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Bukola and Toyin Saraki

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has has appointed the founder of The Well-being Foundation Africa (WBFA) and wife of former Senate President Bukola Saraki as Ambassador for Global Health. Her appointment was disclosed in a statement issued by the WHO Foundation, an independent grant-making entity created by the World Health Organization in 2020 aimed at supporting the Organization’s efforts to address the most pressing global health challenges.

WHO Predicts End To COVID-19 In 2022

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The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Ghebreyesus has expressed optimism that the COVID-19 pandemic will end in 2022. Ghebreyesus said this at a press briefing on Wednesday, noting that the pandemic emerged on Christmas Eve of 2019, recording 1.8 million deaths in 2020 and 3.5 million in 2021 with millions of people dealing with long-term consequences from the virus. He described the consequences of the recent increase rate of the Omicron and Delta variant at the same time as "a tsunami of cases".

President Buhari Receives COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot

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President Muhammadu Buhari received the Pfizer booster jab of COVID-19 on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The Federal Government had earlier announced that the administration of booster jabs would commence in December, in order to help stop the spread of the Omicron Variant of COVID-19. According to the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), those eligible for the COVID-19 booster dose are those aged 18 years and above and must have already taken a single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine or full doses of the AstraZeneca, Pfizer Bio-N-Tech, or Moderna vaccine.

WHO Sounds Warning Over Rapid Spread Of Omicron Variant

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The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) have cautioned that the Omicron variant of the coronavirus is spreading faster than the Delta variant and is causing infections in people already vaccinated or who have recovered from the COVID-19 infection. WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who told journalists at the agency’s Headquarters in Geneva that, there is now “consistent evidence” that the Omicron variant was outpacing Delta said it was also more likely that people who had been vaccinated or recovered from the virus, could be infected, or re-infected. The WHO has urged people to cancel some of their holiday plans to protect public health, as the Omicron variant spreads globally. “There can be no doubt that increased social mixing over the holiday period in many countries will lead to increased cases, overwhelm health systems and more deaths. “All of us are sick of this pandemic. All of us want to spend time with friends and family. All of us want to get back to normal. “The fastest way to do that is for all of us – leaders and individuals – to make the difficult decisions that must be made to protect ourselves and others,” Ghebreyesus said.

President Buhari Approves Salary Payment of Health Workers Withheld During Strike

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the payment of health workers' salaries which was withheld when they embarked on industrial strike action in 2018 and 2021. The Ministry of Finance, Budget, and National Planning is expected to pay the wages of doctors and other health workers which was suspended to implement the no-work-no-pay rule. Thursday by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige after a meeting with President Buhari at Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.

COVID-19: FG Reacts To Report Of ‘One Million’ Expired Vaccines

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The Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire has reacted to circulating reports that about one million doses of the donated COVID-19 vaccines given to Nigeria by some international donors expired and were eventually withdrawn from circulation. The Federal Government has said it has utilised most of the over 10 million short shelf-life doses of COVID-19 vaccines before the expiration in good time. A statement signed by the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, and dated December 8, 2021, the government said the expired vaccines had been withdrawn and will be destroyed by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control )NAFDAC). It reads: The attention of the Federal Ministry of Health has been drawn to reports circulating in the media to the effect that some COVID-19 vaccines had expired in Nigeria. “Nigeria has, of late, enjoyed the generosity of several, mainly European countries, who have offered us doses of COVID-19 vaccines out of their stockpiles, free of charge, through COVAX or AVAT facility.

COVID-19: FG Commences Childhood Vaccination Exercise

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The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has said it has integrated childhood vaccination at the COVID-19 vaccination site for children between 0-23 months. The Executive Director, NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib made the disclosure at the National COVID-19 vaccines weekly briefing in Abuja, saying the childhood vaccination is to further protect children of that age from the disease. He noted that the integration of childhood COVID-19 vaccination is in line with the Federal Government's plan to involve childhood immunization to the COVID-19 vaccination campaign train.

COVID-19: WHO Recommends Two New Drugs For Treatment

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has on Friday recommended two new drugs, Baricitinib and Sotrovimab for the treatment of COVID-19, giving more options for treating the disease. According to the health body, the first drug, Baricitinib, is strongly recommended for patients with severe or critical COVID cases, however, cautioning nations against treating the Omicron variant as "common cold or mild", noting 15 million infections in seven days.

US Surgeons Breaks World Record, Transplants Pig’s Heart Into Human

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Surgeons in the United States (US) have broken a world record by transplanting the heart of a pig into a dying man for the very first time in the world. Daily Mail reported on Monday that Surgeons transplanted a genetically-modified pig’s heart into a 57-year-old man, David Bennet, at the University of Maryland Medical Centre in Baltimore on Saturday. The experimental surgery, which took about nine hours to complete required gene-editing on the pig’s heart, in order to remove sugar cells which would reduce the likelihood of the patient’s immune system from rejecting the transplanted organ.

FG Issues Lassa Fever Alert, As Death Toll Hiits 102

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has on Sunday issued a fresh warning over the increase in Lassa fever cases, totalling 4,632 recorded cases and 102 deaths. The centre warned Nigerians, saying it had sent letters to States on the dangers and symptoms to look out for, also, noting that there are possibilities of the disease presenting malaria-like symptoms such as fever, headache, sore throat, general body weakness, and cough among others.

Nigeria Records Six Deaths, 670 New COVID-19 Cases

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Update from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), shows about six persons have died in the last 24 hours following complications from the COVID-19 disease, with 670 fresh cases. The health agency, while making the announcement on Tuesday morning, revealed that the new cases were recorded in 10 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Lagos State Nurses Declare Three-Day Warning Strike

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The Lagos State Council of the National Association of Nigeria and Midwives (NANNM) has announced that it will be embarking on a three-day warning strike from January 10, over the government's failure to meet the association's demands.NANNM in a circular signed by the State Secretary, Oloruntoba Odumosu, with reference NANNM/LS/SEC/VOL.II/148/001, directing its members to embark on the strike.

FG Launches HIV Self-Testing, Pre-Exposure Communication Strategy

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The Federal Government has launched a National HIV self-testing (HIVST) and Pre-Exposure (PrEP) communication strategy. The Director-General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Gambo Aliyu disclosed this, saying the national HIVST and PrEP communication strategy are approved tools in the HIV combination prevention package for people with a substantial risk of HIV infection.

Nigeria Now In Fourth Wave Of COVID-19 – NCDC

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has on Tuesday announced that Nigeria is currently experiencing a fourth wave of the COVID-19, following the recent surge of confirmed cases in the country. The Director-General, NCDC, Dr. Ifeday Adetifa made the announcement in a statement on Monday, saying the development was sequel to the 500 percent increase in COVID-19 cases recorded in the past two weeks.

Omicron Variant; FG Reacts To UK Travel Ban Against Nigeria

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The Nigerian Government has insisted that there is no plan at the moment to restrict foreigners from visiting Nigeria. Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the Minister of health made this known while having a chart with Channel Television on, Politics Today yester night.
Although most of the passengers who tested positive for the COVID-19 were from UK the Minister declared. Nigeria was blacklisted by the Canadian government from travelling to Canada last week where United Kingdom, Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong follow suit. However, the Minister reacted that the impromptu in flagging Nigeria on red is uncalled for. He quoted the World Health Organisation, WHO stated that rather, countries should find a way of working together than falling apart.
In his statement, the Minister said, at the moment we have no plans restricting anybody coming from another country.”

WHO Warns Countries Of Likely Spread Of Omicron Variant

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has on Friday urged countries to prepare for the likely spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant. WHO spokesperson, Christian Lindmeier said this, noting that scientist are still studying the new variant, explaining that it will take another two weeks before more information about how transmissible and dangerous the variant is. “It is much more preferred to prepare your country, your health system to possibly incoming cases because we can be pretty sure that this Omicron variant will spread around,” he said.

Lagos Government Shuts Down Vedic Hospital For Engaging Unlicensed Expatriates

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The Lagos State Government through the Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA) has shut down Vedic Lifecare Hospital located in Lekki for engaging the services of unlicensed expatriates. The Executive Secretary of the Lagos agency, Dr. Abiola Idowu, who made the announcement of the closure in her office in Alausa, Ikeja, revealed that the hospital located at Plot 6, Olabanji Olajide Street, Lekki, was sealed for engaging expatriate staff who have not been certified to practice locally. Dr. Idowu, who disclosed that the closure of the hospital does not affect the in-patients already admitted, also said the agency received information that some facilities are engaging foreign-based transient medical doctors (FBTMD) who come into the state, stay for a period of time to provide medical care to patients and perform medical procedures before returning to their respective countries.

Nigeria Records 33 Deaths From COVID-19

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The death toll from the COVID¬-19 indicated an increase with 33 deaths recorded from Saturday after infection and death rates in Nigeria slowed down last week. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced this on Sunday, saying that 33 people had died from the COVID-19 on Sunday with a difference of two deaths when compared to Saturday. This brings the total death toll to 2,837 deaths. According to NCDC, 125 new infections were recorded across 9 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), totaling the country's infection toll to 209,298 cases.