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China Donates 470,000 Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccines To Nigeria

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The Chinese Government on Friday donated 470,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Nigeria, in a bid to boost the efforts to immunize Nigerians against the deadly COVID-19 virus. The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Cui Jianchun, made the donation to the Nigerian Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, in Abuja. According to Jianchun, the gesture was a result of the good relationship between Nigeria and China. Jianchun noted that the efforts to eliminate the COVID-19 pandemic require worldwide collaborations. The Chinese Ambassador warned against politicizing issues surrounding COVID-19 or blaming China for the outbreak, rather than collaboration should be worked out on ways to eliminate the disease.

BREAKING: Cholera Death Toll Rises To 60 In Abuja

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The Federal Capital Development Authorities (FCDA) has disclosed that fatalities from cholera outbreak in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have risen to 60. FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, confirmed the death toll at the continuation of community sensitisation on cholera and other severe acute diarrhea diseases outbreaks in Pyakasa and Gwagwa communities in the nation’s capital. She also revealed that suspected cases have risen from 604 to 698 within the last 72 hours. Represented by Dr. Iwot Ndaeyo, the acting Executive Secretary of FCT Primary Health Care Board, the minister said that Abaji Area Council also recorded three suspected cases with no death.

COVID-19: WHO Declares New Variant As Highly Transmissible, Another Nigerian Losses Battle To The Pandemic

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World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the Delta Variant of COVID-19 as the most transmissible mutation to date. Director-General, WHO, Tedros Ghebreyesus disclosed that delta co had been identified in at least 85 countries and is “spreading rapidly among unvaccinated populations”. “As some countries ease public health and social measures, we are starting to see increases in transmission around the world,” he said.

BREAKING: FG Revisits COVID-19 Restrictions, Returns Curfew

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The Federal Government has re-introduced a nationwide 12am to 4am curfew as part of efforts to curtail the further spread of COVID-19. The National Incident Manager and Head of Technical Secretariat of the Presidential Steering Committee, Mukhtar Mohammed, disclosed this at a press briefing of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 in Abuja. According to Mohammed, the curfew would take effect from midnight on Monday, May 10. He also informed that with effect from Tuesday, night clubs, gyms, and others would remain closed till further notice.

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).

WHO Donates Cholera Vaccines To Bauchi

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Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, the Executive Chairman of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA) announced that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has donated 1.5 million dosages of cholera vaccine to Bauchi State during the kick-off of the vaccination exercise in the state. He stated that the WHO donated 1.5 million dosages of vaccine to support the state’s response to cholera outbreaks.

COVID-19: Nigeria Records 206 Cases In 10 States

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) via a post on its Facebook page stated that the country has recorded the highest number of daily figures in months after recording 206 on Tuesday night and 146 on Monday, this tally has, therefore, has raised the total infection in the country to 169,884 and fatality toll at 2,128.

Cholera Outbreak Kills Seven In Enugu Artisan Market

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At least seven people have died following a Cholera outbreak at the New Artisan Market in Enugu State, the State Ministry of Health said. Also, nineteen others who were infected have been evacuated to the State Teaching Hospital, ESUT-Parklane for treatment. The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ikechukwu Obi confirmed this in a statement on Friday, saying the ministry has commenced contact-tracing, surveillance, and risk assessment at the market and its environs, noting that an Emergency operations centre for the outbreak has been activated to curb further spread of the outbreak.

Oyo State Records COVID-19 Delta Variant

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The Oyo State Coronavirus Taskforce has recorded the Delta variant of the virus in the state, days after the first case was discovered in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. Mr. Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde made the disclosure in a statement, urging residents to intensify COVID-19 protocols and guidelines.

New Polio Variant Hits 13 States, FCT In Nigeria - Experts

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A new polio variant, circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) has breakout in several communities within the country one year after the country was certified polio-free. It was reported that the cVDPV is contracted as a result of many factors, including refusing to take the shots or not completing polio vaccines.

Nigeria Has Utilized 88% Of Total COVID-19 Vaccines In Stock - NPHCDA

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It has been reported that Nigeria has utilised over 3.4 million doses of Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for both the 1st and 2nd vaccination rounds and this has amounted to approximately 88 per cent of the total COVID-19 vaccine stock in the country. The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib during a national briefing of the COVID-19 Presidential Steering Committee on Monday further disclosed that “a total of 4,024,000 doses of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine were received by the Federal Government of Nigeria in March 2021".

COVID-19: HIV Increases Risk Of Severe Infection, WHO Says

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has disclosed that people living with HIV have a significant risk of infection of the COVID-19. According to a new report, the health body said following clinical surveillance data from 37 countries, nearly a quarter of people with HIV and also hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19 died.

COVID-19: Nigeria To Recieve Over 3M Pfizer Vaccines

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Nigeria is set to receive 3,930,910 doses of Pfizer-N Tech COVID-19 vaccine from the COVAX facility next month donated by the United States. Another 3,577,860 doses of Pfizer-Bio-N Tech vaccine is expected in the third quarter of this year from the COVAX facility with 29,850,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine donated by the African Union Commission.

COVID-19: Nigeria Records First Case Of Delta Variant

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed a case of SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant, also known as lineage B.1.617.2 in the country. The NCDC in a statement said the variant was detected in a traveller to Nigeria, following the routine travel test required of all international travellers and genomic sequencing at the NCDC National Reference Laboratory, Abuja. The delta variant has been described by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the most transmissible variant, and also is responsible for the spike in about 98 countries across the world where it has been reported.

Billions To Face Water, Hygiene Crisis In 2030 – WHO, UNICEF warns

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The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) have warned that billions of people around the world would be unable to access clean household drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene services in 2030 if the progress rate does not improve. According to a Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) report titled “Progress on household drinking water, sanitation and hygiene 2000 – 2020”, one in four people lacked safe drinking water in their homes with nearly half of the globe suffering from safely managed sanitation.

Lassa Fever: Nigeria, Others To Commence Vaccine Clinical Trials

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The Lassa fever vaccine clinical trials are set to commence in Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the Public Affairs of the United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria said. The disclosure was made in a statement on Monday, saying the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trial Partnership and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations has awarded €22.8 million to the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative to conduct a Phase IIB trial of the IAVI Lassa fever vaccine candidate among adults and children in Nigeria, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

COVID-19: Saudi Arabia Donates $1M Medical Equipment To Nigeria

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The Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia has donated medical equipment worth $1 million to Nigeria in a bid to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement, the Director Media and Public Relations of the Federal Ministry of Health, Olusegun Adetola said the handover of the medical equipment donated to the Nigerian Government took place at the Saudi-Arabia Embassy in Abuja on Tuesday. The donated medical equipment includes 23 ventilators, surgical sterile gowns, non-sterile gowns, surgical masks, and nitrile gloves.