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COVID-19: Lagos govt warns worship centres, religious heads against second wave Covid19

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The Lagos State Government has warned religious leaders in the state to intensify adherence to safety protocols in their worship centres to avert the second wave of COVID-19.

The Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Anofiu Elegushi said this on Monday, during the commemoration of the International Day of Tolerance at Ikeja.

Elegushi said that there was a need for the worship centres to take the issue of COVID-19 safety protocol adherence seriously to avoid another lockdown.

He said that some countries such as the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and France among others were currently experiencing the second wave of the virus.

“We cannot afford to allow this to happen, I beseech us to continue to use our face masks, wash our hands frequently.

“Also, maintain social distance in public places while also using alcohol-based hand sanitisers from time to time to combat infection or transmission. I believe together, we shall overcome the scourge.

“Let me reiterate and admonish our beloved people not to relent in supporting and understanding the efforts of the Lagos State Government.

“We should not let down our guards, as it is not yet “Uhuru”, the battle against this dreaded virus is yet to be over.

“All guidelines and safety protocols of mitigating against the COVID-19 should still be stringently adhered to,´´ the commissioner said.

He said that with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, people´s lifestyle, worldview and global economies had not been the same.

According to him, a lot of people, families have lost their loved ones, lost their livelihoods while companies and organisations are winding up.

He said that the State Government, in its social responsibilities, had put measures in place to assist Small and Medium Scale Enterprises with soft loans and grants.

“The Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had also appealed to corporates not to lay off staff.

“We are indeed faced with several health and economic challenges at this time but the Almighty God has been benevolent to us in Nigeria generally and in Lagos State, in particular, coupled with the resilient spirit known to Lagosians.

“The State Government has observed with a high sense of pride of how Lagos residents had risen to the occasion to partner with government in the area of support and donations as exhibited by well-meaning citizens and corporates in providing succour to residents during and after the lockdown resultant from the spike of the coronavirus.

“It is quite commendable that Lagos residents were tolerable of one another.

“During this period, residents exemplified a high sense of humanity whereby everyone looked out for the wellbeing and welfare of one another. This is love in the demonstration,” Elegushi said.

(NAN)


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Why The Rising Cases Of COVID-19 In NYSC Camps? NYSC Reacts

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Why The Rising Cases Of COVID-19 In NYSC Camps? – As published by dailytrust.com

There have been reported cases of COVID-19 among corps members taking part in the orientation programme of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

Over 100 corps members are said to have contracted the virus at the various camps.

What could have been responsible for this rising cases of COVID-19 among the corps members?

Were the corps members properly screened before entering the camps? Were there adequate protective measures put in place?

The NYSC gave the assurances that all safety protocols would be observed at the camps.

But is that truly the situation at the camps. The NYSC authorities must look into the situation before we experience unimaginable situations at the camps.

NYSC reacts, refutes report of rising cases of COVID-19 in orientation camp

The attention of Management has been drawn to the write-up with the above caption trending on the new and traditional media.

Management wishes to once again reiterate that there is no COVID-19 positive Corps Member in any of the 37 Orientation Camps of the Scheme spread across all the States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory.

Kindly note that before the commencement of the ongoing Orientation programme, the Scheme in collaboration with Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) tested all the prospective Corps Members reporting to the camps and those that tested positive to COVID-19 were handled by the NCDC. No one, both staff and Prospective Corps Member that tested positive to COVID-19 was allowed into any of the Orientation Camps.

Therefore, it is erroneous and very misleading to talk about rising cases of COVID-19 in the NYSC Camps.

It is pertinent to state that the terminology, Prospective Corps Member should not be confused with Corps Member as both cannot be used interchangeably. A Corps Member is a qualified Nigerian youth who has been duly admitted into the NYSC Orientation Camp, registered and formally sworn-in as a bona fide member of the service Corps.

The general public is advised to disregard the misleading story. Clarification should always be sought from the NYSC or NCDC on issues pertaining to COVID- 19, so as to guard against the spread of false information.

The Scheme shall never shirk its core responsibility of prioritising the welfare and security of Corps Members.
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Oby Ezekwesili Demands A Medical Panel On President Buhari

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Ex Nigerian minister, Oby Ezekwesili, is calling for a Medical Panel On President Buhari. Ezekwesili made this known via Twitter:

I think that at this stage and depth of fragility of the Nigeria-State, Privacy has to yield ground to our Right-to-know as citizens, the state of health of @MBuhari .

We really must assess the physical or mental capability of @NGRPresident to carry on the duties of office.✍�

Citizens can collectively push for an Independent Panel to help us make the critical medical determination of the state of mind and body of our President, @MBuhari .

The conditions of Nigeria have become too grave for us all to sit still and watch a train wreck in the making.

As an extremely concerned citizen, I hereby demand for a #MedicalPanelOnBuhari since we obviously cannot trust the State House Physician to provide us accurate information.

It is reasonable demand now for citizens to have full disclosure on the state of health of @MBuhari


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Africa not prepared for COVID-19 vaccine rollout —WHO

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The World Health Organization on Thursday urged African countries to improve their capacity to vaccinate populations against COVID-19, warning the continent was still “far from ready” for mass immunisation.

With three coronavirus vaccines now showing efficacy rates of 70 percent or more, the UN body called on Africa to “ramp up” preparations for “the continent’s largest-ever immunisation drive”.

The African region is so far only 33 percent ready to roll out Covid-19 vaccines, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement.

That figure, based on data provided by 40 countries on a series of “readiness criteria”, is well below a desired 80 percent benchmark.

“Planning and preparation will make or break this unprecedented endeavour,” WHO Africa Director Matshidiso Moeti said during a virtual press briefing.

The main concerns are a lack of adequate funding plans, monitoring tools and community outreach.

“There are key logistical and financing gaps where international solidarity will be imperative,” Moeti said.

The WHO estimates that rolling out a Covid-19 vaccine to just priority populations in Africa will cost around $5.7 billion (4.8 billion euros).

African countries will be partially subsidised by the COVAX global Covid-19 distribution scheme.

The World Bank has also set aside $12 billion (10.1 billion euros) to help developing countries finance their immunisation programs.

Moeti said the aim was to vaccinate three percent of Africa’s population by March 2021, and 20 percent by the end of the year.

– Africa-based research –
Other health experts at the briefing said additional research was needed to develop vaccines more suitable to the continent.

They noted that a promising vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, which tested at a 95 percent success rate at its latest trial, must be kept at -70 degrees celsius — all but impossible for most hospitals in Africa.

“We really should be doing some of this vaccine research in the African region,” said Helen Rees, chair of the WHO’s Africa immunisation advisory group.

So far only Egypt, Morocco, Kenya and South Africa have active Covid-19 vaccine trials.

Moeti said it was important for the continent not to fall behind on global preparations for Covid-19 vaccinations even though coronavirus infections had somewhat plateaued.

She noted that Africa has been relatively spared compared to the rest of the world, with over 2.1 million cases and 50,000 deaths recorded to date.

But some countries are beginning to see localised infection surges, particularly in South Africa and the Maghreb.

“We are starting to see an uptick and that gives us a lot of concern,” Moeti warned. “The curve is once again trending upwards a little bit.”

AFP


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