COVID-19: Lagosians to Pay N50,400 for Test.

. .Lagos residents who are unable to get themselves tested in government own facilities would henceforth pay N50,400 in a private laboratory to conduct COVID-19 test. . The state’s commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi disclosed this while launching the Lagos State Private-Public Consortium on the management of COVID-19 to increase the capacity of the state government in the management of the pandemic. . He said though the tests were being conducted in government owned laboratories free, the approved private laboratories will conduct COVID-19 tests in the state at a…

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U.S Government Commissions Upgraded Cross River State Emergency Operation Center for COVID-19. Commends Cross River State

. United State Government on Tuesday through her Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard joined Executive Governor Benedict Ayade to virtually commission an upgraded Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for Cross River State, which has been equipped with support of the American people to track and control the spread of the deadly COVID-19. Cross River is the first of nine states to receive the EOC upgrade. The commissioned EOC comes with a new call center. The EOC is coordinating the Statewide public health response to the COVID-19 outbreak and other diseases of public…

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Cross River State Government Unveils One hundred bed Isolation Center In Adiabo supported by CACOVID

The Cross River State government in partnership with the Coalition Against COVID-19, has commissioned a one hundred bed space Isolation Center in Adiabo Community, a suburb of the capital city Calabar. While Unveiling the Center, on behalf of the state Governor Sen Ben Ayade, the Commissioner for Health and chairman State COVID-19 response Taskforce Dr Betta Edu said the center is well equipped with an Intensive Care Unit, a laboratory to run basic investigations, male and female wards, babies section, trained health workers (clinical and non-clinical) as well as other…

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Coronavirus: Faulty Premises that Marred Nigeria’s Response.

By: Ismaila Y Kana Onzonu A lot has happened since Nigeria’s index case of COVID-19 was confirmed. The realities of our response to the virus have been shaded by so many dark spots that need to be situated in their proper perspective. For instance, aside from the closure of our land and air borders, it is very hard to find one decision that has worked seamlessly. This is why this backward glancing eye will take a critical look at all the assumptions that guided our response to the virus and…

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Rural Roads and Security: Gov Sule Walking the Road Less Travelled

. By: Ismaila Y Kana Onzonu Nasarawa State, created alongside six others on October 1st, 1996 has had a tortuous ride indeed. The state is known as the home of solid minerals because of the huge mineral deposits wasting away in her bosom or sometimes mined with impunity by orientals, however, the states Economic mainstay is unarguably, Agriculture. This sector makes up over 80% of the means of livelihood of the people of Nasarawa State. From the Yam hips in Asakyo, to the mountains of Melon and sesame bags in…

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COVID-19: WHO To Commence Vaccine Trials In Nigeria

“We must live with virus until we halt spread” – NCDC The World Health Organisation (WHO) has disclosed Nigeria has indicated interest to be part of the solidarity trial of vaccine for coronavirus (COVID-19) and that efforts are underway to start the process in the country. The WHO Country Representative in Nigeria, Dr Fiona Braka made this disclosure at the daily briefing of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 of which she is a member. According to her, there are rigorous processes involved in approving a vaccine for any disease adding…

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KANO CITY IS NOW THE KILLING FIELDS OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN AFRICA

By Prof. Usman Yusuf I raised alarm in an article I wrote which was published in the Daily Trust Newspaper (page 6) on April 22nd, 2020 on how COVID-19 was ravaging Kano city. I opined that if urgent action was not taken by the Federal Government, the city could become the epicenter of the virus on the African continent. Recognizing the disastrous consequences of such a scenario, I offered recommendations that could help stem the slide. Today, I raise my voice again, this time to join the growing chorus of…

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Coronavirus: Infodemic, People in Denial, Hunger – a sure date with Pallbearers

. By: Ismaila Yahaya Kana By now, the NCDC Livescore is no longer one distant media event that Nigerians can listen to without a care in the world. As every day passes and new numbers are reeled out, they bring with them the feeling that the virus is closing in on all of us, well; those of us who still have our presence of mind about us. FG’s response so far has been described as copy and paste by those who should know or so we think. These folks are…

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NAPTIP Arrest Chief Pharmacist National Hospital Abuja For Having An Anal Sex With A 12 Years Old Boy.

Dankara, who has a PhD, was arrested after he had an anal sexual intercourse with a 12 year old boy (name withheld). This offence is contrary to the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act 2015 Mr. Abubakar Danraka who works at the National Hospital, Abuja as Chief Pharmacist is currently the Special Assistant (Technical) to the Director General of the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD), Abuja. Apart from being a Pharmacist, Mr. Abubakar who hails from Zaria, Kaduna State is also an Imam in the Mosque within his…

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