Breaking Headline News In Nigeria For Today As At Sunday 28th of June 2020
Here are some of the breaking news we have in Nigeria this morning.
1. Delta State: Governor Okowa deplores rising Coronavirus cases
A day after going into isolation with his entire family, following one of his daughters testing positive, Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has deplored the increasing cases of COVID-19 in the state.
The governor said it had become obvious that community transmission of the virus had reached a frightening proportion, and that it was regrettable that many persons still think that the virus was a hoax.
Okowa, in a statement, said it couldn’t be a hoax, when over 20 persons have died, including some prominent citizens.
“Therefore, I want to make a passionate appeal to all Deltans to please realise that the Coronavirus disease is real.”
He explained that the state government allowed normal business activities to go on in essential sectors of the economy to enable citizens take care of their families.
“It does not in any way suggest that the danger is over. We made this decision with all sense of responsibility, while counting on your partnership with the government to defeat this virus. Regrettably, it does appear our people have not taken this matter as seriously as they should.”
The governor disclosed that the state isolation centres are currently overwhelmed with the number of cases, and unless state proactively and collectively take drastic actions to reverse the trend, it stands the risk of becoming another epicentre for the pandemic.
2. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says face shields must be used with facemasks
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), in a new guideline, has said face shield must not be used alone, but with facemask in the public.
NCDC warned that there are no published studies on the effectiveness of face shields against COVID-19 in non-healthcare settings.
“Given the limited evidence on the effectiveness of face shields in protecting people from COVID-19 infection in community settings, and the absence of recommendations on their use by the WHO and other public health authorities, face shields alone should not be used in preventing the spread of COVID-19 infection. When used, it should be done in combination with an appropriate facemask,” the body said.
The centre, in an advisory released, yesterday, noted that face shields are generally used in health care settings by medical professionals to provide barrier protection to the facial area, including the eyes, nose and lips and there is currently no guidance provided by the WHO or other relevant public health authority that recommends the use of face shields in non-healthcare settings to prevent COVID-19.
NCDC explained that even in healthcare settings, face shields are not meant to function as primary respiratory protection to prevent infection. “Face shields are used in combination with surgical mask or N95 mask by health workers for maximum protection during invasive procedures such as intubation.”
It noted that an increasing number of people in Nigeria are now using face shields, in the place of facemasks, as they become more widely available, adding that for effective protection, face shields are used in combination with an appropriate facemask in healthcare settings.
3. Lagos State discharges 55 Coronavirus patients, including 16 foreigners
The Lagos State Government on Saturday, discharged 55 more COVID-19 patients, including 16 foreign nationals from its various isolation facilities across the state after tested negative for the virus.
The state Governor, who is also the Incident Commander, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu disclosed this while giving an update on the COVID-19 situation report in Lagos.
According to the Lagos State governor, the recovered COVID-19 patients comprised 16 females and 39 males, including 16 foreign nationals from its various isolation facilities across the state to reunite with the society.
Sanwo-Olu said the newly discharged patients were 14 from Onikan, five from Gbagada, five from Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, eight from Agidingbi, six from Lekki, four from Eti-Osa (LandMark), four from First Cardiology and nine from LUTH isolation centres.
According to the governor, the patients were discharged having been fully treated and tested negative to the virus, saying the latest figure of those discharged now brought to the total number so far discharged in the state to 1,419.
He, however, urged, “Let’s continue to adhere strictly to #PhysicalDistancing and #handhygiene principles #ForACOVID19FreeLagos.”
Meanwhile, Nigeria has recorded 24,077 cases of the virus. The country recorded 779 new confirmed cases and 4 deaths within 24 hours on July 27th.
4. Coronavirus: NAPTIP, Falana, lament rising rape cases, seek quick trial of cases in court
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Person (NAPTIP) has lamented the rising cases of rape during the COVID-19 lockdown, seeking quick trial of cases in court.
The agency’s Director General, Dr. Julie Okah-Donli, yesterday, noted that the agency had reported 58 cases of sexual abuse and rescued 54 victims, while 29 suspects were facing charges in court.
She spoke during a webinar by The Probono National Clearing house with the theme, “Access to Justice: Rights, Legal Safeguards and Reparation for Survivors of Sexual and Gender Based Violence in Nigeria.”
The moderator of the webinar and National Director of Women Empowerment and Legal Aid, Mrs. Funmi Falana, tasked states to domesticate the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act, 2015, enacted by the Federal Capital Territory.
She noted that only Lagos, Anambra, Oyo and Ebonyi had domesticated the Act, while other states were lagging behind.
“Rape is a case between the states and the offenders. We want to implore other states to domesticate the law and to provide for reparation, compensation and restitution for survivors,” she said.
Falana also warned against employing under-aged as house helps, saying offenders were liable to three-year imprisonment.
At the event, the Desk Officer for the FCT Response Team, Mrs. Jacinta Ike, said 105 cases bordering on rape, defilement and domestic violence were reported between March 23 and May 29 during the Coronavirus lockdown.
She lamented that only one conviction had been secured since 2017, due to slow trial and frustration of the prosecution.
5. Coronavirus: Federal Government plans to deploy disinfectant booths to schools
The Federal Government has announced plans to deploy locally fabricated disinfectant booths to public schools across the country to curtail Coronavirus spread, as schools reopen for academic activities.
Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, who disclosed this in an interview with The Guardian, said the booths would ensure that students would not contract Coronavirus from their homes to infect others in school.
He said government’s greatest concern was to ensure school environments were safe for academic activities.
He said: “We are looking at using locally-made disinfectant booths to check spread of the virus. My concern is to make sure that our students are safe. When we reopen, we would require all schools to provide hand washing facilities and maintain social distancing, although that would be difficult with children. We want teachers to always wear face masks and PPEs.
“The Federal Government is working assiduously to avert an outbreak when academic activities begin.
Government is already broadcasting through the Ministry of Information. We told school owners and institutions they must make sure these strategies are in place. Government alone cannot enforce social distancing, a lot depends on the citizenry…”
6. Residents of Awolowo Way, Ilorin, Kwara State petition government over noise pollution by worship centre
Residents of Awolowo Way, Ilorin, Kwara State have petitioned Governor AbdulRahaman AbdulRazak over an alleged noise pollution from a religious house in the area.
Copies of the petition were sent to the state Police Command, the press and the state’s Commissioner for Environment, Alhaji Mohammed Saifudeen.
The residents alleged that the deafening sounds from the religious house had in the last few months made many landlords to sell their houses and relocated to new areas.
The petition urged government to call the management of the religious house to order to lessen the deafening noise coming from the four cone speakers mounted at the pinnacle of the mosque each time a call to prayer is made.
“Awolowo Way is designated a residential area but not a religious centre. Therefore, there must be a strong reason for making the place habitable to residents of the settlement for 24 hours in a day.
“The particular place of worship is not the only one in the area, but while the sounds coming from others are bearable, that of the place in question are intolerable,” the petition read.
The petitioners, therefore, urged the Governor to call the management of the religious house to order to operate only on amount of decebels suitable for human eardrums just as they advised the approving authorities to maintain the designation of Awolowo Way as purely a residential area.
7. The People With Disabilities (PWDs) urge Federal Goverment to release data on positive COVID-19 members
The People With Disabilities (PWDs) in the country have challenged the Federal Government to make available the statistics of their members that have tested positive to COVID-19 pandemic.
The Executive Director of the Centre For Citizens With Disabilities (CCD), David Anyaele, alleged that since the outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Federal Ministry of Health have not availed the centre with data of their members that tested positive.
“We have no data or record of our members that were screened or tested positive to the disease, so that we keep abreast with their condition and follow up with them,” he said.
The group therefore called on the Federal and state governments to make available data of PWDs screened, and those who have tested positive.
Speaking during a Zoom conference on “A Rapid Assessment of the effect of Government COVID-19 Communication and palliative distribution strategies in Kaduna,” organised by CCD, at the weekend, Anyaele said though there was awareness among its members about the outbreak of the dreaded virus, only a handful were invited to participate as beneficiaries of the palliatives during the lockdown.