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Lagos Opens 88 COVID-19 Vaccination Centres

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The vaccination is expected to be held in 88 health facilities, including military and police hospitals across 20 LGAs.

In a statement, Akin Abayomi, commissioner of health, outlined the approach that will be utilised for the registration of persons that qualify for the vaccination.

“Vaccination outside of these locations in Lagos State is highly prohibited and will attract heavy sanctions through our regulatory agencies,” he said.

The commissioner said the vaccination plan will be conducted in four phases.

He said phase 1 is for healthcare workers, COVID-19 response team (RRT), ports of entry staff (air, land, and seaports), laboratory network, judiciary, military, police and other security agencies, petrol station workers, teachers, press and other frontline workers.

Phase 2 is for people aged 50 years and above as well as those living with co-morbidities who are between 18-49 years of age.

Phase 3 is for people in the LGAs with the highest burden of disease and those who missed phases 1 and 2 while phase 4 is for other eligible persons.

“Although the registration portal is open to the public, ONLY eligible participants within phase 1 should register for the vaccination now. More information on the vaccination of other participants in phases 2 to 4 will be communicated subsequently,” he added.

See the full list of the vaccination centres below.

S/N LGAs Wards Facility

1 Agege KEKE Sango PHC

2 Agege ORILE Powerline phc

3 Ajeromi/Ifelodun OLUWA/AKERE Akere PHC

4 Ajeromi/Ifelodun OWOYEMI LAYENI PHC

5 Ajeromi OWOYEMI Signals Operation Command Clinic

6 Ajeromi ALAYABIAGBA Obisesan Naval Medical Centre

7 Ajeromi/Ifelodun Awodiora Ajeromi GH

8 Alimosho Alabata Akowonjo PHC

9 Alimosho ALAGBADO/ALAKUKO AGBADO PHC

10 Alimosho IDIMU Helen Aderonke PHC

11 Alimosho IPAJA Ipaja phc

12 Alimosho ISHERI-OLOFIN Isheri Olofin PHC

13 Alimosho OKUNOLA Rauf Aregbesola phc

14 Alimosho OMITUNTUN-OLORI Ipinlerere PHC

15 Alimosho IGANDO Alimosho GH

16 Alimosho GowonEstate NIGERIAN NAVY SICKBAY

17 Alimosho Oguntade/Bameke NAF Medical Centre Shasha

18 Amuwo Odofin ADO SOBA BAT PHC

19 Amuwo Odofin AGBOJU &ENVIRON Agboju phc

20 Amuwo Odofin ORIRE Festac PHC

21 Amuwo KIRIKIRI & ENVIRON NIGERIAN NAVY REFERENCE HOSPITAL

22 Apapa GASKIYA Olojowon Primary Health Centre

23 Apapa IJORA Ijora oloye phc

24 APAPA APAPA CFO MRS MILITARY HOSPITAL

25 Badagry APA APA PHC

26 Badagry IWORO-GBANKO Ilado phc

27 BADAGRY APA NAF Mother & Child Hosp

28 Epe AGBOWA I Agbowa PHC

29 Epe BADO/EBOLE/ETITA/IBERIKODO Epe phc

30 Epe AGBOWA Agbowa GH

31 Eti Osa 1004/ABOYADE Oriyanrin PHC

32 Eti Osa BADORE/LANGBASA Badore phc

33 Eti Osa IGBO-EFON/MAIYEGUN Igbo efon phc

34 Eti Osa IJEH/DOLPHIN ESTATE Ikoyi PHC

35 Eti Osa IKATE/LEKKI IKATE PHC

36 Eti Osa SANGOTEDO SANGOTEDO PHC

37 Eti Osa OKUNMOPO/OGOMBO MCC

38 Eti-Osa Falomo Police Hospital

39 Eti-Osa VI2 65 Batallion MRS Hospital

40 Ibeju Lekki IBEJU I IBEJU PHC

41 Ibeju Lekki ORIMEDU I Akodo GH

42 Ifako/Ijaye ALAGBADO/KOLLINTON Agbado Kola PHC

43 Ifako/Ijaye IFAKO/COKER Ifako Primary Health Centre

44 Ifako/Ijaye IFAKO/COKER Ifako GH

45 Ikeja OJODU OJODU PHC

46 Ikeja ONILEKERE ONILEKERE PHC

47 Ikeja OREGUN Oregun PHC

48 Ikeja G.R.A. LASUTH

49 Ikeja Onigbongbo 9BMC Army Cantonment Ikeja

50 Ikorodu ATERE Imota phc

51 Ikorodu IPAKODO Ipakodo PHC

52 Ikorodu ISELE Ikorodu Phc

53 Ikorodu ITUMOKUN Igbogbo Phc

54 Ikorodu OKE-ELETU/ABULE-EKO OKE ELETU PHC

55 Ikorodu ODONGUNYAN 174 Batallion Child Health Care

56 Kosofe OGUDU Ogudu PHC

57 Kosofe BAMGBE/ELEBIJU KETU PHC

58 Kosofe IKOSI-OKE Ikosi phc

59 Kosofe Araromi Ifako Gbagada GH

60 Lagos Island EPETEDO EAST Sura PHC

61 Lagos Island OKE-OLOWOGBOWO Olowogbowo Phc

62 Lagos Island ODAN LIMH

63 Lagos Mainland ALOBA/DESALU Abule nla phc

64 Lagos Mainland FREEMAN/GLOVER Simpson PHC

65 Lagos Mainland SALAMI/ BAIYEWUNMI IWAYA PHC

66 Lagos Mainland IPONRI olaleye Federal Medical Centre Ebute Metta

67 Lagos Mainland ABULE IJESHA Infectious Disease Hospital

68 Lagos Mainland ONIKE OYADIRAN Nig. Sec. Printing & Mint Corp. Hospital

69 Lagos Mainland Abule Oja Yaba 68 Nig Army Reference Hospital

70 MUSHIN ALAKARA Kajola phc

71 MUSHIN PAPA AJAO Palm Avenue PHC

72 MUSHIN Idi Araba LUTH

73 OJO EGAN Ishagira phc

74 OJO ETEGBIN Imude phc

75 OJO IBA Iba phc

76 OJO IJANIKIN Otto/Ijanikin PHC

77 OJO OJO TOWN OJO PHC

78 OJO IRA 149 Battalion MRS

79 OJO Okokomaiko Navy Hospital

80 OSHODI IFOSHIN Iyana-Ejigbo PHC

81 OSHODI IGBEHINADUN Oshodi phc

82 OSHODI ILASAMAJA Ilasa phc

83 OSHODI Shogunle Shogunle Ikeja NAF

84 OSHODI OLUYEYE Port Health

85 SHOMOLU IGBARI AKOKA PHC

86 SHOMOLU OWODE /ORILE BARIGA CMS PHC

87 SURULERE BABATUNDE AYILARA Akerele phc

88 SURULERE OSHO

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Npower Payment: NASIMS Talks Payment of October and November Stipends

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The National Social Investment Management System (NASIMS) has released an update concerning the payment of the Npower October and November stipends to the Batch C volunteers of the Npower programme. The failure to pay the stipends has launched quite the discourse concerning the efficacy of the programme.

In a Facebook post, NASIMS addressed the lack of payment, responding to the enquiries of some beneficiaries. These beneficiaries had previously repeatedly made attempts to find out exactly when the payments for October and November would be commencing.

NASIMS first moved to clarify how the payment process works, explaining that the payment procedure is not quick and it takes time. The group stated that the account would need to be validated before anything else, after which the bank account details would be forwarded to the Central Bank of Nigeria, who will in turn send out the required stipends to the financial institutions.

The Facebook post closed with NASIMS saying that they are not aware of an exact date on which the payment of the October and November stipends will commence, but mentioned that they are sure that the payment process will be starting anytime soon.

Also, the Federal Government – through NASIMS – has told the beneficiaries of Batch C to provide their Bank Verification Numbers if they are yet to do so, as the BVN is necessary for account validation. The Federal Government also confirmed that if payment status reflects as ‘Pending’ on the dashboard, it means that the account has been successfully validated.

At this stage, beneficiaries are to simply be patient and wait for the payment to be made.

NASIMS also stated that its attention has been drawn to a ridiculous post going around social media, concerning the commencement of Batch C2 selection. The post announced that the Batch C2 of the Npower programme had begun and individuals would need to pay N4500 to be enlisted.

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Omicron, WHO Gives New COVID Variant Name

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has designated the new COVID variant B.1.1.529, Omicron on Friday.

The organisation disclosed in a statement published on its website after its officials assessed data received from South Africa earlier today.

It said “The B.1.1.529 variant was first reported to WHO from South Africa on 24 November 2021. The epidemiological situation in South Africa has been characterized by three distinct peaks in reported cases, the latest of which was predominantly the Delta variant. In recent weeks, infections have increased steeply, coinciding with the detection of B.1.1.529 variant. The first known confirmed B.1.1.529 infection was from a specimen collected on 9 November 2021.”

“This variant has a large number of mutations, some of which are concerning. Preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection with this variant, as compared to other VOCs. The number of cases of this variant appears to be increasing in almost all provinces in South Africa. Current SARS-CoV-2 PCR diagnostics continue to detect this variant. Several labs have indicated that for one widely used PCR test, one of the three target genes is not detected (called S gene dropout or S gene target failure) and this test can therefore be used as marker for this variant, pending sequencing confirmation. Using this approach, this variant has been detected at faster rates than previous surges in infection, suggesting that this variant may have a growth advantage.”

Therefore, countries are asked to do the following:

  • enhance surveillance and sequencing efforts to better understand circulating SARS-CoV-2 variants.
  • submit complete genome sequences and associated metadata to a publicly available database, such as GISAID.
  • report initial cases/clusters associated with VOC infection to WHO through the IHR mechanism.
  • where capacity exists and in coordination with the international community, perform field investigations and laboratory assessments to improve understanding of the potential impacts of the VOC on COVID-19 epidemiology, severity, effectiveness of public health and social measures, diagnostic methods, immune responses, antibody neutralization, or other relevant characteristics.

WHO said its independent Technical Advisory Group on SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution (TAG-VE) will continue to evaluate this variant and communicate new findings to member states.

On Friday, Belgium reported a case of Omicron variant covid in a traveler from Egypt while Hong Kong reported two cases.

The United Kingdom, US, Israel and others have imposed restrictions on flights from South Africa and other six nations to curb Omicron outbreak in the nations.

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US, UK, EU Nations, Israel, Others Restrict Travel From South Africa

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The United States has joined the United Kingdom, Israel, European Nations and a host of others to restrict flights from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi starting from Monday.

US Senior officials announced on Friday, saying the restriction was recommended by Joe Biden’s chief medical officer and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, the restriction does not apply to US citizens or permanent residents.

The decision was after reports of a fast-spreading new covid variant called B.1.1.529 hits headline on Thursday, raising concerns it could spread across the world if nothing is done fast. On Friday, Hong Kong reported two cases of the virus while Belgium confirmed one case in a traveler from Egypt.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has designated the heavily mutated coronavirus strain ‘a variant of concern’.

WHO said the new COVID variant would be given the name Omicron after data examined by its officials showed exponential growth in cases of the B.1.1.529 Sars-Cov-2 variant.

The news plunged global financial markets, with stocks falling to their lowest in more than a year. The Standard and Poor 500 dropped 2.3 percent while Europe’s Stoxx 600 sheds 3.7 percent and the MSCI Asia-Pacific index dipped by 1.7 percent.

Crude oil dropped over $10 or more than 5 percent to $72 a barrel. Even gold, a known haven commodity, pulled back, losing its earlier gains.

“What should have been a quiet Friday trading in both bonds and equities globally has turned into a rout,” said Andrew Brenner, head of international fixed income at NatAlliance Securities.

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