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UNDP official advocates more women in governance

Women2030 coalition

Programme Analyst, Gender & Human Rights, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Nigeria, Mrs Onyinye Ndubuisi, has advocated for more women in governance structures to complement men’s efforts. Women gathering Ndubuisi made the plea during a zoom webinar themed: “COVID-19 and Beyond: Articulating the Role of Women in Sustainable Development in Nigeria”, on Thursday, July 9, 2020. She said that the ...

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Sale of spray paints with dangerous lead levels uncovered in the Philippines

In what has been described as the first public study of its kind, environmental health groups, EcoWaste Coalition and the International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN), have reportedly uncovered spray paints with presumably dangerous lead concentrations on sale in the Philippines, in an apparent violation of the country’s law banning lead in paints. Lead paints Some samples of the spray paints, ...

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19 potential COVID-19 vaccines in clinical trials

Dr Matshidiso Moeti

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says there are 19 potential COVID-19 vaccines currently in clinical trials globally. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, disclosed this on its official Twitter account @WHOAFRO. The WHO also said that there are nearly 150 COVID-19 vaccine candidates. “South Africa is the first country on ...

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Govt asked to prioritise women and girls’ reproductive health needs amid pandemic


As Nigeria joins the World to celebrate this year’s World Population Day, Development Communications Network (DevComs) calls on the Nigerian government to provide for the needs of women and girls in line with this year’s World Population Day (WPD), which focuses on raising awareness of women’s and girls’ needs for sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and vulnerabilities during the coronavirus ...

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Union Bank to provide potable water to six geo-political zones in Nigeria

Water fountain

The Union Bank of Nigeria (UBN) said on Friday, July 10, 2020 that it would provide potable water to the six geo-political zones in the country as part of its support and Corporate Social Responsibility to Nigerians. Potable water. Photo credit: iStockphoto Mrs Ogochukwu Ekezie-Ekaidem, Head, Strategic Corporate Communications and Marketing, UBN, made the disclosure at a Virtual Media Briefing ...

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German scientists say coronavirus also infects the heart


A study published on Friday, July 10, 2020 by scientists based in the northern German city of Hamburg found out that the novel coronavirus is able to infect and multiply in patients’ heart cells Heart The study by researchers at the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) found that the virus is not only able to invade heart cells but is also ...

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WHO to probe coronavirus origin in China


An advance team from the World Health Organisation (WHO) has left for China to organise an investigation into the origins of the novel coronavirus which sparked the global pandemic, a spokeswoman said on Friday, July 10, 2020. Coronavirus The virus is believed to have emerged in a wholesale market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late 2019, since then ...

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NEMA issues flood alerts to 28 states, 102 LGAs


The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says 102 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in 28 states in the country fall within highly probable flood risk areas this year. Flooded parts of Lokoja in Kogi State in 2012 AVM Muhammadu Mohammed, the Director General of NEMA, raised the alert at a news conference on the agency’s plan for the “2020 Flood Preparedness, ...

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FDA authorises marketing of IQOS as modified risk tobacco product


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 authorised the marketing of IQOS, Philip Morris International’s (PMI) electrically heated tobacco system, as a modified risk tobacco product (MRTP). IQOS, PMI’s electronic nicotine device In doing so, the agency found that an IQOS exposure modification order is appropriate to promote the public health. According to the PMI, the decision ...

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How genetic engineering technology can revolutionise world system, by biotechnologists

Prof. Felix Akpa

Biotechnologists say technological advances have dramatically triggered the rates at which plant transformation can be achieved to meet specific needs at every phase of life. Prof. Felix Akpa, Director-General of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) They spoke on Thursday, July 9, 2020 in Abuja during a seminar organised by the Nigeria Chapter of the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology ...

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