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Sanwo-Olu Boosts Fight Against COVID-19

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Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has released N200 million to support the Coronavirus (COVID-19) response of the Federal Government-run isolation centres that are based in the state. The grant is specifically to ramp up the capacity of the federal isolation centres in Lagos to efficiently manage and cure infections from all identified COVID-19 variants.

 

This development was disclosed in the governor’s latest update on the state’s COVID-19 response, which was released on Sunday evening.

 

The beneficiary treatment centres are the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) in Idi Araba, and Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Ebute Metta, which will get N150 million and N50 million respectively.

 

Also, the state government announced that its isolation centre situated in the Gbagada General Hospital would now be transformed into fee-paying private wards. The move, Sanwo-Olu said, was in response to the growing requests from patients and families willing to pay for personalised care in government-run facilities, while also protecting their privacy.

 

Payable fee for the private treatment, the governor noted, will be moderately lower than charges at licensed private hospitals. Sanwo-Olu said the state-owned treatment centre at Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) in Yaba would continue to offer high-quality treatment to all persons, free of charge.

He said: “In view of the rising profile of the Coronavirus disease due to the mutating variants now being discovered globally, and to shore up our containment and management capacity, I have approved the sum of N200 million to support the ongoing patient management and treatment efforts in two Federal Government’s treatment centres in our state. To this end, LUTH will be receiving the sum of N150 million and the FMC Ebute Metta will be receiving N50 million. These sums will be disbursed today, February 1.

 

“Also, in response to the growing clamour by patients and families who are willing to pay for COVID-19 treatment but would like to do so at a cost that is lower than is currently obtainable at private facilities, Lagos State Government is making efforts to transform the state-owned isolation centre in Gbagada into a fee-paying facility that people can elect to be treated at. While the treatment facility in Yaba will continue to offer free and high-quality treatment to all persons, Gbagada isolation centre will offer treatments at a moderated and affordable cost to those who wish to take advantage of extra offerings like private treatment rooms and more personalised levels of care.”

 

Despite that oxygen demand has spiked up from 300 cylinders to 400 cylinders per day across state-owned treatment facilities, Sanwo-Olu said the state government would not charge patients who receive oxygen.

 

The governor said Lagos was working hard to ensure oxygen supply met and surpass the demand, disclosing that the state was on the verge of delivering its second oxygen plant at the Gbagada General Hospital. The new plant will be ready in the next seven days.

 

According to Sanwo-Olu, when the COVID-19 vaccines are finally delivered to Lagos in the coming days, distribution priorities would be accorded to frontline workers, persons with co-morbidities, essential workers and the elderly who are within the age bracket of 50 to over 65 years.

 

He said: “The government will keep the integrity of the vaccines intact along the entire supply and distribution chain, while also ensuring approved dosages are complied with. The state will follow up on possible post-vaccination adverse event; the monitoring strategy will be diligently followed in line with protocols of pharmaceutical public safety.”

READ ALSO; COVID-19: Lagos Civil Servants To Work From Home Till Feb 26

The state government condemned what it called “widespread flagrant disregard and non-adherence to COVID-19 guidelines and protocols” issued to stem the tide of infection. Sanwo-Olu particularly noted that some event centres’ owners had been operating their facilities outside the acceptable parameters for usage, warning that defaulters would be decisively dealt with.

 

In line with the COVID-19 Health Protection Regulations of 2021 signed last week by President Muhammadu Buhari, Sanwo-Olu directed that no gathering of more than 50 persons shall hold in an enclosed space, except for religious purposes, in which case the gathering shall not exceed 50 per cent capacity of the space.

 

“A breach of the provisions of the presidential regulations attracts upon summary conviction, a fine or six months imprisonment or both. Our enforcement agencies have been appropriately tasked to ensure maximum compliance,” the governor said.

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Buhari Set To Unveil New Naira Notes On Wednesday

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Buhari Set To Unveil New Naira Note On Wednesday

By John Michael Ojo
The Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele has announced that the nation’s redesigned currencies would be officially unveiled by President Muhammadu Buhari tomorrow Wednesday, November 23, 2022.

Emefiele said this during the Central Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee monthly meeting in Abuja on Tuesday.

READ ALSO: N52b Cash Deposited In Banks Over Naira Re-design Policy

The Central Bank Governor had announced in October that the bank with effect from December 15, 2022 would issue redesigned N200, N500, and N1,000 notes in order to retrieve  a vast percentage of money being held outside the formal banking sector.

Emefiele has now disclosed that the apex bank won’t wait till December anymore for the unveiling of the new notes but maintained that the deadline for returning the old Naira notes to commercial banks in exchange for newly designed ones would not be shifted.

 

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Police Release Six, Detain Two, Reveal Next Action Over Davido’s Son’s Death

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By John Michael Ojo
The Lagos State police command has confirmed the detention of two of the eight domestic staff  members  of singer Davido invited  for questioning over the demise of his three-year-old son, Ifeanyi.

This was contained in a statement made by the command’s spokesperson, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, who stated that following  a serious interrogation, six of the domestic staff brought in for questioning, have been released while the chef and the nanny whose duty was to cater for the wellbeing of the little boy, have been detained.

However, there are strong indications that the police might conduct an autopsy to determine the actual cause of the deceased’s death.

READ ALSO: Police Confirm Arrest Of Davido’s Domestic Staff Over Son’s Death

A source, who confirmed the development, said it was the standard practice for the police to carry out an autopsy in such a case, adding, however, that the police would desist from the move if the deceased family members kick against such.

The source stated that “Though the family members are not saying anything yet because they are still in shock until anybody says stop, the standard procedure is to conduct an autopsy and we are going to follow that procedure just like in any case of death,” the source said.

Explaining why the cook and the nanny were still being held by the police, the source said, “It was the work of the nanny to take care of the child (Ifeanyi); the nanny was negligent or how could the boy have left the house without her knowledge?” he questioned.

Stating further he said  “The boy left the house, walked to the back where the swimming pool is situated and fell into  it. Nobody noticed until much later. At that point in time, he had drowned and was at the bottom of the swimming pool.

“So, they brought him out and rushed him to the Lagoon Hospital, where the doctors tried unsuccessfully to revive him. They left the hospital and rushed the boy to Evercare Hospital, where he was declared dead.

READ ALSO: Why Divido’s Son Ifeanyi Died – Ifa Priestess Reveals

“They have deposited his corpse in the mortuary for an autopsy to reveal the cause of death. All the domestic workers at home when the incident happened have been questioned by the police but only the nanny and cook were detained.”

Another source who is very familiar with the heartbreaking incident revealed that the nanny was with Ifeanyi when the chef came to join them. The nanny was said to have moved slightly away to receive a call. When she returned, she couldn’t find Ifeanyi and assumed he was with the chef but the chef said he had left Ifeanyi with her. They began to frantically look for Ifeanyi all over the house for close to 20 mins until a security guard spotted him in the pool.

No one could explain how the boy got in the pool. Davido and Chioma were said to have returned from their trip to the devastating news.

“Davido ran mad. He literally removed his clothes and wanted to run into the streets. He was held back. He and Chioma are inconsolable.” the source added.

 

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Gunmen Kill Two Worshippers, Injure Others In Church Attack

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BREAKING: Gunmen Attack Checkpoint, Kill Three Policemen

Gunmen on Sunday attacked a Celestial Church located in Felele, Lokoja, Kogi State, killed two worshippers and injured three others.

It was learnt that the gunmen attacked the church located behind NNPC Mega station in Felele on Sunday evening.During the attack, the gunmen shot sporadically.

It was further learnt that two people died instantly, while several others scampered for safety.

The injured victims are currently receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Center (FMC), Lokoja.

An eyewitness said, “when they entered, they started shooting at every one outside the church. I now went and hid inside a cassava farm. What I saw yesterday was like an action film in a movie. Kogi is no longer safe”

 READ ALSO: Gunmen Attack Police Station, Kill DCO, Injure DPO

The Kogi State Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO) William Ovye Aya confirmed the incident.

According to him, hoodlums invaded the church and started shooting at worshippers.

“It was a distress call that the Divisional Police Officer of B Division Felele received that hoodlums invaded a Celestial Church behind NNPC mega station and they began shooting.

“Two people were confirmed dead in the hospital, while three are receiving treatment.

“The Commissioner of Police has deployed our operatives, and ordered the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of investigation, to commence an investigation to unravel the cause of the attack with a view to arresting the perpetrators,” he said

 

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