One in three children could have been exposed to poisonous lead, potentially causing irreversible harm, research into the global risk of exposure has found. Unicef and Pure Earth estimate around 800 million children might be affected, with most in low and middle-income countries. South Asia accounts for almost half the global total. Poorly recycled lead batteries, e-waste, mining and paints are the main sources of poisoning, the report says. Vehicle batteries prime culprit The report's authors say their findings were mainly based on data from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, which obtained results of blood tests on tens of thousands of children across the globe. "Vehicles in low and middle-income countries ha...
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has recorded 404 new COVID-19 cases in the country, as total infections from the virus rise to 42,208. The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Wednesday. It added that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre had been activated to continue to coordinate national response activities across the country. The health agency stated that the rising number of COVID-19 cases in states across the country called for caution for Nigerians to avoid non-essential travels. It noted that travelling during the COVID-19 pandemic can increase the risk of getting infected. The NCDC urge Nigerians to take responsibility for their health and adhere to COVID-19 preventive measures. The health agency noted that five more ...
The Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, has called for more attention to the health sector beyond COVID-19. Ihekweazu made the call on Wednesday in Abuja when members of the House of Representative Committee on COVID-19 accompanied him on a tour of the agency’s reference laboratory in Gaduwa, Abuja. Ihekweazu told members of the committee that the nation needs to make health security an important national agenda. “Honourable members, we really have to elevate health security on the agenda a little bit in our national discourse. “We have to deal with COVID-19 in the short term but in the long term, we really need to elevate the issue of health security,” Ihekweazu said. According to him, the National Laboratory set up in 2018 c
Air pollution cuts life expectancy for every man, woman and child on earth by nearly two years, according to data released on Tuesday which experts said showed poor air quality is “the greatest risk to human health”. The Air Quality Life Index study reported that as the world races to find a vaccine to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control, air pollution would continue to cause billions of people to lead shorter and sicker lives across the globe. The index converts particulate air pollution — mainly from the burning of fossil fuels — into its impact on human health. It found that despite significant reductions in particulate matter in China — once one of the world’s most polluted countries — the overall level of air pollution had stayed stable over the past two decad
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the Africa continent reached 859,237 on Tuesday, according to the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. The Africa CDC, a specialised healthcare agency of the 55-member AU Commission, made this known in its latest situation update issued on Tuesday in Addis Ababa. The centre said that the number of confirmed cases in Africa rose from 846,311 on Monday to 859,237 as of Tuesday afternoon, registering close to 13,000 new positive cases during the stated period. The Africa CDC reports also said that the number of deaths related to the COVID-19 pandemic rose to 18,160 as of Tuesday afternoon, up from 17,747 on Monday afternoon. The agency also said that some 506,534 patients, who tested positive for COVID-19 had so far recove...
The World Health Organisation said Monday that a key committee would meet later this week to discuss COVID-19’s emergency status, six months after it was declared. WHO chief, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, told reporters that the UN health body’s emergency committee would convene to reexamine the declaration that the outbreak constituted a “public health emergency of international concern”. A so-called PHEIC declaration, which marks the highest level of alarm under international health rules, must be reevaluated every six months. Prior to COVID-19, WHO had only made such declarations five times since the International Health Regulations changed in 2007, for swine flu, polio, Zika and twice for Ebola outbreaks in Africa. Of those, the current pandemic “is easily the most severe
The Federal Government has extended the phase two of the ease of lockdown in the country by another one week. It also announced the scheduled inauguration of a new isolation centre in Abuja. The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force, Mr. Boss Mustapha, disclosed this on Monday during the PTF briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja. Mustapha said, “We informed you two weeks ago that the process of submitting the Sixth Interim Report and recommendations for the next steps had commenced. The PTF has reached advanced stages of the process. “It has also considered that due to the upcoming Sallah (Eid El-Kabir) festivities which coincide with the expiration of the current phase, it would be prudent to extend by one week, from 29th July 2020 till Thursday, 6th August 2020. “It has accordin
The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, has advised Nigerians to keep wearing face masks in order to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the country. Ihekweazu said this on Monday during the Presidential Task Force briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja. He said, “Wearing a mask might seem cumbersome, but I promise you, it’s less cumbersome than being on a ventilator. “Over the last few weeks, many of you would have heard stories, stories of survival; but there are many stories that would have been told that you have not heard, stories of those that have passed away. “Many of us have become desensitized about the messages because we say that so often for the past six months. “Even for us coming out here to speak, sometimes, it is a challeng
A new study has revealed that non-White patients hospitalised with COVID-19 infection are more likely to present with more severe disease than White patients. The study, published in the journal Radiology, provides further evidence on racial/ethnic disparities in COVID-19 severity among patients on admission. The researchers analysed data from 326 patients with COVID-19 who were hospitalised between March 27 and April 10, 2020, and after examining the chest X-rays, it became clear that people who were not white were more likely to have severe cases of COVID-19, as indicated by the X-ray. The researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston, found that non-White patients admitted with confirmed COVID-19 infection were more likely to present with increased disease severi
The World Health Organisation says that rinsing the nose with salt water cannot prevent COVID-19. WHO disclosed this on Sunday via its Africa Region twitter account @WHOAFRO. It said no evidence rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from getting infected with the new coronavirus. “Rinsing your nose with salt water does not prevent #COVID19. “Keep safe by staying up to date with accurate information and be aware of misinformation on social media.” The world health body also noted that “there is no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from infection with the new coronavirus.” The UN agency however advised that the best way to prevent oneself from COVID-19 is to ‘do the five.’ “Wash your hands frequently, cover your fac
Nasarawa chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association says 102 health workers in the state have been infected with COVID-19. The state NMA chairman, Dr. Peter Umaru, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Lafia. NAN reports that Umaru and Dr. Peter Idoko, President of Association of Resident Doctors, are among the infected heath workers. However, both of them have been discharged, after testing negative. According to Umaru, 102 health workers were infected out of the 292 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state as of July 22. The NMA chairman said that 77 of the health workers were from public facilities, while 25 were from private facilities. He explained that 16 of the health workers were from Karu, 42 from Keffi, seven from Nassarawa-
There could be six distinct types of COVID-19, according to a new research from the King’s College, London, United Kingdom. One of the initial conclusions from a team of researchers from the college is that the symptoms experienced in the first few days of a COVID-19 infection could help predict the course a patient’s illness will follow. Their research identified six possible sub-divisions of COVID-19, using machine learning to analyse data from a symptom-tracking app. These findings – from a pre-print paper, reflect how the thinking regarding the disease is evolving and how technologies are being leveraged to fight the disease. The King’s College team scrutinised data from around 1,600 people with confirmed COVID-19 infections in the United Kingdom and United States of Americ
The Federal Government on Thursday declared that the much talked about “Madagascar COVID-19 herb syrup did not show any evidence that it had real curative properties against COVID-19. The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, made the disclosure in Abuja at the 52nd Joint National Briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF), on COVID-19. According to him, the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD), has shared its final report on the evaluation of the COVID Organics from Madagascar. He said that the initial report showed that its main ingredient is the same as Artemisia annua. “While the preparation at high dose showed activity in reducing the frequency of cough, it did not show any evidence that it has real curative properties against COVID-19. “However
The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) says it will suspend the licence of patent medicine dealers or pharmacists who are treating suspected COVID-19 patients in their premises. The World Health Organisation Regional Office for Africa warned in the first quarter of the year that patient treatment — also known as case management — has emerged as an area of particular concern in which the region is still struggling. Unit head of clinical care in the agency’s Health Emergencies Programme, Dr. Janet Diaz, addressed the issue at the official opening of WHO’s Critical Care Training on Clinical Management of Patients with Severe Acute Respiratory Infections associated with COVID-19 on February 26. “For countries that are preparing now, I think you have to focus on the basics of a
Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, says government has noticed with dismay that people no longer follow established safety protocols against COVID-19, especially in terms of wearing face mask in public places. This is unacceptable, he said. He made the observation during a news briefing after meeting with the state’s Task Force Committee on COVID-19 in Minna. According to him, there shall be reinforced strict adherence to safety protocols of wearing face mask, hand-washing, use of sanitisers and maintenance of physical distancing. He said “all forms of mass gathering occasioned by the ease of lockdown are hereby proscribed, and there shall be reinvigorated curfew from 10 p.m. till 4 a.m.” He directed the state’s ministries of Information, Health and relevant MDAs to e