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How COVID-19 Pandemic is Stalling The Fight Against HIV/AIDS, Malaria and TB in Nigeria



Prior to all circulating theories and ascertions in the medical world, the fact Remains that, The human race has been battling Human Immune deficiency Virus (HIV) and its attendant disease Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) for over four decades. No fewer than 32 million lives, especially in the developing nations like Nigeria, are either living with or have been claimed by the dreaded disease which has no established cure yet.

Since 2006, about $4 billion has been spent on HIV control efforts in Nigeria. About 80 per cent of these funds have been from donors—mainly the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Nevertheless, the Global Fund gave an overview on the extent the pandemic disrupted these health services for HIV, TB and malaria Patients within the African continent, and how health facilities have responded.

The data collected shows that between April and September 2020, HIV testing fell by 41 per cent. As People were advised to stay home and minimise contact with the health care system at the start of the pandemic, as a result of this, medical providers, clinics and hospitals, and laboratory facilities diverted resources to the COVID-19 response.

In this mix, the HIV/AIDS sector also suffered major setback as a result of significant drop in funding, as all available budget for health interventions were focused on the raging pandemic.

In A study carried out by Tolulope Oladele and others from the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) analysis
On the potential impact of COVID-19 on HIV funding, showed a decline on national economic effects of COVID-19, seen in donor funding & domestic public financing and private out -of-pocket spending for HIV could all be under threat as efforts have been diverted to financing COVID-19 vaccine development efforts.

The researchers said a fall in funding for Nigeria’s HIV response from the United States Funding would have short and long-term consequences; This could mean an increase in new HIV/AIDS infections. Finally Aaron Sunday, Executive Director of The African Network of Adolescent and Young People Development (ANAYD), had this to say; “No doubt, the pandemic has impacted Nigeria’s economy. State governments face conflicting priorities, especially in minority states, and have less financial capacity to enforce the equitable access to these vital services amidst the pandemic.

He adds that to augment their efforts in the fight against the disease, ANAYD has had to seek for extra funding and recently secured a Johns Hopkins Program for International Education in Gynecology and Obstetrics (JHPIEGO) grant for a HIV Self Testing Project in Lagos state, in an Effort to cussion the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic impact on the Masses.

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Cholera outbreak in Cross River Community claims 51 lives



The death toll from the Cholera outbreak in Ekureku, Abi Local Government Area, Cross River State, has risen from 20 on Saturday to 51 on Monday.

Bernard Egbe, the clan head of the community, stated this when he received Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Sandy Onor, who was in the community to sympathise with them.



The clan chief, who described the situation as unfortunate, stated that many people infected with the disease were being treated at various health facilities in the area.

He went on to say that four of the victims being treated were in critical condition.

He stated that they had received assistance from WHO, UNICEF, and state government officials.

The cholera outbreak, which began on Thursday, affected ten villages in the Ekureku clan, he said.





Mr Onor, the PDP governorship candidate, said he felt the people’s pain but urged them to remain hopeful.

He stated that if elected, he would ensure that the people of the state have safe drinking water.
He gave cash as a consolation prize to each of the Ekureku community’s ten affected villages.




Meanwhile, Janet Ekpeyong, the Director-General of the state Primary Healthcare Development Agency, stated on Sunday that the state government is on top of the situation.





She stated that the government had used both human and material resources to stop the spread of the disease.

“The state Government has deployed a response team together with representatives from the World Health Organisation, the Nigerian Red Cross and Wash Programme.






“The combined team have all intervened accordingly and helped to save lives and prevent further spread of the disease,” she stated.







A case of the disease has also been reported in a remote village in the state’s Odukpani Local Government Area.

Iwara Iwara, Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Health, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday.







Mr Iwara stated that the outbreak was reported on Sunday night and that the government had sent men and materials to the area.






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Currency hawkers selling scarce new naira notes at party venues.



Despite complaints that several bank branches had run out of the small quantities of the newly redesigned naira notes allocated to them by their head offices as early as 12 noon on Thursday, large wads of the new notes have saturated party venues, with hawkers charging N200 on N1,000.





On Thursday and Friday, journalists who visited banking halls in several cities across the country, particularly Lagos and Abuja, confirmed that there was a limited supply of the redesigned notes, as bank tellers mixed a few notes with the old ones for over-the-counter withdrawals, while automated teller machines continued to dispense old bank notes.






Further investigation revealed that several bank branches had yet to receive their new note allocations, with many bank officials informing our correspondents that the new notes were still on their way.

On the other hand, at a party in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Saturday, a woman was seen freely hawking newly redesigned wads of N200 bank notes.







However, officials at some of the bank branches that still had the new notes told reporters that each cashier was given N100,000 of the new N1,000 for onward disbursement to customers seeking over-the-counter payments, and that they do not yet have the N500 and N200 denominations.








Customers were also seen depositing old bills over the counter, while cashiers at bank branches were handing out more old naira notes.

Central Bank of Nigeria had earlier clarified on its website under currency management, that it is against the law to sell currency banknotes.








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6 people dead, 25 injured in a ghastly road accident in Kogi state.



The Kogi Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) confirmed that six people were killed and 25 others were injured in an accident on the Okene-Ogori road on Saturday.

Mr Stephen Dawulung, Sector Commander in Lokoja yesterday, revealed that the lone accident involved an articulated vehicle carrying 45 people and cows.






According to the sector commander, the accident occurred around noon and killed some of the cows.

The victims of the accident were taken to Ageva General Hospital in Okene, Ajunko Clinic and Maternity in Ibilo, and Ogbagidi General Hospital in Okene, according to Dawulung.






He said: “When the accident, which involved an IVECO trailer conveying cows and 45 persons down South, occurred by a graveyard just a few kilometres to Ogori Magongo along Okene-Ogori road, Kogi, our officers and men were timely in response to it.”

“Our officers in conjunction with the Police and military personnel came to the rescue and rushed the injured to four different medical centres for medical treatment. The corpses of the dead have also been deposited at the morgue of the Ageva General Hospital, Okene.”







The accident, according to Dawulung, was caused by speed, which was uncontrollable at “a sharp bend.”

The sector commander, who described the incident as “sad and unfortunate,” stated that the command would continue to carry out speed, overloading, and mixed loading enforcement and education programs.











The sector commander, who described the incident as “sad and unfortunate,” stated that the command would continue to carry out speed, overloading, and mixed loading enforcement and education programs.

He defined mixed loading as the loading of goods and passengers in trucks and other vehicles designed solely to transport goods.

He advised motorists to maintain strict adherence to road traffic regulations at all times in order to avoid such calamitous incidents.










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