New guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the procurement of radiotherapy equipment could improve access to this life-saving cancer treatment option that is still lacking in many parts of the world. The new Technical guidance aims to ensure that the selection of radiotherapy equipment is appropriate to country and health facility contexts, that treatment is delivered safely, that quality is maintained, and that services are sustainable. The publication is intended for medical physicists, biomedical and clinical engineers, radiation oncologists, oncologists and anyone else with responsibility for manufacturing, planning, selecting, procuring, regulating, installing or using radiotherapy equipment. It was de...
The current life expectancy for Nigeria in 2021 is 55.12 years, a 0.57% increase from 2020. This is the latest life expectancy statistics for Nigeria according t macrotrends a high quality interactive historical charts covering global stock, bond, commodity and real estate markets as well as key economic and demographic indicators. According to the website all 2020 and later data are United Nations projections and they do not include any impacts of the COVID-19 virus. In 2020, life expectancy for Nigeria was 54.81 years, a 0.58% increase from 2019. The life expectancy for Nigeria in 2019 was 54.49 years, a 0.58% increase from 2018; while it was 54.18 years in 2018, a 0.83% increase from 2017. The site says it sourced its data from the United Nations World Popul
Nigeria on Friday [today] commenced its COVID-19 vaccination as a medical doctor, Dr. Cyprian Ngong, of the National Hospital, Abuja, received a vaccination of the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine. Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, flagged off the exercise on behalf of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd). At the exercise on Friday, Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, described the moment as a “watershed.” The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, also said it was crucial “to first cater for those who cater for us.” Speaking after his vaccination, Ngong, who has been treating Coronavirus patients at the National H
The United Nations Development Programme says it is committed to supporting and working with the Federal Government to strengthen national capacities to cope with increasing cases of the COVID-19 pandemic. Country Representative of UNDP, Mr. Mohammed Yahaya, made the commitment in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja. Yahaya spoke on the sideline of the handing over of the first consignment of COVID-19 critical medical supplies procured by the West Africa Health Organisation for the benefit of ECOWAS Member States. Nigeria’s share of 13.6 per cent was handed over to the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. The items include personal protective equipment (PPE) and equipment for Intensive Care Units (ICUs) such as oxygen compressors. The countr
The United Nations Children’s Fund warns that stay-at-home policies are threatening the mental health of 332 million children worldwide. In a report released on Thursday, UNICEF said the affected children had been caged at home for at least nine months since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the agency, 139 million children globally have lived under required nationwide stay-at-home orders since March 11, 2020 when COVID-19 was characterised as a pandemic. This, it said, means that they are required to stay at home with few exceptions, and they include children living in Nigeria, Paraguay and Peru. The remaining 193 million have lived under recommended nationwide stay-at-home policies for the same amount of time, UNICEF said. The agency quoted its