COVID-19: FG reveals when Nigeria ‘ll access vaccine

September 14, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The federal government said Monday that the declining cases of infections suggests that the country is gradually winning the war against COVID-19. Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Control of COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, said this at a briefing in Abuja.  He said, “Nigeria continues to progressively witness declining confirmed 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

Kwara dep gov, wife test positive for COVID-19

August 4, 2020 Umar Bayo Abdulwahab 0

Deputy governor and chairman of the Kwara state technical committee on COVID-19, Mr.  Kayode Alabi, and his wife, Mrs Abieyuwa, have tested positive for coronavirus. A statement by the chief press secretary to the governor and spokesperson of the technical committee on COVID-19 ,Rafiu Ajakaye said the duo ‘‘underwent COVID-19 test after they showed slight symptoms of the virus.’’ The Read More

Reps’ minority leader, family, staff test negative for COVID-19

July 8, 2020 Joshua Egbodo 0

Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, and his family members have for the second time in a row, tested negative for coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Elumelu was compelled to make the test results public amidst rumours that about 50 of the 360 members of the House of Representatives have tested positive for the dreaded virus, Read More

COVID-19: 6 die in Ebonyi, Umahi stable

July 7, 2020 Amarachukwu EgwuAgha 0

The deputy governor of Ebonyi state, Kelechi Igwe, Tuesday said his boss, David Umahi’s health remains stable, adding that the governor was still asymptomatic to coronavirus. Mr. Igwe stated this during an interactive meeting with members of the state anti-coronavirus pandemic at Old Government House, Abakaliki, where he was  briefed by the commissioner on the situation of things regarding the virus Read More

COVID-19: Don’t reopen schools now, NUT warns

June 29, 2020 Aideloje Ojo 0

The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has advised federal and state governments against “hasty” reopening of schools, cautioning that the lives of teachers and their pupils should be seriously considered before such action is taken. Principal Assistant Secretary of the Union in Niger state, Comrade Labaran Garba, gave the advice in Minna at the weekend after conducting newsmen round the ultra Read More

FG gives Nigerians fresh marching orders as states play down on COVID-19 guidelines

June 23, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The Presidential Task Force on the Control of COVID-19 Monday expressed concerns over the inability of some state governments to enforce adherence to COVID-19 protocols and guidelines. National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force, Dr Sani Aliyu, who disclosed this in Abuja said the PTF was worried that some state governments deny the existence of the virus, putting their citizens Read More

PTF: Three months after

June 22, 2020 Tajudeen Kareem 0

Early in the year, humanity had to contend with the emergence of the novel coronavirus disease that has turned out to be a pandemic. To rein in the virus, on March 9, President Muhammadu Buhari raised a 14-member Presidential Task Force, PTF, on Covid-19. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha was saddled with the responsibility of Read More

The positive impact of Covid-19

June 22, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Coronavirus has buried itself under the skirt of a tangled foliage in Wuhan, China and before you could say Jack Robinson, it hurriedly crept across the globe shredding people’s foot but instead of blood to ooze out like a cascading fountain it causes an infected person to start coughing, sneezing and have difficulty in breathing. The virus has single handedly wrestled the Read More

Abuja hospital tasks Nigerians on COVID-19 spread

June 14, 2020 Agi Onda 0

The Nizamiye Hospital Abuja has tasked Nigerians to observe laid down protocols in order to halt the further spread of the coronavirus in the country. This was stated at a media parley organised by the hospital on the various steps the hospital has taken to ensure that it continues to render services to patients for illnesses not related to COVID Read More

Tottenham’s Alli banned for 1-match over coronavirus post

June 11, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has been suspended for one match by the Football Association over a post on social media about coronavirus. Alli, 24, put a video on Snapchat in February in which he joked about the outbreak and appeared to mock an Asian man. The England international has also been fined £50,000 and ordered to under take an education Read More

Fighting COVID-19 to build a global community of health for all

June 11, 2020 Zhou Pingjian 0

The COVID-19 global pandemic is the most extensive to afflict humanity in a century. A serious crisis for the entire world, and a daunting challenge, it poses a grave threat to human life and health. This is a war that humanity has to fight and win. China, through arduous efforts, has for now succeeded in cutting all channels for the transmission of Read More

Why Coronavirus cases ‘re on the rise in Ogun – Commissioner

June 10, 2020 Olufemi Adediran 0

The Ogun state government, Wednesday attributed the surge in COVID-19 cases in the state to the increased population sampling and testing capacity to 600 daily.The state on Tuesday recorded 108 cases of COVID-19, the highest since the index case was recorded on February 27, 2020.In the wake of the spike in positive cases of coronavirus, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, Read More

Kwara discharges 8 Covid-19 patients, records 5 new cases

June 7, 2020 Umar Bayo Abdulwahab 0

Kwara State Government on Sunday discharged eight COVID-19 patients after they have twice tested negative to the virus. That brings to 52 the total number of discharged patients in the state. Meanwhile, the state has also recorded five more cases, bringing to 132 the tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the north central state.  With the new five cases, Kwara Read More

Ighalo to remain at Man U till Jan

May 28, 2020 Editorial IV 0

There appears fresh hope for Odion Ighalo to complete the current premiership season with Manchester United and even beyond.According to Daily Mail UK, Ighalo may benefit from Chinese regulations that prevent the Super League players who are abroad from returning till October. His club Shanghai Shenhua are reportedly happy to allow him remain at Manchester United until January, but only Read More

Government rejects NCDC’s reported Covid-19 cases in Kogi

May 28, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Kogi State Government (KSG) has rejected the reported COVID-19 cases announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) , declaring that the state is free of the virus.The state health commissioner, Saka Haruna Audu, stated this in a statement made available to Blueprint on Wednesday which reads; The statement reads, “Kogi state till this very moment is Covid-19 free. We have Read More

Nigerians must obey inter-state travel ban to kill Covid-19

May 28, 2020 Dr. Paul Ojowu 0

Nigeria, like other countries across the world, is facing new realities. COVID-19 has forced us as individuals and countries to make difficult choices to protect ourselves and our loved ones. The Federal Government has banned interstate travel for commuters who are not providing essential services. Since the first case of COVID-19 appeared in February, the number of confirmed cases in Read More

COVID-19: FG mulls early discharge of positive patients

May 21, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The federal government Thursday it was considering discharging patients who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier than their required treatment and isolation period.The Director-General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, who disclosed this at the joint national briefing of the Presidential Task Force on the Control on COVID-19 in Abuja, said patients could be discharged from isolation Read More

COVID-19: Kogi assembly charges FG to develop home grown vaccine

May 21, 2020 Oyibo Salihu 0

  The speaker, Kogi state House of Assembly, Matthew Kolawole, has urged the federal government to develop her home grown remedy to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic. Kolawole who  stated this in an interactive session with the members of the correspondents’ chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists ( NUJ) in Lokoja, Thursday, lamented that the rate at which COVID- 19 has Read More

Nigeria cannot defeat COVID-19 pandemic without access to clean water, WaterAid warns

May 10, 2020 John Oba 0

As community transmission of the Coronavirus continue to rises and lockdown measures are eased in the country, WaterAid Nigeria has warned that clean water, decent sanitation facilities and good hygiene practices form the crucial bedrock of public health and without them, Nigeria cannot hope to end the coronavirus pandemic or avert future disease outbreaks. This is even as it calls on Read More

Covid-19: Drama as ‘bribe-taking’ Policemen sight CP, abandon riffle, operation vehicle

April 29, 2020 Joy Emmanuel 0

Six Policemen, who were allegedly extorting money from the public at check point in Okaki, a boundary community between Rivers and Bayelsa state are in trouble for abandoning their vehicle, an AK47 riffle and escaping into the bush on siting the convoy of Bayelsa state Commissioner of Police.The incident took place when the Police Commissioner in Bayelsa, Nkereuwem Akpan, and Read More

Covid-19: Kaduna conducts 115 tests, traces 174 contacts

April 23, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Kaduna state has conducted 115 Covid-19 tests out of which nine returned positive, the state has also traced 174 contacts, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Amina Mohammed Baloni, has said.  Addressing the media on Thursday, Dr Amina said that the state has activated one testing laboratory at a private facility, with two others at Yusuf Dantsoho Hospital and Ahmadu Read More

Ex-lawmaker donates palliatives to Imo NUJ

April 22, 2020 Chidiebere Iwuoha 0

Former lawmaker representing Owerri west state constituency, Innocent Ekeh (Obulimba),  has donated some COVID- 19 materials to members of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists(NU), Imo state council. He called on governments at all levels and other public spirited individuals to consider doing the same for the union. Ekeh pleaded with the journalists to accept his donation Read More