Actress Elvina Ibru and veteran comedian Alibaba have shared their experience after testing positive for COVID-19.
They both shared separate videos of themselves in isolation and advised Nigerians to take COVID-19 precautions seriously.
Nigeria has recorded more than 90,000 cases of the COVID-19 disease.
On Monday, the country recorded its highest number of cases in one day – 1,204.
Elvina Ibru in her video which was posted on her Instagram handle said despite been extremely cautious and avoiding large gatherings she got infected with the virus.
“Corona is real. Yes, I have Corona. I, Elvina Baby Ibru, have Corona. I can’t hug my son, my sisters. I can’t hug them,” she said but added that she is recovering fast and that her immune system is strong.
She also shared videos of her medications and cautioned those shaming victims of the infection to desist from such.
Alibaba who spent his Christmas and New Year holidays in isolation also shared his experience on Instagram.
He called on everyone to take precautions, saying, “COVID is real. And my sympathy goes to those who have lost loved ones within the period that this COVID has come to Nigeria. Now please be aware that the next wave of COVID is deadlier, this strain of COVID is deadlier than the one that had come before because it’s mutating.”
While sharing the video on Instagram he said, “Don’t let anyone tell you it’s a scam. I just came out of isolation. Several people died while I was there. Some of my close friends knew and they were very supportive.”
He appreciated the Lagos State COVID-19 Treatment Team for taking care of him and described them as “dedicated and competent.”
The governor, however, reiterated the need to observe the laid-out COVID-19 preventive measures and submit to a test as soon as symptoms appear.
Sanwo-Olu advised all establishments to adopt a ‘no mask, no entry’ policy adding that he will bring the full weight of the law to bear on those found flouting COVID-19 rules.
See His Full Speech Below…
It is with deep gratitude to the Almighty God for his kindness and mercies, that I address you today, December 24, 2020, as we count down to Christmas Day when the world commemorates the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, God’s ultimate sacrifice for the salvation of mankind.
I am equally grateful to the medical personnel who have cared for me over the last two weeks, since my COVID-19 diagnosis; and to you the good people of Lagos State for your well wishes and prayers regarding my health.
I spent 14 days in isolation, experiencing mostly moderate symptoms. It was an experience I am very glad to have put behind me.
I received very dedicated and competent care from the Lagos State COVID-19 Treatment Team, and I am extremely proud of the work that they do. They are a big part of the success story of the Lagos State COVID-19 Response.
I was fortunate to have had a relatively moderate COVID-19 experience. About one in every ten persons who contracts the disease in Lagos State is not so lucky; they have to go into intensive care, and some of them do not make it out alive.
For this reason, my gratitude is deep and profuse.
And it is also for this reason, that I am here to appeal to us all today, that the best way to be lucky is not to get infected in the first place. The cliché, prevention is better than cure, should be a watchword for each and every one of us at this moment in time.
Fellow Lagosians, let me sound this note of warning again, as I have done from the onset of this pandemic, COVID-19 is real. It is here with us, and it is not a respecter of anyone, or of social class, religious belief, or partisan affiliation.
Not only is COVID-19 here with us, this second wave we are currently seeing is proving to be more ambitious than the first wave. We are seeing infection figures that are surpassing what we saw at the peak of the first wave, and, just like then, Lagos remains the epicentre.
As Nigeria’s most populous and densely-populated city, and a centre of international trade and commerce, this is not surprising in any way. But it is also the reason we need to exercise an abundance of caution.
World over, Christmas is associated with gathering, merriment and traveling – which all, sadly, contribute to the spread of the Coronavirus. We must now seek to minimize as much of these activities as we can, at this time and going forward.
Remember that by acting responsibly, you’re not doing only yourself a favour, you’re doing other people a favour, especially those among us who are elderly or medically vulnerable.
Here are the steps we must all take note of and abide by during this Christmas period and into the New Year:
All persons feeling symptoms associated with the Coronavirus must immediately isolate themselves and contact any of our Public Testing Facilities, where a Test will be arranged free of charge.
Please do not assume that you have a case of malaria or other illness. The default position should be to test for Covid and rule this out, due to the easy transmissibility of the disease.
Persons who have tested positive to the Coronavirus must be open and honest with anyone they may have interacted with while infected so that effective tracing can be done and exposed persons can take appropriate measures to self-isolate and not further spread the disease. We must not hide our status from the people we have been in contact with.
All non-essential travel plans, whether local or international, should be suspended or cancelled at this time, until further notice.
Passengers arriving in Nigeria from abroad must ensure that they submit themselves for their post-arrival testing as advised, seven days after arrival in the country. Doing otherwise, puts the health and well-being of the loved ones they came to visit in jeopardy.
We must all do everything in our power to protect the elderly and the medically vulnerable among us. This might mean postponing that long-planned trip home.
All events and gatherings, whether for religious or social reasons, must abide by the guidelines which we have issued regarding maximum capacity for venues and mandatory handwashing and mask usage.
All establishments in Lagos State must implement a No-Mask-No-Entry policy for visitors and clients.
There is no justification at this time for socializing without caution. In fact, as much as is possible all socializing should be kept to the barest minimum or completely jettisoned.
We will bring the full weight of the law to bear on all those flouting the stated directives.
Dear Lagosians, let this Christmas be a period of sober reflection. The quicker we are able to tame this raging virus, through responsible behavior, the higher the likelihood that we will enjoy 2021 that is not as restrictive and challenging as 2020.
It is up to us; the choice is ours. If we continue to insist on irresponsible behavior, then we will have to pay the price, medically, socially, and economically. Having survived the infection, I believe I am in a very good position to let you all know that the best outcome is to avoid getting infected.
This month alone we have lost 12 persons to the Coronavirus. Each of those individuals is more than just a statistic; they are fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, siblings, and loved ones. We pray that their souls will rest in peace.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. May the joy and blessings of this Season be with us now and forevermore, Amen.
The Lagos State Government has shut down the Eti-Osa Isolation Centre with effect from Friday night.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu disclosed this on Saturday during a briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic at the State House in Marina.
According to him, the Agidingbi Isolation Centre will also be closed and the patients relocated to a larger capacity centre – IndoCentre in the Anthony area, which would be soon be inaugurated.
“We have since, last night, shut down our Eti-Osa Isolation Center and will be shutting down our Agidingbi Isolation Center and moving all the patients there to our soon to be commissioned IndoCenter.
“Furthermore, our Infectious Diseases Hospital in Yaba is now also gradually being reverted back to its status as a hospital to cater to all forms of infectious diseases. The CACOVID dedicated tent on the IDH grounds will, however, remain strictly for COVID-19 cases,” he said.
On the rate of COVID-19 cases in the state, Governor Sanwo-Olu said the past two weeks witnessed a decline in fresh infections.
While noting that the state government successfully tested 9,000 samples in the week ending July 26, the governor explained that the figures represented a 50 per cent increase in the 6,000 tested samples in the preceding week.
He added that more testing of suspected COVID-19 cases has been made possible with the creation of additional laboratories in the state.
He is also optimistic that the state is winning the battle against the dreaded virus owing to the increase in the number of tested samples.
“We must, however, mention that we have seen a gradual decrease in the positivity rate in Lagos State over the last two weeks which combines with our increase in the testing numbers.
“We will continue to fine-tune our strategy and our efforts to build on our successes and close all existing gaps if any,” he said.
Around 117 million children worldwide risk contracting measles because dozens of countries are curtailing their vaccination programmes as they battle COVID-19, the United Nations warned.
Currently, 24 countries, including several already dealing with large measles outbreaks, have suspended widespread vaccinations, the World Health Organization and the UN’s children’s fund UNICEF said.
An additional 13 countries have had their vaccination programmes interrupted due to COVID-19.
In a joint statement, the Measles and Rubella Initiative (M&RI) said it was vital that immunisation capacity was retained during and after the current pandemic. “Together, more than 117 million children… could be impacted by the suspension of scheduled immunisation activities,” it said.
“The M&RI supports the need to protect communities and health workers from COVID-19 through a pause of mass campaigns, where risks of the disease are high.”
“However, this should not mean that children permanently miss out.” Measles, a highly contagious disease, affects around 20 million people every year, the majority of whom are aged under five.
Despite a cheap and readily available vaccine, measles cases have surged in recent years, largely in part to what the WHO terms “vaccine hesitancy”.
In 2018, 140,000 measles deaths, mostly among children and babies, were recorded — most were preventable, meaning that the countries they occurred in had a vaccination programme.
Of the two dozen countries to have officially suspended measles vaccine programmes — ostensibly to protect health workers and prioritise COVID-19 response — several have seen worrying rises in measles cases in recent years.
In particular, Bangladesh, Brazil, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Nigeria, Ukraine and Kazakhstan are all battling large outbreaks.
DR Congo alone has had 6,000 measles deaths in its current epidemic.
The country last week also recorded a new case of Ebola — just days before the UN was due to announce an end to that outbreak.
Robin Nandy, UNICEF’s chief of immunisation, told AFP that COVID-19 was likely to place additional strain on already overburdened healthcare systems.
“We have to be mindful of the impact of COVID-19, threatening outbreaks of measles, an extremely contagious and potentially lethal disease for which there already exists a safe and effective vaccine,” he said.
“We are therefore urging countries to prepare and plan now for intensive catch-up vaccinations once physical distancing restrictions are lifted.”
Billions of people around the world face weeks of lockdown as governments figure out their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Experts have warned since the start of the outbreak that response programmes to other infectious diseases — from polio to tuberculosis — are likely to suffer as health services triage workers to COVID-19 cases.
And while COVID-19 is overwhelmingly more serious in older patients, many communicable diseases, including measles, inordinately target children.
“Children younger than 12 months of age are more likely to die from measles complications, and if the circulation of measles virus is not stopped, their risk of exposure to measles will increase daily,” said the M&RI.
The Kaduna State Government has warned travellers trying to breach its Quarantine Law to desist from such acts or face 14 days in an isolation facility.
According to a statement issued on Wednesday, the Commissioner of Internal Security, Samuel Aruwan, gave the warning at the end of a meeting of the State COVID-19 Standing Committee.
The Commissioner noted that the order will be effective from Thursday, April 9.
Aruwan explained that all entry points into the state will be barricaded, as only authorised persons will be given passage, while those who are denied entry, will be asked to return to where they were coming from.
He, therefore, advised individuals without valid passes to cancel their plans to travel to the state as security agencies have been directed to turn people back at entry points into the state.
Affected routes include the Kaduna-Abuja road, Kaduna-Birnin Gwari road, Kaduna-Zaria-Kano road, Kachia road, the Bwari-Jere-Kagarko road, Gumel-Kwoi-Keffi road, Zaria-Funtua road and the Jos-Manchock road.
“This morning we embarked on a headcount and found out that only one person could not be accounted for by officials stationed at the Isolation centre out of the 127 persons.
“The State Government is currently investigating the matter and will ensure that the missing person is brought back to the Isolation centre and we will also ensure we trace all his contacts,” the statement read in part.
The state government also explained that it is working to ensure that the contacts of the missing person are traced to prevent a further spread of the disease.
Stating further, Egbemode said “We want to reiterate that any official(s) found culpable will also be dealt with accordingly.
“We implore members of the public to discountenance the alarm being raised. We will continue to do everything to protect the lives of our citizens in this fight against Coronavirus.”
Security is tight around the Myanmar International Convention Centre in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Wednesday as the capital prepares to host the 2013 World Economic Forum on East Asia.
Hundreds of global and business leaders from roughly 50 countries are descending on the convention centre in the country’s first international gathering since it began implementing democratic reforms two years ago.
The official opening of the forum takes place on Thursday and comes to a close the following day.
Armed security officers are on guard outside the centre with scanners and metal detectors inside for visitors and participants to check through.
Businesses around the world have expressed investment interests in the country that was once closed off under strict military rule and isolation.
According to the World Economic Forum’s website, this year’s meetings will focus on inspiring inclusive transformation, realising regional integration, and scaling solutions for global resilience.
Panels will also be held on how to support Myanmar’s on-going reforms and reconciliation process.