COVID-19: D-8 strengthens cooperation, solidarity to tackle pandemic

As countries of the world battle the COVID-19 pandemic and its huge disruption to livelihood, economy and health systems, the Developing 8 Organizations for Economic Cooperation has moved for a solidarity among member states. This is contained in a statement from D-8 and signed by Head, D-8 Health and Social Protection Programme, Dr. J. G. Ado Muhammad. The D-8 yesterday announced commitment to strengthen solidarity among member countries in efforts to enhance cooperation, identify constraints and bottlenecks in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic as well as support countries to build post…

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COVID-19: HEWAN advocates increased testing centres

The Health Writers Association of Nigeria (HEWAN) has called on the Federal and State Governments to increase the number of testing centres for Coronavirus (COVID-19) The association made the call based on the current inadequate number of testing centres across the country, while calling for the  mobilisation of human and material resources in the country to immediately stop the spread of the virus before it becomes too late as the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned. These are contained in a statement from HEWAN signed by its President, Chioma Obinna and Lucy…

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GMD tasks FG on test kits to protect care providers

… debunks claim private hospitals treat COVID 19 for profit Based on the nature of service provision in private health facilities, which makes their personnel vulnerable to Coronavirus (COVID-19) exposure, President of the Guild of Medical Directors (GMD), Prof. Femi Babalola said private hospitals need to be provided with rapid serological test kits to facilitate the quick identification of patients with COVID 19. He made the call yesterday, while debunking claims that private hospitals in Nigeria were keen to treat patients with COVID 19 infection, perhaps for monetary gain. According…

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COVID-19: GMD tasks FG on test kits to protect care providers

Based on the nature of service provision in private health facilities, which makes their personnel vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19) exposure, President of the Guild of Medical Directors (GMD), Prof. Femi Babalola has said private hospitals need to be provided with rapid serological test kits to facilitate the quick identification of patients with the virus.     He made the call Saturday, while debunking claims that private hospitals in Nigeria were keen to treat patients with COVID-19 infection, perhaps for monetary gain.     According to him, such impression must be…

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COVID-19: Natures Gentle Touch donates 500 cartons of hand sanitizers to Lagos

International Beauty brand, Natures Gentle Touch has donated 500 cartons of Natures gentle Touch Hand Sanitizers to the Lagos State Government to support the government’s COVID-19 response. The presentation was made at the Lagos Government Warehouse in Lekki, Lagos, recently.   According to Chika Ikenga, the founder of Natures Gentle Touch: “The brand stands in solidarity with Lagos State. The dramatic spread of the coronavirus has disrupted lives, livelihoods and communities. We cannot stand aside and watch. Government cannot do it alone without the support of the private sector, other…

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Buhari pays tribute to Kyari, says ‘he was the best of us’

President Muhammadu Buhari has described his late Chief of Staff, Malam Abba Kyari as “the very best of us”.   The President eulogized his late aide in a tribute he personally signed and made available to newsmen yesterday.   The President in the tribute wrote: “Mallam Abba Kyari, who died on 17th April, 2020, at the age of 67 from complications caused by the Coronavirus, was a true Nigerian patriot. My loyal friend and compatriot for the last 42 years – and latterly my Chief-of-Staff – he never wavered in…

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COVID-19: Natures Gentle Touch donates 500 cartons of hand sanitizers to Lagos

International Beauty brand, Natures Gentle Touch has donated 500 cartons of Natures gentle Touch Hand Sanitizers to the Lagos State Government to support the government’s COVID-19 response. The presentation was made at the Lagos Government Warehouse in Lekki, Lagos, recently. According to Chika Ikenga, the founder of Natures Gentle Touch: “The brand stands in solidarity with Lagos State. The dramatic spread of the coronavirus has disrupted lives, livelihoods and communities. We cannot stand aside and watch. Government cannot do it alone without the support of the private sector, other groups…

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JUST IN: Ganduje sacks commissioner over indiscreet Kyari comments

FROM MUHAMMAD KABIR KANO Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has relieved his Commissioner of Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Mu’azu Magaji of his duties with immediate effect.     A statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba said Engr. Magaji was removed following his unguarded utterances against the person of the late Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari, who died on Friday after failing to recover from the coronavirus.     He said as a public servant, the commissioner ought to have respected…

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Ogun: Customs intercept 293,015 litres of smuggled fuel, 225 vehicles, others

  Operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ogun I Area Command, have intercepted 293,015 litres of petrol, 625 litres of diesel and 19 jerry cans of kerosene meant for illegal exportation by suspected smugglers.   The command also seized 14,951 bags of 50kg smuggled foreign parboiled rice, 9,161 cartons of frozen poultry products, 140 kegs of 25-litre vegetable oil, 225 vehicles and 63 motorcycles.   The Area Comptroller, Michael Agbara, who disclosed this on Friday at Sentry, Idiroko while briefing reporters about the 2020 first quarter scorecard of his…

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Abba Kyari: Fight against COVID-19 must be collective – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has described the death of Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to the President, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), as a great sadness.     Obasanjo in his condolence letter addressed to Buhari on Saturday said Kyari’s death should be a solemn reminder to Nigerians that the fight against COVID-19 requires a collective effort.     Kyari, who died on Friday in Lagos of coronavirus, was buried in Abuja on Saturday according to Islamic rites.     The letter read: “I received the news of the demise of…

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