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Day: July 2, 2018

Drug Abuse: NDLEA Begs Plateau Govt to Establish Rehabilitation Centre

Drug Abuse: NDLEA Begs Plateau Govt to Establish Rehabilitation Centre

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has called on the Plateau Government to establish a rehabilitation centre for drugs addicts in the state. Mr Ibrahim Braji, the state NDLEA Commander, made the appeal during an interview with Newsmen on Monday in Jos. Braji said there was urgent need for the government to establish a rehabilitation centre or expand the already existing NDLEA mini rehabilitation and counselling centre to full capacity.  He pointed out that the establishment of a government owned rehabilitation centre would provide adequate accommodation for the growing number of drug dependent persons in the state. He said the proposed centre would also help meet the growing needs of many people who are seeking rehabilitation and counselling services, but could no
Lassa Fever Kills Two in Plateau, Edo as Experts Canvass Multiple Approach

Lassa Fever Kills Two in Plateau, Edo as Experts Canvass Multiple Approach

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* Kano cautions parents, traditional rulers against resistance to polio vaccine The Lassa fever outbreak in the country has killed two persons in Plateau and Edo with six new confirmed cases from Edo (four), Ondo (one) and Plateau (one). Latest figures from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) indicated that from January 1 to June 24, 2018, no fewer than 2,042 suspected cases have been reported in 21 states. Published on NCDC website, the report stated that of the 21 affected states, 18 have exited the active phase of the outbreak, while Edo, Ondo and Plateau states remain active. The NCDC said 444 of the 2,042 cases were confirmed positive, 10 are probable, 1,588 negative and since the 2018 outbreak, there have been 111 deaths and 10 in probable cases with Case Fatali...
Drug Abuse: ACPN Seeks Manufacturing Firms’ Audit

Drug Abuse: ACPN Seeks Manufacturing Firms’ Audit

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As part of strategies to tackle drug abuse, pharmacists under the auspices of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN), have urged the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to carry out proper audit of all drug -manufacturing companies to ensure that companies’ account for whatever they manufacture. The national body of the ACPN, which made the call, also urged the Federal Government to close all open drug markets as well as sanitise the existing drug distribution system, saying the moves would stem drugs from getting into the hands of wrong persons. The National Chairman of ACPN, Dr. Albert Alkali made the call in Lagos, while announcing the 37th Annual National Conference of the ACPN that will hold in Benin, the capital of Edo State fro
Nigerian Nurse Found Guilty Of Trafficking Girls Overseas For Sex Work

Nigerian Nurse Found Guilty Of Trafficking Girls Overseas For Sex Work

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A Nigerian-born British nurse, Josephine Iyamu, who used ‘juju’ to traffic Nigerian prostitutes to Europe, was on Thursday found guilty in the first case of its kind in the United Kingdom. Iyamu, formerly of South London, used a witch doctor to convince her victims they were under her control and exploited them to fund a lavish lifestyle that included trips to Europe and £700 designer shoes, reports Daily Mail. The 53-year-old woman was a ringleader of an international human trafficking crime network. Iyamu charged each of her victims 30,000 euros and 38,000 euros to arrange for their travel to Europe, profiting from more than 15,000 euros from one victim alone via wire transfers and cash payments. “She would first make the vulnerable women undergo ‘juju’ ceremonies which would involve
We Must Dispel Myth that Men Could not be Infertile — Expert

We Must Dispel Myth that Men Could not be Infertile — Expert

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An increasing number of Nigerian men are failing to fulfil their biological role of fathering children in the bedroom as a result of declining sperm quality that is contributing to rising incidence of male factor infertility. More men are therefore requiring Assisted Reproductive Techniques, ART, such as IVF and other laboratory-focused approaches in order to be able to complete their families.  While the infertility conversation often revolves around women and infertility is seen as a female problem, the male partner’s role is just as important because research shows 40 per cent of infertility cases are attributed to the male partner. However, because such issues are not often as apparent as they are for women, men tend to be unaware of them, and they inadvertently put the onus of “chec
Sugars in Breast Milk May Prevent Food Allergies – Study

Sugars in Breast Milk May Prevent Food Allergies – Study

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The unique composition of a mother’s breast milk may help to reduce food sensitization in her infant, report researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine with colleagues in Canada. The findings, publishing in the June 15 issue of Allergy, further highlight the health role of human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs), which are not found in infant formula, and underscore their potential for therapeutic interventions. HMOs are structurally complicated sugar molecules unique to human breast milk. They are the third most abundant solid component in human milk after lactose (a different type of sugar) and fat. They are not actually digestible by infants, but act as a prebiotic, helping to guide development of the infant gut microbiota, which previous research suggests is