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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...
COVID-19 Update For February 15 2021 In Nigeria
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COVID-19 Update For February 15 2021 In Nigeria

574 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria; Kwara- 98 Lagos- 81 Edo- 59 Ondo- 44 FCT- 41 Kano- 34 Ogun- 33 Kaduna- 29 Osun- 28 Enugu- 23 Rivers- 18 Delta-16 Akwa Ibom-15 Bauchi-12 Imo-10 Borno-8 Niger-8 Kebbi-7 Nasarawa-5 Gombe-3 Ekiti-2 https://twitter.com/NCDCgov/status/1361447735866589186?s=19 Highlights On the 15th of February 2021, 574 new confirmed cases and 8 deaths were recorded in Nigeria Till date, 146,928 cases have been confirmed, 123,009 cases have been discharged and 1,761 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory Kwara (98), Lagos (81), Edo (59), Ondo (44), FCT (41), Kano (34), Ogun (33), Kaduna (29), Osun (28), Enugu (23), Rivers (18), Delta (16), Akwa Ibom (15), Bauchi (12), Imo (10), Borno ( 8 ), Niger ( 8 ), Kebbi (7), N...
Man Hospitalized After Putting Ring On Penis To Enlarge It On Val Day (Graphic)
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Man Hospitalized After Putting Ring On Penis To Enlarge It On Val Day (Graphic)

In an attempt to stretch out his manhood in time to show it off on Valentine's Day, a man instead had a date with a metal-cutter in hospital A man's penis was left uncontrollably swollen after he tried enlarging it with a metal ring for Valentine's Day. The unnamed hopeless romantic wanted to impress his date and had heard a simple trick using only the contents of his toolbox could do the job. Instead in a horror turn of events, the metal rings became stuck, forcing medics to carefully slice through it with a metal-cutter. He told medics: "I was terrified that I would need my penis amputated. It had swollen so much that I thought it would burst." The man from Bangkok, Thailand believed that by putting his penis through a nut, it would enlarge and strengthen it by forcing...
NCDC Launches Campaign ‘6232’
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NCDC Launches Campaign ‘6232’

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced the commencement of ‘Campaign 6232’. This is an activity to raise public awareness for the toll-free number ‘6232’ recently introduced by the Agency, for public enquiries through its 24-7 Connect Centre. The campaign will use different means of communication to raise awareness of Nigerians on how to reach NCDC, with questions relating to infectious disease prevention, detection and control. Following an increasing need for Nigerians to communicate with the agency as part of the COVID-19 response, NCDC expanded its connect centre capacity in 2020. With support from the National Communication Commission, a shortcode 6232 has also been introduced. Over the last one year, NCDC has been leading Nigeria’s public health respons...
Chinese Lab Investigated by WHO Over Origin of covid-19, Designed Secret Cages to Breed Bats for Coronavirus Experiments
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Chinese Lab Investigated by WHO Over Origin of covid-19, Designed Secret Cages to Breed Bats for Coronavirus Experiments

A Chinese lab in Wuhan, investigated by the World Health Organization over the origins of Covid-19 reportedly designed secret cages for breeding bats for virus experiments. The Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) was found to have filed patents for "bat rearing cages" and "artificial breeding" systems in the months before covid-19 first emerged in 2019 December. The institute located just miles from Covid's ground zero has been subjected to scrutiny since the virus emerged. The World Health Organisation released a report this week exonerating the lab, saying the lab wasn't responsible for Covid-19 origins, but the US and the UK  have branded the WHO's report a "whitewash" after new revelations about the work of Chinese scientists led by Dr Shi Zhengli, months before the ...
WHO Reacts to Fresh Threats of Ebola as Guinea Records Four Deaths
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WHO Reacts to Fresh Threats of Ebola as Guinea Records Four Deaths

World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, has reacted to reports of four suspected Ebola deaths in Guinea. Moeti, in a tweet on Sunday @MoetiTshidi on Sunday, expressed concern over the development. Recall that Guinea’s Ministry of Health had reported that four people died of Ebola in a resurgence of the disease that first emerged five years ago. She said “WHO is ramping up readiness and response efforts to this potential resurgence of Ebola in West Africa, a region which suffered so much from Ebola in 2014,’’ Moeti said. Meanwhile, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) recorded a fresh case of Ebola in the North Kivu province of the country. WHO stated that DRC announced that a new case of Ebola had been detected in Butembo, a c...
101-year-old Grandma Survives COVID-19 In Osun
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101-year-old Grandma Survives COVID-19 In Osun

A 101-year-old grandma has been discharged from Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife, Osun State after she recovered from COVID-19. The grandma was on admission in a private hospital for treatment before the medical personnel of the hospital noticed she was showing some symptoms of COVID-19 like the acute onset of cough breathlessness, fever and malaria before she was transferred to OAUTHC. These disclosures were made in a statement by the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Ile-Ife, Prof Victor Adetiloye, on Thursday to newsmen. Prof Adetiloye, who did not reveal the name of the patient, said the institution has successfully managed 101-year-old woman with COVID-19, noting that it is a record-breaking achievement. “She is a 101-year-old woman who initially prese...
Public Health Nigeria Condemns CACOVID’s Attempt To Demonize BUA Over Vaccine
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Public Health Nigeria Condemns CACOVID’s Attempt To Demonize BUA Over Vaccine

When the Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) a private sector-led initiative was established to assist the government in combating the Coronavirus disease in the country, the Public Health community lauded the initiative because it was a noble idea. However, according to a statement by the Executive Director of Public Health Nigeria, Dr. Oche Joseph Otorkpa the events of the past 24 Hours has clearly shown that the Organization has lost focus in the midst of a second wave that has ravaged Africa and continues to take lives and destroy businesses across Nigeria. The original purpose of the relief fund was to support the Federal government of Nigeria in containing the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria; to ensure patients get the care they need and frontline workers get essential supplies...
CACOVID Disowns BUA’s Contribution Of 1 Million Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccine
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CACOVID Disowns BUA’s Contribution Of 1 Million Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccine

The private sector-led coalition against COVID-19 (CACOVID) has disowned the statement by the BUA group, stating that the company plans to purchase one million doses of COVID-19 vaccine for Nigeria. In a statement issued earlier on Monday, the BUA group had announced that it would purchase one million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, through the AfreximBank vaccine programme in partnership with Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID). However, in a statement, CACOVID denied BUA’s contribution to securing the doses, stating that purchase of the vaccine cannot be done by individuals or companies, but only through the federal government.
COVID-19: Nigeria Expecting 58 Million Doses Of Vaccines – Osagie Ehanire
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COVID-19: Nigeria Expecting 58 Million Doses Of Vaccines – Osagie Ehanire

The Nigerian government has disclosed that the country is expecting 58 million doses of COVAX and AVATT COVID-19 vaccines. Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this during the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 committee on Monday, in Abuja. Ehanire said Nigeria will receive 16 million vaccine doses from COVAX in the first half of the year, while AVATT will supply over 42 million doses. The Minister also disclosed that negotiation was ongoing with some pharmaceutical companies for more vaccines. Ehanire said: “With regard to vaccines, Nigeria has kept abreast of global development and supports the call of WHO for fair and equitable distribution of vaccines, since covid19 is a threat to mankind. “We subscribed to two multilateral vaccine access platforms; the fir...
Watch Super Bowl at home with household – Fauci
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Watch Super Bowl at home with household – Fauci

President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser says during TV interviews Wednesday that now isn’t the time to invite people over for watch parties because of the possibility that they’re infected with the coronavirus and could sicken others. He says big events like Sunday’s game in Tampa, Florida, between the Kansas City Chief and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are always a cause for concern. But Fauci says the best thing people can do is watch the game on TV at home with the people in your household. The NFL has capped the game attendance at 22,000 because of the pandemic and citywide coronavirus mandates.
Justice Nyako Tests Positive For COVID-19
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Justice Nyako Tests Positive For COVID-19

There is panic in Federal High Court, Abuja over COVID-19 after one of the Justices, Binta Nyako tested positive for the deadly virus. The News Agency of Nigeria quoted a competent source as confirming that the judge tested positive for the virus and is expected to be on isolation. However, Justice Nyako, on Jan. 28, attended the valedictory court session held at the Ukeje Hall of the court’s headquarters in Abuja in honour of Late Justice Ibrahim Watila who was buried last weekend. Justice Watila of the Abeokuta Division of the court, who passed away after a brief illness. The valedictory session was presided over by the Chief Judge, Justice John Tsoho and was attended by judges of the court across the country, including lawyers and the late Watila’s family members. Whi...
Dubai shuts all bars and clubs over Covid spike after Brit influencers who flocked there mocked travel ban
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Dubai shuts all bars and clubs over Covid spike after Brit influencers who flocked there mocked travel ban

Dubai is closing all its bars and pubs in February following a Covid spike after British influencers mocked a travel ban. It follows an increase in Covid cases across the UAE, which has attracted social media stars fleeing lockdown UK. Last week, the UAE was added to a 'red list' of countries where travel to the UK is banned. This means all direct flights from the UAE to Britain have been suspended in a bid to stop the new South African variant of Covid-19. People who choose to fly home from Dubai using indirect flights will be forced to self-isolate at home for 10 days or stay in Government arranged hotel quarantine. A spokesman for the Dubai Media Office blamed "a marked increase in the number of violations of precautionary measures" for the shutdown of its bars and cl...
COVID-19: Zimbabwean Ex-Lawmaker Mike Masamvu Dies At 62, Leaves 12 Wives, 79 Children Behind
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COVID-19: Zimbabwean Ex-Lawmaker Mike Masamvu Dies At 62, Leaves 12 Wives, 79 Children Behind

A former lawmaker for the ruling party in Zimbabwe, ZANU PF, Hon. Luke Phibion Masamvu has died yesterday, January 31 in Zimbabwe’s capital town of Harare. The former parliamentarian, who was a well-known businessman in Manicaland province was just 63 and left behind a total of 12 wives and 79 children. Hon. Luke Masamvu’s close friend, Mr Misheck Mugadza, said: “We have lost an accomplished businessman, a family man and personal mentor.” He lost his parliamentary seat after falling by the wayside during the 2018 ZANU PF primary elections. Zimbabwe : FORMER ZANU PF legislator Luke Phibion Masamvu died yesterday in Harare from Covid-19-related complications. He was 62 , he left behind 12 wives and 79 children. Nine of his children obtained degrees at different universi...
COVID-19: Nobody Is Safe Until Everyone Is Vaccinated — Boss Mustapha
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COVID-19: Nobody Is Safe Until Everyone Is Vaccinated — Boss Mustapha

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha,  has said that COVID-19 vaccines are important for the safety of Nigerians. During a sensitisation meeting with leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Mustapha said nobody is safe from being infected with COVID-19 until everyone is vaccinated. Mustapha, who is the chairman of the presidential task force on COVID-19, urged religious bodies to enlighten their members on the benefits and efficacy of vaccines against the pandemic. He said, “The COVID-19 pandemic is the most significant global public health emergency of our generation. Humanity has been under the siege of this virus since 30th of January, 2020 (exactly one year ago) when the WHO declared it as such. It has taken lives, consumed trillions...
COVID-19 Update For February 1 2021 In Nigeria
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COVID-19 Update For February 1 2021 In Nigeria

676 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria; Lagos-227 Rivers-73 Niger-69 Plateau-56 FCT-50 Kano-44 Oyo-43 Ogun-27 Gombe-18 Ondo-15 Enugu-10 Osun-10 Cross River-8 Edo-8 Nasarawa-7 Bauchi-4 Kaduna-3 Ekiti-2 Zamfara-2 Highlights On the 1st of February 2021, 676 new confirmed cases and 21 deaths were recorded in Nigeria Till date, 131918 cases have been confirmed, 106275 cases have been discharged and 1607 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory The 676 new cases are reported from 19 states- Lagos (227), Rivers (73), Niger (69), Plateau (56), FCT (50), Kano (44), Oyo (43), Ogun (27), Gombe (18), Ondo (15), Enugu (10), Osun (10), Cross River ( 8 ), Edo ( 8 ), Nasarawa (7), Bauchi (4), Kaduna (3), Ekiti (2), and Zamfara (2) A multi-sectoral nation...
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu Gives An Update On COVID-19 In Lagos
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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu Gives An Update On COVID-19 In Lagos

Lagos State continues to be the epicentre of the Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria . As of the 29th of January 2021, Lagos State had recorded a total of 47,871 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of this number, 34,094 have recovered in community, while 9,856 are currently active in community. Over the last 12 months, about 3,988 COVID-related patients have been admitted into the various care centres across the State; with a registered fatality rate of approximately0.63% (301 deaths). TESTING Currently, Lagos State has 21 private and 4 public health laboratories accredited for Covid-19 testing. So far, a total of 316,801 samples have been tested, with 47,871 diagnosed as Positive. The test positivity ratio for January 2021 is 24%, which means that one out of every four tests returns positi...

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