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An outbreak of the Nipah virus in China, with a fatality rate of up to 75 percent, could potentially be the next big pandemic risk with giant pharmaceutical companies unprepared while currently focusing COVID-19, according to a report by the Access to Medicine Foundation.

“Nipah virus is another emerging infectious disease that causes great concern. Nipah could blow any moment. The next pandemic could be a drug-resistant infection,” The Guardian quoted Jayasree K Iyer, the executive director of the Netherlands-based Access to Medicine Foundation, as saying.
The virus is rare and spread by fruit bats, which can cause flu-like symptoms and brain damage. It can cause encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain, according to the World Health Organization. The usual treatment is supportive care.
An outbreak of the Nipah virus in India’s southern state Kerala in 2018 claimed 17 lives. At the time, countries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates temporarily banned frozen and processed fruit and vegetable imports from Kerala as a result of the outbreak there.

At the time, health officials believed that Nipah outbreaks in Bangladesh and India were perhaps associated with the drinking of date palm juice.
The 2021 Access to Medicine Index report takes a look at the actions of 20 of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies to make medicines, vaccines and diagnostics more accessible. It found that research and development for COVID-19 had increased in the past year but that other pandemic risks have so far gone unaddressed.
“This Index was prepared during the worst public health crisis in a century – which has revealed the chronic inequalities of access to medicine like never before. Yet, after years of encouraging access planning, we are now seeing a strategic shift in this direction. This could radically change how fast access to new products is achieved – if company leadership is determined to ensure people living in low- and middle-income countries are not last in line,” the report quoted Iyer as saying.

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Olatunji Bello, the new LASU VC Assumes office.

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Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji Bello Monday, the ninth substantive Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University (LASU), pledged that the welfare of the staff and students will be uppermost in her administration, adding that the management would create more opportunities for their advancement.

Prof. Olatunji-Bello, who assumed office assumed office amid fanfare, was welcomed into the Ojo main campus of the 37-year-old institution as early as 8a.m, with songs and dance in a carnival-like reception by students, who were adorned in a purple t-shirts with the inscription “31st LASUSU welcomes Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, 9th Vice Chancellor of LASU.”

The appointment of Olatunji-Bello was disclosed last week by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso following the approval by the Lagos State Governor and Visitor to the university, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Olatunji-Bello, a Professor of Physiology succeeded Prof. Lanre Fagbohun, a Professor of Environmental Law and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), whose five-year single tenure expired on January 11, 2021.

The new Vice-Chancellor, who was received at the Iba Gate and escorted to the Babatunde Raji Fashola Senate Building by the happy students and other members of the LASU community, promised that the new administration would ensure that the learning environment is conducive and competitive with provision of relevant infrastructure, equipment and facilities.

Prof. Olatunji-Bello was received at the foyer of the Senate Building by the university’s management, led by the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oyedamola Oke, who was appointed on January 11, 2021 to avoid a vacuum created by the inability of the university to name a substantive Vice-Chancellor to take over from Prof. Fagbohun.

“Your welfare is important to me. We will also ensure the University Scholars Award is revamped. All university scholars will get a 50 per cent refund of their school fees yearly. We will also provide studentship employment opportunities,” the Vice-Chancellor said amid loud ovations from the students.

While addressing members of staff, Prof. Olatunji-Bello, however, sought their support and cooperation for her administration, even as she called for peace and stability to reign foremost in the university.

She said: “I want to thank you for giving me this warm welcome. I promise that your welfare will be paramount to me and you will get whatever is due to you. All your allowances will be paid. However, I want to seek your support and urge that we all allow peace to reign for the good of our university.”

The Vice-Chancellor after addressing the staff later commenced meetings with various stakeholders of the university, including staff and students’ unions.

 

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The Political Future Of Femi Fani-kayode, a Man Who Has Married 5 Times 

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Femi Fani-kayode’s marital life speaks more about his philosophy of life than anything else, 9jaflair observed

His recent decamp to the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) and his meeting with President Buhari even after he had insulted President Buhari severally, left many Nigerians in shock.

But on systematic observation of his marital life, one can predict that Femi Fani Kayode who is lacking in endurance and steadfastness will dump the APC if he sees a better opportunity elsewhere.

The short-fuse man, as he had once called himself is presently in his fifth marriage after leaving unsettled misunderstandings in his previous marriages.

Below is a list of the women he has married.

1- Saratu Attah (1987-1990)
2- Yemisi Adeniji now Yemisi Wada- (1991-1995)
3- Regina Amono (1997-2002)
4- Precious Chikwendu (2014-2020)
5- Nerita (2021-)

 

 

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Kanu weeps as Popular human rights lawyer admired by Biafra activists dies.

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Jonathan Cooper, an international human rights barrister has died.

Cooper, who was admired by supporters of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and some other Biafra separatists died suddenly on Saturday whilst walking in Scotland with his husband, Kevin.

Cooper was ubiquitous in his influence – fighting for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) rights; lecturing throughout the world on human rights; fighting for the Human Rights Act; championing the European Convention on Human Rights; editing the European Human Rights Law Review and working to defend the Rule of Law and the independence of judges and advocates in places as diverse as Turkey, Belarus, Albania, Africa and throughout the Caribbean.

His work in challenging discrimination against same sex couples was very high. Together with Tim Otty QC, Cooper was the moving force behind the Human Dignity Trust which successfully challenged laws criminalising gay sex throughout the Commonwealth.

Biafra agitators, mostly IPOB members, are filled with sadness and send their condolences to his family and Kevin. Since the late activist raised his voice in support of the Biafra cause earlier this month (September), many Biafra agitators immediately loved him.

Kanunta Kanu wrote on his social media accounts on Monday: “Dear Jonathan Cooper OBE, today you are no more, your death shocked most of us and Biafrans that has worked closely with you since 2017 till your last day on this earth.
“You looked for the best in others and gave the best of what you had”. Biafrans will always remember you.”

Solomon Egbo, on Monday, wrote on his Facebook page with crying emojis: “I am shocked, heartbroken, shattered and completely devastated for the sudden death of my brother, good friend and mentor, Barrister Jonathan Cooper OBE. He is a very good man, I don’t want to use was because I still can’t believe Jonathan is no more, gone from us forever. Rest In Power my dear Jonathan, mentor and good friend. May you find rest where you are now. I missed you and will forever miss you Jonnie…”

Samuel Okwonkwo wrote on Facebook on Monday: “Sad And Shocked To Hear About The Death Of Jonathan Cooper OBE. We Met In 2019 At The United Nations. You Worked Very Hard For IPOB And Also Fought Passionately Before The International Body For Biafrans Who Were Killed, Tortured, Dehumanized And Arrested By The Nigerian Government. Rest In Power Sir. We Biafrans Will Miss You!”

 

Ilechukwu wrote on Facebook on Monday: “Sad News”
RIP JONATHAN COOPER (OBE).
IPOB mourns your exit.
This generation of BIAFRANS will never forget your good work for us.”
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