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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

“Who still thinks about Corona Virus?”

These were my sister’s exact words following a sneer and her usual sarcastic laughter. She said this in response to the announcer whose voice boomed from the radio announcing 118 new cases of the Corona Virus recorded in Nigeria on the 19th of October 2020. Sadly, this is the reality of many Nigerians, nobody seems to care anymore. Why should they? There are a lot of myths surrounding the COVID-19 virus. This has especially increased after a lot of sectors relaxed

Nigeria’s COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over

Cinemas across Nigeria are now reopening after they were forced to shut down operations in March 2020 no thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Moreover, international travels have resumed and state governments across the country are already unveiling plans to reopen schools at all levels from next week. For many citizens, these developments are suggesting that the pandemic has come and gone. “COVID-19 has gone forever and will never return,” an Ibadan-based pastor told his congregation which responded with a resounding shout of