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Day: October 18, 2018

Niger Govt. Spends N10.7m On IBB Specialist Hospital

Niger Govt. Spends N10.7m On IBB Specialist Hospital

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The Niger Government says it has spent about N10.7 million to procure mattresses, pillows, and beddings for IBB Specialist hospital, Minna. Dr Makun Sidi, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Tuesday in Minna. Sidi explained that it had become necessary for the state to procure the items to improve health care delivery and management capacity of the hospital. He explained that a conducive atmosphere was paramount for qualitative health care delivery. “We will continue to give priority attention to the provision of basic working facilities to all our health institutions across the state,” he said. The Permanent Secretary, however, appealed to residents to complement the efforts of the state gover
Malaria Epidemic: Achieving Pre-elimination Stage By 2020 In Nigeria

Malaria Epidemic: Achieving Pre-elimination Stage By 2020 In Nigeria

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Malaria, a disease caused by a plasmodium parasite, transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes, has continues to claim thousands of lives in Nigeria. The World Malaria Report of 2017 indicates that the country contributes 27 per cent of the 216 million malaria cases and 24 per cent of the 445,000 malaria deaths. According to the report about three out of 10 persons having malaria in the world live in Nigeria; one out of four deaths from malaria globally occur in Nigeria and over 54 million malaria cases recorded annually for the last three years. The prevalence across zones in the country according to 2015 National Malaria Indicator Survey (NMIS) revealed that North West Accounts for 37 per cent; North Central, 32 per cent; North East, 26 per cent; South-South, 19 per cent; So...
Lack of Access to WASH Facilities Raises Risk of Disease Outbreaks

Lack of Access to WASH Facilities Raises Risk of Disease Outbreaks

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*Treat sources of water in affected rural communities to stop cholera epidemic Worried by the lack of access to Water Sanitation and Health (WASH) facilities, Wife of the Senate President, Toyin Ojora Saraki has stated that Nigeria’s generation to come will be devastated if the government fails to provide the necessary investment in WASH facilities and honour its recent promises. In a statement issued Tuesday in Abuja by the Well-being Foundation to commemorate global hand washing day, Saraki lamented that the current infrastructure is inadequate for the current population and entirely unfit for the years ahead. She said: “Government must lead the way, achieving economies of scale in densely populated areas by providing piped water and not forcing individual families or street
Family Planning: Stakeholders Lament Non Release of Funds in Niger

Family Planning: Stakeholders Lament Non Release of Funds in Niger

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Stakeholders in the health sector have said that the non release of budgetary funds meant for the Family Planning Programme in Niger State had affected its implementation. The State Coordinator of the Niger State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Mrs Dorcas Talatu, who made this known during a one-day stakeholders’ meeting on child spacing organised by Pathfinder International Nigeria in Minna on Tuesday, noted that despite the Niger State Government’s recent approval of N10m out of the N50m allocated to Family Planning, no funds were released. Talatu also said that there was an unfulfilled need for Family Planning information and services in the state. “Survey data indicates that nearly one in six (16 per cent) married women aged between 18 and 49 years would like to space
‘There is Hope for People with Sickle Cell Disease’

‘There is Hope for People with Sickle Cell Disease’

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The Founder of Gemstone Sickle Cell Aid Team, Miss Grace Ochigbo, has said that there is hope of a permanent cure for people with sickle cell disease through genetic transplantation. Ochigbo, in an interview with our correspondent, said that although bone marrow transplant might have some limitations and it could be expensive, there was no better remedy for sickle cell disease. She described genetic counseling and genotype test from a well-recognised hospital as some of the steps that intending couples should take to prevent giving birth to a child with the disease. “When genotype test is done for intending couples, the result will guide them in their choice as the likely percentage of each genotype varies.  Some risks are worth taking, others are completely out of it,” she said.
America’s National Academy of Medicine Elects Two Nigerians, 83 Others

America’s National Academy of Medicine Elects Two Nigerians, 83 Others

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The America-based National Academy of Medicine has announced two Nigerians among the 85 members elected for its class of 2018. The two Nigerians are Charles N. Rotimi and Kunle Odunsi, both of whom are professors of medicine based in the United States of America. The release, signed by the Academy’s Media Relations Officer, Dana Korsen, and posted on its website, states that Kunle Odunsi holds a string of degrees and fellowships– M.D., Ph.D., FRCOG, FACOG, and is a deputy director at M. Steven Piver Professor of Gynecologic Oncology, chair, department of gynecologic oncology, and executive director, Center for Immunotherapy, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Buffalo, New York. Prof. Odunsi was elected into the prestigious Academy “For identifying key mechanisms of immune s
Hand Washing Can Save 100,000 Children – Minister

Hand Washing Can Save 100,000 Children – Minister

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The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has said that 100,000 children can be saved from death, if they imbibe the habit of washing of hands. Adewole said this at a hand washing demonstration event organised by Reckitt Benckiser, producers of Dettol, in Abuja. The event, which sought to teach 3,000 children how to wash their hands, was held in commemoration of the Global Hand Washing Day. The minister, who was represented by the National Coordinator Food Safety and Quality Programme, Mr. Fubara Chuku, also noted that constant washing of hands could be more effective than vaccines. Adewole disclosed that about 150,000 children die yearly as a result of diarrhoea and other related diseases. He said that over 2,000 school children drawn from seven public and private school...