NMA loses 16 doctors to COVID-19, 321 others test positive

Moses Emorinken, Abuja To date, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has lost 16 doctors to the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, with 1,031 doctors exposed and 321 confirmed positive for the disease. The President of the NMA, Prof. Innocent Ujah, made this known on Monday in Lagos, during a press conference to mark this year’s Physician week. Ujah also condemned the kidnapping and killing of doctors and other health workers by insurgents and therefore urge the federal government to do all within its power to rescue those in captivity. According to him,…

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Africa: Covid-19 Deaths Near 40,000 Across Continent

As of October 19, the confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries have reached 1,646,278. Reported deaths in Africa have reached 39,747, and recoveries 1,354,446. South Africa has the most reported cases – 703,793, with deaths numbering 18,471. Other most-affected countries include Morocco (173,632), Egypt (105,424) Ethiopia (89,137), Nigeria (61,440) and Algeria (54,402). The numbers are compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (world map) using statistics from the World Health Organization and other international institutions as well national and regional public…

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Environmental hygiene can avert avoidable deaths, says expert

By Adeyinka Aderibigbe   A public health expert, Dr. Tunde Ayeye, has called for an improvement in environmental hygiene, saying it is panacea that can significantly reduce deaths from communicable diseases, such as Covid-19, malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia. Ayeye said it is said that many do not know that Covid-19, which currently ravages the world, can be prevented by environmental and personal hygiene. He stated this at the press conference to herald the 40th anniversary of Draiklinas, a commercial and industrial dry cleaning firm at the company’s headquarters, in Lagos.…

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‘Covid-19 has caused chronic underfunding in mental healthcare’

By Adekunle Yusuf One of many long-lasting disruptions caused by the novel Coronavirus is serious reduction in funding for mental health, which has left the public to contend with dire consequences. This was the submission of Dr. Oluyemi Ogun, Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, during an event to commemorate this year’s World Mental Health Day. In order to reverse the negative effects of deep cuts in mental health funding, Dr. Ogun also called for an increase in mental health investment in Nigeria, stressing that…

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Virtual Agrofood & Plastprintpack Africa 2020

fairtrade, the Germany based organiser behind the leading agrofood & plastprintpack trade shows in Algeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Kenya and Nigeria launch a new event called Virtual agrofood & plastprintpack Africa, taking place 19 to 22 October 2020. The four-day digital event is to provide a platform for valuable business contacts between leading global manufacturers and top buyers from the African agrofood & plastprintpack industry. It offers an AI-backed matchmaking platform. Every exhibitor has his profile and logo and the picture of his stand rep as part…

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