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Disturbing disease, Monkeypox strikes Bayelsa state, 10 Quarantined
A rare disease identified simply as monkeypox has broken out in Bayelsa State.

Monkeypox, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), is similar to smallpox, but milder.

According to Punch, 1o people have been quarantined at the isolation center in Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri, in Yenagoa.

Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the epidemiological team of the state’s Ministry of Health are reported to have created the isolation center with the motive of stopping the spread of the disease.

WHO reports that although the monkeypox virus is transmitted to people from various wild animals, it has limited secondary spread through human-to-human transmission.

Ebitimitula Etebum, Bayelsa State Commissioner for Health, said samples of the disease have been sent to the World Health Organisation’s reference laboratory in Dakar, Senegal.

He said the first case observed was a man who killed and ate a monkey. He soon developed symptoms of the disease – severe headache, fever, back pains, rashes.

Neighbors of the man also began seeing the symptoms, the commissioner said.

He added that 49 other people who have come in contact with the patients are also under observation. He said:

Recently in Bayelsa State, we noticed a suspected outbreak of monkeypox. It has not been confirmed. We have sent samples to the World Health Organisation’s reference laboratory in Dakar, Senegal.

When that comes out, we will be sure that it is confirmed. But from all indications, it points towards it.

As the name implies, the virus was first seen in monkey, but can also be found in all bush animals such as rats, squirrels and antelopes.

The source is usually all animals. It was first seen in monkeys and that is why it is called monkeypox. But every bush animals such as rats, squirrels, and antelopes are involved.

So, the secretions from particularly dead animals are highly contagious.

We noticed the first index case from Agbura, where somebody was purported to have killed and eaten a monkey and after that, the people who are neighbours and families started developing the rashes.

We have seen cases from as far as Biseni. We invited the NCDC together with our own epidemiological team from the Bayelsa Ministry of Health.

We have been able to trace most of the people who have come in contact with the patients.

So far, we have 10 patients and we have created an isolation centre at the NDUTH and most of them are on admission and we are following up the 49 cases that we are suspecting might come down with the illness.

As a state, we are taking care of all the expenses of all the isolated cases.

The disease has an incubation period and it is also self-limiting in the sense that within two to four weeks, you get healed and it confers you with immunity for life.

We have mobilised virtually every arsenal at our disposal in terms of sensitising the general public and making them aware by radio programmes, jingles and fliers. So, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control has mobilised fully to Bayelsa State. We are on top of the situation.

The only thing I will tell the general public is to observe hand hygiene and ensure they don’t come in contact with dead animals and their secretions. The disease is air-borne too. So when you come down with it, it is very infectious.

People should wash their hands whenever they go in or come out of their houses. If they come in touch with animals, they should ensure that they wash their hands.

They should be very vigilant. People should report any similar cases to the relevant authorities.

A lot of people have come down with the symptoms, but they are hiding in their houses. If they hide, there is the propensity for the infection to spread.

It is better to quarantine them and treat them so that we can interrupt the spread of the disease.

People should be calm and they shouldn’t get frightened. The state has distributed personal protective equipment to workers and they are using them.

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Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka Declares Support for Atiku Abubakar

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Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka Declares Support for Atiku Abubakar

Controversial Nigerian clergyman Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, of the Adoration Ministry, has declared his support for Atiku Abubakar saying that the former Vice President is the new blessing for Nigeria.

According to Mbaka, Atiku has what it takes to “put smile on Nigerians suffering different marginalization,” if voted into the office of President in 2019. He made the statement while speaking in Enugu today.

The clergyman who widely campaigned for President Buhari in 2015 said Atiku was advocating a “new order, a new paradigm shift in the government”. In his words;

“Every political relationship is open for negotiations, without pre-set outcomes. Atiku do not fear negotiations, as democrat and businessman that is what reasonable human beings that love his people do. This is even more important if a stubborn resistance against negotiations can lead to unsavoury outcomes, which the present governments have demonstrated!

“For the Nigerian State to have a soul, the constituent parts need to renegotiate and rework the union. It is what will reduce to the barest minimum the feelings of injustice and poverty among Nigerians. It is what will make Nigerians believe that they chose this union willingly, ending effectively the theory of Lugardian contraption.

“It is a perfect antidote for peace. The times call for new ideas For creative solutions, for restructuring, for people to be happy, for people to have means of living, for people to love Nigeria again!

“Atiku is the only person that have contested and is still contesting for Nigerian presidency that love the youths more and have created more jobs for the youths to prove that more than most state government!

“Imagine what he will do when he have the power and resources to do more! Let’s pray that the blessing and protection of God to be with him to put smile in Nigerians suffering different marginalization!”

In a recent interview with Dele Momodu, Atiku Abubakar bragged that he’ll easily defeat President at the polls in 2019 .

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Yul Edochie Dump DPC for APGA

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Yul Edochie Dump DPC for APGA

Nollywood actor Yul Edochie who contested in the recently conducted gubernatorial elections in Anambra State under the aegis of the Democratic People’s Congress (DPC)  has now decamped to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

Yul Edochie made the announcement via his Instagram page. He was welcomed into the party by the Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano who congratulated him for being “brave enough” to run for the office of Governor. He captioned the post;

So yesterday my State Governor His Excellency Chief Dr. Willie Obiano (Akpokue Dike) congratulated me for being brave enough to run for Governor at 35yrs old,
for running the race till the end and for being a worthy ambassador to Anambra/Nigerian youths.
He officially welcomed me into the APGA family. (Nkea bu nke anyi).

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Amaechi: Wike was my Staff, One of My Sons

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Amaechi: Wike was my Staff, One of My Sons

The ex governor of Rivers state and the current Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, is like one of his sons and has just one agenda, which is “Amaechi”.

Rotimi Amaechi made the statement when he featured on Question Time, a programme on Channels Television. In his words;

“The governor has just one agenda – if he is in his toilet, ‘Amaechi’; if he is outside his toilet, ‘Amaechi’”

Amaechi who was the governor of Rivers State from 2007 to 2015 has also debunked rumours of him having any issues with Governor Wike, saying that he is like one of his sons.

“He (Wike) was my staff; he is like one of my sons,”.

“Why should I engage him? He was local government chairman when I was the speaker of the state,”.

Talking about his past achievements in Rivers state during his time, Amaechi said his impact was still being felt in the state, most especially in the education sector (which he closed down for almost a year).

“When I was governor, I used Rivers state’s money on projects in the state. If you visit the state, you will see the primary schools that we built. No matter what the governor does, the projects are there,” .

“I hired 13,200 teachers who are alive, I established primary schools, the primary schools are there. They are no longer maintained. When I was there, I appointed a contractor whose responsibility was to come to school like the children,” .

Governor Nyesom Wike and Rotimi Amaechi are considered to be arch rivals since the time of former President Goodluck Jonathan. Recently, Amaechi’s escort attacked Governor Wike’s motorcade in Port Harcourt.

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