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Abia state government shuts down two hospitals; says two index cases of Coronavirus in the state had no history of travelling abroad or outside their vicinity

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Two private hospitals where two index cases of Coronavirus in Abia state were initially taken to when they fell ill last week, have been shut down by the state government. 

Dr Okezie Ikpeazu who confirmed that doctors and nurses of the hospitals located at Umuahia North and Ukwa West local government areas of the state were quarantined at a press conference on Tuesday April 21, said it was necessary to determine their health status. 
He further revealed that the processes and protocols of shutting down of the hospitals are being followed strictly, even as he asserted that the names of the COVID-19 patients would not be disclosed to avoid stigmatization.  The Governor however said one of the Coronavirus patients is from Umuahia North, while the other is from Ukwa West LGA.
Ikpeazu disclosed that the Inter-Ministerial Committee on COVID-19 would begin a community to community contact tracing, as the two victims had no history of travelling abroad or outside their vicinity except moving round their villages. The inter-ministerial committee will cover Umuahia North, Ukwa West and Ikwuano LGAs where the COVID-19 victims had contact with some persons. 
He said; 
“Which means that some people in their communities may have contracted and got them infected and that’s why we should quickly move into the villages and communities to do this contact tracing in order to identify those they were in contact with them before they were tested”
The Federal Medical Center in Umuahia has also debunked claim of one of its doctors dying of Coronavirus. According to the management of the hospital, the late doctor resumed as a house officer 5 days ago and had no symptom of Coronavirus before his death. He reportedly died of  cardiac related disease and not COVID-19.
A statement made available to LIB by FMC Umuahia’s Customer Care Officer, Sunny Emmanuel Irokansi reads;
Following the two COVID-19 confirmed cases in Federal Medical Centre Umuahia, I am directed to state as follows :
-That the Dr, resumed work as a House Officer just five days ago.
-That he died of cardiac related disease, not COVID-19.
-That there was no symptom of COVID-19 before his death.
The General public and staff are hereby, advised not to panic as appropriate measures are being put in place to contain the spread of the virus.
Please be properly guided.
Let us stop spreading fake news.
STAY AT HOME
STAY SAFE
Pray for Health workers

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Eid Fitri: FG declares Monday May 25 & Tuesday May 26 public holidays

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The Federal Government has declared Monday, May 25th, and Tuesday, May 26th, as public holidays to mark the Eldi Fitri Celebration.

Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government in Abuja.  Aregbesola congratulated all Muslim faithful for the successful completion of the Ramadan fast.
A statement by the Director of Press in the Ministry, Mohammed Manga, quoted Aregbesola as calling on Muslim faithful to replicate the life of kindness, love, tolerance, peace and good neighborliness as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad

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Osinbajo is the current chairman of Short People Association of Nigeria – Governor El-Rufai jokes

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A Twitter post by popular comedian Teju Babyface. 
 In the short video from a 2010 interview with the comedian, Governor El-Rufai said he used to be secretary-general of the short people association.

He also shared some challenges he had before getting over not being tall enough.

The Kaduna state Governor said in the interview; 
“I used to be the secretary-general… at a point at my teenage years, in my early 20s I had big issues with my height because you know all the pretty girls turn out to be taller than me.
“But with time, I got over it. I managed to get a pretty and intelligent woman to marry who was an inch shorter than me.”

Reacting to a video of the interview after it was shared by Teju Babyface, Governor El-Rufai jokingly described Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as the current chairman of the Nigerian Association of Short People. 
He tweeted; 
Yes…..I remember this @Tejubabyfacetv interview in 2010…..how time flies….HE VP Osinbajo is the current chairman of the Nigerian Association of Short People….so we are represented at the highest echelons of governance! Thanks Teju

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Madagascar’s herbal cure for COVID-19 sent to Nigeria

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Nigeria is set to receive Republic of Madagascar’s herbal drug ‘COVID Organics (COV)’, which the country’s leaders said cures and prevents Coronavirus.
The Nation reported that Nigeria’s consignment has been sent to Equatorial Guinea from where it will be airlifted to Abuja. It was gathered that African countries were divided into zones for ease of transportation, leading to freighting of Nigeria’s consignments to Equatorial Guinea.
The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has been notified of the offer from Madagascar and arrangements are being made to bring Nigeria’s allocation to Abuja.
While some health officials are pushing for clinical trial of Covid Organics before being used in the country, there is reportedly pressure on the Federal Government by different medical and scientific organizations to allow the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) subject the drug to further analysis
The Nation source said; 
“The consignments of the drug are being distributed to different countries in Africa based on zonal grouping. We have been told that Nigeria’s consignment is in Equatorial Guinea from where it will be airlifted to Abuja.
“When the herbal drink is brought into the country, we will know the next step. But some medical and scientific organisations are pressurising that the drug be subjected to clinical trial.
“Some countries like Tanzania, Congo-Brazzaville, Guinea-Bissau and Equatorial Guinea have subscribed to the drugs. Also, while South Africa has offered to conduct a scientific analysis of the drug, Senegal said it will subject it to clinical trial.
“I can assure you that the Federal Government will take the best decision on the drug in the overall interest of Nigerians.
“Before any food or drug can be administered in this country, there are certain protocols that must be followed. The government will not circumvent these protocols. We want solution; we want the best for Nigerians.”

 Recall that on April 28, the Chairman of the PTF on COVID-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha said the nation was ready to give Madagascar’s herbal drink a trial.

Mustapha said at that time; 
“I want to assure you that whatever is happening in the world, we are mindful of it and we are keeping a tab.
“I was reading of the experiences in Madagascar– of why everybody is drinking some solutions that have been prepared. This morning I was sharing with my wife, and I told her that probably I would request that Mr. President allow us import a plane load for a trial.
“We are all navigating an unchartered cause. Nobody has ever been on this road. So, every attempt to find solution that would bring succour to our people, be rest assured that this task force is very responsible and we would do everything to ensure that we get what will benefit our people, what will help them in the processes that we find ourselves today.”
This is coming after the World Health Organisation (WHO) maintained that the efficacy of the drug was unproven.

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