Stanley Dalikeni, a 30 years old Malawian has been bitten to death by a poisonous snake while he was hunting for wild rabbits.
30-year-old Malawian farmer, Stanley Dalikeni, from Mkoko, TA Kalolo Lilongwe, who told his friends that he wanted to fetch mice in the surrounding garden, was found dead and in decomposed state on Saturday by herders.
According to Malawi Breaking News and Gossip
“The picture shows dead body of Stanley Dalikeni, aged 30, who was found in a decomposed state this morning, his head and arms inside the ditch (as seen in the picture).
The deceased, who hailed from Lilongwe and was in Mchinji working as a tenant for Patrick Phiri of TA Mlonjeni, had informed his bwana that he had gone mice hunting on Wednesday this week. However, Dalikeni never returned and his bwana thought he had gone to his home as he had done like that before.
Only to be discovered this morning dead due to being bitten by a poisonous snake.
Due to advanced decomposed state of the body, a grave was dug nearby and he was buried in it,” the report said.
He was buried at same spot, shortly after Mchinji Police visited the scene of the incident. According to the Village head who said the late Stanley was his employee, the deceased went to a maize garden for land preparation alongside other laborers but never returned.
I showed up to class I was late It was not my fault My journey to school that day Running a few miles Waiting for the bus, delayed Jostling, squeezing my lithe body through To get to Unity High School Bumper-to-bumper traffic The beep beep beep
The seething eyes of my classmates They did not like my hairstyle Braided meticulously so And oiled In a different setting A beauty to behold I was But that day In that classroom The contrast I was a Junubi And my northern classmates Made sure I knew the difference
I squeezed between the chairs to my seat The lesson was English And my teacher, Mr Treagust He was white He was British Understanding, I thought I raised my hand and answered a question And the students Laughter broke out Jeering they were At the moment I shrank And the ground swallowed me up Or so I wished!
Was it my presence? Was it my boldness? The fact I showed up And showed out? Did they envy my intellect How could I, a Junubi Dare join their school The token white students Ah they were expatriates The Asian foreign students Oh they were loaded But me Bereft of wealth and long hair How dare I A Junubi Show up and show out!
Today Taste of South Sudan is highlighting an exemplary young man who has started an event management company called Mike Classic Events. Michael Lado is a young entrepreneur who is busy building his business empire one brick at a time. At a time when most college graduates line the halls of government offices searching for employment, Michael decided that starting his own business was the way to go.
TOSS: Thank you Michael Lado for doing this interview. As you know Taste of South Sudan strives to encourage young South Sudanese youth all over the world to be successful in their careers. Today, our spotlight is on entrepreneurship.
Mike: you are most welcome Taste of South Sudan.
TOSS: Tell us about your company?
Mike: Mike classic Events is a service company that provides events planning and management services for weddings, meetings, conferences and other events.
TOSS: When did you start? And what is the vision?
Mike: I started my business last year in September 15/2018. The goal is to create local opportunity, growth and impact in every community and country around the world.
Mike Classic Events
TOSS: What is it that you actually do?
Mike: I offer services ranging from providing tents, chairs, tables, sound systems and services like decorations, so forth as need arises. I do offer event planning services that include event management, for weddings, receptions, anniversary consultations, birthday parties and funeral service.
TOSS: If I hire you today to set up my venue for a naming ceremony in my home; what type of service can I expect from you?
Mike: It is our pleasure that we will give our clients our undivided attention. We will listen to your needs and work with you to create the event of your dreams. Our clients’ wishes become our commands. So whatever our client wants for the event, we can offer.
Mike Classic Events
Mike Classic Events
TOSS: Tell us about your educational background and how does it relate – help you run Mike Classic Events?
Mike: I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and management studies, specialized in Bank and Finance, from St.Lawrence University – Kampala Uganda (2014 – 2017). I strongly believe that with the kind of knowledge, skills and learning that I have attained through my studies, I will be able to effectively run and manage this kind of business and lead it to a remarkable level of success.
TOSS: What limitations do you encounter as an entrepreneur in Juba, South Sudan?
Mike: I would create an opportunity for the client to accompany me to test or view things for themselves to give them a better first-hand experience that allows me to better explain my recommendations.
TOSS: Let us fast forward 5 years. Where do you see Mike Classic Events?
Mike: Mike Classic Events will offer its services mostly to all events clients. The company will position itself as an experienced provider of all sorts of events management inclusive of corporate events, cultural events, leisure events, and personal events. Unlike most of its competitors, Mike Classic Events will be offering a full range of services and thus provide the convenience of one-stop shopping for its clients. This will significantly reduce the customers’ time and efforts preparing for such an important event as a wedding, an anniversary, a graduation ceremony etc. Moreover, by utilizing numerous supplier contacts that the company owners have established and economies of scale, Mike Classic Events will be able to pass on to its customers sizable cost savings.
TOSS: How can potential customers reach you?
Mike Classic Events: Tel +211-922997751,
Our location is : Atla-bara (B) Facebook road . Juba- South Sudan.
TOSS: There you have it folks. Mike Classic Events is open for business. Thank you Michael Lado. May you continue to be an encouragement for other young entrepreneurs. We wish you success.
Professor Taban Lo Liyong is Africa’s most revered poet and writer. Often named in the same category of other literary greats that defined African Literature in the world like this of Wole Soyinka, Ngugi-wa-Thiongo, Okot P’Bitek. Prof. Taban Lo Liyong has published books some are: Another Nigger Dead, Showhat and Sowhat, Carrying Knowledge Up a Palm Tree, Franz Fanon’s Uneven Ribs and many more.
At a loss for the youth, most of his books are no longer in print. While a majority of Africa’s population are illiterate, Prof. Taban Lo Liyong laments the lack of reading comprehension among the learnt. They fail to comprehend the complexity of his writing, deemed too difficult, too dense, thus prompting publishers to stop printing his books.
As a child, asking my father a question was a feat one did not take lightly. The answers often meandered into the why and how and the philosophy, and one was afraid to be imprisoned from the important duties of child play. Now as an adult I want to hear him meander. It is a treat to find what page in the book did we land on and how long of a chapter in his vast repository of a brain.
Writing Series Interview
This time though, I was not to be intimidated. Armed with my notes and my cameraman, we were on a mission to hear from the Professor. My reasons for interviewing him were threefold. One, in my self-assigned role of custodian of South Sudan’s traditions and culture, I was not going to pass the opportunity to talk to Taban Lo Liyong who looms large in South Sudan’s literary scene. The second and main motivation was for the Dr. Noela Mogga mentor series, where we interview professionals to illuminate our youth on how to succeed. The third reason was personal, I had some gaps in my family history that I wanted answered. For example, solitude in writing; was it something that bothered the Prof? There are those who cherish solitude, and then others who seek company. His answers may surprise you.
I had 10 questions, and our interview lasted 2 hours. I have decided to post all of it, unabridged, in a series of threeYouTube videos on Taste of South Sudan channel. You will learn about his early education, school experience, and interspersed here and there are wisdom. And plenty of advice for the young writer.
Here is an excerpt from Part I: What Inspires You to Write?
“I did not start by writing. In the village we started by telling stories in the evening. After dinner, by the fireplace, we would tell stories. In 1945, when I went to school, every Friday we would take turns telling stories. If you did not have a story to tell, you stood in front of the class in shame,” Prof Taban Lo Liyong.
All the Interviews can be found following this link on Youtube:
I first met Apuk years ago in Dallas, Texas. Recently we caught up again in Juba, South Sudan at De Havana House, chatting, as old friends do. I congratulated her on the publication of two books, Kindred, and No More Betrayals. It is a feeling like no other, Apuk says, to be published, to have recognition of oneself as an author. Apuk has been writing a long time. So it was only a matter of time that her work would be published. But when you hold South Sudanese nationality, nothing feels like it should happen. Every accomplishment is one against insurmountable odds.
South Sudan literary scene has stood bare. For many years, the only known novelist and poet, my father Prof. Taban Lo Liyong, stood alone, holding that mantle. We are blessed to welcome the new generation of South Sudanese published authors. There are Nyabuoy Gatbel: The fire Within: Poetry in Thok Nath and English; Sabath De Yecouba: Betrayed: for love; Victor Lugala: White House; Kuir e Garang has authored multiple books including The Pipers: and the First Phase.And now we welcome Apuk Ayuel Mayen to the handful of published young authors from South Sudan.
Apuk Ayuel Mayen
Apuk’s book is poignantly titled No More Betrayals. It is the collective voice of the Sudanese child, a voice of our experiences.Apuk’s own experience is that she was born in Juba, and spent her childhood in Khartoum, Sudan. Her home was a revolving door of comings and goings of relatives, as they escaped war in Juba, Twic, or the many places besieged by conflict. Even as they weaved around from neighborhoods of Khartoum’s oppressive housing status for displaced people, or as they traveled to neighboring countries looking for permanency. Each relative carried with them stories of their war experience, their crushed hopes and dreams, and their pains. Apuk’s family, like many South Sudanese’, traveled to Cairo, Egypt, where they lived as undocumented migrants and were later resettled in the United States, as refugees. And that was how she came to complete high school and college in Texas, USA.
She returned for the first time to South Sudan in 2009, and countless times ever since.In December 2013 she travelled to Juba, South Sudan, for the first time with her two sisters: they found themselves in the crosshairs of the December 2013 South Sudan conflict, and once again, had to flee to take cover in Nairobi.
No more betrayals, is our story. The hopes and dreams of a nation. The individual betrayals we each experienced. That with each new peace agreement comes hope, short lived, often followed by crushing disappointment as renewed conflict follows.
The betrayals of our leaders. The broken promises. Tomorrow I will bring you peace. Tomorrow your family shall be made whole. The lies told to our refugees, Come back to your village; peace has come!Only to find that 3 months later they are yet again fleeing the killings, burning of the homes, raping of their women and abductions of their sons.
The betrayals of husbands. As they assured their wives, only for a little while I will come back, my love. Only for a little while, the war will end. Peace will come. Our family shall be whole again.The broken families, as fathers sought work elsewhere to partake in the liberation struggle, never to return. As mothers sold their bodies to feed their children.
The betrayals felt by our children. Robbed of an education. Robbed of a place to call home. Orphaned. Made to grow too soon.
And on and on it goes. We run, we flee, we come back, we run again. We weep, we pray, we laugh. We are a people without a home. We are perpetual refugees. We are the “I-will-come-back-generation.” We are the “I-will-build-my-home-tomorrow, in my village.”
Apuk’s book captures all these sentiments. Written with love, it is a gentle rebuke of us. Of our failures. She implores us to do better as a nation in serving our people.
What really captured me was how eloquently the book is. Well written. The flow of poetry, words weaved together. Each poem can be enjoyed as a standalone, or collectively together.
No More Betrayals can be purchased on Amazon. If you are in Juba, South Sudan, you may pick a copy at YO’ Books Limited, on Airport Road.
Victor Tong and his son Tong, celebrating on his son’s birthday
Taste of South Sudan salutes all fathers on this important day where we reflect on the vital role that fathers play in raising boys and girls. Our fathers deserve recognition for their roles as providers, protectors, teachers, mentors, and leaders. Today we salute one deserving father Victor Tong who has warmed our hearts sharing his journey throughout the birth of his son, through his first year and first birthday on social media. Victor, you are an exemplary father and we pray for God’s protection over you as you take care of your family.
“Well when I was young in South Sudan my father was killed in the Civil war by Arabs. So I never seen my dad and I was raised by my beautiful mother. She ingrained in us the value of family. So having a son now mean a lot to me. I want to be there for him and give him all the fatherly love that I missed during the absent of my father. There is nothing important in this world than a family.”
This is a poem by Census Kabang Lo Liyong in honor of Father’s day. Census talks of her loving relationship with her father, Professor Taban Lo Liyong.
I think of you, I pray for you and I believe in you Most of all, I miss being in your midst
You exist in all that I am, When I was born, you named me based on the first census of Sudan, I’m now tied to history because of that.
I remember from a young age, You always had dreams for me. You travelled and never forgot to write me a letter. You told me I was made for greatness, I am now driven by this philosophy.
Your love is different, strict with rules But through the years we have molded it with tenderness. Many a times, I was in harm’s way, And you became protective like a male ostrich. You spent sleepless nights when I was out late, I was oblivious until I saw the toll on you.
How dare I kept you awake, when instead it was my turn To watch over you. I then regressed, returned into my cocoon And remembered the dreams you had for me.
Dreams to venture into the world, through the valleys, rivers, mountains and deserts. One where I had the power to create my own story, To write my own story, To stretch the limits of my ability, And to live a life worthy of my nature. Still working on these, for they too, are important to me.
Times, I have been asked Does your father allow you to do that? My answer has always been, My father has pushed me to break barriers, Never has he uttered, “because you are a woman”, And for a daughter, that is enough. It propels me to explore the world and my mind, To always try and try harder, To never give up, To block all critics, Because my father says I can.
While discussing corruption in South Sudan, You pronounced the ethical rule “Always be righteous, even at night with eyes closed” Whenever I am in a difficult situation, your words come to live. How do I ignore it, what will you say, will I be happy with myself?
While conversing cultures and people, You once said that I couldn’t get married to certain people, I curiously asked why? you said because my personality is very strong This personality, a merger of your genes and mummy’s, Both strong in their own manner. At times I am caught trying to reconcile the two, And not overpowering the other. As I look at this beautiful union you have built with mummy, I’m at peace, you have found ways to rise above the challenges, To remain silent and speak when needed, To laugh at each other. I love that you are growing old together, I pray to build such a union in my own union.
When you gave my hand in marriage, A part of me held on, One part saying goodbye; the other saying go on.
What have we not conversed about? Yet I can’t wait to sit with you, over a glass of chardonnay And chat like we used to, Before marriage and distance, flung me far I feel I have only accessed the tip of your brilliance.
Dear daddy, in this moment I think about how I can enrich your life and your health, I want to see you. I’m grown but you always hold a special place in my heart, One that can never be replaced. I miss your letters and how you always end with the words With love, your dad. I know it is written out of love, each word melodiously crafted with care to express the right tone. Please write some more, I long to read.
I feel privileged that you are my dad, I pray for you to have many more years with mummy, with us I can’t wait for you to meet our son, he loves to read just like you.
Hello once again and welcome to Taste of South Sudan beauty section.
Aloe Vera is a plant with many medicinal uses and incorporated into multitude of skin and hair regimens. I am going to highlight it’s use as a pre poo treatment for natural hair.
Pre Poo is short for a pre shampoo treatment. Why apply aloe vera pre poo?
Well, hair of African origin, the majority classifies as type 4C hair, is brittle and prone to breakage when under stress. This type of hair sheds easily as well. The sulfur present in commercial shampoos tend to cause additional breakage of hair. Other causes of stress for natural hair can be excessive dryness, cold weather, braids that are too tight pulling the hair from the roots, or even added hair that prevents the scalp from breathing especially when kept for too long. This hair type needs a lot of moisture.
To reduce the shedding during washing, apply a pre poo treatment. Aloe vera is hands down the best pre poo treatment.
Aloe Vera Stalk, cut into chunks, then flesh out the pulp
Aloe vera juice, 1 tablespoon
Food processor, to pulse the aloe vera pulp
2 applicator bottles
Pour mix avocado and olive oil in 1 applicator bottle
Knee high stockings
I will direct you to watch the youtube video below on Taste of South Sudan channel on the particulars of using Aloe Vera Pre Poo.
I cannot remove from my memory Khartoum, the city of my puberty The barren streets The houses of zabala The call of the adzhan Mula weka, mula kudra The Haboob, Oh burning sand! The thobe, and the jalabiya The Arabic I learned to read Insha’allah, wallahi, ta’ali bukra Being called a Junubiya! Do not tell me, I was not Yes, I drank water from the Nile Though you did not see me I existed!
For non-Arabic speakers, I will offer a translation of Arabic words used in this poem.
Zabala: large mud bricks made from mud mixed with cow dung. Houses made of zabala are dwellings where poor people live, they are cool shelters, however they emit a bad smell when it rains as some of the mud melts.
Adzhan: the Muslim call to prayer. In Sudan it happens 5 times a day, broadcasted over loudspeakers from minarets of every mosque. If you lived in Khartoum one was always an earshot away from a mosque. There is not a child growing up in Khartoum that has not memorized the sentences used in the call to prayer. Also; a form of noise pollution and insidious religious and cultural brainwashing. Anyone living in Khartoum was subject to this prayer whether or not they were Muslim, whether or not they wanted to be reminded to pray.
Mula weka: a stew of dried shredded/ground beef, dried crushed okra, in an onion tomato base.
Mula kudra: kudra or kudar is the Arabic word for greens, but specifically South Sudanese use it to refer to Molokhiya meal.
Haboob: Sandstorm, prevalent in Northern Sudan, and throughout the Sahara dessert.
Thobe: Sudanese female dress
Jalabiya: Sudanese male dress
Insha’allah: If God wills. Used in context, look at the following examples. Question: “Will it rain tomorrow?” Answer “Insha’allah.” Question: “Will you repay your debt tomorrow?” Answer “Insha’allah.” Translation: maybe, maybe never.
Wallahi: I swear, in God’s name. A phrase used so often in conversation among Arabic speakers.
Ta’ali bukra: Come tomorrow: a common response from government servants who wish to push the ball ahead. Question: “Can I meet the boss today?” Answer: “Come tomorrow.” Tomorrow the answer would be the same, as tomorrow never comes.
Junubiya: The word “junub” is a neutral word that means South. Junubi: male person from the South, Junubiya, female person from the South, in this context: Northern Sudanese people used the term Junubi and Junubiya as a derogatory insult to refer to people from South Sudan when the Sudans were one country.
Green Party President Peter Sinkamba is saddened by the reported death of 41 people in Lusaka due to cholera. He also regrets that others have been devastated by the disease in the last three months. (more…)
Since August 2017, Madagascar is experiencing a large outbreak of plague affecting major cities and other non-endemic areas.
From 1 August through 30 October 2017, a total of 1801 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of plague, including 127 deaths, have been reported by the Ministry of Health of Madagascar to WHO. Of these, 1111 (62%) were clinically classified as pneumonic plague, including 257 (23%) confirmed, 374 (34%) probable and 480 (43%) suspected cases. In addition to the pneumonic cases, 261 (15%) cases of bubonic plague, one case of septicaemic plague and 428 cases (24%) where the type has not yet been specified, have been reported (Figure 1). As of 30 October, 51 of 114 districts of Madagascar have been affected (Figure 2 and 3). Since the beginning of the outbreak, 71 healthcare workers have had illness compatible with plague, none of whom have died.
Laboratory confirmation of plague is being conducted by the Institut Pasteur of Madagascar. Twenty-three isolates of Yersinia pestis have been cultured and all are sensitive to antibiotics recommended by the National Program for the Control of Plague.
Since the second week of October 2017, there has been a decline in the number of new cases (Figure 4). There is also a decrease in the number of patients hospitalized due to suspicion of plague. Due to enhanced surveillance and ongoing investigations the cumulative number of cases continues to increase, however, some of the cases are not recently infected.
In Madagascar, the number of cases of plague is highest during the period of September through April. It is therefore important that control measures continue through to the end of April 2018.
Eighty-three percent of 6492 individuals identified as contacts of a person suspected of having plague have completed follow-up monitoring, which includes a seven day follow-up and a course of prophylactic antibiotics. On 30 October 2017, 95% of the 972 contacts currently under follow-up were reached by field teams and have been provided with antibiotics as precautionary measure.
Figure 1. Confirmed, probable and suspected plague cases reported in Madagascar by clinical classification and date of illness onset, from 1 August through 30 October 2017 (n=1506)1
1 Date of onset is missing for 295 cases.
Figure 2. Geographical distribution of confirmed, probable and suspected bubonic plague cases reported in Madagascar, from 1 August through 30 October 2017
Figure 3. Geographical distribution of confirmed, probable and suspected pneumonic plague cases reported in Madagascar, from 1 August through 30 October 2017
Figure 4. Epidemic curve of reported confirmed, probable and suspect pneumonic plague by date of illness onset in Madagascar, from 1 August through 30 October 2017 (n=1053)2
2 Date of onset is missing for 58 cases.
Public health response
The Ministry of Public Health of Madagascar is coordinating the health response, with the support of WHO, and other agencies and partners.
The Ministry of Public Health of Madagascar has activated crisis units in Antananarivo and Toamasina and all cases and contacts have been provided access to treatment or prophylactic antibiotics at no cost.
Public health response measures include:
Investigation of new cases
Isolation and treatment of all pneumonic cases
Enhanced case finding
Active finding, tracing and monitoring of contacts and provision of free prophylactic antibiotics
Strengthened epidemiological surveillance in the all affected districts
Disinsection, including rodent and vector control
Raising public awareness on prevention for bubonic and pneumonic plague
Raising awareness among health care workers and providing information to improve case detection, infection control measures and protection from infection
Providing information about infection control measures during burial practices.
Enhanced measures for exit screening have been implemented at the International Airport in Antananarivo. These measures include: filling a special departure form at the airport (to identify passengers at risk); temperature screening of departing passengers, and referring passengers with fever to airport physicians for further consultation; passengers with symptoms compatible with pneumonic plague are immediately isolated at the airport and investigated using a rapid diagnostic test and notified according to the response alert protocol. Symptomatic passengers are not allowed to travel. A WHO GOARN team (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and L’Institut de veille sanitaire/ Santé publique France (InVS/SPF) is providing technical support at the airport.
Nine countries and overseas territories in the African region (Comoros, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, La Réunion (France), Seychelles, South Africa, and Tanzania) have been identified as priority countries for plague preparedness and readiness by virtue of their trade and travel links to Madagascar. These countries are implementing readiness activities including increased public awareness of plague, enhancing surveillance for the disease particularly at points of entry and prepositioning of equipment and supplies.
WHO risk assessment
While the declining trend in new plague case reports and reduction in hospitalizations due to plague is encouraging, WHO expects more cases of plague to be reported from Madagascar until the typical plague season ends in April 2018. Sustaining ongoing operations, including active case finding and treatment, comprehensive contact identification, follow-up and antibiotic treatment, rodent and flea control, and safe and dignified burials is crucial during the outbreak and through the plague season as it is critical to minimize bubonic plague infections and human-to-human transmission of pneumonic plague.
Based on available information and response measures implemented to date, WHO estimates the risk of potential further spread of the plague outbreak at national level remains high. The risk of international spread is mitigated by the short incubation period of pneumonic plague, implementation of exit screening measures and advice to traveller to Madagascar, and scaling up of preparedness and operational readiness activities in neighbouring Indian Ocean islands and other southern and east African countries. The overall global risk is considered to be low. WHO is re-evaluating the risk assessment based on the evolution of the outbreak and information from response activities.
Advice on prevention and control measures, treatment options have been provided to Madagascar and to priority countries in the region.
For further information on plague and the latest information about the plague outbreak in Madagascar please see WHO Plague website and the Madagascar Plague Outbreak Situation Reports website.
Based on the available information to date, the risk of international spread of plague appears very low. WHO advises against any restriction on travel or trade on Madagascar based on the information available.
International travellers arriving in Madagascar should be informed about the current plague outbreak and the necessary protection measures. Travellers should protect themselves against flea bites, avoid contact with dead animals, infected tissues or materials, and avoid close contact with patients with pneumonic plague. In case of sudden symptoms of fever, chills, painful and inflamed lymph nodes, or shortness of breath with coughing and/or blood-tainted sputum, travellers should immediately contact a medical service. Travellers should avoid self-medication, even if for prophylaxis. Prophylactic treatment is only recommended for persons who have been in close contact with cases, or with other high risk exposures (such as bites from fleas or direct contact with body fluids or tissues of infected animals). Upon return from travel to Madagascar, travellers should be on alert for the above symptoms. If symptoms appear, travellers should seek medical care and inform their physician about their travel history to Madagascar.
A Chinese hospital ship, the 14,000-tonne “Peace Ark”, one of the newest and biggest hospital ships in the world, is expected to dock at Maputo harbour today Tuesday. A hospital ship is a type of vessel whose primary function is to provide medical care and treatment in the sea, rivers or lakes, functioning as a floating hospital.
The “Peace Ark”, according to a, statement from Mozambique’s Ministry of National Defence (MDN), is visiting the East African nation within the scope of existing cooperation in the area of defence between Mozambique and China.
It will provide free medical assistance including medicines to the military and its dependents, in addition to the communities in the city and province of Maputo.
“In addition to the general practice, services will be provided including consultations in pediatrics, dermatology, gynecology, cardiology, neurology, stomatology, ophthalmology and traditional Chinese medicine,” the statement said.
News reports on the internet said the Chinese naval hospital ship is in Mozambique as part of its Harmonious Mission 2017, and has already been on visits to several African nations including the Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Gabon, and Djibouti.
After five barren years of marriage, 29-years old Mrs. Veronica Isaac and her husband began a search for the fruit of the womb but got their pitiable situation compounded by a surgeon.
Today, Veronica who walked into NIQUAD Clinics, located on a hilly top at Orozo, in the Abuja Municipality with both her ovarian and fallopian tubes intact, has lost all after passing through the knife of a doctor.
That is not all. Long after the surgery, she has not been able to defecate as her small intestine has been negligently cut and tied up in several places, subjecting her to excruciating pains and discomfort. Before the said operation was carried out on her, the scan result from Everyday Scan Services Limited, Karu, dated July 31, 2017, showed that both her left and right ovaries were intact including the fallopian tube.
For the avoidance of doubts, the full result of the scan reads:
“The left ovary showed a thick-walled cystic structure containing some web-like strand. It measured 5.3cm x4.9cm. The right ovary is normal.
“The uterus is normal in size and anteverted. The cavity is empty, normal endometrial thickness. No fibroid.
“Both adnexae are free, no mass seen. No fluid collection in the pouch of Douglas.
“The bladder is uniformly filled and showed normal outline. No stones or mass seen.
“Left Mucinous Ovarian Cyst. Suggest: HSG for further evaluation.”
A petition to the Dental and Medical Council of Nigeria by the husband of the woman claimed that after the surgery at the private clinic, those vital conceptual organs have all disappeared.
Their claim is supported by a medical report released on September 15, 2017, by the Maitama District Hospital, Abuja, where she has been taken for further medical attention.
The report with reference no FCTA/HHSS/HMB/MDH/GEN and signed by DR. K. Osinsanya, a Senior Consultant Surgeon said “her abdomen was distended with a midline scar (infraumbilica) extending to the level of the umbilicus.”
The full report reads:
“The above named patient was seen by our unit on August 13, 2017 on account of colicky abdominal pain and distension and inability to pass flatus/feaces following surgery in a private hospital. She was said to have had an Ovarian cystectomy and was subsequently been managed as a case of subacute intestinal obstruction from adhesions.
“On examination, she was ill looking, in pains, aferbile, anicteric, dehydrated abdomen was distended with a midline scar (infraumbilical) extending to the level of the umbilicus with sutures intact.
“There was generalised tenderness with rebound bowel sounds were absent. Rectal examination showed scanty stool in the rectum. No mass was felt.
“A diagnosis of Acute intestinal obstruction post exploratory laparotomy was made. Plain abdominal X-ray showed multiple air fluid levels with dilation of bowels loops.
Patient was resuscitated and worked up for exploratomy. “Findings at surgery were;
* 4 L of facal peritoneal fluid
* Rent in the terminal ileum approximately 10cm from the ileo-caecal junction with involvement of the mesentery.
* multiple fibrinous adhesions involving loops of small bowel.
* Uterus was visualised both Ovarian and Fallopian tubes not seen.
“Patient had an ileal resection and anastomosis done. A post laparotomy was made.
“Patient was re-explored two weeks later on account of an enterocutaneous fistula findings at surgery were a frozen pelvis and leakage of intestinal content from small bowel. Patient had ileostomy done.
“Patient is presently 16th day post re-exploration. She has commenced normal diet and ileostomy is functioning adequately.”
Now, the question on the lips of her distraught husband, Aondovihi Isaac and other family members to NIQUAD Clinics is the whereabouts of her ovaries and fallopian tubes.
This is a heart rending story of Mr. Isaac and his wife, Victoria, all residents of Karshi Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
“We have been married since 2012 till this moment, but have been without an issue (child),” the distraught husband told Daily Sun.
Led by his lawyer, Hameed Jimoh, Mr. Isaac, narrated the ordeals of his wife in a 73-paragraphs affidavit he deposed to before the Commissioner of oaths, FCT High Court, Abuja, pursuant to the requirements by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).
He narrated how a Chief Medical Director (CMD) of a private hospital, Dr. Empson Nwarigon, whom they approached to find solution on the issue of non- conception, has put the life of his wife in some unbearable health conditions.
He wrote “The Doctor carried out surgery on my wife and in the process negligently cut my wife’s small intestine organ and tied it with ropes or threads in several places and since then, she can no longer defecate.”
The petition added: “That around the end of July, 2017, in the quest for procuring solution to my wife non-conception, we visited a medical clinic known as ‘NIQUAD Clinic, located at Kajaah Road, Orozo, FCT, Abuja.
“We met the Chief Medical Doctor/Director of the hospital, Dr.. Nwarigon. The CMD asked me to take my wife for scanning for diagnosis at Everyday Scan Services Limited, which I did on July 31, 2017.
“That the scan result discovered that my wife has “Left Mucinous Ovarian Cyst” and it suggested ‘HSG for further evaluation’, but that the CMD asked my wife to undergo surgery in order to remove the ‘Left Mucinous Ovarian Cyst.
“That my wife and I were never informed by the CMD or signed any document about the implications of the surgery he was to carry out on her.”
He further narrated how the surgery was carried out on his wife on August 7, 2017, after paying the sun of N45, 000.
However, the now embattled husband lamented that after the surgery was carried out, “my wife could not defecate, even while on admission at the clinic and after she was discharged two days after the surgery.”
He stated how Dr. Nwarigon asked him to bring his wife to the clinic after complaining about the deteriorating health condition.
“After taking my wife back to the clinic, the CMD gave me some drugs for my wife and asked me to continue to give her orange and banana.
“Some of the drugs I was given were Mako (R) Liquid Paraffin 200ml BP, BN32K7, Manufactured 4-16. Expd3-20. NAFDAC Rg No. 04-3288; Searchets of Nemel Cipro (R) Cipro Floxacin 500mg. NAFDAC no. B4-1405. Batch no. 01E.Mfg.05-2017.Exp.Date: 04-2022; tablet Dana-G; tablet Metroma x ; tablet Archy-P/500.
“However, on the evening of that Friday, August 11, 2017, immediately I gave my wife one of the prescribed drugs “Moko (R) Liquid Paraffin 200ml BP, BN32K7, Manufactured 4-16. Expd3-20. NAFDAC Rg No. 04-3288, at home, she started breathing heavily and her body became weaker as she started gasping for breadth
“Then, I quickly called the CMD on his mobile phone and he told me to bring her to the clinic. I immediately took my wife to the clinic where she was given some injections and drips by the medical/ health staff of the CMD till the next day.
“Even after that, she still could not defecate, but I paid extra N3, 000.00 as charges for the treatment.
“When Dr. Warigon resumed work the next day, he asked me to take my wife for another scan and that she should continue taking her drugs.
“On Saturday, August 12, 2017, the CMD, however, had a change of mind and informed me that there was no need taking my wife for the scan, but that she should continue with her drugs and if the situation did not improve, he will refer us to another hospital.
“On Sunday, August 13, 2107, I took my wife to the clinic to collect a referral letter from the CMD, since her condition did not improve. We waited in vain for the CMD, as he did not show up at the clinic, but later got the referral letter from a medical staff of the clinic.
“All efforts to communicate with the CMD failed as he refused to pick my calls.
The referral letter with reference no: NCO/12/18, dated August 12, 2017 and addressed to the Consultant Surgeon, Asokoro General Hospital, Wuse General Hospital and Maitama General Hospitals, meaning that the patient can go to any of the mentioned Hospitals.
“I took my wife immediately to Asokoro General Hospital, but I was further referred to Maitama General Hospital because there was no bed space in Asokoro General Hospital.
“At the Maitama hospital, she was admitted on emergency. After an x-ray scan was carried out on her, I was informed by the hospital that a surgery will be conducted on my wife in order to urgently safe her life.
“During the surgery, I was invited into the theatre room to witness the errors committed on my wife by the surgery carried out on her by Dr. Nwarigon of NIQUAD Clinic.
“I was shocked to see by myself, apart from the doctor’s confirmation, that my wife’s small intestine organ, which I was shown directly in my wife’s stomach, has been negligently severed by the NIQUAD Clinic’s Chief Medical Doctor and was tied in different places with threads, which the doctors had to loosen in order to carry out a successful surgery.”
The troubled husband expressed disappointment with the conduct of the CMD of NIQUAD Clinic “for the harm he has caused my wife and the pains, financial burden and sorrows he has caused to my wife and the entire family.
“The most surprising thing is that the CMD never told me or my wife that he mistakenly or negligently cut my wife’s small intestine organ and tied it up with threads during the surgery. He only gave me a referral letter to another hospital.”
Abuja Metro made several visits to NIQUAD Clinic to speak with the the Chief Medical Director, Dr. Nwarigon on the issue.
However, during the last visit, our reporter was able to speak to a medical staff of the clinic, who claimed to be a General Practice (GP) Doctor with the clinic.
The Medical personnel, however, said he did not want his name mentioned as he was not officially asked to speak on the matter by the CMD.
He said although he was not in the theatre when the surgery was carried out on Mrs. Veronica Isaac, he was fully aware of the case.
He, however, vouched for the professional competence of the Chief Medical Director, saying it was difficult for a doctor who have practised for about 30 years and reached a position of a Chief Medical Director to have conducted himself in that manner.
He was said to be indisposed for the past two weeks. The heartrending story is still unfolding. How it will end depends on the outcome of the probe on the matter by the Dental and Medical Council of Nigeria.
With dozens dead from a plague outbreak in Madagascar, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said Friday it is deploying its first-ever plague treatment center to the island nation.
The World Health Organization said 561 cases have been reported so far, with another in the Seychelles.
“The situation, as you know, is quite concerning. We’ve seen a doubling of cases over the last week,” Dr. Julie Hall, the Red Cross federation’s director of health and care, told reporters in Geneva.
Red Cross officials have said the situation is particularly worrying because pneumonic plague, which is spread from person to person, has occurred for the first time in non-endemic areas and crowded cities. About 70 percent of the cases are the pneumonic form.
Cases of bubonic plague, transmitted from animals to people through flea bites, occur almost annually in Madagascar.
The rise in cases is due in part to a stronger reporting system, and not all cases have been confirmed, Hall said. But she expressed concern about the geographic expansion of the outbreak and said more than 1,000 volunteers are going door-to-door in Madagascar explaining that plague can be treated if antibiotics are quickly used.
“I think all the lessons learned from Ebola mean that our response needs to be extremely fast in these types of situations, in order to bring an outbreak under control as quickly as possible,” she said.
The Red Cross federation’s statement said its plague treatment center will include 50 beds and a medical team with the capacity to isolate patients and will “significantly bolster” outbreak response.
Fears are growing that the outbreak will spread to other countries. Authorities in Seychelles this week said a man was diagnosed with pneumonic plague after returning from Madagascar.
The outbreak began after the death of a 31-year-old man in Madagascar’s central highlands in late August.
Associated Press writer Jamey Keaten in Geneva contributed.
Premature ejaculation is a situation where a man releases semen as soon as he penetrated the female’s vagina. For some, it can happen from few seconds to 2 minutes into vaginal sex. Premature ejaculation is one of the most embarrassing situations that a man can find himself. A large number of men suffer varying degrees of premature ejaculation. There are two main causes of premature ejaculation and they are as follow:
This is usually caused by a man having so much respect 0r irrational fear of the lady he wants to have sex with. The thought of the fact that this is a rare opportunity and the uncertainty of what was about to happen makes a lot men ejaculate instantly.
For example, you met a very gorgeous lady that you assume to be superior, and then one thing led to the other and you guys are now about to have sex. You don’t know if she is really comfortable with what you are doing and the emotional hype of the moment makes the guy ejaculates prematurely.
Also if the lady is a very beautiful girl that you have worked so hard to convince her, you are very likely to experience premature ejaculation because of anxiety and inferiority complex. The remedy is to build your self confidence and do not see any girl as a demi-god
Domestic misunderstanding is a frequent cause of premature ejaculation in relationships. If the girl is not comfortable with having sex with you, then, you are likely to end up in premature ejaculation because you are desperate to penetrate her.
To correct this, you must make peace with your partner. Ask her to help you by giving you her consent to have sex and having sex with you with all her heart.
Some people sleep with married women or other females that are not there partners, as a result they feel guilty and are scared of being caught in the act. These triggers a chain of events in the brain that stimulates the responsible hormone to make the man ejaculate quickly.
Also, if you are having sex in an in-conducive environment where you are very likely to be caught, you will most certainly have premature ejaculation the moment you hear the sound of someone’s approach. Remedy, do not have sex with married women or your friend’s girlfriends, and stay indoors.
Generally, note that premature ejaculation works with a positive feedback mechanism. This means that one premature ejaculation begats another. Because it is an ugly incident that has started, all your mind will be on it next time you wanna have sex and this makes it a self fulfilling prophecy. This is because all your mind has been there and you are so fixated and afraid of it repeating again.
19-year-old Cynthia Uzochukwu aspires to be a medical doctor and hence worked towards that direction which made her score 233 in the just written Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.
It is, however, sad that the young lady did not live long enough to gain admission into any tertiary institution.
Her facebook wall was filled with messages of grief, pain and mourning.
A facebook user known as Uzochukwu Love Pascal who claimed to be the brother of the deceased paid tribute to his sister explaining how much Cynthia desired to be a medical doctor.
He wrote, ” My sis Cynthia Uzochukwu made her jamb and wen she was alive she told me, ‘ brother I will become a doctor..to treat mum and my siblings…I laugh at her n she say brother u will see it…now am seeing that you’re really a doctor because you are on step u front….i’m always proud of u,I will always love u Dr Cynthia Anurika Uzochukwu”
Another sibling of hers with the facebook name, Sharpay Uzoh wrote, ” My baby sis,the more I think about you the more I shed tears,I know it will be hard for me without my only sis, my partner in crime…love you so much…RIP.
“With tears on my eye????????????,I don’t believe it that my only sister is gone,my Cynthia,my princess.. Plz woke up ,I want to play with you,plz wke up,plz plz plz…rest in peace..(RIP).
“When am 1year and 9 months,mum gave birth to you Cynthia on 25th august 1998,Cynthia all the memories we share together I cherish it,now you left me on 15th June 2017,you make me weak and make mum weak too,Cynthia my love,I came back nobody is der to excort me to an errand,I try to sleep no way am waiting for you to call me Chiamaka cum let me gist you..Cynthia my baby sister,we use to call you amigo,the last time I came back you told me “girl am taller than you now what happen,I told you to chill I will eat more bean”but now you are no more…babym I promise to remember you all.,.Farewell”
According to this sister’s post, Cynthia is to be buried in Anambra on the 6th of this Month.
She wrote, “Cynthia carol is on 5th July time 4:00pm and her Candle night is on 5th time 7:30pm ,..all in black …say farewell to her cos her body will leave Aba to Anambra on 6th July.”
There are indeed many talented chaps in Biafraland; these people are not only creative, some of them are intelligent too and have the ability to invent things that are remarkable and useful to those in the society and outside it.
The darkness according to the Biafran genius is useful in viewing the cancer cells.
For people who are used to having everything they want, it was a pretty difficult phase as they had to learn to live with other people and share things with them. The war indeed scarred many people and this till date, affected lots of them.
Achilefu however, did not let this stop him or mar his future. His father tried doing everything he can to push his family forward by making them learn some morals from the incidence. He made inscriptions on the wall of the new house and laid emphasis on a true life fact. You can lose your wealth but never lose a good name.This inscription changed Achilefu’s life and molded him into the man he has become.
The young boy whose childhood memories are filled with disturbing scenes from the Biafra war and the loss of wealth has made a name for himself in the eradication of cancer all over the world.
And to think that such tremendous work came from a Biafran is truly amazing. Achilefu had his primary and secondary education in some local schools in Biafra.
However, he was lucky enough to have been one of the five students who won a French government scholarship and this made him attend a graduate school in France where he received a PhD in molecular and materials chemistry at the University of Nancy.
Achilefu made his family and Biafra proud with his activities outside the country. He got to St. Louis and became the first full-time staff member of the discovery research department at Mallinckrodt Medical Inc.
The Biafran genius was able to achieve what he has because of his educational background. This made him hold the belief that Biafran children can change the world if they have the opportunity to do so.
He stated that he had the opportunity to meet some smart Biafran children in the village school he attended during the war. These kids, according to him, never had the opportunity to move forward and change the world.
As a result of this, he has it in mind to create an institute that will help reach out to and train the smart kids in the low-resource areas of the world. To accomplish this, a certain number of children will be identifies yearly for comprehensive training and support through college.
While talking on the greatest breakthrough in the battle against cancer, the Biafran genius said “We are working in the dark, so that we can see the light…therefore, there is no darkeness unless you cannot see the light.”
At the moment, he is the chief of Optical Radiology Laboratory and a professor of radiology at the Washington University School of Medicine. He has designed high tech goggles that will help surgeons see and identify cancer cells which are pretty difficult to see during surgery.
With the use of the invented goggles, the cancerous cells glow blue; this will help doctors ensure that there is no tumor cell left during and after the operation.
Due to this brilliant invention; Achilefu in January 2015 got the St.Louis award which is always doled out every year since 1932. The award is to recognize area residents whose hard-work and achievements has made positive impacts in the community.
The Biafran genius with his wife and children.
Achilefu who got married to his wife twenty-one years ago was also recognized for leading the team that developed the high-tech goggles that will help surgeons see cancer.The father of two is not stopping at this as he has the intention of inventing a light-based cancer therapy that can help in reaching tumors in deep tissue.“I want to play a role in eradicating cancer or making it a manageable disease. Toward this goal, we have developed a new approach to kill cancer cells, independent of the cancer type.
“There is a method of killing cancer with light – photodynamic therapy. People use it to treat superficial cancers, such as skin cancer, because the cancer has to be reachable by light to activate a light-sensitive drug. Or you can use an endoscope to introduce light to activate and kill cancer cells inside the body.
“We’ve discovered a new approach of using existing radiopharmaceuticals to create a light source within the tumor cells. We have tested this concept with success in animal models of cancer and plan to move into human studies in future.”
With this, it is justifiable for one to say there are so many talented Biafrans in diaspora. Note that Dr. Mustapha Abubakar was also recognized as one of the hundred people called Arewa legends for the role he has played in cancer research.
Abubakar continues in his search to find the treatment and cure for cancer.
China Floods African Markets With Poisonous Synthetic Rice
With the Federal Government’s announcement of imminent famine next year coupled with Nigeria’s craze for imported goods, experts have raised the alarm of possible flooding of the Nigerian market with harmful ‘plastic rice.”
Since 2011, the world was alerted to the industrial manufacture of rice by Chinese firms.
In a report by the Korean Times on the growing menace, the newspaper said; “China famous for having all, making all, has now been reported to have made rice out of plastic and has distributed it.
“The Korean-language Weekly Hong Kong in Hong Kong quoted Singapore media that “Fake rice made out of plastic is massively sold on the Chinese market.”
“According to the report, some distributors are selling fake rice in Taiyuan, Shaanxi Province, and this rice is a mixture of potatoes, sweet potatoes and plastic.
“This ‘plastic rice’ is made by forming potatoes and sweet potatoes into rice-like shape, then adding industrial synthetic resins,” said a food expert. “Since the rice is different from normal rice, it is hard like stone even when cooked.
Moreover, the synthetic resin in it is very harmful to the human body.”
One Chinese restaurant association official warns that eating three bowls of ‘plastic rice’ is the same as eating one vinyl bag. He added that since the rice is very dangerous there would be strict investigation on the rice factory.
But Nigerians can determine if the rice they have is genuine or not by following any of the simple tests:
The water test Pour a tablespoon of raw rice into a glass filled with cold water and mix vigorously. If the rice falls to the bottom of the glass, everything is fine, if on the contrary it floats on the surface, be vigilant, because it surely contains plastic!
The fire test Using a lighter and a match, burn a handful of rice. If it catches fire and smells of burnt plastic, you know what to do! Do not eat it!
The mortar and pestle test When molding a few grains of rice with a mortar and pestle, the powder should be quite white. For artificial rice, you will notice a yellow discoloration instead.
The mold test If you want to be sure that you do not risk anything with your cooked rice, put a small amount into a tupperware and leave it in a warm place. In a few days, mold will have to appear, otherwise it is that your rice is artificial.
This is how to get it right: is the rice you buy natural or artificial? Show these diff tips to all your friends so they do not take the risk of eating plastic. Source: https://thewhistler.ng/consumer/warning-as-plastic-rice-floods-nigeria-use-these-4-tests-to-determine-if-your-rice-is-grown-or-plastic?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook