Some scientists at the University of Ibadan have recommended a plant called Euphorbia Hirta as a herbal alternative to mitigating some of the diseases associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the scientists, some of the diseases, which the plant can cure, include dry cough, respiratory failures and fever, among others.
The scientists, including Profs. Ademola Ladele and Rasheed Awodoyin, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan on Tuesday that the Euphorbia Hirta was commonly called Asthma plant.
Awodoyin, a Weed Ecologist, said that the plant was known as Asin Uloko in Edo, Nonon Kurciya in Hausa, Chamma Chamma in Kanuri, Endamyel in Fula-Fulfulde (Borno), Ba Ala in Owerri and Akun Esan in Yoruba.
He listed the scientists who worked on the plant to include Prof. Olaniyi Babayemi (Animal Scientist), Prof. Olapeju Aiyelaagbe (Chemist), Dr Ahmed Abu (Animal Scientist), Dr Adeoluwa (Organic Agriculturist), Dr Olajumoke Fayinminnu (Toxicologist) and Dr Funmilayo Adebiyi (Animal Scientist).
Others, the don said, were Dr Idayat Gbadamosi (Ethnobotanist) and Dr J. Badejo (Drug Development Specialist) and Prof. Ademola Ladele (Agricultural Extensionist).
He said that the plant was a herbal alternative to curing dry cough, respiratory failures, fever and some other related symptoms of chronic flu, all of which were associated with COVID-19.
Awodoyin told NAN that the plant, after being boiled, could be taken as tea and could serve as first aid treatment for dry cough, while further complex solutions to the pandemic could still be explored.
He said that the scientists were sparked up by shared information that mucus plug of the airways and nasal chamber, among others were the causes of seizure and death from COVID-19.
“Asthma plant tea softens dry cough, releases the mucus as phlegm. It is a safe herb tea, though not recommended for pregnant women and should be taken for six consecutive days.
“Just get a handful of the plant, steep in boiling water for 15 minutes, drink freely, as the taste is pleasant. I use it at my family level. I don’t even use it for more than three days before getting immediate result,” Awodoyin said.
He emphasised that such medicinal plants had curative actions due to the presence of complex chemical constituents.
According to him, the plant contains triterpenes, phytosterols, tannins, polyphenols, flavonoids, essential oil, alkaloids, saponins, amino acids and minerals, with quercitrin, a flavanoid glycoside, isolated from the herb, showing anti-diarrhea activity.
Also speaking, the leader of the scientists, Prof. Ademola Ladele, said asthma plant could also be used in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders (diarrhea, dysentery, intestinal parasitosis,) as well as bronchial and respiratory diseases (asthma, bronchitis, hay fever, flu).
“The aqueous extract from the plant exhibits anxiolytic, analgesic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory activities; the root decoction of the plant are also beneficial for nursing mothers deficient in milk (galactogogue).
“The aqueous extract shows antioxidant effect and a free radical scavenging activity. It is used to lower blood pressure, treat athletes foot, dengue fever and for production of blood platelets.
“It can also be used to relieve anxiety and stress. In South India, it is used as ear drops in the treatment of boils, sore and wounds; a decoction of the leaves induces milk flow and the leaf chewed with palm kernel for restoration of virility.
“It is also effective in treating ulcers, while the plant is also eaten as a vegetable; it is a powerful herb which should be used in moderation.
“In Benin City, the plant is pounded, mixed with palm oil and licked to treat any type of cough,” he said.
Ladele added that although the plant was reported to have anti-fertility activity, report from Guinea revealed that the plant extract had practically no toxicity towards man and guinea pigs.
According to him, using the plant may help COVID-19 patients to breathe with ease and remove the need for a ventilator for mild cases.
“There is no evidence yet that asthma plant can cure Coronavirus, but it can be useful in mitigating some of the symptoms like fever, coughing and respiratory challenges.
“A research group at the University of Ibadan is exploring the benefits of other similar plants for the adequate cure of chronic flu and other respiratory diseases, including COVID-19,” he said.
Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
COVID 19: Umahi bemoans astronomical rise of cases in Ebonyi
Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has bemoaned the astronomical rise of COVID-19 cases in the state, describing it as ‘shocking and disturbing’.
He stressed that all the cases were from returnees intercepted at the state’s various boundaries.
The governor said that between April 26, and May 20, the state had 13 confirmed cases of the disease but nine new cases were recorded on May 22, another nine on May 23 and two on May 24.
“We presently have 33 confirmed cases with six victims discharged and it should be noted that there is no community infection yet in the state.
“A breakdown of the cases shows that Afikpo North LGA has nine cases, Izzi – eight, Ishielu – six, Ikwo – four, Ohaukwu – two, Ohaozara – two, Onicha and Ezza North one each,” he said.
Umahi added that the state could not have recorded such upsurge in the cases if the various inter-state boundary lockdowns were working.
“Another problem is that we are ‘holding these returnees down’ at the various centres in our LGAs yet we have issues with test kits from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
“These people can’t go to their houses to isolate because some people stay up to five in a room in the rural areas.
“We can’t do anything even if they are kept at the centres for 21 days so there should be enough kits to appropriately follow NCDC guidelines,” he said.
The governor declared that the state-floated security outfit, ‘Neigbourhood Security Watch’, would be disbanded from June 1, due to the ineffectiveness of its members.
“Chairmen of various LGAs should strive to pay the members’ May salaries and we have authorised traditional rulers and other stakeholders to recommend 100 persons from various communities to be recruited in the new outfit.
“Their salaries will be N30,000 monthly and they will secure the 50 boundaries of the state alongside the various security outfits.
“We would no longer pay the allowances of security officers at the boundaries through their various heads, but through the monitoring team to be inaugurated by the deputy governor,” he said.
The governor said that all political office holders in the state would be members of the monitoring team including members of the state House of Assembly as would be approved by its Speaker.
“It is disheartening to see the deputy governor running through the bushes to intercept returnees.
“If by May 27, security at the borders does not improve, all political offices at the various LGAs will be dissolved.
“We thank the various LGA chairmen whose tenure expires on May 28 for their services and we will be relying on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the guiding template in conducting our council elections,” he said.
Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Donald Ugwu (NAN)
Nnamdi Azikiwe varsity hospital records first case of COVID-19, says CMD
Prof. Anthony Igwegbe, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital, disclosed this on Monday.
Igwegbe said the patient was diagnosed with the virus following a test upon getting to the hospital.
According to him, the test result was released on May 23.
He said the patient was immediately moved to one of the isolation centres in Anambra for treatment.
“The patient was quickly moved from our isolation ward to the Anambra state Treatment Centre last night for care and treatment.
“The patient, a male trader resident in Onitsha was admitted to the isolation ward following proper triage on his presentation on May 20.
“Specimen for test was taken the following day and sent to Irrua,” he said.
Igwegbe told the News Agency of Nigeria that a suspect was earlier taken in, but test sample was not taken before the patient died.
“That was a probable case, the patient showed some symptoms but sample was not taken before the patient died.
The CMD added that all the necessary precautions were taken and all those that attended to the confirmed patient used Personal Protection Equipment.
He gave an assurance that the hospital would remain vigilant.
Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)
COVID-19 : Oyo records 7 new cases
Oyo State has recorded seven new confirmed cases of the COVID-19, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the state to 240.
The seven new cases were among the latest 313 recorded in 17 states by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Sunday.
The News Agency of Nigera reports that of the 240 recorded cases as at Sunday, 171 were reported as active in the state.
Meanwhile, the Oyo State COVID-19 Taskforce has relaxed the curfew in the state from between 7 p.m and 5 a.m to between 8p.m and 5 a.m inspite of the daily increase in cases in the state.
The taskforce, however, said community testing would commence by the end of this week while health workers selected to participate in the exercise would begin training from Wednesday.
Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
NCDC confirms 313 new cases of COVID-19, total active cases now 5350
The NCDC, on its official twitter handle, however said that no new state had reported a case in the last 24 hours.
It said that a total of 7839 cases had been confirmed, 2263 cases discharged, while 226 deaths had been recorded across 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The NCDC stated that the 313 new cases were reported from 17 states as follows:
Lagos (148), FCT (36), Rivers (27), Edo (19), Kano (13), Ogun (12), Ebonyi (11), Nasarawa (8), Delta (8), Oyo (7), Plateau (6), Kaduna (5), Kwara (4), Akwa Ibom (3), Bayelsa (3), Niger (2), Anambra (1).
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo and Ephraims Sheyin (NAN)
COVID – 19: Only 8 patients out of 73 still active in Zamfara – Matawalle
Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara says only eight patients out of the 73 confirmed coronavirus cases recorded in the state are still at the isolation center.
Matawalle made this known on Sunday at a gathering in Maradun where he went to celebrate the Sallah break.
The governor congratulated health workers in the state for successfully tracking and treating those infected with the virus, and expressed happiness that there were no new case in the state.
“This remarkable feat have been possible due to the effort of our medical team, our efforts in meeting all the required preventive standards and the cooperation of the good people of the state in adhering to preventive guidelines.
“I want to reiterate that COVID-19 is real, still on the rampage and dangerous to human lives, so we must all join hands to sustain the measures that are truncating fast spread of the disease in our communities, so that together we can defeat the pandemic.”
He appealed to the people to always check their COVID-19 status at centres located across the 14 local government areas of the state.
“My administration has recently set up a zero contact sample collection and testing center of the virus at the Yariman Bakura Specialist Hospital, Gusau, which is one of its type in the whole country in our effort to quickly know any carrier of the disease and save many lives in good time.
“The center will offer services to even our neighbouring state so that we can contain the inter-state spread of this virus,” he added.
Edited By: Angela Okisor/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
Enugu records 2 more confirmed cases of COVID-19
The Enugu State Government has announced two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, bringing the total number to 18.
The Commissioner for Health, Prof. Ikechukwu Obi, disclosed this in a statement in Enugu on Sunday.
“The total number of cases for Enugu State is now 18, with 10 active cases and eight discharged.
” The first new case (Case 17) is a 45-year-old male who hails from Igbo-Eze North LGA of Enugu State and lives in Lagos State but still managed to make his way to Enugu State on the 21st of May, 2020 in spite of restrictions on inter-state movement.
“Concerned members of his community alerted the health authorities since he was already ill, leading to his assessment and testing and his result returned positive for COVID-19 on the 23rd of May 2020.
“Case 16 as earlier reported evaded the inter-state boundary restriction, all the way from Lagos state and across several other states, obviously assisted by unscrupulous individuals to bury her recently deceased husband in their community in Igbo-Etiti LGA of Enugu State,” he said.
He said evading or assisting anyone to evade the inter-state movement restriction was unlawful and of no benefit while also contributing to the rising number of COVID-19 positive cases in the state.
Obi added that such actions were militating against the measures put in place by the state government to prevent the spread of the virus.
He urged residents to comply with the public health advisory of the Federal Ministry of Health, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and the Enugu State Ministry of Health.
Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
COVID-19: 9 patients discharged in Oyo, 34 new cases recorded
Nine COVID-19 patients have been discharged from the isolation centre in Oyo State after receiving their second negative test results.
The News Agency of Nigera reports that Gov. Seyi Makinde announced this on his tweeter handle on Saturday night.
Makinde said the development had brought the number of discharged cases in the state to 58.
The state, however, recorded 34 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total number in the state to 233.
According to the latest figures released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Saturday night, the 34 cases in Oyo were among the new 265 recorded in 13 states.
Makinde had clarified that 27 out of the new confirmed cases were from iSON Xperiences, a company located in Dugbe area of Ibadan.
The EOC numbers are 08095394000, 08095863000, 08078288999 and 08078288800.
Edited By: Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
NCDC confirms 265 new cases of COVID-19, total infections now 7,526
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NCDC, through its official tweeter handle, announced that 133 of the new cases were found in Lagos, 34 in Oyo, 28 in Edo, 22 in the FCT, six in Plateau, five in Kaduna, three each in Borno and Niger, and two each in Kwara, Bauchi, Anambra, and Enugu states.
The health agency said that the number of deaths had risen to 221, just as the number of successfully treated patients also increased to 2,174.
According to the NCDC, no new state has reported a case in the past 24 hours.
The agency said that as of May 23, 7,526 cases had been confirmed with 5,131 of them being Active Cases .
According to the agency, 2,174 patients have been discharged while 221 deaths have been recorded in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
Since the confirmation of the first case of the virus in Nigeria on Feb. 27, the NCDC has released advisories and statements to help Nigerians and affected groups in particular respond to the pandemic.
On Feb. 28, a multi-sectoral Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) was activated at Level Three the highest emergency level in Nigeria led by NCDC in close coordination with the State Public Health EOCs (PHEOC).
The health agency embarked on the development of sector-specific advisories on re-opening, conducted high level technical session on strategic outputs of Mid-Action Review and identified priority activities for the next phase of the response.
The NCDC reviewed Epi-data at the national and subnational levels for targeted interventions and engaged the National Council of Women Society on the use of their expansive network for community sensitisation.
It also developed strategic plan for grassroots mobilisation and had trained 101 healthcare workers on Infection Prevention and Control in Owerri, Imo state.
It developed and circulated the National COVID-19 mortality review forms to isolation centres.
It also completed the first phase of engagement with traditional rulers and discussed their roles in curtailing the spread of COVID-19 in their domains.
The NCDC trained surveillance and laboratory personnel from 39 Local Government Areas in Kano state on safe sample collection, packaging, handling, and transportation.
It completed the first phase of engagement with traditional rulers and discussed their roles in curtailing the spread of COVID-19 in their domains.
It also completed commodities distribution to Oyo State Ministry of Health, Points of Entry and Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).
NCDC developed new Key Performance Indicators to track surveillance strategic directions and programmes.
Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)
Rivers Teaching Hospital records 2 cases of COVID-19
The Public Relations Officer of RSUTH, Dr Nsirim Larry confirmed the development in a statement in Port Harcourt on Saturday.
According to him, the patients were a female security working in the hospital and another female patient admitted into the labour ward.
“It is important to note that the doctors and nurses who had direct contact with both patients have been advised by hospital management to self isolate.
“RSUTH is making preparations to decontaminate the labour ward and radiology unit immediately while sample collection of the direct contacts would begin tomorrow.
“We urge anyone, who has not been contacted to please indicate by calling the POTARD unit for sample collection,” he appealed to workers in the hospital.
Larry urged residents to remain calm and offer their prayers and support to those infected with the virus.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Rivers now has 89 confirmed cases with 23 discharged and seven deaths, according to latest update from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) verified Twitter page on Friday night.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Felix Ajide (NAN)
Activist hails Imo gov. for stopping pensions to ex-govs.
Activist hails Imo gov. for stopping pensions to ex-govs.
Abuja, on Saturday lauded Gov. Hope Uzodimma for repealing the pension and gratuity law that provided for payment of pensions to former Imo governors.
Ekenulo told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja that the governor’s action demonstrated selflessness in governance.
He described the action as a roadmap to sustainable development and economic stability in the state, saying that people of Imo would be better for it.
“This shows that the governor is for the people. He is selfless and determined to rescue the economy for the people to enjoy.
“He does not care about his personal gain and benefit but what the totality of Imo people will gain.”
Ekenulo urged Imo people to continue to support the governor, to reposition the state for the greater good of the people.
The activist who called on other states of the federation to replicate the action of Uzodimma, wondered why some former governors would be earning pension together with other official salaries.
Ekenulo explained that the law contravened the 1999 Constitution as amended, which according to him, stipulates that a pensioner must have worked for at least 10 years.
On May 22, Uzodimma signed a bill, repealing pensions and gratuity for former governors and speakers in the state.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Silas Nwoha (NAN)
COVID-19: Niger Govt. gets $25,000 grant from South Korea
The South Korean Government through the United Nations Habitat Programme (UN Habitat), has given grant of twenty-five thousand dollars (USD $25,000) to support Niger Government in preventing the spread of Coronavirus in the state.
Matane stressed that the first project to be carried out with the support was the construction of a smart-metered solar borehole aimed at providing clean and steady water supply to the COVID-19 Isolation Centre at the General Hospital, Minna.
The SSG disclosed that as soon as the projects were completed, the South Korean Ambassador to Nigeria would be invited to commission and hand over the projects to the state government.
Matane expressed Gov. Abubakar Bello’s appreciation on behalf of the people and government of the state to UN Habitat and South Korea, while commending the Niger State Urban Support Programme (NSUSP) for securing the grant for the state.
News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the South Korean Government had earlier approved 900,000 dollars grant to the Niger government for preparation of the state urban policy.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Felix Ajide (NAN)
Dentist recommend tips to combat bad breathe while using face masks
A Consultant Family Dentist, Dr Celestine Uyanwanne, says dealing with the underlying cause of bad breath, also known as halitosis, may be observed by use of face masks.
Uyanwanne, who is also the Medical Director (MD), Celon Dental Clinic, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lagos that wearing face masks could not cause halitosis but may aggravate an existing problem for the user.
According to WebMD, all food eaten begin its digestive process from the mouth.
“If you eat food such as garlic and onions, with strong odours, brushing and flossing, even mouthwash merely covers up the odour temporarily; it will not go away completely until the foods have passed through your body,” it says.
”Another Online Clinic, www.mayoclinic.org says: “Halitosis can be embarrassing and in some cases may even cause anxiety.
“It’s no wonder that store shelves are overflowing with gum, mints, mouthwashes and other products designed to fight bad breath.
“Many of the products are only temporary measures because they don’t address the cause of the problem,” he said
Uyanwanne noted that apart from local causes of bad breath, which includes poor oral hygiene, inflammation within the mouth and cavities retaining food, systemic diseases could also cause halitosis.
“There are some gases that are being exhaled from the lungs or there could be so much substance in the system being exhaled through the mouth.
“Some foods have a way of being excreted through the salivary glands in the mouth; even alcohol, if somebody takes it and you perceive it, it’s not the same that goes in that is exhaled.
“There are also certain medications that could decrease the salivary flow, thereby causing bad breath,” he said.
The dentist added that there’s a psychogenic type of halitosis, which is experienced by people with a psychological problem or exaggerated fear that makes them believe they have bad breath.
He said some people who had experienced halitosis or those who had been cured from it find themselves in that situation.
Uyanwanne urged those experiencing bad breath while using face masks to seek medical help, in order to take care of the underlying cause of the condition.
“Face mask does not cause bad breath but may be a way for someone who didn’t use to perceive his breath to get a feedback.
“If you have bad breath or feel you have, visit a good dentist, who will do a thorough examination and possibly test for halitosis.
“Once you handle the underlying cause, the halitosis will be taken care of,” he said.
He further urged people to maintain good oral hygiene to combat bad breath and other mouth infections.
Uyanwanne also cautioned face mask users against improper handling and constant touching of the surface to avoid transferring germs to their hands and faces.
Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
NGO urges greater commitment of stakeholders in public health
Sen. Eze Ajoku, the President, Coalition of Societies for the Rights of Older Persons in Nigeria (COSROPIN), on Saturday called for commitment of government and other stakeholders to providing functional public healthcare services in Nigeria.
Ajoku made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja while congratulating his daughter, Dr Ezinne Eze-Ajoku (the only Nigerian in her set) and others, on the 21st May 2020, Ph.D virtual graduation on Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Johns Hopkins ranks as number one amongst the best Public Health Universities in the world and graduation was a virtual one.
“I think as a Nation, we should channel more resources into public health, with emphasis on gerontology, and geriatrics by ways of producing more personnel and attracting resources toward these sectors.
The COSROPIN president, who reiterated the need for improvement of public health, with emphasis on care of older persons, charged his daughter and other public health practitioners to help redress the country’s health sector using their knowledge in various areas of healthcare sector.
The coalition leader emphasised the imperatives of creating the institutional framework needed for training and certifying personnel to adequately service the counrty’s need in the area of gerontology, geriatric care and management, which was long overdue.
Besides, Ajoku called for stronger synergy among health workers, not only to provide cure for malaria and tuberculosis, among others, but also to provide global response to emergencies and pandemics such as COVID-19.
He however expressed optimism that with progress being made in the churning out of public health experts, both in the country and abroad, older persons’ health challenges would soon receive adequate attention.
Ajoku expressed optimism that the graduates would use the knowledge gained as a health service administrator to promote and engage the policy makers on the health needs of older persons in Nigeria as well as ensuring that older persons’ affairs were prioritised.
He encouraged the graduates to join the campaign currently going on for the rights of older persons, saying that older persons lack enough young advocates in the health sector.
The lawmaker also implored them to channel all efforts toward the management of age related illnesses throughout their career as an authority in public health field.
Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
Gov Ortom rescinds order allowing religious activities, markets in Benue
Gov. Samuel Ortom has rescinded the order allowing Churches and Mosques in Benue to reopen for religious activities.
Ortom announced the cancellation of the order on Saturday in Makurdi during the weekly news briefing on activities of the Covid -19 Quick Response Team.
He explained that the decision to revert to status quo was based on the apprehension expressed bythe Federal Government over decisions by some state governments to reopen religious activities.
According to him, as a state that is a component of the federal government, we cannot take decisions that go against the expressed standing of the federal government.
He said the federal government, as the custodian of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), had all the needed information on the viral infection and how to contain its spread.
He, therefore, sued for understanding from the Benue people over the decision to rescind the order allowing religious activities.
” You need to be alive before you can worship,”he said.
He said he had already made consultations with relevant stakeholders including leaders of Christian Association of Nigeria and Jamatu Nasiru Islam on the matter.
Ortom also announced that Mrs Elizabeth Apedzan, a former federal lawmaker, who tested positive for Covid-19 had been discharged.
He, therefore, appealed to those with symptoms similar to that of Covid-19 to avail themselves of testing.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
Oyo records 9 more COVID-19 cases as infections hit 199
Oyo State has recorded nine more confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the state to 199.
According to the latest figures released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Friday night, the nine cases in Oyo were among the new 245 recorded in 22 states.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Gov. Seyi Makinde has reassured the people of the state that the State COVID-19 Task Force was doing everything to contain the spread of the disease given the recent increase in numbers.
Makinde, who is the chairman of the task force, in a tweet noted that majority of the COVID-19 cases in the state had relatively mild or no symptoms.
“This means that with the proper management of cases that we have put in place, they will recover without any complications.
“When people are asymptomatic, they can easily spread the virus unknowingly.
“This is why we must all play our roles by adhering to guidelines on frequent hand washing with soap and water, physical distancing and the use of face mask in public places.
“We will continue to deploy all resources at our disposal to ensure that the virus is contained in Oyo State. Together, we can fight this pandemic,” he said.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
COVID-19: Nigeria hits 7,261 infections with 245 new cases Friday
NCDC confirmed the new figures in its verified tweeter handle.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 131 of the new cases came from Lagos, 16 from Jigawa, 13 from Ogun, 12 from Borno and nine each from Kaduna, Oyo, Rivers and Ebonyi.
Other states with new cases include Kwara with seven, Katsina with five, Akwa Ibom and Sokoto with three each as well as Bauchi and Yobe with two each.
Anambra, Gombe, Niger, Ondo, Plateau, the FCT and Bayelsa, all recorded one new case each.
NCDC stated that the total number of recovered patients stands at 2,007, while 221 deaths have been recorded.
It noted that no new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours.
The health agency said that until date, 7,261 cases have been confirmed; 5,033 active cases, 2,007 discharged and 221 deaths in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
“Every day, we deploy supplies to states across the country, using indicators such as number of new cases to determine quantity and prevent stockout,” it stated.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
COVID-19: NGO donates PPE to 11 states
Mrs Lauratu Abdulsalam, the Communication and Media Engagement Adviser, RoLAC, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Friday.
She said the organisation was funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the British Council.
She listed thd benefiting states as Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Enugu, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Niger, Sokoto and Yobe.
Abdulsalam said the equipment was also donated to other service providers working in the area of sexual and gender-based violence, including selected Family Support Units (FSUs) in Police stations.
Other places, she said, were the Police Clinic Abuja, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Sexual and Gender Based Violence Response Teams.
“The PPE distributed to these beneficiaries are hand gloves, hand sanitiser, surgical face masks, disinfectants and disposal aprons, among others.
“The support also covers provision of telephone airtime to enable the SARCs offer telephone counselling and follow up with victims of sexual assault,’’ she said.
Abdulsalam said that the aim of the intervention, according to Mr Danladi Plang, the National Programme Manager of RoLAC, was to ensure sustained service delivery to victims of sexual assault during the COVID-19 breakout.
She said that the current prevalence of COVID-19 had led to increase in cases of sexual and domestic violence.
According to her, service providers such as SARCs established by the British Council with support from the EU to provide support services including medical assistance, counselling and initial legal assistance to victims of sexual assault.
She said that according to experts, gender inequalities and violence against women and other vulnerable groups tend to increase during any type of crises or emergency situation.
“For instance, the lockdown order in many states, which restricts movements and enforces sit-at-home, meant that victims have been locked up with abusive partners.
“The increase in sexual and domestic violence is almost inevitable. The restriction has also meant that women and girls who are victims in this situation are limited from having access to support services.
“RoLAC is therefore implementing this intervention so that victims of sexual assault will continue to have access to the services of SARCs and other support services during the COVID-19 outbreak,’’ she said.
Abdulsalam said that the Commissioner for Gender Affairs, Enugu State, Mrs Peace Nnaji, who received the equipment on behalf of the state expressed gratitude for the equipment to support the services of the Tamar Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Enugu.
She said that the commissioner’s gratitude followed dozens of similar messages the programme had received over the past few days from SARC Centre’s managers, in the acknowledgement of the COVID-19 response support RoLAC had provided to 16 SACRs centres.
Abdulsalam said that the programme was also being implemented by the British Council in five states, including Kano, Lagos, Anambra, Edo and Adamawa as well as at the federal level.
“The programme aims to enhance good governance in Nigeria by contributing to the strengthening of the rule of law, to curbing corruption and to reducing impunity; through support to criminal justice and anti-corruption reform.
“It will also support initiatives to enhance access to justice for women, children and persons with disabilities,’’ she said.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
Lagos records 4 more COVID-19 related deaths
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, has announced four more COVID-19 related deaths, increasing the infection mortality in Lagos to 46.
Abayomi made the disclosure through his Twitter account on Friday night.
He, however, did not give additional information about the sex, age, nationality or medical conditions of the deceased.
He added that 139 new cases of COVID-19 infection was confirmed in Lagos on May 21, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 3,109.
The commissioner noted that on the same day, 13 COVID-19 patients; four females and nine males were discharged at the state’s isolation facilities following their full recovery.
“This brings the total number of #COVID-19 discharged patients in Lagos to 662,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Lagos has 2,383 active cases, two evacuated from Nigeria, while 16 were transferred to Ogun and Ondo States.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
COVID-19: NIMR commends Olam Group for donating PPE, other items
Prof. Babatunde Salako, Director-General General, Nigeria Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Yaba, Lagos, has commended Olam Group for donating Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other items to support its COVID-19 activities.
Salako, through his verified twitter handle, on Friday said the donation was midwifed by Mobihealth, an international innovative telemedicine and digital healthcare platform.
“Grateful to Mobihealth who midwifed donation of PPE and other materials by Olam Group to support our drive/work through testing.
“We appreciate the support of Flour Mills of Nigeria, Sterling Bank, Daystar Christian Church, UTL Trust and others,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the director-general of NIMR had on May 15, announced that the institute would be partnering with Mobihealth to commence Teleconsultation COVID-19 home swab test.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Olagoke Olatoyel (NAN)
COVID-19: CACOVID donates equipment to Kogi isolation centre
The presentation of the equipment by a representative of the CACOVID, Mr Toyin Idowu, coincided with the inauguration of the isolation centre by the state government.
Idowu said that the donation of the equipment was a joint initiative between the Central Bank of Nigeria and the leadership of private sector companies in the country.
According to him, the fight against the novel coronavirus cannot be left for government alone to handle because of its peculiar nature.
“Our resolve to wade into the crisis is to avoid untimely death of innocent Nigerians as a result of the pandemic,” he said.
Idowu said that the measure was also to prepare the state ahead of any eventuality, as it would help in tackling the disease.
“The equipment we have provided, such as Analysers, X-ray machine, oxygen cylinders, beds, mattresses, weight measuring machine, among others, are world class equipment that will go a long way in reducing the effects and spread of COVID-19 in the country,” he said.
Inaugurating the isolation centre, the state Deputy Governor, Chief Edward Onoja, promised that the government would continue to ensure that the state remains COVID-19 free.
“We will continue to sensitise our people on the need to maintain personal hygiene and adhere to advice given by health experts and the National Centre for Disease Control,” he said.
He promised that the equipment would be carefully handled and utilised for their intended purpose.
In his speech, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Haruna, appreciated CACOVID for the kind gesture, which he described as timely.
He said that the equipment which were meant for the treatment and management of COVID-19 patients would also be useful in treating other ailments.
“This gesture is in tandem with the drive of Kogi State Government.
” We have two isolation centres already and the commissioning of this one makes it the third isolation centre we have in the state, even though , we are yet to record any case of COVID-19,” Haruna said.
Edited By: Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)