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783 health professionals,  29 infectious disease workers contract COVID-19

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No fewer than 812 health workers have contracted COVID-19 nationwide, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control [NCDC] has said.

Speaking at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja on Tuesday the NCDC said 29 of them were employees of the centre.

The NCDC Director-General, Dr Chikew Ihekweazu, explained that when a new lab was activated, it was more than just a number, saying it represented a collective effort of a country trying to respond to a public health emergency.

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According to him, every new lab activated means that equipment has been procured, people have been trained, people have travelled to make sure this happened, these governments have invested.

“We’ve deployed 37 rapid response teams, with over 450 people that have left homes for weeks on end supporting the response across the country. These are not just numbers. They are people that have left their families and are working hard to make sure things get better.

“The 812 health care workers infected were not just numbers. Twenty-nine of these (health professionals) work for the NCDC. They are people I know that have families, wives and children.

“About eight of them, right now, are in the Idu treatment centre. We’ve distributed over 40,000 pieces of complete PPEs and we continue to do this. By this weekend, a new consignment will be going out to every state and every FMC in the country,” the NCDC DG said.

He further stated that Nigeria had the third-highest number of cases in Africa, after South Africa and Egypt.

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Ihekweazu said,

“It means there is an added responsibility for us to work harder every day. We’ve increased our testing capacity. We’ve now tested over 65,000 samples and increased our lab network to 30, having just activated a lab in Bauchi and a new one in Abuja.”

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I plan on making 20 girls cry in 2020, Nigerian man reveals

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Heart-rending! Man finds out his four children belong to another man

A young man has taken to twitter to reveal his 2020 plans.

The young man identified as Brown, who obviously is still somewhat hurt by what his ex-girlfriend did to him, has set out to take “revenge” on any girl that comes his way this year as he said he will make a lot of girls cry.

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According to Brown, he has placed his target at 20 girls this year and so far he has managed to make 6 cry already.

He says they must pay for what “Nkechi” did to him.

“I don make 6 girls cry this year, my target na 20.

All of una go pay for wetin Nkechi do me last year.” he tweeted.

 

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NMA condemns attack on FMC Lokoja, calls for adequate security

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A statement on Wednesday in Lokoja, jointly signed by the state Chairman and Secretary of NMA, Dr. Zubair Kabiru, and Dr. Okungbowa Osaretin, respectively, described the attack on FMC Lokoja premises as ” uncivilized and uncalled for”.

According to the statement, the report has reached NMA Kogi chapter, about the ugly incidence that took place on Wednesday at the premises of the FMC Lokoja, where some suspected hoodlums stormed the hospital’s premises, vandalized offices and carted away from some personal and hospital valuables.

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”The hospital is where lives are saved; it is uncivilized for it to be attacked for whatsoever reason.

”The staff of the hospital had planned to have a peaceful protest over their safety in the hospital as a result of the ongoing global pandemic of COVID-19 in the state.

”However, before the protest could start, some unknown hoodlums stormed the hospital premises and disrupted the planned peaceful protest.

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”This action has led to the total shutdown of the only functional tertiary healthcare facility in the state.

”NMA Kogi state believes that the action of these hoodlums is totally uncalled for and condemns it in absolute terms,” the statement said.

The association, therefore, called on the State and Federal Governments to bring the perpetrators to book, while ensuring adequate security for the healthcare workers in the state.

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Security Council backs UN Chief’s call for global ceasefire

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The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday passed a resolution, backing the Secretary-General’s call for a worldwide ceasefire to deepen global solidarity against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Resolution 2532 (2020), which was unanimously adopted by the 15-member council, came after a three-month deadlock occasioned by disagreements between the U.S, Russia, and China.

Submitted by France and Tunisia, the resolution echoed Guterres’ March 23 call for the immediate cessation of hostilities by warring parties so the world can concentrate on tackling the pandemic.

However, the two-page resolution excluded ongoing military operations against ISIS, Al Qaeda, and other extremist and terrorist groups so designated by the council.

Reacting, the UN Chief welcomed the long-awaited decision, which he said would “send an important signal to conflict parties and may help change calculations on the ground’’.

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“The Secretary-General continues to urge individual member states to redouble their efforts for peace in the conflicts in which they have influence.

“He looks forward to working with all stakeholders to advance efforts toward concrete ceasefires and durable peace, his spokesman, Mr. Stéphane Dujarric, said in a note to UN correspondents.

The Newsmen reports that this move followed the endorsement of the ceasefire appeal by nearly 180 countries and no fewer than 20 armed groups, according to the UN.

The resolution noted that the “unprecedented extent of the novel coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed no fewer than 500,000 lives globally, “is likely to endanger the maintenance of international peace and security”.

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It added that the pandemic could also reverse peacebuilding and development gains in countries emerging from conflict.

Germany’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Amb. Christoph Heusgen, who announced the resolution described it as“ “very strong signal of unity within the council.

Wednesday marked Germany’s first day as president of the Security Council for the month of July.

Heusgen said the move was also a sign of hope that “we send from the Security Council out into the world”.

Through the resolution, the council called on parties of armed conflicts to immediately engage in a “durable humanitarian pause” of at least 90 days.

This, it stated, is to enable the safe, unhindered and sustained delivery of lifesaving aids.

It requested the Secretary-General to instruct the UN’s 13 peacekeeping missions to support host countries’ efforts to contain the coronavirus.

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The resolution requested the missions to provide updates on the UN’s efforts to address the pandemic in conflict zones and humanitarian crisis areas.

Newsmen reports that the resolution was partly delayed by a dispute between the U.S. and China over the mention of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in earlier drafts.

While China wanted WHO mentioned in the resolution, the U.S. opposed it after President Donald Trump accused the global health body favoring China, an allegation it denies.

The U.S. and Russia also opposed the resolution on the ground that ceasing fire would undermine their military operations against terrorist groups in Libya, Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere.

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