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Covid19 Thought Leadership Series

A tale of two diseases: COVID-19 and Lassa fever in Nigeria

Two hundred and nineteen (219) – That is the number of lives lost to Lassa fever between January and June 2020, according to the latest data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). Nigeria has been experiencing a yearly outbreak of the viral haemorrhagic fever since it was first identified in Borno state 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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Press Release

Themis Bioscience and CEPI Announce Initiation of Phase 1 Clinical Trial with Lassa Fever Vaccine

Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) partnership will support Themis’ development and manufacturing of vaccine candidate — Vienna, Austria and Oslo, Norway, October 29, 2019 – Themis Bioscience and CEPI – the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations – announced today the first administration to healthy volunteers in a Phase 1 clinical trial with Themis’ vaccine […]

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Torchlight Series

Fighting Lassa: Five lessons from three special hospitals managing most cases of Lassa fever in Nigeria

At the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Mrs. Martha Okonofua moves around the ward with a smile. The Lassa Fever isolation ward at the hospital is unusually full. Mrs. Martha and her team are working extra hours as they are responsible for managing the highest number of Lassa fever patients in any hospital in Nigeria. Laughter […]

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NCDC Intensifies Response to the Lassa Fever Outbreak

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has intensified its response to the Lassa Fever outbreak as the number of confirmed Lassa Fever cases from January 1 this year rose to 317 as at the 25th of February 2018, crossing the total number of confirmed cases recorded in 2017. Three states in Nigeria; Edo, Ondo […]

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Health Thought Leadership Series

How “Lassa” a small Nigerian town was stigmatized by having a killer virus named after it

Editor’s Note: The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has just announced a new outbreak of Lassa Fever among health care workers in Ebonyi State and Nasarawa State. As our “disease detectives” work to investigate the case, we thought that this provides a great opportunity to publish a story that we stumbled on recently. We could […]

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Reported Cluster of Lassa Fever Among Health Care Workers in Ebonyi State

On Sunday the 14th of January 2018, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) was notified of four cases of Lassa fever among health care workers in Ebonyi State. Three of the four cases have subsequently passed away. The Honourable Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, immediately requested that NCDC provides support to the Government […]

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Top 10 Health News

Top Ten News Items on Health, 25th August 2017

FG mandates free treatment for women with fistula. Nigeria spends N4 billion on health interventions in North-east, Minister says. Why NHIS is not working efficiently in Nigeria – NACA DG.  KNSG distributes N351m worth of drugs, test kits to 748 healthcare facilities. Sokoto Targets 1m Children in Malaria Prevention Programme. Ogun residents to get free eye surgery. No outbreak of […]

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Lassa Fever: NCDC advices on preparedness by hospitals and healthcare workers

  The Nigeria Centre of Disease Control (NCDC) calls the attention of Nigerians to an increasing number of Lassa fever cases, and advices increased focus on prevention and preparedness. In the last quarter of 2016, the NCDC commenced the implementation of its Lassa Fever preparedness plan ahead of the current dry season to strengthen nationwide […]

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Press Release on activities of the NCDC towards mitigating Lassa fever in Nigeria

Lassa Fever: we are better prepared but there is no magic bullet On 20th December 2016, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed a case of Lassa fever in a healthcare worker who had died at the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta. The female nurse died before the laboratory result revealed she was positive for […]