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Coronavirus: Malnutrition could be deepened in Africa – WHO chief

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday warned that the potential impact of COVID -19 on food security in Africa is likely to exacerbate the already existing burden of malnutrition. The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, in a press statement said the impact of the disease is expected…

UN Human Rights High Commissioner, Michelle Bachelet. [PHOTO CREDIT: UNRIC.org]

UN rights chief cautions all countries over lifting of COVID-19 lockdowns

The UN Human Rights High Commissioner, Michelle Bachelet, has called for caution as more countries move to lift COVID-19 lockdowns imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Nigeria is one of the countries that has eased its lockdown, instead imposing a dusk to dawn curfew (8 p.m. to 6…

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World leaders call for free access to COVID-19 vaccine

World leaders and medical experts have signed an open letter calling for free access to any vaccine against COVID-19. According to a statement issued on Thursday by the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS, (UNAIDS), the letter was signed by more than 140 world leaders. "More than 140 world leaders,…

Coronavirus: UN leaders call for appropriate health measures in prisons, closed settings

The United Nations Organisations have called for appropriate public health measures for people in prisons and closed settings as the coronavirus pandemic rages on. This was contained in a statement issued by the leaders of World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations Programme on HIV/ AIDS (UNAIDS), The Office of the…

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Nigeria’s seed council certifies 81,000 metric tons for farming season

The National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC) has certified 81,000 metric tons of seeds across the country, Philip Ojo, the director general, has said. This was disclosed by the official while addressing journalists in a virtual meeting, Tuesday. "Today as I speak with you, the industry has available at the disposal…

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NNPC made N211.6 billion from sale of petrol products in February – Official

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) recorded N 211.6 billion from petroleum products sales in February, an official has said. The spokesperson of the NNPC, Kennie Obateru, on Tuesday in Abuja disclosed this in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES. "The downstream subsidiary company in charge of bulk sales and…

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Coronavirus: African leaders call for action against malaria

In the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some African leaders have called for increased access to malaria prevention and treatment tools in order to save more people from dying from the disease. The leaders made this request in a statement signed by Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya and Chair…

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5G licences not issued yet – NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has denied rumors of the fifth generation (5G) technology in use in some parts of the country. In a statement signed by the spokesperson of the commission, Henry Nkemmadu, on Monday, it said false information has been over the internet about the telecom industry switching…

World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus at the coronavirus press conference in Geneva

Coronavirus: WHO study estimates 190,000 could die in Africa

Despite the current relatively fewer COVID-19 related deaths across Africa in relation to other parts of the world, the World Health Organisation (WHO), believes about 190,000 people could still die in the continent if pandemic is not properly managed. This estimate was drawn by WHO African region study on Thursday.…

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Buhari appoints acting managing director for BOA

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Alwan Hassan as the new acting managing director for the Bank of Agriculture . This was contained in a statement signed by ministry's spokesperson, Theodore Ogaziechi, on Thursday. Mr Hassan is a seasoned banker with over two decades of experience in the banking industry. In…

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Coronavirus: How COVID -19 pandemic will devastate TB response – Study

As the world continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the global response is having unintended yet drastic consequences on tuberculosis (TB) services, a study has said. The new study, commissioned on Tuesday via a zoom meeting by Stop TB Partnership, is in collaboration with the Imperial College, Avenir Health and…

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Coronavirus: 43 million West Africans risk food insecurity -Report

The World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday said over 40 million people across West Africa will face desperate food shortages in coming months. According to a report on the United Nations (UN) website, the food shortages are coming with COVID-19 restrictions as a new factor adding to people’s vulnerability. The…

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA

Coronavirus: WHO cautions on use of African traditional medicine

The World Health Organization (WHO), on Monday, cautioned against the use of medicinal plants such as Artemisia annua, which have been touted as possible treatments for COVID-19. The international health agency, in a statement, said while it supports scientifically proven traditional medicine, there is still a need to test for…

British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson names son after doctors who saved his life

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his fiancée, Carrie Symonds, on Saturday named their newborn son Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson. The young Boris, who arrived on Wednesday, was named Nicholas in honor of two doctors who treated Boris Johnson while he suffered from coronavirus in April. Ms Symonds made this…

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Coronavirus: WHO to support African countries amid relaxing lockdowns

The World Health Organisation (WHO), has said the agency is working to improve testing capacity by shipping a further round of test kits to countries in sub-Saharan Africa even as some countries are relaxing lock downs. The WHO regional director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, in a virtual meeting on Twitter…

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Coronavirus: Nigerian govt launches virtual learning academy

As Nigeria continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic, its government has launched a free virtual learning academy for Nigerians especially students and youth staying at home as a result of the lockdown. Last month, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the closure of all schools across the country, in a bid to…

Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola

Workers’ Day: Nigerian government declares Friday public holiday

The Nigerian government has declared Friday, May 1, as public holiday to mark this year’s International Workers’ Day. A statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Georgina Ehuriah, on Monday, said the Minister, Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government. In the…

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Coronavirus: Disrupted immunisation services exposing more children to danger – UNICEF

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned that stopping immunisation services amid the COVID-19 pandemic could leave millions of children at health risk. The agency via Twitter called on countries to step up the services amid the pandemic UNICEF on Saturday began the 2020 edition of World Immunisation Week.…

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for Nigeria, Sabo Nanono

Coronavirus: Nigerian govt eases movement of agric products

The Nigerian government on Friday said it had begun the process of ensuring agricultural products have easy access across the states. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, inaugurated the joint technical task team on emergency response to COVID-19 to ease the movement of agricultural inputs across Nigeria.…

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Coronavirus: WHO warns against stopping immunisation against other diseases

Shutting down immunisation services during the COVID-19 pandemic risks triggering a resurgence of diseases that can be prevented with safe and effective vaccines, the World Health Organisation, (WHO), has warned. The warning is coming as part of a commemoration of World Immunisation Week (24-30 April). When immunisation services are disrupted,…

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Coronavirus: WHO warns against stopping immunisation against other diseases

Shutting down immunisation services during the COVID-19 pandemic risks triggering a resurgence of diseases that can be prevented with safe and effective vaccines, the World Health Organisation, (WHO), has warned. The warning is coming as part of a commemoration of World Immunisation Week (24-30 April). When immunisation services are disrupted,…

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INTERVIEW: How climate change affects COVID-19 pandemic response — Scientist

The International Mother Earth Day, April 22, recognises that the earth and its ecosystems are our home and that it is necessary to promote harmony with nature and the earth. The term Mother Earth is used because it reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and…

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Coronavirus: Flour Mills of Nigeria donates Ventilators, testing kits

While the federal government is making conscious efforts to curtail the spread of the coronavirus, concerned organisations and individuals have been making donations to support the government. The Flour Mills of Nigeria Group (FMN Group) on Thursday donated $1.5 million worth of ventilators and other essential personal protective equipment and…

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA

Coronavirus: WHO warns against complacency

One of the dangers the world must avoid in the wake of the rampaging coronavirus pandemic is complacency and this must be avoided, the Director-General of the World Health Organisation, Tedros Ghebreyesus, said on Wednesday. Mr Ghebreyesus warned against complacency as countries continue to confront COVID-19 and citizens grow weary…

WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus [Photo: Scrol.in]

Coronavirus: WHO, UNICEF, others to procure 30 million test kits

The World Health Organisation(WHO) in collaboration with the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and other partners will commence the shipment of 30 million test kits for coronavirus next week. The Director-General, WHO, Tedros Ghebreyesus, on Monday said this at a press conference on Tuesday. He said "WHO is working with…