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NIGERIA NEWS
Hotels, Schools To Be Used For Isolation Of COVID-19 Patients, Says Nigeria’s Health Minister
Sahara Reporters, 29 May 2020
The Nigerian Government has said hotels and schools will be used for isolating COVID-19 patients in the event of overflow of hospitals.
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FG allocates N4.1 trillion to health in 21 years
Vanguard, 29 May 2020
SINCE 1999, Federal Government’s allocation to the health sector has been abysmal. In the last 21 years, the Federal Government has produced a budget of N82.2 trillion out of which it allocated N4.096 trillion or 4.98 per cent to health.
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Lagos conducts assessment to revitalise 329 Primary Healthcare
PM News, 29 May 2020
As part of efforts geared towards the revitalisation of Primary Healthcare, the Lagos State Government has carried out a comprehensive assessment of no fewer than 329 Primary healthcare centres in the State.
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Nigeria’s Soso Care, Natal Care and MobilHealth Selected to Pitch at Sanofi’s AfricaTech Challenge
Tech Next, 27 May 2020
Following the cancellation of Vivatech 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Sanofi has unveiled the startups selected for its healthtech competition, AfricaTech.
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Navy School Of Health Defies Nigerian Government’s Directive, Continues Academic Session Amid COVID-19
Sahara Reporters, 28 May 2020
The management of Nigerian Navy School of Health Sciences, Offa, Kwara State, has refused to comply with the Nigerian Government’s directive that all educational institutions in the country be shut down over the Coronavirus outbreak
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Lagos Predicts Drastic Decline in COVID-19 Cases by November
This Day, 27 May 2020
The Lagos State Government has predicted drastic decline in the number of COVID-19 cases in the state by November this year.
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El-Rufai threatens to sack absentee doctors, jail parents of almajiri pupils
The Guardian, 27 May 2020
Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai has warned striking health workers in the state against industrial action, adding that any worker who fails to report for duty should consider himself/herself sacked.
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In Zamfara, it’s one doctor to nearly 14,000 patients
Punch, 24 May 2020
With a population of over four million people, and a doctor population of 300, indications have emerged that Zamfara State has a ratio of one doctor to approximately 13,667 patients.
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Bank Begins Disbursement of Loans to Boost Nigerian Health Sector
This Day, 29 May 2020
To ramp up the capacity of Nigeria’s pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, Access Bank PLC is set to release loans through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) credit support scheme.
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GLOBAL NEWS
Africa: Women and Children Will Pay For This Pandemic – Unless We Act
All Africa, 27 May 2020
Wherever COVID-19 strikes, it magnifies unfairness and inequality. In every nation and every community touched by the virus, hard-won progress for women, newborns and young people is being reversed.
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WHO Foundation Established to Support Critical Global Health Needs
WHO, 27 May 2020
The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomes the creation of the WHO Foundation, an independent grant-making entity, that will support the Organization’s efforts to address the most pressing global health challenges.
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New COVID-19 guide for youth
WHO, 22 May 2020
The new guide aims to help young people understand the science and social science of COVID-19 as well as help them take actions to keep themselves, their families and communities safe.
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> 80 million children under one at risk of diseases such as diphtheria, measles and polio
WHO, 22 May 2020
COVID 19 is disrupting life-saving immunization services around the world, putting millions of children – in rich and poor countries alike – at risk of diseases like diphtheria, measles and polio. This stark warning comes from the World Health Organization, UNICEF and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
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Maternal health services take a hit amid global lockdown
Devex, 26 May 2020
Last month, Rael, an expectant mother in Kenya’s central Meru region, went into labor. With the help of a neighbor, she successfully delivered the baby. However, the placenta remained inside her womb.
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Countries failing to stop harmful marketing of breast-milk substitutes, warn WHO and UNICEF
WHO, 27 May 2020
A new report by WHO, UNICEF, and the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) reveals that despite efforts to stop the harmful promotion of breast-milk substitutes, countries are still falling short in protecting parents from misleading information.
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WHO receives first-ever donation of insulin
WHO, 22 May 2020
Fifty low- and middle-income countries are soon to receive insulin for people with diabetes, thanks to a donation by global health-care company, Novo Nordisk. The donation, to the value of US$ 1.3 million, comes at a time when many people with noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes are facing challenges with access to life-saving treatment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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ARTICLES AND PUBLICATIONS
The evolution of science and our role in preventing Covid-19
WHO, 22 May 2020
Guidance and advice will change over time. So, be open to new facts, changes, and recommendations. Remain flexible.
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Address at the UN Conference on Financing SDG Implementation: The Role of Integrated National Financing Frameworks
IMF, 28 May 2020
Achieving SDGs is an important priority for emerging markets and developing countries. Significant progress has already been made in the Caucasus and Central Asia region in this area. Yet there is still a lot more to be done. The COVID-19 pandemic has made the task of achieving SDGs even more urgent and challenging
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Gender and COVID-19
WHO, 22 May 2020
Pandemics and outbreaks have differential impacts on women and men. From risk of exposure and biological susceptibility to infection to the social and economic implications, individuals’ experiences are likely to vary according to their biological and gender characteristics and their interaction with other social determinants.
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Most countries traditionally depend on taxation as the main source of financing public health services, especially for infectious disease programmes. However, the rising cost of care for an ageing population has led many governments these days to introduce means of cost-sharing, pre-payment and alternative methods of financing.
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WHO Manifesto for a healthy recovery from COVID-19
WHO, 26 May 2020
COVID-19 is the greatest global shock in decades.  Hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost, and the world’s economy likely faces the worst recession since the 1930s.  The resulting loss of employment and income will cause further damage to livelihoods, health, and sustainable development
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UPDATES AND EVENTS
Whatever you can give counts
WHO, 10 April 2020
Individuals and organizations who want to help fight the pandemic and support WHO and partners can now donate through the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO.
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World No Tobacco Day – 31 May 2020
WHO, 31 May 2020
Protecting youth from industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use
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