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Lagos, Kano, Borno account for 52 per cent Covid-19 deaths – Mamora

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The Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, on Monday said Borno, Lagos and Kano states accounted for 52 per cent of COVID-19 deaths in the country.

Mamora said this at a press briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

Mamora also said 60 per cent of COVID-19 cases in the country were aged between 21 and 50 years.

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As of Sunday, Nigeria had recorded 5,959 coronavirus cases, with 1,594 discharged, while 182 patients had died.

Lagos State with 2,550 cases, the highest in the country, is followed by Kano, which has 825 cases and the Federal Capital Territory that has 418 cases. Borno State has 215 cases.

On Monday, Mamora said the Federal Government had sent more test kits and laboratory consumables to Kano State. According to him, 660 tests are being conducted in the state daily.

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Mamora added that the government team sent to Sokoto “curiously found a cluster of COVID-19 cases in one local government area” saying measures were being taken to reach more communities nationwide.

The minister also said,

“Till date, sadly, Lagos, Kano and Borno states accounted for 52 per cent of deaths. The increased daily record is largely due to our increased tracing and testing capacity which is mainly as a result of increased community mobilisation and awareness creation.”

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Lagos discharges 56 COVID-19 patients

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Covid-19: Lagos may run out of isolation bed spaces in three weeks, Health commissioner says

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.

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Bayelsa Gov. canvasses more support for primary healthcare

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Gov. Douye Diri of Bayelsa has stressed the need to pay more attention to the primary healthcare system towards ensuring effective and efficient management of disease control and public health.

This was contained in a statement issued on Sunday in Yenagoa by Mr. Doubara Atasi, the Senior Special Assistant to the Deputy Governor on Media, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.

The statement quoted Gov. Douye Diri as making stating this while receiving a report from the ad-hoc committee on funding challenges and other related issues of the state Primary Healthcare Development Board.

The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, described primary healthcare as the gateway to a vibrant healthcare system.

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While decrying the long neglect of the primary healthcare system in the country, he noted that the COVID-19 challenge would not have become so alarming if the government had paid adequate attention to the health sector.

Diri commended members of the ad-hoc committee for the report, expressing optimism that the implementation of the report would, in no small measure, help in addressing some of the major challenges facing the health sector in the state.

”The basic truth is that more than 80 percent of all the health challenges that we have in this world are adjustable with primary healthcare.

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“So if we have an effective primary healthcare system, then we will also have an effective disease control and management system.

“The primary healthcare is the gateway to the entire health system.

“If we had deployed primary healthcare effectively in this country and even across the world, we wouldn’t have gotten to this stage of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is, therefore, failure or lack of emphasis on primary healthcare that has taken us to where we are now,” he said.

Diri also stressed the need to provide health workers with personal protective equipment at the community level to enable them to provide immunization and other services in the midst of the COVID-19 infection.

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Presenting the report, Chairman of the ad-hoc committee, Mr. Gowon Toruyouyei, said the 17-member committee made some findings, with some short and long term recommendations towards moving the sector forward.

Toruyouyei also noted that the committee, among other recommendations, urged the state government to amend the Primary Healthcare Development Board Law, 2018, with inputs from critical stakeholders to address the ambiguity in the funding structure.

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Global coronavirus cases increase by over 230,000 – WHO

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The World Health Organization (WHO) reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Sunday, with the total rising by 230,370 in 24 hours.

The biggest increases were from the U.S., Brazil, India, and South Africa, according to a daily report.

The previous WHO record for new cases was 228,102 on July 10. Deaths remained steady at about 5,000 a day.

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Global coronavirus cases were approaching 13 million on Sunday, according to a Reuters tally, marking another milestone in the spread of the disease that has killed more than 565,000 people in seven months.

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