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Coronavirus Kills Kenya’s Top Kidney Specialist

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Kenya has lost a top kidney specialist to coronavirus as the number of doctors succumbing to the virus increases.

Dr. Anthony Omollo, who passed on Saturday, was also head of renal unit at the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, the biggest referral hospital in East Africa.

Five other specialist doctors have succumbed to the deadly disease.

Professionals in the healthcare sector, particularly those in the frontline in fighting the pandemic, are a worried lot. The pandemic has claimed the lives of 31 specialists.

Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Council (KMPDU) on Saturday confirmed the death of the kidney specialist. He was also president of the African Association of Nephrology and Deputy Director of the East African Kidney Institute.

Dr. Omollo is reported to have succumbed to the virus while undergoing treatment at a city hospital where he had been re-admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU).

KPMDU last week issued a strike notice which lapses on December 6, 2020.

Healthcare workers are blaming the government for failure to provide the medics with adequate personal protection equipment.

On Saturday, Kenya recorded 1,340 fatalities while the number of pandemic cases stood at 75,193.

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Nigeria Records 56 New Infections, Discharges 165 Patients

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The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 56 new infections of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.

The NCDC made this known via its verified website on Monday.

It said that the infections brought the total number of cases in the country to 66,439.

The NCDC said that the new infections were from nine states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The public health agency also announced that 165 patients were discharged from isolation centres across the country.

The NCDC added that Kaduna State reported the highest daily figure of infections followed by FCT and Lagos with 18, 17 and 6 cases respectively.

Other states with new infections were Plateau-5, Kano-3, Kwara-2, Yobe-2, Ekiti-1, Niger-1 and Rivers-1.

The public health agency said that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) was activated at Level 3 which continued to coordinate the national response activities.

The NCDC also said that one death was recorded in the country.

It noted that “till date, 66,439 cases have been confirmed, 62,241 cases have been discharged and 1,168 deaths recorded in 36 states of the federation and the FCT.”

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Libya Records 650 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Now 78,000

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The Libyan government has announced 650 new COVID-19 cases.

The fresh cases, announced by the National Center for Disease Control of Libya, brings the total infections in the North African country to 78,473.

678 patients have recovered and 13 others died during the same period, raising the total recoveries to 49,592 and the national death toll to 1,102.

Since the first case was reported in March, Libyan authorities have taken a series of precautionary measures against the pandemic, including closing the country’s borders, shutting down schools and mosques, banning public gatherings, and imposing a curfew.

According to Stephanie Williams, the Acting Special Representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary General in Libya, the first two weeks of November saw a 22-per cent increase in the number of cases, with Libya’s biggest cities – Tripoli, Misrata, and Benghazi – witnessing the largest increases.

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Nigeria Records 155 New Coronavirus Infections

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The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 155 new infections of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak in the country.

The NCDC made this known on its verified website on Sunday.

The Public health Agency said that the figure brings the total number of cases in the country to 66,383.

The NCDC said that 192 patients have recovered while one died from the infection related complications in the last 24 hours across the country.

According to it, the new infections are reported from 11 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

It said that Lagos led with 60 cases while Katsina came second with 37 infections and Kaduna state came third with 35 cases.

Other states with new infections were; Ogun-4, Edo-3, Kwara-3, Rivers-2, Kano-2, Jigawa-1, Oyo-1 and Taraba-1, while the FCT recorded 6 cases.

It explained that until date, 66,383 cases have been confirmed, 62,076 cases discharged and 1,167 deaths recorded in 36 states and the FCT.

Meanwhile, the agency noted that using antibiotics to treat COVID-19 was inappropriate, stressing that antibiotics only work for bacterial infections, not viruses like COVID-19.

“Misusing or overusing medication leads to drug resistance. COVID-19 is caused by a virus not bacteria.

“Antibiotics should only be used in the treatment of bacterial infections as prescribed by a physician.

“Misuse of antibiotics could make the bacteria resistant to them and infections harder to cure,” it advised.

The NCDC said that the virus that cause COVID-19 could live on surfaces for several hours.

“Limit or avoid sharing personal items, avoid touching high-contact surfaces like door handles and stair rails. Clean all surfaces with soap and water or disinfectants,” it advised.

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