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Human Trafficking: U.S-based NGO chooses Nigeria as 1st African country to understudy

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United Way Worldwide, a U.S-based NGO, has chosen Nigeria as its first African county to understudy human trafficking and other forms of slavery.


Ms Janet Butler, the Vice President, Africa Region of the NGO said this at a stakeholder’s consultative forum on human trafficking and all forms of slavery in Nigeria.

Butler said since inception of the organisation 30 years ago, it had been advocating for human development, community development, as well as sensitising the public on the need to be focused and desist from imbibing negative tendencies.

According to her, in 2015, the organisation inaugurated human trafficking and slavery arm and decided to begin the exploitation of the issue in Africa in 2019 in order to find a lasting solution to it.

“Nigeria is the first country we are exploring in Africa for such issue; we are here to do a landscaping analysis of those who are doing this work, the best practices and intervention that will work all in the aim of getting solution.

“We cannot be in Nigeria and not partner with the premier agency who focuses on trafficking in persons, so that is why we are here with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) which has graciously agree to hold this meeting.

“United Way Worldwide is an NGO, this is the landscape analysis Phase 1, our hope is that we are coming out of this; we are here to identify how the organisation can help to assist in the fight,’’ she stressed.

She said that the issue of trafficking and migration was everywhere in the world, adding that the issue seemed to be growing in the African continent.

Responding, the Director of Legal and Prosecution, NAPTIP, Mr Abdulrahim Shaibu, welcomed the idea of partnering with the agency, adding that the collaboration of other organisations would help to see to the end of the scourge of human trafficking.

Shaibu, who represented NAPTIP Director -General, Mrs Julie Okah-Donli said that leaders at all levels must rise up to help in addressing the issue of human trafficking in their various jurisdictions.

“There are so many regulations that are going, especially on the angle of research, this NGO wants to gather data, information that can be able to aid all stakeholders to be able to combat the crime of human trafficking.

“That is why they are here to work with all experts, and to gather information on the field across the country. They have told us they are working in African such Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and South-Africa.

“Nigeria is actually their focus for now and they have chosen to work with us in NAPTIP, so that they can really achieve their own objective,’’ he said.

Edited By: Grace Yussuf

 



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Nigeria records 8 new COVID-19 cases

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed eight new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.


Five of the cases are in Lagos State, two in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and one in Kaduna State,  according to the NCDC.

It brings to 232, the number of  confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria. 

The NCDC made the disclosure through its verified Twitter account.

It said that as at 09:30p.m. on Sunday, there were 232 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

It said that  33 patients had been discharged, while  five deaths had been recorded.

The NCDC said that

the number of confirmed cases were 120 in Lagos, 47 in Abuja, nine in Oyo State,

20 in Osun,  four in Ogun and  five in Kaduna.

It said that

Enugu had two cases, Akwa Ibom, five; Edo, nine;

Bauchi, six; 

Ekiti, two, while Rivers, Benue

 

and Ondo states had one case, each

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Meanwhile, the centre has said that

 it has not engaged brand ambassadors as part of its responses to COVID-19.

“We continue to emphasise that all Nigerians maintain social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“We may not immediately know who is infected with COVID-19.

“Keeping social distance by staying two metres away from people, especially someone coughing or sneezing, can help

  to

prevent the spread of COVID-19,” it said. 

 

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Ijeoma Popoola
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LASG discharges another 5 COVID-19 patients, advises against stigmatisation

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Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has confirmed the discharge of another five patients who previously tested positive to COVID-19, advising the public against stigmatising them.


Sanwo-Olu made the disclosure through his verified Twitter handle @jidesanwolu on Sunday in Lagos.

The governor advised that everyone should collaborate to support the discharged COVID-19 patients to get over their experiences as soon as possible.

“Today, I am happy to inform you that five more patients, comprising two males and three females, including a 10-year-old girl have tested negative twice to #COVID19.

“These five patients have been discharged to reunite with their families.

“This brings to a total of 29 the numbers of patients who have fully recovered and have been discharged from our facility at Yaba,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu said there was strong indication that the state was winning the battle against COVID-19, adding that it was imperative to remain steadfast to curtail the spread.

He advised the citizens to continue to observe social distancing, while urging them to stay home, stay safe to save lives.

Sanwo-Olu appreciated the efforts of the health workers, members of the Lagos State Health Family and the Emergency Operation Centre for their hardwork.

He said that with collaborative efforts, the state government would soon win the battle against the COVID-19.

Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye
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COVID-19: BNSG to distribute food items to residents – Commissioner

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Benue State Government says it will commence distribution of food items to the people to cushion the effects of the lockdown occasioned by the Coronavirus pandemic in the state.


The government said it would kick off distribution of the food items to the residents of the state on Thursday.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Gov. Samuel Ortom had announced the stay at home order and directed closure of markets after the state reported its index case.

The governor also announced curfew on the state from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. for 14-days.

The Commissioner for Information, Mrs Ngunan Addingi, made the disclosure at the end of the Expanded State Executive Council meeting, on Sunday in Makurdi.

Adingi said the gesture was to cushion the effect of the stay at home order.

She explained that the governor also released N100 million to the State Action Committee on COVID-19, to help in the fight against the pandemic in the state.

“Out of the amount, N20 million will be used for the completion of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) healthcare centre that is designated as an isolation centre,” she said.

Adingi also dispelled rumors that a Benue returnee from Ghana died of the viral disease.

“We have heard the rumour but we are yet to ascertain the cause of his death. The governor has directed that a postmortem be carried on him to ascertain the cause of death.

“Until test is carried out before we will know what killed him. We do not want to work based on assumptions,” she said.

Also speaking, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Sunday Ongbabo, enjoined Benue people not to panic and assured that the committee was working tirelessly to protect the lives of people.

“Right now, health workers are undergoing training to enable them know exactly what to do when handling COVID-19 cases.

“We want to keep Coronavirus out of Benue. I implore the people to take the preventive aspect very seriously,” he said.

Ongbabo also appealed for collaboration from relevant agencies and government organs in dishing out correct information to the public on the disease.

Edited By: Philip Dzeremo/Rabiu Sani Ali
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COVID-19: Katsina suspected case tests negative

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The Katsina State Government says the blood test of the suspected case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Bakori Local Government Area of the state is negative.


The Permanent Secretary, state Ministry of Health, Dr Kabir Mustapha, announced this on Sunday in Katsina.

Mustapha said that the state has just received the result of the blood test from the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC).

He said that was the second suspected case of COVID-19 that tested negative in the state.

He said that by this development, the state has no single case of Coronavirus.

The Nigeria News Agency gathered that the suspect was alleged to have traveled from Lagos to his hometown in Bakori local government area of the state.

NAN reports that the state government has been taking steps to prevent possible spread of the virus in the state.

The measures are closure of schools, prohibition of social and religious gatherings, closure of state borders and media enlightenments, among others.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Muhammad Suleiman Tola
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COVID-19: LASUTH places its 3 health workers on isolation

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The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, says it has placed three of its health workers on isolation after their contact with a patient who died of COVID-19.


Dr Ibrahim Mustafa, the Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC) of LASUTH, made this known to the Nigeria News Agency on Sunday in Lagos.

Mustafa said that two doctors and a nurse had contact with the patient, who later died on April 3 at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos.

He said that the patient was attended to in the vehicle that conveyed him to LASUTH, thus reduced his exposure to health workers and other patients.

According to him, there was high suspicion of the patient being a COVID-19 case, and the patient was referred to LUTH due to insufficient bed space at LASUTH as at the time he was presented at the facility.

“The patient did not divulge his travel history and underlying medical conditions to the health workers, but the health workers were suspicious based on his symptoms and warning to exercise caution while attending to patients.

“The health workers that attended to the patient took necessary precautions, but based on the advice of LASUTH Infectious Diseases Consultant, the doctor and nurses that had contact with the patient had been placed on isolation,” the CMAC chairman said.

He urged the public to always volunteer accurate information about their travel history and medical conditions to health workers, toward assisting to provide right diagnosis and treatment for patients.

The CMAC said that there was need to increase sensitisation among the public that COVID-19 infection was not a death sentence, adding that volunteering information and early treatment would increase chances of recovery.

Mustafa advised health workers to continue to maintain vigilance and ensure universal precaution while attending to patients.

NAN recalls that the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, had disclosed that the deceased patient was

55-year-old Nigerian male who lived in Holland, but returned to Lagos two weeks ago.

Abayomi said that the patient had a kidney transplant seven years ago, and was also diabetic.

According to him, the deceased was on strong immune suppression drugs for the kidney transplant, and was admitted at LUTH on the night of April 2, on presumption of complications from the kidney transplant.

The commissioner noted that the patient did not provide full account of his travel history or medical circumstances to the attending doctors in keeping with the global trend and to enable guided treatment for COVID-19 related vulnerability, due to severe underlying ill health.

Abayomi said that the deceased, however, demonstrated some signs of an upper respiratory chest infection.

He said that the patient later tested positive for COVID-19, but died early hours of April 3 from a cardiac arrest.

Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye
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COVlD-19: Emir of Ilorin tasks traditional rulers on sensitisation

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The Emir of Ilorin and Chairman Kwara Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, has called on members of the council to further sensitise their subjects on how to complement government effort to curtail the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


The first  class traditional ruler gave the task in a statement he signed in Ilorin on Sunday.

According to him, continuous sensitisation of residents is necessary because of the rate at which the disease spread in some parts of the country.

The monarch said this was necessary in the interest of public health and safety of Nigerians regardless of religion, ethnic or social background.

The statement noted that the shutdow, would obviously cause a lot of discomfort particularly to the poor and vulnerable group in the society,

The monarch however commended the government and other philanthropists who are already taking steps to reduce hardship and support those affected or likely to be affected.

He urged all traditional rulers of all classes and grades in the state to work hard and support government efforts to protect citizens in this trying time.

Sulu-Gàmbàri also advised residents of the state to abide by all government orders in order to minimise the effect of the ongoing pandemic.

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COVlD-19: Kwara Govt begins distribution of palliatives

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The Kwara Government on Sunday began the distribution of various food items to vulnerable residents in all the 193 wards in the state to cushion the effect of lockdown policy to curb the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.


The Nigeria News Agency reports that the distribution of various food items had been concluded in all the 17 wards of ASA Local Government Area of the state.

Each of the beneficiaries got food items like five kilogrammes of Semovita, 10 kilogrammes of rice, vegetable oil, spaghetti, sugar and other assorted edibles.

Alhaji Bola Olojoku, the President of the Mekunnu Forum Agenda in Kwara and member of the State Committee in charge of distribution of palliatives, told NAN that cash is not among items being distributed now.

According to Olojoku, the target beneficiaries of the palliatives are widows, aged, physically challenged and artisans, among others.

He assured that the items were enough to go round the target beneficiaries in all the 195 wards of the state.

“The committee had completed the distribution in all the 17 wards of the ASA local government area and will move to the llorin West Local Government Area for the continuation of its assignment,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, the Imams who lead the five daily obligatory prayers in llorin, the Pastors of churches and various community leaders have begun the compilation of names of their followers expected to benefit from the palliatives.

The list of the proposed beneficiaries from lmams and Pastors were submitted to the ALANGUA (High Chiefs) for presentation to the state committee in charge of the distribution of palliatives.

The lmam of Onilu Mosque at Okoerin road, Ilorin, Uztaz Yusuf Ismael, told NAN that he had already submitted the list of his followers to Alagua Okoerin.

Mallam Amosa Uthman, a Youth Leader in Okoerin ward of llorin West Local Government Area who spoke in similar vein, also said all names of eligible youths had been compiled.

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Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye/Muhammad Suleiman Tola
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COVID-19: UBTH confirms 3 cases, 1 death, as 25 doctors go into isolation

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The Management of University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) says one of the three patients, who was confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19, has died.


The Chief Medical Director of UBTH, Prof. Darlington Obaseki, disclosed this in a statement made available to the Nigeria News Agency on Sunday in Benin.

“The two surviving patients are currently being cared for by our dedicated staff in an isolation ward, with restricted access.

“Prior to the confirmation of their COVID-19 status, some of our healthcare staffers were exposed to these patients whilst using only personal protection equipment, such as surgical face-masks and gloves.

“Currently all the members of staff, who are exposed to these patients, are asymptomatic and they are being monitored closely, according to the current guidelines.

“Further measures have been put in place to ensure that our staffers are not unduly exposed to risks of infection with COVID-19 in the course of their providing care for patients who come to the hospital for various reasons.

“Healthcare workers are on the frontline during this pandemic and are, therefore, at higher risk of being exposed than the general public”, Obaseki said.

He said the management and staff of UBTH had been observing standard precautions at all times to prevent the spread of the disease.

“I crave the support and understanding of the general public, as we fight this raging battle to contain and curb COVID-19”, he said.

Meanwhile, the Association of Residents Doctor (ARD), UBTH chapter, in a statement, said that 25 medical doctors, who had contact with the patients, had gone on mandatory self-isolation.

The association said that13 of the 25 doctors were house officers, while about 12 were resident doctors.

ARD, however, expressed displeasure with the hospital’s management over what it described as poor handling of Coronavirus in the hospital.

According to the association, many of the health workers have complained of lack of personal protective equipment, like face masks and hand sanitisers.

A medical source, who pleaded anonymity, said that the Coronavirus crisis in the hospital started when three patients, who had earlier tested negative for the virus, were declared positive after further test.

Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa and
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LASG announces 2nd death of COVID-19 patient

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The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, on Sunday said the state has recorded the death of a 36-year-old Nigerian man, who died of COVID-19 in the state.


Abayomi announced the death through his Twitter handle on Sunday, saying that it was the death of second COVID-19 patient recorded in the state.

“We lost a #COVID19 patient; a 36-year-old Nigerian, male, who died in a private facility on April 4, 2020.

“The total number of #COVID19 patients who have died are now two,” he said.

Abayomi, however, did not disclose further information about the medical history of the patient.

He added that one of the state’s COVID-19 patients had been evacuated, making it two COVID-19 patients evacuated from Nigeria back to their country.

The commissioner disclosed that one COVID-19 patient was discharged on April 4, bringing the number of COVID-19 patients who had fully recovered and discharged from the state’s facility to 24.

The Nigeria News Agency recalled that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had earlier confirmed 10 new cases of COVID-19 in Lagos, Abuja and Edo.

Out of the 10 new cases, Lagos has six, while Abuja and Edo have two cases each, bringing Nigeria’s confirmed COVID-19 cases to 224.

Currently, Lagos has 115 cases, making it the state with the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country.

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Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye
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