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NCDC records 21 new monkeypox cases in one week

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported 21 more cases of monkeypox in the country within the past seven days.

This was announced via the public health agency’s official website on Sunday.

The agency also reported that Nigeria recorded six monkeypox related deaths between January and August and that six states in the country had recorded one death each from the disease.

It listed the six states where monkeypox deaths occurred as Delta, Lagos, Ondo, Akwa Ibom, Taraba and Kogi.

“Between August 15 and August 21, Taraba and Kogi States recorded two deaths,” the agency stated.

It said that the total number of confirmed cases of monkeypox in the country had also risen to 241, with 21 new cases reported in one week between August 15 and August 21.

The NCDC said that the 21 confirmed cases were reported from 12 states.

It listed the states as Lagos – seven, Adamawa – two, Ebonyi – two, Imo -two, Akwa Ibom – one, Anambra – one, Edo – one, FCT – one, Katsina State – one, Kaduna State – one, Kogi – one and Ondo  State – one.

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“Of the 241 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the country, Lagos State has the highest burden of the disease, with 42 confirmed cases since the beginning of the year.

“This translates to 17.4 per cent of the total burden of the disease in the country.

“Overall, since the re-emergence of monkeypox in September, 2017 to August this year, a total of 1,116 suspected cases have been reported from 35 states.

“Of the 1,116 suspected cases, there have been 467 (41.8 per cent) confirmed (309 male, 158 female) from 32 states.

“In addition, from September, 2017 to August, 2022, a total of 14 deaths have been recorded, with a case fatality rate of three per cent, in 10 states.

“The states are: Lagos – three, Edo – two, Imo – one, Cross River – one, FCT – one, Rivers – one, Ondo State – one, Delta – one, Akwa Ibom – one, Taraba – one and Kogi – one.”

Monkeypox is an infection, caused by a virus similar to the now-eradicated smallpox virus.

According to the NCDC, the disease could be spread by close contact and exposure to an infected person’s respiratory droplets, skin lesions or bodily fluids.

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Among its symptoms are swollen lymph nodes, fever and a rash that may initially be mistaken for chickenpox or a sexually transmitted disease, if in the genital or anal region.

It has been common in some African countries but outbreaks have occurred in other parts of the world from time to time.

In 2022, the World Health Organisation declared a global health emergency after the spread of monkeypox to many countries through social interactions and intimate contacts.

Monkeypox may be most severe in young children, especially if they have poor nutritional status.

In previous years, fatal cases have occurred primarily among children in Africa.

Vaccines can prevent monkeypox, but vaccines are currently in short supply worldwide.

When widely available, the vaccine may also be used to protect at-risk populations, including men having sex with men, bisexual people, commercial sex workers and others who engage in behaviours that put them at risk.

The infection continues to spread but because transmission requires close personal contact, the rate is much slower than that of SARS-CoV-2 virus (the coronavirus that causes COVID-19).

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Hamas confirms release of 13 Israelis, seven foreigners

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The armed wing of Hamas said Saturday it had handed over 13 Israeli hostages to the Red Cross under the terms of an agreement with Israel, along with an additional seven foreign citizens.

The transfer – which had been delayed after Hamas accused Israel of violating the agreement, claims denied by Israeli officials – took place “in the context of the humanitarian pause”, the Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades said in a statement.

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First Year Remembrance: Ozy Okposo Makes Lifetime Promise to Sammie Okposo

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Ozy Okposo, the wife of late gospel singer Sammie Okposo, is solemnly observing the one-year remembrance of her beloved husband by making a heartfelt promise to cherish the memories they shared.

In a touching tribute on her Instagram page, she pledges to continue celebrating and treasuring the moments they had together. She reflects on the past year without him, acknowledging the support of family, friends, and divine grace while expressing her enduring longing for him.

Ozy fondly recalls the aspects of their life that she misses most, emphasizing her enduring admiration for Sammie and the impact he had on her life and the world. She lovingly refers to him as her “King,” “Legend,” and “Maestro,” and expresses her deep affection, longing, and gratitude.

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Ozy Okposo marks one year remembrance of late Sammie Okposo

On Valentine’s Day earlier this year, Ozy expressed her deep sorrow while finding solace in the belief that Sammie is now in the presence of Christ.

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Appeal court judgment, a temporary setback

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Plateau State Governor, Caleb Mutfwang, on Saturday, declared that God was behind his election and will not abandon the people of the state.

Mutfwang of the Peoples Democratic Party had polled 525,299 votes to defeat the All Progressives Congress candidate, Dr. Nentawe Yilwatda, who scored 481,370 votes during the March 18 governorship election

His victory was reaffirmed at the election tribunal but a panel of the Court of Appeal nullified it.

The Supreme Court is expected to deliver a final judgment on the matter.

Mutfwang, returned to Jos, the state capital for the first time since the appeal court nullified his election, and spoke with journalists at the Yakubu Gowon Airport in Jos on arrival on Saturday.

He was received by a  crowd of supporters who defied the rains and converged on the airport and other strategic locations in Jos to welcome him.

He described whatever had happened as a temporary huddle and reassured the people that God would restore his mandate.

The governor said, “I am excited to be back home, I feel so loved by the people and I have come to say thank you to the Plateau people. I have come back home to say thank you to the good people of Plateau State for their prayers, and for standing with us.

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“I want to also thank our friends across Nigeria and across the world who have stood with us, they have shown interest in what is happening on the Plateau and I want to say a  big thank you.

“I want to assure you that we began this project with God on our side and I want to assure you that God is still on our side and that by his grace, Plateau people will smile, by his grace, Plateau people will rejoice.

“For we bear no grudges against anyone and we have confidence in the judiciary despite all that has happened. God who controls the hearts of men is going to ensure that what will bring joy to the people of Plateau State is done.

“I, therefore, encourage you to stay steadfast in prayer, there is no need for evil talk, and we will not reply to those who mean evil for us. We will continue to encourage our people to remain calm. This is our land, we will not allow anybody to destroy  it, therefore we must stay together.”

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He continued “There are people who are not happy with our unity. I want to plead with the people of Plateau that let us stay together. I am proud and excited that you have made me your leader. I am proud of all Plateau people.

“Across the divides of faith, I have seen Muslims rise up in our defence, I have seen Christians rise up in our defence. I have seen elders, I have seen women and I have seen youths and I say this is the Plateau direction we want to go.

“I, therefore, urge us to remain united and peaceful. Every journey from bondage to freedom has hiccups and there are many hurdles we must cross, and whatever we have experienced so far is a temporary huddle and by the grace of God we will reach the promised land.”

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