Enugu records 19 New cases as NCDC differ on UK drug, FG threatens Doctors

Enugu State has yesterday recorded 19 New cases of Coronavirus Disease as Nigeria confirms 490  New cases of the disease.

This is contained in a report from the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) as released at the wee hour of 16th June, 2020.

The report furthered that 142 new cases were recorded in Lagos, 60 in FCT, 54 in Bayelsa, 39 in Rivers, 37 in Delta, 30 in Oyo, 26 in Kaduna, 23 in Imo, 17 in Kwara, 11 in Gombe, 10 in Ondo, 8 in Bauchi, 7 in Ogun, 6 in Borno and 1 in Benue.

As at today, Nigeria has 17,148 Confirmed cases,11,070 active cases, 5,623 Recoveries and 455 deaths, all data obtained from 96,402 tested samples.

Currently, Enugu State has 76 Confirmed cases, 44 active cases, 27 Recoveries and 5 deaths.

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has stated that it is aware of a drug, Dexamethasone, a product of the UK funded clinical trial for COVID-19 which is currently used in the United Kingdom to reduce the risk of death among COVID-19 patients who require Oxygen or mechanical ventilation.

The Agency however differed on the drug stating categorically that Dexamethasone has not been approved by the world Health Organization nor has the Nigerian Government validated or approved the drug.
16 June, 2020 | Abuja – COVID-19 UPDATE • The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is aware of recent outcomes...
Posted by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Tuesday, June 16, 2020

In a separate development, the Federal Government has threatened to sack medical doctors who refuse to return back to work.

The decision is a result of the fallout of a meeting between the Minister for Health, Osagie Ehanire, the Minister for Labour, Dr Chris Ngige, and the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, on Tuesday, to negotiate and resolve the cause of the strike.

The meeting which ended in deadlock had the President of NARD, Dr Aliyu Socumba storm out of the meeting stating emphatically that the Association would suspend the strike within the next 24 hours, only if the Federal Government brings something tangible on the table.
I am not coming back, others may come back. The outcome is that all our discussion and demands have not materialised… to a positive outcome and we have assured the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment that once we are able to get a tangible outcome, a notice of the meeting shall be conveyed within 24 hours to review the industrial action.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has directed  all Chief Medical Doctors of its hospital to open a record-keeping register between 7am to 12 noon, each day, beginning from Wednesday, insisting that those who fail to show up for work would be identified and appropriately dealt with.

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