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
The World Health Organisation warned on Monday that there could be no return to normality any time soon as too many countries were bungling their response to the coronavirus pandemic. After a daily record of 230,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported to the WHO on Sunday, the UN health agency said the pandemic was only going to get worse unless people stuck to the basics of physical distancing, hand washing and wearing masks. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that countries that were easing their way out of lockdowns were now witnessing a resurgence of the virus because they were not following proven methods to reduce risk. “I want to be straight with you: there will be no return to the ‘old normal’ for the foreseeable future,” Tedros told a virtual news briefing.
Patients with abnormally high blood sugar levels are more than twice as likely to die from COVID-19, researchers in China said on Saturday. It is the first time scientists have been able to confirm that patients with hyperglycemia, but not diagnosed with diabetes, are at higher risk of death from COVID-19, they wrote in the journal Diabetologia. The researchers examined death rates for 605 COVID-19 patients at two hospitals in Wuhan, China according to Associated Press Having high blood pressure is “independently associated” with increased risk of death and complications from COVID-19, they wrote. The study builds on previous research on diabetic patients. One-in-10 COVID-19 patients with diabetes died in French hospitals, a far higher proportion than for patients
The World Health Organisation in Africa joined immunization experts in urging the international community and countries in the continent to take concrete actions to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, as researchers around the world race to find effective protection against the virus. “It is clear that as the international community comes together to develop safe and effective vaccines and therapeutics for COVID-19, equity must be a central focus of these efforts,” said WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti. “Too often, African countries end up at the back of the queue for new technologies, including vaccines. These life-saving products must be available to everyone, not only those who can afford to pay.” WHO and partners launched the Access to COVID-19
The fatality rate of COVID-19 in Africa in less than five months has surpassed the West African Ebola deaths of 2014-2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) latest updates on novel coronavirus has revealed WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, on Wednesday said confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa had surpassed 500,000, even as a total of 11,959 persons have died of the contagion within five months. Comparatively, Ebola killed a total of 11, 308 people within 2 years. According to Punch Healthwise a renowned virologist, Prof. Oyewale Tomori, in March said Ebola virus was more severe and dreadful, compared to COVID-19. Tomori, also a former president, Nigerian Academy of Science, said, “Neither Ebola virus disease, nor COVID-19 is good. “Certainly, coronavirus is
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has knocked the on-going solidarity trials of hydroxychloroquine and combination of HIV drug, lopinavir/ritonavir on hospitalised COVID-19 patients after they failed to reduce death rates. The global health body cited recommendation from the Solidarity Trial’s International Steering Committee as the basis for its latest action, noting that the decision does not affect other studies where the drugs are used for non-hospitalised patients. The decision was reached after a review of evidence from all trials presented at the WHO Summit on COVID-19 Research and Innovation held from 1-2 July. According to a statement from the WHO: “These interim trial results show that hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir produce little or no reduction in the mor
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control in partnership with eHealth Africa has launched an Infection Prevention and Control online course for health care workers. Based on the information on the agency’s website, the aim is to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases across the country. “To ensure that IPC training, knowledge and information is easily accessible to all who need it, the IPC Unit of the NCDC, with technical assistance from eHealth Africa, has developed a COVID-19 IPC online course. “The course features modules on standard and transmission-based precautions, use of personal protective equipment and other essential aspects of infection control in healthcare. “A certificate of participation will also be awarded at the end of the course b
Barely two weeks after the director general of World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that the world has entered a ‘dangerous’ phase and that the speed of COVID-19 is accelerating, a staggering 212,326 people were diagnosed worldwide with the infectious disease on July 4, 2020, according to the world health body. The United States of America, recorded 25 per cent of the cases with 53, 213 more positive tests, followed by Brazil with 48,105; India, 22,771, and South Africa, 9,000. The figure which is a new record was an 11 per cent rise on the previous record of 190,566, set on June 28, when the 10 million milestones were attained. Also on 4th June, the total number of cases rose to 11.3 million, an indication that more than 1.3 million people were diagnose
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
The National Council on Health (NCH) has approved the Health Sector Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Response Action Plan. The council approved the plan at the Emergency NCH Meeting held as virtual meeting and chaired by the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire. The approval by the council was based on States updates and deliberations at the meeting. The council also stepped down the presentation of the Draft Guideline on Basic Health Care Provision Fund, scheduled earlier for presentation to the council, for a later time after further necessary consultations. It also agreed not to establish the COVID-19 Community Support Centres (CSCs) as parallel centres but as additional options to relieve the burden of service delivery on existing facilities. The council also decided tha...
A modelling study estimates that about 1.7 billion people, 22 per cent of the world population, have an underlying health condition that may increase their risk of being critically ill if infected with COVID-19. The study, which analyzed data of those with underlying medical condition by sex, age and group in 188 countries, was published in the peer-reviewed, Lancet Global Health journal. The authors, Medical Xpress reports, based their estimates on the 2017 disease prevalence data from the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors Study, United Nation population estimates for 2020, and the list of underlying health conditions relevant to COVID-19, as defined by current guidelines. It notes that the study provides global, regional and national estimates
A study has revealed that patients who recovered from COVID-19 risk contracting the virus again after six months. The research findings, the researchers said, has cast further doubt over the prospect of long-lasting immunity from COVID-19. The team of researchers from the University of Amsterdam had engaged 10 volunteers for 35 years and tested them every month for four seasonal and weaker corona-viruses, which usually cause mild illnesses similar to the common cold. According to Daily Mail, the researchers discovered that those who had been infected with the strains — from the same family as SARS-CoV-2, the type that causes COVID-19 — had ‘an alarmingly short duration of protective immunity’. “Levels of antibodies, substances stored by the immune system to allow the body
The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF), on Thursday in Abuja urged Nigerians to obey its guidelines on corona-virus to avoid a resurgence of the virus during the rainy season. Chairman of PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, who gave the advice during the PTF press briefing, said there could be a resurgence of COVID-19 during the rainy season unless Nigerian adhered to the PTF guidelines. The PTF advice comes as the country hit record high of 745 of COVID-19 confirmed cases in the country Thursday the highest figure in a single day since the index case. .The PTF chair listed steps taken by the Federal Government through to check the spread of COVID-19 since the task force inauguration to include lockdown of Lagos and Ogun states as w
President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday in Abuja urged the international community to support collaborations and initiatives aimed at sharing knowledge from research and science to fight the corona-virus pandemic.The president spoke at a virtual Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity Against the COVID-19 co-hosted by the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). He told the summit, co-hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping, South African President and AU Chairperson, Cyril Ramaphosa; and Senegal President and co-chairman of FOCAC, Macky Sall, that Nigeria would support and join any joint and collective action plan at regional and global levels to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and its fallout. ”As we face a common pervasive and invisible enemy, it is important that we al
Critically ill COVID-19 patients now have cause to cheer as the World Health Organization (WHO) says it welcomes the initial clinical trial results from the United Kingdom (UK) that show dexamethasone, a corticosteroid, can save their lives from the deadly virus. The global health body emphasizes that the only conditions under which Dexamethasone is approved for use in the treatment of COVID-19 patients are for patients on ventilators or those requiring oxygen. ‘’For patients on ventilators, the treatment was shown to reduce mortality by about one third, and for patients requiring only oxygen, mortality was cut by about one fifth, according to preliminary findings shared with WHO. ‘’The benefit was only seen in patients seriously ill with COVID-19, and was not observed in pa