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COVID-19: Minister Alerts on Expected Further Rise in Confirmed Cases

COVID-19: Minister Alerts on Expected Further Rise in Confirmed Cases

Coronavirus, NEWS
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire , has warned that more cases of COVID-19 should be expected in the country as a consequences of the ease of lockdown. Dr. Ehanire, who gave the warning Thursday in his update on the virus during a briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF) in Abuja, said more cases of the virus should be expected, following the lifting of the ban on interstate travels. He cautioned Nigerians not to assume it has become safe to move about yet. According to him, stakeholders should take advantage of the four-week extension of the second phase of easing the lockdown as approved by President Muhammadu Buhari to review the strategy and assess the effectiveness of measures in place. The minister said: “The number of COVID-19 positive cases is increasin
Early Trial Results Keep Pfizer Vaccine Dev. on Track for Possible 2020 Distribution   

Early Trial Results Keep Pfizer Vaccine Dev. on Track for Possible 2020 Distribution  

Coronavirus, NEWS
As the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the world, new hope may be emerging in the race to develop a vaccine. Pfizer, one of companies racing to develop a vaccine, reported promising new data Wednesday from its early stages of trials Phil Dormitzer, a vaccine developer at Pfizer, spoke to ABC News about the new data from the company's vaccine, which he called "tremendously exciting," and shared more about a potential release timeline and the vaccine's efficacy. "What we're presenting today is preliminary interim data from the United States trial for the first of those vaccine candidates," he said in an interview with "World News Tonight." "Our first vaccine candidate is eliciting antibody levels to neutralize the virus that is equivalent to or better than what ...
Health Workers Threaten Strike over Hazard Allowance

Health Workers Threaten Strike over Hazard Allowance

Coronavirus, NEWS
The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) said it would be left with no other option but to embark on a nationwide industrial action if the government fails to amend what it described as “gross discrimination” against its members in the implementation of the newly approved inducement and hazard allowances for medical workers. The association is also protesting among other issues, the alleged withheld salaries of its members. JOHESU’s threat comes on the heels of suspension of strike barely a week ago by National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) In an emergency press briefing Tuesday by the leadership of the association in Abuja, JOHESU national president, Josiah Biobelemoye, said the union did not agree with the arrangement of some of its members receiving 10 per cen
COVID-19: Stroke Most Common Brain Side Effect

COVID-19: Stroke Most Common Brain Side Effect

Coronavirus, NEWS
Researchers in the United Kingdom have found that having a stroke is the most common neurological side-effect of COVID-19. They also identified other neuological and psychological problems that may be linked to the virus. For the research, they analysed medical records from 153 patients treated in UK hospitals for COVID-19 between April 2nd and April 26th. As patients in the study were selected for inclusion by their doctors, they likely include the most severe cases of the virus. The study published in the Lancet included 114 people who tested positive for COVID-19 via polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. Meanwhile, the others were suspected of having the infection from chest X-rays, computerized tomography (CT) scans, and general symptom analysis. The researchers found that the ...
WHO Warns Against Use of Facemask during Exercise

WHO Warns Against Use of Facemask during Exercise

NEWS
The World Health Organisation has warned people against wearing masks while exercising, saying masks may reduce the ability to breathe comfortably. WHO gave the warning on Wednesday in an update of its COVID-19 advice for the public: Myth busters. The global health body said that sweat could make the mask become wet more quickly which made it difficult to breathe and would promote the growth of microorganisms. “The important preventive measure during exercise is to maintain a physical distance of at least one metre from others,” it said. The health agency said that the prolonged use of medical masks when properly worn did not cause Carbon dioxide intoxication nor oxygen deficiency. It, however, noted that the prolonged use of medical masks could be uncomfortable. “While w
NIMR launches First Indigenous COVID-19 Extraction Test kit

NIMR launches First Indigenous COVID-19 Extraction Test kit

Coronavirus, NEWS
The capacity of Nigeria to attain self-sufficiency in the effective management of disease outbreaks became probable Tuesday in Lagos as the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) launched the country’s first set of Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) extraction kits produced by it to help facilitate unencumbered testing of COVID-19 across the country. Director-General of NIMR, Prof. Babatunde Salako, said in his remarks at the lauch ceremony that the local RNA kits would address the perennial problem of test kits shortage in the country and help ramp up daily testing capacity for COVID-19. “The idea of producing the local Ribonucleic Acid extraction kits was conceived after we noticed how its scarcity was delaying tests and other backlogs of samples,” he said. Prof Salako, however, conc
COVID-19: Fauci Predicts 100,000 Cases a Day in US as Warnings Grow Darker

COVID-19: Fauci Predicts 100,000 Cases a Day in US as Warnings Grow Darker

NEWS
The Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in the United States, Dr Anthony Fauci, has warned that the COVID-19 infections spread could reach alarming proportions unless safety is restored. His concerns came on a day the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced that 561 new cases had been confirmed in 18 states including the Federal Capital Territory, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 25, 694. The government’s top infectious disease expert according to New York Times said on Tuesday that the rate of new coronavirus infections could more than double to 100,000 a day if current outbreaks were not contained, warning that the virus’s march across the South and the West “puts the entire country at risk.” He offered

New Swine Flu Found in China has Pandemic Potential

NEWS
Researchers in China have discovered a new type of swine flu that is capable of triggering a pandemic, according to a study published Monday in the United States science journal PNAS. Named G4, it is genetically descended from the H1N1 strain that caused a pandemic in 2009. It possesses "all the essential hallmarks of being highly adapted to infect humans," say the authors, scientists at Chinese universities and China's Center for Disease Control and Prevention. From 2011 to 2018, researchers took 30,000 nasal swabs from pigs in slaughterhouses in 10 Chinese provinces and in a veterinary hospital, allowing them to isolate 179 swine flu viruses. The majority were of a new kind which has been dominant among pigs since 2016 according to AFP The researchers then carried out variou...

New Swine Flu Found in China has Pandemic potential

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Researchers in China have discovered a new type of swine flu that is capable of triggering a pandemic, according to a study published Monday in the United States science journal PNAS. Named G4, it is genetically descended from the H1N1 strain that caused a pandemic in 2009. It possesses "all the essential hallmarks of being highly adapted to infect humans," say the authors, scientists at Chinese universities and China's Center for Disease Control and Prevention. From 2011 to 2018, researchers took 30,000 nasal swabs from pigs in slaughterhouses in 10 Chinese provinces and in a veterinary hospital, allowing them to isolate 179 swine flu viruses. The majority were of a new kind which has been dominant among pigs since 2016 according to AFP The researchers then carried out variou...
COVID-19 Source: WHO Sends Team to China Next Week

COVID-19 Source: WHO Sends Team to China Next Week

NEWS
Six months on from the novel coronavirus outbreak, the WHO said Monday it was sending a team to China to work towards finding the source – as it warned the pandemic was far from over. And the World Health Organization warned that in an atmosphere of global division and politicisation of the COVID-19 crisis, it feared the worst was yet to come. The UN health agency, the Punch reported, lamented the “very tragic” milestones of 500,000 deaths and 10 million confirmed infections being reached, just as it marks on Tuesday six months since it was first informed of the outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The WHO is sending a team to China next week in connection with the search for the origin of the virus that sparked the global pandemic. The organisation has been pressing China since earl
FG Extends Ease of Lockdown By 4 Weeks

FG Extends Ease of Lockdown By 4 Weeks

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·        Lifts Ban on Interstate Travels, Domestic Air Travel ·        Opens Schools for Graduating Students The federal government has approved the extension of phase two of the gradual easing of lockdown by another four weeks effective midnight of Tuesday, 30th June through midnight of Monday, 27th July, 2020. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF) announced the latest development Monday in Abuja during the daily press briefing of the PTF. He said that President Mohammadu Buhari has also approved resumption of schools but explained that only graduating students in primary six, Junior Secondary School three (JSS 3) and Senior Secondary School three (SSS 3) will resume. According to him, the ban on interst
ACPN Makes Case for Life Insurance, Security for Members

ACPN Makes Case for Life Insurance, Security for Members

NEWS
Pharmacists under the aegis of Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) has urged President Mohammadu Buhari to consider the provision of life insurance cover for its members and other healthcare providers especially those who are mandated to render essential services during national emergencies. The association in a statement signed by Pharm Samuel Adekola and Pharm Bose Idowu, National Chairman and Secretary respectively also called for establishment of effective surveillance and policing of pharmacies and health facilities in the country by law enforcement agencies in order to curb persistent attacks on these healthcare facilities that sometimes result in killing of operators. Citing the recent gruesome murder of its National Publicity Secretary, Late Pharm. Sund...
NAFDAC Warns Importers of Engaging Unapproved Clearing Agents

NAFDAC Warns Importers of Engaging Unapproved Clearing Agents

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has cautioned importers of regulated products against the use of unprofessional third parties as clearing agent at the ports. In a statement on Thursday, the Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye explained that the agency has observed that importers used third parties who are not knowledgeable in processing documentation and regulatory requirements for clearance of their consignments with NAFDAC at the ports. According to News Agency of Nigeria, Adeyeye reiterated that NAFDAC discourages the use of third parties who are not conversant with the agency’s operational procedures. The NAFDAC boss however said, where it’s inevitable to use a third party for product clearance, it is advisable to use only kno
35.6 million People Suffer Drug Use Disorders Globally, Says UNODC new Report

35.6 million People Suffer Drug Use Disorders Globally, Says UNODC new Report

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As the global community commemorates International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking today, a new report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) says some 35.6 million people suffer from drug use disorders across the world. The data is contained in an address by the Executive Director of UNODC, Ghada Waly, who called for global solidarity and compassion in addressing world drug problem. This comes as President of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) blamed the ravaging madness across Nigeria as exemplified by the violent gangs in several parts of country on unauthorized and perhaps easy access to controlled drugs Around 269 million people used drugs in 2018, up 30 per cent from 2009, according to the statement released by Sylvester Tunde Atere, ...
Pharmacists Threaten Nationwide Strike over Unsettled Demands

Pharmacists Threaten Nationwide Strike over Unsettled Demands

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The Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria (AHAPN) has threatened to embark on a nationwide strike action over what it described as federal government’s unwillingness to accede to its demands. In a statement Thursday signed by its National Chairman, Dr. Kingsley Chiedu Amibor, a copy of which was made available to ThisDay AHAPN said some of its demands include restructuring of the health sector, adjustment of the Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS), payment of COVID-19 hazard allowance, provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) for pharmacists and other healthcare workers, as well as payment of April and May 2018 salary arrears for pharmacists and some category of healthcare workers. Amibor said: “The federal government in 2014 adjusted the Co