Burundi Declares First Polio Outbreak in Over 30 Years
Health authorities in Burundi have confirmed the country’s first polio outbreak in over 30 years. The outbreak was detected following the confirmation of eight samples of the virus, including a confirmed case in an unvaccinated four-year-old child in the Isale district of western Burundi, as well as two other children with whom the child had been in contact. Five samples from environmental surveillance of wastewater also confirmed the presence of the circulating poliovirus type 2.
Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, praised the effectiveness of the country’s disease surveillance and highlighted the importance of timely action in protecting children through effective vaccination. Polio is highly infectious and can be transmitted through contaminated water and food, or by contact with an infected person. Its early detection is critical in containing a potential outbreak. While many people who contract polio do not become seriously ill, some can go on to develop acute flaccid paralysis.
The Burundian Government has declared the detection of the virus a national public health emergency and plans to implement a vaccination campaign in the coming weeks to combat polio. The campaign aims to protect all eligible children, from newborns to age seven. Health authorities, with support from WHO and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners, have also begun investigating the epidemiology of the limited outbreak, including risk assessments to ensure containment.
Burundi is further bolstering its polio surveillance efforts, with WHO experts in the field supporting additional sample collection and assessing the possibility of opening new environmental surveillance sites for early detection of the silently circulating poliovirus. Circulating poliovirus type 2 is the most prevalent form of polio in Africa, and outbreaks of this type of poliovirus are the highest reported in the region, with more than 400 cases reported in 14 countries in 2022. Type 2 infection can occur when the weakened strain of the virus contained in the oral polio vaccine circulates among under-immunized populations for long periods.
The confirmation of the polio outbreak in Burundi highlights the importance of maintaining high levels of vaccination coverage to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Vaccination is a crucial tool in protecting children and communities from preventable diseases and plays a critical role in global health security.
Davido Confirms His Marriage to Chioma Rowland in Interview with Kiekie
Superstar David Adeleke, widely known by his stage name Davido, recently confirmed his marriage to his partner, Chioma Rowland, during an interview with skit maker, Kiekie, on Thursday. The singer had taken a break from social media following the tragic death of his son, Ifeanyi, but in this interview, he discussed his marriage, musical hiatus, and upcoming project, ‘Timeless’.
Reflecting on his time away from the spotlight, Davido spoke about the various things that had happened in his life, including his marriage to Chioma. He revealed that he had used his break to rest, reflect, and spend quality time with his family. He said, “I have had a lot to think about, time to rest, reflect on a lot of family time. Time to make music again.”
Davido also shared that before his hiatus, he had an album ready to be released, but he and his team decided to redo the entire album. He mentioned that he had traveled extensively during his break and that getting married was one of the many things that had happened in his life. He expressed his excitement to be back on the road and ready to perform for his fans.
With regards to his new project, ‘Timeless’, Davido stated that it was a collaborative effort between him and his long-time producer, Shizzi. He explained that the project was born out of the creative energy they shared in the studio, and that it was a combination of Afrobeat, R&B, and Pop music.
Davido’s confirmation of his marriage to Chioma has been met with excitement from his fans, who have been eagerly anticipating official news of their union. The couple has been together for several years, and they share a son, Ifeanyi. Although they have kept their relationship relatively private, Davido has often shared glimpses of their love on social media.
In conclusion, Davido’s confirmation of his marriage to Chioma is a significant milestone in his personal life, and it has been received positively by his fans. His return to music with ‘Timeless’ also promises to be an exciting development for music lovers, who have missed his unique sound and energetic performances.
Lagos State Government Arraigns Chrisland School Officials over Death of Pupil
On Thursday, the Lagos State government arraigned Chrisland School, Opebi, its principal, vice principal, and two employees over the death of one of the school’s pupils, 12-year-old Whitney Adeniran. This case has sparked outrage across Nigeria, and people are eagerly waiting to see justice served.
The defendants were arraigned before Justice Oyindamola Ogala of the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja. They include Ademoye Adewale, Kuku Fatai, Mrs. Belinda Amao, Nwatu Ugochi Victoria, and Chrisland School Limited. According to the charges filed by the state, the defendants allegedly killed Miss Adeniran on February 9, 2023, at about 1 pm, in Agege Sports Stadium, Agege, Lagos, by acting in a reckless and negligent manner that endangered her life.
The defendants were arraigned on two count charges bordering on involuntary manslaughter, reckless and negligent acts preferred against them by the state. The state Attorney General, Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, informed the court that the state had filed two count charges against the defendants, urging the court to take their plea. After the charges were read, the defendants pleaded not guilty to the allegations.
Subsequently, the Attorney General informed the court that the state has seventeen witnesses and as such will be praying for a date to open trial. The oral application was not opposed by all the defendants’ counsel.
Justice Oyindamola Ogala, who presided over the matter, thereafter fixed May 25, June 1, 8, and 15 for the commencement of trial. While in the dock, the school’s principal, Mrs. Belinda Amao, broke down in tears as the court and counsel tried to agree on a date for the commencement of the trial.
This case has sent shockwaves through Nigeria, with many questioning the safety and wellbeing of children in schools across the country. The death of Whitney Adeniran has highlighted the need for stricter regulations and oversight in schools to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.
The Lagos State government has taken a decisive step in bringing the defendants to trial and ensuring that justice is served for Whitney Adeniran and her family. It is hoped that this case will serve as a wake-up call for schools across Nigeria to prioritize the safety and wellbeing of their students and take all necessary measures to prevent accidents and tragedies from occurring.
Students and Teachers Injured in Oyo School by Suspected Herdsmen
In a distressing incident, suspected herdsmen allegedly invaded a public secondary school in Oyo State on Thursday morning, causing injuries to students and teachers. According to reports, the Community Grammar School, Alaropo Nla in the Oriire Local Government Area of the state was attacked by over twenty herdsmen who reportedly invaded the school with their cattle, causing harm to several students and teachers.
The eyewitnesses revealed that the students had just completed their morning devotion and were preparing to continue their second-term examination when the herdsmen invaded the school farm with their cows grazing carelessly on crops. Despite the efforts made by the students and teachers to drive away the herdsmen, they were met with fierce resistance, leading to injuries to several students and teachers.
Some of the students and their teachers, including Mr Paul Olabode, were reportedly inflicted with sword and machete cuts, while many others suffered broken legs and hands. The incident has been reported to the police, according to the school principal, Mrs Grace Alamu, who confirmed the attack in a telephone conversation with Vanguard.
“I am on my way to the school. Policemen are coming to the school this morning,” she said.
However, efforts to contact the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Adewale Osifeso, to confirm the invasion, proved abortive, as several calls placed to him were not answered at the time of filing this report.
This attack on a public secondary school is yet another addition to the increasing number of attacks and violence perpetrated by suspected herdsmen in the country. The situation is a worrisome trend that is causing unrest and anxiety among Nigerians, particularly in rural areas, where many communities have suffered similar attacks.
In conclusion, the authorities must take swift and decisive action to investigate this incident and bring the perpetrators to justice. It is crucial to ensure that the safety and security of citizens, especially schoolchildren and teachers, are protected from such attacks. The Nigerian government must take proactive measures to address the growing insecurity in the country and provide adequate protection for all its citizens.
Fire Outbreak Destroys Goods Worth Millions of Naira at Olowu Spare Parts Market in Lagos
Traders at the Olowu spare parts market in Lagos are counting their losses after a fire broke out in the early hours of Thursday morning. The inferno ravaged several shops in the market, destroying goods worth millions of naira. According to reports, some of the shops contained air-conditioners, vehicle parts, and motorcycles, among other items.
The cause of the fire is not yet known, but eyewitnesses say it started in one of the shops and quickly spread to other parts of the market. Traders frantically tried to salvage their goods as the flames spread, but many were unable to save anything.
This latest fire incident is a blow to traders in the Olowu market, who are still reeling from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have struggled to make ends meet in the wake of the economic downturn, and the loss of their goods in the fire is yet another setback.
The Lagos State Fire Service and security operatives were quick to respond to the incident, with firefighters working tirelessly to put out the flames. The cause of the fire is under investigation, and authorities are urging traders to be vigilant and take necessary precautions to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.
Sadly, this is not the first time that a fire has destroyed a market in Lagos. Just three weeks ago, the Akere Spare Parts Market on Kirikiri Road in Olodi-Apapa, Ajegunle was also ravaged by fire, leaving many traders without a means of livelihood. The recurrence of these incidents underscores the need for better fire prevention and management strategies in Lagos and other parts of Nigeria.
Our thoughts are with the traders affected by the fire at the Olowu spare parts market, and we urge the authorities to take swift action to support those who have lost their livelihoods. We also call on traders to prioritize safety measures in their shops and markets, to prevent the occurrence of such tragedies in the future.
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