The Lagos State government, on Sunday, announced the recovery and discharge of an additional 56 more COVID-19 patients, comprising 47 Nigerians and nine foreigners, after testing negative twice for the disease.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said in a statement issued in Lagos that a total of 1,897 patients had been discharged from the isolation centres.
“The good people of Lagos, today, 56 #COVID19Lagos patients; 12 females and 44 males, including 9 foreign nationals, were discharged from our isolation facilities to reunite with the society.
“The patients; 25 from Gbagada; 5 from Agidingbi; 8 from Eti-Osa (LandMark); 3 from Onikan and 15 from LUTH isolation centres, were discharged after full recovery and testing negative for COVID-19.
“This brings to 1,897 the number of #COVID19 confirmed cases that have been successfully managed and discharged from our isolation facilities.
”Remember, COVID-19 is real! Let’s continue to adhere strictly to all public advisories given by government #ForACOVID19FreeLagos,” Sanwo-Olu said.
Salary deduction: Bauchi health workers commence indefinite strike
Bauchi State Health workers under the Joint Health Sector Union and Assembly of Health Care Professionals (JOHESU) have commenced an indefinite strike.
This is due to deductions made from their salaries.
The Secretary of the Bauchi chapter, Usman Danturaki in a statement to all branch Chairmen and Secretaries, Medical and Health Workers’ Union in the State, directed all health works to commence the industrial action from 12am on Thursday.
According to Danturaki, the action is due to the unilateral deductions of the workers’ June salaries by the state government.
“You are hereby directed to commence an indefinite strike action from 12.00 am of Thursday, 6th August 2020 until further directed,” he said.
COVID-19: Price of hydroxychloroquine skyrockets in Nigeria
The price of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine has skyrocketed in Nigeria, according to the government’s consumer protection body.
There’s been widespread interest in hydroxychloroquine as both a preventative measure and for treating patients with coronavirus but the World Health Organization (WHO) says the drug doesn’t reduce death rates in patients with coronavirus.
Despite the lack of evidence, the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission’s audit of prices across the country has observed an astonishing rise in the drug’s price in the last four months.
It found that – a packet of 60 tablets selling for N3,000 ($8; £6) four months ago – could be on sale in pharmacies for as much as N75,000 ($194;£ 147) now.
In a letter published on their Twitter account, the body described “excessive and unconscionable pricing”.
Price Gouging, Unreasonable and Arbitrary Increases in Prices of Protective and Hygiene Products on Account of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Concerns pic.twitter.com/rBluCByKez
— FCCPC Nigeria (@fccpcnigeria) August 4, 2020
It added that “unreasonable, unjust and irrational prices or margins are a criminal offence” in Nigeria.
Promotion by leading political figures such as US President Donald Trump has led to both hydroxychloroquine, and the related drug chloroquine, becoming the subject of widespread speculation online about their potential benefits and harmful effects.
This has led to high demand for the drugs and global supply shortages.
But despite some early studies raising hopes, one subsequent larger-scale trial has shown it’s not effective as a treatment and the WHO has halted its trials.
Positive cases drop by 2,000 in July – FG
Nigeria recorded less than 2,000 positive cases in July, the Federal Government has disclosed.
It further stated the number of testing carried out across the country increased by 40,000 in just one month.
A total of 287,532 COVID-19 tests have been carried out so far in Nigeria.
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, made these known during the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.
He also said the Federal Government plans to reduce the deaths from the pandemic to less than one per cent.
The Federal Government also plans to expand sample collection to rural areas by setting set up at least one COVID-19 sample collection site in every Local Government Area (LGA) with designated holding rooms at General hospitals for patients with significant clinical symptoms.
Ehanire said this will ensure patients are not turned back at hospitals.
The Minister asked health workers not to fret on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE);
“As we are reasonably well stocked with materials and commodities, which have been supplied to all sections of the country.”
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