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MORE AFRICAN COUNTRIES TO LICENSE EBOLA VACCINE…

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16/02/20

DANIELS G.O

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Zambia, Ghana, Burundi And The Democratic Republic Of Congo have licensed Ervebo,an EBOLA Vaccine produced by Merck’s for use.

The Vaccine pre-qualified by the World Health Organization according to a press release is expected in additional Countries in the coming weeks.

By this latest development, the manufacturer is to distribute the Vaccine enmass to African Countries at risk of the disease outbreak

The Vaccine according to experts has shown to be safe and protective against the Zaire Strain of Ebola Virus.

The Vaccine is said to consist of a vesicular stomatitis Virus which is an animal virus that causes flu like illness in humans.

LAGOS STATE COMMENCES FREE SCHOOL-BASED MASS DEWORMING EXERCISE … Targets 1.3 Million School Based Children in 10 LGAs

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26th November 2022

PUBLISHER: DANIELS G.O

… Targets 1.3 Million School Based Children in 10 LGAs.

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Lagos State Government today commenced free school based deworming exercise to treat soil transmitted helminthiasis (STH), targeting 1.3 million school aged children between ages of five and 14 year who are at risk of parasitic worm infections in the State.

The exercise which is being implemented in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health and a non-governmental organisation, Evidence Action holds in 10 soil transmitted helminthiasis endemic local governments including; Ajeromi/ Ifelodun, Amuwo Odofin, Apapa, Badagry, Epe, Ibeju Lekki, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, Ojo and Shomolu.

Speaking to newsmen on the modalities for the implementation of the exercise, the State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi disclosed that the five days exercise will be carried out from Tuesday 22nd to Saturday 26th November, 2022.

He added that, children, aged five and 14 years, in Schools and communities in the 10 LGAs will be dewormed and treated for soil transmitted helminthiasis using Albendazole Tablets during the exercise.

In his words: “The Lagos State Ministry of Health is happy to collaborate with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and Evidence Action to commence implementation of the biannual school based deworming exercise targeting children 5 to 14 years, enrolled and non-enrolled in Primary and Junior Secondary Schools to treat soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) using Albendazole; a medication used to treat infections caused by worms.

This round of treatment will focus on 10 endemic LGAs – Ajeromi/ Ifelodun, Amuwo Odofin, Apapa, Badagry, Epe, Ibeju Lekki, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, Ojo and Shomolu reaching approximately over 1.3 million at-risk children in primary and junior secondary public and private schools with safe and free medicines received from World Health Organization drug donation program.”

Abayomi disclosed that more than 1.5 billion people, representing 24% of the world’s population, are infected with soil-transmitted helminth infections adding that over 875 million of this population are children.

He explained that Nigeria has the second-largest population of infected children worldwide with the prevalence of about 29 million cases, bringing to fore the need to put in place strategies to treat and eliminate soil-transmitted helminth and schistosomiasis infections.

According to various surveys that have been conducted by the FMOH, Soil transmitted helminthiases and schistosomiasis have been detected in several LGAs at a level that require mass treatment of all school-age children. Soil-transmitted helminths are significant public health burdens in Nigeria.Evidence has shown that worm infections interfere with nutrient uptake causing anemia, malnourishment and impaired mental and physical development”, Abayomi stated.

The Commissioner noted that School-age children are particularly vulnerable and most at risk stressing that the infection pose a serious threat to children’s health, education, and economic potential as School-age children harbor the highest intensity of infection by soil-transmitted helminths.

“The World Health Organization (WHO) and Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) recommend a mass administration of deworming medicines using a large-scale school-based and community-based approach to control this disease. School-based deworming is a safe, simple, and cost-effective solution to reducing the burden of parasitic worm infections in children”, he said.

Abayomi noted that School-based deworming is an important evidence-based strategy to treat children at risk of parasitic worm infections adding that teachers and community health workers have been trained to safely and effectively administer the medicines to the children.

While urging residents in the affected LGAs to take advantage of exercise, the Commissioner noted that the exercise reflects the State Government’ commitments towards a worm-free state for all, especially school aged children.

“The state is proud to be able to provide treatment across these endemic Local Government Areas with plans to scale up in the coming years through active collaboration with the State Ministry of Education, SUBEB,

Federal Ministry of Health, and in partnership with Evidence Action”, He said.

Also speaking, the South-West Program Manager, Evidence Action, Maryann Edeh who represented the Director West and Central Africa, noted that the school based deworming programme is an effective and cost effective strategy to ensure that the diseases disrupting the educational growth of children are treated.

She explained that Evidence Action has over the years lent supporting hands to assist governments across the world in the organization of various programs stressing that the organization is currently targeting the deworming of over 1.3 million school children in Lagos. She however noted that the deworming exercise is not limited to children in school alone.

“We are an international organization in several countries. We have a track record of supporting governments across the world to set up programs like this. We are particularly honoured that we are able to extend this technical assistance to Lagos”. She said.

She encouraged parents residing in the affected LGAs where the exercise is being held to ensure that their children and wards within the target age bracket receive deworming treatment noting that the treatment is free and effective.

50TH AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS* *Taylor Swift, Kenderick Lamar, Beyonce, Harry Styles, Wizkid Win Big.

21/11/2022

*50TH AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS*

*Taylor Swift, Kenderick Lamar, Beyonce, Harry Styles, Wizkid Win Big.*

American singer songwriter Taylor Swift has picked up the award for the Artiste Of The Year, Favourite Music Video Of The Year, Favourite Female Pop Artiste, Favourite Pop Album, Favourite Female Artiste and the Favourite County Album of the Year award at the 2022 American Music Awards(AMA).

The fiftieth A.M.A held Sunday November 20th at the Microsoft Theatre Los Angeles California United States had Kenderick Lamar pick up the award for the Favourite Male Hip Hop Artiste and the Favourite Hip Hop Album.

The Favourite R and B Album and the Favourite Female R and B Artiste award went to U.S singer Beyonce.

Nigeria’s multi award winning star Ayodeji Balogun Wizkid won the Favourite Afrobeats Artiste award; while the Favourite Hip Hop Song went to Future for the song Wait For You featuring Drake and Nigeria’s Tems.

The New Artiste of the year award went to Dave Cameron while the Favourite Touring Artiste award went to Cold Play.

The Best Collaboration award went to Elton John and Dua Lipa for the song Cold Heart PNAU remix.

In the Favourite Male Pop Artiste and Pop Song categories British singer songwriter Harry Styles won.

Morgan Wallen picked up the Favourite Male Country Artiste and the Favourite Country Song awards.

In the Favourite Pop Duo/Group category BTS won while American singer songwriter Chris Brown picked up the Favourite Male R and B Artiste award.

U. S Rapper Nicki Minaj won in the Favourite Female Hip Hop Artiste category as the Favourite Gospel Artiste award went to Tamela Mann.

In the Favourite Soundtrack category Elvis won while the Favourite Rock Artiste went to Machine Gun.

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Discrimination against children impacts their education, health, and access to government resources – UNICEF

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PUBLISHER: DANIELS G.O

New York/Lagos – 19 November 2022 – Discrimination against children based on ethnicity, language, and religion are rife in countries worldwide, according to a new UNICEF report published ahead of World Children’s Day.

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Rights denied: The impact of discrimination on children shows the extent to which racism and discrimination impact children’s education, health, access to a registered birth, and a fair and equal justice system, and highlights widespread disparities among minority and ethnic groups.

“Systemic racism and discrimination put children at risk of deprivation and exclusion that can last a lifetime,” said UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell. “This hurts us all. Protecting the rights of every child – whoever they are, wherever they come from – is the surest way to build a more peaceful, prosperous, and just world for everyone.”

Among the new findings, the report shows that children from marginalized ethnic, language and religious groups in an analysis of 22 countries lag far behind their peers in reading skills. On average, students aged 7-14 from the most advantaged group are more than twice as likely to have foundational reading skills than those from the least advantaged group.

Nigeria has 18.3 million children who are not in school, and a high number of children attending schools but not getting a solid education that can translate into good prospects for their future. While this crisis affects children across the country, girls, children with disabilities, children from the poorest households, street children, and children affected by displacement or emergencies are affected more.

Discrimination and exclusion deepen intergenerational deprivation and poverty and result in poorer health, nutrition, and learning outcomes for children, a higher likelihood of incarceration, higher rates of pregnancy among adolescent girls, and lower employment rates and earnings in adulthood.

The Youth Agency Marketplace (YOMA), a digital platform, is galvanizing children and young people around the world, including the marginalized, to build and transform their lives by actively engaging them in innovation challenges, social impact tasks and learning to earning opportunities.

While COVID-19 exposed deep injustices and discrimination across the world, and the impacts of climate change and conflict continue to reveal inequities in many countries, the report highlights how discrimination and exclusion have long persisted for millions of children from ethnic and minority groups and children living with disabilities, including access to immunization, water and sanitation services, and a fair justice system.

“On World Children’s Day and every day, every child has the right to be included, to be protected, and to have an equal chance to reach their full potential,” said Russell. “All of us have the power to fight discrimination against children – in our countries, our communities, our schools, our homes, and our hearts. We need to use that power.”

WORLD Pneumonia Day,Ini Edo And Ik Ogbonna UnveiledAas Niyel Immunization Champions, commit to online activities to increase confidence on immunization

13/11/2022

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PUBLISHER: DANIELS G.O

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LAGOS, Nigeria, 12 November 2022 – Today, popular Nollywood actress, Ini Edo and actor, IK Ogbonna were unveiled as Niyel Immunization Champions. In this role, they committed to a partnership with Niyel to reorient the public on the importance of vaccines and immunization. The event took place in Lagos State, Nigeria and witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) and a press conference by the celebrities. The event coincided with the global celebration of World Pneumonia Day; a day set aside to raise awareness on the deadly nature of pneumonia and to highlight global action to protect against pneumonia, including the use of pneumococcal vaccines.

Niyel was represented in the unveiling and MoU signing by its Senior Advocacy Officer, Dr. Obinna Ebirim. In his opening remarks, he said:

“Today is World Pneumonia Day and Pneumonia is a life-threatening illness but can be prevented through vaccines. However, many are missing out on the preventive pneumococcal vaccines. Engaging celebrities like Ini Edo and IK Ogbanna with numerous fans across many African countries and huge online followship, is a good strategy to reach many who are missing out on these vaccines and increase their confidence in immunization. Vaccines save millions of lives yearly and protect us, our children, and communities from many deadly diseases. We call on other celebrities to join these Nollywood stars to become champions and save lives.”

Speaking on why they decided to partner with Niyel on this social cause, Ini Edo highlighted the increasing number of unvaccinated children in Nigeria and Africa which worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic in part due to unnecessary fear and unfounded rumours. She said that this led to resurgence of some vaccine-preventable diseases, increased the number of children falling ill from these diseases and more associated deaths. The award-winning Nigerian actress add:

“The increasing number of unvaccinated children, leading to increased cases of vaccine-preventable diseases and deaths, is worrisome. As celebrities, we must use our popularity to save lives by educating our audience on the importance of vaccines and correcting misconceptions around immunization. My colleague IK and I have agreed to become Niyel Immunization Champions because it is a worthy cause and aligns with our passion for doing good.”

Ik Ogbonna stated that as Immunization Champions, they will leverage on their large followship online to share key messages, have weekly LIVE online discussion sessions on vaccines and immunization, burst vaccines myths and conduct online quizzes in which prizes will be won. He further noted the choice of World Pneumonia Day 2022 to mark the start of this worthy humanitarian cause was intentional, and necessary to highlight the severity of vaccine-preventable diseases such as Pneumonia, and the role vaccines play in preventing associated deaths especially in children. He said:

“It is important that we are starting these media activities as Immunization Champions on World Pneumonia Day 2022 because pneumonia is one the deadliest diseases that is vaccine-preventable and has killed many, especially those that are unvaccinated. We need to double up efforts to ensure that more people are vaccinated. I call on the Nigerian people to engage with our informative posts on our social media pages as Immunization Champions and participate in our weekly LIVE online discussions where we will share key messages, burst false information and rumours on immunization and run fun quizzes where you can win prizes.”

In 2022, the World Health Organization and UNICEF published a report that revealed that 25 million children missed out on essential vaccination in the previous year. Vaccine distrust and low confidence in immunization, which worsened during the COVID-19 crisis, was a major contributing factor along with large scale misinformation. The increasing number of zero-dose (unvaccinated) children portends a great danger as millions are left with no protection against deadly diseases such as pneumonia.

About Niyel
Founded in 2008, Niyel is an international advocacy and campaigning firm based in Dakar, Senegal. It works to promote public policies that are conducive to the development of all people, and to influence practices to ensure that as citizens, individuals, and communities, we understand the social, political, and cultural issues that affect our daily lives.

NIGERIA GOVERNORS’ FORUM CONCERNED ABOUT BRAIN DRAIN

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The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), has expressed worry over the Increasing Number of Medical Doctors seeking greener pastures abroad to the detriment of their country.

Chairman of the Forum, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal who disclosed this when he paid the minister of health, a courtesy visit in Abuja. urged the federal government to ramp up drive for the realization of the 25 percent needed to ensure universal healthcare coverage for all Nigerians under the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF).

According to him, although the Governors are desirous of building a resilient healthcare platform committed to routine immunization and total eradication of polio, in collaboration with global and local partners, their efforts will come to naught if the alarming trend continues unchecked.

While commending the federal government for the initiative of setting up the BHCPF, the Governor noted that it is important that the momentum of making the fund realizable is not slowed down.

He assured the apex government and the Federal Ministry Of Health of transparency and accountability in the management of the fund by states, pointing out that its disbursement by the Forum will be based on the performance of the recipient states.

According to the NGF Chairman, health remains our priority, as Governors, with a focus on building a resilient healthcare platform committed to routine immunization and total eradication of polio in the country.

In his remarks, the minister of health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, corroborated the Governor on the issue of brain drain, noting that 3000 medical doctors graduate annually in the country.

Out of this number, he added, 1000 leave the country every year.

He, however, said the federal government has been trying to create more space to employ these personnel despite demands for higher remuneration.

DAVIDO’S SON DEATH: Osun PDP Suspends Preparation For Inauguration For One Week

01/11/2022

Publisher: DANIELS G.O

Following the death of the son of David Adeleke, popularly called Davido, the Osun state Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,has suspended political activities for the week.

State Caretaker Chairman , Dr Adekunle Akindele in a condolence message to the Adeleke family directed all party organs and committees to suspend activities in commiseration with the family, describing the incident as “a very sad occurrence.

He conveyed the heartfelt condolences of the party towards the sorrowful exit of Adeleke son, Ifeanyi. praying for the repose of his soul.

Akindele added that It is a sad day but the party remain steadfast in faith in the Lord of the Universe.

He stated extend the condolence of Osun PDP to Davido, who he described as the party’s youth ambassador.

He also commiserate with Dr Deji Adeleke and the entire Adeleke family and pray the good Lord grant the family the strength to bear this irreparable loss.

Davido’s son Ifeanyi Adeleke was reported to have died in a swimming pool in the early hours of Monday morning 31st Of October 2022,few days after marking his three years Birthday.

May His Gentle Soul Rest In Peace !

LAGOS STATE CALLS FOR STRATEGIC COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS AGAINST BREAST CANCER …Holds Awareness Walk to Commemorate Pink October

01/11/2022

Publisher: DANIELS G.O

Lagos State Government has called for strategic collaborative efforts; including raising necessary awareness; sensitizing the populace; raising funds to help support life-saving treatment services, research, life-changing support and rehabilitation amongst all stakeholders in the fight against Breast Cancer.

Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Olusegun Ogboye who disclosed this today during a Road Awareness Walk organized by the Ministry of Health in partnership with a global healthcare company, Novartis, to wrap up the Y2022 Pink October Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Lagos State noted that the fight against breast cancer requires the collective efforts of all galvanizing into awareness and action.

In his words: “We are all therefore saddled with the responsibility to contribute towards the goal to get as many people as possible involved in raising awareness of the need to fight this disease in any way we can such as sensitization of the populace, raising funds to help support life-saving treatment services, research and life-changing support and rehabilitation”.

Dr. Ogboye explained that the Y2022 Pink October Road Awareness and Sensitization Walk is geared towards inspiring residents to join the fight against the disease by helping to spread knowledge and create necessary awareness that would prompt citizens to take positive action against breast cancer.

The Permanent Secretary noted that the majority of deaths from breast cancer occur in low- and middle-income countries, where most women with breast cancer are diagnosed in late stages due mainly to lack of awareness of the disease, late detection, poor health seeking behaviors and barriers to health services.

He said: “Currently there is not sufficient knowledge on the causes of breast cancer, therefore, early detection of the disease remains the cornerstone of an effective control. When breast cancer is detected early.

detected early, and if adequate diagnosis and treatment are available, there is a good chance that it can be cured. If detected late, however, curative treatment is often no longer an option.

“It is therefore very essential that we continue to inform ourselves about cancers and the fact that every single person has the ability to make a difference; be it large or small, and also that together we can make real progress in reducing the global impact of cancer, create a cancer-free world and prevent millions of deaths each year”.

Dr. Ogboye disclosed that the Lagos State Government is currently strengthening Oncology Services adding that an Oncology Centre is being proposed to ensure the best and most modern methods of diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer.

He encouraged women to take advantage of the free Breast Cancer Screening facilities provided by the State Government at 60 designated public health facilities in the State to get their breast examined, noting that seeking help early is always better, cheaper and less stressful than curative measures.

“I want to remind and encourage our women to utilize the free breast and cervical screening services that are available in our public health facilities. Let us all remember to adopt a healthy and safe lifestyle, ensure we go for regular screening as at when due and seek medical help early.

“Breast cancer touches all of us in some way so let’s unite together and promote awareness, especially as we know that anything that affects the woman shakes the foundation of the

household and the society at large”, Ogboye said.

Speaking in the same vein, the Director Disease Control, Ministry of Health, Dr. Rotimi Agbolagorite explained that the breast cancer awareness month tagged “Pink October” is targeted at creating awareness in the community and also increasing the level of education of the people about breast cancer and making sure women learn how to perform self-breast examination.

Dr. Agbolagoriite advised women to always take note of their breasts and seek help immediately when they notice any change in the structure of their breast tissue, lump or any skin color change on the breast area especially around the areolae.

“And the message is that as long as, or as much as you notice any change in the architecture or the structure of your breast tissue, or you notice any swelling or any lump or any skin color change on your breast area, make sure you visit the nearest hospital to have yourself clinically assessed and evaluated. And if cancer is diagnosed, you will be managed promptly by the medical experts”, he said.

Lagos State Cancer Control Program Coordinator, Dr. Abosede Wellington stated that Breast cancer is the leading cancer in women adding that one in seven women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.

She noted that the Lagos State Government through the Cancer Awareness Control Program is intensifying efforts aimed at creating awareness, improving access to diagnosis and treatment services for breast cancer.

“We have embarked on an integrated approach for breast cancer control focusing on public health education, enlightenment and awareness as well as increasing access to breast cancer screening and treatment services for women. We need more hands on deck to take care of the issue of cancer, this is why the State government focuses so much more on screening and early diagnosis”, She said.

Signed

Tunbosun Ogunbanwo

Director, Public Affairs

31st October, 2022

Ramble Voices By Livy-Elcon Emereonye

01/11/2022

Ramble Voices By Livy-Elcon Emereonye

As humans, we are all alike but not the same. However the relationship, and under whatever circumstance, two people can never be the same. This commonality of difference, if well harnessed and appreciated, would bring about and promote unity in diversity otherwise it breeds fear and creates distrust and suspicion.

We are created for each other and one another and should live together for good and our collective advantages but in our togetherness, there might be elements of friction and wrangling that could lead to crises, in fighting, and possibly war. This, if not properly handled, would cause wastage and destruction.

For one reason or the other, some people have found causes to foment troubles. They thrive on mischief, destroying instead of building the world. This too attracts reactions with different voices.

With a kill and bury approach, Olive branches may be placed on red tapes. Playing out well written scripts, cosmetic attention may be given to things just to keep the people busy and divert attention. Amorphous offices may be created but without terms of reference just to deceive the masses. It is contradiction at its best to have a system of all motion without movement but a rape of emotional fecundity to destroy what is under one’s supervision and control. The man will suffer that bites the fingers that feed him. Fear such a character, and at best keep him at arm’s length. There will always be consequences.

To have a harmonious, peaceful life, endeavour to be at peace with Nature. Abhor, and shun, every form of injustice. Be tolerant and broad minded but most importantly endeavour to understand the season and the time to enable you to live within your means and boundaries. Tolerate and accommodate people but never force yourself on anybody or any situation. Know your limit. Be sensitive to your environment and you will not be carried away by ramble voices that deceive and lead the man of power astray.

It is the way of men to outwit others. Even the best of friends or partners work overtly or covertly, knowingly or unknowingly, to outsmart and outshine each other and one another. In doing this, many ploys or strategies would be deployed. Human beings are funny. Our true characters are often hidden especially when we have nothing at stake. In pretence, we can hide our real identities. Thus, the need for caution. Don’t be carried away by the cosmetic appearance meant to achieve a predetermined goal. Don’t be too loose and open to a fault no matter the condition. Preserve your life and hold tight the things you value. Protect your territory from invasion by enemies and friends. Be mindful and careful of the words you speak and use.

People are not who and what they claim to be. Perception may change on a close-up encounter, and things can change with a change of position. Those without a good shock absorber may be taken aback with a rude encounter. There are shameless opportunists who, like vultures, feed on carcasses. Being empty and hungry, they specialize in reaping where they did not sow but often end up like every other common criminal – their sins find them out.

There are people you would encounter and prefer to be alone and lonely. There are ingrates and gold diggers everywhere – and most of them are empty upstairs. They hang around, looking for whom to parasitize.

Whatever the case, anyone who plans to reap where he did not sow, will end up fetching water with a tattered basket, losing the little he had.

Don’t lose sleep when people gang up or gather against you. If your intention is altruistic and your hands are clean, their gathering will be of no effect so they will gather in vain, making the mistake that will advance your cause. The thought of you, and indeed your presence will always torment them.

Being human, you may feel bad when you see your territory being encroached or your work being taken over by meddlesome interlopers and shameless criminals that may come in the form of activists. Those with poverty of ideas will always look for ideas to steal to become relevant. Under disguise, they would want to attach themselves to you to create a scene and got noticed. When you see such, keep a distance. It is pure waste to glorify an idiot.

The world is big enough for everyone to live and do exploits but too big for an individual or group of people to manipulate. We live to die, and when we die, we leave the world and go with nothing so don’t be worried when people gather and device against you, and if they steal your project, dust yourself and come up with something better and bigger. You are better and richer than the one that steal from you. It is poverty that makes people to steal.

Without betrayal certain lessons will never be learned; without encountering pains conscious efforts will never be put in place to guide against a repeat. Some injuries are not only inevitable but necessity that must be courted. Scares will always remind one of the past and guide against a repeat. There is a reason for every encounter, and there is a lesson in every experience.

It is the way of a rational being to feel bad when betrayed, having along the urge to revenge and fight back, but this is not the best approach. Painfully as it may look, learn the lessons and move on. Vengeance is of the Lord. Anyone who steals your property will know no peace. Karma will surely visit. Nature will fight for you so beautify the scare for a memorial.

One of the beauties of scares is that they are good reminders of the past that serve as a guide for both the present and the future. To live to the full we need them. Mistakes make perfect but it pays not to repeat mistakes – costly mistakes. Learn as much as you can from other people’s mistakes but where it is inevitable, make the mistake and learn from your own experience. This is where the hard way becomes the best way. Some mistakes come with ramble voices but handled well, they can make one a better person.

If you are hunting for snake, be ready for eventual soup: if you kill the snake you will eat the snake pepper soup, and if you got beaten by the snake, you will take anti-snake pepper soup! In trying to climb the ladder of life, there may be multiple falls but don’t give up. Learn how best to convert obstacles to opportunities.

The end of a phase marks the beginning of yet another. Whatever the case, every new day is an opportunity to start all over again better, bigger and stronger, if only we have learned the lessons from the past – yesterday. With a teachable heart, the future can only glorious and great.

There are pearls in pains. However, the gains of pains can only be explored and enjoyed when we appreciate who we are and play our roles very well in the society regardless of ramble voices.

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HYDROLOGICAL ANALYSIS FOR ISHERI NORTH G.R.A FALOMO-IKOYI & MAJIDUN-IKORODU FLOOD MONITORING SYSTEM *

*HYDROLOGICAL ANALYSIS FOR ISHERI NORTH G.R.A FALOMO-IKOYI & MAJIDUN-IKORODU FLOOD MONITORING SYSTEM.

Sunday, 23rd October, 2022

*WATER LEVEL FOR FALOMO:*
Current water level at Falomo is 0.860m, an increase of 0.105m over 24 hours

*Majidun, Ikorodu*
Current water level at Majidun is 0.985m an increase of 0.140m over 24 hours.

*Isheri-North G.R.A*
Gauge at Isheri-North G.R.A River Gauge Station is 19.797m. Implying stage is close to the Flood stage for river Ogun, with reference point for flood to occur at 20m.

*ANALYSIS*
Elevated readings was observed across board. River gauge and Lagoon level are way above threshold. Both with a lower draining potential compared to yesterday’s. Elevated readings are still expected in the coming days.

*Please Note: October so far has the highest daily Water (Volume) spilled from the Ogun-Osun River Dam*

The gauge height at Isheri-North G.R.A is very close to the Flood Stage.

There would be consistent high water level, with a range of 0.75 – 1.00m (Falomo & Ikorodu) over the coming days. With the steady flow rate meaning such water will majorly fluctuate between 0.75 – 1.00m levels or sometimes above, depending on the precipitation (duration and intensity) and volume of water spilled.

The ITD Location – *8.0* specifying Moisture from the ocean for the southern part of Nigeria, currently indicates – Intermittent Rainfall for Lagos🌧🌧🌧🌧

*FORECAST:*
The surrounding wetlands and low lying communities might have difficulties discharging storm water into these open sources.

Hence, High Flood risk 🌊🌊🌊💦💦💦level for Communities along the Ogun river and Lagos Lagoon.

*ALERT:*
With the elevated average water spilled 💦💦💦💦 for October and precipitation 🌧️🌧️🌧️🌧️🌧️ still expected in major parts of the State, the populace along Kara, Isheri-North G.R.A, Agiliti, Majidun, Ajegunle, Itowolo, Ibeshe, Baiyeku, and the Lekki-Ajah axis are seriously advised to move to higher grounds during this period.

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LAGOS TO HOST AFRICA CONTINENT DISCOURSE ON HEALTH SECURITY AND BIOLOGICAL THREAT

20/10/22

DANIELS G.O

PRESS RELEASE

LAGOS TO HOST AFRICA CONTINENT DISCOURSE ON HEALTH SECURITY AND BIOLOGICAL THREAT

In continuation of efforts to ensure that the Africa continent strengthens its health security to mitigate biological threats and consolidate on the gains made in tackling different emerging infectious diseases, the Lagos State Government through the Ministry of Health is partnering with a non-governmental organization, the Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment (GET) Consortium, to hold a three day discourse on One Health and Biosecurity, in Lagos Nigeria.

The Conference, titled the 8th African Conference on Health and Biosecurity, and themed: “Strengthening Health Security and Mitigating Biological Threats in Africa” is scheduled to hold at the Civic Centre, Lagos between Wednesday 2nd and Friday 4th November, 2022.

Giving details about the conference at a news briefing today, State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi said that the conference is the fourth in series of conferences organized by the Lagos State Government in partnership with GET, and the eight held around West Africa and the African continent by the consortium to help develop a biosecurity road map and increase Africa continent resilience towards building capacity to deal with pathogens of high consequence.

Abayomi who noted that the hosting of the conference in Lagos is significant, explained that Lagos State being low-line coastal city with high population density and a commercial hub in the sub Saharan Africa, is vulnerable to biological threats making it important for the State government to improve its preparedness against biological threats and build appropriate infrastructure manage and mitigate dangerous pathogens of high consequence.

In his words: “Lagos State government recognized early the need to improve preparedness against biological threats and this is why the State Government since 2015 has been collaborating with the GET consortium, World Health Organization, the United Nations, the ECOWAS through the West African Health Authority, the African Union and of course, the Federal government, the Nigerian Center for Disease Control and various donor agencies like the Gates Foundation.

“So hosting this conference in Lagos, indicates to us that the African think tank recognizes that Lagos is a significant location for discourse and action on biosecurity and one health paradigm. We’ve been working a assiduously with these organizations to build the appropriate infrastructure, train and improve the capacity of appropriate personnel to be able to manage dangerous pathogens such as Ebola, Lassa Fever, COVID, Yellow Fever, Marburg Fever and for any agent that is considered to be a pathogen of high consequence.”

The Commissioner disclosed that the conference will draw experts from different parts of the world to share their knowledge and expertise on biological threats, discuss the global phenomenon of rising incidence of outbreaks and pandemics due to the way in which the global environment is changing and as well as proffer solutions to other environmental health and global health issues.

“We have experts from around the world coming into Lagos to share their knowledge and expertise around biological threats, biosecurity and the WHO concept of one health, and Lagos has been a consistent supporter of the one health paradigm.

“I implore everybody to take note of date, the 2nd to 4th of November, register online and join us physically live at the Civic Centre or participate virtually as we are bringing in an extraordinary caliber of experts in to Lagos for three days to discuss the global phenomenon of rising incidence of outbreaks and pandemics” he said.

Abayomi noted that Lagos will be the chief recipient of the expertise that will be shared at the conference as the host adding that the State government will also use the opportunity of the conference to build collaboration that will help continue to strengthen the State biosecurity roadmap.

Speaking in the same vein, the Chief Operating Officer of GET Consortium, Dr. Ayodotun Bobadoye explained that over 400 participants from 30 different countries of the world is expected to participate at the conference the conference adding that the conference is an transdisciplinary conference that bring together different disciplines and different sources of knowledge to address emerging challenges in the area of health.

He noted that with the increase in frequency and intensity of biological threats in infectious disease in recent years, there is no better time to organize a conference to discuss mitigating biological threats than now.

“We are bringing together policymakers, scientists, the academia, non-governmental organizations, journalists, and security experts both within and outside the country to discuss how we can effectively mitigate the impact of emerging biosecurity threats especially on the continent of Africa.

It is a hope that at the end of his conference we will come up with a communique based on the strategies discussed at the conference, the side events and everything that we will be doing in three days that will effectively address how we can contribute to strengthen our health not just in Nigeria but also on the continent of Africa and how we can mitigate this particular biological threat that’s continually with us as a people, as a nation, and as a continent.”, He said.

Bobadoye averred that any government, whether at the National, Sub-National or Regional level must take the issue of biosecurity and one health seriously if it wants to experience peace and sustainable economic growth.

“It is very important for governments to take the issue of biosecurity very seriously and this is why we are so grateful to the Lagos State Government for collaborating with the GET consortium to organize this conference in the last three years. This is a conference that have been organized in different cities in Africa in the last eight years; this conference has been organized in Accra-Ghana, Freetown-Sierra Leone, Dakar-Senegal and in Abuja-Nigeria, and we are happy that in the last three years the government of Lagos State has collaborated with us to organize this conference in Lagos” He said.

Also speaking at the briefing, the Country Representative of World Health Organization (WHO) in Nigeria, Dr. Walter Kazadi Molumbo acknowledged that the conference will help operationalize WHO’s one health approach in preparing and strengthening Africa’s capacity to address health security.

He noted WHO is working hand in hand with the Nigeria government, and the Lagos State Government to transform approaches from preparedness, detection and response to outbreak exchange adding that the Director General of WHO has announced new strategies in supporting countries to prepare and respond to emergencies.

“WHO in the regional office, has launched three flagship programs; the first one addresses the capacity to prepare for emergencies; the second one addresses the capacity to detect early in order to respond in a timely fashion and the third one which is done in collaboration with Africa CDC, it’s about strengthening and utilizing the response group for emergencies. And Lagos State, understandably is one of the six pilot states to start that initiative.

“We want to work with Lagos and use Lagos example to scale up best practices, and from conference like this, I think we didn’t make a mistake by choosing Lagos alongside five other states and I’m happy that Lagos will be on track and contribute with the recommendation of this high-level events to the global economy when it comes to addressing emergency preparedness”, Molumbo said.

Signed

Tunbosun Ogunbanwo

Director, Public Affairs

19th October, 2022