Sep 20, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Three workers from Jakarta’s Ragunan Zoo have been hospitalized with suspected H5N1 avian influenza, increasing the number of suspected human cases in Indonesia to as many as seven, according to news services.The zoo was closed yesterday after 19 captive birds tested positive for the H5N1 virus. The ailing zoo workers include a 28-year-old guide and a 39-year-old vendor, the Associated Press (AP) reported in a statement attributed to I Nyoman Kandun, Indonesia’s director general of communicable disease control. A Reuters report today said a third person from the zoo, also a food worker, was hospitalized late last night.The latest cases apparently bring the number of suspected case-patients in Indonesia to seven. But Reuters quoted Indonesian Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari as saying only six people have been hospitalized.On Sep 16, officials confirmed that the death of a 37-year-old woman from Jakarta a few days earlier was due to H5N1 avian flu. As of yesterday, news services were reporting that four children had been hospitalized with suspected cases. They included two girls, aged 3 and 6; a 7-year-old; and a 9-year-old boy who is related to the 37-year-old victim.Initial tests on two children were positive for H5N1, Reuters reported. Blood samples from the patients were being tested in Hong Kong, the story said.Yesterday the government declared that the avian flu situation was an “extraordinary” health incident. That declaration, which expires in 21 days but can be renewed, allows for forced hospitalization of people who have possible avian flu symptoms, the AP said. Forty-four hospitals have been designated to treat avian flu patients. Those patients will receive free medication, Supari told the AP.Government officials sought to maintain calm today, balancing expressions of confidence that they could handle the situation with statements aimed at educating people about the problem and its seriousness.The state of high alert “is to calm people, not to bring more panic,” Reuters quoted Supari as saying.Haryadi Wibisono, a director of disease control at the country’s health ministry, told Agence France-Presse (AFP), “This is a serious problem for Indonesia and the whole world and therefore it should be dealt with seriously.”Ragunan Zoo, the chief zoo in bustling Jakarta, was to be closed for 3 weeks to allow for testing of animals and workers. Of the 500 zoo employees, 143 have been identified as being at high risk for exposure to the virus, the Jakarta Post said today. The city has a population of 12 million, with another 9 million in outlying towns, according to Nature magazine.Besides the 37-year-old woman, other reported cases of avian flu in Indonesia have included a 38-year-old man and his two daughters who died in July, plus a farm worker who tested positive for antibodies to the virus last March, though he had not been sick. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes only the 37-year-old woman and 38-year-old man as laboratory-confirmed cases.Indonesia’s spate of possible cases comes as the WHO is warning that the world would have little time to respond to signs of an emerging flu pandemic, AFP and Reuters reported today.”There’s a very short time period—2 to 4 weeks between the onset of the first case—in which containment is possible,” Hitoshi Oshitani, a WHO communicable disease expert, said today in an address to the WHO’s Regional Committee for the Western Pacific in Noumea, New Caledonia.In comparing pandemic flu to SARS, Oshitani said, “The pandemic virus is much more difficult, maybe impossible, to contain once it starts.”
Amaju Pinnick *Case adjourned till July 1The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick and four other senior officials of the federation were absent at the Federal High Court, Abuja yesterday at the first mention of the charge brought against them over an allegation of misappropriation of $8,400, 000 and N4billion belonging to the football body.The Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP) had, earlier this month, filed a 17-count charge, marked, FHC/ABJ/CR/93/2019 against Pinnick and others, claiming among others that the money formed part of what was paid by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to the NFF as appearance fees in the group stage of the Russia 2018 World Cup. Named with Pinnick, in the charge, are NFF General Secretary, Sanusi Mohammed; the 1st Vice-President, Seyi Akinwunmi; the 2nd Vice-President, Shehu Dikko, and an Executive Committee Member, Yusuf Fresh.The NFF described the allegations as “frivolous and totally baseless” the charges filed against its president, Amaju Pinnick, and four other members of the federation by the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property led by Mr Okoi Obono-Obla.Chairman, NFF Media and Publicity Committee, the NFF, Dr Yahaya Kwade, had in a statement said the charges were only aimed at scandalising the leadership of the football body.“We (NFF) wish to state categorically that the charges filed by SPIP are frivolous and totally baseless. They are aimed only at scandalising the NFF and its leadership and nothing more, in order to mislead the unwary and uninformed. This is evident from the great facility with which the news of the charges, which were registered at the court’s registry May 7, 2019, was widely disseminated by SPIP and its collaborators.“For instance, SPIP alleges that the leadership of the NFF moved N4bn from the NFF on November 3, 2018. The maliciousness and falsity of this charge is established by the fact that the alleged sum is about four times the 2018 NFF Appropriation in the FGN budget as approved by the National Assembly, which in total was N1.14bn, out of which only about N700m was cash-backed for the entire 2018 financial year.”When the case was called yesterday, the defendants were not in court.Lawyer to SPIP, Celcius Ukpong said the prosecution was unable to effect personal service on the defendants and applied for leave to serve through substituted means.Ukpong said: “We have not been able to serve the defendants with the copies of the charges.“As a consequence, we have filed an ex parte motion for substituted service. The defendants are evading service. We have been to their offices. They are on what we call administrative bail.“But have been calling them to come to pick up the copies to their charges and we have been to their offices to serve them, all to no avail.“We want to serve them through their offices by virtue of section 125 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.”Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu granted Ukpong’s application for substituted service and adjourned till July 1 this year for arraignment.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Over 150 runners on decided to run Heineken 0.0 5K Spring Run in a blue t-shirt as a participant of the “Run for Someone with Autism” campaign back in April 20th.By selling their miles, collected donations to educate 116 children with disabilities and developing difficulties who attend the EDUS program through pre-school and school programs.Thanks to all participants so far, over 18,000 BAM has been collected, while the final amount will be released after receiving all payments.It is stated from the organization that the deadline for the payment of donations from the miles sold is Tuesday, May 7ththis year.Payments can be made to: 161 000 008 967 04 97 (Raiffeisen Bank BiH); purpose of payment: A donation for the race.In order to thank people who gave money, EDUS EDUCATION FOR ALL organizes a joint gathering that will be organized on Sunday, May 12th, starting at 10:00, on the parking lot in front of Velika Aleja (Ilidža, Vrelo Bosne), Vijesti.ba news portal reports.