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The University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, UPTH, has commenced testing for COVID-19 in Rivers State.

Bayelsa sends 25 samples daily to UPTH for coronavirus testing – official

Chairman, Bayelsa COVID-19 Task Force, Inodu Apoku, on Tuesday announced that an average of 25 samples are sent on a daily basis to University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), for testing.
Dr Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organisation (WHO), Regional Director for Africa, has paid tribute to African leaders for the progress they have made in their fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

WHO pays tribute to African leaders on fight against coronavirus

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organisation (WHO), Regional Director for Africa, has paid tribute to African leaders for the progress they have made in their fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

11 residents die of ‘strange disease’ in Rivers community

At least, 11 persons have reportedly died of a strange disease in the Bonny Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila on the floor, moving a bill on the Repeal of Quarantine Act, 2004 at plenary yesterday at National Assembly Abuja. . Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan. 5

House of Reps urges speedy production of local coronavirus vaccines in Nigeria

The resolutioms followed the adoption of a motion on notice, moved by Rep. John Chike Okafor (APC, Imo), wherein he noted that “the Yaba Vaccine Production Laboratory Lagos was active in vaccine production for about six decades, between 1940 and 1991, producing large quantities of vaccines against smallpox, rabies and yellow fever for not only Nigeria, but also for neighbouring countries like Cameroon, and other African countries”.

Raymond Dokpesi directs AIT to stop airing own claims on coronavirus

The founder of DAAR Communications, Raymond Dokpesi, has directed the management of a subsidiary of his company, AIT, to stop airing comments he and his son, Paul Dokpesi, made about coronavirus.
Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu has been Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) since the 15th of August 2016.

NCDC chief reacts to claims of similarity between coronavirus, malaria

The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Iheakweazu, has reacted to claims making the rounds that COVID-19 and Malaria are similar.

Raymond Dokpesi: When did malaria becomes coronavirus?

Businessman and founder of DAAR Communications, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, who was discharged alongside a member of his family from isolation centre in Abuja on Thursday after being cured of COVID-19 had expressed doubt that he was really infected with the virus.
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WHO: Virus could infect more than 200 million in Africa

The new coronavirus could kill 150,000 people in Africa in a year unless urgent action is taken, according to a WHO modelling study that says nearly a quarter of a billion people will be infected.

First virus death in South Sudan, alarm over cases in camps

South Sudan on Thursday recorded its first coronavirus death, as aid agencies raise the alarm over a sharp rise in cases that have also reached vast, crowded camps of displaced people.
The herbal medicine developed by Malagasy Institute of Applied Research and branded COVID-Organics, contains Artemisia - a plant on the Island used in the fight against malaria.

Niger receives coronavirus ‘remedy’ from Madagascar

Niger on Tuesday received a consignment of herbal tea that Madagascar’s president Andry Rajoelina has touted as a powerful remedy against the novel coronavirus.
Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).

CDC: Africa shoved out of coronavirus diagnostics market

The Director, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, John Nkengasong, has said the collapse of global cooperation and failure of international solidarity have shoved Africa out of the global coronavirus diagnostics market.
A vaccine for COVID-19, the viral illness caused by the novel coronavirus, may be within reach sooner than many experts predicted.

Nigeria leads in neglected tropical diseases globally amid coronavirus pandemic – scientists

As Coronavirus ravages many countries, scientists have expressed worry over the growing cases of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in Africa, noting that Nigeria tops the list of countries in the continent with NTDs such as Schistosomiasis and Onchocerciasis worldwide.
Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu has been Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) since the 15th of August 2016.

NCDC: Drinking palm oil can’t stop spread of coronavirus

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has refuted the claims making round that drinking palm oil can prevention one from contracting Coronavirus, COVID – 19, warning members of the public indulging in such act to refrain from it.
Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso

Presidency raps Senator Kwankwaso over comments on Kano deaths

The Presidency has chided former Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, over comments on the “unusual deaths” and COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
The Kano State Government has appealed to the Federal Government to take urgent steps to reactivate the NCDC COVID 19 testing centre at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital.

Kano records no coronavirus case in 48 hours

This is happening despite the disturbing record of deaths resulting from “strange illnesses” in the last few days.

Charles Soludo calls for review of Africa’s total lockdown strategy

A former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof. Charles Soludo, Monday reiterated his advice to African leaders to re-assess the current lockdown as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, insisting that the continent cannot sustain a total economic shutdown.
The Speaker, Kano State House of Assembly, Alhaji Abdulazeez Garba-Gafasa, has called on the state government to urgently constitute a committee of professionals to investigate the reported mass deaths in the state.

Kano Speaker wants mass deaths investigated

The Speaker, Kano State House of Assembly, Alhaji Abdulazeez Garba-Gafasa, has called on the state government to urgently constitute a committee of professionals to investigate the reported mass deaths in the state.
The National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) on Saturday called for more donor agencies and increased domestic financing to drive malaria elimination in the country.

Expert: Malaria in pregnancy can cause miscarriages, stillbirths

A medical expert, Dr Chinonso Egemba, says Malaria can cause pregnant women to have miscarriages, children with low birth weights, stillbirths, and also make a fetus to stop growing.

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Medical council validates four coronavirus test kits – registrar

The Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) says it has validated four Rapid Test Kits to determine their suitability for testing SAR-COV-2 infection popularly known as COVID-19 in the country.
Legendary reggae artiste, Majekodunmi Fasheke, aka Majek Fashek is dead. The artiste died in a New York hospital after a protracted illness on Monday about 5-45pm. He was aged 71.

Nigerian celebrities mourn deceased Majek Fashek

Nigerian celebrities have taken to their social media platforms to mourn the death of Music Legend, Majekodunmi Fasheke, a.k.a Majek Fashek.
Rwanda says it will announce new restrictions on containing the coronavirus Tuesday, a stark reversal of the country's plan days ago to ease restrictions, including motor vehicle travel throughout the country.

Rwanda set to announce new coronavirus restrictions

Rwanda says it will announce new restrictions on containing the coronavirus Tuesday, a stark reversal of the country's plan days ago to ease restrictions, including motor vehicle travel throughout the country.
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Nigeria declares telecoms facilities critical national Infrastructure

In response to the yearnings of industry stakeholders to declare telecom facilities Critical National Infrastructure, President Muhammadu Buhari, has finally approved and also directed that necessary physical protective measures be put in place to safeguard telecommunications infrastructure deployed across the country.
President Muhammadu Buhari has again, addressed Nigerians on the efforts of its government to contain the coronavirus pandemic (covid-19) that is ravaging the country 4

ASCAB: President Buhari’s speech underestimate Sani Abacha’s $5 billion loot

Alliance for Surviv­ing COVID-19 and Beyond, (ASCAB), a group led by prominent Nigerian human rights lawyer, Femi Falana has said that President Mu­hammadu Buhari’s claim that late dictator, Sani Abacha, stole $1 billion con­tradicts the figures earlier released by his own officials.