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ENVISAGING THE EXTERMINATION OF KANO

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As a city and probably a race, Kano is likely in the queue for extinction.

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As a city and probably a race, Kano is likely in the queue for extinction. Death has virtually gotten a residence permit in Kano and is making its presence felt in every house of every ward in the city and the state. People are dying at a rate that is fast becoming impossible to keep tabs on.

As a city and probably a race, Kano is likely in the queue for extinction. Death, has virtually gotten a residence permit in Kano, and is making its presence felt in every house of every ward in the city and the state. People are dying at a rate that is fast becoming impossible to keep tabs on.

Early in the morning today, my friend updated me with the news of his sister’s demise. Her brother died a day earlier. I was in the process of composing a text message of condolence to another friend, who lost a close friend yesterday, and who posted the death of relation on Facebook this afternoon when another call came.

This time around, it’s the sad news of the death of Professor Balarabe Maikaba, former Head of the department of mass communications, BUK.

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As Muslims, we can only say, Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un, which in the Qur’an means- Verily we belong to God, and verily to Him do we return.

Indeed Kano is witnessing or experiencing an unprecedented challenge in tragedy. The death figures, and the questions behind the mystery of the deaths, have gone high enough to the point that people are beginning to ask the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the state.

Through a letter, circulated to the press today Sunday, Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, has given the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, seven days to publish the full report of the investigation into the mysterious deaths in Kano State or be ready for action.

Falana said the federal government should take over the situation of Kano, because the leadership seems overwhelmed, expressing concern over the burials conducted in the state without any official information from the government.

“During a press briefing held at Abuja a week ago, you announced that the Federal Ministry of Health, the Kano State Chief Epidemiologist, Officials of the Kano Public Health Department and those of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had commenced an investigation into the strange deaths and mass burials currently going on in Kano State.

The people of Kano State and Nigerians, in general, are worried over the worsening health crisis as it may spread to other parts of Kano State not yet affected as well as other parts of the country if not urgently addressed. But since the Kano State Government is completely overwhelmed, we hereby, call on the Federal Government to take over the management of the crisis without any further delay”-Femi Falana, SAN.

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The kano situation is particularly worrisome because of the perceived reluctance of the government to do the needful, and carry the public along in that endeavor so that it can be seen whether they are doing the needful.

With the abundance of experienced and knowledgeable hands-on epidemiology, Kano should not make itself a laughing stock in the eyes of the world.

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When the big pharmaceutical companies of the world want to do research on any disease, the government of Kano is always ready to release the state as a test laboratory, citing population and unique setting as reasons for doing so. But why is it that when Kano is the patient, the government is playing the recalcitrant?

With Malaria, which is one of the most severe global public health problems in Africa, where Nigeria has the greatest number of cases, Kano was used to carrying out a community-based study, particularly on the prevalence and risk factors, alongside the public attitudes and practices. The research helped in drawing out plans on how to confront the problem.

Although it came with some problems, a similar thing was done by Pfizer, using Trovan in Kano during an epidemic of bacterial meningitis. Why is the state not ready to commission a study or epidemiological survey now?

Going by the sayings of experts, who claimed that Infectious diseases, especially virulent infectious diseases, are commonly regarded as causes of fluctuation or decline in biological populations, one may ask, Is Kano on the road to such fate? Is there a plan to deliberately reduce the population of Kano, by taking advantage of the leadership’s weakness?

The Kano situation is gradually going out of hand, and the sooner it dawns upon the leadership to do the needful, the better for everyone.

Failure to do that may give room for suspicion that, the leadership is part of the plan.

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Nigeria Records Highest COVID-19 Cases in Almost Five Months

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Nigeria Records Highest COVID-19 Cases in Almost Five Months

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has on July 29, reported the highest case load of covid 19 in almost five months.

With 558 new infections recorded on Thursday, the NCDC stated that the cases were reported in 15 states and the federal capital territory (FCT).

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Lagos recorded 376 new infections, Oyo 33, Akwa Ibom 26, and the FCT 22

Others are Imo with 15 new cases, Bayelsa – 13, Ekiti – 13, Kano – 12, Ogun – 11, Plateau – 11, Delta – 9, Jigawa – 6, Rivers – 4, Zamfara – 4, Edo – 3, and Ebonyi – 1.

Two deaths were recorded on Thursday bringing the total number of deaths to 2,141, with total confirmed cases in the country put at 178,821, and 164,930 recoveries.

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U.S. to ship 4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Nigeria, 5.66 million to South Africa

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Vaccines Effective Against Variants but Overseas Travel Still Not Safe Says WHO

The U.S. government Wednesday will ship nearly 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to two of the most populous African countries – Nigeria and South Africa – as the continent battles a third wave of infections, White House officials said.

Four million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will go to Nigeria and 5.66 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to South Africa, the officials said.

The South Africa shipment is the single largest sent by the United States since it began sending vaccine shots overseas, one of the officials said. The latest shipments bring the total number of U.S. vaccine doses sent to Africa to 16.4 million.

The urgently needed help comes as amid growing concern about vaccination rates in Africa, which lag far behind those of advanced economies.

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Experts worry that the highly contagious Delta variant could pose another setback, if countries begin requiring booster shots for fully-vaccinated individuals, a move that would slow shipments of urgently needed vaccines to developing countries.

The White House said equitable global access to safe and effective vaccines was essential to ending the pandemic.

“We are working to get as many safe and effective vaccines to as many people around the world as fast as possible,” one of the White House officials said in a statement.

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Nigeria Expects 29million Doses of J&J COVID Vaccine in August

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Nigeria Expects 29million Doses of J&J COVID Vaccine in August

Nigeria expects to take delivery of 29 million doses of Johnson & Johnson covid-19 vaccine in August, allowing it to ramp up its vaccination programme just as a third wave of infections takes hold, the health minister said.

Health Minister Osagie Ehanire told reporters on Monday, that the single-dose vaccine would be advantageous for Nigeria, given its partly nomadic population and weak systems for keeping track of people and arranging for second doses.

Ehanire said Nigeria was also expecting four million doses of the Moderna vaccine, 700,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine and an unspecified quantity of Pfizer and Sinopharm doses. He said all of those were expected in the third quarter.

The minister also warned that the covid-19 infection numbers were rising due to the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant, noting that 216 people had tested positive in the last 24 hours, most of them in Lagos and Akwa Ibom.

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With an estimated 200 million citizens, Nigeria has so far vaccinated a tiny fraction of its population. The most recent data, in June, showed that 2 million people had received one dose and 700,000 had received two. In total, Nigeria has so far taken delivery of under 4 million doses.

The government had announced in March it was hoping to secure 70 million doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccine this year through an African Union programme, with an initial batch of 30 million to be delivered in the third quarter.

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