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Death toll in West Africa Ebola epidemic reaches 2,622 —WHO

At least 2,622 people have died in the worst outbreak of Ebola virus in history, which has so far infected at least 5,335 people in West Africa, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday.   In an update on the epidemic, which is raging through Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia and has spread into Nigeria and Senegal, the WHO ...

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Boko Haram will end soon, says Shettima

Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno on Thursday expressed optimism that the Nigerian military will soon end the Boko Haram insurgency in the country. Shettima made the statement at the launching of the new 64 page e-passport in Maiduguri. He said that the recent victory by the military in different encounters with the insurgents had brought back hope of ending the ...

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Scientists seek more understanding of Ebola virus

The current Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has heightened the quest for a deeper understanding of the molecular biology of the virus, which scientists say could be critical in the development of vaccines or antiviral drugs to treat or prevent hemorrhagic fever caused by Ebola. A team at the University of Virginia (UVA), USA, led by Dr Dan Engel, ...

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Reproductive health raises concern on Nigeria’s youth development

Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS)

Poor access to Reproductive Health has emerged as a major reason youths in Nigeria are unable to develop intellectually. The issue, which was highlighted in the pilot of the Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) Youth Development Project on Social/Youth Development, and Reproductive Health, topped a myriad of others ranging from lack of access to good education to disconnection from main ...

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TV Report: Ebola and bush meat consumption

Ebola and bush meat consumption

The battle to contain the human to human transmission of Ebola virus in Nigeria continues, especially through the neighbouring countries.   But is a fresh outbreak of the disease possible through animal sources?   I traveled to Osun State ,South Western Nigeria and it was business as usual. Locals preparing bush meat with their bare hands and eating bush meat ...

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Ebola outbreak: UN calls for $1bn to fight virus


More than $1bn (£618m) is needed to fight the West Africa Ebola outbreak – a tenfold increase in the past month, the UN’s Ebola co-ordinator has said.   David Nabarro made the announcement as the World Health Organization (WHO) described the health crisis as “unparalleled in modern times”.   It has killed 2,461 people this year, half of the 4,985 ...

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Partnership enhances climate adaptation with eco-stoves in Delta communities

A host of rural community dwellers in Delta State is benefitting from an initiative designed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emission, save time and money spent on firewood, curb respiratory diseases and enhance the education of the girl-child. A collaboration involving the Climate Change Department of the Delta State Ministry of Environment, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Ecobank is ...

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Lagos community at mercy of Atlantic Ocean (in photos)

Okun Alfa is a coastal community located in Lagos, South-West Nigeria, on the coastline by the Atlantic Ocean. The community beach, known as Alpha Beach, used to be a popular tourist destination for many fun seekers at weekends and festive periods. However, an increasingly worrisome ocean surge and shoreline erosion in recent years have claimed the beach and now threatening ...

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OPIC weaves chain of homes around Ogun

The Ogun State Property & Investment Corporation (OPIC), which is presently celebrating its 30 years of existence with a flurry of activities, has been exploiting inherent benefits of the state’s proximity to Lagos. A handful of real estate developments by the Gateway State have of recent emerged, taking into consideration that a considerable amount of top executives of Ogun State-based ...

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