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Unrealistic To Think’: WHO Rules Out COVID-19 Ending In 2021

Unrealistic To Think’: WHO Rules Out COVID-19 Ending In 2021

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It is unrealistic to think that the world will be done with the Covid-19 pandemic by the end of the year, the WHO said Monday. The World Health Organization’s emergencies director Michael Ryan said it might be possible to take the sting of tragedy out of the coronavirus crisis by reducing hospitalisations and deaths. But the virus remains very much in control, he added, especially given that global new case numbers increased this week after seven consecutive weeks of decline. “It will be very premature and I think unrealistic to think that we’re going to finish with this virus by the end of the year,” Ryan told journalists. “But I think what we can finish with, if we’re smart, is the hospitalisations, the deaths and the tragedy associated with this pandemic.” Ryan said ...
Poor Diet In Pregnancy Can Lead To Child Obesity – Study

Poor Diet In Pregnancy Can Lead To Child Obesity – Study

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Children born to mothers who eat a lot of processed foods packed with sugar and salt face an increased risk of obesity late in childhood, researchers said on Monday. “Children born to mothers who eat a low-quality diet — high in inflammation-associated foods — during pregnancy may be more likely to have obesity or excess body fat,” Ling-Wei Chen from University College Dublin’s School of Public Health, said in a statement. “Mounting evidence has pointed to the first 1,000 days of life — from conception to two years old — as a critical period for preventing childhood obesity.” Obesity in childhood often carries on into adulthood and is associated with a higher risk of type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and other health problems. To examine how maternal die...
WHO Slams Rich Countries For Hogging COVID-19 Vaccines

WHO Slams Rich Countries For Hogging COVID-19 Vaccines

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The World Health Organization on Monday blasted wealthy countries for not only hogging Covid vaccines but in doing so, hindering the pathway for poorer nations to get them too. WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said some rich countries’ direct deals with manufacturers had meant that previously-agreed vaccine allocations for poorer countries, via the Covax programme, were being reduced. The UN health agency chief said the money was there to procure doses for some of the poorest countries, following fresh contributions from the United States, the European Union and Germany — but it was worthless if there was nothing to buy. Tedros urged wealthy nations to start checking first as to whether their own deals with pharmaceutical companies were undermining Covax, which...
Ebola: Profile Of A Prolific Killer

Ebola: Profile Of A Prolific Killer

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Origins Ebola was first identified in central Africa in 1976. The tropical virus was named after a river in the Democratic Republic of Congo — then known as Zaire. Five of the virus species are known to cause disease in humans — Zaire, Sudan, Bundibugyo, Reston and Tai Forest. The first three species have resulted in serious African outbreaks. Transmission The virus’ natural reservoir animal is probably the bat, which does not itself fall ill, but can pass the germ on to humans who hunt it for “bushmeat”. Other dinnertime favourites in parts of Africa — chimpanzees, gorillas, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines — are also suspected of transmitting Ebola. Among humans, the virus is passed on by contact with the blood, body fluids, secretions or organs of an inf...
Red Cross To Help 500 Million Get COVID-19 Shots

Red Cross To Help 500 Million Get COVID-19 Shots

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The Red Cross launched a plan Thursday to help vaccinate 500 million people against Covid-19 in over 100 countries, warning that leaving out the world’s poorest could seriously backfire. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said it would throw its weight into the distribution and acceptance of vaccines among some of the hardest-to-reach communities. The Geneva-based IFRC said it would spend 100 million Swiss francs ($111 million, 92.5 million euros) on the push and was already working with governments in more than 60 countries to see where its help could be the most effective. “The current lack of equity in the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines is alarming and could backfire to deadly and devastating effect,” IFRC secretary general Jagan Chapag...
Why women may continue to have sex late into pregnancy — Physiciana

Why women may continue to have sex late into pregnancy — Physiciana

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Emma Ihedirionye A Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Yaba, Lagos, Dr. Gregory Ohihoin, says sexual intercourse may help to initiate labour in pregnant women who have passed their estimated day of delivery. Dr. Ohihoin said having sex at term helps to promote prostaglandins, which may help induce labour. The prostaglandins are a unique group of pharmacologically active lipids that are widely distributed in mammalian tissues and body fluids. Ohihoin spoke in reaction to a study published in the Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal, showing that sexual activity in the last week of pregnancy might be associated with the onset of labour. The cross-sectional study included 120 pregnant women with signs of labour onset at ...
Record 18,000 Daily Virus Toll Worldwide

Record 18,000 Daily Virus Toll Worldwide

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More than 18,000 people worldwide died of coronavirus over the past 24 hours, according to an AFP count based on official figures, a new grim record amid the battle to stem the pandemic. A total of 18,109 COVID-19 deaths were registered on Tuesday. Over the week from January 20-26, a total of 101,366 coronavirus deaths were registered worldwide, an average of 14,00  fatalities each day and the worst week on record since the virus first emerged in China in late 2019. In recent months the daily death rate has been increasing. By the end of November, the world had passed the milestone of 10,000 daily coronavirus deaths. This rose to 11,000 by mid-December, 12,000 on January 8 and up to 13,000 three days later. Five countries accounted for the 101,000 deaths recorde...
WHO Virus Mission Blunted As China Refuses Team Entry

WHO Virus Mission Blunted As China Refuses Team Entry

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An expert mission to China to probe the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic was in disarray Wednesday after Beijing denied entry to the World Health Organisation team at the last minute despite months of painstaking negotiations. Ten experts were due to arrive in China this week for the delicate, highly politicised task of establishing how and where the virus jumped from animals to humans. But with a number of the team already in transit, China denied them entry visas, prodding WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, to say he was “very disappointed”. China is determined to control the origin story of the virus, which has killed more than 1.8 million people around the world and laid waste to global economies. The first cases of the coronavirus were recorded in the central Chine...
MENSTRUATION

MENSTRUATION

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Thursdays With Juliet biddy Menstruation known as period is a monthly bleeding from the vagina that happens about once a month.  During this time, hormones makes the lining of the uterus thicker, getting ready incase of pregnancy.     During menstruation,  the body sheds the lining of the uterus (womb). The menstrual blood flows from the uterus through a small  opening in the cervix and passes out the blood through the vagina.Menstruation affects most women but the experience differs amongst them. When it comes regularly, it is called a menstrual cycle and it's a sign that the important parts of the body are working normally.  A cycle is counted from the first day of period to the first day of the next period and it can range from 21-35 days in adult and 21-45 days for teenagers. H...
Health Experts, Others Review ‘2020 Year Of The Pandemic’

Health Experts, Others Review ‘2020 Year Of The Pandemic’

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Nnenna Odoh Health experts and government officials on Thursday featured as guests on a special end of the year programme on Channels Television.The programme, entitled 2020 Year Of The Pandemic aims to review the events of the outgoing year, especially as it relates to COVID-19 which disrupted daily lives in many countries of the world. For many, 2020 has been challenging in more ways and lots of people are still grappling with the existing circumstances. The first human cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus and subsequently named SARS-COV-2, were first reported by officials in Wuhan City in China in December 2019, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said. While some of the earliest known cases had a link to a wholesale food market in Wuhan, some ...