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COVID-19 May Lead To Mass Unexpected Pregnancies – UNFPA

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A report released by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and its partners has indicated that ongoing lockdowns and disruptions in health services during the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to seven million unplanned pregnancies in the months ahead.

The report projected that the number of women who have been unable to access family planning risk unintended pregnancies, gender-based violence and other harmful practices and the number could “skyrocket” by millions.

The research was conducted by UNFPA in collaboration with Avenir Health, Johns Hopkins University in the United States and Victoria University in Australia.

Executive Director of UNFPA, Dr. Natalia Kanem, said, “This new data shows the catastrophic impact that COVID-19 could soon have on women and girls globally.

“The pandemic is deepening inequalities and millions more women and girls now risk losing the ability to plan their families and protect their bodies and their health.”

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“Women’s reproductive health and rights must be safeguarded at all costs. The services must continue the supplies must be delivered and the vulnerable must be protected and supported.”

Meanwhile, a Catholic monk and Director of Pax Herbal Clinic and Research Laboratories, Edo State, Father Anslem Adodo, yesterday said he has developed CVD PLUS for the treatment of the coronavirus.

Adodo said the constituents are antiviral and immune-modulatory agents, which help to stimulate antibodies.In the statement addressing the pandemic and urgency for a cure following questions from concerned individuals, he disclosed that plant-based drugs were the best approach to the coronavirus disease considering that the drugs were easily produced, stored and distributed and could be handled by medical and non-medical personnel as they pose low contamination risk.

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Adodo explained that the Pax CVD PLUS contains herbs and active phyto-constituents with documented scientific evidence based on clinical reports of their efficacy and safety.

Corporate Affairs Manager, Pax Herbal Clinic and Research Laboratories, Mrs. Bolanle Alabede, confirmed the statement and report on the new drug for coronavirus.


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United Nations: OVER 117 million children at risk of Measles.


More than 117 million children across the world risk contracting measles as an effect of Coronavirus, the United Nations has warned.

Following the outbreak of the pandemic, countries are putting their vaccination programme for measles and other diseases on hold to face the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the AFP.

Currently, 24 countries, including several already dealing with large measles outbreaks, have suspended widespread vaccinations, the World Health Organisation and UNICEF said.

An additional 13 countries have had their vaccination programmes interrupted due to COVID-19.

In a joint statement, the Measles and Rubella Initiative said it was vital that immunisation capacity was retained during and after the current pandemic.

The statement reads, “Together, more than 117 million children could be impacted by the suspension of scheduled immunisation activities.

“The M&RI supports the need to protect communities and health workers from COVID-19 through a pause of mass campaigns where risks of the disease are high.

“However, this should not mean that children permanently miss out.”

Measles affects around 20 million people every year, the majority of whom are aged under five.


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U.S trashed Iran foreign minister’s visa to attend UN meeting


Iran’s foreign minister said on Tuesday he has been informed by UN chief Antonio Guterres that Washington has denied him a visa for a trip to UN headquarters in New York.

“What we know is that the US State Secretary (Mike Pompeo), in a call to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, said: ‘We did not have time to issue a visa for Mohammad Javad Zarif and we will not issue a visa’,” Zarif said.


“The Secretary-General responded by saying that it is Iran’s right to take part in this session,” Iran’s top diplomat said, quoted by semi-official news agency ISNA.

So far there has been no official confirmation from Washington that it has rejected Zarif’s visa application.


Zarif was speaking to reporters in Tehran at a gathering to promote an Iranian peace plan for the Gulf.

His remarks came as Iran held funeral processions on Tuesday for one of its top military commanders killed in a US drone strike in Iraq.


Qasem Soleimani’s assassination has sparked a war of words between the arch-foes, with Iran vowing “severe revenge” and US President Donald Trump threatening to hit back hard for any retaliation.

Trump warned on Saturday that Washington had lined up 52 targets if Tehran attacked US personnel or assets.


On Tuesday, Zarif said the US visa decision was “a sign of the bankruptcy of the US government and Trump’s regime”, according to ISNA.

The Iranian foreign minister said he had been planning to go UN headquarters on Thursday for an open debate on “Upholding the Charter of the United Nations”.


But he added that he had also intended to “raise America’s crimes” during his visit to New York.

It is not the first time that Iranian officials have encountered problems when travelling to New York for events at UN headquarters.


In December, the United Nations General Assembly called on the United States to lift restrictions on Iranian diplomats.

Since mid-2019, Iranian diplomats and ministers have been under strict movement restrictions when they are in the United States.

Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif


They are limited largely to the area around UN headquarters, the Iranian diplomatic mission and the ambassador’s residence.

In September, while taking part in the annual General Assembly, Zarif complained he was unable to visit the country’s UN ambassador in a US hospital.


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