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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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France Discover New Covid-19 Variant, IHU, Containing 46 Mutations

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France Discover New Covid-19 Variant, IHU, Containing 46 Mutations

Scientists and experts in France have identified a new variant called IHU, which has 46 mutations more than the Omicron Variant.

The new B.1.640.2 variant was first discovered at the institute IHU Méditerranée Infection in Marseille.

The first case was linked to a person with a travel history to Cameroon and so far 12 people living in southeastern France have been infected.

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The variant is also yet to be spotted in other countries or labelled a variant under investigation by the World Health Organisation.

The World Health Organization also said the variant found in France has not been much of a threat since it was first identified in November. This comes days after Israel reported its first case of rare double infection of Covid-19 and Influenza, Flurona.

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Nasarawa, Jigawa, Ogun Top NPHCDA Performance Ranking

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Nasarawa, Jigawa, Ogun Top NPHCDA Performance Ranking

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA on Wednesday released its Covid-19 vaccination campaign statistics on the most and least vaccinated states in the country.

According to the health agency’s latest update, Nasarawa made the most of the vaccination efforts with 31.63% of the state’s population receiving the covid-19 jabs.

Jigawa came in second with an inoculation percentage of 29.03, while Ogun state emerged as the most vaccinated state in the southwest with 17.24%.

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However, Lagos state emerged as the 12th most vaccinated state with 7.66% of its inhabitants taking the covid-19 jabs, while f.c.t had a 4.26% vaccination rate.

According to the agency, Imo, Akwa-ibom, and Bayelsa states were least on the rankings having vaccinated 1.08%, 0.92%, and 0.69% respectively.

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12,547 patients in isolation centres, COVID-19 cases increase by 847.44%

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12,547 patients in isolation centres, COVID-19 cases increase by 847.44%

No fewer than 12, 547 covid-19 patients are on admission at isolation and treatment centers across the country. The data obtained from the Nigeria centers for disease control on Wednesday also showed that as of Tuesday.

This came to the fore as state governments started reopening isolation centers in view of the rising cases. The NCDC figures also showed that the country witnessed a downward trend in hospitalization with only 4,097 active cases on admission as of November 21, 2021.

However, the trends increased to a total of 12,547 patients on December 21, 2021, indicating a 206.25 percent rise in one month. Also, no fewer than 13,160 cases of covid-19 were recorded in the country between December 1 and 21.

This is in contrast to 1,389 cases recorded between November 10 and December 10, making it an 847.44 percent increase within 21 days. On Wednesday, the Lagos state commissioner for health, prof akin Abayomi, said only five percent of the state covid-19 isolation facilities were in use.

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He said there was 11 percent occupancy at the 160-bed facility at the infectious disease hospital, yaba, as well as 40 percent occupancy at the 20-bed armor isolation facility.

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