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 Blueprint 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 Blueprint 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 Blueprint 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

COVID-19: With over 2314, Nigeria records highest cases ever

January 23, 2021 Editor 0

Nigeria on Friday recorded 2314 COVID-19 cases, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said. Out ot the numbers, Lagos, Kaduna and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) registered highest infection within 24 hours. Here is the breakdown Lagos-831 Kaduna-545 FCT-235 Plateau-127 Nasarawa-80 Oyo-72 Delta-65 Rivers-64 Kano-46 Ogun-46 Bayelsa-30 Gombe-30 Abia-28 Osun-27 Edo-25 Ondo-14 Sokoto-12 Zamfara-10 Bauchi-8 Imo-5 Jigawa-4 Ekiti-4 Borno-4 Read More

Covid-19 in Nigeria: 105,478 infected, 83,830 recover, 1,405 dead

January 16, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said that a total of 105,478 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the country. The agency made this known on its website, stating that no fewer than 1,405 have died of the virus. Data on the website showed that the country recorded 1,479 new infections of Covid-19 and 23 fresh deaths Read More

Enugu cleric charges Nigerians on protocols

December 25, 2020 Chuks Nweze 0

The Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Most Rev Callistus Onaga, has called on Nigerians to ensure strict observance of COVID-19 protocols put in place to contain the spread of the virus as they celebrate the Christmas and New Year. Onaga, who spoke in Enugu while presenting his Christmas message to journalists, said it would not take any extra thing to Read More

Breaking: SGF Boss in isolation as Coronavirus hits family members

December 13, 2020 Editor 0

Some members of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha’s household have tested positive for COVID-19. Consequently, the SGF has gone into self-isolation with his wife. The SGF who is also the chairman of the Presidential Task Force (SGF) on COVID-19, made this known in a statement Sunday. The statement read, “I would like to inform Read More

Strange killer disease and NCDC’s challenge

November 27, 2020 Blueprint 0

A rather strange illness that has taken several lives in the country has been identified as yellow fever despite campaigns against the scourge in the past. ELEOJO IDACHABA, in this report, takes a look at the scale of the disease. At a time when Nigerians were struggling to put behind them the nuisance posed by coronavirus, like a bolt from Read More

Stem rising cases of yellow fever

November 25, 2020 Blueprint 0

In the past few days, there have been reported cases of yellow fever outbreaks in some parts of the country which have led to loss of lives. While some tagged it as ‘strange disease’, health officials have attributed such deaths to yellow fever. Yellow fever cases have been confirmed in Delta and Enugu states. There are also likelihood that the Read More

What to know about yellow fever

November 12, 2020 Blueprint 0

Yellow fever is a hemorrhagic condition that can lead to  high fever, bleeding into the skin, and cell death in the liver and kidneys. If enough liver cells die, liver damage occurs, leading to jaundice, a condition in which the skin takes on a yellowish color. It is an acute, systemic disease, meaning that it starts suddenly, and it affects Read More

FG clears air on palliatives discovered in Lagos warehouse

October 23, 2020 Paul Okah 0

The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has disowned the COVID-19 palliatives discovered in a Lagos warehouse, saying the items were not from it. In a statement Thursday’s night, which was signed by the Special Assistant to the Minister on Media, Nneka Ikem Anibeze, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Read More

BUK centres test 27,831 COVID-19 samples

August 18, 2020 Bashir Mohammed 0

Outgoing Vice Chancellor of Bayero University Kano (BUK), Professor Yahuza Bello, has said the three COVID-19 testing centres, established since the outbreak of the virus in the state in April, have tested no fewer than 27,831 samples so far. A press statement in Kano, Tuesday said  Bello stated this at the commissioning of International Conference Centre (ICC) at BUK College Read More

Gombe COVID-19 patient writes WASSCE from isolation centre

August 17, 2020 Ahmad Auwal 0

A candidate who tested positive to COVID-19 in Gombe, Monday wrote his first paper in the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) from an isolation centre. The male candidate (name withheld) wrote his Mathematics examination under the supervision of an invigilator who was fully kitted in a Personal Protective Equipment. The Gombe state Public Health Emergency Operations Centre Read More