- Sule Lamido, the former Kano governor, has been advised by the NCDC to self-isolate
- The NCDC gave the advice after the former governor attended a burial in the state
- The agency said that the index case of coronavirus was also at the funeral and had contact with all the attendees
Following his attendance at a funeral in Koki, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has advised Sule Lamido, the former governor of Kano, to self-isolate.
In a message to Lamido, through Imam Wada Bello, the director of public health, state ministry of health, the NCDC stated that the former governor was at the same funeral where the index case of coronavirus in the state had contact with persons who attended the said burial.
The message read: “...we would like to have your kind permission for our Rapid Response Team, RRT to evaluate your risk and possibly take sample.”
In his response to the advice, the former governor said that he will make himself available for any possible test and its results.
The governor said: “...today, Monday by 1:30 pm 13/04/2020 myself, my driver and orderly were through the whole processes. Efficiency at it is best, now awaiting results.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that following the hardship brought by the coronavirus pandemic, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), had granted debt relief to 25 countries, mostly African nations excluding Nigeria.
The managing director of the IMF, Kristalina Georgieva, said it would provide $500m in grant-based debt service relief to these countries.
Legit.ng gathered that this was announced on Monday, April 13, by the managing director of the IMF.
She said: “Today, I am pleased to say that our executive board approved immediate debt service relief to 25 of the IMF’s member countries under the IMF’s revamped Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust as part of the Fund’s response to help address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic."
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It listed the beneficiaries as Afghanistan, Benin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo D.R., The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Tajikistan, Togo and Yemen.
The organisation has advised commercial banks to restructure loans in a bid to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a report entitled ‘Maintaining Banking System Safety amid the COVID-19 Crisis’, IMF director of the monetary and capital markets department, Tobias Adrian, called for the restructuring of loans extended to sectors that were adversely affected by the pandemic.
Adrian urged regulators and supervisors to also remind banks about flexible credit risk management, adding that the IMF official also advised that banks should not hide their losses.
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