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Doctors Warn Covid Will Become Endemic and People Need to Learn to Live With it

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Doctors Warn Covid Will Become Endemic and People Need to Learn to Live With it

A growing chorus of physicians and public health officials have warned that even with the mass rollout of safe and effective Covid-19 vaccines, the disease may become endemic.

White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci, Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel and the World Health Organization’s Executive Director of the Health Emergencies Program Dr. Mike Ryan have all said in recent weeks that the coronavirus may never go away.

To date, more than 107 million people worldwide have contracted Covid-19, with 2.36 million deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

David Heymann, professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, had warned the virus appeared to be on course to become endemic late last year. He reaffirmed his position earlier this week during a webinar for think tank Chatham House.

“I think if you speak with most epidemiologists and most public health workers, they would say today that they believe this disease will become endemic, at least in the short term and most likely in the long term,” he said.

Heymann is the chair of the WHO’s strategic and technical advisory group for infectious hazards and led the health agency’s infectious disease unit during the SARS epidemic in 2002-2003.

He cautioned it was not yet possible to be sure of the virus’s destiny since its outcome depends on many unknown factors.

“Right now, the emphasis is on saving lives, which it should be, and on making sure that hospitals are not overburdened with Covid patients — and this will be possible moving forward,” Heymann said, citing the mass rollout of Covid vaccines.

‘Need to learn lessons from 2020’

The mass delivery of Covid vaccines started in many high-income countries almost two months ago and has since been gathering pace, but the mass immunization of populations will take time.

To be sure, some low-income countries are still yet to receive a single dose of a vaccine to protect people most at risk from the coronavirus.

A report published by the Economist Intelligence Unit last month projected the bulk of the adult population of advanced economies would be vaccinated by the middle of next year. In contrast, however, this timeline extends to early 2023 for many middle-income countries and even as far out as 2024 for some low-income countries.

It underscores the scale of the challenge to bring the pandemic under control around the world.

“Covid-19 is an endemic human infection. The scientific reality is that, with so many people infected worldwide, the virus will continue to mutate,” said Dr. Jeremy Farrar, director of Wellcome and a member of the UK.’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage).

“Living with this virus does not, however, mean we cannot control it. We need to learn lessons from 2020 and act swiftly. Every day counts,” he added.

Balancing our living with endemic diseases

“I think it is good to put this in context and think about the other infectious diseases that are endemic today,” Heymann said during an online event on Wednesday, when asked whether policymakers should be mindful of other endemic diseases in responding to the Covid pandemic.

He cited tuberculosis and HIV, as well as four endemic coronaviruses that are known to cause the common cold.

“We have learned to live with all of these infections, we’ve learned how to do our own risk assessments. We have got vaccines for some, we have therapeutics for others, we have diagnostic tests that can help us all do a better job of living with these infections.”

“There are a couple of unknowns that make it very difficult for political leaders and public health leaders to make decisions as to what would be the best strategies, inducing the fact that we don’t completely understand ‘long Covid’ and its impact or its occurrence after even very minor infections,” he continued.

“So, it is not a matter of this being a special disease. This is one of many that we will have to balance our living with and understand how to deal with it as we do influenza, as we do with other infections,” Heymann said.

The term “long Covid” refers to patients suffering from prolonged illness after initially contracting the virus, with symptoms including shortness of breath, migraines and chronic fatigue.

Public discourse on the pandemic has largely focused on those with a severe or fatal illness, whereas ongoing medical problems as a result of the virus are often either underappreciated or misunderstood.

Last month, the largest global study of long Covid to date found that many of those suffering with the ongoing illness after infection with the virus had been unable to return to work at full capacity six months later.

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International Women’s Day: Presidency Releases a Checklist of ‘Buhari’s Women’

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In  Celebration of International Women’s Day: President Buhari Releases a Checklist of ‘Buhari’s Women’

The Nigerian presidency has released a list of some of the women appointed into key positions as the country joins the global community in celebration of March 8 International Women’s Day.

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Choose to Challenge.”

“The celebration provides ample opportunity to reflect on how President Muhammadu Buhari honours the womenfolk,” Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President said in a short sentence that prefaced the list of the 38 women appointed into various positions by his principal on Sunday.

Adesina described the 32 female officials that were listed in the ‘Checklist’ as just a few of “The Buhari Women,’

See the list of the women below

  1. Zainab Ahmed, Honourable Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning
  2. Sadiya Umar Farouq, Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development
  3. Pauline Tallen, Honourable Minister of Women Affairs
  4. Mariam Yalwaji Katagum, Honourable Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment
  5. Sharon Ikeazor, Honourable Minister of State for Environment
  6. Gbemisola Saraki, Honourable Minister of State for Transportation
  7. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, Honourable Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)
  8. Folashade Yemi-Esan, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation
  9. Mariam Uwais, Special Adviser to the President
  10. Jumoke Oduwole, Special Adviser to the President on Industry, Trade and Investment, and Secretary of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC)
  11. Mojisola Adeyeye, Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)
  12. Hadiza Bala-Usman, Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA)
  13. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairperson and CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission
  14. Chioma Ejikeme, Executive Secretary, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD)
  15. Patience Oniha, Director-General, Debt Management Office (DMO)
  16. Aisha Dahir-Umar, Director-General, National Pension Commission
  17. Jummai A.M. Audi, Chairperson, Nigerian Law Reform Commission (NLRC)
  18. Yewande Sadiku, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC)
  19. Gloria Akobundu, National Coordinator/Chief Executive of New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), Nigeria
  20. Nnenna Akajemeli, National Coordinator/CEO, SERVICOM
  21. Folashade Joseph, Managing Director, Nigeria Agriculture Insurance Corporation (NAIC)
  22. Cecilia Gaya, Director-General, Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON)
  23. Ronke Sokefun, Chairperson, Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC)
  24. Aishah Ahmad, Deputy Governor, Financial System Stability, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)
  25. Stella Ojekwe-Onyejeli, Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer, Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA)
  26. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  27. Oge Modie, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Strategic Communications
  28. Toyin Adeniji, Executive Director, Micro Enterprises, Bank of Industry (Oversees the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme, GEEP)
  29. Stella Okotete, Executive Director, Business Development, NEXIM Bank
  30. Omolola Abiola-Edewor, Executive Director, Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC)
  31. Imaan Sulaiman–Ibrahim, Director-General, National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP)
  32. Lauretta Onochie, Personal Assistant to the President on Social Media, and INEC Federal Commissioner-nominee

 

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Justice Sylvester Ngwuta Is Dead

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Nwali Sylvester Ngwuta, a justice of the Supreme Court, is dead

The judge, 69, died just about three weeks to his 70th birthday on March 30 when he will be due for retirement from the bench.

A statement by the Chief Registrar of the apex court, Hadizatu Mustapha, said Mr. Ngwuta died in his sleep at about 2.30 am on Sunday.

The statement added that Mr. Ngwuta, who hailed from Ebonyi State, had been admitted at the National Hospital in Abuja for about one week before his death.

He was said to have been moved to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital on Friday and was also said to have tested negative for COVID-19 following an investigative test carried out on him at the ICU.

The statement read, “The Supreme Court of Nigeria regrets to announce the death of the Hon. Mr. Justice Nwali Sylvester Ngwuta, JSC, CFR, by 2.30 a.m. on Sunday, March 7, 2021.

“He felt sick and was admitted in the last one week in the National Hospital, Abuja, but before he was moved to the intensive care unit (ICU) of the hospital on Friday, March 5 he tested negative to COVID-19 investigative test conducted on him.

“Hon. Justice Ngwuta was due to retire from the Supreme Court bench on attaining the mandatory retirement age of 70 years on March 30, 2021.

“His remains have been deposited in the National Hospital mortuary pending the arrangement for his burial.

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Affordable Pay-TV Provider, StarTimes Slashes Decoder Price, Introduces Easter Promo

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In the spirit of Easter celebration, StarTimes is offering a decoder price slash as well as free access to a higher bouquet for its subscribers.

The promo starts Monday, March 1.

The antenna decoder will go for N7400 as against N9400 while dish decoder will go for N11,200 as against N13,200. StarTimes has over 100 channels showing exciting foreign and local entertainment.

Also, The Easter promo starting on Monday gives subscribers the opportunity to pay for a 2-month subscription on Nova, Basic, and Smart bouquets and get an instant upgrade to view the next higher bouquet for two months. While customers on Classic and Super bouquet who recharge for two months will get 10 days extra.

Loyal subscribers will also be treated to richly-packed Easter hampers.

According to the Content Marketing Manager, StarTimes Nigeria, Ali Auta, the essence of the promo is to allow its subscribers enjoy the Easter holiday with access to an array of channels on a higher bouquet than they normally watch and unlimited entertainment at a very little cost.

“Nova bouquet is N900 monthly. So customers who pay N1800 for a two-month subscription will get an instant upgrade to view Basic/Smart bouquet for two months. Basic bouquet is N1700 monthly and Smart is N2200. So a customer who pays N3400 for two months for basic or N4400 for smart bouquet will be migrated to enjoy all the content on Classic and Super bouquets respectively for two months. Subscribers who key into the promo will save a minimum of N1,600,” Mr Ali said.

On the exciting content line-up, Mr Ali said, “As Easter approaches, families like to spend quality time watching TV series and movies together at home. They will access top Nollywood films on PBO TV and AMC Movies. On Novela E Plus, TLNovelas and TDC, they will be able to browse great dramas & telenovelas from across the globe. Also, loads of Hollywood, Bollywood and Chinese movies and series will thrill them.

“News and documentaries aficionados can also enjoy thrilling programs on Fox News, News Central, National Geographic Channel (NGC) and NatGeo Wild (NGW), etc.

“Kids are not forgotten with amazing channels: Cbeebies, Toonami, Jimjam, BabyTV, Nickelodeon, ST Kids, Pineapple TV and DreamWorks.

“In terms of sports, StarTimes subscribers will have access to exciting football, basketball, boxing and mixed martial arts sports. StarTimes airs Europa League, the Emirates FA Cup, Copa del Rey, Coppa Italia, Bundesliga, La Liga, among others, live and in HD. Also, MUTV, a dedicated channel for Manchester United is now on StarTimes.”

“Thus, our Easter decoder price slash and upgrade promo give families more reasons to sit at home and enjoy quality entertainment together for less the bouquet price,” Mr Ali said.

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