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  •  Senegal s Ministry of Health and Social Action on Monday reported 83 more confirmed cases of COVID 19 bringing the total to 3 130 in the country Of the 83 new cases 79 are follow up contact cases and four community transmission ones ministry spokesperson Aloyse Waly Diouf told a daily briefing on the pandemic A total of 1 091 tests were conducted in the previous 24 hours he said An additional 59 patients recovered from the disease bring the total of recoveries to 1 515 The number of patients in intensive care units rose to 15 Diouf said The death toll remains at 35 across the country Senegal which reported the first confirmed case on March 2 now has a total of 3 130 cases including 2 761 follow up contact cases 89 imported ones and 280 community transmission ones President Macky Sall on Sunday urged citizens to stay vigilant and observe preventive measures to contain the spread of the new coronavirus Although the situation appears to be stabilizing in the country Senegal faces a possible rise of imported cases from neighboring countries Its northern neighbor Mauritania reported a surge of confirmed cases last week while Mali on Monday reported nine new cases in the western region of Kayes right next to the border with Senegal Across Senegal s southern border Guinea Bissau on Sunday reported 64 positive cases out of 84 samples tested Senegal s state of emergency over the pandemic declared on March 24 was extended early May to last through June 2 Residents are subject to a 9 p m 5 a m curfew and required to wear masks at all public places XINHUA
    Senegal reports 83 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, total reaching 3,130
     Senegal s Ministry of Health and Social Action on Monday reported 83 more confirmed cases of COVID 19 bringing the total to 3 130 in the country Of the 83 new cases 79 are follow up contact cases and four community transmission ones ministry spokesperson Aloyse Waly Diouf told a daily briefing on the pandemic A total of 1 091 tests were conducted in the previous 24 hours he said An additional 59 patients recovered from the disease bring the total of recoveries to 1 515 The number of patients in intensive care units rose to 15 Diouf said The death toll remains at 35 across the country Senegal which reported the first confirmed case on March 2 now has a total of 3 130 cases including 2 761 follow up contact cases 89 imported ones and 280 community transmission ones President Macky Sall on Sunday urged citizens to stay vigilant and observe preventive measures to contain the spread of the new coronavirus Although the situation appears to be stabilizing in the country Senegal faces a possible rise of imported cases from neighboring countries Its northern neighbor Mauritania reported a surge of confirmed cases last week while Mali on Monday reported nine new cases in the western region of Kayes right next to the border with Senegal Across Senegal s southern border Guinea Bissau on Sunday reported 64 positive cases out of 84 samples tested Senegal s state of emergency over the pandemic declared on March 24 was extended early May to last through June 2 Residents are subject to a 9 p m 5 a m curfew and required to wear masks at all public places XINHUA
    Senegal reports 83 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, total reaching 3,130
    Foreign3 years ago

    Senegal reports 83 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, total reaching 3,130

    Senegal's Ministry of Health and Social Action on Monday reported 83 more confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 3,130 in the country.

    Of the 83 new cases, 79 are follow-up contact cases and four community-transmission ones, ministry spokesperson Aloyse Waly Diouf told a daily briefing on the pandemic.

    A total of 1,091 tests were conducted in the previous 24 hours, he said.

    An additional 59 patients recovered from the disease, bring the total of recoveries to 1,515. The number of patients in intensive care units rose to 15, Diouf said.

    The death toll remains at 35 across the country.

    Senegal, which reported the first confirmed case on March 2, now has a total of 3,130 cases, including 2,761 follow-up contact cases, 89 imported ones and 280 community-transmission ones.

    President Macky Sall on Sunday urged citizens to stay vigilant and observe preventive measures to contain the spread of the new coronavirus.

    Although the situation appears to be stabilizing in the country, Senegal faces a possible rise of imported cases from neighboring countries.

    Its northern neighbor Mauritania reported a surge of confirmed cases last week, while Mali on Monday reported nine new cases in the western region of Kayes, right next to the border with Senegal.

    Across Senegal's southern border, Guinea-Bissau on Sunday reported 64 positive cases out of 84 samples tested.

    Senegal's state of emergency over the pandemic, declared on March 24, was extended early May to last through June 2. Residents are subject to a 9 p.m.-5 a.m. curfew and required to wear masks at all public places.


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  •  Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that Japan will deny the entry of foreign nationals from an additional 11 countries including India in an effort to contain the spread of COVID 19 According to the entry ban non Japanese citizens who have been in Afghanistan Argentina Bangladesh El Salvador Ghana Guinea India Kyrgyzstan Pakistan South Africa and Tajikistan within two weeks of their arrival in Japan will be turned away at the border The ban will take effect from Wednesday said Abe adding that it will remain in place for the time being The addition brings the total number of countries and regions covered by the entry ban to 111 including China South Korea the United States and all of Europe While Japanese citizens can re enter the country they must undergo coronavirus testing and self quarantine for two weeks to see if they develop symptoms such as high fever and coughing Japan will maintain other border control measures until the end of next month including visa suspensions and a two week quarantine period for all arrivals said Abe XINHUA
    Japan to add 11 countries to entry ban list amid spread of COVID-19
     Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that Japan will deny the entry of foreign nationals from an additional 11 countries including India in an effort to contain the spread of COVID 19 According to the entry ban non Japanese citizens who have been in Afghanistan Argentina Bangladesh El Salvador Ghana Guinea India Kyrgyzstan Pakistan South Africa and Tajikistan within two weeks of their arrival in Japan will be turned away at the border The ban will take effect from Wednesday said Abe adding that it will remain in place for the time being The addition brings the total number of countries and regions covered by the entry ban to 111 including China South Korea the United States and all of Europe While Japanese citizens can re enter the country they must undergo coronavirus testing and self quarantine for two weeks to see if they develop symptoms such as high fever and coughing Japan will maintain other border control measures until the end of next month including visa suspensions and a two week quarantine period for all arrivals said Abe XINHUA
    Japan to add 11 countries to entry ban list amid spread of COVID-19
    Foreign3 years ago

    Japan to add 11 countries to entry ban list amid spread of COVID-19

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that Japan will deny the entry of foreign nationals from an additional 11 countries including India, in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.

    According to the entry ban, non-Japanese citizens who have been in Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, El Salvador, Ghana, Guinea, India, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, South Africa and Tajikistan within two weeks of their arrival in Japan will be turned away at the border.

    The ban will take effect from Wednesday, said Abe, adding that it will remain in place "for the time being."

    The addition brings the total number of countries and regions covered by the entry ban to 111, including China, South Korea, the United States and all of Europe.

    While Japanese citizens can re-enter the country, they must undergo coronavirus testing and self-quarantine for two weeks to see if they develop symptoms such as high fever and coughing.

    Japan will maintain other border control measures until the end of next month, including visa suspensions and a two-week quarantine period for all arrivals, said Abe.


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  •  An Enugu based group Igbo Oriental Think Tank has urged state and federal governments to strengthen community and local vigilantes to help check continuous influx of strange youths into the South East The Coordinating Secretary Chief Kenneth Anozie made the call during a press conference in Enugu on Friday Anozie noted that continuous influx of these able bodied youths into all nooks and crannies of South East was becoming worrisome According to him South East is over populated already and that government is choked already as its resources could not cater for the endless streaming of full able bodied men with no beneficial skills These people having been classified as Almajaris come in long trailers usually hidden among goods and cattle have become a source of serious concern to South East people Some of these people who were apprehended by some local vigilantes cannot even speak English and have foreign passports of countries like Guinea Niger and Sudan This is not only the problem many are clutching AK47 machetes and they ran into bushes when confronted We want to use the medium to call on the federal authorities especially the security agencies to ensure that they are working for the people of Nigeria irrespective of tribe religion ethnicity or creed We call on the security agencies to immediately halt the movement of these able bodied youths immediately as these acts are capable of breaking up the country if it is not checked We also call on South East Governors senators leaders and other stakeholders to engage the federal authorities especially the security agencies to stop this export of suspicious and dangerous weapons which is not rampant to the southeast and other parts of southern Nigeria he said Anozie said that there was need for the authorities to work with community and Local vigilance groups to flush out these dangerous elements currently inhabiting inside bushes in various parts of the country especially in the south East He said that these period was a time for people able bodied herdsmen and other dangerous elements flocking into south east should be made to stay within there area if not anything to contain the spread of Coronavirus COVID 19 Research made on the casualties caused in the South East in March and April alone by these able bodied men are more than 16 000 More than 100 people have lost their lives while about 24 people had been kidnapped with more than 12 women subjected to sexual abuse he said Anozie called on South East Governors to ensure that community local vigilance and security outfits were properly trained and adequately equipped to be able to face the existential threats posed by these development Edited By Chidinma Agu MNA NAN
    Security: Group wants governments to strengthen community vigilantes in South East
     An Enugu based group Igbo Oriental Think Tank has urged state and federal governments to strengthen community and local vigilantes to help check continuous influx of strange youths into the South East The Coordinating Secretary Chief Kenneth Anozie made the call during a press conference in Enugu on Friday Anozie noted that continuous influx of these able bodied youths into all nooks and crannies of South East was becoming worrisome According to him South East is over populated already and that government is choked already as its resources could not cater for the endless streaming of full able bodied men with no beneficial skills These people having been classified as Almajaris come in long trailers usually hidden among goods and cattle have become a source of serious concern to South East people Some of these people who were apprehended by some local vigilantes cannot even speak English and have foreign passports of countries like Guinea Niger and Sudan This is not only the problem many are clutching AK47 machetes and they ran into bushes when confronted We want to use the medium to call on the federal authorities especially the security agencies to ensure that they are working for the people of Nigeria irrespective of tribe religion ethnicity or creed We call on the security agencies to immediately halt the movement of these able bodied youths immediately as these acts are capable of breaking up the country if it is not checked We also call on South East Governors senators leaders and other stakeholders to engage the federal authorities especially the security agencies to stop this export of suspicious and dangerous weapons which is not rampant to the southeast and other parts of southern Nigeria he said Anozie said that there was need for the authorities to work with community and Local vigilance groups to flush out these dangerous elements currently inhabiting inside bushes in various parts of the country especially in the south East He said that these period was a time for people able bodied herdsmen and other dangerous elements flocking into south east should be made to stay within there area if not anything to contain the spread of Coronavirus COVID 19 Research made on the casualties caused in the South East in March and April alone by these able bodied men are more than 16 000 More than 100 people have lost their lives while about 24 people had been kidnapped with more than 12 women subjected to sexual abuse he said Anozie called on South East Governors to ensure that community local vigilance and security outfits were properly trained and adequately equipped to be able to face the existential threats posed by these development Edited By Chidinma Agu MNA NAN
    Security: Group wants governments to strengthen community vigilantes in South East
    General news3 years ago

    Security: Group wants governments to strengthen community vigilantes in South East

    An Enugu-based group, Igbo Oriental Think Tank, has urged state and federal governments to strengthen community and local vigilantes to help check continuous influx of strange youths into the South East.

    The Coordinating Secretary, Chief Kenneth Anozie, made the call during a press conference in Enugu on Friday.

    Anozie noted that continuous influx of these able bodied youths into all nooks and crannies of South East was becoming worrisome.

    According to him, South East is over populated already and that government is choked already as its resources could not cater for the endless streaming of full, able bodied men with no beneficial skills.

    ”These people having been classified as Almajaris come in long trailers, usually hidden among goods and cattle have become a source of serious concern to South East people.

    ”Some of these people who were apprehended by some local vigilantes cannot even speak English and have foreign passports of countries like Guinea, Niger and Sudan.

    “This is not only the problem, many are clutching AK47, machetes and they ran into bushes when confronted.

    “We want to use the medium to call on the federal authorities especially the security agencies to ensure that they are working for the people of Nigeria irrespective of tribe, religion, ethnicity or creed.

    “We call on the security agencies to immediately halt the movement of these able bodied youths  immediately as these acts are capable of breaking up the country if it is not checked.

    “We also call on South East Governors, senators, leaders and other stakeholders to engage the federal authorities especially the security agencies to stop this export of suspicious and dangerous weapons which is not rampant to the southeast and other parts of southern Nigeria,” he said.

    Anozie said that there was need for the authorities to work with community and Local vigilance groups to flush out these dangerous elements currently inhabiting inside bushes in various parts of the country especially in the south East.

    He said that these period was a time for people, able bodied, herdsmen and other dangerous elements flocking into south east should be made to stay within there area, if not anything, to contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

    ”Research made on the casualties caused in the South East in March and April alone by these able bodied men are more than 16,000.

    ”More than 100 people have lost their lives while about 24 people had been kidnapped with more than 12 women subjected to sexual abuse,” he said.

    Anozie called on South East Governors to ensure that community/local vigilance and security outfits, were properly trained and adequately equipped to be able to face the existential threats posed by these development.


    Edited By: Chidinma Agu/MNA (NAN)

     

     

     

  •  A 5 1 magnitude earthquake jolted 60 km ENE of Aitape Papua New Guinea at 19 18 49 GMT on Thursday the U S Geological Survey said The epicenter with a depth of 10 0 km was initially determined to be at 2 9398 degrees south latitude and 142 8565 degrees east longitude XINHUA
    5.1-magnitude quake hits 60 km ENE of Aitape, Papua New Guinea — USGS
     A 5 1 magnitude earthquake jolted 60 km ENE of Aitape Papua New Guinea at 19 18 49 GMT on Thursday the U S Geological Survey said The epicenter with a depth of 10 0 km was initially determined to be at 2 9398 degrees south latitude and 142 8565 degrees east longitude XINHUA
    5.1-magnitude quake hits 60 km ENE of Aitape, Papua New Guinea — USGS
    Foreign3 years ago

    5.1-magnitude quake hits 60 km ENE of Aitape, Papua New Guinea — USGS

    A 5.1-magnitude earthquake jolted 60 km ENE of Aitape, Papua New Guinea at 19:18:49 GMT on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

    The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 2.9398 degrees south latitude and 142.8565 degrees east longitude.


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  •  Guinea Bissau reported 20 new confirmed cases of COVID 19 on Thursday bringing the total number of infections to 1 109 The health authorties of Guinea Bissau carried out a total of 92 tests in the past 24 hours Dionisio Cumba coordinator of the Center for Emergency Health Operations COES said during the daily briefing adding that 20 positive cases were detected He also announced that more patients would be declared cured of COVID 19 if their second tests results would still be negative as their first ones On Wednesday the government of Guinea Bissau decided to appoint a high commissioner for the COES who would work under the supervision of the president to coordinate the country s fight against COVID 19 The government of Guinea Bissau has shortened the curfew hours to 8 p m to 6 a m but people are still only allowed to leave their homes between 7 a m and 2 p m to do their grocery shopping The President of Guinea Bissau Umaro Sissoco Embalo has also decided to extend the state of emergency throughout the national territory until May 26 The tiny West African Portuguese speaking country has been isolating itself since March 17 when the government ordered the closure of all borders and suspension of all international flights Several other drastic measures have been taken as well including the closing of restaurants bars places of worship and schools as well as the ban on gatherings So far Guinea Bissau has reported 1 109 cases of COVID 19 including six deaths and 42 recoveries since March 25 XINHUA
    Guinea-Bissau reports 20 new COVID-19 cases as tally rises to 1,109
     Guinea Bissau reported 20 new confirmed cases of COVID 19 on Thursday bringing the total number of infections to 1 109 The health authorties of Guinea Bissau carried out a total of 92 tests in the past 24 hours Dionisio Cumba coordinator of the Center for Emergency Health Operations COES said during the daily briefing adding that 20 positive cases were detected He also announced that more patients would be declared cured of COVID 19 if their second tests results would still be negative as their first ones On Wednesday the government of Guinea Bissau decided to appoint a high commissioner for the COES who would work under the supervision of the president to coordinate the country s fight against COVID 19 The government of Guinea Bissau has shortened the curfew hours to 8 p m to 6 a m but people are still only allowed to leave their homes between 7 a m and 2 p m to do their grocery shopping The President of Guinea Bissau Umaro Sissoco Embalo has also decided to extend the state of emergency throughout the national territory until May 26 The tiny West African Portuguese speaking country has been isolating itself since March 17 when the government ordered the closure of all borders and suspension of all international flights Several other drastic measures have been taken as well including the closing of restaurants bars places of worship and schools as well as the ban on gatherings So far Guinea Bissau has reported 1 109 cases of COVID 19 including six deaths and 42 recoveries since March 25 XINHUA
    Guinea-Bissau reports 20 new COVID-19 cases as tally rises to 1,109
    Foreign3 years ago

    Guinea-Bissau reports 20 new COVID-19 cases as tally rises to 1,109

    Guinea-Bissau reported 20 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the total number of infections to 1,109.

    The health authorties of Guinea-Bissau carried out a total of 92 tests in the past 24 hours, Dionisio Cumba, coordinator of the Center for Emergency Health Operations (COES) said during the daily briefing, adding that 20 positive cases were detected.

    He also announced that more patients would be declared cured of COVID-19 if their second tests results would still be negative as their first ones.

    On Wednesday, the government of Guinea-Bissau decided to appoint a high commissioner for the COES who would work under the supervision of the president to coordinate the country's fight against COVID-19.

    The government of Guinea-Bissau has shortened the curfew hours to 8 p.m. to 6 a.m, but people are still only allowed to leave their homes between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. to do their grocery shopping. The President of Guinea-Bissau Umaro Sissoco Embalo has also decided to extend the state of emergency throughout the national territory until May 26.

    The tiny West African Portuguese-speaking country has been isolating itself since March 17 when the government ordered the closure of all borders and suspension of all international flights. Several other drastic measures have been taken as well, including the closing of restaurants, bars, places of worship and schools, as well as the ban on gatherings.

    So far Guinea-Bissau has reported 1,109 cases of COVID-19, including six deaths and 42 recoveries since March 25.


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  •  The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA on Tuesday said the agency would begin to prosecute pirates under the new Anti piracy Law The Director General of the Agency Dr Bashir Jamoh stated this in Lagos during the official handover of pirates arrested by the Nigerian Navy for prosecution Jamoh who was represented by the agency s Head of Legal Services Mr Victor Egejuru said that NIMASA was commited to collaborate with relevant agencies and stakeholders for the security of the country s maritime domain He noted that the 10 pirates had on May 15 attacked and boarded a Chinese vessel MV HAILUFANG II off the coast of C te d Ivoire and directed it towards Nigerian waters He disclosed that they were arrested by the Nigerian Navy which dispatched a ship to intercept the vessel following a tip off The prosecution of the pirates will be the first trial of bandits arrested in international waters under the Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Offences SPOMO Act signed into law in June last year by President Muhammadu Buhari The law made Nigeria the first in West and Central Africa to have a distinct antipiracy legislation he said Jamoh attributed the successful operation that led to the arrest of the pirates and rescue of the ship and its crew to collaboration between NIMASA and the Nigerian Navy He said that the agency would continue to work with relevant security agencies in order to achieve its goal of eradicating piracy and all forms of illegality on the Nigerian waters We have just witnessed the handover of pirates This is as a result of the robust collaboration between NIMASA and the Nigerian Navy There has been a lot of synergy between NIMASA and the Navy with regard to the Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Offences Act I also want to seize the opportunity to thank Mr President for signing the anti piracy law which would facilitate sufficient prosecution of these pirates he said Jamoh assured that with the anti piracy law there was ample legal framework to prosecute pirates and other perpetrators of maritime offences in the country to bring the menace to the barest minimum He said that the current management of NIMASA would focus on three main areas namely maritime security safety and shipping development in pursuit of a robust maritime domain for the country The Commander of Nigerian Navy Ship NNS Beecroft Commodore Ibrahim Shettima who gave details of the naval operation said the vessel had 18 crew members including Chinese Ghanaians and Ivorians Shettima said On interception of the vessel about 140nm south of Lagos Fairway Buoy the pirates refused to comply with the orders of the Navy ship The Nigerian Navy had to conduct an opposed boarding of the vessel All ship crew were safely rescued while the 10 pirates were also arrested he said He stressed the need for increased regional cooperation and information sharing adding that the arrest of the pirates was due to a tip off by the Beninoise Navy Shettima warned criminal elements to stay away from Nigerian waters and the Gulf of Guinea saying the Navy had the capability to deal with such threats Edited By Modupe Adeloye Wale Ojetimi NAN
    Nigeria to prosecute pirates under new Anti-piracy Law — NIMASA
     The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA on Tuesday said the agency would begin to prosecute pirates under the new Anti piracy Law The Director General of the Agency Dr Bashir Jamoh stated this in Lagos during the official handover of pirates arrested by the Nigerian Navy for prosecution Jamoh who was represented by the agency s Head of Legal Services Mr Victor Egejuru said that NIMASA was commited to collaborate with relevant agencies and stakeholders for the security of the country s maritime domain He noted that the 10 pirates had on May 15 attacked and boarded a Chinese vessel MV HAILUFANG II off the coast of C te d Ivoire and directed it towards Nigerian waters He disclosed that they were arrested by the Nigerian Navy which dispatched a ship to intercept the vessel following a tip off The prosecution of the pirates will be the first trial of bandits arrested in international waters under the Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Offences SPOMO Act signed into law in June last year by President Muhammadu Buhari The law made Nigeria the first in West and Central Africa to have a distinct antipiracy legislation he said Jamoh attributed the successful operation that led to the arrest of the pirates and rescue of the ship and its crew to collaboration between NIMASA and the Nigerian Navy He said that the agency would continue to work with relevant security agencies in order to achieve its goal of eradicating piracy and all forms of illegality on the Nigerian waters We have just witnessed the handover of pirates This is as a result of the robust collaboration between NIMASA and the Nigerian Navy There has been a lot of synergy between NIMASA and the Navy with regard to the Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Offences Act I also want to seize the opportunity to thank Mr President for signing the anti piracy law which would facilitate sufficient prosecution of these pirates he said Jamoh assured that with the anti piracy law there was ample legal framework to prosecute pirates and other perpetrators of maritime offences in the country to bring the menace to the barest minimum He said that the current management of NIMASA would focus on three main areas namely maritime security safety and shipping development in pursuit of a robust maritime domain for the country The Commander of Nigerian Navy Ship NNS Beecroft Commodore Ibrahim Shettima who gave details of the naval operation said the vessel had 18 crew members including Chinese Ghanaians and Ivorians Shettima said On interception of the vessel about 140nm south of Lagos Fairway Buoy the pirates refused to comply with the orders of the Navy ship The Nigerian Navy had to conduct an opposed boarding of the vessel All ship crew were safely rescued while the 10 pirates were also arrested he said He stressed the need for increased regional cooperation and information sharing adding that the arrest of the pirates was due to a tip off by the Beninoise Navy Shettima warned criminal elements to stay away from Nigerian waters and the Gulf of Guinea saying the Navy had the capability to deal with such threats Edited By Modupe Adeloye Wale Ojetimi NAN
    Nigeria to prosecute pirates under new Anti-piracy Law — NIMASA
    Economy3 years ago

    Nigeria to prosecute pirates under new Anti-piracy Law — NIMASA

    The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on Tuesday said the agency would begin to prosecute pirates under the new Anti-piracy Law.

    The Director-General of the Agency, Dr Bashir Jamoh, stated this in Lagos during the official handover of pirates arrested by the Nigerian Navy for prosecution.

    Jamoh, who was represented by the agency’s Head of Legal Services, Mr Victor Egejuru, said that NIMASA was commited to collaborate with relevant agencies and stakeholders for the security of the country’s maritime domain.

    He noted that the 10 pirates had on May 15 attacked and boarded a Chinese vessel, MV HAILUFANG II, off the coast of Côte d’Ivoire and directed it towards Nigerian waters.

    He disclosed that they were arrested by the Nigerian Navy, which dispatched a ship to intercept the vessel following a tip off.

    “The prosecution of the pirates will be the first trial of bandits arrested in international waters under the Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Offences (SPOMO) Act signed into law in June last year by President Muhammadu Buhari.

    “The law made Nigeria the first in West and Central Africa to have a distinct antipiracy legislation,” he said.

    Jamoh attributed the successful operation that led to the arrest of the pirates and rescue of the ship and its crew to collaboration between NIMASA and the Nigerian Navy.

    He said that the agency would continue to work with relevant security agencies in order to achieve its goal of eradicating piracy and all forms of illegality on the Nigerian waters.

    “We have just witnessed the handover of pirates. This is as a result of the robust collaboration between NIMASA and the Nigerian Navy.

    “There has been a lot of synergy between NIMASA and the Navy with regard to the Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Offences Act.

    “I also want to seize the opportunity to thank Mr President for signing the anti-piracy law, which would facilitate sufficient prosecution of these pirates,” he said.

    Jamoh assured that with the anti-piracy law, there was ample legal framework to prosecute pirates and other perpetrators of maritime offences in the country to bring the menace to the barest minimum.

    He said that the current management of NIMASA would focus on three main areas, namely, maritime security, safety, and shipping development in pursuit of a robust maritime domain for the country.

    The Commander of Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Beecroft, Commodore Ibrahim Shettima, who gave details of the naval operation, said the vessel had 18 crew members including Chinese, Ghanaians, and Ivorians.

    Shettima said: “On interception of the vessel about 140nm south of Lagos Fairway Buoy, the pirates refused to comply with the orders of the Navy ship.

    “The Nigerian Navy had to conduct an opposed boarding of the vessel. All ship crew were safely rescued, while the 10 pirates were also arrested,” he said.

    He stressed the need for increased regional cooperation and information sharing, adding that the arrest of the pirates was due to a tip-off by the Beninoise Navy.

    Shettima warned criminal elements to stay away from Nigerian waters and the Gulf of Guinea, saying the Navy had the capability to deal with such threats.


    Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
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  •  Eighteen crew members aboard a Chinese vessel MV HAILUFANG II were rescued unhurt by the Nigerian military following a recent attack by pirates within the Gulf of Guinea The ship s crew including Chinese Ghanaians and Ivorians was attacked by pirates off the coast of Cote d Ivoire on May 15 the Nigerian navy said in a statement made available to Xinhua on Tuesday The pirates then took control of the vessel and directed it toward Nigerian waters the statement said The navy confirmed ten pirates were arrested on the interception of the vessel at about 140 nautical miles south of Lagos Fairway Buoy An official from the Chinese Consulate General in Lagos on Tuesday also confirmed the rescue of a Chinese fishing vessel adding the vessel was escorted by the Nigeria Navy to Lagos on Monday All crew members are safe and sound said the official A number of ships have been attacked by pirates within the Gulf of Guinea in recent years The criminal groups have shifted from stealing cargo to holding crew members for ransom XINHUA
    Nigerian military rescues 18 crewmen following pirates’ attack on Chinese vessel
     Eighteen crew members aboard a Chinese vessel MV HAILUFANG II were rescued unhurt by the Nigerian military following a recent attack by pirates within the Gulf of Guinea The ship s crew including Chinese Ghanaians and Ivorians was attacked by pirates off the coast of Cote d Ivoire on May 15 the Nigerian navy said in a statement made available to Xinhua on Tuesday The pirates then took control of the vessel and directed it toward Nigerian waters the statement said The navy confirmed ten pirates were arrested on the interception of the vessel at about 140 nautical miles south of Lagos Fairway Buoy An official from the Chinese Consulate General in Lagos on Tuesday also confirmed the rescue of a Chinese fishing vessel adding the vessel was escorted by the Nigeria Navy to Lagos on Monday All crew members are safe and sound said the official A number of ships have been attacked by pirates within the Gulf of Guinea in recent years The criminal groups have shifted from stealing cargo to holding crew members for ransom XINHUA
    Nigerian military rescues 18 crewmen following pirates’ attack on Chinese vessel
    Foreign3 years ago

    Nigerian military rescues 18 crewmen following pirates’ attack on Chinese vessel

    Eighteen crew members aboard a Chinese vessel, MV HAILUFANG II, were rescued unhurt by the Nigerian military following a recent attack by pirates within the Gulf of Guinea.

    The ship's crew including Chinese, Ghanaians, and Ivorians, was attacked by pirates off the coast of Cote d'Ivoire on May 15, the Nigerian navy said in a statement made available to Xinhua on Tuesday.

    The pirates then took control of the vessel and directed it toward Nigerian waters, the statement said.

    The navy confirmed ten pirates were arrested on the interception of the vessel at about 140 nautical miles south of Lagos Fairway Buoy.

    An official from the Chinese Consulate-General in Lagos on Tuesday also confirmed the rescue of a Chinese fishing vessel, adding the vessel was escorted by the Nigeria Navy to Lagos on Monday.

    "All crew members are safe and sound," said the official.

    A number of ships have been attacked by pirates within the Gulf of Guinea in recent years. The criminal groups have shifted from stealing cargo to holding crew members for ransom.


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  •  The Nigerian Navy NN has said it rescued 18 crew members on board a Chinese vessel MV HAILUFANG II from pirates attack This is contained in a statement signed by Commodore Ibrahim Shettima the Commander Nigeria Navy Ship NNS BEECROFT on Monday Shettima said that the crew members were rescued on Thursday May 15 He said that the rescued crew members comprising Chinese Ghanaians and Ivorians were attacked by pirates off the coast of Cote d Ivoire I am here to make a brief on the rescue efforts of the Nigerian Navy in a recent pirate attack within the Gulf of Guinea GoG On May 15 a Chinese vessel MV HAILUFANG II was attacked by pirates off the coast of Cote d Ivoire The pirates took control of the vessel and directed the vessel toward Nigerian waters The vessel had 18 crew members comprising Chinese Ghanaians and Ivorians he said Shettima said that the Nigerian Navy was alerted of the attack adding that it immediately dispatched the NNS NGURU to intercept the vessel On interception of the vessel at about 140nm south of Lagos Fairway Buoy the pirates refused to comply with the orders of the Navy Ship Hence the NN had to conduct an opposed boarding of the vessel All ships crew were safely rescued while the 10 pirates were arrested he said The commodore noted that the last five known or documented pirates attacks were outside Nigerian waters which the NN responded in the interest of regional security This is aptly captured in the NN Total Spectrum Maritime Strategy which covers Nigeria s outermost maritime area of interest encompassing the entire West African waters and the GoG This underscores the need for increased regional cooperation in terms of information sharing and further deepening of response capability For instance this rescue effort was bolstered by additional intel received from the Beninous Navy during the operation he said The NN also warned criminals within the GoG to desist from their acts The NN has the capability and will power to deal with such perpetrators he said Shettima said the Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Ibok Ete Ibas was committed to ensuring maritime security within Nigeria s maritime space and the Gulf of Guinea Edited By Chidinma Agu Ijeoma Popoola NAN
    Navy rescues 18 crew members on board Chinese vessel, arrests 10
     The Nigerian Navy NN has said it rescued 18 crew members on board a Chinese vessel MV HAILUFANG II from pirates attack This is contained in a statement signed by Commodore Ibrahim Shettima the Commander Nigeria Navy Ship NNS BEECROFT on Monday Shettima said that the crew members were rescued on Thursday May 15 He said that the rescued crew members comprising Chinese Ghanaians and Ivorians were attacked by pirates off the coast of Cote d Ivoire I am here to make a brief on the rescue efforts of the Nigerian Navy in a recent pirate attack within the Gulf of Guinea GoG On May 15 a Chinese vessel MV HAILUFANG II was attacked by pirates off the coast of Cote d Ivoire The pirates took control of the vessel and directed the vessel toward Nigerian waters The vessel had 18 crew members comprising Chinese Ghanaians and Ivorians he said Shettima said that the Nigerian Navy was alerted of the attack adding that it immediately dispatched the NNS NGURU to intercept the vessel On interception of the vessel at about 140nm south of Lagos Fairway Buoy the pirates refused to comply with the orders of the Navy Ship Hence the NN had to conduct an opposed boarding of the vessel All ships crew were safely rescued while the 10 pirates were arrested he said The commodore noted that the last five known or documented pirates attacks were outside Nigerian waters which the NN responded in the interest of regional security This is aptly captured in the NN Total Spectrum Maritime Strategy which covers Nigeria s outermost maritime area of interest encompassing the entire West African waters and the GoG This underscores the need for increased regional cooperation in terms of information sharing and further deepening of response capability For instance this rescue effort was bolstered by additional intel received from the Beninous Navy during the operation he said The NN also warned criminals within the GoG to desist from their acts The NN has the capability and will power to deal with such perpetrators he said Shettima said the Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Ibok Ete Ibas was committed to ensuring maritime security within Nigeria s maritime space and the Gulf of Guinea Edited By Chidinma Agu Ijeoma Popoola NAN
    Navy rescues 18 crew members on board Chinese vessel, arrests 10
    Defence/Security3 years ago

    Navy rescues 18 crew members on board Chinese vessel, arrests 10

    The Nigerian Navy (NN) has said it rescued 18 crew members on board a Chinese vessel, MV HAILUFANG II, from pirates’ attack.

    This is contained in a statement  signed by Commodore Ibrahim Shettima, the Commander Nigeria Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT on Monday.

    Shettima said that the crew members were rescued on Thursday (May 15).

    He said that the rescued crew members, comprising Chinese, Ghanaians and Ivorians, were attacked by pirates off the coast of Cote d’Ivoire.

    ” I am here to make a brief on the rescue efforts of the Nigerian Navy in a recent pirate attack within the Gulf of Guinea (GoG).

    ” On May 15, a Chinese vessel, MV HAILUFANG II, was attacked by pirates off the coast of Cote d’Ivoire.

    “The pirates took control of the vessel and directed the vessel toward Nigerian waters.

    “The vessel had 18 crew members, comprising Chinese, Ghanaians and Ivorians,” he said.

    Shettima said that the Nigerian Navy was alerted of the attack, adding that it immediately dispatched the NNS NGURU to intercept the vessel.

    “On interception of the vessel at about 140nm south of Lagos Fairway Buoy, the pirates refused to comply with the orders of the Navy Ship.

    “Hence, the NN had to conduct an opposed boarding of the vessel.

    “All ships crew were safely rescued, while the 10 pirates were arrested,” he said.

    The commodore noted that the last five known or documented pirates’ attacks were outside Nigerian waters, which the NN responded in the interest of regional security.

    “This is aptly captured in the NN Total Spectrum Maritime Strategy, which covers Nigeria’s outermost maritime area of interest, encompassing the entire West African waters and the GoG.

    ” This underscores the need for increased regional cooperation in terms of information sharing and further deepening of response capability.

    ” For instance, this rescue effort was bolstered by additional intel received from the Beninous Navy during the operation,” he said.

    The NN also warned criminals within the GoG to desist from their acts.

    “The NN has the capability and will power to deal with such perpetrators,” he said.

    Shettima said the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ete Ibas,  was committed to ensuring maritime security within Nigeria’s maritime space and the Gulf of Guinea.



    Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)

  •  President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday received briefing from the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID 19 Mr Boss Mustapha on the activities of the PTF across the country Mustapha who spoke to State House correspondents on the outcome of the closed door meeting said they briefed the president on the activities and overall positions of the Presidential Task Force PTF on COVID 19 This is part of a routine exercise I think this is about the third time that we have had cause to submit an interim report to him on our activities as a task force and also to update him on preparation for the other phases of engagement We have supplied him with all the materials required to look at the issues we are in for the long hurl this is not a short distance race It is a marathon and we have to keep everything in perspective Remember that on April 27 he addressed the nation and put in place the easing down of the lockdown effective from May 4 From May 4 to date is about 13 days tomorrow we should expect new processes to be put in place But we have to give him all the details to help us in preparing for the future So that is why we are here On whether the PTF has achieved its objectives Mustapha said I can say to a large extent we have achieved the PTF objectives We might not be there totally but I am confident that looking at the strategies that we are putting in place going forward we will strengthen those objectives that we have substantially achieved which are purpose driven in terms of dealing with COVID 19 Like I said it is not a 100 meter race it is a marathon I can assure you that the proposals we have brought today for Mr President s consideration I think holistically will put us in a better frame to deal with the future He stated that the PTF may introduce community based approach towards the fight against the spread of the novel Coronavirus pandemic in the country He maintained that the PTF would continue to preach against congregation so as to check community transmission of the deadly virus Congregations are the easiest places where you can get infected in terms of transmission and that is why we try as much as possible to discourage congregations in all that we do This is because the aged the sick and the vulnerable will turn up in congregations and once they get infected it becomes another ball game all together So the zeal now and the drive will be geared towards community ownership he added On the Madagascar s herbal solution supplied to Nigeria Mustapha said the PTF was not in the possession of the drug He however maintained that the Madagascan native formulation when obtained must undergo scientific clarification before being administered to patients as earlier stated by President Buhari The president has already said it will be scientifically dealt with it is only after that that he can allow it to be tested But that has been our position that whatever comes in whatever cure whatever solution that is being provided must be subjected to a process of validation The minister of health has institutions under his ministry that are charged statutorily with the processes of validation Anything that we will receive anything that is locally developed must go through the processes of validation before we will allow it President Buhari had on Sunday received the Madagascan native formulation against the COVID 19 pandemic from the President of Guinea Bissau Umaro Sissoco Embalo who was on official visit to Nigeria Buhari after receiving the formulation said he would listen to science before allowing traditional or any new medicines to be administered on Nigerians The Nigerian leader said We have our institutions systems and processes in the country Any such formulations should be sent to them for verification I will not put it to use without the endorsement of our institutions NAN reports that the PTF chairman who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation was accompanied on the visit to the State House by the Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire and Director General Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC Chikwe Ihekweazu
    COVID-19: PTF briefs Buhari, mulls measures to check community infection
     President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday received briefing from the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID 19 Mr Boss Mustapha on the activities of the PTF across the country Mustapha who spoke to State House correspondents on the outcome of the closed door meeting said they briefed the president on the activities and overall positions of the Presidential Task Force PTF on COVID 19 This is part of a routine exercise I think this is about the third time that we have had cause to submit an interim report to him on our activities as a task force and also to update him on preparation for the other phases of engagement We have supplied him with all the materials required to look at the issues we are in for the long hurl this is not a short distance race It is a marathon and we have to keep everything in perspective Remember that on April 27 he addressed the nation and put in place the easing down of the lockdown effective from May 4 From May 4 to date is about 13 days tomorrow we should expect new processes to be put in place But we have to give him all the details to help us in preparing for the future So that is why we are here On whether the PTF has achieved its objectives Mustapha said I can say to a large extent we have achieved the PTF objectives We might not be there totally but I am confident that looking at the strategies that we are putting in place going forward we will strengthen those objectives that we have substantially achieved which are purpose driven in terms of dealing with COVID 19 Like I said it is not a 100 meter race it is a marathon I can assure you that the proposals we have brought today for Mr President s consideration I think holistically will put us in a better frame to deal with the future He stated that the PTF may introduce community based approach towards the fight against the spread of the novel Coronavirus pandemic in the country He maintained that the PTF would continue to preach against congregation so as to check community transmission of the deadly virus Congregations are the easiest places where you can get infected in terms of transmission and that is why we try as much as possible to discourage congregations in all that we do This is because the aged the sick and the vulnerable will turn up in congregations and once they get infected it becomes another ball game all together So the zeal now and the drive will be geared towards community ownership he added On the Madagascar s herbal solution supplied to Nigeria Mustapha said the PTF was not in the possession of the drug He however maintained that the Madagascan native formulation when obtained must undergo scientific clarification before being administered to patients as earlier stated by President Buhari The president has already said it will be scientifically dealt with it is only after that that he can allow it to be tested But that has been our position that whatever comes in whatever cure whatever solution that is being provided must be subjected to a process of validation The minister of health has institutions under his ministry that are charged statutorily with the processes of validation Anything that we will receive anything that is locally developed must go through the processes of validation before we will allow it President Buhari had on Sunday received the Madagascan native formulation against the COVID 19 pandemic from the President of Guinea Bissau Umaro Sissoco Embalo who was on official visit to Nigeria Buhari after receiving the formulation said he would listen to science before allowing traditional or any new medicines to be administered on Nigerians The Nigerian leader said We have our institutions systems and processes in the country Any such formulations should be sent to them for verification I will not put it to use without the endorsement of our institutions NAN reports that the PTF chairman who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation was accompanied on the visit to the State House by the Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire and Director General Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC Chikwe Ihekweazu
    COVID-19: PTF briefs Buhari, mulls measures to check community infection
    Health3 years ago

    COVID-19: PTF briefs Buhari, mulls measures to check community infection

    President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday received briefing from the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, on the activities of the PTF across the country.

    Mustapha, who spoke to State House correspondents on the outcome of the closed door meeting, said they briefed the president on the activities and overall positions of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

    “This is part of a routine exercise. I think this is about the third time that we have had cause to submit an interim report to him on our activities as a task force, and also to update him on preparation for the other phases of engagement.

    “We have supplied him with all the materials required to look at the issues; we are in for the long hurl, this is not a short distance race. It is a marathon and we have to keep everything in perspective.

    “Remember that on April 27, he addressed the nation and put in place the easing down of the lockdown effective from May 4. From May 4 to date is about 13 days, tomorrow we should expect new processes to be put in place.

    “But we have to give him all the details to help us in preparing for the future. So that is why we are here.”

    On whether the PTF has achieved its objectives, Mustapha said: “I can say to a large extent we have achieved the PTF objectives.

    “We might not be there totally but I am confident that looking at the strategies that we are putting in place, going forward we will strengthen those objectives that we have substantially achieved which are purpose-driven in terms of dealing with COVID-19. Like I said, it is not a 100 meter race, it is a marathon.

    “I can assure you that the proposals we have brought today for Mr President’s consideration, I think, holistically, will put us in a better frame to deal with the future.”

    He stated that the PTF may introduce community-based approach towards the fight against the spread of the novel Coronavirus pandemic in the country.

    He maintained that the PTF would continue to preach against congregation so as to check community transmission of the deadly virus.

    “Congregations are the easiest places where you can get infected in terms of transmission, and that is why we try as much as possible to discourage congregations in all that we do.

    “This is because the aged, the sick and the vulnerable will turn up in congregations and once they get infected, it becomes another ball game all together.

    “So the zeal now and the drive will be geared towards community ownership,’’ he added.

    On the Madagascar’s herbal solution supplied to Nigeria, Mustapha said the PTF was not in the possession of the `drug’.

    He, however, maintained that the Madagascan native formulation, when obtained, must undergo scientific clarification before being administered to patients as earlier stated by President Buhari.

    “The president has already said it will be scientifically dealt with, it is only after that that he can allow it to be tested.

    “But that has been our position that whatever comes in, whatever cure, whatever solution that is being provided must be subjected to a process of validation.

    “The minister of health has institutions under his ministry that are charged statutorily with the processes of validation.

    “Anything that we will receive, anything that is locally developed must go through the processes of validation before we will allow it.’’

    President Buhari had on Sunday received the Madagascan native formulation against the COVID-19 pandemic from the President of Guinea-Bissau, Umaro Sissoco Embalo, who was on official visit to Nigeria.

    Buhari, after receiving the formulation, said he would listen to science before allowing traditional or any new medicines to be administered on Nigerians.

    The Nigerian leader said: “We have our institutions, systems and processes in the country. Any such formulations should be sent to them for verification.

    “I will not put it to use without the endorsement of our institutions.’’

    NAN reports that the PTF chairman, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, was accompanied on the visit to the State House by the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, and Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu.

  •  A medical researcher Dr Babatunde Adewale says the ravaging COVID 19 pandemic can impact negatively on the control and elimination of the Neglected Tropical Diseases NTDs Adewale also a Deputy Director Nigerian Institute of Medical Research NIMR Yaba Lagos made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lagos NAN reports that Neglected Tropical Diseases NTDs are a diverse group of tropical infections which are common in low income populations in developing regions of Africa Asia and America Nigeria ranks first for the Neglected Tropical Diseases NTDs such as Schistosomiasis and Onchocerciasis and third for lymphatic filariasis globally According to the World Health Organisation WHO Nigeria also has the greatest number of people infected with all the NTDs in Africa Adewale said that due to the lockdown occasioned by COVID 19 pandemic a lot of NTDs activities involving mass medicine administration had been suspended This will definitely have negative impact on the wellbeing of the country For the NTDs targeted for control and elimination the strategy is mass administration of medicine which involves travelling and movement from one community to another to distribute drugs So in the advent of COVID 19 it is no longer possible for now because of the precautionary measures to curb the spread of the virus he said Adewale explained that more efforts were needed in the areas of diagnosis to help actualise the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs target to reduce NTDs by 90 per cent by 2030 Adewale also the Head Public Health and Epidemiology Department at NIMR said the institute had organised a seminar on the current techniques in effective laboratory diagnosis of NTDs as part of the efforts to enlighten health personnel It is only when we are able to diagnose that is when we can map and control those areas where we have NTDs Having the right diagnosis will help the country to actualise the SDGs 2030 target to bring NTDs to the barest minimum The seminar we organised on NTDs before the lockdown was put together to build capacity of laboratory personnel and scientists for improved diagnosis which is the bedrock of any control programme he said In 2017 WHO listed about 20 diseases as NTDs Among them six can be controlled or eliminated through mass administration of medicines or interventions The six NTDs are Dracunculiasis Guinea Worm Lymphatic Filariasis spread by mosquitoes Onchocerciasis river blindness Schistosomiasis second only to malaria as most devastating parasitic disease Others are Soil transmitted Helminths Ascaris Hookworm and Whipworm and Trachoma eye decease Edited By Kamal Tayo Oropo Olagoke Olatoye NAN
    COVID-19 pandemic can impact negatively on NTDs control- Medical Researcher
     A medical researcher Dr Babatunde Adewale says the ravaging COVID 19 pandemic can impact negatively on the control and elimination of the Neglected Tropical Diseases NTDs Adewale also a Deputy Director Nigerian Institute of Medical Research NIMR Yaba Lagos made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lagos NAN reports that Neglected Tropical Diseases NTDs are a diverse group of tropical infections which are common in low income populations in developing regions of Africa Asia and America Nigeria ranks first for the Neglected Tropical Diseases NTDs such as Schistosomiasis and Onchocerciasis and third for lymphatic filariasis globally According to the World Health Organisation WHO Nigeria also has the greatest number of people infected with all the NTDs in Africa Adewale said that due to the lockdown occasioned by COVID 19 pandemic a lot of NTDs activities involving mass medicine administration had been suspended This will definitely have negative impact on the wellbeing of the country For the NTDs targeted for control and elimination the strategy is mass administration of medicine which involves travelling and movement from one community to another to distribute drugs So in the advent of COVID 19 it is no longer possible for now because of the precautionary measures to curb the spread of the virus he said Adewale explained that more efforts were needed in the areas of diagnosis to help actualise the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs target to reduce NTDs by 90 per cent by 2030 Adewale also the Head Public Health and Epidemiology Department at NIMR said the institute had organised a seminar on the current techniques in effective laboratory diagnosis of NTDs as part of the efforts to enlighten health personnel It is only when we are able to diagnose that is when we can map and control those areas where we have NTDs Having the right diagnosis will help the country to actualise the SDGs 2030 target to bring NTDs to the barest minimum The seminar we organised on NTDs before the lockdown was put together to build capacity of laboratory personnel and scientists for improved diagnosis which is the bedrock of any control programme he said In 2017 WHO listed about 20 diseases as NTDs Among them six can be controlled or eliminated through mass administration of medicines or interventions The six NTDs are Dracunculiasis Guinea Worm Lymphatic Filariasis spread by mosquitoes Onchocerciasis river blindness Schistosomiasis second only to malaria as most devastating parasitic disease Others are Soil transmitted Helminths Ascaris Hookworm and Whipworm and Trachoma eye decease Edited By Kamal Tayo Oropo Olagoke Olatoye NAN
    COVID-19 pandemic can impact negatively on NTDs control- Medical Researcher
    Health3 years ago

    COVID-19 pandemic can impact negatively on NTDs control- Medical Researcher

    A medical researcher, Dr Babatunde Adewale, says the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic can impact negatively on the control and elimination of the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).

    Adewale, also a Deputy Director, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Yaba, Lagos, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lagos.

    NAN reports that Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are a diverse group of tropical infections, which are common in low-income populations in developing regions of Africa, Asia and America.

    Nigeria ranks first for the Neglected Tropical Diseases, NTDs, such as Schistosomiasis and Onchocerciasis, and third for lymphatic filariasis globally.

    According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Nigeria also has the greatest number of people infected with all the NTDs in Africa.

    Adewale said that due to the lockdown occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of NTDs activities, involving mass medicine administration, had been suspended.

    “This will definitely have negative impact on the wellbeing of the country.

    “For the NTDs targeted for control and elimination, the strategy is mass administration of medicine, which involves travelling and movement from one community to another to distribute drugs.

    “So, in the advent of COVID-19, it is no longer possible for now, because of the precautionary measures to curb the spread of the virus,” he said.

    Adewale explained that more efforts were needed in the areas of diagnosis to help actualise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target to reduce NTDs by 90 per cent by 2030.

    Adewale, also the Head, Public Health and Epidemiology Department at NIMR, said the institute had organised a seminar on the current techniques in effective laboratory diagnosis of NTDs as part of the efforts to enlighten health personnel.

    “It is only when we are able to diagnose, that is when we can map and control those areas where we have NTDs.

    “Having the right diagnosis will help the country to actualise the SDGs 2030 target to bring NTDs to the barest minimum.

    “The seminar we organised on NTDs before the lockdown was put together to build capacity of laboratory personnel and scientists for improved diagnosis, which is the bedrock of any control programme,” he said.

    In 2017, WHO listed about 20 diseases as NTDs. Among them, six can be controlled or eliminated through mass administration of medicines or interventions.

    The six NTDs are: Dracunculiasis (Guinea Worm), Lymphatic Filariasis(spread by mosquitoes), Onchocerciasis (river blindness), Schistosomiasis (second only to malaria as most devastating parasitic disease).

    Others are: Soil-transmitted Helminths(Ascaris, Hookworm and Whipworm) and Trachoma(eye decease).



    Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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