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Top five updates on COVID-19 in Nigeria

Owing to the infinite number of information being released at every minute around the novel coronavirus in Nigeria, it is important to not only filter the information we consume so as not to be overwhelmed but to have a reliable space to begin to find the information we need.

‘We will work on Nigeria’s health system’ 

Nigeria’s Federal Government plans to overhaul the country’s health system as efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus continues, the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 has said. 

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, who is also the chairman of the task force, made this known during a meeting with the leadership of the National Assembly on Thursday. 

He noted that the pandemic has provided the opportunity to examine the state of the national healthcare systems “which is in dire need of reforms and funding.” 

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Reps to monitor COVID-19 funds 

The House of Representatives has said it will give legislative backing to the funds donated towards stopping the spread of the coronavirus.  

The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila said this in Abuja Thursday during a meeting on the update on COVID-19 between the leadership of the National Assembly and the Presidential Task Force (PTF). 

He emphasised the need for legislation on the disbursement of government and private funds against the pandemic.

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Minister says essential products have been successfully deployed 

The Minister of Industry Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo, has said that the supply of essential commodities nationwide, in spite of the restriction of movement, has been a tremendous success.  

Adebayo disclosed this Thursday in Abuja after receiving briefs from the Manager, Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), Battah Ndirpaya. 

He had earlier this week announced the establishment of the EOC which he said would be housed in his ministry.

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Church gives out relief items  

The Diocese of Lagos, Anglican Communion Thursday donated N5 million cash and medical supplies to the Lagos government. 

It also distributed food and other essential items to poor and vulnerable families in the state. 

The Diocesan Missioner, Diocese of Lagos, Anglican Communion, Rt Rev Humphrey Olumakaiye said the church deemed it necessary as a Diocese to lend its support to the effort of the State government to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on many families in Lagos.

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Health minister says he’s not awar doctors are paid hazard allowance 

Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire says he is not aware if medical doctors and other health practitioners managing COVID-19 patients in Nigeria are paid any hazard allowance. 

Ehanire, who met with the leadership of the national assembly in Abuja Thursday, said what the doctors are doing is their routine job. 

He added: “It is the standard job they do every day; it is the standard job.”

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