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Nigerian laboratory receives WHO full accreditation for fight against measles and rubella

A Nigerian laboratory, the Central Public Health Laboratory (CPHL), Lagos, recently attained a World Health Organization (WHO) full laboratory accreditation status in respect of its contribution to the fight against

World Leprosy Day: Nigeria, 23 other countries contribute 95% of global burden

NMA urges pragmatic collaboration towards elimination Nigeria joined the rest of the world on Sunday to mark the 2023 World Leprosy Day amidst reports that the country is one of

Lassa Fever: WHO officials visit Edo Health Commissioner

Edo State Commissioner for Health Prof Obehi Akoria has assured that the government would leave no stone unturned as it collaborates with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other partner

1 child or youth died once every 4.4 seconds in 2021 – UN report

Separate UN report reveals another 1.9 million babies were tragically stillborn during same period An estimated 5 million children died before their fifth birthday and another 2.1 million children and

WHO backs mask-wearing on long flights

Omicron variant spreads in U.S. World Health Oranisation (WHO) on Tuesday advised that countries should consider recommending passengers wear masks on long haul flights.  WHO said this was to counter

World AIDS DAY: Inequalities blocking end of pandemic – UN

“Of the 38 million people living with HIV, 5.9 million people who know they have HIV are not receiving treatment” As the world marks the World AIDS Day today, December

Pneumonia kills 700,000 children annually – paediatrician

A paediatrician at the Federal Medical center, Birnin Kudu in Jigawa state Dr. Ummah Idris says it is estimated by the World Health Organization WHO that at least one child

World Patients Safety Day: Pharmacist counsels on need to adhere to prescribed medications

Identifies unsafe medication practice as cause of avoidable harm in health care system Health minister also warns against self medication As the World Patients Safety Day 2022 was marked globally

Global experts name new Monkeypox virus variants

A group of global experts convened by WHO weekend named new monkeypox virus variants, as part of ongoing efforts to align the names of the monkeypox disease, virus and variants

Edo intensifies response to contain monkeypox

Patients recount experience After four days of complaining of fever, headache, fatigue and cough, 40 year-old Mr V Ehosa (not real name), a land seller residing in Benin, Edo State,

World Breastfeeding Week: Firm launches first MilkBank in Nigeria

The Milk Booster, a company that produces lactation products that help increase breast milk supply, on Friday introduced the first MilkBank in Nigeria in commemoration of the 2022 World Breastfeeding

WHO publishes new guidelines on HIV, hepatitis and STIs for key populations

The World health Organisation (WHO has published new “Consolidated guidelines on HIV, viral hepatitis and STI prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations.” The guidelines are officially launched at

At last, Africa to begin vaccination against malaria as Gavi opens applications for vaccine roll-out support

All is set for the world’s first-ever mass vaccination against malaria as the Global Alliance for Vaccine And Immunization (GAVI) opens a process for countries to apply for funding and

WHO report shows poorer health outcomes for vulnerable refugees, migrants

Says World may not achieve SDGs health-related goals  The first World Health Organisation’s, WHO, report on the health of refugees and migrants has shown that globally, millions of refugees and

Borno confirms outbreak of monkey pox in Maiduguri

The Director of Public Health, Borno State Ministry of Health, Dr. Lawi Mshelia has confirmed the outbreak of Monkeypox in the state.  In an interview with journalists in Maiduguri on

25m infants missed out on life-saving vaccinations in 2021 – WHO, UNICEF

A new global data jointly released by the World Health Organisation, WHO and the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, today, has shown  that no fewer  than 25 million infants are

COVID-19 deaths in African region to fall by nearly 94% in 2022 – WHO analysis

COVID-19 deaths in the African region are expected to decline by almost 94% in 2022, compared with 2021 which was the pandemic’s most lethal year, a new modelling by World

Monkeypox reported in 7 African countries

Facts you should know Preliminary report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed that no fewer than 1400 monkeypox cases (1392 suspected, 44 confirmed) have been cumulatively  reported this

It’s World No Tobacco Day!

WHO calls on African countries to impose more tax levies Highlights danger to health, economy and environment The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on African countries to impose environmental

African health ministers seek ways to bolster polio outbreak response

African health ministers gathered today to seek ways of ramping up measures to halt the outbreak of Wild Poliovirus Type 1 in southern Africa, where the virus has been detected

World Health Assembly re-elects Tedros Ghebreyesus as WHO DG

The World Health Organisation (WHO) member states have  re-elected Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to serve a second five-year term as Director-General of the organisation. Dr Tedros was first elected in

World Immunization: Vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks on the rise in Africa – WHO

As the World Immunization Week 2022 ends today, the World Health Organization (WHO) says the continent is witnessing a surge in outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases over the past year. According

Deaths from non-communicable diseases on the rise in Africa

Non-communicable diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes are increasingly becoming the main cause of mortality in sub-Saharan Africa, where the diseases were responsible for 37% of deaths in

WHO recommends two new drugs to treat COVID-19

WHO has recommended two new drugs for COVID-19, providing yet more options for treating the disease. The extent to which these medicines will save lives depends on how widely available

WHO prioritizes access to diabetes, cancer treatments in new Essential Medicines Lists  

Says high prices and low availability still a major barrier for patients’ access to new and old medicines                   World  Health Organisation