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Resident Doctors Commence Indefinite Strike

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Despite last-minute efforts by the Nigerian Government Members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Thursday commenced a nationwide indefinite strike. NARD President, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, announced the commencement of the industrial action during an interview on Sunrise Daily – a breakfast programme on Channels Television. “The strike commenced 8 am this morning, and we enjoin all resident doctors to start the strike immediately,” he said. The resident doctors, in a tweet on Thursday, said the strike was not intended to hurt the public.

COVID-19: AU Signs Deal For 400M Johnson and Johnson Vaccine

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The African Union (AU) is set to receive 400 million doses of Johnson&Johnson’s single-shot COVID-19 vaccine following the successful conclusion of the agreement through the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT). This was made known in a statement by the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) on Monday, saying that an additional 180 million doses of the single-shot vaccine could be purchased when the successful purchase agreement. The statement said the vaccine will be made available across African countries within 18 months through the African Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP).

Nigeria Develops Two COVID-19 Vaccine, Awaits Clinical Trials, Certification

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Following the high demand and limited supply of the COVID-19 vaccines in the world, Nigeria has developed two vaccines against the Coronavirus and is set to undergo clinical trials and possible certification.

COVID-19: WHO Approves J&J Vaccine

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has on Friday approved the COVID-29 vaccine developed by Johnson&Johnson, making it an additional 500 million doses to be added to the COVAX global vaccine sharing scheme. The approval comes after Johnson&Johnson’s single jab dose vaccine won approval from the European Union (EU) on Thursday. In a statement, Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Chief said “Every new, safe and effective tool against Covid-19 is another step closer to controlling the pandemic.”

COVID-19: FG Begins Distribution Of Vaccines To States

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The Federal Government has on Monday announced that it has begun the distribution of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to the 36 states of the federation. Dr. Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) made the announcement during the daily Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 press briefing in Abuja, saying the distribution would be concluded on Tuesday.

President Buhari, Osinbajo Receive Jabs Of COVID-19 Vaccine As National Vaccination Program Commence

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President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo received jabs of the COVID-19 vaccines on LIVE TV at about 11: 55 a.m. on Saturday, March, 6. Mr. Buhari was vaccinated by the Chief Personal Physician to the President, Suhayb Sanusi Rafindadi, while Mr. Osinbajo was vaccinated by his personal physician, Nicholas Audifferen. Earlier it was reported that the President and Vice will be among the first set of Nigerians to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to demonstrate to Nigerians it is safe. Nigeria commenced the COVID-19 vaccination of its citizens on Friday, three days after it received 3.94 million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines through the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Assess Facility (COVAX).

After Eradicating Polio, UNICEF Caution Nigeria Of Possible Resurgence Except

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The United Nation International Children Endowment Fund (UNICEF)has warned Nigerian authorities that the success of wiping the wild poliovirus may be in vain except preventive measures is put in place as follow up.

Doctors May Resume Nationwide Strike If Demands Are Not Met – Dr. Uyilawa

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Members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), who just recently suspended its strike have asked the Federal Government to honour its agreement with the union or they will resume the industrial action. They warned that should the government fail to honour its agreement in the next four weeks, they would be forced to declare another indefinite nationwide industrial action. President of NARD, Dr. Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, gave the word of caution on Monday during an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

Resident Doctors Suspend Strike

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President of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi has on Saturday announced the suspension of the strike by Resident Doctors after 10 days. The strike which commenced April 1, 2021, was suspended after the association signed a new agreement with the federal government in line with their 13-point demand on Friday. During the reconciliatory meeting with Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, and other representatives of the government, both parties signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA).

COVID-19: Nigeria Receives 100,000 Doses Of Covishield Vaccine From India

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The Federal Government has announced that it has on Tuesday received 100,000 doses of Covishield COVID-19 vaccine from India. Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha made the announcement during the committee’s weekly briefing yesterday. Nigeria since the commencement of the nationwide vaccination exercise in March has through COVAX, a United Nations-backed scheme received 3.94 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 Vaccine: FG Directs States To Suspend Exercise Half Way

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The Federal Government has directed all states administering the AstraZeneca vaccine to halt the vaccination exercise when they have used half of the quantity they earlier received. The decision was taken by the Director-General of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaibu on behalf of the federal government saying states are to suspend the vaccination exercise when they have used up half of the number of doses they received. Accordingly, the decision necessitated by the fact that those who have received the first jab should be able to take the second jab, since the possibility of getting the second supply of the vaccine from the company on time is not certain.

COVID-19 Update: Nigeria Records 129 Fresh Cases, Infection Diminishing

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has yesterday disclosed that the agency recorded 129 fresh cases of coronavirus infection across the country.

COVID-19 Vaccine: Over 500,000 Nigerians Have Taken The Jab – NPHCDA

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The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) has disclosed that about 513,626 persons have so far received the Oxford-AstraZenca vaccine since it commenced administering in Nigeria.

COVID-19 Vaccine: No Individual Would Be Compelled To Take Jab – FG

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Following the skepticism surrounding the myth of the coronavirus vaccine, the Federal Government has disclosed that no Nigerian would be compelled to take the dose of the vaccine against their wish.

PTF On COVID-19 Declares Kogi State High Risk, Cautions Nigerians Against Visiting

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The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has declared Kogi State a high-risk zone for failing to acknowledge the existence of the virus. The PTF said that the Kogi government had failed to report testing, lacked isolation centers and therefore cautions Nigerians to be wary of visiting the state. It said having analysed the pandemic in the country, 22 high burdened Local Government Areas within 13 states in the country had been identified. The National Incident Manager (NIM) of the PTF COVID-19 pandemic, Mukhtar Muhammad who said this yesterday, urged Nigerians to avoid traveling to the State.

COVID-19 Update: Nigeria Records Fresh 685 Cases, Least In The Last Four Weeks

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has disclosed that it has recorded 685 fresh cases of coronavirus which has brought the toll to 131,242 in the country. The Health agency made this known through its official Twitter handle last night. Compared with previous result has indicated that the recent case released by the health agency yesterday was the least in its daily report since Jan 2, when a daily report of 576 was recorded. As at the time of filling this report, Nigeria has a total of 131,242 infections making the country the sixth highest in the African continent after Ethiopia, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and South Africa.

COVID-19: Nigeria Records 1,204 New Cases, Highest Daily Record

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Nigeria on Monday recorded 1,204 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, the highest number of new infections recorded in a day, totalling it to 91,351 cases, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said. According to NCDC, the new cases were recorded in 20 States and the FCT, with Lagos remaining the epicentre of the pandemic with 654 cases, while FCT had 200. Other States include Plateau-60, Kaduna-54, Kano-40, Rivers-30, Edo-28, Nasarawa-25, Kebbi-19, Bauchi-18, Oyo-13, Akwa Ibom-12, Bayelsa-11, Ogun-11, Delta-9, Abia-8, Benue-5, Imo-three, Borno-2, and Sokoto and Osun with 1 case each.

WHO Launches COVID-19 App To Counter Pandemic Misinformation

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a mobile application, “WHO COVID-19 Updates” which offers “trusted info from both the experts at the WHO and regional partners, with regular updates and notifications as scientific findings progress." According to the health body, the app will enlighten users on both mild and serious symptoms of COVID-19, and also educate them on how to protect themselves, as well as avoiding myths, and misinformation. The app which was initially released in April 2020 but was removed from public space, is currently only available on Google Play Store in Nigeria. However, the older version is similar to the latest stable version.