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COVID-19: Save Kogi, call governor to order, NMA tells Buhari

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Following the continued denial of the Kogi State government of possible cases of COVID-19 in the state, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to save the people of the state from “avoidable catastrophe.”

NMA expressed fears that with the governor’s refusal to allow COVID-19 testing in Kogi State, the virus may be gaining a foothold in the state, as two indigenes on referral to Abuja had on Wednesday tested positive to COVID-19.

The association in a statement signed by its President, Dr. Francis Faduyile and Secretary General, Dr. Odusote Olumuyiwa, yesterday in Abuja, urged President Buhari to call Governor Yahaya Bello to order, and also use his good offices as President to grant officials of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), access to needed resources to enable COVID-19 testing in order to contain spread of the virus.

The statement reads: “The COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the entire world has necessitated several extreme measures instituted to prevent and contain the outbreak. On Wednesday, May 27th 2020, the disease was confirmed on two indigenes of Kogi State. “One of the patients said to be a known community, and religious leader referred from the Federal Medical Centre Lokoja was diagnosed with COVID-19 at the National Hospital Abuja. “It is not in doubt that coronavirus disease is in Nigeria.

As at Thursday, May 28th 2020, a total of 8915 Nigerians have contracted the disease diagnosed through a standardised testing process while 259 died, yet some people are still in doubt that COVID-19 is real.

“The NMA has repeatedly called on all Nigerians to avail the NCDC an agency of government established by an Act of the National Assembly unimpeded access and assistance to render its duties. The Kogi State government stoutly resisted this advisory to the dismay of our Association. “The association, therefore, appeals to President Muhammadu Buhari to call the State Governor and his officials to order immediately.

No submitted rapid test kit passed validation test- Lab Council

Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN), has revealed that none of the Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT), kits submitted by some vendors for validation and approval for COVID-19 test passed its validation test. MLSCN Registrar, Dr. Tosan Erhabor, who gave the advice yesterday in Abuja, said 11 In-vitro diagnostics, one Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) based kit, nine RDT kits (2 antigen based and 7 antibody based kits) and one viral transport medium, were received for validation at the MLSCN public health In-vitro diagnostic control laboratory, Yaba, Lagos. He said: “After thorough and careful validation exer-cise that was done with regard to global best practices, none of the four products met 95 percent generally acceptable minimum standard to stand a chance of deployment for COVID-19 testing. “Therefore, none of the four RDT kits validated were approved for the purposes of diagnosis and surveillance of COVID-19 infection, neither were they approved for marketing in Nigeria. “Nigerians are strongly discouraged from the use of any non-validated RDT kits for COVID-19 testing in Nigeria as it will attract sanctions in accordance with the law.”

Lagos engages specialists, tests 2,000 daily

Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, has said 50 more specialised intensive care providers have been engaged by the state government to attend to coronavirus patients in the state. Speaking at a news briefing to commemorate the one year anniversary of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in office, Abayomi also said the state government has now increased its testing for Covid-19 virus to 2,000 daily. Abayomi said the current administration also improved management and reduction of HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases, while reproductive health and malaria prevention Programmes also received a boost.

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Edo discharges 11 more patients, clears 1,159 suspected cases The Edo State Government has announced the discharge of 11 more coronavirus (COVID- 19) patients, who have tested negative for the virus and cleared from the state’s isolation centres to return to their families. The state also recorded two more COVID-19-related deaths and exited 1159 suspected cases, including 340 Persons of Interest (POI) and 819 line-listed contacts that have completed the compulsory 14-day follow up and tested negative. Governor Godwin Obaseki, who disclosed this in a statement, commended the resilience, passion and commitment of health workers and other essential workers on the frontlines of the state government’s efforts at containing the pandemic. Obaseki said: “We have discharged 11 COVID-19 patients from our isolation facilities. That makes it a total of 69 persons so far discharged in Edo. The number of deaths has, however, increased to 13. Our frontline workers have been remarkable this period. We appreciate them. Stay safe.”

Wike vows to sanction social distancing violators

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has stressed that violators of social distancing aimed at checking the spread of corona virus will be sanctioned because they pose threat to the lives of other residents. The governor, who spoke yesterday in a state-wide broadcast to mark the first year of his second term in office, also said that the state can overcome the present global economic situation if citizens come together in unity of thought and purpose. The governor regretted that despite the advisories and regulations on social distancing and compulsory wearing of face masks, most residents are flouting the directives to the collective peril of all. He said: “These are all irresponsible and risky behaviour in the face of the invisible and ravaging pandemic and the enormous threat it poses to public health and the safety of human lives. “We shall bring the full weight of the law to bear on every recalcitrant person, business or institution, irrespective of status who decides to treat the existing orders and regulations for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our State with contempt. “Government may be forced to reinstate lockdown if members of the public continue to flout and disregard the established regulations on social distancing and the compulsory wearing of face masks.”

‘Runaway patient yet to be found in Abia’

Aba, the commercial nerve centre of Abia State has been thrown into panic yesterday following the announcement made by the state government that one Mr. Emmanuel Ononiwu, a coronavirus patient who ran away is yet to be found. Many residents who spoke to Saturday Telegraph said the disappearance of Ononiwu and the failure of the COVID- 19 taskforce to locate his whereabouts has placed them in panic. The state’s Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi-Kalu, while giving further information about Ononiwu said he tested positive to COVID-19 and absconded from a holding center in Aba prior to being moved into isolation. Okiyi-Kalu also said that Ononiwu is believed to have hailed from Ikeduru Local Government Area, Imo State, but resides in Aba where he works as generator mechanic before his sudden disappearance. Janet Omeike, a resident of Obohia road, said: “This man has put everyone in serious danger. We thank God his pictures have been displayed everywhere, but that’s not enough because he has been having contacts with people.”

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How 82-year-old widow recovered from virus in Osun’

Osun State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, yesterday disclosed that, an 82-year-old widow, who is also suffering from hypertension has recovered from the coronavirus disease after receiving nine-day treatment at the Isolation and Treatment Centre, Asubiaro, Osogbo, in Osun State. He hinted in a statement in Osogbo that she was confirmed positive and admitted at the State isolation centre on the May 13. Isamotu said the Septuagenarian’s recovery from the virus beats the odds as elderly people with chronic diseases are the highest risk group because most of the time they are unable to recover from COVID-19. He noted that the patient who contracted the disease from coming in contact with an infected person showed no symptoms of the virus before her sample was collected except for diarrhoea. Isamotu said: “The story of the 82-year-old widow who recovered from the dreaded coronavirus provides a glimmer of hope, considering that she is a hypertensive patient on medication. “Although when she arrived at our Isolation centre on the 13th of May, she had no cough, difficulty in breathing, sore throat, fever or anosmia associated with the virus except for diarrhoea and we successfully treated her for it and she was stable all through the period of hospitalisation. “On her 9th day on admission, we carried out a followup Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on her and the result came back negative and she was subsequently discharged on the 24th of May, 2020. “Furthermore, a followup at her home after her discharge revealed that she was stable,” the commissioner added.

Abia education ministry monitoring schools

Abia Commissioner for Education, Dr. Kanelechi Nwangwa, has said he has sent a schools monitoring team to investigate primary and secondary school proprietors who were opening schools shut down. Saturday Telegraph reports that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu shut down Abia schools in March 17, as a measure to curtail the spread of the coronavirus in the state. Ikpeazu urged primary and secondary schools in the state to write their mid-term examinations before shutting down for Coronavirus break to enable easy transition to a new term when they reopen. The Commissioner who was very unhappy with the report that some proprietors are secretly reopening schools, disclosed this in an interview with the Saturday Telegraph in Aba on Friday. He said: “It is still flying information that we have so to be sure, we have sent people into the field to really find out what is truly happening so that we can get some culprits. “Right now my people are in the field and we are working to get the real situation as it is but anyone we find breaching the rules will be punished.”

Borno govt discharges 135 COVID-19 patients

The Borno State Government yesterday discharged 135 coronavirus (COVID-19) patients. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that state reported 258 cases as at May 28 and recorded 24 deaths. The state’s Deputy Governor, Alhaji Usman Kadafur, who disclosed this to newsmen, said the patients were discharged after testing negative to the virus twice.

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Kadafur, whoisalsotheChairman, Committee on Response and Prevention of COVID-19, described the development as a huge success in the fight against COVID-19 in the state. He said: “The tremendous achievement madethe state to record few cases in the past weeks. “For those still at the Isolation centre, we promise to improve on their welfare and support them to recover fully.”

Court sentences six to community service in Edo

A Mobile Court sitting in Benin City has sentenced six offenders who violated the Edo State Government’s restriction order on movement to check the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state. The Edo State Judiciary constituted the Mobile Courts across the state to try violators of the Edo State Dangerous Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020, invoked by Governor Godwin Obaseki, to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state. The six violators, who were arrested at Oba Market Area and Aduwawa axis of Benin City were charged with the offence of violating government restriction of movement from 8pm-6am. The accused persons, including Oyewole Damilola, Julius Aigbe, Suleiman Useni, Daniel Idowe, Bright Omoroduwa and Etim Saviour, all pleaded guilty to the offence. They also pleaded to the court for mercy.

Masari relaxes lockdown for Jumm’at prayers, Church services

Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State has approved for the relaxing of the COVID- 19 lockdown to allow Muslim faithful observe yesterday congregational prayers in the state. Alhaji Mustapha Inuwa the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), said this in a statement in Katsina. Inuwa said that the governor also lifted the ban on Church services every Sunday as well as inter local government travel across the state.

Kebbi dischares 2 patients

The Kebbi State Task Force committee on COVID-19, has discharged the two remaining COVID-19 patients in the state. The Task Force Chairman on COVID-19, who is also the Commissioner for Health, Jafar Muhammed (Clean), made the disclosure yesterday, at the Isolation Unit of the Kebbi Medical Centre, Kalgo. He said: “Our two remaining COVID-19 patients at the isolation center, in Kebbi Medical Centre, Kalgo, are discharged today.”

Benue records 7 cases

As the global COVID-19 pandemic continue to ravage states with Benue State recording seven cases, the stage is set for the conduct of the local government elections for the 23 local government areas. The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) yesterday said the state recorded two new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases to seven.

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