COVID-19: Our NYSC camps are safe for re-opening – DG

September 2, 2021 John Oba 0

The Director-General National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim has said the scheme has put in adequate resources towards the safe re-opening of all orientation camps across the nation. The DG, represented by the Director Press and Public Relations, Mrs Adenike Adeyemi, while speaking in Abuja at a press conference on Wednesday, noted that COVID-19 measures were already Read More

COVID-19: NYSC DG warns prospective corps members against protocol violation

The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig-General Shuaibu Ibrahim, said the scheme is committed to the sustenance ofCOVID-19 preventive and safety protocols in order to guarantee seamless service year. The Director-General who stated this Friday during a WEBINAR session on COVID-19 measures for safe orientation camp, jointly organised by the Nigeria Centre for Disease (NCDC)/NYSC, and supported Read More

Nizamiye hospital begins COVID-19 antibody testing

August 10, 2021 Agi Onda 0

The Nizamiye Hospital Abuja, Tuesday, said it has commenced antibody testing for COVID-19. In a statement made available to the press by its Director, Medical Laboratory Services, Usman Habu Balbaya stated that with the third wave of COVID-19, there is need for Nigerians that have been vaccinated and those yet to be vaccinated to know their level of immunity to Read More

Strict compliance with COVID-19 protocol a must — NYSC

August 4, 2021 Uji Abdullahi Iliyasu 0

 The management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC ) has  enforced strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols and good personal hygiene among corps members and camp officials nationwide.The Director-General of the scheme, Brig-General Shuaibu Ibrahim, in his speech to corps members currently undergoing orientation courses at Magaji Dan Yamusa orientation camp in Keffi, Nasarawa state Tuesday, said testing and strict Read More

Malaria vaccine ready in 2 years –UNICEF

July 5, 2021 Blueprint 0

The UNICEF country representative in Nigeria, Peter Hawkins, Monday said vaccine for malaria would be available in the next two years. Speaking at a meeting of the Northern Traditional Leaders Committee (NTLC) on primary health at the Sheraton Hotels, Abuja, Hawkins said, “Malaria vaccine would be introduced in two years to improve health.” He did not expatiate but emphasised the Read More

Community media vital in curbing COVID-19

June 7, 2021 Blueprint 0

There is no gain saying the fact that the most dreaded monster threatening human existence across the globe today is COVID-19. Since the outbreak of the dreaded disease, thousands of human souls have been lost with no country spared of recording one or two causalities. On daily basis, the media is still awash with death stories despite the discoveries of Read More

Understanding DG’s alert mantra in NYSC

May 27, 2021 Thomas Uzah 0

In 1964, the then American President, Mr. Lyndon B. Johnson in a pithy address to the International Labour Press Association glorified the place of the worker in public life; “You are a part of the conscience of our society. You are always goading. You are never satisfied with the job that is partially done. You are always working and calling Read More

Norwegian PM Solberg fined for breaking Covid-19 rule

April 9, 2021 Blueprint 0

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg has been fined by the police for breaking Covid-19 social distancing rules. Solberg was fined 20,000 Norwegian crowns ($2,352) for organising a family gathering to celebrate her birthday. “Though the law is the same for all, all are not equal in front of the law,’’ Police Chief Ole Saeverud, told reporters yesterday in Oslo. The Read More

Declining Covid-19 cases: Nigeria out of the woods?

March 26, 2021 Blueprint 0

Recently, Nigeria recorded a decline in the number of Covid-19 cases daily as announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). PAUL OKAH, in this report, asks if the coast is now clear for Nigerians to soft-pedal on safety protocols. When the Covid-19 virus berthed in Nigeria in February last year, national and international health authorities fell over themselves Read More

CMD urges Nigerians to embrace COVID-19 vaccination

March 25, 2021 Administrator 0

Prof. Bissallah Ekele, the Chief Medical Director, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH) Gwagwalada, has urged Nigerians and all targeted ages to embrace the COVID-19 vaccination as directed. Ekele gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gwagwalada, shortly after one year anniversary for managing COVID-19 in the hospital. The CMD urged the entire Read More

Covid-19: Still on Buhari’s order and enforceability

February 5, 2021 Blueprint 0

Last week, President Muhammadu Buhari signed an Executive Order specifying various degrees of punishment for Nigerians who flout Covid-19 protocols. In this report, PAUL OKAH takes a look at the Order and challenges of enforcement. Nigeria has never had problems with regards to lack of laws, but enforcement of the too many laws governing the country since its independence. Observing Read More

Deploying non-pharmaceutical measures against COVID-19

February 2, 2021 Blueprint 0

Non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) are among the measures adopted to check and contain pandemics like COVID-19. Experts agree that preventing the spread of new diseases, with no known vaccine to check spread, is a huge challenge.They say that adopting NPIs is imperative while the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) listed the measures as hygiene, isolation and social distancing. They say Read More

COVID-19: Comply with mandatory mask wearing to avert lockdown, Presidency tells Nigerians

February 1, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The Presidency said Sunday that there was the urgent need for Nigerians to adhere to COVID-19 protocols and guidelines, especially wearing of face masks to avert lockdown. A statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, said government is worried about the increase in reported cases of coronavirus and non compliance Read More

COVID-19: UK records highest deaths day after setting new record

January 21, 2021 Blueprint 0

Britain reported a record 1,820 deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday exceeding a record set only the day before, as scientists warned that the lockdown that began earlier this month was having little effect on the prevalence of the illness. Government data showed there was also a rise in new cases, climbing to 38,905 compared with 33,355 a day earlier. Prime Read More

Pantami, Adamu daring COVID-19

January 18, 2021 Jerry Uwah 0

Nigeria is sheepishly taking on COVID-19 in a frontal assault that might prove to be a catastrophic miscalculation. The Federal Ministry of Education has defiantly ordered the reopening of primary and secondary schools across the country. Millions of pupils are now cheap targets for the deadly virus. The first cheap target for COVID-19 was presented three weeks ago by Isa Read More

Breaking: FG issues fresh orders on COVID-19, bars, restaurants shut… worship centres, eateries, workers get new guidelines

December 21, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The Presidential Task Force on control of COVID-19 Monday came up with new measures to check the spread of the virus in the country. Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja, Presidential Task Force and Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, said officers from Grade Level 12 and below are now to work from home. He Read More

Kaduna and the second lockdown

December 15, 2020 Blueprint 0

There is an indication that Kaduna state will witness another lockdown unless the spike in Covid-19 is reduced drastically. Governor Nasiru El-Rufai, who has been in self-isolation, is mulling imposing additional lockdown due to the spike in the disease. In a circular released from the state ministry of education, all public and private schools are directed to close on Wednesday Read More

…Ikpea urges PTF to quash decision

November 5, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Chairman of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club, (NFSC) Rev. Samuel Ikpea has urged the Presidential Task Force committee and the Ministry of Youths and Sports to quickly quashed the unpopular decisions from football loving NigeriansIn a message signed by Rev. Samuel Ikpea, to Blueprint Sports last night, he expressed its disappointment over the decisions not to allow fans into Read More

Breaking: Again, Ronaldo tests positive for Coronavirus

October 22, 2020 TheSun 0

Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for coronavirus for a second time, The Sun reports. The Juventus star had already been diagnosed with the illness while on Portugal duty earlier in the month. But nine days after that positive test, Ronaldo is still infectious. According to Portuguese newspaper Correio de Manha, the 35-year-old’s latest results came back on Thursday. And this second diagnosis Read More

#Live: APC supporters clash over vote buying, ballot box snatching as Obaseki, Ize-Iyamu vote, many shun social distancing in Edo election

September 19, 2020 Editor 0

Two prominent candidates in Saturday’s governorship in Edo state, Godwin Obaseki, and Osagie Ize-Iyamu have already cast their votes at their nearest polling units. While incumbent governor Obaseki is of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ize-Iyamu is the flag bearer of All Progressives Congress (APC). Meanwhile, there are reports of clashes between supporters of PDP and APC due to vote Read More

When will a coronavirus vaccine be ready?

August 13, 2020 Editorial III 0

Human trials have begun – but even if they go well and a cure is found, there are many barriers before global immunisation is feasible. When will coronavirus vaccine be ready? Though we can slow the spread of COVID-19, through confinement and other social distancing measures, and scientists are developing drugs to treat its symptoms, the only way to actually Read More

Sallah: Kaduna CP tasks ACs, DPOs on intensive security cover

July 30, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

 The Kaduna state Commissioner of Police, Umar Muri, on Thursday charged the Area Commanders and the Divisional Police Officers on surveillance and intelligence to ensure adequate security cover for the state during the Eidel-el-Kabir Sallah celebrations. Speaking in a press statement signed by the Kaduna state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Mohammed Jalige, and made available to the media on Read More