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Saraki’s wife, Toyin, WHO walk the talk in Abuja

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THE Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) in partnership with the World Health Organization, (WHO) have embarked on a 7.2 km walk in Abuja.

The walk, aims at driving home the Global Health for All Challenge and combat non-communicable diseases, was led by wife of the Senate President, Mrs Toyin Saraki, who is also the Founder President of the WBFA and World Health Organization Representative, Head of Mission in Nigeria, Dr Wondi Alemu and in collaboration with the ministry of Youths and Sports Development.

The walk, was also targeted at promoting healthy lifestyle practices towards the Africa Health Transformation Agenda of the World Health Organisation.

No fewer than 2000 people who participated in the walk which started from the Millennium Park in Abuja, went through major streets distributing handbills to sensitize the people and motorists on the importance of promoting healthy lifestyles.

Tagged ‘Abuja Walk the Talk’, stakeholders were invited to walk, run or dance along a 7.6 kilometer route road walk to promote healthy lifestyles and a healthy populace.

Founder-President of Wellbeing Foundation Africa, Mrs. Toyin Saraki, World Health Organization Representative and Head of Mission in Nigeria, Dr Wondi Alemu and Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu at the WHO Global Health For All Challenge Walk the Talk Road Walk in collaboration with the Wellbeing Foundation Africa

Other participants include, the Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu; representative of the Minister of Youths and Sports and other dignitaries.

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According to the WHO, globally 1 in 4 adults are not active enough, and insufficient physical activities is a key risk factor for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes.

Speaking at the end of the walk, Mrs Saraki expressed gratitude to the country office of the WHO for collaborating with the Wellbeing Foundation in driving home the health for all initiative.

According to her, “it is the first time a country office of the WHO has actually done this walk, and the Wellbeing Foundation Africa is delighted to collaborate with the WHO to work towards Universal Health Coverage for all, especially in Nigeria.

“To stay healthy, I believe everyone should have at least 35 minutes of walking three times a week, as this helps the cardiovascular system, especially with blood circulation.

“This years’ walk was wonderful with over 2,000 people turning out to partake in the 7.6km walk, and I hope that next year we will have over 20,000 people come out to participate”, Mrs Saraki added.

Remarking, the WHO Country Representative, Dr Wondi Alemu noted: “Exercise should continue on a personal basis, at least three times a week with a minimum duration of 30 minutes, all year round.

“This Abuja Walk the Talk road walk is an opportunity to get people to take exercising seriously and practice what we talk about with regards to frequent exercise for healthier life”.

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COVID-19: NCDC Deploys Rapid Response Teams to Affected States

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) yesterday deployed Rapid Response Teams to affected states to support response activities, as Nigeria have recorded 51 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease COVID-19.

The breakdown showed that 32 are in Lagos, 10 in FCT, 3 in Ogun and 1 each in Ekiti, Oyo, Edo, Bauchi, Osun and Rivers States.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire disclosed this at the Ministerial Press Briefing on COVID-19 held at the Ministry’s headquarters, Abuja.  He further said that, out of the 51 cases, 37 had immediate travel history, 8 were confirmed close contacts of confirmed cases and 6 had neither a recent travel history nor a known contact.

Dr Ehanire informed that two persons have been cured and discharged, one fatality had been recorded and all the 48 present active cases are clinically stable with only mild or moderate symptoms. He stated that Contact tracing to identify persons who has been in close contact with confirmed cases is on-going, while the Ministry is working closely with states and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, to review response activities and to institute measures to protect the health and wellbeing of Nigerians.

The Minister further disclosed that one major item in Nigeria’s disease containment strategy is social distancing, which has been repeatedly announced. As a result, directives have been issued at national and state level, to limit all large gatherings including religious, social and political gatherings, schools, events etc. Some states have put the maximum number of gatherings at 50, but a general order will be announced.

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He disclosed that The NCDC communication campaign titled ‘#TakeResponsibility has kicked off. It is a call to all residents in the country to join hands and be proactive in taking greater individual and collective responsibility for the prevention and control of the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria. You can join this collective effort via your social media platforms” The Minister urged individuals, businesses, professional bodies, media houses and all committed Nigerians to take ownership of this campaign by developing and communicating prevention messages around the following critical thematic areas;

●       Frequent hand washing with soap under running water or using an alcohol-based sanitizer

●       Coughing/sneezing into tissue and disposing properly or coughing/sneezing into your sleeve, if no tissue available.

●       Avoiding crowds, large gatherings and needless physical contact

●       Cleaning all surfaces frequently with disinfectants

●       Getting information only from official sources and;

Self-isolating for 15 days on return from any international travel or close contact with a recently returned person. Call NCDC’s toll-free number: 080097000010 or the emergency no. 112, which we are working to link together and expand for improved speed and efficiency.

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Africa: 46 countries reporting a total COVID-19 2,746 cases, 72 deaths

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Countries, 46 reporting a total COVID-19 2,746 cases, 72 deaths, and 210 recoveries by region:

Central (150 cases, 5 deaths, 4 recoveries):  Cameroon (75, 1, 3), Central African Republic (5, 0, 0), Chad (3, 0, 0), Congo (4, 0, 0), DRC (48, 3, 1), Equatorial Guinea (9, 0, 0), Gabon (6, 1, 0)

Eastern (197, 3, 4): Djibouti (11, 0, 0), Eritrea (4, 0, 0), Ethiopia (12, 0, 4), Kenya (25, 0, 0), Madagascar (19, 0, 0), Mauritius (48, 2, 0), Rwanda (41, 0, 0), Seychelles (7, 0, 0), Somalia (1, 0, 0), Sudan (3, 1, 0), Tanzania (12, 0, 0), Uganda (14, 0, 0)

Northern (1,159, 53, 180): Algeria (302, 21, 77), Egypt (456, 21, 95), Libya (1, 0, 0), Mauritania (2, 0, 0), Morocco (225, 6, 7), Tunisia (173, 5, 1)

Southern (743, 1, 2): Angola (3, 0, 0 ), Eswatini (5, 0, 0), Mozambique (5, 0, 0),  Namibia (6, 0, 0), South Africa (709, 0, 2), Zambia (12, 0, 0), Zimbabwe (3, 1, 0)

Western (497, 10, 21): Benin (6, 0, 0), Burkina Faso (146, 4, 5), Cape Verde (3, 1, 0), Côte d’Ivoire (80, 0, 3), Gambia (3, 1, 0), Ghana (68, 2, 1), Guinea (4, 0, 0), Guinea-Bissau (2, 0, 0), Liberia (3, 0, 0), Mali (2, 0, 0), Niger (7, 1, 0), Nigeria (51, 1, 2), Senegal (99, 0, 9), Togo (23, 0, 1).

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5 New Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed in Nigeria

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Five new cases of #COVID19 have been confirmed in Nigeria: 2 in FCT, Abuja, 2 in Lagos and  1 in Rivers.

3 are returning travellers into Nigeria, while 2 are close contacts of a confirmed case.

As at 11:25 pm 25th March, there are:

51 confirmed cases
2 discharged
1 death

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