Nigerian Government enforces new tax on phone calls for backing healthcare

The government of Nigeria is reportedly set to impose a new tax on phone calls in the country to meet the rising needs of citizens who are more prone to health challenges. Telecommunication firms are undertaking this move to augment the cost of their services due to the stiff economic realities.

South Africa Covid-19 cases surge; two Omicron variants responsible

South Africa has recently witnessed a rapid growth in the number of new Covid-19 cases, which is supposedly driven by two sub-variants of Omicron. Speaking on the nation’s current battle, Prof. Marta Nunes, who works as a researcher at Vaccine & Infectious Diseases Analytics at Soweto&r

Nigeria inks deal with Cuba to boost health crisis readiness

  Cuba will help Nigeria amplify tech transfer, vaccine production, contract manufacturing, and commercialization of pharmaceutical products The WHO will provide supplies to Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Egypt, Senegal, and Tunisia for boosting mRNA vaccine production Nigeria has r

U.N. Chief urges to help Africa for debt relief and post Covid recovery

Antonio Guterres, U.N. Secretary-General, has recently requested debt relief for the African countries and has urged for more investment to help the economies recover from the outbreak of COVID-19 and offer some aid owing to the impacts of the Ukraine war. The chief of the United Nations spoke in

Africa records a surge in measles cases caused by COVID disruptions

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently announced that Africa is facing a surge in outbreaks of preventable diseases due to disruptions caused by Covid-19. Dr. Benido Impouma, WHO expert in Africa, told in a press briefing that Africa recorded a 400% rise in measles, approximately more t

West African scientists to ramp up local vaccine production capacity

West Africa-based medical laboratory and research scientists have reportedly planned to boost the local capacity for producing vaccines and other medical products in the sub-region. This update was revealed in a statement by Ms. Efam Dovi, Public Relations and Outreach Lead at CelebrateLAB Conferen

South African scientists discover two new Omicron sublineages

In recent research around coronavirus variants, Tulio de Oliveira, a professor who operates gene-sequencing establishments in South Africa has stated that the SA scientists have discovered two new sublineages of the new coronavirus variant Omicron, labelled as BA.4 and BA.5 The lineages have, howev

West Africa facing worst food crisis in a decade: Int’l aid groups

Eleven International aid groups have reportedly published a statement saying that West Africa is currently facing its worst food crisis in a decade, with around 27 million people in the region suffering from hunger. The organizations, which include Oxfam, Save the Children, and ALIMA, have also war

Labat collaborates with CSIR to manufacture hemp and medicinal cannabis

Labat, a leading venture capital firm, has reportedly collaborated with CSIR to accelerate the processing of hemp along with the commercialization of medicinal cannabis at the CSIR facility in Coega. Brian van Rooyen, Group Chief Executive at Labat, stated that the contract will solidify cooperatio