Coronavirus in Nigeria: Here are the latest news headlines

March 26, 2020
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As Nigeria continues to grasp with the Coronavirus pandemic, we bring some of the latest news headlines.

Coronavirus: NCDC warns Nigerians against Use of Chloroquine

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has warned Nigerians against self-medication adding that Chloroquine has not been approved for cure of Coronavirus.

“Please remember that the use of chloroquine and its derivatives for the management of coronavirus disease has NOT been validated and approved. Self-medication can cause harm and lead to death. Do not misuse drugs,” the tweet read.

There has been controversy over whether or not the anti-malarial drug, Chloroquine can cure the disease especially after US President Donald Trump said on March 19 that it had been approved to treat the new coronavirus.

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Domestic airlines, Air Peace, Arik, dana, others in the country cancel operations

Amidst the outbreak of coronavirus in the country, domestic airlines have began cancelling flight operations.

Air Peace, Arik Air, Aero Contractor, Azman Air and Dana Air announced the suspension of all flight operations in different statements.

This is coming a few days after the Federal Government announced suspension of flight operations.

NAF airlifts all Medical Donations from Jack Ma to Abuja

The medical kit donated by Jack Ma, Chinese billionaire, has been airlifted by the Nigerian airforce from Lagos to Abuja.

The kit arrived in Lagos which arrived on Tuesday was on Wednesday
moved to Abuja.

The Chinese philanthropist had sent some medical materials to African countries, including Nigeria, amid the outbreak of coronavirus.

AVM OA Adesanya, an air vice marshall, announced that they were subsequently moved to Abuja.

This act has led to reactions from Nigerians on Twitter with many calling out Lagos Governor, Sanwo-Olu.

Coronavirus: Kano Government Closes Borders, Shuts Airport Road

Kano State Government has ordered the closure of land borders and routes linking the state to other parts of the country with effect from Friday, March 27, to contain the spread of Coronavirus pandemic.‎

Abba Anwar, Chief Press Secretary to the Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje, made the disclosure in a statement on Wednesday in Kano.

Anwar said that movements coming in and out of the state were banned ‎beginning from 12:00 a.m. Friday, March 27, 2020.‎

‎He said: “This includes all kinds of movements through the borders of the state, even those coming to Kano through Domestic Wing of Malam Aminu Kano International Airport will remain at the airport, without getting access into the city.‎

“This decision is hard but absolutely necessary, as part of precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

“We urge Kano citizens and all other Nigerians to bear with this difficult situation”.‎

Coronavirus: UCH Ibadan shuts down major operations as doctors self-isolate

The University College hospital (UCH) has shut down amidst the coronavirus outbreak.

The chief medical director of the hospital, Jesse Otegbayo, made this known on Wednesday, March 25, and further added that the departments in the hospital will also stop rendering services until further notice, Premium Times reports.

Briefing further on the development, Otegbayo said that the shutdown on major services became necessary due to the “accidental exposure of some doctors in the institution to some suspected Covid-19 patients.”

He gave the affected departments as outpatients clinics, medicine and surgery and paediatric departments.

Otegbayo said with the coronavirus outbreak in the country, the major priority of the hospital henceforth will be geared towards curbing the spread of the virus.

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