The United States and Nigeria’s Centre for Disease Control – NCDC – are to conduct a household survey to determine the extent of coronavirus infections in Nigeria.
People in three states – Gombe, Enugu, and Nasarawa – will be asked to voluntarily volunteer in the research which will include antibody blood tests to find out who has had the virus.
The exercise aims to help health professionals understand the transmission patterns and to find out how many people with the virus are asymptomatic.
The survey is supported by the United States, through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The U.S is the sole sponsor of this survey, estimated at $2.1m. It will provide technical assistance as well.
The survey will increase the current understanding of COVID-19 transmission and burden in these three states and inform COVID-19 response efforts of the Government of Nigeria and its partners.
A statement on the US Nigeria embassy website, discloses that, “the survey will estimate the proportion of the population in these states who have ever been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19 disease. This will be done by measuring the presence of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 in the blood of volunteers. These antibodies, specialized proteins produced by the immune system to fight infections, are generated as part of the body’s response to COVID-19 and are an indication of previous infections.
“The survey will also endeavour to estimate the proportion of people who have the disease but are not showing any symptoms, determine risk factors for infection, and measure the intra-household transmission of COVID-19. The survey will also estimate the prevalence of malaria and its potential relationship to SARS-CoV-2 infection.
“All members of selected households will be offered the opportunity to participate in the survey. If they agree, participants will answer a brief questionnaire, have their blood drawn and tested for the presence of COVID-19 antibodies, and receive a nasal and oropharyngeal swab to test for acute COVID-19. They will also have a rapid malaria test and receive malaria treatment if the test is positive.
The tests will be carried out at the National Reference Laboratory in Gaduwa, Abuja.
“The U.S. CDC is working with the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), one of its implementing partners in Nigeria, to provide technical assistance and oversee field implementation of the survey. The survey will be conducted between September and November with preliminary results expected to be released in December 2020.”
COVID-19: NCDC Announces 150 New Infections in Nigeria
The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC), has announced 150 new COVID-19 infections in the country.
The NCDC made this known via its verified wedsite on Thursday.
Nigeria continued in its fight against COVID-19, it has conducted about 620,758 tests since the first confirmed case was announced in the country.
The public health agency also recorded two COVID-19 related deaths in the last 24 hours in the country.
It said that the 150 new cases were reported from nine states of the federation.
The NCDC added that the total umber of infected people in the country has jumped to 62,521.
It also announced that it has successfully treated and discharged 154 patients from isolation centers across the country after they tested negative to the virus.
“Our discharges today include 66 community recoveries in Lagos State managed in line with new case management guidelines.
“A breakdown of cases by state can be found via covid19.ncdc.gov.ng,” it said.
According to the agency, within the last 24 hours, Lagos, the country’s epicenter recorded 89 new cases, while Rivers, Ogun, Bayelsa and Kaduna reported 19, 11, 9 and 8 cases respectively.
Among other states with new infections were Plateau with 8 infections, Taraba three , Osun two and Delta one.
“Until date, 62,521 cases have been confirmed, 58,249 patients discharged and 1,141 deaths recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT),” it stated.
The public health agency said that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, had continued to coordinate the national response activities.
The NCDC said that disregarding the prevention measures for COVID-19 put individuals and people around them at risk of getting infected with the virus.
“When you take responsibility to limit the spread of the virus, you protect the vulnerable as well.
“The fight against COVID-19 requires our collective effort,” it advised.
It stated that cloth masks protect an individual if they were properly worn and cared for.
“Wear a mask properly, wash your cloth face mask after use and handle your mask with clean hands.
“Learn to make your own face mask via covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/media/files/DI…,” it said.
Nigeria Records Four New COVID-19 Deaths
The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) said four COVID-19 related deaths and 147 new infections were recorded in the country from 11 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The NCDC made this known via its verified wedsite on Wednesday.
The country has so far tested 617,750 persons since the outbreak of the pandemic.
The public health agency said that 179 COVID-19 patients were discharged from isolation centers across the country in the last 24 hours.
It added that the 179 discharged today include 116 community recoveries in Lagos State, managed in line with new case management guidelines.
The NCDC stated that Lagos accounted for the highest number of infections with 82 cases, while FCT confirmed 20 cases, Rivers had 9 cases and Kaduna and Plateau states reported 8 cases each.
Amongst others were Benue with 5 infections, Edo, Kano, Nasarawa and Taraba reported 3 cases each, Ogun had 2 infections and Bauchi had 1 infections.
“Till date, 62,371 cases have been confirmed, 58,095 cases have been discharged and 1,139 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and FCT,” it stated.
Liberia Receives 15 Ambulances from World Bank to Fight COVID-19
Liberia’s health ministry has, once again, received 15 new hard top Land Cruisers ambulances from the World Bank to ensure the safe transfer of patients to health facilities across the Country.
The donation was made on Friday, October 23, 2020, at the Ministry’s office in Congo Town. The 15 ambulances are great milestones for the ministry and government.
Health Minister, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, in a statement, thanked the World Bank for continuously contributing to the Country’s health sector.
He said, “On behalf of my Boss, H.E. Dr George Manneh Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia, MOH, IMS and all those who have been participating in the COIVD-19 response, I want to say thank for this donation.
“These ambulances were purchased under the COVID-19 response to be used by MOH, not only to transport COVID-19 patients but, to enable us strengthen routine care for our people. We want to thank the World Bank and our local team for all the work that they did collaboratively to have made these ambulances reached.
“I want to thank UNOPS for the delivery and even taking on the responsibility to procure these ambulances under the World Bank project. I want to turn these keys over to the administration, which will later be turned over to the Transport Department.
“We are going to monitor all of these ambulances and make sure they are all use for the intended. Your contribution to this Government is something that cannot be overemphasized. We are proud of this donation, and we will ensure that these items reach their intended beneficiaries.”
Dr. Jallah said the distribution of the donation made is expected to commence within the soonest possible time.
“We will soon start the distribution of these ambulances to our needed counties once all modalities are worked out,” she said.
Jallah called on Liberians to continuously follow all health protocols prescribed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and health authorities in the country for their safety.
He said, “We should not forget that the virus in the Country. Please let’s continuously follow all of the health measures prescribed by WHO and health authorities in the country to avoid further spread of the virus. Thanks for all the work that you do for us intense of keeping us strict as we all embark on keeping Liberia save.”
Meanwhile, the Project Manager of World Bank to Liberia, Mr. Mathew Flomo, disclosed that the donation is in fulfillment of a promise made to the Ministry in early August this year to procure 15 additional vehicles (ambulances) to heighten the Country’s fight against the pandemic, which according to him is World Bank’s goal to curtail further spread of the deadly pandemic.
“Madam Minister, this donation is in fulfilment of a promise made by the World Bank to beef up the Ministry’s fight against the virus. Therefore, I am pleased to turn over these vehicles to the government through your Ministry to enhance the fight against the virus. We hope that together we can end this global health crisis,” he said.
After the novel coronavirus pandemic first case in Liberia was reported on March 16, 2020, the Ministry of Health and the Government of Liberia obtained funds from the World Bank to support Liberia’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Project.
The project intends to support the MOH with essential equipment including vehicles (ambulances) that are required for use by the Ministry and other frontline agencies involved in the response.
The 15 ambulances were strategically and durably procured by UNOPS through the World Bank.
This donation is aimed at equipping the Ministry with the needed logistics to effectively follow the outbreak of COVID-19 promptly.
Since the outbreak of the virus in the country, this is the third time the World Bank has made such a huge donation to the Country through the Ministry. In July and August this year, the Financial body donated 20 ventilators (in addition to the 4 ventilators government had in Country) and 10 hardtop ambulances to boost Liberia’s preparedness in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak. As it stands, the World Bank has donated 25 ambulances donated in total.
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