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Coronavirus: Prominent Nigerian Medical Doctor Dies While Treating UK COVID-19 Patients

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Prominent Nigerian Medical Doctor Dies After Contracting Coronavirus While Treating UK COVID-19 Patients

68-year-old prominent Nigerian-born medical doctor, Dr. Alfa Sa’adu who devotedly treated victims of coronavirus in the United Kingdom has died after contracting the virus.

His son, Dani Sa’adu, announced the demise of his father who died in London on Tuesday and was until his death a physician at the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust.

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“Today at approx.. 7.30am, Dr. Alfa Saadu (my dad) died of the Coronavirus. He had been fighting the virus for 2 weeks but could not fight anymore,” Dani said.

According to Dani, his father was a living legend who worked for the NHS for nearly 40 years saving people’s lives in the UK and in Africa. He was still working part time saving people until he got sick,

He said the “NHS were amazing and did everything they could.”

“The Coronavirus is not a joke, please take it seriously and listen to the government,” he urged people.

Reacting to the death of Sa’adu (who was the Galadiman Patigi), the Emir of Ilorin and Chairman Kwara State Traditional Council, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, described his death as a great loss to humanity.

The monarch in his condolence message issued on Tuesday by his spokesman, Mallam Abdulazeez Arowona, expressed sadness over his unfortunate demise saying, “We have lost an irreplaceable asset in the nation.”

Sulu-Gambari said, “the late Galadiman Patigi was one of the finest medical practitioners whose penchant for professionalism, humanity and traditional institutions knows-no-bound as a foremost product of the emirate.

“He was the son of the late Alhaji Ahman Pategi, one of the highly respected Ministers who served in the Northern Nigeria under the late Premier, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Sardauna of Sokoto in the first republic. During my stay in England, I was his guardian, he lived with me and enjoyed his loyalty, steadfastness and humility.

“I received the news of his death with crude shock and depression because he was indeed a great asset for us in Kwara and Nigeria in general. He contributed his quotas to national development as foremost medical practitioner and community leader. ”

The emir commiserated with the Kwara State Governor, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq; Etsu Patigi, Alhaji Umar Bologi II, and the entire people of Patigi emirate council over what he described as ‘the colossal loss.’

He prayed Allah to forgive the late Galadiman Patigi his shortcomings and give his immediate and extended families the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Dr Alfa Saadu’s death was also announced on Facebook by former Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

The Facebook post shared by Saraki to mourn Dr Saadu reads: “Inalilahi Wa Ina Ilaehi Rajiun. My condolences go to the family of late Dr Alfa Sa’adu, the people of Pategi and Kwara State on the death of the foremost medical practitioner who passed away in London this morning (March 31).

“Late Dr Sa’adu provided leadership for our people in the diaspora as he served for many years as chairman, Kwara State Association of Nigeria (Kwasang UK). Back at home, he was a community leader and traditional office holder as Galadima of Pategi. He will be sorely missed.

“We pray that Allah forgive his sins and grant him a place in Aljannah Firdaus. May Allah also grant his family, the people of Pategi and Kwara State the fortitude to bear the loss.”

Prominent Nigerian medical doctor dies after contracting Coronavirus while treating UK COVID-19 patients

Another Facebook post mourning the doctor reads: “A very sad day for UK doctors as one of the brightest, kindest and most respected stalwarts of Nigerian doctors in the UK, Dr Alfa Saadu has just died after volunteering to help in the wards and caught the bug. He came off the ventilator this morning.

“It is indeed a sad day for Nigerian doctors in UK. But also for doctors worldwide who sometimes are thrown into the deep end without adequate resources. May his soul RIP.

“We just lost a gem in the Nigerian medical community in the UK to COVID-19.”

His son, Dani Saadu also wrote a tribute to his father. Dani added that Dr Saadu “had been fighting the virus for 2 weeks but he could not fight anymore.

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Woman loses hearing in one ear after mild Covid-19 infection

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Woman loses hearing in one ear after mild Covid-19 infection

A woman identified as Meredith Harrell lost her hearing in one ear after mild Covid-19 Infection.

According to Elizabeth Cohen, CNN Senior Medical Correspondent, Harrell was walking from her backyard into the house, her right ear suddenly started to ring.

She realized that, other than the ringing, she couldn’t hear anything out of that ear.”It was like someone flipped a switch,” she said.

Harrell’s hearing loss was a mystery until about a week later, when she took a Covid-19 test. It was positive.

Even though she never felt sick, an otologist — a doctor who specializes in hearing — explained to Harrell that the virus was likely the culprit.Meredith Harrell with her son, Mason. The family tested positive for Covid-19.Meredith Harrell with her son, Mason. The family tested positive for Covid-19.

Viruses such as measles, mumps and meningitis are known to sometimes cause sudden hearing loss, and there’s growing evidence that the novel coronavirus should be added to the list.

“We’re hearing more and more that people have hearing loss as part of their Covid infection,” said Dr. Matthew Stewart, associate professor of otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins Medicine.

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There are no statistics on how common it is for people who’ve had Covid-19 to experience hearing loss, but a few small studies point to a possible link.

A team in Manchester, England, asked Covid-19 patients eight weeks after they’d been discharged from the hospital whether they’d experienced any hearing changes or ringing in their ears.

Of the 138 patients in the study, published in the International Journal of Audiology, 13% said yes.

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He said the reason is that the coronavirus is known to cause blood clots in other areas of the body, and he thinks that could be happening in the “extremely small blood vessels” in the inner ear.

Kevin Munro, an audiological scientist who co-authored the study in Manchester, said he thinks that theory makes sense.”

The capillaries in the inner ear are the smallest in the human body, so it wouldn’t take much to block them,” he said.

Munro and his team at the University of Manchester are planning larger studies on Covid-19 and hearing loss.

Until then, they’re not sure why it seems like some Covid-19 patients develop hearing loss while others don’t.

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NYCC-19 Partners with TradoMed Pharmaceutical Company to Fight COVID-19

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Tradomed Pharmaceutical Company, reliable partner in fighting COVID-19

The Nigerian Youth Compact on COVID-19 has described Tradomed Pharmaceutical company as a reliable partner in the fight against COVID-19.

Mallam Gambo Haruna, National Chairman of the Compact, made the remark during a courtesy visit to the management of Tradomed Pharmaceutical in Abuja on Wednesday.

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Haruna said, the NYCC-19 was an integrated framework and mechanism for Youth Engagement and Peer Intervention Strategy (PIS), meant to sensitize and mobilize the Nigerian Youth to ensure an enhanced response to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.

According to him, it is also set up as a realistic and practicable Action Plan to face the emerging Post COVID-19 Economic and Social realities.

He commended the effort of Tradomed company for the humanitarian interventions it is providing for Nigerians across the country, especially during this pandemic period.

“We seek partnership with your company to be able to engage 10 million Nigerian Youths, as it is our ardent belief that the partnership will help in mitigating the spread of the corona virus in Nigeria” he added.

Contributing, Chibuike Echem, Head of States Affairs, NYCC-19, said that, NYCC-19 had structures in the 774 Local Government Areas across the Federation which according to him is a good network for partnership.

Responding, Alhaji Abbah Goji, Vice chairman of Tradomed who received the NYCC-19 Team on behalf of the chairman of the company, Dr. Abbas Waziri applauded the NYCC-19 Team for coming together to form a synergy.

He expressed optimism that such a relationship would enable the parties involved to carry out the robust idea to ensure the realisation of the aims and objectives behind the formation of the Nigerian Youth Compact on Covid-19.

The vice chairman, therefore, advised the leaders of the Compact to expand their vision beyond COVID-19 and focus more on post COVID-19, Goji encouraged them to be patient and united in carrying out their national assignment while assuring them of maximum support and partnership of the company.

One of the high points at the occasion was the donation of a pack of Tradomal Anti-Malaria Tea to the visiting NYCC team, on behalf of the company,

Tradomal Tea is produced by the Tradomed Pharmaceutical Company, a remedy for Malaria, 100 per cent natural and enjoy the certification and approval of NAFDAC.

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The Fact: ‘We Will Live with Covid19 for Months. Let’s not Deny it or Panic’- Dr. Faheem Younus

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The Fact: ‘We Will Live with Covid19 for Months. Let’s not Deny it or Panic’- Dr. Faheem Younus

Dr. Faheem Younus is the Head of the Infectious Disease Clinic from the University of Maryland in America who usually tweets facts about Covid-19.

He dropped another tweet saying, “We will live with Covid19 for months. Let’s not deny it or panic. Let’s not make life unnecessarily difficult. Let us learn to be happy and live with that fact.”

According to him, the virus will not reduce its effect in the summer. It’s summer in Brazil and Argentina, but the virus is spreading rapidly. You cannot destroy Covid-19 viruses that have penetrated the cells by drinking too much water, you will just go to the toilet often.

However, washing your hands and keeping a distance of 1.8 meters is the best method of protecting against the virus. If you don’t have a Covid-19 patient at home, there is no need to disinfect the surfaces in the house.

Cargo packages, petrol pumps, shopping carts or ATMs do not cause infection. Wash your hands, live your life as usual. Covid-19 is not a food infection. This is associated with drops of infection like flu. There is no documented risk of Covid-19 being transmitted by ordering food.

Entering the sauna does not kill Covid-19 viruses that have penetrated the cell. Once we get home, we don’t need to change clothes and shower urgently. Purity is a virtue, not paranoia. Covid-19 virus does not hang in the air. This is a drip infection that requires close contact. The air is clean, you can walk around the gardens (keeping the distance) in the parks.

The pandemic has made us realize that Covid-19 is not a respecter of race or religion. It is passed on to all people. It is enough to use normal soap against Covid-19 by not necessarily using antibacterial soap. The virus is not a bacterium anyway.

You don’t have to worry about your food orders. But if you want you can heat it up a bit in the microwave. The chance to bring Covid-19 home with your shoes and getting sick is the same as getting hit by lightning twice a day.

You cannot be protected from the virus by drinking / eating vinegar, sumac, soda and ginger. Wearing gloves is a bad idea, the virus can accumulate on the glove, it can easily be transmitted if you touch your face. It’s best to wash your hands.

  Immunity is greatly weakened by always staying in a sterile environment.  Even if you eat immunity boosting foods, please go out of your house regularly to any park/beach.

Immunity is increased by EXPOSURE TO PATHOGENS, not by sitting at home and consuming fried/spicy/sugary food and aerated drinks.

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