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Leveraging the Joint External Evaluation to Improve Health Security at Sub-National Level

By Chibuike Alagboso and Onyinye Oranezi When the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Nigeria, Dr Johnson Simon Mafuka who heads the Infectious Diseases unit at the Federal Medical Center (FMC), Owerri, Imo State said they knew it was a matter of time before the first case would arrive in the state. At the […]

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U.S. and Nigeria researchers Find a Way to Give a Better Estimate of COVID-19 seroprevalence

In continuation of U.S. Government support for Nigeria’s conduct of a household survey that determines the extent of COVID-19 transmission in the country, a new study by a team of U.S. and Nigerian scientists has reaffirmed the importance of validating SARS-CoV-2 assays using locally obtained samples to assess COVID-19 exposure in the population. Therefore, the […]

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Thought Leadership Series

What It Will Take to Prepare for Future Pandemics- CEPI CEO Shares Insights During Visit to Nigeria

Benjamin Franklin wrote “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes”. However, COVID-19 has reminded us that we can be certain that pathogens will continue to emerge and re-emerge. What we cannot be certain of though is where these pathogens will emerge from, who the host may be or […]

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Overcoming the Challenges of Financing Routine Immunisation Beyond COVID-19

Vaccines remain an invaluable investment and one of the most cost-effective ways in preventing diseases, especially for new-born babies. When children have their routine immunisations, they are protected against diseases that once caused disability and even death. Access to sustained financing is, therefore, a critical part of ensuring that children continue receiving life-saving vaccines. Discussions […]

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Mental Health: Vital for Overall Health and Total Well-being

By Ramatu B. Hassan (Lead Writer) It felt like no time at all had passed as the ‘Happy New Year! New Year, New Me’, social media posts transitioned into ‘Valentine is coming, where is your boyfriend?’ The great build up to Valentine’s Day had begun as people became besieged on all sides by the holiday […]

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Torchlight Series

COVID-19 Vaccine was the Top Health News Item in 2021

From the moment the novel coronavirus was identified in January 2020 and subsequently declared a pandemic in March, the race has been on to control the outbreak. Governments around the world locked down their countries and advised on tough public health and social measures for self-protection and to protect loved ones, as well as to […]

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Top Ten News Items on Health, 31st December 2021

Global Fund Signs a Record-breaking $8.54 Billion in Grants to Fight HIV, TB and Malaria. NAFDAC approves AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine for use in Nigeria. FEC approves N3bn for NCDC lab equipment. Resident Doctors Begin Nationwide Strike Over Welfare Issues. WHO to stop funding polio eradication in Nigeria, Africa by 2022. Afreximbank begins African Medical Centre […]

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2021 in Review – COVID-19 Still in View and Refocusing on Pressing Health Issues

From new and emerging health challenges occasioned by everchanging socioeconomic conditions, to dynamic shifts in healthcare delivery, 2021 has been a year of new lessons learnt. The shockwaves of the COVID-19 pandemic have continued to resonate around the world, effectively diverting global attention away from other health challenges that countries were facing. By January 31, […]

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Press Release

Celebrate Responsibly Campaign: NCDC Intensifies COVID19 Awareness Ahead of the Yuletide Season

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is launching its yuletide season campaign themed #CelebrateResponsibly as part of the #TakeResponsibility campaign which began in February 2020. #CelebrateResponsibly focuses specifically on measures Nigerians need to take to protect themselves and loved ones from COVID-19 during this period. The #CelebrateResponsibly campaign targets the entertainment industry, transport industry, […]

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#Hack4COVID19Waste: Hacking for COVID-19 Waste Management Solutions

By Gabriel Oke and Kenni Ndili (Lead Writers) As the fight against COVID-19 continues, a new problem has presented itself that if left unchecked may have long-lasting consequences for our world. Preventing and treating COVID-19 has created biomedical waste that must be disposed of safely. In countries like Nigeria, where proper waste management is already […]

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The NYSC and NCDC Collaboration: A Partnership Inspired by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Beyond being mandatory for the advancement of career prospects after graduation from university, completing the national youth service is a thing of pride for many Nigerian graduates. The process is so important that some Nigerians who complete their undergraduate studies in other countries return home to participate in it. Failing to complete the national service, […]

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Torchlight Africa

#HealthMeetsTechAfrica: Building Communities and Navigating Healthcare Post COVID-19

Ìgwèbụ̀íké is an Igbo phrase which means “there is strength in community.” Community plays an important role in every aspect of our lives. Having a sense of community unites us. Being a part of a community can make us feel as though we are a part of something greater than ourselves. Since 2017, through the […]

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Now We Have More COVID-19 Vaccines in Nigeria: Time to Deliver

After the successful deployment of the first round of vaccines received from the COVAX facility in March 2021, Nigeria has received its second batch of vaccines from countries around the world; receiving 4 million doses of the Moderna vaccine from the United States through the COVAX facility and 177,600 doses of the single-shot Johnson & […]

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Getting COVID-19 Shots in Arms: A Vaccine Rollout in Nigeria Like Nothing Before

By Gabriel Oke and Kenni Ndili (Lead Writers) In December 2020, the first COVID-19 vaccine was issued emergency use authorisation (EUA) by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This was the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, a partnership between a global leader in vaccine manufacturing and a German biotechnology company. Vaccine campaigns slowly began to take place […]