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COVID-19: Federal Government asks tailors to use Ankara to sew face masks 

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COVID-19: Federal Government asks tailors to use Ankara to sew face masks 

COVID-19: Federal Government asks tailors to use Ankara to sew face masks

The presidential task force on the novel coronavirus pandemic has asked tailors all over Nigeria to start sewing face masks using local fabrics such as Ankara and others as one of the safety measures to curb the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Chairman of the task force and the secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha, made the plea during its daily briefing in Abuja on Thursday, April 16. Mustapha stated that this would encourage people to wear face masks whenever they are outside their homes.

His words: “Let me also encourage all our garment factories and tailors all over the nation that this is the time to start producing locally, using our local fabrics, the ankara and all other materials that we have because of advisories that as much as possible, we should wear our face masks whenever we are outside our homes.

“That way, we’ll reduce the chances, in addition to other necessary things that you need to do, of infection or infecting others.

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“It is critical to repeat, however, that compliance with the advisories for personal hygiene, social distancing, restriction of movement, early reporting of symptoms and wearing of masks regularly, especially in public, remains the best measures for the prevention of infections and to slow down the spread.”

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Center For Disease Control (NCDC) has commenced community testing for the COVID-19 in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. This is as the federal government scales up efforts to curb the spread of the disease, especially in rural areas and city suburbs.

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Nigerians Pharmacy Sells Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate For 50,000 Naira

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Nigerians Pharmacy Sells Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate For 50,000 Naira

A Twitter user shared a pack of Hydroxychloroquine sulfate and claimed it was sold for 50,000 Naira in a Port Harcourt Pharmacy.

 

The drug became highly sort after when a Nigerian-trained US-based medical doctor said she has used a combination of hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and Zithromax to treat over 350 Covid-19 patients and none died.

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While her claim has been highly disputed, demand for the drug has skyrocketed and this has made it expensive, Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate For 50000 Naira!!!

 

There are claims that a pharmacy in Port Harcourt is selling a packet of Hydroxychloroquine sulfate, containing 60 tablets, for 50,000 Naira and Nigerians are shocked.

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Nigerians expressed shock as Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate was sold For 50000 Naira in PH Pharmacy

Nigerian Man Invents Breast Cancer-Detecting Bra To Save Rural Women

A primary school teacher has invented an affordable cancer-detecting bra to help women with early detection after a woman died from breast cancer.

 

Idris Dangana, 43, a Kano native, was unfulfilled with his job as a teacher and wanted to do more to help his community.

Consequently, he decided to quit and develop his interest in learning computer and software development skills.

 

Idris confided in a friend, Isah, who had just returned from Burum Burum Village in Kano, where a woman had just died from breast cancer.

 

Idris said the story reminded him of the pains his sister went through when she had breast cancer. Fortunately, she survived it. This spurred him to seek a solution.

 

Idris, a graduate of physics education, started researching on cancer and set up BCScan, an innovation of the DiceHub (DIHub), which is behind the cancer-detecting device they would later come up with.

 

He was soon trying out different models and algorithms and they had to think of the best possible way to go about it, alongside doctors who collaborated on the project.

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Nigerian Man Invents Breast Cancer-Detecting Bra To Save Rural Women

A primary school teacher has invented an affordable cancer-detecting bra to help women with early detection after a woman died from breast cancer.

 

Idris Dangana, 43, a Kano native, was unfulfilled with his job as a teacher and wanted to do more to help his community.

Consequently, he decided to quit and develop his interest in learning computer and software development skills.

 

Idris confided in a friend, Isah, who had just returned from Burum Burum Village in Kano, where a woman had just died from breast cancer.

 

Idris said the story reminded him of the pains his sister went through when she had breast cancer. Fortunately, she survived it. This spurred him to seek a solution.

 

Idris, a graduate of physics education, started researching on cancer and set up BCScan, an innovation of the DiceHub (DIHub), which is behind the cancer-detecting device they would later come up with.

 

He was soon trying out different models and algorithms and they had to think of the best possible way to go about it, alongside doctors who collaborated on the project.

 

“We joined hands and talked on possible partnerships with a local NGO on breast cancer, we deepened our search about this deadly cancer by asking as many women in our network, including healthcare professionals. The feedback was scary,” he told Daily Trust of his project.

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Their solution Idris came up with was a brassier, fitted with Artificial Intelligence, that could detect tumors that are as small as 2mm in diameter.

 

The wearable device would guarantee early detection, Idris Dangana said and is especially targeted at women in rural areas with limited access to health care and the prohibitive cost of mammography.

 

However, mass production of the device is a challenge. Not finding the capacity to mass-produce in Nigeria, idris Dangana decided to seek collaboration abroad.

 

“We out-sourced to India and China to get the materials that we will use for manufacturing the cancer-detecting device produced,” he said.

 

Idris explained that with his invention, women can be tested for as low as N1, 000 if the device is available at primary healthcare facilities and private hospitals nationwide.

Those who want a personalized device would have to pay N15, 000 – N25, 000.

 

Though his idea is global, he is desirous of immediate local impact.

 

He said: “It is evident that the gap is too wide between Africa and the rest of the world, particularly Nigeria and the northern region to be precise.

Though we are still learning, I believe over time, the impact could be felt and will serve as a wakeup call to many to co-join and change the narratives.”

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Shehu Of Borno – Nobody Is Safe In Borno State 

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The Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Elkanemi has shown fears of insecurity in Borno state following a recent attack on the convoy of Governor of the state, Babagana Zulum.

 

The monarch who paid a Sallah homage to the governor at the Government House in Maiduguri averred that if the convoy of the chief security officer of the state could be attacked, then no one is safe in the state.

 

Shehu Of Borno said;

 

“Your Excellency, we are not happy about what happened in Baga, it is very unfortunate and a great pity.

“If the convoy of the whole chief security officer of the state will be attacked, then wallahi, nobody is safe, because he is the number one citizen of the state.

“If the convoy of such a highly placed person in the state will be attacked, I repeat, nobody is safe. The matter is getting worse, I urge everyone to raise  our hands to seek Allah’s intervention.”

 

Governor Zulum thanked the Shehu for the visit and assured him of the government’s readiness to address the issues he raised.

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Borno State Governor Convoy Attacked By Gunmen

The convoy of Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state was attacked by unidentified gunmen at Baga, a town in the state, on Wednesday, July 29.

 

According to reports, the Governor had gone to visit some Internally Displaced Person camps when his convoy was attacked by the gunmen.

 

“The governor went to Kukawa, and on his way to Baga his convoy was attacked. Nobody was injured,” a resident said

 

However, It is yet to be confirmed if the gunmen were Boko Haram members.

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