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Nigeria boasts stealth technology to guide brain surgery

Nigeria boasts stealth technology to guide brain surgery

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Before Vanessa turned nine months, her mother noticed something going wrong. Her head was growing larger, far larger than her twin sister’s. The diagnosis brought another shock: a cancer sat right in the middle of her brain. The dilemma was how surgeons could cut into the brain of a nine-month-old without doing irreparable harm. They needed a neuronavigation system, a sort of GPS into her brain. Ten “buttons” were stuck to different positions on her skull. Their task was to map the distance of the tumour from her skull and its exact position in her brain. Real-time scans of the map appeared on screens, and the surgeons began work. They made a small incision in Vanessa’s head, took out a bit of bone, and they were inside her head. The scans guided the probing. Right o
Varsity Teaching Hospitals, Others Demand Access to TETFund

Varsity Teaching Hospitals, Others Demand Access to TETFund

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The Committee of Chief Executives of Tertiary Health Institutions has called on the federal government to incorporate tertiary health institutions in Nigeria into the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund). To buttress the demand, the association disclosed that it had forwarded a letter to the National Assembly, urging the lawmakers to amend the TETFund Act of 2011. Addressing journalists in Calabar recently, the Chairman of the Tertiary Health Institutions in the country, Dr. Thomas Agan, who is the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), said the demand has already been forwarded to the House of Representatives Committee on Health Institutions, through the Federal Ministry of Health. Agan stressed the urgent need to amend ...
Anambra commits N25m on drugs for de-worming children

Anambra commits N25m on drugs for de-worming children

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Anambra State government said it has committed N25million worth of drugs to the deworming programme aimed at ensuring healthy growth for over 2.5million children in the state. Health Commissioner Dr. Joe Akabike made the disclosure at the launch of state-wide free de-worming programme for children between ages one to 15 at a primary school in Isu-Anaocha, Awka North Local Government Area of the state. He said the week-long exercise was launched to prepare children in primary schools for the Federal Government School Feeding programme by commencing the de-worming ahead to ensure that the children are worm-free and ready, as well as keeping the food hygienic and safe from worms before consumption. The commissioner commended the implementing partners for conducting the needs ...
200 children confirmed with TB in Jigawa – Official

200 children confirmed with TB in Jigawa – Official

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No fewer than 200 children have been confirmed to have tuberculosis disease in Sara town, Gwaram Local Government Area of Jigawa. The Head of Department (HOD) of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in the state, Alhaji Muhammad Maisamari, confirmed this on Monday through Malam Nasiru Yusif, the Information Officer of the affected local government council. Maisamari said that the council had already quarantined the affected children. He also said that the council had provided drugs and other logistics for the treatment of victims. The HOD said that the department was able to bring the situation under control and was taking necessary measures to avoid spread of the disease to other communities. Maisamari also appealed to residents of the council to report the outbre...
FG to end drug hawking by Aug. 1, 2017 — PCN Registrar

FG to end drug hawking by Aug. 1, 2017 — PCN Registrar

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Pharm. Elijah Mohammed, Registrar Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), has restated the Federal Government’s commitment to ending open drug hawking by Aug. 1, 2017. Mohammed gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja described this as part of efforts to regulate drug distribution system in the country. He said the move would assist in curtailing the menace of open drug sale. Mohammed attributed major challenges in the health system to open drug hawking. He added that a lot of the hawkers  sold fake and adulterated drugs. The registrar stated that coordinated wholesale centres are currently being built in four states of the federation where open sale of drugs is predominant. H said that the drug dealers would be r
‘Govt should increase budget for vaccines’

‘Govt should increase budget for vaccines’

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Dr Chizoba Wonodi is the Country Director, Johns Hopkins International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) What is your assessment of vaccine availability in the country? Right now it is really good because there has been no stock out of routine vaccines in the last two years or so. But there will be funding gaps coming up, beginning from 2017 when the funding from GAVI will start to decline. We need to have our plans in place. We need to know how we are going to replace the money that is leaving from GAVI. We need to know how we are going to fund the additions of new vaccine that are going into the programs. Do you see government increasing funding for vaccines using the revenue from the country?  I think that is even the best thing to do because if you consider the altern
Looming strike: Resident doctors urge FG to intervene

Looming strike: Resident doctors urge FG to intervene

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The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has urged the Federal Government to urgently intervene in the lingering crises in the health sector to avert an impending strike by doctors. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that NARD hada issued a three-week strike notice that is expected to end on Jan. 2, 2017. The Public Relations Officer of the association, Dr Ugoeze Asinobi, told NAN in Yenagoa on Monday that the doctors had shelved the planned strike three times in the past four months and were bent on going n strike from January 2. Resident Doctors are agitating for a uniform template for the Residency Programme, infrastructure for tertiary health facilities, proper grading of doctors and payment of outstanding salaries amongst other issues “We don’t
Unpaid Salaries: JOHESU UCH Health Workers Give FG 7-day Ultimatum

Unpaid Salaries: JOHESU UCH Health Workers Give FG 7-day Ultimatum

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The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, has issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to pay their outstanding salaries. The group told newsmen in Ibadan that it would proceed on indefinite strike from Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, if the outstanding salaries were not paid. The group consisted of four professional associations, among whom are the National Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) and the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM). Others are Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) and the Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated Institutions (SSAUTHRIAI). Mr Olusegun Sotiloye, the Chairman, National Union of Allied Health Pr...
UNILAG researchers alert to health, economic implications of allergens

UNILAG researchers alert to health, economic implications of allergens

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• Blame rise in conjunctivitis, allergic reactions on pollen grains As Harmattan hits most towns and villages in the country, a team of researchers at the University of Lagos (UniLag) has alerted to the health implications of allergens from pollen grains, which include Allergic Rhinitis (AR), conjunctivitis (Apollo/pink eye), sinusitis and asthma. Allergen is a substance that causes an allergic reaction. The team led by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics and Research), Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, said that seasonal changes have been reported to introduce dust and other particles into the atmosphere, some of which are pollen grains posing allergic reactions in humans. The research work, which was sponsored by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) is tagged TETFund Allergy Pro
Research finds 1% Basic Health Fund can’t cover women, children

Research finds 1% Basic Health Fund can’t cover women, children

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New research has concluded the Basic Health Care Provision Fund at its current level of financing will not assure universal health coverage for pregnant women and children. The fund, built into the National Health Act, stipulates at least 1% of consolidated revenue be set aside to pay for a package of basic health. But researchers at the Health Policy Research Group (HPRG) based in University of Nigeria examined the Fund’s feasibility using six scenarios providing basic minimum of care in test states of Imo, Kaduna and Niger, and concluded the Fund would need to be increased at least fourfold to make a difference. “What we discovered is that in reality, the money is actually too small,” said Dr Felix Obi, a researcher with HPRG. “If we focus only on 1%, we might not be a
WHO: Ebola Vaccine Provides High Protection, Trial Confirms

WHO: Ebola Vaccine Provides High Protection, Trial Confirms

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An experimental Ebola vaccine was highly protective against the deadly virus in a major trial in Guinea, according to results published today in The Lancet. The vaccine is the first to prevent infection from one of the most lethal known pathogens, and the findings add weight to early trial results published last year. The vaccine, called rVSV-ZEBOV, was studied in a trial involving 11 841 people in Guinea during 2015. Among the 5837 people who received the vaccine, no Ebola cases were recorded 10 days or more after vaccination. In comparison, there were 23 cases 10 days or more after vaccination among those who did not receive the vaccine. The trial was led by WHO, together with Guinea’s Ministry of Health and other international partners. "While these compelling results come too la
No Evidence of Plastic Rice in Nigeria- Minister of Health

No Evidence of Plastic Rice in Nigeria- Minister of Health

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Following the uncovering and seizure of several bags of the much dreaded plastic rice by the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) of the Nigeria Customs Service, (NCS), yesterday, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, Thursday, disclosed that Preliminary test results reveal there is no evidence backing claims that there were plastic rice in Lagos. Recall that the Customs Area Comptroller (CAC), Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘A’, Ikeja; Comptroller Haruna Mamudu said the unit seized no fewer than 102 bags of the plastic rice at a warehouse in Ikeja, Lagos. Mamudu said, bags of plastic which has been packaged for sale during the yuletide were to be evacuated before operatives of the swooped on the managers of the warehouse. According to Mamudu, the imported rice, which was branded as
Number of newborns dips below 1 million for first time

Number of newborns dips below 1 million for first time

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Japanese government on Thursday announced the number of babies born in Japan is estimated to have fallen below 1 million in 2016, for the first time since the government started to compile comparative figures in 1899. The numbers of newborns were estimated to total 981,000 for the year, compared to 1.3 million deaths, leading to a natural population drop of 315,000.   Japan’s birth rate is among the lowest in the world and the new low tally is bad news for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government, which has vowed to tackle the demographic crisis. Earlier this year, Abe’s government set a goal of raising the total fertility rate to 1.8 births per 1,000 women by 2025, from 1.43 in 2013. However, so far it has failed to say how. The population has been dro
LASSA FEVER: FMC Abeokuta Nurses Screened, Ward Shut Down

LASSA FEVER: FMC Abeokuta Nurses Screened, Ward Shut Down

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The management of the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta has shut down the Accident and Emergency unit following the outbreak of Lassa fever, also known as Lassa Haemorrhagic Fever, LHF, which killed two persons. The management also reportedly screened all the nurses working in the unit and fumigated the affected area. The Public Relations Officer of the FMC, Abeokuta, Segun Orisajo, disclosed this, yesterday, in Abeokuta. Activities at the hospital were put on hold when some medical personnel and patients deserted the hospital due to fear of Lassa fever which claimed two lives. The virus killed an Assistant Nursing Officer, Adesuyi Abolanle, and a corps member, Great Okusaga, who was serving at the facility. Adesuyi was said to have attended to the corps member who earlie...
Over 30,000 malnourished children treated in Katsina State

Over 30,000 malnourished children treated in Katsina State

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With over 30,000 children already treated for severe acute malnutrition in Katsina State, the state government has pledged to give more support to the intervention programme to rid the state of malnutrition problem. It announced it would add five more council areas to an existing 15 for an intervention programme helping children suffering malnutrition with assistance from the programme Working to Improve Nutrition in Northern Nigeria (WINNN). The deputy director of Budget and Planning, Muhammed Barahu, said Katsina voted N200 million for the nutrition intervention programme in 2016 as against N30 million  in the previous year, adding that the money had been secured, approved and released. He spoke at the government office after assessing work at a site for community-based