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Coronavirus: Lagos lawmaker empowers constituents on the production of hand sanitizers

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Amidst the growing concerns of the Coronavirus pandemic in the state, a member of the Lagos House of Assembly, Hon. Rasheed Makinde  has reached out out to his constituents. 

Makinde who represents Ifako Ijaiye constituency II notes that rather majoring on the negatives of Coronavirus, his constituents should catch in on the economic opportunities available in the situation.

The lawmaker aided by the Makinde Formidable Legend (MFL),  empowered 20 people with required skills of producing hand sanitizers, one of the items needed to prevent contracting of the ravaging Coronavirus.

 The lawmaker while declaring open the training programme noted that, it would have had more numbers of participants but for the restriction on social gatherings that limited the figure to maximum of 20 people .

“We are here to train our people on how to make sanitizers,initially we targeted training 200 participants but had to reduce the number from 180 to 20 because of restriction on social gatherings.

” I urge you who are the privileged few,to go back to your communities and wards to empower more people,we pray we can contain the scourge of the  coronavirus,this also afford our people an added source of income when produced in commercial quantities.

“China broke the chain of poverty through Small and  Medium scale Enterprises (SME) and now a world economic power base,with respect to economic acceleration,so nobody should feel to big,make good use of this training.

“The essence is to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in our constituency and thank God we have no records of the ravaging virus here and we want to sustain that. 

“More so the training today is to equip our people about necessary knowledge they will be using from time to time,for themselves especially my constituents to produce the sanitizer.

“As well as to give them the opportunity to avail themselves of the economic opportunities in the situation at hand.To enable them cater for their needs and that of their loved ones. 

“Aside this we are embarking on food distribution to over five hundred people in my constituency,we packaged it and sort of food items,like garri,rice,indomie,groundnut oil,maggi and other essential items will be distributed as from tomorrow to our constituentsacross our political structural frames here.

“Now this hand sanitizer,we are producing well over 2000 bottles,which will be distributed across all the public institutions we have in our constituency;the police stations,CDC halls so that those CDA’s coming there can get their hands sanitized as preventive measure.

“Same goes for the churches and mosques, the limited numbers the law allows to come there we want to get them covered. 

“Palaces of our traditional rulers will also get this preventive item,our political leaders and consensus base will also get some sanitizers as well.”

Assessing Lagosians level of compliance with the social gatherings pronouncement of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu,he said,” by our own style in this clime we hardly take things serious,especially government pronouncements and caution.

“In other climes the measures are strictly adhered to by the citizenry, but in Nigeria if not that we had some nationals been affected by the virus,may be a comedian will have taken it as a tool for his jokes a lot of it would have flooded the social media. 

“Lagos remain a pacesetter, a nation state,we are clearly different from other states,I make bold to say that.

“We took it so seriously and you can see our government moving out, fumigating public spaces against the spread of this pandemics. 

“The Governor has come up with several measures to contain the spread of the virus,he has also instructed health officials in various local governments across state to go out and fumigate their communities.

“He is also distributing food items like we are also doing here to cushion the effect of this on our people economic wellbeing. “Owing to the restriction pronouncement by Mr Governor. Our compliance is much at 75 per cent,compared to all other states in the federation. 

“I thank the Speaker Lagos State House of  Assembly,Rt.Hon.Mudashiru Obasa who deemed it fit to come up with that bill,which  gives the Governor necessary legal backing to contain the spread of the Coronavirus.

Wife of the lawmaker,Alhaja Oluwatoyin Makinde while addressing the participants noted that the scheme is to take people from the begging pot to the cooking pot,a point at which they will be self reliant.

“Let’s remove the fear that is prevalent now and put on the garment of faith,keep to precautionary measures as stated by the government. I also urge you all to take hot ginger or lemon water every morning,it is quite helpful. 

The Grand Patron Makinde Formidable Legend,Engineer Omolade Balogun in a chat with National Daily the programme is in fulfillment of MFL’s earlier pledge to do an empowerment programme every month.

“Aside this sanitizer production skill acquisition, we have numerous empowerment scheme in the offing,in the agricultural value chain,a tuber crop like cassava has a lot in stock.

“You can get garri,cassava flour(lafun) and many more,with this we can sustain the concept regularly every month. 

“By next month, when we pray this Coronavirus pandemic would have been contained,we hope to have between 150-200 participants at our empowerment programme.

“MFL empowerment programme caters not only for theoretical aspect but also the practical,people will witness the trainers do it and they will become trainers for others in their wards and communities.

“By this avenue we are sure before the end of this year a lot of people will have been empowered. Via this capacity building to the extent of being self reliant. 

“We are so happy for having a visionary leader whose passion is to imbue people with capacity to flourish and not to wait on politicians for handouts at electioneering periods, which really cannot sustain them for long.

“He is already preparing for the next election now through capacity building so that nobody awaits such selfish advances like two,three dericas of rice.

” I advise our people to take their personal hygiene seriously  they should not wait till they start seeing symptoms of the virus, no,they should adhere strictly to the precautionary measures of hand washing,sanitizing,social distancing and others.

“Coronavirus does not signal an end to life,it can only be contracted through contact and once we stop the contact it cannot spread,let’s cut the link by staying at home,let’s follow all instructions issued by government to the letter.

An MFL member, Mrs.Kikelomo Soremekun one of the beneficiaries commended the lawmakers selfless style.

“It is not common among house of Assembly members in Nigeria,Hon. Makinde is a selfless leader,this empowerment has a far reaching effect,it is an additional source of income for me but what is key is the love for humanity that this portrays.

“We are expected to go back to our communities and help to safe lives.” 

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Lagos anticipates 120,000 cases of covid-19 by August

As 2,683 patients go into hiding

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More than 2,000 people who have been infected by Covid-19 in Lagos have refused to turn up for treatment. That is according to the State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi who said the affected people disappeared into thin air after their coronavirus test turned out positive.

 

He said the patients went into hiding either because they were ignorant or afraid of being stigmatized by the society, adding that the patients could however decide to be treated at home under the supervision of the state ministry of health.

 

Speaking earlier at a Covid-19 briefing in Alausa, Prof Abayomi disclosed that the Lagos state government currently has over 500 patients in the state’s isolation centres spread across the state.

 

“They have been informed of their status and they have decided that they won’t wish to be admitted. So, they have made it difficult for us to find them, the evacuation team has been trying to call them, once they know our phone number, they stopped picking our calls. When we go to their homes to collect them, they are not there.

 

“If we are diagnosing 250 every day, we need to move to several locations in one day. If a person doesn’t wish to be admitted, it is very difficult to enforce it. However, what we have observed is that when you know your status and you start to feel unwell, people voluntarily walk into the isolation centres and present themselves with their COVID-19 test result so that they will be admitted,” Abayomi said.

 

The commissioner however warned that by August if this trend continues, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Lagos State might hit between 90,000 and 120,000.

 

“I did say about six weeks ago that we might see between 90,000 and 120,000 cases of COVID-19 in Lagos State by August. What we think is that for every one person that is diagnosed with the virus, there are probably 10 more in the community that we have not diagnosed,” he said.

 

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COVID-19: FG lifts ban on inter-state movements

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Millions of Nigeria can now heave a sigh of relief as the FEderal Government finally lifts ban on inter-state movements occassioned by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha made the announcement this afternoon during the daily briefing of the presidential task force on Covid-19.

According to him, the lifting of the interstate movement will take effect from 1st July, 2020 while the curfew remains in place.

Mustapha also said students in primary six, Junior Secondary School 3 and Senior Secondary School 3 will be allowed to return to school.

Hear him: “​I am pleased to inform you that Mr. President has carefully considered the 5th Interim Report of the PTF and has accordingly approved that, with the exception of some modifications to be expatiated upon later, the Phase Two of the eased lockdown be extended by another four weeks with effect from Tuesday, June 30, 2020 through Midnight of Monday, 27 July, 2020,” he said.

​”Specifically, however, the following measures shall either remain in place or come into effect:

“Maintaining the current phase of the national response, for another four weeks in line with modifications to be expatiated by the National Coordinator;

“Permission of movement across State borders only outside curfew hours with effect from 1st July, 2020;

“Enforcement of laws around non-pharmaceutical interventions by States, in particular, the use of face masks in public places;

“Safe re-opening of schools to allow students in graduating classes resume in-person in preparation for examinations.”

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COVID-19: This N200 drug could save patients from dying

New drug raises hope for Covid-19 cure

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Researchers at Oxford University have declared that they found a drug that can save a third of Covid-19 patients worldover.

They unveiled a drug called Dexamethasone becoming the first medicine that had proved to reduce the death rate among hospitalised patients of the deadly Covid-19 caused by coronavirus.

Professor Peter Horby who led a trial of the drug in Britain said treating eight people with the drug could save one life at the rate of £40 which is between N200 and N400 in Naira equivalence.

The drug could save up to 35 per cent of patients relying on ventilators for critically ill persons and reduce the odds of death by a fifth for all patients in need of oxygen at any point in time.

Dexamethasone, first created in the 1950s, is usually used to treat ulcerative colitis, arthritis and some types of cancer. It is already licensed and proven to be safe, can be used for patients immediately and is a generic drug, meaning it can be manufactured cheaply and massively.

Results of the Recovery trial, which involved 6,000 COVID-19 patients and led by Oxford University scientists, suggested that the steroid could prevent death in one in eight ventilated coronavirus patients and one in 25 on breathing support.

It is the first trial to show a treatment provides a significant impact in reducing the risk of death.

Britain is the first country to approve dexamethasone for COVID-19 treatment, as the Department of Health said although clinical trials of the drug were ongoing in other countries including France, Iran, Spain and Argentina. If other countries approve it, they would make their own supplies.

Lead researcher, Professor Martin Landray, said dexamethasone could have saved about 5,000 lives if it were used throughout the UK’s crisis, saying, “If you were to design a drug that treats coronavirus, this would be exactly how you’d hope it works.”

He explained that the steroid prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation, a Covid-19 complication that inhibits breathing. In seriously unwell patients, the lungs become inflamed so much that they struggle to work.

The recovery trial has recruited over 11,500 Covid-19 patients from 170 NHS hospitals across the country and is the world’s biggest trial testing existing drugs.

Also, about 2,104 patients were randomised to receive 6mg of dexamethasone once a day, either by mouth or by intravenous injection for 10 days, just as their outcomes were compared with 4,321 patients given standard care, which involved painkillers and in some cases, antibiotics.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has applauded the initial clinical trial results from the United Kingdom (UK) that show that dexamethasone can be lifesaving for patients who are critically ill with COVID-19.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General while reacting to the development said: “This is the first treatment to be shown to reduce mortality in patients with COVID-19 requiring oxygen or ventilator support. This is great news and I congratulate the Government of the UK, the University of Oxford, and the many hospitals and patients in the UK who have contributed to this lifesaving scientific breakthrough.”

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