Imo May Witness Increase in Burials Due to COVID-19

ABUJA/Nigeria: There likely be a rise in the number of burials resulting from death from the Novel Coronavirus pandemic in Imo State, a social activist, Mr Ebubeagu Ekenulo, has warned. Ekenulo, who expressed these fears in an interview , in Abuja, said this was because of the attitude of residents, who continued to flout the executive order prohibiting burials and funeral ceremonies in the state. It could be recalled that Gov. Hope Uzodimma had in May, using Executive Order No.001, announced the ban of all forms of burials and funeral…

Wearing Face Mask During Exercise is Risk-WHO

ABUJA/Nigeria: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned people against wearing   masks while exercising, saying masks may reduce the ability to breathe comfortably. WHO gave the warning on Wednesday in an update of its Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters. It said that sweat could make the mask become wet more quickly which made it difficult to breathe and would promote the growth of microorganisms. “The important preventive measure during exercise is to maintain physical distance of at least one metre from others,” it said. The health…

Okowa, Wife Test Positive to COVID-19

Mr and Mrs Ifeanyi Okowa ASABA/Nigeria: Delta Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, and wife, Edith, on Wednesday tested positive to COVID-19. The development is sequel to tests conducted on them after a few days of self-isolation, which they went into on Friday after one of their daughters tested positive to the virus. The two heads of the First Family in the state, according to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, are stable and have commenced necessary treatment, and further isolation. The governor thanked…

Edo Covid-19 Frontline Workers to Get Outstanding Allowance, As Govt Concludes Payroll Vetting …‘We Demobilised COVID-19 Screening Taskforce After Exceeding Target’

BENIN/Nigeria: The Edo State Government has said the frontline workers temporarily engaged in screening and testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state would be paid their outstanding allowance upon the conclusion of the vetting of their payroll. Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, in a statement, said the taskforce was demobilised after the state exceeded its target to screen and test over 500,000 and 5,000 persons respectfully. “The screening exercise was massive and crosscutting. The officials were inundated with lists of persons, who…

COVID-19: CACOVID Donates 150-Bed Isolation Center, Multi-Million Naira Medical Equipment to Lagos State

LAGOS/Nigeria:  The Private Sector led Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) has donated a 150-bed fully equipped  isolation facility with medical equipment worth millions of naira to the Lagos State Government, to provide support in the fight against the virus within the state. Speaking at the commissioning of the Yaba Isolation center, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu noted that the isolation center would further strengthen the state’s healthcare system in dealing with the challenges of the Pandemic as the state currently leads the toll of Nigeria’s COVID-19 infections with over 10,000 confirmed…

New Agreements to Expand Access to 20 Lifesaving Cancer Medicines for Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia

BASEL/Switzerland: The American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) today announced agreements with pharmaceutical companies Pfizer, Novartis and Mylan to expand access to 20 lifesaving cancer treatments in 26 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Purchasers are expected to save an average of 59 percent for medicines procured through the agreements. “With the rapidly growing burden of cancer in Africa, it is crucial that we improve and expand access to high-quality, affordable treatment. These agreements build on those announced in 2017 that have already delivered substantial…

COVID-19: Residents of Kwale Believes the Number of Cases is Hyped

By Julit Ogbodu KWALE/Nigeria:  With the daily rise in cases of the Novel Coronavirus pandemic, residents of Ndokwa West Local Government Area, Delta State had frowned at the numbers of announced cases of the virus in the state, as they had called it government way to attract financial sympathy. Reacting to enquiry from this medium, the residents understanding of the situation is that of mixed feeling. In Kwale, the general perception of a large percentage of the people we spoke to is that the virus situation is being over hyped.…

COVID-19: My Mother Died Due to Negligence of Medics at Asaba Specialist Hospital Treatment Centre, Says Son.

Late Mrs Ogechi Okolo Asaba/Nigeria: In a day the Delta State Governor complained of the alarming numbers of the positive cases of the Novel Coronavirus pandemic in the state, a family had accused the medical workers at the isolation/treatment centres of not attending to the needs of those brought to the centres for treatment, as the their inactions had caused the family the death of the breadwinner of the home, Mrs Ogechi Okolo, on Saturday, June 27, 2020. In a graphic narration of what transpired, Okolo Divine Bliss, a 300…

COVID-19: Community Transmission of the Virus Had Reached an Alarming and Frightening Proportion-Okowa

ASABA/Nigeria: Delta Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has deplored the increasing cases of COVID-19 in the state, saying it had become obvious that community transmission of the virus had reached an alarming and frightening proportion. In a statement personally signed by him on Saturday, the governor said that it was regrettable that many persons still think that the Coronavirus disease was a hoax. “It cannot be a hoax when over 20 persons have died including some prominent citizens. “Therefore, I want to make a passionate appeal to all Deltans to…

Okowa’s Family on Self-Isolation as Daughter Test Positive to COVID-19

ASABA/Nigeria: As the Delta State Government intensifies efforts at stemming the spread of COVID-19 in the state, it announced on Friday that one of the children of the Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has tested positive to the virus. A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, said,  “consequently, the Governor and his family members will immediately commence self-isolation for 14 days”. “It is again pertinent to stress that COVID-19 is real, and citizens are advised to be disciplined and comply with the…