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Ten new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in

Nigeria: 6 in Lagos, 2 in FCT and 2 in Edo.

As at 11:15 am 5th April there are 224 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria.

Twenty-seven have been discharged with five deaths




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Coronavirus: Confirmed Cases In Nigeria Hits 190




NEWS: Coronavirus: Confirmed Cases In Nigeria Hits 190 [New Naija News] » Naijacrawl
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Today, the total number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus has hits 190 in the most populated country in Africa.

This was made known through the verified page of the Nigeria centre for Disease Control today.

The agency tweets:

Six new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Osun State, Nigeria.

As at 11:00 am 3rd April there are 190 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. Twenty have been discharged with two deaths


Lagos- 98

FCT- 38

Osun- 20

Oyo- 8

Akwa Ibom- 5

Ogun- 4

Edo- 4

Kaduna- 4

Bauchi- 3

Enugu- 2

Ekiti- 2


Benue- 1

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Coronavirus in Nigeria




NEWS: Coronavirus in Nigeria [New Naija News] » Naijacrawl
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IT is no longer news, Coronavirus arrived in Nigeria duly, and it wears a crown. That’s right. It has proved to be a great leveller. It began its advent from the very top, right there in Aso Rock, where the President’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, who many believe is the real shadow behind the throne, was diagnosed. Kyari had arrived from meetings in Europe, where many say he had gone to conclude negotiations for an ill-fated $27 plus in billions loan to Nigeria. He detoured from thence to Egypt, and to a party in Abuja in which many governors of the governing All Peoples Congress, APC, among them the Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed, were present. The Bauchi governor was the first to test positive publicly, followed by Abba Kyari who soon fell sick. He was said to have started coughing violently at the National Executive Council meeting in which the president and the vice-president were present. But out of the party in which many shook hands and broke bread, and whispered closely came a torrent of COVID-19 cases. Many at that party tested positive. Atiku Abubakar announced that his son had tested positive. The governor of Kaduna tested positive and quickly quarantined himself. He may be built like a short dagger, but Nasir El-Rufai acts like a very sharp machete. He came on TV and announced himself positive and self-quarantined. That was a good thing. Proactive leadership. Like him or detest him, El-Rufai gets in front of things boldly. Abba Kyari is said to be currently very sick. He has not been in great health in any case. But this Coronavirus infection might have great implications for the functioning of this administration, built around a powerful Hausa-Fulani-Kanuri alliance, of which Kyari and Kingibe are very critical arrowheads. As at the time of writing this piece, Kyari was still in a Lagos medical facility. President Buhari had been declared virus-free, as was the Vice-President, Yemi Osibanjo. They both went promptly into isolation. The point is that the virus, no respecter of titles or office, has kept a date with Nigeria’s governing elite. That is a good thing. If it only affected the poor, there would be no serious efforts to combat it. It would be known as “the poor man’s disease” and there would be perfunctory response by the government and its inner cabal. But this time, nature has offered us an insight into the hardest truth of all: at our very core, as well indeed at the most vital levels, we are all humans. We eat. We cry. We get sick. We die. We are held by the gross weight of our mortality and we fear that dark, indissoluble night of nothingness called death. Everything else is a mask. The first reported casualty of the COVID-19 virus in Nigeria was a former Executive Director of the PPMC, a subsidiary of the NNPC. So, the Nigerian government was forced finally to pay attention. It had all the time in the world to get ready for this epidemic. The disease began in China in December and was reported globally. China closed down. The Buhari government did nothing! Soon, the disease began to grow into what the World Health Organisation by the first two weeks of January began to describe as the beginnings of an early pandemic. This administration did nothing. The Nigerian president and his team just sat on their haunches picking their teeth. What occupied them most was how to get a loan that excluded the East of Nigeria, and that would, should the Southern politicians not repudiate it, subdue them to economic slavery. Then things, not unexpectedly, went south. It may have started with the president’s daughter who was among the first to be tested and quarantined. It was only when this happened, of course, that President Muhammadu Buhari quickly woke up and rustled together a National Task Force on Coronavirus headed by the Director-General of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu. READ ALSO: Coronavirus: The rent is due but many Americans can’t pay the bills Trained at both the University of Nigeria, Medical School in Enugu, and the Institute of Tropical Disease of the University of London, Chikwe might seem like one of the few square pegs in their appropriate holes in Nigeria, but the NCDC is, like all Nigerian institutions, badly funded, badly oriented and badly organised. I am not quite sure about the collaborative linkages between the NCDC and the laboratories and scientists at Nigeria’s universities. Only the University of Ibadan Teaching Hospital has a decent, long sustained virology lab, from what I understand. But there are research facilities, including the ones at Vom’s Veterinary Institute, the Infectious Diseases Centre at Yaba, and so on, which can be quickly pressed to work, even as new labs come on stream. At the point of writing this, I understand that there is a move towards linking them to providing test centres for determining the prevalence of the disease. It took President Buhari an entire month to respond from when the first known mortality occurred in Nigeria. While the heads of various governments in the world were out taking charge and announcing measures to stem fear, and contain the rage of Coronavirus as much as possible, President Buhari went into his shells. Nigeria waited for a very only time to close its borders, create guidelines and establish protocols. Only on Sunday, March 29, did Buhari come to address Nigerians after much public outcry and only when it is probably already too late in the day. At this point, let me say this, and this is my greatest fear: this administration under Buhari has allowed the virus to enter the population and spread far too quickly that any remedial effort now is frankly a little too late. I say this with the fear that Nigeria is likely to be the major epicentre of the Coronavirus pandemic in Africa. Its population is large. Its health facilities poor and its preparedness mediocre. As a result of our social structures and cultural formations, social distancing is nearly impossible. Perhaps what might save Nigeria might be the possibility of what epidemiologists call “herd immunity”. The coming weeks, as the numbers of the infected inevitably grow, will be both deadly and challenging. Two things actually struck me about President’s Buhari’s Sunday address to Nigerians. One, it offered very little concrete plan with regards to a possible surge in infection; two, it pinned hopes on what scientists and researchers in other parts of the world might discover to cure Nigerians. “We are in touch with these institutions as they work towards a solution that will be certified by international and local medical authorities within the shortest possible time,” declared the president. But what about Nigerian scientists? What are they doing? Where are the great laboratories? Where are the scientists in federally and state funded research centres? Where are the scientists and researchers in the various laboratories in Nigerian universities? Where are the Nigerian military researchers and scientists? The answer might be that a nation which spends far more money rehabilitating the National Assembly buildings than it spends on its universities, and its education budget put together, is doomed. And that is exactly what has happened over the years in Nigeria, and more so under this president. But here is frankly not the time to keep looking back in anger. We have a situation, and it is deadly and dire. Now, it is urgent for the task force to get the president to federalise all existing laboratories in the nation, constitute a production board, and move fast into the local production of test kits, and the possibilities for a cure locally. All relevant university departments in Nigeria, state, federal, or private must be temporarily federalised under a federal emergency act, and provided with funds to expand facilities and undertake urgent research and production. A Federal Research and Production Directorate, RAP, must be quickly established using the Biafran model. What is also often lost in all the frenzy is a calm assessment of what happens when a great number of the population get sick, and the public and private health facilities are overstretched as they are very likely to be. There has to be a clear action plan if that happens. I predict a spike in the next two weeks of high morbidity. Two immediate steps need now to be taken: the COVID Taskforce should: one, expand emergency training at the various community and township levels nationwide. The task force must create grassroots community action task forces, open up and very quickly prepare to use reconditioned publicschool halls as both treatment centres, quarantines, and relief distribution centres. Families must be encouraged to create small isolation and home care treatment spaces within family houses for isolating and caring for family members who may test positive in case the public health system becomes overwhelmed. Basic training must be provided to some family members on basic care management for sick family members. That way, it might be easy to contain the surge, and also use our traditional kinship systems as voluntary emergency care units. These are strange and trying times. Nigerians must brace for it as they self-quarantine, and as people they know begin to get sick in increasing numbers. But we must also keep our humor. That’s what might save us all in the end. That capacity to laugh at, and defy all adversity, including the greatest virus of all: Nigeria’s very incompetent governments.

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Dr Olurunnimbe Mamora, the Honorable Minister of state for health in Nigeria, on Monday, March 30 made it publicly known that Nigerian government spend about N10,000 to conduct a COVID-19 test on one individual.

Dr Mamora, a graduate of medicine and surgery from the University of Ife ( now Obafemi Awolowo University)  stated that the testing method by the government is the World Health Organization (WHO) validated Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) which produces an accurate result.

The Minister made the comment while speaking to journalists in Abuja, yesterday when the newsmen questioned him about the low rate of testing for the virus in the country.

He said the government was, however, not worried about the cost but the accuracy of the result, hence the insistence on real-time PCR equipment.

The minister maintained that the use of Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) kits has not been approved in Nigeria because the WHO has not validated it.

His words: “I don’t have the exact figure but I was meant to understand that it costs about N10,000 or thereabout to run the test. I am not too sure about the figure.

“But even if at N10,000, you can just imagine the huge financial involvement given the number of people that want to be tested.

“Perhaps, that was why people are coming up with RDTs but we have reservation about it. It’s not WHO validated, it’s mostly based on anti-bodies that would be identified in the blood.

“Also, the margin of error is quite high. PCR remains the most reliable method of testing for an accurate result.”

He said the earlier Nigerians appreciate and support the government to win the COVID-19 battle now the better.

It will be recalled that some Nigerians have called out the government for turning them back when requested to be tested for the novel virus.

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