Nigeria COVID-19 Update Today

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria has risen to 4787 after the addition of 146 new cases.
According to the stat released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), out of the 146, 57 were recorded in Lagos, 27 in Kano, 10 in Kwara, 9 in Edo, 8 in Bauchi, 7 in Yobe,  4 in Kebbi and Oyo, three each in Katsina and Niger, two each in Plateau, Borno, Sokoto, and Benue while there is one case each in Gombe, Enugu, Ebonyi, Ogun, FCT, and Rivers states.
From the 4787 confirmed cases in Nigeria, 959 have been discharged while 158 have been recorded.

Confirmed Cases by State

States AffectedNo. of Cases (Lab Confirmed)No. of Cases (on admission)No. DischargedNo. of Deaths
Akwa Ibom175102

Sam Adeyemi cautions churches about reopening

The senior pastor of the Daystar Christian Centre in Lagos, Sam Adeyemi, has advised Christians to be calm in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While expressing displeasure over the devastating effect of the pandemic, Adeyemi said he was pained that churches were closed, but everyone must bear with the situation and hold on for a while.

Speaking during an Instagram live interview, tagged: “Iforowero” with BBC News Yoruba monitored by iDONSABI, Adeyemi noted that that the pandemic is a global issue.

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“This is a worldwide issue. Pastors are clamoring for the reopening of churches.”

Citing an example of how a church in South Korea got affected by the outbreak of the virus, he said: “The church members were badly hit by this infectious disease and the pastor had to go about seeking for forgiveness.

“Even if there is going to be social distancing in our churches, how many services are we going to hold? Looking at the differences between churches with a big number of members, we have to be careful and remain calm because there is no vaccine yet… As a preacher, I travel all around. But I have remained indoor with my family.”

Private hospitals get green light to treat patients as virus cases rise

With the rising cases of COVID-19 cases on a daily basis in Nigeria, the government may be overwhelmed. Some private hospitals have therefore been given the greenlight treat patients.

Speaking at a daily briefing on Tuesday, the Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire said that accreditation had been given to more private hospitals in Lagos and other parts of the country, adding that the new approach is a modification of the government’s position last month that private hospitals were barred from treating patients.

Ehanire said besides the accreditation already given out, teams had been despatched to many parts of the country to assess private hospitals for the purpose of allowing them to treat patients should they meet the protocols as developed by the PTF.

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Dr. Ehanire said: “We have developed a protocol for accreditation. They have been given to many of the states. Special teams have been sent out to help. The team that was sent to Kano has already visited about four states in the North to help set up the accreditation.

Government hospitals and teaching hospitals have been examined and accredited and some state hospitals as well. Private hospitals, some in Lagos have been accredited but I can’t give you the exact number. But they have been accredited by the teams sent to the states.

Reps seek local drugs for coronavirus treatment, management

House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to support and encourage the use of our locally developed remedies for the management and treatment of COVID-19 ailments, saying this would enable Nigerians to ascertain their efficacy.

In a motion of urgent public importance sponsored by Ossy Prestige, the House mandated its Committee on Health to interface with relevant government agencies to ensure that locally developed remedies for the treatment of COVID-19 are included in the clinical trials by the World Health Organisation (WHO) under its solidarity initiative.

Prestige, who noted that the WHO had not found any effective cure or vaccine for this virus,said it had launched an international clinical trial, called “Solidarity”, to help find an effective cure for this disease.

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