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IMG_20140906_105922After all the rumours surrounding the 2014 hajj, the prospective Alhajis and Alhajas begins travelling today.
It is not an easy task for the pilgrims who are to travel to Mecca today because the crowd at Ikeja secretariat where they are to procure there passport and other travelling documents is beyond description.
Right here we have the commissioner for tourism Disu Holloway and the Chairman ifelodun local council IMG_20140906_130528Alhaji Ajidagba Fatai (AJIFAT).
family and friends of the pilgrims are with them to see them of to the airport where their respective plain is to take of.
Stay with us as we bring you more details later.
Bashiru Kehinde reporting from Ikeja

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Lee Norman, MD, chief medical officer for The University of Kansas Hospital has offered ten things one need to know about Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
• Cases Are Out-Migrating From Africa: This is happening due to the fact that infected or ill people are traveling out of those countries in Africa with Ebola outbreaks. Cases found outside of Africa may likely go up as the number of people leaving outbreak areas increases when aid-workers and others return to their home countries.

• No Cases of Human-to-Human Transmission Outside of Africa: There has been no human-to-human or other transmission to humans outside of Africa.

• Ebola Is Not Transmitted By Air, Only Via Bodily Secretions: Ebola is not respiratory, so it is not transmitted through coughing or breathing. These infections are occurring because of people who are exposed to bodily fluids of infected individuals.

• Ebola Is Not The Most Infectious Disease: As infectious diseases go, Ebola virus isn’t inherently the most infectious nor is it the least infective from person-to-person.  Measles and chickenpox, for example, are easier to spread.  So are influenza and MERS.

• High Mortality Rates Due to Geography: The mortality rate is quite high in Africa Ebola cases, partly because of the chaos, instability, and unrest of the governments there, and very directly related to the fact that their access to standard treatment supplies (IV solution, tubing, syringes, and protective equipment) is not universally available. Ebola cases identified and treated in westernized nations, and those with modern infection control practices, will have a much lower rate than those seen in most African regions.

• Likelihood of Breakouts In Areas Outside of Africa: Meticulous infection control practices in modern hospitals will make it more unlikely that human-to-human transmission will occur in these settings.  While expensive and advanced bio-containment units provide the highest level of infection control, it is unlikely that these units will be widespread throughout the world.

• No Approved Immunizations and Treatments: There are no approved immunizations to prevent Ebola virus infection. There are no approved treatments for Ebola virus infection.  There are experimental antibody treatments, as well as an antiviral medication not approved for Ebola.  But whether either or both are safe or effective for widespread use is not known. “Compassionate use” or “experimental use” of the above treatments is tempting, because no targeted, specific “conventional treatment” exists.  But widely adopting experimental, unproven medications as “the new conventional therapy” has its own difficulties: Is it safe?  Is it effective?  Is it costly?  Are there unanticipated “down-sides” to using them? A WHO ethics panel has given the go-ahead for this, something it has never done before.

• How Animals Play a Role: The non-human vectors that can harbor Ebola virus (fruit bats, non-human primates) are widespread in areas far removed from Africa.  As such, it bears watching whether those vectors begin to harbor the virus.  The WHO has an excellent map showing the parts of the world with these vectors.

• Alert Levels: The WHO and CDC both recently increased their respective alert levels. State and local health departments throughout the U.S. and world will certainly seek guidance as to the adoption of best “local practices” to guide hospital and care providers. The guidance by the CDC as to how to manage exposed individuals and those who might be incubating the infection are quite specific and helpful.  They will certainly change as time goes on.

• What We Don’t Know About Ebola: There are things unknown about Ebola.  For example:
Can a person have had a low-level infection and not know they ever had it?  Probably, based on serum testing.
Does a person who has had it and survived develop lifelong immunity?  That is unknown at this point.  The various strains of Ebola are enough different antigenically that there may not be cross-immunity.
Is there such a thing as a “chronic carrier state” in humans where a person can shed the virus and be infectious for a long period of time, even when they themselves have no illness or symptoms? That is also unknown at this point.

Why is the deadly Ebola virus outbreak making the health experts hit the panic button? Find out from this …
Armed Men Attack Ebola Patients in Liberia Icountry has closed Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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Below is a press release from the Nigerian Police…

The US Ambassador co The Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP Suleiman Abba NPM, mni, today, August 20, 2014 at Force Headquarters, Abuja, received the US Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency, James F. Entwistle.ngratulated the Ag. IGP on his new appointment as the Police Boss and thanked the Nigeria Police Force for its high level of co-operation and huge partnership with the US Embassy in Nigeria.

 

 

 

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The Ambassador thereafter presented High tech Bomb disposal robots/equipment to the Nigeria Police Force. He also reassured the Ag. IGP that his country will continue to render relevant supports to the Force in the areas of training and security cooperation.

The IGP, while responding, appreciated the Ambassador’s courtesy visit and thanked the US government for assisting the Nigeria Police Force in areas of investigation, management of scene of crime as well as position of equipment.4

Describing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) executed by the Nigeria Police Force and the US government recently as a huge partnership that will improve and modernize Police training in Nigeria, the IGP restated his commitment to continue to drive reforms and transformation of the Force in order to reposition the Force for better service delivery and promised that the newly donated equipment would be put to effective use.

                                        ACP FRANK MBA

FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER,

FORCE HEADQUARTERS, Abuja

 

 

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Yes, unfortunately it’s true. Just confirmed from a family source. Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh, the Senior Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist who was one of the doctors who attended to Patrick Sawyer at First Consultant Hospital has died from the Ebola virus which she contracted from Sawyer.

Dr. Ameyo died this afternoon Tuesday August 19th at the isolation unit of the Mainland Hospital in Lagos where she’d been quarantined. She died a hero because she was the doctor who refused to let Patrick Sawyer, the man who brought the Ebola virus to Nigeria, leave the First Consultant Hospital in Obalende, Lagos, when he attempted to leave. She saved many lives by doing this. Her death is so heartbreaking.

She’s survived by a son and her husband. May her beautiful soul rest in peace…Amen.

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Medical doctors, students, consultants converged at the Lagos University Teaching hospital, (LUTH), Idi Araba, today to protest the recent sack of 16,000 resident doctors by the Federal Government. The protest was led by the Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Dr. Tope Ojo.

The doctors said their strike was never about an increase in their salary, that all they were fighting for was for better structures and equipment in hospitals across the country. See more photos after the cut..

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