Two Persons Killed In Boat Accident In Nigeria

At least two people were killed, when a boat carrying 16 people capsized in Lagos, on Friday afternoon, Nigerian authorities announced yesterday.

At the time of the accident, the boat was travelling along a waterway in the Ojo area of Lagos, when “the tide of the water drifted the boat to a stationary barge, which caused it to overturn,” said Ibrahim Farinloye, the zonal coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), in the south-western region, in a statement.

He said, the boat captain breached the ban of ferrying passengers by night.

The marine police and volunteers swung into action after the accident happened, trying to locate all the missing victims. “Recovery operations are still ongoing,” Farinloye said.

Boat accidents in the West African country are frequently reported, due to overloading, bad weather and faulty operations.


Kenya, WHO Launched Hub For Handling Health Emergencies In Africa

The World Health Organisation (WHO), in partnership with the Kenyan government, yesterday launched the Health Emergency Hub, to enhance response to health emergencies in Africa.

A statement from the WHO released in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, said, the hub will lay the foundation for a robust response to health emergencies, including disease outbreaks unfolding in the continent.

Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, the Director-General of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti and Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Health, Mutahi Kagwe, were among high profile dignitaries who attended the ground breaking ceremony for construction of a hub to handle Africa’s health emergencies, that took place in Nairobi.

“The Hub will improve the capacity of African countries to prepare, detect and respond to health emergencies, support resilient health systems and strengthen regional and global health architecture,” said Tedros.

Statistics from WHO say that, the African region experiences over 100 health emergencies annually, more than any other region in the world, while COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the continent’s lethargic emergency preparedness.

Less than 10 percent of African countries have workforce required to prepare, detect and respond to public health risks, says WHO, adding that, the new hub will help train 3,000 elite emergency responders, across the continent.

The broader aim of the hub is to ensure each country in Africa has at least one integrated team of emergency experts, who can be deployed within 24 hours of a national health crisis, says WHO.

The Kenyan government will allocate 12.14 hectares of land, besides contributing 31 million US dollars, towards setting up of the health emergency hub and construction of office space to host 120 WHO staff.

The emergency hub will be maintaining stockpiles of medical and logistics supplies, and station WHO staff, to ensure quick deployment to health emergency hotspots in the continent.

In addition, the hub will be central to the implementation of WHO Africa’s flagship initiative for health security, that aims to ensure that one billion Africans are better protected from health emergencies by the end of 2025.


Former Angolan President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos Died At 79

Former Angolan president, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, died Friday, in Spain, after an illness, the government announced here.

In an official communique addressed to the nation, the Angolan government said that, it bows “with greatest respect and consideration” to the figure of a statesman of great historical dimension, who, for many years, ruled the nation during difficult times.

In the document, the government conveyed its deepest condolences to the bereaved family, and appealed to everyone’s serenity in this time of pain and consternation.

Jose Eduardo dos Santos came to power in Sept, 1979, following the death of Antonio Agostinho Neto, the first president of Angola.

He served as President of the Republic of Angola for 38 years, until Sept, 2017, when he was succeeded by the current Head of State, Joao Lourenco.