COVID-19: FCE Abeokuta shuts down as health worker dies of coronavirus

The immediate closure of the Federal College of Education (FCE), Osiele, Abeokuta, Ogun State, has been ordered by the management of the school on Friday for two weeks as one medical personnel of the institution died of coronavirus (COVID-19), while two others tested positive to the deadly virus. This was made known in a circular signed by the College Registrar, Dr Adedayo Adebayo. The circular read in parts, “the College management at its emergency meeting held today, 3rd July 2020, receives with utmost concern the report of the medical investigation…

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Scientists say swine flu could spark another pandemic

  Two independent studies yesterday confirmed the fear of another pandemic that might be deadlier than COVID-19. The scientists submitted that environmental destruction might make the pandemics more likely less manageable, as a new strain of flu has shown such potential. The researchers, in the second study published in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, said the virus emerged recently, and was found in pigs, though could be contracted by humans. They are disturbed that it could mutate further, giving prospect of transmission from person to person.…

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Speaker hails resident doctors for calling off strike

Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives, has commended members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) for calling off their nationwide strike. Gbajabiamila said by their action, the resident doctors have once again proved that they truly have Nigerians at heart, saying the House leadership and members appreciate them for that. The Speaker in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, said he believed the various interventions by the House helped in no small measure in resolving the issue. It would be…

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Nigeria’s first professor of medicine, Akinkugbe, dies at 87

Oladipo Olujimi Akinkugbe, Nigeria’s first Professor of Medicine, yesterday died in Ibadan, Oyo State after a brief illness at the age of 87 years. The late Medical Director of Ibadan Hypertension Clinic was a famous nephrologist and hypertension expert at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan. Taking special interest in hypertension and kidney diseases, he had made tremendous contributions in these areas. He studied and taught at some of the world’s prestigious tertiary institutions, including the University of London; Balliol College, University of Oxford England, and Harvard Medical School Boston,…

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Asymptomatic transmission of COVID-19 very rare – WHO

An official of the World Health Organisation (WHO), yesterday declared that it is rare for asymptomatic patients to transmit the COVID-19 disease. The WHO, however, added that, “Much is still unknown about the COVID-19 pandemic.” Its comments by one of its scientists that transmission of coronavirus from persons who never showed symptoms was “very rare,” drew criticisms from physicians and others experts on social media. That admission sent shock waves throughout the world, much of which has been locked down for months for fear of spreading the virus by persons…

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Vitamin K, D could help fight, boost immunity against COVID-19 – Study

Most patients who died or got admitted to an intensive care unit for COVID-19 reportedly have a deficiency in Vitamin K, study reveals. Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamins found in foods and dietary supplements, which the human body requires for complete synthesis of certain proteins that are needed for blood coagulation or for controlling binding of calcium in bones and other tissues. Dutch researchers studying COVID-19 patients admitted to Canisius Wilhelmina hospital have applauded benefits of vitamin K after discovering link between deficiency and the worst coronavirus outcome. The…

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190,000 Africans may die from coronavirus in 2020 – WHO

The World Health Organisation has warned that up to 190,000 people in Africa could die of coronavirus in the first year of the pandemic if containment measures fail. The UN health agency cited a new study by its regional office in Brazzaville which found that between 83,000 and 190,000 could die and 29 to 44 million be infected during the period. The research is based on prediction modelling and covers 47 countries with a total population of one billion, the WHO said in a statement. Experts have consistently warned that…

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Lassa fever hits Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi, cases rise to 973

The number of confirmed cases of Lassa fever in the country has increased to 973 in the 15th week of 2020 from the 963 cases recorded in the 14th week, says the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. It said the 10 new cases were reported from Edo, Ondo, Kogi, Nasarawa and Plateau states. The centre made the disclosure in its latest situation report (Week 15) on the disease published on Friday. The breakdown of the disease’s confirmed cases showed that while 27 states had recorded at least one confirmed case…

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COVID-19: Ecobank commends health workers

Health workers contributing to keep the country safe have been commended by the Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria, Patrick Akinwuntan, as the world battles the dreaded coronavirus pandemic. He said that this group of people have continued to put the needs of others first and show sacrificial love to support the country’s effort at containing the scourge, stressing that the bank remains grateful for their steadfast love for humanity in the execution of their daily task. Akinwuntan thanked “caregivers; doctors, nurses, and all the hospital staff who daily put their lives…

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NAFDAC grants approval for production of test kits, PPE

The conditional emergency approval for the production or importation of COVID-19 antibody and antigen test kits, as well as Personal Protective Equipment has been granted to some companies by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control on Thursday. A statement by the Director General of the agency, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, said seven companies had been granted the approval, stressing that NAFDAC had also reduced time for registration and approval from 120 working days to 10 working days due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement said, “NAFDAC, in…

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