The United Bank for Africa [UBA], through the UBA Foundation, has donated the sum of N28.5m to the Ondo State Government.
The sum is its contributions to the fight against the coronavirus disease in the state.
Presenting the cheque to the state governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, at the governor’s office on Monday, the Regional Head of the bank, Mr. Olurotimi Obagaye, said it was hoped that the donation would go a long way in helping the state in the fight against COVID-19.
Governor Akeredolu, in his response, expressed gratitude to the donor as he said:
“the bank has done well for the country and Africa at large with the large sum of money donated, which was being shared among states.”
In the same vein, on the total ban placed on the markets across the state, the government said it took the decision as the people of the state allegedly disobeyed the initial government order of partial closure of the markets.
This was contained in a statement issued by the state Commissioner for Information Mr Donald Ojogo, on Monday.
The government expressed displeasure over the non-cooperative attitude of the traders towards the restriction order.
The statement read,
“It has been observed that residents have flagrantly disobeyed this directive which is a potent measure to avoid the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
” Compelled by this unwholesome infraction, government hereby places a total ban on all markets across Ondo State with effect from Tuesday, March 31, 2020. “
According to the statement, the ban was irrespective of any item for sale. The government declared that all markets must remain closed until further notice.
Kwara records eight new cases of COVID-19
Kwara has recorded eight new cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as at 11.45p.m on Monday, Aug 10.
The state now has a total of 865 confirmed cases of the virus, while one patient was discharged.
Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor and Spokesman of the Technical Committee on COVID-19, made this known in a statement on Tuesday day in Ilorin.
According to him, out of the 865 confirmed cases, 516 patients were discharged leaving 330 active cases in the state.
Ajakaye said 19 deaths have been recorded out of the 3, 853 people tested for the virus.
He added that 2, 922 tested negative for coronavirus with 66 tests being awaited.
US gifts Nigeria 200 ventilators [Photos]
The United States has handed over 200 ventilators to Nigeria in fulfilment of the promise made by US President Donald Trump during a telephone conversation with the President, Maj Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in April 2020.
The medical equipment were handed over to the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, by the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard at a ceremony in Abuja this morning.
President Trump while making the promise said the US would support Nigeria during the pandemic.
Speaking while accepting the ventilators, Ehanire said
“We shall be taking delivery these ventilators to shore up our intensive care response capability courtesy of the President of the United States and the US people.
“It is my pleasure to be here at the Premier Medical Warehouse Abuja at the invitation of USAID Nigeria on behalf of the
USA government to receive valuable medical equipment that will support the Nigerian government in their fight against the COVID19 pandemic.”
“This donation consists of 200 ventilators which are critical components of the response strategy that will help to save the lives of persons who have been severely impacted by #COVID19. These ventilators will be of great benefit to the people of Nigeria.”
Covid-19 is proving exceptionally difficult to stop, WHO says
The World Health Organization (WHO) disclosed that the novel Coronavirus is proving exceptionally difficult to stop, as the number of cases crosses 20 million.
Dr Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Programme, speaking during a news conference in Geneva on Monday, said in order to completely stop the virus it is important to identify where the human-animal barrier was breached.
“This virus is proving exceptionally difficult to stop,” Ryan said, saying that it was important to reflect on what is known about the virus, in terms of the ease of spread, the multiple transmission modes and the existence of asymptomatic and presymptomatic transmission.
“This is not an easy virus and not an easy virus, either, to detect. It’s not an easy virus to stop,” he said.
Ryan explained that an epidemiologic investigation will start in Wuhan, China because that’s where the first clusters of cases were picked up, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that is where Case Zero (the very first case) was.
According to Dr Ryan, finding ‘Case Zero’ helps to distinguish this crossing of the barrier between species.
“If you follow the data and the science, you will find, hopefully, the point at which the disease crossed the species barrier,” he said.
“It is important that we find that because as long as the animal-human breach has not been discovered, there’s always a chance that that barrier can be breached again,” he said.
Although finding this breach is important, it can take some time, according to Ryan, as the barrier breach for SARS was never fully established.
“The world is at greater risk for these species breaches, Ryan said.
“We are pressuring the biologic system. We live in a biome. We live in a world of biology. And we are creating – actively creating – the pressures that are driving the breaches of those barriers,”
“And we need to do better at managing the risks associated with that,” he said.
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