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Month: August 2018

Eko Health Mission Goes to the Grassroots

Eko Health Mission Goes to the Grassroots

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Lagos State residents have been urged to know their Blood Pressure (Bp), urine analysis, weight, and sugar level to prevent diseases. Health Commissioner, Jide Idris  gave the advice during the Eko Health Mission held at Agbado Oke Odo, Lagos. The programme is mainly for  grassroots people to enjoy healthcare. Idris said: “The medical teams providing these services are proficient, professionals and are committed to ensuring that the mandates of the Lagos State government are fully realised. The health sectors are here to ensure that everyone, including the elderly, the young ones, pregnant women, people living with disabilities and other health conditions are going to be treated and attended to freely under this mission. ‘’The Lagos State Government under Governor Akinwunmi Amb
PCN Seals 321 Medicine Shops, Premises in Bayelsa

PCN Seals 321 Medicine Shops, Premises in Bayelsa

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The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has sealed about 321 premises in Bayelsa for varying noticeable infractions, including sale of medicines without following due process. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Bayelsa is the 28th state the council is carrying out the monitoring and enforcement in nationwide. The PCN’s Director, Inspection and Monritoring, Mrs Anthonia Aruya, made the disclosure at a news conference in Yenagoa on Friday. “About 321 premises were sealed, comprising 36 pharmacies, 285 patent medicine stores, 13 premises of seven Patent and Proprietary Medicine Vendors (PPMVs). “Six premises were given compliance directives for various offences ranging from improper handling of controlled substances, unhygienic environment, poor documentation, as well as dispe
UNICEF Expresses Concern About Low Birth Registration in Nigeria

UNICEF Expresses Concern About Low Birth Registration in Nigeria

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The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has said Nigeria has the highest number of children without birth records among ten nations assessed in Africa. UNICEF urged the federal government to intensify birth registration for proper education and healthcare planning. The UNICEF Child Protection Specialist, Sharon Oladiji, stated this at a media dialogue on Thursday in Lagos. The event was attended by officials of the National Population Commission (NPC), the agency responsible for census, birth registration and others. Mrs Oladiji said the NPC has millions of children, whose births had not been registered, due to their remote locations, insecurity, shortage of manpower, among other factors. “The federal government must ensure the birth registration of 32 million under-five chil
FG’s Vision 2020 ‘Right to Sight’ Back on Track

FG’s Vision 2020 ‘Right to Sight’ Back on Track

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has pledged the commitment of the Federal Government to scale up the implementation of Vision 2020 ‘Right to Sight’ to ensure universal access to healthy eye sight. The Vice President gave the assurance at the Annual General Meeting of the Ophthalmological Society of Nigeria (OSN) on Thursday in Abuja. The theme of this year’s event is: “Advancing eye care beyond 2020″ and sub theme: Recent advances in eye care’’. Osinbajo identified the project as a Global Initiative, which the country was a signatory. He added that the project was aimed at ensuring every citizen has right to sight by 2020 without financial hinderance. Represented by Dr Osagie Ehanire, Minister of State for Health, Osinbajo said government efforts was geared toward scaling up the implemen
WHO Says Africa’s Life Expectancy Improving

WHO Says Africa’s Life Expectancy Improving

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A new report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa has shown a high improvement in health in the region. WHO, at the study, launched during the 68th session of the WHO Regional Committee in Dakar, provided a snapshot of the state of health in the African region. The report said life expectancy across Africa had improved significantly, but national health systems must be improved to ensure that services get to the people who need them most. Emerging data shows a continued improvement, with the continent seeing the biggest jump in healthy life expectancy – time spent in full health – anywhere in the world. The life expectancy jumped from 50.9 years in 2012, to 53.8 years in 2015, according to the report. Deaths resulting from the 10 biggest health risks in Af
SON Alerts on Cancer-Causing School Uniform

SON Alerts on Cancer-Causing School Uniform

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The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has alerted the nation about some cancer-causing substances found in some school uniform materials made by two China-based companies. The Special Assistant and Head of Public Relations to the Director General of SON, Bola Fashina, said in a statement on August 28, that importers of school uniform materials into Nigeria should be warned. The cancer causing uniforms, he alleged are made by two China based companies, Sing Shun Fat School-Clothier Company and Zenith Uniform Company. The statement signed by Fashina, disclosed that the azo dyes which were found in some school uniforms in Hong Kong contained up to 173 milligrams and 41 milligrams per kilogram of the tested samples respectively, which were well above the maximum allowed in the standar...
FDA Issues Warning About Food Prepared With Liquid Nitrogen

FDA Issues Warning About Food Prepared With Liquid Nitrogen

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The US Food and Drug Administration issued a safety alert Thursday, warning consumers about the potential dangers of eating food prepared with liquid nitrogen. The FDA said serious injury, including internal organ damage, can result from eating foods such as ice cream, cereal or cocktails prepared by adding liquid nitrogen at the point of sale and eating it shortly thereafter. "The FDA has become aware of severe -- and in some cases, life-threatening -- injuries, such as damage to skin and internal organs caused by liquid nitrogen still present in the food or drink," the FDA said in issuing its safety alert. "Injuries have occurred from handling or eating products prepared by adding liquid nitrogen immediately before consumption, even after the liquid nitrogen has fully evaporated due t...
Deadly Bird Flu Could Spread Because China Is Refusing To Share Samples Of The Virus

Deadly Bird Flu Could Spread Because China Is Refusing To Share Samples Of The Virus

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A Chinese strain of bird flu could cause a deadly global pandemic if it spreads because the country is slowing efforts to make vaccines, experts warn. Both the UK and US governments have been denied samples of the H7N9 virus which they need to make a jab to protect people from the disease. China could be breaking World Health Organisation rules by keeping its lab samples secret. Experts say the virus, which is carried by poultry, could cause a worldwide pandemic and has so far killed more than a third of people who have been infected. The latest figures from June revealed there have been 1,625 cases in humans since 2013 and 623 of those people died – a fatality rate of around 38 per cent. Chinese authorities shared samples of the virus in 2013 and 2016 but scientists fear it could
Ebola Outbreak In The Democratic Republic of Congo Has The Potential To Be The Worst Ever Seen

Ebola Outbreak In The Democratic Republic of Congo Has The Potential To Be The Worst Ever Seen

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The Ebola outbreak that has killed 75 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo since it began four weeks ago has the 'potential to be the worst ever seen'. An agency that responds to humanitarian crises fears it will trump the pandemic of 2014, which killed 11,000 and decimated West Africa. The International Rescue Committee said: 'Without a swift, concerted and efficient response, this outbreak has the potential to be the worst ever seen.' Aid workers are battling round-the-clock to contain the outbreak, feared to have struck 111 people in the east of the DRC, on the border with Uganda. Experimental drugs have been shipped into the area to control the virus, considered to be one of the most lethal pathogens in existence. Virologists have repeatedly warned the situation is ‘hard to
FMC Bida And The Challenges Of Healthcare Provision

FMC Bida And The Challenges Of Healthcare Provision

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For the people of Bida in Bida local government area of Niger State, healthcare delivery is a big expectation they have in the present leadership of the country under the tutelage of President Muhammadu Buhari. The ancient town in Niger State remains a strategic location for the setting up of the federal medical centre to meet their medical needs going by the large number of residents of the city and other adjoining LGAs in that part of the state. The minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, inaugurated the Board of Management of Federal Medical Centre, Bida in the first quarter of 2018 with the charge to ensure that efficiency, transparency that will guarantee quality health delivery is given to the people of Bida and environs. The Board came into being at a time that many Nigeria...
Why Women Should Test for Ovarian Cancer After 40

Why Women Should Test for Ovarian Cancer After 40

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A gynaecologist at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba, Dr Rachel Awobusuyi, has explained why women after the age of 40 years must take ovary test seriously. The physician notes that it is difficult to detect symptoms of ovarian cancer but he stresses the importance of being proactive about it. He says, “The ovary is a hidden part of the body. It is not like cervical that everybody can easily see. Because it is a hidden organ in the abdomen, by the time the issue comes up it is usually late,” she says. Awobusuyi suggests that women should go for regular ovary test to know if their ovaries are working well. “Women after the age of 40 should take ovary test seriously because they are more prone to have the disease. There are times the symptoms start with abdominal
Agency Says Early Sex Initiation Increases HIV Vulnerability

Agency Says Early Sex Initiation Increases HIV Vulnerability

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The Nasarawa State AIDS Control Agency has identified early sex initiation as one of the factors increasing the vulnerability of HIV/AIDS among Adolescent and Young Persons in the state. The Executive Director of the agency, Dr Ruth Adabe, said this on Thursday in Keffi while presenting an overview of PMTCT and AYP of the state at a two-day meeting with media chief executives, reporters and producers in the state. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting is co-organised by the United Nations Children’s Fund, Kaduna Field Office, and the National Orientation Agency. Adabe, who was represented by Dr Peter Attah, the state’s HIV/AIDS and STIs Control Programme Officer, also identified early child marriage among girls, low and lack of knowledge and appropriate counselling a
Nigeria, 46 Others Commit To Ending Cholera Outbreaks By 2030

Nigeria, 46 Others Commit To Ending Cholera Outbreaks By 2030

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Nigeria and 46 other African countries have adopted the Regional Framework for the Implementation of the Global Strategy for Cholera Prevention and Control at the ongoing 68th session of the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s Regional Committee for Africa, in Dakar, Senegal. According to WHO, health ministers from 47 African countries, at the meeting, have pledged to implement key strategies for ending cholera outbreaks in the region by 2030. WHO regional director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, said, “Cholera is a symbol of inequity. It’s an ancient disease, which has been eliminated in many parts of the world. Every death from cholera is preventable. We have the know-how and today countries have shown that they have the will to do whatever it takes to end cholera outbreaks by 2030.
NPC, FMOH Partner on Population Survey, Nigerians’ Health Status

NPC, FMOH Partner on Population Survey, Nigerians’ Health Status

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The National Population Commission (NPC) and Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) have commenced a nationwide survey on demographic and health status of Nigerians. It is scheduled to commence across the country between August and mid December 2018. Federal Commissioner of NPC in Northeast, Hassan Bashir, said the Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) is a five-year survey initiated by USAID and supported by the other international donors. It is to assist countries to carry out household trial survey in monitoring change in population, health and nutrition. The Guardian News
UDUTH Inaugurates New Officials for Anti Corruption Unit

UDUTH Inaugurates New Officials for Anti Corruption Unit

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The Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto has inaugurated new officials of the Anti Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) to steer the activities of the unit for the next two years. This was contained in a statement signed by the Head of Public Affairs of the hospital Buhari Abubakar Sokoto. Inaugurating the new officials, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Anas Sabir tasked the officers to work tirelessly through internal checks mechanism to ensure transparency and due process was adhered to in the hospital While stressing the importance of ACTU in any meaningful organisation, he advised the new executives to work as a team. Earlier, the Director, Administration, Alhaji Salim Ibrahim expressed Management's commitments to improving transparency an...