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Goodluck Jonathan pays tribute to late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua

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Goodluck Jonathan pays tribute to late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has paid tribute to late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, who died exactly 10 years ago.

Yar’Adua, the 13th President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, died on May 5, 2010.

Yar’Adua served as governor of Katsina State from 29 May 1999 to 28 May 2007 before being declared the winner of the controversial Nigerian presidential election held on 21 April 2007 and was sworn in on 29 May 2007.

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He passed on at the Aso Rock presidential villa after his arrival from Saudi Arabia where he went for medical treatment for Pericarditis.

And remembering his former boss in a series of tweets on Tuesday, Jonathan who took over from Yar’Adua in 2007, said,

“It has been a decade since His Excellency President Umar Musa Yar’Adua was snatched by the cold hands of death.

“On this day, every year, his image fills our consciousness as a mark of his selflessness, typical modesty and exceptional flair.

“President Yar’Adua no doubt left enduring legacies in his wholehearted devotion to the ideals of democracy, respect for peoples’ rights, freedoms and reason for living as well as a commitment to the rule of law and laws of equity and justice.

“I will continue to remember President Yar’Adua as a colleague and boss who became my brother and friend.”

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COVID-19: Osun locks down four LGs

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Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, on Saturday ordered a total lockdown of four local government areas of the state to curtail community spread of COVID-19.

Movement in the affected local government areas would be restricted for seven days in the first instance the governor said.
The LGs are; Ilesa East, Ilesa West, Atakumosa East and Atakumosa West.

A statement by the State’s Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs Funke Egbemode, explained that the decision to lock down the four councils was a sequel to the meeting between the government and the stakeholders from the area.

Egbemode said the lockdown would commence on Tuesday, July 7, and it would be for one week in the first instance, adding that, if the compliance level was not encouraging, the government would announce the further extension.

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She further explained that the state was closely monitoring other Local Government Areas with rising numbers of those testing positive for COVID-19 in the state, and may in the days ahead, lockdown more areas.

She added that the decision to impose a total lockdown on the four local government areas was aimed at containing the spread of the virus.

The Commissioner stressed that the lockdown would be total, as residents and citizens in the affected local government areas would not have the opportunity to go to worship centres and markets during the period.

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The statement read in parts,

“As you are all aware, the Federal Government, a few days ago lifted the ban on interstate travel in the country. We have, therefore, lifted ours too.

But our relaxation guidelines still subsist except for four local government areas, namely; Ilesa West, Ilesa East, Atakumosa West, and Atakumosa East Local Government areas where we have now ordered a one-week lockdown, effective Tuesday, July 7.

“For the avoidance of doubt, our curfew will still run from 9.p.m to 5.a.m daily in other parts of the State, except the locked down LGAs.

In furtherance to the above, for the other parts of the State, the ban on political, public, religious, and any kind of gatherings under whatever guise remain in force, while worship centres must adhere strictly to government’s guidelines guiding their re-opening.

“The government will not hesitate to shut down any of the worship centres that violate our guidelines.

“For the four local government areas, all markets will remain shut, only neighbourhood markets and Pharmacies will be allowed to open.

“There must be strict adherence to stipulated physical distancing, the use of face masks, and observance of all other precautionary measures and established protocols of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.”

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JUST IN: Abia gov recovers from COVID-19

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Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has recovered from coronavirus, said the state government in a statement on Saturday.

The state’s Commissioner for Information, John Kalu, said the governor’s samples submitted on Thursday returned negative on Friday.

He wrote,

“To the glory of God, repeat COVID-19 test conducted by Nigeria Center for Disease Control on samples submitted by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu on Thursday, 2nd July 2020, returned negative result on Friday, 3rd July, 2020.

“Governor Ikpeazu is therefore deemed free of the virus according to the extant guidelines of NCDC and the World Health Organisation.”

Recall that Ikpeazu tested positive for coronavirus and had immediately gone into isolation.

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According to the NCDC on Friday night, Abia has recorded 382 infections including 207 recoveries and three associated deaths.

 

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COVID-19: Demand for oxygen by patients has increased- Lagos commissioner

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The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi, has said that there is an increase in the demand for oxygen by COVID-19 patients.

As a result of this, he said the state government has intensified efforts to make oxygen available across the local government areas in the state.

Abayomi stated this on Friday at a Zoom webinar by the Lagos Civil Society against COVID-19. The webinar was themed, ‘COVID-19 Home/Community Based Care in Lagos: Issues and Opportunities.’

It was moderated by the Chairman, International Institute of Risk and Society Management Nigeria, Dr Eugene Itua.

Speaking during the session, Abayomi stated,

“We noticed that there is a slight increase in the demand for oxygen. Patients are coming in with breathlessness and sometimes they present (themselves) to other hospitals in need of oxygen.

“So, we are trying to make oxygen available across the local government areas so patients can get oxygen treatment to be stabilised. Once they are stable, they can now be moved into isolation centres and get more medical treatment and hopefully, we can rescue them from getting into a more critical stage where we may now need to consider ventilating.

“We’d rather not ventilate. There are about five levels of oxygen therapy before we get to the ventilation stage and if we can use those levels and avoid ventilating patients, we’ll rather go down that route. But that depends on getting the patient early enough.”

Abayomi said it was important for people in communities to go for testing early if they noticed COVID-19 symptoms so their conditions wouldn’t escalate to the critical stage.

“If they are feeling unwell, they should not automatically think it is malaria or typhoid or anything else. If they are feeling unwell and there is a fever, body pains, cough and signs of breathlessness or exhaustion, then it’s important to get tested for COVID-19 and assess their respiratory function so they can be admitted to an isolation centre early enough to prevent getting into a severe or critical state,” he said.

Furthermore, Abayomi said the state was now testing about 1,000 people a day and hoped to attain 4,000 tests per day.

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Due to the increasing number of patients (10,823 cases as of Thursday, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control), the health commissioner said the state would soon exceed its isolation capacity, hence the adoption of home-based care.

He said,

“This (home care) is not new. It is recommended by the World Health Organisation. Home isolation is a normal progression of an outbreak and we have reached that stage in Lagos.

“For the patients receiving home care, we will send them a package which contains the basic items we give patients at the isolation centres. The kit includes a mask, hand sanitiser, thermometer and some drugs. So, we are evolving into home-based care and we’ll be reserving our centres for more complicated cases.”

Meanwhile, the webinar’s moderator and IIRSMN Chairman, Itua, said civil society organisations had a major role to play regarding home-based care for COVID-19 patients. He said they must support the various stakeholders and communities on how to manage the pandemic.

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