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Lasser Fever, compatible polio case identified in Kogi State

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Lasser Fever, compatible polio case identified in Kogi State

The dreaded Lassa Fever has been confirmed to have been identified in a patient from Angwan Kura in Lokoja, Kogi State after a routine check up at the Federal Medical Center Lokoja.

It was gathered that the confirmation was arrived at after a male patient who is a resident of Angwan Kura, Lokoja reported at the Accident and Emergency Unit of the Federal Medical Centre Lokoja, with signs and symptoms suggestive of hemorrhagic fever.

The State Epidemiologists immediately responded by sending the patient’s blood sample to the designated Laboratory at Federal Specialist Hospital Irrua, Edo State for analysis, which came back positive for Lasser fever.

The patient was eventually transfered to Federal Specialist Hospital Irrua, Edo State for optimal care.

Confirming the story, the Hon. Commissioner for Health Dr Saka Haruna Audu, said State Rapid Response Team was summoned by and provisions were made for source/contact tracing and prophylactic treatment for medical personnel who had contact with the patient before transfer.

“All these have been concluded as all those who have had contact with the patient are currently being closely monitored.

“It is important to note that it was discovered that the patient had travelled to Ilorin, Kwara State where he had stayed for two weeks. He only developed symptoms of hemorrhagic fever two days after his return. We are therefore uncertain whether he contracted the virus there or here in Lokoja” he stated.

He stressed that all hands were on deck to prevent further spread of the disease as jingles and other means of public enlightenment are currently ongoing.

In another development a case compatible polio was reported in Okura Dekina Local Goverent area of the State.
Speaking in Lokoja the Special Adviser to Governor Yahaya Bello on Health Dr. Ahmed Atta said what that means is that the presentation of that infection looks like polio but it did not ware off, it is still presented and still kept on after the normal duration that polio is expected to happen.
“So when we come across that kind if thing, the necessary thing is to do a marking of the area, bring in all the manpower and equipment needed in immunizing all the children within the age group of five and below who are likely to come down with polio.
“So what has happened is that because of the level of support we get from the Governor who has chosen to give top priority to the health of every Kogi citizen the ministry has intervened appropriately.
He said they took everybody to the field in Okura to immunize all the children within that area where the case compatible polio disease was identified.
“The response of Government through the ministry of health has been unprecedented as what should be done to prevent spread and other people from contacting the decease is being done.”

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FG declares its readiness to deploy 5G network after precautionary measures

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By Aminci Audu

The minister of communications and Digital Economy Isah Ali Pantami has declared that Nigeria is ready for 5th Generation Network (5G) as long as the major challenges are taken care of.

Pantami spoke yesterday, at a one day investigative hearing on the present status of 5G network organised by the joint Senate committee on communication, sScience and Technology, ICT and Cybercrime and Primary Healthcare and Communicable Diseases.

The minister in his presentation allayed the fear among Nigerians over the planned deployment of the network saying the Federal Government has taken all necessary precautions by investigating through research and trial on all issues raised.

He said “The position is that we are almost at the final stage. So now, Nigeria is ready for 5G as long as we address the major challenges.”

“We have not gotten there, wether we will deploy 5G but we are on track conducting research, investigations, engaging stakeholders and definitely if all issues are addressed, the executive will support the deployment of 5G in Nigeria.”

He noted that so far no negative impacts has been established from the research and trial carried both locally and at the international level. 

On the speculation that the 5G network escalated the COVID-19 he said there is no link between 5G and COVID-19.
“And there is no relationship between 5G and any desease. The only issue being raised usually is about radiation.  But people don’t realise that the radiation of 4G is more harmful than that of 5G. 
“The radiation of microwave oven at home is more harmful than that of the 5G. The radiation of even the smart phone itself is even more harmful that that of 5G

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SELF backs Sylva over choice of Saipem on Bonny NLNG Train 7 contract

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The South-south Emerging Leaders Forum (SELF) has faulted allegations of wrong doing leveled against the Minister of State for Petroleum Chief Timipre Sylva over the choice of Saipem, an Italian firm to handle the Bonny NLNG Train 7 contract.

SELF in a statement argued that the deal also endorsed by the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Local Content Board Engr. Simbi Wabote was in the best interest of the country.

SELF position was in response to an online publication which accused the duo of bribe taking running into millions of naira in the deal.

SELF warned the publisher of the medium , Mr Jackson Ude, to desist from blackmailing leaders of the South-south extraction in a bid to score political goals.

Urging the Publisher of the online medium to show proof his allegation, SELF noted: “We strongly condemn the allegation leveled by Pointblanknews.com and its sponsors, this is highly condemnable and viewed as a sponsored plot to instigate hate against the Minister and derail his concentrations.

“This is ridiculous and belittling of Jackson Ude, the face behind this blackmail for being petty to the ground level for publishing tissues of lies about the persons of Timipre Sylva and Simbi Wabote.

“Nigerians should not believe this and throw it into the dust bin. It’s incumbent on all well-meaning Nigerians to support the positive drive of Minister and collaborate with him, towards the actualization of the onerous task at stake.

“Although Jackson Ude and his medium Pointblanknews.com are criminally known for thriving in the business of blackmail, especially against the officeholders from the Niger Delta region. But this forum will henceforth resist this criminality by deploying all known instrumental of law to fight the faces behind these tissues of lies.

“This Forum is using this medium to warn the likes of Jackson Ude to stay away from Nigeria and the South-south most especially if they are not ready to turn a new leaf because the business of blackmail has long become outdated and unpopular.”

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Great relief as Kidnapped Punch reporter, Nnodim regains freedom

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It was a great relief for journalists, family members, friends and well wishers when the news filtered in that the Punch Newspapers reporter, Victor Okechukwu Nnodim who was kidnapped from his residence in Kubwa, Bwari Area Council on Thursday has regained freedom.

He was released almost 48hours hours after his abduction alongside two other neighbours who were also abducted.
It was gathered early hours of Sunday that he has been released and in high spirits.

The media world was jolted by the news of his abduction, as many turned prayer warriors supplicating for his freedom without any harm

His abductors, NationaUpdate learnt later communicated with his elder sister who resides in Lagos demanding for N10 million.

At the time of this report it could not be ascertained if ransom was paid before he regained freedom, but colleagues made efforts to contributed money towards his release, when it became obvious that the kidnappers were bent on collecting ransom.

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