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Day: 25 September 2020

WHO Warns of Influenza Vaccine Shortage

WHO Warns of Influenza Vaccine Shortage

NEWS
The big demand for influenza vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to shortages, the World Health Organisation said on Friday. Countries that do not have enough influenza vaccine doses should set priorities for health workers and older people, according to a new WHO guidance. The UN health agency’s top immunisation officer, Ann Moen, said this at a news conference in Geneva. Moen said that demand for influenza shots had risen as countries are seeking to prevent this disease to keep hospital beds free for COVID-19 patients. Health authorities were not able to estimate their influenza vaccine needs correctly in advance because orders had to be made at least nine months before the start of the flu season – before the COVID-19 pandemic started. However, Moen had p
48 Million Under-Five Children Risk Death Between 2020 and 2030 —UN

48 Million Under-Five Children Risk Death Between 2020 and 2030 —UN

Children's Health, NEWS
The United Nations says without more efforts to tackle preventable child deaths, 48 million children under the age of five might die between 2020 and 2030 globally, a newly-released report warns The global body said last year, 5.2 million children died of preventable causes before reaching age five, and that 82 per cent of those deaths were concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. It added that without more efforts to tackle preventable child deaths, 48 million children under five could die between 2020 and 2030, the report warns. “Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, a child under the age of five died every six seconds somewhere around the world,” UNICEF executive director, Henrietta Fore said in a Press release. “Millions of children living in conflict zones
Lagos Shuts 21 Illegal, Substandard Pharmacies, Patent Medicine Stores

Lagos Shuts 21 Illegal, Substandard Pharmacies, Patent Medicine Stores

NEWS
No fewer than 21 pharmacies, patent medicine shops and unlicensed premises at Alakuko, Ajegunle, Ologogoro, Ijaiye, Abule-Egba, Agbado and Agege in Alimosho, Ifako-Ijaiye and Agege local government areas of Lagos were shut by the Lagos State Taskforce on Counterfeit, Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods for offences bordering on illegal operation and operating beyond scope of practice. Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi who disclosed this Thursday in Lagos while reviewing report of the enforcement exercise carried out by the Task Force stated that the sealing of the affected pharmacies and patent medicine stores was in accordance with the provisions of Section C34 of the Counterfeit, Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods Miscellaneous Provision Ac...