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FG to use hotels, schools as quarantine, isolation centres

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The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said the Federal Government would require hotels and school dormitories as quarantine and isolation centres because of a shortage of hospital beds.

The minister noted that there were four levels of COVID-19 patients ranging from those on quarantine with zero or mild symptoms to those that would need to be in the intensive care unit.

The minister said,

“We have sadly recorded 254 deaths, most of them are persons associated with other ailments, confirming the general observation that risks are higher for those with illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes and non-communicable diseases.

“We need to continue increasing bed capacity to match the probable number of patients, so that we do not experience horrific scenes of bed space shortages seen in some European hospitals.

“In event of overflow, we can require hotels and school dormitories to be prepared for level 1 which is quarantine, and level 2, is isolation of COVID-19 positive with zero or mild symptoms, to free hospital beds to be dedicated to level 3 which are moderate to severe cases and level 4 which is for the high dependency and the intensive care unit.

“I, therefore, call on activists and philanthropists to work with state governments to scale up non-pharmaceutical measures and beef up infrastructural assets for isolation and treatment in their states.”

Ehanire said Nigeria would review its participation in the World Health Organisation solidarity trial. He also stated that proposals for trial of local remedies for COVID-19 had been sent to the relevant research and testing agencies for scientific evaluation.

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He stated,

“The Madagascar herbs have been received at the Ministry of Health, and were found to consist of two varieties; one labelled to be for prevention and the other for treatment. Samples have been given to three agencies of the Ministry of Health and also to the Ministry of Science and Technology.

“These are normal processes for new preparations to be approved for use in Nigeria, and include toxicological and efficacy tests and clinical trials. Government will investigate all genuine efforts to find homegrown solutions to the pandemic.”

The minister said Madagascar’s drugs had been sent to NAFDAC, National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, and the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research.

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American don donates surgical instruments to Unilorin

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The University of Ilorin (Unilorin) has hailed an American don, Emeritus Prof. Eugene Myers, for donating equipment worth thousands of dollars to its Otorhinolaryngology (ORL) Department.

In a statement signed by Prof. Busari Alabi, the ORL Course Coordinator in Unilorin, the university said that the high-quality instruments are known as German products – Karl Storzwill – would be of immense use for patients’ care and medical education.

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According to the university, Myers is of the ORL Department of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in the U.S.

“The equipment will be used for cadaver dissections and elective surgery.

“Myers is an expert who has played leadership roles in most of the professional and scientific societies in the field of Head and Neck Surgery.

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“He was awarded a gold medal for his international activities at the 2009 IFOS World Congress, and currently serves as the Honorary President of the Balkan Society of Otolaryngology.

” Furthermore, he is the Regional Advisor to the Balkans for the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery,” Unilorin said.

He added that Myers had served on the boards of many non-profit organizations, including Pennsylvania Lions Hearing Research Foundation and Support for People with Oral, Head and Neck Cancer, among others. (NAN)

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Kwara govt acquires two state-of-the-art ambulances for emergency response

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The Kwara State Government has acquired two state-of-the-art Mercedes Benz Ambulances to boost emergency response system in the state.

The Newsmen reports that the ambulances were unveiled on Sunday at a brief ceremony in the Government House premises, Ilorin.

Inspecting the two new ambulances, Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, reassured of his administration’s commitment to a full-blown turnaround in the Kwara Health system.

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AbdulRazaq said that the gesture was another step in his administration’s drive to improve healthcare delivery, saying more were in the offing after the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor commended health workers in the state for putting a strong fight for the survival of COVID-19 patients, saying that their calling was service to humanity.

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The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Raji Razaq, who took the governor round the ambulances, described the gesture as another feather to the cap of the ministry; noting that it was a promise kept for strengthening the health system in the state.

He noted that the two high-roofed ambulances were fully equipped with resuscitative gadgets, oxygen, and ventilators to keep patients alive.

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WHO discontinues trial of hydroxychloroquine treatment for COVID-19 patients

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) says it has discontinued the use of hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir in its global trial for the treatment of COVID-19 as recommended by the Solidarity Trial’s International Steering Committee.

The UN health agency, in a statement posted on its website, stated that the Solidarity Trial was established by WHO to find an effective COVID-19 treatment for hospitalized patients.

“The committee formulated the recommendation in light of the evidence for hydroxychloroquine vs standard-of-care and for lopinavir/ritonavir vs standard-of-care from the Solidarity trial interim results.

“The trial interim results and from a review of the evidence from all trials presented at the July 1 to July 2, WHO Summit on COVID-19 research and innovation.

“These interim trial results show that hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir produce little or no reduction in the mortality of hospitalized COVID-19 patients when compared to standard of care.

“Solidarity trial investigators will interrupt the trials with immediate effect,’’ it said.

According to the statement, for each of the drugs, the interim results do not provide solid evidence of increased mortality.

“There were, however, some associated safety signals in the clinical laboratory findings of the add-on Discovery trial, a participant in the Solidarity trial.

“These will also be reported in the peer-reviewed publication.

“This decision applies only to the conduct of the Solidarity trial in hospitalized patients and does not affect the possible evaluation in other studies of hydroxychloroquine or lopinavir/ritonavir in non-hospitalized patients or as pre- or post-exposure prophylaxis for COVID-19.

“The interim Solidarity results are now being readied for peer-reviewed publication.’

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