Tinubu mourns Lagos CP’s mother
The National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has commiserated with the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, over the death of his mother, Alhaja Sikirat Odumosu. Alhaja Odumosu died last Thursday at the age of 88. Tinubu expressed his condolence in a letter by his Media Office, describing the deceased as one whose life was devoted to God and the service of humanity.
The letter reads partly, “Please accept my deepest condolence over the recent passing of your mum, Alhaja Sikirat Odumosu, at age 88. It’s always painful when any of our parents leave us, particularly mothers. I know how it feels because I experienced this when my mum died.
“But be consoled by the fact that Alhaja lived to a ripe age, which is always our prayers for our parents. I understand that her life was devoted to the worship of Allah and service to humanity.”
Uhuru Declares National Disaster
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday, September 8 declared the drought affecting parts of the country a national disaster. Consequently, the President has instructed The National Treasury and the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government to spearhead Government efforts to assist affected households including water and relief food distribution as well as livestock uptake.
The decision follows today’s meeting between the Head of State and 85 leaders from Kenya’s Arid and Semi Arid Lands (ASAL) led by Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani. The government will provide more details on its drought mitigation measures in due course.
129 Killed As Meningitis Epidemic Hits DR Congo
Dr Congo has been hit by an epidemic of meningitis after recording no fewer than 1,053 deaths of COVID-19 disease in the country. It was revealed in a publication on Wednesday, September 8 that no fewer than one hundred and twenty-nine people have died of the disease usually caused by a viral infection but can also be bacterial or fungal.
Naija News understands meningitis can be prevented through vaccines and by chance, the affected person may get better without treatments. Meanwhile, the epidemic can be life-threatening to individuals as in the case of 129 who have died in Dr Congo. The World Health Organization (WHO) earlier today revealed in a report that a total of 261 suspected cases have been recorded so far in Dr Congo.
“Confirmatory tests carried out by the Institut Pasteur in Paris detected Neisseria meningitis -– one of the most frequent types of bacterial meningitis with the potential to cause large epidemics,” WHO said.
The health organization noted that the disease is potentially fatal and without treatment can cause neurological damage, especially deafness and mental retardation among young children.
Reports on the epidemic said the epicentre of the outbreak is in Banalia, in Tshopo province. Health officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo have deployed an initial emergency team there and the WHO is bringing in additional drugs and experts.
“We are moving fast, delivering medicines and deploying experts to support the government’s efforts to bring the outbreak under control in the shortest possible time,” said Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO’s regional director for Africa.
Statistics revealed that in 2016, more than 1.6 million people aged below 30 were vaccinated in Tshopo, which lies in a “meningitis belt” of 26 countries, from Senegal to Ethiopia, that are particularly exposed to the disease.
Meanwhile, in 2009, an epidemic in Kisangani, the capital of Tshopo, caused 15 fatalities out of 214 cases.