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Day: October 18, 2019

Tightening the Borders for a Healthier and More Virile Nigeria

Tightening the Borders for a Healthier and More Virile Nigeria

Editorial Opinion, NEWS
Recently the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, joined voices with the discerning few who expressed support for the temporary border closure by the Nigerian government in its bid to control the ever present trans-border smuggling of prohibited goods including adulterated and substandard drugs into the country. While sharing his opinion with news hunters the emir conveyed his disappointment with the attitude of countries that share borders with Nigeria – for not helping the country in her quest to develop her economy as well as local products. “I always felt that if you really want to enforce laws that you have against smuggling, you need to close borders. “… You have goods coming in across the border using the port in Cotonou to avoid tax revenues in Lagos; so what happens is we don’t
Unilorin Dept Creates Awareness on Prevalence of Suicide

Unilorin Dept Creates Awareness on Prevalence of Suicide

NEWS
The Suicide Prevention and Research Initiative Nigeria (SURPIN), a brain-child of the University of Ilorin (Unilorin), Behavioural Sciences Department, has embarked on an awareness campaign on suicide prevention across the institution. Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the campaign sidelines on Thursday, Dr Oluwabunmi Buhari said that the initiative was to encourage people to seek help on mental health issues. Buhari, who is of the Department of Behavioural Sciences, Unilorin, said that the campaign also aimed at creating awareness among the people on the prevalence of mental health issues in the country. According to her, the initiative is a collaboration between SURPIN, Life Foundation Impact for Eternity, and Mental Awareness Nigeria Initiative. Buhari explained that t...
Most Nigerians Visit Cancer Centres at Advanced Stage – NSIA Boss

Most Nigerians Visit Cancer Centres at Advanced Stage – NSIA Boss

NEWS
Mr Uche Orji, the Managing Director, Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) says most Nigerians visit cancer centres when the disease has progressed to stage four. Orji said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sidelines of a national health dialogue on Thursday in Abuja. NAN reports that the dialogue was organised by Premium Times, an online news outlet. According to Orji, the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) cancer centre is one of the investments of NSIA. Orji urged Nigerians to ensure regular check-ups, adding that it was the only way the disease could be detected early. According to him, at stage four, the disease is deemed to be metastatic. He described metastatic cancer as a disease that spreads from one place to other parts of the body....
2020 Budget: Nurses Raise Concerns over Health Sector Allocation

2020 Budget: Nurses Raise Concerns over Health Sector Allocation

NEWS
The National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, NANNM, Kano branch, in collaboration with Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health at Scale, PAS, has raised concerns on the ability of the health sector allocation in the 2020 proposed budget by the federal government of Nigeria to address the health needs of almost 200 million Nigerians. Speaking during the NANNM’s 9th quadrennial state delegate conference, held in Kano, state chairman of the association, comrade Bello Nuraddeen Sa’id, stated that the 2020 budget proposal allocation to health sector was 4.4%, adding that it was less than what was allocated to the sector in 2019. He said despite the increase in Nigerian population, the health budget on capital expenditure was being reduced annually. Similarly, the asso
Stakeholders Renew Fight against HIV/AIDS in Kebbi

Stakeholders Renew Fight against HIV/AIDS in Kebbi

NEWS
Statistics recently released by the International Research and Exchange Board (IREB), also revealed that about 30 new born and a 100 children under the age of five die daily as a result of the virus or because of complications related to it. It is largely against this backdrop that health stakeholders from United State of America and medical doctors as well as nurses in the North West zone converged to first brainstorm and subsequently seek ways of improving on maternal, neo-natal and child health indices in the state. The convener of the meeting, Dr Obinna Orjingene, said the programme was initiated by Reciprocal Exchange Project and implemented by Professor Patricia Whitley Williams, a Division Chief, Allergy, Immunology and Infectious Disease Department at the Robert Johnson Wood Medi...