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Covid-19, Doctors’ Strike Combine to Render Sokoto Women Stranded

Covid-19, Doctors’ Strike Combine to Render Sokoto Women Stranded

Many women couldn’t go for antenatal care and that the situation of child delivery in local health centres has equally been quite cumbersome. In the full glare of the afternoon sun, Rabiat Shafiu clung to her four-day-old daughter at the entrance of the emergency unit of the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital (UDUTH), Sokoto. Nervous […]

Covid-19 Death Toll Nears 200,000 Across Continent

Covid-19 Death Toll Nears 200,000 Across Continent

 As of September 6, confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries reached 7,896,315 while over 69,075,350 vaccinations have been administered across the continent. Reported deaths in Africa reached 199,265 and  7,081,574 people have recovered. South Africa has the most reported cases 2,819,945 and 83,419 people died. Other most-affected countries are Morocco (884,085), Tunisia ( 674,047), Libya (315,418), Ethiopia (314,984), Egypt […]

Now We Have More Covid-19 Vaccines in Nigeria – Time to Deliver

Now We Have More Covid-19 Vaccines in Nigeria – Time to Deliver

After the successful deployment of the first round of vaccines received from the COVAX facility in March 2021, Nigeria has received its second batch of vaccines from countries around the world; receiving 4 million doses of the Moderna vaccine from the United States through the COVAX facility and 177,600 doses of the single-shot Johnson & […]

Can You Safely Hang Out with Unvaccinated Friends?

Can You Safely Hang Out with Unvaccinated Friends?

If you enthusiastically vaxxed up partly out of a desire to be social again, you wouldn’t be alone—catching up friends in real life is one of the perks of COVID-19 vaccination. But vaccination rates in the US have fallen short of expectations, and now the highly infectious Delta variant is fueling an increase in outbreaks, particularly in under-vaccinated […]

Govt Scales Up Post-Covid-19 Interventions for Women, Girls

Govt Scales Up Post-Covid-19 Interventions for Women, Girls

The federal government has revealed that it has scaled up its interventions for the benefits of women and girls in its bid to cushion the effects of the nationwide lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, revealed this during a one day dialogue on “the […]

Canada Looks To Women To Bolster Trades Amid Post-Pandemic Labour Shortage

Canada Looks To Women To Bolster Trades Amid Post-Pandemic Labour Shortage

A shortage of skilled workers is intensifying in Canada, potentially threatening the pace of the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and that has policymakers looking at a largely untapped market for new construction workers: Women. But attracting and retaining women in the skilled trades has long proven difficult, with tradeswomen and advocates citing challenges […]

Pfizer, BioNTech Agree to Produce Covid-19 Vaccine for Africa

Pfizer, BioNTech Agree to Produce Covid-19 Vaccine for Africa

Pfizer and BioNTech have reached an agreement with a South African company to produce their COVID-19 vaccine for distribution in Africa, the biotechnology companies said Wednesday. The Biovac Institute in Cape Town will manufacture 100 million doses of the vaccine annually starting in 2022. The company will mix vaccine ingredients it receives from Europe, place […]

Testing, Isolation Centres Shut In States Despite Imminent Covid-19 Third Wave

Testing, Isolation Centres Shut In States Despite Imminent Covid-19 Third Wave

As the country faces an impending third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, investigations by Daily Trust has shown that many states have shut down their isolation and testing centres. This is happening as the Delta variant of the virus, which is more contagious, is now spreading across states. The federal government at the weekend put […]

U.N. Warns Excluding Women From Top Jobs Threatens COVID-19 Recovery

U.N. Warns Excluding Women From Top Jobs Threatens COVID-19 Recovery

Global efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic are under threat because women are being excluded from critical decision-making roles, the United Nations said on Thursday. Only 6% of coronavirus task forces, which are responsible for coordinating government responses to the deadly virus, have equal numbers of men and women, while 11% have no women […]

Virus Variants Threaten Global Recovery, G20 warns

Virus Variants Threaten Global Recovery, G20 warns

An upsurge in new coronavirus variants and poor access to vaccines in developing countries threaten the global economic recovery, finance ministers of the world’s 20 largest economies warned on Saturday. The G20 gathering in the Italian city of Venice was the ministers’ first face-to-face meeting since the start of the pandemic. Decisions include the endorsement […]