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  • COVID-19 vaccine

    Norway’s Committee Recommends Dropping AstraZeneca, J&J Jabs

    An expert committee set up by Norway’s government to evaluate AstraZeneca’s and Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccines said on Monday that both should be abandoned over risks of rare but serious side effects. In order to avoid a slowdown of the vaccine rollout the committee recommended that the two jabs should be made available for people on a voluntary basis. The committee’s head Lars Vorland said they did “not recommend the use of adenoviral vector vaccines in the national immunisation programme”, as he handed in their report. “This is of course because of the serious side effects” observed in a small proportion of people who have been injected with these vaccines, Vorland added. Health Minister Bent Hoie has not yet made the government’s position on the use of the vaccines known. From the 134,000 injections of AstraZeneca’s vaccine administered in Norway up until mid-March, five cases of severe thrombosis — three of them fatal — were reported in relatively young and previously healthy people. Another vaccine recipient died of a brain haemorrhage. Norway suspended AstraZeneca’s vaccine on March 11 while its rare but potentially serious side effects were studied in more detail. On April 15, Norwegian health authorities recommended dropping …

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    Pfizer Confirms Fake Vaccine Shots On Sale In Mexico, Poland

    US drugmaker Pfizer on Wednesday confirmed that suspect doses of its coronavirus vaccine that were seized in Mexico and Poland were indeed fake, with doses going for as much as $1,000 a shot, according to US media. At a clinic in Mexico some 80 people received bogus doses of the drug, which appeared to have been physically harmless, though offering no protection against the potentially deadly disease ravaging the country, a report in the Wall Street Journal said. The vials were found in beer coolers and were initially identified by fabricated lot numbers and expiration dates, Mexican officials said. The liquid in the confiscated vials in Poland was a cosmetic substance, thought to be anti-wrinkle cream, the company said. “We are cognizant that in this type of environment — fueled by the ease and convenience of e-commerce and anonymity afforded by the internet — there will be an increase in the prevalence of fraud, counterfeit and other illicit activity as it relates to vaccines and treatments for Covid-19,” a Pfizer spokesperson told ABC News. In February, health authorities in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon warned about “clandestine” sales of “alleged Covid vaccines” and urged people not to take them. In …

  • COVID-19 vaccine

    NPHCDA Partners ICPC For COVID-19 Vaccine Security, Accountability

    In line with its determination to ensure accountability and transparency in the deployment and administration of COVID-19 vaccines in Nigeria, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, has partnered with the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

  • Kogi: Gov. Bello Pledges To Develop State Into 'Nigeria’s Most Secure Commercial Hub'

    Kogi Begins COVID-19 Vaccination

    Kogi State on Wednesday inaugurated vaccination against COVID-19 in Lokoja.

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    UCH Delivers Triplets through IVF

    The University College Hospital, Ibadan, has recorded an astounding feat by birthing the hospital’s first In Vitro Fertilized babies.

  • COVID-19 vaccine

    WHO Reacts As EU Suspends Astrazeneca Vaccine

    The World Health Organization, WHO, has reacted to the decision by the European Union, EU, to discontinue the use of Astrazeneca vaccine against COVID.

  • Wearing Two Masks Better Than One In Slowing The Spread Of Coronavirus, Study Finds

    U.S. government researchers have found that wearing two masks is better than one in slowing coronavirus spread, but health officials are not recommending that everyone double up.

  • Garlic, Salt Water Will Not Protect Against Coronavirus, WHO Warns

    WHO Says Overcoming Leprosy Is More Than Early Diagnosis, Prompt Treatment

    Mr Yohei Sasakawa, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination, says overcoming leprosy involves more than early diagnosis and prompt treatment.

  • Rep Akande Sadipe Recounts Ordeal With COVID-19

    A member of the House of Representatives from Oluyole Federal Constituency, Tolulope Akande Sadipe K, has recounted her ordeal with COVID-19.

  • Face Masks

    FDA Warns Against Use Of Unregulated Face Masks

    The general public has been warned against the purchase and use of certain brands of face masks that lack product notification certificates.

  • WHO Ready to Battle Ebola With Vaccine

    A major step towards tackling the deadly Ebola was taken on Tuesday with the establishment of a stockpile of vaccine by four leading leading international health and humanitarian organizations.

  • Indian Minister Tests Positive After Getting COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Dose

    Health Minister of the northern Indian state of Haryana Anil Vij, who was given a trial dose of a Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine in November, tested positive for the virus on Saturday.

  • COVID-19: Nigeria Develops Fast Test Kit For Virus

    Nigeria has developed a Covid-19 test kit that can give results in less than 40 minutes and be used by low-skilled people.

  • COVID-19 Threatens Progress In Women’s, Children’s Health – UN Report

    The COVID-19 threatens to turn back the clock on a decade of progress in women and children’s health, a United Nations (UN) report released on Friday says.

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    JOHESU Strike: Health Workers Resume Work In Kaduna

    Health workers at various federal hospitals in Kaduna resumed fully as the Joint Health Workers Union of Nigeria ended its 7days nationwide warning strike.

  • Medical Workers Set For Nationwide Strike

    JOHESU Ends Strike, Workers Resumes At National Orthopaedic Hospital

    Health activities have fully resumed at the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Enugu after the Joint Health Sector Unions ended its seven-day warning strike.

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    JOHESU: UCH Nurse, Other Health Workers Join Nationwide Strike

    Healthcare workers at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, on Monday, joined the nationwide strike called by the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU).

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    Why Men Should Avoid Bathing With Hot Water

    A General Physician, Dr Peter Atangwho, on Tuesday urged men to desist from bathing with hot water frequently to prevent low sperm count and other fertility problems.

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    Abuja Doctors Commence Indefinite Strike From Sept 1

    The Association of Resident Doctors, federal capital territory administration (ARD-FCTA) have declared an indefinite strike starting Tuesday, September 1.

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    Shehu Sani Condemns Acts Of Thuggery At NMA Elections In Enugu

    Shehu Sani, a former Kaduna lawmaker has condemned the violent act of the Enugu State branch of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA).

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