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Day: May 10, 2018

‘Malaria is Preventable, But Most People Don’t Know How’

‘Malaria is Preventable, But Most People Don’t Know How’

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Pharmaceutical manufacturing company, Fidson Healthcare Plc, has called on all Nigerians to embark on nationwide preventive actions against the threat of malaria. This call was made during the community health outreach event held at Odonla Primary Healthcare Centre, Lagos, as part of the company’s activities to increase awareness and promote advocacy against malaria in Nigeria. Speaking at the event, the Marketing Manager, Fidson Healthcare Plc, Mr. Friday Enaholo, advised Nigerians to fight malaria by preventing infection through the use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets and indoor residual spraying. He also identified improved sanitation and avoidance of stagnant water as other veritable means of controlling malaria. Enaholo expressed concerns about malaria scourge in Nige
Hand Washing Practice Reduces Risk of Contracting Diseases – UNICEF

Hand Washing Practice Reduces Risk of Contracting Diseases – UNICEF

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Unhygienic practices, poor sanitation and contaminated water, are some the major reasons behind most serious diseases found among people, especially children under the age of five. The 2017 combined global water assessment by World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), noted that about 2.1 billion people lack access to safe available water at home, and 4.5 billion people lack safely managed sanitation. A UNICEF report further states that although hand washing was one of the cheapest, simplest and most effective methods of reducing the risk of contracting diarrhoea and other communicable diseases by 40 per cent, the practice of hand washing with soap remains dangerously low in sub- Saharan Africa. According to UNICEF WASH Specialist, Mr. Drissa Yeo, ha
Ebola Outbreak Triggers New Directive on Border Control

Ebola Outbreak Triggers New Directive on Border Control

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The Federal Executive Council (FEC) ‎has directed the Ministry of Health to step up surveillance at the nation’s borders, following reports of a fresh outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The outbreak in Bikoro town, northwest of the DRC, has already recorded two confirmed cases of the virus and 17 deaths. More than 11,000 died of the disease in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone in 2014. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), “EVD is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission. The average EVD case fatality rate is around 50 per cent. Case fatality rates have varied from 25 per cent to 90 per cent in