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Buhari Appoints Gambari As New Chief Of Staff

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Few weeks after the demise of the former Chief of Staff, President Buhari as today announced a new chief of staff.

The new chief of staff is a former Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari.

Gambari, from Kwara State was the Minister of External Affairs between 1984 and 1985.




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WHO considers ‘airborne precautions’ for medical staff after study shows coronavirus can survive in air

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The World Health Organization is considering “airborne precautions” for medical staff after a new study showed the coronavirus can survive in the air in some settings.


The virus is transmitted through droplets, or little bits of liquid, mostly through sneezing or coughing, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, head of WHO’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit, told reporters during a virtual news conference on Monday.


“When you do an aerosol-generating procedure like in a medical care facility, you have the possibility to what we call aerosolize these particles, which means they can stay in the air a little bit longer.” She added: “It’s very important that health-care workers take additional precautions when they’re working on patients and doing those procedures.”


World health officials say the respiratory disease spreads through human-to-human contact, droplets carried through sneezing and coughing as well as germs left on inanimate objects. The coronavirus can go airborne, staying suspended in the air depending on factors such as heat and humidity,


they said.


Kerkhove said health officials are aware of several studies in a number of countries looking at the different environmental conditions that COVID-19 can persist.


Scientists are specifically looking at how humidity, temperature and ultraviolet lighting affects the disease as well as how long it lives on different surfaces, including steel, she said


Health officials use the information to make sure WHO’s guidance is appropriate, and “so far … we are confident that the guidance that we have is appropriate,” she added. Health officials recommend medical staff wear so-called N95 masks because they filter out about 95% of all liquid or airborne particles.


“In health-care facilities, we make sure health-care workers use standard droplet precautions with the exception … that they’re doing an aerosol-generating procedure,” she said. Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told Congress last month that the agency was aggressively evaluating how long COVID-19 can survive, particularly on surfaces.


“On copper and steel, it’s pretty typical, it’s pretty much about two hours,” Redfield said at a House hearing. “But I will say on other surfaces — cardboard or plastic — it’s longer, and so we are looking at this.”


Redfield added infections contracted from surfaces rather than through the air could have contributed to the outbreak on the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Separately, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Monday that there’s been a rapid escalation of COVID-19 cases over the past week, adding, “we have not seen an urgent enough escalation in testing, isolation and contact tracing, which is the backbone of the response.”


“We have a simple message for all countries: test, test, test. Test every suspected case, if they test positive, isolate them and find out who they have been in contact with two days before they developed symptoms and test those people, too,” Tedros said.

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PDP Sacks 50% Of National Secretariat Staff

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The leading opposition party in Nigeria Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has sacked 50 percent of its national secretariat staff.

This was made known through a memo that contain the list of the affected staff was signed bythe PDP Deputy National Secretary, Mr. Agbo Emmanue.


The memo that has been pasted on the party’s notice board at its National Secretariat yesterday in Abuja.


The memo was titled: “Disengagement of staff” and was addressed to all the affected staff.The notice read in part; “The NEC members on staff rationalisation in the National ExecutiveCommittee meeting of February 22, was mandated to implement the committee’s recommendation of downsizing 50 percent of the staff strength.


“Affected staff must first show evidence of disengagement signed to them by the National Secretary’s officer before payment.“All affected staff must be cleared and issued clearance certificate indicating that they are not financially or materially indebted to the party. Consequently upon above, all affected staff must hand over all party documents,materials, office keys and their identify cards for clearance.“Management wishes the affected staff best of luck in their future endeavour.”However, the reason for their sack was not indicated in the notice but a party official who spoke with our correspondent on the matter simply said, “We are broke so we have to downsize.

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Ganduje Appoints Bayero Has New Emir Of Kano

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In less than five hours the former Emir of Kano was officially dethroned,the Kano state government has appointed a new Emir to the ancient city of Kano, the new Emir is Aminu Ado Bayero, the Emir of Bichi and the son of the late Emir Ado Bayero, emerges as the new Kano Emir after the dethronement of Muhammadu Sanusi II. This was officially announced in the presence of the Kano Emirate kingmaker and other stakeholders at Ante Chamber, Government House, Kano.


The new Emir appointment takes immediate effect.

Congratulations to him

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