Abuja hospitals rejecting patients and other #COVID-19 updates across Nigeria

Simon Agagwu, 70, suffering from breathing complications, died on June 28 after he was reportedly refused treatment by at least three public hospitals in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, his family members have said.

Agagwu had battled stroke for almost 16 years. He was hypertensive and also had high blood pressure.

He was receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Lokoja, Kogi, until the facility was closed down due to COVID-19 fears, family sources said. The family then moved him to Abuja to resume treatment on the advice of his doctors.

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Lawmakers want families of dead health workers to get benefits

The National Assembly is reviewing plans to get death benefits for the families of healthcare workers who die from COVID-19 in the line of duty, a lawmaker has said.

Speaking during a courtesy visit to the Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) Thursday, the Chairman, House of Representatives committee on health services, Tanko Sununu, said lawmakers were looking into what kind of compensation to be given to families of health workers who lost their lives trying to save others.

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What’s killing Kogi residents? 

It is over six weeks since May 27 when Kogi recorded its first two coronavirus cases. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced three more infections in the state and two of these cases have died. But the state government has continued to deny the existence of the virus, accusing the NCDC of falsifying cases.

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‘Violators of safety protocols at airport risk jail term’

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has directed investigation into the alleged breach of airport protocol by some dignitaries. He said anyone found guilty risks imprisonment for not less than two months.

Sirika said some dignitaries have been alleged to have flouted airport protocols. The dignitaries are: the former governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, the governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Fintiri.

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Kaduna Polytechnic ready to reopen, says Rector

Rector of Kaduna Polytechnic, Professor Idris Bugaje Thursday, said the institution has taken all necessary measures and set for to for safe re-opening for students once it gets the Federal government’s nod.

Bugaje told journalists at the Polytechnic’s main campus that the institution has produced its own sanitizing machine and acquired advanced technology that can measure temperature.

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