COVID-19: 180,000 health workers died globally in 16 months – WHO

October 27, 2021 Duro Joseph 0

A report released Wednesday by the World Health Organisation (WHO) said some 80,000 to 180,000 healthcare workers globally are estimated to have died from COVID-19 between January 2020 and May 2021. The report stated that less than one in 10 healthcare workers in Africa are fully vaccinated and more than 128,000 have been infected with the virus, The agency has Read More

Mosquito and malaria

Malaria ‘in tears’ over vaccine breakthrough

October 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

After decades of clinical trials, the world has potentially found a new silver bullet against malaria, one of the oldest and deadliest infectious diseases. BENJAMIN SAMSON in this report examines how the vaccine will contribute to the fight against malaria. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), malaria kills about half a million people yearly, nearly all of them in Read More

Worrisome forecast from DHF

October 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

Nigerian health watchers must be disturbed by the revelation that the global cancer statistics may hit 30m by the year 2030. The revelation was made last Tuesday by the Executive Director of Dove-Haven Foundation (DHF), Dr. Ekundayo Samuel, during the sensitization of over 200 transport workers in Isanlu in Yagba West Local Government Area of Kogi state. The event, tagged Read More

On WHO’s antidote to heart-related diseases

October 15, 2021 Blueprint 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

COVID-19: Nigeria fails WHO target, vaccinates 1.8%

October 4, 2021 Helen Oji 0

Nigeria has missed the 10 per cent target set by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the country only fully vaccinated 1.8 per cent of its population against COVID-19 as of September 29, 2021. WHO Immunisation and Vaccines Development Programme Coordinator, Dr Richard Mihigo, revealed on Thursday that only 15 African countries had been able to meet the target. While Read More

Booster jabs to enhance primary healthcare system

The roadmap unveiled last year by the Federal Ministry of Health on ‘Health Sector Next Level Agenda’ admits huge gaps in the health sector and need for concerted efforts towards attaining Universal Health Coverage. The nine-point agenda presented by President Muhammadu Buhari expectedly aspires to propel the country towards the attainment of universal health coverage when all individuals and communities Read More

APC states to allocate, release 15% annual budget for healthcare delivery

August 29, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The states controlled by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have all agreed to henceforth allocate and release 15 percent of their annual budget for the healthcare delivery in their states. The APC states also agreed to henceforth undertake establishment of sustainable health care financing system such as health insurance and health emergency trust fund in their states. In a Read More

COVID-19: NYSC DG warns prospective corps members against protocol violation

The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig-General Shuaibu Ibrahim, said the scheme is committed to the sustenance ofCOVID-19 preventive and safety protocols in order to guarantee seamless service year. The Director-General who stated this Friday during a WEBINAR session on COVID-19 measures for safe orientation camp, jointly organised by the Nigeria Centre for Disease (NCDC)/NYSC, and supported Read More

Climate change: JIBWIS flags off 30m tree planting campaign in Katsina

August 19, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

Jama’at Izalatil Bid’ah Wa’iqamatis Sunnah (JIBWIS) has flagged off its 30 million national tree-planting campaigns in Katsina state to address the ravaging effect of climate change in the country. The group in a special bulletin dated 16th August 2021, made available to journalists in Abuja, Tuesday, noted that “the ravaging effect of climate Change Is visible all over the world. Read More

Impact of COVID-19 on viral hepatitis in Nigeria

August 11, 2021 Blueprint 0

Unarguably, COVID-19 has placed significant strain on national healthcare systems at a critical moment in the context of hepatitis elimination across the world. The pandemic has resulted in a myriad of interventions with the urgent aim of reducing the public health impact of the disease. However, evidence both from high-income and low-income countries show broader consequences of such interventions on Read More

Handling epidemic: How prepared is Nigeria?

August 6, 2021 Alex Enemanna 0

Nigeria the largest nation in the Black race is no doubt bleeding under the heavy weight of dearth in infrastructure virtually in all areas of our national life – education, health, transport, agriculture, security, social amenities at al but of utmost concern to this writer in this catalogue of national challenges is the rot that has pervaded the health sector. Read More

2021 World Hepatitis Day

July 27, 2021 Blueprint 0

Today, Nigeria joins the rest of the global community to mark the World Hepatitis Day. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Hepatitis Can’t Wait”. The theme is quite apt, considering the fact that one person dies globally in every 30 seconds from hepatitis-related ailment. In view of the fact that COVID-19 pandemic has come to compound the situation, it Read More

Covid-19 pandemic: Is end in sight?

July 23, 2021 Blueprint 0

Last week, Nigeria recorded an additional 123 new Covid-19 cases with total infections rising to 169,329. As countries of the world continue to battle against the pandemic with the third wave taking its toll on many countries, Kehinde Osasona asks: Is end in sight? The dreaded coronavirus pandemic, which emanated from Wuhan in China, has now spread to over 200 Read More

Anxiety as cholera returns

July 16, 2021 Blueprint 0

Cholera has returned with many unsuspecting persons as its victims. In this report, ELEOJO IDACHABA writes on what now appears like a wild fire ravaging many states. For nine-year-old Ibrahim, it started like a normal abdominal discomfort until this son of Danmagaji of Dutse in Jigawa state suddenly developed complications leading to death in the wee hours of May 16, 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

Tanzania president urges public not to ignore Covid-19

June 25, 2021 Blueprint 0

Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan on Friday urged the public not to ignore a third wave of coronavirus. This came after her predecessor, the late John Magufuli, alarmed the world with his sceptical approach to the pandemic. Since Hassan took office after the death of Magufuli in March, the government has changed from downplaying the crisis to calling for social Read More

Covid-19 and plight of pregnant women

June 25, 2021 Blueprint 0

In this piece, ENE OSHABA recounts the experiences, near death challenges pregnant women faced during the covid-19 lockdown. Nigeria, like other countries of the world, had its fair share of the pangs of the Covid-19 pandemic, even as the federal government’s lockdown order to stem the spread of the pandemic had exposed many, especially women and children, to even more Read More

Emergencies: Victims’ ordeals, national response

June 11, 2021 Blueprint 0

Owing to poor and tardy preparations, Nigeria is often caught in the web of emergency situations. ELEOJO IDACHABA in this piece takes a look at some victims’ ordeals, the country’s preparedness and x-ray of recent developments. Emergency situations are not new in Nigeria or anywhere across the globe. From time immemorial, Nigerians have passed through several emergency situations. In many Read More

COVID-19 confirmed cases indicate community transmission -WHO

June 3, 2021 Yusuf A Yusuf 0

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Thursday called on Nigerians not to abandon the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) safety protocols against COVID-19, saying the records of daily confirmed cases are indication of ongoing community transmission. WHO Emergency Manager, Northeast Nigeria, Doctor Richard Lako, represented by Public Health Officer, Dr. Ibrahim Salisu, stated this in Damaturu while embarking on risk Read More

Africans not consuming enough milk-FAO

June 2, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Country Representative of Food and Agriculture (FAO), Mr. Fred Kafeero, Tuesday said Africa’s milk consumption is lower than 40 litres per person. Speaking Tuesday while delivering a keynote address at an event in Abuja to commemorate the World Milk Day (WMD) with the theme: “Sustainability in the dairy sector,” organised by the Commercial Dairy Ranchers Association of Nigeria, he Read More

1.2m non-smokers die from tobacco smoke annually –WHO

June 2, 2021 Blueprint 0

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, during the week said tobacco kills half of its users every year and about 1.2 million non-smokers die from exposure to tobacco smoke. Moeti stated this in her message to the international community to commemorate the 2021 ‘World No Tobacco Day’. She said tobacco harms nearly every organ Read More

COVID-19: 96% targeted Nigerians vaccinated – NPHCDA

May 26, 2021 Duro Joseph 0

The Executive Director /CEO of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib , Tuesday, said the agency has provided first COVID-19 vaccine doses to 1, 929, 237 Nigerians. He stated at a press conference held at the NPHCDA headquarters, Abuja, that the number represents 96% of the targeted population. Dr. Shuaib said the agency has commenced Read More

Are you eating Tuberculosis?

May 19, 2021 Blueprint 0

Dr Biodun Ogungbo, MBBS, FRCS, FRCSEd, MSc If you want cheap If you are careless If you are not observant The incidence of tuberculosis is on the increase. Many people including those in whom you would least expect it are developing the disease. Recently, I got involved with the case of a medical doctor who became paralyzed due to tuberculosis Read More

Abortion not an option

May 19, 2021 Blueprint 0

Unsafe abortion is a significant cause of death and ill health. The World Health Organisation, WHO, defines unsafe abortion as a procedure for terminating an unintended pregnancy carried out either by persons lacking the necessary skills or in an environment that does not conform to minimal medical standards, or both. An unsafe abortion has gained more attention recently as an Read More

Working 55 hours weekly or more dangerous to health — WHO, ILO

May 18, 2021 Blueprint 0

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) during the week said 745, 000 deaths from stroke and ischemic heart disease occurred in 2016 as a result of long work hours. WHO, in a statement from its headquarters in Geneva, said the figure was the first global analysis of loss of lives and health associated with working Read More