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COVID-19: Save UCH now, NUJ appeals to FG


COVID-19: NUJ commends Nigerian medical practitioners

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council, on Sunday, appealed to the Federal Government to save the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan by providing it with enough funds to tackle Coronavirus.

The appeal was contained in a statement jointly signed by the state NUJ Chairman, Mr Ademola Babalola and Secretary, Mr Sola Oladapo.

The union frowned at the recent development at the foremost teaching hospital in Nigeria, with four confirmed cases of COVID-19 from members of its board and management.

Newsmen report that the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the institution, Prof. Abiodun Otegbayo had, through his twitter handle, disclosed that he tested positive for Coronavirus and explained how he contracted the virus.

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Reports gathered also say that the hospital management equally confirmed that the Provost, College of Medicine and his deputy tested positive, while one other person was said to have also contracted the disease.

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Otegbayo had, in a statement personally signed by him on Sunday, said that a 12-man quarterly meeting of the health institution’s board had commenced on March 23, adding, that social distancing and other precautionary measures for COVID-19 were observed.

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NUJ, however, wondered whether due diligence was actually done to ascertain the condition of all attendees at the said meeting.

It expressed concern on why the meeting had to hold despite the ongoing efforts to control the spread of the virus in the state.

According to the union, “the CMD, despite his knowledge of his exposure to a suspected case, still went ahead granting interviews to journalists without warning them of his vulnerability. The union viewed this act as avoidable.”

It called on the Federal Government to devise means of specially funding the UCH to prepare it adequately for the containment of the pandemic.

“The reason to call for better funding of UCH stems from the recent statement by the CMD, soliciting for funds from well-meaning Nigerians to help the institution with consumables and other medical necessities to fight the virus.
“The Federal Government must act fast before things get out of control,” NUJ warned.


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Lockdown: Abubakar Rimi Market, Kano. loses over N15m revenue



The management of the Abubakar Rimi Market, Kano, says it has lost over N15 million in revenue since the lockdown of the state aimed at curbing COVID-19 spread.

Mr. Muhammad Bashir, the market’s Director of Administration and General Services, gave the figure while addressing newsmen on Wednesday in Kano.

“As a result of this loss, we cannot even pay our staff salaries; we pay our staff from the revenue we generate.

“Every month, we generate over N12 million out of which we normally spend over N8 million as workers’ salaries,” he said.

Bashir said that huge business activities in the market were making social distancing difficult.

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The director said that the management of the market had, however, received over 20,000 face masks from the Kano State Government for distribution to traders and customers to reduce COVID-19 spread.

Bashir appealed to the state government to assist the management with funds to enable it to pay workers’ salaries.

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The director said that payment of workers’ salaries would reduce hardship induced by the 45-day-old lockdown.

He hailed the state government’s efforts in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Covid-19: WHO set to resume hydroxychloroquine trials



Covid-19: WHO set to resume hydroxychloroquine trials

The World Health Organization says it will resume its trial of hydroxychloroquine, the malaria drug backed by President Donald Trump to combat the deadly coronavirus, according to CNBC reports.

The Data Safety Monitoring Board decided there was no reason to discontinue the international trial after reviewing available data on the drug, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a press conference Wednesday at the agency’s Geneva headquarters.

“The executive group received this recommendation and endorsed the continuation of all arms of solidarity trial including hydroxychloroquine,” he said.

On May 25, WHO announced it had temporarily suspended its trial of the drug over safety concerns. The announcement came days after a study published in the medical journal The Lancet, which is now being reexamined, found that hospitalized Covid-19 patients treated with hydroxychloroquine had a higher risk of death than those who didn’t take it.

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The move by the agency spurred French drugmaker Sanofi and others to temporarily suspend recruitment their own trials looking at the drug.

Tedros said Wednesday that the safety board will continue to closely monitor the safety of all therapeutics being tested in its trials, which include more than 3,500 patients across 35 countries.

“WHO is committed to accelerating the development of effective therapeutics, vaccines and diagnostics as part of our commitment to serving the world with science, solutions and solidarity,” he said.


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JUST IN: Nigeria records 348 coronavirus cases, total now 11,166



Nigeria has recorded new Coronavirus cases with the NCDC announcing 348 new cases of Coronavirus in Nigeria.

Newsone Nigeria reports that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed 348 new Coronavirus cases in a tweet on the micro-blogging site, Twitter on Wednesday evening, June 2.

This burgeoning online news platform understands that the NCDC noted that of the 348 COVID-19 cases recorded on Wednesday evening, 163 were detected in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial city, FCT-76 Ebonyi-23 Rivers-21 Delta-8 Nasarawa-8 Niger-8 Enugu-6 Bauchi-5 Edo-5 Ekiti-5 Ondo-5 Gombe-5 Benue-4 Ogun-2 Osun-1 Plateau-1 Kogi-1 Anambra-1, southeast Nigeria.

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To be continued……

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