School and all that it comes with, is the reason for my hiatus, basically. I’m sorry I’ve not been able to find a schedule to work around ‘school’ as it is for now, but I’m back.
Ebola Watch Nigeria [as at 7th September, 2014] I’m sure the word ‘Ebola’ is uttered at least twice daily by anyone who has come to hear and know what Ebola is; whether the person is speaking frankly, still cussing out the Late Mr Patrick Sawyer for his rather infamous role in the Genesis of the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria or whether it’s being used as a joke.
I’m not going to bore you with the medical details of the virus, I’m only going to remind you of what you already know and add a few things to what you think you know.
What is Ebola? Ebola virus disease, (formerly known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever) is a deadly disease caused by any of the five strains of the Ebola virus.
How is Ebola Transmitted? It is spread by direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with an acutely sick person’s blood or body fluids like, urine, saliva, feces, vomit, and semen(probably tears too). It is also spread by direct contact with formites that have been contaminated with the infected body fluids or infected animals.
What are the symptoms of Ebola Virus Disease?These include a sudden onset of fever, weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. Vomitting, diarrhoea, rash, internal and external hemorrhage, in some cases follows the first set of symptoms.
Who is at risk? Travelers could be infected if they come into contact with blood or body fluids from someone who is acutely sick or has died from Ebola virus disease. People also can become sick with Ebola if they come into contact with infected wildlife or raw or undercooked meat (bushmeat) from an infected animal. Health care workers and the family and friends in close contact with Ebola patients are at risk of getting sick because they may come in contact with infected blood or body fluids.
What can travelers do to prevent Ebola?
There is no vaccine or specific treatment for Ebola, and a good number of the people who get the disease die so It is important to take steps to prevent Ebola.
If you are traveling to Nigeria, please make sure to do the following:
- Practice careful hygiene; wash your hands. Avoid contact with blood and body fluids of people who are sick with Ebola.
- The use of hand sanitizers that contain at least, 60% alcohol has also been advised.
- Do not handle items that may have come in contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids.
- Avoid funeral or burial rituals that require handling the body of someone who has died from Ebola.
- Avoid contact with wild animals and with raw or undercooked meat (bushmeat).
- Avoid hospitals where Ebola patients are being treated.
- Seek medical care immediately if you develop fever (greater than 101.5°F or 38.6°C) and additional symptoms such as severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, or unexplained bleeding or bruising.
- Limit your contact with other people when you travel to the doctor; avoid public transportation. Do not travel anywhere except to the doctor’s office or hospital.
- Don’t travel. Lol. (-___-)
PLEASE STOP SPREADING WRONG FACTS ABOUT EBOLA; FEAR AND PANIC WON’T GET US THROUGH THIS OUTBREAK.
NOTE:The incubation period, that is, the time interval from infection with the virus to onset of these symptoms, is about 2 to 21 days.
WHO officials have been deployed to affected countries in West Africa to assist the Government control and curb this deadly disease outbreak.
NIGERIA’S federal government has also issued a directive ordering all public and private schools in the country to reopen on September 22 after indications that its measures taken to control the Ebola virus disease (EVD) are working.
Paypal-FirstBank Nigeria Partnership
PayPal is a secure global payment service that enables you to make payments on the Internet, accept payments, and send or receive money without revealing your financial information. PayPal users can send and receive money, and make payments for goods and services with merchants who accept PayPal as a means of payment.
This partnership is about 3 months old; it makes me happy that they believe in the potential of the Nigerian market. It’s not something they (papypal) do in every market in which they operate so this shows their level of commitment, trust and seriousness where Nigeria is concerned.
If you’re already a FirstBank customer, opening a paypal account using the FirstOnline platform is easier and if you are an intending customer or you’re not clear about how to go about it all, please speak with your adviser, like i did.
Online transactions, especially shopping, is going to be like a walk in the park from now on.
Native and Vogue Fashion Week 2014
Another edition of the Native and Vogue fashion week that was held last year in the Garden city of Port Harcourt is here again and yours truly will be in attendance.
The focus of the event is,
“Native and Vogue desires to foster emerging designers and equally showcase established designers, to position the local fashion industry on the international fashion map while driving local brands into sustainable globally competitive brands that can impact on the National GDP” The top designers for 2014 are Carpe Diem, KLUK CGDT from SA (I Love their work), Ejiro Amos Tafiri, Zizi Cardrow, Frank Osodi, Luiz Delaja, Yomi Casual, Shaldon kopman, Yemi Osunkoya, Ade Bakare and Princess peaceful Owoghiri.
My friend, Chima of up coming label, WU-MAN, will also be showcasing some pieces of his.
The event will run from September 19th to 21st, 2014.
Venue: Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt,
Rivers State, Nigeria.
Kindly let us know what you thought about last years’ show and if you’ll be in attendance this year.
Have a great week ahead!