By Emeka Ozumba
The Wife of the Governor of Anambra State and founder of the charity-based organization, Caring Family Enhancement Initiative, CAFE, Dr (Mrs) Ebelechukwu Obiano (Osodieme) has cautioned the people to continue to take the threat of Coronavirus seriously by observing all necessary protocols even as as they pursue their daily needs.
Mrs Obiano stated this at the Awka South Local Government Area Headquarters, Monday, as kicked off the 2020 Tour of the 21 Local Government Areas of Anambra State.
She exhorted the people of Awka South to remain conscious of the danger of Coronavirus and obey basic hygiene and social distancing always.
In her words:
” When you wear your face mask, please wear it properly and not on your jaw. That way the mask will not be contaminated before you put it back on. Above all, continue to wash your hands regularly.”
Mrs Obiano also appealed to parents to provide their children with facemasks,bottles of water, hand sanitizers before sending them to school.
She commended the women for good organization and keen participation during the 2020 Mothers’ Summit where she noted that social distancing was observed.
Continuing, Osodieme advocated sustainance of the fight against gender-based violence in the communities and at all levels. She restated her commitment to charity through her NGO, Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFE) beyond the tenure of her husband as Governor of Anambra State.
In his remarks, Majority Leader of Anambra State House of Assembly and Member representing Awka South I Constituency, Dr.Nnamdi Okafor extolled the philanthropic efforts of the wife of the Governor and the selflessness with which she has changed the lives of many in the society.
In her speech, the Anambra State Commissioner for Women and Children Affairs, Lady Ndidi Mezue said that the tour is an affirmation of the commitment of the wife of Governor to the welfare of women, and the less privileged. She praised her for defying obvious odds to make the tour in order to empower the less privileged in Awka South.
Earlier, the Principal Secretary to the Governor, Sir Willie Nwokoye welcomed the wife of the Governor to Awka South and described her and her husband as lovely couple whose programmes and actions are in tandem with the dictates of God Almighty. Nwokoye noted that the Governor is committed to delivering on his mandate to the appreciation of ndi Anambra who will ultimately confirm that he came in a ride and at the end of his tenure will fly away leaving indelible Marks of leadership.
The Transition Committee Chairman of Awka South Local Government Area, Mr. Leo Nwuba, praised Osodieme’s doggedness in her humanitarian services, adding that her kindness has added a lot to the success of the present administration in Anambra State.
The Governor’s wife also used the occasion to distribute foods and educational materials to the less privileged women and school children from the nine communities that make up the local government area.
The annual Tour of LGAs is organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Women Affairs for the empowerment of select women groups and less privileged persons in the communities.
The tour also enables interaction with the people, especially grassroots women, on different socio-economic issues including health, career development, empowerment, agriculture, social and community development.
She continues the tour tomorrow at Orumba North and South Local Government Areas.
EndSARS Protests Increase Covid19, Nigeria Will See The Consequences- NCDC
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has stated Nigerians will have to face consequences of mass gatherings, especially as a result of protests, religious activities that have taken place over the past weeks.
It further said as a result of the curfew imposed over protests by some state government, the rate of testing in COVID-19 testing laboratories has slowed down.
The Director-General of the NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, made these known in Abuja during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
He said: “The outbreak is escalating around the world literally. We have held things down because of our proactive measures – the very effective airport screening which was put in place to limit the re-introduction of cases from countries where the outbreak is escalating.
“This virus does not know the reason why people are congregating – whether you are congregating for religious purposes, protest, partying, etc. This virus takes opportunity of people coming together.
“We cannot afford to let down our guards irrespective of what our anger is at the moment.
“As we move into the next two weeks, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that we have to watch the numbers very carefully. The reasons are obvious – we have gathered in our masses for whatever reason, and now we have to keep our eyes open to face the potential consequences. But those consequences are not inevitable. We can still do our part to prevent them.
“There are over 1,000 known deaths that would not have happened in Nigeria this year without this virus that has happened.
“There could have been a lot more if not for the proactive work we have done collectively as a country. We cannot afford to add this to the many challenges we already have.”
Ihekweazu added: “Over the past few days, we have reported low numbers, and those low numbers reflect the fact that in many states, we have not been able to test as much as we would like to because there have been curfews.
“40 percent to 60 percent of cases in Nigeria are reported from Lagos. Our labs in Lagos have not been able to perform as they normally would for the past two to three weeks.
“Many states in Nigeria have done extremely well in the last few weeks, raising their testing capacity across the country. So, we must stay on the board.”
119 New Covid-19 Cases, 106 Discharged And 2 Deaths On October 26
119 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;
119 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;
1,132 deaths pic.twitter.com/DLJuatw6CT
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) October 26, 2020
On the 26th of October 2020, 119 new confirmed cases and 2 deaths were recorded in Nigeria
Till date, 62111 cases have been confirmed, 57571 cases have been discharged and 1132 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory
The 119 new cases are reported from 6 states- Lagos (77), FCT (26), Plateau (9), Edo (4), Oyo (2), Nasarawa (1)
A multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, continues to coordinate the national response activities
Residents Attack NAFDAC Office In Kaduna, Cart Away Fake And Expired Drugs
Some Kaduna residents have attacked the office of the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration And Control (NAFDAC), carting away seized fake and expired drugs and beverages.
The affected offices include the NAFDAC warehouse belonging to the investigation and enforcement directorate, as well as the training and research institute for the northern region and Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The drugs were seized from illicit drug dealers and meant for destruction.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna state government has warned on health risks from drugs and beverages looted from the NAFDAC office and other warehouses in the state capital.
The State Commissioner For Internal Security, Samuel Aruwan in a statement, said the looted items which include expired, prohibited, and dangerous drugs posed a great danger to the health of the people and therefore warns that persons who consume such drugs are at great risk of serious illness and death.
Aruwan also disclosed that the management of a food processing company whose stores were looted in the Kakuri area in Kaduna South Local Government has also disclosed that the stolen grains have been treated with chemical preservatives which render them unsafe for consumption.
He implored residents of Kaduna State to be vigilant and careful about the source of the food and medications they take and where they buy them, to avoid these dangers.
The commissioner also appealed to the public for information on the identities of the looters and where they might be hiding the stolen items.
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