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COVID-19: 40 Kano doctors, health workers discharged

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Forty out of the fifty doctors and health workers in Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Kano (AKTH) have been discharged having recovered from coronavirus.

The Chief Medical Director, Professor Abdurrahman Abba Sheshe, revealed this while receiving donation of some hospital consumables and food items from Orange Drugs Limited, one of the supplier of drugs to hospitals.

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Sheshe said;

“It is really a thing of joy to share with you that the review on the test of those workers who were infected by COVID -19 some weeks ago and put on isolation was just forwarded to me with 40 of them testing negative. No death recorded and no condition attached with the discharged.”

He explained the remaining 10 health workers still on isolation were doing very well and would probably be discharged before Eid Fitr.

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Representatives of the Orange Drugs Limited, Mr Sunday Okoh, said the donation was made as part of their Corporate Social Responsibilities in the fight against COVID- 19.

Items donated include 8 boxes of face masks, 20 tins of vitamin C by 1000, 200 pieces of hand sanitizer, 200 pieces of Herbal soap, 2 bags of rice and two bags of garri.

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COVID-19: Jigawa govt. extends work-from-home order by two weeks

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The Jigawa State government has extended its earlier order for workers to work from home by another two weeks.
Gov. Muhammad Badaru announced this while updating newsmen on the level of containment of coronavirus on Wednesday in Dutse.

News reporters recall that the state government had, on March 24, directed civil servants to work from home for two weeks, as part of measures to curb the spread of the virus in the state.

Badaru, however, said that the policy would soon be lifted, as the government would continue to observe, notice, and sustain improvement in the containment of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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He explained that the government was informed by medical experts that it needed to spend two consecutive incubation periods performing active case-search and testing.

“As we continue to notice and sustain improvements, we will open up government offices and lift the policy on working from home soon.

“However, I was informed by medical experts that we need to spend two consecutive incubation periods performing active-case search and testing.

“Where no cases are confirmed, we pop our chests in pride and say we are out of the woods; but for now, we are not yet there.

“Nonetheless, we may not have to reach this milestone before lifting this policy.
“Consequently, we are extending this policy for another two weeks. By June 15, it will be subjected to another review,” he said.

The governor further announced that the state’s molecular laboratory, which was currently on a test run, had given the government confidence to tackle the disease headlong.

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According to him, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is expected to accredit the laboratory soon.

“The accreditation of our molecular laboratory will come on stream soon, as NCDC has assured us that it will embark on an accreditation visit in the coming days,” he said.

Badaru further stated that all tests being conducted in the laboratory were retested in the accredited laboratory in Bayero University, Kano (BUK), adding that the results showed over 90 percent concordance.

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The governor, who described the development as “excellent scientific procedure”, said it gave the government a course for celebration.

Badaru also announced a donation of N3 million by Unity Bank to the state as its contribution to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“So let me use this opportunity to thank individuals and corporate organizations that are supporting the state with donations, both in cash and in-kind,” Badaru said.

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COVID-19: Edo NMA donates protection items to UBTH

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Edo branch, has donated protective items to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) to support the response to COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

Presenting the materials, the state NMA Chairman, Dr. Valentine Omoifo, appreciated the UBTH management for protecting health workers while ensuring adequate healthcare even in the face of the pandemic.

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This is contained in a statement made available to newsmen by the branch NMA Public Relations Officer, Dr. Eustace Oseghale, in Benin.

The association assured that the presentation of such items to UBTH would be sustained.

“This would be a continuous thing as more personal protective equipment and other materials will be provided to UBTH soon,” it said.

Receiving the items, the Chief Medical Director of UBTH, Prof. Darlington Obaseki, thanked the NMA for the support.

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Obaseki informed them that the hospital gates remained open and the hospital currently has about 400 in patients.

“Though this is telling on the hospital revenue as materials to protect staff and patients are now very expensive,” he said.

Obaseki encouraged NMA affiliates to copy the emulate Edo NMA as the hospital needs support.

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Reports said that the items presented included cacatin face shields, face masks, sanitizer, washing soap, and gloves.

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COVID-19: Lagos discharges 30 Nigerians, three Indians

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The Lagos State Government on Tuesday announced recovery and discharge of 30 Nigerians and three Indians who tested negative twice to Coronavirus.

Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu said in a statement that a total of 908 COVID-19 patients were now discharged.

”Good people of Lagos, I bring you great news from our isolation facilities. Today, 33 fully recovered COVID-19 Lagos patients; 7 females and 26 males including 3 foreign nationals – Indians -have been discharged to join the society.

”The patients; 21 from Onikan, 9 from Eti-Osa (LandMark), 2 from Lekki and 1 from Gbagada Isolation Centres were discharged having fully recovered and tested negative to COVID19.

”With this, the number of patients successfully managed and discharged from our Isolation facilities is now 908.

”As our frontline health workers record successes in this battle against #COVID-19, we urge citizens to adhere strictly to our public advisories and directives, as this is the only way we can break the chain of transmission of the infection,” Sanwo-Olu said

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