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Covid19 Torchlight Series

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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Covid19 Thought Leadership Series

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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Covid19 Torchlight Series

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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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 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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Infectious Disease Thought Leadership Series

Coronavirus: Time to take social distancing seriously in Nigeria

The coronavirus pandemic is a crisis and the world is seeing the number of people affected increasing rapidly everyday. To control the spread of the virus, several measures have been implemented in different countries. ‘Social distancing’ and ‘self-isolation’ are phrases you might have heard more of recently and are two critical interventions being put in […]

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Top 10 Health News

Top Ten News Items on Health, 21st February 2020

No Nigerian in China infected with Covid-19 – Official. WHO, UNICEF rank Nigeria poor in child survival index. World Bank approves $2.2b loans for Nigeria; Ogun, others beneficiaries. Lassa Fever hits Lagos as govt lists precautions, emergency numbers. Senate plans repeal of NHIS Act, raises hope for informal-sector participants. EU Announces N32m Humanitarian Aid 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 […]