The federal government has assured medical workers handling COVID-19 pandemic cases across the country of payment of their June hazard allowance from August 10. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, gave the assurance on Thursday at a meeting with the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) in Abuja. According to him, notwithstanding a shortfall in revenue, the government will start the payment with six hospitals, while expecting more funds. On the Residency Training for doctors, Mr Ngige said the Federal Ministry of Health and the Budget Office of the Federation were working in tandem with the Federal Ministry of Finance to resolve the problem in the budget. He added that the processing would commence soon. “The Teaching Hospitals and Medical Centres have
The World Health Organisation on Thursday warned against “vaccine nationalism,” saying vaccine-hogging richer countries would not be safe coronavirus havens if poor nations remained exposed. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it would be in the interest of richer nations to ensure that any vaccines eventually produced to protect against the new coronavirus were shared globally. “Vaccine nationalism is not good, it will not help us,” he told the Aspen Security Forum in the United States, via video-link from the WHO’s headquarters in Geneva. “For the world to recover faster, it has to recover together, because it’s a globalised world: the economies are intertwined. Part of the world or a few countries cannot be a safe haven and recover. “The damage from COVID-19 could be l
President of the Nigerian Medical Association, Prof. Innocent Ujah, on Wednesday said the association had directed members nationwide to begin the collation of doctors who died during the treatment of patients for COVID -19. Ujah spoke at the commencement of payment of insurance claims to families of some doctors who died in active service by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria at the MDCN secretariat in Abuja. The NMA president said the body needed the data in order to have credible information about its members. He said, “We have directed members nationwide to begin the collation of doctors who died during the treatment of patients for COVID – 19. “We are going to collate the details of doctors that have lost their lives, especially during this pandemic. We need a comprehe
The United States has started late-stage clinical trials into a drug formulated to fight COVID-19, officials said Tuesday. The medicine is an antibody against the new coronavirus called LY-CoV555, which was identified in the blood sample of a recovered patient by Canada’s Abcellera Biologics. It was then developed synthetically for mass production by US-based Lilly Research Laboratories in partnership with Abcellera. The Phase 3 trial will initially enrol some 300 volunteers around the world who have been hospitalised with mild to moderate COVID-19 with fewer than 13 days of symptoms. Each will be assigned either the medicine, which will be injected intravenously, or a placebo. Patients will also receive standard care for COVID-19, including the antiviral remdesivir. The
Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, says efforts are ongoing to develop innovative interventions to reduce COVID-19 case fatalities to below one per cent. Ehanire said this at the Presidential Tasks Force (PTF) on COVID-19 daily briefing on Monday in Abuja. According to him, fatalities at present are at two per cent, especially for the elderly and those with co-morbidities. Ehanire said that PTF members were aligned in non-pharmaceutical key role interventions in controlling new infections, as the measures of wearing of masks and avoiding crowds were easy, cheap and proven to be effective. He added that “we would work with state governments to prepare necessary space and human resources at general hospitals or Primary Healthcare Centres to train and set u
The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Ghebreyesus, says a number of vaccines are now in phase three clinical trials to prevent COVID-19 pandemic. Mr Ghebreyesus made this known at a virtual news conference on Monday at the WHO Headquarters in Geneva. The director-general said: “We all hope to have a number of effective vaccines that can help prevent people from infection. “However, there’s no silver bullet at the moment and there might never be; for now, stopping outbreaks comes down to the basics of public health and disease control. “Testing, isolating and treating patients, tracing and quarantining their contacts. Do it all. “Inform, empower and listen to communities. Do it all. “For individuals, it’s about keeping physical distance,
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said it was tracking 11,000 COVID-19 contacts nationwide. The Director-General of the agency, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, said the agency would continue to pay attention to contact tracing, which he described as a vital aspect of the campaign to curb the pandemic. Speaking during a briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja yesterday, Ihekweazu also said the NCDC was liaising with the African Centre for Disease Control to obtain the COVID-19 vaccines for the continent whenever it is available. According to him, about 226 vaccines are in different stages of development, adding that clinical trials carried out so far were encouraging. He said, “On contact tracing, right now, we are following about 11,00 contacts na
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has recorded 404 new COVID-19 cases in the country, as total infections from the virus rise to 42,208. The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Wednesday. It added that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre had been activated to continue to coordinate national response activities across the country. The health agency stated that the rising number of COVID-19 cases in states across the country called for caution for Nigerians to avoid non-essential travels. It noted that travelling during the COVID-19 pandemic can increase the risk of getting infected. The NCDC urge Nigerians to take responsibility for their health and adhere to COVID-19 preventive measures. The health agency noted that five more ...
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the Africa continent reached 859,237 on Tuesday, according to the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. The Africa CDC, a specialised healthcare agency of the 55-member AU Commission, made this known in its latest situation update issued on Tuesday in Addis Ababa. The centre said that the number of confirmed cases in Africa rose from 846,311 on Monday to 859,237 as of Tuesday afternoon, registering close to 13,000 new positive cases during the stated period. The Africa CDC reports also said that the number of deaths related to the COVID-19 pandemic rose to 18,160 as of Tuesday afternoon, up from 17,747 on Monday afternoon. The agency also said that some 506,534 patients, who tested positive for COVID-19 had so far recove...
The Federal Government has extended the phase two of the ease of lockdown in the country by another one week. It also announced the scheduled inauguration of a new isolation centre in Abuja. The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force, Mr. Boss Mustapha, disclosed this on Monday during the PTF briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja. Mustapha said, “We informed you two weeks ago that the process of submitting the Sixth Interim Report and recommendations for the next steps had commenced. The PTF has reached advanced stages of the process. “It has also considered that due to the upcoming Sallah (Eid El-Kabir) festivities which coincide with the expiration of the current phase, it would be prudent to extend by one week, from 29th July 2020 till Thursday, 6th August 2020. “It has accordin
The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, has advised Nigerians to keep wearing face masks in order to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the country. Ihekweazu said this on Monday during the Presidential Task Force briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja. He said, “Wearing a mask might seem cumbersome, but I promise you, it’s less cumbersome than being on a ventilator. “Over the last few weeks, many of you would have heard stories, stories of survival; but there are many stories that would have been told that you have not heard, stories of those that have passed away. “Many of us have become desensitized about the messages because we say that so often for the past six months. “Even for us coming out here to speak, sometimes, it is a challeng
A new study has revealed that non-White patients hospitalised with COVID-19 infection are more likely to present with more severe disease than White patients. The study, published in the journal Radiology, provides further evidence on racial/ethnic disparities in COVID-19 severity among patients on admission. The researchers analysed data from 326 patients with COVID-19 who were hospitalised between March 27 and April 10, 2020, and after examining the chest X-rays, it became clear that people who were not white were more likely to have severe cases of COVID-19, as indicated by the X-ray. The researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston, found that non-White patients admitted with confirmed COVID-19 infection were more likely to present with increased disease severi
The World Health Organisation says that rinsing the nose with salt water cannot prevent COVID-19. WHO disclosed this on Sunday via its Africa Region twitter account @WHOAFRO. It said no evidence rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from getting infected with the new coronavirus. “Rinsing your nose with salt water does not prevent #COVID19. “Keep safe by staying up to date with accurate information and be aware of misinformation on social media.” The world health body also noted that “there is no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from infection with the new coronavirus.” The UN agency however advised that the best way to prevent oneself from COVID-19 is to ‘do the five.’ “Wash your hands frequently, cover your fac
Nasarawa chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association says 102 health workers in the state have been infected with COVID-19. The state NMA chairman, Dr. Peter Umaru, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Lafia. NAN reports that Umaru and Dr. Peter Idoko, President of Association of Resident Doctors, are among the infected heath workers. However, both of them have been discharged, after testing negative. According to Umaru, 102 health workers were infected out of the 292 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state as of July 22. The NMA chairman said that 77 of the health workers were from public facilities, while 25 were from private facilities. He explained that 16 of the health workers were from Karu, 42 from Keffi, seven from Nassarawa-
There could be six distinct types of COVID-19, according to a new research from the King’s College, London, United Kingdom. One of the initial conclusions from a team of researchers from the college is that the symptoms experienced in the first few days of a COVID-19 infection could help predict the course a patient’s illness will follow. Their research identified six possible sub-divisions of COVID-19, using machine learning to analyse data from a symptom-tracking app. These findings – from a pre-print paper, reflect how the thinking regarding the disease is evolving and how technologies are being leveraged to fight the disease. The King’s College team scrutinised data from around 1,600 people with confirmed COVID-19 infections in the United Kingdom and United States of Americ