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Melbourne back in lockdown as Sydney sees record COVID tally
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Melbourne back in lockdown as Sydney sees record COVID tally

Rueful authorities in Melbourne announced a sixth lockdown for the city and Sydney reported a record number of new coronavirus cases Thursday as Australia faltered in efforts to bring a virulent Delta outbreak to heel. Victoria premier Dan Andrews said he had "no choice" but to make the "very difficult announcement" to lock down Melbourne and the rest of the virus-weary state little more than a week after the last lockdown ended. "None of us are happy to be here, none of us," he said, citing the danger posed by eight "mystery" cases that have yet to be traced. "There is no alternative to lockdown" he added. "The alternative is we let this run that gets away from us, and our hospitals will be absolutely overwhelmed. Not hundreds of patients but thousands." When the Victoria l...
Surgeon warns against cotton bud, earpiece
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Surgeon warns against cotton bud, earpiece

An otolaryngologist, Dr. Julius Idowu has cautioned against insertion of cotton bud into the ear. The Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon (ENT) at the Federal Medical Centre Ebute-Meta said cotton buds, feathers and other objects could affect the eardrum. Idowu told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the items could damage the ear skin lining within the auditory meatus and a canal within the inner ear, leading to bacterial infection. He said the sweetening sensation might lead to ear impairment as the wool on the bud could get trapped in the ear. “Ear wax is produced naturally by our ears and the ears are self-cleansing. If you want to insert anything at all, insert your elbow; meaning that nothing should be inserted into the ear.” Idowu noted that cotton bud has proven to di...
All You Need To Know About Postpartum Depression
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All You Need To Know About Postpartum Depression

What Is Postpartum Depression? Postpartum depression (PPD) is a complex mix of physical, emotional, and behavioral changes that happen in some women after giving birth. According to the DSM-5, a manual used to diagnose mental disorders, PPD is a form of major depression that begins within 4 weeks after delivery. The diagnosis of postpartum depression is based not only on the length of time between delivery and onset but on the severity of the depression. Postpartum depression is linked to chemical, social, and psychological changes that happen when having a baby. The term describes a range of physical and emotional changes that many new mothers experience. PPD can be treated with medication and counseling. The chemical changes involve a rapid drop in hormones after delivery. The a...
Nigeria: 420,000 women, 21,000 babies infected with HIV
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Nigeria: 420,000 women, 21,000 babies infected with HIV

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has expressed concern over new paediatric HIV infections in children aged 0-4 years. “For example, PMTCT coverage is only 37 per cent and 21,000 new paediatric HIV infections recorded in children aged 0-4 years in 2019,” Mr Ehanire said during a national dialogue on Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) on Tuesday in Abuja. He added, “Nigeria, being one of the 21 priority countries in sub-Saharan Africa for the elimination of vertical transmission of HIV, committed to and endorsed the Global Plan. “We agreed to be held accountable for achieving the set targets by 2015. Since then, we implemented several pillars cutting across leadership, policy, and coordination.”   According to the health minister, the ...
NAFDAC Approves Pfizer-Biotech COVID-19 Vaccine For Use In Nigeria
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NAFDAC Approves Pfizer-Biotech COVID-19 Vaccine For Use In Nigeria

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, on Friday approved the use of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Nigeria. This is coming few months after it gave authorisation for the use of the Oxford-Astrazeneca jabs in the country. Announcing this at a press conference in Lagos, the Director-General of NAFDAC, Mojisola Adeyeye explained that the pfizer-Bio Tech vaccine was for emergency use only. She added that the vaccine can now be stored between -15 to-25 equivalent to freezer temperature.
Medical Supplies Arrive In India As Coronavirus Cases Hit New Records
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Medical Supplies Arrive In India As Coronavirus Cases Hit New Records

India hit record numbers of Covid-19 infections worldwide for the sixth day running on Tuesday as the country and its overstretched health systems started receiving vital medical supplies to deal with the pandemic. A total of 323,144 new cases and 2,771 deaths were registered, Health Ministry data showed, taking the national caseload to 17.6 million cases and the death tally to 197,894. India has been logging over 300,000 cases since Thursday, when it surpassed the previous highest one-day spike of around 300,300 cases in the United States in January. The country has also been seeing its highest daily number of deaths over the past week. Doctors in the capital New Delhi, the epicentre of the latest wave of infections, have described how critical patients were dying on the stre...
52 Passengers On A Flight From India To Hong Kong Test Positive For COVID-19
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52 Passengers On A Flight From India To Hong Kong Test Positive For COVID-19

Fifty-two passengers on one flight from Delhi to Hong Kong test positive for coronavirus after landing - despite ALL presenting a negative test while boarding At least 52 people from a single flight from Delhi to Hong Kong have tested positive for Covid-19, despite all passengers presenting a negative coronavirus test before boarding. All of the passengers who tested positive flew into Hong Kong on a flight from India's capital, run by Indian airline Vistara on April 4. Hong Kong as a whole has been recording fewer daily new infections than the total number detected on the flight, since it brought a fourth wave of infections under control in January. Meanwhile in India, the country's healthcare system is collapsing under a devastating second wave of coronavirus that is kill...
Sick Man Slumps, Dies In Bank In Rivers; Denied Access To Money For Treatment
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Sick Man Slumps, Dies In Bank In Rivers; Denied Access To Money For Treatment

Nigerians on social media have expressed outrage after a video of an unidentified man slumped and died in front of a bank in Rivers state went viral. According to an eyewitness, Uwaifo Obiano who share the video on Facebook, the man died due to the unfriendly attitude of the new generation bank staff. MCI gathered that the deceased was allegedly denied access to hold money since Friday 23rd of April 2021, even when he came with his next of kin. He was asked to go to the court to get an affidavit even though courts are not in session due to the ongoing strike. The man was said to have collapsed and died due to hunger, after not being allowed to withdraw, a young lady and two men came to the scene demanding that the bank opens the access door so they could deposit the man’s rema...
Pfizer Is Testing A Pill That Could Become First-Ever Home Cure For COVID-19
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Pfizer Is Testing A Pill That Could Become First-Ever Home Cure For COVID-19

Classed as a 'protease inhibitor', it has been formulated to attack the "spine" of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and stop it replicating in our nose, throats and lungs. At two anonymous Pfizer buildings, one in the U.S. and one in Belgium, a remarkable experiment is under way. Up to 60 volunteers, all clean-living adults aged between 18 and 60, are being given the first pill specifically designed to stop Covid-19. If the trial is successful, it is just possible a home cure for Covid-19 will become available later this year. U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who announced the formation of an “Antivirals Taskforce” last week specifically to invest in such products, will no doubt be scanning his text messages for early updates. The molecule being tested is a bespoke antiviral code-named ...
COVID-19: India’s Richest People Are Fleeing On Private Jets
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COVID-19: India’s Richest People Are Fleeing On Private Jets

India's richest people are fleeing on private jets as the country hits almost 350,000 COVID-19 infections in another daily global record. India's uber-rich are fleeing the country on private jets as new travel bans come into place. The country is currently battling a catastrophic second coronavirus wave. Local media reports say many people chose to fly to Dubai, which is close by. India's ultra-rich are paying tens and thousands of dollars to escape the country as it set a new global record for daily coronavirus infections — for the fourth day in a row. In the last week, India has become the new epicenter of the virus, which has completely overwhelmed the country's healthcare system and crematoriums and has led to a dire shortage of oxygen. On Sunday, public health offici...
82 Die In Baghdad COVID-19 Hospital Fire
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82 Die In Baghdad COVID-19 Hospital Fire

Eighty-two people died and 110 were injured at a Baghdad hospital that had been equipped to house COVID-19 patients, an Interior Ministry spokesman said on Sunday. “We urgently need to review safety measures at all hospitals to prevent such a painful incident from happening in future,” spokesman Khalid al-Muhanna told state television, while updating the toll. The fire erupted on Saturday night at the Ibn Khatib hospital in the Diyala Bridge area. Ali Bayati, a member of Iraq’s semi-official High Commission for Human Rights, had said earlier a final death toll had not yet been officially announced but it could be between 30 to 45. Patients’ relatives scrambled during the blaze to save their loved ones. A man who had been visiting his brother described people jumping out ...
Nonstop mass cremations going on in India amid record-breaking COVID-19 surge
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Nonstop mass cremations going on in India amid record-breaking COVID-19 surge

People losing their loved ones to COVID-19 disease are now turning to makeshift facilities that are undertaking mass burials and cremations amid a record-breaking Coronavirus surge in India. India added a record of 3,32,730 new coronavirus cases in a span of 24 hours, taking the country's infection tally to 1,62,63,695. In drone footage and photos shared online, countless bodies are seen burning at a ground that has been converted into a crematorium for mass cremation of coronavirus victims. Jitender Singh Shunty who runs a non-profit medical service, the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Sewa Dal, said as of Thursday afternoon 60 bodies had been cremated at the makeshift facility in the parking lot . "No-one in Delhi would have ever witnessed such a scene," said Mr Shunty with tears in...
Indian Hospitals Run Out Of Oxygen As Covid-19 Surges
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Indian Hospitals Run Out Of Oxygen As Covid-19 Surges

At least two hospitals in the Indian capital of Delhi are running out of oxygen, amid a healthcare crisis gripping several states. A number of people have died while waiting for oxygen supplies, and the majority of intensive care beds in Delhi hospitals are full. India is in the grips of a second wave of Covid infections. It has close to 16 million confirmed infections and registered a record number of cases on Thursday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to hold meetings with the chief ministers of affected states and oxygen manufacturers on Friday. In a tweet labelled "SOS" sent out on Friday morning, Max Healthcare said it had been waiting for expected fresh supplies for more than seven hours at two hospitals. It has 700 patients admitted at the two facilities. In...
Shun Consumption Of Animal Skin To Stave Off Cancer – Prof Kola Oloke
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Shun Consumption Of Animal Skin To Stave Off Cancer – Prof Kola Oloke

Stop consuming cow skin and stave off cancer, Vice-Chancellor, Precious Cornerstone University, Ibadan, Prof. Kola Oloke, advised in Ibadan on Tuesday. “Animal skin known as “ponmo’’ is harmful to the body; it has no nutritional value. “Runaway from meat, especially red meat. If you want to eat chicken, eat the local one. “Consumption of animal protein can lead to diseases. More importantly, it causes cancer and death,’’ the microbiologist said while addressing a seminar on “Lifestyle, Diseases and Management’’ at the university. “Millions of cases of food poisoning are recorded every year which are traceable to the consumption of meat, especially those with mad cow disease and helminthic infestations,’’ he said. Prof. Oloke asserted that cancer was not only preventable ...
British mom gets pregnant while already pregnant
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British mom gets pregnant while already pregnant

This might sound unbelievable, but it is actually a true story of a woman, who got pregnant while she was already three weeks pregnant, and delivered rare 'super twins'. Her kids were born on the same day but conceived three weeks apart. Rebecca Roberts and her partner Rhys Weaver were over the moon after doctors, last year, said that she was expecting their first child. The couple tried for a baby for several years but finally succeeded after Rebecca was put on fertility medication. However, she was in for a surprise after doctors discovered a second baby during her third ultrasound she was 12 weeks pregnant by that time. Explaining the phenomenon, Rebecca, of Wiltshire, England, told Good Morning America, “It was really, really shocking to be told there were two babies instead ...
Killer Fruit Juice: 10 Dead, 400 Hospitalised In Kano, States Warn Residents
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Killer Fruit Juice: 10 Dead, 400 Hospitalised In Kano, States Warn Residents

The Kano State Government on Thursday said 10 people had died and 400 others hospitalised after drinking a poisonous fruit juice. The state government had month said the poisonous fruit juice claimed three lives and led to the hospitalisation of 183 others. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Aminu Tsanyawa, in a video recording made available to journalists in Kano on Thursday, stated that out of 400 people hospitalised, 50 persons were undergoing treatment for kidney-related ailments. As the Kano State Government gave an update on the killer drink, Lagos, Katsina, Cross River, Sokoto and Osun state governments urged residents to be vigilant before consuming any fruit drink. Although they urged residents not to panic, they advised them to check the expiry dates of drinks. T...
Ortom Reacts As Rate Of HIV Drops From 12.9 To 4.7 Percent In Benue
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Ortom Reacts As Rate Of HIV Drops From 12.9 To 4.7 Percent In Benue

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has expressed delight over the sharp drop in the rate of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, HIV, which causes Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, AIDS, from 12.9 to 4.7 percent in Benue State. Ortom expressed his joy when the zonal Coordinator, North Central Zone of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA, Mr Lawrence Kwaghga paid him a courtesy call at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi. The Governor, after being informed of the development, pledged his administration’s support for the agency to achieve more of its objectives. Governor Ortom pledged improved funding for the agency in the state, even as he acknowledged the support of donor agencies and development partners to the fight against the spread of the deadly scourge. Ear...
Baby Born With 3 Joysticks In Iraq
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Baby Born With 3 Joysticks In Iraq

It's quite amazing as for the first time in medical history, a baby boy has been born with three joysticks, a team of doctors have said. This online news platform understands that the doctors said the baby boy is the first-ever human to be born with such features. The baby born with 3 joysticks, a condition called triphallia, was reported to have been born three months ago in Duhok, Iraq.++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ According to the doctors, the parents of the baby born with 3 joysticks discovered “two skin projections” at the base of his scrotum after which they took him to the hospital. The doctors were baffled when they discovered that ...
Outbreak Of Bird Flu In 7 States In Nigeria – NCDC Confirms
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Outbreak Of Bird Flu In 7 States In Nigeria – NCDC Confirms

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), said that Kano, Plateau, Bauchi, Gombe, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Niger States have reported confirmed human cases of Avian Influenza H5N1 also called “Bird flu.” The NCDC Director General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Avian Influenza H5N1 made this known in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Tuesday in Abuja, while providing highlights of the epidemiological situation and response activities in Nigeria. NAN reports that Avian Influenza are strains of the influenza virus that primarily infect birds, but can also infect humans. This type of flu is most often contracted by contact with sick birds, and can also be passed from person to person. It spreads by airborne respiratory droplets (coughs or sneezes). Symptoms begin with...
Cholera Kills 24 Persons In Bayelsa State
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Cholera Kills 24 Persons In Bayelsa State

THE Bayelsa State Government has announced that 24 persons have died as a result of cholera outbreak in the state. It was gathered on Saturday that about 200 cases of the epidemic were recorded in 30 communities with the coastal Southern Ijaw Local Government Area being the worst-hit. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Pabara Newton-Igwele, while confirming the incident, said the state government had mobilised its Rapid Response Team to mitigate the spread of the cholera disease. He said the government in partnership with the World Health Organisation had also adopted some measures to preserve the lives of the people during the period. Newton-Igwele said, “Some of the measures include the decentralisation of the RRT in the local government areas since last October; distr...
Government Agencies Sending Us Threat Messages To End Strike – Resident Doctors
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Government Agencies Sending Us Threat Messages To End Strike – Resident Doctors

The National Association of Resident Doctors has raised the alarm that it is being threatened by some government agencies to call off its ongoing strike. This comes four days into the nationwide strike which according to the association is to protest against the failure of the Federal Government to honour their agreements, including the payment of salary arrears and indemnity for their colleagues who died in the line of COVID-19 duty. The National President, NARD, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, told Sunday PUNCH in an interview on Thursday that even though they had the duty to save lives, they are first human beings who had needs and should not be denied their entitlements. He said this was a fight for survival, noting that they were tired of signing a memorandum of understanding wi...
Surgeries Postponed After 4-Day Water Scarcity At University College Hospital, Ibadan
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Surgeries Postponed After 4-Day Water Scarcity At University College Hospital, Ibadan

A scarcity of water at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan since last Saturday is causing the postponement of some surgeries, FIJ can report. According to a source, the officials claim the water scarcity is due to some ongoing major repairs within the hospital, but the problem is now affecting patients’ access to healthcare. In fact, surgeries are currently being postponed as a result of this development. “I was supposed to be in theatre this week but the surgery has now been postponed by two days because of this water crisis,” a patient told FIJ. “It is so bad that patients now buy sachets of water to bathe and defecate.” Water crises in UCH are frequent occurrences, although they happen in parts of the hospital rather than the whole. In November, journalis...
Medical Experts Say Nigeria Loses Over ₦576 Billion Yearly To Medical Tourism
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Medical Experts Say Nigeria Loses Over ₦576 Billion Yearly To Medical Tourism

Almost two years after his last private trip to the United Kingdom (UK), President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, jetted out of the country on a medical trip to London for the sixth time since he was sworn into office in 2015. The president and some aides departed the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, for the London ‘routine’ medical check-up around 2:30 p.m. Those at the airport to bid the president farewell included the Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari; Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammed Bello; Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu and other presidential aides. Before departing the Presidential Villa, Buhari had met behind closed doors with security chiefs, where he directed them “to fish out and crus...
Kogi Agrees To Accept COVID-19 Vaccine Doses
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Kogi Agrees To Accept COVID-19 Vaccine Doses

Three weeks after Nigeria began inoculating eligible Nigerians with the COVID-19 vaccine, Kogi state is finally set to start administering the vaccine to residents. Saka Haruna, the state commissioner for health, said the state will receive doses of the vaccine today and begin rollout thereafter. Haruna said the state was set to start the vaccination rollout. “We have done the microplanning and everything has been completed with the NPHCDA.” He said anyone willing to receive the vaccine would receive it and that nobody will be forced to be vaccinated. Haruna said further plans would be announced about the vaccination rollout when the vaccine doses are supplied Yahaya Bello, the Kogi state government had repeatedly denied the existence of COVID-19 in Kogi, saying the vaccinat...
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome Condemns Christians Taking COVID-19 Vaccines
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Pastor Chris Oyakhilome Condemns Christians Taking COVID-19 Vaccines

The founder and pastor of the LoveWorld Incorporated, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome has questioned the faith of Nigerian Christians receiving AstraZeneca vaccine against coronavirus. Oyakhilome revealed that Christians should believe in the word of God more than the vaccine, adding that they are healers. He also berated the Nigerian government for asking pastors to convince their members to take the COVID-19 vaccine. This was contained in a viral video he released on Monday. “What happened to you? Where is the word of God in your mouth? Do you realise if you believe in the word of God the way you believe in this vaccine, there will be power in your mouth? He made us healers. What’s wrong? What happened to you? When did we start making such recommendations to God’s people? For God...
Johnson & Johnson To Boost Africa’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout With 400m Doses
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Johnson & Johnson To Boost Africa’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout With 400m Doses

AFRICA’S COVID-19 vaccination programme got a boost as pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson, J&J, announced it will supply up to 400 million doses of its single-shot COVID-19 vaccine to the African Union. The supplies will help Africa reach its target of vaccinating at least 60 percent of the population, to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The African Vaccine Acquisition Trust Team, AVATT, has already signed an agreement with Johnson & Johnson for the delivery of the vaccine doses. The agreement entails that 55 member states of the AU will take delivery, from the beginning of the third quarter of 2021, up to 200 million doses of the vaccine. Additional 180 million doses will be made available in 2022, making it a combined total of up to 400 million doses of ...
Resident Doctors To Begin Indefinite Strike April 1
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Resident Doctors To Begin Indefinite Strike April 1

The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors has resolved to commence “a total and indefinite strike” on April 1 2021, by 8am, if the Federal Government refuses to accede to its demands. This was the outcome of its Extraordinary National Executive Council meeting held on Saturday March 27 2021 at the Trauma Center of National Hospital Abuja to review its earlier ultimatum and deliberate on burning issues affecting residency training, healthcare delivery and the welfare. The communique of the NEC attended by over 50 chapters of NARD was signed by its President, Dr. Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi; Secretary-General, Dr. Jerry Isogun and Publicity/Social Secretary, Dr. Dotun Osikoya and obtained by journalists on Sunday evening. The document reads, The NEC unanimously agreed that NARD shou...
Strange Illness Kills 1 Student In Sokoto Boarding School, 30 Others Hospitalised
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Strange Illness Kills 1 Student In Sokoto Boarding School, 30 Others Hospitalised

At least one student has been confirmed dead following the outbreak of a yet to be identified disease at the Government Girls College Sokoto. Sources had earlier claimed that the outbreak at the school is meningitis and have killed unspecified number of students, But the Director Public Health at the Sokoto state Ministry of Health, Ahmed Abdulrahman dismissed the claim. Mr. Abdulrahman who confirmed to newsmen in a telephone interview that over thirty students were admitted at the state owned Specialist hospital as a result of the outbreak. He said the reported death student was not part of the students admitted in the state owned hospital. According to him, all thirty students admitted were treated and discharged, and the state ministry of health have taken samples fro...
Belgian Hospital Cut Off Nigerian Woman’s Cervix
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Belgian Hospital Cut Off Nigerian Woman’s Cervix

When a surgery went wrong at Belgian hospital AZ Sint-Jan, Ajima Ogbole’s desire to birth a child was thwarted, prompting her sister-in-law to act as a surrogate. But Susan Ogbole, the surrogate, became crippled after giving birth at the same hospital. With one unable to ever carry a pregnancy and the other potentially unable to ever walk again, the Nigerians are tossed around in Belgium, the hospital unwilling to take responsibility for the traumatic, life-defining alterations to their lives. Hours after the surgery to remove fibroid from Ajima Ogbole’s uterus was completed at the Obstetrics and Gynecology unit of AZ Sint-Jan Hospital in Bruges, Belgium, she woke up believing that the obstacle she was told could prevent her from having a child had been surmounted. But she was wrong...
MTN’s 300,000 Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccines Arrive Nigeria
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MTN’s 300,000 Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccines Arrive Nigeria

The Nigerian government has taken delivery of the first set of 300,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines out of a total of 1.4 million doses designated for Nigeria by the AU. The vaccines are a combination of doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from the COVAX facility, and from the African Union’s (AU) COVID-19 vaccination programme, towards which the MTN Group contributed $25 million, the telecom company said in a statement on Tuesday. The vaccines will be distributed among health workers in Nigeria by the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency. Commenting on the vaccines, Dr Faisal Shuaib, Director-General of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHDA), said: “On behalf of health care workers in Nigeria, we commend the efforts of the Nigerian government and the Afr...
Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo Takes COVID-19 Vaccine
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Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo Takes COVID-19 Vaccine

The founder of Kingsway International Christian Centre , Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo, has received shot of COVID - 19 vaccine. Ashimolowo, whose church has branches in Nigeria and the United Kingdom, shared photos of his vaccination on social media on Sunday. I have taken the vaccination today . Very simple and quick . I encourage all BAME ( Black , Asian and ethnic minority community ) to take the vaccination. Save lives. Stay Safe . Protect yourselves . We need to do this. Let's go. The UK - based Nigerian pastor captioned some photos of his vaccination in a Facebook post.
COVID-19 Vaccination Painfree, Says Osinbajo
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COVID-19 Vaccination Painfree, Says Osinbajo

Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo has revealed that the COVID-19 vaccination jab was pain free. Following the vaccination of President Muhammadu Buhari, and his deputy, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday, the Vice-President also appreciated the frontline workers, physicians, researchers and scientists who worked tirelessly to ensure the production of the Coronavirus vaccine. Both President Buhari and VP Osinbajo got the jab on live TV, barely 24 hours after the vaccine COVID-19 vaccine programme started with the vaccination of the healthcare and frontline workers at the National Hospital, Abuja. According to the spokesperson to the Vice-President, Mr. Laolu Akande, the Prof. Osinbajo had revealed that “the thing was not painful at all. I didn’t even feel the pinch” after...
2.3 Million Nigerians Register For Coronavirus Vaccination In 24 Hours – NPHCDA
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2.3 Million Nigerians Register For Coronavirus Vaccination In 24 Hours – NPHCDA

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) on Wednesday dispelled fears that people might not want to be vaccinated against COVID-19, noting that up to 2.3m Nigerians have indicated interest in taking the jabs. Although, there are fears over the safety of the vaccines, the Executive Director of NPHCDA, Faisal Shuaib, said there was enthusiasm in Nigeria over Monday’s arrival of 4 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 jabs.. He said :“I can tell you that there is a lot of excitement about the vaccine arrival. I know some people have their concerns and we are trying but I want to give you an example of the enthusiasm that Nigerians are showing around wanting to take these vaccines. “Around midday on Monday when we launched the e-registration platform, in less t...
Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine May Not Work Well If You Are Obese
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Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine May Not Work Well If You Are Obese

Scientists in Italy claims their research shows that obese people - anyone with a BMI over 30 - may need bigger doses, or another top-up jab, to protect them against Covid-19 Scientists have warned that the coronavirus vaccine manufactured by Pfizer may be less effective in people who are obese. Researchers in Italy have said obese people may need bigger doses, or another top-up jab, to protect them against the virus. They claim this is because compared to healthy people severely overweight healthcare workers generated only half the antibodies to fend off Covid-19 after receiving two doses of the Pfizer jab. Antibodies are virus-fighting proteins that can stop the coronavirus infection. They are a major part of the immune system but there are other parts too. This is a d...
Unborn Baby Contracts Coronavirus From Israeli Mother, Dies In The Womb
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Unborn Baby Contracts Coronavirus From Israeli Mother, Dies In The Womb

A mum who was admitted into hospital after contracting coronavirus suffered a still birth. Medics found the dead foetus had also tested positive with the virus. The Israeli mum suffered a still birth after being admitted to hospital with the deadly disease. However, it is unclear whether the virus caused the death of the unborn child, however, officials say the foetus also tested positive for Covid. Medics in Israel discovered the unborn child had died in the womb after the mum suffered a two day fever, reports Times of Israel. Doctors at the hospital, near Tel Aviv, then tested the unborn child and found it had also been infected with Covid-19. It was the first known incident of its kind in Israel and rare globally, the country's Health Ministry said. The woman suffe...
Ogun State Tackles Maternal Mortality, Distribute Tricycle Ambulances
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Ogun State Tackles Maternal Mortality, Distribute Tricycle Ambulances

As part of efforts to improve the health indices of citizens as well as put an end to maternal deaths and other health emergencies, the Ogun Government has distributed 22 Tricycle to Primary Health Centres across the State. Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker at the distribution ceremony held at the Obas Complex, Oke Mosan, noted that the government identified that 70% of women who died during childbirth was as a result of lack of access to intervention which usually arises due to lack of transportation and access from PHCs to general hospitals, saying the introduction of the Tricycle Ambulances would put an end to future occurrences. "We noticed in our mortality review that 70% of deaths that happened among our pregnant women happened because of lack of transportation from P...
”World’s Cleanest Underwear”; This Self-cleaning Underwear Can Be Worn For Weeks Without Becoming Smelly
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”World’s Cleanest Underwear”; This Self-cleaning Underwear Can Be Worn For Weeks Without Becoming Smelly

A Minnesota company has created what it calls “the world’s cleanest underwear”, an innovative self-cleaning undergarment that can be worn daily for weeks, even months, without becoming smelly. HercLéon, a material innovation group known for creating the world’s first self-cleaning socks, t-shirts and bedsheets, is now taking on the underwear industry with Kribi, a line of undergarments made from a bacteria-fighting fabric. This revolutionary material, called HercFiber continuously destroys all bacteria and stays clean without needing a wash. All you have to do is let the underwear “air out” for a bit after wearing them, and you can safely put them on again the next day. HercFiber is made with a blend of Bamboo, Eucalyptus, Beechwood, and Copper fibers. The copper is anti-infectio...
Nigerian Govt Gives Update on Arrival of COVID-19 Vaccines
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Nigerian Govt Gives Update on Arrival of COVID-19 Vaccines

  The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, has confirmed that Nigeria will on Tuesday, March 2, receive the first batch of the coronavirus vaccines. Mustapha, who is also the chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, made the disclosure to newsmen on Saturday in Abuja, NAN reports. “Nigeria is set to receive its first four million shipment of COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX. “The vaccines should depart India on March 1, 2021 in the night and arrive Abuja on the 2nd of March, 2021, ” he said. Recall that the Federal government had earlier announced that the first four million doses of the vaccines would arrive the country by the end of February. Mustapha, while evaluating the county’s response to COVID-19 in the past one year said the...
Huge Vaccine Centre Set Up In Atletico Madrid Stadium
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Huge Vaccine Centre Set Up In Atletico Madrid Stadium

Atletico Madrid's Wanda stadium on the eastern side of the Spanish capital was transformed into a huge vaccination centre Thursday where firemen, police and civil protection officers got their first jabs against the coronavirus. Around 1,000 people were invited on Thursday to be immunised with the AstraZeneca vaccine at the 68,000-seat venue. "I will continue to be careful and keep my distance, always wear a mask, but at least I will be more relaxed," 53-year-old police officer Maria Teresa Teriza-Hernandez told AFP. The makeshift centre in the home ground of the current leaders of the Spanish league will have the capacity to vaccinate between 350 and 400 people an hour once it is fully up and running. "The goal is to vaccinate as many people as possible. This is a mass vacci...
23% Of Lagosians Had COVID-19 In 2020 – NCDC Survey
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23% Of Lagosians Had COVID-19 In 2020 – NCDC Survey

More than one in five people in the state of Lagos in Nigeria had Covid-19 antibodies at the end of October, according to a study that suggests infection rates were much higher across the country than previously thought. Nigeria’s Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Institute for Medical Research collected blood samples from more than 10,000 individuals living in a representative sample of households in four states in September and October. According to findings released on Monday, the prevalence of antibodies was 23% in the states of Lagos – which is home to more than 16 million people – and Enugu, 19% in Nasarawa state, and 9% in Gombe state. Confirmed infections stood in the tens of thousands at the time. The findings offer the first detailed look into infections in Afr...
Ghana to receive world’s first doses of free Covax vaccines
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Ghana to receive world’s first doses of free Covax vaccines

Ghana is to receive Wednesday the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines from Covax, a global scheme to procure and distribute inoculations for free to poor countries, UNICEF and the World Health Organization said. "We are pleased that Ghana has become the first country to receive the COVID-19 vaccines from the Covax facility," UNICEF, which organised the shipment from Mumbai, said in a joint statement with the WHO. It said the 600,000 doses are part of an initial tranche of deliveries of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine licensed to the Serum Institute of India, "which represent part of the first wave of Covid vaccines headed to several low and middle-income countries." The West African nation has recorded 80,759 COVID-19 cases and 582 deaths since the start of the pandemic. These figure...
NAFDAC approves AstraZeneca COVID19 vaccine for use in Nigeria
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NAFDAC approves AstraZeneca COVID19 vaccine for use in Nigeria

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control in Nigeria, NAFDAC, has approved the use of Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID19 vaccine for use in Nigeria. At a press conference held this morning February 18, the Director-General of NAFDAC, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, says the agency got the dossier of the vaccine a week ago, and the NAFDAC safety committee went to work immediately to evaluate its safety and efficacy for Nigerians. Adeyeye said that the vaccine can be stored at 2 to 8-degree centigrade. According to the DG, there are three additional vaccines undergoing evaluation, but the evaluation on Astrazeneca shows that the vaccine is effective against the UK variant of the virus which has been reported in Nigeria. She disclosed that the South African variant has no...
Anthony Fauci wins $1 million prize for his work on Covid-19 and other infectious diseases
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Anthony Fauci wins $1 million prize for his work on Covid-19 and other infectious diseases

US top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci has been honored with a $1m check for his work combating Covid-19 and other infectious diseases. Fauci, who infamously clashed with former US president Donald Trump on his covid-19 policies much to the displeasure of Trump, is one of the seven recipients of the 2021 Dan David Prize, a $1 million award endowed by the Dan David Foundation and headquartered at Tel Aviv University in Israel. The annual prize is divided into three categories -- past, present, and future. Fauci won the prize for the present section, and is this year's only individual winner. The foundation says Fauci was chosen because of his exceptional work with infectious diseases over his life, including HIV, Ebola, Zika, and most recently, Covid-19.   ...
Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire says COVID19 vaccines carry a certain amount of risk
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Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire says COVID19 vaccines carry a certain amount of risk

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, has informed Nigerians that the COVID19 vaccines carry a certain amount of risk when applied. On February 11, the World Health Organisation (WHO) released a document detailing the use and risks associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine. According to the Health organization, people with a history of severe allergic reaction to any component of the vaccine should not take it,” and it is also not recommended for persons younger than 18 years “pending the results of further studies”.   Ehanire at the press briefing by the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID19 on Monday, February 15, said arrangements have been made for effective distribution of the vaccines that are expected to arrive Nigeria by the end of February.   “It is i...

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