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Fifty-one coronavirus patients have been discharged so far in Katsina after recovering from the virus.

However, the state has also recorded 13 deaths from the pandemic.

Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health,Dr Kabiru Mustapha,stated this while addressing newsmen with members of the COVID-19 response team.

He explained that 285 positive cases have been recorded by the state as at May 21

According to him: “As it is, the COVID 19 Committee hold their meetings through the zones and there is no point to connect everybody at the moment. We really are at very serious position, there are alot of cases now to handle.

”When we started it was easy to meet and discuss but now its just like wild fire.so it’s fire on the mountain’.

”I am just coming from the IDP Centre. If you go there you see people being trained on how to manage the facilities. We are doing training for the handlers, ward attendence and other personnel.”

He further admitted that 300 samples are yet to be returned, affecting the committee’s calculations and challenges as new figures keep streaming in with more samples being sent.

On the13 recorded deaths so far, he said only five were admitted while the remaining 8 were based on the symptomatic observations carried out after they died and their samples collected and presented to the hospital.

He said: ”We have taken over 1800 samples so far. The isolation centre will be hopefuly commissioned today, and once that is done, we will look at structures of things to be there before start using it.

”I would not say the number of Isolation centers we have now is enough, we need more. As at today having completed the ID camp at jibia by pass, we are now moving to Tasha Bala to make another 150 facility centre for any eventuality.

”It’s not that we don’t have enough isolation centre, but let me be frank to you we have very large accomudation, people are complaining that they don’t want to stay there even with all the needed facilities there in.”

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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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Governors convene emergency meeting as Buhari signs financial independence for States’ Judiciary, Legislature

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The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has fixed an emergency meeting for Wednesday.

The meeting will deliberate on the financial autonomy grated states’ judiciary and legislature, code-named, Executive Order 10, 2020.

Signed by President Muhammadu Buhari on May 20, details of the Executive Order 10, 2020 were released on Tuesday.

A statement by the NGF Head of Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, said the consultation would be the 9th in the series of teleconference governors’ meetings since the coronavirus outbreak.

It will take place at 2 pm and have in attendance, all the 36 governors, via Microsoft Team from their various states.

The spokesman said among the issues to be reviewed are critical national questions that revolve around financial autonomy.

He said governors will also touch issues around the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) ownership, and the controversial National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Bill.

Also to be discussed is the restructuring of states’ loans and the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) deductions, which have been a recurring decimal on the governors’ table.

“As usual the governors will be given an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, as well as review a letter from the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 as it relates to the pandemic draft regulations,” he said.

Bello-Barkindo added that there would also be a general update on efforts of the Coalition Against COVID-19.

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Resident doctors demand 24-month salary arrears, improved working condition from Makinde

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Doctors under the aegis of Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, on Tuesday, demanded for the payment of their 24 months’ salary arrears owed its members by the Oyo State Government under the leadership of Engineer Seyi Makinde.

The doctors in a statement jointly signed by its President, Dr. Abraham Akinbola and General Secretary, Dr. Abubakar Usman stressed the need for urgent payment of the salary arrears.

The duo in a statement made available to DAILY POST in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital said, “There is a need to urgently commence the payment of our two years half salary arrears from January 2016 to December 2017.

“This payment has commenced for other affected institutions in the state. Our assumption as an association is that we are not different from other Oyo State workers.

“But we feel the government of the day is neglecting our concerns. This alone has put the government in a bad light in the eyes of our members.

The resident doctors also demanded the installation, repair and maintenance of some of their sophisticated medical equipment for upmost service deliveries.

“As an association of resident doctors, we have upheld the best of professional conducts in delivering our services to the good people of Oyo State and its environs.

“We strongly admonish the government to change her disposition towards LAUTECH Teaching Hospital Ogbomoso to usher in the real Omituntun experience. Time to act is now to save LAUTECH Teaching Hospital Ogbomoso from imminent collapse.

“Only those who believe in the founding vision of the institution stayed behind and are still presently working in the hospital to achieve those dreams within scarce resources”.

The doctors further alleged that they never got the opportunity to present their challenges in spite of all efforts to meet the governor.

“We have done many press releases to keep the world abreast of our challenges while drawing the attention of the state government to the pressing issues.

“This year alone, we wrote two different letters to the governor and this is the second press release in the last four weeks. No response to address our agitations whatsoever.

“The only mention we got was when His Excellency mistook us for Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) LAUTECH in one of his briefings. Our agitations have not changed.”

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