Breaking: NAFDAC certifies Pfizer-BionTech COVID-19 vaccine

April 30, 2021 Editor 0

Pfizer-BionTech COVID-19 vaccine has been approved by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for emergency use in Nigeria. NAFDAC Director-General, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye who made the announcement in Lagos said the approval given was not a full one but it would be in effect within the period of getting people vaccinated and gathering data about Read More

Mosquito and malaria

Tackling malaria scourge in Nigeria

April 27, 2021 Blueprint 0

The World Malaria day was observed on Saturday, April 24, 2021. It is necessary to draw the attention of the Nigerian government to the devastating effect of and the dire need to curb malaria as millions of Nigerians die yearly from the scourge. Malaria remains one of the most infectious diseases in the world, being a major public health problem Read More

We’ll deepen partnership with WHO to sustain progress – Wike

April 26, 2021 Godwin Egba 0

The Rivers state governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has said the state has achieved enormous success in reducing the rate of malaria infection and HIV/AIDS because of the robust partnership it has with the World Health Organization (WHO).Special Assistant (Media) to the governor, Kelvin Ebiri said the governor stated this in press statement Monday when he met the World Health Organisation Read More

Ensure safe blood transfusion practices, commissioner urges health workers

April 22, 2021 Helen Oji 0

The Lagos state Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, has urged health workers and stakeholders in the blood transfusion chain on the need to strictly adhere to safe blood transfusion practices and ensure patient safety in blood transfusion procedures. He stated this during a virtual workshop on safe blood transfusion practices organised by the Lagos State Blood Transfusion Service (LSBTS) 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

Nigerians in throes of food poisoning

April 16, 2021 Blueprint 0

Recently, many Nigerians have died from food poisoning and one wonders whether or not there is proper regulation of food supplies in the country. ELEOJO IDACHABA reports. Last week, news filtered in about a reported case of food poisoning in Kano state. As at the time the discovery was made, four persons had already died while nearly two hundred others Read More

132 deaths per 1,000 live births unacceptable – FG

April 14, 2021 Duro Joseph 0

The federal government Tuesday said the projected 132 deaths per 1,000 live births for Nigeria by 2030 is unacceptable. Consequently, the Federal Ministry of Health took steps to partner media executives at the 2021 first quarter of the RMNCAEH+N, on how to enlighten the general public in order to halt the avoidable high mortality rate. Tagged: “Media Parley with CEOs Read More

It’s not a healthy world

April 8, 2021 Blueprint 0

Yesterday, April 7, 2021 was observed by the global community as the World Health Day (WHD) even as the Covid-19 pandemic has not stopped its ravage humanity. The WHD is the flagship on the calendar of the World Health Organisation (WHO). In 1948, the WHO held the First World Health Assembly and decided to celebrate April 7 of each year, Read More

UN agencies say seafarers’ vaccinations must be prioritised

COVID-19 vaccinations of seafarers must be prioritised amid concerns that lack of inoculation for vessel crews could leave the global supply chains vulnerable, five top UN bodies agree. The World Health Organisation, International Labour Organisation, International Maritime Organisation, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).issued a joint statement last week urging all United Nations Member Read More

The fears over COVID-19 vaccine

March 24, 2021 Blueprint 0

Amid rising global numbers of daily coronavirus infections which has no known cure yet, vaccine is the only respite. Close to 900 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been secured so far through various initiatives, enough to inoculate about 30% of the African continent this year. The World Health Organisation (WHO) in July 2020 started a working group to Read More

Now that our leaders are being guinea-pigged

March 19, 2021 Clem Oluwole 0

At long, long last, the Covid-19 vaccine has finally arrived in Nigeria. But the Presidential Task Force set up by the federal government has warned that despite the arrival of the defence laager, it is too early to start dancing on the grave of the pandemic that has claimed more than two million lives and sickened several other millions worldwide Read More

Benue flags off COVID-19 vaccination

March 18, 2021 John Shiaondo 0

The Benue state government Thursday flagged off the COVID- 19 vaccination at the Benue state University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH), Makurdi.Governor Samuel Ortom in his address at the occasion said vaccination with safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines was a critical part of Nigeria’s strategy to interrupt the COVID-19 pandemic and curb transmission of the virus. Represented by the Commissioner for Health Read More

Bala, wife, deputy, clerics take COVID-19 vaccines in Bauchi

March 14, 2021 Najib Sani, Bauchi 0

Bauchi state governor Bala Mohammed, his wife Aisha Bala Mohammed, deputy governor Baba Tela, top government officials and clergymen were Saturday vaccinated against COVID-19 pandemic. They were vaccinated at government house during the first batch of the exercise. 150, 000 doses of vaccine were allocated to the state. Speaking shortly after being vaccinated, governor Bala expressed optimism that the vaccine 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

COVID-19: Strengthening vaccine production in Nigeria

February 25, 2021 Maryam Sani Muhammad 0

At a critical moment in the battle against the resurgence of the second wave of COVID-19, it is clear that Nigeria is still relying on vaccines imported from the western world to wade off the deadly pandemic. This is evident in the struggle to import the vaccines from abroad to stem the spike of the virus. Undoubtedly, this is a Read More

Federal Road Safety Corps at 33

February 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

Last Wednesday, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) might not have rolled out the drums to celebrate the 33rd year of its creation due to the challenges thrown up by the Covid-19 pandemic among other reasons. Nevertheless, the Corps deserves more than a passing comment for attaining the landmark. Established in February 1988 through the instrumentality of Decree 45 as Read More

The $1bn expended on medical tourism

February 15, 2021 Blueprint 0

The recent disclosure by the Managing Director of the Nigeria Export Processing Zone (NEPZA), Prof. Adesoji Adesugba, that the proposed world class medical enclave in Nigerian is aimed at ending the about $1 billion expended on medical tourism annually by Nigerians is a welcome development. This is more so, bearing the fact that the novel Covid-19 pandemic and the consequential Read More

2021 Radio Day: RATTAWU tasks govt on new COVID-19 variant

February 12, 2021 Moses John 0

The Radio, Television, Theatre and Arts Workers Union (RATTAWU) on Friday called on authorities in Nigeria to leverage on radio to curb the rising tide of the new variant of Covid-19 pandemic. National President of RATTAWU Comrade Kabir Garba Tsanni in a massage to mark year 2021 World Radio Day said due to the affordable nature of radio, it could Read More

WHO, Yobe govt strengthen health sector capacity on GBV emergencies

February 5, 2021 Editor 0

As number of rape cases increase during the second wave of coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organisation (WHO) in partnership with the Yobe state government organised a training for 45 primary healthcare providers in selected primary health centres of the state. Declaring the training opened, WHO Programme Manager in the Northeast Nigeria, Mr. Shafiq Muhammad, represented by Dr. Ibrahim Salisu, Read More

Deploying non-pharmaceutical measures against COVID-19

February 2, 2021 Blueprint 0

Non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) are among the measures adopted to check and contain pandemics like COVID-19. Experts agree that preventing the spread of new diseases, with no known vaccine to check spread, is a huge challenge.They say that adopting NPIs is imperative while the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) listed the measures as hygiene, isolation and social distancing. They say Read More

Fighting high infant, maternal mortality rates with TBAs

January 25, 2021 Jerry Uwah 0

Nigeria’s healthcare delivery system is deep in distress. The federal, state and local governments are now groping for a way out of the distress. That explains why Nigeria now musters one of the highest child and maternal mortality rates in the world. Child mortality rate stands menacingly at 117.2 deaths per 1,000 live births. Maternal mortality rate is equally frightening. Read More

We ‘ve not endorsed any COVID-19 vaccine – NAFDAC

January 16, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, has said that the agency has not approved any COVID-19 vaccines. She made this known in a statement, Friday in Abuja, noting that NAFDAC had not received any application from vaccine manufacturers “and therefore, no vaccine had been approved by NAFDAC. “There are reports of Read More

Nigeria is unserious about education

January 14, 2021 Mahmud yahaya 0

It is unfortunate that all this time students spent at home while their education was brought to standstill, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and federal government are insensitive to their situation. It is obvious that the federal government deems the education of its citizens as valueless as sewage. How insensitive was ASUU too, to have said Universities are Read More