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Enugu State Embarks On Vaccination To Sustain Polio Free- Status

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The Enugu State Government says it will embark on a six-day specific-target polio vaccination to sustain the state’s decades-long polio free-status. Dr George Ugwu, the Executive Secretary of Enugu State Primary Health Care Development Agency (ENS-PHCDA), disclosed this in an interview in Enugu on Friday. Ugwu said that the polio specific-target vaccination would take place in Uzo-Uwani Local Government area between Aug. 22 and Aug. 27.
The executive secretary said that a total of 35,775 children from three months to five years had been penciled in for vaccination in the council area within the six days. He said that 29 vaccination teams had been trained and mobilised for the exercise taking place in primary healthcare centres in the council area. According to him, the exercise is intended to ensure the sustenance of the state’s polio free-status and by extension the whole Nigeria.
Ugwu appealed to parents, mothers and caregivers to take their children under five years old with their health cards to the primary healthcare centres nearest to them in the council area. “The ENS-PHCDA, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), WHO, UNICEF as well as Rotary International, Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) and other stakeholders are to hold fractional inactivated polio vaccine in Uzo-Uwani council area. “This is an immunisation campaign that involves mass immunisation of children three month to five years with polio vaccine and other vaccines by trained and authorised health workers. READ ALSO: Ugwuanyi collates youths data for employment “This immunisation exercise is facility-based, Not house-to-house.
Health workers will be ready at the primary healthcare centres and other public places where children under five years are found in the council area to administer vaccine on them. “The vaccine protects these children from polio-myelitis and other infections which paralyze or kill such infected child,’’ he said. Ugwu also said that within this period, other scheduled routine immunisation activities would also go on in various health centres in all health centres simultaneously. He stressed that: “all vaccines are free, safe and very effective’’, adding that “all health facilities and workers will observe the NCDC COVID-19 preventive measures and protocols.

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Only Lagos , Kano , Ogun , FCT Still Conducting COVID – 19 Tests – PTF

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The Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr Chike Ihekweazu, has said that the COVID-19 transmission would rise with the reopening of schools and airports.
He, therefore, warned against complacency and the belief that infection rates were declining.
Speaking on Monday during a media briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja, the DG said only Lagos, Federal Capital Territory, Ogun and Kano states had been consistently carrying out a high volume of testing.
Specifically, Ihekweazu said testing rates had declined drastically in Taraba, Adamawa, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger, Kebbi, Zamfara, Jigawa and Yobe states.
The DG observed that Nigerians were not responding to the plea to come out for testing, adding that the testing needed to be sustained in order to combat the pandemic.
He added, “I am very confident about what is going on in Lagos, FCT, Ogun and probably Kano and a few other states. Having said that, it doesn’t mean they should let down their guards completely.
“In fact, with schools and airports opening, we have to increase the level of our testing because inevitably, there would be more transmission. So, how are you able to mitigate the impact of that moving forward, given that we have learnt so much about this virus in the last few months.”
Also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, called for more vigilance to forestall possible resurgence of the COVID-19 as schools resumed in some states across the country.
He warned that the appreciable progress recorded might be eroded, especially due to the opening of the airspaces to international travels, relaxation of a number of restrictions and opening up of more sectors of the economy.
The National Coordinator of the PTF, Dr Sani Aliyu, said Nigeria was performing below target in terms of tests for COVID-19, warning Nigerians against making the country to record a second wave of the pandemic.
According to him, people are avoiding the tests for various reasons, including payment, fear and stigma.
He, however, stated that the government had established and accreditedlaboratories where tests are done for free.
Aliyu said, “The PTF remains seriously concerned about the current low testing rate we have in the country. Nigerians are not getting tested for COVID-19 but we must test to track, in order to slow the spread of the virus even further and to stop any more preventable COVID-related death.”
Aliyu urged Nigerians to go for COVID-19 tests, which he said are free at 69 laboratories and centres across the country. According to him, a weekly assessment by the PTF had shown that more Nigerians have shown lack of interest in testing for the virus.

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States Receive N1 Billion Each For COVID – 19 Fight

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The National Coordinator of the PTF, Dr Sani Aliyu, disclosed that funds had been released to states to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, urging them to prioritise testing.
Aliyu said, “We have released money recently to 32 state governments; each state government was given N1bn. This is for the purpose of driving their COVID response and we are asking them to please prioritise testing in addition to surveillance activities linked to COVID-19. We urge state governments to please publicise their sample collection locations so that people can access the tests.”

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195 New COVID-19 Cases, 105 Discharged And 2 Deaths On September 21

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195 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;
Enugu-51
Gombe-40
Lagos-39
Plateau-23
FCT-15
Rivers-12
Kaduna-8
Ondo-3
Bauchi-2
Edo-1
Ogun-1

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On the 21st of September 2020, 195 new confirmed cases and 2 deaths were recorded in Nigeria
Till date, 57437 cases have been confirmed, 48674 cases have been discharged and 1100 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory
The 195 new cases are reported from 11 states- Enugu (51), Gombe (40), Lagos (39), Plateau (23), FCT (15), Rivers (12), Kaduna ( , Ondo (3), Bauchi (2), Edo (1), Ogun (1)
A multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, continues to coordinate the national response activities

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