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UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE NEWS

NIGERIA NEWS
Strike: Doctors demand improved working condition
The Guardian, 17 June 2020
Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) says it embarked on Nationwide strike to press home members demand for improved welfare and working condition.
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Doctors claim of inadequate PPE incorrect- Health Minister
Premium Times, 18 June 2020
Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, has said the claim by striking doctors that there were inadequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) in hospitals was incorrect.
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Obnoxious cut in health, education votes
The Guardian, 17 June 2020
The National Assembly the other day consented to a Federal Government’s proposal to squeeze the sum of N79.7 billion of the 2020 budget of education and health sectors. Such development at this time of national medical emergency is most shocking.
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Why Nigeria, others fail to provide safe blood, by WHO
The Guardian, 15 June 2020
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared that Nigeria and other low and middle-income countries struggle to provide safe blood because donations are low while equipment for testing of blood is scarce.
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African nations certified free of wild polio virus, a first in history
NY Daily News, 18 June 2020
The World Health Organization is set to declare several African nations free of wild polio, making the continent free of the paralyzing pathogen for the first time in the region’s history.
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How poor funding derails primary healthcare services, COVID-19 containment efforts
The Guardian, 18 June 2020
The Director, Department of Planning Research and Statistics, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Garba Bulama, on behalf of the Executive Director, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, has said that late funds affect the primary healthcare service delivery.
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Nigeria, Korea sign MoU on healthcare delivery
The Guardian, 17 June 2020
The Federal Ministry of Health has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), to boost Nigeria’s health care delivery.
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PHCs absent from fight against COVID-19 in Nigeria
Premium Times, 17 June 2020
Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) have not played any major role in the fight against COVID-19 in Nigeria, in spite of huge expenditure on the facilities over the years through yearly budgetary allocations.
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GLOBAL NEWS
Clinical trials underway to evaluate plasma of COVID-19 recovered patients — WHO
The Eagle Online, 14 June 2020
The World Health Organisation says clinical trials are underway to evaluate the effectiveness of using plasma from the blood of recovered COVID-19 patients to reduce the severity of illness among people infected with the virus.
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WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 - 17 June 2020
WHO, 18 June 2020
There have been more than 435,000 deaths and in the Americas, Africa and South Asia; cases are still rapidly rising.
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WHO halts malaria drug study, eyes steroid for COVID-19
CIDRAP, 17 June 2020
Officials from the World Health Organization (WHO) today announced that the large global treatment trial that it is leading will drop the hydroxychloroquine arm and that it is taking steps to update its clinical guidance based on new promising treatment findings of the steroid dexamethasone in severely ill patients.
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COVID-19 and its implications on universal health coverage – what do CEO’s of health insurance schemes think?
PharmAccess, 16 June 2020
COVID-19 is causing unprecedented challenges for health systems, requiring institutions and governments to drastically shift priorities.
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ARTICLES AND PUBLICATIONS
The Effects of Health Insurance on Health-Seeking Behaviour: Evidence from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Dove Press, 18 June 2020
Saudi Arabia’s healthcare sector is growing at a hasty stride; nevertheless, the quality of healthcare consumption remains challenged by the growing caseload in free public health facilities. Insurance could ease this pressure by moving some healthcare demand to private facilities conditional on its ability to enact health-seeking behaviour.
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Public-Private Partnerships Can Help Nigerian Hospitals Improve Maternal Health - Here's How
All Africa, 16 June 2020
According to the International Finance Corporation (IFC), many governments are turning to PPPs to provide healthcare services and infrastructure for their citizens.
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How African Nations Can Respond To The Challenges Of Both Covid-19 And Future Pandemics
Forbes, 15 June 2020
As Covid-19 continues to spread around the world, the anticipated explosion of Covid-19 cases in Africa has entered the global spotlight. Over 90,000 Covid-19 cases have already been recorded on the continent.
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“Listening to my baby before birth”: training mothers in labor to detect fetal heart rate changes to help address the gap in midwifery care in low-resource settings
BMC, 15 June 2020
In a low-resource country such as Liberia, where there are few midwives — according to the WHO and World Bank, only 1 midwife or nurse per 10,000 population, the second lowest number in the world after Somalia — midwives are often too overworked and overstretched to monitor the fetal heart rate regularly in every woman in labor, even though doing this essential task is necessary to detect fetal distress that could lead to negative outcomes.
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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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Polio this week as of 16 June 2020
Relief web, 19 June 2020
Summary of new WPV and cVDPV viruses this week (AFP cases and environmental samples)
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