Health Updates

UPDATED: WHO approves China’s Sinovac Covid vaccine

The World Health Organization on Tuesday approved the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use — the second Chinese jab to receive the WHO’s green light. The UN health agency signed off on the two-dose vaccine, which is already being deployed in several countries around the world. “WHO today validated the …

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‘Infertile women abusing ovulation-inducing drugs risk diabetes, cardiovascular diseases’

Women experiencing infertility have been warned about the risks of using ovulation-inducing drugs without evaluation and prescription by fertility experts. Some maternal health experts say women abusing ovulation-inducing drugs by engaging in self-medication are at risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus and may damage their ovaries. Cardiovascular Diseases include …

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UK approves single shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

Britain on Friday approved the use of the single shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency announced. “This is a further boost to the UK’s hugely successful vaccination programme, which has already saved over 13,000 lives, and means that we now have four safe …

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Sanitation council calls for tax reduction on sanitary pads

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council on Tuesday called on the Federal Government to reduce tax paid on the importation of sanitary pads to promote menstrual health in the country. Dr Virginia Kamowa, the Technical Expert on Menstrual Hygiene Management, WSSCC made this call at the ongoing Training of …

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Vaccine production, Nigeria’s rocket science

Sixteen years after the Federal Government and May & Baker Nigeria Plc incorporated Biovaccines Nigeria Limited as the special-purpose vehicle to revive vaccine production locally, it has yet to deliver on its mandate. YUSUFF MOSHOOD reports Biovaccines Nigeria Limited was incorporated in 2005 as a special firm to revive vaccine production activity …

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Surprise! Some health workers don’t know what HPV vaccine is

Some healthcare givers at some primary healthcare centres in Lagos say they do not know what the Human Papilloma Virus vaccine is all about. In other facilities visited by our correspondent, healthcare workers — mainly nurses — gave conflicting advice on the recommended dosage of the vaccine; while one worker …

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Molecular lab’ll tackle COVID-19, deadly diseases –UNIMED VC

  The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Medical Sciences, Ondo town, Ondo State, Prof. Adesegun Fatusi, has stated that the newly established molecular biology laboratory in the state will facilitate the diagnosis of COVID-19, Lassa fever and several other deadly infections. It was  gathered that the laboratory was established from …

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Indian institute suspends export of COVID-19 vaccines

  The organisation behind COVAX facility, Serum Institute of India, has said that it may not resume the export of COVID-19 vaccine doses till the end of 2021. Recall that the Director of African Centre for Disease Control, Dr John Nkengasong, had last week during the weekly press briefing on COVID-19 …

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