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

Madagascar herb not cure for COVID-19 – FG

“While the preparation at high dose showed activity in reducing the frequency of cough, it did not show any evidence that it has real curative properties against COVID-19.”

Faith Osamaye, a Youth Corps member is one of the young scientists working at the NCDC’s National Reference Laboratory as Nigeria responds for the outbreak of COVID-19. Photo: Nigeria Health Watch

COVID-19 Testing: How Nigerian states are faring

Nigeria’s target of testing two million people in three months has failed.

Osagie Ehanire [PHOTO CREDIT: @TheglobalhintC]

Global Fund: Nigeria receives $890 million to tackle HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria

Nigeria will use the $890 million grant to reduce the burden of HIV, TB and Malaria over an implementation period of three years, beginning from 2021 to 2023.

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Coronavirus vaccine: WHO chief scientist thinks mid-2021 possible

The novel coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan, China, late last year.

Usmanu Danfodio University Teaching Hospital

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International health agencies have expressed concerned about the growing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Nigerian teaching hospital raises service charges by 100% – Official

Mr Abubakar said that the increase was necessitated by the prevailing increase in prices of antigens and other medical consumables.

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Twitter handle of Gov. Mattawalle]

Zamfara Records Zero Coronavirus Infection in More Than 50 Days

The north-western state bounded by Sokoto State to the North has not reported a single case in the past 54 days, data from Nigeria’s infectious disease outfit, NCDC, reveals.

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Israeli researchers develop method to quickly detect cancer cells during surgery

The new application reduces the waiting time for lab results of cancer cell detection tests.

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Coronavirus: Many households lack enough water, soap for handwashing – NBS

Washing of hands with soap under running water for at least 20 seconds is a key part of preventing the spread of coronavirus

A victim of the Aids pandemic is buried in Cape Town in 2004. Kim Ludbrook/EPA

Coronavirus media coverage must avoid the mistakes of the Aids pandemic in Africa

As COVID-19 becomes the most intensely covered virus in history, there are important lessons to be drawn from the media’s reporting of another global pandemic: HIV/Aids.

A man is being tested for COVID-19 in Nigeria [PHOTO: TW: @NCDCgov]

African countries need cheaper COVID-19 tests: here’s how to get them

An ideal test for the diagnosis of COVID-19 would be cheap, accurate and easy to use. But most real tests are only one – not all three.

COVID-19: Map showing countries with Coronavirus cases. [Photo: The Conversation)

COVID-19: 8,000 health workers infected in Africa – WHO

Nigeria is the second hardest-hit country in Africa with 33,153 cases and 774 deaths as of Monday night

Babajide Sanwo Olu [Photo Credit:Twitter]

Lagos govt says doctors strike, ‘insensitive, lacks empathy’

The official said some of the issues raised by the angry workers are already being addressed.

Russian military experts visit hospital facilities for elderly people to fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus infection, in Bergamo, Italy. [Photo: SPUTNIK]

Russian university completes first test of potential COVID-19 vaccine

There are at least 21 vaccines currently under trial worldwide, according to the WHO.

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COVID-19: Health workers silenced, exposed, attacked in many countries – Amnesty International

“It is especially disturbing to see that some governments are punishing workers who voice their concerns about working conditions that may threaten their lives.”

Handwashing [PHOTO CREDIT: Unicef]

Coronavirus: Three billion people lack basic hand washing facilities at home — UN

The report also says, “Handwashing is one of the cheapest, easiest and most effective ways to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.”

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

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COVID-19 cases globally have more than doubled in the past six weeks, reaching 12 million on Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported.

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German scientists say coronavirus also infects the heart

The study examined the bodies of 39 patients with heart conditions who had died while infected with the coronavirus.

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

COVID-19: Nearly 150 prospective vaccines developed; 19 in trials – WHO

WHO calls for equitable access to vaccines, especially for Africa.

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COVID-19: Homemade diagnostic kit to boost testing in Nigeria, Africa

Director-General of National Biotechnology Development Agency says the test kit would expand testing capacity by 50 times and reduce cost by over 500 per cent as compared to the conventional kit in use

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New study warns of brain damages linked to COVID-19

According to the researchers, since COVID-19 broke out, there appeared to be a “concerning increase” of a rare brain inflammation

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How COVID-19 is affecting HIV 2020 target – UNAIDS

The UN agency said the missed targets have resulted in more than 3.5 million HIV infections and 820,000 AIDS-related deaths.

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How pandemics can be prevented in future – Report

“…unless countries take dramatic steps to curb zoonotic contagions, global outbreaks like COVID-19 will become more prevalent.”

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Shock as Nigerian professor says COVID-19 does not exist

Mr Otoikhian claims there is secrecy around the diagnosis of COVID-19 in the country. He says that also suggests the disease does not exist.

Burkina Faso resumes polio immunisation despite COVID-19

WHO said the immunisation was carried out while observing COVID-19 infection prevention and control measures.