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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.

Mosquito used to illustrate the story. Photo: WebMD

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.

Yander Zamora/EPA. [PHOTO CREDIT: The Conversation]

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.

Digital footprints. Prasit photo/Moment via Getty Images. [PHOTO CREDIT: THe Conversation]

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.

China's Doctors, Fighting the Coronavirus [PHOTO CREDIT: The New York Times]

Welfare of Nigeria’s health workers crucial in curbing coronavirus

The World Health Organisation said over 3,000 health workers have been infected with coronavirus globally while many died in the process of offering care to patients.

In Nigeria, 145 babies are born to every 1,000 girls aged 15-19 annually. [The Conversation]

More than a million babies are born to young Nigerians every year: we explored why

In Nigeria, 145 babies are born to every 1,000 girls aged 15-19 annually.

Nurses and a new born baby used to illustrate the story

World Health Day: Equipping Nigerian nurses, midwives for roles in curbing coronavirus

Healthcare professionals and this includes nurses and midwives, are on the front line of the battle with COVID-19 pandemic.

The test teams consist of doctors and DRK emergency services.

Mobile drive-through Coronavirus Testing: Lessons from Germany for Nigeria

Germany, the country with the world’s highest COVID-19 testing rates and an early adopter of drive-through testing provides lessons and parallels, as Lagos pioneers free mobile testing in West Africa.

The 110-bed Isolation Center at Mobolaji Johnoson, Stadium, Onikan, Lagos Island, constructed by the Lagos State Government and Guaranty Trust Bank, unveiled on Saturday, March 28, 2020.

COVID-19: Tackling emerging scourge of stigma

Nigeria is experiencing subtle cases of stigmatisation of patients as the virus wrecks economies and livelihoods across the globe.

Health facilty where COVID-19 patients are being treated [Chinese Embassy in Nigeria]

How China got to zero new domestic COVID-19 cases

The outbreak as a whole was kept in one regional location which allowed more sufficient management elsewhere.

National Hospital, Abuja

Coronavirus: How prepared are Abuja hospitals to prevent transmission?

Abuja, the Nigerian capital, has at least six confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

Image from the Spanish flu, also known as the 1918 flu pandemic. [Photo: The Conversation]

What’s the difference between pandemic, epidemic and outbreak?

Simply put, the difference between these three scenarios of disease spread is a matter of scale.

World Water Day

Amidst coronavirus crisis, millions of Nigerians lack access to potable water

March 22 every year is set aside as World Water Day. The theme for 2020 is “Water and Climate Change.”

The abandoned PHC building with high heaps of dump before it was cleared

In Abuja community, abandoned SURE-P health centre turns dumping ground

After years of abandonment, the government this week began the process of clearing the refuse dump at the property.

The General Manager FCT/CSDP, Shuaibu Adamu

INTERVIEW: How we’re helping to develop Abuja communities with World Bank support – Agency

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Community and Social Development Project (CSDP), a World Bank finance assisted project, has executed about 200 projects in poor Abuja communities.

Health worker Grace Felix uses a Mid-Upper Arm Circumference band (MUAC) to examine Mojes Morris, 3, as he sits on his mother's lap in a village near Yola[PHOTO CREDIT: UNICEF/UNI279424/Modola]

Pneumonia: Why preventable killer disease is still an epidemic in Nigeria

Pneumonia is a leading childhood killer disease in Nigeria. In 2018 alone, 162,000 children died from pneumonia, making Nigeria the country with the highest number of pneumonia-related deaths in the world.

Olurunimbe Mamora

Nigeria’s long road to repealing Colonial-era Lunacy law regulating mental health

The Senate is holding a public hearing on a new bill to protect persons with mental health and substance abuse problems.

Image showing drug testing used to ilustrate the story [Photo: goodegg.io]

What I’ve learnt about drug testing in Nigeria over the last 20 years

There have been initiatives in Nigeria to develop local technology. But in my experience, these initiatives fail to get traction.

Fertility rate trends in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa

Treatment for male infertility not effective, Study finds

The study found that supplements containing zinc and folic acid previously used to treat infertility in men make no difference.