FG Insists No Polio Case Recorded In Cross River

Polio, Cross RiverThe Nigerian government has validated the position of the Cross River State government in the suspected case of polio in the state in south-south Nigeria.

The Incident Manager of the National Polio Emergency Operation Centre, Dr. Usman Adamu, made the clarification on Wednesday in a telephone interview with Channels Television.

Dr Adamu confirmed that the suspected polio case had been clinically diagnosed to be a deformity known as club foot.

He said there was no need to take sample from the child as the first polio diagnosis process revealed that the child’s leg was not flaccid, but a deformity that happened soon after the child was born.

The incident manager urged the people of the state not to panic as no polio case has been recorded.

Against Her Belief

Earlier, the Director General of Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Betta Edu, visited Ekpene Eki community in Odukpani Local Government Area of the state to inspect the case of Anthony Eyibio with a suspected case of polio.

Anthony’s mother, who has six other children speaking in vernacular pleaded with the Federal Government to assist her family bring back hope to Anthony who has been in the condition almost since he was born.

She admitted not to have visited any health center for Antenatal throughout the period of Anthony’s pregnancy nor had taken him for any vaccination which according to her, is against her belief.

As at Wednesday morning, the DG confirmed to Channels Television that, the World Health Organization team had already arrived the community and Anthony’s sample had been taken and will be immediately sent to the lab for testing and confirmation if his condition is as a result of polio or any other condition.

Dr. Edu was insisted that Cross River State was polio free.

“I will still insist that, Cross River State is Polio free. A lot has been done and a lot is still being done. Yesterday, I was was Ekpene Eki in person and we saw the child in question. We examined that child and that child,what we saw clinically has some form of Clocked foot.

“We have taken samples from that child and the samples as we speak has arrived Ibadan. The samples collected from the child would be looked at and the resumed sent back within a week. We do not have any case,any confirmed case of polio in the State,” he said.

The Federal Government had dispatched a team of experts from the Health Ministry and the Nigerian Centre For Disease Control to investigate the suspected polio case.

The case, involving an infant, was detected in Ekpene-Eki community of Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State and reported on Monday.

Anthony’s aunt had told Channels Television that it was noticed when he was about three months old.

She said that since the discovery of the symptoms in the child, he had remained without proper medical attention, as the only health facility in the area seemed to be unable to handle the case.

FG Deploys Experts To Investigate Polio Case In Cross River

Nigerian Government Launches Action Plan Against PneumoniaThe Federal Government has dispatched a team of experts from the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigerian Centre For Disease Control, to Cross River State to Investigate a suspected polio case.

The Minister of Health, Professor Issac Adewole, confirmed this to Channels Television via a phone interview.

The case, involving an infant, was detected in Ekpene-Eki community of Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State and reported on Monday.

The Minister, said that although he suspected the child’s leg may have been a case of deformity known as club foot, the Ministry would let Nigerians know the exact situation as soon as a proper diagnosis is done.

In an interview, the infant’s aunt stated that the symptoms in the child, had remained without proper medical attention, as the only health facility in the area, seemed not to be able to handle the case.

Director General of the Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Betta Edu, however insisted that Cross River State remained polio free.

In order to clear all doubts, she maintained that, “a surveillance team had been called to get samples from the child in order to test and have a concrete cause of the partial paralysis”.

She then added that until the test results were released, which would take less than a week, the main reason for Anthony’s condition could not be placed.

Fresh cases of wild polio virus were detected in Nigeria’s northeast state of Borno in 2016, dashing the country’s expectations of attaining polio-free status after two years of non-occurrence of the poliovirus.

The federal government had however responded swiftly by deploying large-scale immunization and surveillance systems to prevent more children from being affected.

Imo Residents Appeal For Improved Primary Health Care

HealthResidents of Imo state are calling on the government to intervene in the improvement of Primary health care systems in the state.

Channels Television visited Avu community in Owerri west local government area of the state, where it was observed that there was only one primary healthcare centre, which caters for a population of over 5,000 people in the vicinity.

The entire environment seemed to be plagued by lack of basic amenities and infrastructural decay, leaving residents with no other choice than to nurse their illnesses at home or resort to private clinics.

A patient who came to the community clinic for treatment , urged the government to provide the necessary amenities for the growth of the primary health care system.

One of the staff in the health center also enumerated some of the challenges they face in delivering quality health care to the people.

Poor Funding

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), believes that the poor primary healthcare services in Nigeria, has been as a result of inadequate funding of the health sector.

On the other hand, the Imo state government, in December 2016, organized a 2-day orientation workshop for the newly inaugurated board of the Imo State Primary Health Care Development Agency.

The board was set up by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, whose objective was to orientate the new technical team on steps towards full implementation of the Primary Health Care Under One Roof policy, by the federal government.

By so doing, they also plan correct all the wrongs associated with the sector in the state.

With the inauguration of the new board, there are hopes that the health care systems in the state would be revived as soon as possible.

 

Syrian Rebel Groups Suspend Planned Peace Talks

Syria CeasefireSome Syrian rebel groups say they are suspending participation in the preparations for peace talks initially planned by Russia and Turkey for later in January.

A statement, signed by a number of groups, revealed that the groups were seizing their participation due to a government-led assault on Wadi Barada, a rebel-held area near Damascus that is key to the capital’s water supply.

They said the region has been subjected to almost-daily attacks by Syrian forces and their Hezbollah allies.

The Syrian government on the other hand, says the area does not fall under the ceasefire agreement, given the presence of jihadist group Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS), which it says is excluded from the deal.

Turkey and Russia brokered the ceasefire deal last Thursday, and it has mostly held since then.

The peace talks are due to be held in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Former Hong Kong Leader Donald Tsang On Trial

hong-kongThe former leader of Hong Kong, Donald Tsang, is on trial for corruption which took place near the end of his term, between 2010 and 2012.

Mr Tsang pleaded not guilty to three charges of bribery and misconduct, relating to a luxury flat in China.

He is the highest-ranking retired official to be tried for corruption in Hong Kong and faces possible jail time in a case that has worried a city known for its clean reputation.

The former leader was popular when he first took office and was considered competent, and more charismatic than his predecessor Tung Chee-hwa.

72 year old Tsang served as Chief Executive Of Hong Kong between 2005 and 2012.

According to the South China Morning Post, as quoted by the BBC, he first came to power promising a “clean and efficient” civil service.

His term, however ended in scandal when the penthouse claims came to light, launching a three-year inquiry culminating in the trial.

His deputy was also jailed for bribery two years ago.

Moody’s Predicts 2.5% GDP Growth For Nigeria

Moody's Predicts 2.5% GDP Growth For NigeriaOne of the world’s leading credit rating agencies, Moody’s Investor Services, has predicted a 2.5 per cent GDP growth for Nigeria in the new year 2017.

The agency’s Vice President and lead analyst for Nigeria, Lucie Villa, told Sunday Punch, that Nigeria’s economy would bounce back this year, supported by on ongoing recovery in oil production.

The rating agency’s chief said: “the government’s balance sheet is strong, with debt at around 16.6 per cent of Gross Domestic Product in 2016.

“Also, despite its interest burden rising to 19.8 per cent of revenue, Nigeria’s capital markets remain a reliable and captive source of liquidity and funding for the government.”

Moody’s, however, said Nigeria’s weak institutional framework, especially in terms of “the rule of law, government effectiveness and control of corruption,” would have a significant impact on its economic growth and fiscal strength, and thereby constrain the country’s b1 rating.

Nigeria Steps Up In Global Aviation Safety Rating

aeroplane1The safety rating of Nigeria’s aviation sector has been upgraded to level 3, placing the country on the same pedestal with the United States of America and the United Kingdom.

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, explained that this categorisation is dependent on the International Civil Aviation Organisation, which tracks the SSP implementation process of member-states.

The country’s SSP was monitored through the universal safety oversight audit programme, and had achieved an e-i level of about 67% in March 2016.

The ratings earned usually come after member-states achieve effective implementation of over 60 per cent.

Niger Police Recover 500 Cows From Rustlers

cows in kadunaThe Niger State Police command has recovered over 500 cows from some cattle rustlers and arrested 15 suspects in Lapai local government of the state.

The command’s spokesperson, DSP Bala Elkana, in an interview with Channels Television, disclosed that the police on the strength of information, raided the criminals at Pongu Daji, in Lapai.

He then assured citizens that the force would sustain the tempo of making the state free from all kinds of criminality.

Elkana added that two double barrel guns, 124 rustled cattle and 36 sheep, were recovered during the three-day operation, where a notorious kidnapper and cattle rustler, who had escaped in Zamfara state, Alhaji Muhammadu Umaru, was also arrested with members of his gang.

The police boss, then stated that the case was under investigation and suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed.

The Lapai local government Chairman, Usman Mohammed, Legal Adviser to Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, North Central Zone, Barrister Abubakar Isah and the Vice President, Miyetti Allah of Nigeria, Hussaini Yusuf, all expressed appreciation to the force for the achievement, while calling for the identification of the rightful owners and immediate release of their cattle.

They assured the police of their support in curbing the menace of kidnapping, cattle rustling and armed robbery, while expressing regret for the Fulani’s involvement in the crimes they were not known for in the past years ago.

The Vice President noted that the national body of the association, would soon embark on a sensitization of its people down the state and local levels on the resistance of the bad habits, while urging the youths to stop the trend.

Meanwhile, the prime suspect, Umaru from Anka, Zamfara State, in an interview, denied being a kidnapper or a cattle rustler, stating that the cows belonged to him and his junior brother.

Lamenting over the injury inflicted on them, he equally denied being in possession of dangerous weapons as alleged by the police.

Obiano Targets Completion Of Street Lights By February

Anambra Youths Endorse Obiano For ContinuityAnambra state Governor, Willie Obiano, has announced that the target of the ongoing ‘Operation Light up Anambra’ project of his administration, is to cover the whole stretch of the Enugu-Onitsha road, both on the old road and on the expressway by end of February.

Governor Obiano stated this when he commissioned 210 units of 180 Watts LED streetlight project, stretching from New Tyre, Nkpor, through New Parts and across the Flyover to Borromeo round about, Onitsha, covering five kilometers to be powered by Gas and through the National grid.

Also commissioned was the Nise to Agulu Lake street lights and the installation has presently covered a 90 kilometer stretch.

Addressing the people of the area that were present on the occasion, the governor, commended the state service commanders for a hitch-free Christmas and New Year celebration.

He then stated that the street lighting project has helped in security operations and that the target is to achieve mounting of street lights from the Awka to Asaba boundary.

Commissioner for Public Utilities, Mr Obi Nwankwo, then stated that benefiting communities must take ownership of the project and protect them from vandalism.

From Nkpor, the entourage moved over to Nise the commissioning point of the 15 kilometer street light, covering from Amawbia through Nise to Agulu Lake axis.

The governor then emphasized the status of Anambra state as the light of the nation, which the state must live up to.

The President General of Nise Community lauded the giant strides of the governor in lighting up the state and assured him of the community’s support to his administration.

Obiano on the other hand, reiterated his commitment towards improving in infrastructural development, insisting that the transformation of Anambra state in areas of infrastructure alongside economic and social security, is certain in year 2017,

Cross River State Records Suspected Case Of Poliomyelitis

polio2A suspected case of poliomyelitis involving an infant, has been detected in Ekpene-Eki community of Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State.

Signs of the disease were detected in one Anthony Edet Eyibio, whose aunt told Channels Television that it was noticed when he was about three months old.

She maintained that since the discovery of the symptoms in the child, he had remained without proper medical attention, as the only health facility in the area, seemed not to be able to handle the case.

She, therefore, pleaded with relevant health agencies to come to the aid of Anthony, in order to give him a better hope for the future as he seems to be abandoned by most people around him.

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Dr Betta Edu

The Director General of the Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Betta Edu, however insisted that Cross River State remained polio free.

In order to clear all doubts, she maintained that, “a surveillance team has been called to get samples from the child in order to test and have a concrete cause of the partial paralysis”.

She then added that until the test results were released, which would take less than a week, the main reason for Anthony’s condition could not be placed.

Polio Free Nation

Amid the nation’s continuous efforts to eradicate the disease, it was reported that $400 million donor funds meant to manage polio in Nigeria had been stolen.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, denied the reports. 

Nigeria’s hope for a polio-free certification by the World Health Organzation (WHO), suffered a major setback in August, when four new cases of wild polio virus were discovered in Borno state.

Thereafter, polio outbreak response centres were launched in Yobe State, at selected check points across major towns in the state, with a view to tackling any case coming to the state.

The Yobe State Task force on routine immunisation, visited several communities within the two council areas.

Furthermore, the team encouraged residents to always go for the routine immunisation, while those who had missed out were advised to seize the opportunity of the house-to-house exercise to ensure their children received the vaccine.

Queen Elizabeth Misses New Year Church Service

Queen Elizabeth Misses New Year Church ServiceQueen Elizabeth has missed a New Year’s Day church service as she continues to recover from a “heavy cold,” a Buckingham Palace spokesman says.

It has been reported that the 90-year-old monarch and her husband, Prince Philip, have been under the weather for most of the holiday season, having previously delayed their traditional journey to their country home, Sandringham House, in Norfolk after falling ill before Christmas.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was however able to attend a Christmas Day church service while he also attended the New Year’s Day service alongside Princess Anne, Prince Edward and other members of the Royal Family.

The Queen has remained indoors to recuperate from the persisting illness, according to an earlier Buckingham Palace statement.

It is the first year that the monarch has missed a Christmas Day church service since she began celebrating the holidays at Sandringham back in 1998.

Yobe Governor Set To Conduct LG Polls In February

Ibrahim-GaidamThe Yobe state Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, has reiterate his commitment to hold Local Government elections in the state in February 2017.

During a meeting with the National Leadership of Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC), at the Government House Damaturu, the Governor assured them that his administration would hold election on February 11, in conformity with the tenets of democracy.

The council, is in the state to create awareness on the need to ensure regular conduct of LG elections across the 36 states of the country and Abuja.

According to Gaidam, since he assumed office as the Governor of the state, he had conducted LG elections on two occasions, while the February election would be the third.

With the improved peace, the Governor said he can do more to ensure the growth and development of democracy, adding that it remains the best system of Government known to man.

According to him, the insurgency has never deterred him from developing the state as he continues to construct roads, schools, houses among others.

The National Chairman of Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria, Mohammed Lawal, then expressed appreciation for the Governor’s efforts in ensuring democracy at the grassroots and urged other governors across the country to emulate him.

He also praised the efforts of the president as well as security operatives for the restoration of peace in the northeast, while calling for its sustenance.