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Nigerian Minister Says “FG Can’t Handle High Surge in Coronavirus Cases”

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Stock Photo of - Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora with the President of Nigeria, Muhammady Buhari - Source Cred: Ships&Ports

FG Can’t Handle Increasing Number of COVID-19 – Minister

Minister of State for Health Made this Known – FG Can’t Handle High Rise in COVID-19 Cases

The Minister of State for Health, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora has disclosed a statement over the High rise in coronavirus cases in Nigeria.

Stock Photo of - Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora with the President of Nigeria, Muhammady Buhari - Source Cred: Ships&Ports

Stock Photo of – Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora with the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari – Source Cred: Ships&Ports

This comes as a result of fewer bed spaces, less drug research, and the suspension of the evacuation of Nigerians from around the world.

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The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 revealed that the Federal Ministry of Health has shortlisted for further investigations, three Nigerian drugs, which have the potential to cure COVID-19 or treats its symptoms.

This was disclosed by Boss Mustapha, the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Wednesday at the PTF press conference in Abuja, where the ministry of health warned that Nigeria’s health system could not cope with increasing COVID-19 cases.

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But Mustapha said three shortlisted drugs would be subjected to further investigations by relevant health agencies.

According to PUNCH on Tuesday, The Federal Ministry of Health was screening 19 local firms for the production of herbal drugs that could possibly treat or cure COVID-19.

The Minister of State for Health, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, who confirmed the screening to The PUNCH, said the companies had been asked to submit samples of their drugs.

At the PTF press briefing on Wednesday, Mustapha disclosed that the Federal Ministry of Health had held a virtual meeting with some researchers and scientists who had made claims about COVID-19 cure and shortlisted three for further research.

He stated, “As a measure of the importance attached to research and development of local capacity for finding a cure to the COVID-19, the Federal Ministry of Health held a virtual meeting with a number of researchers and scientists with claims to cure for COVID 19 and out of the numerous claimants, three were found to deserve further investigation and have been forwarded to the relevant authorities for appropriate review.

“Similarly, efforts are being made by the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology to subject some locally manufactured COVID-19 equipment to verification and subsequent certification.”

The task force also backed the decision of the World Health Organisation to suspend clinical trials of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of the novel coronavirus.

The PTF Chairman, Mustapha, therefore cautioned the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control and other relevant agencies to ensure that all claims to treatment by scientists and researchers were subjected to scientific certification protocols.

The WHO had on Monday suspended the hydroxychloroquine trials because of the high mortalities among patients the drug was administered on.

On Tuesday, NAFDAC Director-General, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, said the agency would go ahead with the trial on the grounds that it had been effective in the treatment of COVID- 19 patients, especially those at the mild stage of the virus.

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COVID-19 interventions cost 3.5% of Nigeria’s GDP – CBN

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COVID-19 interventions cost 3.5% of Nigeria’s GDP – CBN

The implemented initiative of the Central bank of Nigeria to mitigate COVID-19’s economic impact accounted for about 3.5% of Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product.
Godwin Emefiele, the CBN Governor stated this during his presentation at the 30th annual conference of financial reporters.
Emefiele was represented at the event by the apex bank’s spokesperson, Osita Nwanisobi.
Cumulatively, the bank’s intervention efforts represented about 3.5% of the GDP.”
He explained that the policy measures included a cumulative reduction of the monetary policy rate from 13.5% to 11.5% between May and September 2021 in order to spur lending to the economy and support the current recovery of output growth; Reduction of the interest rate on CBN intervention loans from nine to 5%; and a one-year extension of the moratorium on principal repayments for CBN intervention facilities.
The Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to record increases as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveals that as of 23rd of September, 203,514 cases have been confirmed, 191,950 cases have been discharged and 2,668 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

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A total of 2.99 million tests have been carried out as of 23rd September 2021.

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Lagos COVID-19 Infections Surpass 76,000

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Lagos State commissioner for health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, says the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in the state stands at 76,201.

Abayomi made the disclosure through his Facebook account, on Saturday while giving an update on the state’s Covid-19 status.

He said that 4,644 tests were conducted in the state on the reported dates, from which 218 infections were confirmed.

According to him, the new infections increased the state’s total Covid-19 infections to 76,201.

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He said the total number of covid-19 tests conducted in the state since inception of the pandemic was 737,141 while 5,029 Covid-19 patients, who had been successfully treated, had also been discharged from the state’s care centres.

The commissioner disclosed that the state recorded another six Covid-19 related fatalities, increasing the number of Covid-19 deaths in the state to 637.

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4, 680,000 Nigerians vaccinated – NPHCDA

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4, 680,000 Nigerians vaccinated – NPHCDA

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA says 4,680,000 Nigerians have so far been vaccinated against Covid-19.

The executive director /chief executive officer of the agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, disclosed this during the South-South zonal town hall meeting on Covid-19 vaccination on Saturday in Benin organised by the presidential steering committee on Covid-19, in collaboration with NPHCDA and the Edo State government.

Shuaib noted that out of the 4,680,000 million vaccinated Nigerians, about 1,865,127 were fully vaccinated with the two doses.

He stated that the figure was below the nation’s target, adding that the threats posed by the virus could prevent the country from returning to normal living.

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According to him, in the course of the next few weeks, NPHCDA plans to gradually involve the private sector as sites for Covid-19 vaccination.

Shuaib, however, disclosed that the federal government had set up a joint task force on Covid-19 vaccine for monitoring and accountability in collaboration with the security agencies.

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