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Outbreak Of Bird Flu In 7 States In Nigeria – NCDC Confirms
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Outbreak Of Bird Flu In 7 States In Nigeria – NCDC Confirms

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), said that Kano, Plateau, Bauchi, Gombe, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Niger States have reported confirmed human cases of Avian Influenza H5N1 also called “Bird flu.” The NCDC Director General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Avian Influenza H5N1 made this known in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Tuesday in Abuja, while providing highlights of the epidemiological situation and response activities in Nigeria. NAN reports that Avian Influenza are strains of the influenza virus that primarily infect birds, but can also infect humans. This type of flu is most often contracted by contact with sick birds, and can also be passed from person to person. It spreads by airborne respiratory droplets (coughs or sneezes). Symptoms begin with...
NCDC Launches Campaign ‘6232’
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NCDC Launches Campaign ‘6232’

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced the commencement of ‘Campaign 6232’. This is an activity to raise public awareness for the toll-free number ‘6232’ recently introduced by the Agency, for public enquiries through its 24-7 Connect Centre. The campaign will use different means of communication to raise awareness of Nigerians on how to reach NCDC, with questions relating to infectious disease prevention, detection and control. Following an increasing need for Nigerians to communicate with the agency as part of the COVID-19 response, NCDC expanded its connect centre capacity in 2020. With support from the National Communication Commission, a shortcode 6232 has also been introduced. Over the last one year, NCDC has been leading Nigeria’s public health respons...
COVID-19: NYSC begins plans to reopen camps
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COVID-19: NYSC begins plans to reopen camps

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has prepared a proposal, which includes guidelines that would ensure safe and efficient conduct of its operations. The 2020 Batch ‘A’ Stream One Orientation Course was suspended after a week, as part of the measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria. However, NYSC is looking to reopen camps across the country and has This was contained in a statement on Tuesday, issued by the NYSC Director of Press and Public Relations, Adenike Adeyemi. According to Adeyemi, the Director-General of NYSC, Brig. General Shuaibu Ibrahim, made the comments when the DG of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja. READ ALSO: Goje emerges North East Assembly Caucus Chairman “Conscious of the p...
NYSC DG meets NCDC Boss over reopening of Orientation Camp
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NYSC DG meets NCDC Boss over reopening of Orientation Camp

The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim has met with his counterpart of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, in Abuja. MCI gathered that the aim of the visit is to strategize for safe and efficient conduct the scheme’s operations ahead of lifting of interstate borders. According to a recent report, the NYSC DG said that Orientation camp activities will commence as soon as interstate borders ban is lifted and govt gives a nod for the scheme. Below is the statement that contains details of NYSC DG visit to NCDC Boss As efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the National Youth Service Corps is strategizing for safe and efficient conduct of its operations ahead of further lifting of re...
COVID-19 Patients Without Symptoms To Be Discharged After 14 Days – NCDC
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COVID-19 Patients Without Symptoms To Be Discharged After 14 Days – NCDC

PATIENTS who stop showing Coronavirus symptoms —fever and respiratory, will be discharged without waiting for a laboratory negative test. Besides, those who fail to show symptoms after testing positive will be discharged 14 days after, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said on Thursday while unveiling the new treatment protocols. The NCDC said this followed new data from Singapore that showed that RNA detected beyond 10 days is no longer infectious as no viable virus is grown by a viral culture. Such patients will be asked to go home but advised to continue self-isolation one week after discharge. Director-General of NCDC Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, who spoke at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, in Abuja, said: “There have been new science em...
Dangote Donates Mobile Test Centre, Ambulances to Kano
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Dangote Donates Mobile Test Centre, Ambulances to Kano

Kano state government has taken delivering of Mobile Molecular Diagnostic Centre for COVID-19 donated by Dangote Foundation sited at Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital. The 54gene mobile testing laboratory with 40ft structure steel container built technology, provides a unique plug-and-play solution to eliminate logistics of shipping samples to another infrastructure for processing. Also donated by the richest man in Africa, Aliko Dangote are 10 ambulances and three official vehicles as part of corporate supports to strength the war against the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic in Kano. Unlike the existing Centre activated by Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control (NCDC) with testing capacity of 80 samples daily, the Multi billion Dangote pathology laboratory is enabled to examine 400 s...
Cross River Health Commissioner Revealed  Residents are Promised Millions to Lie they Have COVID-19
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Cross River Health Commissioner Revealed Residents are Promised Millions to Lie they Have COVID-19

Cross River State health commissioner, Betta Edu, has claimed that residents of the state are being promised millions of Naira to lie that they have COVID-19. Betta Edu, stated this while lashing out at the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) over a recent comment about some Nigerian states who are yet to record Coronavirus cases. The Director-general of the NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu had earlier stated that Coronavirus will get to every state in the country, pointing out that some states are yet to send in enough samples for tests. He averred that some states which are yet to record cases of COVID-19 are either negligent in testing and tracing, or actively hiding the disease within their territories. Reacting to the claims, the health commission of Cross River state, ...
Why NCDC Doesn’t Want To Lift The Lockdown
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Why NCDC Doesn’t Want To Lift The Lockdown

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, has explained why the lockdown measure should not be relaxed amid efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic. The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), had on March 29 ordered a lockdown of the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and Ogun states for 14 days to curb COVID-19 spread. Many states had also followed suit. But as the number of COVID-19 cases increased, the President on April 13 extended the lockdown for 14 more days. As of the time of filing this report, the coronavirus had spread to 26 states and the FCT, with 1,095 cases recorded across the country by the NCDC. While 208 patients had been discharged, 32 had died. The new cases were 80 in Lagos, 21 in Gombe, five in FCT, two each in Zamfara and Edo, and one each in Ogun,...
COVID-19: NCDC Advises Pregnant, Breastfeeding Women To Take Precautions
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COVID-19: NCDC Advises Pregnant, Breastfeeding Women To Take Precautions

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has advised pregnant and breastfeeding women to take routine preventative actions to avoid the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General of NCDC, gave the advice in an interview with Newsmen on Friday in Abuja. Ihekweazu said that the preventive measures were recommended in alignment with the Department of Family Health, Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH). He listed the measures to include diligent hand-washing, avoiding close contact with people exhibiting symptoms of infection and covering sneezes and coughs. He said that it was not currently known if pregnant women were more susceptible to COVID-19 than the general public nor whether they were more likely to have serious illness as a result....
We’ve Tested About 7,000 People For Coronavirus – NCDC
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We’ve Tested About 7,000 People For Coronavirus – NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has disclosed that they’ve tested about 7,000 people for Coronavirus till date. Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director-General of the NCDC disclosed this at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19. He also revealed that they will now be releasing the numbers of tests done weekly. He said; “With respect to the number of persons that have been tested, so far, we are just around 7,000 but we want to release the numbers and potentially even give a breakdown of what we tested in every lab within the network. We have agreed every Friday by 6pm to announce the number of tests for that week.” The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire also revealed that the national testing capacity has been increased to 3,000 pe...
COVID-19: NCDC Reveals Challenge Of Getting Samples For Test
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COVID-19: NCDC Reveals Challenge Of Getting Samples For Test

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said that its main challenge is not testing for Coronavirus (COVID-19), but collection of samples and getting them to laboratories. Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director-General of NCDC, said this at the daily Presidential Task Force briefing on Wednesday in Abuja, while giving an update on COVID-19 in the country. Ihekweazu said that the agency would test more people as its testing capacity had improved significantly. “The bottleneck now is in getting the samples from the right people. We are now scaling up sample collection. ”We are helping Lagos State to set up sample collection facilities in 20 health facilities in the state. “We want to make it easier for people who need to give samples to do so. “Our call centre capacity...
Coronavirus: We Will Release Policy On Face Masks This Week – NCDC DG
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Coronavirus: We Will Release Policy On Face Masks This Week – NCDC DG

The Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, has said the agency will roll out a policy on face masks this week. Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu said this on Monday in Abuja during a briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. According to Dr Ihekweazu, the NCDC is almost done with the face mask policy but the draft is still being looked at by the agency. “Last week, I did say we would release a policy on face masks. That policy has almost been completed,” the NCDC boss explained. “In fact, the draft is now being looked at by various (his) colleagues to make sure that we are all alive. By tomorrow or next, we would be releasing that policy for all of us to align with.” He also revealed that thirty percent of the cases in the cou...
#Coronavirus: “We are looking for 6,000 contacts” – NCDC
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#Coronavirus: “We are looking for 6,000 contacts” – NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says it is trying to identify 6,000 people who have had close contact with coronavirus cases. Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director-General of NCDC, revealed this on Monday when he appeared on Channels Television. Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, currently has over 111 cases. Ihekweazu said the numbers are expected to keep rising, but assured that the NCDC was on top of the situation. “We expect cases of COVID19 to rise as we improve the capacity to detect and test. Our laboratories are activated to function 24/7.” “We appeal to Nigerians to work with us in compliance with the measures instituted by the President,” he said. Ihekweazu noted that Nigeria has been lucky not to have had too many severe cases. He disclosed that ...
It is not yet Time for That – NCDC DG Tells House of Rep Members on Two weeks Planned Recess over Coronavirus
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It is not yet Time for That – NCDC DG Tells House of Rep Members on Two weeks Planned Recess over Coronavirus

The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu has reacted to the move by members of the House of Representatives to go on two weeks recess over coronavirus. Speaking on Channels Television 'Sunrise Daily', Ihekweazu stated that it is not yet time for such action as it will only lead to panic. The NCDC Boss urged the lawmakers to instead support the efforts of experts by providing a budget that is sustainable in curtailing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. He said; “I have a lot of respect for the honourable members of the House of Representatives, but I think the time now hasn’t come, if they respond in a way like that by suspending session, everyone else will ask if they should close their businesses, office or schools and it is...
Five Travelers From China Test Negative To Coronavirus In Nigeria
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Five Travelers From China Test Negative To Coronavirus In Nigeria

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said on Saturday that five travellers from China tested negative to Coronavirus also known as COVID19. The PUNCH reported that the NCDC Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said on Friday that the centre had “two cases and tests are going on at the moment. As soon as they are completed, it will be announced. If a person returns to the country, say within 20 or 30 days, there is no point wasting reagents to test such a person. “For other diseases, we usually advise people to go to the hospitals to get tested but for suspected cases of Coronavirus, patients are advised to simply put a call through to us, we will come to the patient because going to the hospital can amplify the disease if it is found to be positive.” On Saturday, the NCDC ...
29 Dead, 195 Infected as Lassa Fever Spreads to 11 States – NCDC
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29 Dead, 195 Infected as Lassa Fever Spreads to 11 States – NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced the casualty figure in the recent Lassa fever outbreak across the country as it activated a National Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) to coordinate response activities on Saturday January 25. NCDC DG, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu said 195 confirmed cases and 29 deaths were reported in 11 states as of January 24. Two Kano health workers were also confirmed dead in the recent outbreak in which 89% of the confirmed cases are from Ondo, Edo and Ebonyi. Ihekweazu said; “Over the last three weeks, NCDC has deployed Rapid Response Teams to support five of the affected states”, the agency said. “The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire led a high-level delegation to Kano State on the 25th of January 2020, following the deaths o...
FG To Introduce Healthcare Fund For Lassa Fever Patients
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FG To Introduce Healthcare Fund For Lassa Fever Patients

The Federal Government is introducing a funding mechanism to carter for patients with confirmed cases of Lassa Fever in the country, the Director General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, has said. Ihekweazu made the disclosure on Sunday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. He explained that the aim of the healthcare fund was to ensure that money does not become a hindrance for patients in accessing lassa fever treatment. “We are making plans through the Basic Primary Healthcare Provision Fund, the new funding instituted by the federal government, to cover the cost of treatment of confirmed cases of Lassa fever patients. “A process is ongoing on how to manage this and it is at the heart of discussion at all levels of...
FG Announces Decline In Lassa Fever Cases
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FG Announces Decline In Lassa Fever Cases

The Federal Government has announced a decline in number of new cases of Lassa fever in the country. Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, who disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja, said that the country had witnessed a reduction in the number of people who have died from the disease compared to 2018 adding that the NCDC and partners had continued to sustain response activities in states across the country, despite progress made so far. He said, “An outbreak of Lassa fever was declared in Nigeria on Jan. 21, 2019. Since then, 420 confirmed cases and 93 deaths have been reported in 21 states. The national, multi-sectoral, is coordinating the national response multi-partner Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) led by the NCDC...
1,166 Nigerians Die In Cerebrospinal Meningitis In 25 States
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1,166 Nigerians Die In Cerebrospinal Meningitis In 25 States

No fewer than 1,166 persons have died of cerebrospinal meningitis across 25 states in the country. This was revealed in the latest report by the National Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) on the ongoing subtype C of the disease in Nigeria. The report, which indicated that over 14,518 have been affected, said there has been a decline in the outbreak. The EOC was established by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) and some partner organisations. According to the statement: “The outbreak has been in constant decline for eight weeks and the affected states have recorded fewer new cases. In the last four weeks, no local government area has reached outbreak alert threshold.” But the centre’s claim was contradict...

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