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COVID-19: Nationwide Curfew Now From Midnight To 4am – FG

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The Federal Government has adjusted the curfew from 12 midnight through 4am, as it continues the gradual easing of lockdown measures imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, disclosed this on Thursday during a briefing in Abuja.
In June, the PTF adjusted the initial nationwide curfew of 8:00 pm – 6:00 am to 10:00 pm – 4:00 am in a bid to limit social interactions and, reduce the risk of transmission of the virus.
The PTF boss, however, explained that people on essential service and travellers returning from abroad are exempted from the curfew.
“We are modifying the curfew to commence from 12 midnight to 4am nationwide, effective from 12:00 tonight.
“This does not apply to people on essential services and international travellers that might be returning from abroad.”
He also stated that all limitations to land travels have been lifted and markets across the country can now open and operate all day.
Similarly, the PTF national coordinated also stated that cinemas and amusement parks can also operate, with the exception of bars and night clubs, which he said, will remain closed.
Meanwhile, Mr Mustapha urged States considering reopening their schools to conduct risks assessment before doing so, to enable the safety of all vulnerable groups.

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New Covid Variant: UK restrict travel from 6 African Nations

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Britain on Thursday said it would ban travel from six southern African countries, after South Africa detected a new Covid-19 variant with a large number of mutations.
“The early indication we have of this variant is it may be more transmissible than the Delta variant and the vaccines that we currently have may be less effective against it,” Health Secretary Sajid Javid said.

Javid said the new variant, which South Africa attributed to a surge in cases and had also been detected in travellers from the country in Botswana and Hong Kong, had not been found so far in Britain.

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But he said British scientists were “deeply concerned” and as a precaution a decision had been to suspend all flights from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Botswana from 1200 GMT on Friday.

“We will be requiring anyone that arrives from those countries from 4:00 am on Sunday to quarantine in hotels,” he added.

New Covid Variant: UK restrict travel from 6 African Nations

“If anyone arrives before then they should self-isolate at home and take a PCR test on day two and day eight.

“And if anyone has arrived from any of those countries over the last 10 days, we would ask them to take PCR tests.”

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Britain has been among the hardest hit by Covid-19, with some 144,000 deaths since the start of the outbreak early last year.

Positive cases remain stubbornly high — more than 47,000 were recorded in a 24-hour period to Thursday — but more than 80 per cent of people aged 12 and over have been double-jabbed with a vaccine.

Nearly 29 per cent have received a third booster dose, as part of a government drive to ease pressure on hard-pressed health services during the winter months, when other seasonal respiratory infections are high.

Britain’s government was widely criticised for its travel and quarantine policy earlier in the pandemic, when it kept its borders open to foreign travellers even as infection rates spiralled.

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SIZA Foundation Urges NDLEA To Act Against MkpuruMmiri Addiction In SouthEast

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SIZA Foundation Urges NDLEA To Act Against MkpuruMmiri Addiction In SouthEast

As the issue of drug addiction continues to pose a challenge among the youth population, the Founder/President SIZA Foundation, a non-governmental organisation dedication for anti-drug advocacy, Ms Emmanuella Adaeze Ezissi has described the menace of ‘Mkpuru mmiri’ in the South-East as a scourge, calling on relevant authorities to arrest the menace.

Describing it further as a social disaster, Ms Ezissi stressed that the permeating culture of substance abuse has increased the level of social vices among the youthful population.

Methamphetamine Hydrochloride, popularly known as ‘Mkpuru Mmiri’ in Igbo land or crystal meth, comes in clear crystal chunks or shiny blue-white rocks. Also called Ice or glass on the streets.

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The advocate in a press parley on Monday said even though no social group or status is totally immuned from the menace noted that it is commonly seen among unemployed youths.

This she said is not unconnected with efforts to induce euphoria as a means of temporarily escaping life challenges staring at them.

She therefore called on the relevant government agencies, especially the reinvigorated National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA under the leadership of Buba Marwa to spread its investigative network around the South East region, particularly Anambra said identified as hotbed of the ‘Mkpuru mmiri’ menace.

SIZA Foundation Urges NDLEA To Act Against MkpuruMmiri Addiction In SouthEast

“First NDLEA must scatter their investigative unit across the 326 wards in the state (Anambra) to discover those who responsibile for distributing this hallucinating agent to our youths” she advised.

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She further advocated that identified drug victims should be sent to rehabilitation centres before being reintegrated into the larger society.

According to Ms Ezissi, there is need to raise the tempo of awareness campaign especially at the grass root level to orientate the youths of the health and social implications of consuming the psychoactive substance

She further called for a stiffer legislative framework that will disincentivise the use of drugs as a robust measure to curb crime and criminality in the society.

During the official unveiling of SIZA Foundation recently in Abuja, Ms Ezissi also launched her book titled, “Combating Drug Abuse Among the Youth, Its Impact On National Security, Crime Reduction and Peace Election”

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It attracted stakeholders from NDLEA, NAPTIP and others.

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Group Identifies Challenges in Bauchi State Healthcare Service Delivery

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Group Identifies Challenges in Bauchi State Healthcare Service Delivery

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The Bauchi State Accountability Mechanism for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (BaSAM) have articulated it’s December 2021 priorities areas to focus on and also reviewed it’s November activities.

A press statement signed and issued by the public relations officer of BaSAM, Bashir Hassan Abubakar and made available to newsmen said that part of the areas BaSAM would focus on in their December 2021 activities will mainly centered around advocacy visit to the ministry of finance and office of the state accountant general to fast track funds releases while presenting evidence generated from the recently concluded State Basic Health Care Provident Fund (BHCPF) scorecard.

The statement said that the scorecard development and activity review was to ensure that no one is left behind in accessing health care services in Bauchi State, irrespective of economic or social status.

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In a presentation during the scorecard development meeting on the current status of BSHCMA by the agency’s Executive Secretary , Dr. Mansur Dada, BaSAM discovered some major advocacy issues that needs to be embarked upon by the Coalition.

Part of the key advocacy issue identified is the ongoing impasse between the State Government and organized labour (NLC/TUC) over objections for salary deduction to be remitted to the BHCPF due to what the organised labour termed as “non-compliance of the state government to effect N30,000 minimum wage”..

Group Identifies Challenges in Bauchi State Healthcare Service Delivery

The statement also disclosed the inability of the Bauchi State Orphans and Vulnerable Agency (BASOVCA) to remit the one percent of it’s revenue to qualify them into the BHCPF program due to a policy related issues that established the agency.

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It was also agreed during the BHCPF scorecard development meeting on the need to reach out to the private sector and philanthropic individuals to get involved and adopt vulnerable and poorest of the poor into the health contributory scheme.

Another key advocacy issue identified during the meeting was the inadequate running cost and utility vehicles for the implementation of BASHCMA activities, which is affecting effective monitoring of health facilities across the State.

The statement quoted BaSAM Co-Chair, Mr Abu John Yusuf as saying, “there is enough to keep us busy from now to second quarter of next year. We are not going to be over ambitious with our December priorities because of the yuletide season , but the few we have identified, we will follow it to the letter”.

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“The proposed NYSC MNCH-CDS group initiative being championed by BaSAM is another priority area that will remain constant in our agenda. It is going to be part of our key advocacy activity”.

“Though BaSAM have identified other areas of interests towards improved MNCH in Bauchi State, some of the challenges militating against implementation of our activities is the slow phase of approval of budgets to carry out our activities”, Yusuf said.

Our correspondent reports that the BHCPF scorecard development is the first in the series of other healthcare scorecards and it attracted inputs from the Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Bauchi State Health Contributory Management Agency, BaSAM members and other relevant MDAs.

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