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Covid19 Torchlight Series

Start where you are: Lessons on community-led COVID-19 relief efforts

By Dr. Ron Ikpe (Guest Writer) It was a Wednesday morning just like any other, the date was the 13th of March 2019. They all woke up like all the other residents of Lagos, went through their morning routines and left for their day’s work. The children went to school, the traders went to market, […]

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Covid19 Thought Leadership Series

Courage, Community, Care: How I defeated COVID-19 - Manny Asika

Editor’s Note: Emmanuel “Manny” Asika spent 10 days at the Isolation Centre in the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) in Yaba, Lagos. An IT professional who took precautions early to protect himself and his family against the novel coronavirus, he was shocked to learn that he had tested positive for COVID-19, when his ‘malaria symptoms’ persisted […]

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Covid19 Torchlight Series

Stronger Together: How Big Business is helping Nigeria combat #COVID19

Beti Baiye & Dara Ajala-Damisa (Lead Writers) All around us, we see and hear of how individuals and businesses are pitching in to help in little, but important ways to limit the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria. These include organisations that took proactive measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 before the country began […]

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Covid19 Press Release

COVID-19 : Xcene Calls for Increased Levels of Research and Innovation

Against the backdrop of the outbreak of global coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19, African leading contract research organization, Xcene research, has called for increased medical research and innovation in the fight against the fast spreading pandemic. The company at its office in Lagos made the disclosure recently, while commiserating with families of those who are battling with […]

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Covid19 Thought Leadership Series

Mind over COVID19: Simple tips to protect your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak

In the past three months, millions of people around the globe have been urged to stay home and take various steps to protect themselves from the COVID-19 disease. As the virus slowly gains ground in Africa, there may be additional challenges on a continent where healthcare systems are already under strain, with limited access for […]

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Covid19 Infectious Disease Torchlight Series

At the frontlines of Nigeria’s COVID-19 response: The Laboratory

Ultra-low freezers hum and beep continuously in the biorespository room, supporting the non-stop diagnostic activities at the National Public Health Reference Laboratory in Gaduwa, Abuja, on a relatively quiet Friday afternoon. This is one of the reference laboratories of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). The laboratory is open 24 hours a day as […]

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Covid19 Thought Leadership Series

A Call to Serenity, Courage and Wisdom During COVID-19: OpEd

I have been on a social media break, which just happened to coincide with the unfurling of the COVID-19 phenomenon. Peeking briefly into Twitter last week, I was stunned at some of the reactions I was seeing in relation the COVID-19 pandemic. It led me to want to share a few personal reflections as a […]

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Covid19 Top 10 Health News

Top Ten News Items on Health, 27th March 2020

Coronavirus: Buhari releases N15b to tackle Pandemic. Private Sector Coalition targets N120bn to overcome COVID-19. 54gene’s Fund to increase coronavirus testing in Nigeria hits $500,000 in 24hrs. Nigeria records first death from Coronavirus. World Water Day: Group seeks declaration of emergency on water sector as Coronavirus cases rise. N85.34bn needed to control tuberculosis, says campaigner. […]

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Covid19 Press Release

29th February 2020| PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY TO NIGERIANS ON NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (#4)

The novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is a new strain of the virus that has not been previously identified in humans. SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This is an updated advisory on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), following confirmation of the first case in Nigeria on the 27th of February 2020. This advisory will […]

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Covid19 Top 10 Health News

Top Ten News Items on Health, 28th February 2020

Nigeria records first Coronavirus case. COVID19: NCDC Deploys Rapid Response Teams To Lagos. Lagos tracks contacts of index case of Coronavirus. Orji: NSIA Intervention in Healthcare Will Curb Medical Tourism. NHIS to extend health insurance to informal sector. Plateau Govt establishes health insurance scheme distributes 2.5m LLINs. Dangote, Bill Gates commend Ganduje on quality healthcare […]

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Covid19 Top 10 Health News

Top Ten News Items on Health, 14th February 2020

Nigeria gets 3 centres to test for coronavirus. NGF, state health commissioners strategise on primary healthcare. Nigeria, Ivory Coast to get $20m Safe Birth Initiative. Improving Funding for Epidemic Preparedness. Fayemi approves six months maternity leave for Ekiti workers. Kaduna Health Insurance Scheme enrols 12,000 persons in one week. State Insurance Laws will improve health […]

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Covid19 Top 10 Health News

Top Ten News Items on Health, 7th February 2020

Cancer: Foundation launches assistance programme to reduce cost of treatment. WHO certifies Nigeria, five others on capacity to diagonise Coronavirus. Coronavirus: Reps invite NCDC DG over evacuation of Nigerians from China. Lassa Fever: Irrua Specialist Hospital confirms death of three persons. Kano, Jigawa benefit from EUs N11.6b WASH intervention in Nigeria. FG budgets N620m to […]

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Covid19 Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Four pics, One Health: Can a joint “Approach” protect Nigeria from emerging disease outbreaks?

Editor’s Note: The novel Coronavirus has taken centre stage as the virus spreads from China into other parts of the world and from animal-human to human to human infection. This brings to light the critical importance of understanding how animal health influences the spread of epidemics globally. In this week’s Thought Leadership piece, Dr. Ibrahim […]