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MUST WATCH VIDEO: US-Based Nigerian Doctor, Stella Emmanuel Blast ‘Fake’ American Doctors, Says Hydroxychloroquine Is Cure For COVID-19

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A Nigerian-born and trained physician, Dr. Stella Emmanuel, is trending on social media after delivering an impassioned COVID-19 speech in the US on Monday.

Speaking at a news conference in Washington, Emmanuel claimed that antimalarial drug, hydroxychloroquine; zinc; and antibacterial drug, Zithromax, were effective cures for the virus.

The Nigerian spoke during a news conference held by a group of American doctors under the aegis of: “America’s Frontline Doctors,” in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington DC.

The doctors are holding a two-day “White Coat Summit” at the Capitol Hill to address what they call a “massive disinformation campaign” surrounding the virus.

Emmanuel dismissed experts’ warning that hydroxychloroquine could cause serious heart problems for coronavirus patients, citing her experience with the use of the drug.

The Nigerian, who was joined by other frontline doctors, said she had successfully treated no fewer than 350 patients with hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and Zithromax.

Emmanuel also said hydroxychloroquine, long touted by President Donald Trump as a cure for the virus, could also prevent the disease.

She said: “I know you’re going to tell me that you treated 20 people, 40 people, and it didn’t work.

“I’m a true testimony.

“So I came here to Washington DC to tell America nobody needs to get sick.

“This virus has a cure.

“It is called hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and Zithromax.

“I know you people want to talk about a mask.

“Hello?

“You don’t need a mask.

“There is a cure.

“I know they don’t want to open schools.

“No, you don’t need people to be locked down.

“There is prevention and there is a cure.”

Emmanuel, who said she had received several threats to have her practice permit revoked, insisted she would continue to administer the drugs on COVID-19 patients to save more American lives.

A five-minute-long video capturing Emmanuel’s passionate speech is currently going viral on various social media platforms.

Dr. Simone Gold, a Los Angeles-based emergency medicine specialist, who moderated the news conference, described Emmanuel as a warrior.

“Before I introduce the next guest, I just want to say that I wish all doctors that are listening to this bring that kind of passion to their patients,” Gold said.

The following are excerpts of Emmanuel’s speech:

“Hello, I’m Dr. Stella Emmanuel.

“I’m a primary care physician in Houston, Texas.

“I actually went to medical school in West Africa, Nigeria, where I took care of malaria patients, treated them with hydroxychloroquine and stuffs like that.

“So I’m actually used to these medications.

“I’m here because I have personally treated over 350 patients with COVID-19.

“Patients that have diabetes, patients that have high blood pressure, patients that have asthma, old people.…

“I think my oldest patients are 92 … 87-year-olds.

“And the result has been the same.

“I put them on hydroxychloroquine, I put them on zinc, I put them on Zithromax, and they’re all well.

“For the past few months, after taking care of over 350 patients, we’ve not lost one.

“Not a diabetic, not somebody with high blood pressure, not somebody who has asthma, not an old person.

“We’ve not lost one patient.

“And on top of that, I’ve put myself, my staff, and many doctors that I know on hydroxychloroquine for prevention because by the very mechanism of action, it works early and as a prophylaxis.

“We see patients – 10 to 15 COVID-19 patients, every day.

“We don’t give them breathing treatments.

“We only wear a surgical mask.

“None of us has gotten sick.

“It works.

“So right now, I came here to Washington DC to say, America, nobody needs to die.

“The study that made me start using hydroxychloroquine was a study that they did under the NIH in 2005 that says it works.

“Recently, I was doing some research about a patient that had hiccups and I found out that they even did a recent study in the NIH, which is our National Institute … that is the National … NIH, what? National Institute of Health.

“They actually had a study and go look it up.

“Type hiccups and COVID-19, you will see it.

“They treated a patient that had hiccups with hydroxychloroquine and it proved that hiccups is a symptom of COVID-19.

“So, if the NIH knows that treating the patient with hydroxychloroquine proves that hiccup is a symptom of COVID-19, then they definitely know that hydroxychloroquine works.

“I’m upset.

“Why I’m upset is that I see people that cannot breathe.

“I see parents walk in, I see diabetic sit in my office knowing that this is a death sentence and they can’t breathe.

“And I hug them and I tell them: ‘It’s going to be okay. You’re going to live.’

“And we treat them and they live.

“None has died.

“So if some fake science, some person sponsored by all these fake pharma companies comes out says: ‘We’ve done studies and they found out that it doesn’t work,’ I can tell you categorically it’s fixed science.

“I want to know who is sponsoring that study.

“I want to know who is behind it because there is no way I can treat 350 patients and counting and nobody is dead and they all did better.

“I know you’re going to tell me that you treated 20 people, 40 people, and it didn’t work.

“I’m a true testimony.

“So I came here to Washington DC to tell America nobody needs to get sick.

“This virus has a cure.

“It is called hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and Zithromax.

“I know you people want to talk about a mask.

“Hello?

“You don’t need a mask.

“There is a cure.

“I know they don’t want to open schools.

“No, you don’t need people to be locked down.

“There is prevention and there is a cure.

“And let me tell you something, all you fake doctors out there that tell me: ‘Yeah. I want a double-blinded study.’

“I just tell you, quit sounding like a computer, double-blinded.

“I don’t know whether your chips are malfunctioning, but I’m a real doctor.

“I have radiologists, we have plastic surgeons, we have neurosurgeons, like Sanjay Gupta saying: ‘Yeah, it doesn’t work and it causes heart disease.’

“Let me ask you Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Hear me.

“Have you ever seen a COVID-19 patient?

“Have you ever treated anybody with hydroxychloroquine and they died from heart disease?

“When you do, come and talk to me because I sit down in my clinic every day and I see these patients walk in every day scared to death.

“I see people driving two, three hours to my clinic because some ER doctor is scared of the Texas board or they’re scared of something, and they will not prescribe medication to these people.

“I tell all of you doctors that are sitting down and watching Americans die: You’re like the good Nazi … the good one, the good Germans that watched Jews get killed and you did not speak up.

“If they come after me, they threaten me.

“They’ve threatened to … I mean, I’ve gotten all kinds of threats.

“Or they’re going to report me to the Boards.

“I say, you know what?

“I don’t care. I’m not going to let Americans die.

“And if this is the hill where I get nailed on.

“I will get nailed on it.

“I don’t care.

“You can report me to the Boards, you can kill me, you can do whatever, but I’m not going to let Americans die.

“And today I’m here to say it that America, there is a cure for COVID-19.

“All this foolishness does not need to happen.

“There is a cure for COVID-19.

“There is a cure for COVID-19 and it is called hydroxychloroquine.

“It’s called zinc.

“It’s called Zithromax.

“And it is time for the grassroots to wake up and say: ‘No, we’re not going to take this any longer.

“We’re not going to die.’

“Because let me tell you something when somebody is dead, they are dead.

“They’re not coming back tomorrow to have an argument.

“They are not coming back tomorrow to discuss the double-blinded study and the data.

“All of you doctors that are waiting for data, if six months down the line you actually found out that this data shows that this medication works, how about your patients that have died?

“You want a double-blinded study where people are dying?

“It’s unethical.

“So guys, we don’t need to die.

“There is a cure for COVID-19.”

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Financial Recklessness: Pondei, Other NDDC Staff Spent N5bn As Medical Allowances During Lockdown —- Senate Report [Full Breakdown]

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The Senate report on the alleged financial recklessness in the Niger Delta Development Commission has revealed how the top management of the agency shared N4.9bn among themselves in the guise of medical checkup.

The document also showed that the management paid N114.9m as a supplementary medical allowance to 26 staff members during the same period.

It stated that both disbursements were made when the nation was under lockdown to check COVID-19 spread.

The report was adopted and approved by the Senate shortly before it proceeded on its annual recess penultimate week.

A copy of the document obtained by our correspondent in Abuja on Monday indicated that the monies were paid to the individual accounts in March and April this year.

The document indicated that the acting Managing Director, Daniel Pondei, and the two executive directors got N14.2m each.

The report noted that no such payment took place during the first Interim Management Committee led by Joi Nunieh.

It nonetheless, stated that available data showed that the allowance had been in existence even though it appeared to have no specific policy underpinning it.

The report stated, “The three members of the Interim Management Committee received the highest amount of N142m each.

“Two other people, namely Evan Caroline Nagbo and Ms Cecilia Akintomide, took N12,387,500 each, while Peter Uwa Edieya was paid N10,340,000.

The report further added that four other members of staff collected about N8m each while 140 others collected an average of N7m each.

The NDDC management also paid 75 others N6m each while 153 staff members were paid N5.5m.

Four other categories of staff were paid between N4.1m and N4.8m while seven others got about N3m each.

The document further indicated that 804 staff members collected between N2.4m and N2.9m each.

Apart from these, the document showed that the management paid N114.9m as a supplementary medical allowance to 26 staff members.

No fewer than 15 of them got N7m while one of them collected N5.2m.

The rest however collected between N375, 000 and N550, 000 each.

The report indicated that “payment to all the 1,401 staff who received the allowance was made on 16 March 2020.”

It added that the distribution of the payment category and the number of staff did not suggest a regular hierarchical pattern and an absence of clear policy, which raised suspicion of arbitrariness.

The report also stated that the NDDC management used staff members for the distribution of Lassa Fever kits.

It explained that Personal Protective Kits were given to the 185 LGAs of the Niger Delta states through the NDDC staff.

The staff members, according to the document, were paid various amounts, ranging from N300,000 to N6,845,000, on April 15, 2020, for the distribution of the kits.

The report stated, “The total amount used for the distribution is N55,090,000.

“Twenty-nine employees were engaged in ‘Monitoring of the Emergency Response Programme on Lassa Fever Outbreak at a cost of N5,972,500’.

“NDDC did not provide any returns on the end-user beneficiaries which would have helped in evaluating the accountability and transparency of the programme. There was also no mention of the original target beneficiaries.

“NDDC management did not provide details of allocation of the Lassa fever Protective Kits per each state and LGA and how the distributors were assigned as well as the collated report on the distribution exercise.

“They should have justified the huge amount of money allocated for the exercise.”

The report further added that by its own record. NDDC spent N808.9m as imprest between October 29 2019 and May 23. 2020.

It stated that “this covers a period of seven months during most of which the nation was on lockdown.

“Given that significant amount was also expended on travels, duty tour allowance during this period, payment of bills, it is difficult to justify this huge amount as imprest necessary for the services of the commission.”

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mediaReach OMD Employs Data On Media Consumption To Aid Businesses In Navigating The New Normal

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mediaReach OMD, a frontline marketing and media agency, had during this period of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, guided media planners, buyers, and businesses in their investment bid with data-driven newsletters on media consumption habit to maximize profits and increase productivity and to navigate the new normal.

Published in ThisDay Newspapers and titled “COVID-19 and Media Consumption Habit, What has Changed?,” the newsletters are a culmination of the sequence of information aimed at examining the potential impact of the pandemic on audience behaviour and media consumption in Nigeria.

It also contains thought starters and needed actions regarding adaptation of the definition of the new normal posed by the pandemic.

Against this backdrop, the Managing Director of the Agency, Nitinchandra Nandekar, said the firm has been monitoring changes in media consumption and adapting to innovative ways of connecting with the target audience, through data-led approaches to guide clients’ investments during the COVID-19 lockdown/post lockdown.

Nandekar avowed that while businesses, especially the marketing and media ecosystem waits for an end to this deadly disease which has dealt a hard blow on world economies, the journey to success will continue to be guided with key principles, including being ready for the day after.

The foremost media agency with presence in Nigeria, West, and Central Africa, posits that media consumption which is in favour of the TV continues to be stable with much attention on genres like news and entertainment, while businesses are now adopting a more creative and innovative form of operations with adaptation to the new normal.

Commending the media agency for these initiatives, the Chairman and Managing Director of Expand Global Industries Limited, Rajat Kapur, said as a global partner of Henkel for Media Investment Solutions, MediaReach OMD helps not only in the normal ways but regularly releases data-driven media intelligence information newsletters which ensure that Henkel is prepared to deal with the new normal characterised by the pandemic.

This, he said, contains the changing consumer habits, the higher need for hygiene-based products and the changing media landscape, all highlighted for a better clearer and stronger media investment leading to best in class equity development of Henkel’s brands.

In his remark, the President of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN), Tony Agenmonmen, said the breakout of the pandemic has been a defining moment for the world.

He affirmed that the deadly disease came with uncertainty and fear because no one knows exactly what was going on, not even the experts, including the World Health Organization (WHO) which has been struggling a bit.

“A bewildered world therefore became anxious and hungry for news. And with the lockdowns in almost all parts of the world, consumers were hungry for information. They tried to stay connected to all the news about the pandemic and social media was the greatest beneficiary,” he said.

Agenmonmen continued “It helped that some brands understood this and were able to help in providing the information in ways that were not seen as exploiting the fears and worries of consumers. Six months down the line, it appears that the world has come to accept that we will have to live with it for an indeterminate while. The fears remain.”

On the importance of data to investment, the NIMN President remarked that without it, organisations cannot plan their daily activities properly. “Data is life, it is very critical in running your day-to-day investment. If you have the right data, then you are on the right path to success,” he avowed.

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COVID-19: Air Peace Sacks 70 Pilots, Cuts Salaries By 40%

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A Nigerian airline, Air Peace, has sacked over 70 pilots across its fleet.

It also reduced staff salaries by up to 40 percent.

A member of the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers disclosed this to one of our correspondents, craving anonymity.

The source said the number of sacked pilots was between 70 and 75 in total.

The management of the airline, however, linked the pilots’ disengagement to the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pilots had, on July 22, protested a major pay cut after negotiations with the management over their remuneration broke down.

A statement issued on Monday by Mr. Stanley Olise, spokesperson of the airline, described the sacking of the pilots as “painful but rightful decision.”

Part of the statement read, “The airline cannot afford to toe the path of being unable to continue to fulfill its financial obligations to its staff, external vendors, aviation agencies, maintenance organizations, insurance companies, banks, and other creditors, hence the decision to restructure its entire operations with a view to surviving the times.

“The pandemic has hit every airline worldwide, so badly that it has become very impossible for airlines to remain afloat without carrying out an internal restructuring of their costs.

“Anything short of what we have done may lead to the collapse of an airline as could be seen in some places worldwide during this period. Therefore, we decided to review the salaries being paid to all staff.

“The new salaries reflect a zero per cent-40 percent cut of the former salary, depending on the salary grades of every staff. Even after the cuts, it was obvious that for us to be able to sustain our operations and survive the times, some jobs must inevitably have to go.

“Air Peace has never, for one day, ever owed salaries to its workers in its almost six years of existence, pilots inclusive. Rather, the management of Air Peace has always been known to be increasing salaries of its employees periodically, without being prompted by staff.

“In fact, in one fell swoop, Air Peace increased the salaries of pilots by over 100 percent in one day. Our salaries have always been paid even before the end of the month in the last five years.

“The decision is a reflection of the negative impact of the pandemic on airlines and aviation worldwide.

“We are in trying times. Even the biggest airlines in Europe, America, Middle East, Asia, Australia, and, indeed, Africa, are all either slashing jobs and cutting salaries in order to remain afloat or are shutting down.

“Air Peace is not immune from these challenges.”

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