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Osagie Ehanire

Coronavirus: 812 Nigerian health workers test positive -Official

“We have had 812 health care workers infected, these are not just numbers. 29 of them work with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.”

Coronavirus Test Sample

Major health stories published last week

Nigeria had recorded over 250 deaths from coronavirus by the end of the week, but the federal government says more deaths have been recorded in hospitals from fear of the virus

FILE: Doctors dressing up for their shift [PHOTO: THEWILL]

As Nigeria battles coronavirus, resident doctors issue 14-day strike notice

“NARD calls on the federal and state governments to provide adequate personnel protective equipment such as N95 respirators, gloves etc. to all health workers.”

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

Coronavirus: Why Nigeria may miss 2 million testing target in three months

The country’s current testing capacity per day is still very low.

Secretary to the Government, Boss Mustapha. [PHOTO CREDIT: Channels TV]

Nigeria records more deaths from other diseases than COVID-19 – SGF

“Of course, the guidelines for dealing with patients presenting COVID-19 like symptoms are available,” the SGF said.

NHIS donates PPEs to Police Clinic

NHIS donates PPE to Police Clinic

The items include 125 infrared thermometers, 250 packs of face masks, 500 packs of hand gloves, protective suits and gears

Breastfeeding Photo: The Guardian

WHO, UNICEF urge mothers to sustain breastfeeding despite COVID-19 fears

The agencies said it is unlikely that COVID-19 would be transmitted through breastfeeding.


WHO Establishes Foundation to Support Critical Health Challenges

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the WHO Foundation will initially focus on emergencies and pandemic response.

Every 40 seconds, someone, somewhere in the world, dies by suicide. On World #MentalHealth Day, @WHO is calling for 40 seconds of action to prevent suicide.

How African countries’ anti-suicide laws support the opposite

African countries average 10 male suicides per 100,000 per year.

Secretary to the Government, Boss Mustapha. [PHOTO CREDIT: Channels TV]

COVID-19: Federal govt urges states to reconsider decision on relaxing lockdown

Despite the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the country, some states are relaxing the lockdown measures put in place to limit the spread of the virus.


Nigeria records 12,000 new cases of fistula yearly – UNFPA

The UNFPA says Nigeria is one of the countries with the highest number of VVF cases globally.

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

COVID-19 vaccines should be classified as a global public good- WHO chief

-WHO reports that in the last 24 hours, there have been 106,000 cases reported, the most in a single day since the outbreak began.

Sample coronavirus test [PHOTO: Euronews] hospital COVID-19

Coronavirus survivors who test positive again not contagious – Study

The study reported revealed that the virus samples collected from the patients who tested positive a second time could not be grown in lab cultures.

Sample coronavirus test [PHOTO: Euronews] hospital COVID-19

Coronavirus particles can remain in the air for 14 minutes — Study

Experts say while COVID-19 is less deadly than SARS, it is far more easily transmitted.

Sample coronavirus test [PHOTO: Euronews] hospital COVID-19

Biotech firm reports ‘positive’ COVID–19 vaccine trial

Scientists hope the antibodies produced will provide some degree of protection against getting infected.

Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH]). [PHOTO CREDIT: The Guardian Nigeria]

LUTH delivers another COVID-19 patient of twins

This is the fourth time LUTH medical team would deliver pregnant COVID-19 patients of their babies.

World Health Organisation (WHO) Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Copyright : WHO/Pierre Virot

Africa on verge of being certified polio-free – WHO

The WHO official described the development as a major public health milestone in Africa.

Bill Gates

Infectious Disease Bill: Bill Gates denies offering bribe to Nigerian lawmakers

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said it has “not offered any financial incentives to any member of Nigeria’s legislative branch for the passage of legislation

Farm Produce [Photo credit - Graphic Online]

Coronavirus: Malnutrition could be deepened in Africa – WHO chief

The impact of the disease is expected to be greater among those grappling with food scarcity and malnutrition.

President Muhammadu Buhari [PHOTO: Presidency]

COVID-19: Nigerians stranded in Thailand to pay nearly N300,000 ‘quarantine fees’ each

On arrival, all evacuees will be quarantined for 14 days before leaving for their respective destinations in the country.

UN headquarters (UN) [Photo:]

World leaders call for free access to COVID-19 vaccine

The letter was signed by more than 140 world leaders, experts.

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

Prisons and other places of detention must be part of nations COVID-19 plans, with dedicated participation of the affected population.

NAFDAC Director-General, Mojisola Adeyeye

Claims of COVID-19 cure exist only on social media – NAFDAC

Ms Adeyeye says only safe medicinal products including herbal remedies would be approved for use by the public.

A man wearing a protective face mask walks past Sanofi's Paris headquarters on April 24, 2020. © Charles Platiau, REUTERS. [CREDIT:]

French pharmaceutical giant to make COVID-19 vaccine available to all – Official

An official said the U.S. would have priority because “they were the first in line to fund the company’s research.”

President Muhammadu Buhari and Governors of the 36 States (Photo Credit:

Governors want controversial Infectious Diseases Bill ‘stepped down’

The Forum resolved that the Bill should be stepped down until an appropriate consultative process is held, including a public hearing to gather public opinion and concerns.”