President Buhari travelled to London for a “routine” medical check-up two days before the country’s doctors go on strike over unpaid salaries.
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Syria. The European Union, United States, and dozens of other nations pledged $6.4B to help tackle Syria’s ongoing humanitarian and economic crises. The pledge comes up short of the $10B the United Nations had hoped for. According to the United Nations, an estimated 13.4 million Syrians need assistance.
Space. In a study published on Monday in the journal Circulation, scientists reported that the largest chamber of the heart of Scott Kelly, who spent nearly a year on the International Space Station in 2015 and 2016, shrank in mass by more than one-quarter by the time he returned to Earth. But a smaller heart did not appear to have any ill effects on Mr. Kelly.
Myanmar. The Biden administration is pushing actions to punish Myanmar’s ruling military junta. The military commemorated Armed Forces Day by killing 140 people, including six children, across 44 cities following widespread peaceful protests. Thousands of people have sought refuge in neighboring Thailand as the military junta has killed around 500 people since their takeover
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Buhari's Medical Trip Abroad Before Doctor Strike
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The Story Six years into his eight years tenure, and a global pandemic which restricted international travel for almost a year - in the process reemphasizing the need to fix the country's health sector- President Muhammadu Buhari has made it clear that the health and wellbeing of Nigerians are of little or no interest to him.
How do you mean? President Buhari travelled to London for a “routine” medical check-up two days before the country’s doctors go on strike over unpaid salaries. Buhari, 78, left the country Tuesday after meeting the country’s security chiefs. The trip will last until the second week of April. It’s Buhari’s first medical trip abroad since the pandemic, which stripped much of Africa’s elite of the option of flying to Europe and Asia to see a doctor.
But why are the doctors going on strike? While Buhari consults with doctors in London, millions in Africa’s most populous country will be left without access to medical treatment from 1 April, first day of the doctors' strike. They’re complaining about the non-payment of medical interns for months and demanding an upward review of hazard allowances and Covid-19 care incentives, according to a statement issued by the National Association of Resident Doctors on 29 March.
Exodus of Nigerian medical doctors and a worsening health sector. Nigerians have for decades suffered from an inadequately funded health-care system, squalid clinics and hospitals, and poorly paid and overworked health care workers who frequently move abroad for employment. There are at least 8,178 medical doctors of Nigerian origin working in the U.K., according to data on the U.K. General Medical Council website, a 50% increase from 2015. The exodus has worsened health care in a country that has one doctor for every 5,000 people, according to the Nigeria Medical Association. SOURCE
Ebonyi imposes curfew on belligerent communities
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The Story Ebonyi has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in Effium and Ezza-Effium communities in a bid to end a surge in violence that has rocked both settlements.
What's the cause of the violence? The state’s Deputy Governor, Kelechi Igwe, announced the curfew in Abakaliki on Wednesday. The two communities which are located in Ohaukwu Local Government Area have been embroiled in a deep crisis, leading to the loss of life and destruction of property. Media reports say the crisis is linked to a leadership tussle in the local chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).
How will the curfew end the problem? Igwe said military and police operatives had been deployed to the communities to enforce law and order. “Miscreants and hoodlums, including mercenaries hiding in the forest and bushes, are advised to vacate the communities immediately. We are saying this in their own interest because security agencies will leave no stone unturned in a bid to root them out", he said.
"Also, those in the habit of raising a false alarm to distract and divert the attention of security agents are by this announcement advised to desist from such acts. Such persons will be tracked, arrested, and prosecuted as one of those promoting the crisis", Igwe added. SOURCE
Niger foils coup attempt days before inauguration
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The Story A military unit tried to seize the presidential palace in Niger’s capital Niamey overnight in an attempted coup but it was pushed back and order has been restored, the government said on Wednesday, days before a handover of power.
Have they identified those behind it? “On the night of March 30-31, an attempted coup was thwarted,” the government said in a statement, condemning “this cowardly and regressive act which sought to threaten democracy and the state of law”. The assailants, from a nearby airbase, fled after the presidential guard met their attack with heavy shelling and gunfire, three security sources told Reuters, requesting anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to the media.
Have any arrests been made? Government spokesman Abdourahamane Zakaria said several people had been arrested while others were still being sought, but that the situation was under control. “There were some arrests among a few members of the army who are behind this attempted coup." President Mahamadou Issoufou is stepping down after two five-year terms.
How is the President-elect? "The presidential guard retaliated, preventing this group of soldiers from approaching the presidential palace,” a security source told the AFP. The sources did not comment on the whereabouts of president-elect Mohamed Bazoum, who is due to be sworn in today after an election victory disputed by his opponent Mahamane Ousmane. A former US envoy to the Sahel, J. Peter Pham, tweeted that both the president and president-elect were safe. SOURCE
Looking at the past for the future
Scientists are looking at the past to prepare for the future.
Sure is. Yesterday, the World Health Organization released its report on the origins of COVID-19. For months, dozens of countries pushed China to let the WHO investigate how the pandemic got started. After a series of delays, China let in 13 WHO researchers earlier this year to do some digging. But there were restrictions. The scientists couldn't access raw data like biological samples. And when writing up the report, Chinese scientists – reportedly affiliated with the government – got a say in the conclusions.
What did the report say?
That there were four ways the virus could have gotten to humans: 1) direct transmission from an animal, 2) transmission via an intermediate animal host, 3) via frozen food, or 4) a lab accident. The report says (2) is most likely – that it jumped from bat to another animal before infecting humans. And dismissed the lab accident as the least likely option. But the WHO director-general said that the lab theory "requires further investigation" and that "all hypotheses remain on the table." It was the WHO's most confrontational comments yet toward China. And came as the US and more than a dozen other world leaders criticized the study for the lack of access to data. But even as the world still reels from COVID-19, leaders are looking ahead.
What do you mean?
Yesterday, the leaders of more than two dozen countries, the European Council, and the WHO released a joint statement calling for an international treaty to address future pandemics. The treaty would take cues from international collaboration after World War II and work to provide universal and equitable access to vaccines, medicine, and PPE – unlike what we're seeing now. Because, as world leaders are warning, the question isn't if we'll see another pandemic, but when.
Focusing on a more important question.
What The world's been waiting to find out the origins of the coronavirus. But with unsatisfying answers, world leaders are now focusing on a different question: 'what do we do when this happens again?' SOURCE
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From July 2005 to July 2006, Canadian blogger Kyle MacDonald bargained his way from a single paperclip to a house in a series of fourteen online trades in scarcely under a year. This incredible series of transactions included trading a movie role for a two-story farmhouse. Gordon Miller, you have a competitor! SOURCE