Tag: WHO

8 in 10 African countries to miss crucial September COVID-19 vaccination goal — WHO official

Agency Report Africa is likely to miss the urgent global goal of vaccinating the most vulnerable 10 per cent of each country’s population against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) by the end of September, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). The WHO Regional Office for Africa in a statement released on[Read More…]

NCDC boss, Chikwe Ihekweazu, appointed WHO’s Assistant DG

By Oladele Owodina The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Director-General, Chikwe Ihekweazu, is set to resume as the World Health Organisation, WHO’s assistant director-general of Health Emergency Intelligence. Mr Ihekweazu’s appointment was disclosed in a letter signed by the WHO Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus, on Tuesday. He will begin his[Read More…]

Syphilis highly prevalent among gay globally — WHO

World Health Organisation (WHO) study has highlighted an unacceptably high global prevalence of syphilis among men who have sex with men. The world body, in the new study on “Prevalence of syphilis among men who have sex with men: A global systematic review and meta-analysis from 2000 to 2020’’ also[Read More…]

COVID-19 cases in Africa spiked by 50% in past week – WHO raises alarm

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed that there’s a 52 per cent surge in COVID-19 cases in Africa in the past week. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, disclosed this in a media briefing on Friday. The DG noted that deaths in Africa have also increased by 32 percent and[Read More…]

COVID-19: African countries are left behind by developed nations in the race for vaccines – WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that African countries may be at the risk of being left behind by other continents in the race to flatten the curve of the COVID-19. The worldwide health agency’s Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti issued the warning during a briefing on[Read More…]

Opinion: Will health precautions affect the integrity of Elections in West Africa?

The health and safety measures advised by the WHO and adopted by countries around the world include regular cleaning of hands, maintaining distance between persons, avoidance of crowded spaces, and wearing of facemasks. Even though the pandemic’s spread is not as exponential as many feared, West African countries are not[Read More…]

WHO certifies Africa free of wild polio

With no recorded cases since 2016, the World Health Organisation has declared Africa free of the wild polio virus. The United Nations specialised agency on public health described the feat as “one of the greatest achievements in public health history.” The polio virus once killed or maimed hundreds of thousands[Read More…]

COVID-19: WHO Suspends Hydrochloroquine Treatment Trials On Safety Concerns

A few weeks into solidarity trial of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has suspended the process. It hinged its decision to temporarily halt the test trial of the drug on safety concerns. This is based on a report published by Lancet, which indicated that[Read More…]

Nigeria express interest to be part of COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

The World Health Organisation has said that Nigeria has expressed interest to be part of the global solidarity trial of the vaccines being developed to tackle COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking during the joint national briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Fiona Braka, Officer in Charge, WHO Nigeria, said efforts[Read More…]

WHO Appoints Okonjo-Iweala As COVID-19 Special Envoy

The World Health Organisation, WHO, on Friday named former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, as a Special Envoy for the newly inaugurated Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator. She is to serve alongside British business executive, Sir Andrew Witty in the same capacity, to mobilise international commitment to the[Read More…]