A pilot study on the use of dogs, to diagnose the COVID-19 pandemic may start in Nigeria in July.
The pilot training programme utilising scent detection by dogs to discriminate between samples from COVID-19 positive and negative patients would have 36 dogs as pioneer participants in the novel research initiative of a firm – ScentLogix and the University of Security, Ondo State.
NCDC approves coronavirus test centre for Katsina
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has approved Sahel MediCare Centre, a private laboratory in Katsina, as a test centre for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The centre, located within the state metropolitan area, was built and equipped by a private citizen.
Governor Aminu Masari said yesterday that NCDC officials had inspected the laboratory and given the nod for it to commence operation.
Wike eases lockdown in Rivers
Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike Tuesday, announced that no part of the State would be under any lockdown from today following the cancellation of the proposed lockdown on Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt local councils of the state.
“Our team of medical personnel led by the Commissioner for Health has visited Bonny Island and collected samples from suspected cases for analysis and immediate intervention should the results indicate the outbreak of the virus in the area, “the governor said.
NAFDAC to continue chloroquine trial
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it will continue chloroquine clinical trials for COVID-19 treatment despite the suspension of the drug test by the World Health Organization (WHO).
NAFDAC director-general, Mojisola Adeyeye, made this known during a programme on TVC, on Tuesday.
Jonathan tasks Africa to look inward for solutions
Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, has tasked African countries to look inward for home grown solutions. Jonathan also stressed the need for the boosting of economic activities and co-operation in Africa, noting that increasing trade within the continent would significantly improve the economies of African nations.
The former President stated this during a teleconference organised by the Universal Peace Federation, UPF, on Monday to mark the occasion of Africa Day 2020.