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DRC Ebola Outbreak Spread Across Border; Uganda Confirms First Ebola Case

June 12, 2019

After numerous previous false alerts, the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) have announced the first confirmed case of Ebola Virus Disease in Uganda during the Ebola outbreak on-going in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The DRC Ebola outbreak with 1.977 confirmed cases and 1.396 deaths since Aug. 1, 2018, currently […]

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Emerging resistant microbes in Nigeria

June 10, 2019

Antimicrobial resistant (AMR) is now where HIV was in the early 80s when most Countries were in denial, and hoped that they could wish it away, and yet HIV turned out as it is. When we realise that AMR is now a major threat to public health that we can’t wish away, the vital question […]

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Health Indaba to Better Fight Infectious Diseases in Nigeria

May 29, 2019

Infectious diseases are a major cause of death and disabilities around the world, in Africa communicable, maternal, neonatal and nutritional conditions remain the leading causes of death, causing 56% of deaths in 2016. While detecting and responding to infectious disease outbreaks has long presented a major public health challenge in Nigeria, the recent outbreaks of […]

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Achieving Universal Health Coverage is in your HANDS

May 3, 2019

Poor hand hygiene has been linked to several communicable diseases and tackling it has become one of the central prevention strategies in public health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), every year, hundreds of millions of patients around the world are affected by healthcare-associated infections. More than half of these infections could be prevented […]

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Immunization partners call for renewed efforts to reach all African children with all life-saving vaccines

April 26, 2019

At the launch of the ninth African Vaccination Week in São Tomé and Príncipe on 24th April,  immunization partners stress the importance of countries remaining vigilant in the fight against vaccine-preventable diseases. The global measles crisis is an urgent wake-up call to the need for countries to ensure that all children – no matter where […]

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Measures for Improved Lassa Fever Preparedness in Nigeria Paying-off

Decline in Lassa Fever Cases as NCDC Sustains Intensive Response

March 11, 2019

Over the last five weeks, there has been a decline in the number of new cases of Lassa fever reported in Nigeria. In addition, the country has witnessed a reduction in the number of people who have died from the disease, compared to 2018. Interacting with members of the press at a briefing held on […]

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Regional Collaboration Key to Attaining Health for All in West Africa

WAHO calls for Collaboration Among Medicines Regulatory Agencies

February 2, 2019

Access to healthcare as a human right can only be achieved when there’s access to quality medicines, in order to step up efforts to harmonize medicines registration, strengthen drug regulations and access to quality medicines in the region, the West African Health Organisation (WAHO), called for collaboration among the 15 countries medicines regulatory agencies in […]

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Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Cost sub-Saharan Africa US$13 Billion Yearly

Experts issue recommendations to guide progress towards stronger immunization systems

January 24, 2019

Over the past five years, immunization coverage in sub-Saharan Africa has stagnated at 72%, exposing populations to vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks.  Global immunization experts attending the biannual Regional Immunization Technical Advisory Group (RITAG) meeting urged African countries to strengthen their routine immunization. In sub-Saharan Africa, nearly 31 million children younger than 5 years suffer from […]

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#BREAKING: NCDC Activates Response to Increasing Lassa Fever Cases in Nigeria

January 22, 2019

Following an increase in the number of Lassa fever cases reported from several states since the beginning of the year, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has declared an outbreak for Lassa fever, and activated an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) to coordinate the response. There has been an increase in the number of Lassa […]

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Rapid diagnosis and intensified research crucial in managing Lassa Fever

January 21, 2019

“It has been half a century since Lassa fever was discovered in northern Nigeria, but healthcare workers in West Africa still urgently need appropriate equipment and training to safely manage patients of all ages affected by the disease. Research into better tools for timely diagnosis and treatment is also necessary to save more lives in […]

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