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COVID-19: I recovered but lost my means of livelihood, says Ebonyi driver

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A commercial bus driver in Ebonyi has shared his experience with coronavirus [Covid-19] disease.

WuzupNigeria reports that Mr. Friday Ibeh was one of four patients treated and discharged by the Ebonyi State government on Sunday.

According to him, when he contracted the virus, he was always weak and constantly sleeping.

He said:

“I was so weak when the disease held me. I was sleeping too much; at times four times, at times five times and even more than that in a day. Without the state government who took me to this isolation centre and treated me, I would have been a dead man.

“I am a transporter and the thing didn’t allow me to drive again; it made me so weak. I was sleeping on steering while driving before I was taken to this isolation centre a month ago. But now, I am very strong and ready to start my work again.”

However, for the father of six it is not yet Uhuru as he has lost his means of livelihood – the Sienna vehicle.

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Ibeh said the vehicle was on hire purchase and the owner had since taken possession of the vehicle.

Ibeh and three others were discharged yesterday from the state isolation centre at Unity Square, Abakaliki, bringing the total number of discharged patients to six.

This came as the number of cases of the virus in the state has risen to 22.

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A team from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) witnessed the discharge of the four patients.

Dr. Majinger Ibeneme, Pillar head, case management of the NCDC in the state, said all the patients at the isolation centre were stable.

Ibeneme observed that the state government had put in place all the necessary facilities to combat the disease.

He said:

“We are here because of the discharge of four patients. It is amazing the amount of work the governor has committed in the fight against this monster. So far, we discharged two before now, we are discharging four again today.

“Every patient here is stable and Ebonyi State government committed a lot in building the infrastructure. They have also committed a lot in beefing up the human resources; they made our work very easy. When we arrived here, we just have to conduct drills mostly because the capacity, the infrastructure was already on ground”.

 

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American don donates surgical instruments to Unilorin

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The University of Ilorin (Unilorin) has hailed an American don, Emeritus Prof. Eugene Myers, for donating equipment worth thousands of dollars to its Otorhinolaryngology (ORL) Department.

In a statement signed by Prof. Busari Alabi, the ORL Course Coordinator in Unilorin, the university said that the high-quality instruments are known as German products – Karl Storzwill – would be of immense use for patients’ care and medical education.

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According to the university, Myers is of the ORL Department of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in the U.S.

“The equipment will be used for cadaver dissections and elective surgery.

“Myers is an expert who has played leadership roles in most of the professional and scientific societies in the field of Head and Neck Surgery.

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“He was awarded a gold medal for his international activities at the 2009 IFOS World Congress, and currently serves as the Honorary President of the Balkan Society of Otolaryngology.

” Furthermore, he is the Regional Advisor to the Balkans for the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery,” Unilorin said.

He added that Myers had served on the boards of many non-profit organizations, including Pennsylvania Lions Hearing Research Foundation and Support for People with Oral, Head and Neck Cancer, among others. (NAN)

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Kwara govt acquires two state-of-the-art ambulances for emergency response

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The Kwara State Government has acquired two state-of-the-art Mercedes Benz Ambulances to boost emergency response system in the state.

The Newsmen reports that the ambulances were unveiled on Sunday at a brief ceremony in the Government House premises, Ilorin.

Inspecting the two new ambulances, Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, reassured of his administration’s commitment to a full-blown turnaround in the Kwara Health system.

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AbdulRazaq said that the gesture was another step in his administration’s drive to improve healthcare delivery, saying more were in the offing after the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor commended health workers in the state for putting a strong fight for the survival of COVID-19 patients, saying that their calling was service to humanity.

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The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Raji Razaq, who took the governor round the ambulances, described the gesture as another feather to the cap of the ministry; noting that it was a promise kept for strengthening the health system in the state.

He noted that the two high-roofed ambulances were fully equipped with resuscitative gadgets, oxygen, and ventilators to keep patients alive.

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WHO discontinues trial of hydroxychloroquine treatment for COVID-19 patients

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) says it has discontinued the use of hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir in its global trial for the treatment of COVID-19 as recommended by the Solidarity Trial’s International Steering Committee.

The UN health agency, in a statement posted on its website, stated that the Solidarity Trial was established by WHO to find an effective COVID-19 treatment for hospitalized patients.

“The committee formulated the recommendation in light of the evidence for hydroxychloroquine vs standard-of-care and for lopinavir/ritonavir vs standard-of-care from the Solidarity trial interim results.

“The trial interim results and from a review of the evidence from all trials presented at the July 1 to July 2, WHO Summit on COVID-19 research and innovation.

“These interim trial results show that hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir produce little or no reduction in the mortality of hospitalized COVID-19 patients when compared to standard of care.

“Solidarity trial investigators will interrupt the trials with immediate effect,’’ it said.

According to the statement, for each of the drugs, the interim results do not provide solid evidence of increased mortality.

“There were, however, some associated safety signals in the clinical laboratory findings of the add-on Discovery trial, a participant in the Solidarity trial.

“These will also be reported in the peer-reviewed publication.

“This decision applies only to the conduct of the Solidarity trial in hospitalized patients and does not affect the possible evaluation in other studies of hydroxychloroquine or lopinavir/ritonavir in non-hospitalized patients or as pre- or post-exposure prophylaxis for COVID-19.

“The interim Solidarity results are now being readied for peer-reviewed publication.’

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