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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

COVID-19 will end when the world chooses to end it — WHO DG

WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has revealed that the end to the COVID-19 pandemic is possible anytime the world wants to end it as the solutions are now available. Addressing the WTO – WHO High Level Dialogue: Expanding COVID-19 Vaccine Manufacture To Promote Equitable Access, the DG said the tools to end the COVID-19 pandemic are now available. “It (the pandemic) will end when the world chooses to end it, because the solutions are in our hands. We have all

In Nigeria, cancer screening is an added cost and inconvenience

The perception of cancer screening an added cost and inconvenience is one of the major reasons why past efforts to raise awareness for cancer and treatment options have not been completely successful in improving cancer health behaviour amongst women in Nigeria. This was the submission of Nigerian First Ladies against Cancer (FLAC). At a press briefing held on Tuesday, FLAC members and Roche Nigeria noted that f it is institutionalized as one of the requisite tests, then cancer screening will become

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

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

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