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In the Line of Duty – When Surviving COVID-19 Demands Home Treatment

In the second week of June on a Sunday, Yecenu Sasetu, a health journalist in Abuja and a tireless safety and hygiene buff felt a bit of sore throat while at home. She chucked it off to the seasonal flu. Then the fever started, the headaches…

Agricultural processors bemoan COVID-19 losses

The impact of the COVID-19 lockdown instituted by the Federal Government at the end of March was hard-hitting on all sectors and small-scale farmers and processors in Nigeria; it was and still is a catalogue of problems. In this report, JUSTINA…

Blood scarcity looms for childbirth, malaria, sickle cell patients

The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that Nigeria has some of the lowest blood donation rates in the world, with just 10 per cent of the populations donating freely. GRACE OBIKE looks into blood donations during the COVID-19 pandemic

Malnutrition and Covid-19

Malnutrition remains a silent pandemic ‘consuming’ children in Nigeria. It is mostly being fueled by ignorance of parents and caregivers, poverty, inadequate food intake and poor sanitation, among others. COVID-19 may have stopped a lot…

How Open-air markets are a weak link in the fight against COVID-19

LOUD, raucous, congested, smells of ripe fruits, roast meat and food wafting in the air as vendors cry out their wares. This is standard fare in an open-air market across Kenya and Nigeria. These informal markets are a major avenue for the exchange…

Clinical Trials: Finding a Cure for Africa by Africans

The World Health Organisation during its online press briefing observed that Africa is one of the most unequal societies in terms of production of personal protection kits, access to tools, conducting test trials, lack of ethical systems, problems…

'We didn’t see it coming’ — COVID-19 survivors in Delta share their experiences

“Hello”, he says. But his voice was raspy, his breathing labored. Theophilus Onojeghen, a notable journalist in Delta, constantly on the move as part of his work. When the lockdown was declared in the Delta region on April 1, he was among…

Battle for COVID-19 palliatives not worth the efforts

Laraba Shuaibu’s daughter had recently undergone a major surgery which cost her almost all of her N150, 000 savings. But before she could return to her menial job of excavating sand from river beds to regain her financial balance, Covid-19…

Virus pandemic a financial tsunami for women

IN April, when Mrs. Chinyere Philips was sacked, it seemed like the end of her world. She never knew she would be a victim of the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. “My employer could not keep paying me for services not rendered,”…

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