NCDC confirms additional 13 new cases of Lassa The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has confirmed 13 additional new cases of Lassa fever in seven days from five states,which were; Ondo, Edo, Kogi, Ebonyi and Imo. The NCDC in its epidemiological report made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday, said that, since the beginning of 2022, 70 per cent of infections had come from three states: Ondo (31 per cent), Edo (26 per cent), and Bauchi (13 per cent).
NAN reports that Lassa fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic illness caused by the Lassa virus.
People usually become infected with the Lassa virus through exposure to food or household items contaminated with urine or faeces of infected rats – present in several West African countries where the disease is endemic.
The virus could also be spread through infected bodily fluids.
The public health agency said that the country had recorded 165 deaths in 17 states.
The agency said,” In week 31 (Aug. 1 to 7), the number of new confirmed cases increased from 10 in week 30, 2022 to 13 cases.
These were reported from Ondo, Edo, Kogi, Ebonyi and Imo states.
“Cumulatively from week 1 to week 31, 2022, 165 deaths have been reported with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 18.8 per cent which is lower than the CFR for the same period in 2021 (23.1 per cent).
“In total for 2022, 25 States have recorded at least one confirmed case across 100 Local Government Areas.
“Of all confirmed cases, 70 per cent are from Ondo (31 per cent), Edo (26 per cent), and Bauchi (13 per cent) States,”.
The NCDC stated that the predominant age group affected were 21-30 years (Range.
zero to 90 years, Median Age: 30 years.
It said that the male-to-female ratio for confirmed cases was 1:0.8. “The number of suspected cases has increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2021. “No new Healthcare worker affected in the reporting week 31,” it said.
The NCDC, however, said that the National Lassa fever multi-partner, multi-sectoral Technical Working Group (TWG) had continued to coordinate the response activities at all levels.
NAN recalled that the number of suspected cases had increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2021. Meanwhile, the agency did not state if there were any new Healthcare workers affected in reporting week 31. Lassa fever was first discovered in Nigeria when two missionary nurses became ill with the virus in 1969. Its name is derived from the village of Lassa, where it was first documented.
Lassa fever is a viral infection carried by the multimammate rat Mastomys natalensis (M.
This is one of the most common rodents in equatorial Africa, found across much of sub-Saharan Africa.
Lassa fever mainly occurs in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, and Nigeria.
However, the Mastomys rat is common in neighbouring countries, so these areas are also at risk.
Once a Mastomys rat is infected with the virus, it can excrete trusted sources of the virus in its faeces and urine, potentially for the rest of its life.
As a result, the virus can spread easily, especially as the rats breed rapidly and can inhabit human homes.
The most common method of transmission is by consuming or inhaling rat urine or faeces.
It can also be spread through cuts and open sores.
The rats live in and around human habitation, and they often come into contact with foodstuffs.
Sometimes people eat the rats, and the disease can be spread during their preparation.
Person-to-person contact is possible via blood, tissue, secretions or excretions, but not through touch.
Sharing needles may spread the virus, and there are some reports of sexual transmission.
Lassa fever can also be passed between patients and staff at poorly equipped hospitals where sterilisation and protective clothing are not standard.
Meanwhile, a new vaccine shows promise to fight the Lassa virus.
Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch have achieved success with a new vaccine developed to fight Lassa Virus, a pathogen that causes Lassa fever.
Lassa fever is lethal in humans and nonhuman primates with a mortality rate as high as 70 per cent in hospitalized cases.
As many as 500,000 people are infected each year in West Africa.
Lassa fever may also induce serious long-lasting effects in survivors.
As many as one-third of those infected suffer hearing loss or other neurological complications.
The study, “A recombinant VSV-vectored vaccine rapidly protects nonhuman primates against heterologous lethal Lassa fever,” was published July 19 in Cell Reports.
The Ondo State Governor, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has warned Ebiras living in the state to flush out the criminals among them.
The warning is contained in a press statement issued on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, and made available to newsmen in Akure.
Akeredolu, who said that the Ebira people had lived together with the indigenes of the state for a very long time, implored them not to deviate from their farming trade.
The governor urged them to join hands with the government to rid the state of criminality.
The statement said the governor spoke at a closed door meeting with the leaders of the Ebira community.
Akeredolu said the meeting was summoned in the light of the June 5 church massacre in Owo and other kidnapping cases in the state.
He disclosed that the leaders of the Ebira community have been urged to get rid of criminals in their fold, to protect their names and integrity.
“We summoned this meeting with our brothers.
They are not new here but because of the recent developments that have to do with the Owo massacre and kidnappings, we have to call ourselves.
“I can assure you all that we have had very frank discussion and the leader of the Ebiras in Ondo State spoke on behalf of his people.
“We leave here today with the belief that our brothers, Ebira that are here would at the least work to ensure that there is security in Ondo State and in doing that we have charged them to discus with all their people.
“They have assured us they would do that and we want to call on our people that at least let us continue with our brotherliness and maintain the good relationship we have had with them in the past.
“We believe that it is not those who are residing here that came to perpetrate this crime.
That is what they have said and we should give them another chance.
“Let us live together in peace and I hope and pray that the Ebiras who are here in Ondo State will work with the government and security agencies to make sure that criminals are flushed out within our midst,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the delegation of Ebira leaders was led by Mr Odeyani Anabira.
The Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa and security chiefs in the state were also at the meeting.
Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, said the Araromi Seaside in Igbokoda, Ilaje Local Government area (LGA) would attract global attention to the state as a tourist centre.
Akeredolu, who said this on Friday in Akure, noted that the government had concluded arrangements to declare the Seaside a Tourism Zone.He said that the huge potentials of the State in tourism would no longer be left untapped, adding that the declaration would attract global attention to the state.
Akeredolu said that the development would be in partnership with La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort Ltd.He said that it would replicate the success stories of Tourism, particularly in Dubai, in the Sunshine State.
“We have reached an agreement to declare our waterfronts or shores, where we have a lot of advantage in the country, a Tourism zone,” he said.
Otunba Wanle Akinboboye, Chairman, La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort Ltd., said that the declaration would create jobs and drive revenue generation in the state.
Akinboboye said the declaration would provide a platform for the present and future generation to enjoy tourism to the fullest.
He said the natural tourist endowment of Sunshine State would be explored for the benefits of not only Nigerians, but the global community for the economic prosperity of the state.
“I am sure you are aware that there is 840 Kilometres of beachfront in Nigeria across six states in which Ondo state has the longest with almost 200 kilometers of it.
“The entire Dubai has a total of 70 kilometers of beachfront; they welcome over 15.9 million visitors every year.
“Just imagine if they spend a thousand dollars, multiply by 15.9 million people, that is what Mr Governor wants to replicate, to bring the entire world here,” he said.
Akinboboye said it would attract huge employment opportunities, adding that the state had several attractions of acquatic zone.
“We have the richest ocean because of limited operations of trollers, so our sea is extremely rich with different species of fish, prawns and the entire tourism activity that we believe very strongly will not only attract just Nigerians, but Africans in Diaspora.
“A declaration like this will attract the world to that area for business opportunities.
With this declaration, we in the state would have built a homogenous platform for tommorow’s people.
“The platform we are standing on today was built by yesterday’s people.
Mr Governor has begun the process of the platform for tomorrow’s people,” he said.
A stalwart of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, Mr Femi Adekanmbi, has lauded the appointment of Mr. James Abiodun Faleke as Secretary of the Presidential Campaign Council.
In a statement issued in Akure on Friday, Adekanmbi described the appointment as an affirmation of Faleke’s personality, alluring and charismatic figure with great appeal to members of the party and public.
“Faleke is an epitome of commitment and loyalty to the progressive ideals which the party stands for.
“His deep work ethics, sense of commitment with his wealth of experience to oversee all ramifications of the campaign for the party will ensure the emergence of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Sen. Kashim Shettima come 2023,’’ Adekanmbi noted.
According to him, Faleke has what it takes to work out strategies that will lead the party’s to victory.
“My brother, Hon. Faleke has all it takes to lead our party to victory.
The council will leverage on his intellectual prowess to lead us to a resounding victory by February.
“I have worked closely with him and I can attest to his sterling qualities.
“We both worked closely in 2012 during Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu’s campaign in the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, and in the build up to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s Presidential primaries.
“Faleke is a jolly good fellow and a core loyalist of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
I wish him well in his new assignment,” Adekanmbi said.
He added that Tinubu was the man to beat in the presidential election, saying that Tinubu was destined to dance on the stage of history, describing him as a strong man among men.
A 30-year-old commercial motorcyclist, Favour Ikuolere, was on Friday arraigned in an Okitipupa Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ondo State over alleged burglary and stealing of valuables worth N120, 000. The defendant, whose address was not given, is facing a three-count charge bordering on felony, burglary and stealing.
The prosecutor, ASP Zedekiah Orogbemi, told the court that the defendant on July 21, around 10:30 p.
m. burgled the house of one Mr Gbemiro Ajakaye at the outskirt of Okitipupa, along Okitipupa-Irele road in Okitipupa Magisterial district to commit felony.
He added that the defendant stole valuables like LG Video Recorder, Kchibo Transistor Radio and Infinix Android Phone, totaling N120,000, property of Ajakaye.
Orogbemi added that the offences were contrary to sections 412, 516 and 390 (9), Criminal Code, Cap. 37, Vol.1, Laws of Ondo State, 2006. The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against him.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Chris Ojuola granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100, 000 and a surety in like sum.
He added that the surety who must be residing within the court’s jurisdiction, must also present evidence of two year tax payment made to the state government.
He adjourned the case until Aug.17 for further hearing.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ondo State Command, has called on the public to give more intelligence information to security agencies and the corps, to tackle insecurity on highways.
Mr Ezekiel SonAllah, state Sector Commander, FRSC, made the call at the third quarter 2022 Sector Intelligence Operatives Retreat in Akure on Friday.
The theme of the retreat is; “Improve Intelligence Gathering to Enhance Road Safety Partnership for Innovation Intervention”.
SonAllah said that It behold on officers to be professional in discharge of their duties and improve on more information gathering to save lives on highways.
He noted that the retreat was organised for the Unit Intelligence Officers (UIO) and their assistants in all unit command in the state.
”The retreat is to update the knowledge of UIO for better performance.
There is need for UIO in all the commands to re-strategise and synergise with other security agencies to get intelligence information.
There is no agency that can do it alone.
“If that is done, I think we are on our way towards solving the problem of insecurity in the country, because in the course of our work we are always on the highway.
“And all criminals use either motorcycle or vehicles to perpetrate all manner of crimes.
“So, if our intelligence officers do the needful, relate and cooperate with other sister agencies, I am sure we will be able to ascertain the movement of persons,” he said.
The sector commander said that criminals were using highway to commit crime and road safety officials are always on highways to protect peoples’ live.
He further said that the corps marshal gave a marching order and made it mandatory that all motorcycle should be registered.
According to him, if the motorcycles are registered in the FRSC database, it can be tracked with ease.
“Security and safety are everybody business, we need to cooperate to ensure development of the country and we can discuss growth if there is peace,” he said.
Mr Peter Ameh, Acting Zonal Intelligence Officer, Osogbo, charged the operatives to enhance intelligence gathering for better service delivery.
Ameh, represented by Mr Olarewaju Bello, said that everybody in the society should see themselves as stakeholders in the issue of security, adding that when certain things happen it affect everybody.
“As we all know in our country today, we have security challenges which is not peculiar to any state.
“So, security issues is not about uniform personnel alone, whether FRSC, DSS, Army, Navy or Police; everybody has a role to play including clergymen and media for betterment of our country,”he said.
Also, Mr Oluwaseye Ajibade, Sector Intelligence Officer, Ondo state Command, said that the theme was chosen to widen the knowledge of operatives in the discharge of their duties and also place corps in the right perspective during difficult situation.
Ajibade said that the retreat would help personnel to be security conscious and synergise more with other sister agencies in fighting insecurity.
He added that it would foster unity and robust relationship among sister agencies for optimal productivity.
The ancient town of Owo was agog on Thursday with the commencement of the Bet9ja Ondo State Football League with an interesting encounter between Rufus Giwa FC and Wolfs Pack FC in an opening match.The Rufus Giwa Polytechnic Stadium, Owo, venue of the match, was filled to capacity with both spectators and dignitaries eager to catch the glimpse of the much anticipated state league.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 70 teams are participating in the league, with a total of 14 teams in the North Senatorial District.Two teams will qualify from the zone to participate in the Super 8 to decide the eventual winner of the tournament.The opening match for the North Senatorial District in the league, had the first half of the encounter ending 1-1 with both sides missing goal scoring chances.The second half was not left out of it own interesting moments as both teams kept fans glued to their seats until RUGIPO team doubled their efforts to make the game 2-1, winning the encounter to carry the maximum three points.Earlier, the Chairman of the Organising Committee, Yomi Seriki, commended the management of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic for making the facility available for the competition.Seriki allayed the fears of participants who feared that coming to a school environment for the match could be distrupted by students, who later formed the majority of the spectators.“I feel very happy that this committee decided to bring the kick-off for Bet9ja Ondo State Football League to this environment.“l’m sure all of us who are here have seen it all, the spectators have been wonderful; l’m quite impressed with what we have seen.“We have not made any mistake by bringing it to this environment, with what we have seen; well this is the beginning which is going to get better along the line.“They (RUGIPO) even presented a good football team.You could see the way and manner they matched up with their opponents, it can only get better,” he said.Also,The Chairman of Ondo State Football Association, Otunba Dele Ajayi, urged all teams to abide by the rules and regulations guiding the competition.Ajayi, who expressed joy over the number of spectators at the event, appreciated members of the committee “for a job well done so far”, urging them to continue with the vision of the state FA.Actions continue in the North Senatorial District for the next two weeks across designated venues in Owo and Ikare, as teams trade tackles.In continuation of match day one, Optimum FC will trade tackles with Shagari FC at Owo Township Stadium, while Odomode FC will battle Kakaraka FC at Ikare Stadium.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
Akwa Ibom is driving Nigeria’s latest COVID-19 surge as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirms 517 additional infections between Aug. 6 and Aug.11, 2022. The NCDC made this known via its official website on Thursday.
It said that out of the 517 additional infections recorded, Akwa Ibom reported 293 cases, while Lagos state recorded 101. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this is the highest case count in the month of August.
It overturned the previous record of 496 infections reported between July 28 and Aug. 1; and 412 infections reported between Aug. 2 and Aug. 5. The NCDC said that the 517 cases, which were recorded in 13 states and the Federal Capital Territory, have raised the total number of infections to 262,402. According to it, the FCT has 13 cases of the virus, Ekiti has 11, Delta and Kano reports nine each, Bayelsa has seven and Kaduna records six cases.
Others include Oyo- five, Abia- three, Kwara- two, Nasarawa -two and Plateau- two while five states – Cross River, Ogun, Osun, Ondo, and Sokoto reported zero cases.
The agency, however, said that 525 persons had been discharged in the last five days after recovering from the virus, thus bringing the total number of discharged persons to 256,006. It said that the death toll from the COVID-19 disease in the country stayed at 3,147 with no additional deaths reported on Thursday.
The NCDC stated that the report included a backlog of 258 cases in Akwa Ibom from July 3. It added that the states of Cross River, Ogun, Osun, Ondo, and Sokoto recorded zeros case.
It urged Nigerians to take practical steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “Let us all take responsibility to prevent the spread of the disease and limit the risk of infection among all ages.
“Get vaccinated, wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, coughb or sneeze into your elbow and report when sick,” it said.
NAN reports that the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) says no fewer than 28,120,290 of total eligible persons targeted for COVID-19 vaccination in the country are fully vaccinated.
The NPHCDA said that about 11,848,002 of the total eligible persons targeted for COVID-19 vaccination, were partially vaccinated.
Meanwhile, In the last five days, Yobe state moved up the ladder from 20th position to 18th and currently at 14 percent coverage of full vaccination.
The NPHCDA said that Enugu state was the best performing state in the South-East Zone based on fully vaccinated performance, having reached 17 per cent coverage.
The Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has arrested two suspects in possession of 100 bags of dry leaves, suspected to be Cannabis, worth N10 million in Abuja.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the FCT, DSP Josephine Adeh said this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
She said the dry leaves were concealed beneath fertilizers loaded in a Dangote truck, heading to Abuja from Ondo State.
Adeh said the truck was intercepted by police operatives attached to Zuba Divisional Police Headquarters following a tip off by Inspection Officers of the Dangote Group of Companies.
She said the inspection officers were strategically positioned for control and management of the fleet of trucks at intermittent locations.
Adeh said the suspects had admitted their involvement in the criminal conspiracy and the illegal possession of prohibited substances upon the arrest.
The police spokesperson said the suspects confirmed that the illegal commodity was worth N10 million and admitted that they were contracted and promised N400,00 each.
She said efforts were ongoing to arrest the fleeing members of the suspected criminal syndicate.
Adeh said the suspects and exhibits would be transferred to the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) upon the conclusion of the investigationShe said the Commissioner of Police (CP) in charge of the FCT, Mr Babaji Sunday, had expressed concern over the high rate of drugs and substance abuse.
Sunday said the command would continue to partner with the NDLEA to bring the menace of abuse to the barest minimum in the FCT.
The Ondo State Internal Revenue Service(ODIRS) on Thursday sealed seven business premises over alleged defaulting in payment of Land Use Charge.
The state revenue agency said it was acting in compliance with court orders.
The Deputy Head of Legal Department of ODIRS, Gregory Afuwape, told newsmen that the affected companies were in Akure South and Idanre Local Government areas of the state.
“The owners are aware of the court order because every statutory notice were served on them and some of them have not paid their Land Use Charge since 2017,” he said.
He advised defaulters, who their business premises were locked, to visit the ODIRS headquarters in Akure to pay their taxes.
He reiterated that the affected properties would remain sealed until the payment of their liabilities.
“Anyone found to have opened the premises after it has been sealed will be arrested by our monitoring team and charged for contempt of court,” he warned.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the sealed companies include; shopping malls, filling stations and sawmills.