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Lassa Fever: Nigeria’s Preparedness For Disease Outbreaks Poor – NMA

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) is asking the federal government to intensify all security and medical approach at ensuring that disease outbreaks do not come into the country from any entry point

The association says the recent outbreak of Lassa fever across the country is a reflection of the abysmally low level of preparedness in handling infectious diseases, especially viral hemorrhagic fever, at all levels of healthcare delivery.

The doctors’ association in a statement also says the frequency of the outbreaks also exposes the deplorable state of healthcare delivery in Nigeria which means the federal government has not done enough to check its recurrence.

Nigeria is currently battling an outbreak of Lassa fever, with 195 confirmed cases and 29 deaths in 11 states, between January 1 and 24.

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Canada: COVID-19 Death Toll Exceeds 12000

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Canada’s COVID-19 deaths have passed another grim milestone of 12, 000 fatalities.

The country also recorded fifty-four hundred sixty-eight new cases of coronavirus infections which pushed the total number of confirmed cases to 370,014.  More than 290,000 persons have recovered from the virus.

A new report from an epidemiological analysis showed about 90 per cent of those who died were seniors, from 70 years and older.

The data also shows a significant increase in patients hospitalized from the virus.

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Moderna Files For U.S. Vaccine Authorization, Will Seek EU Nod

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Drug maker, Moderna has filed for U.S. and European emergency regulatory approval of its coronavirus vaccine for widespread use.

It is now left for regulators to look at trial data for the MRNA vaccine and decide if it is safe and effective enough to recommend for roll out.

Clinical studies have revealed the vaccine is more than 94% effective at protecting against COVID-19 infection.

Another drug maker, Pfizer, has already filed for the U.S. Emergency approval for its own vaccine.

UK regulators are reviewing data for emergency approval of the Pfizer, Astrazenca, and Oxford University coronavirus vaccines.

Moderna says it hopes to gain UK approval soon, now that it has trial data from 30,000 volunteers including the elderly.

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WHO Warns That Malaria Fight Has Stalled

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The World Health Organization says progress in the fight against malaria appears to have stalled.

The agency has warned, in its annual report on malaria, that the number of cases and deaths related to the disease has remained largely unchanged in the past two years, in contrast to the dramatic falls seen since the turn of the century. It’s feared that a shortage of funds for anti-malaria programmes will be worsened by the coronavirus pandemic.

Malaria kills at least 400,000 persons every year, vast majority of them in sub-Saharan Africa.

Efforts to control the mosquito-borne disease are also being threatened by growing resistance to some drugs.

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