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FG expresses challenges faced dealing with Meningitis



The Federal government has expressed the challenges faced with the outbreak of meningitis outbreak across several states in the country

The government listed some of the challenges to include “extremely expensive” drugs, new strain of bacteria and short shelf life of the drugs usable to treat the strange strain of the microorganism causing the disease.

The Minister of State for Health, Osagie Ehanire, who gave the government’s stance, said there have been 2,996 cases of the disease in 16 states and 54 local governments across the country.

Mr. Ehanire said 336 people are believed to have died from the disease, and 141 of such have been confirmed by laboratory tests. Majority of the other dead victims are believed to have been buried before the cause of death could be clinically verified.

While addressing journalists after the meeting of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, in Abuja, Mr. Ehanire said there has been a robust response by his ministry and the governments of the states concerned along with the Nigerian Center for Disease Control, NCDC; Nigeria Primary Health Care Development Agency; World Health Organisation; UNICEF; and other partners since the outbreak.

He said the challenge with the current outbreak was that it is caused by a new strain of bacteria, Type C, different from the well-known Type A strain.

“This country before suffers meningitis around this time of year when dry season is turning to raining season; in the area called the ‎meningitis belt that ranges all the way from Senegal down to Ethiopia, Eritrea. And the prevailing germ was the Meningococcus A,” he said.

He said mass vaccination over the years against the Type A virus had led to almost total elimination of the disease.

Mr. Ehanire said the Type C has been very rare and immunisation for one type does not work for the other.

“Unfortunately, there is no cross immunisation. If you are immune to Type A doesn’t make you immune to Type C. And because Type C was very rare, the availability of vaccines has been very meagre relatively,” he said.

The minister said so far, the country has “mobilised vaccines to come in from all corners; 500,000 units doses of vaccines are being distributed ‎and they have started vaccination campaign already.”

He also said Nigeria is getting additional 826,000 units which will be shipped‎ from Europe within the next few days.

Mr. Ehanire said, “The most affected states have been Zamfara, Sokoto and Katsina and together they have about 85 per cent of the cases.”

He said there is reactive ‎vaccination going on already in the affected states.

“There are two treatment centres being set up in every local government and lumber puncture kits have been distributed so that doctors can take samples to laboratory for testing.

“There are field epidemiologists who are doing findings and contact tracing in other to interrupt the spread of this epidemic,” he said

Vaccines are very expensive

The minister said the vaccines are “extremely expensive” to make ‎and if acquired and stored without using, they may expire.

“So, companies make the vaccines on request and on demand and they store just as much as they calculate will be used.

“So, the Type C was not very much in demand; but right now, this present epidemic has led to a big demand,” he said.

Mr. Ehanire said the 826,000 doses being shipped to Nigeria was given to the country free of charge, while the ministry has placed an order for additional two million doses.

“As the situation goes on we will be able to determine if we need to increase the order or if this one will be sufficient.

“You don’t want to order more than you need because they all have limited life span, but on the other hand you need to have more of these vaccines to be able to take care of the epidemic.

“Right now, it seems there is control going on, it is beginning to decrease in Sokoto State and Zamfara is still trying to even out and we hope that with the reactive vaccinations going on we shall be able to bring the epidemic to a gradual halt,” he said.

Reacting to the assertion by the Governor of Zamfara State that God decided to punish Nigerians with Type C meningitis because of their sins, Mr. Ehanire said “the federal government does not have views of that nature‎ and I am not sure the state government can really continue to make that statement.

“When things happen, yes you can begin to look this way and that way for the cause of it; but like I said nature played us an unfortunate stroke but that is not to say we committed sin or anything. It does happen that things occur out of the blues,” he said.

Source: ( Premium Times )

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#EndSARS: Enugu Govt Adjusts 24-Hour Curfew



#EndSARS: Enugu Govt Adjusts 24-Hour Curfew
#EndSARS: Enugu Govt Adjusts 24-Hour Curfew

Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi

Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has relaxed the 24-hour curfew imposed on the residents of the State.

Recall that the Governor had declared curfew in Enugu East, Enugu North, and Enugu South Local Government Areas of the state following an outbreak of violence in those areas.

However, following the return of relative calm and hardship being suffered by residents of the affected areas, the Governor adjusted the curfew.

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This was announced in a statement issued by the State Commissioner for Information, Mr Chidi Aroh, on Saturday.

“In its place, a 13-hour curfew from 6 pm to 7 am daily, is imposed in Enugu East, Enugu North and Enugu South Local Government Areas, with effect from 6 pm on Sunday, 25th October 2020 until further notice.”

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Fani-Kayode Condemns Video Asking Igbo Indigenes To Leave Yorubaland



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Fani-Kayode Condemns Video Asking Igbo Indigenes To Leave Yorubaland

Femi Fani–Kayode

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has condemned the threat of violence on Igbo indigenes in Yorubaland.

In a video circulating on social media, Grandson Adeyinka, a UK-based Nigerian, called on Igbo indigenes to leave south-west states.

Also Read: Nobel Laureate, Soyinka Denies Video Claim On Igbo, Yoruba

In the video, Adeyinka issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the Igbo, warning that those who refuse to leave will be dealt with.

Reacting to the video, the former Minister distanced the Yoruba people from the statement, urging the Igbo people in Lagos to stand firm and stand their ground.

He wrote:

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El-Rufai Imposes 24-hour Curfew On Seven Communities In Kaduna



Governor El-rufai
El Rufai Imposes 24-hour Curfew On Seven Communities In Kaduna Metropolis

Governor El-rufai

Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai has declared a 24-hour curfew in some communities in Kaduna South and Chikun Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan announced this is a statement on Saturday.

Although the reason for the restriction was not stated, it follows the looting of warehouses – where COVID-19 palliatives were reportedly stored by the government – by residents.

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Residents were said to have trooped to Gwari Avenue where they discovered a warehouse and immediately forced it open and carted away food items.

Reacting to the development, the government directed security agencies involved to arrest and prosecute anyone found violating the curfew, and those responsible for the breakdown of law and order as well as looting and destroying properties.

The affected communities include Barnawa, Kakuri, and Television in Kaduna South LGA, and Maraban Rido, Sabon Tasha, Narayi, and Ungwan Romi of Chikun LGA.

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