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Covid19 Thought Leadership Series

The call for safe practices during Ramadan: COVID-19 Nigeria

Editor’s Note: The month of Ramadan begins on the 24th April, 2020, and it is a festival of community, family, and corporate prayers. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, government agencies have called for restrictions on movement and social distancing. This week’s Thought Leadership Piece comes from journalist Misbahu L. Hamza, writing from Kano, which […]

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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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Thought Leadership Series

Handwashing - A Lifesaver Too Many Have Had to Live Without: OpEd

By Dr. Adaeze Oreh (Guest Writer) Two million, sixty-seven thousand, nine hundred people — that is the number of persons currently infected with the new coronavirus as at publication, and every day that number steadily climbs, sending countries and people across the world into fear and panic. Ever since COVID-19 came on the world’s stage in December […]

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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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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 […]