As the Trump administration's goal to end the HIV epidemic in the United States by 2030 rolls out, a new report reveals that a decline in HIV infections has plateaued. Between 2010 and 2013, HIV incidence in the United States significantly decreased, but between 2013 and 2016, incidence remained steady -- with about 38,700 new infections nationwide in 2016, according to the report released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday. The report comes as new efforts are underway to eliminate HIV transmissions nationwide. In President Donald Trump's State of the Union address this month, he announced an initiative aimed at reducing new HIV infections in the United States by 75% in the next five years and by 90% in the next 10 years. HIV, or human immunodeficien...
One police officer was killed and four Ebola patients are missing after the treatment centre they were in was attacked on Wednesday night in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. This is the second such attack in just three days by unknown assailants. In both cases, they set the treatment centres on fire and destroyed equipment. The four missing Ebola patients who ran away from the treatment centre in Butembo would be highly infectious. DR Congo’s Ministry of Health says it is searching for them. A further people 32 suspected to be carrying the virus also escaped when the armed attackers set the facility on fire. It is not yet clear if the attackers wanted to free them. Health workers have struggled to win the trust of local communities. More than 550 people have died
No fewer than 15 persons have been confirmed killed by the deadly Lassa fever in Ondo State between January and February 2019. It was also revealed that the disease had infected 102 persons in the state within the period under review. The Ondo State Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association disclosed this to journalists in Akure, the state capital. According to him, Owo, Ose, Akoko North, Akure South and Akure North local government areas are the areas in the state where the cases were recorded. He said, “As of Thursday February 21, 2019, 102 people have been positive to Lassa fever, 82 people in January and 20 people so far in February. About 15 people have died in January as a result of the fever but no death has been recorded so far in February. “Most people that died
A Consultant Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgeon at Euracare Multi-Specialist Hospital, Lagos, Dr Abuchi Okaro, has said that obesity is becoming a serious threat to life as it predisposes people to cardiovascular diseases. Okaro in an interview with our correspondent on Tuesday urged patients to embrace bariatric surgery as a solution to reducing the adverse effects of non-communicable diseases. He said emerging scientific evidence has shown that bariatric surgery procedure which includes gastric balloon insertion, sleeve, gastrectomy, and single anastomoses bypass, was capable of achieving a long-term solution for type 2 diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders, cancers, infertility, erectile dysfunction, sleep apnea, low quality of life, mental illnesses. “The procedures are