COVID-19: Industry as smartly-liked at Ladipo market…the day long gone by. PHOTO: FEMI ADEBESIN-KUTI
• Nigeria records first COVID-19 death, six original cases in Edo, FCT, Lagos
• FG orders paunchy closure of land borders, suspension of FEC meetings
The Federal Authorities has mentioned it wouldn’t rule out more difficult choices in its command to manipulate the coronavirus illness (COVID-19), at the same time because it warned that issues could maybe well to find worse.
“For those who is just not any longer going to cooperate by submitting to the authorities, as required, the authorities will use all just methodology at its disposal to tag and bring them in. We is just not any longer going to hesitate to use the navy and the police to build in power social distancing as smartly as contact tracing if no longer cases of coronavirus will multiply,” Minister of Records and Custom Lai Mohammed disclosed the day long gone by.
This got right here because the First Girl, Aisha Buhari, the day long gone by called for a entire shutdown of the country by strategy of a tweet on her verified deal with, @aishambuhari.
“It is commendable that deliver governors have closed down colleges; on the opposite hand, this would well also very smartly be counterproductive if of us are quiet going to work. We must for all time quiet no longer isolate students and verbalize their of us. Let us support in mind that they’ll meet at home,” she tweeted with the hashtags, #TotalLockDown, #StayAtHome.
At a press conference in Abuja, the minister mentioned the country is “hoping for the categorical in our efforts to have the illness, nonetheless we’re sharp for the worst. The reality is that issues could maybe well yet to find worse than it is far now, on account of this truth the need for all arms to be on deck.”
He principal that on the supreme stage of authorities, President Muhammadu Buhari used to be already main by example, avoiding in particular the shaking of arms.
“One in all the president’s daughters is in self-isolation. The meeting of the heads of deliver of the Chad Basin Commission, scheduled for subsequent week, has been cancelled. Traffic to the Utter Home to find their arms sanitised and their temperature taken,” he mentioned.
The minister warned: “Right here’s no longer the time to make your mind up in name calling, 2d-guessing the authorities or taking part in politics. Coronavirus does no longer determine its victims on the root of their political celebration affiliation, their religion or ethnicity. As a result of this truth, Nigerians need to arrive together as one to end coronavirus needless in its tracks, factual fancy we did to Ebola.”
The minister again cautioned Nigerians against peddling counterfeit news about COVID-19, describing the pattern as worse than the virus itself.
“With out note, coronavirus pundits are shooting up in each space, in specific on WhatsApp, prescribing Chloroquine (which has no longer been current for treating coronavirus), garlic, hot bath, and so forth., because the cure-pondering the illness. We implore Nigerians to shun these charlatans and note the directives from the relevant authorities,” mentioned Mohammed.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Regulate (NCDC) the day long gone by mentioned six original confirmed cases of COVID-19 were recorded within the country, bringing the confirmed cases to 36, with two people discharged and one death (the first within the country) recorded.
In accordance with the NCDC, “Of the 5 original cases, one is in Edo Utter, two are within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and three are in Lagos Utter.
“The case in Edo Utter is being handled at Irrua Specialist Teaching Smartly being facility; cases within the FCT are being handled on the College of Abuja Teaching Smartly being facility (UATH), Gwagwalada; and the cases in Lagos Utter are being handled on the Infectious Disease Smartly being facility (IDH), Yaba. The entire six original cases have gentle to moderate symptoms and are at the moment receiving therapy.”
Sulaiman Achimugu, old 67, modified into the first Nigerian sufferer to die of COVID-19. He used to be the managing director of Petroleum Merchandise Advertising and marketing Firm (PPMC) between 2003 and 2007.
With the looming ‘more difficult measures’ by the Federal Authorities, the skill for a entire lockdown is just not any longer envisaged, argued Dr. Muda Yusuf, Director Current of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
He advised The Guardian: “I don’t assume now we have bought to the level of a lockdown. Authorities will need to continue to video show the borders and tag of us. Now we have an financial system that is basically casual and quite a lot of people reside on each day earnings. Right here’s quite no longer like assorted international locations where their economies are very formal.
“Going thru the challenges of survival is important. Already, offer chains are affected critically true now. The sharp factor is that majority of what of us eat are native meals and no longer per imported devices.”
Yusuf principal that whereas there could be also components with bread, provided that flour is imported, meals security remains assured on legend of there are varied decisions. “The fully subject is scientific security. Our medicines and sharp plan are actively imported,” he added.
The Nigerian navy on the opposite hand maintained that it has the skill to make certain compliance every time it is far drafted to build in power a lockdown within the country.
Coordinator, Directorate of Protection Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, acknowledged this at a press briefing in Abuja, the day long gone by.
He also mentioned Defence Headquarters would bolster efforts at containing the pandemic by activating its hospitals. In accordance with him, “Four of our navy hospitals are already on standby and are section of facilities to enhance the ministry of smartly being. The hospitals are the Nigerian Air Drive (NAF) Smartly being facility, alongside Airport Boulevard, Abuja; Kaduna Reference Smartly being facility; Port Harcourt Protection power Smartly being facility; and Lagos.”
Enenche added that navy bases are also enforcing original restrictions on troops to restrict the unfold of the virus.
As section of measures to have the pandemic, the Nationwide Agency for Meals and Drug Administration and Regulate (NAFDAC) mentioned it has adopted original measures.
These kinds of consist of: expedited/emergency approvals for products vital and extreme to enhance response to the pandemic; restricted Upright Manufacturing Observe (GMP) inspections for native facilities; applications for registration of products deemed to have pressing public smartly being affect could maybe well maybe be processed and given conditional and restricted approvals.
“The problem is like a flash evolving and we are able to continue to video show and alter our responses accordingly,” mentioned NAFDAC Director Current Mojisola Christianah Adeyeye.
The Federal Authorities meanwhile has ordered the total closure of land borders, suspension of Federal Government Meetings, and postponement of the Council of Utter meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 26.
Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, made this identified the day long gone by in Abuja at a news conference to replace the media on further choices to video show the unfold of coronavirus within the country.
Mustapha, who will possible be the chairman, Presidential Process Drive (PTF) on COVID-19, mentioned: “In furtherance of our ongoing engagement with the final public and stakeholders thru the PTF and the Minister of Smartly being, I to find it vital to replace you on fresh trends relating to the management of matters coming up from COVID-19 pandemic.
“President Muhammadu Buhari on the advice of PTF has current the next further measures: all land borders which had been hitherto below partial closure shall now be closed for human internet page internet page visitors for four weeks efficient, March 23.
“In command in confidence to give protection to federal civil and public servants, a spherical to be issued by the Head of Civil Service of the Federation shall assert on actions to be taken straight away.
“All Abuja and Lagos residents are strongly advised to end at home, care for far off from mass congregation of any form as smartly as non-very vital outings, until further advice is given,” he mentioned.