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COVID-19 surge: Nigeria begins emergency operations as cases pass 42,000

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Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has recorded 404 new COVID-19 cases in the country, as total infections from the virus rise to 42,208.

The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Wednesday.

It added that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre had been activated to continue to coordinate national response activities across the country.

The health agency stated that the rising number of COVID-19 cases in states across the country called for caution for Nigerians to avoid non-essential travels.

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It noted that travelling during the COVID-19 pandemic can increase the risk of getting infected.

The NCDC urge Nigerians to take responsibility for their health and adhere to COVID-19 preventive measures.

The health agency noted that five more persons have died from the disease.

It said that with the discharge of an additional 240 COVID-19 patients in the last 24 hours, Nigeria had now successfully treated 19,004 cases since it recorded the index case on Feb. 27.

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It noted that the 404 new COVID-19 infections were reported from 20 states across the country.

The NCDC stated that the new cases were in Lagos (106), FCT (54), Rivers (48), Plateau (40), Edo (29), Enugu (21), Oyo (20), Kano (18), Ondo (15) and Ogun (10).

Others were Ebonyi (9), Ekiti (8), Kaduna (6), Cross River (5), Kwara (4), Anambra and Delta (3 each), Imo and Nasarawa (2 each), and Borno (1).

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According to the NCDC, 42,208 cases have been confirmed till date, 19,004 discharged and 873 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

 

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Salary deduction: Bauchi health workers commence indefinite strike

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Bauchi State Health workers under the Joint Health Sector Union and Assembly of Health Care Professionals (JOHESU) have commenced an indefinite strike.

This is due to deductions made from their salaries.

The Secretary of the Bauchi chapter, Usman Danturaki in a statement to all branch Chairmen and Secretaries, Medical and Health Workers’ Union in the State, directed all health works to commence the industrial action from 12am on Thursday.

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According to Danturaki, the action is due to the unilateral deductions of the workers’ June salaries by the state government.

You are hereby directed to commence an indefinite strike action from 12.00 am of Thursday, 6th August 2020 until further directed,” he said.

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COVID-19: Price of hydroxychloroquine skyrockets in Nigeria

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The price of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine has skyrocketed in Nigeria, according to the government’s consumer protection body.

There’s been widespread interest in hydroxychloroquine as both a preventative measure and for treating patients with coronavirus but the World Health Organization (WHO) says the drug doesn’t reduce death rates in patients with coronavirus.

Despite the lack of evidence, the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission’s audit of prices across the country has observed an astonishing rise in the drug’s price in the last four months.

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It found that – a packet of 60 tablets selling for N3,000 ($8; £6) four months ago – could be on sale in pharmacies for as much as N75,000 ($194;£ 147) now.

In a letter published on their Twitter account, the body described “excessive and unconscionable pricing”.

It added that “unreasonable, unjust and irrational prices or margins are a criminal offence” in Nigeria.

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Promotion by leading political figures such as US President Donald Trump has led to both hydroxychloroquine, and the related drug chloroquine, becoming the subject of widespread speculation online about their potential benefits and harmful effects.

This has led to high demand for the drugs and global supply shortages.

But despite some early studies raising hopes, one subsequent larger-scale trial has shown it’s not effective as a treatment and the WHO has halted its trials.

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Positive cases drop by 2,000 in July – FG

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Osagie Ehanire,

Nigeria recorded less than 2,000 positive cases in July, the Federal Government has disclosed.

It further stated the number of testing carried out across the country increased by 40,000 in just one month.

A total of 287,532 COVID-19 tests have been carried out so far in Nigeria.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, made these known during the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.

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He also said the Federal Government plans to reduce the deaths from the pandemic to less than one per cent.

The Federal Government also plans to expand sample collection to rural areas by setting set up at least one COVID-19 sample collection site in every Local Government Area (LGA) with designated holding rooms at General hospitals for patients with significant clinical symptoms.

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Ehanire said this will ensure patients are not turned back at hospitals.

The Minister asked health workers not to fret on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE);

“As we are reasonably well stocked with materials and commodities, which have been supplied to all sections of the country.”

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