The Federal Government on Monday assured that all the rice distributed to states were certified fit for human consumption.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Social Development and Disaster Management, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, gave the assurance on Monday in Abuja.
She said that the rice was accessed by the National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) before delivering them to the states.
Farouq was reacting to accusation by Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oto State that the rice was contaminated.
The minister spoke at the daily briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
Farouq said that the rice was distributed to the states as handed over to the ministry by the Nigerian Customs Service, adding that NAFDAC also accessed the edibility of the rice.
According to her, “we all know if we keep rice or grain it is bound to change colour but that does not mean it is unfit for human consumption”.
She refuted claims that the rice given to the Oyo State Government by the federal government as palliative had expired, adding that such claimed is baseless.
The minister also said that it was impossible for anybody to divert money meant for the Npower beneficiaries, adding that such cannot happen under the current IPPIS.
She said that though the issue relating to her office had always been about Npower, but added that it is practically impossible for either the executive or any other person to divert their money for any other purpose.
“We know it is practically impossible to divert fund that has been appropriated. I don’t know how such can be done without facing the backlash,” she said.
On the distribution of palliative, the minister said that there were lay down structures which the ministry was following for distribution, adding that the ministry is working with the state governments in the distribution of palliatives.
Farouq also said that the ministry was working with Non-Governmental Organisation (NGOs), Red Cross and Civil Society Organisations in monitoring and evaluation of COVID-19.
She said that the federal government intervention was targeted at the poor and vulnerable in every state of the federation.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
Kuwait records 28,649 COVID-19 cases, 226 deaths
The ministry also announced the recovery of 1,382 more patients, raising the total recoveries in the country to 14,281.
On May 31, Kuwait ended the total curfew and imposed a three-week partial curfew for a gradual return to normal life in the country.
Sri Lanka begins PCR tests for COVID-19 at int’l airport
Sri Lanka has begun PCR tests for COVID-19 at the country’s main Bandaranaike International Airport, in a bid to detect possible virus carriers and to prevent the virus from entering among the public, local media reported here Tuesday.
Tourism and Aviation Minister Prasanna Ranatunga, quoted in local media said authorities had begun conducting the tests on all passengers being repatriated from overseas and depending on their results, they were being either diverted to the hospital or quarantine centers.
Sri Lanka‘s international airports remain closed for passenger arrivals and it is open only for those being repatriated from overseas, cargo and arrival of medical aid.
Ranatunga said the key objective of this initiative was to identify COVID-19 infected passengers without any further delay and minimize the risk of the virus spreading further within communities.
Sri Lanka has to date, detected over 1,600 positive COVID-19 patients since the first local patient was detected in March, out of which over 800 patients have recovered and been discharged. Eleven deaths have been reported, Health Ministry statistics showed.
In recent days, the number of patients spiked considerably as hundreds of local nationals who were repatriated from foreign countries tested positive for the virus while being under quarantine.
According to official data from the Tourism Ministry, nearly 10,000 migrant workers from 21 countries have been repatriated into the island country in recent weeks and they have been directed to quarantine centers. Another 20,000 are expected to return following a systematic repatriation process being followed by the authorities.
COVID-19: Bayelsa records second death
This was confirmed by Dr Jones Stow, Director of Public Health, State Ministry of Health in a statement made on Tuesday in Yenagoa.
“The patient was presented at one of the state public hospital a week ago, critically ill with signs suggestive of kidney disease.
“He was thus being managed as such and had some sessions of dialysis.
“His test result was among the nine positive results announced by the NCDC for Bayelsa on May 31. He was still due for a final session of dialysis on Monday, June 1 but he passed away on the night of May 31.
“The decease has been buried by the COVID-19 Safe Burial Team witnessed by relatives and friends. May his soul rest in peace,” Stow explained.
On total index case, Bayelsa has so far recorded 21 confirmed cases as announced by the NCDC.
ICAO adopts new COVID-19 aviation recovery ‘Take Off’ guidelines to reconnect the world
The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has adopted a new report and recommendations aimed at restarting international air transport system and aligning its global recovery.
ICAO Council President, Mr Salvatore Sciacchitano, revealed this on the official tweeter handle of the organisation @icao.
He said the report and guidelines were developed through broad-based consultations with countries and regional organisations, and with important advice from the World Health Organisation.
He noted that the key aviation industry groups including; International Air Transport Association (IATA), Airports Council International (ACI World), Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO), and the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations (ICCAIA).
“We have answered this call today with the delivery of this report, and with its recommendations and Take-Off guidelines which will now align public and private sector actions and mitigations as we get the world flying again.
“Also, in full accordance with the latest and most prudent medical and traveller health advice available to us. The world needs aviation and aviation today is in great need of ICAO,” Sciacchitano said.
He noted that solidarity among all countries and regions and industry sectors would be critical going forward, pointing out that ICAO was where to achieve the goal for global aviation.
CART Chairperson, Amb. Philippe Bertoux, noted that the CART guidelines were intended to inform, align and progress the national, regional, and industry-specific COVID-19 recovery roadmaps now being implemented, but not to replace them.
“These guidelines will facilitate convergence, mutual recognition and harmonisation of aviation COVID-19 related measures across the globe. They are intended to support the restart and recovery of global air travel in a safe, secure and sustainable way.
“In order to be effective, we need to take a layered and especially a risk-based approach. Measures will be implemented or removed as needed based on the wide ranging medical and other factors which will be at play,” Bertoux said.
According to him, the CART guidelines are therefore designed to serve in both these capacities as a common reference, while remaining adaptable.
He said CART’s report contained a detailed situational analysis and key principles supported by a series of recommendations focused around objectives for public health, aviation safety and security, and aviation economic recovery.
He reinstated that the content was supplemented by the report’s special ‘Take Off’ document which contained guidelines for public health risk mitigation measures and four separate modules relating to airports, aircraft, crew, and air cargo.
ICAO Secretary-General, Dr Fang Liu, welcomed the CART’s accomplishment and highlighted that ICAO would continue to develop implementation packages to assist member states to restart the operations and recovery.
“Restoring public confidence in air travel has very broad benefits. This isn’t only about operational and economic viability of air transport sector, but of entire societies and regions having their economic livelihoods and stability restored.
“ The full CART Report is available as part of ICAO’s COVID-19 platform, and will be regularly reviewed and updated based on the latest data and information received from all stakeholders,’’ she said.
Africa’s confirmed COVID-19 cases surpass 150,000 mark: Africa CDC
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the African continent rose to 152,442 as of Tuesday, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.
The Africa CDC in its latest update issued on Tuesday revealed that the number of confirmed positive cases across the continent rose from 147,099 on Monday to 152,442 as of Tuesday afternoon, after registering 5,343 new cases over the past 24 hours.
The death toll from the pandemic also rose to 4,344 on Tuesday, after having registered 116 new deaths over the past 24 hours.
The continental disease control and prevention agency, which noted that the virus has so far spread into 54 African countries, also disclosed that some 63,661 people who have been infected with COVID-19 have recovered across the continent so far.
Figures from the Africa CDC showed that amid the rapid spread of the virus across the continent, the highly COVID-19 affected African countries include South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Algeria, Ghana, as well as Morocco.
The Africa CDC also indicated that Eastern and Central African regions are relatively the least affected areas in Africa.
Iran’s confirmed COVID-19 cases hit 157,562 with 3,117 new cases recorded
Kianush Jahanpur, head of Public Relations and Information Center of the health ministry, said during his daily update on Tuesday that 64 people died overnight, taking the total fatalities over the virus to 7,942.
Iran announced its first cases of COVID-19 on Feb. 19.
Post-COVID-19: Expert tasks parents on discipline
Mr Idowu Olanipekun, a development professional at the Centre for Development and Protection (CEDEP) in Ibadan, has urged parents to be disciplined in adjusting their way of life after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Olanipekun ,however, enjoined parents to remain resolute in stabilisation efforts in order to forestall a second wave of COVID-19 which might portend greater danger than the first.
” The key to general sustenance after this pandemic period is discipline.
“Imbibing all-round discipline as a tool of suppressing the sour experiences of COVID-19 pandemic period is a challenge that should be a weapon for curtailing the outbreak of a second wave starting from the home front by our parents.
The expert urged parents to guard how they spend their income as purchasing power would drop drastically before the economy would improve.
“Parents should be technical in drawing a scale of preference for their needs and wants upon which priorities are set.
“There shouldn’t be any room for extravagant spending even at the level of the children’s education.
“Reality of time should be allowed to lead us into the next economic phase of life,” he said.
Olanipekun also enjoined parents to teach and expose their children to all necessary medical tips against COVID-19.
“Also, with the ease of lockdown, parents are expected to guide their children at the various worship centres and programmes if not excluding them completely from participating in religious activities to curb the resurgence of COVID -19.
“Everyone should inculcate the act of social and physical distancing, most especially as children will be attending classes on resumption of academic session, while limiting their exposures to other social activities,” he said.
Kwara records 23 new cases of COVID-19
Kwara has recorded 23 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections in the state to 111, with 37 discharged and one death.
Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor and Spokesman for Technical Committee on COVID-19, made this known in a statement in Ilorin on Tuesday.
“With this, the state now has a total of 111 confirmed cases, out of which 73 are active and 37 have recovered and discharged with one death.
“Regardless, the government warned people against letting down their guards as the level of threat of infection remains high across the country,” he said.
Namibia cancels 2020 Mining Expo due to COVID-19 outbreak
In a press statement, Chamber of Mines Chief Executive Officer Veston Malango said while the situation in Namibia appears to have stabilized, the chamber is under no illusion that the country is spared from possibility of further infections.
Previously the chamber had postponed the expo to September but Malango said that the postponed dates fall within the extended state of emergency which lapses around September with no certainty whether it will be further extended.
“It is thus not possible to predict the actions or decisions by government pertaining to large gatherings such as the mining expo in response to further COVID-19 developments,” Malango said.
He said the mining expo will be back in 2021.
Namibia has so far recorded 25 positive COVID-19 cases.
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