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COVID-19: Coalition orders for 400,000 test kits to enhance govt’s efforts

The private sector-led Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) has ordered for 250,000 test kits and 150,000 extraction kits to fast track the molecular testing for COVID-19 cases in Nigeria. Zouera Youssoufou, Chief Executive Officer, Aliko Dangotr Foundation The coalition, in a statement on Monday, April 20, 2020 in Lagos, said that the collaborative efforts was required to eliminate COVID-19 pandemic. It ...

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Developers to partner with govt on affordable housing in Abuja

Aliyu Wamakko

The Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN) has pledged to partner with the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to systematically construct affordable housing in the territory. President and Chairman of REDAN, Dr Aliyu Wamakko President and Chairman of the association, Dr Aliyu Wamakko, made this known when he presented  palliative items on behalf of association  to the FCTA on ...

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Infographic: Coronavirus pandemic’s impact on wildlife


Infographic depicting the impact of coronavirus on wildlife Since the coronavirus pandemic began, an idea began circulating online that the earth is regenerating itself. Supposed sightings of wildlife roaming free in urban areas gained tens of thousands of likes and shares. Some of these reports proved to be true and others, picked up by the likes of the Guardian and the Japan ...

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UNODC, Correctional Service raise awareness about Covid-19 among inmates


As COVID-19 outbreaks in prisons around the globe have shown, prisoners are particularly vulnerable to be infected. Once the virus has reached the inside of a detention facility, controlling it becomes difficult as social distancing options are limited, when correctional facilities are overcrowded. Dr. Kayode Abiola Olaleye of UNODC (left) handling over the infographic materials to the Deputy Comptroller General ...

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Amid pandemic, govts urged to declare emergency in water sector

Suleiman Adamu

The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) has advised government at all levels to remove impediments to accessing portable water if the campaign to check the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic must be won. Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu In a statement issued in Abuja, AUPCTRE said that the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) recommendation on ...

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Ghana lifts partial lockdown imposed as part of COVID-19 efforts

Nana Akufo-Addo

Ghana’s President Nana Akuffo-Addo has lifted the ban on movement imposed in Accra and Kumasi as part of measures to slow down spread of the coronavirus in the country. The ban came into effect at 1.00 am, local time on Monday, April 20, 2020. President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana Aside the lifting of the ban on movement, which had been ...

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Africa CDC hails China’s support, cooperation with continent in combating COVID-19

Dr. John Nkengasong

Members of the Chinese anti-pandemic medical expert team that arrived last Thursday in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, held an experience sharing session on Monday, April 20, 2020 with officials and experts of the Africa Center for Disease Prevention and Control (Africa CDC). Africa CDC Director, Dr. John Nkengasong The continental specialised health agency of the African Union (AU) has commended ...

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COVID-19: Lagos may enforce wearing of face masks in public places

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Government says it may commence enforcement of wearing of face mask in public places from next week. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu made this known on Monday, April 20, 2020 while giving an update on the COVID-19 at the State House, Marina. Sanwo-Olu said that one million locally-made face masks had been contracted ...

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COVID-19: WHO delivers medical supplies to 40 countries

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Director-General of World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, has said that, over the past week, WHO has delivered masks, goggles, test kits, face shields and other medical equipment to 40 countries. Ghebreyesus said this at a virtual news conference on Monday, April 20, 2020 in Geneva at the WHO headquarters. The director-general said WHO had been working closely with ...

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NGOs deploy 1,000 volunteers to monitor COVID-19 palliatives

Dr. Osagie Ehanire

Some civil society groups in Nigeria have deployed about 1,000 monitors to evaluate the processes and impact of the various Covid-19 palliatives across the country. Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Health Minister The groups said the deployment was aimed at ensuring transparency in the distribution process and to ensure the measures reach the end users. Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource ...

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