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NEMA Receives 95 Stranded Nigerians From Libya

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The National Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday received 95 Nigerians stranded from Libya at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.

Habib Mustapha, the Director-General of NEMA, who was represented by the acting Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office of NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

Farinloye said that the stranded Nigerians arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Tuesday night at about 20.18pm with Al Buraq airline with number UZ189/16/5A- DMG-MJI AD15:50

He said that the returnees were brought back to the country by the International Organisation for Migration through a voluntary repatriation programme for the distressed, who had left the country to seek greener pastures in various European countries but could not afford to return when their journey became frustrated.

Farinloye said that the returnees are 60 male adults, 29 female adults, three male and one female teenager, with two infants (one male and the other female).

He said that among the returnees were two males who had various degrees of health-related issues

He said: “On arrival, Mustapha implored the returnees to turn a new leaf by looking inward within the country that has been blessed with abundant resources.”

The NEMA DG assured the returnees that the Federal Government and the IOM, along with other international partners, will not disappoint them as Nigerians by providing the enabling environment for them to achieve their potentials.

He further reminded them that the pseudo greener pastures that many thought abound in foreign countries are not true but with your experiences now.

He added that they are in a better position to enlighten anyone still contemplating to travel out of the country.

Farinloye said that the Port Health Unit of the Federal of Health, National Commission for Resilience, Migration and IDPs and the Nigerian Immigration Services are part of the government agencies who received the returnees at the airport

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PCR tests can detect Omicron, further research still ongoing, WHO says

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While PCR testing can identify Omicron infection, research is being conducted to see whether the Covid-19 variant of concern has any effect on other test types, according to the WHO on Sunday.

“The widely-used PCR tests continue to detect infection, including infection with Omicron, as we have seen with other variants,” WHO said in an update about the new variant.

“Studies are ongoing to determine whether there is any impact on other types of tests, including rapid antigen detection tests.”

The WHO classified Omicron, discovered earlier this month in southern Africa, a threat on Friday. The categorization placed Omicron among the universally dominant Delta and its weaker rivals Alpha, Beta, and Gamma.

Global border closures and further restrictions were reported on Sunday as Omicron spread around the world.

The strain has placed doubt on global attempts to fight the pandemic, causing governments to reimpose safeguards they had thought were no longer necessary.

The WHO stated it was “not yet clear” if Omicron spreads more readily or induces more severe illness than other strains.

“There is currently no information to suggest that symptoms associated with Omicron are different from those from other variants,” the UN health agency said.

While early data show a higher likelihood of reinfection with Omicron in those who previously had Covid, data is limited. The WHO said it was studying the variant’s influence on current countermeasures, including vaccinations.

“WHO is coordinating with a large number of researchers around the world to better understand Omicron,” it said. “More information will emerge in the coming days and weeks.”

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South African airports grind to a halt, passengers stranded due to Omicron

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The discovery of the Omicron COVID-19 variant disrupted flights and sparked worries of a hard shutdown in Africa’s most industrialised economy, causing shock and panic in South Africa.

Flights from South Africa to the United States, the United Kingdom, and other European countries were quickly halted after South African scientists reported the virus strain’s discovery on Thursday.

“This is absolute chaos. Nobody can tell us what is possible in terms of travel at this point,” said stranded passenger Steve Lawrence in OR Tambo, one of Africa’s busiest airports.

Since early November, the number of daily coronavirus infections has increased thirteenfold, with 3,220 new cases recorded on Saturday alone. 89,791 people have died in South Africa since the outbreak began.

Panic caused 600 passengers on two KLM aircraft from Johannesburg to Amsterdam to be stuck on the runway at Schiphol Airport.

“It’s naïve for developed countries to believe they can stop the spread of this variant with a blanket ban on countries in southern Africa.

The virus has already found its way into these societies from individuals that haven’t even travelled to or come into contact with anyone from southern Africa,” said Shabir Madhi, a South African vaccinologist, to Al Jazeera.

Flight cancellations increased immediately after the unexpected suspension of aircraft startled the tourism sector.

The South African tourism industry lost $10 billion in bookings in 2020 due to a decrease in international tourists, and an estimated $10 million each week due to airline cancellations.

The South African government labelled any travel restrictions on the nation “misdirected”, while the WHO urged for calm.

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Lack Of Morning Erection Can Be Dangerous, Urologist Warn

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Medical health experts say not waking up to an early morning erection, especially when this becomes consistent, could be dangerous as its an indication of erectile dysfunction, noting that men should be alert to such a sign.

The experts who are urologists stressed that while it is normal for men to sometimes not see an early morning erection, as it may have already occurred during sleep, this should not persist over time.

According to them, a consistent absence of early morning erection may be an indication of the state of a man’s erectile function.

Erectile dysfunction is the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse. Some men experience it during times of stress. However, frequent cases of erectile dysfunction, experts say, can be a sign of other health problems that need treatment.

A Professor of Surgery, KehindeTijani, in an interview with Punch stated that men should also be worried if their lack of early morning erection interferes with their sex life.

Tijani, who is also a consultant urologist, stressed that it is not a must for men to have early morning erection every day. Rather, the most important thing is to have a good erection during coital activities.

He however further said that “loss of early morning erection can be a pointer to potential problems with coital activities and even systemic problems involving blood vessels.

“It can be a guide on the state of erectile function of an individual, even though its relevance tends to be over-exaggerated.”

He added that “many normal men do not observe the early morning erection but have no problem with coital activities. The most important thing is to have a good erection during coital activities,” he stressed.

Tijani, however, stated that any man who observes this lack of early morning erection for a consistent period should seek help, especially if he is having problems with his erection during coital activities.

Also, according to an online health site, verywellhealth.com, a lack of morning erection may also be a sign of impotence.

The site noted that “if a man is experiencing erectile dysfunction at other times, whether or not he has a spontaneous morning erection is a clue his healthcare provider can use in the diagnosis of what is causing the problem.”

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