- Ninety people with COVID-19 symptoms have tested negative in Abuja, FCTA has disclosed
- Those tested were from the Mpape community in Abuja Municipal Council (AMAC)
- According to FCTA, everyone with a history of cough, fever, catarrh, chest pain and difficulty in breathing will be screened
About 90 persons who showed COVID-19 symptoms have tested negative for the disease.
This was disclosed by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) says via its Twitter handle.
According to FCTA, those tested were from the Mpape community in Abuja Municipal Council (AMAC).
It said during “community active case search”, its department of public health detected and tested the persons whose test came back as negative.
“As FCTA Continues Community Active Case Search in various communities of Abuja, results of 90 clients from Mpape community testing, have all returned negative to #COVID19,” it wrote.
Going further, it said that in the course of the case search: “Everyone with a history of cough, fever, catarrh, chest pain and difficulty in breathing will be screened.”
“This is to detect any everyone with COVID-19 and get them treated promptly to break the chain of transmission in FCT,” the FCTA said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that as the coronavirus lockdown bites harder on Nigerians, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has advised President Muhammadu Buhari on how to sustain the economy and save citizens from hunger.
Tinubu advocated an economic relief package in the form of emergency sustenance payments to vulnerable Nigerians.
The APC leader also urged the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to lower interest rates to single digits in order to assist the private sector and help reduce the charge on deficit spending.
The former Lagos state governor said the goal of the government must be for the people to live neither with the disease nor in hunger.
“This situation presents a historic chance to establish a more beneficial social contract between government and the governed,” he noted.
He also advised the Buhari-led administration to push for diplomatic debt relief.
He said: “With the fiscal latitude provided by lifting the budgetary limit, government can render emergency sustenance relief to most Nigerian households, especially the recently unemployed, via cash payments. This will blunt hunger, maintain aggregate demand in the domestic economy and help sustain private-sector markets to the extent possible. Directed towards needy and modest households, such expenditure must be heavily weighted to local produce, not to imports. This will help mute inflation.
“Such payments can be done in either one or in a combination of three ways. First, we can designate a stipend for every household. The amount should be enough to pay for the monthly needs of an “average” household for food and other basics. While this may somewhat penalise larger families, perfection cannot be had at this time.
"Second, the stipends could be given as a form of emergency unemployment insurance to those who can prove they were relieved of employment due to the crisis. This would be more targeted at the actual victims of the crisis but harder to administer. This stipend would also have to be extended to owners of small and medium-sized businesses.
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