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I’m not afraid of COVID-19, I can cure it, says native doctor arrested for not wearing face mask

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A young native doctor was filmed protesting after he was arrested for stepping out without wearing a face mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the video, the man was seen telling the members of the task force that he’s on his way to an important assignment.

When asked why he’s not wearing a face mask; he replied that he’s a native doctor and Coronavirus is not a threat to him.

He said he is not afraid of the virus and can treat patients if they are brought to him.

“This is my father’s land. This is my father’s land oh. Someone will be going on his way and you people will be subjecting him to abuse,” he protested as he was led to a canopy to sit.

“What you people are doing now has repercussions,” he warned the task force in Igbo.

He continued,

“Look at my neck,” he said, pointing to the strings of beaded necklace he was wearing.

“The assignment I’m going on now is not something… What I’m going for is a very serious matter. I’m telling you the truth.”

“But why are you not wearing your face mask,” an officer asked.

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And the native doctor responded:

“I’m telling you that I’m a native doctor. I don’t have problem with diseases. I will treat your Coronavirus. Bring me a patient.”

He continued after sitting:

“You people are insulting your ancestors. You’re insulting the god of the Igbo land.”

He was offered hand sanitizer to apply on his hands but he rejected it, saying: “I don’t need that thing.”

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He went on to speak about our ancestors and how they treated themselves with traditional knowledge.

He added:

“If others are afraid of diseases, you will join them in being afraid of diseases.

“A White man will be scared of disease, you Africans, that are hardcore Igbolites and know that it is traditional, this is what we do, we are herbalists…”

Watch the video below.

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NGO calls for sanitation methods review to curb COVID-19 spread

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 WASHMATA Initiatives, an NGO, in partnership with Leadership in Environment and Development (LEAD) Anglophone West Africa, has called for the review of the sanitation promotion methods to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

The NGO made the call in a communique jointly signed by its Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Boluwaji Onabolu, and the Regional Programme Director of LEAD, Mrs. Maureen Akintayo, on Tuesday in Abuja.

The communique said that with the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, sanitation and hygiene and clean water supply are essential services that can make a lot of difference between life and death.

The NGOs noted that in order to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic, sanitation services delivery must go with the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Infection Prevention and Control of COVID-19 training for the WASH field workers.

The communique emphasized the need for the inclusion of state WASH agencies in COVID-19 task teams, development of statewide multi-level monitoring and reporting systems.

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It also called for increased synergy between the various donor and government-supported WASH programs, organized private-sector participation, documentation of best practices, leadership training, and peer to peer learning through a community of practice.

The NGOs noted that only 27 local government areas have been declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) in the country.

The communique further noted that the number represented less than 4 percent of the 774 area councils in Nigeria with Benue and Katsina having the highest number of ODF LGAs.

The communique said the revelation was part of its panel discussion tagged: ‘ WASH Matters Hard Talk’ held in Abuja by Nigerian WASH professionals including the chief executives of  Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agencies from six states.

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It listed the states to include Katsina, Zamfara, Benue, Plateau, Adamawa, and the Federal Capital Territory(FCT).

According to the communique, during the panel discussions, the panelists shared innovations and best practices.

“Some of which included functional WASH LGA departments, engagement with faith-based organizations, and linking sanitation promotion to MSME development.

“24.4 percent of Nigerians (47 million) have not yet begun to climb the sanitation ladder posing a major challenge to health, education, nutrition, and poverty indices in the country.

“Since these 27 LGAs were declared open defecation free in 4 years (2016 to 2020) it is evidently possible to address this backlog by the end of 2025.

“With the proviso that each state will commit to ensuring open defecation free status in an average of two LGAs per year to achieve the goal of the Clean Nigeria Campaign of Federal Government of Nigeria.”

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The communique highlighted some challenges drawn from the panel discussions which include the fear in the minds of field workers about contracting COVID-19 infection and the unwillingness of the populace to change behavior.

“Other challenges are delays in release of funds; donor fund dependence by states and agencies not taking sufficient advantage of the opportunities in sanitation for SME business development, inadequate learning, and sharing of best practices.“

The program was attended by various professionals from the WASH and health sector including Ms. Kate Kanebi, representing the European Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS.

Others are the Executive Secretary of the Lagos Water Regulatory Commission, Mrs. Funke Adepoju, Organised Private Sector for WASH represented by Dr. Nicholas Igwe, and Dr. Jumai Ahmadu, Coordinator FCT COVID-19 Situation Room.

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Cash transfer: FG disburses N349.5m to beneficiaries in Kaduna

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The Federal Government has concluded the disbursement of N349.5 million to 34,946 poor and vulnerable households in Kaduna State.

The Head of Cash Transfer Unit in the State, Hajiya Hauwa Abdulrazaq, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna on Sunday.

Abdulrazaq explained that the disbursement was under the federal government’s Conditional Cash Transfer, a Households Uplifting Programme targeting poorest of the poor households in the country.

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She said that the beneficiaries, drawn from nine Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state received N10,000 each, being payment for the months of May and June at N5,000 per month.

She identified the benefitting LGAs as Kajuru, Birnin Gwari, Kauru, Lere, Sanga, Kachia, Kubau, Ikara and Chikun.

She said that 4,470 poor and vulnerable households benefited in Kajuru; 8,032 in Birnin Gwari; 1,963 in Kauru; 1,406 in Sanga, while 4,380 benefited in Lere.

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She added that a total of 2,021 poor and vulnerable households benefited in Kachia; 5,478 in Ikara; 2,784 in Chikun, and 4,412 in Kubau.

“We began the disbursement on July 1 and ended the exercise on July 10.

“The households uplifting programme is one of the national social investment programmes which implementation began in September 2016,” she said.

NAN recalls that the programme began in 2017 in Kaduna state with about 10,000 beneficiaries, but expanded to 22,380 in April 2020.

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A total of 12,566 new beneficiaries were added in May, which amounted to the current 34,956 beneficiaries in the state.

The state government had also commenced the process of capturing poor and vulnerable households into the social register in the remaining 14 LGAs, from which beneficiaries of the cash transfer would be extracted.

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Lady flaunts groceries bought for N2000 at popular Lagos store ( see reactions)

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A Nigerian lady has taken to social media to flaunt the supplies she bought at a popular Lagos supermarket and it has got the attention of Social media users.
The lady identified as @sisbisi_ on Twitter took to the microblogging platform to share photos of groceries and other supplies she got at SPAR supermarket for a token of N2000.
While sharing photos of her items, she simply tweeted: “Now now 2K don finish. 🥺“
In reaction to her tweet, twitter users have called on her to borrow them the handgun she used in getting all she bought at such a meager rate. The store’s official handle also quoted the tweet saying:
What SPAR location did you spend 2k and get all these? 😑
See photos of the items below:
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