Delta Speaker, Oborevwori Calls on Community to Put Into Use Cottage Hospital Constructed By DESOPADEC

PATANI/Nigeria: The People of Agoloma Community in Patani Local Government, Delta State, had been implored to put into use the newly constructed cortage hospital in the community, by the Delta State Oil Production Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC. The Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Sheriff Oborevwori made this call on Tuesday, while commissioning Cottage Hospital. In his remarks, the Speaker implored the people of the Community to take advantage of its proximity for their health needs, describing the Cottage Hospital as dividend of democracy to the people,…

3 Lessons From How Schools Responded to the 1918 Pandemic Worth Heeding Today

School systems realized that they couldn’t deal with the pandemic on their own. By Mary Battenfeld   Much like what has happened in 2020, most U.S. schools closed during the 1918 influenza pandemic. Their doors were shut for up to four months, with some exceptions, to curb the spread of the disease. As a professor who teaches and writes about children’s history, I have studied how schools responded to the 1918 influenza pandemic. Though wary of painting the past with the present’s favorite colors, I see three main lessons today’s…

Over 10 000 Health Workers in Africa Infected with COVID-19

BRAZZAVILLE/Congo: The World Health Organization has warned of the threat posed by COVID-19 to health workers across Africa. More than 10 000 health workers in the 40 countries which have reported on such infections have been infected with COVID-19 so far, a sign of the challenges medical staff on the frontlines of the outbreak face. This comes as COVID-19 cases in Africa appear to be gathering pace. There are now more than 750 000 cases of COVID-19, with over 15 000 deaths. Some countries are approaching a critical number of…

AFDB, UNHCR, UN Refuge Agency and G5 Sahel sign COVID-19 $20 Million Critical Response Agreement

ABIDJAN/Ivory Coast: Public health, the wellbeing of refugees and the host communities in the Sahel are at the heart of the latest tripartite agreement between the African Development Bank (AfDB) UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and the G5 Sahel signed today. The agreement enables a critical $20 million COVID-19 response across the five countries of the Sahel region. Financed by the African Development Fund, the project will allow the Governments of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – which make up the G5 Sahel regional cooperation and coordination framework…

Okowa, Wife and Daughter Test Negative for COVID-19

Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa ASABA/Nigeria: Delta Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, his wife, Edith and daughter have tested negative to COVID-19. Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, made this known in a statement in Asaba on Tuesday, and said that other members of the First Family also tested negative to the virus. Ifeajika recalled that the governor and his wife tested positive to the virus on July 1 and went into isolation for necessary treatment. Their daughter had tested positive to the virus a few days earlier.…

COVID-19: Delta SSG Discharged From Isolation Centre

Mr Chiedu Ebie ASABA/Nigeria: Delta Government has announced that Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Chiedu Ebie, has been discharged from the Isolation Centre in Asaba where he was being treated for COVID-19. According to Mr Olisa Ifeajika, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Ebie, who had been at the isolation centre for 21 days, was discharged on Sunday after testing negative for the virus. He said that the SSG’s discharge brought the number of discharged cases of the virus so far in the state to 583. Ifeajika…

COVID-19: Medical Practitioner Restates Fears of Second Spike

OGHARA/Nigeria: A Medical practitioner, Dr Joseph Amofagi, has restated fears of a second spike of COVID-19, warning faithful of all religions that the virus is still with us despite the relaxing of lockdown measures. Dr Amofagi who is the Medical Director of Central Hospital, Oghara, stated this while creating awareness on COVID-19 pandemic at a Christian gathering at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Sapele. He pointed out that there was urgent need for all to strictly adhere to all precautionary measures spelt out by the state government and the National Center for…

Global Experts Call For a Radical Health Policy Shift in Post COVID-19 Africa

ABIDJAN/Ivory Coast:  Global health experts and practitioners at a policy webinar hosted by the African Development Institute (ADI) called for a “Marshall Plan on Inclusive Health in Africa.” There is an urgent need for inclusive health policy in Africa – one that can detect and interpret warning signs and rapidly mobilize to isolate threats, absorb and adapt to shocks, and organically innovate new strategies to maintain its core functions, the delegates said. “There must be a radical shift in Africa’s health policy from one that focuses on medical outcomes, to…

Men Are At Higher Risk of Contracting Covid-19 – UBTH

Chief Medical Director,  Prof Darlington Obaseki By Mark Erabor BENIN-CITY/Nigeria: University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) has come out with its findings that there is a higher prevalent rate of the deadly Coronal Virus among men than woman. The information was made known during a Webinar hosted by management of the institution. Other facts that emerged from the online town hall meeting reveals that elderly people from 60 years and above are more susceptible to fatalities but early voluntary testing increased the rates of recovery and discharges. Proper use of…

COVID-19: Aniagwu, 21 others Discharged in Delta

Mr Charles Aniagwu ASABA/Nigeria: The Delta Government on Tuesday announced that the Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu and 21 other persons have been discharged from Isolation Centre in the state where they were being treated for COVID-19. Their discharge on Tuesday, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, said in a statement in Asaba, was effected after they tested negative for the virus following long periods of isolation and treatment. He said that Aniagwu and the 21 others were discharged from various treatment centres across the state,…