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COVID-19 halting crucial mental health services in Africa –WHO

Critical funding gaps are halting and disrupting crucial mental health services in Africa, as demand for these services rise amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a new World Health OrganiSation (WHO) survey shows. The survey of 28 African countries was undertaken as part of the first global examination of the devastating impact of COVID-19 on access to […]

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WHO, Unicef urge for reopening of schools in Africa

  The World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations children’s agency have urged African governments to promote the safe reopening of schools during the coronavirus pandemic. They say prolonged closure of schools is harmful to students and want governments to invest in sanitation facilities to prevent the spread of coronavirus in learning institutions. The two […]

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WHO: Strengthening response, key to curbing COVID-19 in Africa

As Africa marks six months of COVID-19, having been first detected on the continent since February 14, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said a sure way to curbing the spread of the pandemic and reducing deaths was to strengthen the collective response from the continent. WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, said countries […]

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WHO: Over 10,000 African health workers infected with COVID-19

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned of the threat posed by COVID-19 to health workers across Africa, saying more than 10,000 health workers in 40 countries have been infected with COVID-19. WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, disclosed this yesterday during a virtual press conference on COVID-19. There are now more than […]

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WHO warns against use of masks during exercise

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned people against wearing masks while exercising, saying masks may reduce the ability to breathe comfortably. WHO gave the warning yesterday in an update of its Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters. It said that sweat could make the mask become wet more quickly which could make […]

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WHO: Covid-19 cases will soon hit 10m

World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom said on Wednesday he expected the number of novel coronavirus cases around the world, now at about 9.3 million, to reach 10 million next week. Tedros also told a news briefing he backed Saudi Arabia’s decision to ban pilgrims from abroad from attending the annual Haj pilgrimage to […]

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WHO certifies Nigeria free of polio virus

After months of certification processes, Nigeria was yesterday declared free of wild polio virus by the World Health Organisation (WHO), after three consecutive years of non-record of wild polio outbreak in any part of the country. With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country in February, some experts were afraid some hiccups might […]