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Bird Flu Outbreak in Kano, Minister Confirms

Bird Flu Outbreak in Kano, Minister Confirms

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The Federal Government yesterday confirmed the outbreak of a new strain of Bird Flu in Kano State. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Audu Ogbeh confirmed the outbreak at the ministry in Abuja. Ogbeh said the migration of birds from Europe is responsible for the outbreak, “as they stop to rest and feed at Adaeja basin before moving to South Africa”. Ogbeh said the virus has only affected Kano State and advised farmers to take preventive measures to avoid further spread to other states. On why there has not been a permanent cure for the virus, he said the constant change in the strain of the virus is responsible for this. “There is bird flu in Cameroon and in Europe now, they move from Europe to South Africa in the winter, they stop in the Adaeja river basin for days

Senate Set for Showdown with Presidency over National Health Act

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The Senate and the Ministry of Health may be heading for a showdown over the failure of the government to provide for the implementation of the National Health Act two years after it was enacted. Also, the Senate wants the ministry to make provisions for the treatment of over 1. 9 million acutely malnourished children across the country. The demands may serve as conditions for passing the 2017 Federal Ministry of Health budget. Without the right systems, processes and funds in place, the dream of a universal health coverage will be unattainable, the Lead Director at the Centre for Social Justice, Eze Onyekpere, told The Guardian yesterday. He said: “It is a verifiable fact that Nigeria is nowhere near the attainment of universal health coverage. More funding, innovation and ch
‘Doggy’ Style During Sex Causes Cancer and Stroke

‘Doggy’ Style During Sex Causes Cancer and Stroke

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South Africa’s Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, has said ‘doggy’ style during sex is the major cause of cancer and stroke. He said after three years of arduous research, he found out that the high pumping of blood during sex, when one is standing or kneeling overloads the veins in the legs which ultimately causes stroke. He told The Insider, “On cancer – one of the main causes of cancer is stress, fatigue and tiredness. “The most energy consuming and stressful sexual position for men is doggy; hence the connection is more than clear. “Look, I am only giving you guys a snippet, but we will be posting the results of the full research on the Ministry website.” He added that he is in talks with Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba to craft a legislation that will seek to outl
Nurse, Mortician Die of Lassa Fever in Ogun

Nurse, Mortician Die of Lassa Fever in Ogun

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‎A mortician identified only as Okusaga, and a nurse, Omobolanle Adesuyi, have died of Lassa fever at Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, Ogun State. The deceased persons are believed to have contracted the deadly virus from a Lebanese patient who later died. The hospital cancelled a planned Christmas carol scheduled for Tuesday in honour of the dead. The acting medical director of the hospital, Kehinde Hunyinbo said the deaths were being investigated. “It is true and we have commenced investigation into it, having contacted the Ministry of Health,” he said. The state commissioner for health, Babatunde Ipaye, called for calm, saying the government had always been proactive on issues relating to public health. He said the ministry in collaboration with federal authorities would q
Plastic Rice: Customs Impounds 102 Bags of 25kg Plastic Rice

Plastic Rice: Customs Impounds 102 Bags of 25kg Plastic Rice

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Operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service attached to the Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone A, Ikeja have impounded 102 bags of plastic rice meant for distribution within the metropolis. The bags of rice were recovered from a hidden store located in Ikeja area of Lagos. It was gathered that the recovery was made after the Comptroller of Customs, FOU Zone, Comptroller Haruna Mammudu received an intelligence information yesterday morning about a plot by some criminal elements to distribute the rice to some designated persons in Lagos. The Comptroller directed an intelligence team to investigate and the team recovered the items locked up in a store. “A suspect has since been arrested in connection with the plastic rice. He has made useful statement and he is helping the team
Unwanted pregnancy mainly caused by wrong use of contraceptives

Unwanted pregnancy mainly caused by wrong use of contraceptives

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The major cause of unwanted pregnancy is improper use of contraceptives, Nigeria’s health minister has said. Isaac Adewole, disclosed this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, recently in Abuja. Mr. Adewole,  a professor of  gynaecology, reacted to complaints over the high rate of unwanted pregnancies allegedly caused by contraceptives failure. He described contraceptives as methods, devices or drugs that could prevent conception. “Contraceptive-failure, if you use it well, rarely fails. Very rarely will an unwanted pregnancy come from contraceptive-failure; it comes from user-failure,” NAN quotes the don as saying. “There are different methods of using contraceptives: the use of hormone medications, intrauterine contraceptive devices, barrier contraception,
Nigeria’s pharmaceutical research institute laments inadequate funding

Nigeria’s pharmaceutical research institute laments inadequate funding

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The Director General of the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development, NIPRD, Karniyus Gamaniel, has called for improved capital funding of research institutions in Nigeria. Mr. Gamaniel, a professor of pharmacology, made the call at a press briefing in Abuja recently. He said the institution had never received more than 50 per cent of its appropriated budgets in the past six years. “We have never received more than 50 per cent of whatever is usually appropriated to the institution”, he said. “On aggregate, we were appropriated N1.587billion over six years, and what was released on aggregate is N744.856million. So the aggregate percentage released was 46.92 per cent”. The director-general had recently been accused of misappropriating $514,000.36 (N77.10m
Resident doctors threaten strike from January 2, 2017

Resident doctors threaten strike from January 2, 2017

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The National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, has given the Federal Government up to January 2 to implement the National Health Act and other demands or face withdrawal of service. Addressing journalists in Enugu after its emergency executive committee meeting in Abuja, its President, John Onyebueze, said the government should also implement the July 14 agreement reached by stakeholders at a meeting called by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Dogara. Mr. Onyebueze also called on NARD members to wear black ward coats or clinical gowns from January 2 to “mourn the death of the country’s health sector’’. He said that the association would not be intimidated by the government’s no-work, no-pay order, saying that the policy seemed to be targeted at the associ
UNESCO: 30% of Nigerians Lack Access to Quality Water

UNESCO: 30% of Nigerians Lack Access to Quality Water

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Launches capacity development exercise next year‎ on quality water The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has said that 30 per cent of Nigerians still lack access to quality water. It said though‎ this was not peculiar to Nigeria alone but all countries in the sub-Saharan Africa. UNESCO Regional Advisor, Mr. Simone‎ Grego disclosed this in Abuja at the regional expert meeting on water quality in agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in West Africa. Based on this, he said UNESCO would be ‎launching a capacity development exercise next year to address the issue of lack of quality water facing sub-Saharan Africa. According to him, “the target for the drinking water plan on MDGs, Nigeria scored well‎, I mean the target was met, o
New online application to bridge healthcare gap in Nigeria

New online application to bridge healthcare gap in Nigeria

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A comprehensive medical application, Hudibia has been launched in Nigeria by an Ireland based Nigerian doctor, Ahjoku Amadi-Obi. At the launching ceremony in Lagos, Amadi-Obi said the application is an innovative health solution provider that uses emerging technologies to ease the challenges of healthcare delivery in the country. He noted that the three major spoken Nigerian languages, Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa have been incorporated into the application for easy interaction with experts on the platform. Hudibia, which means see a doctor in the local Igbo dialect was conceived because of the state of the country’s healthcare system and the need to bridge that wide gap of the inaccessibility of it by most people. According to him, plans are underway by the Hudibia team to add thre
N26m Dasuki fund: Fani-Kayode’s ill health stalls trial

N26m Dasuki fund: Fani-Kayode’s ill health stalls trial

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A Federal High Court in Abuja was unable to proceed with the trial of a former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani- Kayode, as scheduled on Wednesday because of the ex-minister’s ill health.  The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had on November 11, 2016, arraigned Fani-Kayode on five charges involving alleged diversion of N26m which he allegedly received from the then National Security Adviser, Sambo Dsuki, under the guise of payment for a contract. The ex-minister allegedly received the money from the Office of the National Security Adviser while he was the Director of Media and Publicity in the campaign organisation of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan. Fani-Kayode allegedly received the money from the ONSA when he “reasonably ought to have known that the
The £30million Cost Of Health Tourism In Just A Year

The £30million Cost Of Health Tourism In Just A Year

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Overseas patients are racking up debts of £5m annually at worst-affected trusts. Amount owed in 2015/16 is almost double the £15.9million from 2014/15. Experts said figures were tip of iceberg as only cover patients handed invoice. Health tourists have left hospitals with £30million of unpaid bills in one year, figures reveal. At the worst-affected trusts, overseas patients are racking up debts of almost £5million annually. The amount is going up year-on-year despite repeated government promises to curb the abuse. Freedom of Information requests from 104 hospital trusts show that they are owed £29.5million from health tourists in 2015/16. This is almost double the £15.9million from 2014/15, according to details obtained by the Press Association. The figures provide the most up
Ibom Multi-specialist Hospital: The Saving Grace in Uyo Tragedy

Ibom Multi-specialist Hospital: The Saving Grace in Uyo Tragedy

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Its use remained unknown and the facility undervalued by Nigerians until 10 December, 2016, when the Reigners Bible Church International, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, collapsed in the middle of a service, killing and injuring scores of people. Many on the throes of death were rushed to the Multi-Specialist Hospital built amidst criticism by the then governor, Senator Godswill Akpabio. There, many found the grace and survived. But for the hospital and its sophisticated equipment and proximal advantage, the passage to eternity would have been the option. But why wouldn’t death be an option? It would have been because prior to the completion and subsequent commencement of full medical operations at ISH, few hospitals in the country could boast of 21st century medical facilities. Nigerians fea
‘45% Of S/Kaduna People Have Hepatitis’

‘45% Of S/Kaduna People Have Hepatitis’

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A corps member serving with Sir Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa memorial hospital, Kafanchan, Kaduna State, Dr Ativie Dominic has called on the federal government to as a matter of urgency, establish a national agency for Hepatitis to arrest the disease. He made the appeal after a research he conducted in Kafanchan discovered that about 45% of the people of Southern Kaduna are suffering from Hepatitis, especially Hepatitis C. Speaking at the closing ceremony of his free medical outreach to six communities in Jema’a local government area, he said there are strong indications that other local government areas of the state may be suffering from the same disease, hence a need for the federal government’s attention to arrest the situation. He explained that in the six communities where the
Fake doctor gets 1-year sentence, N10,000 fine, remorseless

Fake doctor gets 1-year sentence, N10,000 fine, remorseless

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A Kaduna State High Court on Friday sentenced one Sunday Oppa to one year imprisonment and N10,000 fine for parading himself as a medical doctor. Oppa, of No. 8 Furture Road, Ungwan Rimi, Kaduna, was on April 12 dragged before Justice Gideon Kurada by the Kaduna State Government on a two-count charge of impersonation and culpable homicide. He was accused of parading himself as a medical doctor on or before Feb. 4, 2015, while not registered as one. He, thereafter, treated one George Ayuba of Sarkin Pawa Road, Bayan Dutse Kaduna, for cancer and accepted payments for same. Oppa was equally accused of administering wrong drugs on Ayuba, an act that could have caused his death with the full knowledge that he (Ayuba) was not suffering from cancer. He was, therefore, charged for attempt to ...