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Covid-19: Moscow Becomes The First City To Force Vaccination On Citizens

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oscow has become the first city in the world to make vaccination against coronavirus compulsory not just for healthcare workers, but for employees in a range of public-facing industries, including catering, transport and museums.

Officials in the Russian capital published the order on Wednesday, citing concerns over the worsening local epidemiological situation. Describing the spread of Covid-19 as “unfavorable,” the city’s top sanitary doctor, Elena Andreeva, warned that “there is an increase in the number of people who actively visit public places while sick,” attending venues and using mass transit systems.

As a result, 60% of workers in selected businesses and organizations will be required to be immunized. Sectors singled out include transport, food and beverage businesses, banks, as well as those working in beauty salons, theaters, museums, fitness clubs, spas, and massage parlors.

In a statement issued at the same time, the mayor of Moscow, Sergey Sobyanin, said that officials had seen a “dramatic” worsening in the situation. “Ultimately, it’s up to everyone to get vaccinated or not,” he said. “You can protect yourself or hope that everything will work out… This is a personal matter… as long as you sit at home or in the country.”

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“But when you go out into public places and come into contact with other people, willingly or unwillingly, you become an accomplice of the epidemiological process. This is the chain link for the spread of a dangerous virus,” the mayor said.

“Moreover, if you work in an organization that serves a large circle of people, then in a pandemic it is definitely not only your own business, no matter what personal protective equipment you use,” Sobyanin added.

Around 1 in 10 Muscovites are estimated to have had both shots of the vaccine so far, statistics say. However, skepticism and distrust are thought to have limited the number of people booking appointments, despite the widespread availability of vaccines.

Speaking last week, President Vladimir Putin sought to reassure Russians, saying “not a single serious case of complications” has occurred during the nationwide roll-out of the vaccine. “There is nothing to be afraid of here.”

However, the Kremlin sought to downplay suggestions that the move amounts to a policy of forced vaccination, with Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, saying that compulsory immunization isn’t even a question to be considered. Instead, it appears that the rule change simply regulates how many unvaccinated employees can work in selected industries.

The move will raise questions over whether staff will be pressured into receiving a shot, and what can be considered mandatory vaccination. On Wednesday, the UK introduced compulsory vaccines for care home workers caring for old and vulnerable people. International Trade Secretary Liz Truss told reporters that “we need to make sure we get the balance right but I’m sure people appreciate that protecting lives is the absolute priority.”

Sobyanin introduced a curfew on Moscow’s nightlife this week and four days of paid holiday for workers in a bid to slow the spread of the virus. Cases have spiked across Russia, with the number of positive tests rising from a consistent plateau of around 8,000 each day to over 14,000 on Tuesday.

~RT

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Obaseki Under Attack for Mandatory Vaccination in Edo State

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do State Governor, Godwin Obaseki is been attacked by Edo people and Nigerians for mandating presentation of Covid-19 Vaccination certificates in the state.

“The presentation of certificates of COVID-19 vaccination will from the second week of September be compulsory  for entry into areas of large gatherings like churches, mosques, banks, wedding, and burial places”.

Edo Governor, Godwin Obaseki said this kicking off the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination at the Government House, Benin on Monday.

Obaseki  explained that the proposed measure was informed by the   devastating effects of  the third wave of the virus in the country.

He pointed out that the latest reports indicate that 96 percent of persons infected with Delta variant had  not been vaccinated.

The governor  said: “From what we have seen so far, the COVID-19 is here to stay. There may be other waves. We need to find a solution. That is why vaccination is very important.

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This policy by the Governor however doesn’t sit well with people of the state and many other concerned Nigerians. In a publication he made on his official Facebook page, the Governor released venues where Vaccination takes place in the state.

Reactions that trailed the publication showed the people are against forceful vaccination in the South South state.

“so call health facilities? Mr governor, leave this vaccination matter. It will not work. You can not continue with the race anymore. It is already a failed plan”. – One of the comment said

 

Maurice Yeptei wrote;

You are now the WHO president abi? Twale. Use the analysis to build schools, create roads, empower youths. Charge your lap technicians, your doctors and nurses on research and development of the vaccine, instead of wasting Edo’s money on foreign medicines that are even a donation. What is really wrong with our leaders in this country?

Onaghinor Osa James said – “It’s a good development. But Sir vaccination is a right not a force. Prevention and awareness is what they need. Even here in advance countries where it was worst. People were not forced. People have their rights. Sir”

Engr Jimmy Coker EyeSpy repliedThis is unconstitutional, it’s against human right and its oppression to force anyone to take the vaccine against their will, what Edo need is good roads, electricity, schools, security, etc. for over a year now Edo is without state assembly, local government chairmen or counselors, mass vaccination is the last thing we the Edo people are craving at the moment…this is not a good plan.

 

Simon Blizz also wrote;

Mr Governor Sir, Covid-19 Vaccine is not really the problem of our citizens, people are dying of hunger on daily basis, no job, no good road’s, if it rains a lot of person’s can’t access their home due to bad road’s all over the state, please swing in to action, close to a year now you couldn’t appoint cabinet members to assist you to run your administration, 5 of you’re ruling the state right now as it’s, please his Excellency save your reputation by doing the needful
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Reactions As Saudi Arabia Recruits Nigerian Medical Experts In Abuja

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igerian Medical Association, Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN), Association of Medical Doctors in the Academics and the striking National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), among others have been called by some concerned Nigerians, following the news and video about recruitment of its personnel by the Saudi Arabian authority.

In a video seen by Okanga Trumpeters, overwhelming number of Nigerian medical experts were seen during the physical recruitment exercise held in Sharaton Hotel Abuja, Nigeria  by Saudi authority.

In a video posted by Objectv Media, some medical doctors vented their annoyance and disappointment with the Nigerian Government, admitting lack of concern and care for their welfare. They said they have to apply for jobs overseas because their basic needs here are not provided.

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Resident Doctors in Nigeria have been on strike for more than a month and sadly series of negotiations with the Federal Government have yielded no result. speaking during the recruitment by Saudi authority, one of the striking doctors said “It is sad that the government is not even doing anything about it. And you can imagine my Honorable Minister of health came out and he threatened us” – the speaker alleged

“It doesn’t make sense and it worsen the whole situation. To be candid, we are very very disappointed, I personally, am very disappointed” .

Speaking further, he said he work in a very critical department in a hospital and many a time, he would use his personal money to purchase some of the things the hospital may need, just for sake of the patients.

Another doctor, who remained anonymous said he was applying for the Saudi job to escape the ills of the Nigerian society. “A lot of discouraging things, you see banditry, you see kidnapping, incessant strike and among others. If someone can get a place where he can work,  place that is calm and place where one can use his skills, is it not better to go there?”.

Vivian Okolo, who is a female medical doctor said “I left medical school April, 2011, and I’m surprised to see my teacher here too. You know what it means? my teacher that taught me how many years ago. I’m giving up on the country, on our leaders. This is the worst i have seen, i never knew it has gone this bad – She said

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Bad Medication Habits You Should Avoid – Pharm Yusuf

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ealth expert, Pharm Adebisi Yusuf shares bad mediation habits, especially that which is usually seen among Nigerians.
The concise but worthy habits he advised should be stopped include:
1. Dividing the contents of capsules.
E.g., dividing Ampiclox capsule for children. You will end up giving inaccurate doses (you can’t gauge doses with eyes). Also, drugs are made into capsules to ensure they are released/absorbed exactly where needed. Opening up such could make the drug ineffective as well as expose you to unwanted side effects. Capsules should be swallowed whole (except directed otherwise by an expert).
2. Not completing your dose because you feel better can lead to incomplete treatment, relapse of the disease, and drug resistance. Please always complete your dose.
3. Using antibiotics for everything.
Antibiotics only treat diseases caused by bacteria, they are not the solution to EVERYTHING. Use only when clearly needed.
4. Using multiple pain killers of the same class.
E.g., using Ibuprofen+Diclofenac+Piroxicam. This can cause injury to your stomach (ulcer) and put you at risk of severe side effects.
5. Sharing your medications with relatives/friends, because it works for you does not mean it is appropriate for another person. Your friend may have a condition that makes the drug inappropriate for him/her.
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