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WHO Predicts 100,000 Deaths from Covid-19 by end of Tokyo Olympics
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WHO Predicts 100,000 Deaths from Covid-19 by end of Tokyo Olympics

The World Health Organization (WHO) has predicted 100,000 covid-19 deaths by the end of the Tokyo Olympics this summer. The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, delayed for a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, finally kicked off today, Wednesday, July 21. Some 11,000 athletes from 200 countries are set to arrive for the Olympics and the number of cases in Japan linked to the Games now stands at 79, according to organizers. Five of them are Olympic Village residents, three of which are athletes. Competitors including US gymnast Kara Eaker, basketball player Katie Lou Samuelson and tennis star Coco Gauff tested positive for Covid prior to arriving in Tokyo, ending their Olympic dreams. However, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has urged people n...
‘The Pandemic is nowhere near finished’ – WHO declares amid reports a ‘strong likelihood of more dangerous Covid variants emerging’
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‘The Pandemic is nowhere near finished’ – WHO declares amid reports a ‘strong likelihood of more dangerous Covid variants emerging’

The WHO has warned there is a 'strong likelihood' of dangerous Covid variants spreading around the world as they declared the pandemic is 'nowhere near finished. An emergency committee of the global health body said the mutant strains will make it even harder for the pandemic to come to an end. In a statement, the committee said: 'Despite national, regional, and global efforts, the pandemic is nowhere near finished. 'The pandemic continues to evolve with four variants of concern dominating global epidemiology. 'The Committee recognised the strong likelihood for the emergence and global spread of new and possibly more dangerous variants of concern that may be even more challenging to control.' Committee chairman Didier Houssin told reporters that 'recent trends are worryi...
Oyo records Delta variant of COVID-19
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Oyo records Delta variant of COVID-19

Oyo government has confirmed that the state has recorded a case with Delta variant of COVID-19.   Recall that the World Health Organisation (WHO) described the variant as deadlier and “most transmissible.”   The State Incident Manager and coordinator of the Emergency Operations Centre, Dr. Olabode Ladipo made the announcement, stating that there is need for the general public to take extra caution.   Residents were warned against letting the guards down as it might have dangerous consequences. All inbound travellers have also been directed to always isolate for seven days and submit themselves for tests.   A statement issued on Sunday night by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa read;   “This strain has be...
FG Reveals When Nigeria Will Get Second Batch of COVID-19 Vaccine
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FG Reveals When Nigeria Will Get Second Batch of COVID-19 Vaccine

The Federal Government has disclosed that the country is expecting the second batch of the Oxford/AstraZeneca covid-19 vaccine between the end of July and early in August. Naija News reports that this was made known on Tuesday by the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib, during a joint press briefing on vaccination updates, with the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF. According to Shuaib, the vaccines which will be gotten through the COVAX facility will be from non-Indian sources like South Korea, due to the pandemic situation in India. He stated that the administration of the second dose of the covid-19 vaccine will end by June 25, 2021, while it resumes the administration of the first dose of the vaccine in t...
Covid-19 Pandemic to be ‘Far more Deadly’ this Year, WHO Chief Sends out Strong Warning
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Covid-19 Pandemic to be ‘Far more Deadly’ this Year, WHO Chief Sends out Strong Warning

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a strong warning that the second year of Covid-19 is set to be "far more deadly." Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, (WHO) Director-General issued the warning on Friday, May 14. He stated that “we’re on track for the second year of this pandemic to be far more deadly than the first.” The DG added that trickle-down vaccination is not an effective strategy for fighting a deadly respiratory virus as COVID-19 has already cost more than 3.3 million lives. “Vaccine supply remains a key challenge, but this week I’ve been pleased to see leaders & manufacturers working to: share doses with COVAX, make new deals involving tech-transfer and sharing of know-how and call for lifting trade barriers as soon as possible.” Tedros said. Accordin...
Lagos State Government Releases list of 88 Centers where residents can take COVID19 AstraZeneca vaccine
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Lagos State Government Releases list of 88 Centers where residents can take COVID19 AstraZeneca vaccine

The Lagos State Government has released a list of 88 centres where residents of the state can take the AstraZeneca COVID19 vaccine. The 88 centres cut across all 20 Local Governments of the State. A statement released by the state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, said the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has been declared safe by the World Health Organization (WHO). He however pointed out that most vaccines have some common side effects, which are not unique to the COVID19 vaccine and which typically only last for 24 to 48 hours. He said some of the side effects that could be experienced after taking the vaccine include pain or tenderness at the injection site, tiredness, chills, joint pains, headache, fever, muscle pain and nausea. See the list below Key: W...
8,000 Nigerians have been Vaccinated with no adverse effect – FG allays fears over AstraZeneca vaccine
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8,000 Nigerians have been Vaccinated with no adverse effect – FG allays fears over AstraZeneca vaccine

The federal government of Nigeria said 8,000 Nigerians have been given the Covid-19 vaccine so far, including President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and none has reported any adverse effect since the vaccination began last week. A number of countries have suspended the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine due to concerns over reported negative effects. However, the federal government yesterday, March 15, assured Nigerians of its safety. It said no case of side effects of the vaccine such as blood clotting has so far been reported in the country. The number of countries that have suspended AstraZeneca vaccine increased yesterday with France, Germany, Spain and Italy joining the long list. But the World Health Organisation (WHO) advised countries using ...
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...
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...
Hoodlums Plundered WHO’s Office In Nigeria, PPEs Stolen – Matshidiso Moeti
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Hoodlums Plundered WHO’s Office In Nigeria, PPEs Stolen – Matshidiso Moeti

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday, October 29, that hoodlums looted one of its offices in Nigeria and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) were stolen from the stores. The African Regional Director, WHO, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, made this known while responding to questions on the impact of the hijacked endsars protest, riots and looting on its facilities and on the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria, during a webinar on Thursday October 29. Moeti said that mass gathering remains a breeding ground for wide spread of the pandemic. She said, “I think it is always a major concern when you have mass gathering where people fail to take precautions , especially during riots and demonstrations, there’s certainly going to be wide spread of the pandemic. “A...
WHO and Africa CDC launch COVID-19 laboratories network
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WHO and Africa CDC launch COVID-19 laboratories network

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Africa Centres for Disease Control (CDC) have launched a new laboratory network that will reinforce the genome sequencing of Coronavirus in Africa. The initiative seeks to study the possible mutations of the virus in order to prepare better responses in public health. Experts from the WHO and the Africa CDC believe that the move will help countries understand the different strains of the SARS-Cov-2 virus, in order to improve the countries’ responses, treatments, or possible vaccines and make them more relevant to the continent’s population. WHO Twelve specialised laboratories will join the network in Africa. Ten different lineages have been identified so far in the continent. This move comes after the Africa CDC said that early reports were...
FG Receives Russia’s COVID-19 Vaccine
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FG Receives Russia’s COVID-19 Vaccine

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, has received samples of Russia’s COVID-19 from Russia’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Alexey Shebarshin. In a statement by the Ministry’s Director of Information, Media, and Public Relations, Olujimi Oyetomi, the Russian envoy made the delivery during a visit to the ministry in Abuja. Recall that the World Health Organisation, WHO, had said it would review the effectiveness of the vaccine when Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, said they had approved a vaccine offering “sustainable immunity”. Meanwhile, according to the Ministry of Health’s statement entitled ‘Russian Federation Ambassador to Nigeria, H.E. Alexey L. Shebarshin on courtesy visit to Nigeria’s Health Ministers, Russian-made COVID-19 Vaccine finally here’, Ehanire “quickly referred” t...
WHO Hints on how long COVID-19 will Last
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WHO Hints on how long COVID-19 will Last

The World Health Organisation, WHO, has hinted that the coronavirus pandemic could last for less than two years. WHO chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said with modern technology and international cooperation, COVID-19 battle could be won in less than two years. Ghebreyesus disclosed this on Friday while addressing a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland, NAN reports. He said while COVID-19 can spread more easily because the world is far more interconnected than it was 100 years ago, modern technology has given humanity the tools to fight the virus more effectively than the Spanish flu. “Hoping we can have additional tools like a vaccine, I think we can finish it in a shorter time than the 1918 flu. “So we hope to finish this pandemic in less than two years,” he said....
Coronavirus Cases in the US hit Three Million as President Trump Pushes for Schools to Reopen
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Coronavirus Cases in the US hit Three Million as President Trump Pushes for Schools to Reopen

The United States has surpassed 3 million confirmed Coronavirus cases with Trump administration pushing to reopen schools in the fall. The Coronavirus is surging in at least 40 states in the US including Texas, Florida, Louisiana, and Arizona. Some public health officials have warned that the country is on track to start recording 100,000 new cases a day if the virus is not controlled. The U.S. also leads the world in COVID-19 deaths, with over 131,000. "At this point, we have tested more than 39 million Americans," US Vice President Mike Pence told reporters. "Among those, more than three million Americans have tested positive and more than 1.3 million Americans have recovered." The U.S. hit the milestone after President Donald Trump formally submitted the U.S. notice o...
World in dangerous phase of Coronavirus – WHO warns
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World in dangerous phase of Coronavirus – WHO warns

The World Health Organisation has warned of a “new and dangerous phase” of the coronavirus pandemic. The warning came on Friday as infections continued to surge in the Americas. Brazil registered more than one million cases. Colombia and Mexico also passed bleak milestones, as their death tolls topped 2,000 and 20,000, respectively. The statistics shows how the virus continues ravaging the Americas and parts of Asia even as Europe starts to ease out of lockdown. The measures imposed to halt the spread of the disease have caused crippling economic damage. WHO however warned against giving in to isolation fatigue. “The world is in a new and dangerous phase”, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference. “Many people are understandably fed u...
WHO Welcomes The Use Of Dexamethasone In Treating Critically COVID-19 Patients
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WHO Welcomes The Use Of Dexamethasone In Treating Critically COVID-19 Patients

The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomes the initial clinical trial results from the United Kingdom (UK) that show dexamethasone, a corticosteroid, can be lifesaving for patients who are critically ill with COVID-19. For patients on ventilators, the treatment was shown to reduce mortality by about one third, and for patients requiring only oxygen, mortality was cut by about one fifth, according to preliminary findings shared with WHO. The benefit was only seen in patients seriously ill with COVID-19, and was not observed in patients with milder disease. “This is the first treatment to be shown to reduce mortality in patients with COVID-19 requiring oxygen or ventilator support,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “This is great news and I congratulate t...
WHO Declares Nigeria Polio Free
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WHO Declares Nigeria Polio Free

The World Health Organisation, WHO, has declared Nigeria free of wild polio, following the completion of its documentation for the free status. The UN health agency made this known in a tweet via its regional office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, official twitter account on Thursday. According to the agency, Nigeria’s complete documentation for the wild polio virus-free status was accepted by the Africa Regional Certification Commission for polio eradication (ARCC). “Today, Nigeria’s complete documentation for Wild Polio virus-free status was accepted by the Africa Regional Certification Commission for polio eradication (ARCC). “It is a historic day for Nigeria, Africa, and the Global Polio Programme,’’ the tweet reads. Also, Dr. Faisal Shuai...
COVID-19: Nigeria Among Top list as Ghana Overtakes Algeria
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COVID-19: Nigeria Among Top list as Ghana Overtakes Algeria

The World Health Organization (WHO) regional office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, has said that the number of COVID-19 cases in Africa has risen to over 240,000 in the past 24 hours. WHO also said that more than 109,000 people have recovered from the virus across 54 countries in Africa. The UN health agency gave the update via its official Twitter handle on Monday morning. According to the tweet, COVID-19 has killed more than 6,400 people as of today. “Over 240,000 confirmed #COVID19 cases on the African continent – with more than 109,900 recoveries and 6,400 deaths,” WHO tweeted. The WHO African region COVID-19 dashboard showed that Ghana is now ahead of Algeria with 11, 422 reported cases, fourth highest in Africa, while the No...
Tanzania Declared Free Of Coronavirus
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Tanzania Declared Free Of Coronavirus

President John Magufuli of Tanzania on Monday June 8, declared the East African country "coronavirus-free". The President who attributed the claimed success over the worldwide pandemic to prayers and fasting that the people of Tanzania offered to God,  also commended the priest and worshippers for not wearing gloves and masks to protect themselves from the virus. Magufuli Said; “It gives me joy to be the leader of a country that puts God first, God loves Tanzania. “The works of the devil will always be defeated in Tanzania because Tanzanians love God and that is why even the corona has been defeated by God.” This is coming after the World Health Organization (WHO) expressed concern over the government's strategy on the pandemic which includes not publishing data on the numbe...
WHO Unveils COVID-19 Face Mask Guidance
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WHO Unveils COVID-19 Face Mask Guidance

The World Health Organization (WHO) has changed its advice on face masks, saying they should be worn in public where social distancing is not possible to help stop the spread of coronavirus. The global body said new information showed they could provide "a barrier for potentially infectious droplets". Some countries already recommend or mandate face coverings in public. The WHO had previously argued there was not enough evidence to say that healthy people should wear masks. However, WHO director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday that "in light of evolving evidence, the WHO advises that governments should encourage the general public to wear masks where there is widespread transmission and physical distancing is difficult, such as on public transport, in shops...
Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro Threatens To Pull Brazil Away From The WHO
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Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro Threatens To Pull Brazil Away From The WHO

President Jair Bolsonaro threatened Friday to withdraw Brazil from the World Health Organization, following in the footsteps of his US counterpart, Donald Trump, accusing it of “ideological bias.” “I’m telling you right now, the United States left the WHO, and we’re studying that, in the future. Either the WHO works without ideological bias, or we leave, too,” the far-right leader told journalists outside the presidential palace. Sometimes called a “Tropical Trump,” Bolsonaro has followed a similar script to the US president in his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, downplaying its severity, criticizing state authorities’ stay-at-home measures and touting the purported effects of the drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine against COVID-19. Trump announced a week ago he wa...
Governor Bello Lifts Lockdown in Kabba Bunu, Insists Kogi is COVID-19 Free
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Governor Bello Lifts Lockdown in Kabba Bunu, Insists Kogi is COVID-19 Free

The lockdown imposed on Kabba-Bunu Local Government Area of the state over suspected cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19), has been lifted by the Kogi state government. Governor Yahaya Bello who made the announcement at the Government House in Lokoja on Friday June 5, said the decision of lifting the lockdown in the local government area was reached after samples which were tested came back negative. The Governor who insisted that Kogi state still  remains a COVID-19-free state, urged residents of the state to observe protocols of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to curb the spread of the disease. This is coming days after the NCDC announced that two Coronavirus cases were confirmed in the state. Dino Melaye also confirmed this b...
Madagascar Quits World Health Organisation Over Covid-19 Scandal
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Madagascar Quits World Health Organisation Over Covid-19 Scandal

Madagascar President, Andry Ranoelina, has removed his country from the World Health Organisation. He angrily said: "Europe created organizations with the desire for Africans to remain dependent on them. Africa has found a medicine against Corona virus but Europe thinks they have a monopoly of intelligence as such they are refusing to acknowledge it. From today, we are no more member of the World Health Organization." “WHO offered me 20million dollars to put a little toxic in my Covid-19 remedy” – Madagascar President exposes WHO Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina has allegedly declared that the World Health Organization, WHO offered him $20,000,000 to put a little toxic in their remedy for coronavirus as the Europeans hacked their Remedy. Andry Rajoelina says: “Peopl...
Europe urges Trump to reconsider decision to withdraw from WHO
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Europe urges Trump to reconsider decision to withdraw from WHO

European leaders called on U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday to rethink his decision to terminate the U.S.’ relationship with the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Trump announced the decision on Friday, arguing the UN agency has failed to respond to U.S. concerns about its handling of the virus, which originated in China. A spokesperson said the WHO, the founders of which include the U.S., had no comment to make on Saturday. The European Commission was more vocal. Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called on Trump to reconsider, saying only global cooperation and solidarity could help to combat the virus. Global cooperation is needed rather than solo efforts, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told newspapers belonging to th...
EU Urges U.S To Think Again On WHO Split
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EU Urges U.S To Think Again On WHO Split

The European Union on Saturday called on the United States (US) to “reconsider” the decision to sever ties with the World Health Organisation (WHO) over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. President Donald Trump said Friday he was severing US ties with the WHO, accusing it of failing to do enough to combat the initial spread of the virus. The United States was the largest contributor to the WHO budget, providing at least $400 million in annual funding. “The WHO needs to continue being able to lead the international response to pandemics, current and future,” Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell said in a joint statement. “For this, the participation and support of all is required and very much needed.” The statement note...
Trump Terminates U.S. Relationship With WHO, Claims It Is Under China’s Control
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Trump Terminates U.S. Relationship With WHO, Claims It Is Under China’s Control

US President, Donald Trump has announced that the US will be "terminating its relationship" with the World Health Organisation (WHO). Speaking in the Rose Garden at the White House, the US president said he wanted to redirect funds to other organisations in an anti-China address over the coronavirus pandemic. He accused the WHO of failing to adequately respond to COVID-19 because China has "total control" over the global organisation. He said Chinese officials "ignored" their reporting obligations to the WHO and pressured the group to mislead the world when the virus was first discovered. It comes after weeks of criticism of the WHO by Mr Trump who has accused the organisation of not acting fast enough on the coronavirus outbreak. The US is the biggest single contribu...
WHO’s Hydroxychloroquine Trial Suspended Pending Safety Data
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WHO’s Hydroxychloroquine Trial Suspended Pending Safety Data

The World Health Organization temporarily halted tests on hydroxychloroquine in its Covid-19 drug trials pending more data because of safety concerns. The steering committee decided to suspend enrollment to that arm of the so-called Solidarity trials, WHO officials said Monday. That’s after the Lancet published a study that said the drug, touted by U.S. President Donald Trump as a treatment, was linked to an increased risk of death and heart ailments. “It’s important to continue to gather evidence on the efficacy and safety of hydroxychloroquine,” WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan said at a press briefing in Geneva. “We want to use it if it’s safe and efficacious, reduces mortality, reduces the length of hospitalization without increasing adverse events.” The studies may ...
Trump Threatens to Permanently Pull Funding From WHO and Reconsider’ US Membership
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Trump Threatens to Permanently Pull Funding From WHO and Reconsider’ US Membership

President Donald Trump on Monday May 18, threatened to permanently pull US funding from the World Health Organization over the Coronavirus pandemic. In a four-page letter addressed to WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus, the US President criticized the stages of the body's response to the outbreak of the disease since December. Trump insisted that the international health agency shares the responsibility for the large number of deaths in the crisis and further threatened to pull US funding permanently and also reconsider US membership in the organization, if it does not commit to “major substantive improvements” within 30 days. The US President who disclosed that talks on reforming the WHO had already begun, had earlier called the UN health body a "puppet of China". The...
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WHO Clears Air On Coronavirus Transmission Through Surface Contact

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said it has not been proven if people can catch the novel coronavirus by touching surfaces where it lingers, such as handles, doorknobs, or keyboards. The UN agency, which said this on Saturday, recommended in its safety guidelines that people disinfect objects. The guidelines reference a study that showed the virus could survive on the outside of a medical face mask for up to seven days. But the WHO also noted that studies about the ability of the coronavirus to survive should be viewed with some skepticism since such studies are conducted in laboratories with little bearing on real-world conditions. In the mentioned study, the virus survived on stainless steel and plastic for four days, on glass for two and on fabric and wood for one. ...
Quit WHO Now – Madagascar President To All African Nations
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Quit WHO Now – Madagascar President To All African Nations

The President of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina has called on all African Nations to quit the World Health Organization (WHO) because of the bad faith of Europe towards Africa. The Malagasy president says, Europe created organizations with the desire for Africans to remain dependent on them. Africa has found a medicine against Coronavirus but Europe thinks they have a monopoly of intelligence as such they are refusing to acknowledge it. It is against this backdrop that I invite all African Nations to quit the international organizations in order for us to build ours. My country Madagascar leaves all the organizations tonight and I call on other African Nations to do same.
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Burundi Expels WHO Team Coordinating Coronavirus Response

Top World Health Organization (WHO) representative and three other experts coordinating the Coronavirus response in Burundi, have been expelled by the country’s government. Those expelled include WHO’s representative Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo, the country’s Coronavirus coordinator Dr Jean Pierre Mulunda Nkata, communicable diseases head Dr Ruhana Mirindi Bisimwa, and a laboratory expert in the testing for COVID-19, Professor Daniel Tarzy. In a letter dated May 12 and addressed to WHO’s Africa headquarters, the foreign ministry said the four officials “are declared persona non grata and as such, must leave the territory of Burundi” by Friday May 15. Though no reason was given for the expulsion, a Burundian official told AFP news agency “It is the whole WHO team responsible for s...
Kwara State Governor Sacks official for Careless Handling of Suspected COVID-19 Patient
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Kwara State Governor Sacks official for Careless Handling of Suspected COVID-19 Patient

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has ordered the sack of a government driver attached to the state's COVID-19 Rapid Response Team RRT, who attended to a suspected COVID-19 patient “in an unprofessional manner”. On Wednesday, a video of the driver evacuating an "unkempt person" with the help of some persons was posted online. The moment the workers tried placing the man in a COVID-19 ambulance in Ilorin, was filmed and none of those who appeared in the clip wore any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) recommended by the World Health Organisation. A statement released by the governor's Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, says the driver failed to heed the clear directive from his superiors at the Rapid Response Team not to take any action until they arrive the scene. ...
Like HIV, COVID-19 May Never Go Away – WHO
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Like HIV, COVID-19 May Never Go Away – WHO

The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) may never go away, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization health emergencies program, says the virus may just become one of the viruses around the world that kill people annually. “This virus just may become another endemic virus in our communities and this virus may never go away. HIV hasn’t gone away,” Ryan said on Wednesday. “We’ve come to terms with the virus and we have found the therapies and we have found the prevention methods, and people don’t feel as scared as they did before. “There are no promises in this and there are no dates”. HIV/AIDS was first clinically observed in 1981 in the United States, it has gone on to kill nearly a million people and ha...
COVID 19: Ignore WHO, go for local cures, Reps tell FG
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COVID 19: Ignore WHO, go for local cures, Reps tell FG

The House of Representatives yesterday called on the Federal Government to ignore the World Health Organization, WHO, in efforts to find cure for COVID-19 and approve use of alternative remedies to cure the disease. It also called on governors of the 19 states of the North to reverse the ban on the Almajiri System until millions of Islamic school children loitering the streets of the region without care are provided for by the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC. The Green Chamber also urged the Federal Government to intervene and immediately halt repatriation of  Almajirai children to their states of origin. The House, in a motion by Ossy Prestige (PDP, Abia), rejected warnings by the World Health Organization on the use of local cures for the disease. Sponsor of the mo...
COVID-19: FG Lists Lagos, FCT, Kano, Ogun, Kaduna, Sokoto For WHO Drug Trials
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COVID-19: FG Lists Lagos, FCT, Kano, Ogun, Kaduna, Sokoto For WHO Drug Trials

The Federal Government has said that Lagos, FCT, Ogun, Kaduna, Sokoto and Kano states have enrolled on the World Health Organisation (WHO) treatment regimen on solidarity drug trials. The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, said this on Monday in Abuja, at the 29th joint national briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19. Daily Trust reports that the WHO announced that Nigeria expressed interest to be part of the global solidarity drug trial to tackle COVID-19 pandemic and that the process would soon start in the country. The Officer in charge, WHO Nigeria and member of the PTF on COVID-19, Dr. Fiona Braka, told Daily Trust in an exclusive interview in Abuja that what Nigeria signed up for was drug trial and not vaccine trial, as there was yet no vaccine for the ...
WHO, Gates, Bunch Of Confused Clowns, Sociopathic Fools, Psychopatic Idiots – FFK
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WHO, Gates, Bunch Of Confused Clowns, Sociopathic Fools, Psychopatic Idiots – FFK

Former Minister Of Aviation, Femi Fani Kayode has described World Health Organisation (WHO) as "Bunch of confused clowns, Sociopathic fools, Psychopatic idiots and Evil souls controlled by Bill Gates." He wrote on his verified twitter account: "If you have a cough, Fever & Difficulty breathing, you should wear a mask & seek Medical care. If you don't have these symptoms, you don't have to wear a mask" - @WHO. I guess the only thing that will save us according to the @BillGates-controlled @WHO is @BillGates's vaccine. Bunch of confused clowns, Sociopathic fools, Psychopatic idiots and evil souls.
COVID-19: Our Self-isolation Policy Has Failed – Osagie Ehanire
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COVID-19: Our Self-isolation Policy Has Failed – Osagie Ehanire

The federal government said on Thursday that its policy on self-isolation, which prescribes that people should stay at home for certain time to authenticate their COVID-19 status has failed, saying this was the reason quarantining was made compulsory for all those coming into Nigeria. The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, made this known on Thursday in Abuja during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. He specifically made reference to people especially those coming into the country by air, land or sea, saying there were many COVID-19 cases from such persons. Daily Trust recalled that Nigeria’s index case was recorded on February 27, almost a month after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak as a Public Health Emergency ...
COVID-19: Africa will lose $65bn to full lockdown – UNECA
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COVID-19: Africa will lose $65bn to full lockdown – UNECA

Mr Stephen Karingi, Director, Regional Trade and Integration, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), says African economy will lose 65 billion dollars if there is a full lockdown of the continent due to COVID-19. Karingi said this during the World Health Organisation (WHO) and World Economic Forum (WEF) virtual joint press briefing on Thursday. The director said that the African economy would contrast as much as three per cent in 2020. According to him, an analysis done by UNECA showed that every month the African economy would lose 2.5 per cent of its GDP if a total lockdown was declared. “This is about 6.5 billion dollars every month based on the intensity and strictness of the lockdown. If we have a full lockdown of the whole continent, we would lose $65 bill...
COVID-19: WHO Says Madagascar’s Herbal Tonic Not A Cure
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COVID-19: WHO Says Madagascar’s Herbal Tonic Not A Cure

Tanzania, Guinea-Bissau excited about herbal remedy purported to cure coronavirus. The World Health Organization has dismissed the Madagascar president's claims that a herbal tonic produced within the country can cure patients of COVID-19. Other African countries such as Tanzania and Guinea-Bissau have made plans to import the tonic, which contains the artemisia plant, which is normally used to treat malaria.
Nigerian Doctor  Recovers From Coronavirus in the US Says ‘The Virus is Real’
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Nigerian Doctor Recovers From Coronavirus in the US Says ‘The Virus is Real’

A Nigerian doctor based in the US has taken to Facebook to reveal that she recently recovered from Coronavirus while sending warning to her friends that the virus is real. Writing on her page, the lady identified as Vivian N King, wrote: I'm a survivor. Stay safe guys. The virus is real. Her brother, Augustine Onwurisibe also added that his sister battled with the virus for more than three weeks before she recovered having tested negative twice. 'I have been waiting for the perfect moment to write on this.. On the 11th of April 2020 at exactly 8:30 am my elder brother Fakanfa Babington broke the news to me of my sister testing positive to this dreaded coronavirus there in Baltimore USA.. I was devastated. I couldn't do much in the office that day. Mum later got to know and bec...
COVID-19: WHO To Commence Vaccine Trials In Nigeria
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COVID-19: WHO To Commence Vaccine Trials In Nigeria

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that Nigeria has expressed interest to be part of the global solidarity trial of the vaccines being developed to tackle COVID-19 pandemic and efforts are underway to start the process in the country. The Officer in charge, WHO Nigeria and member of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Dr. Fiona Braka, said this on Friday in Abuja, at the 24th joint national briefing of the committee. She also said that 89 vaccines are being developed globally, including seven in clinical evaluation and several therapeutics in clinical trials to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. She said, “Nigeria has also expressed interest to be part of this solidarity trial and efforts are underway to start the process in Nigeria too.” According to her, on the sub...
3,000 Primary Health Workers Deployed to Kano State after Mysterious Deaths
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3,000 Primary Health Workers Deployed to Kano State after Mysterious Deaths

Secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha has disclosed that 3,000 primary healthcare workers have been deployed to Kano state to help in the fight against Coronavirus. The SGF disclosed this at the presidential task force briefing on Friday May 1, and he said the workers were put together by the United Nations through the World Health Organisation (WHO). Boss Mustapha said;   “I wish to inform you that our response to the situation in Kano state is producing expected outcomes since testing was ramped up. “The state task force in collaboration with our team have also expanded contact tracing and isolation. “A lot of emphases are being placed on the training of different categories of manpower – medical, nursing, cleaners, etc, the buildin...
“Permit Us To Heal & Pray For COVID-19 Patients” – Apostle Suleman On Coronavirus
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“Permit Us To Heal & Pray For COVID-19 Patients” – Apostle Suleman On Coronavirus

Johnson Suleman, founder of Omega Fire Ministry, has called on the federal government to allow pastors heal COVID-19 patients in the country through prayers. This is despite the fact that the World Health Organisation (WHO) had warned people against unscientific claims suggesting cure for the respiratory disease caused by coronavirus. But according to Church Times, the clergyman said there was need for the government to grant permission to those with divine healing gifts to visit isolation centres and cure people with the killer virus. Suleman claimed such measure is needed if the country hopes to make meaningful progress in the fight against the novel disease. “Please (referring to the government) permit us to go and pray for COVID-19 patients. Allow us to go there (isolat...
COVID-19 Cases Rise To 28,000 In Africa — WHO
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COVID-19 Cases Rise To 28,000 In Africa — WHO

The UN’s health agency gave the update on its official twitter account @WHOAFRO on Saturday. “Over 28,000 COVID-19 cases reported on the African continent – with over 8,000 associated recoveries and 1,300 deaths recorded,’’ it said. The WHO African Region COVID-19 dashboard showed that in sub-Saharan Africa, South Africa suffered the most severe outbreak, while Cameroon and Ghana had more than 2, 500 confirmed cases. The figures on the dashboard showed that South Africa, Algeria and Cameroon had continued to top the list of countries with the highest reported cases. It showed that South Africa had 4, 220 cases and 79 deaths followed by Algeria with 3, 127 cases and 415 deaths, while Cameroon had 1,403 confirmed cases with 49 deaths. According to the dashboard, South Suda...
COVID-19: Okonjo-Iweala Appointed By WHO As Special Envoy For ACT Accelerator
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COVID-19: Okonjo-Iweala Appointed By WHO As Special Envoy For ACT Accelerator

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, named Special Envoy for WHO’s Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator. Nigeria’s former finance minister, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was named by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as its Special Envoy for the newly inaugurated Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that she is to serve alongside British business executive, Sir Andrew Witty in the same capacity, to mobilise international commitment to the initiative. Director-General of the organisation, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, made the announcement during the launch of the ACT Accelerator — via webinar from Geneva. “I would especially like to thank Sir Andrew Witty and Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for agreeing to act as Special Envoys for the ACT Accelerator,” Ghebr...
U.S. May Never Restores Funding To The UN Health Body, Pompeo Maintains Stand
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U.S. May Never Restores Funding To The UN Health Body, Pompeo Maintains Stand

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo has said his country, until recently the World Health Organization’s biggest donor, may never restore funding to the UN health body. Last week Donald Trump announced he was freezing donations to the WHO, accusing it of “severely mismanaging and covering up” the threat posed by the coronavirus outbreak. Late on Wednesday, Pompeo told Fox News the US government would “take a real hard look at the WHO”, adding that the US needed to see “a structural fix” with the it operated. Asked if he was not ruling out a change in leadership of the WHO, Pompeo replied: “Even more than that, it may be the case that the United States can never return to underwriting, having US taxpayer dollars go to the WHO. We may need to have even bolder change than that...
Coronavirus Will Be With Us For A Long Time – World Health Organization (WHO)
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Coronavirus Will Be With Us For A Long Time – World Health Organization (WHO)

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned against complacency in the fight against the coronavirus, saying the disease "will be with us for a long time". Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also warned of upward trends in Covid-19 cases in Africa, Eastern Europe, Central America and South America. He said that lifting lockdowns could cause infections to "reignite". Dr Tedros also defended the WHO's handling of the pandemic. He said he believed the UN agency had warned the world of Covid-19 early enough. "Looking back I think we declared the emergency at the right time and when the world had enough time to respond," he told a daily briefing in Geneva. The WHO declared Covid-19 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January and said it had become a...
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WHO Announces 45% Increase Of COVID-19 Cases In Africa

The World Health Organization has reported a 45% increase in the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus across its African region, which excludes parts of north Africa such as Egypt, and a 38% increase in the number of deaths, in a week. In its latest regional situation report, almost two months after the first case of Covid-19 was reported in Africa, the UN health body said the only African member states yet to report cases were Comoros and Lesotho. It said that as of Tuesday cumulative total of 15 394 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 716 deaths have been reported across the 45 affected countries in the region, giving a case fatality ratio of 4.7%. It added: Out of the 45 affected countries, nine (20%) reported over 500 cases, 12 (27%) reported between 100 and 499 cases and ...
Whatsapp Collaborates With WHO To Launch A New Sticker Pack
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Whatsapp Collaborates With WHO To Launch A New Sticker Pack

Whatsapp has announced on it’s blog website that it has collaborated with WHO to create a new sticker pack. This new sticker pack, “Together at Home,” was designed to be funny and educational. Whatsapp described this new sticker as universal because it is available in ten languages and has no age barrier. Whatsapp and WHO hopes that the sticker educates people and encourage them to stay at home. Facebook who owns whatsapp explained the importance of sticker. He stated that stickers communicate better than text messages and has endorsed the new stickers. Here is a speech from the the firm: “We hope people enjoy using these stickers to check-in on loved ones, particularly those that are feeling isolated, alone, and scared. This pack offers creative ways to remind p...

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