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Oh No! Ebola Virus ‘Could Spread Around The World’, Experts Warn As 17 People Are Killed In Congo

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Medics in Congo have confirmed 17 people have died of Ebola amid fears the outbreak will have an “international impact”.

The revelation comes just after the deadly virus swept across West Africa between 2013 and 2016, killing at least 11,000 people.

It is the ninth time Ebola has hit the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), whose eastern Ebola river gave the deadly virus its name.

The World Health Organisations said: “In the past five weeks, there have been 21 suspected viral haemorrhagic fever…including 17 deaths.”

It said it had released £650,000 from an emergency contingency fund to help combat the medical crisis on the ground.

The DRC health ministry warned of the “public health emergency with international impact” on Tuesday.

The outbreak occurred in the town of  Bikoro, on the shores of Lake Tumba in the east of the country.

All the cases were reported from a clinic at Ilkoko Iponge, located about 20 miles from Bikoro, where medical facilities are “limited”.

A team of experts from the WHO and Medecins Sans Frontieres are now heading to invesitgate the outbreak

Ebola is one of the world’s most notorious diseases, being both highly infectious and extremely lethal.

It is caused by a virus that lives in bats which can be passed on to humans who hunt them for “bushmeat”.

The virus is then passed on by contact with bodily fluids –  touching a sick or dead person is a well-known source of infection.

The worst-ever outbreak started in December 2013 in southern Guinea before spreading to Liberia and Sierra Leone.

That outbreak killed more than 11,300 people out of nearly 29,000 registered cases, according to WHO estimates. The real figure is thought to be much higher.

There is no current vaccine to prevent Ebola or licensed treatment for it, although a range of experimental drugs are in development.

Early care with rehydration may boost the chance of survival.

“Our top priority is to get to Bikoro to work alongside the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and partners to reduce the loss of life,” said Dr Peter Salama of the WHO.

“Working with partners and responding early and in a coordinated way will be vital to containing this deadly disease.”

WHO plans to deploy clinicians, infection prevention and control experts and vaccination support teams in the coming days.

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Illegal Abortions Responsible For Mysterious Deaths In Bauchi: State Govt

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Bauchi Governor Bala Mohammed
Bauchi Governor Bala Mohammed

Bauchi Governor Bala Mohammed

Bauchi State Government has revealed that the mysterious deaths recorded in the State has been as a result of illegal abortions.

An investigation carried out by the Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency has revealed that illegal abortion by unqualified medical practitioners is the cause of mysterious deaths in Azare and other local government areas in the northern part of the state.

According to reports, no fewer than 200 women have died in Bauchi as a result of this and there are projections that the number could be more at the end of the investigation.

The Executive Chairman of the agency, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, disclosed this Friday, May 29, at an interactive session organized by the Bauchi State Public Health Media Network.

Also Read: We Spend N4,500 Daily On Meals Of Each COVID-19 Patient: Bauchi Govt

Mohammed said the deaths resulted from unwanted and unplanned pregnancies by both married and unmarried women of childbearing ages who, after becoming pregnant, visited quack health workers to terminate the pregnancies.

He said the lack of understanding of the importance of child spacing as well as ignorance of what to do with such pregnancies had become a major problem to family health in the state.

He emphasized the need for adequate sex education for the girl-child by parents, particularly mothers, to reduce unwanted pregnancies, thereby reducing deaths from complications.

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Ondo Govt Arraigns Suspected Killers Of Funke Olakunrin

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Funke Olakunrin’s killers

The Ondo State Government has arraigned four men suspected to have killed Mrs Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of the National Leader of Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.

Recall that it was earlier reported that the Nigeria Police Force handed over the suspects to the State Government.

Also Read: BREAKING: Suspected Killers Of Funke Olakunrin Arrested – Police

They are Lawal Mazaje from the Felele area of Kogi State, Adamu Adamu from Jada area of Adamawa State, Mohammed Usman from Illela area of Sokoto State, and Auwal Abubakar from Shinkafi area of Zamfara State.

The suspects were arraigned on Friday by the government at a Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Akure.

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Lagos Govt To Shutdown Markets Violating Social Distancing Order

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The Lagos State Government has threatened to shut down markets in the State violating the social distancing order.

The Corps Marshal, Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC), Gbemisola Akinpelu, gave the warning on Monday at the Command Headquarters in the Oshodi area of the state.

Also Read: Lagos Hospital Shuts Down As Two Staff Test Positive For COVID-19

In a statement issued by the Head, Public Affairs Unit of LAGESC, Adebayo Kehinde noted that the order is coming from the State Ministry of Environment.

He reiterated the commitment of the agency to monitor markets across the state to ensure that the directive of the government is being adhered to strictly.

He urged the traders to maintain environmental cleanliness around the markets and stop trading on road setbacks and drainage.

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