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The Federal Government has said the test results for COVID-19 carried out on the 15-member Chinese medical team that came into the country a little over two weeks ago are not ready.

The Chinese medics, who came to technical support to in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic, completed their mandatory 14-day quarantine on Wednesday after which their samples were taken for testing by the Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Mamora, made this known in Abuja at the daily briefing of the Task on COVID-19.

According to him: “For one reason or the other, we do not have the test results of the Chinese yet. I want to assure you that once we have the of the tests, we will inform the country about the development.

“I will advise all Nigerians to be patient because the government is also anticipating the result of the tests in order to ensure that we protect the health and wellbeing of every citizen of the country.”

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, urged health to judiciously make us of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) on the line of duty as more frontline are testing positive for the coronavirus and others are in quarantine.

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“I wish to use this opportunity to applaud our frontline health workers in the COVID-19 pandemic. We salute your courage and patriotism, but I urge you to protect yourselves as prescribed and use the PPE judiciously. Do not attempt to treat COVID-19 patients without using adequate PPE, or if your institution is not accredited to do so.

“This is important because we need to keep health workers safe at such at time and cannot afford the numbers testing positive to COVID-19. Remain vigilant in the line of duty and maintain a high index of suspicion for COVID-19.

“We have now deployed COVID-19 starter packs to all tertiary institutions and Federal Medical Centers, to complement what was earlier sent to each State. The starter packs consist of medical consumables and disposables, to ensure that our frontline healthcare workers are protected.

“I wish to restate the advisory given yesterday, to reduce risk of community transmission by reducing all non-essential travel, especially long distance travels. This will help to reduce carrying the virus from State to State,” he said.

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NDCD Director-General, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, said door-to-door collection of samples for testing is not the federal government’s strategy as it focuses more on targeted testing.
He explained that only those who meet the case definition for COVID-19 will be contacted for testing.

The cases definition, he said, include: Those returning from a country with high burden of the disease; persons that have made contact with a confirmed case; persons living in communities with high cases of the disease; and persons having symptoms of COVID-19 like coughing and high fever.
According to him: “It is not really our strategy to go door-to-door to over 200 million Nigerians to collect samples. We have the strategy of going to people that meet the case definition. Even in communities where we are testing, we are not testing everybody. We only collect samples from people who meet our case definition.

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“Our challenge at the moment is not really in identifying contacts, our challenge is for people to accept the importance of what we are doing. We are not the Police trying to find criminals, so Nigerians need people to cooperate with us.

“In terms of isolation centres at the local government level, I think we are not quite there yet. Some states have set up these centres at the sub-national level. States like Ogun, Delta, have isolation centres at the sub-national levels.”

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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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BREAKING: Popular Warri Pastor Sisan Leigh dies

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Founding Pastor of a popular Pentecostal church, Fathers House, Warri, Delta State, Pastor Dr Sisan Leigh is dead.
News of his death hit social media yesterday with some saying he allegedly died from COVID-19.
Pastor Leigh as he was fondly called ran a church that attracted the low and mighty in the oil-rich city with many saying he would be missed for his message of salvation and hope of eternity for true Christian believers.
One of his members, Mr Godswill Igunbor lamenting the death to the Vanguard said” it is well… COVID 19 is real… he really warned and was not even ready to open the church even after the government gave a Go ahead… he still felt it wasn’t safe… but I guess he succumbed to pressures From unknown quarters. This one-touch me,” he ended
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You have a lot to deal with, PDP replies APC over Hushpuppi’s comment

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has urged the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to deal with the challenge of governance rather than dissipating energy associating its chieftains with the alleged internet fraudster, Raymond Abbas Igbalode popularly known as Hushpuppi.
The ruling party had in a statement signed by its national publicity secretary, Yekini Nabena, tasked PDP chieftains, particularly former Vice , Atiku Abubakar, ex-Senate , Bukola Saraki and Senator Dino Melaye to explain the nature of their relationship with the internet kingpin who has since been arrested and extradited to the United States of America for trial.
Responding on behalf of the party however, deputy national publicity secretary, Diran Odeyemi asked the APC to go the whole distance in assisting investigating authorities to establish “the relationship” without further delay.
“The APC should assist the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, to establish the relationship they are talking about.

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“When has it become a crime for people to be photographed together? And since it appears they know more than other Nigerians, they should speak up now without delay.
“Is this a plot to divert attention from the mindless killings going on across the country under the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari?
“What has the ruling party to say about its mismanagement of the economy which has brought about untold hardship in the country?
“Have they delivered their promise to secure Nigerians and their properties, revamp the economy and fight corruption to a standstill? These are the questions they should provide answers to if they have a reckoning with their conscience,” he sai

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