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COVID-19: Buhari extends PTF programme to March 2021

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The Presidential Task Force on the COVID19 headed by the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, has had its operation period extended to March 2021.

President Muhammadu Buhari granted the extension following the second wave of coronavirus currently ravaging parts of the world.

The task force submitted its end of the year 2020 report to the president at the presidential villa, Abuja on Tuesday.

A tweet by the PTF on Tuesday stated, “After receiving the End-Term Report of the Presidential Task Force on COVID19, President @MBuhari, today, extended the mandate of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 till the end of March 2021.”

The President also granted the PTF the power to coordinate the process for planning and the strategy for accessing, delivery and administration of the vaccines using the existing health structures that had worked in the past in vaccine administration.

The PTF was put in place in March this year after the outbreak of the pandemic in the country. It has in the last nine months presented eight interim reports along with one Mid-Term Report on the handling of the disease to the President.

Buhari noted that the nation was in a perilous situation, given the virulent nature of the second wave of the pandemic, saying the government must act decisively to protect the people.

He urged all sub-national entities, traditional rulers, religious leaders and leaders of thought to collaborate with the PTF by taking up the responsibility for risk communication and community engagement at all levels.

He also authorised the PTF to engage with the states and the FCT for them to assume full ownership of this stage of the response by deploying legal structures and resources, including enforcement to manage the pandemic within their jurisdictions.

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Islamic Group Offers Free Medical Services In Yobe

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The Islamic Medical Association of Nigeria (IMAN), Yobe chapter, has offered free medical services to over 800 patients in Fune LGA of the state.

Speaking at the end of the two-day outreach on Sunday in Ngelzarma, the IMAN vice chairman, Dr Mahmoud Ma’aji, noted that the exercise was conducted in various clinics in the area.

He listed the services to include consultations, the provision of drugs, psychological and psychosocial counselling, as well as various laboratory tests.

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He said the aged, orphans, widows, pregnant women and under-five years children were given more attention during the outreach, which began on Saturday.

The vice chairman said the objective of the outreach was to assist the less privileged and to educate residents on the need to seek medical assistance in the hospital.

In his remarks, the Emir of Ngelzarma, Muhammad Mai-Yeri, called on philanthropists to support IMAN to enable it to carry out its activities effectively.(NAN)

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Lassa fever: Death toll hits 171 as NCDC confirms 8 new infections

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) has recorded eight additional Lassa fever infections and one death between September 5 and 11.

The NCDC via its official website said the new cases bring the number of confirmed cases and deaths to 917 and 171, respectively.

It disclosed that 25 states had recorded at least one confirmed case across 102 local government areas. According to NCDC, 6,660 suspected cases have been reported in the country.

The public health agency disclosed that of the new confirmed cases, Ondo accounted for 32 per cent, Edo 26 per cent and Bauchi 13 per cent.

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“In week 36 (September 5 to 11, 2022); the number of new confirmed cases decreased from 10 in week 35, 2022 to 8 cases. These were reported from Ondo, Edo, Bauchi, and Anambra states. Cumulatively from week 1 to week 36, 2022, 171 deaths have been reported with a Case Fatality Rate (CFR) of 18.6 people which is lower than the CFR for the same period in 2021 (23.3 per cent). The predominant age group affected is 21-30 years (Range: 0 to 90 years, Median Age: 30 years). The male-to-female ratio for confirmed cases is 1:0.8. The number of suspected cases has increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2021. No new healthcare worker affected in the reporting week 36,” it said.

It  said the National Lassa fever multi-partner, multi-sectoral Technical Working Group (TWG) has continued to coordinate the response activities at all levels.

“The country’s response activities continue in all areas, particularly in areas of state advocacy, personal protective equipment (IPC) support, and laboratory diagnostics,” it added.

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Lady offers kidney to Ekweremadu’s daughter

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A 24-year-old lady, Anastasia Michael, says she is ready to donate one of her kidneys to Sonia, daughter of Senator Ike Ekweremadu, currently down with kidney malfunctioning.
This is coming less than 24 hours after 25-year-old Sonia Ekweremadu made an appeal to members of the public to donate a kidney to save her life.
Responding through a Facebook post on Monday, Annastasia said she was willing to donate one of her kidneys to Ekweremadu if none of her family members could do that.
She added that she was doing so to prove that women could help women.
Annastasia said that the donation would be for free, hoping that her kidney matches that of Sonia.
She said she had sent her mail address to the email provided by Sonia.

Her full post runs entitled ‘Kidney donation to Sonia Ekweremadu’ is presented below:
I (Annastasia Michael olamma) want to donate one of my kidneys to Sonia Ekweremadu to save her life. I have made up my mind to do this to prove women can help women.
If any of her relatives mum, dad, siblings, cannot give out their kidney to save their Bloodline then I will donate my own to save Sonia And I demand nothing in return. I pray it matches with her own.
Am 24 years old, I don’t take alcohol and I believe my kidney is very healthy to donate.

I have sent message to her email @helpsonialive@gmail.com and anticipate her reply.
May God heal you.

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