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WHO appoints Okonjo-Iweala as Special Envoy for Access to COVID-19 tools

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has appointed Dr Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as a Special Envoy for Access to COVID-19 tools (ACT) Accelerator.

Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of WHO, announced the appointment during the launch of ACT Accelerator in Geneva, saying that she’s been working with Sir Andrew Witty, a British Business Executive as Special Envoys.

“I would especially like to thank Sir Andrew Witty and Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for agreeing to act as Special Envoys for the ACT Accelerator,” Ghebreyesus said in his remarks during a webinar.

Act is an international collaboration aimed at accelerating the development, production, and equitable distribution of COVID-19 drugs, tests kits and hopefully vaccines around the world.

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Okonjo-Iweala was recently appointed a member of the South Africa Economic Advisory Council which advises the Government of South Africa on development and implementation of economic policies.

She was also few weeks ago appointed member of the International Monetary Fund External Advisory Group.

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Anambra has eight active COVID-19 cases – Obiano

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Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra says there are currently eight active COVID-19 cases being treated at Protective Care Centres in the state.

The governor also said 69 persons were on home isolation while two others were at the state’s quarantine facility.

Obiano who disclosed this in a special broadcast to the state on Tuesday in Awka said his administration was making efforts to enhance the testing capacity of the state for coronavirus.

He said he had signed the COVID-19 Bill, which made not wearing a face mask a punishable offense with fine and community service.

“As it stands now, we have eight patients in our Protective Care Centers, we also have 69 individuals on home quarantine and two individuals in the quarantine facility.

“We are ramping up our testing capacity to ensure that we slow down the spread of this pandemic in our dear state.

“The COVID-19 Committees that we have set up in Wards and Local Government Areas across Anambra are helping us in driving the campaign to every nook and cranny of the state.

“I will like to assure you that we have made adequate arrangements to handle the challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As you are probably aware, on Thursday last week, I signed the COVID-19 Bill into law. Under this law, it is an offense to be seen in public without a face mask.

“The offense attracts a fine of N10, 000 or some hours of community service, I will like to re-emphasize that my administration is determined to enforce this law,” he said.

Obiano urged traders and religious leaders not to relax in ensuring that their members continued to adhere to the COVID-19 safety protocols while noting that it had been observed that most of them had jettisoned the safety measures.

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He urged healthcare institutions to set up holding centers to keep patients who exhibited symptoms of the virus to check the possibility of spreading it in Anambra.

“I want to warn that we may consider shutting down the markets if this trend is not halted with immediate effect, I have also received similar reports from churches and other religious groups in the state, most of whom have discarded wearing of face masks.

“Every hospital in Anambra must set up a mini holding ward where patients whose samples have been taken for COVID-19 test can be kept while the result of the test is awaited.

“This approach will minimize the chances of patients spreading the virus through multiple contacts.

“All members of the Nigerian Medical Association practicing in Anambra are expected to inform the Ministry of Health once they collect samples of suspected COVID-19 patients for testing.

“A situation where some members collect samples and send them to testing centers on their own is no longer allowed,” he said.

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OOU produces anti-COVID-19 herbal syrup, sends sample to NAFDAC for approval

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Some researchers at the Olabisi Onabanjo University [OOU], Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State claim to have produced a herbal solution which can prevent, treat and manage coronavirus [COVID-19] disease.

The anti-COVID-19 solution is tagged OOU-Anjo Anti-COVID- 9 herbal syrup, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Ganiyu Olatunde, told newsmen during a briefing at the new Senate building of the university in Ago-Iwoye.

A group of researchers at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago – Iwoye, Ogun State have produced COVID – 19 preventive, treatment and management herb tagged OOU – Anjo Anti – COVID – 19 herbal syrup.

The VC, who was flanked by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Deji Agboola, and his counterpart (Administration), Prof. Ebun Oduwole, unveiled the product.

The institution also dispenser hands sanitizer, personal hands sanitizer and face masks which were produced by the researchers.

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According to the VC, the OOU – Anjo Anti – COVID – 19 herbal syrup had been submitted to the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control [NAFDAC] for approval before releasing into it the market.

He said:

“Our university is one of the core Universities that engage in research into the COVID-19 pandemic and in partnership with Anjo, who’s one of our very core effective partners in herbal medicine, we’ve been able to produce an Anti – COVID-19 herbal syrup which we’ve processed to NAFDAC for approval.

“So, I can assure you that it went through all the necessary protocols that you can have in trying to produce a herbal syrup. It’s a joint effort of Anjo and Olabisi Onabanjo’s Department of Medicine research.

“Apart from that, since the era of Ebola, we’ve been involved in the production of hand sanitisers, the health centre was involved, the department of chemistry is also involved.

“We also have some sections of the university that is involved in the production of face masks, face shield which are being requested for by a number of Organizations.

“So in terms of our research, they’ve also been involved in the production of sanitiser. So, the prototype of hand sanitizer and automated solar power dispenser production.

“This machine was produced by our faculty of engineering and is to ensure the sanitization of hands. It is different from the one you do see, we’ve been taught two ways to wash our hands, either through the use of hand sanitizer or using soap under running water. So, it is different, it is automated, once it senses your hand and it is also solar-powered.

“We’ve been talking to one or two companies, as we’ve told them that this it dispenses adequate amount of sanitiser, so there’s no contact.

One of the researchers, Acting Director, Research, Linkages and Advancement, OOU, Dr Ashidi Joseph, said the remedy is “anti-bacteria, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and anticoagulant.”

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Ashidi said the remedy was formulated based on results of post-mortem research conducted on those who died of COVID – 19 infections as the team had no access to samples of COVID-19 patients for laboratory test with the syrup.

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COVID-19: Lagos working to protect pupils when FG reopens schools – Education Commissioner

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The Lagos State Government has begun work on putting measures to protect pupils when the Federal Government reopen school nationwide.

WuzupNigeria reports that the President, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari [retd], had announced the closure of schools to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking at the annual ministerial press briefing of the state Ministry of Education on Tuesday, the Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Folasade Adefisayo, said although it was the FG that would decide when the schools, the state was putting in place measures to protect the pupils when the schools reopen.

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She said,

“It is the Federal Government that will open the schools as they were the ones that closed the schools. Recall that the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 on Monday said schools remain closed.

“I can’t give you a date when schools will resume in Lagos, but we are working with development partners, ministries of Education across the country to come up with series of protocols on how we will be able to manage when we open schools.

“So, we are working behind the scene, we have a paper on the protocols and we will start to share as the paper is finally approved in a few days.

“There must be protocols that will address schools with large gatherings.

“There are many things we are thinking of, we are thinking about pupils not coming to school every day so that we will be able to spread the children across the whole school.

“Pupils don’t have to be in their class to learn, they can learn in a room with tables and chairs.”

Adefisayo added that a total of 3000 primary and secondary school teachers were recently absorbed into the teaching workforce of the Lagos State in a bid to boost the capacity of the existing workforce thereby providing quality education.

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The Commissioner also pointed out that the Ministry had embarked on the construction and upgrading of Public Schools’ infrastructure across the state with the completion of six blocks of 92 classrooms in primary schools and three blocks of 54 classrooms in secondary schools in the state.

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