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Ebola Outbreak: FG Prepared For Resurgence Of Ebola – CDC

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ebolaProf. Abdusalam Nasidi, National Coordinator, Centre for Disease Control, on Tuesday said Nigeria had taken adequate measures to contain the resurgence of Ebola Virus Disease in the country.

Nasidi disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.

According to him, the measures are in response to the recent resurgence of the disease in neighbouring Liberia which had earlier been certified Ebola-free by the World Health Organisation.

Nasidi said screening had been intensified at strategic entries in the country, with the establishment of a rapid respond team and an emergency response centre, at the federal level.

He said, “There are automatic temperature scanning cameras mounted at strategic places which take one’s temperature and other parameters.

“If it indicates a high temperature, such an individual would be apprehended and taken into isolation immediately.

“With this level of preparedness, I don’t think that the diseases can take us by surprise anymore”.

Nasidi further said that CDC, had been working with various scientists from Germany, Guinea and other counties to discover other possible causes and the prevention of Ebola.

He said the CDC had organised training for medical personnel and volunteers, adding that some of the programmes were still ongoing in various states in the country.

He said during the outbreak of Ebola in Liberia in 2014, 211 Nigerian experts were sent to that country and Sierra-Leone, as part of African support to Ebola in West Africa.

“We were able to assist the countries to reactivate health care services which led to a drastic reduction of the epidemic before its resurgence”, he said.

Nasidi said in order to fully contain the disease, the National Orientation Agency had been involved in educating people in various languages, mostly on the danger of consuming bush meat.

He warned that the consumption of bat meat remained the main source of picking up the virus.

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Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report

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Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report

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Nigeria has been ranked as the third most terrorized country in the world according to a 2020 report by the Global Terrorism Index (GTI).

The report which was released on Wednesday, ranked Nigeria third only behind war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq.

According to the GTI report, Nigeria witnessed an increase in Boko Haram attacks in the period under review, witnessing her worst terrorist attack in 2019 in northeastern Borno State, where at least 70 people were killed and 10 others wounded when insurgents attacked at a funeral.

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“Over the past year, Boko Haram increased attacks on military targets, with deaths rising from 26 in 2018 to 148 in 2019,” the report said.

However, the report recognized that terror-related incidents in the country fell by 27% in the same period due to a significant reduction in violence attributed to killer herdsmen.

“This reduction occurred despite a small increase in deaths attributed to Boko Haram, which has been the most active terrorist group in the country over the past decade. Deaths from terrorism in Nigeria are now 83 percent lower than at
their peak in 2014.”

 

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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