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Day: May 21, 2019

Why 14% of Babies Face Poor Health Future, by Studies

Why 14% of Babies Face Poor Health Future, by Studies

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One in seven children born with low weight will develop chronic diseases in adulthood More babies are likely to be born with low birth weight and face a future of poor health by developing chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart failure, hypertension and psychiatric disorders, among others if nothing is done urgently. A new study undertaken by researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF), and the World Health Organisation (WHO), showed that over 20 million babies were born with less than 2500 gramme; 5.5 pounds in 2015 translating to about one in seven of all global births. The study, which involved 148 countries and 281 million births and published in The Lancet Global Health journal, noted that almost three-...
1000 Indigent Persons to Get Free Medical Service in Edo

1000 Indigent Persons to Get Free Medical Service in Edo

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The Imalu Airiemhionkha Ebhoaye Memorial Foundation yesterday said it will provide free medical services to 1,000 persons in Igueben Local Government Area of Edo State. It explained that the programme is aimed at improving the standard of living and access to healthcare for indigent community members. Its founder, Chief Frederick Airiemhionkha, who disclosed this at Igueben, said the Foundation was established to commemorate his late mother’s legacy in the service of God and a lobe to render humanitarian services. He also revealed the foundation’s plans to award scholarship to no fewer than100 Igueben indigent students to any level of their education. Airiemhionkha said the free medical care was designed to assist the poor in Igueben, especially persons who could not afford modical care.
Health Workers Sue Akeredolu Over Demotion, Salary Reduction

Health Workers Sue Akeredolu Over Demotion, Salary Reduction

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Health workers in the Ondo State Civil Service have dragged Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to the National Industrial Court in Akure, the state capital, for allegedly demoting them and deducting their salaries illegally. Other defendants in the suit are the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice and the Ondo State Local Government Service Commission. It was gathered that the workers, who were said to be over 2,000 across the 18 local government areas of the state, alleged that the defendants had been shortchanging them since 2013. It was also learnt that the claimants, who were employed by the Ondo State Local Government Service Commission as health workers, were tactically demoted since 2013 as they were being paid as administration officers, which had led to the reduction of t...
Community Pharmacists Seek Govt Attention to Tackle Fake Drugs

Community Pharmacists Seek Govt Attention to Tackle Fake Drugs

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The Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, ACPN, has reiterated calls for better funding of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC and other regulatory agencies involved in pharmacy practice. The calls came as the Association refuted claims that the incidence of drug faking in Nigeria had risen to 70 percent, noting that the initial submission of 70 percent was a mutilation of the documented figure of 17 percent. Stating this position in a signed statement, Pharm Samuel Adekola and Pharm Bose Idowu, National Chairman and National Secretary of the ACPN respectively, debunked the claims as false and dangerous and tasked government to rise up to the situation. “We strongly urge the Federal government to commence full implementation of the Nationa
Okorocha Gives Hospitals to Muoka, Churches, Others on Lease

Okorocha Gives Hospitals to Muoka, Churches, Others on Lease

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Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, yesterday, leased out some of the state-owned hospitals to religious bodies, and security agencies with Pastor Lazarus Muoka’s Lord Chosen being among the beneficiaries. Muoka was given the abandoned Ohaji/Egbema General Hospital to manage for 25 years with a monthly payment of N100,000 to the state government. Same applies to the Anglican diocese of Orlu, which got the Orlu General Hospital. The 32 artillery brigade, Obinze was allowed to manage the Owerri West General Hospital, while the Ngor Okpala and Owerri North General Hospital were handed over to the Airforce and the Navy respectively. The governor said the action was in line with his Public Private Partnership (PPP) economic policy of his administration to expand the scope of governance and
NDLEA Opposes Akeredolu on Cannabis, Destroys 3,900 Hectares in Ondo

NDLEA Opposes Akeredolu on Cannabis, Destroys 3,900 Hectares in Ondo

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has said it never advocated the growth of cannabis sativa for medicinal purpose or economic gain, adding that it had destroyed 3,900 hectares of cannabis sativa in Ondo State. The NDLEA Chairman, Col. Muhammad Abdallah (retd), stated this on Monday, noting that he and the Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, did not go to Thailand to learn how to grow cannabis sativa for economic gain, as being reported in some quarters. The governor was reported on Saturday as saying the state government was planning to take advantage of the commercial value of the plant to create jobs for the youth. He urged the Federal Government to support cannabis cultivation in large quantities in Ondo, saying the trade would boost the state’s Internally Generated Reven