Singapore has reported its first ever case of monkeypox, brought in by a Nigerian man thought to have contracted the rare virus by eating bushmeat at a wedding. Symptoms in humans of monkeypox — which is endemic in parts of Central and Western Africa — include lesions, fever, muscle ache and chills. Transmission is usually via close contact with infected animals such as rodents and monkeys and is limited between people. It has only been fatal in rare cases. The man who brought in the virus arrived in Singapore on April 28, the city-state’s health ministry (MOH) said in a statement late Thursday. The 38-year-old developed symptoms two days later and is currently isolated at an infectious disease centre in a stable condition, the ministry said. At least 23 individuals who had been i
As part of its effort in combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the country, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has said the 2030 target for ending the scourge is attainable. Speaking at a one day training organised by NACA in Lagos, with the theme, “New Trends in HIV/AIDS” the Head, Research Unit NACA, Dr Ogbonna Amanze said, as a country, we can achieve the target if we do the right things and out the necessary measure in place. He said with the right leadership in place and the support of the international donors with increasing domestic funds Nigeria will achieve this target. In his presentation titled,Trends of HIV Epidemic in Nigeria: NAIIS Results and the Way Forward, Dr OGbonna said, The results of the Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) revealed
The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has condemned the growing insecurity and incidence of kidnappings in the country. It, therefore, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to address security challenges, poor health indices, high unemployment rate and starvation in the country. President of the association, Dr. Francis Faduyile, who stated this while briefing journalists yesterday in Abuja, expressed dismay over the failure of both the federal and state governments to effectively check security lapses and the rising incidence of crime and criminality in the country. He lamented that doctors and other health workers have now become targets of the kidnappers, adding that many of NMA members had been kidnapped and some killed while discharging their duties. The NMA president, w...
The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), says the country’s health sector is heading for catastrophe except the federal government will urgently halt the current rate of migration of medical and dental practitioners. NMA made this disclosure in a statement signed by its President and Secretary-General Dr. Frances Faduyile and Dr. Olumuyiwa Odusote at the end of the body’s 59th annual general conference held yesterday in Abuja. The association also called on the government to provide enabling environment for practice, security, access to social amenities and provide increased opportunities for doctors and other health professionals. NMA noted that such critical factors could reverse the on-going brain drain. The communique added that all grievances relating to the Medical an