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Over 21m Nigerians fully vaccinated against COVID-19, says FG

Over 21m Nigerians fully vaccinated against COVID-19, says FG

Nigeria has fully vaccinated a total of 21,236,404 of its eligible population with COVID-19 vaccine. Executive Director of the National Primary HealthCare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, who disclosed this at a ministerial briefing, yesterday, in Abuja, observed that from available statistics, it was clear that Nigeria is still far from achieving the set…

World Blood Donor Day: WHO decries acute blood shortage in Nigeria, other low-income countries

World Blood Donor Day: WHO decries acute blood shortage in Nigeria, other low-income countries

• Urges mandatory screening for HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, syphilis• NBSC boss says regular blood donation increases fertility• Expert calls for national haemovigilance system As part of activities to mark the World Blood Donor Day (WBDD), today, June 14, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has decried acute blood shortage in Nigeria and other middle and…

NDLEA decries abuse of pentazocine injection by youths

NDLEA decries abuse of pentazocine injection by youths

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Borno has decried “high abuse of pentazocine injection among youths in the state.” The Commandant of the agency in Borno, Mr Joseph Icha, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri on Friday. NAN reports that pentazocine injection belongs to the…

FG begins local vaccine manufacturing plan

FG begins local vaccine manufacturing plan

At last, the Federal Government, yesterday, in Abuja, kick-started plan to locally manufacture human vaccines, with the first meeting of the Inter Ministerial Steering Committee and Technical Working Group on Local Vaccine Manufacturing. Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, in his speech, said: “It is my honour to address everyone at this important event, we…

Nigeria moves to locate, enrol 200,000 undetected yearly TB cases

Nigeria moves to locate, enrol 200,000 undetected yearly TB cases

• Seeks better notification, unveils compendium of best practices The Federal Government, yesterday, said the significant progress achieved in the last three years in the fight against tuberculosis (TB), Nigeria still records 200,000 new infections yearly. Noting that these new cases are yet to be detected and enrolled for treatment, Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire,…

IHP Detox Tea not COVID-19 cure, NAFDAC clarifies

IHP Detox Tea not COVID-19 cure, NAFDAC clarifies

IHP Detox Tea not COVID-19 cure, NAFDAC clarifies National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), yesterday, debunked claim of efficacy of IHP Detox Tea for the cure of COVID-19 patients, purportedly made by the Chief Executive Officer of Bioresources Development and Conservative Programme (BDCP), Prof. Maurice Iwu, in a national daily. NAFDAC’s…

80m Nigerians living with hypertension, 26.7m receiving treatment

80m Nigerians living with hypertension, 26.7m receiving treatment

• Sufferers at risk of stroke, heart attack, kidney failure, heart failure• Experts recommend mandatory screening for people above 18 years• Walk everyday, avoid salt, processed meat, Nigerians told As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark the World Hypertension Day, which has as theme ‘Measure your blood pressure accurately, control it, live…

17 states shun universal health insurance scheme

17 states shun universal health insurance scheme

There are indications that only 19 states are at different stages of implementing Universal Health Coverages (UHC) through the establishment of health insurance schemes, while 17 states have no plan to join 19 years after the launch of the scheme in Nigeria. Anambra, Delta and Lagos states have, particularly, made significant progress in enrollment of…

Efforts to restart local manufacture of vaccines suffer setbacks

Efforts to restart local manufacture of vaccines suffer setbacks

Controversy shrouds initiative to begin local manufacture of vaccines Five years after, Nigeria’s quest to get its first set of locally manufactured vaccines is still a mirage. The Guardian investigation revealed that the firm floated to achieve this target, Biovaccines Nigeria Limited, has yet to complete building the state-of-the-art pharmaceutical manufacturing facility needed for the…

World Malaria Day: Nigeria records 200,000 deaths, loses N646bn yearly to malaria

World Malaria Day: Nigeria records 200,000 deaths, loses N646bn yearly to malaria

• Nigeria, DR Congo, Tanzania, Mozambique account for over half of all malaria deaths worldwide• Country received N176bn worth of aids from development partners to fight malaria, says Adeyanju• No single tool available today will solve the problem of malaria, say WHO, experts• Why it is likely current vaccines would eliminate malaria, by Adegboro, Ashiru…

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