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Covid19 Thought Leadership Series

A tale of two diseases: COVID-19 and Lassa fever in Nigeria

Two hundred and nineteen (219) – That is the number of lives lost to Lassa fever between January and June 2020, according to the latest data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). Nigeria has been experiencing a yearly outbreak of the viral haemorrhagic fever since it was first identified in Borno state in […]

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NOA and MLSCN: Supporting Nigeria’s COVID-19 Response via communication and test kit validation

By Dara Ajala-Damisa & Chibuike Alagboso (Lead Writers) The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people work in Nigeria and the response has required a multi-sectoral approach with all arms of the government keyed into the response. This led to the setting up of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 which brought together the Ministers from […]

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Psychosocial Support a Priority for COVID-19 Survivors in Nigeria: OpEd

By Dr. Obehioye Aimiosior (Guest Writer) Amaka’s husband died from COVID-19. It was a rainy Tuesday afternoon and she was still dealing with the reality of not being there during his last moments. It was barely five days after his death when she received her COVID-19 result. She was dealing with the overwhelming sadness that […]

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Does wearing gloves protect against or stop the spread of COVID-19?

Does wearing gloves protect against or stop the spread of COVID-19? No. Gloves can only prevent infection if you don’t touch your face with your gloved hands, and only if you take off and dispose of the gloves correctly before washing your hands. You can still transfer the novel coronavirus to your face and other […]

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Rayuwa Da Korona: How two local radio stations are responding to COVID-19 in Kano State

On April 11, 2020, exactly one month after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic, Kano State confirmed its first positive COVID-19 case. In the same month, the state witnessed what was described as “mysterious” deaths, claiming hundreds of lives including the Emir of Rano and seven professors from Bayero University Kano (BUK). […]

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Can drinking alcohol prevent or cure COVID-19?

Can drinking alcohol prevent or cure COVID-19? What Meedan’s experts say No, drinking alcohol does not prevent or cure COVID-19. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are recommended to disinfect hands and surfaces, but drinking or ingesting alcohol is in no way recommended. In fact, alcohol consumption could worsen COVID-19 symptoms and could weaken your body’s ability to […]

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What religious leaders can learn from Reverend Canon Wainaina’s COVID-19 experience and leadership

By Atinuke Akande-Alegbe and Vivianne Ihekweazu (Lead writers) Since the first confirmed case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Nigeria on the 27th of February, 2020, the political, economic and health establishment has focused on the response. It was clear that Nigeria like the rest of the African continent was about to face a major […]

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In Mathare, clean water is music, as Billian shields the Kenyan slum against COVID-19

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Kenya, the government has taken strict preventive measures to contain its spread. Some of these measures include compulsory wearing of masks all the time while in public places, washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds several times a day, maintaining a distance of at […]

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The importance of political will in the fight against COVID-19: The Rivers State Example

By Elfredah Kevin-Alerechi (Lead Writer) Queen Wisdom is a petty trader who had come to buy some food items for her business at the Rumuokoro Market in Port Harcourt. She was seen wearing a face mask. When she heard of the coronavirus outbreak from international news channels, she was skeptical, and she felt coronavirus won’t […]

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Fragile progress at the brink - COVID-19 and the Nigerian health sector

“Waves keep coming, that’s the one thing you can count on in life” — Gerry Lopez Following the easing of the lockdown restrictions, it is clear that the COVID-19 pandemic has created the perfect storm that runs the risk of worsening many of the already poor health indicators in Nigeria. From transport restrictions, to anxiety among health care […]

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Is COVID-19 the same as malaria?

Is COVID-19 the same as malaria? No. COVID-19 and malaria may have similar symptoms but they are very different diseases with different modes of transmission and treatment. Malaria is spread by mosquitoes, and humans become infected by mosquito bites. COVID-19 is spread by respiratory droplets that we inhale through our nose or our mouth. COVID-19 […]

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COVID-19 has exposed Nigeria’s Sexual Violence Menace: OpEd

By Mike Lawal (Guest Writer) She was only nine years old when she walked into the consultation room with her outraged mother, a neighbour and a police officer. With eyes filled with tears, her mother muttered, “My daughter was raped yesterday”. Her daughter was sexually assaulted by a close relative, and the police needed a […]

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WhatsApp for Social Good: How Nigerians used the platform to show care during the COVID-19 lockdown

Quiet streets. Closed office buildings. Empty public spaces. This was the reality for many Nigerian cities from March 30 to May 4, 2020, during the total lockdown put in place by Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari in a bid to slow down the spread of the novel Coronavirus. The month-long lockdown order was focused on Lagos, […]

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Nuhu Bammali Maternity: Sustaining immunisation gains in Kano despite COVID-19

Nuhu Bammali Maternity Hospital is a Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Yakasai Ward, Kano Municipal area council in Kano state. The facility provides maternity care services to pregnant and breastfeeding women, including antenatal and postnatal care and delivery. The hospital also provides child health services such as immunisation. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, with Kano being […]