The World Health Organization (WHO) has agreed rules for the testing of African herbal remedies to fight Covid-19. Sound science would be the sole basis for safe and effective traditional therapies to be adopted, it said. Any traditional remedies that are judged effective could be fast-tracked for large-scale manufacturing. Madagascar's leader has been promoting an untested product he says can cure the disease despite the WHO warning against using untested remedies. The WHO said the new rules were aimed at helping and empowering scientists in Africa to conduct proper clinical trials. The move comes as the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide passes 30 million, with reported global deaths standing at more than 957,000. In Africa there have be...
The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response initiated by the World Health Organisation to evaluate the world’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic said there were warnings about a pandemic long before the outbreak of COVID-19. According to the panel, the world could have done better in the fight against the pandemic, only that systems and plans designed to protect the people had not worked as intended. The WHO panel disclosed this at its first virtual meeting on Thursday. This disclosure was coming at a time the global COVID-19 cases surpassed thirty million with more than 940,000 deaths recorded. The Independent Panel is trying to unravel why COVID-19 became a global pandemic and what lessons could be learned. The panel is also to make recommendations aimed a
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control says the use of disinfectant tags cannot be substituted for non-pharmaceutical measures that are helpful in preventing people from contracting the COVID-19 global pandemic. Such non-pharmaceutical measures include regular hand washing, use of face mask, maintaining social distancing, and respiratory hygiene, among others. The agency says there is no scientific evidence that disinfectant tags can protect people against COVID-19. The disinfectant tags are marketed under various names such as ‘Air Doctor,’ ‘Virus Busters,’ and ‘Personal Air Sanitizer,’ among others. Many Nigerian notables have been spotted wearing the tags in recent times, and they include the Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde, former senator Dino Melaye; and Edo State APC gov
A six-year-old has died from complications arising from COVID-19, seven days after resuming school. Diplomat and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Mohamed Safa, revealed this in a tweet on his Twitter account @mhdksafa on Saturday. Though he didn’t reveal the identity of the deceased or where the death occurred, he said the little girl contracted the virus when she resumed school and later died from the disease. He tweeted “Heartbreaking. 6-year daughter started school last week. Got COVID-19 in school and just passed away. Killed her in seven days. “To those who are so afraid that kids are going to miss a year of school. Missing a year of school is better than losing a future. “How about using this time to teach them how to plant, cook, basic first aid, creati