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COVID-19: Edo NMA donates protection items to UBTH


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.


COVID-19: WHO warns against use of masks during exercise



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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned people against wearing masks while exercising, saying masks may reduce the ability to breathe comfortably.

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It said that sweat could make the mask become wet more quickly which made it difficult to breathe and would promote the growth of microorganisms.

“The important preventive measure during exercise is to maintain physical distance of at least one metre from others,” it said.

The health agency said that the prolonged use of medical masks when properly worn did not cause Carbon dioxide (CO2) intoxication nor oxygen deficiency.

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It, however, noted that the prolonged use of medical masks could be uncomfortable.

“While wearing a medical mask, make sure it fits properly and that it is tight enough to allow you to breathe normally.

“Do not re-use a disposable mask and always change it as soon as it gets damp.

“Medical masks (also known as surgical masks) are flat or pleated; they are affixed to the head with straps or have ear loops,” it said.

It maintained that the likelihood of COVID-19 being spread on shoes and infecting individuals was very low.

“As a precautionary measure, particularly in homes where infants and small children crawl or play on floors, consider leaving your shoes at the entrance of your home.

“This will help prevent contact with dirt or any waste that could be carried on the soles of shoes,” it said.

According to WHO, the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is caused by a virus, not by bacteria.

“The virus that causes COVID-19 is in a family of viruses called Coronaviridae. Antibiotics do not work against viruses.

“Some people who become ill with COVID-19 can also develop a bacterial infection as a complication. In this case, antibiotics may be recommended by a health care provider,” it said.

WHO noted that currently there was no licensed medication to cure COVID-19.

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It advised people that have symptoms of the disease to call their health care provider or COVID-19 hotline for assistance.

WHO added that most people who contracted the COVID-19 had mild or moderate symptoms and recovered due to supportive care.

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US buys nearly all stocks of coronavirus drug remdesivir



The United States has bought nearly all the available global supplies for the next three months of anti-viral drug remdesivir, one of two drugs that have proven to be effective against COVID-19.

The US Department of Health Services (HHS) announced on Monday it had secured

more than 500,000 treatment courses of remdesivir from drugmaker Gilead Sciences for US hospitals until September.

The stocks make up 100 per cent of Gilead’s projected production for July and 90 per cent each for August and September.

“President [Donald] Trump has struck an amazing deal to ensure Americans have access to the first authorized therapeutic for COVID-19,” HHS Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement.

“To the extent possible, we want to ensure that any American patient who needs remdesivir can get it.”

Remdesivir, which is administered intravenously in hospital, is the first drug to show improvement in COVID-19 patients in formal clinical trials,
and new information about its efficacy is being closely watched around the world, as nations battle the coronavirus pandemic.

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In May, US regulators allowed the emergency use of the experimental drug that appears to help some patients recover faster.

The drug has received full approval by Japanese health regulators.

US approval requires a time-consuming Food and Drug Administration review,

but Emergency Use Authorisations can be used in a health crisis when other options are not available.

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There are currently no US approvals for treatments or vaccines for the new coronavirus that has infected more than 10 million people

and killed nearly 500,000 worldwide, including more than 127,000 deaths in the US.

Dozens of companies are working on a variety of treatment and vaccine approaches.

Remdesivir, which previously failed as a treatment for Ebola, designed to disable the mechanism by which certain viruses, including the new coronavirus, make copies of themselves, and potentially overwhelm their host’s immune system.

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Secretary to Osun State govt, Prince Wole Oyebamiji, contracts coronavirus



The Secretary to the Osun State government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji, has tested positive for COVID-19.

The State’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, made this known in a press statement on Tuesday.

He also confirmed the discovery of 10 additional cases in the state, adding that one patient was discharged after testing negative for the virus.

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The health commissioner also stated that with the latest development, the number of confirmed cases in the state has risen to 127 with 74 active cases.

He said:

“Today, we intensified our enforcement drive. All those arrested were made to go through a compulsory course on Covid-19 preventive protocols.

“We will go a step further by setting up a mobile court to try and sentence violators of safety protocols and guidelines. We must collectively join hands with the government to contain the spread of the virus.

“Also, I want to confirm to you that our SSG and some of the staff around him have tested positive to the virus. But they are all in stable condition and are receiving adequate medical care.

“With the latest development, the number of our active cases as of today, Tuesday, June 30, is 74. We have 127 confirmed cases, out of which the State has successfully treated and discharged 48 patients while five deaths have been recorded.”

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