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    WHO: Nigeria has expressed interest to be part of COVID-19 drug trials

WHO: Nigeria has expressed interest to be part of COVID-19 drug trials

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says Nigeria has expressed interest to be part of the global solidarity drug trial to combat COVID-19. The WHO launched solidarity drug trials for these specific drugs -- hydroxychloriquine, chloroquine phosphate, and remdesivir -- in April. Speaking on Friday at the joint national briefing of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19,  Fiona Braka, officer in charge, [...]

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    COVID-19: Ignore the ‘vaccine’ being hawked in Kano, FG warns residents

COVID-19: Ignore the ‘vaccine’ being hawked in Kano, FG warns residents

Lai Mohammed, minister of information, has warned Nigerians against patronising hawkers of products described as COVID-19 vaccines.  At the presidential task force briefing on Tuesday, the minister said the vaccines, yellow in colour, being hawked in Kano, have not been certified.  “The federal ministry of information and culture and its agencies have put up a public enlightenment and advocacy campaign to continue [...]

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    Bill Gates: Coronavirus vaccine could be ready for large-scale trial by June

Bill Gates: Coronavirus vaccine could be ready for large-scale trial by June

Bill Gates, global health advocate and world's richest man for 18 years, says novel coronavirus vaccine could be ready for large-scale trials by June 2020.  Gates, who is the co-chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, also added that this virus has started to behave like a once-in-a-century pathogen. In a paper written for the New England Journal of Medicine, Gates said leaders [...]

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    Okonjo-Iweala: Education is the strongest vaccine against poverty

Okonjo-Iweala: Education is the strongest vaccine against poverty

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of finance and the chairperson of Gavi board, says education is the strongest antidote and vaccine against poverty. Okonjo-Iweala, via a write-up on challenging Africa to achieving sustainbale development goals said "Vaccinations of 1.6 million children are halting an outbreak of measles in Cambodia". "In drought-stricken Somalia, 450,000 people are being immunized against the spread of deadly cholera. [...]

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    WHO: Nigeria gets 500,000 doses of meningitis C vaccine — more on the way

WHO: Nigeria gets 500,000 doses of meningitis C vaccine — more on the way

Nigeria has received 500,000 doses of meningitis C containing vaccine to combat the epidemic in the country, the WHO has said. The doses were sent by the International Coordinating Group (ICG), an organisation that coordinates the provision of vaccine during outbreak emergencies. Wondimagegnehu Alemu, the WHO country representative to Nigeria, said this in a statement in Abuja on Friday. He said the vaccines, [...]

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    Meningitis: $1bn needed for vaccines as death toll rises to 489

Meningitis: $1bn needed for vaccines as death toll rises to 489

The federal government says it needs more than $1 billion for vaccines to eradicate meningitis epidemic in the five most affected states in the northern region. Issac Adewole, the minister of health, disclosed this while addressing an emergency meeting of the northern traditional council and the 19 northern state governors on Tuesday in Kaduna. NAN reports that the meeting was convened by [...]

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    Did you know that suffficient water intake can prevent measles?

Did you know that suffficient water intake can prevent measles?

Last week, the federal government and UNICEF announced an outbreak of measles in the north-east, mostly occasioned by the seven-year crisis in the region. There were so many areas that were hard to reach, making it difficult for health workers to administer vaccines to vulnerable children. According to UNICEF, insecurity limited vaccination efforts in the states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe. [...]

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    1 in 5 African children ‘does not get vaccines’

1 in 5 African children ‘does not get vaccines’

One in five children in Africa does not receive basic life-saving vaccines, resulting to the loss of many lives to vaccine-preventable diseases. The World Health Organisation says while Africa has made gains in the last 15 years, toward increasing access to immunisation, progress has stagnated, and the continent is falling behind on meeting global immunisation targets. The organisation therefore charged African leaders to [...]

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Some key facts on measles

Measles is highly contagious and before vaccination, measles caused an estimated 2.6 million deaths each year. It is still one of the leading causes of death in young children all over the world. Vaccines are the most potent way to prevent this disease and ensure children stay safe. The World Health Organisation shared some key facts on measles: Despite the availability of [...]

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