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Nigeria has 47.5m carriers of sickle cell, highest in the world, Don says

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A Professor of Peadeatrics and Child Health at the Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State, Dominic Osaghae, has revealed that Nigeria has the highest concentration of victims of sickle cell disease in the world, with 47.5 million carriers.

He stated this on Thursday while delivering the 15th inaugural lecture of the University, titled;

“The Roadblocks on the highway to survival of children: the interventions of a Paediatrician.”

Osaghae in his lecture

To manage the disease, Osaghae asked the federal government to set up control programmes across the country to manage the 47.5 million persons suffering from the Sickle Cell Disorders in Nigeria, as it is being done in other climes.

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He said,

“There are four million sufferers and 47.5 million carriers of sickle cell disorders in Nigeria. Therefore, the country has the highest concentration of victims of sickle cell disease in the world.

“Hence, considering the presence of a high carrier rate of the gene (25%) in Nigeria, there is need for the establishment of control programmes as it has been done in other countries with far less burden of the disease.

Osaghae called on the federal government to emulate Edo state which has a sickle cell centre, which he said has helped in managing those with the disorder.

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Speaking on the topic of the day, he said the intervention of a paediatrician illustrates the health challenges encountered by children during their growing years from birth to adolescence.

He said it also envisaged that children are on a marathon journey that would last 18 years on the “highway to survival,” because of the numerous roadblocks that constitute impediments to their survival.

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Earlier in his remarks, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Lawrence Ezemonye, described the event as a town and gown meeting where ideas and knowledge could be shared.

He said the institution has blazed the trail since its establishment and has become a role model to other institutions in the country.

The VC urged guests to take the lecture seriously as it is very apt, considering the survival of children and their well-being.

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Covid-19: Cases in Oyo firm, iSON Xperiences, rise to 151

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The Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force has confirmed two more COVID-19 cases from iSON Xperiences and one case each from Ibadan South West and Egbeda Local Government Areas of the state.

Governor Seyi Makinde, who made the disclosure via his verified Twitter handle, on Tuesday, said the total number of confirmed cases in Oyo State had risen to 244.

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The number of cases from iSON Xperiences is 151.

The governor wrote,

“The COVID-19 confirmation tests for four suspected cases came back positive. Two are from iSON Xperiences and one case each from Ibadan South West and Egbeda local government council areas.

“The total number of confirmed cases in Oyo State is 244.

“Please call the Emergency Operations Centre if you have any COVID-19 symptoms such as cough, fever, tiredness, body ache and shortness of breath.”

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Expect delays, long hours of checks, re-checks, FAAN warns ahead of airports reopening

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Coronavirus: FAAN postpones aviation conference

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has said it has put in place arrangements on passenger facilitation, ahead of the resumption of flights.

The General Manager Corporate Affairs of FAAN, Henrietta Yakubu, stated this while speaking at an aviation webinar organised by Women in Aviation (WIA) Nigeria with the theme: “Aviation: The New Norm in the post-COVID-19.”

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Yakubu warned passengers to expect delays and long hours of checks and re-checks from when they arrive at the airport until they depart.

She said noted escorts of VIPs would no longer be allowed to follow their principals into the terminal.

“We are going to expect flight delays, flights will experience delays from checks and re-checks. If you are travelling, I will expect a potential traveller to leave home hours before his flight. Why do I say this?

“Because there is going to be a lot of checks in the front of the terminal we have been told that some may activities and procedures will take place in front of the terminal. So air travellers are expected to leave home very early so that they can get to the airport on time,” Yakubu said.

 

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COVID-19: Bauchi records two new deaths, discharges 37

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The Bauchi State Ministry of Health has announced the deaths of two people due to coronavirus [COVID-19]-related complications.

The ministry also said 37 people were discharged after treatment for the disease.

WuzupNigeria reports that the development was revealed in a statement on Tuesday night.

This brings the total number of deaths in Bauchi State to seven since March 24th when the first index case was recorded in the state.

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Meanwhile, 37 more patients who have recovered after testing negative twice for the coronavirus have been discharged.

So far, the total number of discharged patients in the state has risen to 201.

The total number of confirmed cases in the state so far stands at 232.

The statement reads:

“37 discharges have been made with zero cases for two consecutive days in the state but unfortunately we recorded 2 deaths.

“At the moment, only 24 patients are on the hospital’s admission as of today 26th May 2020. The only patient is in severe condition has recovered and is getting better, where the entire case fatality rate stood at 3.0%.”

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