FG can’t cope with increasing coronavirus cases – Minister – The Punch

FG can’t cope with increasing coronavirus cases – Minister – The Punch


• 21 states comprise fewer than 100 beds each, says PTF
• Govt shortlists three Nigerian remedy for investigation
• Nigerians evacuation suspended
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The Presidential Job Force on COVID-19 has mentioned the Federal Ministry of Neatly being has shortlisted for extra investigations, three Nigerian remedy, which comprise the doable to drugs  COVID-19 or treat its symptoms.
The Chairman of the Presidential Job Force on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Govt of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, disclosed this on Wednesday at the PTF press convention in Abuja, the attach the ministry of well being warned that Nigeria’s well being system could no longer take care of rising COVID-19 instances.
However Mustapha mentioned three shortlisted remedy would be subjected to extra investigations by relevant well being companies.
The PUNCH had on Tuesday completely reported that the Federal Ministry of Neatly being modified into as soon as screening 19 native firms for  production of herbal remedy which will seemingly be ready to treat or drugs COVID-19.
The Minister of Verbalize for Neatly being, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, who confirmed the screening to The PUNCH, mentioned the firms had been requested to submit samples of their remedy.
On the PTF press briefing on Wednesday, Mustapha  disclosed that the Federal Ministry of Neatly being had held a virtual assembly with some researchers and scientists who had made claims about COVID-19 drugs and shortlisted three for extra analysis.
He acknowledged, “As a measure of the importance hooked up to analyze and pattern of native capability for finding a medication to the COVID-19, the Federal Ministry of Neatly being held a virtual assembly with a series of researchers and scientists with claims to drugs for COVID 19 and out of the quite a pair of claimants, three were found out to deserve extra investigation and were forwarded to the relevant authorities for appropriate evaluate.
“In an identical way, efforts are being made by the Federal Ministry of Science and Expertise to topic some in the community manufactured COVID-19 tools to verification and subsequent certification.”
The activity power also backed the determination of the World Neatly being Organisation to hunch medical trials of hydroxychloroquine for the drugs of the unique coronavirus.
The PTF Chairman, Mustapha, therefore cautioned the National Company for Meals and Drug Administration and Regulate and assorted relevant companies to be particular that all claims to drugs by scientists and researchers were subjected to scientific certification protocols.
The WHO had on Monday suspended the hydroxychloroquine trials thanks to  the  excessive mortalities among sufferers the drug modified into as soon as administered on.
On Tuesday, NAFDAC Director Authentic, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, mentioned the agency would dash forward with the trial on the grounds that it had been efficient in the drugs of COVID- 19 sufferers, particularly these at the sunshine stage of the virus.
PTF  advises NAFDAC, others on  chloroquine
However  Boss Mustapha urged NAFDAC  to topic all claims to scientific investigations.
He mentioned, “In our briefing of Thursday May well well also simply 21, the PTF categorically informed Nigerians in opposition to self-remedy in treating COVID -19. Namely, the exercise of hydroxychloroquine, modified into as soon as sorrowful ensuing from it had no longer been certified for exercise in treating COVID-19.
“We comprise now be taught in the media about the facet effects of the exercise of this drug from COVID-19 sufferers that survived as well to those who took it outdoors medical supervision.
“The World Neatly being Organisation has rapidly suspended all medical trials of hydroxychloroquine as a doable drugs for COVID-19. This advice modified into as soon as informed by a notice which identified that the exercise of hydroxychloroquine, either on my own or with assorted remedy, has been to blame for a excessive sequence of deaths.
“This precautionary measure by the WHO underscores the importance of no longer simplest looking out for expert medical advice nonetheless also ensuring that all claims to drugs by scientists and researchers, whether or no longer primitive or primitive, must be subjected to scientific certification protocols by NAFDAC and assorted relevant institutions in divulge to guarantee the efficacy of the discovery.”
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The PTF also  mentioned a protocol had been developed to present community contributors increased involvement and possession in identifying and supporting the case management direction of.
Mustapha mentioned the major points would be unfolded in the coming days.
The SGF mentioned allowances of security agents and  frontline medical workers would be paid as quickly as  the National Meeting popular the 2020 Finances Appropriation (Amendment) Invoice.
He mentioned, “That it is doubtless you’ll moreover very well be wide awake that the National Meeting is lowering short its recess to reconvene the next day to come to rob into consideration the adjustment to the 2020 funds. You don’t start to apply particular quantity of cash…you stay up for approvals.
“I bear by the level the management of the National Meeting considers the adjustment which has was of necessity thanks to the industrial impression of COVID-19, I will guarantee everyone will seemingly be paid the  stipends they are entitled to.”
Responding to a seek recordsdata from, the SGF mentioned on March 11, the Minister of Agriculture introduced a memo of N13.9 bn to the Federal Govt Council for monitoring and surveillance, and help an eye fixed on of trans-boundary movement of animals pests and diseases, and rehabilitation of major abattoirs.
He mentioned, “This could maybe also be very correct, we are staring at for an invasion of locust, particularly, in the northern phase of the country.”
COVID-19: FG suspends evacuation of stranded Nigerians
Meanwhile, the Federal Govt has suspended extra evacuation of Nigerians stranded in a foreign country pending when a brand unique protocol already designed for that cause will start.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, introduced this at some stage in at the duty power press convention.
Onyeama mentioned the unique design would require electorate strolling again from international to be tested before their flights again dwelling.
The minister mentioned, “Now, there might be going to be a replace in that protocol and that is going to comprise an save on the timing of any longer evacuation that we are going to undertake.
“So, any individual that is going to be evacuated will, first of all, endure a take a look at from the country they are leaving from, as a minimal five days before crawl and no longer later than 9 days before crawl.
“That will seemingly be a pre-situation for boarding a flight to Nigeria;  so a pre-flight take a look at and if it’s distinct, obviously, they wouldn’t be ready to score on the flight; if they are opposed, they are able to score on the flight.”
Onyeama mentioned after the tests in a foreign country, these that tested distinct would be required to quit again for drugs, noting that simplest those that returned opposed would be allowed to board the  flight.
In accordance with him, the samples of the returnees would be taken on arrival in the country and their passports confiscated, adding that they would dash on self-isolation in their homes.
The pattern is a departure from the old design the attach evacuees were quarantined in hotels for 14 days.
On the least, 1,000 folks evacuated from the United Kingdom, the United States, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and lately, Lebanon were quarantined in hotels in Lagos and Abuja. Three returnees from the UAE returned distinct.
Onyeama also disclosed that billionaire businessman, Aliko Dangote and assorted private sector gamers had dilemma up making an try out units which would rob samples from passengers coming off the airplane, adding that the implications would be on hand within two days.
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He mentioned any individual who tested opposed would nonetheless be required to exhaust extra days to complete the 14-day isolation duration after which they’ll decide up their passports.
On the sequence of distinct tests among returnees, Onyeama disclosed that simplest the three instances reported in appreciate of the UAE returnees in Lagos were distinct.
21 states comprise fewer than 100 beds each
On the press briefing, the minister of assert for well being mentioned that 21 states had fewer  than 100 bed areas each for the drugs of COVID-19 sufferers.
He  added that simplest five states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, had as a minimal the prescribed 300 beds.
Nigeria has 112 drugs, isolation centres
The minister also acknowledged the country had 112 drugs and isolation centres in the 36 states and the FCT with a crammed with 5,324 beds.
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The minister mentioned, “Though no longer exquisite, we are all for the rising sequence of confirmed instances. Here’s ensuing from very excessive instances could seriously exceed the capability of our well being system to cope. Routine instances could maybe moreover suffer in consequence. Attributable to this fact, non-pharmaceutical preventive skill is nonetheless our simplest strategy.
“At present, now we comprise a crammed with 112 drugs and isolation centres in the whole 36 states and the FCT with 5,324 beds. Whereas simplest five states including the FCT comprise as a minimal 300 beds as prescribed for isolation and drugs, 21 states comprise less than 100 bed areas.
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“As the sequence of confirmed instances increases, there might be an pressing must magnify our drugs centres across the country. I therefore call on the assert governors and philanthropists to rob active and deliberate steps to scale up the sequence of beds for isolation and drugs of confirmed instances in their states.”
The well being minister mentioned the Nigerian medical researchers working with international companions had been ready to examine that the stress of COVID-19 in Nigeria modified into as soon as the identical in Wuhan, China, the attach the virus first broke out.
Govt can’t risk reopening colleges now, says education minister
Meanwhile, the Minister of Verbalize for Training, Emeka Nwajiuba,  mentioned that the Federal Ministry of Training wouldn’t risk reopening colleges across the country, till all preventive measures had been place in station.
He  mighty that diversified dates of resumption being circulated in some quarters were false, adding that the authorities would rob into consideration introducing afternoon classes to ease rowdiness.
Nwajiuba mentioned, “We must in any appreciate times bid that the announcement that we are reopening all colleges on June 8 did now not emanate from us. That’s no longer correct; till we are particular that these kids can dash to college, return safely and no longer bring dwelling with them this COVID-19 topic cloth.
“So we are no longer taking that risk yet. We will prepare as mighty as that you just would be succesful to imagine at some stage in the steerage that we are supplied, working in conjunction with the World Neatly being Organisation, before we reopen colleges.”
The Director Authentic of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Regulate, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu,  mentioned unique reviews confirmed that the unique coronavirus had a viability duration of a maximum of 10 days.
Ihekweazu acknowledged,  “One amongst the merits over the old couple of days is (that) detection of fragments of this virus, over time, doesn’t in itself mean that there might be an active virus, over time.
“Compare comprise now shown, the exercise of this PCR take a look at, as well to to one thing we call ‘viral tradition,’ day after day, that the longest viability duration of the virus is about 10 days, maximum.”
He mentioned, in one of the most “renowned” COVID-19 instances, the Federal Govt could no longer discharge these sufferers at the time ensuing from they did now not know how lengthy the virus stay viable.
On the wretchedness in Kogi Verbalize, the NCDC DG mentioned the centre would provide increase to states that sought it.
He mentioned, “We’re smitten by supporting the whole states in the country and our focal level will proceed to be states soliciting for and the folks living in these states.
“Almost day by day, I score calls from governors pushing for labs, drugs centres, commodities, IPC (an infection prevention and help an eye fixed on), technical increase, steerage (and) recordsdata.”
Whereas fielding questions, he spoke on the isolation and discharge of up to the moment evacuees to Nigeria, announcing no longer one among the United Kingdom evacuees isolated in Abuja, who returned on May well well also simply 8, modified into as soon as distinct.
Three out of the 256 Nigerians evacuated from Dubai on May well well also simply 7 had tested distinct for COVID-19 in Lagos.
However Ihekweazu mentioned, “We had simplest three positives from that first flight that came by Lagos. The total ones that were tested in Abuja over the old couple of days were opposed and discharged dwelling to rejoin their households.”
In accordance with him, the Federal Govt has procured reagents which would be enough to examine extra than 100,000 folks.
He mentioned, “We comprise now reagents in our stockpile to examine over 100,000 folks. So, the scenario now is now not any longer reagent. The scenario is surely to work with states to reinvigorate the sample sequence direction of.”
When requested to provide updates on the wretchedness in Bonny Island, Rivers States, the attach as a minimal 11 reportedly died in weird and wonderful instances, Ihekweazu acknowledged that a team had been deployed to amass samples for making an try out.
The NCDC boss acknowledged that costs per take a look at were most regularly no longer as easy as one would mediate, adding it depended on what one integrated in the fee.
The Lagos Verbalize Govt, final Thursday, mentioned it had conducted 16,000 COVID-19 tests at the moderate fee of between N40,000 and N50,000, adding that it had spent about N800m on making an try out on my own.
By Kamarudeen Ogundele,Adelani Adepegba, Olaleye Aluko and Tobi Aworinde
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