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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden plans to quickly extend travel restrictions barring travel by most people who have recently been in much of Europe and Brazil, a spokeswoman for Biden said. President Donald Trump signed an order Monday lifting the restrictions he imposed early last year in response to the pandemic from Jan. 26, after winning support from coronavirus task force members and public health officials. Soon after Trump’s order was made public, Biden spokeswoman Jen...

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“Schools cannot be shut down forever. Markets cannot be locked up forever and you cannot lock down a country forever .” ―Ebuka Onyekwelu The COVID pandemic has been on the prowl for about a year now, wrecking economies, maiming civilization to the shock and confusion of mankind. Resolute, it is defying science and knowledge; the twin biggest treasures of modernity. The pandemic has continued to take captives on its own terms, even changing its nature...

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned Nigerians against using any vaccine except the ones it has approved. The agency said this through its Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, during a briefing on Friday. Adding that the World Health Organisation’s approval was not enough for the use of the vaccine, except the regulatory agency certifies the vaccine. The DG said She said, “The WHO will say that unless the regulatory...

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Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says the COVID-19 pandemic provides an opportunity to improve on public health infrastructure in Nigeria. Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, said the vice-president held a virtual meeting with top government officials and some Nigerian scientists working on public health dimensions of the pandemic. The vice-president said the pandemic also offered a platform for the training of required experts, adding that governments should be doing more in...

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No fewer than 14 persons have so far died and 25 others hospitalized as a result of cholera outbreak recorded in Guma and Agatu local government areas of Benue state. Dr. Joseph Ngbea, Commissioner for Health and Human Services disclosed this on Wednesday at the end of the weekly State Executive Council meeting held in Makurdi. “10 died in Abinci community of Guma Local Government Area while four others died in Agatu LGA adding that...

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Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi has ordered fumigation public institutions in the state to contain the spread of COVID-19. This is contained in a statement by the state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Daniel Umezurike on Tuesday in Abakaliki. Umezurike said that the fumigation will last for three days, commence on Jan. 13 and end on Jan. 15. He named some of the places to be fumigated to include old and new Government House, Executive Council...

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ANDIWA Mutual Community Health Association in collaboration with National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has sensitized communities in nine Local Government areas of Bauchi State on how to access affordable Healthcare. Speaking during Stakeholders Sensitization meeting held in Azare town, of Bauchi state, Chairman of ANDIWA Community Health Association Dr Waziri Dogo Mohammed said the programme is aim at providing efficient and effective healthcare service at affordable rate to all the inhabitants at the designated hospitals...

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Deputy Governor of Borno state Alhaji Umar Usman said the state government will soon renovate Marama General Hospital in Hawul Local Government for effective healthcare service delivery. Usman disclosed this when he visited the hospital in the company of the Adamawa State Deputy Governor Chief Crowther Seth, who said the government owed its citizens the responsibility of providing good healthcare service delivery which is one of their cardinal objectives. He assured the people of the...

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has said the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus (COVID-19), had a major impact on human health globally, infecting a large number of people, according to an official statement issued on Thursday. The pandemic “caused severe disease and associated long-term health sequelae, resulting in death and excess mortality, especially among older and vulnerable populations”, WHO said. It also interrupted routine healthcare services; causing disruptions to travel, trade, education, and many...

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The AU has awarded three outstanding education innovations including a project used during the COVID-19, the 55-member pan-African bloc in a statement said on Wednesday. During the Innovating Education in Africa Pitch Event 2020, the innovations were awarded grants of 60,000, 40,000, and 20,000 dollars according to their ranks, the statement said. The grants would be used to undertake pilot projects in collaboration with AU member states, it said, indicating that one of the innovations...

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