COVID-19: FG Is Determined To Make Bold Steps On Vaccines Production – Health Minister

ABUJA/Nigeria: Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, says the Federal Government is determined to make a bold step on Vaccines production in the country. Ehanire said this on Friday in Abuja, at the special National Council on Health (NCH) meeting, organized by the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH). The 2021 theme is “The Journey to Attaining Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Applying Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic towards Building a Resilient National Health System”. The 2014 National Health Act recognizes the NCH as the highest policy-making body within the Nigerian health…

20-To-40-Year-Olds Constitute 60% Of 322 HIV Carriers, AIDS Patients In Cambodia – Data

ABUJA/Nigeria: Total of 322 HIV carriers and AIDS patients are now living in Mongolia, according to newly released data by the country’s National Statistics Office on Wednesday. More than 80 per cent of the HIV-infected people were men, while around 60 per cent are people between 20 and 40 years old, according to data released by the agency on the occasion of World AIDS Day, which falls on Dec. 1 every year. Around 99 per cent of infections are from sexual transmission, according to the statistical agency. The first case…

COVID-19 VARIANT: Okowa Urges Nigerians To Embrace Vaccination

ASABA/Nigeria: Delta Governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has called on Nigerians to take the COVID-19 vaccines, saying that vaccination was safe and that no death had been recorded as a result of administration of the vaccine in the country. Okowa made the call at his quarterly interaction with journalists on Tuesday in Asaba. He said that it had become very imperative for Nigerians to embrace vaccines, especially with the Omicron and Delta variants currently ravaging the world. He stated that there was no shortage of vaccines in the state and…

OMICRON: Observe Strict Preventive Measures Against Omicron Variants, Residents Doctors Urges

ILLORIN/Nigeria: The Association of Resident Doctors, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (ARD-UITH), on Tuesday advised Nigerians to continue to observe the strict protocol in respect of the newly discovered Omicron variant COVID-19. The Omicron variant of COVID-19 detected in South Africa is considered highly transmissible and may also present an increased risk of reinfection, compared to other variants of concern (VOCs). Dr. Badmus Habeeb, the President of the ARD-UITH, gave the advice during a news conference organised to mark the weeklong 38th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the association. According…

Because of Insecurity, Covid-19, the Calabar Carnival Will Not Hold This Year, Says Ayade

CALABAR/Nigeria: Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River has suspended the 2021 annual Calabar carnival due to insecurity and the outbreak of Omicron COVID-19 variant. Mr Linus Obogo, Deputy Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Ayade, disclosed this in an interview on Monday in Calabar. The decision to suspend the annual festival was reached at a meeting with the governor, the State Executive Council members and stakeholders of the carnival. According to him, the decision to suspend the annual festival was unanimous. “The gathering was to unveil the theme of this year’s…

Botswana Confirms 19 Cases Of COVID-19 Omicron Variant

GABORONE/Botswana: Botswana Health Minister, Edwin Dikoloti confirmed a total of 19 cases of the newly-discovered Omicron variant of COVID-19. Dikoloti said at a briefing that additional assessments and analyses of other positive COVID-19 samples had revealed 15 more cases of the Omicron variant on Sunday after four foreigners were declared infected. “We will continue to expand our conduct tracing to ensure that no potential cases go undetected,” Dikoloti said. Dikoloti further said that the initial cases of the Omicron variant in Botswana were detected after four foreign nationals, who had…

DELTA 2023: Doctors Pledge Support For Gbagi

UGHELLI/Nigeria: Doctors in Delta State under the auspices of Progressive Doctors Forum, have assured leading Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship aspirant in the state, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi, that they would mobilize medical supports for him. The doctors made the declaration when they paid a solidarity visit to Olorogun Gbagi, a former Minister of State for Education at his country home, Oginibo, Ughelli South Local government Area, Delta state. The spokesperson, Dr. E. Ejiro said, “We will pull out our own resources to support your governorship ambition, we will follow you…

Concerns Over COVID-19 Variant Trigger More Travel Curbs On Southern Africa

JOHANNSBURG/South Africa: Australia and several other countries joined nations imposing restrictions on travel from southern Africa on Saturday after the discovery of the new Omicron coronavirus (COVID-19) variant sparked global concern and triggered a market sell-off. The omicron variant – believed to be more contagious than previous variants of the disease – was first discovered in South Africa and has since been detected in Belgium, Botswana, Israel, and Hong Kong. It could take weeks for scientists to fully understand the variant’s mutations and whether existing vaccines and treatments are effective…

NGO Identifies Prostrate Cancer As Major Challenge For Male

LAGOS/Nigeria: The Barrister Tokunbo Richard Omage’s Foundation (BATRO), a Non- Governmental Organisation (NGO), on Friday said that prostate cancer had become a major plague for men. The Chairperson of the NGO, Mrs Praise-EI Omage, told Reporters that to help address the grim situation, BATRO had so far screened 30 men for the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) in Lagos in 2021. She said that the programme was in partnership with the laboratory of the Ancilla Catholic Hospital and Fortress Hospital. “The free test is carried out for men in order to…

NGO Advocates Inclusive Approaches To Malaria Elimination In Nigeria

ASABA/Nigeria: ACOMIN, a nongovernmental organisation (NGO), has advocated all inclusive approaches towards the elimination of the malaria scourge in Nigeria. The NGO through its State Programme Officer, Sir Austin Uwede, stated this while briefing the press at the temporary press centre of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Asaba, the Delta State capital. He said that Malaria “is a public health challenge in Nigeria,” adding that more than half the population of the world “are at the risk of the preventable disease caused by the female anopheles mosquitoes.” Sir…