The World Health Organization warned European countries Tuesday about “pandemic fatigue” which it says threatens the continent’s ability to tackle the coronavirus. “Although fatigue is measured in different ways, and levels vary per country, it is now estimated to have reached over 60 percent in some cases,” WHO Europe director Dr Hans Kluge said. He said this is based on “aggregated survey data from countries across the region.” Citizens have made “huge sacrifices” over the last eight months to try and contain the coronavirus, he said in a statement. “In such circumstances it is easy and natural to feel apathetic and demotivated, to experience fatigue.” Kluge called on European authorities to listen to the public and work with them in “new and innovative ways” to reinvigorate the
The Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has conveyed the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR to Dr. Yusuf Bara Jibrin who has been appointed as the Chief Medical Director of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, Bauchi (ATBUTH), Bauchi State for a term of 4 (Four) Years with effect from 9th September, 2020 at a brief ceremony held 2nd October, 2020 at the Honourable Minister’s Office. While conveying the President’s approval to Dr. Jubrin, the Honourable Minister had the Honourable Minister of State, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora in attendance along with the some Directors of the Federal Ministry of Health: the Director, Hospital Services, Dr. Adebimpe Adebiyi, mni; Director, Teaching Hospitals Division, Dr. Ngozi Onwudiwe and the Director, Media and Public Relation
One in 10 people around the world may have contracted Covid-19, the World Health Organization said, at a special meeting of WHO leaders. A top official said the estimate meant "the vast majority of the world remains at risk". Just over 35m people have been confirmed as being infected with coronavirus - the WHO's estimate puts the true figure at closer to 800m. Experts have long said the real number of cases would exceed those confirmed. The WHO is meeting at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss the global response to the pandemic. Ten months on, the crisis shows no sign of ending. Several countries are seeing second waves after easing restrictions and in some cases numbers are even higher. The estimate that 10% of the world's population has contracted the v...
COVID-19 patients with a snippet of Neanderthal DNA that crossed into the human genome some 60,000 years ago run a higher risk of severe complications from the disease, researchers have reported. People infected with the new coronavirus, for example, who carry the genetic coding bequeathed by our early human cousins are three times more likely to need mechanical ventilation, according to a study published Wednesday in Nature. There are many reasons why some people with COVID-19 wind up in intensive care and others have only light symptoms or none at all. Advanced age, being a man, and pre-existing medical problems can all increase the odds of a serious outcome. But genetic factors can also play a role, as the new findings reveal. “It is striking that the genetic heritage fro
The National Chairman, Association of Industrial Pharmacists of Nigeria, Ignatius Anukwu, says the local pharmaceutical industry can produce many products of indigenous research that will not only meet the medical needs of Nigerians but also compete favourably in the international space. To achieve this objective, Anukwu said, the nation must bridge the huge infrastructural and skills gaps in drug manufacturing by establishing pharmaceutical manufacturing parks where drug research and manufacturing can take place with less difficulty. The NAIP, he said, is committed to consolidating the gains made in its advocacy for the establishment of the parks as effective means of bridging these gaps. In his address at the 23rd annual national conference of the NAIP, held in Kano recently, An...
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
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
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...
A fourth Covid-19 vaccine candidate has gone into the final stage of clinical trials in the U.S., with Johnson & Johnson announcing the start of its Phase 3 trial Wednesday. The drug maker follows Pfizer and Moderna, whose Phase 3 trials began in late July. AstraZeneca also started its Phase 3 vaccine trial this month, but it remains on pause in the U.S. after a participant in the U.K. was reported to have developed a spinal cord injury. The Johnson & Johnson trial is not expected to yield preliminary results for at least two months. President Donald Trump has repeatedly pressed for faster work on vaccine research — even suggesting that there could be some kind of approval before the Nov. 3 election. That timeline would be impossible, at least for Johnson & Johnson
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
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
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