COVID-19: 73m people risk hunger in Nigeria, others –WHO

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that about 73 million persons across Africa risk acute hunger and starvation following the restriction of movement occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.    The global health organization said that COVID-19 was exacerbating food shortages, as food imports, transportation and agricultural production have all been hampered by a combination of lockdowns, travel restrictions and physical distancing measures. Regional Director of WHO in Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, who gave this warning in Abuja, yesterday, expressed concern that African countries would likely be confronted with heightened…

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COVID-19: NMA displeased with WHO’s home treatment policy

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), has expressed its reservations over the newly approved World Health Organizations (WHO), which advocates home treatment for COVID-19 patients, as a result of limited bed spaces at isolation and treatment centres. A statement signed by the NMA president, Dr. Francis Faduyile and Secretary General  Dr. Olumuyiwa Odusote yesterday in Abuja, maintained that the policy could trigger an explosive form of community transmission of COVID-19, given the living conditions of most households in the country. According to the NMA, the Federal Government should consider revamping  abandoned…

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Floods: WHO steps up disease prevention efforts

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says it is stepping up efforts to provide life-saving assistance, especially basic medical care to flood victims in Nigeria to prevent disastrous epidemics. At least, 826,000 Nigerians are severely affected by heavy flooding after the banks of the country’s two main rivers – the Niger and the Benue – bursted following heavy rain, which began falling in August. “The disaster is now affecting 12 out of 36 states according to the National Emergency Management Agency, with 176,300 people displaced, more than 150,000 hectares of farmland…

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WHO: 300,000 undetected TB cases driving new infections

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has identified the undetected 300,000 cases of tuberculosis (TB) in Nigeria as a major challenge hindering efforts to eradicate the killer disease from the country and the world at large. Also, the world body has called for the active involvement of the private sector in TB control programme nationwide. The Country Representative of (WHO) in Nigeria, Dr. Wondimagegnehu Alemu who disclosed this in Lagos recently, said out of the estimated 400,000 TB cases in the country, only 100,000 cases have been reported, leaving the 300,000…

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WHO backs creation of Regional lab for yellow fever, measles

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Pledges support for NAFDAC, NCDC As part of global efforts in tackling diseases, the World Health Organisation( WHO) Representative in Nigeraia, Dr. Wondimagegnchu Alemu said its organisation was backing Nigeria to establish a Regional laboratory for Yellow fever and measles in the country. Similarly, the world body has also pledged to support the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), towards upgrading  its laboratory facilities and the efforts to attain WHO prequalification. Making these revelations during the tour of NAFDAC and the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control…

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WHO, NAFDAC declare war on fake drugs

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The World Health Organisation (WHO), has said it was in talks with the National Agency for Food Drugs Control Administration, NAFDAC, to wipe out all distribution outlets responsible for the circulation of fake drugs in the country.   WHO Country Representative, Dr. Wondi Alemu who made this known in Abuja, noted that the distribution and consumption of quality, safe medicine, was part of achieving a universal health coverage (UHC).   He noted that as part of its commitment to support countries to build stronger, more resilient and responsive health systems,…

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Nigeria needs $109m to meet health emergencies in N/East – WHO

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The World Health Organisation (WHO), has said Nigeria needed at least $109 million to meet the health needs and save the lives of people living in the North East. Speaking to our correspondent on the sidelines during a two-day media training on WHO’s work in Nigeria, held in Abuja, a health expert, Dr. Ifeanyi Okudo, also revealed that about 5.4 million persons were in need of humanitarian assistance in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states. He explained that besides providing life saving and sustaining health assistance to the affected people, the…

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WHO enlists “Disease X’’ among most dangerous epidemics

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Along with Ebola, Zika and other well-known notorious diseases, Disease “X” was recently enlisted by the WHO as the killer that is potential to trigger deadly global epidemic in the near future. After a meeting at its Geneva headquarters gathering health experts across the world, the organisation released its 2018 Blueprint list of priority diseases, which include Ebola, Lassa fever, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Rift Valley fever (RVF) and Zika. According to the WHO, the Blueprint is to improve global coordination, accelerate research and development on certain diseases, develop…

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Measles: WHO pledges support as Ahmed flags off campaign

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) yesterday assured the Kwara State Government of necessary assistance to combat all communicable and non-communicable diseases in the state. The international organisation gave the assurance as Governor Abdulfattah Ahmed led state officials to flag off the 2018 measles campaign programme in Ilorin, the state capital, with a call on parents and caregivers in the state to make their children available for immunisation.   WHO Coordinator in the state, Mr. Mustapha Katibi, lamented that measles was still a burden in the country because of high number…

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Lassa fever: WHO, NCDC partner Edo to end scourge

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) yesterday said they had commenced work with the Edo State government to bring to an end the Lassa fever outbreak in the country.   They commended Governor Godwin Obaseki for his purposeful and strategic response to the current Lassa fever outbreak in the country, particularly in Edo State.   Coordinator, Lassa fever Outbreak Response Team in Nigeria, Dr. Emmanuel Musa, made the commendation when he led a surveillance team from the WHO and the NCDC on a…

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