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Ebonyi: 24 health workers infected with COVID-19


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Twenty four health workers have been infected with COVID-19 in Ebonyi since the outbreak of the pandemic in the state.

Also, the number of cases in the state has risen to 503.

Commissioner for Health, Daniel Umezuruike, stated this while giving an update on the outbreak to Governor, David Umahi in Abakaliki on Sunday.

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The Commissioner said a total of 357 of the infected persons have recovered and discharged in line with NCDC guidelines.

He said three deaths have so far been recorded in the state.

Umezuruike also added 3,369 samples have been tested in the state.

Reacting, Umahi expressed worries over the increasing number of cases in the state despite the efforts of government.

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He said the State Government was going to re-evaluate its policies and operations regarding the fight against the virus.

He frowned at the nonchalant attitude of residents whom he said have refused to obey safety protocols leading to an increase in cases.


Any hand sanitizer containing methanol could kill you – FDA



The United States agency, Food & Drug Administration, says any hand sanitizer that contains methanol could kill if it gets to the mouth.

The agency also warned that the volatile chemical could be dangerous when absorbed through the skin.

Hand sanitizer use became common globally after health authorities said that rubbing it on the hands in the absence of clean water and soap could help in reducing the possibility of being infected with the COVID-19 global pandemic, which has killed at least 584,355 people worldwide, with more than 13.6 million infected.

The FDA issued warnings about 59 different hand sanitizers, many of which are said to contain methanol, which can be dangerous when absorbed through the skin or ingested.

All of the sanitizers under the FDA warning list appear to have originated from Mexico.

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In June, the FDA warned Americans not to use nine “toxic” hand sanitizers made by Mexico-based Eskbiochem SA de CV with, each containing varying amounts of methanol, some as high as 90 per cent.

Tests found that the CleanCare No Germ line contained 28 per cent methanol, while Lavar Gel contained a whopping 81 percent of the toxin, the FDA said.

Methanol can be toxic when absorbed through the skin and can be life-threatening when ingested.

According to the FDA, exposure to methanol-based hand sanitizer can cause nausea, vomiting, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or even death.

“Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers and must not be used due to its toxic effects,” the agency stated.

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Ethanol is sugary and is produced from crops such as corn and barley, while methanol is made from wood.

Young children who accidentally ingest these products, as well as those who drink them as a substitute for alcohol, are most at risk at of methanol poisoning, according to the FDA.

The FDA advised consumers to stop using hazardous products and immediately dispose of them in appropriate waste containers, without flushing them down the drain.

Meanwhile, the agency advised people to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after going to the bathroom; before eating; after coughing; sneezing or blowing someone else’s nose.

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If soap and water are unavailable, an alcohol-based sanitizer is recommended, which contains at least 60 percent ethanol, according to guidance from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC recommend ethanol-based hand sanitizers of at least 60 per cent if soap and water are unavailable

The agency now warns against use of hand sanitizers made by firms including AAA Cosmetica, 4E Global and DDI Multinacional.

Other brands include Tropicosmeticos, Limpo QUimocos and Maquiladora Miniara.

AAA Cosmetica have since announced that they are voluntary recalling all of its hand sanitizer which reportedly contains methanol.

The FDA warned that it had seen “a sharp increase” in hand sanitizer products that contain ethanol which have been contaminated with methanol.

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Coronavirus kills 584,355, infects 13,582,690 in 196 countries



The novel coronavirus has killed at least 584,355 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT on Thursday.

At least 13,582,690 cases have been registered in 196 countries and territories. Of these, at least 7,414,000 are now considered recovered.

The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organisation, probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections.

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Many countries are testing only symptomatic or the most serious cases.

The United States is the worst-hit country with 137,419 deaths from 3,499,291 cases. At least 1,075,882 people have been declared recovered.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 75,366 deaths from 1,966,748 cases, Britain with 45,053 deaths from 291,911 cases, Mexico with 36,906 deaths from 317,635 cases, and Italy with 34,997 deaths from 243,506 cases.

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China — excluding Hong Kong and Macau — has to date declared 83,612 cases, including 4,634 deaths, and 78,719 recoveries.

Europe overall has 204,036 deaths from 2,889,954 cases, Latin America and the Caribbean 152,001 deaths from 3,561,231 infections and the United States and Canada 146,259 deaths from 3,608,012 cases.

Asia has registered 46,283 deaths from 1,903,551 cases, the Middle East 21,592 deaths from 962,305 cases, Africa 14,042 deaths from 645,249 cases, and Oceania 142 deaths from 12,393 cases.

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As a result of corrections by national authorities or late publication of data, the figures updated over the past 24 hours may not correspond exactly to the previous day’s tallies.

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Immigration partners NDLEA on a drug test, rehabilitation for personnel



The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) is partnering with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on the rehabilitation of its officers and men who might test positive to drug integrity tests.

Speaking at the inauguration of the substance abuse test exercise for officers and men of the service on Thursday in Abuja, the Comptroller General of NIS, Mr. Muhammad Babandede said that the test would begin with him.

Babandede said that the choice of the theme, “the test begins with me” was strategic towards the participation of every officer in the testing and remaining committed to the idea.

He said that the exercise was not aimed at witch-hunting anybody neither would anyone found positive be subjected to disciplinary procedures.

The Comptroller General said that it was to bring to light the negative effect of drug abuse while fashioning out ways to rehabilitate anyone who may test positive.

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“So, if the test begins with me, the healing should also begin with me.

“We are hoping to partner with NDLEA especially in terms of rehabilitation for anyone who may test positive to the use of some of these substances.

“We will also be requesting that you help build the capacity of a pre-select team of officers and men who will be carrying out the duty of sensitization and enlightenment as we progress with this exercise.

“We are committed to ensuring that every single personnel of the service undergoes this process because we intend to achieve a substance abuse free service for our officers, men, and indeed their families,” he said.

Babandede said that Immigration officers were saddled with the duty of bearing arms while playing vital roles in National Security within the framework of statutory duties of service.

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“The aim of this exercise is to prohibit the possession, sale, or use of harmful substances that can inhibit the capacity of the user to perform these statutory duties.

“Albeit, the service may have recorded cases of indiscipline resulting from substance abuse, we decided to be proactive by introducing this exercise.

“This is in order to checkmate the habit of substance abuse and the effect of intake of these substances may have on our role of service delivery to the civil populace,” he said.

Responding, Chairman, NDLEA, Col. Muhammad Abdallah (Rtd) said that the agency would collaborate with not just NIS but any agency particularly, Federal Civil Service and all the other services in need of such a test.

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Abdallah, who was represented by the Secretary, NDLEA, Mr. Shedrach Haruna, noted that what was starting with the immigration would extend to other agencies and all services which bear arms in the country.

“This is a way to bring about the issue of a free society. A society that is free from drugs and this is starting with the service of the Federation and all other civil services.

“We are also working to collaborate with states to ensure that all the arm bearing agencies undergo this drug integrity test.

“This is part of NDLEA’s work. We are mandated to coordinate preventive measures against drugs knowing that drug use in the country has increased.

“We have developed a procedure to ensure we curb the process and stem the trend of substance abuse in the country,” he said.

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