Covid-19 Health Updates

Evening Update for 26 March

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Situation Report This Evening
  • NCDC advises citizens to limit participation in mass gatherings
  • Enugu uses town-criers, PGs to spread Covid-19 messages
  • Anambra Shuts Markets for 14 days
  • UBA Sets Aside $14million to fight Covid-19
  • Access Bank, Dangote team up on Covid-19
  • WHO DG says lockdown by nations is not enough
  • WHO launches $2billion relief fund for vulnerable nations
  • WHO recommends simple exercises for homes on lockdown

NCDC UPDATES

Situation Report this Evening

Five more cases of the Coronavirus have been confirmed in Nigeria by the NCDC, including a case from Rivers State which joins the growing list of states where the virus has touched down.

NDDC said that of the five, three of them are people who recently flew into the country from overseas while the other two were close contacts of one confirmed case. The latest announcement puts the number of confirmed cases from Nigeria at 51, with two already discharged and one death.

Lagos State continues to lead the case figures with 32, followed by the FCT (10) and Ogun State (3). Six other states – Ekiti, Oyo, Edo, Bauchi, Osun and Rivers each reported one case.


Citizens advised to limit mass gatherings

NCDC said a while ago that it is working with state governments to conduct contact tracing to identify those who have been in close contact with confirmed Covid-19 cases.

In a tweet, NCDC urged all Nigerians to practice social distancing and limit mass gatherings – including religious, social and political events.


SOUTH EAST UPDATES

Enugu coopts PGs, town-criers to spread Covid-19 messages

Enugu State Government says it has mobilized town union presidents and town criers in every local community in the state to spread messages it has developed to educate people about Coronavirus threat.

Secretary to the Government, Prof. Simon Ortuanya, told newsmen that the State government has made provisions for logistics support for presidents general (PGs) of various town unions so that they could use the town criers in their communities to propagate the messages.

The community leaders are to educate residents of their communities on adherence to the protocol for prevention of COVID-19 transmission with effect from today March 26, 2020.

Prof. Ortuanya asked the Presidents General to meet with the Enugu State Rapid Response Team, headed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, to collect Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials on Coronavirus disease for distribution to volunteers and town criers.

The State Government will deliver to the PGs the logistics they need to support the work of the town criers, he said.

Anambra shuts markets for 14 days

The Anambra State Government will close all markets in the State from Monday 30 March for a period of 14 days as an additional measure to shield citizens of the State from the spreading Coronavirus cases, Secretary to the Government, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, said today in a statement.

Businesses selling food items and medicines are however allowed to stay open during the period, for as long as they observe social distance protocols and other health advisories hitherto announced.

Govt said the directive will be reviewed at the end of the two-week period but advised traders to remain in their houses throughout the time. Executives of traders’ associations were asked to ensure that their members comply to the directive as the state Covid-19 Task Force, the police and other security agencies have been empowered to enforce the directive.


NATIONAL UPDATES

UBA sets aside $14m for Covid-14 in Africa

The United Bank Group says it will accelerate response to the Coronavirus pandemic by providing $14million (about N5billion) as Covid-19 relief support to Nigeria and other African countries where it does business.

The Bank said in a tweet that the money will be shared between Nigeria and 19 other African countries to be used to procure relief materials, critical healthcare facilities, and direct financial support to governments.

Among the named beneficiaries are Lagos (N1billion), Abuja (N500m) and the rest of the states in Nigeria (N1billion).

The bank also said it will set aside N1billion to equip a medical centre in Lagos which will be managed in partnership with Heirs Holdings, and also to procure medical supplies, beds for isolation, and ICU facilities.

The balance of N1.5billion will be deployed to African countries where UBA maintains a presence, the Bank said.


Access Bank, Dangote team up on Covid-19 response

Bloomberg has reported that a Nigerian bank is teaming up with a billionaire to provide 1000-bed treatment and isolation centres across Nigeria.

The news agency said it received an email from Access Bank on the plan and that the facilities they plan to install at unspecified locations in Nigeria would be ready “within weeks.”

The duo plans to have Chinese experts serve in the testing, isolation, treatment and training centers.


INTERNATIONAL UPDATES

WHO DG says lockdown by nations not the solution

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that nations that are embarking on lockdown are merely buying time and reducing pressure on health systems but are not solutions to the threat of viruses in the world.

What is important, WHO DG Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, is what nations do during and after such lockdowns

Watch the solution that Dr. Tedros proposes in the video below:


WHO launches $2 billion relief fund for vulnerable nations

The United Nations yesterday created an ambitious US$2 billion assistance plan for poor nations to cope with the global coronavirus pandemic.

The funds will be used to deliver essential testing equipment , medical supplies and treatment. It will also be deployed to provide handwashing stations in camps and settlements, launch public information campaigns on how people can protect themselves and establish air hubs to move humanitarian workers and supplies.

Among the areas being targeted for this assistance are African, Asian, and Latin American countries, especially those already facing humanitarian crises.

The UN said it would release an additional $60million to add to the $15m earlier released to the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to kickstart the response plan.


… recommends indoor exercises during national lockdowns

The World Health Organization has warned those going into isolation because of the Coronavirus to ensure that they remain active during the period of self-confinement.

The Agency recommended a regime of five simple physical exercises that anyone could follow during the period.

“doing any activity around the home is better than none at all. Be active during #COVID19 outbreak to maintain your heart health, muscle strength and flexibility,” the organization counseled.

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