Nigeria recorded its highest daily toll ever with 745 new cases confirmed in 20 states and the federal capital territory (FCT).
This was announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease (NCDC) in its update for Thursday.
‘Risk of contracting COVID-19 now higher than before’
The national coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu says Nigerians now stand a higher risk of contracting the coronavirus disease, especially as the lockdown has been eased and people choose to ignore the safety guidelines set in place to contain the spread of COVID-19.
He disclosed this during the PTF briefing in Abuja on Thursday.
Cross River protests FG’s planned training in Calabar
Cross River Government has raised concerns and protested plans by the Federal Government to conduct training of medical personnel on COVID-19 sample testing procedure at the Nigeria Navy Reference Hospital in Calabar.
The training is arranged without the knowledge of the state government and the implication of it being a hands-on-training is that COVID-19 samples (both positive and negative samples) will be sent to the state for the training.
‘Inadequate infrastructure, manpower shortage bane of COVID-19 containment’
The Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 (PTF) has declared that national response to the coronavirus pandemic has been challenged by inadequate infrastructure, manpower shortage and global shortage of essential items.
It explained that essential test kits, personal protective equipment (PPEs) and a strained economy, which had compelled the need for balance between lives and livelihoods, especially as there is no known cure for the virus, were also a huge challenge.
Answer doctors, save lives!
A report the other day that resident doctors in the country had embarked on another indefinite nationwide strike should be unsettling amid the raging COVID-19 pandemic. This is certainly not the best time for doctors to embark on any strike. There is a very serious health challenge facing the country. Doctors are needed at this.