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US commits N17b to TB eradication in Nigeria

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The United States Agency for International Development has announced the establishment of ‘local organizations networks’ that would work for the detection and treatment of Tuberculosis cases in Nigeria over the next five years.

The networks funded at N17.1 billion ($45 million) are divided into three regions covering 18 states where data show the TB burden to be highest.

This was disclosed in a statement by the US Mission in Abuja, on Tuesday.

“With these new awards, USAID is making a major commitment to reducing and ultimately eradicating TB in Nigeria. The key will be reducing the number of undetected cases while getting those who test positive into free treatment.  TB is completely curable,” USAID Mission Director, Stephen Haykin, stated.

The statement said the first $30 million award will establish a Tuberculosis Local Organizations Network Regions 1 and 2 in 14 states to be implemented by KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation Nigeria.

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The second, $15m award, went to the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria, covering four states in Region 3.

Under both of the awards, the USAID said KNCV and IHVN would work to rapidly improve TB case detection and treatment in communities using a differentiated model approach while strengthening resilient and sustainable systems for TB control until 2025.

The statement said, “Regions 1 includes Bauchi, Kaduna, Katsina, Kano, Nasarawa, Plateau, and Taraba states.  Region 2 comprises Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Benue, Cross River, Delta, Imo, and Rivers.  Region 3 covers Lagos, Ogun, Oyo and Osun states.

“The World TB Day 2020 theme ‘It’s Time’ highlights the need to urgently accelerate the TB response to save lives and end suffering. 

“Along with our newly awarded local partners, USAID remains strong in our commitment to work towards a TB-free Nigeria.”

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JUST IN: Reps reject castration as punishment for rapists

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The House of Representatives has voted against a prayer seeking to recommend castration for rapists.

The House, at the plenary on Thursday, considered and adopted a motion on the rising cases of sexual violence in Nigeria.

A member, Mr James Faleke, had recommended that persons found guilty of rape should be castrated.

Just before the prayer was subjected to a voice vote, the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, however, asked what would happen to an older female who rapes a younger male.

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The comment generated noise in the chamber, reports say.

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After 14-years in coma, ‘sleeping’ Saudi Prince moves his head for the first time (Video)

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Joy unfolds as Saudi Arabia prince, Khalid Bin Talal moves his head for the first time and gives hope of living after being in coma for fourteen years.

All over the world, many are saying a word of prayer for the ‘Sleeping Prince’ as he still lays on his bed for more than a decade.

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During one of the sessions where he was receiving treatment whilst in a coma, Khalid miraculously moved his head from side to side.

The action was captured on tape and from the video, we could a reaction from Khalid’s caretakers as they could not believe what had just happened.

The doctors and some family members could not hide their excitement and the video has since garnered tons of joyful remarks from social media.

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JUST IN: Registration of religious, social centers begins in Lagos

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Covid-19: Lagos rolls out guidelines to reopen businesses post-lockdown

The Lagos State Safety Commission has opened a register for religious and social centres in its domain.

The registration of such centres is in preparation for their full reopening.

It is also in furtherance of the Register-to-Open initiative of the state government, as directed by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the commission explained in a statement by Lanre Mojola, its Director-General.

The statement reads:

“Further to the directive of Mr Governor with respect to the Register-to-Open initiative of Lagos State government, we hereby confirm that all religious and social centres (social clubs, event centres, restaurants, bars, night clubs, spas, cinemas and gyms) within the state can commence the registration process on the designated portal www.lasgsafetyreg.com immediately.”

Giving an update relating to the COVID-19 pandemic in the state on May 17, the governor said the government was considering full reopening of the economy, including critical sectors like tourism and hospitality, sporting, event centres, cinemas, entertainment, and religious gatherings.

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He, however, said businesses in these sectors would have to undergo re-registration before reopening and that the Lagos State Safety Commission and Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) would be visiting offices and business premises to assess the level of their readiness to resume operation.

Sanyo-Olu said:

“We are at a level where we are reviewing the other arms of the economy. In the coming days, we will be starting what we call Register-to-Open, which means all players in the restaurant business, event centres, entertainment, malls and cinemas will go through a form of re-registration and space management.

“There is a regulation that will be introduced to supervise this move. We will be coming to their facilities to assess their level of readiness for a future opening.

“I don’t know when that opening will happen in the weeks ahead but we want these businesses to begin to tune themselves to the reality of COVID-19 with respect to how their work spaces need to look like.”

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