The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, Thursday said Nigerians have started selling COVID-19 diagnostic test kits in “black markets”.
Speaking at the Presidential Task Force briefing on Thursday in Abuja, Ihekweazu raised alarm over the selling of Covid-19 test kits in black market, warned those who are desperate for test to be careful.
He also called for caution as industries gear up to reopen for businesses. The NCDC DG said there was currently a lot of pressure as companies seek to test their employees before they resume work.
Ihekweazu warned Nigerians to be cautious while purchasing diagnostic test kits.
“It is important that as we open our industries, we really think about the measures that we advise everyone to carry out and leave testing for the purpose for which it is there.”
“There is a growing black market on rapid diagnostics test kits in Nigeria, we have to be careful in what we buy, how we use it and how we interpret the results that they provide,” he said.
He also disclosed that the Nigeria private-sector coalition against COVID-19 (CACOVID) donated N47 million to support sample transportation to boost testing.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government also expressed worries as hospitals refuses to treat Nigerians with other ailments and that other ailments was causing more death than COVID-19.
The government also said it was considering locking down areas where there are increasing rate of infections, as opposed to state-wide lockdown.
Chairman of the Presidential Task Force, PTF, on COVID-19 and Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, who raised the alarm at the PTF daily briefing in Abuja, also lamented that even federal tertiary hospitals were in the forefront of the rejection of patients.
According to him “The PTF has received rather sadly, reports of continued refusal by medical institutions to receive and treat patients for fear of COVID-19. This has resulted in several unfortunate and avoidable fatalities and statistics have shown that there is a drastic drop in the attention being paid to other ailments not related to COVID-19.
‘’This situation is made worse by the fact that federal tertiary institutions have been mentioned among those rejecting patients for fear of COVID. This not acceptable. We are saddened by this development.
“The Minister of Health has reached out to all medical directors, directing them to continue providing regular medical services, so we do not end up with avoidable deaths. Truth be told, we are having more deaths from non-attendance to other diseases than even COVID-19.
‘’The reason for the greater emphasis on COVID 19 is that it is a pandemic and if not curtailed, has a capacity of wiping out large segments of our population.
“The PTF also urges all the Chief Medical Directors and private health service providers to attend to other health challenges which continue to confront our people on a daily basis.”
BREAKING: Nigerian Students Won’t Write 2020 WAEC — FG Declares
Final year secondary school students in Nigeria won’t participate in the forthcoming West African Examination Council(WAEC) examinations, the Federal Government has declared.
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, who disclosed this to State House Correspondents on Wednesday after the week’s virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, also said there is no date for school resumption yet.
He said he would prefer Nigerian students lose an academic year to expose them to dangers.
BREAKING: Buhari Presides Over Sixth Virtual FEC Meeting
The sixth virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting has commenced in the State House, Abuja, with President Muhmmadu Buhari presiding.
The Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN); Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha; the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari; and 11 Ministers are physically attending the meeting.
The Ministers at the Council Chambers include those of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed; Transportation, Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi; Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammmed; Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN); Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika; as well as the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami.
Other Ministers physically present are those of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio; Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema; Special Duties, George Akume; Education, Adamu Adamu; and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Zubairu Dada.
Before the meeting entered the main session, President Buhari called for a minute silence in honour of late ex-Sports and Youths Development Minister, Inuwa Abdulkadir.
Abdulkadir, who was a member of the recently dissolved National Working Committee (NWC) and National Vice Chairman (North-West) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), died on Monday.
BREAKING: Senate Passes Bill To Make Tenure Of IGP Single 4-Year Tenure
The Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that will make the tenure of office of the Inspector-General of Police by a single four-year term.
According to the Senate, the action became imperative to enable for a secured tenure of plan
a serving Inspector- General of Police, just as it passed that the community policing be strengthened.
The Senate has changed the name of “Nigeria Police” to Nigeria Police Force” as presently in use in view of the failed constitution alteration attempt to amend the name.
The Bill which was read the third time and passed, was a sequel to the consideration of the report on Police ACT CAP P19 LFN 2004( Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2020( SB.181) presented by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Dauda Haliru Jika, APC, Bauchi Central.
The Upper Chamber has also approved that on the Appointment and Removal of the Inspector-General of Police, the provisions of the constitution in line with Section 2l5 of the l999 constitution (as amended) should be retained, as any proposal contrary to this provision will require constitution alteration for it to be viable.
The Senate resolved that the Police abide and enforce certain constitutional provisions, particularly fundamental rights at persons in Police custody under chapter 4 of the l999 constitution (as amended) and other international instruments on Human rights to which Nigeria is a signatory (including of provisions that reiterate the importance of fundamental human rights and advocating for their observance).
The Senate also passed that it should he made binding on the lnspector-General of Police to adhere to policing plans. The national policing plan should be made with inputs from the Police Force Headquarters and all the various Police formations nationwide before the end of each financial year, setting out priorities, objectives, cost implications and expected outcomes of Policing for the next succeeding financial year in order to change budgeting from a top-down approach to a bottom -up approach.
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