COVID-19 Pandemic: Time to take science seriously

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Mahmoud Bukar Maina PhD FRSA

The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic is one of the worst crises of our time. At present, over 1 million people have been infected, with over 60 000 deaths. This crisis has thrown even the most advanced countries into chaos, hit global economy hard, led to the global suspension of many activities (e.g. Sports), the lockdown of cities, quarantine of even the most influential people, e.g. The British Prime Minister. As a result of this, the world is now looking towards scientists for a long-term solution. The majority of developed countries are depending on scientific advice in designing their policies to minimise or slow the transmission of COVID-19 so as not to crash their health systems. While countries continue to use measures to “flatten the curve’, the world is earnestly watching and waiting for scientists to develop vaccines or drug to halt this pandemic. Here I summarise my reasons and some of the roadblocks affecting science in Nigeria.

Truths and Myths About COVID-19

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WEALTH OKETE

SARS-CoV-2 is the technical 'code' name for the virus that has levelled the padded shoulders of world giants, and brought us all to the familiar groove of suffering. It stands for, 'severe acute respiratory syndrome - coronavirus - 2'. It is a coronavirus; a family of viruses, so named for their 'crownlike' surface features. Although, there are several conspiracy theories surrounding the origin of the novel Coronavirus, scientific research has not left us without a reliable perspective.

Novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 not artificially made, genomic study debunked

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Umar Ahmad

Many people are wondering whether the COVID-19 naturally evolved or is artificially, a man-made construct from the laboratory.

COVID–19: ABIN DA YAKAMATA A SANI GAME DA CUTAR MURAR MASHAKO

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Science Communication Hub Nigeria

MENENE CUTAR MURAR MASHAKO (COVID19)?
Cutar murar mashaƙo (COVID19) tana daya daga cikin cututtukan nunfashin dake yiwa dan-adam lahani, wacce ta kansa zazzabi mai tsanani...

Op-Ed: The Chinese novel Coronavirus outbreak and how its spread could affect Africa, by Adam Mustapha PhD

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The world was ushered into the New Year, 2020, by a novel and unusual virus that is associated with pneumonia-like symptoms of zoonotic origin.

Surviving without fossil fuels

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Editor

Science is a discipline that is heavily dependent upon experimentation as such funding, and well-equipped laboratories are basic requirements necessary for a successful science teaching and research. Unfortunately, these are inadequate in Nigeria and therefore, in my opinion, pose the biggest challenge to scientists in Nigeria.

Science Communication Hub Nigeria founder wins Kroto award for public engagement in Brighton, UK

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Science Communication Hub Nigeria

Dr. Mahmoud Bukar Maina, the founder of Science Communication Hub Nigeria, has emerged winner of the first Kroto award for public engagement, last week, at the University of Sussex`s Life Sciences Research Symposium, in Brighton, UK.

"My dream has always been, not only to contribute to Science but to the whole of humanity." says Dr. Bashir

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Ali M Bukar

Today, we are excited to present Dr. Bashir, a post-doctoral research fellow at the prestigious Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California, USA. His research works to find a solution to network traffic congestion on Energy Science Network(EsNet).

HIV/AIDS: What is it?

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Olagunju A. Adewuyi

The global community last week observed the 2019 World AIDS Day

Using media to connect African farmers with scientific innovation and technology

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Abdullahi Tsanni

I had one of those way-cool moments — and what I now call the most memorable experience of my life — this past week in Mombasa, Kenya.

World Diabetes Day 2019: Op-ED: Exploring lifestyle modification for diabetes prevention

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Dr Mohammed Auwal Ibrahim

Although public attention is largely focused on the use of drugs for the treatment and management of diabetes, studies have shown that lifestyle modification with physical activity such as brisk walk, bicycling, and jogging can help prevent the onset of the disease - as they say: "prevention is better than cure."

Antibiotic Resistance: We Are Fast Losing The ‘War’

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Dr Adam Mustapha

The world is losing the war to the ‘bugs’ as a result of actions and inactions of man, facilitated by natural selections which made resistance a natural phenomenon. The warnings of Sir Alexander Fleming didn’t reach the world or man has turned deaf ears. The father of chemotherapy warned of the dangers of resistance immediately when he discovered the ‘magic bullet’, and now the world is moving to the post-antibiotic era which will mark the end of the golden era of antibiotics. True to his prediction, microorganisms became resistant to penicillin, less than a decade after it was introduced for clinical use. Imagine an era where simple infections could not be treated with antibiotics. Simple theatre operations such as Caesarean Section (CS) cannot be done due to the fear of infection with a resistant organism. That’s the period the world is heading to unless drastic measures are taken.   

Bridging the gap between science and society in Nigeria

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Abdullahi Tsanni

Science is increasingly becoming a part of our daily lives: it is in our phones, drugs, vaccines, food and clothes; it unravels the mysteries of existence in our universe and provides explanation to numerous life phenomena. For instance, science explains how the food we consume is digested – at the mercy of some chemical substances in our body called enzymes – to produce packets of energy in the body.

ECRs STORIES: “Microbes are invisible, yet they can positively transform our society” – Chika Ejikeugwu (PhD)

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Abdullahi Tsanni

I had always wanted to be a scientist; microbiology helped me to impact my society especially with microbes!

I would want to see scientific research findings being implemented in Nigeria"

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Editor

We began to see and live science at the early stage of our educational journey. we learnt about glowing splint (test for oxidising gas), test for hydrogen (pop sound) etc. We were lucky then to have a good Integrated Science Laboratory

"I want the public to value and regard science in a good way in Nigeria"

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Editor

What excites me about my research is that it deals with real-life situation, which means changing people's lives for the better

How Doing Agronomy At Scale Could Close Yield Gaps In Smallholder Farms In Africa

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Editor

I would love to see science done with a passion for human development not just as a job. I would love to see Nigerian scientists genuinely viewing themselves as thinkers and problem solvers with a genuine interest in solving the problems of the society and creating a healthy, wealthy and sustainable environment for themselves and the future generation.

Scientific Research Will Open Ways For Scientific Enterprise And Solve Many Problems Facing Nigeria

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Editor

I would love to see scientific research taken as the building block of new Nigeria. It would open ways for scientific enterprise and solve many problems facing Nigeria

OP-ED: The Nigerian University System: Matters Arising Part 1, By Ikhide G. Imumorin, PhD

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Prof Ikhide G. Imumorin

It has now been several weeks since the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), a coalition of Nigerian academic staff, went on strike in demand for better funding for the nation`s tertiary institutions that would create better enabling atmosphere for teaching and research at international levels in Nigeria. On this subject, Professor Ikhide Imumorin, strongly believes that funding is not the major problem that is limiting Nigerian universities in terms of teaching and research but rather a lack of will from the universities management. He opined that to make Nigerian universities internationally competitive in teaching and research, there is a need for a radical change, not just from the government, but most importantly from the university management system. A move he said, that would bring out the Nigerian tour d’ivoire from the Medieval and Dark Ages! 

"I have always wanted to be a scientist" says Prof Owoyele

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Abdulbasit Amin

The basic tenet of life and society requires honesty and humility. This is true for Science.

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