Health insurers, telehealth and COVID-19 demands

IN less than a year, telehealth has gone from a niche rarity to a common practice. Its ability to ensure physical distance,...

Understanding ‘aerosol transmission’, key to controlling Coronavirus

IMAGINE you think there are mice in your house. You can see the evidence – mouse droppings; gnawed or damaged skirting boards;...

Statistical literacy and pandemic fatalities

IN the institute where I used to work a few years ago, a rare non-infectious illness hit five colleagues in quick succession....

Time of social communication challenge: Let’s save ourselves

SOCIAL Communication is a very dicey thing. It can finish a thriving society or revive a dying one in one swoop. The...

Media muted women’s voices during COVID-19

COVID-19 has distressed societies to the core. Among the fault lines it has exposed is the fact that gender bias remains rampant...

Scientific rift, distraction in fight against COVID-19

THE cardinal rule of Coronavirus policy is that you must follow “the science”. Or, at the very least, you must say that...

Skills gap for youths in age of COVID-19

WITH the COVID-19 pandemic causing a projected loss of 195 million jobs, dismaying interruptions to education and a disproportionate impact on vulnerable...

COVID-19 compromises gender equality

THE pandemic has without doubt affected men and women in a different manner. It has resulted in affecting adversely the economic, social,...

Diagnostics, best weapon against infectious diseases

THE history of our world is deeply intertwined with the trajectory of infectious diseases. For centuries, infectious diseases have been among the...

Community empowerment during COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the economic condition of the world community becoming destroyed, social empowerment of the community is said to...

COVID-19 flaws volunteer, tourism business

WITH borders closed and airlines grounded for almost six months, COVID-19 effectively shut down the global tourism industry at a scale never...

Good nutrition can keep COVID-19 away

THE connection between the pandemic and our dietary habits is undeniable. The stress of isolation coupled with a struggling economy has caused...

COVID-19 vaccine requires public trust

THE coming months are going to be crucial for vaccine development and decisions around how we distribute COVID-19 vaccines equitably, who gets...

Towards safe, accessible COVID-19 vaccine programme in Nigeria

TO ensure the timely supply of a COVID-19 vaccine, the Nigerian government recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Russia.     

The Anambra spirit

IT IS a good thing to be proud of one's state, and I am. Anambra is perhaps one of...

Artificial Intelligence crucial in Africa’s fight against COVID-19

COVID-19 and its grave impact worldwide has emphasised  how critical it is for African countries to develop their healthcare systems. For the...

COVID-19… evolving digital financial inclusion

THE COVID-19 pandemic could be a game-changer for digital financial services. Low-income households and small firms can benefit greatly from advances in...

Many cut corners in race for COVID-19 antibody test

DURING the pandemic, COVID-19 tests have provided a rich source of media coverage. Most of us now know a bit about how...

Let’s get real… no vaccine will work like magic, return us to ‘normal’

AT THE end of any summer we brace ourselves – for back to school, returning to work and even for Christmas plans....

Deforestation helps viruses jump from animals to humans

THE coronavirus pandemic, suspected of originating in bats and pangolins, has brought the risk of viruses that jump from wildlife to humans...

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