Covid-19: Nigerian medical doctors cry out over cost of equipment

Medical doctors in Nigeria have lamented the high cost of medical consumables in the country, following the outbreak of the novel COVID-19, global pandemic.

The Doctors who spoke under the aegis of the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (GPMPN), on Monday, appealed to governments at all levels to come to their aide by providing them with grants and medical equipments, materials, to continue in saving people of the country from avoidable deaths.

The people spoke in a news statement they held in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital yesterday lamented that cost health care delivery in the country has sky rocketed while medical bills to patients remain the same.

In a document read by the National President of the group, Dr. Iky Odo they noted that although medical service is a social service, but said unless help comes for them, high cost of material will frustrate them out of their jobs and the already mentally and financially stressed citizens of the country will suffer the consequences and could even die of treatable ailments.

They called on the Federal, State, Local governments, well meaning individuals, foundations multinational companies to assist them to help them remain in Practice and continue to contribute their quota into national health and stability.

They said, “the private doctors in the country are the primary care doctors, they are the gateway to health delivery in the country, they are the first respondent to every health situation.

“These doctors take care of the majority of the population health care condition, with over 70 per cent of the citizens looking up to them. They are in clinic and hospitals in the country, readily available and acessible, their role is not just fundamental, but critical.

“In this undertaking time in the medical history of the nation, they are the most in demand, the most available, accessible, most vulnerable and endangered.

“They are ready to play their professional role to the country now as ever, howevee, what is happening is at best a false majored,an act of God, beyond the calculation and expectations of any man.

“It is an unusual situation that demands unusual solution. Countries, Companies,shopes, markets are sitting down everywhere, cost of items have gone astronomically high, but we are open, and as a doctor you sit down in your consulting room, you do not know who the next person your to see will be, that person can be a Corona patient, and you will not ignore him, you must attend to him and care for him.

“But this is uncommon disease, highly infectious, viral and to attend to such people, you will need to kit yourself properly, because any window it gets, your infected, so anybody can be a patient.

“As we speak, disposable gloves we used to buy for N1,500 a packet, is now sold for N25, 000, face masks that used to go for N3000, is now between N25, 000 and N30,000, the Infra-red thermometer which was sold for N5,000, two weeks ago, as at last week it is now N90,000, how about the coverall kit we used to buy for between N500 and N1,000 is now N10, 000.” they lamented.

They appealed for assistance, donations for all work of life to assist them to continue to help save the lives of Nigerians.

Earlier, in the statement entitled “the ongoing COVID-19 and the way foreword for Nigerian health system”, they said, “the world is under siege because of the outbreak of Corona virus in China last December. Initially it was seen and treated as a local epidemic in China, hence a Chinese problem, progressively it has gradually encaged the whole world, making powerless the most powerful nation, and today a dreaded pandemic.

They called for calm among all Nigerians and urged them to ensure they comply with the World Health Organisation recommended regular hand washing/ hand sanitizing, observing of social distancing, as they try to avoid touching of objects and if they should touch, they must wash their hands, insisting, “Corona Virus, a touch and wash game.”

The group urged the public not to wear face masks, hand gloves among others as preventive measures unless the person is sick and down with cough, flu and sneezing so they can prevent droplets when the sneeze or cough from spreading to other persons.

They assured that the virus is not airborne.

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SHAKE-UP: Nigerian Army redeploys Generals, appoints new Officers •Full list of affected Generals

The Nigerian Army on Tuesday effected a shake-up, releasing the postings and appointments of some affected senior officers.

The posting which was approved by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt Gen TY Buratai is a routine/normal exercise intended to reinvigorate the system for greater professional effectiveness and efficiency,” Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, said in a statement.

He further said: “The major highlight of the posting includes – the posting and appointment of Maj Gen ACC Agundu from Special Task Force (STF) Operation SAFE HAVEN Jos to Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) Abuja as Senior Research Fellow, Major General HI Bature from Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Defence Liaison Office National Assembly Abuja to Army Headquarters Department of Civil Military Affairs and appointed Chief of Civil-Military Affairs, Maj Gen UM Mohammed from Nigerian Army Property Limited (NAPL) to the Office of the Chief of Army Staff and appointed Special Adviser Nigerian Army University Biu/Deputy Chairman Board of Trustees NAPL, while the erstwhile Special Adviser Nigerian Army University Biu Maj Gen CC Okonkwo now redeployed to STF Operation SAFE HAVEN Jos and appointed Commander, Maj Gen F Yahaya from Headquarters 1 Division Kaduna to Headquarters Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE (OPLD) Maiduguri and appointed Commander, while Maj Gen OG Adeniyi is redeployed from Headquarters Theatre Command OPLD Maiduguri to NARC as Senior Research Fellow, Maj Gen S Idris from Sector 2 OPLD Damaturu-Yobe State redeployed to DHQ Abuja and appointed Director Liaison.

“Others affected include – Maj General AA Adesope from Office of the Chief of Army Staff Directorate of Audit and Financial Management to NAPL and appointed Group Managing Director, Maj Gen MG Ali from Headquarters Theatre Command OPLD Maiduguri to Headquarters 4 Special Forces Command Doma, Nasarawa State as Commander while the erstwhile Chief of Civil-Military Affairs AHQ Abuja Maj Gen US Mohammed has been redeployed to 1 Division Kaduna and appointed General Officer Commanding.

“Similarly, Brig Gen HI Daniel from the Defunct Army Special Forces Command Maiduguri to Headquarters Training and Doctrine Command Minna and appointed Director Army Training Support, Brig Gen BE Onyeuko is to remain in DHQ Abuja as Acting Director Defence Media Operation, Brig Gen NM Jega from Training and Doctrine Command Minna to Infantry Corps Centre Jaji and appointed Chief of Staff, Brig Gen LA Araba from Nigerian Army Welfare Limited by Guaranty Abuja now redeployed to Sector 2 OPLD Damaturu, Yobe State as Ag Commander, Brig Gen VO Ita from DHQ, Abuja to Headquarters 402 Special Forces Brigade Azare and appointed Commander while Brig Gen JAL Jimoh from Sector 3 Artillery Brigade OPLD Monguno to Headquarters 31 Brigade Minna and appointed Commander and Brig Gen GTO Ajetunmobi has been redeployed from 31 Brigade Minna to Nigeria Army Welfare Limited by Guaranty, Abuja as Executive Director Operation.

“Others are – Brig Gen LG Lepdung from Headquarters Infantry Corps Centre Jaji to DHQ Abuja and appointed Deputy Director Procurement (Logistics), Brig Gen MO Ihanuwaze to remain in Office of the Chief of Army Staff Directorate of Audit and Financial Management as Acting Director, Brig Gen EC Obi-Osang from the defunct Headquarters 707 Special Forces’ Brigade Makurdi to Headquarters 401 Special Forces’ Brigade Makurdi as Commander while Brig Gen GM Mutkut is redeployed from the Defunct Nigerian Army Amphibious Command OPLD Baga to Headquarters 403 Amphibious Brigade Baga and appointed Commander and Brig Gen JR Lar from Nigerian Army School of Artillery Kachia to Sector 3 Artillery Brigade OPLD Monguno as Commander.

“Also, Colonel DJ Abdullahi from the defunct Headquarters Nigerian Army Special Forces’ Command Maiduguri to Headquarters 4 Special Forces’ Command Doma Nasarawa State and appointed Acting Chief of Staff, Colonel EC Emere from Nigerian Army Archives to Nigerian Military School Zaria as Deputy Commandant and Col MO Agi is to remain in Headquarters Nigerian Army Armour Corps Bauchi as Acting Chief of Staff among others.

“All the postings and appointments take effect from the 1st of April 2020.

“While wishing all the officers well in their respective appointments, the Chief of Army Staff enjoins them to take their new responsibilities/appointments seriously and discharge all duties professionally with utmost loyalty to the Nation and the Service.”

King of Thailand isolates self with 20 damsels, books entire German hotel

The King Of Thailand has booked an entire hotel in Germany for self-isolation purposes. He has taken 20 women along.

The King of Thailand, Maha Vajiralongkorn, has gone into self-isolation inside a luxury hotel in Germany. He has booked the entire hotel for himself… and 20 female concubines.The novel coronavirus outbreak has compelled people all across the world to stay inside their homes, go out only when necessary and practice self-isolation. And the King of Thailand decided to self-isolate in Germany.The king was given special permission to stay in the luxury hotel, Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl in Bavaria, a four-star property in Germany, despite the lockdown rules. He booked the entire hotel, reports Metro.According to the German tabloid Bild, the Thai King moved in with 20 concubines and some servants. The reports also suggest that the king’s initial plan was to bring with him an even larger group of servants, but out of those, 119 were sent home as they were suspected to be novel coronavirus-positive.As the news of the King opting to self-isolate in Germany went viral, people back in Thailand took to Twitter to vent their anger. As a result, ‘Why do we need a king?’ began trending on Twitter. However, speaking against the monarch is an offence in Thailand. The country’s lese-majeste law, one of the strictest in the world, forbids any kind of insult of the king or the queen.The current king of Thailand, Maha Vajiralongkorn has had four wives: Princess Soamsawali (1977-1993); Yuvadhida Polpraserth (1994-1996); Srirasmi Suwadee (2001-2014); and Queen Suthida.As of now, Thailand has reported 1,524 coronavirus-positive cases and nine fatalities.

Gregory Ibe donates relief materials to Abia Govt over coronavirus

The Chancellor of Gregory University Uturu, Prof Gregory Ibe, on Monday, announced the donation of 850 bags of rice, hand sanitizers, and other packages in order to mitigate the harsh consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Abia State and across the nation in general.

A statement sent to Igbere TV, personally signed by him, Prof Ibe particularly commended the strategies put in place and personally supervised by the Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, under the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Coronavirus, stating that with the combined effort of government and other critical stakeholders, the war against coronavirus would surely be defeated.

According to the statement, ”It is therefore in the spirit of complementing the strategies currently being pursued by our state Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, to mitigate the possible outbreak of COVID-19 in Abia, that I have directed the immediate implementation of the following measures;

Donation of equipment and facilities for establishment of a functional COVID-19 Isolation Centre within Abia North as a way of complementing the other centres already earmarked by government.

The Inter-Ministerial Committee on Coronavirus is thereby invited to provide a suitable facility for equipping with available medical facilities.

The immediate supply of COVID-19 testing kits and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), for subsequent distribution to tertiary health institutions within the state and across the nation.

The supply of 850 bags of rice for distribution to Abians through the Local Government Councils, at the ratio of 50 bags per LGA, as a way of mitigating the harsh realities of possible lockdown.

The conduct of extensive research, jointly by the Gregory University Uturu Colleges of Pharmacy, Basic Health Sciences, Medicine and Surgery, Natural and Applied Sciences, Departments of Biochemistry and Alternative Medicine, in order to discover and propose anti COVID-19 vaccines.

The mass production of potent hand sanitizers by the Entrepreneurship Department of Gregory University Uturu, for subsequent distribution to Abians, especially those involved in the execution of essential services, including Health Workers, Security Personnel, National Union of Road Transport Workers, etc.

The release and deployment of three (3) Gregory University Uturu Specialist Hospital medical ambulances to the state Inter-Ministerial Committee on Coronavirus to assist in shuttling suspected cases to designated places for medical attention.

All Gregory University Uturu medical facilities, both at Uturu and Amachara, are hereby placed at the disposal of the state Inter-Ministerial Committee on Coronavirus, as all medical personnel working in these places have been directed to be at stand-by in their duty posts throughout the duration of the war against COVID-19.

The constant fumigation of public places in selected parts of of the state by the works department of Gregory University Uturu.

While the media unit of our university has been mandated to deploy all available publicity outlets in initiating, implementing and sustaining awareness campaigns on the pandemic, Abians are once again encouraged to adopt such safety measures as, regular washing of hands with soap and running water, use of alcohol base hand sanitizers, refraining from handshakes and embraces, covering of mouth and nose with the elbow while sneezing or coughing, activating the social distancing mode and above all praying to the God
of Abia to keep the state safe from the scourge of the Egyptians.

It will be recalled that Prof Ibe recently announced similar intervention in the education sector when he offered #350M worth of scholarship award to 90 Abians from 17 Local government Areas of the state.

Russia Develops Mefloquine Based Drug for Covid-19

Russia’s Federal Biomedical Agency said it has developed a drug for the treatment of COVID-19.

The agency said its drug was based on mefloquine, which is used to prevent or treat malaria.

Preliminary tests show the drug will provide effective treatment for COVID-19 patients with varying severity.

According to the agency’s statement, the drug prevents virus replication in cells and as a result, stops the inflammatory process caused by the virus.

Veronika Skvortsova, the agency’s head, said Mefloquine has to be combined with antibiotics for the maximum effect, allowing an increase in the concentration of antiviral agents in blood plasma and lungs.

“This will ensure effective treatment of patients with various degrees of coronavirus infection,” Skvortsova said.

The agency said it was developing an effective and safe scheme for the prevention of coronavirus on the basis of mefloquine.

The Agency said it developed the treatment after a careful understudy of the Chinese and French experience with similar drugs.

Unlike other countries, Russia is experiencing an explosion in pneumonia related cases.

COVID-19: UBA Foundation donates N28.5m to Abia State

In recognition of the stringent effort and measures so far taken by the Governor Okezie led administration to ensure that Abia State is secured against the globally ravaging corona virus (COVID 19), the United Bank of Africa Foundation, has donated a N28.5m (Twenty-Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand Naira) only to the state.

Though Abia State is among states within the federation that has no record case of COVID 19, the UBA Foundation in a letter addressed to the State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, by the MD/CEO of the foundation, Bola Atta, recalled that the virus presents a serious risk to humanity across the world.

Presenting the Cheque on behalf of the foundation, Mr. Raymond Ahumuibe the Regional Head of UBA in charge of Imo and Abia States, said. “We at the UBA Foundation would like to lend our support in fighting the spread of this global pandemic.

“On behalf of the UBA Foundation, I would like to reaffirm to you and the great people of Abia State that the United Bank for Africa is committed to partnering and contributing our resources to the collective effort that will ensure the response to the pandemic is swift and effective.

To this end, I am pleased to present the sum of N28.5m (Twenty-Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand Naira) to help with medical supplies, treatment and other essentials needed to combat the deadly virus.

Receiving the Cheque on behalf of Abia State Government, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Barr. Chris Ezem, thanked the foundation for their support.

He reiterated that, though there is no case of the virus in Abia, Governor Ikpeazu has instructed that everything necessary, including setting up a COVID-19 committee in the state is to ensure that the virus is prevented in the state.

“On behalf of the Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, Government and the good people of Abia State, I appreciate the UBA Foundation for this support.

“Though we don’t have any case of the virus in Abia, the Governor has directed stringent measures to be taken to ensure our people are secured. We have COVID-19 committee in state. We have been engaging in public enlightenment to educate and inform our people about the virus and measures they must take to secure themselves and others.

“We have also ordered closure of our boarders to restrict movement of people into the state. We have also announced a one lockdown in the stage with effect from tomorrow April 1.

“It is our prayer that we will overcome this time.” Ezem said.

Mr Okechukwu Irokwe, the Umuahia branch Manager of UBA and the Dr Joe Osuji, the Commissioner for Health, Abia State were present during the event in Government House Umuahia.

Nigerian lady survives coronavirus, tells of her experience as a patient

This is the story of Oluwaseun Ayedeji Owosobi who contracted Covid-19 in the UK, got treated and tested negative. She was among the five people discharged yesterday:

Life finds ways of throwing LEMON at me. I’ve struggled with coming forward, but I want to inspire hope.

I returned to Nigeria from the UK post-Commonwealth event (I totally enjoyed) & fell ill. As a responsible person, I self-isolated.

Days after, I TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19.

Before returning, I had planned several interviews, I was scheduled to start a fantastic consultancy job & was also expecting to sign a contract worth millions.

I lost them all!!!

I had to self-isolate and also inform people I came in close contact with to get tested. #COVID19

My friend & I kept calling @NCDCgov to get tested? What if we didn’t persist?

No info on my test result. At 12am, an ambulance was at my house. I woke from sleep & was crying. I got to isolation center, but no one was there to receive me. I waited in the ambulance for TWO HOURS.

The nurses eventually came out & treated me like a plague. I sat in the ambulance feeling rejected.

No questions about how I felt. So many questions about my travel history. Same information I had provided to NCDC & Lagos State Government during profiling.

Lack of data sharing!

After two hours, I was taken to my space.

I felt lonely, bored & disconnected from the outside world.

Few days after, another patient came in. We bonded. Days later, patients trooped in.

“Are people observing self-isolation & social distancing?” I was so scared for Nigeria.🙏🏽

The next days were tough. No appetite. The nausea, vomit & stooling was unbearable. I’m a blood type A & #COVID19 dealt with me.

I’ll share daily symptoms & recovery process in a video tomorrow.✌🏽

I thought I was going to die & contemplated a succession plan for @StandtoEndRape.

I was on drugs daily. Sometimes, I‘d take 8 tablets in the morning, 13 tablets in the afternoon, 10 at night. My system threw everything out!

Water, food, soap & all disgusted me. But I’d look at the wall & force myself to stay hydrated — drank ORS. I FOUGHT TO LIVE! I FOUGHT!!

Days after, the Doctors shared a goodnews that I tested negative. I shared this news with family & friends! My blood sample was taken & I also tried to donate my plasmapheresis to help others. I hoped to be discharged.

I waited to be discharged, but for two days, nothing happened.

I was unsure of what was going on. Why haven’t I been discharged? Should I be in the same ward? Could I get reinfected? I was worried but remained calm.

On the 3rd day, Doctors said, “well, we worked with the info we had of you testing negative, but one result came back positive.”

“…You’ll stay a few more days. You know we take nose, mouth & sputum samples.”

“Am I still positive 😳?” I asked.

“No, you’re negative,” the Doctor replied.

The Doctor apologised for the delay. I was anxious to go home but remained calm.

I wanted to be free from this pain.

I continued the medication and asked to be in a separate ward. Sadly, I remained in the same ward as all others rooms were full.

My ward had people who were positive. What if I get re-infected?

For them, I was a beacon of hope & they needed me gone to register the progress.

My family & friends were becoming anxious.

People in my ward who earlier celebrated the news of my result suddenly lost hope.
“Why are you still here?”
“You shouldn’t be here with us. You should be separated from us now…”

People in my ward muttered.

I tried to calm them.

Today, I am PROUD to inform you that I MURDERED COVID-19 & have tested NEGATIVE TWICE! I HAVE BEEN DISCHARGED!🤸🏾‍♂️

I bless God for His mercies.🙏🏽

The nurses at IDH Yaba were fab. They deserve accolades for their hardwork.

Thank you Governor Sanwo Olu for coming to see me.🙏🏽

Thanks to @ProfAkinAbayomi, the health team at IDH + Lagos State. The food was good!😍

Thanks to @dondekojo for helping me get help. Thanks to my chat buddy, @akintonmide.

Thank you @KelechiAFC & @lailajohnsonsal for the mental & material support.

They protected my identity!😍

Thanks to everyone who called, sent messages and tried to contact me. I am grateful and well. 🙏🏽

This experience reminded me of the value of friendship. Some people I refer to as friends speculated about this, but never reached out to check. Thank you still. Back to the grind!😆

Huge thanks to my family, @Triciabiz & Sola Odetola who were my backbone. 🥰

Some stigmatised me based on a PUNCH article with subtle messages like “why did she come back to Nigeria?”😂

Nigeria is my home. 🤷🏽‍♀️

Coronavirus is NOT a death sentence. People can survive and I HAVE!

We should encourage people to get tested & stop the stigma.

Practise social distancing and stop the spread.

@NCDCgov & State Governments need to improve their testing capacity. Test mild/asymptomatic cases too.

Sending strength to everyone who is fighting to beat #COVID19. 💪🏽

To every young person out there, please give your lungs a chance to beat this. Can I encourage you to stop smoking & live a healthy life at this time? A healthy lungs is KEY!

This another phase of my life & I HAVE won! I celebrate my resilience and strength.

Call me SURVIVAYO🥰 she concluded.

She was discharged today from Yaba isolation center and this for me is good news

COVID-19: Cases rise to 131 as governor, 19 others test positive

The number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus in Nigeria has risen to 131.

The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced at 09:00 pm today.

According to the report, there were 13 cases in Lagos, 4 in FCT, 2 in Kaduna and 1 in Oyo State. The reported case in Oyo is that of Governor Seyi Makinde.

One death was also earlier announced, bringing the figures to 2 deaths.

A breakdown of the figures are below:

Currently;
Lagos- 81
FCT- 25
Ogun- 3
Enugu- 2
Ekiti- 1
Oyo- 8
Edo- 2
Bauchi- 2
Osun-2
Rivers-1
Benue- 1
Kaduna- 3

COVID-19: FG says they have started immediate cash transfer to poorest households

Sadiya Farouk, minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, says the ministry has commenced cash transfer to poorest households in the country to cushion effect of the coronavirus pandemic.

The minister said this during a press briefing by the presidential task force on the disease in Abuja, on Monday.

Nigeria has recorded 111 coronavirus cases spread across 10 states and the federal capital territory.

The country also recorded its second death from the disease on Monday.

Farouk said the ministry has commenced advance payment of conditional cash transfer to the poorest households in the country.

She said the vulnerable group will also be expanded to consider more persons during the infection period.

“In Mr. President’s speech, paragraph 54, he directed that the conditional cash transfer should be given in advance of two months. This we have also done. We have directed immediate cash transfer to the poorest and most vulnerable households in the country,” she said.

“Because of this COVID-19, the vulnerable groups have to expanded, because we are aware that there are people who live on daily wage, so we are also going to look at those groups of people to see how we can get this food relief intervention to them in this period.”

The minister said the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has deployed trucks of relief materials to states affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19: Abia to lockdown on Wednesday, 1st April

In line with its earlier intention to lockdown the state on Wednesday 1st April 2020, Abia State Inter-Ministerial Committee on Coronavirus has met and agreed to go ahead with the decision.

Consequently, Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Chris Ezem has outlined measures to be put in place in the enforcement of the lockdown.

The measures, made available to Jungle Journalist Media Limited, are as follows:

1. Accordingly, Abia State Governor Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, has approved the lockdown of the state from Wednesday April 1, 2020, for 1 week in the first instance.

However, people or institutions rendering essential services, such as security agencies – Police, Federal Road Safety Corps, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense, TIMAAS, Fire Services, Hospitals, pharmaceuticals, media, eateries, shops within the neighborhood, filling stations are exempted.

The Committee strongly advised citizens to stay at home, but if you must come out, you must wear face mask.

2. The State borders remain closed till further notice. However, vehicles carrying foods, medical and pharmaceutical items, Petroleum products and other essential items are exempted.

3. In order to avoid overcrowding and body contact, social gatherings of all kinds; weddings, burial ceremonies, meeting of all colourations and religious activities are suspended forthwith.

Attention of government has been drawn on some people who deliberated flouted the earlier directive of government on public gatherings and crowd control. I wish to reiterate that Transition Committee Chairman and Traditional Rulers in their domains must enforce government directives without fail.

4. On the part of the citizenry, they should always maintain high level of hygiene by constantly washing their hands with running water and soap, wear face masks, apply alcoholic based sanitizers as well as practice social distancing of 1.5meters at all time.

5. Other directives issued earlier on transportation, hospitality industry, etc are still in force.

Finally, Abia State Government earnestly feel the pains and sacrifices every citizen must make so that together we will win the battle against coronavirus.