NCDC records 457 new COVID-19 cases, total now 44,890



The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded  457 new cases of the COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections to 44,890.

The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Wednesday.

According to the health agency, 17 more people had died from the disease.

The NCDC said that the 457 new infections were recorded in Lagos, FCT and 19 other states of the federation.

It stated that Lagos topped the list with 137 cases while FCT came second with 76 fresh infections.

”Five other states with high cases include Plateau – 40, Rivers – 35, Enugu – 34, Oyo – 25 and Abia – 23.

”Others are Delta – 12, Edo and Ebonyi – 11, Cross River and Kwara – 10, Kaduna – 9, Anambra – 7, Ogun – 5, Imo and Bauchi – 3, Osun and Nasarawa – 2, Kano and Ekiti – 1, ” it said.

The health agency further said that 314 people had been discharged in the last 24 hours after recovering from the virus, bringing the total number of discharged cases to 32,165.

It said that till date, 44,890 cases had been confirmed, 32,165 cases discharged and 927 deaths recorded in 36 states and the FCT.

The NCDC noted that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, would continue to coordinate the national response activities across the country.

The health agency further said that home care for COVID-19 patients who were asymptomatic or have mild symptoms must be based on the recommendation of a clinician and not on self-assessment.

“It is recommended that clinicians recommend the use of designated treatment areas, according to severity and acute care needs, to care for confirmed COVID -19 patients.

”Home care should only be recommended in patients after an appropriate risk assessment has been done and following appropriate counselling and patient information,” it stated.

The NCDC said that patients could be recommended for home care if hospitalisation was not feasible.

It noted that clinicians should consider home care for such patients with no symptoms, mild symptoms or for those without concern for rapid deterioration as determined by a managing physician.

“Home care may also be considered when in-patient care is unavailable or unsafe (e.g. capacity is limited, and resources are unable to meet the demand for health care services).

“Contacts should be advised to monitor their health for 14 days from the last possible day of contact.

“Health care personnel should review the health of contacts by phone, and in person if feasible. Provide instructions to contacts on what to do if they become ill.

“If home care is provided, ensure follow-up and care by a family member; If and where feasible, a communication link between the patient and health care provider and/or public health personnel should be established,” it said.

The NCDC also said that clinical judgment should be used and informed by an assessment of the patient’s home and environment by a trained health care worker, if and where feasible.

“Educate patients and household members about personal hygiene, infection prevention and control (IPC) measures, and how to care for the patient,” it said.

The health agency added that patients in home care should remain isolated and in limited contact with people, including household members, until all symptoms had been resolved while patients  had  repeated negative test and/or a healthcare worker had cleared the patient.

“Stay in a well-ventilated single room; limit movement in the house or minimise shared space.

”Ensure shared spaces are well ventilated; follow cleaning and disinfecting guidance at home and limit the number of caregivers.

”Seek care urgently if there is a change in your condition,” NCDC said.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

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Ministries of Interior, Transportation, others make presentations at 16th virtual FEC meeting



President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over the 16th virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) with some Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) expected to make presentations at the meeting.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Ministers of Interior, Ra’uf Aregheshola; Finance, Zainab Ahmed; Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; Godswill Okpabio, Niger Delta; Timipre Sylva, Minister of State, Petroleum and Justice, Abubakar Malami are expected to make presentations at the council meeting.

Other departments and agencies expected to make presentations are the Nigeria Correctional Service and the Nigeria Customs Service.

NAN reports that eight ministers including that of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola joined the president at the Council Chamber for the meeting.

The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Folashade Yemi-Esan as well as other cabinet ministers are participating in the meeting from their respective offices in Abuja online.

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Flood: SEMA to train 3,000 volunteers for disaster response in Kaduna



The Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (KADSEMA) will  train 3,000 volunteers in 23 local government areas to strengthen disaster management emergencies.

Abubakar Hassan, Executive Secretary of the agency, made this known on Wednesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna.

”3,000 volunteers will be retrained and reactivated in various Local governments to ensure quick response to emergencies to avert loss of lives and properties.

“We met with the 23 LGA Vice chairmen and came up with strategies to minimise losses through adherence to warning alerts, early preparation and proper response.

” We believe that more can be achieved in the area of emergency management if the people mostly affected are engaged to drive the process, he said.

Hassan said the recent floods in the state affected farm lands and houses in Soba, Kubau, Jema’a, Kachia, Igabi, Kaduna South, Kaduna North and Chikun local government areas.”

He said communities affected are Rafin guza, Tudun wada, ungwar romi, Barnawa, Kigo road, Hayin danmani, Gonin gora and Asikolaye.

He said no lives were lost.

”Floods are usually worsened by human activities such as construction of houses on water ways, indiscriminate dumping of refuse in areas that are prone to flooding,” she said.

The agency, he said, is working with with all relevant stakeholders to ensure that all buildings in the state conform with the states building plan.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN
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New NSCDC Commandant assumes duty in Minna



Mr Haruna Zurmi, the new Commandant of  the Niger Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has assumed duty in Minna.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASCI Nasiru Abdullahi, said this in a statement on Wednesday in Minna.

According to him, Zurmi takes over from Mr George Edem who has been redeployed to Edo as Commandant.

He said that the new commandant urged officers and men of the command to be resilient in intelligence gathering and to be committed to their duties.

The spokesman said that the new commandant also reiterated his readiness to work round the clock to tackle crimes in the state.

He also called on officers and men of the command to stand up to their responsibilities.






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Covenant University appoints Williams as Acting Vice- Chancellor



The Board of Regents, Covenant University, Ota, has appointed Prof. Akan Williams as Acting Vice-Chancellor of the Institution.

Mr Attat Emmanuel, Information Officer of the Institution, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Ota.

“The appointment of Williams was approved on Tuesday, following the expiration of the tenure of the immediate past Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Aaron Atayero.

“Williams was born on Feb. 16, 1970 in Calabar, Cross River State, he is a native of Itoko, Ibesikpo-Asutan Local Government Area (LGA)  of Akwa Ibom.

“He is a Fellow of Chemical Society of Nigeria; a former Chairman, Ogun Chapter, Chemical Society of Nigeria; member, Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria; member, Royal Society of Chemistry and a member American Chemical Society among others,” he said.

Edited By: Cecilia Odey/Ali Baba-Inuwa
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