Health sector failure: Concerns over anthrax disease outbreak

June 23, 2023 Benjamin Samson 0

The federal government recently alerted Nigerians on the outbreak of anthrax disease in some West African countries; anthrax is zoonotic disease that can be transmitted from animals to humans. BENJAMIN SAMSON in this report seeks experts’ views on its spread and how it can be curtailed. While raising the alarm, the federal government said neighbouring countries in the West African Read More

SMC: Yobe targeting 1m under 5 children in 2021- Umar

November 3, 2021 Yusuf A Yusuf 0

Yobe state primary Health Care Management Board (YSPHC) in collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday organised 2021 Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention (SMC) state debriefing meeting in Damaturu, Yobe state. Briefing Journalists at the meeting, the Director Immunisation and Disease Control YSPHC, Dr Umar Chiroma, said the meeting was to share feedback on implementation of the seasonal malaria chemoprevention which Read More

On WHO’s antidote to heart-related diseases

October 15, 2021 Admin III 0

As a result of the prevalence of heart-related diseases all over the world, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has come up with a new concept aimed at bringing down the pandemic rather than the pandemic bringing down people. ELEOJO IDACHABA takes a look at the initiative. Nigerians in uncountable numbers have been brought down by heart diseases otherwise known as Read More

Global voices and the criminalisation of Chinese entrepreneurs

October 11, 2021 Dr. Austin Maho 0

In the August 31, 2021, article in the “Global Voices” an online publication. there was a piece by one Nwachukwu Egbunike title: “Chinese firms in Nigeria face widespread labour abuse allegations, tainting bilateral relationship” This piece is a response to the article, because it falls within the growing spat of misinformation about China and the Chinese which is fuelled mostly Read More

APC group lauds Buhari’s strategic responses to Covid-19 pandemic

September 15, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A group of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on the aiges of APC Legacy Awareness and Campaign (APC-LAC) has commended the firm responses of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administratiom to the Covid-19 pandemic. The group, which is a voluntary think-tank group of the governing party, particularly lauded President Buhari’s setting up of an Economic Sustainability Committee chaired by the Vice Read More

Saving Nigerians from food poisoning

September 10, 2021 Admin III 0

Nigerians are still groaning under the throes of food poisoning despite the government’s enlightenment campaigns against it; ELEOJO IDACHABA writes. Over and over again, the blames for food poisoning are heaped on the government/regulating agencies who are accused of not doing enough to mitigate such occurrences. Investigations by this reporter have, however, revealed that carelessness and general poverty, among other Read More

NCDC and cholera challenge so far

September 1, 2021 Admin III 0

Cholera has been having a toll on the lives and economy of the country in recent times. In this report, IDACHABA SUNNY ELEOJO takes a look at the challenge and response activities by NCDC. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is leading the national response to an outbreak of cholera across states in Nigeria exacerbated by poor access to Read More

NCDC partners GTFCC, ICG, NPHCDA on cholera vaccine

August 25, 2021 Ifeanyi Emeka 0

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Tuesday submitted a cholera vaccination request to the International Coordinating Group (ICG) and the Global Task Force for Cholera Control (GTFCC). Director-General NCDC, Dr Chike Ihekweazu, stated this while speaking to journalists in Abuja. He said the centre will also submit the vaccine request to the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA). Read More

Mosquito and malaria

U.S. donates 5m nets to control malaria in Oyo

August 17, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The U.S. government, through the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), has donated 5 million insecticide-treated bed nets to Oyo state as part of a national campaign to provide enough nets for every Nigerian to be protected from the deadly disease. A press statement by USAID, Monday, said the nets would reach all 33 local government areas in the state. “The bed Read More

Cholera kills 93 in Kaduna

August 13, 2021 Admin III 0

No fewer than 93 people have died of cholera in Kaduna state between March and July 2021, the director, Disease Control, State Primary Health Care Board, Dr. Hamza Ibrahim Kaura, has disclosed. Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting at the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) on the high flood alert level in the state, which was raised from Read More

COVID-19: No corps member, camp official tested positive – NYSC

August 5, 2021 John Oba 0

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) management has refuted a report by a news media on alleged red alert at the NYSC camp on positivity of 109 corps members, saying neither corps member nor camp official tested positive. Reacting to the news report, Wednesday, the Director Press and Public Relations, Mrs Adenike Adeyemi, said there is clearly no single case Read More

Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone for IAVI €22.8m Lassa vaccine trial

June 28, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) has been awarded €22.8 million by the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) to conduct a Phase IIb clinical trial of IAVI’s Lassa fever vaccine candidate among adults and children in Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. A press statement by the US Embassy, Monday, said: Read More

COVID – 19: Utazi cries out over imminent third wave

May 22, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Chairman, Senate Commitee on Primary Healthcare and Communicable Diseases, Senator Chukwuka Utazi (PDP Enugu North ), has called on relevant authorities to be proactive in preventing the third wave of the dreaded COVID – 19 pandemic from entering Nigeria. Utazi who made the admonition on Friday in Abuja while fielding questions from journalists on wide range of issues in Read More

Curfew: Anxiety as another lockdown looms

May 21, 2021 Admin III 0

SAMSON BENJAMIN in this piece examines the implications of the 12am-4am curfew re-introduced by the federal government to curtail the spread of Covid-19 amidst fears of another lockdown. The federal government on Monday, May 10, 2021, re-introduced a nationwide 12am to 4am curfew as part of efforts to curtail further spread of Covid-19. The National Incident Manager, Mukhtar Mohammed, disclosed Read More

TB kills more Nigerians than COVID-19, says NGO

April 22, 2021 Duro Joseph 0

Statistics by the World Health Organisation (WHO) indicate that Tuberculosis, a pulmonary disease characterised by persistent coughing, killed more Nigerians in 2019 than the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 WHO ‘global tuberculosis report’  stated that an estimated 150,000 Nigerians died of TB in 2019 alone while the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said 2,061 persons died of COVID-19 in the Read More

COVID-19: 2 dead as Nigeria records fresh 101 infections

March 28, 2021 NAN 0

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control recorded 101 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 162,489. The health agency disclosed this on its official Twitter handle Sunday morning. It said two COVID-19-related deaths were recorded within the period, bringing the number of lives lost to the disease to 2,041. The NCDC Read More

COVID-19: Africa CDC to vaccinate 60% of Africa’s population – Official

March 25, 2021 Admin III 0

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) says it is working to ensure that each country in the continent vaccinates at least 60 per cent of its population against COVID-19. Dr Raji Tajudeen, the Head of Public Health Institutes and Research, Africa CDC, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, stated this at the Pre-Conference Webinar of the Medical Women’s International Read More

Strange disease kills 3 in Kano, 284 others hospitalised

March 16, 2021 Bashir Mohammed 0

A strange ailment that broke out some 10 days ago in Kano state has killed not less than three persons with some 284 others hospitalised in various medical facilities across the state. The source of the disease, it was gathered, came from a borehole drilled around the Dandolo cemetery from where vendors fetched to sell to unsuspecting customers. The development, Blueprint gathered,  has Read More

Covid-19 vaccines: Intrigues, fears

…AstraZeneca vaccine has no side effects – NAFDAC,…We‘ll investigates side effects – NPHCDA,…Govt must develop tracking system to check fakes – Pharmacist,…We won’t suspend vaccination because some countries have – FG One week after Nigeria began vaccination for coronavirus, there have been concerns about its safety, misinformation, hoarding and fake vaccines. SAMSOM BENJAMIN and ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARIYAU in this report examine Read More

Political economy of cows: A call for modern innovative approach, by Muhammad Sani Abdullahi

February 18, 2021 Muhammad Sani Abdullahi 0

About five years back, Ambassador Kayode Garrick brought Nigeria a present from Uruguay in form of some useful lessons on cattle development transformation in the post-modern world. He gave us a food for thought in an article published by Guardian newspaper of April 11, 2016, which— of course because of its significance— the Daily Trust reincarnated it three years later Read More

PTF to launch verification platform for COVID-19 results as Nigeria records 29 cases of UK variant

February 16, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The Presidential Task Force on Control of COVID-19 said Monday that it will roll out a verification platform next week to check the originality of results from anywhere in the world. The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, who disclosed this at a briefing of the Presidential Task Force in Abuja, said Nigeria is Read More

COVID-19: Anxiety mounts as death toll rises in Nigeria, 27 dead in 24 hours

January 30, 2021 NAN 0

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, on Friday reported 27 coronavirus-related deaths in the country, bringing the total number of those who had succumbed to the deadly virus to 1,577. The NCDC disclosed this on its official website on Friday. The public agency also announced 1,114 new coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in the past 24 hours and these have taken the Read More

Schools resumption: Anxiety mounts over student’s safety

January 29, 2021 Admin III 0

As Nigeria continues to record increased cases of Covid-19 anxiety is mounting over safety of students as schools resume despite the second wave of the pandemic, ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARIYAU reports. The federal government on December 22, 2020, ordered the closure of all schools in the country until January 18, 2021. The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19, Boss Read More