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Experts dismiss claims of electromagnetic ingredients in COVID-19 vaccines, warn Africans, Nigerians



Following the recent controversies birthed by negative theories against the COVID-19 vaccine with the speculation of a magnetic component in vaccinated persons, TIM NIGERIA  has spoken with some medical experts who uncovered more facts and allayed the fear being entertained by some persons.

TIM NIGERIA reports that several motion pictures recently emerged on social media showing an alleged metallic object been stuck to the shoulder of those who took jab of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, at the point where the jabs were injected.

The unverified footage led to speculations that the vaccine has components believed to be magnetic, arousing fear that those who participated in the vaccination exercise would die after two years.

Some Nigerians who spoke to TIM NIGERIA, said they developed a phobia for the vaccines after watching some of the ‘misleading’ videos currently circulating on social media.

Miss Jeremiah who spoke to our correspondent in Abuja, said she would prefer to contract the disease and battle for recovery than ‘incurring magnet’ into her body in the name of prevention.

A friend of mine did the experiment yesterday. We thought it was just a social media thing but we were all shocked when a door key got stuck to his arm where he previously received the vaccine.

Since then, I made up my mind that I’m not going to take the vaccine. It does not matter what happened, I just don’t want to be part of their demonic agenda”, she said.

Footage with a June 27 timestamp showed a spoon stuck to a woman’s arm.

“This thing is true,” a female narrator said in the video. “My friend took the COVID-19 vaccine, and we just experimented it right now to see if what people are saying is true. Look, this is a spoon, and it sticks.”

In the 30 seconds clip, the narrator urged people not to take the vaccine.

A similar scenario was replicated in the second clip. However, this time around, the narrator, speaking in Hausa language showed in the video, was male, and the purported experiment was conducted with a key.

Similarly, an Evangelist, Mr Onome Damion described the vaccine as satanic, alleging that there were spiritual motives behind the emergence of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Malaria is one of the killer diseases affecting us here in Africa, how many of the experts have been able to find a vaccine for this epidemic? Don’t you think there is an evil agenda towards this vaccine? I and my family will not be part of it,” he said.

However, a medical doctor with the Federal Medical Centre, Makurdi, Benue State, Ifegbike Kalu, said the alleged content may not be a magnetic component.

Speaking with TIM NIGERIA, Kalu wondered what is widely believed to be a magnetic component maybe something else.

Kalu, however, noted that such claims and counter-claims have to be subjected to scientific tests.

According to Kalu: “The truth is that the aspect of magnetic component in COVID-19 vaccine is very shady. I really don’t want to go into it because it’s not very clear.

“However, it’s science and anything science has to be proven; some of those theories of magnetic effect in the vaccine is something you take with the pinch of salt and not discharge it completely.

“What if it’s not a magnetic component but some other things? But I just feel people should apply caution.

When you talk about vaccine, it’s having a balance in the sense that if you administer a vaccine what is it you want to achieve and if you don’t what are the likely consequences?

“COVID-19 has a high mortality rate and that is the reason why they put aside the lengthy trial of the vaccine and ensured that people get it.

“Vaccine should have a lengthy trial but this doesn’t have that.”

Similarly, an Abuja-based medical doctor, John Mark debunked the claim, saying there is nothing magnetic about the vaccine.

According to him, some metal objects such as spoon, key have likely hood of sticking on someone’s body whether with or without a vaccine.

“I have actually watched some claims on social media and I must tell you that some of these claims are so irritating. How can a vaccine turn to a magnet in the recipient’s body? It is unfortunate that even the learned people are subscribing to these claims, so unfortunate.

“The one that saddens me the most is how it gives electric light. And this can only come out of Africa. There is nothing wrong with the COVID:19 vaccine please,” he stated.

A doctor who based in the United States, Dr Joseph Onu told our correspondent that there is no truth to the speculation, urging those yet to take the vaccine to do so.

“No, there is no truth to it. If you have the opportunity, go ahead and take it,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Sunday, expressed concern over the increasing cases of coronavirus in the state, stating that isolation centres in Lagos have recorded a five per cent increase in the number of patients in two weeks.

According to him, it appears that there is a potential third wave in Lagos State.

The governor explained that as of July 7, Lagos State had recorded a total of 60,202 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

“Regrettably, in spite of the hard work and dedicated efforts towards sustaining the return to normalcy, over the last three months, we are now finding ourselves at what appears to be the start of a potential third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Lagos State”, he added.

As of July 13, Nigeria had recorded 168,713 cases of the virus since the outbreak in 2020. No fewer than 2,124 have died due to complications while about 164,476 were successfully treated and discharged.

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Cholera outbreak in Cross River Community claims 51 lives



The death toll from the Cholera outbreak in Ekureku, Abi Local Government Area, Cross River State, has risen from 20 on Saturday to 51 on Monday.

Bernard Egbe, the clan head of the community, stated this when he received Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Sandy Onor, who was in the community to sympathise with them.



The clan chief, who described the situation as unfortunate, stated that many people infected with the disease were being treated at various health facilities in the area.

He went on to say that four of the victims being treated were in critical condition.

He stated that they had received assistance from WHO, UNICEF, and state government officials.

The cholera outbreak, which began on Thursday, affected ten villages in the Ekureku clan, he said.





Mr Onor, the PDP governorship candidate, said he felt the people’s pain but urged them to remain hopeful.

He stated that if elected, he would ensure that the people of the state have safe drinking water.
He gave cash as a consolation prize to each of the Ekureku community’s ten affected villages.




Meanwhile, Janet Ekpeyong, the Director-General of the state Primary Healthcare Development Agency, stated on Sunday that the state government is on top of the situation.





She stated that the government had used both human and material resources to stop the spread of the disease.

“The state Government has deployed a response team together with representatives from the World Health Organisation, the Nigerian Red Cross and Wash Programme.






“The combined team have all intervened accordingly and helped to save lives and prevent further spread of the disease,” she stated.







A case of the disease has also been reported in a remote village in the state’s Odukpani Local Government Area.

Iwara Iwara, Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Health, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday.







Mr Iwara stated that the outbreak was reported on Sunday night and that the government had sent men and materials to the area.






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Currency hawkers selling scarce new naira notes at party venues.



Despite complaints that several bank branches had run out of the small quantities of the newly redesigned naira notes allocated to them by their head offices as early as 12 noon on Thursday, large wads of the new notes have saturated party venues, with hawkers charging N200 on N1,000.





On Thursday and Friday, journalists who visited banking halls in several cities across the country, particularly Lagos and Abuja, confirmed that there was a limited supply of the redesigned notes, as bank tellers mixed a few notes with the old ones for over-the-counter withdrawals, while automated teller machines continued to dispense old bank notes.






Further investigation revealed that several bank branches had yet to receive their new note allocations, with many bank officials informing our correspondents that the new notes were still on their way.

On the other hand, at a party in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Saturday, a woman was seen freely hawking newly redesigned wads of N200 bank notes.







However, officials at some of the bank branches that still had the new notes told reporters that each cashier was given N100,000 of the new N1,000 for onward disbursement to customers seeking over-the-counter payments, and that they do not yet have the N500 and N200 denominations.








Customers were also seen depositing old bills over the counter, while cashiers at bank branches were handing out more old naira notes.

Central Bank of Nigeria had earlier clarified on its website under currency management, that it is against the law to sell currency banknotes.








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6 people dead, 25 injured in a ghastly road accident in Kogi state.



The Kogi Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) confirmed that six people were killed and 25 others were injured in an accident on the Okene-Ogori road on Saturday.

Mr Stephen Dawulung, Sector Commander in Lokoja yesterday, revealed that the lone accident involved an articulated vehicle carrying 45 people and cows.






According to the sector commander, the accident occurred around noon and killed some of the cows.

The victims of the accident were taken to Ageva General Hospital in Okene, Ajunko Clinic and Maternity in Ibilo, and Ogbagidi General Hospital in Okene, according to Dawulung.






He said: “When the accident, which involved an IVECO trailer conveying cows and 45 persons down South, occurred by a graveyard just a few kilometres to Ogori Magongo along Okene-Ogori road, Kogi, our officers and men were timely in response to it.”

“Our officers in conjunction with the Police and military personnel came to the rescue and rushed the injured to four different medical centres for medical treatment. The corpses of the dead have also been deposited at the morgue of the Ageva General Hospital, Okene.”







The accident, according to Dawulung, was caused by speed, which was uncontrollable at “a sharp bend.”

The sector commander, who described the incident as “sad and unfortunate,” stated that the command would continue to carry out speed, overloading, and mixed loading enforcement and education programs.











The sector commander, who described the incident as “sad and unfortunate,” stated that the command would continue to carry out speed, overloading, and mixed loading enforcement and education programs.

He defined mixed loading as the loading of goods and passengers in trucks and other vehicles designed solely to transport goods.

He advised motorists to maintain strict adherence to road traffic regulations at all times in order to avoid such calamitous incidents.










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