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NIGERIA NEWS
Three years without a case of wild polio virus, Government of Nigeria warns against complacency
WHO, August 21, 2020
Today marks a major milestone in the history of Nigeria’s Polio Eradication Programme as the country reaches 3 years without reporting a case of wild poliovirus.
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1.9 million Nigerians living with HIV/AIDs — Counsellor
Vanguard, August 27, 2020
A Paediatric Nurse and HIV Counselor, Mrs Roseline Solarin has disclosed that no fewer than 1.9million Nigerians are living with HIV/AIDs.

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COVID-19 treatment: NAFDAC receives 40 herbal formulations for approval
Vanguard, August 27, 2020
The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, on Tuesday said it received about 40 applications for the approval of herbal formulations for the treatment of COVID-19 from researchers in the country.
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Lagos Health Commission admonishes health workers on good electoral conduct
Vanguard, August 27, 2020
Dr Adebayo Aderiye, the Chairman, Lagos State Health Service Commission, on Wednesday urged health practitioners to show good professional conduct while participating in the medical electoral process.
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Lupus, arthritis patients not higher-risk for severe COVID-19: studies
Vanguard, August 27, 2020
Both lupus and more common forms of arthritis cause people’s immune systems to mistakenly attack their own tissues, leading to inflammation in the joints, skin, kidney, and other parts of the body.
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GLOBAL NEWS
WHO chief believes pandemic could last less than two years
Vanguard, August 22, 2020
Modern technology and international cooperation could limit the coronavirus pandemic to less than two years, World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday.
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WHO declares Africa free of polio
Vanguard, August 26, 2020
The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday declared that Africa was free of the virus that causes polio, a landmark in a decades-long campaign to eradicate the notorious disease around the world.
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172 countries and multiple candidate vaccines engaged in COVID-19 vaccine Global Access Facility
WHO, August 24, 2020
172 economies are now engaged in discussions to potentially participate in COVAX, a global initiative aimed at working with vaccine manufacturers to provide countries worldwide equitable access to safe and effective vaccines, once they are licensed and approved.
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UGA COVID testing: Positive rate, cases increase in second week of surveillance testing
Online Athens, August 26, 2020
The University of Georgia nearly doubled the number of COVID-19 tests administered in its second week of surveillance testing, but the number of positive tests went up by a factor of more than 10.
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COVID-19 transmission occurring at stadiums, nightclubs, worship centres –WHO
Punch Health-Wise, August 28, 2020
The World Health Organisation on Thursday said many societies are starting to see a resurgence of COVID-19 transmission as societies open up.
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UPDATES AND EVENTS
Responding to the double challenge of malaria and COVID-19
WHO, August, 2020
The recent stalling of global progress on malaria has been further compounded by COVID-19. How can countries safely maintain essential malaria services during the pandemic?
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WHO webinar: Moving faster to end preventable newborn deaths and stillbirths by 2030
WHO, August, 2020
Join the Every New-born Partnership for a webinar to launch of the 2025 Every Newborn Coverage Targets and Milestones on 3 September 2020 from 14:00 – 16:00 CET.
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ARTICLES AND PUBLICATIONS
World Mental Health Day: an opportunity to kick-start a massive scale-up in investment in mental health
WHO, August 27, 2020
Mental health is one of the most neglected areas of public health. Close to 1 billion people are living with a mental disorder, 3 million people die every year from the harmful use of alcohol and one person dies every 40 seconds by suicide.
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Measuring universal health coverage based on an index of effective coverage of health services in 204 countries and territories, 1990–2019: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019
The Lancelet, August 27, 2020
Achieving universal health coverage (UHC) involves all people receiving the health services they need, of high quality, without experiencing financial hardship.
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