Two military men have tested positive for coronavirus [COVID-19] in Bayelsa State, an official announced in a statement on Monday.
According to the deputy chairman of the Bayelsa State COVID-19 Task Force, Dr Inodu Apoku, the duo were part of the three new cases announced for the state by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control [NCDC] on Sunday.
Apoku said the third patient was a household contact to the two military officers.
The three new confirmed cases brought to four the number of cases Bayelsa had recorded within three days.
The total number of confirmed cases in the state currently stands at 11 with five active cases while six patients had been discharged and no death recorded so far.
Apoku, who is also the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health, said,
“The three new cases announced yesterday are a cohort. They were referred to us by a medical doctor.
“Their cases were investigated, and samples collected. They are also not epidemiologically linked to any of our previously confirmed cases but admitted to recent travel histories to Lagos and Delta States.
“Two of them are military men while the third is a household contact to one of the two. They are all males.”
He said they had been evacuated to one of the state’s isolation centres and were all clinically stable and receiving medical care.
WHO to begin study on origin of COVID-19
The World Health Organisation (WHO) says its experts will travel to China to work together with their Chinese counterparts to prepare scientific plans for identifying the zoonotic source of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
WHO, in a statement posted on its website, said the experts would develop the scope and Term of Reference (TOR) for a WHO-led international mission.
“Identifying the origin of emerging viral disease has proven complex in past epidemics in different countries.
“A well-planned series of scientific researches will advance the understanding of animal reservoirs and the route of transmission to humans.
“The process is an evolving endeavor which may lead to further international scientific research and collaboration globally,’’ it said.
NAFDAC offers 80 per cent discount to Jigawa entrepreneurs
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in Jigawa state has announced an 80 percent discount for registration of new Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the state.
The agency’s Coordinator in the state, Mr. AbdusSalam Lawan, stated this in an interview with the Newsmen in Dutse on Wednesday.
Lawan said the gesture was part of the palliatives for the MSMEs in line with the Ease of Doing Business, as well as a proactive response to the challenge of COVID-19 pandemic.
He explained that the six-month discount period, with effect from May 15, would end on November 15.
“The discount is a palliative to the MSMEs as part of the Federal Government’s measure to cushion the negative effect of the pandemic on the existing MSMEs and new ones as well as facilitate the growth of the sector.
The coordinator further called on non registered MSMEs in the state to take advantage of the discount to register their products with ease.
According to him, the discount will not be extended beyond the stipulated six-month period, hence the need for all new MSMEs to register.
“I want to use this medium to call on all small scale business owners to utilize this golden opportunity to get their products registered at a cheaper rate.
“This is because there is no likelihood that this palliative will be extended beyond the November 15,” he said.
12 suspected drug traffickers nabbed in three months in Niger – NDLEA
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Niger Command, says it has arrested 12 suspected drug traffickers, with substances suspected to be cannabis Sativa and pentazocine injections in the last three months.
The acting Commander of the agency in the state, Mr. Isaac Aloye, disclosed this to the Newsmen in Minna on Wednesday.
He said that the arrests were made in the different parts of the state.
Aloye listed the drugs allegedly found with the suspects to include cannabis Sativa, weighing 1,381.5kg, codeine (crack) 29 pinches (0.014kg), 401 bottles of cough syrup with codeine, 10,200 ampoules of pentazocine injections and a wrap of methamphetamine, which weighed 0.001kg.
“The quantity and quality of the various drugs seized during the period in Niger state are of great concern.
“The agency is worried that drug traffickers now waybill the drugs to physically distance themselves from the drugs upon interception.
“It takes a great deal to trace and arrest the recipients and senders of the drugs,” the commander said.
He said that the agency would not relent in frustrating the activities of drug peddlers in the state and the nation at large.
Aloye added that the agency also arrested a suspected bandit with a locally-made pistol and three live cartridges, stressing that he had been handed over to the police.
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