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Friday, August 15, 2014

Ebola: Experimental drug developed by Nigerian arrives Nigeria

The experimental drug developed by a Nigerian in diaspora for the treatment of Ebola is expected to arrive the country , the Minister for Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, has said.
 
The drug, called “Nanosilver”, has been approved for use by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an experimental treatment ethical in the case of the Ebola epidemic. The Federal Govt  approved the use of experimental drugs in the treatment of the deadly virus.

Aliko Dangote donates N150million to fight Ebola in Nigeria



The Chief Executive Officer of the Dangote Foundation, Mrs Adhiambo Odaga announced this at a media briefing at the Ministry of Health, Abuja on Monday. She said the money will be available for the establishment of an Ebola emergency operation centre in Lagos.
“After bilateral discussion with the honourable minister and his team, Dangote foundation has funded the establishment of the Ebola emergency operation in Lagos, that is being done through grant from the foundation of just a little over N150 million,” she said. Continue...

FIFA orders Maigari’s return

Maigari
World soccer governing body, FIFA has again ordered the return of the impeached president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Alhaji Aminu Maigari.FIFA in a letter ad- dressed to NFF scribe (which Daily Sunsports is in possession of) stated that the sacked NFF boss must preside over the August 26 congress.While regretting the confused state of Nigerian football, FIFA stressed that all the actions taken by the exco of late including the sacking of Barrister  Chris Green and Yusuf Ahmed Fresh, as well as the sacking of the electoral committee should be set aside.The FIFA letter stated in part: “It is regrettable that the situation has turnedso confused while elections are planned for August 26….the recent decisions of the executive committee are highly question- able…furthermore, we advise that President Maigari must preside over the NFF congress on 26 August.

iPhone market share drops in Q2, BlackBerry up slightly

Feature Passport by BlackBerry

However, BlackBerry sales are still way off what they were a year ago
BlackBerry CEO John Chen’s strategy might be showing a  little bit of traction.
After three consecutive quarters of sequential decline, shipments BlackBerrys  rebounded slightly in Q2 of this year from the previous quarter, market research firm IDC reported Thursday in a report on smartphone shipments.
It shipped 1.5 million units in the quarter ending June 30. On the other hand, for the same period a year ago it shipped 6.7 million smart phones. In this year’s Q2 it accounted for one half of one per cent of all smart phone sales. By comparison 7.4 million Windows Phones shipped — although that was a drop from 8.2 million in the same period a year ago.
Apple shipped 35.2 million iPhones in Q2 this year — a drop of 12,7 per cent over the same period a year ago.
BlackBerry saw improvement within one of its key markets, Asia/Pacific, as well as some gains among enterprise users within North America and Western Europe, IDC said.
This week the company announced that its BBM Protected service, a secure version of its text messaging offering, now supports devices running BlackBerry Balance. Balance is a mode that lets IT administrators set up  protected work and unprotected personal data spaces through BES 10 on BlackBerrys. Until now BBM Protected only worked for devices in workplace mode. Now it works in both modes.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Experimental Ebola drugs approved by WHO

US company sends all available supplies of experimental drug ZMapp to Africa as other potential drugs move rapidly towards clinical trials.

Geneva (AFP) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has authorised the use of experimental drugs to fight Ebola as the death toll topped 1,000 and a Spanish priest became the first European to succumb to the outbreak. 

The declaration by the WHO, the UN's health agency, came Tuesday after a US company that makes anexperimental serum called ZMapp said it had sent all its available supplies to hard-hit west Africa. 
UN chief Ban Ki-moon announced plans to step up the global response to the outbreak, while urging governments to "avoid panic and fear" over an easily-preventable disease
The epidemic, the worst since Ebola was first discovered four decades ago, has killed 1,013 people since early this year. 
Cases have so far been limited to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, which account for the bulk of victims, and Nigeria with three deaths. 
Terror has gripped the impoverished west African countries ravaged by the disease, with harrowing tales emerging of people being shunned by their villages as the virus fells those around them. 
When AFP visited the Liberian village of Ballajah, some 150 kilometres from the capital Monrovia, 12-year-old Fatu Sherrif had been locked away with her mother's body without food and water for a week.

Another man dies of Ebola in Nigeria

Nigeria has recorded another death from the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. This time it is a staff of the Lagos Liason office of the Economic Community of West African State - ECOWAS headquarters, Mr Jatto Abdulqudir. Confirming his death in a statement, ECOWAS management said the 36 year old man was among those who assisted the late Liberian Patrick Sawyerr when he came to Lagos for a regional meeting and was quarantined after Sawyerr died of the deadly disease. This brings to three the number of deaths from the deadly virus in Nigeria. The first two being Sawyerr and a Nigerian nurse.

Find the full text of the ECOWAS statement after the cut...