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How funding is affecting COVID-19 research in Nigerian universities

“When you say vaccine, it means all authorities have confirmed it. The report in the media was misreported, which I have no authority over.”

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ANALYSIS: Sub-Saharan Africa must pay more attention to Water, Sanitation, Hygiene

Available statistics for sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) show that non-availability of water, sanitation and hygiene continues to haunt our development efforts through avoidable deaths and diseases.

Mike Omotosho; President of Hepatitis Zero Nigeria Commission.

INTERVIEW: Low awareness hampering elimination of hepatitis in Nigeria – Expert

In Nigeria, over 22 million people are infected with hepatitis B and over 4 million with hepatitis C.

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Why Nigeria must find everyone who has hepatitis and doesn’t know it

The sub-Saharan African and Western Pacific regions account for about 68% of all chronic hepatitis B infections.

Health Minister, Osagie Ehanire and FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello

Abuja hospitals rejecting patients over COVID-19 fears

The government has warned medical facilities against turning back patients over fears of COVID-19 but many hospitals have remained adamant.

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, at a press briefing on the outbreak of Coronavirus in Nigeria

Stakeholders discuss funding gap in Nigeria’s family planning sector

Stakeholders worry that the COVID-19 pandemic has widened the funding gap in family planning services in Nigeria

Fruit bats. [Photo: The Conversation]

Bats are hosts to a range of viruses but don’t get sick – why?

Like all animal species, bats possess their own range of pathogens – viral, bacterial and fungal.

Some houses in Langbasa

COVID-19: Bitter tales of poor widows, physically challenged

Two vulnerable groups which have been burdened by the fallout of COVID-19, the widows and the physically challenged, narrate their sordid experiences.

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COVID-19: Hard truths about achieving social distancing in Lagos communities

With a population of over 20 million, the economic and social structures of Lagos make it difficult to practice social distancing in the megacity.

Tramadol (Photo Credit: Healthline)

Tramadol: From ‘safest painkiller’ to major health concern

A survey noted that 14.3 million Nigerians had abused drugs in the past year.

A pharmacy store in Ogun State, southwest Nigeria. Photo by Pius Utomi Ekpei /AFP via Getty Images

Non-medical use of prescription drugs among skilled workers: a pilot study in Nigeria

For many reasons more people are shifting from the use of conventional psychoactive drugs such as cannabis, cocaine and heroin to pharmaceutical drugs for a non-medical purpose.

Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) [PHOTO: PMNEWS]

Many Nigerians experiencing loss of smell, taste, suggesting spike in COVID-19

In recent weeks several Nigerians have reported the sudden loss of the senses of smell and taste which are symptoms of coronavirus.

Africa CDC and Mastercard Foundation partner to deliver 1 million test kits, deploy 10,000 community health workers for COVID-19 response. [PHOTO CREDIT: AllAfrica]

Great news on COVID-19 treatment – but not good enough yet

The drug already is used in treating autoimmune disorders because it reduces inflammation, and it is also used in treating cancer.

A security guard checks the body temperature of a motorcyclist as a preventive measure. [Risa Krisadhi/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images]

So you think investing in fever screening can curb the spread of COVID-19? Think again

Andrea Fuller and Duncan Mitchell explain why fever screening is unlikely to reduce the spread of the virus.

PTCIJ Webinar: Experts explain why functional primary healthcare system is needed against COVID-19

The experts spoke at a webinar held by Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) Health project under the theme: “The Negligence of Primary Health Care Centres (PHCs) Constraining the Fight Against Covid-19 in Nigeria.”

For pregnant women in Nigeria, COVID-19 presents additional healthcare burden

Pregnant women in Nigeria lament the trouble they undergo while accessing healthcare in the midst of the pandemic.

Electronic waste heap from used discarded computer parts and cases [Photo: The Conversation - Ladislav Kubes/Getty Images]

Why Nigeria needs to manage electronic waste better

Perhaps less well-known is the electronic waste that’s becoming a serious problem in parts of the country.

Lack of technology infrastructure is a barrier to mobile healthcare in Nigeria [Photo: The Conversation - Stefan Heunis/AFP via Getty Images]

Mobile technology can improve access to healthcare in Nigeria – if it’s regulated

Evidence from low- and middle-income countries suggests that digital and mobile communication technology can improve management of diseases.

Paulin Basinga and Chris Elais

INTERVIEW: How Gates Foundation helped eradicate polio in Nigeria – Officials

The officials also speak about the various successes Nigeria has achieved in the health sector in the past few years.

Covid isolation centre, Akwa Ibom. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Twitter account of the Akwa Ibom state government]

Coronavirus: Nigeria faces dire consequences as casualties among health workers increase

The various health workers’ unions accuse the government of focusing attention on “frontline workers” and that those saddled with the responsibility of manning the various public health facilities are ignored.

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World Malaria Day 2020: Coronavirus threatens 2030 endgame for malaria

As countries focus energy and resources on containing coronavirus, achieving the global target to end malaria by 2030 has become even more unlikely, health experts said.

Peniel, Olivia, Mitchelle and relatives at home

As lockdown continues, no learning option for students in Nasarawa communities

Many are calling on the government to provide the necessary facilities for online classes for students at all levels who are currently out of school due to coronavirus.

Nigerian lab joins global race to produce coronavirus vaccine

African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID) is collaborating with Cambridge University in the United Kingdom to produce a vaccine against coronavirus.

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Coronavirus Response: Why Cuba is such an interesting case

What happens next in Cuba will depend largely on the amount of testing. An indicator of commitment to this task is the ratio of tests to reported cases.

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How digital surveillance can help bring the coronavirus pandemic under control

A government is using mobile phone data, credit card information and facial recognition software to track people who test positive for COVID-19.