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Covid-19: Why hydroxychloroquine trial was suspended – WHO

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that it announced a “temporary pause” in its solidarity trial on the use of hydroxychloroquine for treatment of COVID-19 patients as a precautionary measure. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Photo credit: AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI / Getty Images WHO director-general made the announcement at a media briefing ...

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Dr. Myron Wentz to fund third year of Mercury-Free Dentistry for Africa campaign

Scientist and philanthropist, Dr. Myron Wentz, has announced that he is funding the 2020 campaign of the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry seeking to transition Africa to mercury-free dentistry. This will be the third year he has fully funded the campaign. Dr Myron Wentz Described as a 19th-century, tooth-unfriendly pollutant, dental amalgam is 50% composed of the neurotoxin mercury, whose ...

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875 people commit suicide during lockdown period in Nepal

A total of 875 people have committed suicide during the lockdown period in Nepal. Bidya Devi Bhandari, President of Nepal The country has been under lockdown, against the novel coronavirus disease, since March 24, 2020. According to the data compiled by the Nepal Police, the suicide cases, across the country, increased by 16 per cent in the first month of ...

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Medical professionals demand green recovery from COVID-19

Doctors

Doctors and medical professionals from around the globe have called on world leaders to “recover better” from the economic decline caused by the COVID-19 crisis by investing in a low-carbon and resilient economy that would bring substantial health as well as environmental benefits. Medical professionals at work This call adds to the growing momentum around the world to seize the opportunity presented ...

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Coronavirus outbreak at German church service leaves 112 persons infected

Angela Merkel

An outbreak linked to a church in Frankfurt has so far led to 112 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, as numerous other chains of infection are being investigated, a local official said on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Angela Merkel, German Chancellor According to Rene Gottschalk, head of the German city’s local health authority, another 150 people are being assessed ...

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Lagos enumerates Badagry windstorm, flood victims

The Lagos State Government has embarked on enumeration of victims of a strong windstorm which ravaged Iragon Community in Badagry Local Local Government Area on Monday, May 25, 2020. A devastated prototype St. Patrick Primary School, Iragon, near Badagry, Lagos State on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 Director General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, made the disclosure ...

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Japan urged not to support Vietnamese coal power plant

Shinzo Abe

Japanese environmental NGOs on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 submitted a petition for the cancellation of the Vung Ang 2 Coal-fired Power Generation Project in Vietnam to the Japanese public and private sectors. The petition was signed by 127 organisations from over 40 countries and regions. Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe. Photo credit: telegraph.co.uk The recipients include the Japan Bank for ...

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Experts highlight nature based solutions to curb pandemics

Dr Onoja Joseph

Technical Director, Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), Dr. Joseph Onoja, joined other world leaders in nature conservation to promote biodiversity at a webinar conference organised by the Department of Zoology, University of Lagos, on Friday, May 22, 2020 in commemoration of the International Day of Biodiversity (IDB) with the theme “Our Solutions are in Nature”. Dr Onoja Joseph of the Nigerian ...

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Africa Day: Buhari advocates for peace, security to achieve sustainable development

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria says peace, security, unity and harmony are prerequisites for development in Africa President Muhammadu Buhari Malam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, in a statement in Abuja on Monday, May 25, 2020 said President Buhari stated this in a message to African leaders to mark the ”Africa Day 2020”. ...

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WHO fears ‘silent’ virus epidemic unless Africa prioritises testing

Samba Sow

Africa has so far been spared the worst impact of the coronavirus, but World Health Organisation (WHO) is worried the continent could face a “silent epidemic” if its leaders fail to prioritise testing for it. WHO Special Envoy, Samba Sow “My first point for Africa, my first concern, is that a lack of testing is leading to a silent epidemic ...

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