Health&Fitness

Getting To Grips With The COVID-19 Outbreak In Nigeria

High school students wear face masks as they wash their hands on August 3, the first day of partial resumption of classes in Lagos, Nigeria, since the COVID-19 lockdown. Olukayode Jaiyeola/NurPhoto via Getty Images Oyebola Oyesola, Cornell University; Christian Happi, Redeemer’s University; Dr Adewole A Adekola, University of London; Dr Chinedu Ugwu A, Redeemer’s University; Jonathan Heeney, University of Cambridge, ...

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A Hard Journey To A Future Free Of Hepatitis In Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa has a low uptake of the Hepatitis B vaccine compared to the rest of the world. Shutterstock Pauline Bakibinga, African Population and Health Research Center and Aheisibwe Hillary, Mbarara University of Science and Technology The World Health Organisation has announced additional efforts to eliminate hepatitis by 2030. The overall strategy calls for the prevention of new infections through ...

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Beyond Florence Nightingale: How African Nurses Have Decolonised The Profession

Nurses attend the 2015 International Nurses’ Day celebrations in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ihsaan Haffejee/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Timothy A. Carey, University of Global Health Equity; Agnes Binagwaho, University of Global Health Equity, and Judy Khanyola, University of Global Health Equity This year – 2020 – marks the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. It’s therefore understandable that it’s being marked as ...

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Alert In Chinese City Over Bubonic Plague That Can Kill In 24 Hrs

A city in the north of China has sounded an alert after a suspected case of bubonic plague was registered by officials. The case was reported on Saturday by a hospital in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of Bayannur. The northern city announced a ‘level III warning of plague prevention and control’. State-run People’s Daily Online reported the alert, the ...

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Africa’s Scientists Set Out Their COVID-19 Research Priorities

By setting out the continent’s research priorities, scientists can focus better on what needs to be done. Maliutina Anna/Shutterstock Moses Alobo, African Academy of Sciences In April 2020, about two months after the African continent recorded its first case of COVID-19, the African Academy of Sciences undertook an extensive survey of its members. This allowed hundreds of scientists in African ...

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New Virus With ‘Pandemic Potential’ Found In China

Experts are keeping a close eye on a new strain of influenza emerging in China. Scientists say the new strain of virus is carried by pigs and genetically similar to Swine Flu. The new type of flu causes respiratory illnesses, and researchers say it is a candidate for the next viral pandemic if it mutates and spreads from person to ...

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Non-Medical Use Of Prescription Drugs Among Skilled Workers: A Pilot Study In Nigeria

A pharmacy store in Ogun State, southwest Nigeria. Photo by Pius Utomi Ekpei /AFP via Getty Images Samson Femi Agberotimi, North-West University More than ever, the world is facing a challenge of non-medical use of prescription drugs among people of all ages, genders and occupations. Evidence shows that pharmaceutical opioids (tramadol, codeine, or morphine), barbiturates such as pentobarbital sodium, benzodiazepines ...

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Dexamethasone: The Cheap, Old And Boring Drug That’s A Potential Coronavirus Treatment

Nial Wheate, University of Sydney First, we tried the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine. Then we tested the antiviral drug remdesivir. But new UK research gives the strongest indication yet we may have found a useful treatment for COVID-19. This time it’s an old anti-inflammatory drug, dexamethasone, which has been described as cheap, old and boring. Preliminary results from a clinical trial ...

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Coronavirus Found In Semen Of Young Men With COVID-19

vchal/Shutterstock Peter Ellis, University of Kent; Mark Wass, University of Kent, and Martin Michaelis, University of Kent We don’t know much about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, but we are learning new things about it every day. The latest bit of the jigsaw puzzle comes from a small study conducted in China, which found SARS-CoV-2 RNA (the virus’s genetic ...

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Coronavirus: Corruption In Health Care Could Get In The way Of Nigeria’s Response

A health worker collecting sample test kits from a nurse during a community COVID-19 testing campaign in Lagos. Photo by Olukayode Jaiyeola/NurPhoto via Getty Images Obinna Onwujekwe, University of Nigeria; Charles Orjiakor, University of Nigeria, and Prince Agwu –, University of Nigeria Since President Muhammadu Buhari came to power in Nigeria in 2015, anti-corruption has been at the heart of ...

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