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FG Didn’t Declared A Fresh Lockdown Over Second Wave Of Covid-19 – Says Lai Muhammed

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The Federal Government on Tuesday clarified that it has not declared a fresh lockdown of the country following confirmation of a second wave of COVID-19.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed gave this clarification when he featured on a Radio Nigeria programme, “Politics Nationwide’’, monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.

The minister said the directives and position of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19 at its briefing on Monday, did not translate to partial or total lockdown as reported in some sections of the media.

He allayed the fears of Nigerians and some listeners that called-in during the programme that a lockdown might have negative effects on the already stressed economy.

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Mr Mohammed explained that what the Federal Government had done was to reduce the chances of mass gathering by directing its workers from Level 12 below to work from home.

He said the government also reiterated already existing ban on night clubs and other Covid-19 protocols.

“The Federal Government has not declared a fresh lockdown. “What we have done is that we have simply reiterated the old protocols and asked federal workers on Level 12 and below to stay at home and they will still receive their salaries.

“Lagos state has equally asked their level 14 workers and below to work from home and Kaduna state has done the same. “Therefore, there is no fresh lockdown and the issue of hardship and economy meltdown does not arise,’’ he said.

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The minister said that the government also reminded Nigerians that the ban on social gathering is still on and Churches and Mosques should obey the social gathering rules.

He said the directive is to curtail people from gathering because they found out that Covid-19 had reached level of community transmission.

Mr Mohammed said the protocols on foreign travels subsist to the effect that those travelling to Nigeria would not be able to come on board unless they have the certificate that they tested negative for the virus.

He said when they arrive into the country, they must self-isolate for seven days after which they would go back for confirmation test.

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NAN reports that during the briefing on Monday, the Chairman of PTF, Boss Mustapha advised states to immediately close all bars, nightclubs, and restaurants across the country.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed

He said the number of guests at weddings, conferences, among others had also been limited to 50 persons. Mr Mustapha, who is the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said the new guidelines are part of measures to limit the spread of the virus

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Why Covid-19 Patient Died despite being vaccinated – Health Expert

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Chief Ladi Williams, a senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN),
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President of the Nigerian Infectious Diseases So­ciety (NIDS), Prof. Dimie Ogoina, has giving more hint on the death of Chief Ladi Williams, a senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), who died of Covid-19 on Sunday, despite taking the two jabs of Covid-19 vaccine.

Ogoina, who is also a Profes­sor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Niger Delta Universi­ty and Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Bayelsa State, said,

“We need to be sure that COVID-19 is the direct cause of death. In the concept of the direct cause of death, you can have two or more concom­itant diseases at the same time. For instance, you could have COVID-19, diabetes, hyperten­sion, and some other diseases.

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That you have COVID-19 does not mean that it is COVID-19 that actually killed one, it could be diabetes or hypertension or something else that killed one, it is just a coincidence that one had COVID-19.”

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According to the don, “The second thing is that when you vaccinate someone, there is nothing that provides 100 per­cent proof. Vaccines do not pro­vide 100 percent protection. If you look at the clinical trials for the Pfizer vaccine for instance, it is 97 percent efficacy, which means that for every 100 per­sons, there are three persons that may not be protected.

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“This because is when you give someone a vaccine, it is like any other drug, sometimes people take anti-malaria drugs and they may not feel fine, they would have to take something else. The same thing applies to vaccines, you may vaccinate 100 persons, 97 of them may feel well, three may not neces­sarily feel well.

Chief Ladi Williams, a senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN),

Chief Ladi Williams, a senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN),

This is because either gene are different, or their immune system is differ­ent or their body does not take the vaccine.

It is not because the vaccine is bad but there is something peculiar about that person that makes the vaccine not work effectively.

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“The benefit of vaccines is not necessarily the protection it offers to the individual. Of course, it offers protection to the individual, but the protection it offers the population, so a large number of people are protect­ed if you vaccinate.

In addition, people can be protected, not ev­erybody. I have just given you a typical example with malaria, so also polio, children get polio vaccine but a few of them devel­op polio, and it is for this same reason, maybe their gene or immune systems that make the vaccine not work.

So it should not stop people from taking the vaccine, because the benefits far outweigh the risk and there are minimal risks and it protects the population,” he added.

 

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Psychiatric Has Been Described As A Field Of Medicine That Takes Care Of The Mental Health Of The People.

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A psychiatrist with the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Lokoja, Doctor Egbeola Collins stated this in an interview with newsmen in Lokoja.

Doctor Egbeola who is also the chairman of the Federal Medical Centre Lokoja Chapter of the Medical and Dental Consultant Association of Nigeria, said health has different pillers including physical health which deals with the generalty of the body, the social health and the mental health; emphasising that health is the total wellness of the three pillers.

According to him, mental health is largely determined by culture, nothing that what constitutes normalcy in a culture can be abnormal in another culture.

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His words “what is normal is what can be tagged as socially acceptable, what constitutes normalcy can be a function of different parameters. If you move across culture, what is normal in one culture might be abnormal in another culture. For example, if you are greeting a Yoruba man, in Yoruba culture as a man, you are expected to prostrate. However, if you are in the United States and you greeted a citizen that way, people around might thought you are abnormal. Another thing is the frequency of a behavior. For instance, if you are greeting a Yoruba man in a Yoruba environment and continue to prostrate incessantly. Even in Yoruba culture, such behavior can now be Said to be abnormal. So normalcy depends on the culture, the frequency and the acceptability of a specific behavior”.

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He further explained that the consumption of narcotics substances are responsible for a larger percentage of mental illness and urged youths to avoid being trapped by hard drugs.

According to him, the consumption of psychoactive substance can hamper human behavior and judgement which can heavily affect family relationship and production at work.

He noted that hereditary factors can also be responsible for mental health condition.

On government’s intervention on rehabilitation process for those who are mentally challenged, Doctor Egbeola who explained that there is shortage of psychiatric doctors in the country urged government to operate insurance policies for those with mental health issues.

A psychiatrist with the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Lokoja, Doctor Egbeola Collins

A psychiatrist with the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Lokoja, Doctor Egbeola Collins

He also emphasised the need to to consult medical personnel for diagnosis and treatment of those in such condition and warned against all forms of stigmatization and victimisation.

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Again, Senate Passes Bill to Establish Orthopedic Hospital in Kogi

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The three Senators representing Kogi State, (Kogi West), Senator Smart Adeyemi, (Kogi Central), Senator Yakubu Oseni And (Kogi East), Senator Jibrin Isah Echocho
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The Senate has passed a bill to establish the orthopedic hospital in Dekina, Kogi state, aimed at improving health care need of the people of the area.

The bill was sponsored by Senator Isah Jibrin Echocho representing Kogi East senatorial district.

Senator Isah Jibrin got Senate’s approval for the establishment of the federal health institution in Kogi state followed the consideration of the report presented by the chairman, Senate committee on health, Senator Yahaya Oloriegbe.

Oloriegbe, in his presentation observed that, Nigeria is one of the densely populated countries in the world which is plagued with poverty and exceedingly high burden of disease.

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He emphasized that, the establishment of orthopedics such as musculos skeletal disorders, spine corde disease, cancers tumors and congenital defects are suffered by many citizens without adequate care.

He explained that orthopedic hospitals are highly important in improving health care delivery in patients, adding that, locating one in Dekina, Kogi state would bring health care closer to residents of densely populated urban and rural communities.

Kogi East Senator Jibrin Isah Echocho

Kogi East Senator Jibrin Isah Echocho

It could be recalled that, orthopedic hospital bill is among several other bills sponsored by senator Isah Jibrin Echocho while others are at various committee stages awaiting Senate’s approval.

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