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Churches pray against spread of disease

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Churches in Lagos State yesterday prayed against the spread of the disease in the country.

Despite concerns that the virus is being spread through like shaking of hands and sharing utensils and other materials, some Churches still use few cups to serve the Holy Communion while the priests used their bare hands to hand over the consecrated bread to communicants.

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For instance, at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Oke-Afa, Isolo, Lagos, The Guardian observed that the practice was common in most unorthodox Churches, but the administration of the Holy Communion was different in most Pentecostal Churches.

Besides, following the outbreak of Coronavirus and Lassa fever in Nigeria, the Kebbi State Government has organised training for all health workers in Birnin Kebbi.

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Addressing reporters in his office at the weekend, Permanent Secretary and Medical Director of Sahyah General Hospital Dr. Aminu Bunza said the training was aimed to enlighten all the medical professions on how to handle the two cases if the need arises.

He explained that the Kebbi State Government has also mop out a staunch strategy by equipping all the health facilities to ensure the protection of the lives of the people are been protected health-wise and improved on how to end the menace.
Meanwhile, Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has set up an Emergency Response Committee on Coronavirus (COVID-19) to monitor, supervise and coordinate response to the disease.

Headed by Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Sunday Ongbabor as Chairman and Dr. Samuel Ngise as Secretary, the committee also has Commissioner for Information, Culture, and Tourism, Ngunan Addingi, Commissioner for Water Resources and Environment, Dondo Ahire, as well as Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Timothy Ijir, among others.

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