Covid-19: Customers’ ordeals at banks, telecom coys

July 24, 2020 PAUL OKAH 0

PAUL OKAH takes a look at customers’ ordeals in banks, telecommunication companies and other organisations as they try to gain access to the premises to carry out transactions. Customers often have to bribe security agents as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic which has placed emphasis on restriction of numbers. As one of the measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, Read More

COVID -19: Ebonyi records first death, shutdown courts

June 20, 2020 Amarachukwu EgwuAgha 0

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state Friday said the state has recorded its first Covid-19 death. He also ordered the immediate shut down of all Courts in the state. Though the governor did not disclose the identity of the deceased, sources said he is a judicial officer. Umahi however, said the judiciary premises would remain closed for the next 10 Read More

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Covid-19: I tested negative twice after trips to Kano, Bauchi other high risk states-Perm sec

June 3, 2020 Adeola Tukuru 0

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI), Dr. Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, has said he tested negative twice to COVID-19 after trips Kano, Bauchi and other high risk states for official assignment. Sani-Gwarzo, led the task team on curtailing the spread and impact of COVID-19 to Kano Bauchi, Gombe, Sokoto, Borno, Jigawa, Katsina, Yobe and Zamfara states. A Read More

Covid-19: Other diseases killing more Nigerians, Cross River tells FG

May 29, 2020 Joseph Obung 0

The Cross River state government has appealed to the federal government to play down on media hype over the coronavirus pandemic, saying other health challenges like malaria, diabetes, high blood pressure “which have now been relegated to the background are killing more Nigerians than Covid-19.” The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Betta Edu, in a press conference, Friday, said people with Read More

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Is Nigeria sliding into recession?

May 26, 2020 Editorial III 0

Nigerian economy, like many other countries of the world, has been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. The country had to declare total lockdown for several weeks to halt the spread of the disease before it finally settled for gradual reopening of the economy in phases. Sadly, the longest period with which the economy was shutdown, poverty and unemployment worsened, while Read More

Ebonyians attack Umahi as COVID-19 cases hit 22, highest in South-east

May 23, 2020 Paul Okah 0

This is not the best of times for Ebonyi state Governor, Engr. David Nweze Umahi, as residents of the state have accused  him of being responsible for the rise in COVID-19 cases in the state “due to neglect of the welfare of political appointees and taskforce members”. On Friday, May 22, the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) announced that Read More

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COVID-19 in Nigeria: The need for a social science approach

The Covid-19 global pandemic has unsettled the world. It has created social, economic and medical upheavals not seen in recent history. Starting from China in December 2019 and expanding to other countries of the world as early as February 2020. The diffusion of Covid-19 started as hierarchical diffusion moving to more economically advanced countries then latter to developing countries. Relocation Read More

Covid-19: As patients escape from isolation centres…

May 22, 2020 PAUL OKAH 0

When the Covid-19 pandemic berthed in Nigeria in February, this year, isolation centres were created by state governments in order quarantine confirmed cases for treatment. However, with many patients escaping from isolation centres Nigerians have raised concerns. PAUL OKAH takes a look at the implications. The coming of Covid-19 took many governments unawares in different parts of the world and Read More

Military trains 300 medical personnel on COVID-19 treatment

May 22, 2020 Samson Benjamin 0

As part of effort to curtail the spread of COVID-19, the Nigerian Armed Forces said it has trained additional 220 of its medical personnel on COVID-19 case Management/Infection Prevention and Control (IPC).  The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche stated this in Abuja Thursday, during a press conference on the updates of the various operations of the military. He Read More

Covid-19 and politics of lockdown in Plateau

May 19, 2020 Editorial IV 0

It’s not a palatable experience for residents of Plateau state over Covid-19 restrictions. MUHAMMAD TANKO SHITTU writes on how the lockdown affects lives generally and agitation for a review. Plateau state is one among states that do not have many confirmed cases of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) but is among those states whose people were serially kept under lockdown as Read More

We‘re examining claims on COVID-19 cure – Onu

May 19, 2020 Binta Shama 0

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has said that the ministry has begun verification claims for the cure of Covid-19. He made this known at the quarterly management meeting of the Ministry and its agencies on Monday in Abuja. According to a press release by the press department of the ministry, the minister recalled that the Ministry Read More

Onu pledges to partner NIPSS on economic revival

May 19, 2020 Binta Shama 0

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya  Onu has said his ministry is to collaborate with National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) to advance the nation’s economy. Onu said both organisations would work judiciously in the good of the nation in order to lift the dependency on other nations for basic  needs. Onu made this statement during Read More

Foundation donates 1,500 face masks to Kebbi state

May 18, 2020 Editorial III 0

As part of its efforts to curtail the spread of Coronavirus pandemic, Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation Kaduna has donated 1,500 face masks to Kebbi state Government. According to a statement made available to Blueprint by the Special Adviser on Media to Kebbi state Governor Yahaya Sarki , the presentation was made on Monday at Government House, Birnin Kebbi by Read More

Jumai Ahmadu as heroine of Covid-19 fight

May 11, 2020 Musa Wada 0

Today, the world is in great trouble and this trouble is caused by the emergence of a deadly epidemic that has the capacity to wipe the human race out of existence.The world is witnessing a great deal of efforts and contributions of governments, individuals and non-governmental organisations to help bolster support through various efforts to cushion the effects of the Read More

COVID-19: Youth Parliament urges government to carry young people along

May 10, 2020 Auwal Ahmad 0

The National Youth Parliament has called on both federal and state governments to co-opt youth in committees on the fight against Covid-19 across the nation. The call was made by the Speaker of the Parliament, Mr. Mubarak Mijinyawa, during a news conference at Gombe state. Mijinyawa who expressed concerned that many of the Covid-19 positive cases tested are young people, Read More

COVID-19: NPHCDA tasks northern traditional leaders to stop community transmission

May 7, 2020 Duro Joseph 0

The Northern Traditional Leaders Committee on Primary Healthcare Delivery (NTLC) were Tuesday evening commended for its support to  the health programmes of the federal government. Executive Director/CEO of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib, in Abuja,  Tuesday commended the traditional rulers during an online meeting organised by NPHCDA. Dr Shuaib said the northern royal fathers Read More

Post Covid-19: How government support, innovations can aid agencies recovery, stakeholders

May 6, 2020 Editorial III 0

The aviation industry is looking forward to a recovery phase following the devastating impact of the Covid-19 crisis. SULEIMAN IDRIS aggregates the recommendations of experts on how the agencies can recover. As the aviation industry across the globe continues to reel from the devastating effects of covid-19, stakeholders in the Nigerian aviation sector are towing the line of regulators like Read More

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COVID-19: Zamfara to fumigate state

May 4, 2020 Sanusi Muhammad 0

As part of efforts to control the spread of coronavirus Zamfara state, the Government has engaged the services of two private firms to conduct aerial fumigation, dispose refuse, and disinfect public places in the 14 local government area of the state. Blueprint reports that the exercise will jointly be supervised by the Ministry of Environment and Solid Minerals, and Ministry Read More

Ogun decontaminates secretariat, urges banks, others to do same

May 4, 2020 Olufemi Adediran 0

The Ogun state government has decontaminated the premises of the state secretariat, in Oke-Mosan Abeokuta, the state capital, in readiness for the partial resumption of workers’ today. The decontamination exercise was carried out on Saturday by officials of the state Ministry of Environment, to make the working environment safe for the civil servants directed to resume for duties from Monday. Read More

Expert proffers solution for Covid-19

May 1, 2020 Ayoni M. Agbabiaka 0

As Covid-19 cases continue to rise in the country, a telemedicine organisation has launched smart eClinic and ICU solutions as part of efforts to end the pandemic. The telemedicine organisation- Gention Global Resources, in a statement by managing director of Gention Global Resources (G-CEIBA), Mr. Segun Ebozoje, said clinical technology innovation such as Tele ICU and eClinic web, mobile application Read More

Covid-19: FCT NLC tasks FCTA on protective wears, others

May 1, 2020 Ayoni M. Agbabiaka 0

The Chairman Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), FCT chapter, Abubakar Alhassan Yakub has called on the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to provide protective gears and other incentives for the healthcare providers in the face of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Speaking in commemoration of the 2020 Worker’s Day, Friday in Abuja, Yakub noted that the coronavirus pandemic has impacted negatively on Read More

Doctors treating Covid-19 patients without protection on suicide mission – Eze

May 1, 2020 PAUL OKAH 0

Doctor Laz Ude Eze is an Abuja-based public health specialist, a Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) consultant and media practitioner. In this interview with PAUL OKAH, he talks about his efforts in health awareness campaign, treatment of cancer patients, and why many doctors treating Covid-19 patients are on a suicide mission, among others. How have you championed health awareness campaign? I Read More

Covid-19: NPHCDA trains health workers on community transmission checks

May 1, 2020 Samson Benjamin 0

In its bid to stop community transmission of coronavirus, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has begun an online national training of trainers (NTOT) for primary health care personnel in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Addressing the facilitators and trainees Wednesday, the Executive Director/CEO of NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, said the Read More