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World Ocean Day: Don’t muddy our waters – Nnimmo Bassey

Nnimmo Bassey

Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), Nnimmo Bassey, at the Freshwater Ecosystem Convergence webinar held on Monday, June 8 to commemorate the 2020 World Ocean Day, makes a case for protecting freshwater and marine ecosystems in the Congo Basin Nnimmo Bassey, Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) The theme of this year’s World Ocean Day is “Innovation for ...

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Elizabeth Mrema confirmed head of UN Biodiversity Convention

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema

United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, on Monday, June 8, 2020 appointed Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, a Tanzanian, as the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Elizabeth Maruma Mrema Ms. Mrema has served as the CBD Acting Executive Secretary since December 1, 2019. She becomes the seventh Executive Secretary to head the UN Biodiversity Convention. “It is my great honour ...

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Food Safety Day: Amid coronavirus pandemic, everyone has a role to play – UN

Roberto Azevedo

Joining forces, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have said that “food safety is a shared responsibility” with a role for everyone to play, from governments, industry and producers to business operators and consumers. Roberto Azevedo, Director-General, WTO According to the UN bodies, the COVID-19 pandemic has shined a spotlight on the importance of monitoring and ...

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Nigeria risks water drought over arbitrary borehole drilling, says group

Drilling borehole

Borehole drillers have said Nigeria risks water drought if the Federal Government fails to stop indiscriminate drilling activities without protection for underground water. Borehole drilling Yinka Kolawole, Chairman, Association of Waterwell Drilling Rig Owners and Practitioners (AWDROP), Oyo State Chapter, urged government to raise the benchmark for the depths that all boreholes should go. He urged the authorities on Sunday, ...

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Over 6,000 police infected with COVID-19 in Bangladesh, 16 killed


As many as 6,206 police personnel, including 1,828 in capital Dhaka, have now tested positive for the deadly COVID-19 in Bangladesh. Coronavirus AKM Kamrul Ahsan, Public Relations Officer at Bangladesh Police headquarters, said on Sunday, June 7, 2020 that 16 of the personnel have died from the disease. “Out of these, 16 police personnel died of the infection,’’ Ahsan said, ...

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Imperative of looking inwards for COVID-19 containment

Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu

Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention. The current coronavirus disease, with no known cure yet, has compelled many countries to look inwards on how to tackle the pandemic. Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology Though the mandate of the World Health Organisation (WHO) includes advocating for universal healthcare, monitoring public health risks, coordinating responses to health ...

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Kenya confirms 167 new COVID-19 cases as tally rises to 2,767

Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenya’s Ministry of Health on Sunday, June 7, 2020 confirmed that 167 people tested positive to COVID-19, bringing the total number to 2,767. President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta Mutahi Kagwe, Cabinet Secretary in the ministry, said the cases were detected from 2,833 samples, which were tested in the last 24 hours. Kagwe said that out of the 167 people, who ...

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Cassava seed system profitable for players in value chain – IITA


The International Institutes of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has said that cassava seed system is profitable for all players across the value chain and that, if properly deployed, will create jobs for all. Cassava farming Project Director, Dr Hemant Nitturkar of the Ibada, Oyo State-based IITA, who made this known in a statement on Sunday, June 7, 2020 in Abuja, said the ...

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WHO issues guidance on locally-made face masks

Face masks

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued a new guidance on homemade or locally-made face masks for prevention of COVID-19. While scientists battle to find cure and vaccine for coronavirus, the readily available alternative is effective use of face masks The WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, gave the advice on Sunday, June 7, 2020 on its official ...

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International Cancer Survivors Day: COVID-19 as a wake-up call

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

“Goodness is the only investment that never fails. Those who bring sunshine cannot keep it from themselves.” – Thor The first Sunday in June every year (Sunday, June 7 in 2020) is known as the International Cancer Survivors Day (ICSD). It is a day set aside to celebrate cancer survivors; appreciate all those who contributed to their survival (the “co-survivors”); ...

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