Friday October 24th, 2014
Friday October 24th, 2014
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FG to deploy 506 volunteers to Ebola-infested countries

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Federal Government has given approval for the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to support Ebola infested countries including Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone to build local capacity of health workers to enhance their response in the fight against the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

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AU to send over 1,000 health workers to Ebola-hit west Africa

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African nations will send more than 1,000 health workers to Ebola-ravaged Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea in the continent’s west, the head of the African Union Commission said Thursday.

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EU puts up 24 mn euros to find Ebola vaccine

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The European Union put up 24.4 million euros Thursday in a “race against time” to find Ebola vaccines and treatments as deaths from the disease mount in the worst affected countries.

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Ebola death toll edging to 4,900 mark – WHO

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The death toll in the world’s worst-ever Ebola outbreak has edged closer to 4,900, while almost 10,000 people have now been infected, new figures from the World Health Organization showed Wednesday.

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After Sawyer’s death, First Consultants hospital had to be decontaminated – MD

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A photo taken on October 21, 2014 shows the ward where the first reported case of the Ebola virus in Nigeria was brought by Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer who contaminated nurses and health workers at First Consultants Hospital in Obalende, Lagos. Nigeria was declared Ebola-free on October 20 in a "spectacular success" in the battle to contain the spread of a virus which is devastating Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia where more than 4,500 people have died. The World Health Organization said Nigeria -- Africa's most populous country where eight deaths had sparked fears of a rapid spread through its teeming cities -- had shown the world "that Ebola can be contained". AFP PHOTO

Nigeria may have been declared officially Ebola-free but at the First Consultants hospital in Lagos, doctors believe it’ll take the facility that treated the first victim years to recover.

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Africa Union chief to visit Ebola-hit nations

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African Union chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will travel to three west African nations worst hit by the Ebola crisis, one of the most senior officials to do so since the outbreak, her spokesman said Wednesday.

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Ebola: Experts call for sustained surveillance

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As the World Health Organisation, WHO, Monday declared Nigeria Ebola free, experts have warned Nigerians to maintain steady surveillance with a view to nip in the bud possible reoccurrence of the deadly virus even as it urged Federal Government to build a formidable emergency response service to address public health issues.

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US tightens restrictions on air travel from Ebola zone

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The United States on Tuesday tightened restrictions on travelers arriving from the West African countries gripped by an Ebola outbreak, funneling them into five airports with extra health checks.

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Ban lauds growing financial, other commitments to Ebola response

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The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, on Tuesday welcomed the growing number of financial and in-kind commitments many countries are making to the global Ebola response.

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Scientists develop devise to diagnose patient for Ebola in 15 minutes

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A new device similar to a simple pregnancy home-test could allow doctors to diagnose a patient with suspected Ebola in under 15 minutes, its French developers said Tuesday.

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WHO to probe Ebola response, but says focus is on fight

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The World Health Organization insisted on Tuesday it would probe complaints that it had been slow to wake up to the scale of Ebola, but insisted the focus now must be on battling the epidemic.

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China donates $6 million to WFP for Ebola response

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China has contributed six million U.S. dollars to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to support the agency’s emergency operation in response to the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.

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IMF appeals for help to countries affected by Ebola outbreak

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A picture taken in Oshodi Heritage park in Lagos on October 20, 2014 shows an electronic information board on Ebola reading in pidgin English "No Shaking ! We go Chase Ebola Comot" which means "No cause for worry, we will chase Ebola away".  Africa's most populous nation Nigeria was on Monday declared officially Ebola free but warned that it remained vulnerable as long as the virus was raging elsewhere in west Africa. The country representative of the World Health Organization, Rui Gama Vaz, said 42 days -- or two incubation periods of 21 days -- had elapsed without any new confirmed cases of the deadly virus. AFP PHOTO

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday appealed to the donor community to provide grants to countries affected by the Ebola outbreak to avoid a decline in their economies.

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Third UN employee dies from Ebola

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A UN staff member in Sierra Leone has died from Ebola, the third employee from the world organization to succumb to the deadly virus, the UN spokesman said Monday.

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Ebola: Five questions about the killer virus

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People carry a sick child on a stretcher outside the Elwa hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders) in Monrovia on August 30, 2014. Liberia has been hardest-hit by the Ebola virus raging through west Africa, with 624 deaths and 1,082 cases since the start of the year. AFP PHOTO

The highly contagious Ebola virus, which has killed more than 4,500 people in west Africa since December and has fueled global alarm, is among the most dangerous ever identified.

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Ebola: Jonathan welcomes WHO’s declaration on Nigeria

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President Goodluck Jonathan has warned that Nigerians must remain fully alert and vigilant against the re-entry of the Ebola virus Disease into the country following the declaration by the World Health Organisation that Nigeria is now Ebola-free.

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European Union names Ebola coordinator

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European Union foreign ministers agreed Monday to appoint an Ebola coordinator to bring together resources and funding to tackle the deadly disease before it becomes a global disaster.

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Nigeria still on our list of Ebola nations – Cuba

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The Nigeria Ambassador to Cuba, Ambassador Laraba Bhutto has disclosed that the Cuban government is yet to remove Nigeria out among the countries with Ebola.

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Ebola: Lagos to deploy health workers to Sierra Leone

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The Lagos State Government on Sunday said it was finalising arrangements to deploy some health workers who had helped in the containment of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the state to Sierra Leone .

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Nigeria to be declared Ebola-free

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Nigeria is expected to be declared Ebola-free on Monday, just three months after fears that the virus could spread like wildfire through Africa’s most populous nation.

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‘Every nation’ must help in fight against Ebola – Liberia

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A seller of bananas walks past a slogan painted on a wall reading "Ebola" in Monrovia on August 31, 2014. Liberia on August 30, 2014 said it would deny permission for any crew to disembark from ships at the country's four seaports until the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa was under control. AFP PHOTO

Liberia’s president has made an impassioned plea for all nations to commit to the fight against Ebola ahead of a meeting by EU foreign ministers Monday, under pressure to scale up their response to the escalating epidemic.

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UN pleads for more money to combat Ebola as fears mount

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The World Bank warned Friday the fight to stop Ebola was being lost, as the UN pleaded for more money to combat the escalating epidemic and global travel fears mounted.

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ZMapp cocktail of monoclonal antibodies

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A soldier with a fever and a bad cough walked into a Canadian hospital and was swiftly quarantined, while his blood was tested for Ebola here at one of the world’s few “level four” labs.

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Ebola politics

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Political Notes By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor Ebola politics Given Nigeria’s continuing failure to tackle some of the most formidable challenges to its success as a nation, the unqualified success in containing the Ebola epidemic has riveted Nigerians as to the possibility of a Nigeria renaissance. However, as Nigeria snakes towards the peak of the four

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GSK ‘s Ebola vaccine not before late 2016

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An Ebola vaccine by British pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline may not be ready for commercial use until late 2016 and should therefore not be seen as the “primary answer” to the current outbreak, a company researcher said.

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WHO declares Senegal Ebola-free

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A seller of bananas walks past a slogan painted on a wall reading "Ebola" in Monrovia on August 31, 2014. Liberia on August 30, 2014 said it would deny permission for any crew to disembark from ships at the country's four seaports until the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa was under control. AFP PHOTO

Senegal is officially free of Ebola, with the benchmark of 42 days without the disease having passed without any new cases, the World Health Organization said Friday

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Amosun calls for review of burial process to curb Ebola virus

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Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has advocated a review of the cultural and religious burial process among the people in the state to curb the spread of Ebola Virus Disease.

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U.S. expands Ebola screenings at airports, as congress members advocate travel ban

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An official of the White House said on Friday in Washington that five international airports in the U.S. had initiated Ebola screening on passengers arriving from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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WHO ramping up Ebola protection efforts across Africa

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The World Health Organization said Thursday it was increasing efforts to help several African countries fight Ebola if the deadly virus arrives on their soil.

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China sends Ebola drug to Africa, eyes clinical trials

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A Chinese drug maker with military ties has sent an experimental Ebola drug to Africa for use by Chinese aid workers.

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US donates $5mn to help pay Liberian Ebola medics

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The United States has pledged $5 million (four million euros) to Liberia to help compensate health workers on the frontline of the Ebola epidemic, the Liberian president’s office said Wednesday.

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Liberian Ebola medics go back to work after strike

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Liberian doctors and nurses at the frontline of the Ebola epidemic returned to work Wednesday after a two-day strike demanding hazard pay in the country hardest hit by the crisis.

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