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Day: September 7, 2018

Ebola Death Toll Rises to 88 in DR Congo

Ebola Death Toll Rises to 88 in DR Congo

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The death toll from an outbreak of Ebola in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has risen to 88, the health ministry said Thursday, as the virus spread to the city of Butembo, an important commercial hub of one million people. The first confirmed cases in Butembo were a woman and one of the medical staff who had been treating her, it added. The woman died on Tuesday after fleeing nearby Beni and had “refused to cooperate with the health authorities after falling ill”. The current outbreak is the 10th to strike DR Congo since 1976, when the disease was first identified and named after a river in the north of the country. Vanguardngr
Council Inducts 45 Foreign Trained Laboratory Scientists

Council Inducts 45 Foreign Trained Laboratory Scientists

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The Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) has inducted 45 foreign graduates of Medical Laboratory Science. Mr Tosan Erhabor, Acting Registrar of the council while inducting the professionals in Abuja said the graduands were inducted having scaled through the seven months pre-qualification training and examination. Erhabor, who described the induction as third in the series noted that no fewer than 179 foreign trained scientists have so far been inducted by the council since the commencement of the pre-qualification training programme and examination. While congratulating the inductees for their success Erhabor described them as the future of the profession. He, however, urged them to brace up for the challenges ahead in order to move the profession to an enviable height...
NAPTIP to Establish Sexual Offenders’ Register, Says D-G

NAPTIP to Establish Sexual Offenders’ Register, Says D-G

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The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), says it will establish sexual offenders’ register as part of measures to check gender- based violence in the country. The Director-General of NAPTIP, Mrs Julie Okah-Donli, stated this in Abuja, at the public presentation of official gazetted copies of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act 2015. The gazetting of the Act in 2018, was facilitated by the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) Programme of the British Council and funded by the European Union. The Act prohibits all forms of violence against persons in private and public life and provides maximum protection and effective remedies for victims and punishment of offenders. Okah-Donli said that the register would serve as a template for keeping
Niger State set General Hospital in Kutigi

Niger State set General Hospital in Kutigi

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The Niger State Government has said that it would soon inaugurate the General Hospital in Kutigi,Lavun Local Government Area of the state . The Commissioner for Information, Danjuma Saulau made this disclosure to the Press  in Minna. He said that the 95-bed capacity hospital built at the cost of N184 million had been completed and would be inaugurated soon to provide qualitative health care to rural dwellers. “The essence of any good government is to meet the yearnings and aspirations of the governed and a good health care facility is crucial to such aspirations,” he said. The commissioner reiterated the current administration’s determination to implement people oriented programmes, irrespective of political differences in the state. He stated that the health sector had in
NMA Cautions Public Against Patronising Quack Doctors

NMA Cautions Public Against Patronising Quack Doctors

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has cautioned the public to be wary of quack doctors in the country. The President of NMA, Dr Francis Faduyile, gave the advice while speaking with the press in Abuja. He urged people to be mindful of the kind of doctors they patronised while seeking medical treatment, adding that many quacks had infiltrated the profession. He said that patients must be careful with those coming with plan to take them abroad with the aim to have best medical care. According to him, those doctors usually come without requisite registration by the appropriate authority in Nigeria. He noted that many of those doctors were unqualified and were not allowed to practice in the countries they came from but would come around to deceive unsuspecting Nigerians. ...
LASUTH Resident Doctors Kicks Off 3 Days Warning Strike

LASUTH Resident Doctors Kicks Off 3 Days Warning Strike

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Resident doctors at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, on Wednesday began its three days warning strike, demanding for recruitment of more doctors. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the doctors under the aegis of the Association of Resident Doctors in LASUTH (ARD) had on September 2 directed members to embark on the warning strike. This followed what the association described as acute shortage of resident doctors and house officers in the teaching hospital. NAN reports that skeletal services were going on in some of the clinics visited at the hospital. At the Dental Centre, Haematology Clinic and Surgical Outpatient Department, consultants and other categories of health workers, including nurses, pharmacists, laboratory technicians and cle
Buhari Making Punishing Errant Doctors Difficult – NMA

Buhari Making Punishing Errant Doctors Difficult – NMA

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The Nigerian Medical Association says errant doctors can no longer be punished because President Muhammadu Buhari has failed to reconstitute the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria Council which he dissolved three years ago. The NMA, therefore, gave the President till the end of September to set up the MDCN or face serious backlash from Nigerians. The President of the NMA, Dr Francis Faduyile, said this at a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday. Faduyile stated that this was the decision of the National Executive Council of the NMA at a meeting in Osogbo, Osun State. The MDCN is the professional health regulatory agency for the professions of medicine, dentistry and alternative medicine in Nigeria. It is also in charge of disciplining errant doctors and enforcing globa...
Groups Warn Nigerians on Dangers of Smoking

Groups Warn Nigerians on Dangers of Smoking

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• As expert harps on good nutrition for healthy living Tobacco Free Nigeria in partnership with Health Promotion Education and Community Development Initiative (HPECDI), a non-governmental organisation, has harped on the need for Nigerians to shun smoking particularly in public places. The group gave the charge during a one-day sensitiation tour at the weekend in Benin, which is geared towards a smoke free Nigeria. The coordinator of the NGO, noted that smoking is not only dangerous to those involved in the act, but also to persons within the range of the smoker. She said: “One of the major thing we intend to achieve with this sensitization tour is to create awareness on the dangers inherent in smoking. “We decided to start from Ugbiyokho Community because this is the place
ABUTH to Carry out 1st Open Heart Surgery in Northern Nigeria

ABUTH to Carry out 1st Open Heart Surgery in Northern Nigeria

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The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Zaria, Prof. Lawal Khalid has disclosed that the hospital will carry out its first open heart surgery by the end of September 2018. Prof. Khalid in a chat on Thursday told newsmen that the hospital has set up a cardio-thoracic centre with a state of the art facility to carry out the open heart surgery, noting that it will be the first time an open heart surgery will be conducted in the northern part of Nigeria. He also said that the hospital will carry out the surgery in collaboration with experts from University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNNTH), Nsukka, which is a national centre for open heart surgery in the country and another University in Ghana. The up-coming surgery, he said, is a culm...
UNICEF, NOA Launch Theatre Groups for Behaviour Change

UNICEF, NOA Launch Theatre Groups for Behaviour Change

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United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has agreed to partner with the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to institute 90 theatre groups in some states of the federation. The theatre groups would be located in Kaduna, Nasarawa and Niger states to promote behavioural change through the use of drama in communities in the three states. The partnership followed the resolutions of participants at the end of a three-day training workshop entitled: “Training of Trainers Workshop on Theatre For Development for Niger and Nasarawa states”. The workshop is organised by NOA, Kaduna Office in collaboration with UNICEF Field Office, Kaduna to train health workers and theatre practitioners from Niger and Nasarawa states. The workshop is on how to use drama to promote healthy and positive behavioural c