Trafficking in Persons has been identified as one of the major factors capable of heightening the spread of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI), and HIV infections globally. Speaking on Friday in Abuja, Executive Director, UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Dr Natalia Kanem, said traffickers preyed upon the poor and the vulnerable, binding...
A group, Safe Mamahood, on Friday urged nursing mothers to exclusively breastfeed their children for six months as the best source of nutrition for the infant. The coordinator of the initiative, Ms Vivian Agomuo, speaking in Lagos ahead of the 2020 World Breastfeeding Week, which starts from August 1 to...
Eli Lilly and Co said on Thursday it had started mid-stage testing of one of its experimental treatments for COVID-19, as the drug-maker reported second-quarter sales that missed estimates due to the pandemic. The company has been working on two antibody treatments, LY-CoV555 in partnership with Canadian biotech AbCellera, and...
The Federal Government has been called upon to follow through on a pledge it made in 2016 and make the treatment of hepatitis affordable all over the country, in order to kick the illness out of the country. The call was made by the Centre for Information and Development (CFID),...
The National Hospital, Abuja, on Saturday, said that 10 coronavirus patients have so far died at its isolation centre. The hospital’s Spokesperson, Dr Tayo Hastrup, announced the figure when a non-profit organisation, the District Grand Lodge of Nigeria, came to donate face masks and hand sanitiser to the hospital in...
The Federal Government has officially inaugurated the implementation of the second phase of the Partnership for Expanded Water Sanitation and Hygiene (PEWASH) to improve access to safe water supply and sanitation in 10 states. The PEWASH programme started in two pilot states of Kano and Ogun, while the new partnership...
Widespread coronavirus vaccination could begin in the middle of next year, the chief scientist of the World Health Organisation, Soumya  Swaminathan said. She expressed cautious optimism about the state of the research and development process in an interview with dpa. “We have now over 20 candidates in clinical studies. “So we are...
By our Taraba correspondent  As part of efforts to tackle community transmission of the novel Corona Virus in Taraba State, the State Primary Health Development Agency (TSPHCDA) in collaboration with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) have begun strengthening community structures to create more awareness and spread useful information in...
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says though Coronavirus (COVID-19) presents symptoms similar to malaria such as fever, both diseases are caused by different organisms and differ in mode of transmission. The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle, while warning Nigerians against taking COVID-19 and malaria...
The American University of Beirut’s (AUB) medical centre says it has laid hundreds of staff, as even hospitals buckle under the weight of Lebanon’s economic collapse, the hospital’s management said on Friday. A nurse, Zawqan Abdelkhalek, who has worked at the hospital since 2012, was distraught. “I have a baby daughter,...
The United Nations has forecasted that West and Central Africa will have 15.4 million cases of acute malnutrition in children under five years old in 2020 if adequate measures are not put in place now. The warning was issued by two of the organisation’s bodies, the United Nations Children’s Fund...
Malta marked a week without new coronavirus cases on Thursday, the first since the virus was detected there for the first time on March 7. Health Minister Chris Fearne confirmed in a tweet that no new cases had been detected for a week. The last was a single case on July...
 By our Taraba correspondent  No fewer than 47 million women stand a risk of losing access to modern contraceptives, if the ongoing lockdown due to the Coronavirus continues over the next six months. The alarm was raised by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), through its Assistant Representative/Coordinator Lagos Office, Dr....
Nigeria has announced 575 new COVID-19 cases in the country as total infections from the virus rise to 33,153. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) made this known on its official twitter handle on Monday . The NCDC said that the new confirmed cases as at July 13 was 595 while...
The new coronavirus pandemic raging around the globe will worsen if countries fail to adhere to strict healthcare precautions, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday. “Let me be blunt, too many countries are headed in the wrong direction, the virus remains public enemy number one,” WHO Director General...
Britain’s new immigration system will provide faster and cheaper visas for skilled health and social care workers, the government announced on Monday, setting out further details of the points-based system that will come into effect in January. A new post-Brexit immigration system will apply to skilled workers and ends free...
An Israeli Minister close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday called for a renewed lockdown to prevent coronavirus infections from spiralling out of control. “I believe that we must go to a lockdown now,” Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said in an interview aired on Ynet, the online version of...