The National Directorate of Employment (NDE), in partnership with the Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, has begun the production of 20,000 face masks for distribution to Sokoto residents as part of measures to contain COVID-19.
The Sokoto State Coordinator of NDE, Mrs. Eunice Danmallam, disclosed this at the training programme on Monday in Sokoto.
Danmallam said the initiative was part of Director General of NDE, Dr. Nasir Ladan-Argungu’s efforts to curtail the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
She added that the production had begun under the Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (B-NOAS) where 50 participants were currently undergoing training in Sokoto.
According to her, the production and distribution of the face masks are in collaboration with Aisha Buhari’s pet project, the “Future Assured Initiative.”
She also explained that both the trainers and the trainees involved in the production of the face masks would be given incentives to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 lockdown.
“About 20,000 safety face masks will be produced and distributed free to the people of Sokoto state.
“The trainees and trainers of NDE are fully involved in the production and incentives will be given to cushion the effect of COVID-19 lockdown in the state,” she said.
She explained that Ladan-Argungu had directed the use of local fabrics in the mass production of the face masks, aimed at promoting Federal Government’s policy on enhancing and patronizing local raw materials.
” This activity will go a long way in stimulating the economy,” she said.
She expressed optimism that the Sokoto state would continue to participate in the various programmes initiated by the NDE.
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Osun State Government on Thursday said the state had recorded 24 new cases of coronavirus.
The State’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, who made this known through a press statement in Osogbo, also disclosed that eleven patients were also discharged from its Treatment and Isolation Centre same day after testing negative for the virus.
The commissioner noted that the new cases were discovered following contact tracing of previous cases in the Ilesa, Ile Ife and Osogbo areas of the State.
He appealed to citizens and residents of the State to always observe all the precautionary measures laid down by the State against the spread of the virus.
Isamotu then said that with the latest development, the number of confirmed cases in the State has risen to 151 with 87 active cases.
“Lack of strict adherence to safety protocols and guidelines by our people is one of the main reasons for the sudden rise in our Covid-19 cases. But with the sentence of a defaulter to 30 days’ imprisonment, we have shown our resolve to enforce these safety protocols and guidelines.
“With the latest development, the number of our active cases as at today, Thursday, July 2, is 87. We have 151 confirmed cases, out of which the State has successfully treated and discharged 59 patients while five deaths have been recorded.”
Nigeria records 626 new COVID-19 cases, total now 27,110
Nigeria has recorded 626 new COVID-19 cases in the country as total infections from the virus rose to 27,110.
This was confirmed in a tweet on Thursday night by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Statistics from the NCDC shows that Lagos recorded 193 cases, followed by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with 85 cases.
Other states with reported cases are follows: Oyo-41 Edo-38 Kwara-34 Abia-31 Ogun-29 Ondo-28 Rivers-26 Osun-21 Akwa Ibom-18 Delta-18 Enugu-15 Kaduna-13 Plateau-11 Borno-8 Bauchi-7 Adamawa-5 Gombe-4 Sokoto-1
The number of deaths from the virus is now 616, as against 603 recorded on Wednesday. 10,801 patients have so far been discharged, haven recovered from the virus.
Meanwhile, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says the centre has not relaxed its guidelines on mass gathering in the coronavirus (COVID-19) protocol.
Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said this at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) media briefing on Thursday in Abuja.
“We are on the verge of opening our flights, airports and we have relaxed intercity travel.
“We know that we have family, loving people and that over the next few weeks, we will all start having this urge to go and visit our parents, our uncles and our aunts.
“We may also restart the funeral activities that we have postponed for months, start the weddings, wine carryings, birthing, baptisms that we have postponed for months.
“Yes, it’s important to do these things and the interstate travel will allow us to do this, but remember we haven’t relaxed the guidelines of mass gatherings,’’ he said.
CMD tests positive for COVID-19 in Ondo
Chief Medical Director of the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital, Akure, Dr Oluwole Ige, has tested positive for COVID- 19.
A statement by Adeeyo Babatunde on behalf of the Chief Medical Director said Ige is responding to treatment.
It assured members of staff of the hospital that there was no cause for alarm and advised them to go about their normal duties while they adhered strictly to universal precautions against the COVID-19.
According to the statement:
” This is to inform the members of staff of University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital and the general public that the Chief Medical Director was positive to COVID-19 test conducted on him after he exhibited symptoms relating to Corona virus disease.
“However, the CMD is currently being treated and he is responding to the treatment positively.
“All members of staff of the Teaching Hospital and the general public are hereby advised to go about their normal duties and continue to observe universal precautions against the COVID-19 pandemic, as we also wish the CMD quick recovery.”
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