Tuesday, April 20

Tag: World Health Organisation

Cholera Kills 24 Persons In Bayelsa State
Health

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...
Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire says COVID19 vaccines carry a certain amount of risk
Health

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...
New COVID-19 Variants Not Cause For Concern – Chikwe Ihekweazu, NCDC DG
Health

New COVID-19 Variants Not Cause For Concern – Chikwe Ihekweazu, NCDC DG

Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu, says the new variants or strains of the COVID-19 virus in the country are not a cause for concern because viruses mutate all the time. He said they could only be of concern when the new variants or strains are associated with increased transmission. He stated this Thursday during the World Health Organisation’s online news briefing on the latest COVID-19 developments on the continent. He said Nigeria had not announced new variants so far because there had been no increased transmission and morbidity. Ihekweazu said the Nigerian authorities had also ramped up production of oxygen and brought in the private sector . WHO Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, said it was important for countries...
Hoodlums Plundered WHO’s Office In Nigeria, PPEs Stolen – Matshidiso Moeti
Crime

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...
FG Receives Russia’s COVID-19 Vaccine
Health

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...
World in dangerous phase of Coronavirus – WHO warns
Health

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 DG, African UN Officials Condemn Racism in America, Others
News

WHO DG, African UN Officials Condemn Racism in America, Others

Some senior United Nations (UN) officials have issued a joint statement condemning “pervasive and systemic racism” in the United States and other countries. NAN reports that the officials, who are Africans or of African descent, told the international community to go beyond just condemning the act. The 21 signatories include the Director-General, World Health Organisation, Tedros Ghebreyesus, and the Executive-Director, Joint UN AIDS Programme, Winnia Byanyima. The statement was in reaction to protests in the U.S. triggered by the death of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck on May 25. It stated that their solidarity with the peaceful demonstrations was in line with their “responsibilities and oblig...
Madagascar Quits World Health Organisation Over Covid-19 Scandal
Health

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...
EU Urges U.S To Think Again On WHO Split
News

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
News

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...
Donald Trump’s Letter To Tedros Adhanom, WHO Director-General
News

Donald Trump’s Letter To Tedros Adhanom, WHO Director-General

Weeks back, the amiable President of the United States Donald Trump announced temporal halting of US's funding to World Health Organisation to carry out investigation into WHO's mishandling of the Wuhan Coronavirus Now yesterday, after the investigation has been carried out, President Trump sent this letter to Dr Tedros of WHO. Read in the accompanying pics I especially liked how Trump called attention to WHO's disregard of African countries legitimate concern of how China was maltreating African citizens in the wake of this Wuhan Virus This is the letter sent to Dr. Tedros of the World Health Organization. It is self-explanatory!
W.H.O Offered $20m Bribe To Poison COVID-19 Cure, Madagascar President Reveals
Health

W.H.O Offered $20m Bribe To Poison COVID-19 Cure, Madagascar President Reveals

President of Madagascar Andry Rajoelina, has claimed the World Health Organisation (WHO) offered him $20m bribe to poison COVID-19 cure. According to the President, the herbal remedy called COVID-19 Organics made from Artemisia can cure COVID-19 patients within ten days. Meanwhile Tanzanian local newspaper, “Tanzania Perspective” reported on the front-page of its 14th May edition that President Andry Rajoelina was offered a $20 million bribe to poisoned their new COVID-19 medicine as seen below: WHO offered $20m bribe to poison COVID-19 cureThe President of Madagascar believes the only reason the rest of the world has refused to treat Madagascar’s cure for the coronavirus with urgency and respect is that the remedy comes from Africa. President Rajoelina made this known ...
Health

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. ...
COVID-19: University Of Lagos Produces Ambuvalent Ventilator
Health

COVID-19: University Of Lagos Produces Ambuvalent Ventilator

In a bid to further tackle the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, a team of researchers in the University of Lagos (Unilag) has produced an Ambuvalent ventilator. MCI reports that the project, known as Unilag /LASRIC Ambuvalent, was sponsored by the Lagos State Science Research and Innovation Council (LASRIC). The team carried out a ‘demonstration of concept’ of the project to the institution’s management on Friday. The team Lead, AbdulHakeem Amuda, an Associate Professor in the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, said at the demonstration that the project was an opportunity for the scholars to prove their mettle. According to Amuda, the ventilator had met basic requirements as specified by the World Health Organisation. He said that one of the unique fe...
China Is A Victim And Not A Culprit – Chinese Ambassador To The UK Says Coronavirus Is Not China’s Fault
News

China Is A Victim And Not A Culprit – Chinese Ambassador To The UK Says Coronavirus Is Not China’s Fault

Liu Xiaoming, China’s ambassador to the UK ha said his country is a “victim” of the coronavirus pandemic, and denied claims of a cover-up. President Trump has repeatedly accused China and the World Health Organisation of hiding information when the virus first came to light and preventing other countries around the world from being prepared. But the top diplomat clamped down claims of a cover-up and denied the FBI’s claim that Chinese hackers targeted US medical institutions researching vaccines. He insisted the COVID-19 outbreak was not China’s fault and promised a “transparent” inquiry into the origin, but “not now”. He told Sky News: “You can’t have this campaign of stigmatising, disinformation and smear against China, as some American politicians are doing.” He added...
Discharge Patients Who Test Negative Once — NCDC Issues New COVID-19 Guidelines
Health

Discharge Patients Who Test Negative Once — NCDC Issues New COVID-19 Guidelines

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reviewed its testing strategy for COVID-19 regarding the management of confirmed cases, MCI can report. MCI understands that the new strategy requires patients to be discharged after testing negative once for the disease, unlike it is usually the case. Emeka Oguanuo, spokesperson of the NCDC, confirmed the revision to MCI on Wednesday, saying the agency will soon publish the new guidelines with further details. Nigeria has so far recorded 4,787 cases of COVID-19 out of which 959 patients have recovered and have been discharged from isolation centres across the states. But before getting discharged, NCDC initially required that patients must test negative at least twice for their health status to be confirmed. It is not im...
COVID-19: FG Lists Lagos, FCT, Kano, Ogun, Kaduna, Sokoto For WHO Drug Trials
Health

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
Politics

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
Health

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 ...
“Permit Us To Heal & Pray For COVID-19 Patients” – Apostle Suleman On Coronavirus
Religion

“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: ‘We’re Running Against Time With No Laboratories, Ventilators’ – NCDC
Health

COVID-19: ‘We’re Running Against Time With No Laboratories, Ventilators’ – NCDC

The Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, has said that the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 is running against time because Nigerians want to return to normal life. He also explained that Lagos State has more testing capacity than Kano State because the first COVID-19 outbreak happened in Africa’s largest commercial city. Ihekweazu spoke during a virtual press briefing by the World Economic Forum/World Health Organisation on Thursday. He said: “We will be transferring some of our knowledge from states to states. We are running against time because people are pushing to live normal life. “At the same time, we are confronted with the escalation phase of the figures. So how to balance this will be very a difficult decision to be mad...
WHO Gives Latest Figures Of COVID-19 Cases In Africa
Health

WHO Gives Latest Figures Of COVID-19 Cases In Africa

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, has said the number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Africa had risen to over 23,000. The UN’s health agency gave the update on its official twitter account, @WHOAFRO on Tuesday. “More than 23,000 COVID-19 cases have been reported on the African continent – with over 5,900 recoveries and 1,100 deaths,” it said. The WHO African Region COVID-19 dashboard showed that in sub-Saharan Africa, South Africa suffers the most severe outbreak while Cameroon and Ghana have more than 2,000 confirmed cases. The breakdown on the dashboard showed that South Africa, Algeria and Cameroon had continued to top the list of countries with the highest reported cases. South Africa has 3,300 cases and 58 deat...
Lifting Lockdowns Not End Of Pandemic – WHO Chief, Tedros Warns
Health

Lifting Lockdowns Not End Of Pandemic – WHO Chief, Tedros Warns

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organisation said that lifting lockdown restrictions for COVID-19 is not the end of the pandemic. He said it will signal the beginning of a new phase. Tedros told a virtual meeting of G20 health ministers that it’s vital in this next phase that countries educate, engage and empower their people to respond rapidly to any resurgence. “We are encouraged that several G20 countries are now starting to plan how to ease social restrictions. “It is critical that these measures are a phased process,” he said. Tedros said WHO is deeply concerned that the virus now appears to be gathering pace in countries that lack the capacity of many G20 countries to respond to it. “Urgent support is needed, not only to support ...
WHO Staff Who Recently Traveled To Kano From Bauchi State Tests Positive For Coronavirus
Health

WHO Staff Who Recently Traveled To Kano From Bauchi State Tests Positive For Coronavirus

A staff member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Bauchi state has tested positive for Coronavirus bringing the total number of active cases of the virus to two. A statement from the state Ministry of Health and signed by Ibrahim Sani for the Commissioner of Health, Dr Aliyu Maigoro Mohammed, states that available information revealed that the confirmed case had travelled to Kano and all the contacts made both in Bauchi and Kano have been identified and isolated and are under strict follow ups and surveillance. The statement adds that UNICEF/WHO offices in the state have been closed down for two weeks. “Following the confirmation of a staff of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Bauchi office who tested positive to COVID-19, the UNICEF/WHO offices have been decontamina...
WHO Can’t Prove Coronavirus Was Made In Laboratory ― China
News

WHO Can’t Prove Coronavirus Was Made In Laboratory ― China

The Chinese foreign ministry said on Thursday the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said there is no evidence that the coronavirus (COVID-19 that has infected millions of people globally was made in a laboratory. Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian made the remark in response to a question about accusations the coronavirus originated in a lab in the central Chinese city of Wuhan where the epidemic emerged late 2019. However, President Donald Trump said on Wednesday his government is trying to determine whether the coronavirus emanated from a laboratory in Wuhan. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Beijing “needs to come clean” on what they know. The source of the virus remains a mystery. Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Tuesday U.S. intellige...
WHC Awards Tonto Dikeh For Commitment And Love For Humanity
Celebs

WHC Awards Tonto Dikeh For Commitment And Love For Humanity

The World Human Commission (WHC) has award Nollywood actress and philanthropist Tonto Dikeh for her commitments and love for humanity by using her Foundation. The Nollywood actress took to her Instagram page to announce the recent awards she has received from the organization. The World Humanity Commission award the actress for demonstrating commitment to promote safety against the COVID-19. The certificate also indicated that Tonto was awarded for pledging to include best practices on the prevent of the Coronavirus disease as directed by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The actress formed her foundation fourteen years ago and has pledge to help the needy and the vulnerable. Tonto Dikeh together with her team in her foundation have been able to put smiles on the faces o...
WHO Announces Another Virus Outbreak In Sudan
Health

WHO Announces Another Virus Outbreak In Sudan

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced an outbreak of yellow fever in South Sudan. Yellow fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes. According to the agency, two cases were identified in Kajo-keji, a region bordering Uganda. An outbreak of the viral disease was detected in that area of Uganda early this year. WHO warned that the risk of ongoing and further transmission of yellow fever is a concern in South Sudan due to spontaneous return of displaced persons from Uganda. There are also concerns of gaps in surveillance and weaknesses in health services because of ongoing travel restrictions imposed because of the COVID-19. There is also the onset of the rainy season to worry about. This provides a favourable breeding ...
NAFDAC Alerts Nigerians On Circulation Of Fake Chloroquine 250mg Tablets
Health

NAFDAC Alerts Nigerians On Circulation Of Fake Chloroquine 250mg Tablets

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has warned Nigerians that fake Chloroquine phosphate 250mg tablets are being circulated. The Director-General of the agency, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye disclosed this in a statement. She added that NAFDAC was notified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that the tablets were being circulated in Cameroon. The statement reads: “The falsified chloroquine phosphate 250mg tablets were manufactured by Jiangsu pharmaceutical Inc, Astral pharmaceutical New Bhupalpura, China. “The tablets manufactured by these companies have no Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) and are in packs of 1000 tablets. “The use of the falsified chloroquine phosphate 250mg tablets may result in treatment failure and could even cause d...
News

Coronavirus Can Be Sexually Transmitted – Osagie Ehanire, Health Minister

Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, says he believes that coronavirus can be transmitted sexually. Speaking at a media briefing in Abuja on Thursday, Ehanire said the country now has 51 cases of the COVID-19 disease. “If a person is positive, the virus can be transmitted sexually,” he claimed, rather controversially. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says a lot is still unknown about the virus but currently maintains that it is transmitted through droplets from an infected person. The virus’ known routes of transmission are the mouth, nose and eyes. Health experts have said there is no evidence to show that the virus can be transmitted via vaginal or anal intercourse but that it can be transmitted through kissing an infected person. Ehanire said the ministry was gra...
Coronavirus: Two Suspected Cases in Ghana Test Negative
Health

Coronavirus: Two Suspected Cases in Ghana Test Negative

The two suspected cases of the novel coronavirus in Ghana have tested negative at the Noguchi Memorial Institute, according to the Chief Executive Officer of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr. Daniel Asare. The Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital on Wednesday isolated two foreign nationals; a Chinese and an Argentine for showing symptoms associated with the coronavirus, which has already claimed over 500 lives and infected more than 25,000 people in other parts of the world. Addressing the media, Chief Executive Officer of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr. Daniel Asare said: “the preliminary confirmation was negative and the next one that came, which is the actual confirmation, shows that they are negative.” “Ghana is safe, Korle-Bu is safe, tourists coming in are safe,” he added. ...
Coronavirus: Chinese Embassy Have Not Stopped Issuing Visas To Nigerians
News

Coronavirus: Chinese Embassy Have Not Stopped Issuing Visas To Nigerians

The Embassy of China has said that it has not suspended visa issuance to Nigerians. The Press Officer, Embassy of China, Sun Saixiong, explained on Tuesday that the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr Zhou Pingjian, only advised those who wished to travel to China “not to be in a rush if the trip was not urgent.” The diplomat said the government had reached out to about 60 Nigerians living in Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak. Giving an update on the epidemic in Abuja on Monday, Pingjian had disclosed that China had found a cure for the epidemic, adding that 475 persons had been discharged from the hospital after recovery. He also said that the Coronavirus infection had risen to 17,205 from 14,380 confirmed cases while 361 persons had died from the disease which originated...
We Can Handle Coronavirus – Nigeria’s Health Minister
Health

We Can Handle Coronavirus – Nigeria’s Health Minister

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has assured that Nigeria has the capacity to detect and respond to the coronavirus if it is imported into the country. The coronavirus, a deadly new virus which originated in Wuhan, China, has killed more than 170 people and spread to several provinces in the country as well as other countries. Thousands of people have been infected. The origin is suspected to be a food market that “conducted illegal transactions of wild animals” in Wuhan. Speaking yesterday at the inauguration of the inter-ministerial and multi-sectoral committee on the novel coronavirus in Abuja, he said: “While the risk of importation exists, we can assure Nigerians of the nation’s capacity to detect, assess and respond to this and other public health threats at the poi...
Nigeria Has Only 42,000 Doctors – NMA President
News

Nigeria Has Only 42,000 Doctors – NMA President

President of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Francis Faduyile, has raised the alarm over shortage of healthcare practitioners in the country, saying only 42,000 doctors are available for Nigeria’s population of over 200 million people. He said high rate of insecurity, poor job satisfaction, low remuneration, unemployment, bad roads, and poor healthcare system were some of the reasons why Nigerian doctors and other healthcare practitioners were leaving the country for greener pastures abroad. Speaking with Akelicious yesterday, the NMA president said about 75,000 Nigerian doctors were registered with the body, but over 33,000 have left the country, leaving behind only about 42,000 to man all health institutions in the country. He said: “In rural areas, we have ...
10 Nigerian Celebrities Who Suffered Domestic Violence
Celebs

10 Nigerian Celebrities Who Suffered Domestic Violence

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), one in every three women experience some sort of violence domestic or sexual. In Nigeria, there has been a rise in cases of domestic violence among couples and celebrities are becoming victims. Here is a list of 10 celebrities who were victims of domestic violence and abuse: 1) Monalisa Chinda In 2014 Nollywood actress Monalisa Chinda opened up and revealed that she was a victim of domestic abuse. Her first marriage to Dejo Richards ended over allegations of domestic violence and abuse. According to her, she tried all she could to make the union work “ I tried to make it work, but it takes two people to tango”. The duo has a kid together. When this marriage crashed, many thought the actress’s world had come to an end. ...
WHO certifies new HIV treatment drug
Health

WHO certifies new HIV treatment drug

An antiretroviral drug dolutegravir, commonly known as DTG, has been certified safe for use by pregnant women and those in their reproductive years by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Though initial research linked the drug with neural tube defects (NTDs) in infants born to women using dolutegravir at the time of conception, recent studies have shown that it is far more tolerable than the older drug efavirenz, which patients have reported causes depression and hallucinations in the first few months and could lead to people not staying on treatment. “DTG is a drug that is more effective, easier to take and has fewer side effects than alternative drugs that are currently used. DTG also has a high genetic barrier to developing drug resistance, which is important given the rising tre...
Over 1million Get Sexually Transmitted Infections Daily – WHO
News

Over 1million Get Sexually Transmitted Infections Daily – WHO

Everyday, there are more than one million new cases of curable sexually transmitted infections among people aged 15-49 years, according to data released by the World Health Organisation. This amounts to more than 376 million new cases annually of four infections–chlamydia, gonorrhoea, trichomoniasis and syphilis. “We’re seeing a concerning lack of progress in stopping the spread of sexually transmitted infections worldwide,” said WHO’s Executive Director for Universal Health Coverage and the Life-Course, Dr. Peter Salama. He added: “This is a wake-up call for concerted effort to ensure everyone, everywhere can access the services they need to prevent and treat these debilitating diseases. Published online by WHO Bulletin, the research showed that, among men and women aged 1...
Dangote To Own 50,000 Cows, Produce 500m Litres Of Milk By 2019
News

Dangote To Own 50,000 Cows, Produce 500m Litres Of Milk By 2019

Aliko Dangote, president of Dangote Group, will own 50,000 cows by 2019, and produce 500 million litres of milk per year. The group, principally owned by Africa’s richest man, plans to invest $3.8 billion in sugar and rice and $800 million in dairy production in the next three years. According to World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates, Nigeria needs about 1.5 billion litres of milk annually. US department of agriculture also puts Nigeria’s “insufficient” milk import at $225 million per year, stating that the country’s dairy market has a potential in excess of $3 billion. With Dangote’s drive, the group will produce a third of the country’s ideal demand and nearly all of its current import. According to Bloomberg, the company seeks to expand and deal with a shortage of...
Kenya On Red Alert As A Woman With Ebola Symptoms Is Put In Isolation
News

Kenya On Red Alert As A Woman With Ebola Symptoms Is Put In Isolation

Health authorities in Kericho County are on a red alert over a suspected case of Ebola. This was after a patient exhibited suspected symptoms of the haemorrhagic fever at Kericho County Referral Hospital. County officials on Monday said the woman had travelled from Malaba, a town in Busia County on the border of Kenya and Uganda, to see her spouse. She was initially admitted at Siloam Hospital before being transferred to Kericho County Referral Hospital. "A female patient presented at our facility today with complaints of headache, hotness of the body, puffy face, some diarrhoea, and nausea of acute onset,” said Ms Margaret Okirio, the administrator at Siloam Hospital. “On further interrogation, she admitted to having travelled from Malaba where she alleges to reside to ...
NAFDAC Denies Report Of 70 Per Cent Fake Medicines In Nigeria
Uncategorized

NAFDAC Denies Report Of 70 Per Cent Fake Medicines In Nigeria

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has denounced a newspaper report that 70 per cent of medicines in Nigeria are fake. A press statement by Moji Adeyeye, a professor and Director General of the agency on Friday, said that the report was published by Vanguard Newspaper. Ms Adeyeye said that a study jointly carried out by NAFDAC, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Department for International Development (DFID) in 2005 revealed that fake medicines stood at 16 per cent. She added that a survey conducted by NAFDAC in 2017 and 2018 on some widely used drugs showed that Nigerian medicines were 98 per cent wholesome. She described the report as “categorically untrue and grossly inaccurate.’’ “NAFDAC wishes to inform members of the...
National Population Commission Puts Nigeria’s Life Expectancy At 52 Years
News

National Population Commission Puts Nigeria’s Life Expectancy At 52 Years

The National Population Commission (NPC) has said that the current overall life expectancy of Nigeria stands at 52.2 years. The Acting Chairman of NPC, Alhaji Hassan Bashir, stated this in New York while delivering Nigeria’s statement at the 52nd Session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development. According to the World Health Organisation, life expectancy refers to the average number of years that a newborn is expected to live if current mortality rates continue to apply. The population chief said Nigerians “60 years and over currently represents less than five per cent of the entire population, while overall life expectancy is 55.2 years”. Bashir added: “As you may be aware, Nigeria estimated population is currently at over 198 million with an annual g...
Lagos State Government Marks World Glaucoma Day
News

Lagos State Government Marks World Glaucoma Day

Lagos State government today commemorated the World Glaucoma Day with a call on various stakeholders in the health sector to intensify sensitisation campaigns that will stem the scourge of the ailment which ranks second among diseases that cause blindness worldwide. The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Titilayo Goncalves, while delivering a public lecture to commemorate the event, noted that the stakeholders – government, donor agencies, eye care institutions and professionals, patients as well as the entire public – have a role to play in tackling the disease. She said, “if we can provide the needed quality care, join the advocacy task force, subsidise funds for glaucoma patients and if one cannot undertake any of the tasks, one can pray for the much need...
Nigeria Spends $700m On Alternative Water Providers, Says World Bank
Uncategorized

Nigeria Spends $700m On Alternative Water Providers, Says World Bank

The World Bank has put the cost of water from alternative providers in Nigeria at $650 to 700 million a year—four times more than the combined revenue of all 35 state water agencies (SWAs). According to the bank, should the trend continue within the next 10 years, less than a third of the municipal population will get water from SWAs at the cost of $1.5–2 billion a year for just basic water services. Speaking to newsmen, yesterday in Abuja, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) consultant, Badamasi Abdulsalam, said that the lack of investment coupled with the lack of finances of most state water providers makes Nigeria’s water service unusually inadequate even when compared with much poorer African nations. “Water consumption is adequate only in the North ...
Nigeria’s New Tax On Tobacco, Alcoholic Drinks Kicks Off Monday
News

Nigeria’s New Tax On Tobacco, Alcoholic Drinks Kicks Off Monday

The new excise duty for alcoholic beverages and tobacco earlier approved by President Muhammadu Buhari will take effect from Monday, June 4, says the federal government. The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, in March announced that the president had granted a grace period of 90 days to manufacturers of the products. Mrs Adeosun said the new excise duty rates would spread over a three-year period from 2018 to 2020 in order to moderate the impact on prices of the products. According to her, the upward review of the excise duty rates for alcoholic beverages and tobacco was to raise the government’s fiscal revenues. She said that it would also reduce the health hazards associated with tobacco-related diseases and alcohol abuse. Mrs Adeosun said the new duty rate on tobacco was ...
Check Out Inside The Lagos Slum Where Land Is Allocated At N2k & Residents Live In Dirt
News

Check Out Inside The Lagos Slum Where Land Is Allocated At N2k & Residents Live In Dirt

Life at Mosquito village, a slum in Lagos state, is disgusting, brutal, weird, ephemeral, yet entertaining. The residents live in the cozy embrace of the filth surrounding them like the walls of Jericho — but life must go on. Their reality is gloomy but with daily doses of jest, they wade through the murky waters of their world. TAIWO ADEBULU, who visited the small community, reports. That foggy evening, the cloud of filthy smoke enveloped the alley of the sprawling shanties on the swampy piece of land stretching along the shores of a tributary of the Lagos lagoon. As an unknown figure sauntered into their community, the women frying assorted snacks stared frigidly, with curiosity plastered on their faces. With one hand, a restless young woman scooped the buns from the simmering vegetable...
Aisha Buhari Urges Doctors To Check Abuses, Exorbitant Charges
News

Aisha Buhari Urges Doctors To Check Abuses, Exorbitant Charges

The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has advised medical doctors to check quackery, abuses and exorbitant charges in order to deliver affordable and quality healthcare. She made the call when members of the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN) visited her in Abuja on Wednesday. Mrs Buhari told the group to make medical fees affordable to enable all Nigerians access quality healthcare. She urged the group to always expose quack doctors in other to protect and safeguard the health and lives of many Nigerians. “There is a need for your association to look into or revisit the hospital fees you charge, you know Private health care is expensive, make your charges affordable to Nigerians. “As an Association, there is need for you to a...
Pregnant Women Protest After Outrageous N25,000 Childbirth Fee Was Imposed On Them By Ondo Govt
News

Pregnant Women Protest After Outrageous N25,000 Childbirth Fee Was Imposed On Them By Ondo Govt

Many pregnant women have condemned Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state for allowing an outrageous N25,000 childbirth fee which was free during the previous administration. Some pregnant women staged a protest Thursday morning at the Ondo State Specialist Hospital, Akure, according to Punch. The protest was against what they described as “outrageous money” being charged for their antenatal care by the state government. They called on Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to “urgently reverse the N25,000 they are expected to pay for ‘normal’ delivery, and the N50,000 payable for Cesarean Section, which was free under Akeredolu’s predecessor’s Abiye Programme. The women, numbering about one hundred, were gathered at the ante-natal section of the hospital. They alleged that they were made to pa...
Man Reportedly Commits Suicide Over Frustration In Abuja
News

Man Reportedly Commits Suicide Over Frustration In Abuja

A yet to be identified young man has allegedly committed suicide by hanging at the Lokogoma district of the Federal capital territory. According to reports, the deceased reportedly just removed his clothes by Efab Junction, Lokogoma and hung himself. He is said to have allegedly committed suicide out of frustration. His corpse is yet to be removed by the appropriate authorities. See reactions below; Why are more people committing suicide in Nigeria? Across Nigeria’s 36 states, official police statistics recorded 62 cases of suicide across Nigeria in 2016. Lagos and Ogun states have the highest rates: in 2016, 12 suicide cases and 5 suicide attempts were recorded in Lagos in 6 months The most notorious case was in March, 2017, when a man believed to be a doctor, asked h...
Anambra Approves N27.4m For Measles Vaccination
News

Anambra Approves N27.4m For Measles Vaccination

The Anambra Government says it has approved the release of N27.4 million for the 2018 measles vaccination campaign. The Head of Department, Immunisation and Disease Control, Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Nnamdi Uliagbafusi, disclosed this to newsmen on Thursday in Awka. Uliagbafusi explained that the briefing was part of preparation for the forthcoming measles vaccination campaign in the state. “The campaign would run from March 8 to March 13 in Anambra Central and South Senatorial zones, while Anambra North zone would run from March 15 to March 20,’’ he said. The official said the exercise was to boost immunity of children from nine to 59 months against measles. “The campaign is also for children not immunised in their ninth month. “Children can...

Notice: ob_end_flush(): failed to send buffer of zlib output compression (0) in /home/gqbzggmy/public_html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 4757