Health&Fitness

Malaria Parasites In Nigeria Are Genetically Diverse: A Danger But Also A Useful Tool

Kateryna Kon/Getty Images Segun Isaac Oyedeji, Federal University, Oye Ekiti Malaria is one of the world’s most dangerous parasitic disease and a major public health challenge, especially in Africa. Each year, over 200 million new cases of malaria occur globally. This leads to the death of over 400,000 individuals, most of whom are children below the age of five. Nigeria ...

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COVID-19: Examining Theories For Africa’s Low Death Rates

Shutterstock Kevin Marsh, University of Oxford and Moses Alobo, African Academy of Sciences As the threat of a COVID-19 pandemic emerged earlier this year, many felt a sense of apprehension about what would happen when it reached Africa. Concerns over the combination of overstretched and underfunded health systems and the existing load of infectious and non-infectious diseases often led to ...

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NMA Decries State Of Anambra General Hospitals As Doctors Abandon COOUTH

Raymond Ozoji, Awka The Anambra state branch of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has described the plight of general hospitals in the state as unfit and not conducive for patients due to what the association termed bushy environments, lack of electricity at nights, lack of doctors, shortage of other medical personnel and a host of other issues. The association equally ...

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Coronavirus: Guidance For Better Mental Health

By Boris M During the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be a lot of information about the virus and its effects on mental health. That’s because coronavirus and the social, financial and psychological implications it carries can seriously impact one’s mental wellbeing. Government legislation, mass media coverage, and the increasing global death toll will cause a lot of stress, especially for the ...

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COVID-19 Isn’t The Only Infectious Disease Scientists Are Trying To Find A Vaccine For. Here Are 3 Others

Shutterstock Danielle Stanisic, Griffith University and Johnson Mak, Griffith University More than 28 million people around the world have now contracted COVID-19, and more than 900,000 people have died. Research groups across the globe are rightly racing to find a vaccine to protect against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. While it’s not surprising all eyes are on this vaccine ...

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US-Based Group To Establish Paediatric ICU At Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital

Following the successful set-up of the skeletal structure of the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu, a non-governmental organization, Health Place for Children Initiative (HPCI) plans to set up another five-bed Paediatric ICU at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH) Nnewi, Anambra State, in 2021. According to the group, it ...

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Oxford Scientists: These Are Final Steps We’re Taking To Get Our Coronavirus Vaccine Approved

Rebecca Ashfield, University of Oxford and Pedro Folegatti, University of Oxford Of the hundreds of potential COVID-19 vaccines in development, six are in the final stages of testing, known as phase three clinical trials. One of these – ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 – is the vaccine we’re developing at the University of Oxford. To be approved, vaccines need to go through multiple ...

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Russian Coronavirus Vaccine Results Have Been Published – Here’s What They Reveal

Anne Moore, University College Cork President Vladimir Putin recently announced that a team of Russian scientists had developed a COVID-19 vaccine and that it had been approved for use by the regulators – at least, in Russia. However, the announcement caused consternation among scientists and clinicians in the rest of the world as human trials for the vaccine – nicknamed ...

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Chloroquine, Remdesivir Can Kill COVID-19, Says NAFDAC DG

Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye has stated that pieces of evidence from reliable researches and reports show that Chloroquine can kill COVID-19 virus at the early stage. She stated that Remdesivir, made by Gilead Sciences Inc, has also been shown to kill the virus at late stages. The NAFDAC ...

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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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