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Day: July 11, 2018

Cholera: Adamawa Conducts First Vaccination Campaign

Cholera: Adamawa Conducts First Vaccination Campaign

NEWS
The first round of the two-phase Oral Cholera Vaccination (OCV) campaign has kicked off in high-risk wards of Mubi North, Mubi South and Maiha local government areas (LGAs) of Adamawa, the World Health Organisation ( WHO) has said. WHO, in a statement said that the vaccination campaign to be implemented from 10th to 17th June 2018, is also the first ever cholera vaccination exercise in the state following the release of 750,000 doses of OCV by International Coordinating Group (ICG). It said that the initial batch of 378, 815 doses of the vaccine had already been delivered to Nigeria for the first round of the campaign while vaccines for the second round will be released based on successful implementation and report of the first round. WHO Representative to Nigeria, Dr Wondimagegne...
2018 Budget: FG to Spend N935m on Health Insurance for 64,000 Nigerians

2018 Budget: FG to Spend N935m on Health Insurance for 64,000 Nigerians

NEWS
The National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, will spend N935 million on the provision of health coverage to an estimated 63,750 new enrollees in five states this year. This projected expenditure was captured in the 2018 Appropriation Act under the MDA code 0521002001 of the Federal Ministry of Health. The five states expected to present the fresh enrollees are Imo (31,250), Kogi (2,500), Kaduna (10,000), Akwa-Ibom (1,250), and Nasarawa (20,000). A breakdown of the N935m shows that the Scheme will be spending the sum of N428,750,000 in Imo, N37,500,000 in Kogi, N150,000,000 in Kaduna, N18,750,000 in Akwa-Ibom, and N300,000,000 in Nasarawa state. However, the spending will not be state-wide but targeted at selected Local Government Areas, LGAs. Some target LGAs in Imo state are...
Nigeria to be 24 Months Free of Polio in August – WHO

Nigeria to be 24 Months Free of Polio in August – WHO

NEWS
The World Health Organisation (WHO) Coordinator in Cross River, Dr Thompson Igbu, says Nigeria would be polio free by August 2018. Dr Igbu made this known to the Newsmen on the sidelines of a workshop on integrated disease surveillance and response on Wednesday in Calabar. “Nigeria would have been 24 months free of indigenous polio virus in the country, if no case was reported. “Nigeria is doing very well in the fight against poliomyelitis in the country,” he said. The expert noted that polio reporting system was very strong in Nigeria and the last polio case that was recorded in the country was in August 2016. According to him, WHO had trained community personnel that quickly report any condition that looked like polio or any of the diseases on Federal Government watch list to the appr
Group Urges NASS to Include Family Planning Rights in Constitution

Group Urges NASS to Include Family Planning Rights in Constitution

NEWS
The Centre for Communication and Social Impact (CCSI) has urged the National Assembly to include family planning rights in the nation’s constitution to enable Nigerians determine freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children. This was contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday and signed by the CCSI Executive Director, Mrs. Babafunke Fagbemi, to commemorate the 2018 World Population Day themed: “Family Planning is a Human Right.” According to her, the right to determine the spacing of children and access to information and availability of the full range of safe and effective family planning methods are fundamental to saving the lives of women and adolescents as well as a key factor in the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Fagbemi
Ties Restrict Blood Flow, Reduce Work Performance – Study

Ties Restrict Blood Flow, Reduce Work Performance – Study

Men's Health, NEWS
Men love ties. For some, it is a necessary accessory in the attire they wear to the office or any corporate or social function. It is also a part of many work uniforms. However, a new study by researchers in Germany has warned that ties could hamper men’s work performance as it compresses veins that are important for the flow of blood to the brain. The research scanned the brains of 30 young men, 15 of whom wore ties. They found a  significant drop in brain function among men who wore neckties during the MRI scan, as well as instant 7.5 percent drop in blood flow to the brain after the men put on ties. The researcher Robin Lüddecke at the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein in the study published in the journal Stringer, recruited 30 young men, 15 of whom were told to put on a tie an