Covid-19 lands in Adamawa as 91 new cases arise
NCDC has now counted 25 states and the FCT where the dreaded Covid-19 has made a landfall, as it announced 91 new cases an hour age today 22 April 2020.
Lagos continued to lead the cases reported with 74 confirmed cases, followed by Katsina (5), Ogun (4), Delta and Edo (2 each) and one case each for Kwara, Oyo, FCT and Adamawa, the newest entrant.
Three more deaths were also recorded today, bringing the total to 28 while the number of recovered and discharged cases remained constant at 197, the same figure it was yesterday.
Governors want Covid-19 action decentralized
Governors in the 36 states today suggested that the best way to fight the virus is to decentralize the response, after a teleconference they held this evening.
They hinged the call on the number of states where the virus has spread (25) as well as evidence that community transmission is increasing.
The Communique from the virtual meeting signed by Ekiti Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi who is also the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) said the governors agreed to implement an inter-state lockdown in the next two weeks to hold down the spread.
The Governors also expressed concern on the spread of the disease among health workers and resolved to work with NCDC to ensure that they are provided with adequate personal protection equipment (PPE) to do their work.
In explaining their idea of decentralization the Governors said:
“In order to strengthen coordinated implementation of necessary public health recommendations across states, Governors resolved to set up COVID-19 Committees at the regional level, headed by their State Commissioners of Health.
“Regional Committees will continue to interface with the State Task Force Committees on COVID-19 already established in each state.
They congratulated one of their members, Nasiru el Rufa’i of Kaduna State, who battled for four long weeks to escape from the clutches of Covid-19 and won.
The Kaduna, Bauchi, and Oyo Governors tested positive to the disease but Bauchi and Oyo bounced back quickly.
Picture from Enugu to the World
Avoid this mixture, NCDC warns public
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has warned the public to steer clear of a liquid mixture which is being sold in the market as a cure for “Covid-19” (see picture above).
In a tweet this morning of 22 April, the Agency mainatained that the claim is false
“There is currently NO VACCINE or drug approved for #Covid19 prevention by health authorities,” it said.
Take responsibility, only purchase and consume drugs at accredited pharmacies or health facilities, it said.
Correct Social Distancing Photo Pose
The photograph above was taken during a visit to the Oyo State Government House by the Director General of NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu.
It shows the correct way to pose for official photo opportunities in order to adhere to the social distancing rule to avoid infection by the Coronavirus.
Gov. Seyi Makinde is one of the three Nigerian governors that tested positive to Covid-19.
He however overcame the disease in short order after completing the mandatory quarantine period and immediately returned to take charge of the Covid-19 Task Force in the State, which he had briefly yeilded
“Great to discuss the state’s progress in strengthening #COVID19 response activities, including strong collaboration with private sector. Lot more to do,” Dr. Ihekweazu tweeted after the meeting.
2nd WHO staff contracts Covid-19 in Bauchi
The Chairman, Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, announced today that a second World Health Organisation staff has tested positive for COVID-19) in the State.
He was said to have contracted the disease from the first WHO staff who was earlier announced to have the virus.
Both officials had a travel history of travel to Kano State which has fast become the epicentre of the disease in the core north.
The latest numbers from Bauchi show that there are eight confirmed cases of the virus although five of them, including Governor Bala Mohammed, have recovered and had been discharged.