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Day: October 17, 2018

Unilag to Screen New Intakes for Drug Abuse

Unilag to Screen New Intakes for Drug Abuse

NEWS
The University of Lagos is to screen its newly-admitted students for hard drugs, an official said on Wednesday in Lagos. The university’s Principal Assistant Registrar, Communication Unit, Mrs Taiwo Oloyede, warned that the university would not hesitate to withdraw admission of new students who would test positive to hard drugs. Oloyede spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). According to her, the screening is to ensure a drug-free academic community as well as promote peaceful co-existence. She said that all newly-admitted students would undergo the screening before registration. “This test is compulsory and will be administered on new students before they are allowed to go ahead with registration. “Admission of any newly-admitted students who test positive to d
Lagos Records 5 Cases of Domestic Violence Daily — Prof. Badru

Lagos Records 5 Cases of Domestic Violence Daily — Prof. Badru

NEWS
Professor of Sociology at the University of Lagos, Prof. Fatai Badru, has disclosed that not less than five cases of domestic violence were being reported daily in Lagos. Badru who spoke at a symposium organised by Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) to commemorate the 2018 Domestic and Sexual Violence Month in Lagos, said recent doctoral studies showed that domestic violence was more prevalent in the urban areas than the rural areas. “According to the DSVRT statistics, there has been an increase in domestic violence daily in Lagos. At least, a minimum of five incidences of domestic violence are reported daily.” The sociologist attributed the high level of domestic violence in urban areas to psychological factors and stressful living conditions. “People with disabilities a
ICRC Reacts To The Death Of Hauwa Liman

ICRC Reacts To The Death Of Hauwa Liman

NEWS
Hauwa was only 24 when she was murdered. Saifura was killed on her 25th birthday. Both were midwives in northern Nigeria, an area of great need. They were courageous, compassionate and dedicated to helping others. This is a glimpse of what their families loved about them. Hauwa was full of life. She loved people. She was dynamic and sociable. She was loved. Hauwa studied hard to become a midwife while she was still young. This was her first major job after graduating. On Saifura's Death Everyone relied on Saifura. She took great joy in making other people happy. As a child she loved school and excelled academically. She was her mother's closest friend. She herself was a mother of two young children. No words are strong enough to describe the brutality and senseless...
Midwives Could Reduce Maternal Mortality Rates in South Africa

Midwives Could Reduce Maternal Mortality Rates in South Africa

NEWS, Women's health
Could midwives be the solution to curbing South Africa’s dismal maternal mortality rate,currently among the highest in the world? The rheumatologist and health economist Dr.Brian Ruff seems to think so. He is the CEO of South African private healthcare management company PPO Serve. In order to make births safer and cheaper for women in the lower-middle class who lack health insurance and are often unable to afford high quality private-sector deliveries, his company created in June 2017 The Birthing Team, an initiative based on midwifery. In South Africa, about 134 mothers die in childbirth for every 100,000 children who are born. Although this death rate has dropped by almost a third in public hospitals in recent years, according to research published by the peer-reviewed South
NDLEA FCT Nabs 147 Drug Dealers, Seizes $1.9m in 1 Month

NDLEA FCT Nabs 147 Drug Dealers, Seizes $1.9m in 1 Month

NEWS
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), FCT Command, said on Tuesday that it arrested 147 suspected drug dealers and seized various consignment of drugs. Mrs Chinyere Obijuru, Commander, NDLEA FCT Command, told newsmen in Abuja that the command in its sting operation that commenced on September 1, also seized fake 100 dollar bills amounting to One Million, nine hundred thousand dollars. Obiajulu said that the crackdown on drug peddlers became necessary in view of its menace and because of the close relationship between drugs and criminal activities. She added that the raid on drug black spots was a joint operation with other sister agencies like the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) as well as the Department of State Security (DSS). “The special operati
Prenatal Gene Editing Treats Disease Before Birth

Prenatal Gene Editing Treats Disease Before Birth

Amazing Health Discoveries, NEWS, Women's health
For the first time, scientists have performed prenatal gene editing to prevent a lethal metabolic disorder in laboratory animals, offering the potential to treat human congenital diseases before birth. Published Tuesday in Nature Medicine, research from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, United States (U.S.), offers proof-of-concept for prenatal use of a sophisticated, low-toxicity tool that efficiently edits DNA building blocks in disease-causing genes. Using both CRISPR-Cas9 and base editor 3 (BE3) gene-editing tools, the team reduced cholesterol levels in healthy mice treated in utero by targeting a gene that regulates those levels. They also used prenatal gene editing to improve liver function and prev