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No State Is COVID-19 Free- NCDC Boss Chikwe Ihekweazu

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No State Is COVID-19 Free- NCDC Boss Chikwe Ihekweazu

Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, has said that no state in the country (Nigeria) is COVID-19 free.

 

Ihekweazu said this today June 22 while speaking at the daily briefing of the presidential task force in Abuja. He said a state can only talk about being COVID-19 free when it is testing and have an effective tool to fight the disease.

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“No state in Nigeria is COVID-19 free. No country in the world is COVID-19 free. That is why we have to keep doing this work we are doing, testing people, finding out if they have it. Even if some of us are lucky and get away with having asymptomatic infections, we have to test more.

We can only talk about a state being disease-free when we have an effective tool to fight the disease. That will come when we have a vaccine. Until then, there is no easy way to say this. We have to keep pushing for these preventive measures. We have to develop our laboratory capability to test. Either you start testing now or you start testing later. But eventually, we will all test. That’s for sure.”

 

In Nigeria, Cross Rivers is the only state where no case of COVID-19 has been officially confirmed.

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COVID-19 Now a Threat to Attainment of the SDGs — BUHARI

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Buhari Approves N10 Billion

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the COVID-19 outbreak had threatened to disrupt the progress recorded on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nigeria.

Buhari spoke at the virtual inaugural SDGs Moment convened by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, during the high-level week of the 75th UN General Assembly on Friday.

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The President, however, said Nigeria was addressing the threat by re-dedicating efforts towards economic diversification, focusing on agriculture and the mining sectors.

‘’Nigeria has made good strides in Sustainable Development Goals domestication processes, as we have begun the re-alignment of the National Statistical System and indicators of the SDGs.

‘’We have developed a novel home-grown ‘Integrated Sustainable Development Goals Model, as an analytical framework for measuring how policy making can address the indivisible nature of the Sustainable Development Goals.

‘’Nigeria has also set up a Model Private Sector Advisory Group and SDGs Donors’ Forum with the aim of engaging critical stakeholders towards the attainment of the SDGs,” he said.

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Kano gets Japan, EU grants to Cushion Virus Impact

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Kano gets Japan, EU grants to Cushions Virus Impact

The Kano state government has secured japan and European union (EU) grants that will be used in cushioning the effects of covid-19 during the pandemic’s post era.

A statement by governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s chief press secretary, Abba Anwar, on Wednesday said $1.1 million was voted for the Programme.

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Anwar added that the grants were facilitated through the office of the special adviser on sustainable development goals (SDGS), Habibu Yahaya Hotoro, who is also the coordinating focal person of the northwest zonal SDGS hub.

He explained that the grants would be used on specific individuals and small and medium enterprises (SMES), which will support the communities, which are badly affected by the pandemic.

 

 

 

 

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PTF on COVID-19 Raises Concern Over Fake PCR Test Results

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The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has raised alarm that some international flight passengers who presented negative COVID-19 results tested positive for the virus on arrival in Nigeria.

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has expressed concerns that some international flight passengers who presented negative COVID-19 results, tested positive for the virus on arrival in Nigeria.

The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force, Dr. Sani Aliyu, disclosed this on Tuesday, while appearing before a joint senate committee on health and aviation.

The National coordinator noted that there was an instance in which 40 per cent of passengers on a single flight tested positive for COVID-19, despite presenting negative COVID-19 results prior to boarding.

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The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe, at the meeting, had expressed concern about the protocols for international flight operations in relation to COVID-19 test requirements.

In response, Aliyu said the protocols were necessary in order to limit the possibility of importing more COVID-19 cases into the country as a result of past experience.

He explained that the PTF held meetings with ambassador’s of countries which had issued negative Corona virus results to persons flying into Nigeria, who turned out to be positive, to determine what went gone wrong.

He added that as part of efforts to address the challenges, the validity period has now been reduced to four days before such passengers are due for arrival in the country.

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