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COVID-19: NCDC equips testing centres in Ibadan, Abakaliki as figures rises

Due to the fast-rising number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria, NCDC has expanded the number of laboratories with the capacity to conduct the test.  

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COVID-19: NCDC equips testing centres in Ibadan, Abakaliki as figures continue to rise, CBN discloses conditions to assess N100b facility, identifies problems in processing facility

In response to the fast-rising number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has expanded the number of laboratories with the capacity to conduct the test.

With the expansion, the Virology laboratory of the University College, Ibadan is now among the testing centres for the coronavirus infection in Nigeria.

 

According to a tweet on its official twitter handle @NCDCgov, NCDC also revealed that plans have been concluded to set up a centre in Abakaliki to serve the states in the southeastern region of the country.

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In a related development, the Lagos state government has taken delivery of a new isolation and treatment centre at Mobolaji Johnson Arena, formerly Onikan Stadium in Lagos island.

(READ MORE: COVID-19: Total lockdown imminent as Lagos fears confirmed cases could hit 39,000)

The 110-bed facility comes as part of support from a private organisation to aid the government’s efforts to curb the COVI-19 pandemic.

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Why this matters: The Minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, had said during a press briefing on March 6 that the testing centres in the country were restricted to Lagos and Abuja due to the paucity of resources, giving the assurance that when the need arose, the NCDC would equip more testing centres in other parts of the country.

Jack Ma, Co-founder of Alibaba had donated medical supplies to Nigeria and other African countries to aid the countries in their fight to combat and put an end to the spread of the novel virus.

Since the arrival of the medical supplies on Tuesday, the number of tests carried out has increased, leading to the confirmation of more cases across the country.

(READ MORE: COVID-19: Western diplomats warn of disease explosion, poor handling by government)

By 10:40 pm on Saturday, March 28, the NCDC had reported eight new confirmed cases of the Coronavirus, bring the total cases to 97 with 1 death recorded.

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Of the 8 cases, 2 were in FCT, 4 in Oyo state, 1 in Kaduna state and 1 in Osun State.

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The breakdown of the cases so far as given on the NCDC website is as follows; Lagos currently has 59 cases, FCT – 16, Ogun – 3, Enugu – 2, Ekiti – 1, Oyo – 7, Edo – 2, Bauchi – 2, Osun – 2, Rivers – 1, Kaduna– 1, and Benue – 1.

 

Ruth Okwumbu has a MSc. and BSc. in Mass Communication from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and Delta state university respectively. Prior to her role as analyst at Nairametrics, she had a progressive six year writing career. As a Business Analyst with Narametrics, she focuses on profiles of top business executives, founders, startups and the drama surrounding their successes and challenges. You may contact her via [email protected]

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Covid-19: WHO, partners to provide access to 15-minute tests in 133 countries

Some nonprofit organizations in collaboration with WHO are set to make 120 million antigen tests accessible to low and middle-income countries.

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Dr Tedros Adhanom, Head of the World health organization (WHO), COVID-19

The World Health Organization (WHO) and some nonprofit organizations have agreed to help provide access to 120 million antigen tests to 133 low and middle-income countries that can provide results in 15-30 minutes rather than hours or days.

This will enable expansion of testing, particularly in countries that do not have extensive laboratory facilities or trained health workers to implement molecular polymerase chain reactions (PCR) tests.

Apart from the WHO, other organizations involved in this milestone agreement announced by the Access to Covid-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator include the Bills & Melinda Foundation, the African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) and the Global Fund, Unitaid.

READ: GTBank Releases Q1 2020 Unaudited Results, Reports Profit Before Tax of ₦58.2 Billion

The tests which are developed by Abbott Laboratories and SD Biosensor are highly portable, reliable, and easy to administer, making testing possible in near-person, decentralized healthcare settings.

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Both companies’ tests are faster and cheaper than laboratory-based tests, enabling countries to increase the pace of testing, tracing and treating people for COVID-19 at the point of care particularly in areas with under-resourced health systems. The 2 firms are reserving a fifth of their production to countries most in need. The distribution will begin in October.

The agreements between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the test manufacturers, Abbott and SD Biosensor, make available innovative tests that will cost $5 each or less.

READ: Sim Shagaya’s Edtech startup secures $3.1 million Seed Funding

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The Global Fund is also participating; though further funding is needed. They are committing an initial $50 million to enable countries to purchase the new tests, with the first orders expected to be placed this week.

The WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said, “High-quality rapid tests show us where the virus is hiding, which is key to quickly tracing and isolating contacts and breaking the chains of transmission. The tests are a critical tool for governments as they look to reopen economies and ultimately save both lives and livelihoods.’’

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He said the quicker the coronavirus disease is diagnosed, the faster action can be taken to isolate and treat those with the virus and trace their contacts. The tests are a critical tool for governments as they look to reopen economies and ultimately save both lives and livelihoods.

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COVID-19 Update in Nigeria

On the 28th of September 2020, 136 new confirmed cases and 3 deaths were recorded in Nigeria

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The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to record increases as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 58,460 confirmed cases.

On the 28th of September 2020, 136 new confirmed cases and 3 deaths were recorded in Nigeria, having carried out a total daily test of 1,450 samples across the country.

To date, 58,460 cases have been confirmed, 49,895 cases have been discharged and 1,111 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. A total of 507,006  tests have been carried out as of September 28th, 2020 compared to 505,556 tests a day earlier.

COVID-19 Case Updates- 28th September 2020,

  • Total Number of Cases – 58,460
  • Total Number Discharged – 49,895
  • Total Deaths – 1,111
  • Total Tests Carried out – 507,006

According to the NCDC, the 136 new cases were reported from 13 states- Lagos (71), Rivers (23), Plateau (12), Adamawa (6), Oyo (6), Kaduna (5), Abia (3), FCT (3), Katsina (2), Kwara (2), Bauchi (1), Borno (1), Edo (1).

Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 19,310, followed by Abuja (5,677), Plateau (3,400), Oyo (3,260), Edo (2,625), Kaduna (2,402), Rivers (2,370), Ogun (1,836), Delta (1,802), Kano (1,737), Ondo (1,631), Enugu (1,289), Ebonyi (1,040), Kwara (1,034), Abia (894), Gombe (864). Katsina (859), Osun (827),  Borno (742), and Bauchi (699).

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Imo State has recorded 568 cases, Benue (481), Nasarawa (449), Bayelsa (398),  Jigawa (325), Ekiti (321), Akwa Ibom (288), Niger (259), Adamawa (240), Anambra (237), Sokoto (162), Taraba (95), Kebbi (93), Cross River (87), Zamfara (78), Yobe (76), while Kogi state has recorded 5 cases only.

READ ALSO: COVID-19: Western diplomats warn of disease explosion, poor handling by government

Lock Down and Curfew

In a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.

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The movement restriction, which was extended by another two-weeks period, has been partially put on hold with some businesses commencing operations from May 4. On April 27th, 2020, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari declared an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am across the country, as part of new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. This comes along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, 2nd May 2020, at 9 am.

On Monday, 29th June 2020 the federal government extended the second phase of the eased lockdown by 4 weeks and approved interstate movement outside curfew hours with effect from July 1, 2020. Also, on Monday 27th July 2020, the federal government extended the second phase of eased lockdown by an additional one week.

On Thursday, 6th August 2020 the federal government through the secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 announced the extension of the second phase of eased lockdown by another four (4) weeks.

READ ALSO: Bill Gates says Trump’s WHO funding suspension is dangerous

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Lagos launches N5 billion support fund for 2,000 low-cost private schools

The Governor said the facility will benefit low-cost schools with amounts ranging from N500,000 to N5 million.

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Lagos State government has launched a N5billion support fund to help reduce the impact of Coronavirus pandemic on low-cost private schools in the state.

This was disclosed by the Governor of the state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu via his Twitter handle on Friday.

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According to him, the educational sector is one of those severely impacted by the pandemic, with schools and vocational learning-centres shut since March.

He said, “With access to funding for privately owned schools and vocational training centres in the state, we are confident that this programme, under the partnership between First Bank Nigeria and Lagos State Education Trust Fund (LSETF) will help accelerate a sustainable return to learning and skills acquisition.”

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He explained that the facility will benefit 2,000 low-cost schools with amounts ranging from N500,000 to N5 million.

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“As a responsible Government, we are obligated to provide interventions that would enable learners in schools study in line with the new normal,” the Governor Sanwo-Olu added.

The Chief Executive Officer, First Bank Nigeria, Dr Adesola Adeduntan, said “With this partnership, we are sure that registered educational institutions in Lagos State will have access to funds at subsidised interest rates to meet their needs as they reopen at this auspicious time.”

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