“THE END OF COVID-19 IS NEAR”- GAIN AFRICA DIRECTOR DECLARES, BACKED W.H.O CHIEFS
The Executive Director of Gain Africa Community Initiative, also known as GAIN AFRICA, Mr Julius Ogakwu Ogbaji, has joined the Director-General of World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, to call on leaders of both advanced and third world countries to join hands in the fight against the unfortunate Coronavirus pandemic.
Mr. Ogakwu and his GAIN AFRICA team is a vocal and leading voice in advocating for a better economic welfare of the most vulnerable population of the society, particularly campaigning for education of the most vulnerable Girl Child across Nigeria in particular, and Sub-Sahara African countries in general.
The Director who is seriously pained by the havoc the dreaded Covid-19 pandemic is wrecking on the lives of Innocent souls across the world, while equally crippling the Global Economy.
He made the call in Abuja, the country’s capital, while featuring on a radio programme on the effects of Covid-19, particularly on the most Vulnerable population of the society.
In the words of the social and humanitarian enthusiast: “the end of Covid-19 is insight because the war can only be won by the collective goodwill of the people”.
He expressed sadness, while fielding questions on the radio show, at the untold hardship being experienced by the larger population of the society, particularly the most neglected urban poor.
According to him, these people can scarcely afford one meal per day as some of them depends solely on their daily income from the menial jobs and other day-to-day economic activities.
In response to what seems to be like a misunderstanding between the president of the United States of America, Donald Trump Jnr. and W.H.O Chiefs, on the handling of the pandemic.
Mr. Julius applauded and adopted the plea from Dr. Tedros Adhanom that this war requires nothing national unity and global solidarity.
Mr Tedros states unequivocally that COVID-19 pandemic has made everyone a global citizen.
Therefore, national unity and global solidarity are inevitable in the world’s quest to win what seems like a third world war.
While calling for calm, he advised world leaders to bury political and religious differences and work together for the benefit of humanity and global economy by searching for solution to the pandemic that has claimed scores of lives already.
With millions of cases, he also called on all individuals of goodwill to not wait for the government before reaching out to the most vulnerable population of the society with palliatives that will cushion the effects of the hardship emanating as a result of the emergence of COVID-19.
He advised Nigerians to adhere strictly to all safety rules and measures put in place by the Presidential Task force on COVID-19.
NCDC and other Public Health Advisers through regular washing of hands with soap and water, or an alcohol based hand rub, maintaining a physical distance from anyone who is seen to be coughing or sneezing, as well as avoid places, touching of eyes, nose or mouth, by covering nose and mouth with bent elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing in public and Staying at home.
COVID-19 Quarantine: 18% in-bound passengers not traceable — Sanwo-Olu
By Gistflash News
July 12, 2021
Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, says 18 per cent of passengers that arrived Lagos through Murtala Mohammed Airport cannot be traced for COVID-19 quarantine.
Sanwo-Olu made this known on Sunday in the update of the coronavirus pandemic situation in Lagos State.
He said that between May 8, 2021 and July 7, 2021, a total of 50,322 passengers of interest arrived in Lagos via the Murtala Mohammed Airport.
”Of the 50,322 passengers, 18 per cent could not be reached by EKOTELEMED because of the provision of either wrong numbers or wrong Nigerian contact details to be reached on,” the Chief Incident Commander said.
He said that it was the responsibility of passengers to ensure they provided the right details for them to be reached for proper monitoring.
”Going forward, passengers that do not provide the right details, including a phone number they can be reached for monitoring and an address for isolation, will face serious sanctions, including fines and imprisonment according to our Lagos State Coronavirus Law of 2021.
”As dictated by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 (PSC), passengers from red-listed countries (India, South Africa, Brazil and Turkey) are required to observe mandatory isolation.
”So far, we have successfully isolated 2,386 passengers in Lagos State. Of this number, 15 per cent have absconded,” Sanwo-Olu said.
He said that sanctions were being recommended and had already been meted out to defaulters.
The governor said that the sanctions for foreigners were revocation of their Permanent Residency and deportation; while for Nigerians were prosecution to the full extent of the Lagos State COVID-19 Law.
He also said that greater vigilance was required at this time in the churches and mosques and other places of religious worship.
Sanwo-Olu said that the state was pleased that religious houses were now open for worship, after the lengthy closures of 2020, however, worshippers must not be carried away by the illusion that all was now back to normal.
”This is especially critical, as Sallah approaches, in a little over a week from now.
”The festivities will no doubt bring people together in large numbers and create conditions that can sadly cause the spread of the coronavirus. We must not allow this to happen.
”For this reason, we are mandating full compliance with all protective protocols.
”There must be compulsory use of masks in all public places, social distancing, temperature checks, provisions for hand-washing and sanitisers, and a maximum of 50 per cent occupancy in enclosed spaces,” he said.
COVID-19 taskforce uncovers Delta variant in Oyo State
By Gistflash News
July 12, 2021
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on July 8 confirmed the index case of the deadly Delta variant in Nigeria.
NCDC confirms deadly Delta variant of COVID-19 in Nigeria
By Gistflash News
July 9, 2021
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has detected a confirmed case of the SARS-CoV-2, known as the Delta variant in Nigeria.
The NCDC Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) in Abuja.
NAN reports that the deadly Delta variant is recognised by the World Health Organisation as a variant of concern.
The WHO said that the Delta variant was ‘dangerous’ and continued to evolve and mutate, and thus requiring constant evaluation and careful adjustment of the public health response.
Ihekweazu said the variant was detected in a traveller to Nigeria, following the routine travel test required of all international travelers and genomic sequencing at the NCDC National Reference Laboratory, Abuja.
“As part of Nigeria’s COVID-19 response, NCDC has been working with the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) African Centre for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID) and other laboratories within the national network to carry out genomic sequencing.
”This is to enable the detection of variants of concern and initiate response activities.
“All data on variants from Nigeria have been published on GISAID, a global mechanism for sharing sequencing data.
”Given the global risk of spread of the Delta variant, positive samples from international travelers to Nigeria are sequenced regularly.
“The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has initiated several measures to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19.
”This includes the introduction of travel restrictions for countries where there is a surge in cases associated with widespread prevalence of variants of concern.
“The national travel protocol which includes compulsory seven-day self-isolation and repeat test on the seventh day after arrival, are in place to reduce the risk of spread of the virus.
”It is very important that this is strictly adhered to, to prevent a surge in COVID-19 cases in Nigeria,” he explained.
Given the high transmissibility of the Delta variant and following its detection in Nigeria, the NCDC boss urged all Nigerians to ensure strict adherence to public health and social measures in place.
“Proven public health and social measures such as physical distancing, frequent hand washing and proper use of face masks prevent infections and save lives.
”The COVID- 19 vaccine is safe and effective and offers protection against the disease,” he advised.
Additionally, he urged states to ensure sample collection and testing for COVID-19 was accessible to Nigerians.
“Public settings such as schools with accommodation facilities, workplaces and camps should utilise the approved Antigen-based Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) for rapid testing of their population,” he added.
He said although Nigeria had seen a low number of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria in the last eight weeks, it is incredibly important that we do not forget to be careful.
“Please protect yourselves and the people you love by adhering to the known public health and social measures, getting vaccinated if you are eligible and getting tested if you have symptoms.”
The NCDC boss said the recommended control measures to limit the spread of the new variant was continued testing, following the existing public health guidance and abiding by the current travel and public restrictions.
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