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Nigeria Records More COVID-19 Deaths as Buhari Appoints New NCDC Boss

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ANALYSIS: One year after, five gaps in Nigeria's management of COVID-19

By Uche Amunike

The Nigeria Centre for Decease Control, NCDC, has disclosed that there are 444 new cases of Coronavirus in twenty states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja.

While giving updates on its official Facebook page, Saturday, the NCDC stated that seven patients died as a result of complications from the dreadful virus.

It explained that Edo state recorded 71 cases. Akwa Ibom on its part, recorded 49 cases. Kwara and Oyo states recorded 49 cases each, while Kaduna had 21 names to its record.

Further information showed that Ekiti recorded 20 cases; Anambra had 17 cases; Delta 16; Kano recorded 16 cases while Bauchi has 14 cases recorded. Ogun state is plagued with 11 cases, Bayelsa 9, Benue state, 9; Cross River State 7, Nasarawa 5, the duo of  Jigawa and Zamfara states recorded two cases each,  while Enugu state has only one case.

Nigeria has recorded a total of 194,088 cases of the COVID-19 virus since it broke out in the year 2020.

The NCDC confirmed that a total of 433 patients have been treated, cured and discharged from different isolation centres across the country on Friday while precisely 2,494 deaths have so far been recorded.

The latest positive samples of COVID-19 were recorded in 18 states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, according to the NCDC’S update for September 5, 2021.

The hardest-hit state by the Coronavirus pandemic is Lagos State and it has topped the COVID-19 infection chart with 185 new cases, followed by Abia and Oyo with 38 positive samples each.

The remaining states that recorded new infections are Akwa Ibom (33); Cross River (33) Osun (24), Ekiti (23)1,  Kwara 14; Kano 12; Delta 10; Rivers 2;  Bayelsa 1; Benue 15; Nasarawa 2; FCT 10; Edo 9; Kaduna 5 and Ogun, 3.

The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, on Sunday, did say that 30 persons died of COVID-19 complications, raising the country’s death toll to 2,552.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Dr Ifedayo Morayo Adetifa as the new Director General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.

He made this known Monday, through his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who disclosed the information to the general public.

According to Shehu, Adetifa will take over the mantle of leadership from Chikwe Ihekweazu who has just been offered an appointment by the World Health Organization, WHO.

 

He also has been the NCDC Director-General for over 5 years now and counting ever since President Buhari gave him the appointment.

However just last week, he was appointed Assistant Director-General, NCDC by the World Health organization.

The Director General of World Health Organization, WHO,  Tedros Ghebreyesus, in an official letter addressed to the Ihekweazu, said that the Nigerian is the deputy in charge of Health Emergency Intelligence at the global health organization.

He officially resumes office on November 1, 2021 and is to be in charge of WHO’s  pandemic and epidemic hub in Berlin, Germany.

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