noting that the situation is being tackled frontally.

Prior to the president’s trip, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity had said that with the expected take-off of the African Continental Free Trade Area in mid-2020, the London Investment Summit was to provide Nigeria with the opportunity to project itself as a leading investment destination for new industries.

He also said the summit would deepen Nigeria-United Kingdom investment ties post-Brexit as Africa currently represents just two per cent of British trade activity, with Nigeria accounting for only 10 per cent of that total


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Coronavirus: 500 infected, 17 killed


The first fatality of China’s new virus would come to represent a common set of traits for those who died to the disease: he was over the age of 60 and in poor health.

Since China reported the emergence of a new coronavirus at the end of December, the SARS-like virus has infected more than 500 and killed 17.


So far, the majority of the victims were elderly individuals with pre-existing health conditions, such as diabetes and liver cirrhosis.

All hailed from central Hubei province, where a local seafood market in the capital city of Wuhan is believed to be the epicentre of the epidemic.


But while older individuals have died from the Wuhan virus, some younger patients — including a 10-year-old boy — have since been released from the hospital.

Here’s what we know so far about the deaths:
Most victims were over 60


According to details released by China’s National Health Commission (NHC) on Thursday, the 17 victims of the virus were between 48 and 89 years old.

Only two were under the age of 60, while the average age of the victims was 73.


Most of them died this week, according to the NHC.

Among those who have been discharged from the hospital were younger patients, including a 35-year-old man from Shenzhen, a bustling tech hub in southern Guangdong province.


He was released from the hospital on Wednesday, according to the local health commission, as well as the 10-year-old boy who had visited relatives in Wuhan before falling ill.

Many had pre-existing health conditions. Many of those who died from the virus also had pre-existing health issues before contracting the Wuhan disease, such as diabetes and hypertension.


One man, an 86-year-old who was hospitalised on January 9, had surgery for colon cancer four years prior, on top of suffering from high blood pressure and diabetes.

Another, an 80-year-old woman surnamed Hu, had Parkinson’s Disease and more than 20 years of high blood pressure and diabetes in her medical history.


Some were hospitalised for weeks before dying. Several of the 17 victims were hospitalised for weeks before dying — raising questions on the preparedness of hospitals that may have to treat patients for long periods of time.

The youngest victim of the Wuhan virus, a woman surnamed Yin, was hospitalised for more than a month before succumbing to the virus.


On December 10, the 48-year-old woman reported a fever, coughing, body soreness, and fatigue, and underwent anti-infection treatment for two weeks, according to the NHC.

Later at the end of the month, Yin suffered shortness of breath and chest tightness, and she passed away on January 20.


Not all of them had a fever

Currently, Wuhan authorities are screening passengers for fever at the airport, railway stations, and bus terminals.

At four airports in Thailand, authorities introduced mandatory thermal scans of passengers arriving from high-risk areas of China.


But not all those who died after being infected reported a fever before being hospitalised, according to the NHC.

A 66-year-old man surnamed Luo reported a “mainly dry cough” but no fever on December 22 before suffering from shortness of breath more than a week later.


By mid-January, Luo required a ventilator to help him breathe.

“A major concern is the range of severity of symptoms this virus is causing,” said Dr Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Welcome Trust.

“It is clear some people are being affected and are infectious while experiencing only very mild symptoms or possibly without experiencing symptoms at all,” he said in an emailed statement.

“This may be masking the true numbers infected and the extent of person to person transmission,” he added.


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Why I will be forever grateful to Olamide – Majek Fashek Manager


Majek Fashek’s manager has revealed that Nigerian rapper, Olamide is the only artiste who supported the Rainmaker financially as he struggled with health issues in the UK.


Umenka Uzoma who was a guest on Nigeria Info’s 99.3 exoplained that the ‘Oil and Gas’ rapper reached out to him while he was still in the United Kingdom with Majek Fashek.

“He called me up in England and he said, Bros, sorry oh, I wan support Baba, don’t discuss this with anybody and he said I must not mention this. He is the only person that supported,” Uzoma said.


The manager went on to say that other artistes came forward but he said he told them to “calm down and wait for Majek to come back.

“I decided to stop some of them because when money comes in, so many controversies arise, people you don’t know from any corner start raising some dirty voices,” Uzoma disclosed.

The manager would however not discuss the health of his patron.

“It is a private matter right now and his family is handling it. You don’t want to wash your dirty linen in public. He is not in the hospital though, I am communicating with his son,” he concluded


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Lassa Fever: 4 Cases reported in kano


Commissioner for Health in Kano State, Ibrahim Tsanyawa, has said four persons have been diagnosed with Lassa Fever in the state.

He confirmed this during a press briefing on Wednesday, the News agency of Nigeria reports.

The commissioner said the existence of the disease in the state came to light on Tuesday.


He said, “A pregnant woman, who had a caesarean session at AKTH in December, was said to be a carrier of the disease and had died.

“Subsequent to that, one of the doctors and a health worker that carried out the CS on the woman also died, while another doctor is under care at the Isolation Centre at Yargaya area of Kano.

“The consultant, who took charge of the pregnant woman when she was moved to the Intensive Care Unit of AKTH also died of the same symptoms.”

He said there would be daily meetings to keep all stakeholders updated about the situation.


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Lassa Fever Terror: Akeredolu wept

...as it claim 15 lives in ondo


Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has cried out over the recent Lassa fever outbreak which has reportedly claimed 15 lives in Ondo State and also left 28 people in critical conditions.

New Telegraph reported that the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Owo community of Ondo State, has over 100 people being treated for Lassa Fever. A source said the patients are from the border communities of the state in the Northern Senatorial District like Oka-Akoko, Owo and Ose axis. It was also gathered that a medical doctor lost his wife to the disease in the recent outbreak.

The source who also disclosed that some patients are being referred to the Virology Centre in Akure as FMC Owo is already filled up, hinged the increase in recorded cases of the disease on lack of awareness and sensitisation on how to prevent the deadly disease.


The state’s commissioner of health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro confirmed the outbreak and also disclosed that it is being handled.

He said;

“I am currently at the governor’s office and we are having a meeting. That is (Lassa fever outbreak) what we trying to address now. We are working on the report available and the next line of action. That is why I am in the governor’s office.


“There will be pronouncement after the meeting.”

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu also confirmed the Lassa fever outbreak in a state broadcast on Tuesday January 21. He revealed that several people have died and have been affected by the disease, few weeks into the new year.


Akeredolu said;

“This is a serious infectious disease that has been with us for some years. It is a disease that is caused by an organism and spread to man by rats. This outbreak has been occurring fairly regularly over many decades, unfortunately in the past few years it has increased in magnitude. Sadly, within the few weeks of this year, several scores have been affected and some had died from the disease.

“We commiserate with families who have lost loved ones, and wish those on treatment speedy recovery.


“Our administration has taken steps to curtail this outbreak, including inaugurating a special multi-sectoral committee to address the outbreak; embarking on aggressive waste management campaign, provision of adequate human, financial and material resources to treat patients and follow up care of contacts and relatives, establishing and equipping the State Infectious Disease Hospital, creating awareness and public enlightenment in affected communities.

“Despite these, the state still finds itself at the throes of another serious outbreak. One important reason for this is the fact that some of our citizens still indulge in habits that continue to encourage its spread.


“Unless these habits and practices are jettisoned, it will be very difficult for us to overcome the challenge that Lassa fever poses.

“This disease is treatable. However, it is important for those affected to come early to hospitals, where experts can make correct diagnosis and treatment can start early.

“The government is determined that the yearly outbreak stops and to achieve this, the government has already taken certain important steps.

“We count on the support of our traditional and religious leaders in achieving this goal.”


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Emir Sanusi II seek Buhari’s death to become Vice president to Osinbajo – Junaid


Junaid Mohammed, a second republic lawmaker, says Muhammadu Sanusi II, emir of Kano, lobbied for the position of vice-president when President Muhammadu Buhari was hospitalised in London.

Osinbajo presided over the country when Buhari treated an undisclosed ailment in London in 2017.

Speaking with TheInterview, Mohammed said the emir asked Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to consider him for the nation’s number two position in the event that the president dies.


The former lawmaker also alleged that Sanusi met with some south-west leaders to canvass support for a presidential candidate aside Buhari.

“Once Buhari was sick, very sick in England, he went to Osinbajo, this current Emir Sanusi; he was sure that Buhari was going to die. And if Buhari dies, he would like Osinbajo to consider him as a vice president, even though on the surface, he belonged to no party,” he said.


SANUSI WANTED TO BE VICE PRESIDENT

“He wanted Osinbajo to consider him as vice president! Now, anybody with any sense of logic, any sanity would not countenance this kind of thing. If for whatever reason, this issue was reported to Buhari, if Buhari were another leader, he would have got rid of him in a jiffy.


“I know for a fact, and I am glad there people involved who will now confirm. The Emir of Kano, when he was governor of Central Bank went to see my friend Bola Tinubu and went to see the current Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu telling them that a certain presidential candidate was actually the choice of Kano and the choice of the north. So, he would want them to support that person.

“The Oba was diplomatic. But Tinubu told him in no uncertain terms that we are supporting Buhari; not because we like his face. We are supporting Buhari because, consistently, he has scored 12 million votes since he came into politics in 2002.


“This is not the first time. I am now 70 years old. I am older than the Emir of Kano, who I have known since childhood. And I knew his father and mother.”

On the crisis between Sanusi and Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state, Mohammed said there is no need to set up a committee to reconcile the duo.


TheCable had reported how Ganduje launched moves to remove the emir, who was reported to have opposed his reelection bid.

The governor broke the emirates into five shortly after the report, stripping Sanusi of the control of 34 local government areas of the state.


NOTHING WRONG IN REDUCING SANUSI’S POWERS

Commenting on the action of the governor, Mohammed said: ‘Now you are telling me that if the emir of Kano is somehow muzzled or his power is reduced or his presence on the national stage or his reckless political statements are curbed, Kano will not be the same? Or the north will not be the same? So what?


“The emirs are what they are because some people accept the emirate or the institution. I don’t. But even if I were the governor of Kano State, I would not want to demolish the emirate because apparently there are some people who respect the institution. I don’t. But that is another matter completely. But you have to be very careful about warning these emirs to keep away from politics.

“And as far as I am concerned, there is no problem to solve in Kano. If there is a personal quarrel between the governor and the Emir, okay, let them go and sort it out themselves. In trying to get involved in this matter, some people are being deliberately mischievous and they are fighting their own personal fights.


“There was an attempt to reconcile this matter within Kano people. I was in the United Kingdom before Christmas. I traveled with a one time Vice President of this country and we got to discuss this issue.

“The first question he asked is what is the locus of those so called northern elders? Who are they representing? How many of them have ever won elections in their lives? And how many people are from Kano? Of the three people sent to go and have a discussion with Ganduje, none of them is a Kano man.


“In fact, one is a known enemy of Kano State and he has spent the whole of his life abusing and insulting Kano and Kano people. Now you make him among the three people to go and see Ganduje in an issue that, strictly speaking is a Kano issue.

“As far as I am concerned, this issue is not a Federal Government or Buhari issue. It is a Kano issue. And the law that was passed was not a Federal law, which Buhari would have had the responsibility to implement the provisions of that law.


“It was a Kano law. And when the law was quashed on a technicality, they went back and rewrote the law. So what’s the problem? You cannot tell me that because the governor of Kano has taken a decision to split the emirate and create more, the heavens will fall. This is not new, not new in the north, not new in Nigeria.”

When asked for reaction, a palace source told TheCable that Mohammed is a distraction that the emirate would not want to join issues with.

Emir Muhammadu Sanusi | V.P Yemi Osinbajo


He said the rumour out initially was that the monarch lobbied Osinbajo to make Rabiu Kwankwaso, former governor of Kano, Osinbajo’s vice-president.

On his part, Laolu Akande, spokesman of the vice-president, said: “I don’t react to speculations; it’s baseless.”


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Global Fund: UN minister appointed Chair of CCM


Stakeholders working in Malaria, Tuberculosis and HIV on Friday appointed the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, as 8th Chair of Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) for the Global Fund (GF) for Nigeria.

CCM Nigeria, the custodian of GF grant, is a body of representative of government, bilateral and multilateral organisation, civil society organisations, patients, community, private sector and academia.

The mandate of CCM is to oversee the delivery of Global Fund HIV, Tuberculosis, Malaria and Resilient Sustainable Systems for Health (RSSH) grant.


Ehanire was elected unopposed for the next three years at the end of a three-day annual retreat of the CCM in Abuja.

Responding, the minister thanked the stakeholders for electing him to lead and coordinate the fund to reduce the burden of the three diseases as well as strengthening the health systems in the country.


He said issues of transparency and accountability would be his watchword in the implementation of GF grant on AIDS, TB, Malaria and RSSH.

He promised to continue to prioritise these three diseases as the current Chair of the CCM.


“I know I will be able to rely on your support to succeed; we have the issues of transparency and trust and we will be working together to achieve the issues.

“We want to make sure that we achieve this mandate of helping our citizens who suffer from the three diseases of AIDS, TB and Malaria.


“I want to thank you for nominating me, we will do our best to work together; I promise you that I will operate open door policy,’’ the minister said.

Also speaking, Country Director of UNAIDS, Erasmus Morah said accountability framework should be put in place to track GF implementation for optimum result.


Some of the issues discussed at the meeting were the provision of Indirect Cost Recovery for local NGOs serving as implementers.

Others were programmes to develop a roadmap on funding request for the diseases, harmonising roadmap for funding request, copy of Chemonics contract to be shared by Global Fund, among others.

The annual meeting is an avenue to deliberate on CCM operations for the year and grant performance, identify challenges and proffer solutions.

The meeting also provided an opportunity for the CCM to address emerging issues of importance.


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Kwara government mourn doctor’s death


Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has announced the death of Dr AbdulKadir Oniyangi, a foremost Northern Nigeria medical doctor. Oniyangi died at the age of 85.
AbdulRazaq on Thursday in Ilorin described the death of Oniyangi as the end of an era.

He said this in a statement issued by Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor.


According to AbdulRazaq, the contributions of Oniyangi to the development of Kwara are well documented for history.

He stated that Oniyangi was a trailblazer in the public health sector in the entire northern Nigeria, adding that he was in fact one of the first medical doctors in the region.


“He was the former Head of Service and Secretary to the Military Government in Kwara between 1984 and 1985, and also a distinguished public administrator who served the state and Nigeria meritoriously,” AbdulRazaq said.

He noted that Oniyangi’s tenure as the President of the Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressive Union (IEDPU) was very outstanding, while he also served as commissioner at the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara


The governor commiserated with the entire Oniyangi family of Ilorin on the death of the elder statesman, while saying that “his death at this moment of our history is painful”.

“We pray the Almighty Allah to grant him Al-jannah and stand by his family now and always,” he said.


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89years Iraq’s cleric, Ali al-Sistani underwent surgery


Iraq’s most influential cleric Ali al-Sistani, on Thursday, underwent successful surgery on a broken thigh bone, an Iraqi medical source said.

The 89-year-old cleric wields clout in Iraq and his views are closely followed by the country’s politicians.


A team of Iraqi surgeons operated on al-Sistani in Iraq’s southern province of Najaf, the source added.

“He left the operating room a while ago. The operation was successful,’’ the source added without details.


Earlier Thursday, al-Sistani’s office said he had suffered the day before a sprain in the left leg resulting in a fracture in the thigh bone.

Al-Sistani was last seen in public in December when he met with UN envoy to Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert amid pro-reform protests in the country.

Iraq’s most influential cleric Ali al-Sistani


In late November, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel-Mahdi, the target of mass street protests, announced he would step down after al-Sistani called on parliament to stop backing his government.

In recent years, special representatives have been reading out on al-Sistani’s behalf his mosque sermons ahead of the weekly Friday Muslim prayers.


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Lagos government committed to improve healthcare


Ahead of the plans to utilize Information and Communication Technologies in providing qualitative healthcare for Lagosians, Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has declared the intention of his administration to continue to review strategies, and policies geared towards delivering his electoral promises based on the T.H.EM.E.S agenda.

The Governor stated this today while speaking at the opening ceremony of a three-day Technical Conference on eHealth with the theme “Lagos State Smart Health Information Platform (SHIP)” held at Victoria Island.

Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr Kadri Obafemi Hamzat noted that the conference was geared towards developing a sustainable Smart Health Information Platform by connecting and strengthening linkages between primary, secondary and tertiary facilities so as to deliver “better, faster and smarter healthcare.”


L-R: Lagos State Commissioner for Energy & Mineral Resources, Engr. Olalere Odusote ; Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi and the Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat at the 3-day Technical Conference on eHealth held at Habour Point, Victoria Island on Tuesday.

He stated that in line with the T.H.EM.E.S agenda, the conference underscores the importance of the health sector and its critical role in securing the economic and general well-being of residents.


Speaking further, the Governor remarked that though current technological development is essentially limited to developed countries, e-health is a global issue adding that he is elated at the prospect of the conference providing workable strategies and solutions to identified challenges to the establishment of a smart health information platform for the state health sector.

According to the Governor, “To my mind, establishing a Health Information Platform will impact positively on various aspects our state’s health system such as Human Resources Health, Healthcare Financing through our Universal Coverage Initiative; Lagos State Health Scheme, Biosecurity and Biosafety provide employment creation opportunities while opening doors to international collaborations and partnerships towards improving the state of our health service delivery.”

L-R: Senator, Olanrewaju Tejuoso; Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi; Keynote Speaker, Andrew Nevin; the Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat and the Commissioner for Energy & Mineral Resources, Engr. Olalere Odusote at the 3-day Technical Conference on eHealth held at Habour Point, Victoria Island on Tuesday.

He stated that the development of 3,000km fibre optic network will enable public institutions (schools, hospitals, offices etc..) have direct linkages to the internet as part of strategies to make Lagos a Smart City.


While describing Data as the new currency, and key in planning, the governor called on all residents of the Lagos State to register with the State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) in order to assist the state government to have data which will assist the government in the provision of its numerous people-Oriented programmes.

He disclosed that there is an ongoing discussion with NIMC to utilize the infrastructure of the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency for data capture by residents of Lagos State.


Presenting the rationale for the project, the State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi disclosed that the Smart Health Information Platform (SHIP) is an outcome of the Art of Technology launched by the state government last December and is designed to leverage on technology to improve the health sector and ensure that a large number of citizens have access to qualitative healthcare.

Speaking further, he said, the strategy would amongst others things, reduce wastage of scarce resources, prepare to enter the digital age of precision medicine; drive the bio-economy to accelerate human resource development and create global virtual health hub.

In his keynote address, Andrew S. Nevin of PWC urged the state government to become a global leader by measuring not its GDP as the yardstick for growth but rather the sustainable Development Goal levels.

He said the prosperity of Lagos as shown by the GDP has not translated into wellbeing given the low level of life expectancy of 54.6years for Lagosians


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Just in: Global Fund Disburse $890 to Nigerian Medicals to fight diseases

…HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB), Malaria


Global Fund has allocated over $890 to Nigeria for the fight against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria in the next three years, but insisted the country must justify the need for before it could be released.

The Fund said its 2020-2022 allocation methodology was geared toward increasing the overall impact of programmes to prevent, treat and care for people affected by HIV, TB and malaria, and to build resilient and sustainable systems for health.


The allocations, it said, provide significantly more resources for the highest burden and lowest income countries, while maintaining current funding levels or moderating the pace of reductions in other contexts.

According to Global Fund, most eligible countries have increased allocations and every region is getting more funding overall. Additionally, countries in Africa are receiving around US$2 billion more than in the previous period, while countries in West and Central Africa have the biggest increase- US$780 million.


Details of the allocation indicated that US$329, 107, 978 million was earmarked for fight against HIV/AIDS in Nigeria in next three years, while the fight against malaria and TB was boosted with US$417, 893, 727 million and US$143, 595, 962 million, respectively.

Global Fund said the total amount available for allocations to benefitting countries was dependent on the funding raised during the corresponding three-year replenishment cycle.


It also added that allocations to individual countries are calculated using a formula predominantly based on each country’s disease burden and economic capacity, and they are refined to account for important contextual factors through a transparent and accountable qualitative adjustment process.

It, thus, explained that the allocations include US$12.71 billion for country allocations and US$890 million for catalytic investments for the period beginning January 2020, which is 23 percent more than for the previous three-year period.


Global Fund challenged beneficiaries to use the funds for its purpose which is to help save 16 million lives, cut the mortality rate for the three diseases in half and get the world back on track to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria by 2030.

Director of the Fund, Peter Sands, in a statement said: “World leaders came together at our replenishment conference and made commitments to step up the fight to end these epidemics by 2030.


“Now the real work begins. Our allocations will allow partners to expand programs that work, and to find innovative solutions for new challenges. In addition to more money, we need better collaboration and more effective programs.”

He confirmed that eligible countries have been notified of their country allocations.


“In the next step of the funding process, countries will prepare and submit funding requests to the Global Fund for review and approval, starting in 2020.”

Senior official of the National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA) who pleaded anonymity confirmed receipt of notification of Nigeria’s allocations.

The official, however, clarified that allocations did not equal release of the funds as may be misunderstood by some people.

“This money has been allocated, may likely not be released if certain things are not done,” the official explained.


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Medical experts tackle Buhari on message to stop seeking treatment abroad


At a time when Nigerians’ hope for improvement in the nation’s health sector has been dimmed by the paltry budgetary allocations to the sector, tasking Nigerians to desist from seeking medical care abroad might sound awkward.

But this was President Muhammadu Buhari’s shocking message to Nigerians on Friday, January 3, 2020.

Represented by the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, at the inauguration and handover of a project designed to check flooding and gully erosion at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital in Abakaliki, the president said: “Nigerians have suffered so much going abroad for medical treatment. This is not good for us and it must stop because we can’t afford it again.”


Expectedly, there has been a backlash against the president’s statement. Spearheading this is the nation’s leading opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, which sarcastically tasked the president to lead by example. Not a few critics have questioned the morality of the president’s comment, given he has also embarked on several medical trips abroad since he assumed office in 2015.

The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, had ridden to power on Nigerians’ hope that its coming would usher in a better dispensation for the nation’s ailing health sector, but again the hope was dashed at the President Buhari’s budget presentation last October.


This is because of the N10.33 trillion proposal, N46 billion was allocated to the health sector, a development experts described as a confirmation of the government’s insincerity to the touted commitment of providing adequate and quality health care services to the people.

For experts, government’s failure to demonstrate its seriousness to multifaceted problems plaguing the nation’s healthcare sector has largely been identified as the major factor fueling the exodus of Nigerians seeking medical attention ditto for the problem of brain drain in the health sector.


For instance, a recent study revealed that no fewer than 5,250 Nigerian-trained doctors are working in the United Kingdom, which translates that an average of 12 medical doctors may be fleeing the country on a weekly basis. Perhaps more disturbing is the claim that no fewer than 88 per cent of doctors in Nigeria are considering working abroad.

But following the president’s call against medical tourism, experts in the field of medicine in Nigeria are unanimous in their opinion that the government’s desire to move against medical tourism must be preceded by concerted efforts to revamp the ailing sector.


The Chairman of Adamawa State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Dr Tonde Elijah Gargah, expressed doubt over the seriousness of the government to discourage Nigerians against seeking medical attention abroad.

“In all sincerity, I don’t think we are ripe for that because the government is yet to put the necessary facilities on ground to cater for the healthcare needs of Nigerians. And it will not be right for someone who has legitimately acquired his resources to be denied the freedom of seeking medical help abroad. I think what the government needs to do is to improve on the existing facilities, upgrade some of them and ensure they are up to global standards before putting such measures in place.


“However, for political office holders, Mr President has the right to stop them from seeking medical care abroad until they revamp our own health care delivery system. The truth of the matter is that if you look at the entire West African sub-region in terms of the per capita spent on health, Nigeria is the least. Even countries like Togo, Benin Republic spend more on health than Nigeria. That is exactly what I was saying when I said Nigeria is not yet ripe for such instruction that Mr President issued.”

For Dr Umenwa Joachim, secretary of Abia State Chapter of NMA, the government must take more drastic actions to dissuade Nigerians from traveling abroad for medical attention. According to him, the first step to discouraging medical tourism is to ban the political class from traveling abroad for medical attention.


“If the president can ban political office holders from seeking medical attention abroad, I believe they will look inward and find a way of improving the sector. If the national hospital can be equipped to a level that anybody can seek medical help and get good results, our people will stop traveling abroad. If there is a law banning people from going abroad for medical reasons our people will start investing in the health sector,” he said.

Dr Umenwa also called on Nigerians to see the president’s statement as clarion call to contribute their own quota in revamping the nation’s health sector.


“This is a call on Nigeria to invest in the field of medicine. If the money being used in building hotels all over the place is channeled into medicine, Nigerians will have no need going abroad for medical care. Our people have penchant for investing in hotel business. If you go to Owerri or Awka you will see thousands of hotels, but you can’t see standard hospital anywhere.

“Majority of the government officials that steal money prefer to invest in hotel business for reasons best known to them; you don’t see them investing in the medical field. Let’s forget about government hospitals, private individuals should invest in the health sector. Let there be more investments in hospitals from the private sector.


Our people will stop traveling abroad in search of medical care when we begin to invest seriously in the nation’s health sector. The time to stop patronising foreign hospitals is now. If we stop people traveling abroad for medical care, people will start investing in the health sector. If you expect people to start investing in the sector before we stop them from seeking medical care outside the country then we can’t get nowhere,” he said.

Dr Peter Waibode Alabrah, chairperson of Bayelsa State chapter of NMA, urged the government to key into the president’s position with action.


She lamented the poor allocation to the health sector, saying that both the Federal Government and the government at state level have continually failed to meet the WHO’s benchmark.

According to her, “what the president said is a welcome development. However, the statement should be backed with action. The money allocated to the health sector is not enough. I think it is only in Kano State that the amount allocated to the health sector is as specified by WHO. Other states in the country fell short of the standard. It should not be the Federal Government alone, our governors in the states should also key into it by voting substantial allocation to the health sector and help to upgrade our medical facilities in the interests of the people. By doing this, we will be able to successfully convince our people to stay in the country for medical care.”


Also commenting, Dr Okey Dinwoke, a consultant, obstetrician and gynaecologist, called on the president to address the inherent challenges facing the health sector before coming out to tell Nigerians to stop travelling abroad for medical care.

According to him, the fact that Buhari himself frequents abroad for medical treatment was symptomatic of the country’s ailing health system.


“As it stands, that statement by the president is nothing to go by. In the first place, he has to start it himself. Many Nigerians are aware of his many travels abroad for medical treatment last year,” he pointed out.

The medical expert, however, argued that the country presently has the manpower and requisite facility to meet the health needs of Nigerians, noting that the missing link was the Nigerian factor.


Dinwoke said: “We have enough manpower and facility, but the problem is the Nigerian factor. So, we can have standard system in Nigeria, we won’t have a situation where Nigerians are running outside the country in search of medical treatment.

“What we need now is a committed government and a workforce to be able to make things work normally. Just like everything about Nigeria, the corruption here and there, nothing serious, poor ethics and all that. All those things are militating factors. One thing is that the health sector cannot be discussed in isolation. The entire Nigerian system has to function well before we can talk about having a good health sector and all hands must be on deck to make things work.”


In his contribution, Dr Agudi Charles Chikwado, a general practitioner at University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) Medical Centre, Enugu State, wants the government to upgrade the country’s health sector, stressing that that was the only way to discourage medical tourism abroad.

He noted that with poor remuneration of health workers in the country and hostile working environment, the brain drain syndrome would continue until something drastic is done to salvage the situation.


He said: “The issue there is that if our health system can be operating at a standard capacity like we have abroad, there will be no need for our people to travel abroad. Without that, nothing can stop those travelling abroad. Therefore, government should equip the hospitals and improve the remuneration of health workers.

“In the Nigerian health sector, there are rising cases of brain drain. Most of our doctors are departing the country for other parts of the world in search of greener pastures. The only solution is improved remuneration, provision of an enabling working environment and equipment of our hospitals.”


Another medical expert at Parklane General Hospital, Enugu State, Dr Obiekwe Eze, said that the acute shortage of technology in the country has made it difficult to handle sophisticated health cases.

His words: “It will be difficult to say people should not travel abroad for medical treatment. When you visit most of the hospitals, they cannot handle special cases, for instance, retina surgery.


“So, in a situation when we have people having issues with their retina, what they do is to go abroad where the expertise and technology are readily available.

“I don’t think the president’s statement reflects the reality on ground. They should equip our general hospitals very well. How can you tell people not to travel abroad for medical treatment when we don’t have anything on ground?

“Therefore, it’s a mere talk. Even the president’s wife once complained about the deplorable state of health facilities at Aso Rock clinic.

“Yet, we have qualified people, but the majority of them are going abroad. We don’t have the technology to keep those capable hands. When they get better offers from other countries with promising packages, then they find it irresistible.”


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Rapper Jerome Cosey ‘5th ward weebie’ dies after surgery


American rapper, 5th Ward Weebie has died at the age of 42.

Weebie, whose real name was Jerome Cosey, died on Thursday, January, 9, according to his publicist. He’d been hospitalized recently after a surgery to repair a ruptured artery, and died as result of complications from the procedure.

His close friend and rapper, P Town Moe, took to Instagram to explain the series of health issues the New Orleans rapper dealt with in his last days.


‘First, his kidneys went and they had him on a machine to get his kidneys back working, then his lungs went the next day,’ he said. ‘I don’t know why God wanted him at this time … but my brother gone, my brother gone.’

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell also took to social media with a tribute to the artist, an icon in The Big Easy.

‘It broke my heart to learn that Jerome Cosey – our 5th Ward Weebie – has passed,’ Cantrell said. ‘Let me find out you didn’t know who he was … He was an iconic personality, a New Orleans legend, and a beloved friend.

‘New Orleans has lost a cornerstone of our culture,’ she said. ‘Our City will not be the same without his voice and his spirit. May he rest in God’s perfect peace.’


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Let’s eradicate malaria! – Ned, Regina Daniels Husband flags in Antarctica


Renowned billionaire, entrepreneur, public health environmentalist, and Chairman, Ned Nwoko Foundation, Dr Ned Nwoko, has landed in Antarctica for the symbolic flag-off of his multi-billion naira malaria eradication in Africa project.

Nwoko, a former member of the House of Representatives and the first Nigerian to explore Antarctica, is using the expedition to draw global attention to the scourge of malaria in Africa.

He is being accompanied on the expedition by a team of scientists from Russia, India, China, the USA, and the UK.


Nwoko who posted the development on his Instagram page wrote: “Today, I finally made it to the coolest place on earth, the lowest point of the earth and the largest wilderness on the planet. We are living in Antarctica!!! I will be meeting with the various research stations to see how we can partner on the Eradication of Malaria in Africa.

“Join me as I embark on the much-awaited expedition to Antarctica in pursuit of anti-malaria vaccine and eradication of malaria in Africa.


Agency reports indicate that the historic expedition began from Abuja en route Cape Town, South Africa on Sunday 5th January 2020.

His two-pronged approach involves fumigation of Africa and funding research endowments for a malaria vaccine in five universities across Africa to the tune of $750,000. It was gathered that each university will receive a research grant of $150,000.


Preparatory to his departure from South Africa, Nwoko who went through a safety briefing on the trip, was spotted with Captain Hamish Harding and a teenager, Giles Harding, the youngest human ever to visit Antarctica.

His words: “Malaria is a majorly African problem. If you understand that, then you will comprehend why there is no concerted effort to find a permanent cure to it.


“There is no family in Nigeria that has been spared. No family that has not lost some loved relatives,” he asserted.

Further, Nwoko who was irked that many often forget that malaria is the biggest killer disease in Africa vowed to awaken Africa and the world as a whole about the dangers posed by the pandemic.


He remarked that it is the need to draw global attention to the monumental health challenge and the imperative of finding a permanent solution to it (malaria) that nudged him to embark on the audacious expedition to Antarctica to formally launch the malaria eradication campaign.

Nwoko explained that the journey towards a malaria-free Nigeria and Africa is not just worthwhile but realistic.


“In the project, the Ned Nwoko Foundation will work with national and multilateral organisations to realise its goal of ridding Africa of mosquito and malaria.

“We will equally collaborate with governments, private organizations and civil society towards achieving our core objective of extending malaria intervention programmes beyond the threshold of control and palliatives.


“We have our eyes fixed on a permanent solution to the age-long scourge,” he stated as he left Africa for Antarctica.

Statistics from the World Malaria Report 2019 published by the World Health Organization, WHO shows that six countries accounted for more than half of all malaria cases worldwide are Nigeria (25 percent), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (12 percent), Uganda (5 percent), and Côte d’Ivoire, Mozambique and Niger (4 percent each).

In 2018, according to the WHO, Nigeria accounted for almost 24 percent of all global malaria deaths, followed by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (11 percent), the United Republic of Tanzania (5 percent), and Angola, Mozambique, and Niger (4 percent each).

Children are the most vulnerable group affected by malaria.


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66 years ex boxer diagnosed of ‘protate cancer’


Former world heavyweight champion, Leon Spinks has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, that has spread to his bladder.

The news comes last month the 66-year-old was rushed to a Las Vegas hospital in a serious condition.

His wife, Brenda confirmed the sad news about her 66-year-old husband, who was first diagnosed in May.


‘It’s going to be a long road and a lot of work,’ ‘But we are bound and determined for the Champ to make a comeback!’

According to the US publication, Spinks is now back at his family home in Nevada after being discharged from hospital in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve. He is expected to undergo cancer treatment on an outpatient basis.

Spinks who won the Olympic Gold for the USA in 1976, defeated Muhammad Ali in 1978. He retired in 1995 with a record of 26 wins, 17 defeats, and three draws.

Former heavyweight champions Leon Spinks diagnosed with prostate cancer


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