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The government said medical personnel was managing the case professionally and no severe symptoms had been traced to the patient.

Deputy Benedict Alabi spoke yesterday after a meeting of the State Government Technical Committee on COVID-19, at the State Specialist Hospital in Asubiaro, Osogbo.

He noted that the patient eased the of medical personnel as he surrendered himself for treatment even before his health status was confirmed.

Alabi said his action assisted the state to implement its guiding principles against the disease. He added that the government equipped and strengthened the isolation centre at the Specialist Hospital to handle suspected or confirmed cases.

He said: “Yesterday, the governor confirmed the index case of Coronavirus, and so we are being proactive in combating the menace. We are working to strengthen our protocol and ensure that our guiding principles are tailored towards achieving the objectives.

“The patient is responding to treatment and he is stable. We have done the needful; he has been isolated for treatment.”

Commissioner for Health Dr. Rafiu Isamotu said medical personnel had been urged to harder to curtail the spread. He noted the hospital was restructured for emergency cases; saying cold cases would be treated in other health facilities.

He said: “The Isolation Centre is secured. Presently, we are not attending to cold cases but emergencies to show the seriousness we attach to the pandemic. We have also warned people to stay off the hospital.

“The government has set up a task to man the borders and conduct preliminary screening. We have also begun massive sensitisation against the pandemic in all nooks and crannies of the state, while residents are warned to maintain social distance.”

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has charged the Ministry of Finance Budget and National Planning to ensure that Nigerian civil servants get their salaries paid promptly.

The President gave the directive on Thursday during a meeting with members of the Presidential Committee on the review of the Impact of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic on the Economy, held at the State House, Abuja.

Recapping details of the meeting to State House Correspondents after the meeting, Chairman of the Committee and Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, also said the President further directed that measures to protect the poor and the vulnerable are put in place.

She said the committee met with the President to update him on the developments instigated by the COVID-19 Pandemic globally and how much effect it has had on the nation’s economy.

Speaking on the directives to issued at the meeting, she said besides ensuring prompt payment of civil servants’ salaries, she said the President ordered the protection of critical national assets.

“Well, he has directed that we should make sure that salaries are paid, make critical infrastructures like roads, rails are protected, as much as possible use local inputs so that we retain value within our economy. And also make sure that we have measures that protect the poor and the vulnerable.”

“This meeting was just to brief Mr. President as the situation we are in keeps evolving on a daily basis. As the health crisis gradually expands, affecting states and also the lockdown that has been ordered to help curtail expansion of the health crisis.

“The consequences of the lockdown is the additional slowing down of the economy and the measures that we need to take to mitigate the negative consequences of the slow trade and businesses”, she said.

Another member of the committee, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, said the Committee had cause to meet with the President to keep him abreast of developments around the economy and the worsening fortunes at the international oil market.

Also speaking, another member of the committee, the of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele, said the committee had met with the President to suggest ways to redirect the economy so as to get it insulated against approaching global economic recession.

“The global economy naturally like we all know at this time will naturally suffer growth problems and may even lead to recession globally. So we are trying to see what we can do as a country to rescue our own situation so we don’t go the direction many will go.

“It is not going to be easy but we can only assure our people that we are on top of it and that we will resolve it and Nigerians will still be better for it”, he said.

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PRESIDENT BUHARI MEETS CORONAVIRUS COMMITTEE ON THE ECONOMY A.  President Muhammadu Buhari receives briefing from the Minister of Finance, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, CBN , Mr. Godwin Emefiele, Minister of State Petroleum Resoucres, High Chief Temipire Sylva and GMD NNPC, Mele Kyari during a meeting with the Presidential Committee to Review the Impact of Coronavirus on the Economy held at the State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. APRIL 2 2020
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PRESIDENT BUHARI METS CORONAVIRUS COMMITTEE ON THE ECONOMY B.  President Muhammadu Buhari receives briefing from the Minister of Finance, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed during a meeting with the Presidential Committee to Review the Impact of Coronavirus on the Economy held at the State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. APRIL 2 2020
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PRESIDENT BUHARI METS CORONAVIRUS COMMITTEE ON THE ECONOMY 2. The Minister of Finance, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, accompanied by The CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, GMD NNPC, Mr Mele Kyari and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipire Sylva after the meeting with the President by the Presidential Committee to Review the Imapct of Coronavirus on the Economy held at the State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. APRIL 2 2020
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PRESIDENT BUHARI METS CORONAVIRUS COMMITTEE ON THE ECONOMY 1A&B. President Muhammadu Buhari after the meeting with the President by the Presidential Committee to Review the Imapct of Coronavirus on the Economy held at the State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. APRIL 2 2020

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