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Arigbamu: U.S-based Nigerian medical expert invents COVID-19 infected lungs detector

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COVID-19: NCDC registers 131 new infections, zero deaths

…As NiDCOM applauds Japan-based Nigerian for returning lost wallet, credit card***

Nigerian medical expert based in the U.S, Dr Samson Arigbamu, has invented a stethoscope equipped with components capable of identifying adventitious lungs such as COVID-19 infected lungs immediately.

Arigbamu told newsmen on Sunday in Ibadan that the stethoscope was in production at prototype and optimisation stage.

Arigbamu has lived in the U.S for 22 years and was currently the Director of Nursing at Future Care Lochearn, a 200-bed capacity health rehabilitation centre in Baltimore, Maryland.

He said that the final product would commence by December, noting that the process can be expedited with resources from individuals, organisations or even the Nigerian government.

Arigbamu maintained that the eventual production of the stethoscope would be a great achievement and pride to Nigerian government.

“The stethoscope will be a great achievement and pride to Nigeria for the fact that her citizen invented such critical medical equipment worthy of a U.S patent. I am soliciting support from Nigerian government,” he said.

Arigbamu said that having worked in the healthcare field for over 20 years, he had seen healthcare providers including nurses, mid-level providers and physicians struggle with identifying lung and heart sounds.

According to him, “they struggle because chest x-rays, EKGs and other cardiac interrogative tests are often ordered to identify adventitious lung and heart conditions.

“Clinical issues with these expensive tests and devices are incapable of identifying adventitious sounds and providing immediate and accurate feedback.

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“Consequently, utilisation of such devices often result in significant clinical and health issues for the patients as well as a waste of valuable resources.”

Arigbamu said that in 2018, he commenced work towards inventing a digital stethoscope that could identify lung and heart sounds, interpret the sounds and immediately announce its findings to the users.

He said that the stethoscope was also capable of integrating its data into electronic medical records.

“With such capabilities, it will enhance physical assessment vital to healthcare providers and novice users.

”It will also ensure opportunities for timely intervention and prevention of further health decline in patients.

“The stethoscope is also equipped with Electronic Medical Record (EMR) integration capabilities (essential to telemedicine) in order to improve care coordination and patient information portability.

“The project received a USA patent on June 2, and is currently in the prototype phase of production in the U.S and Ukraine,” he said.

Arigbamu had been on employment with the company for 10 years and prior to that, he was a director of nursing at Manor Care Woodbridge in Baltimore Maryland for over three years.
He also owned and operated a private clinic called Upsurge Health Associate in Freeland, Maryland.

In another development, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairman/CEO, Nigerians In Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), has commended Mr Ikenna Nweke, a Nigerian who returned a lost wallet containing a huge sum of money and credit card in Japan recently.

Dabiri-Erewa made the commendation in a statement signed by Mr Gabriel Odu, of the Media, Public Relations and Protocol Unit of NIDCOM, a copy of which was made available on Sunday in Abuja, describing the development as a great opportunity to celebrate Nweke and Nigeria.

“All the negative information you tend to hear about Nigerians are far outstripped by the positive information that is hidden and not told.

“The likes of Mr Nweke have portrayed the image of Nigerians in the Diaspora as a unique, honest and cultured set of immigrants.

“Honesty remains the best policy. We must exhibit such behaviour in whatever position we find ourselves.

“That is the path we have chosen to take, and our country will eventually get to a new shore,” she said.

Nweke, who is a PhD student at the University of Tsukuba, Japan, and also a Teaching Assistant in the same university, said he stumbled on the wallet while climbing the staircase to buy some items for his wife at the Tsukuba centre.

Nweke, who hails from Amauzari in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo, said he was born and raised in Okpoko, Onitsha, Anambra.

He relocated to Japan in 2013 through a Japanese government-sponsored scholarship programme.

“While I was going home from university, I decided to get my wife her favourite kebab. As I was climbing the staircase around Tsukuba centre, I noticed something on the ground.

“As I drew closer, I saw that it was a wallet. When I opened it, I saw a huge sum of money, a credit card and other valuables.

“I immediately reported to the police. One of the officers was surprised and asked me why I did not take the money, I told him that there was no need for that because I was raised by responsible parents, and that I am also a Christian,” he said

 

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29 Killed In Southern Brazil’s Worst Storms

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29 Killed In Southern Brazil’s Worst Storms

Four consecutive days of intense rainfall, floods, and mudslides that hit Brazil’s southern state of Rio Grande do Sulworst released the worst storms that killed 29 people and left 60 others missing, Governor Eduardo Leite said.

“Unfortunately, we know that these numbers will rise,” said Leite, describing the storms as the worst natural disaster in the state’s history, a top agricultural and livestock producer.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva visited Santa Maria, one of the state’s worst-hit cities, and met with Leite on Thursday.

Lula offered federal funding and aid to address the emergency in the state bordering Uruguay and Argentina.

“There will be no shortage of help from the federal government to take care of health, no shortage of money to take care of transportation and food, everything that is within reach.

“Whether through ministers, civil society, or our military, we’ll dedicate round-the-clock effort to satisfy the basic needs of the people stranded by the rains,” said the president.

With more rain forecast, the governor called on residents, to head for higher ground and stay away from flood-prone areas identified by the civil defence agency.

He said 4,400 residents have been evacuated but thousands more are waiting to be rescued from their flooded homes.

According to a civil defence bulletin, 154 cities have been affected by natural disasters.

– Xinhua

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Israel Says Not Briefed In Time About Hamas Accepting Gaza Ceasefire Proposal – Reports

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Israel Says Not Briefed In Time About Hamas Accepting Gaza Ceasefire Proposal – Reports

The Israeli government was taken aback that Hamas accepted the latest Gaza ceasefire proposal, formed by Qatari and Egyptian mediators, as the country was only briefed on the Palestinian movement’s response an hour after its release.

The Axios news outlet reported this on Tuesday, citing three Israeli officials.

On Monday, Hamas informed Qatari and Egyptian mediators that it agreed to the terms of the ceasefire deal they had drafted.

The proposal provides for three stages of 42 days, during which a complete ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and an exchange of Israeli hostages for Palestinian prisoners are expected to be concluded.

In addition to allegedly being briefed on Hamas’ decision belatedly, the Israeli officials told Axios they had been outraged by the fact that the proposal accepted by the Palestinian movement allegedly contained “many new elements,” which had not been discussed with the Jewish state.

“It looked like a whole new proposal,” one of the Israeli officials was quoted by the news outlet as saying.

That “new” proposal, which allegedly was not negotiated with Israel, had been presented by the mediators to Hamas’ delegation during the latter’s visit to Cairo last weekend, the Israeli officials told Axios.

Meanwhile, a source familiar with the negotiations said Israeli representatives had also been invited by the United States to visit Cairo along with Hamas but had refused to do so.

The Israeli authorities have been seriously disappointed with Washington’s mediating role in the talks with Hamas, Axios reported.

CIA Director Bill Burns participated in the recent round of the negotiations in Cairo and Doha and was aware of that “new” proposal, but allegedly did not inform Israel about it, sources familiar with the matter were cited by the news outlet as saying.

Meanwhile, a senior US official told Axios that “American diplomats have been engaged with Israeli counterparts,” adding there were “no surprises.”

On Monday, the Israel Defense Forces started a military operation in the eastern parts of Rafah, after urging residents to evacuate.

Palestinian movement Hamas said that it had agreed to the provisions of the Gaza ceasefire deal proposed by Egypt and Qatar, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the deal unacceptable.

More than a million people are believed to be sheltering in the city.

On Oct. 7, 2023, the Palestinian movement Hamas launched a large-scale rocket attack against Israel and breached the border, attacking both civilian neighbourhoods and military bases.

Nearly 1,200 people in Israel were killed and some 240 others abducted during the attack.

Israel launched retaliatory strikes, ordered a complete blockade of Gaza, and started a ground incursion into the Palestinian enclave with the declared goal of eliminating Hamas fighters and rescuing the hostages.

Over 34,700 people have been killed so far by Israeli strikes in the Gaza Strip, according to local authorities.

More than 100 hostages are still believed to be held by Hamas in Gaza. 

– Sputnik

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East Africa Floods Affecting 750,000 People, Kill 235 – UN

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East Africa Floods Affecting 750,000 People, Kill 235 – UN

UN humanitarians said about 750,000 people were affected by flooding in eastern Africa, with 234,000 displaced and more than 236 killed.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said local authorities in Kenya reported more than 285,000 people were affected nationwide.

“The United Nations and our partners are supporting the government-led response and have reached more than 126,000 people with water and sanitation assistance.

“About 31,000 people were assisted with food and cash, more than 5,000 assisted with health services, and nearly 26,000 people with emergency shelter support,” OCHA said.

The office said that in Somalia, more than 160,000 people were affected by flooding, with more than 37,000 displaced or relocated.

Flooding has killed seven children since April 19, with the states of Hirshabelle, Jubaland and Southwest the worst affected.

Humanitarian agencies said local authorities provided more than 70,000 people with food, cash, water, sanitation, shelter and health assistance.

Some 50 boats were deployed to deliver supplies or evacuate people who may have been marooned by flood waters.

“Our partners estimate that the rains and floods could affect at least 770,000 people in Somalia,” OCHA said.

“The rains are also likely to worsen the ongoing cholera epidemic in the country.”

The humanitarians said that in Burundi, torrential rains and the rising water level of Lake Tanganyika have affected nearly 180,000 people since January.

The agriculture sector is heavily impacted, with national authorities estimating that 40,000 hectares or 10 per cent of the country’s crop area have been affected.

“A flood response plan seeking 25 million U.S. dollars is being finalised to support more than 300,000 people,” OCHA said.

“Our partners are providing health care support, drinking water, tarpaulins and psychosocial support.”

According to humanitarians, in Tanzania, the government and partners deployed search and rescue teams and distributed emergency aid, including food, mattresses, mosquito nets and tents to assist flood-affected people.

The office said that in Rwanda, heavy rains and floods killed and injured dozens of people and damaged roads, bridges and hundreds of homes.

Local authorities reported that several hectares of rice and banana plantations were also damaged.

“The governments and humanitarian partners are supporting evacuation efforts and the response,” OCHA said.  

– Xinhua

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