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53 doctors have tested positive for COVID-19 in Kano – NMA

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The Kano State chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association says it has so far lost three doctors to the coronavirus pandemic while 53 others tested positive in the state.

The state NMA chairman, Dr Usman Ali disclosed this in Kano on Monday.

He said some members of the association who recently underwent COVID-19 test, came out positive.

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He said the association lost a doctor penultimate Monday which brought the number to three in the state.

He said, “Presently, we have 53 doctors who tested positive to Covid-19 and three doctors who died as a result of the pandemic in Kano. One of the doctors who died last Monday was a consultant and epidemiologist.

“We have other doctors who undergo test and came down positive but we are still compiling the data. As at now we have 53,” the chairman said.

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NAFDAC Nabs Merchants of Dangerous Chemicals that Killed Three in Kano

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has apprehended producers of the dangerous chemicals that killed three persons in Kano State after consuming an adulterated Flavoured drink even as it warned Nigerians against the use of chemicals to enhance food and drinks.

The Agency also warned Nigerians against using chemicals and additives to enhance the taste of foods or drinks, stressing that such practices could result in severe illness and even death.

In a press statement made available to Newsmen, the Director-General of NAFDAC, ProfEssor Mojisola Adeyeye, said the Agency would stop at nothing to ensure that only safe food and other regulated products are available in the market for consumption and use by Nigerians.

Speaking on the recent incident in Kano where three people reportedly died as a result of their consumption of dangerous chemicals used as additives in a flavoured drink, she disclosed that a preliminary result had been submitted to the Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

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Adeyeye regretted that three fatalities were recorded with many people having their health compromised.

Throwing light into the Kano incident, she explained that six directorates of the Agency immediately swung into action to unravel the mystery behind the sad event, adding that internal checks revealed that only two of the five flavoured drinks identified in the incidence were registered by NAFDAC while three were not on the Agency’s database.
Adeyeye further explained that they also brought an additive that was kept in a transparent freezer bag. There was another unknown chemical that was sold as a food additive.

She emphasized that the chemical did not pass through NAFDAC as there are no records at the Chemical Evaluation and Research Directorate to suggest that permission was given to anyone to import the chemical into the country while internal checks at the Ports Inspection Directorate revealed that the chemical was not imported through the ports.

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NARD To Exclude Members Working In Isolation Centres

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The President of The National Association Of Resident Doctors (NARD), Dr. Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, has disclosed that the association might exclude their members currently working in different isolation centres in the country from their ongoing strike.

Yesterday, Okhuaihesuyi noted that all nard members, including those working in isolation centres had been involved in the industrial action, saying the association might consider excluding its members in the frontline from the strike.

He, however, insisted that the strike would continue until the government meets their demands. The Chairman of the Association of Resident Doctors, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dr. Nnamdi Nd-Ezuma, also told newsmen that the isolation centres in the FCT were still functional, noting that there were consultants and other medical doctors who are not members of nard that were attending to the patients.

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The doctors are demanding, amongst other things, payment of all salaries arrears, review of the current hazard allowance to 50 per cent of consolidated basic salaries of all health workers and payment of the outstanding Covid-19 allowance especially in state-owned tertiary institutions.

Others are immediate payment of all salary arrears including march salaries for their members in all federal and state tertiary health institutions across the country especially ASUTH, IMSUTH and UNIMEDTH.

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NAFDAC Alerts Nigerians as US Places Sanitisers on Watch List

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NAFDAC Alerts Nigerians as US Places Sanitisers on Watch List

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has alerted Nigerians that the US has placed all alcohol-based hand sanitisers, manufactured in neighboring Mexico, on its watch list.

The information is contained in a public alert signed by NAFDAC Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, in Abuja on Monday.

According to the alert, the products appear to be in violation of rules from entering the US and that until the agency is able to review the products’ safety they will be on the watch list.

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The hand sanitizer Is said to contain Methanol or wood alcohol, a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin and life-threatening when ingested.

The alert said that all persons using these products on their hands were at risk of methanol poisoning.

NAFDAC, however, encouraged health care professionals, consumers and patients to report adverse events related to the use of any hand sanitiser to its nearest office.

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