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Doctors Reject New Minimum Wage In Lagos State

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Doctors Reject New Minimum Wage In Lagos State

Doctors in Lagos, under the umbrella of the Medical Guild have rejected the state government’s minimum wage.  The group says it is below the expectations of civil servants.

Chairman of the guild, doctor Babajide Saheed expressed the decision while briefing the press on the scientific conference that begins in Lagos today.

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The medical guild is the association of medical doctors employed by Lagos State.

Saheed said not only is the new minimum wage unacceptable, the guild was not involved in the negotiations.

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The guild is also asking governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for tax exemption on call duty paid to doctors as was done during Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s administration.  The guild also wants the doctors’ retirement age reviewed to sixty-five years just as has been done for teachers.

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Lagos state kick-started payment of 35,000 naira per month minimum wage for its workers in November.  The national minimum wage is 30,000 naira per month.

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Rwanda Begins Vaccinating Against Ebola At Border With DR Congo

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Rwanda Begins Vaccinating Against Ebola At Border With DR Congo

Rwanda says it has began its first large-scale vaccination campaign against the Ebola virus in areas bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo. At least 200,000 persons are targeted in the campaign over the next year.

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At the weekend, Rwanda’s health minister Diane Gashumba says priority will be given to health workers, immigration officials, police and those engaged in cross-border trade.

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The authorities are hoping the experimental vaccine will keep the virus away from the country. So far there have been no confirmed Ebola cases in Rwanda.

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Thousands in the DR Congo have died of Ebola since the outbreak was declared in August last year.

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Congo Authorities Say Ebola Survivor Falls Ill A Second Time

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Congo Authorities Say Ebola Survivor Falls Ill A Second Time

Congolese health authorities are reporting an Ebola survivor in eastern Congo has fallen ill with the disease for a second time.  They are not sure if it was a relapse or re-infection.

More than three thousand persons have been infected, and more than two thousand killed by the disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since the middle of last year.  That makes it the second worst year on record.

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In a daily report on the epidemic, Congolese health authorities reported that a survivor in Mabalako, North Kivu province, had fallen ill with the virus again, but did not give further details.

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Experts say there has been a working assumption that Ebola survivors generally have immunity from the disease.  There have been no documented cases of reinfection, but some researchers consider it to be at least a theoretical possibility.

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Measles Toll In DR Congo Exceeds 5,000, WHO Says 

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Measles Toll In Congo Exceeds 5,000, WHO Says 

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said on Thursday, a measles epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 5,000 people this year alone, and many of them young children.

A first measles vaccination campaign was launched to protect people against the infectious disease that has struck all of the country’s 26 provinces.

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W.H.O said, low immunization rates and high levels of malnutrition have fuelled the epidemic and high mortality rates, especially in North Kivu province, which is also reeling from an Ebola epidemic.

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There, the world’s second biggest Ebola epidemic on record has killed more than 2,200 people since mid-last year. New infections are reported to have slowed in recent months, but W.H.O, warned last week that Ebola was likely to resurge.

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Since the start of 2019, more than 250,000 suspected measles cases and at least 5,000 deaths mostly among children under 5 years, have been recorded.

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