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News Analysis: Believing the Reality of Novel Coronavirus in Nigeria

By Lucy Osuizigbo-Okechukwu, The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic on March 11, 2020, few months after the disease spread from Wuhan, China, killing thousands and disrupting the world on all corners. The impact of the pandemic is felt every...

Coronavirus: Fact-sheets of how dexamethasone work

An anti-inflammatory drug called dexamethasone has been hailed as a ground-breaking treatment for hospital patients seriously ill with Covid-19. A UK trial showed the drug could save lives - the first internationally to do so - and it can be used in the NHS immediately. What...

Nigerian virus hunters in race against COVID-19 in Africa’s giant

Virus hunters battle coronavirus stigma Lagos state has 200 contact tracers for 25 million people Easing of lockdown is making job harder By Libby George, Paul Carsten and Alexis Akwagyiram LAGOS/ABUJA, July 14 - Early one evening, Folasade Fadare and her team of four disease hunters piled...

Coronavirus – Africa: The vaccines success story gives us hope for the future

Vaccines remain the safest, most cost-effective protection against disease and will provide a powerful tool to address the COVID-19 pandemic GENEVA, Switzerland, July 14, 2020/ -- The World Health Organization (WHO), working in partnership with both public and private sectors, has a proud history of...

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Why COVID-19 survivors need mental health follow up

With the infectivity rate of COVID-19, surviving it wouldn’t be a walk in the park as the immune system must have worked extremely hard to ward off the dreadful virus. In addition to what the body went through, the mind which is a vital...

Covid-19: Healthy patients and mary mallon; A tale of identical situation

Viewing an episode of one of CBS’s 1000 ways to die was the first time I came across the story of Mary Mallon, the controversial nature of the program made me doubt the story but my doubts were later dispelled in my epidemiology textbook. Mary Mallon...

Alabukun Powder: The story behind Nigeria’s best local scientist Jacob Sogboyega Odulate’s manufactured drug with ‘magic cure’

Nigerians do vouch for this drug. From minor headaches, migraine, sore throat to preventing blood clots and stroke, the 100-year-old Alabukun Powder, Nigeria’s first homegrown modern drug, which is seen as a cure-all, has stood the test of time. Without any significant advertising or commercial,...

Covid-19: Nigeria knocks out fresh lockdown fears, eyes 2m testing next month

Buhari receives Malagasy herbal drug delivered by Guinea Bisau’s president, says he will listen to science •Sierra Leone appoints Nigerian head of COVID-19 taskforce •Pregnant Lagos patient delivers baby boy at Gbagada isolation centre •30 staff of same company test positive in Oyo •NCDC records 176 new cases,...

Bill Gates’ coronavirus vaccine could be ready in 12 months

Billionaire Bill Gates is funding production of the seven most promising ideas for a vaccine as he refocuses his philanthropic work on the deadly coronavirus. “If everything went perfectly, we’d be in scale manufacturing within a year,” Gates said on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS.” “It...

Nigeria’s coronavirus Lockdown violation sparks fear as community transmission in states worsens

People still gathering in markets, worship places Inter-state transportation on the increase Only 0.1 % of Nigerians tested Experts warn of out-of-control scenario Community transmission of the deadly coronavirus is being recorded in states across Nigeria because of increasing violation of lockdown order amidst policy...
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