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Polio took attention off other public health needs – NCDC DG, Chikwe Ihekweazu

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The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu has stated that polio took attention off other public health needs.

 

Commenting on the eradication of wild polio in Africa in an interview with Financial Times, Chikwe stated that Africa needs to shift its focus to building systems as it has all been focused on single diseases for decades.

 

He said;

 

 “I am excited that we have reached this milestone. It has been more than 20 years since we set the goal. It has drawn in substantial resources, some of which have supported the response to other infectious diseases.

“While polio eradication drew in resources for public health, over the years, many of our best people, best efforts, and best resources were focused on polio. This sometimes drew away attention from other important public health needs.

“Once you declare eradication of a single disease as a goal, it’s such a high bar that I hope we don’t do it for any other disease soon. It’s time to focus on systems, not diseases.”

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On the COVID-19 pandemic, the NCDC DG said some countries are focused on their interests alone instead of seeking a global end to the virus.

 

Chikwe added;

 

“This is a global pandemic which requires a global response. But it quickly emerged that the more resources you had, the more you were able to access scarce commodities like personal protection equipment, masks and ventilators. The next big thing is access to vaccines and new therapeutics.

“We see countries negotiating their own terms and companies bypassing global alliances. There is constant pressure and countries we have looked up to for many years for equity and multilateralism are falling into the trap of fighting for their own best interests.

“The idea that you can protect yourself and ignore the rest of the world doesn’t make any rational sense. We have got to find a way of working together.”

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Governor Sanwo-Olu approves full reopening of markets in Lagos

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved the full reopening of markets in Lagos state.

The announcement was made in a statement released by Lagos Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Dr Wale Ahmed on Tuesday October 27.

Ahmed said the Governor took the decision to further enhance trade and commerce and mitigate the hardship of recent times and ensure that Lagosians can recover fast.

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The statement read;

“The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has approved the full resumption of operations of both food markets and non-food markets.

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“They are now to open daily.

“Mr Governor took the decision to further enhance trade and commerce and mitigate the hardship of recent times and ensure that Lagosians can recover fast.

“Mr Governor also advised the continued observance of all safety protocols.

“Traders and their customers must adhere strictly to the covid 19 protocols for their safety and the citizenry at large.”

Before now, food and non-food markets were allowed to operate three days a week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

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Brazilian prisoner nicknamed Lucifer is accused of murdering 48 other inmates during his 25 years behind bars

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A Brazilian prisoner nicknamed ‘Lucifer’ has been accused of murdering 48 other inmates during his 25 years behind bars.

Marcos Paulo da Silva, a thief-turned-serial killer was first jailed for petty theft at the age of 18 in 1995, before he became a vicious killer. He is known to cut off the heads of his fellow inmates before disembowelling their dead bodies.

In one case, he is said to have murdered five inmates in one go in Serra Azul Jail in Sao Paulo in 2011 in one of his bloodiest attacks to date.

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He faces spending the rest of his life after racking up multiple convictions and sentences totalling 217 years. Although he has yet to be tried for many of his alleged crimes, according to local reports.

Da Silva is said to have told a judge recently:

“I have no regrets about killing all these people.

They were rapists and thieves who took advantage of other inmates and robbed them.”

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Da Silva has been described as the leader of a gang of assassins created with the mission of murdering members of the PCC, one of Brazil’s leading gangs formed by inmates as a self-protection group in the prison system.

Prison guards told online firm UOL that it was only a “question of time” before the notorious prisoner kills again once he is transferred to a new prison.

The report said Da Silva used a fire extinguisher to knock his Serra Azul Prison victims unconscious before beheading them with a home-made knife in his most infamous jail massacre to date.

He is said to have yelled:

“I love this, there’s so few, I want to kill more prisoners” as he snubbed out their lives.

Psychologists say he is not mentally ill but does suffer from a personality disorder that needs to be urgently treated.

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Abandoned newborn baby found dead inside church in Rivers State (photo)

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A newborn baby wrapped in Ankara fabric was found abandoned inside a church in Obio-Akpor local government area in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

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It was gathered that the baby was found dead on Monday, October 26, inside the partially fenced church located at Ozuoba junction along NTA-Mgbuoba Road.

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Residents of Ozuoba and Rumuosi communities in Obio-Akpor said the baby reportedly died as result of exposure to cold.

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