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    Ebonyi assembly moves to remove Elechi

Ebonyi assembly moves to remove Elechi

The Ebonyi state house of assembly has served an impeachment notice on Martin Elechi, governor of the state, over alleged misappropriation of public funds, gross misconduct and other offences. The motion for the notice that was served on Elechi was moved by Odefa Obasi, representative of Onicha south constituency, and seconded by Valentine Okike of Afikpo southeast constituency. Odefa was the head [...]

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    Nigeria Ebola-free, but the world ‘still at risk’

Nigeria Ebola-free, but the world ‘still at risk’

Onyebuchi Chukwu, who until Monday was the minister of health, is happy that Nigeria has now been certified Ebola-free, but he has warned that anyone anywhere in the world is still prone to the viral disease as long as it continues to ravage the West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Speaking at the ceremony where the World Health [...]

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    Chukwu: Nigeria will help Ebola-hit countries

Chukwu: Nigeria will help Ebola-hit countries

Minister of health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, has revealed that Nigeria would be offering assistance to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the three worst-hit countries affected by the highly-contagious Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Chkwu disclosed this in Abuja while receiving Mustapha Kaloko, the African Union (AU) commissioner for social affairs. He said Nigeria would organise specialised training for nine field epidemiologists and six [...]

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    Ebola: FG picks Sept 22 resumption for schools

Ebola: FG picks Sept 22 resumption for schools

The federal government has directed all public and private primary and secondary schools in the country to resume academic activities on September 22. The government had earlier postponed the date to October 13 to prevent massive spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). It subsequently expressed happiness with the progress made in containing the virus, and minister of health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu would then give [...]

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    Ebola: Nigerian schools to re-open in two weeks

Ebola: Nigerian schools to re-open in two weeks

All Nigerian primary and secondary schools ─ both public and private ─ will be allowed to resume academic activities by the middle of September. Federal government had recently ordered schools not to resume from their holidays because of the Ebola outbreak. But health minister, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, said on Wednesday that medical experts have now given the go-ahead for school resumption after [...]

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Nigeria relies on Japanese drug to fight Ebola

Two weeks after the minister of health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu stated that Nano Silver, a trial drug for Ebola will not be administered on any patient in Nigeria because it did not meet the required standard, Chukwu has announced that the country will be importing Favipiravir, a Japanese trial drug for treating the highly contagious Ebola virus. Though the Nigerian government [...]

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    Chukwu: 14th Ebola case ‘a false positive’

Chukwu: 14th Ebola case ‘a false positive’

The total number of confirmed cases of Ebola (including the index case of Patrick Sawyer) is now 13 and not the 14 initially announced, minister of health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, said on Monday. Chukuwu had announced on Friday that two more Nigerians had come down with the virus, bringing the total number of recorded cases to 14. But he said on Monday that the [...]

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    Ebola cases not over in Nigeria, says Chukwu

Ebola cases not over in Nigeria, says Chukwu

Minister of health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, says there is a possibility of recording fresh cases of Ebola in the country, as some of those who had contacts with Mr. Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American who brought the disease into Nigeria, are still under investigation. The minister, who spoke through Dan Nwomeh, his special assistant on media and communication, commended the medical personnel who [...]

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    FG ‘contributes N200m’ to Lagos’ Ebola struggle

FG ‘contributes N200m’ to Lagos’ Ebola struggle

The federal government has donated N200 million to the Lagos state government to help its quest to contain the spread of Ebola, minister of health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, said on Thursday. According to the minister, the N200 million released to the Lagos state government was not part of the N1.9 billion approved by President Goodluck Jonathan for fighting Ebola in the country. Dan [...]

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    FG soft-pedals on sacking striking doctors

FG soft-pedals on sacking striking doctors

Federal government has only suspended and not sacked resident doctors, minister of health, Professor Onyebuchi Chuwku, has said, blaming the media for misrepresenting the fact. A letter dated 13 August, 2014 and signed on behalf of the health minister by L. N. Awute, a permanent secretary in the ministry, had said: "President Goodluck Jonathan has suspended the residency training programme for [...]

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    Lagos to ‘show the world’ how to tame Ebola

Lagos to ‘show the world’ how to tame Ebola

Governor of Lagos state, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, believes his government is effectively in control of the highly contagious Ebola virus introduced to Nigeria on July 20 by Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer. Addressing residents of the state on Sunday, he said that although Lagos is the first urban centre to record the case of Ebola, it will overcome the virus. Fashola admitted that that Ebola poses a big threat, but he [...]

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    Chukwu: Nano Silver unfit for Ebola treatment

Chukwu: Nano Silver unfit for Ebola treatment

Minister of health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, says Nano silver, the experimental trial drug imported into the country on Thursday, will not be administered to Ebola patients because it did not meet required standards. The Lagos state government issued a similar denial earlier. Addressing journalists at the Federal Nuero Psychiatric hospital at Yaba, Lagos on Saturday, Chukwu said other trial drugs were undergoing evaluation, and they could [...]

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    US warns of fraudulent ‘Ebola drug’ claims

US warns of fraudulent ‘Ebola drug’ claims

The US Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday it has become aware of products being sold online that fraudulently claim to prevent or treat Ebola. Reuters reports that FDA's warning comes on the heels of comments by Nigeria's health minister, Onyebuchi Chukwu, who said eight Ebola patients in Lagos, the country's capital, will receive an experimental treatment called nano-silver. Erica Jefferson, [...]

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    Today’s Ebola briefing: Another victim dies

Today’s Ebola briefing: Another victim dies

Four persons ─ three Nigerians inclusive ─ have now died from the Ebola virus disease, health minister Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu said on Thursday. The Nigerians who died all had direct contact with the index case ─ the Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer, who brought the disease to Nigeria. The latest casualty is said to be a nurse ─ meaning two nurses and an ECOWAS [...]

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    Liberians unhappy with ‘harassment and stereotyping’ by Nigerians over Ebola

Liberians unhappy with ‘harassment and stereotyping’ by Nigerians over Ebola

The Liberian ambassador to Nigeria, Professor Al-Hassan Conte’h, is unhappy that "Nigerians are harassing and stereotyping" Liberians living in the country for Nigeria's Ebola travails. The ambassador alleged that since the first case of Ebola, which his countryman brought,  was recorded in the country, Liberians in Nigeria have been the subject of intimidation, harassment and stereotyping. “I would like to appeal for the indulgence [...]

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    Obama: ‘Too soon’ for Nigeria to have Ebola drug

Obama: ‘Too soon’ for Nigeria to have Ebola drug

Nigeria’s request to have ZMapp – a trial drug that yielded considerable success after it was administered to two American medics who got infected with the virus while treating Ebola victims in West Africa – will not materialise, as President Barack Obama has said it is "too soon" to start sending the drugs to afflicted West African countries.  At a joint press conference after the weekly federal [...]

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