Monthly Archives: May 2021

Death and other reasons why you should stop smoking — #WorldNoTobaccoDay

On 31 May 2021, Nigeria and other African countries join the rest of the world in celebrating the World No Tobacco Day 2021 — a day that is set aside to highlight the risks of tobacco smoking especially as the world continues to deal with the global COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, revealed that smokers have up to a 50% higher risk of developing severe disease and death from COVID-19. “So quitting is best thing smokers

CHI Limited Promotes Dairy Consumption with Hollandia Dairy Day

Leading dairy brand, Hollandia, has held the maiden edition of its Hollandia Dairy Day. This event is a public interest initiative undertaken by CHI Limited, makers of the Hollandia brand, to raise awareness about the nutritious value of dairy products and how daily consumption plays a key role in achieving optimum health.  The theme for this year’s event, “Dairy Nourishment to Support Healthy Living”, was informed by the need to highlight the role dairy consumption plays in our everyday nourishment.  Speaking, the Head of Legal/Public Affairs &

Nigeria is sequencing all positive samples from travellers arriving Nigeria

To facilitate early detection of new strains and variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) is now conducting genomic sequencing of all positive samples from travellers arriving Nigeria. This development was highlighted in the center’s Weekly Epidemiological Report for Week 15. From South Africa to Egypt, England and India, new strains of the virus are being identified with potential implications on virulence and vaccine effectiveness. Last week, the World Health Organisation

What most Nigerian women get wrong about abortion

A recent study showed drug sellers were the only source of information about misoprostol for three-quarters of the 400 women aged 18–49 who self-managed an abortion using misoprostol. The study found that most women who participated in the study did not receive adequate or accurate information about how to administer misoprostol, how much to use, or what to expect during the abortion process. For example, only 67% of participants were told to anticipate bleeding and 35% were told to expect cramping,

COVID-19: Nigeria may vaccinate two millionth person this week

Judging my Nigeria’s fast–paced COVID-19 vaccination exercise, the country’s total number of vaccinated people may reach two million this week. According to data released by Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), as at 8 May 2021, Nigeria has vaccinated a total of 1, 653, 292 persons. Moreover, the country is hinging closer to reaching the total number of persons targeted with the vaccine, having reached 82% of target. According to the COVID-19 vaccine coverage breakdown made available by the