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Day: 22 September 2020

COVID-19 Seroprevalence to be Conducted in Lagos, Nasarawa, two Others

COVID-19 Seroprevalence to be Conducted in Lagos, Nasarawa, two Others

Coronavirus, NEWS
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Monday says it would conduct a seroprevalence of four states in the country in partnership with the Nigeria Institute for Medical Research. Seroprevalence is the number of persons in a population who test positive for a specific disease based on serology specimens; often presented as a per cent of the total specimens tested or as a proportion per 100,000 persons tested. In his address at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, NCDC Director-General, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu explained that the survey to determine the level of the pathogen in the country would be carried out in Gombe, Enugu, Nasarawa and Lagos states from September to December 2020. “For Nigeria’s COVID-19 seroprevalence survey, household members will an
World Must Prepare for Next Pandemic Now, Says WHO

World Must Prepare for Next Pandemic Now, Says WHO

NEWS
The World Health Organisation says the world must start preparing for the next pandemic now. Speaking during the virtual media briefing on COVID-19 on Monday, Director-General of WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the pandemic must motivate everyone to redouble efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, rather than it becoming an excuse for missing them. “As the nations of the world meet virtually for the UN General Assembly this week, WHO has three key messages: First, the pandemic must motivate us to redouble our efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, not become an excuse for missing them. “Second, we must prepare for the next pandemic now. And third, we must move heaven and earth to ensure equitable access to diagnostics, therapeutics and va