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COVID-19: 20 LGAs responsible for overall infection in Nigeria – ITREALMS

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A total of 20 local government areas (LGAs) out of the 774 in the country are responsible for the over-all infections of COVID-19 infections in Nigeria, according to the Secretary to the Governor of the Federation and Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha, reports 
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At press time, a total of 143 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria was recorded with Lagos leading, followed by Kaduna with 25, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) 22, Ogun 11, Plateau 4, Oyo 4, Ekiti 3, Osun 2, Edo and Kano 1 each.

Mustapha made this known at the 2020 edition of the Realnews annual lecture and investiture of its hall of fame held in Lagos, under the chairmanship of the Chief Medical Director, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Prof. Chris Bode, as the guest lecturer.

The SGF, who was represented at the lecture hosted by the Realnews Magazine and Publications Limited led by Maureen Chigbo by the National Coordinator, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, said, “20 Local Government Areas are responsible for the infections we have in the country,” insisting on the urgent need to reset the health sector. 

Although he did not give specifics of these local governments, Dr. Aliyu also said Nigeria cannot offer COVID-19 test for free especially for travellers due to the cost. 

He disclosed that for now, Lagos State is the highest in terms of cost for testing which stood at N50,000 and Abuja is N35,000, while other states have various prices, but none is higher than Lagos and lower than Abuja. 

In addition, Dr. Aliyu pointed the fact that there is need to reset the nation’s health sector, stressing t hat no matter what other infrastructure a country may have, the health of her people remains paramount which gave credence to a healthy nation is a wealthy nation. 

“We must not be found or caught up in this kind of situation again,” he declared, maintaining that its not easy to build health infrastructure in an emergency. 

He equally commended the private sector, and multilateral partners for their supports in contain COVID-19 pandemic. 

COVID-19, he said, is real and warned that “we must not miss the current efforts to contain the infection, one would be infected. 

Although he said, the Federal Government doled out some N50 billion to the state government meant for strengthening response such as sample collection, primary prevention etc. 

Nigeria, he said, need to improve on infection control in the hospital, stressing that 5 per cent of infections came from the health workers. 

Emphasising that access to medicare was very limited at inception and impact of COVID-19 lock down was significant. 

No epidemic, he said, lasted forever and urged Nigerians to take the COVID protocol seriously. 

Other speakers included the Group General Manager, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mallam Mele Kyari, Dr. Alero Roberts of Department of Community Health and Primary Care, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Idi-Araba and Dr. Michael Ihemaguba of Urgent Care, New York.

ITREALMS recalls that Nigeria currently has 65,982 confirmed cases, while 61,782 have been discharged so far just as 1,165 deaths since the pandemic debuted in Nigeria on February 2020. 

Remmy Nweke/DoP

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