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Tally at 238, Buhari orders distribution of impounded rice

When Nigeria closed her borders last year, part of the reason was to combat the incidence of smuggling. The customs recorded a lot of impounding at the entry points. President Buhari on Tuesday ordered that 150 trucks of impounded rice be distributed to the poor and needy.

An aide on digital media disclosed the information on Twitter. “President Buhari directs the Nigeria Customs Service to release 150 truckloads of rice seized from smugglers for immediate distribution across the country. Part of the FG’s palliative measures to cushion the effect of the #COVID19 Pandemic.”

For the first time in as many days, Lagos did not record a new case. As at close of day Monday, six new cases were recorded with 2 each in Kwara and Edo States and one apiece in Rivers State and Abuja.

The national tally now stands at 238 with 35 discharged and five deaths. Lagos still topped with 120 cases followed by Abuja with 48 and Osun with 20 cases. All three jurisdictions are under federal lockdown.

The NCDC is meanwhile continuing with its #TakeResponsibility campaign as it shares vital information on the coronavirus pandemic and how to identify, contain and prevent its spread. It focused on self-isolation in its latest edition.

As at close of day 6th April, there were:

238 confirmed cases
35 discharged
5 deaths

For a breakdown of cases by state

In an interaction session with speaker of the lower house of the national assembly, Health Minister Osagie Ohanire defended the federal government’s decision to invite Chinese experts.

According to him, these group of medics were in the frontline of China’s management of the virus and thus they come with a skill set that no Nigerian doctor has prior. Minister of State for Health Olurunnimbe Mamora further explained that the Chinese doctors were expected to help in setting up molecular laboratories in Nigeria as well as upgrade and reconfigure existing ones.

Meanwhile, The Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman, Presidential Taskforce Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, yesterday in Abuja at the sixth joint national briefing said the Chinese medical experts were only coming to share experiences and train Nigeria’s medical personnel.

“They’re not accredited and cannot practice, but only coming to share their experiences. As a matter of fact, they’re in the best position of experience, since the pandemic started from their side and they were able to contain its spread. Thus, they’re only coming to share their experiences and also train some of our medical personnel,” he said.

He said the invited Chinese were public health specialists and medical engineers that would support Nigeria’s capacity in managing the pandemic on advisory basis when necessary, while drawing from their experiences.



How to Self-isolate:

*Where possible, stay in 1 room, away from others for 14 days. You can have food brought to you but avoid physical contact

*Avoid sharing items like cups, pillows etc

Read our self-isolation guide here 

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April 6: Tally at 232, lockdown party blues, Chinese aid criticised

The Lagos State Police Command on Monday arraigned a popular showbiz couple for flouting the lockdown order in Lagos State. Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele, and her husband, Abdulrasheed Bello popularly known as JJC Skillz, held a birthday party in an estate contrary to lockdown rules.

The couple was subject to social media bashing through much of Sunday after Funke posted photos of her husband’s birthday party. She subsequently explained in a social media post how the members of the party were pooled together.

An apologetic Funke said all attendees of the party resided in the estate where her media production house, Scene One, was based. She explained that no one came from outside the estate to attend the party and that some of the attendees had been at the place well before the lockdown order was issued by President Buhari last week.

Incidentally, she is one of the stars that the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, is collaborating with on educating the public against the coronavirus pandemic.

Medical association protests Chinese aid, amid China fake news

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s doctors’ association has protested the arrival in town of a medical team from China to support the country’s coronavirus combat efforts.

According to the Nigerian Medical Association, it would be better to make use of the many unemployed or under-employed medical personnel already in the country. It also said the Chinese doctors would not be familiar with the culture or challenges of working in Nigeria.

The Minister of Health on Saturday confirmed that a Chinese medical team had been invited to share their experience on how the pandemic had been handled in China and denied that they were coming to take charge of the fight against the virus.

On the subject of denials, the NCDC on Saturday dispelled rumours that material donated by China were infected. A post on their Twitter handle read: KNOW THE FACTS
Q: Are the medical kits received by Nigeria from China contaminated?
A: NO. There is no evidence that the kits received are contaminated with the virus that causes #COVID19
They are effective when safely used by health workers#TakeResponsibility

Minister Osagie Ohanire had last week had cause to dispel claims that medical kits donated by Chinese business mogul Jack Ma were contaminated. The businessman delivered a package that included – test kits, masks, medical use protective suits and face shields – to all 54 African countries.

He has since announced a new round of donation as of April 6, the package includes 500 ventilators, 200,000 suits & face shields, 2,000 thermometers, 1 million swabs & extraction kits and 500, 000 gloves


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