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U.S. reports highest number of new COVID-19 cases in the world

The U.S. has reported the highest number of new COVID-19 cases in the world over the last seven days, according to the World Health Organization. The U.S. saw 500,332 new cases (a 131% increase) the week ending July 25 compared to the previous week, the WHO said. The world meanwhile has seen 3.8 million new cases (an 8% increase) over the same time period. while the number of COVID-related deaths (over 69,000) represented a 21% jump. Brazil, Indonesia, the United Kingdom and India rounded out the top five of countries with most new cases. The increase in cases is largely being fueled by the spreading delta variant as well as a slowdown in the U.S.’s vaccine drive. According to the CDC, only 49.2% of the country is fully vaccinated, well short of the benchmark needed for her...
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...
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...
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...
Global coronavirus infections hit 35 million; Africa records over 1.5 million
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Global coronavirus infections hit 35 million; Africa records over 1.5 million

The number of coronavirus cases reported worldwide passed 35 million in the early hours of Sunday, data from worldometers.info has revealed. This is just as the total infections in Africa crossed 1.5 million, indicating a gradual increase in cases on the continent once perceived as a safe haven for the virus. The official number of global coronavirus cases is now at least five times the number of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually, according to World Health Organization data. The figure has more than doubled in about two months after reaching 15 million on July 22. COVID-19, the potentially dangerous pneumonia-like disease caused by the coronavirus and said to have emanated from a local Wuhan market and spread to over 200 countries, has also claimed more than a mi...
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 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...
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 ...
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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...
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...
‘You Disrespect COVID-19 Cure Because It’s African’, Madagascar President Fires At The West
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‘You Disrespect COVID-19 Cure Because It’s African’, Madagascar President Fires At The West

President of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina, believes the only reason the rest of the world has refused to treat Madagascar’s supposed cure for the coronavirus with urgency and respect is that the alleged remedy comes from Africa. In an interview with French media at the beginning of this week, President Rajoelina reportedly said he has noticed what he believes stems from usual condescension toward Africans. “I think the problem is that (the drink) comes from Africa and they can’t admit… that a country like Madagascar… has come up with this formula to save the world,” said the man who is Africa’s youngest head of state. “If it wasn’t Madagascar, and if it was a European country that had actually discovered this remedy, would there be so much doubt? I don’t think so,” Rajoelina ad...
190,000 People Could Die in Africa if Coronavirus Containment Fails – WHO
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190,000 People Could Die in Africa if Coronavirus Containment Fails – WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed fear of about 190,000 people dying from Coronavirus in Africa if containment of the disease fails. In a new study carried out by the agency's regional office in Brazzaville, it was found that between 83,000 and 190,000 could die and 29 to 44 million be infected during the period. The research is based on prediction modelling and covers 47 countries with a total population of one billion. AFP reported that though spread of the virus has been slow across the continent which has yet not recorded the soaring number of infections or deaths seen in Europe, the United States and elsewhere, experts have consistently warned that Africa is particularly vulnerable to an outbreak, due to weak health infrastructure, high rates of poverty, nume...
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.
WHO Says No Proof From US On ‘Speculative’ Claims Virus Came From Wuhan Lab
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WHO Says No Proof From US On ‘Speculative’ Claims Virus Came From Wuhan Lab

The World Health Organization said Monday that Washington had provided no evidence to support “speculative” claims by the US president that the new coronavirus originated in a Chinese lab. “We have not received any data or specific evidence from the United States government relating to the purported origin of the virus — so from our perspective, this remains speculative,” WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan told a virtual briefing. Scientists believe the killer virus jumped from animals to humans, emerging in China late last year, possibly from a market in Wuhan selling exotic animals for meat. Top US epidemiologist Anthony Fauci echoed the WHO’s statement in an interview published Monday evening by National Geographic. “If you look at the evolution of the virus in bats and w...
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...
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 ...
All Evidence Suggests Coronavirus Originated In Bats – WHO
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All Evidence Suggests Coronavirus Originated In Bats – WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that all available evidence suggests that the coronavirus originated in bats in China late last year and it was not manipulated or constructed in a laboratory. US president Donald Trump said last week his government was trying to determine whether the virus emanated from a lab in Wuhan in central China. WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib told a Geneva news briefing: All available evidence suggests the virus has an animal origin and is not manipulated or constructed virus in a lab or somewhere else. It is probable, likely, that the virus is of animal origin. She added that it was not clear how the virus had jumped the species barrier to humans but there had “certainly” been an intermediate animal host.
Trump’s Decision To Cut WHO Funding Will Affect Africa – Prof. Babatunde Salako
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Trump’s Decision To Cut WHO Funding Will Affect Africa – Prof. Babatunde Salako

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday he is halting funding to the World Health Organization while a review is conducted. Trump said the review would cover the WHO's "role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of coronavirus." Trump's announcement comes in the middle of the worst global pandemic in decades and as he angrily defends his own handling of the outbreak in the United States. Prof. Babatunde Salako, Director-General, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), has said that U.S. decision to cut funding to the World Health Organisation (WHO) would have great implication on the fight against COVID-19. Salako made the remark in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos. He said the decision would have great consequence...
Your WHO Move Makes No Sense – Melinda Gates To Trump
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Your WHO Move Makes No Sense – Melinda Gates To Trump

Melinda Gates has slammed U.S. President Donald Trump for pulling funding from the World Health Organization (WHO) at a time of coronavirus pandemic. Melinda described Trump’s move as dangerous and nonsensical. She spoke Wednesday when she announced an extra $150 million of funding from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to WHO. The money is to help speed the development of treatments, vaccines and public health measures to tackle the new coronavirus outbreak. Melinda Gates said the WHO is “exactly the organization that can deal with this pandemic”. “De-funding the WHO makes absolutely no sense during a pandemic. We need a global coordinated response,” Gates, who co-chairs the foundation with the billionaire Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, said in a telephone inter...
WHO ‘Regrets’ Trump’s Decision To Pull Funding
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WHO ‘Regrets’ Trump’s Decision To Pull Funding

The World Health Organization responded Wednesday to President Donald Trump’s announcement that the US would halt funding the organization. WHO officials said they’ll review the impact of the move, but aim to continue their work uninterrupted. “The United States of America has been a longstanding and generous friend to WHO and we hope it will continue to be so. We regret the decision of the President of the United States to order a halt in funding to the World Health Organization,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a briefing Wednesday. “For now, our focus, my focus, is to stopping this virus and saving lives.” World Health Organization (WHO) ✔ @WHO Media briefing on #COVID19 with @DrTedros. #coronavirus. President Trump said Tuesday funding for th...
COVID-19 10 times deadlier than swine flu – WHO
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COVID-19 10 times deadlier than swine flu – WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that Coronavirus is 10 times deadlier than swine flu, which caused a global pandemic in 2009. WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, stated this at a virtual news conference in Geneva on Monday. Tedros said that the virus could spread more easily in crowded environments like nursing homes, NAN reports. He said, “We know that early case-finding, testing, isolating, caring for every case and tracing every contact is essential for stopping transmission. “We know that in some countries, cases are doubling every three to four days. ”Though, the virus accelerates very fast, it decelerates much more slowly; in other words, the way down is much slower than the way up. “That means control measures must be lifted slowly, and with c...
Petition Calling For WHO Boss To Resign Goes Viral, Nears 1M Signatures
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Petition Calling For WHO Boss To Resign Goes Viral, Nears 1M Signatures

A viral petition calling for the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) to resign has gone viral, amassing almost one million signatures. WHO boss Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has come under fire over the organization’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ghebreyesus, the Ethiopian politician who has led the United Nations-backed health body as director-general since July 2017, has also been accused of aiding China in a cover-up of their outbreak of the Chinese virus. The coronavirus pandemic has so far killed more than 100,000 people worldwide and infected more than 1.7 million. Tedros has been specifically accused of allowing China to underreport the impact of the virus in Wuhan, the city where the global pandemic originated. Critics have asserted that the a...
New Ebola Case Logged In DR Congo Days Before Outbreak’s Expected End
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New Ebola Case Logged In DR Congo Days Before Outbreak’s Expected End

A new case of Ebola has been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), days before the country’s largest-ever outbreak was expected to be declared over. The World Health Organization (WHO) made the announcement on Friday April 10, and further disclosed that the new case was confirmed in Beni, a town at the heart of the epidemic in eastern DRC. The patient died on Thursday morning in a hospital after showing symptoms several days earlier. The new case of the deadly disease was confirmed 52 days after the last case was recorded. Until Friday, no new cases had been registered since February 17. WHO said in a statement; “Preliminary information shows that he is a 26-year-old man in Beni territory,” the multisectoral committee for the response to the epidemic sa...
US To Review Funding To WHO Next Week
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US To Review Funding To WHO Next Week

President Donald Trump on Friday said he will make an announcement next week on US funding to the World Health Organization, which he has recently threatened to cut. “As you know, we have given them approximately $500 million a year, and we are going to be talking about that subject next week. We’ll have a lot to say about it,” Trump told a news conference at the White House. He said he would make the announcement “sometime next week.” Trump has gone on an offensive against the WHO, where Washington is the principal funder, accusing it of pro-China bias during the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, which began in Wuhan, China, last year. The US State Department has homed in on what it says was the world health body’s failure to pursue an early lead on coronavirus out of...
Coronavirus Cases Will Reach 1million Cases Globally In The Next Few Days – WHO
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Coronavirus Cases Will Reach 1million Cases Globally In The Next Few Days – WHO

The World Health Organization has warned that the cases of Coronavirus could spiral to 1 million globally. According to the Director-General of WHO, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, even though relatively lower numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported from Africa, Central and South America, the virus could have serious social, economic and political consequences for these regions of the world. Speaking on Wednesday during his COVID-19 update, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus said; “Over the past five weeks, we have witnessed a near exponential growth in the number of new COVID-19 cases, reaching almost every country, territory and area. “The number of deaths has more than doubled in the past week. “In the next few days, we will reach one million confirmed COVID-19 cases and 50,00...
Coronavirus: Mamora Says Each Test Costs The Government ₦10,000
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Coronavirus: Mamora Says Each Test Costs The Government ₦10,000

The Nigerian government says it spends around N10,000 to test one individual for coronavirus - This was disclosed by the minister of state for health, Dr Olurunnimbe Mamora, on Monday, March 30 - Mamora, a former minority leader in the Nigerian Senate, is a graduate of medicine and surgery from the University of Ife Minister of state for health, Dr Olurunnimbe Mamora, on Monday, March 30 disclosed that it costs the Nigerian government about N10,000 to conduct a COVID-19 test on one individual. Mamora, a graduate of medicine and surgery from the University of Ife, stated that the testing method by the government is the World Health Organization (WHO) validated Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) which produces an accurate result. Mamora made the comment while speaking to journali...
T.B Joshua Can Not Be Mocked Today, The Prophesy Of The Prophet Has Come To Pass
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T.B Joshua Can Not Be Mocked Today, The Prophesy Of The Prophet Has Come To Pass

It seems like the prophesy of the Prophet is coming to pass as recently China the primary place the disease started officially announced that there are no new cases of it in their country. Before 27/3/20 The world health organization (WHO) has confirmed global improvement of situations. Cases are been recovered and cured. The second largest case country( Italy),564 Italians COVID-19 patients signed out of the hospital. Many more African countries Zambians COVID-19 patients Signed out of the Hospital. 6 and more Nigerians COVID-19 patients are discharged out of hospital. And the Prophet said, rain will take away the pandemic, since then, there’s downpour, the world has been seen raining from the beginning of this month of March till the end of March. Pls stop cri...
WHO warns Africa to ‘prepare for the worst’
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WHO warns Africa to ‘prepare for the worst’

African countries have been told to prepare for the worst by the head of the World Health Organization (WHO). In all, 16 deaths have been reported: Six in Egypt, six in Algeria, two in Morocco, one in Sudan and one in Burkina Faso, excluding that of Nigeria. Africa has been the least affected continent, but health experts warn that strained public health systems could become quickly overwhelmed. The head of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, is quoted by AFP news agency saying, "Africa should wake up... in other countries, we have seen how the virus actually accelerates after a certain tipping point."
Threat of virus not over, says Vice President Osinbajo
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Threat of virus not over, says Vice President Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has warned that the threat of coronavirus is not over yet saying the Federal Government is examining the readiness of Nigeria’s health facilities in the event of any eventualities. Osinbajo who spoke at the Flag-Off of Integrated Medical Outreach Programme (IMOP) yesterday at Bwari in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, noted that public healthcare in a populous and developing country would always have its peculiar challenges, which he said also has opportunities. He noted that President Muhammadu Buhari had a few days ago directed that readiness review be undertaken covering both the economy and healthcare services, adding that the report has been submitted to him. The Vice President also pointed out that Nigeria’s preventive efforts have been ...
Coronavirus: Guidance For Safe Mass Gatherings In Nigeria By NCDC
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Coronavirus: Guidance For Safe Mass Gatherings In Nigeria By NCDC

The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control has advised that mass gatherings of any type should be discouraged as the fear of a possible outbreak looms. In an update released by the NCDC on Monday afternoon, the National Epidemic monitoring team is on top of situation in the country as the global transmission of the virus becomes worrisome. ‘The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is constantly monitoring the epidemiological situation in the country. In view of the rapid evolution and global transmission of coronavirus, NCDC will make the recommendation for cancellation of mass gatherings in line with guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO).’ The federal government has placed close watch on all types of mass gatherings, outlining a few to be discouraged and if can...
What You Should Know About Coronavirus Killing People In Asia
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What You Should Know About Coronavirus Killing People In Asia

A new Chinese coronavirus, a cousin of the SARS virus, has infected hundreds since the outbreak began in wuhan, China, in December. Scientist Leo Poon, who first decoded the virus, thinks it likely started in an animal and spread to humans. “What we know is it causes pneumonia and then doesn’t respond to antibiotic treatment, which is not surprising, but then in terms of mortality, SARS kills 10% of the individuals,” Poon said. The World Health Organization offered guidance to countries on how they can prepare for it, including how to monitor for the sick and how to treat patients. Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that are common among animals. In rare cases, they are what scientists call zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted from animals to humans, according ...
The Story Of The Magical Antimalarial Chinese Medicine – Ginghaosu (Artemisinin)
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The Story Of The Magical Antimalarial Chinese Medicine – Ginghaosu (Artemisinin)

The Chinese in the mid-60’s made a concerted effort to find an effective antimalarial. Chinese scientists searched for effective antimalarials from both modern drugs and their ancient medicines. Project 523 was initiated on 23 of May 1967 for this purpose. It was a multicentre collaboration and led to the discovery of a new drug from the Chinese plant Artemisia annua . This plant has been used since ancient times for fever. Organic extracts of the leaves of Artemisia annua were thoroughly studied. Scientists gradually identified substances that had antimalarial properties, determined their chemical structures, and characterized their physico-chemical properties. Antimalarial properties of various chemical structures were tested in animal models of malaria and then in human malaria. ...
NCAA Issues Ebola Alert To Airlines, Calls For Vigilance
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NCAA Issues Ebola Alert To Airlines, Calls For Vigilance

The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has issued warning to airlines over the resurgence of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). This followed the World Health Organization (WHO’s) declaration of Ebola outbreak as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Consequently, the NCAA directed all operators, especially airlines operating regional and international flights into the country, to exercise a high level of vigilance. Spokesman of the NCAA, Mr. Sam Adurogboye said the directive was contained in a letter signed by the NCAA Director General, Capt. Muhtar Usman to all airline operators. In the letter, NCAA directed airlines’ Pilots in Command (PIC) to report to Air Traffic Control (ATC) any suspected case of communicable disease on board their flight in line...
See Africas Top 10 Transgenders
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See Africas Top 10 Transgenders

"Transgender" can be defined as the  umbrella term used to describes people whose gender identity or expression does not match the sex they were assigned at birth. For example, a transgender person may identify as a woman despite having been born with male Instruments. On the 18th of June 2018, the World Health Organization issued a new catalogue covering 55,000 diseases, injuries and causes of death, in which it discreetly re-categorised transgenderism. The new catalogue, which still needs to be approved by UN member countries, so-called “gender incongruence” is now listed under “conditions related to sexual health”, instead of “mental, behavioral  and neuro developmental disorders”. However,  scientists and health institutions  in most countries still classify it as a mental illne...
Alcohol Kills Over 3 Million People Yearly – WHO
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Alcohol Kills Over 3 Million People Yearly – WHO

Alcohol is responsible for the death of around 3 million people per year, according to a new report by the World Health Organization. The UN health agency’s latest report on alcohol and health pointed out that alcohol causes more than one in 20 deaths globally each year, including drink driving, alcohol-induced violence and abuse and a multitude of diseases and disorders. The report, which comes out every four years, shows that about 2.3 million of those deaths in 2016 were among men, and that almost 29% of all alcohol-caused deaths were down to injuries – including traffic accidents and suicide. The report reveals the continued impact of alcohol on public health around the world, and highlights that the young bear the brunt: 13.5% of deaths among people in their 20s are linke...
Man Arrested After He Called Out Lawmaker For Impregnating Lady In Akwa Ibom
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Man Arrested After He Called Out Lawmaker For Impregnating Lady In Akwa Ibom

One Emmanuel Titus Udo, male, from Nsit Atai Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, has been arrested by security operatives and arraigned in court for defaming and maligning the member representing Uyo Federal Constituency in the Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Dr. Michael Enyong. Emmanuel Udo was arrested through the joint effort of the Department of State Services (DSS), the National Intelligence Agency(NIA) and the police. Arraigned before Akwa Ibom magistrate court in Uyo on Monday, April 9, 2018, in a suit titled COMMISSIONER OF POLICE VS EMMANUEL TITUS UDO, the accused (Emmanuel Udo) was slammed with a one count charge of defamation of character. The defense counsel, Barr. Honesty Akpanam, prayed that the accused be granted bail on lenient terms. Udo was granted b...
Expert: Malaria Kills 97 Percent Of Children, Pregnant Women Annually
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Expert: Malaria Kills 97 Percent Of Children, Pregnant Women Annually

The World Health Organization says 97 percent of children under five years and pregnant women die annually of malaria. Mrs Nkoyo Ogar of the Federal Ministry of Health revealed this during the distribution of Long Lasting Insecticide Nets (LLINs) Campaign organised by Catholic Relief Services in Abeokuta, Ogun State. She described malaria as the most common preventable public health problem in Nigeria. “WHO had researched that about ninety-seven percent of children under five years of age and pregnant women die annually of malaria in Nigeria. Malaria is the most common cause of absenteeism from school and offices, ” she stated. According to her, the best opportunity for scaling up malaria prevention is the use of LLINs. Mrs Adeyinka Olamide who represented the Ogun State Min...
WHO Donates 20 Million Doses Of Yellow Fever Vaccine
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WHO Donates 20 Million Doses Of Yellow Fever Vaccine

The World Health Organization (WHO) has promised to donate 20 million doses of vaccines annually towards eradicating yellow fever in the country. Briefing newsmen yesterday in Abuja, WHO Representative, Dr Fiona Braka said the organization was ready to assist the country in achieving total vaccination of the populace in line with the Elimination of Yellow Epidemics (EYE) by 2026. "The global community is committed to this course and has pledged 20 million doses annually to achieve the target despite the global vaccine shortfall," Braka said. There were recent outbreaks of yellow fever in Kogi, Kwara, Zamfara, Niger, Kebbi and Nasarawa states.  Government will kick off the second phase of the preventive mass campaign against yellow fever in four states; Kogi, Kwara , Zamfara and Bor...
Schools Shut As Toxic Smog Hits Delhi
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Schools Shut As Toxic Smog Hits Delhi

Delhi shut all primary schools on Wednesday as pollution hit 70 times the World Health Organization’s safe level, prompting doctors in the Indian capital to warn of a public health emergency. Dense grey smog shrouded the roads of the world’s most polluted capital, where many pedestrians and bikers wore masks or covered their mouths with handkerchiefs and scarves. The US embassy website showed the concentration of PM 2.5 — the microscopic particles that are the most damaging to health — topped 700 early on Wednesday morning, 70 times the WHO guidelines on long-term exposure, before dropping slightly. “When I came to Delhi in 1984, the air in the city was clean. But today when I left at 4 am for work I could barely see anything,” said Jeevanand Joshi, a roadside tea seller. “This...
Suspected Case Of Monkey Pox Discovered In Edo
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Suspected Case Of Monkey Pox Discovered In Edo

A suspected case of MonkeyPox disease was on Tuesday discovered in Edo State. The patient is currently receiving treatment at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital. Management of the hospital disclosed that samples have been taken for test and result was being awaited from the designated World Health Organization (WHO) accredited test center. Public Relations of the hospital, Mr. Uwaila Joshua, in a statement said the patient was responding to treatment and was undergoing further evaluations. Mr. Uwaila said the patient has been contained in quarantined complex prepared ahead by the hospital’s Chief Medical Director (CMD), Prof. Darlinton Obaseki, in preparation for a possible outbreak of MonkeyPox virus to give emergency treatment to patients affected with the disease. ...
Reversing Nigeria’s Youthful Misfortune
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Reversing Nigeria’s Youthful Misfortune

There are signs in the horizons near us to show that the Nigerian Youth as a collective is in the throes of hydra- headed misfortunes. Take for example the case of the last five years since the dreaded armed Islamic terror group known as boko haram embarked on destructive campaign of terror in the Northern parts of Nigeria. What do you see? The bulk of the top fighters and casualties of these spate of attacks are mostly youthful members of the populace. At the last count, over 30,000 Nigerians have died as a result of bombing attacks masterminded by the boko haram terrorists. Let’s even look at the profile of those who were killed here in Abuja on the many occasions that the youth-led boko haram terrorists struck in places like the United Nations Abuja office, the Nigeria Polic...
Risk Of Madagascar Plague Outbreak Spreading In region – WHO
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Risk Of Madagascar Plague Outbreak Spreading In region – WHO

The World Health Organization said Tuesday there was a “moderate risk” that a plague outbreak in Madagascar would spread to other countries in the region, but advised against travel restrictions. The outbreak of both bubonic plague, which is spread by infected rats via flea bites, and pneumonic plague, spread person to person, has infected 133 people, killing 24 of them, since August 1, according to WHO numbers. Madagascar has suffered plague outbreaks almost every year since 1980, often caused by rats fleeing forest fires. But WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier told reporters the current outbreak had more potential than most to spread further in Madagascar since it has already affected large urban areas, including the capital Antananarivo. Pneumonic plague, though rarer on the ...
Kaduna Resident Doctors To Begin Strike Oct. 2
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Kaduna Resident Doctors To Begin Strike Oct. 2

The Association of Residents Doctors in Kaduna State, said on Tuesday that its members would proceed on an indefinite strike from Oct. 2. President of the association, Dr Joseph Natsah-Jokshan, who made the announcement at a press briefing in Kaduna, said a 21-day strike notice had been forwarded to the government after a congress meeting of the association on Sept. 9. He said the ultimatum was to compel the government to implement the 2011 agreement it entered with the association. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the agreement was on funding, equipping and staffing of hospitals, salary payment, residency training, and implementation of corrected Consolidated Medical Salary Structure among others. The NARD president explained that doctors in the state were overstr...
Cholera Fast Spreading In IDP Camps – UN
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Cholera Fast Spreading In IDP Camps – UN

Cholera is spreading fast through camps housing people displaced by Boko Haram militants in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state, the United Nations said on Wednesday. Most deaths were recorded in Muna Garage camp on the outskirts of state capital Maiduguri, the epicentre of the Islamist insurgency that has also destabilised neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger. A U.N. report said more than 530 suspected cases of cholera had been registered by Tuesday – more than three times the number reported five days earlier. Twenty-three people had died, it added, up from 11 reported on Aug. 31. The outbreak began late August, and aid workers had already warned that Nigeria’s rainy season could further spread disease in an already unsanitary displacement camps. About 1.8 million people have...
Boko Haram Slaughters 42 Kebbi Farmers – Bagudu
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Boko Haram Slaughters 42 Kebbi Farmers – Bagudu

About forty-two farmers from Aliero town, in Aliero Local Government Area of Kebbi State have reportedly been slaughtered by suspected dislodged members of the Boko Haram terrorists. The terrorists were reported to have fled Borno State while escaping from the war zone areas. Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu who confirmed this, on Wednesday, while addressing World Health Organization (WHO) delegates, said the victims went to Borno State for farming before they met their untimely deaths. The WHO delegation had visited Kebbi on a courtesy visit. Governor Bagudu says, “Just last week I was informed by one of my Commissioner that 42 farmers who are from Aliero were slaughtered by Boko Haram in Borno. They allowed one of them to come home free to say what happen to them”. Governor ...
Somalia Celebrates Three Years Polio-Free
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Somalia Celebrates Three Years Polio-Free

Somalia and the UN on Monday in Mogadishu celebrated the declaration by the World Health Organization that the country has been polio free for three years. The event attended by the President of Somalia, parliamentarians, delegates from the Somali Ministry of Health, WHO and UN Children’s Fund, marked a milestone occasion of three years since the detection of the last case of wild poliovirus in the country. “In 2013, Somalia was at the epicentre of a polio outbreak in the Horn of Africa which paralysed 200 children,” the UN said. Since then, the country worked with the UN to ramp up its vaccination programme to stop the spread of the disease. At the event, WHO applauded Somalia’s efforts to ward off the highly infectious virus while urging continued caution and vigilance. Th...

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