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31 new cases in Nigeria, others dent polio eradication campaign

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Govt plans campaign for northern states in September

THE global plan to eradicate polio by 2015 is looking more illusory with the confirmation of 24 new cases in the Horn of Africa (Somalia and Kenya) last week, and five more cases this week.

   According to the Weekly Polio Update published by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), the number of global polio cases by August 6, 2013 was 177 compared to 223 by the same period last year. Somalia and Kenya did not report any case last year, but interestingly, Chad and Niger, which reported five and one case, respectively, are yet to record any this year.

   Also, Nigeria has recorded two new Type One Wild Polio Virus (WPV1) cases in the past week, bringing the total for 2013 to 42; one of the newly reported cases was the most recent WPV1 in the country with the outset of paralysis on July 14.

   To address the situation, the Federal Government, through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), and with technical support from the World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Rotary International, among others, will hold the next sub-national Immunization Plus Days (IPDs) across the northern states in September. 

   According to the Weekly Polio Update, “five new WPV1 cases were reported in the past week (all from Somalia), bringing the total of WPV1 cases in the region to 110 (100 from Somalia and 10 from Kenya). The most recent WPV1 case in the region had outset of paralysis on July 10, from Somalia.

   “Two of the newly reported cases are from Lower Shabelle areas that are inaccessible due to insecurity,” the report read. “Special strategies continue to be implemented for these areas, including increased local-level access negotiations, immunising older age groups and setting up vaccination posts at entry/exit points of inaccessible areas.

   “Immunisation campaigns across the Horn of Africa, including in Ethiopia and Yemen, are continuing in the second half of August.”  

   About Nigeria, the report read that, “no new circulating Vaccine-Derived Polio Virus two (cVDPV2) cases were reported in the past week. The total number of cVDPV2 cases for 2013 remains one (with outset of paralysis on June 6 from Borno). 

   “Though this cVDPV2 case is linked to cVDPV2 currently circulating in Chad, which has also been detected in Cameroun, cVDPV2 linked to this transmission chain had previously been isolated from an environmental sample in Kano in March, indicating circulation in Nigeria.

   “Following a new risk-classification of Local Government Areas (LGAs), aimed at improving the delivery of resources to areas where they are most needed, tailored approaches are being implemented in LGAs where performance has stalled, LGAs where performance has decreased and LGAs where access to populations is compromised due to insecurity.”

   According to the report, strengthened efforts are being made across all areas to track the direct engagement and oversight by council chairpersons. It noted: “The engagement of communities, traditional and religious leaders, is continuing to be fostered. 

   “The Volunteer Community Mobiliser Network continues to be expanded, and social data analysis is expected to provide further understanding for children being chronically missed.”

   Operational plans for insecure areas feature the introduction of Permanent Health Teams (PHTs), conducting wall-fencing vaccinations around insecure areas, expanding transit vaccinations, implementing Short Interval Additional Dose (SIAD) campaigns and engaging non-traditional partners.

   In a guest article on AllAfrica.com, Chair of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunisation (SAGE), Dr. Helen Rees, commented that while the Horn of Africa outbreak was a setback, full support must be given to the new Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013-2018. 

   “Cases such as the ones in the Horn of Africa would occur in vulnerable settings during the final push for eradication, and Rees underscores that the new strategic plan features all elements needed to achieve success, including both aggressive measures to tackle the disease in the remaining endemic areas and new outbreak response mechanisms,” the GPEI report read.

   The plan, however, has one important caveat: “It must be funded upfront. A fully funded plan ensures that trade-offs are not made in emergency situations. Full funding gives the flexibility to effectively respond to outbreaks while continuing to prioritise intensive efforts in the three endemic countries. The world has a plan to end polio. It’s working and we must stand behind it.”

   In Pakistan, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) remains the major poliovirus reservoir in the country. Virus transmission in FATA is threatening the progress achieved elsewhere in the country and in neighbouring Afghanistan. 

   An analysis of vaccination status of non-polio acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) cases suggests that over half of children in FATA remain under-immunized, with as many as 40 per cent never having received a single dose of oral polio vaccine (OPV).

   In Israel, a supplementary immunisation activity (SIA) with OPV is being conducted this week, targeting 200,000 children aged two months to 10 years in the southern part of the country. The move follows isolation of WPV1 from sewage samples collected from 20 sampling sites since February. No case of paralytic polio has been reported. 

   While Israel has high vaccination coverage with inactivated polio vaccine (IPV), the objective of the OPV SIA is to boost mucosal immunity levels to rapidly interrupt virus circulation.

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NIgeria Records 87 New Cases Of COVID-19, Total Infections Now 1,182

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By Abujah Racheal

Nigeria has recorded 87 new cases of the COVID-19, bringing the total infections to 1,182 , according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

The NCDC, in a tweet via its official handle, said 33 of the new infections were recorded in Lagos, 18 in Borno, 12 in Osun, nine in Katsina, four each in Kano and Ekiti, three each in Edo and Bauchi and one in Imo.

“As at 11:55 pm April 25, there are 1,182 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria.  The country’s total deaths from the virus now stand at 35, while 222  have been treated and discharged,” it said.

The centre said as at 11:55 pm, April 25, Lagos has 689, FCT-138, Kano-77, Ogun-35, Osun-32, Gombe-30, Katsina-30, Borno-30, Edo-22, Oyo-18, Kwara-11, Akwa Ibom-11, Bauchi-11, Kaduna-10, Ekiti-8 and Ondo-4.

Others are Delta-six, Rivers-three, Jigawa-two, Enugu-two, Niger-two, Abia-two, Zamfara-two,  Sokoto-two, Benue-one, Anambra-one, Adamawa-one, Plateau-one and Imo-one.

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2 Women Crushed To Death On Lagos – Ibadan Expressway

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Two women were crushed to death in a road crash involving a Mack truck and a motorcycle around Lotto, beside NNPC filling station on the Lagos – Ibadan expressway.

The accident occurred around 8:02am on Saturday when the truck marked FST 984 XX lost its brakes and hit the moving motorcycle, killing the women.

The spokesperson of Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, Babatunde Akinbiyi,  confirmed the incident to newsmen in Abeokuta.

”The truck and the motorcycle were both on the outbound lane from Lagos when the crash happened due to break failure on the  part of the truck driver.

“The vehicle and the motorcycle are with the police at the Redeemed Police Station, along with the driver of the truck,” he said.  Akinbiyi explained that the rider of the motorcycle was nowhere to be found after the accident.

He disclosed that  the remains of the deceased had been deposited at the morgue of Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu.

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Mentally-Challenged Man Axes 70-Year-Old Father To Death

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A 37-year-old man said to be mentally-challenged has used an axe to kill his father, aged 70 in Unuchiana Village, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Tribune Online learnt that the suspect allegedly axed his father to death in their compound.

Confirming the incident in a statement, the Anambra State police command’s public relations officer, SP Haruna Mohammed, said one Timothy Ezeofor reported that his elder brother, 70-year-old Godwin Ezeofor, was allegedly murdered by his son, Chigorom Ezeofor using an axe.

According to Mohammed, at about 9:45am on Friday, one Mr Timothy Ezeofor of Umuezegoro Kindred, Unuchiana Village, reported at Aguata Police Station that at about 8:00am of same day, his elder brother, Godwin Ezeofor of the same address was murdered by his son, one Chigorom Ezeofor, of the same address using an axe.

He said the complainant alleged that the suspect had been mentally ill for the past eight years.

The police spokesman said following the report, police operatives attached to Aguata Division led by the DPO, CSP Ayeni Oluwadare, mobilised to scene and rushed the victim to the hospital where he was pronounced dead by a medical doctor and the corpse has been deposited at a hospital mortuary for autopsy.

He also said the suspect who “looks insane” had been arrested and taken to the station for investigation to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident.

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COVID-19: Police Arrest Bishop For Defying Lockdown To Protest At Chinese Embassy In Lagos

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By Chiemelie Ezeobi.

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested the General Overseer of Resurrection Praise Ministries for Africa alias Jehovah Sharp Sharp, Archbishop Samson Benjamin, for defying the lockdown order to protest at the Chinese Embassy in Lagos.

Benjamin, the police alleged, led about 100 persons to the Chinese Embassy in Victoria Island to protest the maltreatment of Nigerians in China.

According to the cleric, the Chinese were operating freely in Nigeria despite that COVID-19 started in their country but have chosen to maltreat Nigerians and other blacks in China.

It was gathered that officials of the embassy sent a video clip of the alleged invasion to the police which prompted operatives from Victoria Island Division to move to the scene to effect the arrest.

A police source who spoke on anonymity said the cleric was being detained at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, (SCIID), Yaba and may be arraigned in court on Wednesday.

In the video, the bishop denied going to the embassy with 100 persons, insisting that he was there by himself to register his displeasure over the ill-treatment of Nigerians in China.

Efforts to reach the spokesman for the state police command, DSP Bala Elkana, proved abortive as he didn’t return the message sent to him as at press time.

 

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