The Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE), on Wednesday in Benin donated 3,800 face masks to Edo government to help the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
The NSE Ibadan branch Manager, Mr Kayode Ogun, said that the donation was part of its corporate social responsibility to the fight against the Covid-19 global pandemic.
According to him, we want Edo government to appreciate this little token from us as part of our own social responsibility that we care and think of the safety of Edo people.
“We commend the efforts of Edo government tasks force on Covid-19 in coordinating the response to the pandemic.
“We reassure you of our unwavering support in the fight against the pandemic across the state,” he said.
Receiving the items on behalf of the state government, Dr Patrick Okundia, the state Commissioner for Health, said that the state was appreciative of the NSE’s kind gesture.
Okundia said that the state had gone through a lot in response to the Coronavirus, adding that one of the state’s responses to the prevention of Covid-19 was the advocacy for all citizens to wear face masks if they must go out.
“This local content of face mask we are receiving from the Nigeria Stock Exchange will go a long way in our efforts in cutting the chain of Coronavirus disease in Edo,” he said.
Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Donald Ugwu (NAN)
Typhoid fever in Nigeria not too common as believed — Commissioner
The Commissioner for Health in Anambra, Dr Vincent Okpala, says Typhoid fever in Nigeria
is not as common as it has been made to be.
Okpala told the News Agency of Nigeria in Awka on Monday that the Widal test used in the country to diagnose Typhoid
fever would not give accurate diagnosis for the fever.
He described Typhoid fever as a life-threatening systemic infection caused by the bacterium, Salmonella typhi.
He explained that “seriously, nobody in Nigeria had or have Typhoid. If you have 101 patients claiming to have Typhoid or are being told
at the hospital that they have the fever, I tell you there is zero or no patient suffering from Typhoid out of the 101 patients.
“Typhoid fever is not as common as they make it to be. The standard tests for Typhoid are the stool and urine culture but these tests are not done here in Nigeria.
“Most hospitals here conduct Widal test; while it is easy and low cost to administer, it is not reliable in the diagnosis of Typhoid fever.
“And this has most likely led to a large number of patients being misdiagnosed and treated for a disease they never had.”
Dr Okpala said that the standard test – stool and urine culture, were not usually done in Nigeria due to the lack of efficient laboratories,
delay in producing results, patient’s inability to pay for the tests and physicians’ poor knowledge.
He said there was need for renewed scrutiny and adherence to diagnosis guidelines by healthcare practitioners in the country, lamenting
that “malaria and Typhoid have become common terms adopted by many Nigerians.”
According to him, there is need for increased awareness to break the cycle of misconception.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)
10,000 professionals to participate in 2020 ICPSP COVID-19 virtual conference – Registrar
In a statement issued on Monday, Adelakun said that the virtual conference holds on Aug. 8.
She said that the participants would include experts and professional in the corporate and public sectors.
She explained that the conference would also add value to the economy and discuss the role of the third-party of the sector during and after the pandemic.
“Expected outcomes from the conference include opportunities amidst COVID-19 and how to manage the risks and opportunities during a challenging moment.
“Also, how ICPSP as an institute and its members can lead a change agenda in other to foster economic recovery, poverty eradication and nation-building,’’ she said.
Prof. Babatunde Yusuf, Dean, Faculty of Management Sciences, Lagos State University and Keynote Speaker for the conference, was quoted in the statement as lauding the institute for its initiative to steer such discussion amongst professionals at this period.
“I am highly honoured to be selected among people of high repute to give a keynote address during the conference and suggest to the society, the methodology and measures to be taken during and after the pandemic,’’ he was quoted as saying.
Mr Olanrewaju Sharafa, the lead paper presenter said it would be a great privilege for him to speak on the topic: “Extreme Poverty: A symptom of COVID-19 in Africa during the conference”.
Mr Moshood Taiwo Chairman, ICPSP 2020 Conference, expressed optimism that the conference would be one of the best so far and would add value to the economy and the profession.
Comrade Agnes Sessi, Chairperson, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Lagos State Council, expressed hope that the conference would be of tremendous help for professionals to gain more knowledge in diverse ways.
“It is a great honour and privilege for me to be nominated as one of the guest speakers at the conference to speak on ‘health matters’, during and after the pandemic,’’ she said.
Mr Raheed Lateef, ICPSP, Chief Examiner, said it would be a great achievement for the institute to bring together experts during a global crisis to proffer solutions in handling various challenges during and after the pandemic.
The theme of the 2020 conference is “Lessons From COVID-19: Sharing Ideas with Experts”.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
Unilorin Law student wins International Bar Association contest
A 300 Level student of the Faculty of Law, University of Ilorin, Miss Famuyiwa Olushola, has won the maiden edition of the International Bar Association (IBA) Vlogging Competition.
According to the University of Ilorin Bulletin issued on Monday, Olushola award letter, written by Anna Toth, the Divisions Administrative Assistant at IBA headquarters in London, United Kingdom, informed her of being selected as the winner of the IBA Vlogging Competition in the law student category.
“It received many impressive videos from all over the world which were all assessed based on topic, quality and professionalism”.
The award letter, dated July 28, 2020, outlined the details of the award to include two years’ free student membership with the IBA, waived registration for either the Law Student Conference or a Young Lawyer Training Day, taking place in 2021.
Others include round trip economy airfare to attend the selected event and accommodation at conference hotel for the selected event.
In her reaction, Famuyiwa, expressed happiness over the award, describing it as a great impetus for her to work harder towards making a great career in the legal profession after her graduation and call to Bar.
Edited By: Debo Oshundun/Ekemini Ladejobi (NAN)
COVID-19: Virologist urges scientific proof for discoveries
He said that the current spate of controversies and conspiracy theories about the Coronavirus were either manufactured or circulated by people who were not core medical scientists.
He decried the way some medical scientists neglected the proper culture of scientific communication and adopted other means of forcing their claims on the public.
“Scientist should endeavour to present clear scientific data to appropriate approving authorities to verify their claims and to pass an objective verdict.
“Appropriate scientific communication is done through scientific publications, which may either be full length research papers, case reports or even short communication.
“Evidences or claims should be presented in a documented manner through scientifically approved journals or editorials, and the scientific community must read and perform systematic reviews or meta-analysis of the data generated,” he said.
The scientist noted that unfortunately there was an upsurge in verbal, emotional, confrontational and near political crusades by some medical scientists who had either resorted to the use of social media platforms or some conventional media.
This act, he said, fell short of their expectations as scientists and weakened the scientific engagement on peer review platforms.
“I urge scientists to regroup and reconsider their approach to science communication in this era of the pandemic as it would eliminate unnecessary controversies.
“Efforts should also be geared toward generating information and inventions that the world so long for to tackle the pandemic.”
The virologist noted that controversies were part of the evolution of new knowledge or paradigm shift in science.
He, however, added that new knowledge must be communicated rightly with modesty, clear and verifiable evidence to back up claims.
Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Donald Ugwu (NAN)