Nigeria records 558 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths

Nigeria on Thursday recorded 558 new COVID-19 infections in 15 states and the Federal Capital Territory. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control figures on Friday morning also showed that two new deaths from COVID-19-related complications were reported. The centre said that Lagos State led the infection chart with 376 cases. The NCDC said that Lagos is followed by Oyo with 33, Akwa Ibom-26, the FCT-22, Imo-15, Bayelsa and Ekiti reported 13 each. The centre also said that Kano reported 12 cases while Ogun recorded 11, Plateau-11, Delta-nine, Jigawa-six, Rivers-four, Zamfara-four,…

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COVID-19: Resident doctors decry setback on medical practice

The National Association of Resident Doctors says the COVID-19 pandemic dealt a devastating blow on the nation’s medical practice, especially with the death of 19 members. NARD President, Dr Okhuaihesuyi Uyilawa, said this on Thursday during the association’s first National Executive Council post-COVID-19 meeting in Umuahia. Uyilawa expressed regret that the pandemic “dealt heavily on resident doctors,” who lost at least 19 colleagues to the deadly scourge. He said the plight being suffered by resident doctors in the country informed the choice of the theme of the meeting: “The Nigerian…

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COVID-19: 184 new cases recorded, 31 discharged –NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control  said the country recorded 184 new COVID-19 infections as of July 22. The NCDC made this known on its website on Friday morning. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the new infections indicate a decrease from the 238 cases announced a day earlier. It stated that the 184 new cases were reported from seven states and the Federal Capital Territory. “Lagos State where a majority of the cases were picked on Thursday reported 124, Rivers registered 27, Sokoto announced nine; while the FCT and…

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COVID-19: Nigeria records 371 new cases, three deaths as vaccination begins

Nigeria on Friday recorded 371 new COVID-19 infections in 20 states, health authorities have said. The new figure was a significant decrease from the 709 reported in the previous 24-hour cycle. Nigeria suffered its worst phase of the COVID-19 outbreak between December and January as daily infections averaged over 1,000. Recently however, infection figures have been relatively low with daily cases hovering between 300 and 700 in the past 13 days. Thursday’s 709 was thus the highest in about two weeks but the 371 on Friday appeared a return to…

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Nigeria receives first doses of COVID-19 vaccine

Nigeria has taken delivery of the 3.92 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, making it the third West African country to take delivery under the COVAX scheme, after Ghana and Ivory Coast. “I AM HERE, NIGERIA,” National Primary Health Care Development Agency tweeted on Tuesday. Over the coming months, Nigeria expects 16 million doses from COVAX, a facility for poor and middle-income countries co-led by Gavi, the vaccine alliance, and the World Health Organization, with UNICEF as an implementing partner. On Monday, Nigeria launched an online registration portal for COVID-19 vaccinations.…

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Covid-19: Govt officials should take vaccines first to assure safety, says Tomori

Professor of Virology, Oyewale Tomori, has said government officials should be among the first to take the COVID-19 vaccines when they arrive in Nigeria. Tomori said such a move would convince Nigerians about the safety of the vaccines which are expected to arrive on Monday. He said this while speaking in an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Monday. “Let’s see some of those government people take the vaccines and then we’ll watch them and see whether they survive or they don’t survive. Then gradually, we’ll begin to…

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Nigeria’s maternal, child, reproductive health worst globally ― Health Minister

Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire on Friday rated Nigeria’s maternal mortality, reproductive health mortality and child mortality very poor, saying it was the worst in the world. Speaking at a three day retreat organised by the House Committee on Health Services in Abuja, Ehanire however stated that plans were underway to establish a Public Health Security Fund to finance public health in the country. He said that he had written to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Minister of Finance on the matter Besides that,…

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Ebola: A new case resurfaces in DR Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has announced a new case of the Ebola virus, months after the outbreak was declared over in the Central African country. The DRC ministry of health announced on Sunday that the patient, who has since died, contracted the virus in Butembo, a city in North Kivu province. Butembo was one of the epicentres of the previous Ebola outbreak in eastern DRC. The World Health Organisation said it is “not unusual for sporadic cases to occur following a major outbreak”. The patient was the wife…

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Lagos Bans Gathering Of More Than 50 Persons

Lagos State Government on Sunday banned the gathering of more than 50 persons in an enclosed space as the state continues to battle a second wave of the pandemic. The ban was communicated in a statement by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. However, religious services were exempted from the directive, so far gathering does not exceed 50% capacity of the space. “The State Government has observed with dismay the widespread flagrant disregard and non-adherence to guidelines and protocols aimed at stemming and curbing the tide of infection,” Sanwo-Olu said. “We particularly note…

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Ondo increasess fight against Lassa fever

Despite the fears and death caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic across the globe, the Ondo State government has continued to show commitment in its fight against the spread of Lassa fever in the state. The state Commissioner for Health, Jibayo Adeyeye, also confirmed that the number of people dying from the disease in the state was more than from COVID-19. The disease is associated with high morbidity and mortality, transmitted by the multi-mammate rat (mastomys natalensis), one of the most common rats in equatorial Africa. The disease was first…

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