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Courage in the midst of fear; How Kano contained its current Lassa Fever outbreak

It was the last day of 2019. Everyone, including health workers at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), the largest healthcare facility in Kano State, looked forward to the New Year. Salamatu, a 28-year-old woman, 38 weeks pregnant, arrived at the Obstetrics & Gynaecology (O&G) unit on referral from Standard Hospital, a private hospital where she attended […]

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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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Infectious Disease Thought Leadership Series

Lassa Fever: Why the Nigerian government should fund disease diagnostics for epidemic preparedness

Editor’s Note: Chidindu Mmadu-Okoli is a 2019 #PreventEpidemicsNaija Fellow at Nigeria Health Watch. In this piece she writes about a doctor whose Lassa Fever diagnosis was mis-handled and why funding disease diagnostics is critical for Nigeria’s health security efforts.  Thinking about death might have felt uncomfortable and scary but after a few weeks of being […]

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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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Health Press Release

NCDC REVIEWS LASSA FEVER OUTBREAK RESPONSE AMIDST REDUCING NUMBER OF CASES

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported a decrease in the number of Lassa fever cases reported weekly in the country. This is following the intensive response to the Lassa fever outbreak declared in Nigeria on the 21st of January 2019. Since the beginning of the outbreak, NCDC has activated an Emergency Operations […]

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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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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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Top 10 Health News

Top Ten News Items on Health, 26th January 2018

Nigeria set to vaccinate 25 million people, its biggest yellow fever campaign ever. 16 deaths recorded as Lassa fever spreads to 10 states. Senate To Enact Disease Control Law. WHO Donates 853 Motorcycles to Strengthen Disease Surveillance in Nigeria. FG Releases N360m For Purchase Of Contraceptives. Nigerian govt, May&Baker partner on local vaccines production. FG […]

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Top Ten News Items on Health, 11 August 2017

Nigeria Records Poor Outing as Only 23% of Children Get Immunised. Revamp PHCs in your states, Health Minister urges governors. FG plans relocation of Lagos drug markets. Lassa fever: Lagos urges calm as three test positive, 22 More under Surveillance. Nearly 900,000 Children in Nigeria Receive Anti-Malaria Drugs. America commits $85m to HIV prevalence survey in Nigeria. Heritage Bank Partners with […]

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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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Diaspora Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Ten Big Promises Made by the Nigerian Minister of Health

It is always welcome when leaders make clear and explicit promises in terms of what they seek to achieve during their tenure in office. Since his appointment as Minister of Health in November, Professor Isaac Adewole has not held back on the promises. In doing this, he has fulfilled his side of the bargain, setting […]

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Lack of trust in health sector: the underlying cause of the large Lassa Fever outbreak in Nigeria

Strange deaths in a community in Niger State in 2015 left the community confused, this was followed by a period of uncertainty and anxiety, and they reached out to the only rational explanation they could imagine – the supernatural. By the time the public health authorities were informed and a diagnosis of Lassa Fever was […]