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Experts says good personal hygiene prevents spread of infectious diseases

Worried about the burden of infectious diseases in Nigeria which reports said were on the increase, healthcare professionals in the country and their counterparts in the Diaspora, have called on Nigerians to embrace good personal hygiene and environmental practices to halt the spread of diseases like malaria, typhoid, cholera, meningitis and Ebola, among others.
According to them, regular hand washing with soap alone, based on scientific findings would go a long way in reducing the spread of infectious diseases both at home and in the hospital environment.

The experts made the call at the First Inaugural Lecture of the Global Infectious Diseases Initiative with the theme: “Infectious Diseases; Awareness & Mediation through Collaboration” organised in Lagos recently by the initiative in collaboration with the College of Medicine, University of Lagos.

Convener of the initiative, United States based Dr. Folarin Olubowale said the initiative is a non-governmental organisation he established in Columbus, Georgia, USA in 1997 to tackle infectious diseases across the globe and Nigeria his home country in particular, through awareness creation and collaboration among healthcare practitioners and institutions in the field of infectious diseases.
Olubowale affirmed that improved personal hygiene and a very good environment help in controlling infectious diseases. “Good sewage drainage system, being health cautious and regular hand washing with soap are good interventions that could control the spread of infectious diseases”, he said.

Giving insight into what the NGO will do for the country in its fight against infectious diseases, Olubowale said they decided to do this, to bring about awareness on infections in the country and explore possibilities of collaborating with all healthcare providers who are interested in infectious disease with the aim of developing the field of infectious disease in the country.
“We want to stimulate interest in infectious disease control and to encourage upcoming physicians to be interested in infectious disease and also provide scholarship for them to be able to attend conferences abroad. We also aim to establish a centre of excellence for infectious disease in the country which will serve as a referral centre for people with complicated infections,” he said.
In her presentation which dwelt on tropical diseases such as Ebola, Zika and Malaria, Professor of Clinical Microbiology and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Development Services, University of Lagos, Prof. Folashade Ogunsola, urged Nigerians to test before treating malaria and to stop attributing every fever to malaria.

“The other name for fever in Nigeria is malaria. But fever is just a symptom of so many diseases. So, once somebody says he feels feverish, they will say he has malaria. And many laboratories in the country don’t know how to diagnose malaria.”
She therefore enjoined patients to consult a qualified doctor and go to registered and certified laboratory facilities for proper malaria diagnosis and treatment.

On his part, Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, called for a change of attitude and commitment in the control of infectious diseases in Nigeria.
He added that health workers have a lot to do in controlling these diseases through proper hygiene practices to prevent hospital acquired infections and by educating their patients on the importance of personal hygiene in disease prevention.
For Dr. Nadine Regis, a Haitian-American Emergency Medicine Physician working in Columbus, Georgia, USA, early and proper diagnosis remains the way forward in combating infectious diseases.

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The Peoples  Democratic Party [PDP] in  Bauchi  State chapter  has hailed the confirmation of Senator Ahmed Makarfi by the Supreme Court as the authentic national chairman of the party.

Speaking with pressmen in Bauchi, the state Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the party, Alhaji Yayanuwa Zainabari, said  the chapter was fully in support of the former Kaduna State Governor because party members from the state participated in the convention held in Port Harcourt last year which produced him as chairman.

Zainabari appealed to the factional chairman, Alhaji Modu Sheriff, his supporters and all PDP stalwarts across the country to accept the judgment in good faith and work vigorously towards the party’s success in future.

He also called on members who defected from the party as a result of internal crisis to come back noting that the burning issues would now be resolved.

The Party’s PRO alleged that since the inception of the All Progressives Congress [APC] government in 2015 at the federal and some states, they have been witch-hunting opposition members through detentions and arrests ‘with a view to silencing them from constructive criticisms which is essential in democracy’.

He said the present APC administrations nationwide have performed below expectations since their taking over two years ago, alleging that the ruling party resorted to victimization of the members of the opposition in order to stop them from demanding for good governance and pressure them to deliver their campaign promises.

”Let us tell them that PDP will never be intimidated. Arrests, detentions and all forms of persecution cannot deter us from speaking the truth and demanding for good governance. PDP remains the most principled and formidable party in Nigeria that is determined to enlighten the electorates continuously on the happenings in the country. And we are very optimistic that come 2019, we will bounce back because APC government has failed woefully”.

Alhaji Zainabari then called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government to do something in order to end the ‘perpetual victimization of its bigwigs so that the relative peace being enjoyed in the nation would succeed’.

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Nigeria,a failed State, SDC got billions to pay pensions

-Promises to hold LG Elections in September

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State on monday ,disclosed that the Rochas brand of rice would flood the Nigerian Market in may 2017.

The governor stated this during a media briefing with Journalists at the Nigeria Union of Journalist(NUJ) Press Centre,Owerri

According to the governor Okorocha, the rice is from his 250 hectare farm estate acquired years ago in Assah ,Ohaji Egbema local government Area and wants Imolites to take farming seriously to avert impending hunger.

The State helmsman insisted that the Policy of 3 days work in Imo State civil service is still on and called on Workers to use same towards developing another income base..

Also, the governor declares Nigeria, a failed state as according to him, a nation that cannot provide food, power to her citizens remain a failed state and challenged the leaders to rise up.

The governor bemoaned the State of the Local government council across the State as according to him, there exist numerous ghost workers collecting salaries while staying in far places like Lagos and Abuja. He alleged that the N270 Million granted to the Council heads for Agricultural development could not be tracked and promised to clean the System soonest, including a provision of another N540 Million for development projects.

On the Security concerns in the State, Gov. Okorocha, states that kidnapping is no longer an Igbo affair as persons caught recently were from Northern state of Adamawa. As part of re-organisation in Security system, the governor promised to deplore Close Circuit Cameras especially in Owerri city while a quick response team is to be trained and moblised.

The Imo Helmsman also states that no pensioner is being owed in Imo state as the State government deplored the Paris Debt Re-fund from the federal government to settle same.

The governor maintained that he doled out billions of Naira to the State Development Council (SDC) towards paying Pensioners across the 305 Electoral wards in the State after negotiations. Also, Gov. Okorocha said that those condemning the payment made to Pensioners are the Unionists who had expected to take 1% Check off .

Moreso,Gov. Okorocha promised to conduct the local government council election in the months of September and October, 2017 after numerous cancellations.

Meanwhile, the State governor has promised to relocate NUJ Press centre to a yet to be declared place in the state capital

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The Champion publisher, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, has expressed serious reservations at the way some people have been going about with their demand for sovereign state of Biafra.

Chief Iwuanyanwu, who made his feelings known on Wednesday, while addressing journalists in Owerri, also fumed that some people have even gone out of their way to publish what they call accounts of the war.

“Other tribes are doing better than us. It is good for somebody to protest but it is nonsensical for people to go to the extreme level of taking laws into his hands by blocking roads.

Books have been written by people who neither commanded any command nor fought the battle”, Iwuanyanwu said.

According to the Champion publisher, he gets visibly angry when people claim that Ndigbo lost the war, pointing out that if there was any failure, it was by Ndigbo.

“To say that Igbos are marginalized is stating the obvious and government must try and address the anomaly. It must also be said that before the war, things were done purely on merit but it is no longer so today.

Where the Igbos go from here is anybody’s guess”, Chief Iwuanyanwu said.

While saying that General Yakubu Gowon started the issue of reconstruction, rehabilitation and reconciliation very well, Iwuanyanwu however said he was not too happy at the way Ndigbo now rush to Abuja for al manner of reasons.

“People now flood Abuja for several reasons instead of coming home to develop our place.

I was excited when Imo State Government started preaching the palm revolution but what has happened so far, does not give anybody cause for cheers. We have fertile land in the East but we sadly import all the foods we eat”, Chief Iwuanyanwu said.

Speaking about the census, Iwuanyanwu said that Igbos will always be in minority, especially as in some cultures and religious belief, people are expected to marry more than one wife and the ability to have more than 80 children.

“It is therefore not reasonable for the National Population Commission, NPC, to ask us to divorce politics from the census. We can divorce politics from census if we cease to use it as a means of determining the electoral wards, representation at various levels.

If the nation refuses to use the large population emanating from the numerous wives some people marry, then we can support the call for the non-politicization of census and the consequent figures”, Iwuanyanwu said.

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MASSOB has also disowned its founder, Chief Ralph Uwazurike, as well as cautioned that it was is not affiliated to any group called Biafra Independent Movement.

The pro-Biafra group says it has no part in any Biafra celebration slated for Monday, May 22,
Mr. Uchenna Madu, who claimed to be the leader of MASSOB, directed their members to shun the May 22 celebration and brace up for the main event slated for May 30, which is Biafra Remembrance Day.
He called on supporters of the movement not to give up as the birth of Biafra was already in sight.
“We have reiterated our solemn oath taking for actualization and restoration of an independent Republic of Biafra,’’ he said in a statement.

“We reassure the people of Biafra that actualization and restoration of Biafra is sacrosanct and sacred.
“Every aspect of Biafra struggle must abhor deceit, self glorification, tribal/religious sentiments and love for mundane things.“

He said that MASSOB declared support for sit at home exercise for all Biafrans on 30th May, 2017 as a mark of respect and honour to our gallant Biafra soldiers and civilians that sacrificed their precious lives for establishment of Biafra during the war of 1967–1970.

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President Donald Trump looked to make clear that the United States is not at war with Islam in a major speech on Sunday, instead defining the battle against terrorist groups as a “battle between good and evil” as he urged Muslim-majority countries to redouble their counter-terrorism efforts.

“This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects or different civilizations,” Trump said.

“This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it. This is a battle between good and evil.”

In a departure from the Islamophobic rhetoric he sometimes deployed on the campaign trail, Trump acknowledged that the overwhelming majority of victims of terrorism are Muslim, calling Islam “one of the world’s great faiths.”

He also dismissed “Islamists” as the “footsoldiers of evil,” with no religious legitimacy, effectively putting distance between Islam and the ideology that fuels terrorist groups like ISIS.

While the U.S. president promised that he was “not here to lecture” the Muslim world, his speech went beyond outreach.

In his most forceful argument on Sunday, Trump exhorted Muslim-majority countries to do more to eradicate terrorist groups that claim the mantle of Islam, urging Muslims to “drive out” terrorists.

“Drive them out,”. “Drive out the terrorists. Drive out the extremists. Drive them out of your places of worship. Drive them out of your communities,” The U.S. president said.

“Drive them out of your holy land and drive them out of this Earth.”

Middle Eastern countries “cannot wait for American power,” Trump said, but must instead “decide what kind of future they want for themselves, for their countries, and for their children.”

The major speech, which Trump delivered Sunday during an Arab-Islamic-American summit in Riyadh to leaders of 55 Muslim-majority countries, marks Trump’s first effort to reach out to the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide.

The speech was aimed at resetting his relationship with the Muslim world after making a slew of Islamophobic remarks on the campaign trail, calling for a ban on Muslims and declaring “Islam hates us.”

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Naturally, human minds are inclined to wander about both the physical and spiritual occurrences in life. Man craves answers on mysteries that surround their existence. Priportinately, the answers to these mystical developments are provided in the holy scriptures and other similar books.

However, the practicability of the answers in these holy books, is theoretical. Many therefore begin to enquire further on the practical aspects of these mysticims as they relate to their individual’s life. One of such practical means is provided in the holy Qur’an. It is to use the theory embedded in the Qur’an like fasring to find answers.

Allah says in Qur’an 2: 183, ” O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may be pious.”

This is an opening to preparednes for distinguishing oneself from others. Allah put to our consciousness the secret He had taught the hitherto believers before the present day world. These pescriptions, as provided by Allah are to raise our spiritual level to be able to decipher meanings from vagaries in life.

In verse 185 of the same chapter, Allah goes further, “The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion. So, whoever of you sights the month, he must observe fast and whoever is ill or on a journey, (let him fast) the same number from other days. Allah intends firbyiu ease, He does not want to make things difficult for you. He wants you to complete the same number and that you magnify  Allah for having guided you so that you may be grateful to Him.”

Succinctly, this verse makes distinction between generalization and specification and a direct and lucid order for every Muslim to observe fasting within 30 or 29 days that each Hijri calendar contains. It reminds us of the revelation of the holy Qur’an in this great month.

More importantly, the verse goes further to state the essence of the revelation: “A guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion.” This buttresses the point that human mind craves for answers over mysteries of life. By raising your spiritual wellbeing, if you truly fast in the month of Ramadan as it was demonstrated by the holy Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (PBUH), guidance would automatically follow suit.

For clarity, Prophet Muhammad said: ” Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e. Allah will not accept his fasting.)” [Al-Bukhari].  

In essence, fasting entails abstenaince from eating, drinking and sexual intercourse  from dawn till dusk. But, in order to achieve spiritual excellence which a fasting person craves for, you must at the same time abstains from sins such as falsehood, wrongdoings and other forms of vices that put an individual to jeopardy.

Even though,  these vices are not allowed outside Ramadan, emphasis is laid in the holy month because you are fasting for a purpose and it is a means of communication between a serving creature and his Lord, Allah. If a Muslim claims to be fasting but engages in corruption in whatever forms, it is a waste of time. That golden means is lost ab initio. Attaining spiritual excellence will remain a mirage.

In other words, a fasting man especially in Ramadan would operate at a spiritual realm far above others if stringent measures are employed as regard discipline, self-restraint, decency and attitudinal righteousness that conform to Islamic doctrines.

Take this analogy, as you know, there are five pillars of Islam: Iman, Salat, Zakat, Sawm and Hajj. The fourth pillar, Sawm, i.e. fasting is unique. A fasting person is engaging in that act solely between him and his Creator, Allah unlike other pillars where those ones are done in the presence of others.

This uniqueness emphasizes the saying of the Prophet that reveals Allah’s statement, “A fasting man is for me and I shall reward him.” A person may claim to be fasting but in his closet, he may decide to break it and people still believe him to be fasting. This is not applicable in other pillars.

Ramadan provides an opportunity to draw closer to Allah. By so doing, since Allah is Omniscient, a sincere believer that fast is empower with answers of mysticism of this world and even the hereafter. Fasting in the holy month of Ramadan is therefore an assured way to spiritual satisfaction.

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The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have arrested 21-year-old Abubakar Liman, candidate for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) at Nasarawa State Polytechnic centre, for being in possession of a gun, during the examination.
A locally-made pistol and two rounds of live ammunition were found on Liman.
He reportedly told the NSCDC officers that someone gave him the gun for “safekeeping.”
NSCDC State Commandant, Alhaji Bashir Lawal Kano, confirmed to newsmen in Lafia, yesterday, that the suspect was arrested at the polytechnic centre, during a search at the entrance to the examination hall.

He added that Liman will be charged to court for illegal possession of firearms and noted that “even registered guns were not allowed at examination centres.”
Kano equally stated that the command had arrested one Muhammed Alakayi, from Doma Local Government area of the state, for illegally posing as a recruitment agent for the NSCDC.
Meanwhile, JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, has distanced the agency from hitches experienced by 1.7 million candidates.

There have been complaints of poor internet services at most Computer Based Test (CBT) centres causing delays or disruptions and alleged muddling up of subject combinations since the examination started.
There have, also, been complaints about poor power supply leading to computer shutdowns, inability of the biometrics system to identify or authenticate candidates fingerprints, among others.
At an informal meeting with newsmen, yesterday, Oloyede, who was at one of the CBT centres in Ilupeju, Lagos, to monitor the UTME, blamed most of the woes being faced by candidates on owners/operators of the CBT centres.
He said they had promised JAMB hitch-free examination and expressed disappointment at their performance. Oloyede promised to review CBTs next year.

“I have gone round some of these centres. There will surely be a review after this exam. In Lagos, for instance, we have 65 private-owned CBT centres being used for this exam. But, I am not sure up to 30 of them will remain in partnership with us after this year,” he said.
The JAMB registrar blamed owners of the CBT centres, not only for poor technical services, but, also, for exploiting candidates by overcharging them on registration.
“I am aware of centres where candidates paid up to N15, 000 before they could be registered. It is even the only seemly sympathetic ones among them that are charging N8,500.”
He expressed disappointment “with the stress they put the candidates through after collecting so much from them” and talked about “muddling up candidates names and subject combinations, sometimes intentionally,” he said, “in order to extort more money from them.”

Oloyede also put part of the blame on the candidates themselves and their parents who chose to patronize some of the centres he said are ill-equipped to handle JAMB registration.
“I cannot help you if you cannot help yourself,” Oloyede told a parent and mother of one of the candidates, Hillary Ashikodi, who sent wrong subject combinations in the examination.
Hillary chose Law and Mass Communication, as his first and second choices respectively but registered English, Literature, Government and Christian Religious Knowledge as JAMB subjects. He got English, Government, Islamic Religious Knowledge (IRK) and Christian Religious Knowledge in UTME.

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Barack Obama has made a point of not publicly attacking or criticizing President Trump since his election back in November, but behind closed doors he apparently has no problem sharing his thoughts about the new commander-in-chief.

In an interview with People, two of Barack’s friends reveal that he once said of President Trump: ‘He’s nothing but a bulls****er.’

That comment came shortly after President trump called Barack following his surprise win in the November election and voiced his ‘respect’ for the man.

This despite the fact that he had spent years stirring up controversy over Barack’s birth certificate while frequently attacking his actions in office.

The two friends also said that Barack’s opinion of President Trump has not gotten any ‘better’ in the four months since he took office, though a third source said that he is happy about one thing.

‘He’s deeply concerned with what he’s seen. But he’s also optimistic and heartened that citizens aren’t just watching it happen but engaging with neighbors and elected representatives at town halls,’ said the source.

And while he and wife Michelle have not publicly attacked President Trump, the former first lady did promise last week that she was not gone for good.

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Scottish University in UK, University of Dundee in Scotland, has offered up to £5,000 (N2m) scholarships for Nigerians interested in studying in the institution.

The University in a statement said, the offer goes to those interested in studying Medicine in the university due to its investment in world-class facilities.

It said, “The University of Dundee’s School of Medicine has once again been named top in Scotland by the Guardian University Guide. It has also been included in the UK’s top five places to study medicine every year since 2011.

“This success is in no small part thanks to a dedication to innovation, committed staff, and state-of-the-art facilities at the university, alongside the wide range of world-leading courses on offer to its students.

“Students from Nigeria interested in furthering their medical career in Dundee can even take advantage of up to £5,000 in scholarships.”

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