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Hope rises globally as Thousands of Coronavirus Patients in China Recover

The Ambassador of The People’s Republic of China in the Gambia,  Ambassador Ma Jianchun has told journalists in a recent press briefing in Gambia that over 11,062 coronavirus patients in China, have regained their health and have been discharged from hospital, and that the number of new confirmed cases outside the epicentre Hubei province has significantly …

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EU Steps Up Support for Nigeria’s Fight against Lassa Fever

The European Commission has announced the allocation of U.S.$87,000 (N32 million) in humanitarian funding to assist families affected by the outbreak of Lassa fever. The fund will go towards supporting the Nigerian Red Cross in promoting hygiene practices and disease transmission control, contributing to the identification of suspected cases, supporting contact tracing, and providing psychosocial …

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Tanzania poised to join Africa’s Bone Marrow club

Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) is finalising procedures for embarking on bone marrow transplants by the end of March this year. Commencement of the service gives new hope to needy patients and also positioning Tanzania to become the first East African and sixth African nation to perform the medical procedure.  Five African countries so fat have …

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Egypt Now free of COVID-9 as Africa’s first Coronavirus victim recovers

The World Health Organisation says the person who had been diagnosed with Coronavirus in Egypt is no longer carrying the virus and is well on his way to recovery. WHO spokesman Tarik Jašarević, however, said the person would remain in quarantine until the 14-day period was over and would undergo further tests to ensure he …

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Rwanda health minister fired over COVID-9 testing kits

Rwanda’s President, Paul Kagame last weekend revealed how the country’s health minister had been fired over mishandling of coronavirus testing kits.  In a stinging rebuke on his ministers, Kagame accused several of them including the ex-health minister Diane Gashumba of lying, carelessness and indiscipline. Kagame, who was speaking at the National Leaders’ Retreat said Gashumba …

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West African countries poised to collaborate on COVID-9

West African health ministers on Friday resolved to strengthen cooperation amongst their countries to deal with the new coronavirus. The ministers of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) met in the Malian capital with the stated objective of “strengthening the capacities of national and regional entities in the region in the surveillance, prevention …

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Kenya govt sends cash to Stranded Indigenes, students in Wuhan

Kenya’s government has announced that it would send Ksh1.3 million ($13,000) to students stranded in the Chinese city of Wuhan, that is the epicentre of the Covid-19 virus epidemic. The government spokesperson Cyrus Oguna said there are 100 Kenyans currently living in the Chinese city, with 91 of these being students while nine are artists. …

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Nigeria records 103 death from Lassa fever in 2 months

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) yesterday said 103 people have died of Lassa fever since its outbreak last December 30.The figure is from 16 states, namely: Ondo, Edo, Ebonyi, Kano, Kogi, Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau, Bauchi, Enugu, Abia, Benue, Borno, Gombe, Sokoto and Katsina.The number of confirmed cases this year stands at 586, NCDC …

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West Africa: ECOWAS Countries Require $50m to Battle Coronavirus

The West African Health Organisation (WAHO) last week said that about $50 million is required by West African countries to tackle Coronavirus. It said that amount will be used to create an ecosystem and put in place, critical personal protection equipment, laboratory supplies, communication and coordination strategies towards Coronavirus response. The Director-General of WAHO, Prof. …

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China sends Coronavirus treatment manual to Nigeria

By Ntia Usukuma China shares an official guide to control coronavirus with Nigeria.The Chinese government is ramping up measures to curtail the spread of the coronavirus epidemic. Despite the fact that no coronavirus case has been confirmed in Nigeria, the Chinese government has sent an official guide on treating the deadly virus to authorities of …

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