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Imo traditional ruler manufactures 5-minute COVID-19 testing kit

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Imo traditional ruler manufactures 5-minute COVID-19 testing kit

The chairman, Imo state council of traditional rulers, Eze Samuel Agunwa Ohiri an American-trained scientist, has manufactured a five-minute coronavirus testing kit.

Eze Samuel Agunwa Ohiri an American-trained medical scientist told Daily Sun that the feat was achieved in his medical factory located at Obi-Orodo in Mbaitoli local government area of the state.

 

Ohiri words: “We worked very hard to develop the test kit since early March 2020; we are glad its a success.”

Ohiri explained that the test kit is not only synonymous with its quick response test but also has active radiant to detect antibodies to COVID-19 in human blood samples.

Ohiri further stated that the test kit does not require any special equipment, adding that it can be performed in hospitals, clinics and laboratories.

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The monarch then assured that his kit would be supplied at cheap rates to various hospitals, clinics and laboratories as soon as it has been validated by appropriate authorities.

He also expressed optimism that it will increase Nigeria’s capacity to test more Nigerians with a view to ascertaining their COVID-19 status.

He disclosed that the kit has been sent to regulatory bodies working in-collaboration with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control for validation.

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Eze Samuel Agunwa Ohiri has manufactured a five-minute coronavirus testing kit, The monarch is the current chairman of Imo state council of traditional rulers.  Eze Ohiri is an American-trained medical scientist and still practices his profession even as a traditional ruler

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NCDC Launches Online Course On COVID-19 And Other Infectious Diseases

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NCDC Launches Online Course On COVID-19 And Other Infectious Diseases

The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said it has launched a course on Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for the Coronavirus and other infectious diseases.

The course, which will be taught online, is aimed at reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases amongst the general public, particularly the health care workers in Nigeria.

This was disclosed in a statement that was made available to the general public by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control.

According to the latest report by NCDC as at July 6, 2020, a total of 29,286 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 654 deaths have been recorded in Nigeria. Additionally, as at 02 June 2020, about 812 health care workers have been infected in-country, compared to over 230,000 infected health workers around the world.

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The NCDC pointed out that the national strategy in response to COVID-19 has been in different forms and in the absence of a vaccine or cure for the virus, compliance with IPC measures remains one of the most effective interventions to control the ongoing outbreak.

The NCDC has made efforts to rapidly strengthen the capacity of frontline healthcare workers in infection prevention and control wherever health care is provided. Since the first case in Nigeria was confirmed in February, NCDC has supported the training of about 17,436 health workers in IPC and works in collaboration with the Departments of Hospital Services and Food and Drugs of the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), to ensure that health workers are provided with the required personal protective equipment (PPE) to reduce the risk of health workers’ infection.

To ensure that IPC training, knowledge and information is easily accessible to everybody that needs it, the Infection Prevention and Control Unit of the NCDC, with technical assistance from eHealth Africa, has developed a COVID-19 IPC online course. The course features modules on standard and transmission-based precautions, use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other essential aspects of infection control in healthcare. A certificate of participation will also be awarded at the end of the course by NCDC.

The online course is also designed to document vital information to monitor IPC compliance across health facilities at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels, both in public, private and faith-based facilities in Nigeria. Infection prevention and control measures cuts across all other components of the COVID-19 response in Nigeria and is critical for strengthening national health security.

Please note that registration for the free online course on infection prevention and control can be done using the link here- https://elearning.ncdc.gov.ng/courses/infection-prevention-and-control-for-covid-19/.

The NCDC is Nigeria’s public health institution, which has the mandate to lead the preparedness, detection, and response to infectious disease outbreaks and public health emergencies. The Bill for an Act to establish NCDC was signed into law in November 2018, by President Muhammadu Buhari. The mission for the NCDC (2017-2021) is ‘To protect the health of Nigerians through evidence-based prevention, integrated disease surveillance and response activities, using a one health approach, guided by research and led by a skilled workforce.’

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FG To Shut Down Third Mainland Bridge For Six months

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FG To Shut Down Third Mainland Bridge For Six months

The Federal Government has announced plans to seal the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos for maintenance work from July 24, 2020.

This was disclosed by the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr Olukayode Popoola, during an interaction with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday, July 6, 2020.

In the conversation, Popoola said that consultations were on for another phase of repair works to commence on the Third Mainland Bridge. He told the News Agency of Nigeria that the consultations were towards developing a perfect traffic management architecture that will be very efficient and effective.

According to Popoola, “We want to do maintenance work on Third Mainland Bridge very soon. Most likely on the 24th. We may close it from 24th of July.’’

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“We are still working out the modalities and when we perfect the traffic management plan we will move to site. Everything being expected for the repairs of the bridge arrived the country that is why we want to start the repairs now,’’

The 11.8km bridge which has gone through series of rehabilitation works was last closed for repairs in August 2018 for 3 days of investigative maintenance check.

Thereafter, some components needed for completion of repairs were sourced abroad because they were not available locally.

Meanwhile, a monitored report from Channels suggests that the closure might last for a period of 6 months.

There has been reports of some worn-out joints of the bridge, which has raised some s roerious safety concerns for the users of the bridge. The federal government will be working with the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) on how best traffic during this period.

The Third Mainland Bridge is the longest of three bridges connecting Lagos Island to the mainland.

The bridge starts from Oworonshoki which is linked to the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway and the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and ends at the Adeniji Adele Interchange on Lagos Island.

It was opened for use 1990 and was the longest in Africa until 1996 when The 6th October Bridge in Cairo was completed.

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Health Minister – Report Anyone Who Demands Payment For COVID-19 Test

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Health Minister – Report Anyone Who Demands Payment For COVID-19 Test

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has asked Nigerians to report any Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) worker or Ministry of Health personnel that demands payment before COVID-19 test is carried out in the country.

 

There have been reports circulating since last week that the Federal government charges as much as N50,000 for Covid-19 testing and the Health Minister has now rubbished those reports.

 

Speaking on Monday July 6, during a briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja, the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, said COVID-19 testing remains free.

“I wish to remind everyone that government-run testing for COVID-19 is free. Please report anyone who demands payment for necessary action,” he said.

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According to Ehanire, Nigeria has recorded a total of 28,711 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, 11,665 discharged patients and 645 deaths out of 152,952 tests conducted as of July 6.

 

Ehanire also revealed that June alone recorded half the total number of deaths recorded so far.

“It means that just under half of the total fatalities so far recorded occurred in that single month of June. While we more than doubled the tests done and the number of cases detected.

“The reduction in case fatality rate is down to about 2.2 per cent as opposed to about 5 per cent we have seen on global average,” he added.

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The African Union and Africa CDC will virtually rollout the Partnership to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing (PACT) in Africa tomorrow 4 June, 2020 at 11.00 am Eastern Africa Time.

The African Union and Africa CDC will virtually rollout the Partnership to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing (PACT) in Africa tomorrow 4 June, 2020 at 11.00 am Eastern Africa Time.

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