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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 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 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 […]

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Infectious Disease Thought Leadership Series

Your meat could be killing You: Nigeria’s unhealthy Abattoirs

Editor’s Note: The Nigeria Health Watch team recently visited abattoirs in Suleja and Dei-Dei, to learn how they are managed and tease out public health lessons that Nigeria needs to consider in order to safeguard its citizens from infectious diseases.  Suleja, Niger State, is a populous, cosmopolitan town on the outskirts of Abuja, the nation’s […]

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Decline in Lassa Fever Cases as NCDC Sustains Intensive Response

Over the last five weeks, there has been a decline in the number of new cases of Lassa fever reported in Nigeria. In addition, the country has witnessed a reduction in the number of people who have died from the disease, compared to 2018. Interacting with members of the press at a briefing held on […]

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Infectious Disease Torchlight Series

The fight against Lassa fever: Will it prepare Nigeria for future epidemics?

It is not unusual to talk about challenges and at the same time seek out available opportunities. Speaking about opportunities presented by Lassa fever can be likened to the biblical saying, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”  Lassa fever is a disease that is endemic in Nigeria and has been a source of persistent outbreaks over […]

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Infectious Disease Torchlight Series

Isolate & Cure: Katsina could stop spread of outbreaks with isolation centres

A one-year-old child with suspected measles is lying in one of the small rooms outside the emergency paediatric unit of the General Hospital, close to the Emir’s palace in Katsina city. He was brought in two days ago and is surrounded by his mother and two other relatives. The boy is just one of the many […]