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Lagos discharges 56 COVID-19 patients, trains 450 youths on use coconut waste for craft

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Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, said that 56 COVID-19 patients; 12 females and 44 males, including nine foreign nationals, were discharged from the state isolation facilities.

“The patients; 25 from Gbagada, five from Agidingbi, eight from Eti-Osa (LandMark), three from Onikan and 15 from Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) isolation centres, were discharged after full recovery and testing negative for COVID-19,” the governor said.

The governor said 1,897 COVID-19 patients had been discharged so far and the number of confirmed cases that have been successfully managed and discharged from Lagos isolation facilities.

In another development, the state government said it had started training about 450 young entrepreneurs in a five-week intensive training on the use of coconut waste in arts and craft under its waste to wealth initiative.

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In a statement, yesterday, the state’s Acting Commissioner for Agriculture, Abisola Olusanya, said that the waste to wealth initiative was in line with the state government’s developmental T.H.E.M.E.S agenda of making Lagos a 21st Century Economy as well as contributing to the tourism potentials of the state.

Olusanya stated that the objectives of achieving the goals of sustainable development and waste management were outstanding global challenge, stressing that finding innovative solutions for effective management of waste remained difficult as the breakdown of waste required special processes that involve time, energy and expense.

According to her, coconuts have the potential to produce electricity, heat, fiberboards, organic fertiliser, animal feeds, fuel additives for cleaner emissions, eco-friendly cutlery, health drinks, and many more.

She encouraged other sectors where waste can be recycled to embrace the waste to wealth initiative as it could bring back discarded waste products into economic use and lead to reduction of pressure induced by waste on the environment while also creating opportunities for income and employment generation in a relatively new area, thereby enhancing economic activities.

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