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JUST IN: Nigerian Tests Positive For Monkeypox In India

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The capital of India, Delhi, has confirmed a monkeypox case in a Nigerian man.

Six individuals in the Asian nation are now infected as a result of his case.

The 35-year-old lives in Delhi, according to Indian authorities, and has not recently traveled outside.

The FidelinfoNews learnt that he is the second person in Delhi to test positive for the infection.

The unnamed Nigerian has been admitted to the Lok Nayak Jaiprakash Hospital run by the government of Delhi.

He had been suffering from blisters and a fever for the past five days and his samples were sent to the Pune-based National Institute of Virology (NIV).

It was learnt that the report which arrived Monday evening confirmed he was positive.

It was further learnt that two suspected monkey pox patients of African origin have also been admitted to the LNJP Hospital.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared the monkeypox virus a global health emergency.

On Monday, it was reported that a 40-year-old patient on admission at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, (LASUTH) tested positive for the Monkeypox virus.

The unnamed patient was said to be a road traffic accident victim who has been on admission in the Bola Tinubu, BT, Orthopaedics ward of the hospital since 26th of June, 2022.

The patient reportedly developed a facial rash that was similar to one of the symptoms of Monkeypox.

It was gathered that the orthopaedics unit of the hospital has shut down.

 

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Bill Clinton Tests Positive For Covid-19 As Cases Persist In The US

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Former President Bill Clinton announced Wednesday that he has tested positive for Covid-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms.

Fidel Info reports that Clinton said in a tweet,“I’m grateful to be vaccinated and boosted, which has kept my case mild, and I urge everyone to do the same, especially as we move into the winter months.” 

The former president, 76, added that he is “doing fine overall and keeping myself busy at home.”

Clinton was hospitalized last year for a urinary tract infection that spread to his bloodstream. He also had quadruple bypass heart surgery in 2004 and had two stents inserted to open one artery in 2010.

The 42nd President is the latest of the Presidents’ Club to test positive for the virus. President Joe Biden contracted Covid-19 this summer, and then-President Donald Trump tested positive in October 2020. Former President Barack Obama also experienced a mild case earlier this year.

Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths have remained flat in the US in recent weeks, though the virus’ impact is not gone: on average, more than 300 Americans die and 3,400 people are hospitalized each day with Covid-19, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Just 12% of eligible people in the US have gotten their updated Covid-19 booster, according to the CDC, and about 1 in 5 people nationwide remain completely unvaccinated.

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Kwara Gets FG’s Multimillion-Dollar Diagnostic Facility

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Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority Healthcare Development and Investment Company (NHDIC) has signed an agreement with the Kwara State Government on its Diagnostics and Oncology Expansion Programme to build, equip, maintain, and operate a private modern medical diagnostic centre and catheterisation lab in Ilorin.

Fidel Info reports that Kwara State is in the first phase of the programme along with Kaduna and Enugu states, with each centre running as a joint venture between Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) and the respective states.

The programme is designed to curb medical tourism by providing Kwarans and Nigerians with access to world-class healthcare delivery.

The result is the provision of high quality, affordable and accessible healthcare to the local market, creation of jobs and development/training on the required clinical resources.

The centre will be located in the existing Harmony Diagnostic Centre Complex along Asa Dam Road in Ilorin, according to specifications of the NSIA.

The complex will now be upgraded into what will be called the Asa Dam Medical Village, thereby creating a hub for several medical and pharmaceutical facilities, while positioning Kwara State as a new local alternative for quality healthcare.

Commissioner for Health Dr. Raji Razaq signed the agreement with the NSIA in Abuja on behalf of the Kwara State Government.

The event was attended by the Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Lolo Cecilia Ezeilo; representatives of Kaduna State and Medical Directors of the Teaching Hospitals; and Managing Director of the Ilorin Innovation Hub, Mr Temi Kolawole.

Former Managing Director, Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority, Uche Orji said, at the event: “The broader goal of the programme is to establish, in two phases, a portfolio of 23 diagnostic centres, seven catheterization labs and two oncology centres across Nigeria.”

He appreciated Governor AbdulRahman Abdulrazaq for his cooperation and willingness to partner with the NSIA on this new journey, which will upgrade the existing healthcare infrastructure in Kwara state.

The project is estimated to cost the NSIA around $5-7 million and is set to commence before the end of the year.

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COVID-19: China Announces New Death, New Cases

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China announced its first new death from COVID-19 in nearly half a year as strict new measures are imposed in Beijing and across the country to ward against new outbreaks.

Fidel Info reports that The death of the 87-year-old Beijing man was the first reported by the National Health Commission since May 26, bringing the total death toll to 5,227. The previous death was reported in Shanghai, which underwent a major springtime surge in cases.

China, today, announced 24,215 new cases detected over the previous 24 hours, the vast majority of them asymptomatic.

While China has an overall vaccination rate of more than 92% having received at least one dose, that number is considerably lower among the elderly — particularly those over age 80 — where it falls to just 65%. The commission did not give details on the vaccination status of the latest deceased.

That vulnerability is considered one reason why China has mostly kept its borders closed and is sticking with its rigid “zero-COVID” policy that seeks to wipe out infections through lockdowns, quarantines, case tracing and mass testing, despite the impact on normal life and the economy and rising public anger at the authorities.

China says its tough approach has paid off in much lower numbers of cases and deaths than in other countries, such as the U.S.

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