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The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday expressed worry that some countries have not taken coronavirus seriously.

The body said their level of political commitment and actions were poor.

Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, at the daily media briefing on COVID-19 stressed that the epidemic was a global threat, adding that the solution was aggressive preparedness.

“Activate your emergency plans through that whole-government approach”, Ghebreyesus told countries.

“Educate your public, so that people know what the symptoms are and know how to protect themselves and others.

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“Increase your testing capacity; get your hospitals ready; ensure essential supplies are available.

“Train your health workers to identify cases, provide careful and compassionate treatment, and protect themselves from infection.”

He stated that if countries act aggressively to find, isolate and treat cases, to trace every contact, the fight would be won.

Ghebreyesus noted that the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMG) have made funds available to stabilise health systems and reduce the economic consequences of the coronavirus.

The fund will support access to critical supplies and equipment, and will be available to countries who need it, in line with WHO’s Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan.

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As at Wednesday, the Nigeria government was yet to release the N620million earmarked for the coronavirus.

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COVID-19 Allowances: Lagos doctors declare 3 days warning strike

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Medical doctors in Lagos on Sunday declared a three- day warning strike over the state government’s failure to meet their demands.
The doctors under the auspices of Medical Guild are striking over wage disparity between the Federal and Lagos state doctors, COVID-19 Hazard allowances and inducement allowances MOU approved by the Federal Government, non-payment of doctors working in isolation centre as well as unceremoniously disengagement of doctors in the isolation centres without recourse to their welfare.
It could be recalled that the doctors had early served a 21 -day ultimatum to the state government and later extended it by two weeks during which the doctors and the officials of government met but failed to agree.
READ ALSO: Lagos doctors begin 3 days warning strike Monday
Announcing this at a press conference in Lagos, shortly after a meeting with the State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Sanwo-Olu, the Chairman of the Medical Guild, Dr. Oluwajimi Sodipo who said the strike will begin 8 am Monday and ends on Thursday 16th, 2020 said doctors in the isolation Centres were exempted from the strike.
Further explaining the rationale behind the strike, Sodipo said: “if the state government had met 70 per cent of their demands within the period their ultimatum lasted and the two weeks extension, the strike would have been averted.
Giving details of their demands, he said: That the wage disparity between Federal and Lagos State doctors is not being given necessary attention by the government.
“That the issue of COVID 19 hazard allowances and inducement allowances MOU approved by the federal government to her doctors is not being approved by the state government to her doctors.
“That doctors working in the COVID 19 isolation Centres are still being owed two months salaries which have remained unpaid at the moment, they are also being unceremoniously disengaged.”

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He further said the congress would reconvene at the end of the three days strike to review the progress made and plan for further action.
Speaking, an ex-officio of the Medical Guild, Dr. Babajide Saheed lamented that the government had the opportunity to avert the warning strike but failed to use it.
“The government had the opportunity to avert the warning strike if they had made efforts to do the needful.” they had made efforts to do the needful.”
He said if the government can come up with a circular to do the needful within 24 hours the strike could still be averted

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New Study Warns Of Brain Damages Linked To COVID-19

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A new study has found that infection with COVID-19 can lead to brain damages, including delirium and nerve damage, the study by researchers at University College London (UCL) showed on Wednesday.

According to the researchers, since COVID-19 broke out, there appeared to be a “concerning increase” of a rare brain inflammation known to be triggered by viral infections.

In the UCL study, nine COVID-19 patients with brain inflammation were diagnosed with a rare condition called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, which is typically seen in children and can affect both the brain and spinal cord.

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They said that some of the 43 patients studied did not have respiratory symptoms.

Dr Ross Paterson, of UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, and joint first author on the study, was quoted by local media as saying that “we might not yet know what long-term damage COVID-19 can cause.”

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As a result, the researchers called for systematic surveillance of brain complications as a result of COVID-19 infection.

(The Nation)

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