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Day: October 16, 2018

Fed Govt Shocked As Boko Haram Kills Aid Worker

Fed Govt Shocked As Boko Haram Kills Aid Worker

NEWS
The Federal Government yesterday expressed shock over the killing of another aid worker by Boko Haram abductors. The Islamists made good their threat by killing Hauwa Leman, who worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The organisatio on Sunday raised the alarm that the Boko Haram faction had threatened to kill the two aid workers in their custody within 24 hours. The Geneva-based ICRC, which often works behind the scenes for humanitarian goals in war zones, identified the kidnappers as members of ISWA – Islamic State’s offshoot in West Africa. “Speed and urgency are critical. A deadline that could result in the killing of another healthcare worker is less than 24 hours away,” the ICRC said. Medical workers Hauwa Mohammed Liman and Alice Loksha were working in t
Abuse of Painkillers Can Cause Kidney Failure – Expert

Abuse of Painkillers Can Cause Kidney Failure – Expert

NEWS
Dr Zumnan Gimba, a consultant in the University Teaching Hospital Jos (JUTH) on Tuesday said abuse of painkiller, strong antibiotics and self medication could cause kidney failure. Gimba, a Nephrologist made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos. Nephrology is a branch of medicine concerned with the study and treatment of diseases of the kidneys. He said that indiscriminate intake of drugs such as painkillers and strong antibiotics could damage the kidney and eventually lead to kidney failure. He warned people who indulged in such act to desist from it, adding that such abuses were highly detrimental to health. According to him, if diseases such as hypertension and diabetes are not properly managed, it can also lead to the damage of kidney. “People w
Save The Children Seeks End to Diarrhoea Infection

Save The Children Seeks End to Diarrhoea Infection

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
The Chief of Party, Save the Children’s Stop Diarrhea Initiative, Dr David Atamewalen has called on parents and teachers to join hands with other stakeholders to curb diarrhoea among children under the age of 5. Making the call at the grand finale of SDI youngster’s football competition tagged: “Kick Diarrhea Out of Lagos” organized by Save the Children, Atamewalen described diarrhoea as a ‘killer disease’’ that must be stopped. He explained that the event was all about trying to demonstrate the efficacy of the 7-point plan against diarrhoea prevention and control recommended by the World Health Organization, WHO and the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF. He said the 7-point plan includes exclusive breastfeeding, Rostra virus immunization, ORS and Zinc, and Access to water and sani
#Bokoharam Murders ICRC Nurse Hauwa Mohammed Liman

#Bokoharam Murders ICRC Nurse Hauwa Mohammed Liman

NEWS
It was another  sad day for the Nursing & Midwifery family yesterday as another of the healthcare providers abducted by the Bokoharam sect was murdered! This is Hauwa Mohammed Liman. She was 24 years old. A midwife working with International Committee of the Red Cross in northern Nigeria. In March, Hauwa was abducted with Saifura, a midwife, and Alice, a nurse. All three had dedicated their lives to helping others in northern Nigeria. Two weeks ago, Saifura was brutally executed. And yesterday we lost Hauwa. Hauwa was a daughter, a sister, a friend and a colleague May her soul rest in perfect peace ISWAP the faction of bokoharm that killed her, in a short statement, said: “We have kept our word exactly as we said, by killing another humanitarian worker, Hauwa Lem
NMEP Seeks More Funding For Malaria Elimination

NMEP Seeks More Funding For Malaria Elimination

NEWS
The National Malaria Elimination Programme, NMEP, has called for more donor agencies and increased domestic financing to drive malaria elimination in the country even as North West leads in malaria burden. The National Coordinator, NMEP, Dr Audu Mohammed, who made the call at the Integrated Health Parley organised by Breakthrough Action-Nigeria in collaboration with the Health Writers Association of Nigeria, HEWAN, in Lagos maintained that adequate funding was needed to achieve malaria free Nigeria. Represented by the Head, Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilisation, Mr Chukwu Okoronkwo, declared that the burden of malaria remains a public health concern. “Quite a lot of donor partners are supporting malaria elimination in the country but in spite of their fund support, we stil
It’s Time to Reshape the Way We Think about Health Issues

It’s Time to Reshape the Way We Think about Health Issues

NEWS
Imagine a world where Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin 90 years ago remained unknown to most of the planet. Millions of lives would have been needlessly lost. Sharing knowledge of the many different and innovative ways to solve major health issues can have immeasurable benefit. Over the next three weeks, Sparknews is proud to invite five leading newspapers from five different countries (Der Spiegel, El Pais, The Sunday Times, The Nation & The Hindu) to explore stories of solutions that are having an impact on today’s most pressing healthcare challenges. These challenges have evolved since Fleming’s time. We have made important progress against infectious diseases, but studies reveal that our way of life has become an even greater threat to our health. Stress, junk food,
Scientists near First Ever Lassa Fever Vaccine Discovery

Scientists near First Ever Lassa Fever Vaccine Discovery

NEWS
Scientists have moved closer to the first ever Lassa fever vaccine as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed nine new cases of the virus and four deaths in Ebonyi, Edo and Ondo states. The vaccine breakthrough was published in the journal, Nature Communications. Researchers at Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University, United States (U.S.), tested the new two-component vaccine on mice and guinea pigs.Lead researcher, Dr. Matthias Schnell, said: “It showed good protection from exposure to both virus types in preliminary animal studies.” The vaccine is expected to be safe for humans because it is based on one that has been used for decades to prevent rabies.Meanwhile, the latest update on Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria published yesterday by the NCDC,