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F.G. Spends 20BN in Hazard Allowance Payment to Health Workers

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F.G Spends 20BN in Hazard Allowance Payment to Health Workers

The federal government has revealed that N20 billion was spent on the payment of hazard and inducement allowance to health workers. F-G.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said this in a statement on Tuesday. He said that the payments were made for April, May and June 2020 to the frontline health workers despite the economic crisis faced by the country during the COVID-19 period. F-G.

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The minister appealed to the National Association of Resident Doctors to suspend its ongoing strike while noting that 6 out of 8 demands listed by the body have already been addressed by the government.

He added that the government expended N9.3 billion as premium for Group Life Insurance for Health workers, civil and public servants in federal organizations. F-G.

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Namibia Bans Cattle Movement Following Food, Mouth Disease Outbreak

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Namibia has placed a ban on the movement of all cloven-hoofed animals and their products in the country’s Kavango East region after an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) was confirmed.

In a statement, the executive director of  Namibia’s Ministry of Agriculture Percy Misika said that Namibia had detected a Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in the FMD protection zone.

The Executive Director added that all movement of animals across the Namibian or Angolan international borders has also been suspended.

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“All animal gatherings such as auctions and cultural shows are suspended including the slaughtering of cloven-hoofed animals except vaccinations,” Misika said.

Misika said surveillance teams have been sent to the region to establish the extent of the outbreak and So far, investigations by officials showed that 13 out of 657 cattle tested positive for FMD.

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New Canadian Covid-19 Gargle and Spit Test is First of its Kind

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 As Canadians are challenged with excessive high-demand for Covid-19 tests, officials released a new corona-virus test for school children that gets rid of the invasive nasal swab and instead asks kids to gargle and spit.

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the new tests, which the British Columbia center for disease control says is just as accurate as the more common nasal swab tests, doesn’t have to be administered by a health professional, though they are still processed in a lab.

children gargle a small amount of saline solution for 30 seconds, which sweeps up tissue that may hold virus particles, then spit into a tube, making it easy for children to be tested as schools begin to reopen.

a recent centers for disease control and prevention said children with mild or no symptoms could spread the virus.

testing sites in Canada have been overwhelmed in recent weeks with some reporting  6 hour long wait time and others turning people away in some parts of the country, because classes all over the country are restarting.the test is only for children, but maybe expanded to adults in the coming weeks.

public health officials in Canada say they compared test results in both children and adults and found the rate of covid-19 detection was very similar between the nasal swab and the new gargle test.

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FG Okays N8.9bn Hazard Allowance for Health Workers

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FG Okays N8.9bn Hazard Allowance for Health Workers

The Federal Government (FG) has approved payment of additional N8.9billion to offset some parts of June 2020 COVID-19 allowance to all health workers in the country.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, disclosed this during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding at the end of the meeting between the FG and the Nigeria association of resident doctors on Wednesday in Abuja.

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Ngige explained that the implementation of the payment of the special hazard and inducement allowance has been approved.

He noted that sum of N20bn already appropriated in 2020 COVID-19 budget has been exhausted, noting that the additional 8.9bn will bring the total disbursement to about N288bn.

Recall that resident doctors across the country had embarked on a total and an indefinite strike in all Federal and State hospitals in the country to press for its demands.

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