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Tobacco industry is increasingly targeting young people – WHO
Over 40 million young people aged 13-15 have already started to use tobacco. WHO The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed concerns over the tobacco industry’s investment in the promotion of its product. According to the global health body, every year the tobacco industry invests more than USD 9 billion to advertise its products. Increasingly, […] The post Tobacco industry is increasingly targeting young people – WHO appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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Top Ten News Items on Health, 29th May 2020
CBN approves N10bn applications for healthcare intervention. COVID-19 forcing investment in health sector, says NCDC. Nigeria records more deaths from other diseases than COVID-19 – SGF. NCDC activates two new COVID-19 testing labs in Ogun, Katsina. Silent spreaders of COVID-19: People without symptoms. NIPRD partners Bloom Public Health on pharmaceutical research, development. FG to provide [...] The post Top Ten News Items on Health, 29th May 2020 appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Latest Health Jobs In Nigeria Published On 28th May 2020
COVID-19 Laboratory Manager, The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Abuja, deadline 29th May 2020. Apply WASH Officer (Monitoring, Sustainability & Accountability) NOB, UNICEF, Abuja, deadline 5th June 2020. Apply Programme Director, SMC, Malaria Consortium, Abuja, deadline 5th June 2020. Apply Senior Program Officer – Health Financing, Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation, Abuja. Apply Community Health Extension Worker (CHEW), Pearldrops Healthcare Staffing, Lagos, deadline 1st June 2020. Apply [...] The post Latest Health Jobs In Nigeria Published On 28th May 2020 appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Digital referral platform for pathologists in Kenya gets $50,000 funding
Pathology Network, a digital referral platform for pathologists in Kenya, has secured an investment of $50,000 from Villgro Kenya, an early-stage business incubator in the East African region. The Pathology Network is an artificial intelligence-powered digital platform linking small labs to specialized labs for seamless test referrals. It provides access to specialists remotely, shortening the […] The post Digital referral platform for pathologists in Kenya gets $50,000 funding appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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How Lagos State is tackling the challenge of alternative birth methods
“This article was produced in collaboration with Maternal Figures, a database of maternal health interventions implemented in Nigeria.” Due to poor conditions of the roads, navigating through the Itire/Ikate axis of Surulere can be a frustrating experience. Yet, this does not deter the pregnant women who, for many years, have thronged to Surulere for their [...] The post How Lagos State is tackling the challenge of alternative birth methods appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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#PreventEpidemicsNaija - Funding the COVID-19 Response in Nigeria
Beti Baiye & Dara Ajala Damisa (Lead Writers) When Nigeria Health Watch’s #PreventEpidemicsNaija project launched in October 2018 and started advocating for better funding for epidemic preparedness in Nigeria, sceptics may have thought that it was akin to the case of the boy who cried wolf. With the various pressing health needs Nigeria faces, it [...] The post #PreventEpidemicsNaija - Funding the COVID-19 Response in Nigeria appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Top Ten News Items on Health, 22nd May 2020
‘From 665 to 6,677’ — how Nigeria recorded over 6,000 COVID-19 cases in one month. COVID-19: NAFDAC reduces cost of registration for MSMEs by 80%. Don’t lose sight of malaria while fighting COVID-19 –PSN. COVID-19: Kebbi State boosts health workers’ morale, approves safety allowances. Nigeria records 12,000 new cases of fistula yearly – UNFPA. NCP [...] The post Top Ten News Items on Health, 22nd May 2020 appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Latest Health Jobs In Nigeria Published On 21st May 2020
USAID Project Management Specialist – Maternal and Child Health (MCH), US Embassy in Nigeria, Abuja,deadline 28th May 2020. Apply Senior Nutrition and Social Protection Officer, AHHD2, African Development Bank – AfDB,daedline 14th June 2020. Apply Consultant to conduct a study on Gender and the Domestic work sector in Nigeria, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Abuja, deadline 22nd May 2020. Apply COVID-19 Laboratory Manager, African Field Epidemiology Network [...] The post Latest Health Jobs In Nigeria Published On 21st May 2020 appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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#MyCOVID19NaijaStory: The day I was proud to be a frontline health worker -  Dr. Opeyemi Adeyemi
Editor’s Note: Dr. Opeyemi Adeyemi came back to Nigeria in 2015 after completing her MSc in Public Health. She started practicing in 2016. Just over a year ago, she began her residency in Community Medicine at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Sagamu, Ogun State. When the COVID-19 outbreak came to Nigeria, Ogun State [...] The post #MyCOVID19NaijaStory: The day I was proud to be a frontline health worker -  Dr. Opeyemi Adeyemi appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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New drug prevents HIV among gay men
Long-acting injectable cabotegravir has emerged as safe and effective in preventing HIV among gay men and other men who have sex with men and transgender women. This was the conclusion of the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) 083 study that enrolled almost 4600 HIV-negative people from across more than 40 sites in North and South […] The post New drug prevents HIV among gay men appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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Obio PMTCT Clinic: Compassionate, Confidential & Patient Centred
Most mothers look forward to a lifetime of giving their offspring gifts, beginning with the gift of life. Imagine the devastation that some face when they realise that they could pass on a lifelong illness to their precious little one, due to factors beyond their control. This is often the reality of a pregnant woman [...] The post Obio PMTCT Clinic: Compassionate, Confidential & Patient Centred appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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When Time Stands Still: Responding to Nigeria’s COVID-19 Outbreak
Editor’s Note: Dr. Ibrahim Mamadu has been part of World Health Organisation (WHO) Nigeria’s team supporting the country’s preparedness and response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria in several states, including Ogun, Katsina, and most recently, in Kano. In this Thought Leadership piece he documents his insights into the response and outlines lessons learned from [...] The post When Time Stands Still: Responding to Nigeria’s COVID-19 Outbreak appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Top Ten News Items on Health, 15th May 2020
Nigeria’s COVID-19 burden rises above 5,000, with 193 new cases on Thursday. COVID-19: CBN launches N100bn intervention fund, urges scientists to develop local vaccines. COVID-19: NCDC outlines principles of engagement with private laboratories. Nigeria drives routine immunization amid COVID-19. Strange illnesses: Pathologists from high burden states train on investigation. Nigerian startup Helium Health secures $10m [...] The post Top Ten News Items on Health, 15th May 2020 appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Nigeria to test ‘COVID-19 cures’ for safety, not efficacy
The Nigerian has announced plans to subject medicines claimed to possibly prevent and/or cure COVID-19 to testing to ascertain their safety and not efficacy, according to the regulator in charge of drug administration in the country. In a statement gotten by HealthNews.NG, the Director General of Nigeria’s National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and […] The post Nigeria to test ‘COVID-19 cures’ for safety, not efficacy appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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COVID-19 could deepen food insecurity, malnutrition in Africa – WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) today expressed concern at the potential impact of COVID-19 on food security, which is likely to exacerbate the already considerable burden of malnutrition in Africa. The impact of the disease is expected to be greater among those grappling with food scarcity and malnutrition, while widespread food insecurity will likely increase […] The post COVID-19 could deepen food insecurity, malnutrition in Africa – WHO appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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COVID-19 could cause 500,000 extra deaths from AIDS-related illnesses
A modelling group convened by the World Health Organization and UNAIDS has estimated that if efforts are not made to mitigate and overcome interruptions in health services and supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic, a six-month disruption of antiretroviral therapy could lead to more than 500 000 extra deaths from AIDS-related illnesses, including from tuberculosis, in […] The post COVID-19 could cause 500,000 extra deaths from AIDS-related illnesses appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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Latest Health Jobs In Nigeria Published On 14th May 2020
Project Manager – COVID19 Response, Danish Refugee Council (DRC), Borno, deadline 17th May 2020. Apply FT Nutrition Officer P2, UNICEF Nigeria, Abuja, deadline 20th May 2020. Apply Child Protection Officer (GBViE) NOB, UNICEF Nigeria, Borno, deadline 22nd May 2020. Apply Program Officer – Data, Analytics, Measurement, Learning and Evaluation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Abuja. Apply Procurement and Subcontracts Director, Chemonics International, Abuja, deadline 12th June 2020. Apply Senior [...] The post Latest Health Jobs In Nigeria Published On 14th May 2020 appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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African leaders call for immediate action to save additional lives from malaria in the face of COVID-19
11 May 2020 – In response to mounting concerns around the impact of COVID-19 on malaria elimination efforts across the African continent, the African members of the End Malaria Council have released a joint statement and a four-pronged action plan calling on African and global leaders to act quickly to: protect the decades of gains against malaria; boost [...] The post African leaders call for immediate action to save additional lives from malaria in the face of COVID-19 appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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#Innovate4COVID19: How 3 organisations are fighting the novel Coronavirus in Africa
By Adaobi Ezeokoli & Thelma Thomas (Lead Writers) Every year since 2015, Nigeria Health Watch has organised the Future of Health Conference, our flagship event, to focus conversation and curate insights, evidence and a framework for action on critical topical health sector issues. With the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting not just the health sector, but social, [...] The post #Innovate4COVID19: How 3 organisations are fighting the novel Coronavirus in Africa appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Nigeria Health Watch launches new brand identity
Abuja – We are excited to announce the launch of the new Nigeria Health Watch logo, as part of the ongoing evolution of our brand. Since our inception in 2009, our organisation has grown and evolved, with a logo that has enabled us to become a respected voice in the Nigerian health sector. However, we [...] The post Nigeria Health Watch launches new brand identity appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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New Report Provides African Governments Real-Time Information and Guidance to Find the Balance in COVID-19 Response
Real-time data from 20 African countries drives prevention guidelines to save lives 5 May 2020 (New York) – Member states across Africa responded quickly to COVID-19 with public health and social measures (PHSM), including curfews and lockdowns, as well as training in laboratory diagnostics, surveillance, risk communication, infection prevention and control, and case management conducted [...] The post New Report Provides African Governments Real-Time Information and Guidance to Find the Balance in COVID-19 Response appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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A case for PHCs in the fight against COVID19
Since the declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation, Nigeria like most countries across the world has been battling to contain the disease. The Federal Government restricted flights from high risk countries into the nation’s airports and later followed with total closure. Total lockdowns were imposed by the Federal Government on [...] The post A case for PHCs in the fight against COVID19 appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Fortify and the Wellbeing Foundation Africa Announce Strategic Partnership to Reduce Iron Deficiency and Improve Maternal Survival in West Africa
May 06, 2020 07:30 AM Eastern Daylight TimeCHICAGO & LAGOS, Nigeria–(BUSINESS WIRE)– U.S.-based Fortify and Nigeria-based Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) today announce a formal partnership to address iron deficiency – the major underlying cause of maternal deaths during childbirth in developing countries. Iron deficiency is the most widespread public health disorder in the world, affecting [...] The post Fortify and the Wellbeing Foundation Africa Announce Strategic Partnership to Reduce Iron Deficiency and Improve Maternal Survival in West Africa appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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WHO responds to Madagascar’s COVID-19 cure claims
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged the government of Madagascar and other African governments to subject proposed cures for COVID-19 disease to scientific testing The post WHO responds to Madagascar’s COVID-19 cure claims appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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COVID-19 threatens immunization coverage gains – WHO
Shutting down immunization services in the COVID-19 pandemic risks triggering a resurgence of diseases that can be prevented with safe and effective vaccines, warns the World Health Organization in the lead-up to World Immunization Week (24-30 April). When immunization services are disrupted, even for brief periods during emergencies, the risk of vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks, such […] The post COVID-19 threatens immunization coverage gains – WHO appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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How Trump’s decision to freeze WHO funds could impact Africa
Following its concerns about the handling of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the President Donald Trump-led US government recently decided to freeze funding meant for the organisation. Dr Matshidi Moeti, regional director for WHO African region, has described Africa as a continent that could be impacted by the decision of […] The post How Trump’s decision to freeze WHO funds could impact Africa appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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Nigeria’s NCDC recommends use of face masks to prevent COVID-19
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has revised its recommendation regarding the use of face masks by individuals that do not have symptoms of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease. According the centre, the wearing of face masks, (or equivalent) is recommended as an optional additional layer to be used in addition to other measures such […] The post Nigeria’s NCDC recommends use of face masks to prevent COVID-19 appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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South Africa announces visa concessions for COVID-19
South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs has announced temporary measures which it said are in place to address immigration matters during the lockdown period. It revealed that holders of temporary residence visas which expired from mid February 2020, who did not renew their visas before the lockdown, will not be declared illegal or prohibited persons. […] The post South Africa announces visa concessions for COVID-19 appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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Ebola: DR Congo confirms new case
A new case of Ebola virus disease was confirmed on Friday in the city of Beni in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). “While not welcome news, this is an event we anticipated. We kept response teams in Beni and other high risk areas for precisely this reason,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. […] The post Ebola: DR Congo confirms new case appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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Africa now has over 10,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa has risen to more than 10 000 and caused more than 500 deaths. While the virus was slow to reach the continent compared to other parts of the world, infection has grown exponentially in recent weeks and continues to spread. Reaching the continent through travellers returning from […] The post Africa now has over 10,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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COVID-19: Nigeria, others to get chloroquine and azithromycin from ECOWAS
To better position them against COVID-19 coronavirus disease, countries in West Africa will soon share 740,000 doses of Chloroquine and Azithromycin. The drugs are the major components of a list of items totalling one million that have been ordered by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for member states to help fight the coronavirus pandemic. […] The post COVID-19: Nigeria, others to get chloroquine and azithromycin from ECOWAS appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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For the first time, Lagos recorded no new case of COVID-19
The city of Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital city and the epicentre of the country’s COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic reached a major milestone on Monday 6 April 2020, when it did not report any confirmed case of this virus that has continued to spread across the globe including new cities in Nigeria. According to the official records […] The post For the first time, Lagos recorded no new case of COVID-19 appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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How to maintain essential health services during COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic is straining health systems worldwide. The rapidly increasing demand on health facilities and health care workers threatens to leave some health systems overstretched and unable to operate effectively. Previous outbreaks have demonstrated that when health systems are overwhelmed, mortality from vaccine-preventable and other treatable conditions can also increase dramatically. During the 2014-2015 […] The post How to maintain essential health services during COVID-19 pandemic appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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New fund expands Nigeria’s COVID-19 testing capabilities
54gene, genomics research, services, and development company, recently launched a fund to tackle the current challenges around testing for COVID-19 in Nigeria. To support the ongoing efforts of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control [NCDC], 54gene opened the fund by donating $150,000 and within 24 hours of launch, had already secured an additional $350,000 from […] The post New fund expands Nigeria’s COVID-19 testing capabilities appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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COVID-19 vaccine could be available for use in early 2021
Johnson & Johnson has announced the selection of a lead COVID-19 vaccine candidate from constructs it has been working on since January 2020; the significant expansion of the existing partnership between the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA); and the rapid scaling of the Company’s […] The post COVID-19 vaccine could be available for use in early 2021 appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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