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NCDC Confirms Cases Of Monkeypox In Nigeria

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has registered 59 suspected cases of Monkeypox in Nigeria.

NCDC Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, on Tuesday said it has also confirmed 15 cases of the disease.

Ihekweazu was reacting to the Dallas, Texas resident who recently returned from Nigeria and tested positive for the disease.

Laboratory tests confirmed that the patient was infected with a strain of the virus mainly seen in West Africa, which included Nigeria.

However, Ihekweazu told NAN that just as the agency responded to other epidemic-prone diseases in the country, an outbreak would be declared when there was a large cluster of monkeypox cases that constituted an emergency.

“The Federal Government was notified of the situation in Texas, through the International Health Regulations (IHR), who reported a case of monkeypox disease diagnosed in a patient who had recently visited Nigeria.

“Since the re-emergence of monkeypox in the country in September 2017, the agency has continued to receive reports and responses to sporadic cases of the disease from states across the country.

“We have been working closely with state health ministries to strengthen monkeypox disease surveillance and response in the country.

“We work with Enhanced Monkeypox Surveillance Project where we have been training health workers across states to rapidly detect and manage cases.

“Our initial focus is on the states with the highest number of cases – Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Lagos.

“We will continue working with all states to strengthen monkeypox prevention, detection and control in Nigeria,” he explained.

He urged Nigerians to continue adhering to precautions that protect them from monkeypox and other infectious diseases.

“If you feel ill or have a sudden rash, please visit a hospital for diagnosis and management,” he advised.

Monkeypox, which is in the same family of viruses as smallpox, is a rare but potentially deadly viral infection that begins with flu-like symptoms and progresses to a rash on the face and body.

It tends to last two to four weeks. People who do not have symptoms are not capable of transmitting the virus.

Monkeypox infections of that strain are fatal in about one in 100 people, affecting those with weakened immune systems more strongly.

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Tokyo 2020: Ese Brume Wins Nigeria’s First Medal

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Nigeria has its first medal of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after Ese Brume, in the early hours of Tuesday, claimed a bronze medal after finishing third in the women’s long jump event.

Brume leapt 6.97 metres with her very first jump to claim bronze behind second-placed Brittany Reece of the United States and gold medallist Malaika Mihambo of Germany.

It is Nigeria’s first track and field medal at the Olympics since 2008 when Okagbare won a silver medal in Beijing. It also makes the long jump the first individual event to give Nigeria three medals at the Olympics with Chioma Ajunwa’s gold at the Atlanta ‘96 Olympics topping Okagbare’s silver from 2008 and Brume’s bronze.

Brume also joins Okagbare and Glory Alozie as the only Nigerians to win individual medals at both the Worlds and the Olympics.

On Tuesday, at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Brume and Reese swapped top spot a number of times and both looked set to claim gold and silver until Mihambo, with her very last jump, leapt 7.00m to add the Olympic title to the world title she won in Doha two years ago.

Mihambo started well, taking the lead on her first attempt with a jump of 6.83m.

But she was instantly overtaken by Brume with a leading jump of 6.97m which set the standard in the first of six attempts.

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BBNaija: I’ve No Problem With Saga Sucking My Wife’s Breast -Tega’s Husband Reacts

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The husband of BBNaija’s Tega has come to her defense after Nigerians dragged her for allowing fellow male housemate, Saga to suck her nipples during their truth and dare game.

Tega got dragged by most Nigerians after a viral video showing Saga sucking her nipple during their truth and dare game even though she’s a married woman.

However, her husband sees nothing wrong with the act.

A post from Tega’s husband indicates that he isn’t worried about what his wife did by allowing another man to suck her nipple on national TV as he defended her, saying it’s what he signed up for.

According to him, “My wife Tega is an actress and if what she did was a movie scene, she would have done more than what we saw hence encouraging individuals to subscribe to Show Max and get more than what we see.

Recall that Tega once said that her husband has restricted her to only cruise with men in the Biggie house and nothing more.

According to her, her husband permitted her to do everything on the reality show but should be wary of anything that would come in between their marriage.

But the story is not the same with the event of Sunday night.

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Just In: Ex-RRS Commander, Tunji Disu Replaces Embattled Abba Kyari As Head, Police Intelligence Response Team

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The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Baba Usman on Monday appointed DCP Tunji Disu as the new Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team, IRT.

Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba in a statement on Monday, said: “IGP Usman, has today, August 2, 2021 approved the posting of DCP Tunji Disu as the new Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT).

The embattled police chief, Abba Kyari who was suspended on Sunday by the IGP was the head of the Police IRT before his ordeal with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) over issues bothering international fraud conspiracy in connection with instagram celebrity, Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi.

“The posting of the officer is on the heels of Management’s decision to fill the leadership gap within the IRT and refocus the Unit for better service delivery.

“The IGP has charged the new Head of the IRT to demonstrate his professional competence in his leadership of the Unit. He also assured citizens that the IRT will remain focused in the discharge of its duties in line with national statutes and international best practices.

“Prior to his appointment as the new Head of the IRT, DCP Tunji Disu, a former Commander of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) Lagos State, was the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Department of Operations, Force Headquarters, Abuja.

“He had also previously served at the State CID, Rivers State as the Deputy Head of the Unit. He was also a former Commander of the Nigeria Police Contingent to the African Union, AU, Peace Keeping Mission in Dafur, Sudan.

“DCP Disu holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the Lagos State University, LASU, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State.

“He has also attended several professional courses both at home and abroad: Small Arms Smuggling Training in Botswana, Internet Fraud Training at the Cambridge University, UK, Strategic Leadership Command Course at the Police Staff College, Jos, Forensic Investigations and Criminal Intelligence Course at the University of Lagos, amongst others.

“He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Nigeria Institute of Public Relations and Chattered Institute of Personnel management, amongst other professional bodies. His posting is with immediate effect.”

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