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Today's Breaking News in Nigeria this Morning, Sunday 28th of June, 2020

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1. Coronavirus births innovations, new jobs, says ITF Director General

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The Director General, Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Sir Joseph Ari has stated that despite COVID-19 disadvantage to the world economy, it has also given birth to new ideas and innovations that would make people adjust favourably amidst the pandemic.

Ari, at an interactive session with newsmen in Jos, Plateau State, assured Nigerians that the country would come out stronger and healthier from the pandemic ravaging the world.

The DG said the unfortunate development has led to the closure of many viable industries in the country, with many out of jobs, adding that ITF has put all these into consideration in its reviewed vision for 2020-2024 through skills acquisition programmes.

He pointed out that President Muhammadu Buhari has rolled out new economic policies, aimed at revamping the country’s economy, create jobs and wealth for the citizens.

The Director General, who was disturbed that Nigeria is yet to be member of World Skills Summit, which avails nations of the world the opportunity to know the trending skills acquisition, added that ITF has mapped out plans to ensure Nigeria is registered under President Buhari to prepare citizens to function effectively in infrastructural and skills development.

2. Coronavirus: Experts advocate improved data, technology for better health

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As Coronavirus continues to spread, experts have stressed on the need to deploy technology, data to curtail the spread and improve health outcomes.

Head, Medical and Technology, Hygeia Health Management Organisation (HMO), Omoshola Yusuf, said the imperatives of active surveillance of health trends cannot be overemphasised.

This, he noted, would ensure that services are not only geared towards access to curation, but also offers information to prevent serious illness.

“The key part of preventive healthcare is the identification of health trends among our enrollees. To be able to do this, we have built up our own technology stack to digitise the entire process of buying a plan, registering your details and syncing with the providers, who give care by telemedicine or in-person at their facilities.”

Head, Customer Experience, Ubong Nkanta said data has become a valuable commodity that organisations must master.

Nkanta said: “Every interaction our members have creates data, which when properly analysed can reveal insights that not only improve decision accuracy, but also enhances customer experience.

“With our members and providers spread across the country, we are in a good position to track health trends in the country, particularly Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs).”

3. Oyo State Government shuts five clinics in Ibadan, Saki over quackery

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Oyo State Government has sealed five private health facilities in Saki and Ibadan metropolis over illegal practices.

The government, through its Task Force on private health facilities, headed by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Basiru Bello, took the action, following unscrupulous activities of some medical centres that engaged quacks, aside lacking approval of premises, among other things, which could compromise the health status of patients.

Bello, expressing concern over lackadaisical attitude of some owners of private health facilities in the state, reiterated that the state government would not tolerate quackery in the sector.

The Commissioner, spoke through the Director, Secondary Health Care and Training in the ministry, Dr. Wale Falana, during a monitoring exercise in Ibadan and Saki.

4. Coronavirus Protocol: International air travellers must arrive 5 hours before departure — Minister of Aviation

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Passengers travelling abroad through Nigeria’s airport terminals are required to arrive five hours before departure to undergo COVID-19 protocols, the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, has said.

The minister said this on Saturday at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, when announcing some of the measures introduced for the reopening of the country’s airports closed in March following outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

Sirika, who led other members of Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 to inspect facilities put in place at the airport ahead of its reopening, said domestic travellers on their part would need to arrive three hours before departure for processing.

According to him, this is in a bid to reduce sources of contamination of the virus.

Sirika said that physical distancing had been established at various points of the airport, adding that this is done by marking the floors at the airports.

He said that physical distancing would now be required to be maintained right from the point of getting down from the vehicle that conveyed one to the airport.

“We will provide polythene bags where passengers put all their things for protocol and we will ensure there is a minimal contact by the person screening you,’’ Sirika said.

The minister said that the number of seats at the departure lounge of the MMIA had been reduced to 50 from 500 in order to maintain social distancing.

He further said that passengers must comply strictly to the wearing of face masks before entering the airports while aviation authorities would ensure provision of alcohol-based sanitiser at the airports.

The minister added that toilets at the airports were also COVID-19 compliant, stressing that everything is being done to minimise physical contact.

Sirika said that the pilots, engineers, traffic controllers and catering staff, among others, at the airports were now certified and licensed to carry out certain activities only when they have the valid clearance.

He said that the aircrafts must be airworthy with full compliance to COVID-19 protocols, adding that the airports are set to be reopened.

He said that there would be palliatives for operators of airlines because they had lost a lot.

Dr Sani Aliyu, the PTF Coordinator, expressed satisfaction over full compliance with COVID-19 protocols at the airport.

He said it showed that the airport was ready for reopening with strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols.

Also speaking, the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said members of PTF were at the Murtala International Airport to inform Nigerians on the new protocols and processes guiding the reopening of airports.

Other members of the PTF who were in Lagos to observe adherence to COVID-19 protocols were Minister of State for Health, Sen. Olorunibe Mamora; and Minister of State for Education, Mr Emeka Uwajiuba.

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Top Comments
PromiseOkereke · 06/28/2020
what happen to interstate lockdown abi that no follow
EdidiongUdo_04 · 06/28/2020
let schools also be open as airport will be reopen
DeleFamuyide · 06/28/2020
good development .

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