Top nine coronavirus myths in Africa

Chinyere Okoroafor If you log on social media, almost everyone is talking about COVID-19. The outbreak has become a trending topic on all platforms. But because COVID-19 is still relatively new, a lot of misinformation and false facts have surfaced across the web.So it is important to know what is true and what is not. Here are the nine myths in Africa circulating about COVID-19: 1. Mosquitoes spread coronavirus (False) 2. Useless remedies (antibodies, hydroxychloroquine) can stop Coronavirus (False) 3. Fantastic remedies (sesame oil rubbed on your body, child’s urine,…

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Nigeria’s health sector has massive wealth potential, says Abiru

Polaris Bank CEO, Mr. Tokunbo Abiru has disclosed that Nigeria’s health sector holds immense potential to create wealth for the country if an enabling environment is put in place for the sector to thrive. Abiru said this during a webinar hosted by the Bank on: ‘Managing Healthcare Business During & Post-COVID-19’. While speaking on the gap and opportunities in the health sector, he drew participants’ attention to the current state of medical services globally which according to him, are overstretched. He noted that Nigeria’s case is however peculiar owing to…

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Seven common mistakes that can weaken your Immune System

Chinyere Okoroafor With the new reports about the deadly coronavirus reeling out across the nation on a daily basis, it is almost hard to feel confident that we are taking all the right precautions to keep safe, and those around us, safe and healthy in this time of such uncertainty. However, one thing that has not changed is how important it is to have a healthy immune system during this trying time. Here are seven common mistakes that can result in a weakened immune system and make the body more…

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The changing social life in virus period

This is not the best of times in Anambra State as coronavirus (COVID-19) has ruptured social life. Leisure providers no longer make brisk businesses, writes EMMA ELEKWA As the world reels under the pangs of coronavirus crisis, which has locked down businesses and social life in many countries, Nigeria too is not spared. The crisis has continued to take its toll on virtually every sector. One obvious area the impact has largely been felt is the economic sector, with commercial activities in all the cities across the country gradually crumbling…

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Cervical Cancer: Expert advises regular Pap smear test for women for early detection

Dr Lydia Ogbalor, a gynecologist in Calvary Hospital, Warri in Delta has advised women to go for Pap Smear (Papanicolaou) test to avoid cervical cancer. Ogbalor who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Benin, defined Cervical Cancer as “a malignant tumour of the cervix, the lowermost part of the uterus”. “It’s malignant tumour of the lower-most part of the uterus (womb) that can be prevented by Pap smear screening and a HPV vaccine. “Cervical cancer can often be prevented by having regular…

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‘Accurate diagnosis key to better healthcare outcomes’

Adekunle Yusuf As the world is literally held hostage by the vicious coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Dr. Ahmed Omilana, a cross disciplinary medical specialist, has said Nigeria’s health care infrastructure needs  revamping to boost access to medical care and achieve better healthcare outcomes. In an interview, Omilana, who is the Chairman/CEO Fitplus Healthcare Limited, a topline pathology laboratory, said strengthening the medical diagnostics sub-sector with sophisticated laboratory facilities holds the master key to saving the country’s health sector. “A major hurdle stakeholders are struggling to cross in the country’s health sector…

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Gombe to recruit psychologists, provide recreational facilities at isolation centres

Gombe State Government says it will recruit psychologists and provide recreational facilities at isolation centres to help patients adjust to the realities of coronavirus while on quarantine. Mr Ibrahim Kwami, Gombe Commissioner of Information and Culture, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe on Thursday. According to him, the action is borne out of government’s effort at ensuring that patients are well taken care of psychologically to cope with the new reality of having to stay in such centres. “Some patients were…

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Dettol launches website on COVID-19

Dettol has launched a new public health information campaign to assess and evaluate claims relating to COVID-19, correct misinformation, challenge misperceptions and debunk common myths. The new website – www.covid-19facts.com – has been developed as an educational resource in response to the significant global media attention on the spread of COVID-19 and what the World Health Organisation (WHO) described as ‘Infodemic’. The site provides authoritative and science-based comment on topics such as the transmission of the virus, misinformation about cures, methods to mitigate and protect. A poll commissioned by Dettol…

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Decontamination of FMC begins over COVID -19 death, others

Ernest Nwokolo, Abeokuta The Management of the Federal Medical Centre(FMC), Abeokuta, Ogun state has commenced rigorous decontamination of the facility following the death of a pregnant woman. The expectant mother died due to complications arising from COVID – 19 infection, The woman was tested for COVID – 19 alongside two others – a male and a female- but she died while awaiting result of the test. Her test result, which arrived later, reads positive. One other person tested positive – a male while the third person, a female, tested negative.…

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Maintaining vaccinations services an essential part of the fight against COVID-19

Dr. Chizoba Wonodi Nigeria, like all other countries in the world, is grappling with the devasting health, social, and economic fallouts of the COVID-19 pandemic. As at April 29, 2020, we now have 1532 confirmed cases, a dramatic increase since February 28, when the first infection was announced. Of these cases, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reports 44 deaths and 255 discharges. To curb the virus’s spread, the federal government has so far, shut all national land and air borders and imposed a stay-at-home order in the three…

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