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OOUTH resident doctors embark on partial strike

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Negotiations for improved pay between resident doctors at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital [OOUTH], Sagamu, Ogun State and the state government have broken down.

The doctors have, therefore, commenced a partial stay at home protest to press home their demands.

The doctors, under the aegis of the Association of Resident Doctors at the OOUTH, in their letter to Governor Dapo Abiodun, accused the state government of being uncommitted to their welfare.

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The letter jointly signed by the union’s president, Dr Popoola Mutiu, and the general secretary, Dr Osundara Tope, said the association had resolved to work only weekdays and stay at home during weekends.

They said they would review the decision depending on the response of the state government.

The doctors, however, said their members working at the COVID-19 isolation centres would not be part of the strike.

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The letter reads partly,

Since the government has chosen to simply rub the issues, without any form of real commitment to begin to treat us fairly, we have resolved to discharge our duties only during working days of the week because of our concern for the people during these trying times. We have decided to stay at home on weekends.

“We hope the state government will wake up to its responsibility and our congress shall review in two weeks, if any worthwhile transformation occurs.

“We have decided to leave our members working directly in the COVID-19 treatment centres to go on with their duties uninterrupted within this additional two-week wait, after which we will reappraise and determine what next.”

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On the run COVID-19 patients worry FG

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The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said the Federal Government was disturbed by COVID-19 patients, who were fleeing isolation centres. This, he said, had worsened the transmission of the virus in communities.

The health minister said the government had problems in trying to convince some COVID-19 positive people that they had the virus.

He said,

“We also have issues with people who test positive and think you are going to look for them and then they run. So the figures don’t tally because people who think you are going to trace them don’t want to go into isolation.”

The health minister explained that the Federal Ministry of Health team sent to investigate the incidents in Kano, Sokoto, Jigawa, Borno, Katsina and Gombe had concluded its work and would submit its final report on Friday (today).

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Meanwhile, confirmed cases of coronavirus have increased to 11,516 in Nigeria.

This is after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control announced 350 new cases of COVID-19 in the country.

The NCDC made the announcement via its Twitter handle on Thursday.

It said,

“On the 4th of June 2020, 350 new confirmed cases and 8 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.

“No new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours.

“To date, 11516 cases have been confirmed, 3535 cases have been discharged and 323 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

“The 350 new cases are reported from 20 states- Lagos (102), Ogun (34), FCT (29), Borno (26), Kaduna (23), Rivers (21), Kwara (16), Ebonyi (17), Katsina (14), Edo (10), Delta (10), Kano (10), Bauchi (10), Bayelsa (9), Imo (8), Plateau (4), Ondo (3), Nasarawa (2), Gombe (1), Oyo (1).”

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70 health workers test positive for coronavirus in Ghana

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Seventy health workers in Ghana’s central region have tested positive for coronavirus, according to health authorities.

The country has recorded over 8,000 confirmed cases of the disease, 38 deaths and more than 3,000 recoveries.

The infected health workers are said to be asymptomatic, which means they have not shown symptoms of the virus.

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The authorities say some of them did not adhere to safety protocols and got infected from the community.

The central region in southern Ghana has recorded over 400 cases of the virus, and 70 of them are health workers.

President Nana Akufo-Addo has eased restrictions on religious gatherings and has opened schools for final year students despite a rise in cases. But Ghana’s borders remain closed indefinitely.

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COVID-19: NOA intensifies campaign, seeks media collaboration against spread

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The National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Ebonyi has embarked on house-to-house and streets-to-streets enlightenment campaigns on the public to adhere strictly to COVID-19 safety protocols.

The State Director of the Agency, Dr Emma Abah, made this known on Thursday, during its COVID-19 motorised campaign, around major city centres in the state.

The campaign had as its theme: “Communicating Government Policies, Programmes and Activities”.

Abah, who addressed the general public in various languages during the campaign, said that the sensitisation aimed at reaching out to those at the grassroots level who might be ignorant of the pandemic and its protocols.

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The state director, who led the campaign team, said that the exercise would be extended to the 13 Local Government areas of Ebonyi by the Community Orientation and Mobilization Officers.

He said the campaign would focus specifically on those who did not believe that the epidemic was real.

Abah said: “We are reaching out to streets, government offices, motor parks, traditional rulers, village heads, villages, communities among other groups to observe the safety measures.

“The public enlightenment is to ensure total compliance of the COVID-19 regulations such as regular hand wash, use of sanitizers, face masks, avoiding social gathering, social distancing and among other preventive measures.”

He called on electronic and print media organisations’ supports to assist governments efforts in containing the coronavirus spread through continuous sensitisation of the public.

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The General Manager, Nigeria Television Authority, Abakaliki, Uzoma Ozordi, pledged the organisation’s continuous support to fight the pandemic.

“We have taken measures and will continue to assist the state government with programmes to boost its efforts,” Ozordi said.

Also, the General Manager, Federal Radio Corporation, Unity FM, Abakaliki, Mr Rex Eze promised to work together with NOA in Ebonyi to achieve set objectives.

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The representative of the National Union of Road Transport Workers in Ebonyi, Mr Anthony Obasi, also urged the state government to step up measures to prevent the spread of the virus in parks.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the campaign progressed from street-to-street, city centres, government offices and various offices of media houses in Ebonyi.

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