The Ministry of Health has received an alert from the Ugandan Ministry of Health about the Ebola outbreak in the country.
This alert is in line with the East African Community Health protocols and further promotes good neighborliness.
I take this opportunity to thank the Government of Uganda very sincerely and assure them of our warmest regards as they move forward to contain the outbreak.
According to the report of the Ugandan authorities.
the outbreak was detected in Ngabano village in Madudu sub-county, Mubende district in central Uganda.
Only one fatal case has been reported so far, a 24-year-old man who died on September 19, 2022.
The victim had been treated for other symptoms before developing Ebola-like symptoms and signs.
Health officials in Uganda are currently conducting contact tracing to identify any close contacts of the deceased.
Six previous suspicious deaths are currently under investigation.
Uganda has reported Ebola incidents in the past, largely influenced by frequent outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The two countries share a long common border that is mostly porous.
It is important to note that there is substantial human trafficking between Uganda and Kenya for trade and other socio-economic activities.
The main mode of transport is by road, air and water (via Lake Victoria).
Some of the formal land crossings include border points like; Busia, Malaba, Lwakhakha, Suam and air travel via Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (J KIA), Kisumu International Airport, Moi International Airport and Eldoret International Airport.
In addition, there are numerous informal land and sea border points.
All of this puts Kenya at high risk of disease importation and therefore members of the public need to be vigilant and report any suspected cases.
Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a serious and often fatal illness in humans caused by the Ebola virus.
The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through person-to-person transmission.
Based on previous outbreaks, up to 67% of infected cases die.
Ebola can have a serious socioeconomic impact, as demonstrated in the 2014/2016 outbreak in West Africa.
It is estimated that the three most affected countries (Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone) lost more than 4.3 billion dollars.
In light of this information, the government has issued an alert to all counties to: • Be vigilant and enhance surveillance, especially at the border, • Activate rapid response teams to support the identification of any suspected cases and make prompt reports • Detection of people at risk population including travellers, truck drivers, bushmeat handlers and health workers • Raise awareness in the community to identify suspected cases • Raise awareness among health workers about Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) measures , case management, and specimen management • Mobilize all stakeholders to initiate prevention, preparedness, and response measures and the development of county EYO contingency plans.
As the Ministry takes these steps, and while we do not want people to panic, I am calling on members of the public to take extra precautions while visiting Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The general public is also advised to be wary of anyone with an acute onset of feyer and any of the following signs, especially if they have been in contact with people with a history of travel from Uganda and/or the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the previous three weeks; • Vomiting • Diarrhea • Abdominal pain • Headache • Sore throat • Measles-like rash • Red eyes • Bleeding from body openings.
If you come across such a person, notify the nearest health center or administrative officials, such as deputy chiefs, or immediately call the following hotline numbers: 0729 47 14 14 or 0732 35 35 35.
The Ministry of Health is committed to limiting threats to public health and will remain vigilant to ensure that Kenyans are well informed and protected against such threats, including infectious diseases, and that citizens continue to receive quality health services.
One person was killed while two others sustained injuries in a multiple accident involving seven vehicles at Ologuneru Area of Ibadan on Tuesday.
FRSC Sector Commander in Oyo State, Mr Joshua Adekanye, confirmed the accident to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Ibadan and said 10 persons were involved.
He said that vehicles involved were two trucks, two Toyota Camry cars, a KIA car and two motorcycles.
He attributed the cause of the accident to speed violation and loss of control on the part of one of the trucks.
Adekanye said the police took the dead to a mortuary, while the injured were taken to Ibadan Central Hospital by the FRSC.
Two mechanic apprentices, Simon Monday and Lawal Salisu, were on Thursday docked before a Kado Grade I, Area Court Abuja, for allegedly conspiring and stealing a vehicle engine.
The defendants, both of opposite Gwarimpa Ultra-Modern Plaza, Kado Life Camp, Abuja, were arraigned on two-count charges bordering on criminal conspiracy and theft.
The Prosecution Counsel, Ferdinand Orji, told the court that the complainant, Ayo Ariyo of Old Karmo, Abuja, reported the matter at the Life Camp Police Station on Aug. 13. Orji alleged that the defendants, who are apprentices to one Gbenga, the complainant’s colleague, approached him to give them key to a KIA bus parked in their workshop to be sleeping inside.
The prosecutor said on Monday when the complainant came to work, he was told that the boot of the said bus was opened and its engine valued at N500,000 kept in the boot had disappeared.
He added that during police investigation, the defendants, who were the only people that used to sleep in the workshop were arrested.
Orji said that every effort to recover the stolen engine proved abortive.
He said that the offence contravenes the provision of sections 97 and 288 of the Penal Code. The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Judge, Mohammed Wakili, therefore, admitted the defendants to bail of N200,000 each and one reliable surety with means of identification, in like sum.
Wakili adjourned the case until Sept. 29, for hearing.
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokić has been named the 2021-22 Kia NBA MVP, the NBA (www.NBA.com) announced today.
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This is the second Kia NBA MVP award for Jokić, who also earned the honor last season. Becomes the 13th player to win the award in consecutive seasons, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Stephen Curry, Tim Duncan, LeBron James, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Moses Malone, Steve Nash and Bill. Russell.
Jokić received 875 points (65 first-place votes) from a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters. Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid finished second with 706 points (26 first-place votes). Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo finished in third place with 595 points (nine first-place votes), followed by Phoenix Suns shooting guard Devin Booker in fourth with 216 points, and Dallas shooting guard Mavericks, Luka Dončić, in fifth place with 146 points. Players received 10 points for each first-place vote, seven points for each second-place vote, five points for each third-place vote, three points for each fourth-place vote, and one point for each fifth-place vote.
This is the first time that both the top three and four of the top five in Kia's NBA Most Valuable Player Award voting are international players, with Jokić (Serbia), Embiid (Cameroon) and Antetokounmpo ( Greece) in the top three. and Dončić (Slovenia) joining them in the top five. Jokić is the second European player to win the award more than once, joining Antetokounmpo, MVP in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.
In his seventh NBA season, Jokić averaged 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds, 7.9 assists, 1.47 steals and 0.85 blocks per game, setting career highs in every category except assists (second most high). Jokić, who appeared in 74 games and averaged 33.5 minutes, ranked sixth in the NBA in points, second in rebounds, eighth in assists, 12th in steals and 33rd in blocks per game. He led the league in total rebounds (1,019) and total defensive rebounds (813). His career-high 58.3 field goal percentage was the eighth-highest in the NBA.
Jokić, 27, became the first player in NBA history to record at least 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 assists in a season and the first player to average at least 25.0 points, 13.0 rebounds. and 6.0 assists in a season. He led the NBA in triple-doubles with 19 and double-doubles with 66, both single-season records for a Nuggets player.
Jokić earned his fourth consecutive NBA All-Star selection and his second consecutive All-Star start. He was twice named Kia's NBA Western Conference Player of the Month (January and March/April) and NBA Western Conference Player of the Week (January 24 and April 4).
Behind Jokić, the Nuggets (48-34) qualified for the NBA Playoffs presented by Google Pixel for the fourth straight season. With Denver trying to clinch a playoff berth at the end of the season, Jokić averaged 35.7 points, 16.3 rebounds, 7.4 assists and 2.14 steals in his last seven games.
The Nuggets selected Jokić with the 41st overall pick during the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft. Last season, he became the lowest-drafted player to win the NBA's Most Valuable Player Award. Kia, with the exception of three-time winner Moses Malone, who was not selected in the NBA Draft.
Jokić will receive a special edition 75th anniversary commemorative trophy today to celebrate the honor, in addition to the Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award, which he will receive later. Composed of a solid crystal basketball, the commemorative trophy features the 3D laser-engraved NBA 75 logo suspended in its center.
Voting results for the 2021-22 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award are below. The vote was tabulated by the independent accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP. Complete ballots for each voter will be posted on PR.NBA.com after the announcement of all end-of-season awards.
VOTING RESULTS: 2021-22 KIA NBA MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARD
1st place votes
2nd place votes
3rd place votes
4th place votes
5th place votes
Nikola Jokic (Denver)
Joel Embiid (Philadelphia)
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee)
Devin Booker (Phoenix)
Luka Doncić (Dallas)
Ja Morant (Memphis)
Stephen Curry (Golden State)
Chris Paul (Phoenix)
DeMar DeRozan (Chicago)
LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers)
Below is Kia's list of NBA Most Valuable Player Award winners.
KIA NBA MVP WINNERS
1955-56 - Bob Pettit, St. Louis
1956-57: Bob Cousy, Boston
1957-58: Bill Russell, Boston
1958-59 - Bob Pettit, St. Louis
1959-60 - Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia
1960-61 - Bill Russell, Boston
1961-62 - Bill Russell, Boston
1962-63 - Bill Russell, Boston
1963-64: Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati
1964-65 - Bill Russell, Boston
1965-66 - Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia
1966-67 - Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia
1967-68 - Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia
1968-69: Wes Unseld, Baltimore
1969-70 - Willis Reed, New York
1970-71: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee
1971-72: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee
1972-73: Dave Cowens, Boston
1973-74: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee
1974-75 - Bob McAdoo, Buffalo
1975-76: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, LA Lakers
1976-77: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, LA Lakers
1977-78: Bill Walton, Portland
1978-79 - Moses Malone, Houston
1979-80: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, LA Lakers
1980-81: Julius Erving, Philadelphia
1981-82 - Moses Malone, Houston
1982-83 - Moses Malone, Philadelphia
1983-1984 - Larry Bird, Boston
1984-1985: Larry Bird, Boston
1985-1986: Larry Bird, Boston
1986-87: Magic Johnson, LA Lakers
1987-88: Michael Jordan, Chicago
1988-89: Magic Johnson, LA Lakers
1989-90: Magic Johnson, LA Lakers
1990-91: Michael Jordan, Chicago
1991-92: Michael Jordan, Chicago
1992-1993: Charles Barkley, Phoenix
1993-94: Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston
1994-95 - David Robinson, San Antonio
1995-96: Michael Jordan, Chicago
1996-97: Karl Malone, Utah
1997-98: Michael Jordan, Chicago
1998-99: Karl Malone, Utah
1999-00: Shaquille O'Neal, LA Lakers
2000-01: Allen Iverson, Philadelphia
2001-02: Tim Duncan, San Antonio
2002-03: Tim Duncan, San Antonio
2003-04: Kevin Garnett, Minnesota
2004-05: Steve Nash, Phoenix
2005-06: Steve Nash, Phoenix
2006-07: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas
2007-08: Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers
2008-09: LeBron James, Cleveland
2009-10: LeBron James, Cleveland
2010-11: Derrick Rose, Chicago
2011-12: LeBron James, Miami
2012-13: LeBron James, Miami
2013-14: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City
2014-15: Stephen Curry, Golden State
2015-16: Stephen Curry, Golden State
2016-17 – Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City
2017-18: James Harden, Houston
2018-19: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee
2019-20: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee
2020-21: Nikola Jokic, Denver
2021-22: Nikola Jokic, Denver
The top 18 finalists of the Miss Nigeria 2021 beauty pageant have been featured as the organization prepares to crown the 44th beauty queen.
The opening cocktail took place at the KIA Showroom on Lagos' Victoria Island, and featured representatives from the press, Nigerian corporations and members of the entertainment industry such as Osas Ighodaro, Uti Nwachukwu, Denrele Edun, Alex Unusual, Anto Lecky , Dianne Russet, Mike Edwards, IK Onyema present.
Guests enjoyed sumptuous snacks and champagne in the showroom amid much fun, glitz and glamor.
The 18 finalists had an interactive session with guests and members of the press where they shared their goals, aspirations and plans should they emerge victorious and win the prestigious title of Miss Nigeria.
Guests praised the organization's efforts to maintain the quality of queens that have been produced since its inception.
Guests were impressed with the excellent crop of finalists who were eloquent and precise about their mission to use the Miss Nigeria organization to empower their nation and women beyond beauty.
Speaking about the opening cocktail and the selection of the 18 finalists, the current creative director of Miss Nigeria, who was Miss Nigeria 2013, Ezinne Akudo, revealed that “this year's selection has been quite complicated due to the large volume of entries.
“However, it has been very rewarding. Beyond their looks, each of these incredible ladies brings something unique to the table and we can't wait to see which one of them wears the crown as the 44th Miss Nigeria. "
Miss Nigeria, formed in 1957 with the motto "Empowering Women Beyond Beauty" is an annual beauty pageant that showcases the positive attributes of Nigerian women.
The winner portrays exemplary qualities and serves as a role model for the country's young women.
The grand finale of the 44th Miss Nigeria pageant will be held on December 17 at the Landmark Convention Center, with the winner taking home $ 10 million, a new car, a 1-year residency in a luxury apartment, and a lucrative brand ambassador. opportunities.
A Myanmar ethnic rebel group has locked down a town on the porous China border following a Covid-19 spike, it said Thursday, as Beijing battles a Delta-driven outbreak that has spread across the country.
Almost 2,000 cases had been detected in the town of Laiza, said a spokesman for the (KIA), a rebel group that controls swathes of territory bordering China’s Yunnan province.
The KIA has imposed a lockdown on the remote town of about 20,000 people since November 2 to contain the outbreak, Colonel Hein Wawm told AFP.
People are not allowed to enter or leave the town and residents have been ordered to stay home unless buying food.
Most of the cases were detected in a school, the spokesman said, adding that the group was working to arrange supplies of food to the town.
A surge in cases in Myanmar in June and July spooked authorities on the other side of its 2,000-kilometre frontier with China, where officials are waging a “zero-case” war on Covid-19.
Beijing closed border crossings and increased patrols to prevent a feared influx of Myanmar refugees fleeing post-coup violence.
During the virus wave the KIA inoculated 10,000 people at their Laiza headquarters with Chinese jabs, a spokesman previously told AFP.
China — the Myanmar junta’s main ally — has sent millions of vaccines doses to the military government. Beijing has refused to describe the army’s February ouster of a civilian administration as a coup.
Daily infections in the Southeast Asian country of 54 million are falling, according to figures published by state media, which reported 1,180 new cases and 14 deaths on Wednesday.
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By David Adeoye
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, said he would soon expose the people by politicizing the security concerns in the state.
Makinde said this on Sunday while addressing the congregation at St. Peters Anglican Cathedral, Aremo, Ibadan.
The governor, who admitted that the state had security concerns, however said it was not unique to the state but nationally.
He said security shouldn't be politicized, “but if they politicize security issues because they want to be in power in 2023, that means they're making a mistake.
“If there is no state of Oyo or Nigeria by 2023 because of the politicization of security; who and what are they going to rule? He asked.
The governor said he and those working with him took the time to investigate reports of statewide security concerns.
The governor implored those behind the politicization of security challenges in the state due to their political ambitions in 2023 to seek the face of God instead of engaging in actions that could trigger insecurity in the state .
Makinde took the opportunity to X-ray his administration's efforts so far to deal with the threat of insecurity.
Among the efforts were the purchase of 100 units of KIA cars equipped with communications gadgets for security agencies and the reestablishment of the Swift Response Squad and Operation Burst.
Others are the purchase of all communication equipment by security guards and the creation of an Amotekun security team with 1,500 bodies.
He reassured all residents of the state that his government will not rest until every nook and cranny of Oyo state is secure.
The governor further congratulated the Christians and all the people of Oyo State on the celebration of Easter and urged them to forgive each other.
Previously, the diocesan archbishop of the diocese of Ibadan North, Mgr. Segun Okubadejo, instructed every Christian to imitate the teachings and ways of life of Jesus Christ.
He urged Nigerians not to give in to pray to Almighty God for the restoration of peace and a secure nation. (NOPE)(NAN)
Udoh, while reacting to an online petition calling on the Nigerian government to lift the ban on all sports activities, questioned the wisdom behind the ban now in its seventh month.
The top referee told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja that shutting down sports while public places with higher density of people had been opened had no justification.
“The smallest market has more people doing business than any sports activities would ever have spectators. So, why should markets open but sports activities can’t hold?
“Those making these decisions have to come out and tell us the rationale behind suppressing sports activities, especially football, which is the lifeline of many youths in this country.
“The mental and physical health of players, coaches, referees, administrators and many others is also at great risk.
“Many of these people depend on sports activities for their livelihood. There is no excuse anyone will come out with to justify the continued ban on sports activities,” he said.
Udoh, who recently had a successful Achilles surgery following a career-threatening injury, argued that sports activities had since returned to countries worse hit by the pandemic than Nigeria.
“We can resume football without fans, as done in Europe and even South Africa here in our continent. Nigeria hasn’t been as badly hit by the pandemic as Italy, the UK, Spain, France and South Africa.
“Yet, sports activities have resumed in those countries for months now. How many players, officials, journalists and other stakeholders will come together in a typical league match?” he asked.
Udoh said it was gratifying to see that the media was waking up to its responsibility, even if it was coming a little late.
“The agitation for the ban on sports activities to be lifted is coming rather late. It ought to have started earlier and that is where the media comes in.
“I am surprised that, until now, journalists were not pushing the agenda for the ban on sports to be lifted.
“It’s easy to criticise referees when they make mistakes.
“Journalists should also use the same energy to call attention to the plight of those whose lives depend on sports. The press was too quiet for too long on this issue,” he said.
Sports activities have been badly affected by the outbreak of COVID-19, with major international and local tournaments either postponed or suspended.
The Nigerian football leagues have also been affected, with the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), Nigeria National League (NNL), Nationwide League One (NLO) and Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) all suspended.
Udoh said, like other stakeholders, referees were bearing the brunt of football inactivity.
“We are all losers in this situation. For example, referees have been invited for courses in Cairo, Egypt but no Nigerian referee was invited because our leagues have been dormant.
“But Nigerian referees are stranded because we don’t even know what is happening in the world of refereeing anymore,” he said.
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As part of efforts to tackle the prevailing security challenges confronting the country, the Nigerian Army has taken delivery of more sophisticated platforms and war equipment for its operations.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Baratai, disclosed this at the opening of the Chief of Army Staff’s combined first, second and third quarters conference, on Tuesday in Maiduguri.
Buratai stated that while some of the platforms were procured from foreign sources, some were sourced locally through local ingenuity and collaborations.
“To this end, the Nigerian army recently took delivery of key platforms to reinvigorate our operations.
“These include the VT4 and FT1 tanks, the KIA light tactical vehicles as well as the SH2 and SH5 self-propel artillery guns.
“Post treatment training is ongoing on this equipment and they would soon be inducted into the theatre.
“The Nigerian Army received some armoured personnel carrier from Jordan and we are expecting the delivery of other major capabilities.
“Furthermore, through local ingenuity, Nigerian Army facilitated the production and delivery of the pro-force MRAPs, Ezugwu MRAPS as well as the Conqueror and Champion barriers.
“Despite teething challenges in the new innovation, these platforms have no doubt enhanced the effectiveness of our troops across various theatres.
“We will continue to work assiduously to ensure that we support all operations with equipment and platforms,’’ he said.
Buratai however, urged the commanders to ensure judicious deployment of the assets in order to justify the huge resources expended on them by the Federal Government.
He said the ongoing operations in different parts of the country to curtail the activities of criminals had witnessed tremendous successes.
The COAS said the military had done well in curtailing the activities of insurgents, armed bandits, kidnappers and cattle rustlers, as well as farmer-herder clashes and other crimes.
He urged the field commanders to sustain the tempo of operation to ensure the total decimation of all the inimical forces across the country.
According to Buratai, the Nigerian Army had done well in operation Lafiya Dole and the recently launched operation Sahel Sanity in the North West to rid the Katsina, Zamfara, corridors of marauding bandits.
“Similarly, operation Hadarim Daji is very active in other parts of the 8 Division area of operation in order to curb incessant farmers and herders’ clashes.
“Also, since its establishment with headquarters in Doma, the 4 Special Forces Commend in conjunction with the Guards Brigade has conducted impactful operations in Nasarawa State.
“I am happy to observe that the various operations are currently achieving the desired objectives,’’ he said.
Buratai, while paying tribute to fallen officers and soldiers, said that the army had put in place elaborate housing programme for the families of the killed-in-action personnel.
He also assured that comprehensive medical treatment for all wounded personnel would always be accorded the highest priority.
Buratai said the ongoing construction of the Nigerian Army Reference Hospital in Maiduguri and Abakiliki are just a few of several measures in this regard.
The Army chief commended the media and public for their understanding and positive change of perception regarding the Nigerian Army, adding that the media remained a powerful force in ensuring a progressive society.
He also emphasised the need for enhanced collaboration in tackling security challenges through positive, constructive and conscious media reportage.
Buratai commended the collaboration of sister services and other security agencies, and called for more support and collaboration towards making the country safe for all.
He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum for their support towards defeating terrorism and ensuring peace and stability in the north east.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Razak Owolabi
A sensational first half hat-trick from Ollie Watkins helped Aston Villa to a stunning 7-2 victory over Liverpool in the English Premier League (EPL) on Sunday.
It was a result which not only ended the champions’ 100 per cent start to the season, but also was a severe humbling.
Liverpool started badly at Villa Park as a poor pass from Adrian —- deputising for Alisson in goal for the visitors — gifted Watkins the opener in the fourth minute.
If there was an element of good fortune about Watkins’ first goal in an Aston Villa shirt, his second was all his own fine work.
He cut inside before firing into the top corner to stun the champions and make it 2-0 in the 22nd minute.
Mohamed Salah’s fine left foot finish seemed to get Liverpool back in the game in the 33rd minute, but John McGinn’s deflected strike two minutes later restored Aston Villa’s two-goal advantage.
Watkins completed his hat-trick inside 39 minutes.
Former Everton midfielder Ross Barkley —- making his debut after joining Aston Villa on loan —- made it five 10 minutes into the second half.
Salah did give Liverpool hope on the hour mark, before a late double from Grealish completed a remarkable victory for the team which just avoided relegation last season.
Edited By: Olawale Alabi)