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May 28, 2018

Ebola: Guinea schools reopen after five-month closure

Schools have been reopening in Guinea after a five-month closure because of the deadly Ebola outbreak just as Mali’s health minister said the country is now free of the virus, after 42 days without a new case of the disease. Correspondents said the atmosphere at schools in Guinea was subdued and many pupils had not returned. They said parents had been taken by surprise by the government’s decision to reopen schools with only four days’ notice and many were not prepared. At one school in the Guinean capital, Conakry, only about 220 of the approximately 2,000 pupils were reported to…

EBOLA FREE NIGERIA!! – THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER (1)

“When Yahweh delivered Zion from bondage we were like in a dream. Then our mouths were filled with laughter and our tongues with shouts of joy. Then it was said among the nations “The Lord had done great things for us and we rejoiced”. Restore our fortunes O Lord!  Like the waters in the Negeb. May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy. Those who go out weeping bearing the seed for sowing shall come home with shouts of joy carrying their sheaves!” (Psalm 126: 1-6) The ancient Israelite songs of liberation could in fact be likened…

Ebola: Panic as Suspected Victim arrives Lagos Airport

Pandemonium erupted at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, (MMIA) in Lagos on Wednesday, October 29, when a suspected Ebola patient arrived at the facility. The patient, a Nigerian identified as Mr. Theophilus Onnakhinon, came into the country from disease-ravaged Sierra Leone aboard a Royal Air Maroc flight. Onnakhinon was however said to have been successfully treated for the disease and cleared of all infection. An inside source reportedly stated that the victim had been assisted into the country by Nigeria’s consular officer, Mrs. T. Mohammed to prevent him from facing stigmatization and discrimination. The source said: “It is true that…

Why Should A Doctor Embark On Strike? (4)

It is against this back drop that doctors after considering the divine nature of their calling and the need to maintain order in the health sector as well as stall the ugly monster in the face of JOHESU,and the politicization of the health sector by government, rose to  the challenge and demanded from government: That for the interest of peace and to maintain harmonious relationship among health workers, for the interest of the patients, the health care team be headed by a physician, as it is age long and noble. The office of the medical director to be reserved for…

Ebola: Doctors, Lawmakers reject Sept 22 date for resumption of schools

– No cause for Alarm-FG The Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Tuesday faulted the Federal Government’s directive to schools to resume on September 22 as against October 12, arguing that schools should not be reopened until all those under surveillance for the Ebola Virus Disease in the country are certified free. Speaking through its National Secretary-General, Dr. Olawunmi Alayaki, the association said, “we are not happy with this decision on the resumption of schools. Schools should be shut till the last suspected case or patient is certified free of the virus.” According to the NMA, the resumption of schools could be…

Ebola: Fake Sanitizers flood markets

The outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Nigeria has paved way for fraud, as fake hand sanitizers have flooded the market. A pharmacist in Ilorin, Kwara State, Mr. Raymond Okolie said in Lagos recently during a workshop, that it would be difficult for many people to differentiate between the genuine and the fake.  According to him, before the outbreak of Ebola disease in Nigeria, only few of the citizens made use of sanitizers, while some have never seen them in their lifetime. “Every sanitizer contains at least 75 percent alcohol being the main ingredient.  Other ingredients are purified…

Ebola: Schools may re-open mid-September

The Federal Government has said following the effective management and containment of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country and with the report of the experts advising government to reopen the schools, all government and private primary and secondary schools in the country may resume academic activities at the middle of this month. This new resumption date, he added, will be announced by the Minister of Education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, after meeting with Commissioners for education and stakeholders, who were involved in fixing the earlier resumption date of October 13. The Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau, it would be…

Ebola: Only one case left in Nigeria –FG

Thirty-eight days after the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) recorded its first victim with the death of visiting Liberian/American Patrick Sawyer, the Federal Government announced Tuesday it has contained EVD. The authorities said the last patient’s condition was stable. A statement signed by Mr Dan Nwomeh, Special Assistant to the Health Minister, said, “as of today, (August 26, 2014,) Nigeria has 13 cases of EVD including the index case. “Of these 13, five including the index case unfortunately did not survive the disease and are now late. However, seven of the infected persons were successfully managed at the isolation ward…

Ebola Virus: Catholic Churches take steps to avert spread -Suspend shaking of hands

To avert the spread of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Nigeria, some Catholic Churches have suspended some aspects of the liturgy.  These include hand to mouth communion and kiss of peace – handshake during Mass. Onitsha Archdiocese: For instance, officiating priests during holy Masses in all parishes in the Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha, will from today Sunday, not give Holy Communion directly with their hands into the mouths of the congregation. In the Onitsha Archdiocese, the traditional rite of peace where worshippers shake hands or hug each other during Masses will also be skipped henceforth. Metropolitan Archbishop of Onitsha, Most…

Ebola in Nigeria: No Cause for alarm – Govt.

– As Anxiety Heightens Over the past few days, there has been trepidation and panic following the death in Lagos of Mr. Patrick Sawyer, an American man of Liberian descent. Mr. Sawyer died last week in a private hospital in Lagos. Authorities say, “In keeping with WHO guidelines, the hospital has been shut down to enable full decontamination exercise.” Anxiety further heightened on Wednesday, due to reports that one of the personnel, who helped him out of the aircraft on his arrival in Lagos, has shown signs of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). The latest victim, who was said to…