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Day: June 12, 2018

Plateau to Fight Cholera, Monkey Pox Outbreaks

Plateau to Fight Cholera, Monkey Pox Outbreaks

NEWS
The Plateau government has alerted all health agencies to monitor all contacts in a bid to check the spread of monkey pox having made preparations to contain cholera outbreak in parts of the state. Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kuden Kanshak, disclosed this in Jos at the weekend while chatting with journalists on the development. Kamshak said two cases of monkey pox were recorded in Shendam Local Council where the first victim imported the disease from Port Harcourt, Rivers State and subsequently infected his elder brother. He explained that both were treated at the Bingham University Teaching Hospital (BUTH), Jos and have since been discharged. Speaking on the cholera outbreak in some wards of Naraguta ‘B’, Abba Nashehu, Lamingo, Angwan Rogo, Ali Kazaure, Angwan Rimi and Jenta
Foundation Develops Mobile App to Tackle Child Abuse

Foundation Develops Mobile App to Tackle Child Abuse

Children's Health, NEWS
In a bid to tackle abuse of children and aid those who have been abused get help, the Jose Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, has developed a mobile application for children. The Country Representative of the Foundation, Mrs Eunice Pius said that the application, “CSE App” that it enables children who are sexually exploited report and get help. Pius made this known at workshop titled “Elimination of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) in Nigeria” organised by the foundation in Abuja. She explained that there is a challenge of not reporting cases of child sexual abuse by families of victims for cultural or social reasons. The rep said that the foundation intends to end child sexual abuse in the country by 2030. She said every six out of 10 girls have been abused and that the foun
Sincerity, Proper Funding Panacea to Drug Abuse — PSN President

Sincerity, Proper Funding Panacea to Drug Abuse — PSN President

NEWS
The President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, Pharm. Ahmed Yakassai has identified sincerity of purpose, political will and proper funding of drug regulatory agencies as major strategies to check drug abuse in the country.  Yakassai who spoke at the commissioning of the new Secretariat of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, ACPN, in Lagos noted that the way out of drug abuse is not only to punish  abusers but to have proper control of the drug system. “How do we get these drugs, most of them come through the seaports or land borders. For about nine to 11 years, NAFDAC was removed from all the ports, but of recent, they were asked to return to only the seaports. Still they are not allowed to stay at the land border or at the airport, which means there would s
U.S.-Based Group to Build Dialysis Centres in Nigeria

U.S.-Based Group to Build Dialysis Centres in Nigeria

NEWS
A U.S.-based Nigerian foundation, Handover Heals Foundation, said it planned to establish state-of-the-art dialysis centres in Anambra and other states in Nigeria. President and Chief Executive Officer of the foundation, Ms Ukay Chima-Jorji, said at the foundation’s 2018 Award and Gala Night in New Jersey, that chronic kidney disease was assuming frightening epidemic proportions in Nigeria. According to the Nigerian Association of Nephrology, advanced kidney failure accounts for about 10 per cent of all medical admissions in Nigeria. Similarly, small scale community studies have shown that the prevalence of kidney failure ranges from 12 to 30 per cent in the adult population. Chima-Jorji said that the rising incidences and the deplorable state of renal care had not received the require
How 740 Pupils Share 2 Toilets in Nasarawa School

How 740 Pupils Share 2 Toilets in Nasarawa School

NEWS
The health of pupils of LEA Primary School in Nyanya-Gwandara, Nasarawa State is in danger as more than 740 of them share only two toilets. Mr Akwe Omadefu, the Headmaster of the school made the revelation in Nyanya-Gwandara when a team of officials of the Network of Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN) visited the school, as part of their activities to commemorate the 2018 Menstrual Hygiene Management Day.  He said that the dearth of toilets and a perimeter fence around the school had negatively affected school attendance and pupils’ enrolment. “You can see the surroundings; the school is not fenced and we have been trying all we can to make the state government to come to our aid and fence the school. “When this done, we will be able to control the movement of pupils in the school. This is
NAFDAC Clears 6,000 Applications in 6mths

NAFDAC Clears 6,000 Applications in 6mths

NEWS
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it has cleared backlog of 6,000 applications for registration of products within six months. The Director General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, disclosed this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on her achievements in the last six months, on Sunday in Abuja. Adeyeye, who took over as substantive director general of NAFDAC in November, 2017, said the applications are mostly from water and food companies. “During my advocacy visit to stakeholders, I was questioned by our clients on the delay in registration of their products. “Some of them told me that their applications had been with NAFDAC for two years and nothing was done. “I took up that challenge and gave a directive for the applicatio