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COVID-19: Former APC spokesman wants testing centre for Rivers

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A former spokesman of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State, Chris Finebone, has expressed the need for the state to have a testing centre where suspected victims of coronavirus will be tested.

Finebone said though there had been provision of emergency numbers and directives for lockdowns, the people of the state needed to know if the state had the capacity to test and treat coronavirus cases.

Speaking in a telephone interview on Wednesday, he said,

“Do we even know whether our state has the capacity to test? If we don’t have. What is the arrangement to test suspected victims?

“Do they (state government) have to send people to Lagos for testing or Abuja or elsewhere? What equipment do they have? There is need to have a testing centre and tell the people and residents of Rivers that yes, we have a testing centre or we are relying on the testing centre of a particular state.

“There is need to have ours. If we don’t have ours, there is need to inform us about the testing centre where our own suspected victims will be tested.”

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Earlier in a statement he issued in Port Harcourt, Finebone said apart from having a testing centre, the state also needed other equipment that could help in the fight against COVID-19.

He said, “For example, a few hours ago, Delta State Government displayed 19 ventilators just acquired to tackle this menace; so, have some other states undertaken different measures in readiness for this scourge.

“Rivers people and indeed residents of Rivers State would like to know the level of preparedness and capacity of the state government to tackle this pandemic beyond mere audio vibes. That is not asking for too much.”

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JUST IN: Nigeria records182 new COVID-19 cases, total now 8,915

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Nigeria has recorded 182 new cases of COVID-19, bringing to 8,915 the total number of confirmed cases in the country.

Announcing this Thursday, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said Lagos recorded 111 new cases of the disease, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) 16, Akwa Ibom 10, Oyo eight, Kaduna and Delta six each, Rivers five, Ogun and Ebonyi four each, Kano three, Plateau, Gombe and Kebbi two each, while Kebbi, Bauchi and Borno had one each.

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It said: “Nigeria had recorded 8,915 cases of COVID-19, while 2,592 persons have been discharged with 259 losing their lives

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JUST IN: NDDC headquarters shuts down over COVID-19 scare

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The management of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has shut down the commission’s corporate headquarters following COVID-19 scare.

The coronavirus scare, it was gathered, was triggered by the death of a member of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of NDDC, Mr Ibanga Etang.

Etang, who until his death, was the Acting Executive Director of Finance and Administration reportedly died at about 2 am on Thursday at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (RSUTH), Port Harcourt after a brief illness.

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An internal memo signed for the management by Silas Anyanwu directed informed all employees that the headquarters of the commission would be shut down for two weeks with immediate effect.

“Consequently, all activities of the commission including ongoing matters are hereby shut down,” the memo said.

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VSF supports Edo IDPs with COVID-19 palliatives

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The Victims Support Fund (VSF) has supported the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and vulnerable Nigerians in Edo State with palliatives to help cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The VSF Team was led by the Chairperson of the VSF Task Force on COVID-19, Mrs. Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji who was in the company of the Edo State government that was ably represented by the wife of the Edo State Governor, Mrs Betsy Obaseki.

This comes as the country battles over 8700 cases of the respiratory illness that has affected economies across the globe, including that of Nigeria.

MyNigeria.com reports that the VSF palliative was in the form of 200 bags set that contained 10kg of rice, 10kg of beans, 10kg of garri, 4kg of vegetable oil and 2 small packets of salt per bag.

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During the course of delivery of the items, additional bags of foodstuff were added to the initial amount by compassionate officials of VSF to the amazement IDPs Camp Uhogua.

Speaking on behalf of the management team of the camp, Coordinator of International Christian Centre (ICCM) and Coordinator of the Camp, Pastor Solomon Folorunsho said the VSF is Godsent for coming at this very critical time.

He said the lockdown caused by Covid-19 has impacted negatively on the welfare of the residents of the Camp.

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The visit to the IDPs Camp Uhogua was a response to an “SOS correspondence they recently received from CSED (Community Sport and Educational Development)” and the VSF intends to visit most states in Nigeria.

According to reports, the current cost of preparing a meal for the four thousand five hundred and seventy-five residents of the Camp is about three hundred thousand naira.

National Coordinator of CSED, Mr Edema Fuludu said that they were forced to reach out to VSF and other bodies having seen the plight of the people, though the CSED work is mainly sport/educational intervention.

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“We cannot afford to walk on by when the children/youths we work with are in dire needs of food and basic daily necessities,” Mr Fuludu said.

Mr Fuludu urged public-spirited individuals, corporate organisations and NGOs to continue to provide palliatives to the IDPs and other needy members of the society, as this is the only way they (vulnerable Nigerians) can survive the hunger and social isolation that has been induced by Covid-19.

He noted that “every effort put in touching the vulnerable in the society is the rent we pay to God for allowing us to live on planet earth.”

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