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25 cases of flesh eating bacteria reported in Northern Thailand hospital

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Thailand’s Nan Hospital said on Wednesday that 25 cases of flesh eating bacteria, necrotising fasciitis, was diagnosed in July, with one patient seriously ill in the intensive care unit.

Dr Pongthep Wongwatcharapaiboon, Deputy Director of Nan Hospital in Thailand’s north, said the hospital had seen 25 flesh eating bacteria infections in July, compared to two cases reported in June.

“Most of the patients are farmers,who have been ploughing in their muddy fields and got some wounds on their skins but failed to heal.

“ As quickly as the bacteria was spreading, only half a day or so more could have made some serious life altering changes to one’s body,’’ said the doctor.

Pongthep said this infection damages the skin and fat tissue, and then it infects the  muscles and spreads widely.

“A small cut in one’s leg causes the bacteria to thrive and eat their way on the  leg to the extent that antibiotics cannot act fast compared to the rate at which the bacteria moves, which eventually required amputation,’’ Pongthep added.

`Necrotising fasciitis is rare but it can especially affect people with low immunity, including those who take steroids and take to drink.

People with normal immunity levels should find that the wounds will heal by themselves,” the doctor said.

 

 

 

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Turkish army kills 6 PKK members in SE Turkey, northern Iraq

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Turkish army killed six members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Turkey and northern Iraq, the Turkish defense ministry and interior ministry said on Friday in two separate statements.

“Our operations against the terrorist organization PKK continue resolutely. Four PKK terrorists were neutralized by airstrikes by means of reconnaissance and surveillance in Haftanin, Avasin and Zap regions in the north of Iraq,” the ministry tweeted.

In another statement, the Turkish interior ministry said its security forces “neutralized” two terrorists in southeastern Turkey.

The local gendarmerie commandos and special forces in the Mardin province launched operations in the rural areas of Omerli district, said the ministry in a written statement.

Turkey has long been conducting operations against the PKK in southeastern Turkey and in northern Iraq where the group has hideouts. These operations are intensified in the past few months. PKK members often use northern Iraq to launch cross-border attacks in Turkey.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States, and the European Union, has been rebelling against the Turkish government for over 30 years, which has claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people.

(XINHUA)

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Australia’s Northern Territory achieves final stage of easing coronavirus restrictions

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The Northern Territory (NT) with no active COVID-19 case since May has become Australia’s first jurisdiction to reach the final step, or stage three of easing coronavirus restrictions.

From midday on Friday, cinemas, theaters, live music venues, nightclubs and beauty therapy and cosmetic services were allowed to open in the NT for the first time since restrictions were introduced.

Community sport has been given the green light to resume and two-hour time limits for patrons at restaurants, pubs and bars have been lifted.

Stage three is the final step in the plan to reopen the Australian economy by July announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison in May.

The NT has been Australia’s most successful jurisdiction in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

However, despite that success Chief Minister Michael Gunner ruled out establishing a “travel bubble” with other states, declaring that he would not consider opening the NT‘s borders until every other state was prepared to do so.

“We’ll do it once and we’ll do it right. I want to make the job for police as simple as possible when it comes to how you process moving across the borders, and it’s just much easier to do all at once at the same time,” he said on Friday.

“And to be honest, I reckon we’re really close to that if you look at how it runs tracking so this is wait, see what happens and then make an informed decision for all, all people.”

As of Friday afternoon there had been 7,247 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia, up from 7,240 on Thursday. All seven new cases were in Victoria and New South Wales.

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9 killed in gunmen attack in northern Nigeria

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At least nine people were killed in an attack carried out by gunmen in northern Nigeria’s Kaduna state on Wednesday, said a local official.

Cafra Caino, chairman of Kajuru council, who confirmed the incident to Xinhua, said that the gunmen invaded Tudu village in the early hours of Wednesday with dangerous weapons such as guns, machetes and knives. They attacked people sporadically, and forced residents to scamper for safety.

He said nine people were killed on the spot while those who sustained injuries have been taken to hospital for treatment.

Caino said more people would have been killed but for the timely intervention of security forces, which made the bandits flee into the bush.

Local police has yet confirmed the attack.

A series of gunmen attacks have been reported in northern Nigeria since the beginning of this year.

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2 killed in train accident in northern Spain

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Two people were killed after a train with more than 150 people on board hit a car on the tracks in northern Spain on Tuesday, local media said.

The accident happened at around 16:11 local time (1411 GMT). A four-wheel drive vehicle fell off a bridge and landed on the train line, causing the front wagon of the train to be derailed, local media said.

The car’s driver and a train’s machinist were killed, and another train driver was seriously injured and taken to hospital, local media said.

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helicopter with 3 on board crashes in Northern California

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A helicopter with three people on board crashed near Fairfield, Northern California on Tuesday.

According to the Solano County Sheriff’s Office, the crash caused a power outage affecting some 40,000 PG&E customers.

Three people were believed to have been on board, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said.

FAA Pacific Division Communications Manager Ian Gregor confirmed that a Bell 206 helicopter crashed under unknown circumstances near the intersection of Lyon Road and Soda Springs Road around 1:30 p.m., according to the local media.

(XINHUA)

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Northern governors mourn former NNPC boss

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The Northern Governors Forum (NGF) has expressed sadness over the death of the former Group Managing Director of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru.

The Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau, Simon Lalong, in a condolence message described his death as a big loss to the nation.

Director of Press and Public Affairs to the governor, Dr Makut Macham, issued the condolence message on Saturday in Jos.

“The late Maikanti Baru was a thorough bred professional, who distinguished himself in his career where he contributed immensely to the growth and development of the oil and gas industry.

“He championed the implementation of reforms that left the sector more responsive to the energy needs of Nigerians, especially as it relates to the supply and appropriate pricing of petroleum products,’’ he said.

Lalong said the former NNPC Boss played a key role in the exploration of crude oil in other parts of Nigeria, particularly the Northern region which only recently found oil and gas in commercial quantity, awaiting further exploitation.

Lalong condoled the family of the deceased, the people and Government of Bauchi State and NNPC as well as friends and associates of the late Baru and prayed for God to comfort them.

The chairman also prayed to God to forgive the sins of the deceased and grant him eternal rest.

Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Attack in northern Burkina Faso kills at least 15

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At least 15 people were killed following an attack on a convoy transporting traders in a town in northern Burkina Faso on Friday, the government said on Saturday.

The attack, carried out by an unidentified group of assailants, left several others wounded.

Many more were still unaccounted for, the government said in a statement.

Burkina Faso has been battling armed combatants with links to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State since 2017.

Hundreds have been killed in the past year in the Sahel nation and over half a million people have fled their homes due to attacks which have also fuelled ethnic and religious tensions.

On Thursday, Burkina Faso’s armed forces said troops destroyed a militant camp in another province in the north of the country.

It said 10 assailants and a soldier died during the operation.

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Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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2 Iraqi Kurds killed in Turkish airstrike in northern Iraq

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Two Iraqi Kurds from the same family were killed on Saturday in a Turkish airstrike in a border area inside the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan, a local official said.

The Turkish aircraft in the morning bombarded a village in Deralok district in the northern part of Duhok Province and killed two family members and wounded another person in the village, Sami Oshana, head of the district’s administration, said in a statement.

Turkish forces frequently carry out ground operations, airstrikes and artillery bombardments against the positions of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in northern Iraq, especially the Qandil Mountains, the main base of the PKK.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

(XINHUA)

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No Tobacco Day: Foundation begins anti smoking campaign in Northern states

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A Kaduna based NGO, The Eye Opener Youth  and Women Foundation, says it has began house-to-house campaign and using social media platforms to sensitise the youth against the use of tobacco across the states in the North.

Mrs Margaret Julius, the founder, told journalists on Saturday in Kaduna that in spite of the COVID-19 lockdown, the foundation would try to reach as many households as possible during the campaign which would run throughout June.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the campaign is ahead of the World No Tobacco Day, marked on May 31, every year.

She said that the aim was to raise more awareness on the dangers of tobacco to human health, in order to reduce the number of deaths among youth and teenagers across the country.

Julius said millions of people die annually as a result of diseases associated with tobacco smoking across the world.

According to her, the World Health Organization 2020 report has indicated that tobacco kills more than eight million people each year and more are affected with various cancer problems.

She stressed that smoking not only caused cancer, but also damaged nearly every organ in the body, including the lungs, heart, blood vessels, reproductive organs, mouth, skin, eyes, and bones.

Julius noted that teenage cigarette smokers were more likely to get into fights, carry weapons, attempt suicide, suffer mental health problems such as depression, and engage in high-risk sexual behaviors.

“This doesn’t necessarily mean that tobacco use caused these behaviors, but they’re more common in teens who use tobacco now a days.

“The teenagers and youths of now a days used the new method of smoking using decorated Pot Called Shisha which enabled them ton mixed cigaratte and othe traditional leaves to make them feel okey.”

She also said that the campaign was also to draw the attention of second hand smokers on the dangers they expose themselves to living with people who smoke.

“Smoking tobacco affects human health in many ways which include, increased risk of gum disease and tooth loss, wounds taking longer to heal, decreased immune system function.

“Increased risk of type 2 diabetes, decreased sense of smell and taste, premature aging of the skin, bad breath and stained teeth.

“Increased risk for cataracts, higher risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, increased risk for age-related macular degeneration, which can cause blindness.

“Smoking damages the airways and small air sacs in smokers  lungs. This damage starts early in smokers, and lung function continues to worsen as long as the person smokes.

“Still, it may take years for the problem to become noticeable enough for lung disease to be diagnosed.”

Meanwhile, the Director, African Climate Reporters, Nurudden Bello, has called for total ban on smoking in playgrounds, park, markets, stadium and other public places in the country “to reduce the chances of children growing up thinking that using cigarettes is normal.”

He said that the ban would protect people from the dangers of secondhand smoke.

According to him, researchers have indicated that teen tobacco users are more likely to use alcohol and illegal drugs than non-users, as such parents must monitor and advice their children properly.

Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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