Over 1 million COVID-19 cases hit US in single day

January 4, 2022 Editorial IV 0

The United States recorded more than one million Covid-19 cases on Monday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, as the Omicron variant spread at a blistering pace. There were 1,080,211 new cases in the country, a global record, with the number of cases doubling on the previous week. It comes a day after top US pandemic advisor Anthony Fauci Read More

FCT Minister tests positive for COVID-19

January 1, 2022 Abdullahi Muhammad, Abuja 0

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Minister(FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has tested positive to COVID-19. The Ministet experienced some mild symptoms of sore throat, feverish feeling and mild running nose from 28th December 28, 2021, and went for a COVID-19 test. The result returned positive in the early hours of Friday December 31, 2021. Mallam Bello who remained in Read More

2022: Health workers set to strike if… – Official

December 28, 2021 Moses John 0

  The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations (AHPA) have said  they would not guarantee  industrial peace in the sector if Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) is not adjusted in the 2022 Budget before passage.  The health workers said any attempt to do otherwise would be met with stiff resistance. JOHESU National Chairman Biobelemoye Josiah issued the threat Read More

Garba Shehu, other Presidential aides test positive as COVID-19 hits Aso Rock again

December 25, 2021 Editor 0

Mr. Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly tested positive to COVID-19. Blueprint gathered that apart from Shehu, there are indications that those diagnosed with the infection after PCR test results were released are the Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to the President, Yusuf Dodo, and Chief Security Officer (CSO), Aliyu Musa. There are Read More

Anxiety as Nigeria records highest COVID-19 infections since 2020

December 22, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced that the country on Tuesday recorded 2,123 new COVID-19 infections. The latest figure is the highest ever daily infections since the outbreak of the virus in Nigeria in February 2020. Tuesday’s figure was 755 higher than the 1,368 infections recorded on on Monday. Also, the NCDC also announced four deaths that Read More

Christmas: Catholic Bishop writes off hospital bills for patients

December 21, 2021 Okechukwu Onuegbu, Awka 0

The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, Tuesday, visited Regina Caeli Hospital, Awka, where he paid the hospital bills of poor patients running into N1 million. Ezeokafor, who was at the hospital to commission some newly built and refurbished projects such as labour room, state-of-the-art funeral home, entrance gate and Reverend Sisters’ Convent, took time to inspect Read More

COVID-19: Buhari takes another vaccine

December 21, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

  President Muhammadu Buhari has taken his booster of the COVID-19 vaccine.The President had taken his first jab of the vaccine on March 6 and the second jab on May 29, 2021. The booster vaccine was administered on him on Tuesday, by his personal physician, Dr Suhayb Rafndadi at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. Speaking to State House correspondents after Read More

Health workers kick against privatisation of health facilities

December 16, 2021 Moses John 0

…Urge Nigerians to get for protest against unfriendly policies Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) has again rejected move by the federal government to privatise health facilities in the country. National president of MHWUN Comrade Biobelemoye Josiah, while speaking at the 48th National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of in Abuja, vows that his union would use every available Read More

Africa faces 4th wave of COVID-19 due to Omicron variant – WHO

December 16, 2021 Helen Oji 0

Africa is being hit by the fourth wave of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic driven by the Omicron variant, after recording the fastest weekly surge in new cases since May 2020. “Africa is now officially in the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is partly due to the Omicron variant,’’ World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, Read More

Nigeria launches national HIV clinical mentorship programme

December 15, 2021 Blueprint 0

Nigeria, Thursday, launched the National HIV Clinical Mentorship Programme (NCMP) to support health workers at facility and community levels through several mechanisms. A press statement by the US Mission said, “The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Adeleke Mamora, described establishing the National HIV Clinical Mentorship Programme (NCMP) as a significant landmark achievement for the HIV response in Nigeria and Read More

Pfizer shot less effective in South Africa after Omicron emerges, study shows

December 15, 2021 Reuters 0

Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine has been less effective in South Africa at keeping people infected with the virus out of hospital since the Omicron variant emerged last month, a real-world study published on Tuesday showed. Between Nov. 15 and Dec. 7, people who had received two doses of the shot had a 70% chance of avoiding hospitalisation, down from 93% during Read More

COVID-19 testing policy not to embarrass Nigerians – Ghanaina envoy

December 14, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Ghanaian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Rashid Bawa, has said Ghana has no intention to harass and embarrass Nigerian citizens coming into the country with regards to COVID-19 testing procedures. A press statement by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM)Media, Public Relations and Protocols Unit, Tuesday in Abuja, said the Ghanaian envoy made this known when he visited the Chairman/CEO, Read More

[Breaking] Omicron: UK bows, removes Nigeria from red list

December 14, 2021 BBC 0

The government has said that all 11 countries will be removed from the UK’s travel red list from 4am on Wednesday. Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe are on the list. The red list was reintroduced in late November as a precaution after the emergence of the Omicron variant. But Health Secretary Sajid Read More

COVID-19: We won’t accept short-shelf life vaccines – FG

December 14, 2021 Blueprint 0

The federal government said Monday that the expiration of one million doses of COVID-19 vaccines makes it imperative not to accept vaccines that have short-shelf life. The Executive Director of National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuiab, said this at an emergency media briefing by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 in Abuja. He said over one million Read More

Revealed! How Elephantiasis killed governor’s mother in Lagos

December 14, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

  Senator Oluremi Tinubu (APC Lagos Central) disclosed in Abuja, Monday, that Elephantiasis, one of the 14 Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), prevalent in Nigeria, killed mother of a one day governor in Lagos state years back .This is as Chairman Senate Committee on Health, Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe (APC Kwara Central), his counterparts on Water Resources, Senator Bello Mandiya (APC Katsina Read More

Buni flags off mass vaccination campaign in Yobe

December 11, 2021 Editor 0

Yobe state Governor Mai Mala Buni, Friday, flagged off mass vaccination campaign against coronavirus infection. The event took place in Damaturu, the state capital. Represented by his deputy Idi Barde Gubana who is the state chairman committee on prevention and control of covid-19, the governor said the event was part of the National bold steps taken by the federal government Read More

U.S. donates more 2.5m COVID-19 vaccines doses to Nigeria

December 9, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

 The United State has donated additional 2.5 million Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses to Nigeria this week. A press statement by the U.S Mission, Thursday, said, “The U.S. Embassy proudly welcomed the arrival of 2.5 million Pfizer vaccine doses in Abuja this week. “The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) received the vaccines, ensuring they were taken to cold storage to Read More

Omicron cases in Nigeria traced to South Africa – NCDC

December 8, 2021 Helen Oji 0

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Tuesday said three additional cases of the Omicron variant have been reported. With the new cases, the number of the recently discovered variant of the COVID-19 virus in Nigeria now stands at six. The variant that was first reported by South Africa is being designated a ‘variant of concern’ by the World Health Read More

FG to UK on OMICRON: Travel ban on Nigeria lacks common sense, not science-driven

 The federal government Monday accused the United Kingdom of bias by adding Nigeria to the red list which bans Nigerians from travelling to the UK over the outbreak of Omicron COVID variant.  Describing it as prejudiced and discriminatory, the government said the decision lacked common sense and cannot be backed by science. Nigeria became the latest country to be added Read More

In Edo, Court jails 2 for assaulting health workers

December 5, 2021 Patrick Ahanor, Benin City 0

An Egor Magistrate Court II, in Edo state has convicted two persons for assaulting health workers in the course of performing their duties at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH). The Magistrate, his Lordship Jonathan Ogbeide, accordingly sentenced the convicts to three months in imprisonment on both counts with an option of fine. The accused persons – Ikechukwu Sunday and Lucas Anor were found guilty Read More

NDLEA busts ‘Mpkuru mmiri’ laboratories in Anambra, Lagos

December 2, 2021 Okechukwu Onuegbu 0

The commander, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NOA) in Anambra state, Mrs. Florence Ezeonye, said Thursday that the agency has discovered ‘clandestine laboratories’ in Lagos and Anambra state, where Mkpuru mmiri (Methamphetamine) are  produced. Ezeonye said this without giving details when she received the state director of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Charles Nwoji, and his entourage in her office. She implored people Read More

As Ramaphosa visits Buhari: Nigeria announces 3 Omicron COVID-19 cases

December 1, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has described the state visit of President Cryil Ramaphosa of South Africa as successful despite the scare generated by the new Omicron COVID-19 variant. And while the South African leader was visiting, the Nigerian authority announced three new cases of the variant and 105 COVID-19 cases.   Speaking at a joint press conference with the visiting South Read More

Xi pledges additional 1bn COVID-19 vaccine doses for Africa, 9 joint programmes

December 1, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday announced that China would provide an additional 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa and pledged to jointly implement nine programs on China-Africa future cooperation. “I am convinced that the concerted efforts of China and Africa will make this FOCAC Conference a full success, one that shall pool the mighty strength of the Read More