By Gistflash News
Aug 6, 2021
The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday reported 566 additional COVID-19 infections due to a surge in the spread of the Delta variant in the country.
The NCDC, which made this known via its website on Friday Morning, also stated that 11 COVID-19 related deaths were recorded as of Aug. 5.
According to the NCDC, the 566 new infections were recorded across 11 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
It stated that Lagos State, the country’s epicentre, reported 283 cases while Akwa Ibom followed with 88 cases and Oyo State ranked third with 62 cases.
Rivers recorded 62 cases to rank fourth while the FCT reported 18 new infections.
Ogun State and Ekiti reported 17 and 13 Infections each, while Kwara recorded 11, even as Plateau and Zamfara reported six and three, with Kaduna and Kastina registering two cases each, respectively.
It added that five states: Edo, Nasarawa, Ondo, Osun and Sokoto reported zero cases.
The Public health agency noted that the figure raised the country’s total infections to 176,577, while the fatality toll now stands at 2,178.
The News Agency Of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the new infections indicate an increase from the 747 cases announced a day earlier.
The figure is the highest daily infection recorded in the country for more than five months.
The country’s COVID-19 infections have been rising over the past weeks since the discovery of the Delta strain, bringing fears of renewed pressure on the health system.
The NCDC stated that 125 people had recovered and were discharged from various isolation centres in the country on Thursday.
It said that till date, 165,333 recoveries had been recorded nationwide in 36 states and the FCT.
The agency added that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 2, continued to coordinate the national response activities.
The health institute said the country had also tested more than 2.5 million samples for the virus out the country’s estimated 200 million population.
The NCDC said the country’s COVID-19 average positive test rate was six per cent.
It stated that the country’s active cases stood 9, 033, as of Aug. 5.
Meanwhile, the agency said the country’s infections in week 30, increased to 3,218 from 1,579 reported in week 29.
These were reported in 28 states and the FCT.
It stated that in week 30, the number of discharged cases increased to 218 from 90 in week 29. These were also reported in 16 states and the FCT.
The NCDC said there were 17 deaths reported in the last one week. Noting that cumulatively, since the outbreak began in week 9, 2020, 174,315 cases and 2,149 deaths were reported with a case fatality rate of 1.2 per cent.
It said in week 30, the number of in-bound international travellers tested stood at 3,702 of which 155 were positive, compared to 74, out of 2,836 samples tested from week 29.
It added in week 30, the number of out-bound international travellers tested was 5,529 of which 207 were positive, compared to 141 out of 3,376 samples tested from week 29.
FG converts National Blood Service to commission
By Gistflash News
Sept 25, 2021
The Federal Government has established the National Blood Service Commission (NBSC) to replace the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) to coordinate, regulate and ensure the provision of safe, quality blood transfusion services.
This is contained in a statement by Abdullahi Haruna, the commission’s Head of Media and Publicity on Saturday, in Abuja.
It explained that the NBTS was formerly a unit under the Department of Hospital Services in the Federal Ministry of Health, which was passed by the National Assembly and assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari.
It also disclosed that Dr Omale Joseph-Amedu, the National Coordinator, would serve as the Acting Director-General of the commission in line with the provisions of the Act establishing the commission.
“Commission which has the statutory mandate to coordinate, regulate and ensure the provision of safe, quality blood transfusion services on a country- wide basis within the national health plan.
“Therefore, the commission is legally mandated to ensure proper compliance with the National Blood Service Guidelines and standards.
“It will also maintain a system of quality assurance at all levels of service, encourage research in all aspects of blood transfusion services and promote the rational use of blood, blood products and alternatives to blood where appropriate.
“The commission which takes effect immediately as National Blood Service Commission (NBSC) has communicated that its new name and status more aptly reflects the mandate of ensuring the availability of safe, quality and adequate blood services to all Nigerians,” it stated
UK donates 1.2m COVID-19 vaccines to Nigeria – Envoy
By Gistflash News
Sept 25, 2021
COVID-19: 4, 680,000 Nigerians vaccinated – NPHCDA
By Gistflash News
Sept 25, 2021
The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) says 4,680,000 Nigerians have so far been vaccinated against COVID-19 .
The Executive Director /Chief Executive Officer of the agency, Dr Faisal Shuaib, disclosed this during the South South zonal town hall meeting on COVID-19 vaccination on Saturday in Benin.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the town hall meeting was organised by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, in collaboration with NPHCDA and the Edo government.
Shuaib noted that out of the 4,680,000 million vaccinated Nigerians, about 1,865,127 were fully vaccinated with the two doses.
He stated that the figure was below the nation’s target ,adding that the threats posed by the virus could prevent the country from returning to normal living.
“I will like to encourage us to use our good offices to encourage eligible members of our community to visit the nearest designated health facility to receive the vaccine.
“All the vaccines are currently available in designated vaccination sites across the country and are safe and effective,” he said.
According to him, in the course of the next few weeks, NPHCDA plans to gradually involve the private sector as sites for COVID-19 vaccination.
Shuaib, however, disclosed that the Federal Government had set up a Joint Task Force on COVID-19 vaccine for monitoring and accountability in collaboration with the security agencies.
Earlier, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire said the town hall was organised to discuss COVID-19 vaccination, address mutual concerns and reach a consensus to ensure citizens were safe and protected against the deadly coronavirus.
Ehanire, said Nigeria had so far lost 2000 of her citizens to COVID-19, adding that the virus had also affected the nation’s GDP.
According to him ,the government needs to vaccinate 70 per cent of the population to effectively curb the spread of the virus.
“The way out off this is to get vaccinated because those who have taken the vaccine have full protection while the unvaccinated are exposed to danger,” he said
He disclosed that the Federal Government was working with the private sector for the production of vaccine in the country.
According to the minister, records have shown that over 90 per cent of deaths recorded from COVID-19 are from unvaccinated persons.
Also speaking, Gov. Godwin Obaseki said the state had so far vaccinated over 130,000 residents against the virus.
Represented by his Chief of Staff, Osaigbovo Iyokha, Obaseki said the state target was to vaccinate 60 per cent of the population.
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