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Only 11% of schools in the country have basic water supply

The Minister of Water Resources, Mr. Suleiman Adamau says only 11% of schools in the country have basic water supply, sanitation and hygiene services.

Mr. Adamau stated this when he gave a WASH – Water Sanitation and Hygiene Presentation to the National Executive Council on the current situation of the WASH Campaign.

He noted that 28 out of 36 States have urban water utilities with 16 states being fully functional. 

The Minister urged governors to endorse the WASH Pledge Card which is a commitment to make Nigeria Open Defecation Free by 2025.

He also urged the governors to prioritize the WASH Campaign.

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, Laolu Akande said the Council welcomed the prayers.

Covid-19 update

Globally, the number of new weekly cases of covid-19 decreased by 6% during the week of 10-16 October, 2022 as compared to the previous week with over 2.9 million new cases reported.

Dr. John Oladejo, National Centre for Disease Control made this known during a presentation on State Performance Report on Covid-19 also to the NEC.

He said update from WHO covid-19 epidemiology indicated that the number of new weekly deaths decreased by 17% compared to the previous week with about 8,300 fatalities reported.

In Nigeria, Dr. Oladejo said till date, 5,593,537 cases had been tested, 265,741 cases of the virus was confirmed, out of which 258,993 cases were discharged with 3,155 deaths recorded in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory

He informed the Council that there was a high burden of cases in 2021 compared to the same period in 2022 and that no death was reported on the past week.

Dr. Oladejo also said there was an ongoing review of the COVID-19 protocols in the country. 

Writing by Annabel Nwachukwu