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UN Secretary-General Condemns The Attack and Abduction of Hundreds of Students Of The Government Science School at Kankara, Katsina State.

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The United Nations on Monday condemned the abduction of hundreds of boys from the Government Science School at Kankara in Katsina State.

In a statement issued by Stéphane Dujarric, Secretary-General, United Nations, the organisation called for the immediate and unconditional release of the abducted children and for their safe return to the families.

The statement reads in part, “The Secretary-General strongly condemns the 11 December attack on a secondary school in Katsina State, Nigeria, and the reported abduction of hundreds of boys by suspected armed bandits.

“The Secretary-General calls for the immediate and unconditional release of the abducted children and for their safe return to their families. He reiterates that attacks on schools and other educational facilities constitute a grave violation of human rights. He urges the Nigerian authorities to bring those responsible for this act to justice.

“The Secretary-General reaffirms the solidarity and support of the United Nations to the Government and people of Nigeria in their fight against terrorism, violent extremism, and organized crime”.

It was reported that the terrible incident happened late Friday when the suspected armed bandit on motorcycles stormed the school premises and immediately engaged the security forces of the school in a fierce shoot out which forced hundreds of students to run for safety in the surrounding bush and forest.

While speaking to the press on Sunday, Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari affirmed that 333 students are still missing.

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UK New Variant COVID-19, B117 Discovers in Nigeria

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UK New Variant COVID-19, B117 Discovers in Nigeria

The Federal Government has said the new type of COVID-19, B117 variant strain that was first reported in the United Kingdom has been discovered in Nigeria.

Boss Mustapha, the Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, disclosed this on Monday.

He said four cases of COVID-19 B117 variant strain was recorded.

Mustapha said; “over the last few weeks, the PTF had been closely following the rising number of infections reported daily in Nigeria and in other jurisdictions.

“Similarly, our scientists have been sequencing the variants of the virus.

“There have been reports of cases with the B117 variant strain first reported in the UK, found in Nigeria. Three of these were in travelers out of Nigeria and one in a resident”.

Boss Mustapha puts Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases as at January 24, 2020 at 121,566 with total tests of 1,270,523.

He said active cases were 22,834, representing 19.4 percent. The total number of discharged patients were 97,228 while deaths stood at 1,504.

“Also, over seven days ending Jan. 23, the statistics showed that tests conducted were 58,974 while cases recorded were 11,179, with a positivity of 19.0 per cent.

“62 deaths were recorded, with case fatality ratio of 0.6 per cent; active cases stood at 23,568 at 19.4 per cent.

“All these numbers represent increases from the previous seven days and we are looking at taking further public health containment measures in local government areas that are considered high burden,” he explained.

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COVID-19: FG To Build 38 Oxygen Plants As Demand For Medical Oxygen Rises

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COVID-19: FG To Build 38 Oxygen Plants As Demand For Medical Oxygen Rises

Following the approval of over 16 million dollars by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Federal Government says it will build 38 oxygen plants across the country.

This project is meant to address the surge in demand for oxygen as a result of the daily rise in COVID-19 cases in the country.

In the National Economic Council meeting held on Wednesday, the Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed said that the construction of a new oxygen plant was necessary due to the continuous increase in numbers of COVID-19 patients in need of oxygen.

In a statement, the FG said it had allotted an additional $671,000 for repairs of existing oxygen generation facilities in five hospitals.

According to the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi,_ “a large number of patients who are currently on admission in the isolation centers are largely dependent on oxygen. A patient with a critical case may use about six cylinders of oxygen in 24 hours”_ Abayomi explains.

In the commercial capital Lagos, the epicenter of Nigeria’s outbreak, demand for oxygen at one of its main hospitals had increased fivefold in recent weeks to 350 6-liter cylinders a day according to the state government.

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COVID-19: Nigeria to Receive 100,000 Doses of Pfizer Vaccine By Early February

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COVID-19: Nigeria to Receive 100,000 Doses of Pfizer Vaccine By Early February

According to officials, Africa’s most populous country will receive 100,000 doses of COVID-19 by February 2021.

Health expertise at Pfizer affirmed that the COVID-19 vaccine has to be stored in a cold temperature and this might prove difficult when getting them to rural areas.

However, it was reported that Nigeria has found a way to beat the challenge through its ultra-cold chain equipment.

Dr. Faisal Shuaib, director-general of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHDA) said “What we do have coming to the country is the Pfizer vaccines that require about -70 degrees Celsius,

“This is why we are actively making sure that we have those vaccines and also bearing in mind that additional vaccines might be brought from the Covax facility that will require these types of temperatures.”

According to Dr. Shuaib, the NPHDA has put in place three Ultra Cold Chain (UCC) equipment that will be used to bring in the vaccine.

He said, “Three of them have a total capacity of 2,100 liters. So, we have more than enough space for the 100,000 doses of the vaccine that will be brought in the first instance”.

“We will be focusing more on those vaccines that do not require these kinds of complicated cold chain mechanisms. So the Oxford-Astrazeneca types of vaccine that require +2 to +8 degrees Celsius are what we are going to be focusing on,” he added.

As of January 22nd, Nigeria reported 118,138 COVID-19 confirmed cases and 1,490 deaths since the outbreak of the virus.

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