Public Health

No public funds should be spent on food contributing to unhealthy diets – WHO DG

The Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has advised governments to refrain from spending public funds on food contributing to unhealthy diets. He described this decision as a way for governments to lead by example. “Now is the time for governments to lead by example through ensuring that the food served or sold in public settings contributes to healthy diets and saves lives. No public funds should be spent on food contributing to unhealthy diets,” said WHO DG, Dr

Nigeria’s COVID-19 pandemic hits critical milestones

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced that over the weekend, the country hit two major milestones in its COVID-19 pandemic with the confirmation of more than 100,000 cases and the completion of over one million COVID-19 tests. In a statement, the center said Nigeria has recorded a consistent increase in the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease in the country.  “On the 10th of January 2021, Nigeria reached the “100,000 cases milestone”, with 100,087 confirmed cases and

A crazy year with unforgettable lessons in global health

As 2020 draws to an end and 2021 beckons, it became much clearer that things may never be the same again and for the first time in recorded history, everyone realised how health issues can impact every aspect of the economy. It did not come as surprise to anyone that coronavirus was the most searched query in 2020 in Nigeria and across the world. Aside officially killing nearly two million people, global economy felt the impact of the pandemic and

Four states account for 80% of confirmed cases of yellow fever in Nigeria

Nigeria has a yellow fever outbreak underway and an analysis of the official data on the number confirmed cases showed four states account for 80% of all cases in the country as at Christmas Day. According to a situation report published by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), the four states with the highest number of confirmed cases of yellow fever are Enugu, Delta, Benue and Bauchi. !function(){"use strict";window.addEventListener("message",(function(a){if(void 0!==a.data["datawrapper-height"])for(var e in a.data["datawrapper-height"]){var t=document.getElementById("datawrapper-chart-"+e)||document.querySelector("iframe[src*='"+e+"']");t&&(t.style.height=a.data["datawrapper-height"][e]+"px")}}))}(); According to the official data, out of the

NAFDAC raises alarm on the use of anti-inflammatory drugs

Late October 2020, Nigeria’s National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said it received a report about the US FDA’s warning on the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) around 20 weeks or later in pregnancy which may cause rare but serious kidney problems in an unborn baby. This can result in low amniotic fluid. “After about 20 weeks of pregnancy, the unborn babies’ kidneys produce most of the amniotic fluid, so kidney problems can lead to low

Health is the essential underpinning of productive, resilient and stable economies – WHO DG

The DG of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has described health as the essential underpinning of productive, resilient and stable economies. He described the COVID-19 pandemic as a powerful demonstration that health is not a by-product of growth. The DG said this while delivering opening remarks at the G20 Leaders Summit. He threw his weight behind the call earlier this week for an immediate investment of US$4.5 billion for vaccines. “This is the smart thing to do, both

Here’s what FG’s mandatory NHIS for NYSC corps members mean

Nigeria’s National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has confirmed it has been directed by Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, to enlist corps members in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). According to the NYSC leadership, arrangement has been concluded to implement the presidential directive. “Furthermore, the scheme has concluded arrangement with the NHIS for the enrolment of corps members into the NHIS in line with a presidential directive. We have also expended huge resources on critical health needs of corps members, including footing

New drug outperforms PreP in preventing HIV among African women

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has announced that it is strongly encouraged by new study results showing that the antiretroviral medicine cabotegravir, which is administered by injection every two months, prevents HIV among women. The study shows that the long-acting injections among women in sub-Saharan Africa were 89% more efficient in preventing HIV compared to daily tablets of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). “These results are hugely significant. UNAIDS has long been calling for additional, acceptable and effective HIV prevention options

Suspected yellow fever outbreak in Delta, Enugu

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed that it is supporting the governments of Delta and Enugu states in their response to suspected outbreak of yellow fever. In a statement, NCDC said this is following reports of a sudden spike in cases and deaths in some communities in both states. In a statement, the center said on the 2nd and 3rd of November 2020, it was notified by the state ministries of health of Delta and Enugu states respectively,

Banding together is the only way Africa will beat COVID-19

As of 15th October 2020, the continent has a remarkably low 4.2% of the global burden of the disease and just a little above 3.5% of deaths. In this opinion piece, Africa CDC Director Dr. John Nkengasong, and AU Commissioner Amira Elfadil Mohammed Elfadil describe what the continent of Africa still needs to do to beat the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone knows by now that due to a combination of leadership, environment, social ecology, demographics and as yet unknown biological and other