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COVID-19: Kaduna makes vaccinations, facemasks, mandatory from Oct. 31

Nasir el-Rufai

Adherence to COVID-19 protocols of vaccination and wearing of facemasks would be compulsory as from October 31, 2021, for anyone wishing access to any government office, the Kaduna State Government has said. Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State A statement conveying the directive, issued by the Special Adviser on Media and Communications to the Governor, Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, on Tuesday, ...

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Nigeria, World Bank to raise $30m for vaccine plant

Yemi Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says Nigeria and the World Bank are collaborating to raise $30 million to finance a vaccine plant. Vice President of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osinbajo Osinbajo spoke on Monday, October 18, 2021 in Abuja at the International Conference on Health Access and Socio-Economic Development Beyond Covid-19: The First Multisectoral Approach to Solution Finding. The conference was orgainsed ...

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About 86% of COVID-19 infections in Africa go unnoticed – WHO

Matshidiso Moeti

About 86 per cent of all coronavirus infections in Africa go unnoticed, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported on Thursday, October 14, 2021. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa The WHO puts the number of all infections on the continent at 59 million, over seven times more than the eight million reported cases. “The high number of unreported ...

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WHO establishes new scientific group to study COVID origins

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 launched an expert group that will examine the origins of new pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Photo credit: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images The proposed members of the WHO Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins of Novel ...

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DRC commences Ebola vaccination

Ebola Vaccine

Ebola vaccination began on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) North Kivu Province where a case was confirmed on October 8. People at high risk, including contacts of the confirmed case and first responders will receive the doses as the health authorities move to curb the spread of the virus. Ebola vaccine The confirmed ...

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Now that WHO has approved malaria vaccine: Which way Nigeria?

Malaria Vaccine

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on  Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, recommended the use of the first-ever produced malaria vaccine, the RTS, S/AS01. The vaccine is an immunological approach against the plasmodium parasite. Malaria vaccine The vaccine, which showed great results in the phase III trials carried out in 2014 in about 11 African countries, has the potential of reducing global ...

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Vaccine ‘ll reduce deaths, burden of malaria disease – Stakeholders

Malaria Vaccine

Stakeholders in the health sector in the South-West Zone say the World Health Organisation (WHO) endorsement of vaccine for malaria in children in sub-Saharan Africa, will reduce deaths and burden of the disease in Nigeria. Malaria vaccine They made the assertions in separate interviews across the states in the zone, describing the vaccine endorsement by WHO as a welcome development. Malaria is ...

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New Ebola case detected in DRC’s North Kivu Province

Matshidiso Moeti

The Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Friday, October 8, 2021 announced that a new case of Ebola has been detected in the health zone of Butsili in North Kivu Province, where a previous outbreak was declared over May 3, 2021. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa The Goma branch of the ...

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Lagos plans vaccine research, mental facility to combat COVID-19

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Government is set to establish a world-class and best-in-Africa vaccine research centre to avoid depending on western nations for COVID-19 vaccines in addition to a mental health facility as part of critical measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in the state. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State Mr. Gbenga Omotosho, the Lagos State Commissioner for Information & ...

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Nigeria outlines measures for COVID-19 pandemic recovery, reconstruction

Boss Mustapha

The Federal Government of Nigeria has outlined some of the measures being implemented for COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery and Reconstruction in the country, after taking steps to contain the spread of infection, minimise casualties and ensure that clinical services could cope with the projected fatalities. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Secretary to the Government of the ...

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