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BREAKING: 90-year-old gets first COVID-19 vaccine in UK

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A COVID-19 vaccine has been injected into a patient for the first time in the UK.

ITV News reports that Margaret Keenan, who is from Coventry and will be 91 next week, said, “I feel so privileged to be the first person vaccinated against COVID-19.

“It’s the best early birthday present I could wish for because it means I can finally look forward to spending time with my family and friends in the New Year after being on my own for most of the year.”

The jab, made by US pharmaceutical firm Pfizer and German manufacturers BioNTech, will continue to be rolled out in 14 locations across the UK on Tuesday as the country’s biggest vaccination program kicks off.

And fronting the start of the fight back against the coronavirus pandemic is retired jeweller Margaret, who wore a blue Christmas t-shirt as the jab was quickly given without her “feeling a thing.”

With three weeks until her second jab, she should complete her course of injections just after Christmas, with full immunization expected in the first week of January.

Husband and wife Hari and Ranjan Shukla are also set for their first doses on Tuesday in Newcastle and said they feel “the crisis is going to come to an end.”

Shukla, who said he got the call on Friday from his doctor, said on Monday: “It’s an excellent idea, we will certainly do whatever we can because we are very excited about it.

“When we heard that we’ve got the vaccine now, we felt that the crisis is going to come to an end.”

He added, “I was very excited I got the opportunity of joining in and taking part, so we are very, very pleased and happy and excited as well.”

The couple join Margaret among the few to be vaccinated before the New Year, with the government expecting “the majority” of vulnerable people to follow suit in January and February.

Downing Street would not confirm whether they were expecting all 4 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to arrive by the end of the year.

Croydon University Hospital in south London was one of the first hospitals to take delivery of the vaccine over the weekend, with similar scenes unfolding around the country ahead of the rollout.

Around 25 million people are covered by the 10 priority categories set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.

The first vaccinations will go to care home staff and residents, NHS frontline workers and people aged 80 and over – around six million people.

But Westminster stressed that two further vaccines were still being assessed by regulators, which could boost the number of doses available.

There are 800,000 doses in the first tranche, meaning 400,000 people will be vaccinated initially.

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Islamic Group Offers Free Medical Services In Yobe

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The Islamic Medical Association of Nigeria (IMAN), Yobe chapter, has offered free medical services to over 800 patients in Fune LGA of the state.

Speaking at the end of the two-day outreach on Sunday in Ngelzarma, the IMAN vice chairman, Dr Mahmoud Ma’aji, noted that the exercise was conducted in various clinics in the area.

He listed the services to include consultations, the provision of drugs, psychological and psychosocial counselling, as well as various laboratory tests.

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He said the aged, orphans, widows, pregnant women and under-five years children were given more attention during the outreach, which began on Saturday.

The vice chairman said the objective of the outreach was to assist the less privileged and to educate residents on the need to seek medical assistance in the hospital.

In his remarks, the Emir of Ngelzarma, Muhammad Mai-Yeri, called on philanthropists to support IMAN to enable it to carry out its activities effectively.(NAN)

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Lassa fever: Death toll hits 171 as NCDC confirms 8 new infections

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) has recorded eight additional Lassa fever infections and one death between September 5 and 11.

The NCDC via its official website said the new cases bring the number of confirmed cases and deaths to 917 and 171, respectively.

It disclosed that 25 states had recorded at least one confirmed case across 102 local government areas. According to NCDC, 6,660 suspected cases have been reported in the country.

The public health agency disclosed that of the new confirmed cases, Ondo accounted for 32 per cent, Edo 26 per cent and Bauchi 13 per cent.

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“In week 36 (September 5 to 11, 2022); the number of new confirmed cases decreased from 10 in week 35, 2022 to 8 cases. These were reported from Ondo, Edo, Bauchi, and Anambra states. Cumulatively from week 1 to week 36, 2022, 171 deaths have been reported with a Case Fatality Rate (CFR) of 18.6 people which is lower than the CFR for the same period in 2021 (23.3 per cent). The predominant age group affected is 21-30 years (Range: 0 to 90 years, Median Age: 30 years). The male-to-female ratio for confirmed cases is 1:0.8. The number of suspected cases has increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2021. No new healthcare worker affected in the reporting week 36,” it said.

It  said the National Lassa fever multi-partner, multi-sectoral Technical Working Group (TWG) has continued to coordinate the response activities at all levels.

“The country’s response activities continue in all areas, particularly in areas of state advocacy, personal protective equipment (IPC) support, and laboratory diagnostics,” it added.

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Lady offers kidney to Ekweremadu’s daughter

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A 24-year-old lady, Anastasia Michael, says she is ready to donate one of her kidneys to Sonia, daughter of Senator Ike Ekweremadu, currently down with kidney malfunctioning.
This is coming less than 24 hours after 25-year-old Sonia Ekweremadu made an appeal to members of the public to donate a kidney to save her life.
Responding through a Facebook post on Monday, Annastasia said she was willing to donate one of her kidneys to Ekweremadu if none of her family members could do that.
She added that she was doing so to prove that women could help women.
Annastasia said that the donation would be for free, hoping that her kidney matches that of Sonia.
She said she had sent her mail address to the email provided by Sonia.

Her full post runs entitled ‘Kidney donation to Sonia Ekweremadu’ is presented below:
I (Annastasia Michael olamma) want to donate one of my kidneys to Sonia Ekweremadu to save her life. I have made up my mind to do this to prove women can help women.
If any of her relatives mum, dad, siblings, cannot give out their kidney to save their Bloodline then I will donate my own to save Sonia And I demand nothing in return. I pray it matches with her own.
Am 24 years old, I don’t take alcohol and I believe my kidney is very healthy to donate.

I have sent message to her email @helpsonialive@gmail.com and anticipate her reply.
May God heal you.

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