COVID-19: Lagos Vows To Strictly Enforce International Travel Protocols

COVID-19: Lagos Vows To Strictly Enforce International Travel Protocols

…To Sanction Erring Inbound Passengers …Puts 14 Countries on Watch List As part of the strategic efforts to mitigate the third wave of COVID-19 in Lagos, the State Government has once again restated its commitment to strictly enforce COVID travel protocols, especially for inbound travelers. State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, who made this known at a Press Briefing organized by the Ministry of Health to highlight the COVID-19 third wave prevention strategy, noted that Lagos State Government is proactively setting parameters that will guide the management of Inbound…

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COVID-19: FG Extends Work-From-Home Directive Till June 11

COVID-19: FG Extends Work-From-Home Directive Till June 11

As part of measures aimed at preventing the spread of deadly strains of COVID-19 in the country, the Federal Government on Monday extended its work-from-home directive for civil servants on Grade Level 12 and below. According to the Presidential Steering Committee On COVID-19 domiciled in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, civil servants will continue to work from home till June 11, 2021, after which the directive may be reviewed. Amid concerns about deadly COVID-19 strains in India, South Africa, Turkey and Brazil, the government…

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Nigeria At Risk As Highly-Contagious South Africa Variant Hits Cameron, Ghana, Togo, Others

Nigeria At Risk As Highly-Contagious South Africa Variant Hits Cameron, Ghana, Togo, Others

The B.1.351 variant of the coronavirus, first found in South Africa, is spreading in 23 African countries, the World Health Organisation has said. Speaking on Saturday, the WHO Regional Virologist, Dr. Nicksy Gumede-Moeletsi, noted that the strain presented the same symptoms such as fever, cough, headache, and breathing difficulty, among others, regular with the original COVID-19. Gumede-Moeletsi also listed the affected Africa countries to include Kenya, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Malawi, Mauritius, Togo, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Ghana, South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Equatorial…

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FG Approves New Retirement Age Of 65 For Health Workers

FG Approves New Retirement Age Of 65 For Health Workers

The federal government has reached an agreement with stakeholders in the health sector to grant new retirement age for workers in the sector. Under the new condition of service, the retirement age of health workers has increased from 60 years to 65 years. Also, the retirement age for medical consultants is 70 years. The government also requested for three weeks to consider proposals made by health workers under the auspices of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) regarding enhanced hazard allowance. Speaking to journalists after…

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FG Reintroduces COVID-19 Restriction Across The 36 States And FCT Shuts Bars, Recreational Centres Others.

COVID-19: FG Extends Work-From-Home Directive Till June 11

Nigeria’s Federal Government has reintroduced Covid-19 restrictions across all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). This new directive, according to a member of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, Dr. Mukhtar Mohammed, is to take effect by midnight of Tuesday. Mohammed, who is the Head of Technical Secretariat of the PSC, made the announcement while briefing reporters on Monday in Abuja. With the restrictions imposed, mass gatherings in public spaces have been restricted to 50 people at any given time. Access to government institutions would also be…

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COVID-19 : FG Reduces PCR Test From 96 To 72 Hours

COVID-19 : FG Reduces PCR Test From 96 To 72 Hours

…Bans Flight From Brazil, India, Turkey …To Fine Airline $3,500 For Each Defaulting Passenger The Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 has reduced the COVID–19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test for all Nigeria-bound passengers from 96  to 72 hours. This is just as the Committee also stated that PCR test results older than 72 hours before departure shall not be accepted; The Committee came to this conclusion after due consideration and agreed to implement these protocols as it concerns Brazil, India and Turkey. According to the Committee non-Nigerian passport holders and non-residents,…

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Coronavirus: New Variants Are Causing Growing Concern In Africa

New Variants Are Causing Growing Concern In Africa

Experts believe the spread of new coronavirus variants in Africa has contributed to an increase in both cases and deaths reported in many countries on the continent. There’s also concern that these variants can’t easily be tracked because the testing required to identify them isn’t widely available. What’s happening with variants? Most countries on the continent have experienced a second wave of the pandemic and some, such as Kenya, Egypt and Tunisia, have seen a third wave. This new wave of infections is thought to be partly associated with the…

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School Of Nursing, Midwifery: Edo Gov. To Train Over 600 Yearly, Promise Timely Completion Of School.

School Of Nursing, Midwifery: Edo Gov. To Train Over 600 Yearly, Promise Timely Completion Of School

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has said the government plans to train over 600 nurses and midwives with the reopening of the state-owned school of Nursing and Midwifery in Benin City. Obaseki who spoke to journalists at the weekend after inspecting the ongoing remodeling and refurbishment work at state school said re-accreditation for the institution is ongoing as it will be officially opened to students in September. The governor reassured that his administration is committed to the training of world-class health practitioners and building of infrastructure to deliver…

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‘Effectiveness Of AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Outweighs Risk’, NAFDAC Says

'Effectiveness of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine outweighs risk', NAFDAC says

Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, the Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), says the Astrazeneca vaccine recently inaugurated and distributed to states to treat COVID-19 has no side effect. Adeyeye, who stated this on Thursday in Abuja, shortly after she got vaccinated, said that NAFDAC went through the application dossier of the vaccine before it was approved to be administered on Nigerians for the treatment of COVID-19. “When we got the dossier or the application package of the vaccine, we went through it line by…

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Coronavirus: Africa’s New Variants Are Causing Growing Concern

Coronavirus: Africa's new variants are causing growing concern

Experts believe the emergence of new coronavirus variants in Africa has contributed to an increase in both cases and deaths reported in many countries on the continent. There’s also concern that these variants can’t easily be tracked because the testing required to identify them isn’t widely available. What’s happening with variants? Most countries on the continent have experienced a second wave of the pandemic and some, such as Kenya, Egypt and Tunisia, have seen the third wave. This new wave of infections is thought to be associated with the emergence…

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