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COVID-19: 80% Infected Persons Don’t Show Symptoms – NCDC

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has stated that only 20 percent of suspected coronavirus infection is symptomatic.
Making the known at the weekend during a one-day training on COVID-19 for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), organised by UNICEF, in collaboration with the Rivers State Ministry of Health, a representative of the National Rapid Response Team on COVID-19, NCDC, Dr Pius Ononigwe, said the remaining 80 percent are asymptomatic.
The implication of this, he said, is that 80 percent of people infected with the coronavirus do not have any idea on being infected because they don’t experience any symptom.
“What we’re trying to say is that about 80 percent of the people infected with COVID-19 do not show symptoms.
“You see symptoms in about 20 percent. Based on the present guideline, when ch we’re trying to expand, symptomatic cases are basically the Target now”, he said.
Consequently, he continued, “if we test symptomatic cases, those ones that asymptomatic are not tested”.
This, he said, justifies the institution of social distancing, continuous washing of hands with water, as well as all other preventive respiratory hygiene.
According to him, this knowledge would enable everybody to treat themselves as a suspect since no one can be totally sure of who has the virus.
“This way, we would be able to use these measures to cover the gap for some of the things we’re not able to do.
“At the end of the day, we’re going to go a long way in preventing the spread of the pandemic”, he concluded.
Meanwhile, the Chief of Field, Rivers State Office, UNICEF, Dr Guy Yogo, said as part of its Communication Strategic Plan to communities, some existing good behaviours have been identified in the communities.
According to him, more training would be carried out on these behaviours in the communities’ through the CSOs that are already being trained.
He stated that, “the Communication Strategic Plan will be built on key intervention activities relayed to exposure of risk of spreading of the disease in the communities.
“We know already that we have identified some good behaviours that we need to train more of our communities and environment. So, we’re going to Bering the plan to see how everywhere in the communities, our work places, we need to adopt good behaviours that will keep away the spreading of COVID-19″, he said.
Dr Yogo continued that in addition to training for prevention of COVID-19 infection, there is the need to also think about post COVID-19.
This, he said, is on how to cope with the impact of COVID-19, “and how we build resilient communities, individual resilience, and institutional resilience to recover in the quickest possible way from the outbreak”.

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RSG Alerts On Orchestrated Media Campaign

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The Rivers State Government has raised alarm over alleged moves by some critics of the government to use selected media houses in the state to denigrate the state government.
A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, yesterday, reads, “The Rivers State Government is aware of clandestine plans by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State to use selected media houses in the state to denigrate the government of Governor Nyesom Wike.
“This is as a result of the intimidating sterling performance of Governor Wike in infrastructure, healthcare, education, agriculture, rural transformation, housing development, administration of justice, social welfare and sports development.
“This orchestrated campaign spearheaded by a defeated and dumped governorship aspirant of the APC, Dr. Dakuku Peterside is designed to portray the government of Governor Wike as one that is not meeting the developmental aspirations of Rivers people.
“However, the uncommon transformation of the 23 local government areas as witnessed during the last six years of projects commissioning and flag off shows clearly that Governor Wike is actually meeting the yearnings of the people.
“The fact that Rivers people that turn out en mass at the various projects sites to heartily welcome their beloved governor and his guests drawn from all political divides is a clear indication that Rivers people can no longer be swayed by cheap politically induced blackmail.
“The truth of the matter is that the APC government that boasted that Governor Wike will not see money to pay workers’ salaries and execute projects has been humbled by the revolution in governance currently witnessed in the state.
“Instead of people like Dr. Dakuku Peterside and his acolytes to eat the humble pie, they are busy looking for cheap popularity through sponsored appearances in the media.
“No matter how hard these detractors push their propaganda, Governor Wike will never be distracted in executing his social contract with the people of Rivers State.
“In the next few weeks, more projects that have direct bearing to the lives of Rivers people will be unveiled.
“Governor Wike’s promise to continue working as if this is his first tenure and not abandon any project remains sacrosanct.
“Rivers people are watching those whose stock in trade is to dance naked and pray that they continue as merchants of mischief, falsehood and baseless allegations.”
“The people of Rivers State love Governor Wike whose outstanding achievements in salvaging the state from the dearth of basic infrastructural development required for speedy socioeconomic transformation has received national and international applause.
“Therefore, no amount of negative propaganda by the failed APC can diminish the legacy of Governor Wike in Rivers State.
“Rather than launder the thoroughly battered image of the APC, such media appearances by Dr. Dakuku Peterside and his cohorts will further expose APC’s penchant for lies and deception which is now a public knowledge.
“The former governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili, has confirmed that Governor Wike is the best Rivers State has produced.
“’I have been there. And I make bold to say Governor Nyesom Wike, you are the best,’ Dr. Odili said.
“Odili’s comment serves as an answer to those masquerading as informed commentators with puerile and suffocating commentaries”, the statement added.

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Bandits In Trouble As Super Tucano Aircraft Arrives

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The first batch of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft has arrived in Kano, yesterday, at about 12.34 pm.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, confirmed the arrival of the fighter aircraft in a statement.
“On hand to receive the aircraft were the Hon. Minister of Defence, Maj-Gen Bashir Magashi (rtd); Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Farouk Yahaya; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao”, he said.

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We’ve No Patience With Failure, Oyedepo Lashes Out At Sacked Pastors

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The General Overseer and Founder of The Living Faith Church International also known as Winners’ Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has reacted to the recent sack of over 40 pastors by the church.
One of the affected Pastors, Peter Godwin, took to social media, claiming they were sacked for not generating enough income.
Godwin, who was in one of the church’s branches in Ekiti State, had claimed, “I was told by the management that the church doesn’t operate at a loss.
“They also told me that the total income that is being generated from my station should be able to cater for my welfare and accommodation, so as a result of low income, I’m hereby dismissed.”
Reacting to the allegation in a video posted on the social media, Oyedepo said the sack of the pastors was not about money, adding that the latter were sacked as a result of their failure and the church “has no patience with failure.
“Money? Nonsense! We have never lacked it, and yet, we have never prayed for it.
“We are just simply obeying God, and He is backing up what He is asking us to do. Awesome God,” he noted.
On those criticising the sack, the GO said, “People are confused about our ministry. I learnt some fellows said, you know, they are not bringing income, that is why they asked them to go”.
He added, “We asked you to go because you are unfruitful. Unfruitful! Blatant failure. Doing what there? We have no patience with failure here.
“When we employed 7,000 people at a time, social media was dead.
“We have more employees in this organisation than most of the states. No one is owed a dime salary and we don’t borrow, we don’t beg. Ask our bank whether we take overdraft.
“We are covenant bound, working in the light of God’s word, enjoying an open Heaven.”

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