President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Coronavirus Disease Health Protection 2021. The regulation makes it mandatory to use masks in public spaces, as Nigeria struggles with the second wave of COVID-19.
That was confirmed by Boss Mustapha, chair of the Presidential Task Force (TFP) on COVID-19, who spoke to journalists in Abuja on Wednesday.
Mustapha, who is also the federal government’s secretary, has confirmed that Buhari signed the document on Tuesday.
In his view, the President signed the document in the exercise of powers under section 4 of the Quarantine Act, Cap. Q2 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2010.
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Part 2 of the regulation stipulates that no one will be allowed within the premises of a market, mall, supermarket, shop, gardens, leisure parks, recreation centres, restaurants, hotels, event centres, motor parks, fitness centre, etc. “Except he is wearing a face mask that covers the nose and mouth, he washes his hands or cleaned the hands using hand sanitiser approved by NAFDAC and his body temperature has been checked.
Any person whose body temperature exceeds 38 degrees Celsius will be refused entry and advised to seek immediate medical attention.
Part 1 deals with restrictions on gatherings. It stipulates that at all gatherings, a two-metre physical distance shall be maintained at all times between persons.
It added, “No gathering of more than 50 persons shall be held in an enclosed space, except for religious purposes, in which case the gathering shall not exceed 50 per cent capacity of the space.”
For daring to suggest that China compensates Africa for the COVID-19 pandemic, China has dubbed Oby Ezekwesili as “Irresponsible”.
Last month while chatting with a correspondent of ‘The Washington Post’ Oby Ezekwesili opined that China should pay compensation to African countries over their mismanagement of the COVID-19 affair that led to the Coronavirus pandemic that has had very adverse effects on the African continent.
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In response to this demand, the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria has taken a hard stance and responded in accordance to Oby Ezekwesili, former Minister of Education during the Obasanjo led administration, for demanding compensation from China over the Coronavirus pandemic.
“Did anyone ask the US to offer compensation for the 2009 H1N1 flu, which was first diagnosed before breaking out on a large scale in the US and then spread to 214 countries and regions, killing nearly 200,000 people? AIDS was first reported in the US in the 1980s and then swept across the world, including Africa, causing untold sufferings to countless victims.
“China has taken the most comprehensive, rigorous, and thorough measures to contain its spread and conduct international cooperation. In this process, China has made tremendous sacrifices, accumulated valuable experience, and made significant contributions to the global response. The international community bears witness to and applauds China’s efforts and progress,
“We must understand that our enemy is the virus, not China. The international community can only defeat the virus by pulling together. Attacking and discrediting others will not save time and lives lost.”]]>
Co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates has actually given a checklist of things that should be done to allow life return to normal once more.
Gates said he is specifically excited concerning going after a brand-new strategy called ‘RNA vaccination,’ with code required to create viral fragments by itself.
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If life is to go back to normal, Gates’s list includes what governments across the world have to do.
The billionaire businessman has actually been including his voice, making tips on methods to combat the Coronavirus pandemic.
In a meeting with White House Transmittable disease professional Dr Fauci, on Thursday evening, Gates listed 4 things that would certainly assist battle the pandemic.
The leading on his list is “screening.” Gates said that nations should enhance as well as develop various strategies to progress present screening approaches including at-home examination kits.
The billionaire likewise stated that “contact tracing” is key.
He said Germany’s design of talking to everybody that examines positive and also utilizing a database to make certain someone follows up with all their get in touches with would certainly be useful. Gates suggested that technology may be much more adept at this, such as apps that help you remember where you have actually been or using a cellular phone.
He discussed “reliable therapy” yet kept in mind that right now, there is no all set vaccination for the therapy for Covid-19, as various other medications like hydroxychloroquine have obtained a lot of focus however are still being studied.
Gates ultimately spoke about obtaining a “vaccination” which lots of countries as well as business around the world are operating at break-neck speed to develop.
Talking about the “RNA vaccine” Gates explained, “Unlike a flu shot, which contains fragments of the influenza virus so your immune system can learn to attack them, an RNA vaccine gives your body the genetic code needed to produce viral fragments on its own, So, once your body senses traces of the infection, it attacks it.”]]>
President Donald Trump of the United States has offered to donate ventilators to assist Nigeria in her attempts to win the war against the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. Trump makes this promise during the calls to President Buhari. A ventilator is a piece of medical equipment that takes over the body’s breathing process when the disease has caused the lungs to fail. Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja at the 21st joint national briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
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It is the first time the United States is offering assistance to Nigeria, to contain the coronavirus and this coming after the Chinese Government donated some medical equipment, aside from the 15 Chinese Medical experts. They are currently in the country to help in the COVID-19 crisis.
The minister said the promise of ventilators and other assistances was made by President Donald Trump of the United States while speaking with President Muhammadu Buhari in a telephone conversation on Tuesday. Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the phone conversation, which was said to be at the request of President Trump, centred on Nigeria’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to him, President Buhari updated President Trump on progress so far made by the country.
“The conversation centred on Nigeria’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. President Buhari used the opportunity to brief the American President on the steps that Nigeria is taking to contain the spread of the disease.
“For his part, President Trump assured that the United States stands in solidarity with Nigeria in this difficult time and promised to send ventilators to support the country in its fight against the pandemic. “President Trump also extends his best regards to the people of Nigeria,” Mohammed said. As at 27 April, Nigeria has 1337 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with most cases concentrated in Lagos, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Kano.
The country has recorded 40 deaths so far. The numbers notwithstanding, President Buhari has, in a national broadcast on Monday, eased the lockdown imposed on FCT, Lagos and Ogun effective 4 April. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, said the relaxation of lockdown was to enable Nigerians gradually return to their daily lives but in a moderated manner.
Unconfirmed reports emanating the ancient city of Kano claim that a number of prominent people lost their lives on Saturday under very bizarre and unexplained circumstances.
Recall that the spate of deaths in the ancient city has been on the increase in recent times.
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According to the report, on Saturday 25th of April 2020, in the hours between 12 am and 3 pm, the death was announced of Prof. Ibrahim Alkali Ayagi, the renowned Professor of Economics, closely following this, many other deaths of prominent citizens of the state were reported.
The unconfirmed report claims that the following high profile citizens of Kano state also lost their lives through unknown circumstances.
Alhaji Dahiru Rabiu, the former Kano Grand Khadi.
Abdullahi Lawal; ex-MD of Continental Merchant Bank.
Kabiru Ibrahim Bayero
Mother of the businessman, Ado Gwanja.
Dr. Musa Umar Gwarzo, the elder brother to former deputy governor.
Mal Musa Tijjani, a frontline journalist and the former editor of both Triumph Newspaper, and Leadership newspapers.
Alhaji Adamu Isyaku Dal, former Executive Secretary, State Universal Basic Education Board.
Alhaji Salisu Lado.
Alhaji Garba Sarki Fagge.
Dr. Nasiru Maikano Bichi, Secretary, Student Affairs North-West University.
Prof. Aliyu Umar Dikko the Regional Manager of First Bank,
Prominent women alleged to be in the list are
Hajiya Shamsiyya Mustapha
Hajiya Nene Umma.
The latest in the spate of unexplained high profile deaths in the ancient city of Kano happened yet again on Sunday 26th of April 2020, and this is the death of Professor Balarabe Maikaba of the department of mass communication at the Bayero University in Kano.
The cause and nature of these deaths are reported to be a mystery yet to be unravelled by the Kano State Government.
Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, FCT minister, has advised officials dealing with the distribution of the palliative items against diversion. The minister additionally placed a curse on anybody that diverts palliative things indicated for the poor.
Aliyu, who offered the caution throughout the assessment of palliative things for Kwali Area Council, also billed pertinent stakeholders to be transparent in the discharge of their obligations, emphasizing that the program is community-based. “Regardless of ethnic background or faith, everybody that is representing his/her own team here must understand that you are the eyes of your group.
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If you jeopardize, posterity will certainly evaluate you. You need to stand for your people and also make sure that they are served. “I ask you in the name of God; if you eat this food, you are indirectly inviting coronavirus to your residences. I vow, if you are not qualified as well as you divert these things, you will certainly eat coronavirus. It is not food for the project as well as expect you to do charity for your family members.
“If you intend to do charity, most likely to the market and get your very own materials for charity. These palliatives are from the Federal Resources Territory Management as routed by President Muhammadu Buhari to be dispersed to the poor to support the impact of sit-at-home. “It is a community-based program; we want the community to possess it; however, you can sustain us by following the regulations, far better still by resting in the house.
We want the real information of beneficiaries by marking your houses due to the fact that we don’t want to work on estimated numbers. Do it the same way we perform our census,” she claimed. She added that there were allegations of vehicles lots of destitute being taken from other states to the FCT to join the sharing of the palliative things, including that the authority will resist such effort for the advantage of homeowners.]]>
According to the report from the United Kingdom, Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has said there will be clinical trials of a potential COVID-19 vaccine on patients from Thursday. The vaccine, called ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, is being developed by scientists at the University of Oxford.
Speaking at the daily Downing Street press conference, Hancock said the government was “throwing everything” at the vaccine drive. Health Secretary, Matt Hancock confirmed that a provision of £20million had been made for the Oxford team, to help fund the clinical trials. An additional £22.5million will be made available for researchers at Imperial College, London.
Matt Hancock said the government will “back them to the hilt and give them every resource they need to get them the best possible chance of success as soon as possible”.
“In the long run, the best way to defeat coronavirus is through a vaccine. This is a new disease, this is an uncertain science, but I’m certain that we will throw everything we’ve got at developing a vaccine,” he said.
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“The UK is at the forefront of the global effort. We’ve put more money than any other country into the global search for a vaccine. And for all the efforts around the world, two of the leading vaccine developments are taking place here at home, at Oxford and Imperial.
“Both of these promising projects are making rapid progress, and I’ve told the scientists leading them that we’ll do everything we can to support them.
“And today making available 20 million pounds to the oxford team to fund their clinical trials. The team has accelerated its process working, with the regulator of the MHRA ((Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency), who have been absolutely brilliant.
“As a result, I can announce that the vaccine from the oxford project will be trialled in people from this Thursday.
“In normal time, reaching this stage takes years, and I am very proud of the work taken so far.”
The patients and visitors that had visited the six private Lagos hospitals that exposed the COVID 19 have received messages from those hospitals which advised them to go on self-isolate. If they have visited St Nicholas, Lagos Island branch, First Cardiology Consultants Hospital, Ikoyi, County Hospital, Ogba and Premier Specialist Hospital, St Edwards Hospital, Ajah, Vedic Lifecare Hospital, Lekki, Victoria Island.
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Lately, as they have been exposed to COVID-19, the hospitals, now under lock, have been decontaminated by the state government. In a separate message sent out by the hospital’s management, the staff and family members who may have visited the hospital. Or staff who may have been in contact with anyone who visited any of the above-listed hospitals were advised to go on self-isolate and call the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
In a letter signed by Dr Ebun Bamgboye, the Clinical Director of St Nicholas, the hospitals will suspend services for two weeks. The facility was decongested on the 18th, and the suspension of service commenced on the 19th. Alternatively, Bamgboye said, patients will be attended to through telemedicine. A resident, Mrs Olayinka. Urged the state government to do the needful by revealing the names of all affected private and public hospitals for the safety of the populace.]]>
From as far back as the mind can go, Nigeria’s political elites have ignored the health infrastructure of the country, they refused to adequately invest in the nation’s health-care system, but invested heavily in cars and furniture for their wicked and selfish taste, leaving the electorates who voted them into office, to face squalid hospitals with next to nothing for medical infrastructure, where for every ailment, patients are treated for malaria and typhoid at jaw-dropping costs, while they and their families make trips abroad for conditions ranging from stomach upset to toothache, and worst still, at governments expenses.
“Nemesis is a bitch”. “God don catch dem”
Then, enter novel coronavirus, the almighty COVID19.
The coronavirus this time is foreign to Nigeria and Africa, Donald Trump called it a Chinese virus, those who caught and died from it didn’t get it here, it came with them in, so when the COVID19 pandemic struck, the political class were stuck here in Nigeria, travelling abroad for treatment suddenly had a bad taste, there was no escape for them.
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Nigerian are glad that for once the originator of Nigeria’s problems has to face the music, the general belief among Nigerians is that the coronavirus is a “big man” disease, this, of course, is far from the truth, but they believe it so strongly that they are making jests of the politicians who now have no other choice available to them than to also go to the squalid hospitals Nigerians have been left with by them the political class. “God don catch them” is the general response of the average Nigerian.
Imagine that when Buhari’s chief of staff tested positive for coronavirus, Nigerians laughed with glee when the federal government announced that he was going to be flown to Lagos for treatment. “Yekpa, Lagos, wetin happen to abroad?” Nigerians teased..
Well, every government of the world was closing their borders to outsiders, this was no time to do business, survival from the lethal coronavirus was top in the agenda of every nation, outsiders like the selfish and self-centered Nigerian politician were kept at bay, even then, the chicken-hearted politicians would not even dare go abroad anymore because abroad is where coronavirus dwells.
But these politicians are the ones who in their larger than life personification hold to power by first depriving Nigerians of the basic necessities of life, push Nigerians to a state of total and absolute hopelessness, where Nigerians have to fight one other for the available but scarce resources, then they enlist the services of impoverished Nigerian young men and women as political thugs to unleash havoc on the masses who are already drowning in poverty and deprivation at all levels, spiritual, physical and financial, while their own children attend the best schools here in Nigeria and abroad.
The novel coronavirus, the almighty COVID19 has forced these callous and self-centered politicians to come home to roost, today, they have been forced to stay at home here in Nigeria because firstly, they fear to go abroad for anything at the moment and secondly because their fleet of private jets will not be allowed entry into any one of those countries where, hitherto, they went to squander the resources of Nigeria’s commonwealth.
Today, senior public officials, state governors, and lawmakers who have tested positive to the deadly virus have gone into self-isolation, not because they think that it’s the right thing to do, but because no one will interact with them, this is one of the major reason why majority of Nigerian politicians have refused to make public their COVID19 status. That is why we at flawless view congratulate the Kaduna state governor who actually made a video that went viral on social media where he informed the public that he has tested positive to the virus, we do sincerely wish him a speedy recovery.
Because these selfish, callous and self-centered politicians refused to bring the health-care system up to the standards of the ones that they see abroad, now that many of them are suffering from the coronavirus, they are stuck, they have nowhere to run to, they are now forced to rely on a health-care system that they have brazenly neglected for so long, according to the head of the umbrella group for doctors, the Nigerian Medical Association, Francis Faduyile, the Nigerian health-care system will certainly crumble if an outbreak close to the magnitude of the Italian case were to occur, because of the neglect that the health-care system has suffered over the years, thanks to the greed of the political class.
“The health system is not strong enough,”
“Over the years, it’s been denied normal funding and things are not where they’re supposed to be. If the burden of the coronavirus is added, it may be too heavy; it may actually cause a total collapse.”
“It’s going to be a lesson for those who think they can neglect the health system,
“The highest of the government officials, some of them will be infected, and they’ll have no option but to get local treatment.”
We at flawless view welcome our esteemed politicians to our shit-hole health-care system.
In the usual Nigerian “power show” kind of way, the very limited coronavirus testing kits are been wasted by Nigerian politicians who in their usual “travel abroad for everything” brought upon themselves the novel coronavirus infestation.
Rather than use these kits for the ordinary Nigerians that need to be tested, today, the Nigerian political class are all running scared because of the news of the havoc that the novel coronavirus is wrecking in their regular cool off points. Most of them who travelled to these high-risk countries are now all over NCDC using their political powers to forcefully use these kits to test themselves and their cronies.
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Recently, the media was awash with the news of those in the House of Assembly who made trips abroad and refused to submit themselves for the test.
Majority of Nigerians spoken to by this correspondent were of the opinion that the coronavirus in Nigeria is the product of the unnecessary trips that our political class make to these foreign countries.
Following this development, AIED’s (Advocacy for Integrity and Economic Development) Director of Media and Publicity, Comrade O’Seun John, released a statement on Thursday where he said that the blatant wastage of the limited COVID-19 testing kits by NCDC on the political class was unacceptable.
The statement reads,
“We have noticed with utmost dismay the unending wastage of scarce testing kits for COVID-19 on politicians and political office holders at the detriment of the masses.
“We find this endeavour as a disservice to the people of Nigeria who should be the primary focus of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control and the Ministry of Health.
“From several reports, the NCDC conducts an average of two tests on governors, senators, House of Representatives and Assembly members, Chief of Staff to the President amongst other influential figures in the country.
“These individuals have been solely responsible for the decades of decay and backwardness our health care system is facing. They stood aloof and budgeted billions of naira for frivolous expenses while the citizens suffer in penury, they do not deserve to enjoy the benefits from magnanimous philanthropists who have inconvenient themselves to help Nigerians.
“It is also on record that most, if not all, of the cases recorded or perceived in the corridors of power have been caused by the sheer refusal to submit to simple emergency protocols and checks at the airports. Nigerians should not then be the ones suffering for the ego and pride of these few ones.
“While we acknowledge that not every Nigerian will get tested for COVID-19, it is extremely important that these testing kits are kept safely for the primary use of the average Nigerian.
“The present statistics of less than 200 individuals who have received testing from the NCDC is disgraceful for a population of almost 200 million people. NCDC must channel its resources on improving the testing rates for Nigerians.
“The NCDC should leave the politicians alone and focus on Nigerians who are more in number and at a greater risk. If any politician feels the need to get tested, such politician can charter a flight to Europe, Asia or America where they get their routine medical check-up.”]]>