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Day: November 6, 2018

Yellow Fever Kills 10 People In Ethiopia

Yellow Fever Kills 10 People In Ethiopia

NEWS
Yellow fever has killed 10 people in the African country of Ethiopia, with at least 35 thought to have been infected since August. The tropical disease is caused by a virus spread by mosquitoes and is most often found in Africa and the Americas. Ethiopia's recent outbreak is taking place in the Wolaita zone in the south-west of the country and has been traced back to a patient who got sick on August 21. The World Health Organization is sending 1.45million vaccines to the country from its stockpile, in a desperate attempt to stop the virus spreading. In a report WHO officials said: 'This outbreak is of concern since the population of Ethiopia is highly susceptible to yellow fever due to absence of recent exposure and lack of large-scale immunization.' Western travellers can be easi...
Why Children Should Engage In Exercises

Why Children Should Engage In Exercises

Children's Health, NEWS
Sports and exercise are no longer mandatory at the school level and we are not raising active children again. This is a serious situation in Nigeria, not only was exercise a part of the curriculum, it was part of life. Years ago, children often craved to play outside and that’s because there weren’t many options. These outdoor activities include playing football, hide and seek, climbing trees, and returning home at sunset usually when your parents call you for dinner. Children typically arrived home tired and hungry, after a day of fun out in the fresh air. Today, kids spend more time indoors, glued to their phones, computers or tablets, and less time enjoying outdoor activities. This is a problem with far-reaching consequences and here are some reasons why kids need to be more active
How Air Pollution Is Destroying Our Health, By WHO

How Air Pollution Is Destroying Our Health, By WHO

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*Traffic noise ‘raises risk of depression, deafness by 75 percent, research finds *Taking hot bath twice weekly ‘better than exercise’ for treating mental disorder As the world gets hotter and more crowded, our engines continue to pump out dirty emissions, and half the world has no access to clean fuels or technologies (example stoves, lamps), the very air we breathe is growing dangerously polluted: nine out of ten people now breathe polluted air, which kills seven million people every year. The health effects of air pollution are serious – one third of deaths from stroke, lung cancer and heart disease are due to air pollution. This is an equivalent effect to that of smoking tobacco, and much higher than, say, the effects of eating too much salt. Air pollution is hard to escape, no
Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria, Rhieos Develop 1st Multi-SCD Registry in Nigeria

Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria, Rhieos Develop 1st Multi-SCD Registry in Nigeria

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In a bid to improve quality of care for persons with sickle cell disorder, Nigeria Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria, SCFN, and RHIEOS Ventures signed a Memorandum of Understanding, M oU, to establish the first multi-centre Sickle Cell Disorder, SCD, registry in Nigeria. The registry will be used to support and improve quality of treatment and care for persons with SCD as well as for policy formulation around sickle cell decision-making and research. The registry will be used to facilitate the implementation of National Guidelines for the management of SCD. SCD is a major genetic condition in Nigeria. The country has by far the largest burden of the disorder anywhere in the world. Over 40 million Nigerians are carriers of the sickle cell gene and an estimated 150,000 babies are born every...
Health Benefits of Tiger Nuts

Health Benefits of Tiger Nuts

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
A Nutritionist, Dr Grace Johnson, has advised Nigerians to consume tiger nuts for its numerous nutritional and health benefits, describing it as “an amazing food for anyone”. Johnson gave the advice in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday. She said that the nut helps in curing stomach upset and irritable bowel among other digestive issues. “It has been used in folk medicine as a remedy for many ailments, including flatulence and diarrhea. “The methanol extract of tiger nuts has a very positive effect on reproductive hormones, sperm motility, and sperm count. “Tiger nut increases fertility parameters in females, rich in zinc and helps the body to produce testosterone. According to Johnson, health benefits contained in tiger nut include a high content of s
Donors Contribute 95% Of Nigeria’s HIV Funding — Health Ministry

Donors Contribute 95% Of Nigeria’s HIV Funding — Health Ministry

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The Federal Ministry of Health on Monday said donors contributed 95 per cent of HIV funding in Nigeria. Ijaodola Olugbenga, Assistant Director, Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission (PMTCT) and Head, National AIDS and STI Programme of the Ministry (NASCP) disclosed this at a media dialogue on PMTCT in Calabar. The dialogue is organised by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with the Child Rights Information Bureau of the Federal Ministry of Information (CRIB). Mr Olugbenga specifically noted that the U. S Government was responsible for 75. 5 per cent of treatment interventions, while Global Fund accounted for 17.4 per cent, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) 1.2 per cent and Nigerian Government 5.4 per cent. ”At the moment 95 per cent of the national HIV res
FCT Health Gets New Secretary

FCT Health Gets New Secretary

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The Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS) of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has received a new secretary to manage the secretariat. Dr. Adamu Bappah took over from Dr. Aminu Maigari on Thursday in Abuja, where he promised that he would continue from where Mai stopped, adding that he was going to be thorough and he would not take his duties lightly. Bappah promised to keep up with the legacy he met in the HHSS and urged the HODs also known as the management staff to also cooperate with him in making the best out of the secretariat. “I want you to work well. I do not like late coming and laxity at all. “I believe that in the next few days we will get to know ourselves and work better. You are the management staff; you will direct and supervise the younger ones
Parent Complying In The Ongoing Polio Immunization

Parent Complying In The Ongoing Polio Immunization

Children's Health, NEWS
The Ona of Abaji and chairman of the council of traditional rulers in the FCT, Alhaji Adamu Baba Yunusa, has said he is impressed with parents’ compliance in the ongoing polio immunization in the area. Alhaji Yunusa, who stated this while monitoring the ongoing six days polio immunization exercise at Unguwar Bgakya in the area, yesterday, said the level of compliance among parents was as a result of public enlightenment carried out in both mosques and churches in the area. Represented by the Madaki of Abaji, Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Aguye, the Ona noted that the routine immunization exercise in his chiefdom had witnessed massive support through the efforts of stakeholders and religious leaders across the council. The traditional ruler noted that the chiefdom had over the years emerged first
Bill Gates Stuns Audience with Jar of Poop

Bill Gates Stuns Audience with Jar of Poop

NEWS
Founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates who is also one of the world’s richest men and most active philanthropists stunned an  audience in Beijing Tuesday when he brandished a jar of human waste. It was at a forum on the future of the toilet. The stunt was an effort to draw attention to a problem affecting developing countries around the world: not enough toilets. “In places without sanitation you have got way more than that,” Gates said, pointing to the faeces inside the clear canister resting on a table. “And that’s what kids when they are out playing, they are being exposed to all the time, and that’s why we connect this not just with quality of life, but with disease and death and with malnutrition,” he told attendees. The billionaire said more than half of the world’s population
Nutmeg Better Than Drumstick Seeds In Boosting Libido —Experts

Nutmeg Better Than Drumstick Seeds In Boosting Libido —Experts

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
For years, nutmeg and drumstick seeds are some of the natural remedies have been used to manage poor libido or erectile dysfunction in men in traditional medicine. Now, scientists have confirmed nutmeg a better option to boost libido than drumstick seeds. In a new study, researchers say nutmeg contains more chemical substances that boost libido than drumstick seeds, and so could serve as an alternative therapy for the management of erectile dysfunction (ED). Nutmeg and drumstick seeds are commonly consumed medicinal seeds. Known as Ehuru ofia in Igbo language, Gujiya dan miya in Hausa and ariwo in Yorubaland, African nutmeg is one of the most widely used ingredients for spicing meals. In traditional medicine practice, especially in many African countries, the African nutmeg is widely us...
Even Before Yusuf, NHIS Was An Agency Steeped In Fraud

Even Before Yusuf, NHIS Was An Agency Steeped In Fraud

NEWS
Long before the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) made the headlines with the recent crisis surrounding its repeatedly suspended Executive Secretary, Usman Yusuf, the Auditor-General of the Federation (AuGF) raised an alarm on how monumental fraud, opacity and impunity had become the culture of the agency, PREMIUM TIMES can report. The annual report of the AuGF on the accounts of Nigerian agencies for the year ended December 2016 revealed that billions of naira were unaccounted for by the management of the NHIS in the previous seven years. The report, which is the latest by the AuGF, indicated that fraud and mismanagement as alleged against Mr Yusuf are standard practice at the agency and actually predate his administration. Mr. Yusuf, 54, took over the state-run health insurance ...
Pharm. (Mazi) Sam I. Ohuabunwa

Pharm. (Mazi) Sam I. Ohuabunwa

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DBA (Hon Causa) OFR, MON, FPSN, FNAPharm, FPCPharm, NPOM Who is Pharm. (Mazi) Sam Ohuabunwa? Born on the 16th of August, 1950; married to Lady Stella Omude Ohuabunwa, blessed with Children and grand Children; has been honoured severally by his community, profession and industry, but significantly he has been honoured thrice by the Nation - Member of the Order of the Niger (MON), in 2001, Officer of the order of the Federal Republic (OFR), in 2011, and the National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) Award in 2018. Pharm. (Mazi) Samuel Iheanyichukwu Ohuabunwa is a proven leader, lay minister, social worker, entrepreneur, nation builder, newspaper columnist and author all rolled into one, and he credits all his successes to the grace of God. Sam is a fellow of several professional o...
KCH Unveils Elyseepregnancy Care to the Nigerian Market

KCH Unveils Elyseepregnancy Care to the Nigerian Market

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KCH Consumer Healthcare Limited, an indigenous pharmaceutical company headquartered in Lagos has launched Elyseepregnancy Care, a high potency brand of food supplements to the Nigerian drug market. The Group Managing Director of KCH, Pharm. Chris Ukah, said in his presentation at the media launch of the brand of nutraceuticals which held in Lagos recently, that maternal and foetal effects of nutritional deficiency in pregnant women were the major cause of unsafe pregnancy and maternal mortality in Nigeria. According to him, micronutrient supplementation before conception, during pregnancy and throughout breast feeding period were necessary to mitigate the susceptibility of pregnant women in Nigeria to maternal deaths, infertility and abnormalities in new born babies. He explained that t...