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NIGERIA NEWS
Nigerian Government Owe Education, Health Ministries N101.98bn In Unmet Budget Promises —CML Report
Sahara Reporters, June 04, 2020
The Nigerian Government failed to meet capital funding promises worth 101.98bn made to the health and education sectors between 2016 and 2018, Civic Media Lab has discovered.
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Telemedicine to the rescue
The Nation, June 5, 2020
EKOCORP Plc, owners of EKO Hospitals, has rolled out the EKODOC telemedicine initiative in line with social distancing guidelines set out by the state and federal governments.
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Nigeria: NLC Condemns Cuts in Health, Education Budgets
This Day, June 4, 2020
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), criticised the decision of the FG to heavily slash the budget of primary healthcare from N44.4 billion to N25.5 billion and the Universal Basic Education (UBE) budget from N111.7 billion to N51.1 billion.
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Coronavirus: Hundreds of Nigerian health workers test positive
BBC, June 4, 2020
The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says at least 812 health workers have tested positive for coronavirus.
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Ondo partners AfDB to eradicate malaria
Punch, June 03, 2020
The Ondo State Government has disclosed that it had perfected plans to partner with Africa Development Bank to support the reduction of malaria in the state.
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COVID-19: NGO laments neglect of cancer patients
Punch, June 03, 2020
The Founder of Sebeccly Cancer Care and Support Centre, a non-governmental organisation, Dr Omolola Salako, has said it was unfortunate that many cancer patients have been denied access to care because of the focus of hospitals on COVID-19.
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GLOBAL NEWS
‘Global solidarity’ needed, to find affordable, accessible COVID-19 vaccine
UN News, June 4, 2020
“We need global solidarity to ensure that every person, everywhere, has access”, Secretary-General António Guterres said in a video message to the Global Vaccine Summit, convened to find and fund collective solutions for COVID-19-related vaccines.
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Stalled vaccine programmes 'putting children's lives at risk'
BBC News, June 04, 2020
Millions of children could die from preventable disease because of severe disruptions to vaccination programmes caused by coronavirus, experts warn.
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As U.S. Pulls Out Of WHO, Universal Health Coverage Also Takes A Hit
Forbes, May 31, 2020
On Friday, May 29, President Trump announced in a press conference that the United States is terminating its funding agreement with the World Health Organization (WHO).
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ACP suggests 'new vision' should lead healthcare reform after COVID-19
Medical Economics, June 4, 2020
Leaders of the American College of Physicians (ACP) say that a policy proposal they introduced earlier this year could be used to guide the U.S. healthcare system both during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and afterward.
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First human trial of potential antibody treatment for Covid-19 begins
CNN, June 02, 2020
Eli Lilly and Company said Monday it has started the first human trial of an antibody therapy designed to treat Covid-19.
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Demonstrators must protect themselves, and others, from COVID-19: UN health agency
UN News, June 05, 2020
Demonstrators who want to go into the street to make their voices heard, should take every precaution against catching or passing on the coronavirus, as the global pandemic is far from over.
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New Ebola outbreak detected in northwest Democratic Republic of the Congo; WHO surge team supporting the response
WHO, June 01, 2020
The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo announced that a new outbreak of Ebola virus disease is occurring in Wangata health zone, Mbandaka, in Équateur province.
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ARTICLES AND PUBLICATIONS
COVID-19: Nigeria’s Response and Big Challenges
This Day, June 5, 2020
Five months into the global health emergency, our world has changed drastically. What began as a health crisis is now a major economic challenge of immense proportion?
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Coronavirus: Can super spreading be stopped?
BBC News, June 03, 2020
As the world races to find treatments and vaccines for coronavirus, scientists have another target in their sites - the super spreading event, when one person infects many others.
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Open letter to healthcare workers around the world
India Times, June 4, 2020
Without your backing, this pandemic would be like going to war without soldiers, fielding bombs at empty bunkers and having snipers but missing targets time and again.
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Coronavirus leading to ‘desperately unequal’ learning levels: UNICEF
UN News, June 04, 2020
With nearly 1.2 billion children out of school due to the COVID-19 pandemic, inherent inequalities in accessing the internet and other tools, allow them to continue their studies threatens to deepen the global crisis in learning.
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COVID-19 significantly impacts health services for noncommunicable diseases
WHO, June 01, 2020
Prevention and treatment services for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) have been severely disrupted since the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to a WHO survey released today.
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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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Webinar NCD hard talks: making health systems deliver - COVID-19 and NCD: deadly interplay and continuity response
WHO, June 11, 2020
This webinar explores the latest data and operational guidance, with key insights from experts and country perspectives on how to balance the demands of the health system during the pandemic, and how to execute an adaptive, forward-looking strategy inclusive of NCDs to build back better.
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