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Amid COVID-19 crisis, Lassa fever kills 188 Nigerians
Punch, 15 April 2020
A total of 188 persons have so far died of Lassa fever in Nigeria this year. This is coming at a time the world, including Nigeria, is battling the spread of the dreaded coronavirus. According to a report by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, the casualty figure was recorded between January 1 and April 5, 2020.
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39 Million Nigerians at risk of contracting COVID-19
Medium, 12 April 2020
Barely a month after Nigeria recorded its COVID-19 index case, the total number of confirmed cases now stand at 381; with 70 discharged and 10 deaths.
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COVID-19 death: UITH extends probe panel deadline
Punch, 15 April 2020
The University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital has extended the period of the sitting of it’s 10-member committee set up to investigate an alleged professional misconduct against it Senior Consultant, Prof. Kassim Salami, to two weeks to enable the panel to take the account of it’s workers in isolation.
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COVID-19: Private hospitals not allowed to admit, treat COVID-19 patients’ — Osun Govt
Vanguard, 17 April 2020
The Osun State Government has restated its warning that private hospitals in the State steer clear admitting and treating suspected or confirmed Coronavirus patients.
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COVID-19: UN gives vital health supplies to Nigerian Government
Vanguard, 17 April 2020
The United Nations, UN, Thursday took delivery of vital health supplies to support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria on a flight funded by APM Terminals.
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Surviving COVID-19
Guardian, 16 April 2020
It is quite heart warming that Nigeria has one of the highest survival rates of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the world but the survivors are left with indelible scars.
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Hope dims for polio eradication over coronavirus
Guardian, 16 April 2020
Nigeria’s hope of being fully certified free of the crippling Wild Polio Virus (WPV) by June 2020 might have gone with the winds as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has forced the World Health Organisation (WHO) to suspend vaccination campaigns.
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Coronavirus: Health workers want support for nurses
PM News, 16 April 2020
Adeniji Alani, President, National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), has called on Federal Government to support the nurses through this coronavirus pandemic and beyond to enhance health care services.
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Yobe traditional rulers tasked on contributory health sensitisation
Daily Trust, 17 April 2020
The newly established Yobe State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency YSCHMA has begun engaging traditional rulers towards achieving Universal Health Care Coverage in the state.
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IMF to Nigeria: deploy $3.5b loan to healthcare, education funding
The Nation, 16 April 2020
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has advised Nigeria to deploy the $3.5 billion emergency loan being processed for the country to strengthening infrastructure in the health and educational sectors. Nigeria has applied to the IMF and African Development Bank (AfDB) to access $3.5 billion in concessional funding to support the 2020 budget.
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Still on Nigeria’s Health and Economic Response to Covid-19
Economic Confidential, 16 April 2020
In Abuja, the 16th of April, 2020: The public health and economic emergency caused by the COVID 19 pandemic presents Nigeria and the world with an enormous challenge unparalleled to any other in the living memory of most.
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Boss Mustapha’s unforced error
The Cable, 15 April 2020
The news media made headlines recently when Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF) and head of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, admitted – honestly, I dare say — that he didn’t know our healthcare system was completely broken and on life support; even the ventilators supplying the much needed oxygen were borrowed.
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Trump's WHO freeze, World Bank Spring Meetings, and UK funding woes: This week in development
Devex, 16 April 2020
Trump freezes funding for the World Health Organization, U.K. NGOs raise alarms, and the World Bank Spring Meetings test shareholder support for COVID-19 financing. This week in development…
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An open letter from Save the Children to G20 finance ministers ahead of the IMF-World Bank spring meetings
Relief web, 14 April 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has caused immense human suffering, devastated national economies, and wreaked havoc in the lives of people around the world. Your decisions at the Spring Meetings of the IMF-World Bank will have a bearing on prospects for mitigating the worst impacts of the pandemic, restoring hope, and protecting the future of an entire generation of children.
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WHO officials respond to US funding halt: ‘We regret the decision’
WEForum, 15 April 2020
World Health Organization (WHO) officials responded to news that the United States would temporarily halt funding to the agency at a briefing today.
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COVID-19 response in conflict zones hinges on respect for international humanitarian law
Relief web, 16 April 2020
n our collective response to COVID-19 in conflict zones, it is vital that key provisions of international humanitarian law are respected in order to respond adequately to the needs of communities, health professionals and authorities during these unprecedented times.
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World Bank Group to Launch New Multi-donor Trust Fund to Help Countries Prepare for Disease Outbreaks
Relief web, 17 April 2020
Given the urgency for stronger global health security and the need to help developing countries get better prepared for disease outbreaks, the World Bank Group is planning to establish a new Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Multi-Donor Fund (HEPRF).
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Financing the coronavirus response in sub-Saharan Africa
ODI, April 2020
The coronavirus pandemic is wreaking havoc on health and livelihoods around the world. Although people are at risk of infection irrespective of their income, class, ethnicity or age, the impacts of the pandemic are likely to be acutely felt in sub-Saharan Africa.
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What the W.H.O. Does, and How U.S. Funding Cuts Could Affect It
NY Times, 15 April 2020
Though President Trump’s decision to halt funding centered on the W.H.O.’s response to the coronavirus, the cut could affect programs like polio eradication and developing vaccines.
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After the pandemic: How will COVID-19 transform global health and development?
Devex, 13 April 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented disruption for the global health and development community. Organizations fighting infectious disease, supporting health workers, delivering social services, and protecting livelihoods have moved to the very center of the world’s attention.
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Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER), 17 April 2020, vol. 95, no. 16 (145–160) [EN/FR]
Relief web, 17 April 2020
145 Infodemic management: a key component of the COVID-19 global response. 148 Progress towards measles elimination – Eastern Mediterranean Region, 2013–2019.
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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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You have questions? We have answers!
WHO, 03 April 2020
Do you have questions about COVID-19? Open the link and text "Hi" to the WhatsApp number. We will answer! 
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