Friday, 15 August 2014

Ebola: Sick Corps Member Abandoned By Colleague

As the federal and state governments battle hard to contain the spread of the dreaded Ebola disease, a sick corps member in Ekiti was abandoned by colleagues after he slumped at the orientation camp.

The Ekiti State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Olusola Fasuba however, allayed their fears when he said the corps member was only suffering from chronic fever.

Dog Beats Seven Human Candidates To Post Of Mayor

Weird things are really happening everywhere as a dog named Duke has beaten seven humans to the post of a mayor.

The dog saw off seven human candidates including local shop owner Richard Sherbrook, who was reported to have polled fewer than half the votes of his canine opponent.

Ebola: NYSC Suspends Orientation In Adamawa And Five Other States

Director General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brig Gen Johnson Olawumi has announced the suspension of this year’s Batch ‘B’ Orientation in six states including Adamawa, Bauchi, Jigawa, Borno, Gombe, and Yobe.

The 2014 Batch ‘B’ orientation was due to start on Monday September 1; but has now been suspended due to the dreaded Ebola virus disease in Nigeria.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Facebook Challenge: Watch As Mark-Zuckerberg Pours Water On His Head

In a game known as ‘The Ice Bucket Challenge’ aimed at raising money for neurodegenerative disease, Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg was pictured pouring a bucket of water on his head while encouraging Bill Gates to do the same.

‘I’m going to challenge Bill Gates, my partner at Facebook Sheryl Sandberg and Netflix founder and CEO Reed Hastings,’ he adds, before pouring the water over his head.

‘That was really cold,’ he said.

This is interesting...

Presidency Reacts Angrily To Fashola’s Statement

The Presidency through the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe has reacted angrily to a statement credited to the governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Raji Fashola.

Fashola had during the occasion of the 50th Birthday Celebration of the former Governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva criticised the President has been inactive for three years.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Ebola: Eight Victims In Stable Condition-Fashola

I don’t know how to describe this news, but sounds like something to cheer about as the Lagos State governor has provided us with an update on ten victims said to have been infected with the dreaded Ebola virus.

At a meeting with traditional rulers and religious leaders at the State House, Ikeja today; the governor was quoted as saying ‘five’ of the victims have greatly improved.

“The idea of cure is not there. The idea of bitter kola is unverified. Bathing with salt is also unverified. As at today, we have recorded two dead cases — the Liberian and the nurse. We now have 10 persons in isolation that are receiving treating. Eight of them have been confirmed positive to Ebola Virus Disease.

Ebola Scare: Panic In Edo Community As Man Dies Of Suspected Ebola

The fear of Ebola is causing panic virtually everywhere in the country as confusion reigned in a community in Edo when a man was said to have died of the virus.

Following the death of the middle aged man whom some section of the community alleged died of the dreaded Ebola Virus last Sunday in Udo community in Orhiomwon Local Government Council of Edo state.

Officials of the Ministry of Health in the state however, ran to the community which is about one hour drive from Benin City, to collect the blood sample of the deceased with a view to ascertain the actual cause of death.

I hope some Nigerians won’t die of the fear of the virus.

Ebola Outbreak: Passengers Queue For Ebola Check At Abuja Airport

In a bid to curb the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, passengers arriving both from the domestic and international wings of the Nnamdi Azikwe Airport, Abuja, Nigeria are now being made to undergo intense screening.

At least the government is doing all it can to curb the spread that has already claimed the lives of two people in the country, with ten others already confirmed as having the deadly virus.

Read more about the report:

Ebola: Lagos Records Yet Another Confirmed Case

This is no longer a child’s play as the number of confirmed cases of Ebola has risen to 10

The Federal Government has confirmed another Ebola case in Lagos bringing the total number of Ebola Virus Disease victims to 10, even as 177 primary and secondary contacts of the index case have been placed under surveillance or isolation.

At a world media briefing held in the nation’s capital Abuja this morning (Monday), the Minister of Health Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu said of these 10 cases, 2 have died (the Liberian American and the Nigerian nurse) while 8 are alive and currently on treatment.

This is the situation 22 days since the dreaded EVD first landed in Nigeria.

At the sub regional level, the Ebola Virus Disease was discussed as a substantive agenda during the Summit of the Authority of Heads of State and Government in Accra Ghana.

Chukwu said  Nigeria, as usual, played its leading, pioneering and compassionate role during the Summit with the first and only donation of USD3.5 million humanitarian and capacity building aid to the three affected countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the West African Health Organization (WAHO), and the ECOWAS Ebola Fund.

Nigerians need to be more sensitive now as this is no longer a child's play

Wives, Children Stop Military Trucks Conveying Soldiers To Fight Boko Haram

It is obvious that no woman wants to be a widow, and that explains why hundreds of women and their children over the weekend forcefully stopped military trucks from conveying troops (their husbands and fathers) to the Boko Haram-seized Gwoza by locking the exit gates of a barracks in Borno State, demanding quality fighting equipment for the soldiers.

Ummm this is serious ooo, please read the rest of the news:

Scores of soldiers have been killed by Boko Haram in Borno State in the last few months, and many blame the inferior weapons Nigerian troops are equipped with to fight brutal insurgents.

According to witnesses, after locking the gates, the women and children placed themselves as wedges before the trucks that were to drive out of Giwa Barracks of the 21 armoured brigade Maiduguri.

One woman was quoted as saying, “we don’t want to be made another set of widows, give our husbands modern and better arms, weapons and vehicles or they go nowhere!”

The reaction came after nearly 60 soldiers killed in Gwoza and Damboa- both in Borno State- were given a mass burial at the Maimalari Barracks Maiduguri.

The women and children also reportedly blockaded the roads leading to the barracks with stones and sticks, while some sat in front of the barracks’ gate.

Some soldiers at the barracks said they were in support of the action. One soldier who chose to remain anonymous told newsmen that “we are ever ready to tackle Boko Haram terrorists but our superior officers are not helping us by not giving us the right arms to execute the war. How can I go and face Boko Haram with AK47 that is charged with only three cartridges when the enemy is brandishing modern GPMG, AA, RPG and so on. Most of our soldiers die every day like fowls because of faulty deployment and yet when you complain they only tell you to obey the last order.”

Another soldier said, “we are being pushed to death because we usually run out of ammunition or our weapons would fail us during an operation, while the Boko Haram who came fully kitted with better arms and extra supplies would continue to pick on us like insects.”

According to another: “We are ready to finish Boko Haram in one week because we have the courage to do that if we are given the right arms and ammunition.”