Officer-in-Charge of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Nigeria, Dr Clement Peter, has commended Federal Government’s efforts “to the timely response to the first case of Covid-19 (coronavirus) in the country”.
Peter gave the commendation at a news conference for update on the disease, organised by the Federal Ministry of Health on Friday, February 28, 2020 in Abuja.
Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, had earlier on Friday confirmed that an Italian citizen working in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy, to Lagos, Nigeria, on Feb. 25, 2020 tested positive to the virus.
The WHO officer said: “It is commendable that Nigeria speedily detected the case and is addressing the matter in Lagos.
“We have been working with Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to provide support on how to control spread.
“I am proud to say that NCDC is one the best control centres in Africa and we will continue to partner with the centre to address the situation.
“Now that we have a reported case in Nigeria, what is important is control and we will also facilitate other partners to support Nigeria.”
The official, however, called on journalists to report the virus accurately and to inform the public on the right things to do to prevent infection.
Earlier, Ehanire said that the ministry had keyed into the Africa Strategy to prevent the spread of the virus in the country.
He, however, expressed concern that “coronavirus spreads easily because patients do not show symptoms immediately and might not know they have the virus for days.
“The man (Italian citizen) walked through the screening with no symptoms, but a day after he started to feel unwell, he wisely went to a hospital and the doctor examined him.
“He tested negative for malaria, and he was immediately referred to the virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), which is part of the Laboratory Network of NCDC, where he tested positive for Covid-19 and he was immediately put under strict isolation.
“We have been in touch with the aircraft authorities to find out who his seatmates were and how many people could possibly been infected.
“We will do everything possible and use every resource to limit and contain this virus so it does not spread.”
According to the minister, Nigeria will continue to follow WHO guidelines and will not put restriction on international travel or begin to quarantine travellers.
He said government would intensify screening at points of entry to prevent further importation of the virus.
“We will follow WHO guidelines because stopping international travel can backfire. So, as long as we can control it, we do not need to overreact, we are working with WHO.
“I only advice people to keep a social distance from people coughing and sneezing and observe respiratory hygiene,” he said.
He explained that as part of efforts to tighten response, Federal Government had increased reagents for testing so that it would not run short of testing kit.
The minister assured that there would be no shortage of the testing reagent and face masks in the county as necessary stakeholders had been contacted for its production.
He also said that the four laboratories across the country have full capacity to respond to the virus.
He recalled that Nigeria had already obtained treatment protocol from China, which was used to treat over 5,000 patients in that country.
Ehanire said that Nigeria would continue working with WHO, while training and capacity building was ongoing to tackle the virus.
The minister, who said that the identity of the patient from Italy would not be made public without his permission, noted that the Nigeria case is the third Covid-19 in Africa after Egypt and Algeria.
It is reported that over 83,000 people in at least 53 countries have been infected and more than 2,800 have died.
How Pastor Adeboye Son, Leke Adeboye Reacted After Loosing His Brother In Death
How Pastor Adeboye Son, Leke Adeboye Reacted After Loosing His Brother In Death—The Genius Media Nigeria reports that One of the sons of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, Leke Adeboye, has reacted to the death of his brother, Pastor Dare Adeboye.
This reliable platform had earlier reported that Pastor Dare died at age forty-two without prior symptoms of sickness and was never on medication.
Dare who pastored one of the RCCG branches in Abuja was said to have officiated on Sunday and retired to his bed after church. He reportedly warned that he should not be disturbed during his rest.
According to the report, his wife, Temiloluwa Adeboye, noticed her husband’s unusual sleeping hours and could not reach him on phone. She reportedly raised the alarm and he was discovered dead.
Leke Adeboye in his reaction on his Facebook account posted a scripture from the bible on the death of the righteous.
He posted, “The righteous man perishes(at the hand of evil), and no one takes it to heart, Faithful and devout men are taken away, while no one understands. That the righteous person is taken away(to be spared) from evil and disaster.
Meanwhile, no official statement has been released by the family as of the time of filing this report.
Meet 80-Year Old Grandma And Grand-Daughter Arrested By NDLEA With 192KG Cocaine
Meet 80-Year Old Grandma And Grand-Daughter Arrested By NDLEA With 192KG Cocaine—-The Genius Media Nigeria reports that the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested an 80-year-old woman, Mrs Mary Adebayo, alongside her 19-year-old grand daughter, Funmilola Adebayo, with 192 kg of assorted drugs in Akure, Ondo state.
NDLEA Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi, disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, in Abuja.
Babafemi said that two other ladies were also arrested along side the duo for selling assorted illicit drugs that included cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, tramadol, swinol and skuchies.
He said that the arrest came after intelligence-based raids and follow up operations on their locations on Sunday, May 2, 2021.
The NDLEA director added that the 192 kgs of cocaine and other psychotropic substances were recovered from the suspects, as they were arrested at 6:30am, on Sunday, at Ayeyemi Street, Akure South Local Government Area.
“During the early morning raid, the following were recovered from them: Skuchies – 149kg, cocaine – 11gm, methamphetamine 17gm, heroin – 3 gm, cannabis sativa – 4.914kg, swinol – 8gm and tramadol – 49 gm. “Also recovered from them were two deep freezers and a TVS motorcycle
“On the same date, at about 1:30pm, a raid carried out at Rate Hotel, Care Street, in Akure South LGA, also led to the arrest of 25-year-old Tessy Mathew, from whom 33 kgs of skuchies were recovered,’’ he said.
According to him, following preliminary interrogation of Mathew, a follow up operation was immediately launched leading to the arrest of another 25-year-old, Blessing Adesida, in Oshinle area of the LGA, from whom 3kg of skuchies and 7gms of cannabis were recovered.
Babafemi quoted the acting NDLEA commander, Callys Alumona, as saying that other members of the two drug gangs had been on a watch list and efforts to arrest them were ongoing.
Fani kayode Sing Praises Of FG And Nigerian Army
Fani kayode Sing Praises Of FG And Nigerian Army—A former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has commended the trio of Kaduna State Govt., the FG & the @HQNigerianArmy for the rescue of 13 kidnapped persons from evil & barbaric terrorists in Gwagwada, Chikun LGA of Kaduna.
I commend the Kaduna State Govt., the FG & the @HQNigerianArmy for the rescue of 13 kidnapped persons from evil & barbaric terrorists in Gwagwada, Chikun LGA of Kaduna state earlier today after a fierce gun battle.
Way to go! More of this! I am proud of being a Nigerian again.
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) May 5, 2021
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