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  •  Ogun known as the gateway state has emerged as the best exhibitors at the just concluded International Arts and Crafts Expo INAC This was announced during the closing ceremony of the expo held in Abuja on Saturday with the theme Networking Nigerian Crafts to the World The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ogun has maintained the first position in two consecutive years in 2021 and now 2022 The state was also rated the best in pavilion design products design in textiles and fashion metal and brass works and the most enterprising exhibitor Lagos state got the second position while Katsina Bauchi and the Federal Capital Territory got the third position Mr Olusegun Olaotan Permanent Secretary Ogun Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture expressed excitement over the victory Olaotan said that the state would be working harder to maintain the position in subsequent years Today is the happiest day of my life it is something that we dreamt of our governor gave us a mandate to emerge clinch position like last year We worked for it we were expecting it and it has come we are very happy as a people government and citizens of Nigeria This shows that the government of Ogun is making meaningful impact in arts and craft development not only locally but internationally he said Indian pavilion NAN reports that China Burkina Faso and Katsina state got the best merchandising pavilion awards The best product design awards in textile and fashion went to India Mali Ogun and Lagos states while Ogun Anambra and Kogi got the best in metal works Venezuela Akwa Ibom and Lagos states won the best product design in wood works and Bauchi state got the best in calabash design The best product design in pottery and ceramics awards went to Iran Bulgaria and the Federal Capital Territory while Bauchi and Akwa Ibom won the best in raffia works Malaysia Cuba as well as Trinidad and Tobago got the best product design in gastronomy For the best product design in ornaments beads and jewelry designs Sudan Republic of Benin and Lagos emerged winners Handmade Genius Limited won the best exhibiting non governmental organisation For the best product design awards in new innovation waste to wealth Lebanon and South Korea emerged winners while China Federal Capital Territory and Lubcon Limited won most attractive packaging Tanzania Spain and Syria won best exhibitors in e marketing and for the best exhibitors in networking strategy Philippines Bangladesh and Lubcon limited won NewsSourceCredit NAN
     Ogun clinches 1st position at international arts and crafts expo
     Ogun known as the gateway state has emerged as the best exhibitors at the just concluded International Arts and Crafts Expo INAC This was announced during the closing ceremony of the expo held in Abuja on Saturday with the theme Networking Nigerian Crafts to the World The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ogun has maintained the first position in two consecutive years in 2021 and now 2022 The state was also rated the best in pavilion design products design in textiles and fashion metal and brass works and the most enterprising exhibitor Lagos state got the second position while Katsina Bauchi and the Federal Capital Territory got the third position Mr Olusegun Olaotan Permanent Secretary Ogun Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture expressed excitement over the victory Olaotan said that the state would be working harder to maintain the position in subsequent years Today is the happiest day of my life it is something that we dreamt of our governor gave us a mandate to emerge clinch position like last year We worked for it we were expecting it and it has come we are very happy as a people government and citizens of Nigeria This shows that the government of Ogun is making meaningful impact in arts and craft development not only locally but internationally he said Indian pavilion NAN reports that China Burkina Faso and Katsina state got the best merchandising pavilion awards The best product design awards in textile and fashion went to India Mali Ogun and Lagos states while Ogun Anambra and Kogi got the best in metal works Venezuela Akwa Ibom and Lagos states won the best product design in wood works and Bauchi state got the best in calabash design The best product design in pottery and ceramics awards went to Iran Bulgaria and the Federal Capital Territory while Bauchi and Akwa Ibom won the best in raffia works Malaysia Cuba as well as Trinidad and Tobago got the best product design in gastronomy For the best product design in ornaments beads and jewelry designs Sudan Republic of Benin and Lagos emerged winners Handmade Genius Limited won the best exhibiting non governmental organisation For the best product design awards in new innovation waste to wealth Lebanon and South Korea emerged winners while China Federal Capital Territory and Lubcon Limited won most attractive packaging Tanzania Spain and Syria won best exhibitors in e marketing and for the best exhibitors in networking strategy Philippines Bangladesh and Lubcon limited won NewsSourceCredit NAN
     Ogun clinches 1st position at international arts and crafts expo
    General news4 months ago

     Ogun clinches 1st position at international arts and crafts expo

    Ogun, known as the ‘gateway state’ has emerged as the best exhibitors at the just-concluded International Arts and Crafts Expo (INAC). 

    This was announced during the closing ceremony of the expo held in Abuja on Saturday, with the theme “Networking Nigerian Crafts to the World”.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ogun has maintained the first position in two consecutive years, in 2021 and now 2022.The state was also rated the best in pavilion design, products design in textiles and fashion; metal and brass works and the most enterprising exhibitor.

    Lagos state got the second position while Katsina, Bauchi and the Federal Capital Territory got the third position.

    Mr Olusegun Olaotan, Permanent Secretary, Ogun Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture expressed excitement over the victory.

    Olaotan said that the state would be working harder to maintain the position in subsequent years.

    ” Today is the happiest day of my life, it is something that we dreamt of, our governor gave us a mandate to emerge clinch position like last year.

    “We worked for it, we were expecting it and it has come, we are very happy as a people, government and citizens of Nigeria.

    ” This shows that the government of Ogun is making meaningful impact in arts and craft development, not only locally, but internationally,” he said.

    Indian pavilionNAN reports that China, Burkina Faso and Katsina state got the best merchandising pavilion awards.

    The best product design awards in textile and fashion went to India, Mali, Ogun and Lagos states, while Ogun, Anambra and Kogi got the best in metal works.

    Venezuela, Akwa Ibom and Lagos states won the best product design in wood works and Bauchi state got the best in calabash design.

    The best product design in pottery and ceramics awards went to Iran, Bulgaria and the Federal Capital Territory, while Bauchi and Akwa Ibom won the best in raffia works.

    Malaysia, Cuba as well as Trinidad and Tobago got the best product design in gastronomy.

    For the best product design in ornaments, beads and jewelry designs, Sudan, Republic of Benin and Lagos emerged winners.

    Handmade Genius Limited won the best exhibiting non-governmental organisation.

    For the best product design awards in new innovation, waste to wealth, Lebanon and South Korea emerged winners,  while China, Federal Capital Territory and Lubcon Limited won most attractive packaging.

    Tanzania, Spain and Syria won best exhibitors in e-marketing and for the best exhibitors in networking strategy, Philippines, Bangladesh and Lubcon limited won.

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  •   The Deputy Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Ms Candith Mashego Dlamini will embark on a working visit to the Levant region from August 21 to 26 2022 The Deputy Minister will visit Palestine Jordan Lebanon and Syria The working visit aims to improve and strengthen bilateral relations between South Africa and the countries of the Levant This will include the formation of a Strategic Dialogue between Palestine and South Africa aimed at furthering the Palestinians desire to establish a sovereign and independent state The visit is expected to provide the Deputy Minister with an opportunity to exchange views on the latest developments in South Africa the SADC region and the African continent During her stay in Jordan Lebanon and Syria the Deputy Minister will hold meetings with her counterparts The meetings will aim to deepen relations between South Africa and these countries Deputy Minister Mashego Dlamini will be accompanied by the Director General of the Department Mr Zane Dangor and other officials The Director General will co chair the second round of the South Africa Palestinian Political Consultations to be held in Ramallah on 21 August 2022
    Vice Minister Mashego-Dlamini makes a Working Visit to the Levante region
      The Deputy Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Ms Candith Mashego Dlamini will embark on a working visit to the Levant region from August 21 to 26 2022 The Deputy Minister will visit Palestine Jordan Lebanon and Syria The working visit aims to improve and strengthen bilateral relations between South Africa and the countries of the Levant This will include the formation of a Strategic Dialogue between Palestine and South Africa aimed at furthering the Palestinians desire to establish a sovereign and independent state The visit is expected to provide the Deputy Minister with an opportunity to exchange views on the latest developments in South Africa the SADC region and the African continent During her stay in Jordan Lebanon and Syria the Deputy Minister will hold meetings with her counterparts The meetings will aim to deepen relations between South Africa and these countries Deputy Minister Mashego Dlamini will be accompanied by the Director General of the Department Mr Zane Dangor and other officials The Director General will co chair the second round of the South Africa Palestinian Political Consultations to be held in Ramallah on 21 August 2022
    Vice Minister Mashego-Dlamini makes a Working Visit to the Levante region
    Africa4 months ago

    Vice Minister Mashego-Dlamini makes a Working Visit to the Levante region

    The Deputy Minister for International Relations and Cooperation, Ms. Candith Mashego-Dlamini, will embark on a working visit to the Levant region from August 21 to 26, 2022.

    The Deputy Minister will visit Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

    The working visit aims to improve and strengthen bilateral relations between South Africa and the countries of the Levant.

    This will include the formation of a Strategic Dialogue between Palestine and South Africa aimed at furthering the Palestinians' desire to establish a sovereign and independent state.

    The visit is expected to provide the Deputy Minister with an opportunity to exchange views on the latest developments in South Africa, the SADC region and the African continent.

    During her stay in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, the Deputy Minister will hold meetings with her counterparts.

    The meetings will aim to deepen relations between South Africa and these countries.

    Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini will be accompanied by the Director General of the Department, Mr. Zane Dangor, and other officials.

    The Director General will co-chair the second round of the South Africa-Palestinian Political Consultations, to be held in Ramallah on 21 August 2022.

  •  The 15th edition of the International Arts and Craft Expo INAC began on Thursday in Abuja with no fewer than 25 countries and eight states in attendance The expo which is to hold from Aug 18 to Aug 20 has the theme Networking Nigerian Crafts to the World Some of the countries in attendance include China Cuba Spain Mali Tanzania Iran Phillipines Trinidad and Tobago Malaysia India Syria Venezuela Burkina Faso Bangledesh Soth Korea Lebanon Benin Republic Sudan and Libya among others Participants from Kaduna Lagos Ogun Katsina Akwa Ibom states and the FCT were also in attendance Chief Olusegun Runsewe Director General National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC convener of INAC said that the essence of the expo was to ensure Nigerian crafts are better projected to various countries of the world Runsewe said that it was also meant to promote cultural exchange programmes improve inter country collaborations in music arts drama and all According to him the expo will feature skill acquisition training for the youth free medical examination and care display of countries art documemtaries exhibitions of countries arts crafts and all This is another opportunity we have to showcase Nigerian crafts to the world and to let the world know that Nigeria is a safe place to be We want Nigerians to know that the creative industry is capable of tackling Nigerian insecurity problems by engaging the youth in our crafts for revenue generation he said Some of the exhibitors who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria commended the organisers of the expo and revealed their expectations Mrs Yadavi Ritu Martin an exhibitor from India said the main aim of participating in the expo was to learn from Nigerian culture and other countries Ritu Martin said that fabrics from the 31 states that make up India were exhibited as well as household handmade utensils made with copper brass and silver Another exhibitor from India Reena Saini said she had come to showcase and create awareness on the efficacy of Indian traditional medicines known as Ayurveda Mr Adeeb Al bodi Cultural Officer Syrian Embassy said Syrian handcrafts ranging from home decoratives kitchen utensils and body ornaments were on display Albodi commended organisers of the expo for a well organised environment He said some of the country s crafts displayed were Ibri Shayi a cup specially made for tea consumption Samawar material for home decoration Dhawulat Zahan an imitation of chess games and many other items Mr Mishaal Khadr Economic Attach Lebanon Embassy said he had always been intrigued with countries and states participation in the expo Khadr noted that Lebanon was participating to showcase the country s old history in arts and crafts He said the country was also out to market its organic olive oil soap which had lots of benefits to the skin acting as antioxidant and more We have our handmade aluminium plates home decoratives modern boxes organic soap made with 100 per cent olive oil we intend to make sales and create awareness for most of the products displayed Lebanon and Nigeria have some similarities in culture we have experienced lots of inter marriages we are looking forward to strengthening our relations I love Nigeria and what I will be taking away from here is Nigerian good food and beautiful music he said The delegates and exhibitors were thrilled as local artistes performed to their delight nannews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Abuja agog as 15th INAC begins with 25 countries in attendance
     The 15th edition of the International Arts and Craft Expo INAC began on Thursday in Abuja with no fewer than 25 countries and eight states in attendance The expo which is to hold from Aug 18 to Aug 20 has the theme Networking Nigerian Crafts to the World Some of the countries in attendance include China Cuba Spain Mali Tanzania Iran Phillipines Trinidad and Tobago Malaysia India Syria Venezuela Burkina Faso Bangledesh Soth Korea Lebanon Benin Republic Sudan and Libya among others Participants from Kaduna Lagos Ogun Katsina Akwa Ibom states and the FCT were also in attendance Chief Olusegun Runsewe Director General National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC convener of INAC said that the essence of the expo was to ensure Nigerian crafts are better projected to various countries of the world Runsewe said that it was also meant to promote cultural exchange programmes improve inter country collaborations in music arts drama and all According to him the expo will feature skill acquisition training for the youth free medical examination and care display of countries art documemtaries exhibitions of countries arts crafts and all This is another opportunity we have to showcase Nigerian crafts to the world and to let the world know that Nigeria is a safe place to be We want Nigerians to know that the creative industry is capable of tackling Nigerian insecurity problems by engaging the youth in our crafts for revenue generation he said Some of the exhibitors who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria commended the organisers of the expo and revealed their expectations Mrs Yadavi Ritu Martin an exhibitor from India said the main aim of participating in the expo was to learn from Nigerian culture and other countries Ritu Martin said that fabrics from the 31 states that make up India were exhibited as well as household handmade utensils made with copper brass and silver Another exhibitor from India Reena Saini said she had come to showcase and create awareness on the efficacy of Indian traditional medicines known as Ayurveda Mr Adeeb Al bodi Cultural Officer Syrian Embassy said Syrian handcrafts ranging from home decoratives kitchen utensils and body ornaments were on display Albodi commended organisers of the expo for a well organised environment He said some of the country s crafts displayed were Ibri Shayi a cup specially made for tea consumption Samawar material for home decoration Dhawulat Zahan an imitation of chess games and many other items Mr Mishaal Khadr Economic Attach Lebanon Embassy said he had always been intrigued with countries and states participation in the expo Khadr noted that Lebanon was participating to showcase the country s old history in arts and crafts He said the country was also out to market its organic olive oil soap which had lots of benefits to the skin acting as antioxidant and more We have our handmade aluminium plates home decoratives modern boxes organic soap made with 100 per cent olive oil we intend to make sales and create awareness for most of the products displayed Lebanon and Nigeria have some similarities in culture we have experienced lots of inter marriages we are looking forward to strengthening our relations I love Nigeria and what I will be taking away from here is Nigerian good food and beautiful music he said The delegates and exhibitors were thrilled as local artistes performed to their delight nannews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Abuja agog as 15th INAC begins with 25 countries in attendance
    Entertainment4 months ago

    Abuja agog as 15th INAC begins with 25 countries in attendance

    The 15th edition of the International Arts and Craft Expo (INAC) began on Thursday in Abuja with no fewer than 25 countries and eight states in attendance.

    The expo which is to hold from Aug.18 to Aug. 20, has the theme: “Networking Nigerian Crafts to the World”.

    Some of the countries in attendance include: China, Cuba, Spain, Mali, Tanzania, Iran, Phillipines, Trinidad and Tobago, Malaysia, India, Syria, Venezuela, Burkina Faso, Bangledesh, Soth Korea, Lebanon, Benin Republic, Sudan and Libya among others.

    Participants from Kaduna, Lagos, Ogun, Katsina, Akwa Ibom states and the FCT were also in attendance.

    Chief Olusegun Runsewe, Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), convener of INAC, said that the essence of the expo was to ensure Nigerian crafts are better projected to various countries of the world.

    Runsewe said that it was also meant to promote cultural exchange programmes, improve inter-country collaborations in music, arts, drama and all.

    According to him, the expo will feature skill acquisition training for the youth, free medical examination and care, display of countries art documemtaries, exhibitions of countries’ arts, crafts and all.

    “This is another opportunity we have to showcase Nigerian crafts to the world and to let the world know that Nigeria is a safe place to be.

    “We want Nigerians to know that the creative industry is capable of tackling Nigerian insecurity problems by engaging the youth in our crafts for revenue generation,” he said.

    Some of the exhibitors who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria commended the organisers of the expo and revealed their expectations.

    Mrs Yadavi Ritu-Martin, an exhibitor from India, said the main aim of participating in the expo was to learn from Nigerian culture and other countries.

    Ritu-Martin said that fabrics from the 31 states that make up India were exhibited as well as household handmade utensils made with copper, brass and silver.

    Another exhibitor from India, Reena Saini, said she had come to showcase and create awareness on the efficacy of Indian traditional medicines known as “Ayurveda”.

    Mr Adeeb Al-bodi, Cultural Officer, Syrian Embassy, said Syrian handcrafts ranging from home decoratives, kitchen utensils and body ornaments were on display.

    Albodi commended organisers of the expo for a well organised environment.

    He said some of the country’s crafts displayed were: Ibri Shayi- a cup specially made for tea consumption; Samawar- material for home decoration; Dhawulat Zahan – an imitation of chess games and many other items.

    Mr Mishaal Khadr, Economic Attachė, Lebanon Embassy, said he had always been intrigued with countries and states’ participation in the expo.

    Khadr noted that Lebanon was participating to showcase the country’s old history in arts and crafts.

    He said the country was also out to market its  organic olive oil soap which had lots of benefits to the skin, acting as antioxidant and more.

    “We have our handmade aluminium plates, home decoratives, modern boxes, organic soap made with 100 per cent olive oil, we intend to make sales and create awareness for most of the products displayed.

    “Lebanon and Nigeria have some similarities in culture, we have experienced lots of inter-marriages, we are looking forward to strengthening our relations.

    “I love Nigeria and what I will be taking away from here is Nigerian good food and beautiful music,” he said.

    The delegates and exhibitors were thrilled as local artistes performed to their delight.

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  •   The spread of the monkeypox outbreak has been sporadic in the Eastern Mediterranean Region with 33 laboratory confirmed cases in 6 countries and no associated deaths reported Most cases have no history of travel to areas where the outbreak circulates widely The average age among reported cases is 31 years old but the age ranges from 8 to 59 Among the reported cases was an 8 year old boy in Lebanon The monkeypox outbreak is not exclusive to one group of people and anyone can get the disease by coming into direct skin to skin contact with someone who has symptoms or by touching infected objects said Dr Ahmed Al Mandhari WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean All of us are at risk So even if we have only a few cases in our Region let s take the risk seriously and take the necessary steps to stop transmission and protect people especially vulnerable groups The response to the monkeypox outbreak involves a comprehensive approach that engages and protects affected communities intensifies surveillance and public health measures strengthens clinical management and infection prevention and control in hospitals and clinics and accelerates research on the efficacy of vaccines therapies and other instruments The WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean is supporting Member States and partners in all these areas with a special focus on vulnerable groups New information about modes of transmission severity of illness therapy and vaccine efficacy is being revealed as more research is done Building on the lessons from COVID 19 the research is being integrated into overall monkeypox response efforts Although most people with monkeypox will recover without specific treatment within a few weeks the disease has the potential to cause serious complications that in some circumstances can lead to death During the current global outbreak there have been only 12 deaths out of more than 34 000 cases with none occurring in our Region But in previous outbreaks death rates have been much higher therefore we must take this new public health threat very seriously Monkeypox can also cause a variety of signs and symptoms including rash fever swollen lymph nodes fatigue headache and muscle aches Only a small percentage of patients will require hospital treatment and those at higher risk of serious illness or complications including pregnant people children and people who are immunocompromised It is still important to note that monkeypox is completely preventable and simple measures can reduce the risk of infection Currently the best of these is to avoid close contact with someone who has monkeypox Vaccine supplies are limited in quantity When these vaccines become available WHO recommends targeted vaccination for people exposed to someone with monkeypox and people at high risk of exposure including health care workers some laboratory workers and those with multiple sexual partners Unlike COVID 19 mass vaccination against monkeypox is not recommended due to the different mechanisms by which the disease is transmitted and because more targeted vaccination approaches may be effective in protecting people most at risk However data on the efficacy of these vaccines in preventing monkeypox in clinical practice and in field settings are still limited Many unknowns remain about its clinical effects and its most appropriate use in different contexts Furthermore to minimize the unnecessary negative impact of the disease on trade travel tourism or animal welfare and to avoid offending cultural social national regional professional or ethnic groups the WHO convened an ad hoc meeting with a group of scientists last week about considering changing the name of monkeypox After extensive review the group agreed to hold an open public consultation for a new disease name for monkeypox
    Update on the monkeypox outbreak in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
      The spread of the monkeypox outbreak has been sporadic in the Eastern Mediterranean Region with 33 laboratory confirmed cases in 6 countries and no associated deaths reported Most cases have no history of travel to areas where the outbreak circulates widely The average age among reported cases is 31 years old but the age ranges from 8 to 59 Among the reported cases was an 8 year old boy in Lebanon The monkeypox outbreak is not exclusive to one group of people and anyone can get the disease by coming into direct skin to skin contact with someone who has symptoms or by touching infected objects said Dr Ahmed Al Mandhari WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean All of us are at risk So even if we have only a few cases in our Region let s take the risk seriously and take the necessary steps to stop transmission and protect people especially vulnerable groups The response to the monkeypox outbreak involves a comprehensive approach that engages and protects affected communities intensifies surveillance and public health measures strengthens clinical management and infection prevention and control in hospitals and clinics and accelerates research on the efficacy of vaccines therapies and other instruments The WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean is supporting Member States and partners in all these areas with a special focus on vulnerable groups New information about modes of transmission severity of illness therapy and vaccine efficacy is being revealed as more research is done Building on the lessons from COVID 19 the research is being integrated into overall monkeypox response efforts Although most people with monkeypox will recover without specific treatment within a few weeks the disease has the potential to cause serious complications that in some circumstances can lead to death During the current global outbreak there have been only 12 deaths out of more than 34 000 cases with none occurring in our Region But in previous outbreaks death rates have been much higher therefore we must take this new public health threat very seriously Monkeypox can also cause a variety of signs and symptoms including rash fever swollen lymph nodes fatigue headache and muscle aches Only a small percentage of patients will require hospital treatment and those at higher risk of serious illness or complications including pregnant people children and people who are immunocompromised It is still important to note that monkeypox is completely preventable and simple measures can reduce the risk of infection Currently the best of these is to avoid close contact with someone who has monkeypox Vaccine supplies are limited in quantity When these vaccines become available WHO recommends targeted vaccination for people exposed to someone with monkeypox and people at high risk of exposure including health care workers some laboratory workers and those with multiple sexual partners Unlike COVID 19 mass vaccination against monkeypox is not recommended due to the different mechanisms by which the disease is transmitted and because more targeted vaccination approaches may be effective in protecting people most at risk However data on the efficacy of these vaccines in preventing monkeypox in clinical practice and in field settings are still limited Many unknowns remain about its clinical effects and its most appropriate use in different contexts Furthermore to minimize the unnecessary negative impact of the disease on trade travel tourism or animal welfare and to avoid offending cultural social national regional professional or ethnic groups the WHO convened an ad hoc meeting with a group of scientists last week about considering changing the name of monkeypox After extensive review the group agreed to hold an open public consultation for a new disease name for monkeypox
    Update on the monkeypox outbreak in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
    Africa4 months ago

    Update on the monkeypox outbreak in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

    The spread of the monkeypox outbreak has been sporadic in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, with 33 laboratory-confirmed cases in 6 countries and no associated deaths reported.

    Most cases have no history of travel to areas where the outbreak circulates widely.

    The average age among reported cases is 31 years old, but the age ranges from 8 to 59.

    Among the reported cases was an 8-year-old boy in Lebanon.

    “The monkeypox outbreak is not exclusive to one group of people, and anyone can get the disease by coming into direct skin-to-skin contact with someone who has symptoms or by touching infected objects,” said Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari.

    , WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean.

    “All of us are at risk.

    So even if we have only a few cases in our Region, let's take the risk seriously and take the necessary steps to stop transmission and protect people, especially vulnerable groups."

    The response to the monkeypox outbreak involves a comprehensive approach that engages and protects affected communities, intensifies surveillance and public health measures, strengthens clinical management and infection prevention and control in hospitals and clinics, and accelerates research on the efficacy of vaccines, therapies and other instruments.

    The WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean is supporting Member States and partners in all these areas, with a special focus on vulnerable groups.

    New information about modes of transmission, severity of illness, therapy, and vaccine efficacy is being revealed as more research is done.

    Building on the lessons from COVID-19, the research is being integrated into overall monkeypox response efforts.

    Although most people with monkeypox will recover without specific treatment within a few weeks, the disease has the potential to cause serious complications that, in some circumstances, can lead to death.

    During the current global outbreak, there have been only 12 deaths out of more than 34,000 cases, with none occurring in our Region.

    But in previous outbreaks, death rates have been much higher; therefore, we must take this new public health threat very seriously.

    Monkeypox can also cause a variety of signs and symptoms, including rash, fever, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, headache, and muscle aches.

    Only a small percentage of patients will require hospital treatment, and those at higher risk of serious illness or complications, including pregnant people, children, and people who are immunocompromised.

    It is still important to note that monkeypox is completely preventable and simple measures can reduce the risk of infection.

    Currently, the best of these is to avoid close contact with someone who has monkeypox.

    Vaccine supplies are limited in quantity.

    When these vaccines become available, WHO recommends targeted vaccination for people exposed to someone with monkeypox and people at high risk of exposure, including health care workers, some laboratory workers, and those with multiple sexual partners.

    Unlike COVID-19, mass vaccination against monkeypox is not recommended due to the different mechanisms by which the disease is transmitted and because more targeted vaccination approaches may be effective in protecting people most at risk .

    However, data on the efficacy of these vaccines in preventing monkeypox in clinical practice and in field settings are still limited.

    Many unknowns remain about its clinical effects and its most appropriate use in different contexts.

    Furthermore, to minimize the unnecessary negative impact of the disease on trade, travel, tourism or animal welfare and to avoid offending cultural, social, national, regional, professional or ethnic groups, the WHO convened an ad hoc meeting with a group of scientists last week about considering changing the name of monkeypox.

    After extensive review, the group agreed to hold an open public consultation for a new disease name for monkeypox.

  •   Lebanon receives 3rd Qatar s financial aid for health sector NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lebanon receives 3rd Qatar’s financial aid for health sector
      Lebanon receives 3rd Qatar s financial aid for health sector NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lebanon receives 3rd Qatar’s financial aid for health sector
    Foreign4 months ago

    Lebanon receives 3rd Qatar’s financial aid for health sector

    Lebanon receives 3rd Qatar’s financial aid for health sector
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  •   LLebanon s Foreign Ministry on Monday strongly condemned Israeli missile attacks on Syria and the use of the Lebanese airspace to launch the attack The ministry warned in a statement against the consequences of this aggressive behaviours and the continued violation of Lebanese sovereignty which constitutes a violation of international laws and treaties The ministry added that it would file a complaint to the UN Security Council asking it to intervene to formally end the ongoing Israeli violations On Sunday night Israeli warplanes fired several missiles from the direction of Beirut the capital of Lebanon on military sites in Syria s capital Damascus and the coastal city of Tartous killing three soldiers NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lebanon condemns Israeli attacks on Syria
      LLebanon s Foreign Ministry on Monday strongly condemned Israeli missile attacks on Syria and the use of the Lebanese airspace to launch the attack The ministry warned in a statement against the consequences of this aggressive behaviours and the continued violation of Lebanese sovereignty which constitutes a violation of international laws and treaties The ministry added that it would file a complaint to the UN Security Council asking it to intervene to formally end the ongoing Israeli violations On Sunday night Israeli warplanes fired several missiles from the direction of Beirut the capital of Lebanon on military sites in Syria s capital Damascus and the coastal city of Tartous killing three soldiers NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lebanon condemns Israeli attacks on Syria
    Foreign4 months ago

    Lebanon condemns Israeli attacks on Syria

    LLebanon’s Foreign Ministry on Monday strongly condemned Israeli missile attacks on Syria and the use of the Lebanese airspace to launch the attack.  

    The ministry warned in a statement against “the consequences of this aggressive behaviours, and the continued violation of Lebanese sovereignty which constitutes a violation of international laws and treaties.

    ”   The ministry added that it would file a complaint to the UN Security Council, asking it to intervene to formally end the ongoing Israeli violations.  

    On Sunday night, Israeli warplanes fired several missiles from the direction of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, on military sites in Syria’s capital Damascus and the coastal city of Tartous, killing three soldiers.

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  •   First ship carrying maize from Ukraine reaches final destination First ship carrying maize from Ukraine reaches final destination Maize Istanbul Aug 8 2022 A freighter carrying maize from Ukraine has reached Turkey becoming the first vessel to reach its final destination since a deal was made to release stores of food that have been stuck in Black Sea ports since the war began The Turkish flagged Polarnet reached Kocaeli on the Sea of Marmara on Monday state news agency Anadolu reported So far 10 grain ships have departed from Ukrainian ports according to the Turkish Defence Ministry with the Razoni the first to set off for Lebanon on Monday last week However its arrival has been delayed The shipments are taking place following a deal reached in July to release millions of tons of grain blockaded in the ports of Ukraine a critical food producer known as the breadbasket of Europe The shipments are seen as essential for stabilizing grain prices on global markets amid fears of famine in the Middle East and Africa Under the agreement Ukraine pledged to guide the ships through waters that have been mined and Russia promised to not target the ships and certain port infrastructure The deal s brokers the UN and Turkey are helping safely coordinate the exports and monitoring the shipments to make sure the vessels are not smuggling weapons into the war zone More than 20 million tons of grain from last year s harvest is still awaiting export the Ukrainian authorities said earlier this month YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    First ship carrying maize from Ukraine reaches final destination
      First ship carrying maize from Ukraine reaches final destination First ship carrying maize from Ukraine reaches final destination Maize Istanbul Aug 8 2022 A freighter carrying maize from Ukraine has reached Turkey becoming the first vessel to reach its final destination since a deal was made to release stores of food that have been stuck in Black Sea ports since the war began The Turkish flagged Polarnet reached Kocaeli on the Sea of Marmara on Monday state news agency Anadolu reported So far 10 grain ships have departed from Ukrainian ports according to the Turkish Defence Ministry with the Razoni the first to set off for Lebanon on Monday last week However its arrival has been delayed The shipments are taking place following a deal reached in July to release millions of tons of grain blockaded in the ports of Ukraine a critical food producer known as the breadbasket of Europe The shipments are seen as essential for stabilizing grain prices on global markets amid fears of famine in the Middle East and Africa Under the agreement Ukraine pledged to guide the ships through waters that have been mined and Russia promised to not target the ships and certain port infrastructure The deal s brokers the UN and Turkey are helping safely coordinate the exports and monitoring the shipments to make sure the vessels are not smuggling weapons into the war zone More than 20 million tons of grain from last year s harvest is still awaiting export the Ukrainian authorities said earlier this month YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    First ship carrying maize from Ukraine reaches final destination
    Foreign4 months ago

    First ship carrying maize from Ukraine reaches final destination

    First ship carrying maize from Ukraine reaches final destination First ship carrying maize from Ukraine reaches final destination MaizeIstanbul, Aug. 8, 2022 A freighter carrying maize from Ukraine has reached Turkey, becoming the first vessel to reach its final destination since a deal was made to release stores of food that have been stuck in Black Sea ports since the war began.

    The Turkish-flagged Polarnet reached Kocaeli, on the Sea of Marmara, on Monday, state news agency Anadolu reported.

    So far, 10 grain ships have departed from Ukrainian ports, according to the Turkish Defence Ministry, with the Razoni the first to set off for Lebanon on Monday last week.

    However, its arrival has been delayed.

    The shipments are taking place following a deal reached in July to release millions of tons of grain blockaded in the ports of Ukraine, a critical food producer known as the breadbasket of Europe.

    The shipments are seen as essential for stabilizing grain prices on global markets amid fears of famine in the Middle East and Africa.

    Under the agreement, Ukraine pledged to guide the ships through waters that have been mined and Russia promised to not target the ships and certain port infrastructure.

    The deal’s brokers – the UN and Turkey – are helping safely coordinate the exports and monitoring the shipments to make sure the vessels are not smuggling weapons into the war zone.

    More than 20 million tons of grain from last year’s harvest is still awaiting export, the Ukrainian authorities said earlier this month.

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  •  Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Thursday reiterated his commitment to achieving justice for the victims of the explosions that rocked the Beirut port in 2020 I assure the families of the victims that I am committed to achieving justice by revealing the complete truth through an impartial judicial process away from any fraud discretion or injustice I will hold accountable all those who are involved because no one is above the law Aoun said on the second anniversary of the tragic explosions Prime Minister Najib Mikati wished the souls of the victims rest in peace and the hearts of their loved ones soothed We will not reach justice without punishing the criminals There will be no resurrection for Lebanon without complete justice no matter how long it takes he said The families of the port blast victims on Thursday held a march in memory of their lost loved ones demanding authorities continue investigations into the accident The Beirut port was rocked by two big explosions on Aug 4 2020 killing over 200 people and wounding more than 6 000 others The blasts destroyed a big part of the city and had negative repercussions on the country s economy NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lebanon president vows justice for Beirut port explosion victims
     Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Thursday reiterated his commitment to achieving justice for the victims of the explosions that rocked the Beirut port in 2020 I assure the families of the victims that I am committed to achieving justice by revealing the complete truth through an impartial judicial process away from any fraud discretion or injustice I will hold accountable all those who are involved because no one is above the law Aoun said on the second anniversary of the tragic explosions Prime Minister Najib Mikati wished the souls of the victims rest in peace and the hearts of their loved ones soothed We will not reach justice without punishing the criminals There will be no resurrection for Lebanon without complete justice no matter how long it takes he said The families of the port blast victims on Thursday held a march in memory of their lost loved ones demanding authorities continue investigations into the accident The Beirut port was rocked by two big explosions on Aug 4 2020 killing over 200 people and wounding more than 6 000 others The blasts destroyed a big part of the city and had negative repercussions on the country s economy NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lebanon president vows justice for Beirut port explosion victims
    Foreign4 months ago

    Lebanon president vows justice for Beirut port explosion victims

    Lebanese President, Michel Aoun, on Thursday reiterated his commitment to achieving justice for the victims of the explosions that rocked the Beirut port in 2020. “I assure the families of the victims that I am committed to achieving justice by revealing the complete truth through an impartial judicial process away from any fraud, discretion or injustice.

    “I will hold accountable all those who are involved, because no one is above the law,” Aoun said on the second anniversary of the tragic explosions.

    Prime Minister Najib Mikati, wished the souls of the victims rest in peace and the hearts of their loved ones soothed.

    “We will not reach justice without punishing the criminals.

    There will be no resurrection for Lebanon without complete justice, no matter how long it takes,” he said.

    The families of the port blast victims on Thursday held a march in memory of their lost loved ones demanding authorities continue investigations into the accident.

    The Beirut port was rocked by two big explosions on Aug. 4, 2020, killing over 200 people and wounding more than 6,000 others.

    The blasts destroyed a big part of the city and had negative repercussions on the country’s economy.

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  •  The Black Sea Grain Initiative Joint Coordination Centre JCC has expressed hope that the success in shipping black grain from Ukraine will open door for more shipment from the country The first eagerly awaited commercial shipment of grain to leave the Ukrainian port of Odesa since Russia s invasion more than five months ago was cleared to proceed to Lebanon on Wednesday after a scheduled inspection stopover in Istanbul In line with the UN partnered Black Sea Grain Initiative that was facilitated by the Secretary General on July 22 the crew of the merchant vessel Razoni and its 26 000 tonne cargo of Ukrainian corn underwent checks lasting three hours The Sierra Leone flagged ship arrived in Istanbul s waters on Tuesday after sailing from Ukraine s main Black Sea port of Odesa on Monday A joint civilian inspection team comprising officials from the Russian Federation T rkiye Ukraine and the United Nations visited the merchant vessel Razoni on Wednesday JCC said in a statement This marks the conclusion of an initial proof of concept operation the statement stated It added that three ports in Ukraine were due to resume the export of millions of tonnes of wheat corn and other crops at a time of global food insecurity In addition to shipping millions of tonnes of food from Ukraine the initiative also envisages the export of fertiliser needed by the world s farmers under close monitoring It noted that the inspectors had spoken to the Razoni s crew and gained valuable information about the vessel s journey along the maritime humanitarian corridor in the Black Sea that was agreed by the signatories of the Black Sea Grain Initiative The JCC will use this voyage in its ongoing work on fine tuning procedures and processes to enable the continuation of safe passage of commercial vessels across the Black Sea under the Initiative NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ukraine: Black Sea grain shipment success raises hope for more
     The Black Sea Grain Initiative Joint Coordination Centre JCC has expressed hope that the success in shipping black grain from Ukraine will open door for more shipment from the country The first eagerly awaited commercial shipment of grain to leave the Ukrainian port of Odesa since Russia s invasion more than five months ago was cleared to proceed to Lebanon on Wednesday after a scheduled inspection stopover in Istanbul In line with the UN partnered Black Sea Grain Initiative that was facilitated by the Secretary General on July 22 the crew of the merchant vessel Razoni and its 26 000 tonne cargo of Ukrainian corn underwent checks lasting three hours The Sierra Leone flagged ship arrived in Istanbul s waters on Tuesday after sailing from Ukraine s main Black Sea port of Odesa on Monday A joint civilian inspection team comprising officials from the Russian Federation T rkiye Ukraine and the United Nations visited the merchant vessel Razoni on Wednesday JCC said in a statement This marks the conclusion of an initial proof of concept operation the statement stated It added that three ports in Ukraine were due to resume the export of millions of tonnes of wheat corn and other crops at a time of global food insecurity In addition to shipping millions of tonnes of food from Ukraine the initiative also envisages the export of fertiliser needed by the world s farmers under close monitoring It noted that the inspectors had spoken to the Razoni s crew and gained valuable information about the vessel s journey along the maritime humanitarian corridor in the Black Sea that was agreed by the signatories of the Black Sea Grain Initiative The JCC will use this voyage in its ongoing work on fine tuning procedures and processes to enable the continuation of safe passage of commercial vessels across the Black Sea under the Initiative NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ukraine: Black Sea grain shipment success raises hope for more
    Foreign4 months ago

    Ukraine: Black Sea grain shipment success raises hope for more

    The Black Sea Grain Initiative Joint Coordination Centre (JCC) has expressed hope that the success in shipping black grain from Ukraine will open door for more shipment from the country.

    The first, eagerly-awaited commercial shipment of grain to leave the Ukrainian port of Odesa since Russia’s invasion more than five months ago, was cleared to proceed to Lebanon on Wednesday, after a scheduled inspection stopover in Istanbul.

    In line with the UN-partnered Black Sea Grain Initiative that was facilitated by the Secretary-General on July 22, the crew of the merchant vessel Razoni and its 26,000-tonne cargo of Ukrainian corn underwent checks lasting three hours.

    The Sierra Leone-flagged ship arrived in Istanbul’s waters on Tuesday, after sailing from Ukraine’s main Black Sea port of Odesa on Monday.

    “A joint civilian inspection team comprising officials from the Russian Federation, Türkiye, Ukraine and the United Nations visited the merchant vessel Razoni on Wednesday,” JCC said in a statement.

    “This marks the conclusion of an initial ‘proof of concept’ operation,” the statement stated.

    It added that three ports in Ukraine were due to resume the export of millions of tonnes of wheat, corn and other crops at a time of global food insecurity.

    In addition to shipping millions of tonnes of food from Ukraine, the initiative also envisages the export of fertiliser needed by the world’s farmers, “under close monitoring.

    ’’ It noted that the inspectors had spoken to the Razoni’s crew and gained “valuable information” about the vessel’s journey along the maritime humanitarian corridor in the Black Sea that was agreed by the signatories of the Black Sea Grain Initiative.

    “The JCC will use this voyage in its ongoing work on fine-tuning procedures and processes to enable the continuation of safe passage of commercial vessels across the Black Sea under the Initiative.

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  •   Ukraine raises outlook for upcoming harvest amid war with Russia Ukraine raises outlook for upcoming harvest amid war with Russia Harvest Kiev Aug 4 2022 Ukraine has raised its outlook for this year s harvest forecasting it will bring in 10 per cent more crops in spite of Russia s continuing invasion Kiev expects to harvest 65 to 67 million tons of grain and oilseeds up from an initial estimate of 60 million tons Ukrainian Agriculture Minister Mykola Solsky said in a statement on Wednesday Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said 12 million tons of crops have already been harvested In total we exported 3 2 million of the required five million in June he said as exports gradually increase by rail road and the Danube ports Meanwhile the release of millions of tons of grain stored at Black Sea ports has also been widely greeted as a sign of hope in Ukraine known as the breadbasket of Europe The seaports are expanding these capacities considerably and farmers are getting new opportunities to sell their products Shmyhal said The food is urgently needed on the world market especially in Asia Africa and the Middle East The UN recently warned of an unprecedented world hunger crisis Under a deal agreed in July to lift Russia s months long blockade of the ports Ukraine pledged to guide the ships through waters that have been mined and Russia promised to not target the ships and certain port infrastructure The deal s brokers the UN and Turkey said they would help safely coordinate the exports and monitor the shipments to make sure the vessels were not smuggling weapons into the war zone The first ship loaded with 26 000 tons of corn passed through the Bosporus strait on Wednesday on its way to Lebanon YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ukraine raises outlook for upcoming harvest amid war with Russia
      Ukraine raises outlook for upcoming harvest amid war with Russia Ukraine raises outlook for upcoming harvest amid war with Russia Harvest Kiev Aug 4 2022 Ukraine has raised its outlook for this year s harvest forecasting it will bring in 10 per cent more crops in spite of Russia s continuing invasion Kiev expects to harvest 65 to 67 million tons of grain and oilseeds up from an initial estimate of 60 million tons Ukrainian Agriculture Minister Mykola Solsky said in a statement on Wednesday Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said 12 million tons of crops have already been harvested In total we exported 3 2 million of the required five million in June he said as exports gradually increase by rail road and the Danube ports Meanwhile the release of millions of tons of grain stored at Black Sea ports has also been widely greeted as a sign of hope in Ukraine known as the breadbasket of Europe The seaports are expanding these capacities considerably and farmers are getting new opportunities to sell their products Shmyhal said The food is urgently needed on the world market especially in Asia Africa and the Middle East The UN recently warned of an unprecedented world hunger crisis Under a deal agreed in July to lift Russia s months long blockade of the ports Ukraine pledged to guide the ships through waters that have been mined and Russia promised to not target the ships and certain port infrastructure The deal s brokers the UN and Turkey said they would help safely coordinate the exports and monitor the shipments to make sure the vessels were not smuggling weapons into the war zone The first ship loaded with 26 000 tons of corn passed through the Bosporus strait on Wednesday on its way to Lebanon YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ukraine raises outlook for upcoming harvest amid war with Russia
    Foreign4 months ago

    Ukraine raises outlook for upcoming harvest amid war with Russia

    Ukraine raises outlook for upcoming harvest amid war with Russia Ukraine raises outlook for upcoming harvest amid war with Russia HarvestKiev,  Aug. 4, 2022  Ukraine has raised its outlook for this year’s harvest, forecasting it will bring in 10 per cent more crops in spite of Russia’s continuing invasion.

    Kiev expects to harvest 65 to 67 million tons of grain and oilseeds, up from an initial estimate of 60 million tons, Ukrainian Agriculture Minister Mykola Solsky said in a statement on Wednesday.

    Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said 12 million tons of crops have already been harvested.

    “In total, we exported 3.2 million of the required five million in June,” he said, as exports gradually increase by rail, road and the Danube ports.

    Meanwhile the release of millions of tons of grain stored at Black Sea ports has also been widely greeted as a sign of hope in Ukraine, known as the breadbasket of Europe.

    “The seaports are expanding these capacities considerably, and farmers are getting new opportunities to sell their products,” Shmyhal said.

    The food is urgently needed on the world market – especially in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. The UN recently warned of an unprecedented world hunger crisis.

    Under a deal agreed in July to lift Russia’s months-long blockade of the ports, Ukraine pledged to guide the ships through waters that have been mined and Russia promised to not target the ships and certain port infrastructure.

    The deal’s brokers – the UN and Turkey – said they would help safely coordinate the exports and monitor the shipments to make sure the vessels were not smuggling weapons into the war zone.

    The first ship loaded with 26,000 tons of corn passed through the Bosporus strait on Wednesday on its way to Lebanon.

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