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COVID-19: FEC approves N5.6 billion for oxygen plants in 36 states, FCT

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By Abdullahi Mohammed, Abuja
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the establishment of an oxygen production plant in each of the 36 States of the country, worth N5.6 billion.Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, said this while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the weekly FEC meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“The Minister of Health presented a memo, which was approved, for the emergency supply, installation and maintenance of oxygen production plants and construction of plant houses in each of the 36 States of the federation and Abuja. The contract was approved in the sum of N5, 615, 127, 479 inclusive of 7.5 percent VAT, in favour of four different companies, with a completion period of 20 weeks,” he said.


He said the approval was to cushion the effect of COVID-19 pandemic, which has made oxygen a very critical commodity.The minister said the council also approved the N1.1 billion for the procurement of aviation security uniforms and accessories for use in various airports across the country. 

“Minister of Aviation got approval for the award of a contract for direct procurement for the design, manufacture and supply of aviation security uniforms and accessories. The sum total is N1, 127, 945. The unique thing about uniforms for the aviation industry is that it has some International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards that would be followed.”The Information Minister further disclosed that the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs also got an approval of N864.7 million for two road contracts that were abandoned by previous administrations.

“The Minister of Niger Delta got approval for Okpula-Igwartanta Phase I linking Imo and Rivers State, started in 2010. He got an approval for a variation of N620, 763, 000. He also got approval for erosion flood control on Ndemili-Utagba-Onitsha road in Delta State, started in 2014. The council today approved N244 million to augment the original contract sum,” he said.


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‘Lagos COVID-19 related deaths hit 506’

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By Oluwafunke Ishola 

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, says the number of persons in the state that  died from COVID-19 related complications had increased to 506. 

Abayomi said this through his Facebook account @ProfAkinolaAbayomi on Sunday, while giving the state’s COVID-19 update for Aug. 20.

He said that 11 persons died from COVID-19 related complications on the reported day, increasing the state’s fatality figure from the virus to 506.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls  that deaths,  recorded between Aug. 1 to Aug. 20,  accounted for 122 out of the 506 total deaths recorded in the state, since the beginning of the pandemic. 

The 11 deaths recorded on Aug. 20,  represented  the second highest number of daily deaths recorded in the state, as the state had earlier recorded 13 deaths on Aug.10.

Abayomi disclosed that the state recorded 239 new COVID-19 infections,  out of the 2,750 tests conducted on Friday, bringing the state’s total infections to 70,563.

The commissioner also said 4,387 persons with active COVID-19 cases,  were receiving treatment under the state’s home-based care.

He added that 227 COVID-19 infected patients were being managed at the state’s isolation centres.

According to him, 60,716 of the infected persons had so far, recovered in communities, while 4,716 recovered in the state’s COVID-19 isolation centres.

The commissioner added that the total number of COVID-19 tests conducted in the state since the outbreak of the pandemic, stood at 662,826.

Earlier, Abayomi had said that the battle to defeat the pandemic was still on and Lagos was currently in a third wave of the pandemic.

He added that it was not certain,  if this would be the last wave, or whether there would be more waves or live with COVID-19 as a factor of life.  

“As we all know, Lagos state is currently running home-based care in the management of COVID-19 cases. 

“The state do not have enough bed spaces to isolate patients and this is not peculiar to Lagos state alone,” he said. 

He noted that the state was currently under stress in the management of the pandemic.

Abayomi said  there was a critical need to strike a balance, between managing a public health crisis and COVID – proofing the economy,  to ensure the state’s economy was active. (NAN)


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South Africa reports 14,728 new COVID-19 infections, 384 new deaths.

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Citizens wait in the queue at Mitchell's Plain CHC to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on July 31, 2021 in Mitchell's Plain, South Africa.
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Citizens wait in the queue at Mitchell’s Plain CHC to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on July 31, 2021 in Mitchell’s Plain, South Africa.

South Africa’s health ministry on Wednesday reported 14,728 daily new COVID-19 infections, taking the country’s total number of cases to 2,638,981.

The ministry also reported 384 deaths, taking the total number of virus-related fatalities to 78,377.

The country is the hardest-hit by the pandemic in Africa, accounting for 35.88 per cent of the continent’s caseload and 42.20 per cent of its fatalities.

Gauteng province has registered the highest number of cases and deaths, with 892,734 infections and 18,269 fatalities.

The Western Cape and Kwa Zulu Natal provinces are also hard hit, each having reported more than 400,000 COVID-19 cases.

The Western Cape Province has recorded 17,091 deaths while Kwa Zulu Natal has 12,768.

South Africa however boasts of a 91 percent recovery rate, as 2,402,020 patients successfully recovered from the disease. Active cases stood at 158,584.

The government is undertaking a nationwide vaccination campaign in efforts to contain further spread of the virus.

By Wednesday, 9,962,111 vaccines had been administered.

Source:(CGTN)


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COVID-19 3rd wave: Nigerian gov’t places FCT, Lagos, five others on red alert

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By Goodluck Ikiebe.

The federal government of Nigeria has placed FCT, Lagos, Kaduna, and others states on red alert over COVID 19 3rd wave.

A statement was issued early Sunday morning and signed by the chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19,
Boss Mustapha.

The statement noted that the nation has, in the recent time, continued to witness “worrisome early signs of the third wave of the pandemic.”.


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