Health&Fitness

Why African Cities Should Have Engaged Non-State Actors In The Fight Against COVD-19

A tightly packed and busy urban slum in Ajegunle, Lagos, Nigeria. shutterstock Chidi Nzeadibe, University of Nigeria; Adaeze Ejike-Alieji, University of Nigeria; Casmir C. Mbaegbu, University of Nigeria; Chinedu Onyishi, University of Nigeria; Christian Ezeibe Ph.D, University of Nigeria; Chukwuedozie Ajaero, University of Nigeria; Peter Mbah, University of Nigeria, and Victor Udemezue Onyebueke, University of Nigeria Most of the confirmed ...

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Nigeria Needs Innovation And Science Investment To Help Control COVID-19

Professor Christian Happi, director of the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases, displays one of the most advanced automated acid extractors being used in the laboratory. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images Christian Happi, Redeemer’s University and Ifeyinwa Aniebo, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Nigeria, like other African countries, wasn’t spared from the spread of ...

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Oxford Vaccine Produces Immune Response

One of the world’s leading COVID-19 experimental vaccines produces an immune response in both young and old adults, raising hopes of a path out of the gloom and economic destruction wrought by the novel coronavirus. The vaccine, developed by the University of Oxford, also triggers lower adverse responses among the elderly, British drug maker AstraZeneca Plc, which is helping manufacture ...

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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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