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Lagos cement factory quarantined over contacts with coronavirus victim

According to latest reports, the Ogun state government in southwestern Nigeria has said that the whole facility of Larfarge Africa Plc, a cement factory in Ewekoro, Ogun State has been quarantined following the confirmation of the first case of coronavirus in Nigeria. Ewekoro is about 20 kilometres from Lagos.  The government said the victim, an …

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Coronavirus can spread through surfaces, objects like desks, telephones- WHO warns

The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for the promotion of regular and thorough hand-washing hygiene, adding that the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) can be contracted when someone infected coughs or exhales. The global health body released a statement on February 27 titled ” Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19″. In the document, WHO warned that …

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Africa’s Second Covid-19 Case Confirmed in Algeria

A second COVID-19 case is confirmed in Africa.  Algeria is the country that has this unenviable record The Ministry of Health, Population and Hospital Reform of Algeria has reported the country’s first case of COVID-19. Health authorities report that tests indicate that an Italian adult, who arrived in the country on 17 February 2020 has tested …

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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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AU Endorses Adesina for Second Term at AfDB

The Executive Council of the African Union has supported Dr. Akinwumi Adesina’s candidacy for a second term as President of the African Development Bank (AfDB). A statement disclosed that the decision was taken during the 36th ordinary session of the AU Executive Council, held during the AU Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, earlier this month. …

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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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