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Measles is an imminent threat worldwide

There has been a significant setback in global progress towards achieving and maintaining measles elimination and the decline leaves millions of children susceptible to infection. Measles vaccination coverage has steadily declined since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, a record high of nearly 40 million children missed a measles vaccine dose: 25 million children missed their first dose and an additional 14.7 million children missed their second dose, a joint publication by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the

Nigeria’s worrisome emergency response and the need to look beyond infectious diseases

Nigeria has an impressive emergency response for disease outbreaks but victims of road accidents and other emergencies are at the mercy of ‘Good Samaritans’ for a chance at survival. Death tolls continue to rise in Nigeria with more than a hundred deaths reported secondary to multiple emergency-oriented incidents within a month. One of such recent outcries arose from the recent death of Patrick Fakoya, popularly known as Rico Swavey. Fakoya was a Nigerian lawyer and former housemate of 2018 edition

Ebola returns to DRC

The health authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo today declared an outbreak of Ebola after a case was confirmed in Mbandaka, a city in the north-western Equateur Province. This is the third outbreak in the province since 2018. So far, just one case has been confirmed. The patient, a 31-year-old man, began experiencing symptoms on 5 April and after more than a week of care at home, sought treatment at a local health facility. On 21 April, the patient

COVID-19 deaths are increasing in Africa, WHO warns

The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed concerns about the trend of COVID-19 deaths in Africa. Addressing the 150th Executive Board Meeting of the WHO, the organization’s Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus noted that while the number of deaths from the pandemic is rising, it is particularly increasing in Africa where the least proportion of citizens have been vaccinated. “So far, the explosion in cases has not been matched by a surge in deaths, although deaths are increasing in all regions,

Why Nigerian doctors are commencing indefinite strike from August 2

From Monday August 2, Nigerian doctors under the umbrella body of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) will commence an indefinite nationwide strike. This action, the association said, is as a result of the expiration of a 113-day ultimatum that was issued to governments at the state and federal levels, to address the issues of welfare, training and service delivery by resident doctors. Addressing journalists on Saturday, NARD President, Dr Okhuaihesuyi Uyilawa, said the decision to embark on strike was

Progress towards ending AIDS among children, adolescents and young women has stalled

In the final report from the Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free initiative, UNAIDS and partners warn that progress towards ending AIDS among children, adolescents and young women has stalled and none of the targets for 2020 were met. The report shows that the total number of children on treatment declined for the first time, despite the fact that nearly 800 000 children living with HIV are not currently on treatment. It also shows that opportunities to identify

Take decisive action now to bring COVID-19 under control — Ihekweazu, others tells G7

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and other members of an Independent Scientific Expert Group, have recommended a number of actions that should be urgently taken by members of the Group of Seven (G7) which is an intergovernmental organization consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. In their letter, the scientists noted that without a globally coordinated approach managing COVID-19 as a global public health crisis,

Ghana, Ivory Coast get COVI-19 vaccine ahead of Nigeria

As government officials in Nigeria continue to promise citizens that doses of COVID-19 vaccines will soon become available in the country, Ghana has become the first to receive COVID-19 vaccine on the continent through the Gavi and WHO-led COVAX platform. The vaccines arrived on a flight from Mumbai, via Dubai, where the flight also collected a shipment of syringes from a Gavi-funded stockpile at UNICEF’s regional Supply Hub. In a statement, COVAX today announced that 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine

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