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Month: October 2020

Nigeria has Highest Cancer Death Rate in Africa –Expert

Nigeria has Highest Cancer Death Rate in Africa –Expert

NEWS
The Director, Union for International Cancer Control, Dr. Zainab Shinkafi – Bagudu, says that 26 women die of cervical cancer daily in Nigeria, with more than 36.59 million at-risk globally. Speaking at an event to mark the 2020 World Polio Day on Wednesday, in Argungu Local Government Area of Kebbi State, Shinkafi-Bagudu, who is the founder, Medicaid Cancer Foundation also lamented that Nigeria has the highest cancer death rate in Africa. “More than 36.59 million women are at risk of cervical cancer globally and 26 dies of the disease on daily basis in Nigeria. “As it stands, Nigeria has the highest cancer death rate in Africa. “Cervical cancer can be eliminated by a simple vaccine against the human papillomavirus- HPV.” According to her, the country is set to com
Scientists Have Discovered a New Life-Threatening Disease that Affects Men

Scientists Have Discovered a New Life-Threatening Disease that Affects Men

NEWS
There are likely hundreds of men in the United States, if not more, who suffer from a just-discovered genetic disease that causes symptoms including blood clots in veins, recurrent fevers, lung system abnormalities, and — in 40% of patients — death. Researchers from the National Institutes of Health discovered the disease, named VEXAS, by working backwards: Rather than grouping people with similar symptoms and searching for biological explanations, they searched the genetic makeup of 2,500 people for variations that could be linked to the wide-ranging symptoms of their undiagnosed inflammatory conditions. "We had many patients with undiagnosed inflammatory conditions who were coming to the NIH Clinical Center, and we were just unable to diagnose them," said Dr. David B. Bec
No Justification for Attacking, Looting 11 Lagos Pharmacies –PSN

No Justification for Attacking, Looting 11 Lagos Pharmacies –PSN

NEWS
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria said there was no justification for the random attacks and looting visited on 11 community pharmacies in the wake of the violence that followed the shooting of #ENDSARS protesters at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos State. On Tuesday, October 20, security agents shot at protesters in an effort to disperse them at Lekki Toll Gate, leading to yet-to-be ascertained number of casualties. The incident, which attracted both national and international outcry, subsequently degenerated into a mayhem attended by looting of private and public property. The affected pharmacies were Leotom Pharmacy, Lekki; MyPharmacy, Lekki; Springcare Pharmacy, Gbagada; HealthPlus, Lekki; Shekinah Pharmacy, Fagba; and Medplus, Lekki. Others are: Justrite Pharmacy, Aj...
Ehanire Laments Looting of Kaduna NAFDAC Offices

Ehanire Laments Looting of Kaduna NAFDAC Offices

NEWS
…NGO urges end to violence, looting The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has described the damage and looting of the Zonal/State Offices of the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) as “devastating and worse than can be imagined”. The minister’s outrage came just as the Anti-kidnapping, Human Trafficking, Child Abuse and Drug Abuse Initiatives (AK-TRACADAH), non-governmental organisation, lent their voice to demand an end to orgy of violence, looting and destruction of properties, including warehouses harbouring medicine. A statement signed by the ministry’s Director of Press, Olujimi Oyetomi, said Ehanire accompanied by the Director General of NAFDAC, Professor Moji Adeyeye along with some officials of the National Centre for D
WHO CALLS FOR ACTION AGAINST RISING ‘PANDEMIC FATIGUE’

WHO CALLS FOR ACTION AGAINST RISING ‘PANDEMIC FATIGUE’

NEWS
The World Health Organization warned European countries Tuesday about “pandemic fatigue” which it says threatens the continent’s ability to tackle the coronavirus. “Although fatigue is measured in different ways, and levels vary per country, it is now estimated to have reached over 60 percent in some cases,” WHO Europe director Dr Hans Kluge said. He said this is based on “aggregated survey data from countries across the region.” Citizens have made “huge sacrifices” over the last eight months to try and contain the coronavirus, he said in a statement. “In such circumstances it is easy and natural to feel apathetic and demotivated, to experience fatigue.” Kluge called on European authorities to listen to the public and work with them in “new and innovative ways” to reinvigorate the
#FMOH: FG APPOINTS DR. YUSUF BARA JIBRIN AS CHIEF MEDICAL DIRECTOR, ABUBAKAR TAFAWA BALEWA TEACHING HOSPITAL, BAUCHI, BAUCHI STATE

#FMOH: FG APPOINTS DR. YUSUF BARA JIBRIN AS CHIEF MEDICAL DIRECTOR, ABUBAKAR TAFAWA BALEWA TEACHING HOSPITAL, BAUCHI, BAUCHI STATE

NEWS
The Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has conveyed the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR to Dr. Yusuf Bara Jibrin who has been appointed as the Chief Medical Director of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, Bauchi (ATBUTH), Bauchi State for a term of 4 (Four) Years with effect from 9th September, 2020 at a brief ceremony held 2nd October, 2020 at the Honourable Minister’s Office. While conveying the President’s approval to Dr. Jubrin, the Honourable Minister had the Honourable Minister of State, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora in attendance along with the some Directors of the Federal Ministry of Health:  the Director, Hospital Services, Dr. Adebimpe Adebiyi, mni; Director, Teaching Hospitals Division, Dr. Ngozi Onwudiwe and the Director, Media and Public Relation
Covid-19 Updates: One in 10 Worldwide May Have Had Virus, WHO Says

Covid-19 Updates: One in 10 Worldwide May Have Had Virus, WHO Says

Coronavirus, NEWS
One in 10 people around the world may have contracted Covid-19, the World Health Organization said, at a special meeting of WHO leaders. A top official said the estimate meant "the vast majority of the world remains at risk". Just over 35m people have been confirmed as being infected with coronavirus - the WHO's estimate puts the true figure at closer to 800m. Experts have long said the real number of cases would exceed those confirmed. The WHO is meeting at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss the global response to the pandemic. Ten months on, the crisis shows no sign of ending. Several countries are seeing second waves after easing restrictions and in some cases numbers are even higher. The estimate that 10% of the world's population has contracted the v...
COVID-19 Patients with Neanderthal DNA Risk Severe Complications –Study

COVID-19 Patients with Neanderthal DNA Risk Severe Complications –Study

Coronavirus, NEWS
COVID-19 patients with a snippet of Neanderthal DNA that crossed into the human genome some 60,000 years ago run a higher risk of severe complications from the disease, researchers have reported. People infected with the new coronavirus, for example, who carry the genetic coding bequeathed by our early human cousins are three times more likely to need mechanical ventilation, according to a study published Wednesday in Nature. There are many reasons why some people with COVID-19 wind up in intensive care and others have only light symptoms or none at all. Advanced age, being a man, and pre-existing medical problems can all increase the odds of a serious outcome. But genetic factors can also play a role, as the new findings reveal. “It is striking that the genetic heritage fro