FG denies report on re-introduction of Covid-19 restrictions

…Clarifies position The Federal Government has denied media reports that it has reintroduced new Covid-19 restrictions as part of measures to curb the spread of the new India variant into the country. The Government explained that it was only maintaining the curfew under phase 4 of the phased restriction of movement, adding that it never relaxed the curfew imposed earlier under Phase 3 of the eased lockdown. This clarification was made by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee, (PSC) on…

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PTF on Covid-19 debunks lockdown alert, says it is fake news

The Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 has denied that it had announced another phase of nationwide Covid-19 curfew in a bid to further stem the tide of the disease in the country. According to a video released by the PTF, the PTF National Coordinator, Dr. Sani Aliyu, saying: “We are aware of a message circulating on WhatsApp and other social media that we’ve declared a lockdown across the country. This is absolutely not true”. Dr. Aliyu called on the general public to ignore the fake news alert and continue with…

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Kwara govt. begins distribution of 50,000 facemasks to schools

The Kwara State government has commenced the distribution of 50,000 facemasks to some selected schools in the State. Speaking during the distribution, the Deputy Governor, Kayode Afolabi, urged residents of the State to always take precautionary measures against Coronavirus. According to him, four schools were selected across the three senatorial districts in the State for the distribution of the facemasks. The selected schools are Banni Community Secondary School, Ilorin; Government High School, Ilorin; Idofian Secondary School and UMCA Secondary School, Jebba. Afolabi, who is also the Chairman of the Kwara…

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NAFDAC approves use of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use only

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, (NAFDAC), has approved the use of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine in Nigeria. This was announced by the director-general of NAFDAC during a media briefing yesterday, in Abuja. According to the NAFDAC DG, the vaccine is for emergency use. The approval is coming over two months after the agency greenlit the use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in the country. Nigeria received close to 4.5 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine — 3.94 million delivered via the United Nations-led COVAX facility, while others…

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FG neeeds N1.89tr to eradicate malaria – Health Minister

The Federal Government would need to spend N1.89 trillion to wipe out malaria in the country, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has said. The minister stated this in his presentation  to mark the ‘2021 World Malaria Day’ yesterday, in Abuja. Ehanire said the N1.89 trillion was specifically needed for the implementation of the ‘New Strategic Plan’ on malaria. He, therefore, appealed to corporate organisations, private sector and patriotic Nigerians to offer the country a bailout with a view to achieving its target of wiping out the disease. He…

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FG denies receiving $5.6bn Covid-19 donation

The Federal Government has denied receiving $5.6billion for Covid-19 donations from anyone or any corporate organisation to cushion the effect of the disease in the country. The Minister of State for Finance, Budget and National Planning, Clement Ikanade Agba, who rose to the defense of the government yesterday in Abuja, said he was reacting to social media publications by Civil Society Organisations, (CSOs), accusing the government to have received and mismanaged the sum of $5.6billion. “They are saying that the country received a donation of $5.6billion. That is incorrect,” Agba…

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Kano govt. sponsors surgery of 7 patients with intersex problem

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje yesterday received six patients with intersex problems sponsored by the Kano State government to undergo surgery at the Tetfund Centre of Excellence in Urology and Nephrology, Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto. The patients, who were successfully treated, were received by the governor during the State’s Executive Council meeting yesterday in Kano. The State government had earlier sponsored the surgery of one person, which was also done successfully. An intersex is a group of conditions where there is a discrepancy between the external and internal genitals of a person.…

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Kano: 10 dead, 400 hospitalised after drinking juice 

No fewer than 10 persons have died and 400 hospitalised after drinking expired citric acid powdered drinks in Kano State. It was gathered the batches of some of the products show that the drinks had expired over a year ago. Among those hospitalised are 50 patients undergoing kidney-related treatment, because of complications arising from the consumption of the killer drinks, Kano Commissioner for Health, Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, disclosed yesterday. The Commissioner explained that the affected persons are being treated in government hospitals. He warned residents on the consumption of juice…

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Substances behind strange illness in Kano laced With poison – NAFDAC

The Director-General of the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Mojisola Adeyeye has stated that the substances behind strange illness in Kano State were laced with “hydroxylamine” – a chemical used for terrorism. Recall that there was an outbreak of a strange infection led to the death of three persons, and the hospitalisation of 183 others in the State. NAFDAC stated that the strange illness was caused by food poisoning. This was contained in a statement released by NAFDAC on Sunday, which was signed by Sayo Akintola,…

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Resident doctors suspend nationwide strike

The National Association of Resident Doctors, (NARD), has suspended its 10 days’ old strike. The decision was reached during an emergency meeting of NARD’s National Executive Council, (NEC), yesterday. The National President of the association, Dr. Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi told newsmen that the strike was suspended due to their responsibility to Nigerians and the fact that the Federal government has met some of their demands. According to him, the strike was suspended after series of long hours of meetings with various stakeholders in the health sector. “We have suspended the strike…

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