‘More Nigerians at risk of non-communicable diseases’

By Adekunle Yusuf Although the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said the COVID-19 pandemic has had significant negative impact on the health of people battling with non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and cancer, there is still insufficient evidence on the number of Nigerians who are at risk. “Evidence globally shows that those living with NCDs are particularly vulnerable. The full extent of this may be unknown, due to the many cases of NCDs that go undiagnosed. The prevention and control of NCDs therefore has a crucial…

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Africa: Why Boosting Free Trade Must Remain a Top Priority

United Nations — 1 July 2020 was supposed to be the official date to start trading under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). It was a much-anticipated follow up to the 2019 African Union Summit, that launched the operational phase of the AfCFTA in a colorful ceremony in Niamey – Niger. The world was watching as Africa purposely marched on in its drive for integration. We had grown accustomed to the projections – that intra-African trade – standing at about 18 per cent (in 2019) – will double by…

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Top Ten News Items on Health, 3rd July2020

COVID-19: Expect rise in cases with eased restrictions – FG. FG converts all govt hospitals in FCT to COVID-19 sample collection centre. Deaths from HIV, TB and Malaria could double in 12 months – Report. Cervical Cancer: FG to introduce HPV immunisation on national scale by 2021. Reps call for establishment of comprehensive cancer centres in 6 geopolitical zones. NHIS moves to resolve HMOs, hospitals’ feud over unpaid debts. Gov Mohammed commissions Reference Molecular Laboratory in Bauchi. Community leaders help drive COVID-19 testing in Nigeria’s Kano. ACPN decries non-inclusion of…

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COVID-19: An opportunity for traditional medicines [Spotlight]

COVID-19 has catapulted the issue of traditional medicines to the fore especially on the back of Madagascar’s claims that its COVID-Organics had curative and preventive potency against the virus. While some schools of thought increasingly stress the need to refocus on the area, others are calling for due scientific processes to be undertaken for any purported cure. The WHO – global and Africa offices – cautioned against the claims by the Malagasy president while the AU via it’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was liaising with Madagascar…

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10 Best Travel Destinations in Africa

Africa is one of the best travel destinations in the world. Here, you can enjoy crystal blue beaches, majestic wildlife, and a wealth of culture and history. This article will look at ten countries to visit across the continent. Tourism in Africa increased by 2% in 2014, according to the UN World Tourism Organization report of that year.  It reached an estimated $36 billion in revenue from $1 billion in 2013. Sub-Saharan Africa saw the most arrivals from international tourists. International arrivals increased by 3% from 2013. The top reason…

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